Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Free Chima Constraction Sets
It's day three of our anniversary week, so why don't we give out some more free sets? (Fair warning, we can only do this for so long.) Today we're starting up a new raffle for two Chima constraction sets
! 70206 CHI Laval and 70207 CHI Cragger aren't available in North America, but you can win one by entering on BZPower! The raffle is open to all members at no cost, so there's no reason not to go do it right now. Good luck!
Explore the Darkness
The Bionicle RPG forum is full of some great storytellers, all working together to play a game and write a story at the same time. One of the canvases for these endeavors is The Lorax's City in the Dark
, one of the winners of the most recent RPG contest. The mining city of Katipo has been having a lot of strange things happening lately - can you figure out what's going on without disappearing like many of the other villagers? You'll have to go play to find out!
Unleashing the Flood
Recently, for no apparent reason, we asked you about flood control
. It seems a majority of you are fine with the current setting for posts, but that search flood control could use some help. So as a test, we are adding a new perk for Premier Members - no flood control for searches. Depending on how the server responds to this change, we may tweak the settings a bit more and change them for non-Premier members as well. Or we may have to turn it on again if the server buckles under the pressure. We'll have to wait and see. If you're a Premier Member though, go enjoy some new freedom with the search feature! Not a Premier Member? We have a sale right now
and a new, cheaper package available
Exclusive LEGO Comic at San Diego Comic Con
We know you're a fan of LEGO, but how do you feel about comic books? If you're a fan and you'll be at San Diego Comic Con this Saturday, July 26th, you're in luck! From 5 PM to 6 PM, freelance LEGO artist Paul Lee and writer Rachel Lareau will be at the LEGO booth signing and giving away an exclusive LEGO Batman comic. You can see some previews of the comic in Paul Lee's Flickr photostream
. It looks like it'll be a really cool issue!
Shredder is Coming to Comic Con
I'm sure we've missed an announcement or two about San Diego Comic Con, but let's attempt to catch up. If the Guardians of the Galaxy and Hobbit statues revealed last week weren't your preferred IPs, then how about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Yesterday IGN unveiled
a life-size statue of Shredder that will be on display at the con later this week. The massive construction is 7 feet tall, weighs 174 lbs, contains 35,322 LEGO bricks, and took LEGO master builders 269 hours to complete. With all these statues, will there be any room for actual LEGO sets or employees at the booth?
Monday, July 21, 2014
Yesterday we shared the news
of the new UCS set coming out later this year. Today we bring you the full press release and designer video, giving you an even better look at the set. If you wanted even more good news, LEGO VIP Members will be able to order it starting August 18th - that's less than a month away! Read on to check out the video, pictures, and press release.
Free Set Raffle for Premiers
It's day two of our anniversary week, so why not celebrate with more free things? For Premier Members only, we're giving away a copy of 70814 Emmet's Construct-o-Mech
, everyone's favorite Master Builder's awesome creation from The LEGO Movie. Not a Premier Member yet? Well it just so happens we're running a sale
and we even have an inexpensive three-month membership now
. Help support BZPower and get a chance at a free set today!
Introducing the Three-Month Premier Membership
Over the years we've had requests to introduce a less-expensive version of our Premier Membership
and today we're doing just that. Now for $6 you can get all the perks of the program for three months - that's just $2 per month! Of course, if you buy one between now and August 9th, you can get an extra 10% off by using the coupon code BZPLucky13, as we announced yesterday
. Head over to the store
now to pick one up to support BZPower and get some cool perks while doing it!
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Some may call thirteen an unlucky number, but here BZPower is thirteen years later and we're still going strong! I can't think of many other websites that I've been visiting for thirteen years, and so I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the thousands upon thousands of visitors and members BZPower has had over the years - especially those of you who think we're still worth visiting over a decade later. But you don't really care about all that, the anniversary is about fun and cool stuff! We'll be using this news story to keep track of everything, so read on to see what we're up to this year!
Let the Raffles Begin!
Last year during the anniversary we announced our new raffle system, and with over twenty under our belt I think it's safe to say that that it's been a success. Today, to celebrate our anniversary, we're starting two more. Do you like spaceships? We thought you might, so we're giving away a copy of 70816 Benny's Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP!
For only $1 per ticket, you can have a chance to win this hugely awesome set. Free more your style? We also have a set of Frosticon Mixels
that any member can enter to win. Not a member yet? What are you waiting for? Register now!
Premier Perks for All Plus a Sale
Let's kick off our anniversary like we always do - for the next week, all members will gain access to a majority of the features listed here
. Always wanted to have a blog, make a poll, or start a game? Well now's your chance! What's more, should you decide to buy a Premier Membership between now and August 9th, you can use the coupon code BZPLucky13 to get 10% off the price. You can head over to our store
now and pick one up!
