Monday, February 27, 2017
Today we look at the last major playtheme from LEGO that was on display at Toy Fair 2017. The game is still hugely popular, and from what I've heard the LEGO Minecraft sets are still top sellers. Clearly they're doing well enough to justify a batch of new sets this year, so let's have a look to see what's being offered.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
We're getting close to the end of our coverage of the LEGO booth at Toy Fair 2017. (But there will be a bunch of other cool stuff from the show we'll be looking at!) Today we're sharing the more collectible lines that LEGO has right now: Architecture, Minifigures, Ideas, and BrickHeadz. Each offers a unique experience for different types of fans and brings something different to the table. Let's go check them out!
Saturday, February 25, 2017
BZPower has never fully covered Toy Fair in the past because access to the LEGO booth is very limited. Ultimately, as a LEGO fan site, we've always prioritized that first and had our lone reporter cover the LEGO booth during the brief window of time that we're allowed to. This year, however, having a second reporter on site gave us the ability to cover the ribbon cutting ceremony. We didn't get photos of the preceding parade, but read on for photos of the ceremony itself.
Friday, February 24, 2017
It's taken us a little longer than expected, but we've got another batch of Toy Fair coverage for you today. We're going to take a look at a bunch of the more free-form themes and those targeted at younger builders, which translates to Technic, Creator, Classic, Duplo, and Juniors. It's a lot of sets, but we won't have as much to say about them as we do other themes. We'll let you look at the pictures and make your own judgments. So read on to check it all out!
LEGO.com/Elves was recently updated with two new teaser videos: "The Capture
", which highlights how this year's adventure in Elvendale begins (including an interesting flashback to the Legend of the Five Sisters), and "Did You Miss Us?
", in which Emily, Sophie, and the elves introduce themselves and explain what's been happening lately in Elvendale! Additionally, there are now eight new 17-second character videos made up of clips from this year's upcoming Netflix series. Follow the links above to watch "The Capture" and "Did You Miss Us?", or read on for links to the new character videos!
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Unofficial LEGO Sets/Parts Collectors Guide Moving to Print Form
You may already be aware of Gary Istok's extensive research into LEGO history. His Unofficial LEGO Sets/Parts Collectors Guide
has long been the definitive resource for anyone wanting to know more about the history of our favorite toy company. It started as a CD that could be purchased, then became a DVD download, and soon will be a multi-volume book (details of which have not yet been announced). According to his recent post on LUGNET
, the download edition will be closed "shortly", but if you purchase it now (for $29.95
), you'll be able to get updates to the guide in the future.
City is the last big theme we have to cover in our look at Toy Fair 2017, so here we are today. The playtheme is so big that it has its own subthemes - this year the standouts are Coast Guard, Jungle Explorers, and Police. There's a lot of variety and a lot to see - I'd venture to say that there's something for everyone here. Let's go take a look at the City offerings!
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Today we're wrapping up our coverage of the larger-than-life LEGO themes: superheroes. We saw what DC has in store for us, but now it's time to check out the other guy. Marvel has sets for three movies coming out this year: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok (finally Thor sets!), plus some Mighty Micros and some more comic-inspired models. To get a peek at what will be appearing on store shelves, read on!
BZPower Build Nexo Knights
You saw our coverage today of the 2017 Nexo Knights sets, and now tomorrow you can watch as we build some of them live! ChocolateFrogs and I will be over on the BZPower YouTube channel
starting between 6 and 7 PM Eastern tomorrow to make our way through as many of the sets as we can in a few hours. As usual there will be giveaways throughout, and they'll all be Nexo Knights sets! We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow night in the chat as we show off the sets and answer your questions. It should be a great time!
Today we're moving on to LEGO Nexo Knights in our ever-continuing Toy Fair 2017 coverage. The sci-fi and fantasy mashup has made it to its second year and has a variety of sets out now and in August to appease its fans. With lots of new bad guys, our heroes will need all new vehicles to save the day and protect the kingdom. Let take a look at what we're getting!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Just outside of Toy Fair 2017, Warner Brothers had a large photo opportunity setup based on their two LEGO-related movies this year: The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Ninjago Movie. All day, people were posing with Batman and Lloyd. At least I think it's Lloyd - while many of us have seen The LEGO Batman Movie and know why Batman's holding a microphone, none of us have seen the Ninjago movie yet (and every tease we had at Toy Fair is either explicitly under embargo or probably was supposed to be under embargo). With so many people taking photos with these two sculptures, it was difficult to get a close look at the models themselves - so it's a good thing I (Dan) am crazy enough to hang out in the lobby before the show opened and
well after the show closed. You get to see them with and without blinding light!
We already covered the DC Superhero Girls minidoll-based playtheme earlier, and now it's time to go over that theme's companions: Elves, Friends, and Disney Princess. All three ranges have some awesome sets in 2017, with a variety of new parts and colors. There's a lot to see, so read on to check it all out!
One of the more hotly-debated "compatible with LEGO" toys of the past few years has been the Coaster Dynamix
roller coaster kits. At this year's Toy Fair, a distributor was able to show us (a not quite finished version of) The Cyclone kit, as seen on Kickstarter
. Much has been said about how much this may be based on earlier attempts at custom LEGO roller coasters, but I was pleasantly surprised to see a number of new pieces both pictures on the box and "in the brick". Click through to view our photos of this potentially hot new addition to the world of LEGO-like amusement park rides.
The LEGO City mini-movies are usually a great source of wacky criminal hijinks, and this year's seem to be no exception! The new mini-movie "Getaway Goons" (Part 1
) brings some changes to the series — besides its two-part format, it also adds more voice acting (beyond the occasional "Hey!") and pits a new female crime boss against police detective Chase McCain from the video game LEGO City Undercover
. Follow the links above or read on to see what happens in the latest escapade!
Beware the Bohrok
There were many different enemies over the years in the original run of Bionicle, but the Bohrok, with their swarm mentality, will always hold a special place in our heartstones. It was apparently enough to prompt member Logan McOwen to build Tahnok, Fire Burrower
, a re-imagining of the classic enemy using modern CCBS pieces. He even created a backstory for why the creature would appear on Okoto! I love the use of the Invasion from Below cocoon piece as the head shield, but of course the standout is the action feature that is quite reminiscent of the original. I would love to see some of the other Bohrok done in this style or maybe even a complete swarm to overwhelm the Toa Uniters. Make sure to head over to the topic to let Owen know what you think!
If you're into Crazy Arms, Munchkin Bricks, or the Mouse Guard, today is your lucky day. As announced the other day on Flickr
, CrazyBricks currently has "Almost everything on sale now!" CrazyBricks is one of the higher-quality custom part companies, run by an AFOL and specifically making parts to accent your LEGO collection. It's not clear how long this sale lasts, so you might want to head over to the CrazyBricks website
Even though I've been hard at work putting together my part of our Toy Fair 2017 coverage, the plan is still to take a break tonight to stream some videogames. So head on over to the BZPower Twitch channel
tonight at 7:30 PM Eastern to watch us play. It's going to be a shorter stream, so I can get back to editing pictures that much faster, but for thirty minutes or so it should be a fun time! As always, you can help pick the game we play by heading over to the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
and casting your vote. I can only look a pictures and press guides for so long, so I'm looking forward to something different. See you all tonight!
Today in our ever-growing Toy Fair 2017 coverage we're taking a look at all things DC. This includes The LEGO Batman Movie, the new DC Superhero Girls line, and... not much else. DC seems to be going all-in with the movie tie-ins and minidolls this year, and shifting focus away from their more comic and cartoon-based sets. To see sets we're getting as a result, read on!
Monday, February 20, 2017
The Friday night ahead of Toy Fair included the 17th Annual Toy of the Year Awards
. We missed the $395-a-plate gala, but we were able to see the winning toys - including two from LEGO - the next morning. 71040 Disney Castle
won Specialty Toy of the Year, and 41130 Amusement Park Roller Coaster
won both Toy of the Year and Construction Toy of the Year. We've got pictures and more details below the fold.
Bfahome Gets Sorted
Today, in addition to our Toy Fair coverage, we have another installment of the ever-wonderful Bfa Plays. Our hero is working his way through LEGO Harry Potter, and in Episode 2: Wingardium Leviosa
he finally makes it to Hogwarts. Give it a watch to see Bfahome master the controls and explore the castle that has become Harry's new home. When you're done, be sure to head over to the discussion topic
to let him know what you think of the episode! We'll be back with more Harry Potter in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned!