UCS Tumbler to be Unveiled at Comic Con
[Source: Nuju Metru]
The Comic Con news keeps coming - it's like you don't even have to go there. This time, it's USA Today with the reveal
of the next UCS-scale set - Batman's Tumbler. Straight from Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, the set will contain 1,869 pieces, retail for $199, and be available in September. The best part, however, is that it contains minifigs of Christian Bale as Batman and Heath Ledger as The Joker. It's sure to be a hot seller!
It's time for another set review today, today we present 70815 Super Secret Police Dropship
from the LEGO Movie line. BZPower Forum Assistant Nuju Metru has taken a look at this set from every angle, and has been kind enough to share his thoughts on it with you. To see if this is a set worthy of adding to your collection, read and watch on! (Oh and if that wasn't enough of an incentive, we're giving away some polybags in the video too!)
Chronicler's Company Rebuilt by Click
It seems there must be a collective 2001 nostalgia rush or something but if you thought we were done with that kind of MOC after the last two, you were wrong. Today we spotlight the Chronicler's Company Rebuilt
by Click. I have a weak spot for little MOCs that use few parts in original and effective ways so this collection caught my eye. I'm very fond of the torso design (especially the one four of them use) and some of the small but very detailed weapons like Taipu's or Tamaru's. If you like small MOCs, I'm certain you'll like these.
- About Contest Entries
This isn't an official statement but a kind request. If your creation is an entry for a running contest hosted on BZPower, please make it clear in the topic title/description/post so we don't miss it if we plan to feature your creation on the front page, which would be an unfair advantage to other contestants while the contest is running. Thank your for your understanding and cooperation. -- Adrian
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Adam West to Appear in LEGO Batman 3
Brick Fanatics picked up an interesting story
the other day. If the full gamut of DC Universe superheroes in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham wasn't enough for you, it turns out Adam West has a part to play in the new game as well, as himself. Based on the teaser image TT Games posted, it looks like there will be a playable Adam West character in the game, perhaps in a similar vein to Stan Lee appearing in the latest Marvel release. The full details will be revealed at Comic Con, so we'll have to wait and see!
Friday, July 18, 2014
The Comic Con Reveals Continue
At the rate they're going, LEGO isn't going to have anything left to show once San Diego Comic Con kicks off next week. The Hollywood Reporter has a story
revealing some of the Hobbit-related goodies that will be at the event. Of the four exclusive minifigs that will be given out, Bard the Bowman will be one of them, in addition to The Collector. More impressive though is the over six foot tall model of Smaug the Horrible from The Hobbit, built by the amazing Erik Varszegi over the course of 625 hours, made out of 83,433 LEGO bricks, and weighing in at 411 pounds. That'll be quite the sight to see!
UCS AT-AT Gets Ten Thousand Votes
Over at LEGO Ideas, the UCS All Terrain Armored Transport project
has recently reached the milestone of ten thousand votes from the community. This means it will become a part of the next review panel the Ideas Team holds, and will be considered to be released as a set. It's an amazingly impressive model on a huge scale, which personally tells me that it won't make it past the review - it would just be too expensive to reach a wide market. But who knows, we'll have to wait and see, and maybe some day you'll be able to buy a two-foot tall AT-AT set.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
More San Diego Comic Con Reveals
There's been some more information released about LEGO's presence at the San Diego Comic Con. Over at The Wallstreet Journal again
, they showed off a seven foot tall sculpture of Groot and Rocket Raccoon that will be on display. They also announced that four exclusive minifigs will be given away, one of which will be The Collector. In addition to Rocket's Warbird, there will also be an exclusive set of the Batmobile from the original TV series and a Ghost from the upcoming Star Wars Rebels show. Yahoo! has most of the same info
, but also has a picture of the Ghost set and a teaser for an upcoming LEGO Movie set too! All told, there will be over 20 exclusives to the show, including special sets, life-size models, and more.
Two Cool LEGO-related Kickstarters
BZPower is no stranger to crowdfunding, and neither is the LEGO fan community at large. Two new projects have recently appeared on Kickstarter that AFOLs will be interested in. The first is SBrick
, a Bluetooth-powered intelligent brick that you can use to bring your LEGO creations to life and control them from your iOS, Android, or Windows phone. There's also Brick-A-Pic
, a service to turn any image you desire into a LEGO mosaic and have the parts and instructions delivered to your door. They look like some great additions to the LEGO ecosystem and I wish them both good luck!
Back in May we announced
the BZPower Referral Program
to help encourage you to get your friends to join the site. While we've definitely seen the system used and have had a bunch of new people join as a result, we thought now would be a good time to remind everyone about the program. Both referrers and referee get some cool perks for participating, including trial Premier Memberships, Proto Boosts, and custom member titles. Help BZPower grow and help yourself out too!
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Comic Con Exclusive Set Revealed
The Wallstreet Journal has broken the news
about the exclusive set LEGO will be selling at San Diego Comic Con next week. Rocket's Warbird comes from the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie and features Rocket Raccoon because he's awesome. The set contains 145 pieces and will sell for $39.99, which may seem like a lot but isn't too bad for such a limited edition set. If you're going to the event, do your best to get one!