For the past few years, LEGO has timed the announcement of one of their Direct To Consumer (D2C) sets with Toy Fair. This year was no different, and a few minutes into our time at the LEGO booth the newest Pirates of the Caribbean set was announced. 71042 Silent Mary will be joined by two BrickHeadz to tie into the release of Dead Men Tell No Tales, which premiers on May 26th. Oddly enough, we haven't been sent any hi-res images as LEGO often does, but you can read on to see the pictures we took at the event and head over to Yahoo!
for their article with even more info.
Next up on our Toy Fair 2017 coverage, based on what you asked for
is going to be Ninjago. Unfortunately the pictures won't be of anything new - the only 'regular' Ninjago sets coming out this year are the ones that launched last month, and we weren't allowed to take pictures of the sets based on The LEGO Ninjago Movie. I'll show you what I can though, and then talk a bit about what I saw from the movie, so read on!
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Next in our Toy Fair coverage is... more Star Wars! The System-scale sets for this theme from a long time ago have been super-popular since 1999 (coming up on twenty years!) and this year looks to have a good mix of sets from all the movies, Rebels, and the Freemaker Adventures, plus the upcoming Episode VIII. Let's take a look and see what we've got in store for 2017!
Mask of Light Soundtrack Gets Release Date and Track List
The just announced Bionicle: Mask of Light
soundtrack has received a confirmed release date by composer Nathan Furst of March 4th. He tweeted
the announcement along with a title list of 18 tracks. He mentions it will be available through iTunes, though I hope we also get it in other digital marketplaces. News of this came about rather suddenly, and now we're treated to the album in less than two weeks!
Saturday, February 18, 2017
In the blink of an eye our day at Toy Fair 2017 has come and gone. There were lots of pictures taken and even some video that we'll hopefully be able to share. There was a lot to absorb, both in upcoming LEGO sets and licensed and LEGO-adjacent products on the show floor. Danny and I will be going through all of our pictures and sharing them along with our thoughts with you guys over the coming week or so. You'll be able to find everything we share right here, so leave this page open in a tab or bookmark it so you don't miss a moment!
As I'm sure everyone is painfully aware, 2016 was the last year of Bionicle's second run. Unfortunately there was not a new constraction series announced at Toy Fair today so all we've got to keep the spirit alive are the Star Wars Buildable Figures. There were only two sets on display that we haven't seen yet, but the press material promises that more will be coming later this year for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. To see what CCBS fun LEGO shared today, read on!
Friday, February 17, 2017
Read About the 2017 LEGO Reveals at New York Toy Fair
Tomorrow, BZPower will be attending the North American International Toy Fair in New York City to report on what's new for this year in the world of LEGO! They will be sharing pictures and news from the event to the BZPower Facebook
, and Twitter
accounts. In the meantime, you can read the press release from LEGO Systems, Inc.
on what they plan on exhibiting at their booth. Tell us in the Talkback what themes you're most looking forward to hearing about!
Many New Sets Now Available at North American LEGO Shop Website
As of today, the LEGO Shop websites for the United States
are now carrying brand-new 2017 sets from various themes, including Classic, Elves, Marvel Super Heroes, Minecraft, Speed Champions, Star Wars, and Technic. The listings for the Speed Champions sets oddly still lack pictures, but all the other listings include pictures as well as prices and detailed descriptions. Additionally, the first ten BrickHeadz
sets scheduled for general release on March 1st are now available to customers enrolled in the LEGO VIP program. Follow the links above to see what's available or place an order!
Thursday, February 16, 2017
LEGO has worked with real-world companies many times over the years to recreate vehicles of various types. We've had Maersk cargo ships and Volkswagen Beetles, to name just two. But today LEGO and BMW are announcing the results of a partnership to design an imaginary vehicle that could only be built with our favorite bricks (or so we thought). To see what happens when set designers and BMW engineers collaborated to create the alternate model for the LEGO Technic 42063 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, read on!
Bionicle: Mask of Light
Soundtrack "Coming Very Soon"!
It's been nearly fourteen years since the release of the first Bionicle movie, Bionicle: Mask of Light
, but it turns out fans of the movie now have something new to look forward to this year! Nathan Furst, who composed the score to the original Bionicle film trilogy, has announced on Facebook
that the original score will be released on digital marketplaces in the near future, with "Approx 16 tracks fully remastered." Also, with regard to the soundtracks of Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui
and Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows
, Furst says that "If all goes well, there is a plan to release the others. While LOMN was lost, it's been recently, at least partially, recovered." No specific release date is available yet, but we'll do our best to keep you informed as more details emerge!
Today we're continuing our reviews of the new wave of LEGO Rogue One: A Star Wars Story buildable figures. Blog Assistant Ta-metru_defender has decided to take a look at 75524 Chirrut Imwe, one of the two Guardians of the Whills we meet in the film. (Does anyone else want to learn more about the guardians, or is that just me?) If you'd like to find out if this a set worth picking up, continue on to watch and/or read our review!
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
More Details on LEGO Ninjago How-To-Draw Book Revealed
Today some new information on the upcoming LEGO Ninjago how-to-draw book has been revealed courtesy of the publisher, Klutz, and the author/illustrator, Dan Veesenmeyer. The book, titled LEGO Ninjago: How to Draw Ninja, Villains, and More!
, will come out this August at a price of $16.99 USD and contain 68 pages, three double-tipped colored pencils, a mechanical pencil, and a black marker. You can see the cover art and read a full description of the book on Dan's website
. Klutz will be showing previews of the book along with another new book titled LEGO: Make Your Own Movie
at their New York International Toy Fair booth
this coming weekend. Follow the links above for additional details!
The LEGO Batman Movie took first at the box office this past weekend, and I credit it all to the fact that we've been playing LEGO Batman on our Twitch Tuesday streams lately. Today is Tuesday, and we intend to keep the streak going by loading up our Xbox tonight and hopping on to play. While I hinted at LEGO Batman, the poll is still open in the discussion topic
for you to provide your input on what we play. Then at 7:30 PM Eastern tonight you can head over to our Twitch channel
to watch all the fun. I look forward to seeing everyone there as we make it through a couple more levels in whatever game we end up in.
LEGO Games for Xbox on Sale
Now through February 20th, several LEGO games are on sale for both the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One. Microsoft's Major Nelson posted
this week's sales and deals on his blog last night, which includes LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, LEGO Jurassic World, and LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens for both platforms. The sale ranges from 40% to 60% off, depending on the title and version, so this is nothing to sneeze at. If you've been looking for some fun LEGO gaming choices, this is a great place to look!
Hang Out With BZPower Members in New York City
Toy Fair in New York City starts this Saturday, and since I'll be arriving on Friday with some time to kill, I thought it would be fun to have a BZPower meetup! You'll be able to find me at the Herald Square Shake Shack
at 1 PM on the 17th - I'll be the one with the bag full of Star Wars Buildable Figures. That's because the first people who find me will each get a free set! Check out the topic
in the Convention & Event Planning forum for all the details and to RSVP. I look forward to meeting and chatting with some BZP members over a burger and shake!
What Star Wars Buildable Figures Would You Like to See?
With the cancellation of Bionicle last year, all of our CCBS hopes and dreams are currently pinned on the Star Wars Buildable Figure sets that have been coming out since 2015. BZPower member Wiriamu would like to know
what characters, creatures, droids, and more you'd like to see in the line and your thoughts on it in general. Do we need sets from Rebels, more from the Original Trilogy, or maybe something from the Legends continuity? (I'd like to see all three and more!) Go join the discussion and let us know!
Monday, February 13, 2017
Bricks Cascade is Coming
In less than a month the biggest LEGO convention in Oregon will be taking place at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. If you're in the area, you should check out the Bricks Cascade website
to learn more about the event taking place from March 9th to 12th. If you're going to be there, head over to the planning topic
to let us know so you can find or offer a ride, share a room, or just hang out and have fun! If you can't make it, but want your MOCs to be there, check out the 2017 Convention Circuit topic
to find out how you can make that happen. Portland is a great city and the AFOLs out there make some fantastic creations, making it worth your while to visit if you can!