Amazon BOGO Sale
If the Toys 'R' Us Sale we mentioned earlier this week didn't trip your trigger, perhaps this one will. Amazon is running a Buy-One-Get-One 40% Off
sale on select toy brands, including LEGO. You'll find a lot of Marvel and DC Superheroes sets (including the new Guardians of the Galaxy!), as well as Star Wars, Legends of Chima, and The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Some of the sets are already discounted from their MSRP too! And you don't even have to leave your house to take advantage of it.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Who doesn't like LEGO sets? The CEE team recently sent us a box full of them so I did what any reasonable person would do - I made an unboxing video. If you want see what we got and how you can get your hands on them, read on or check out the video on YouTube
Take on the Metroids with Samus
As we continue to shine the spotlight on member creations, today we look back at one of the winners of the last BBC Contest. DeeVee built an excellent interpretation of Phazon Suit Samus Aran
from Metroid Prime for BBC Contest 67 that managed to place second. He does a great job capturing the suit, with the trademark large shoulders and hemispherical helmet. Personally I'm a fan of the use of older parts, such as Throwbot heads and Roborider wheels, alongside newer Hero Factory elements. Go check it out!
Monday, July 14, 2014
Plastic Man With LEGO Batman 3 Pre-Order
To clarify, you can get the character Plastic Man, in a plastic minifig form, when you pre-order your copy of LEGO Batman 3 from Gamestop. Other stores have their own pre-order bonuses, and they all seem to be pretty different, from polybag mini models to minifig key chains. You can see the full list on Gameinformer
to help you decide if and where to pre-order the game.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Dad Makes His Son Detailed LEGO Boba Fett Costume
LEGO cosplay has been around for quite some time, and even now something still stands out. Recently a dad assembled an extremely detailed LEGO Boba Fett costume
for his 6 year old son for a local toy convention. The professional design of all the pieces show that this is one lucky kid, and set a new standard for LEGO fig cosplay. Check out the pictures
and hope the kid does not fall into the Sarlacc Pit!
Toys 'R' Us BOGO Sale
From today through next Saturday, July 19th, Toys 'R' Us is having a Buy-One-Get-One 40% Off sale
on all LEGO Star Wars, The Hobbit (and Lord of the Rings), Super Heroes, Legends of Chima, and Disney Princess sets. One set to consider is the LEGO Chima Combo Pack
which includes Laval's Royal Fighter and Worriz's Combat Lair for only $60! The offer is good online and in stores, so get shopping!
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Bfa Plays Kicks Off
Hopefully you've been keeping up with our Raiders of the Lost Rock Let's Play series
featuring Takuma Nuva and Zatth. Today we're announcing a new series of videogame-related videos: Bfa Plays Bionicle Heroes
. Watch as BZP Staff Member Bfahome goes through the classic Bionicle Heroes game, providing interesting and (hopefully) amusing commentary. The first episode is up here
and you can expect new episodes every Saturday. Watch out for those Piraka!
It is time for our last summer Hero Factory set review. Today BZPower Forum Assistant Sisen sits down with 44023 ROCKA Crawler, the smallest set in the summer lineup. Will it crawl its way into your heart, and will it fare better than the previous smallest set EVO Walker? You'll have to read and watch on to find out!
Friday, July 11, 2014
Crowdfunding Goal Reached
Thanks to a couple especially generous contributions over the past couple of days, we have reached the goal, as well as the stretch goals, of our Crowdfunding Campaign
! The BZPower community never ceases to amaze me - you're the reason I log on every morning and why BZP is the last site I look at every night. If you still want to attend the pizza party and laser tag, you are more than welcome to contribute and reserve your spot. Additional funds at this point will be spread around between laser tag, more pizza, more video equipment, and supporting BZPower's operating costs. Thank you to everyone who donated or spread the word, we couldn't have done this without you!
Flood Control Feedback
Yesterday in the General Discussion forum we started a new poll entitled Controlling the Flood
. We'd like to get your feedback regarding the flood control settings on the forums and where you think they should be. If you have no idea what flood control is, don't worry, we describe that in the topic too. Check it out and let us know your thoughts!
Thursday, July 10, 2014
BrickFair Virginia is Coming
There's less than a month until BrickFair Virginia kicks off at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly from July 30th until August 3rd, and BZPower will be there in force. We're less than $200 away from reaching the goal in our Laser Tag and Pizza Party Crowdfunding Campaign
if you want to shoot your fellow members and eat pizza. There's still plenty of spots left in our Parts Draft of 44021 SPLITTER Beast vs. FURNO & EVO
, and we're now letting you pay via cash or check instead of just PayPal. If you can't make it to the event, you can still send your MOCs on the convention circuit
to get them displayed and get cool perks. You can contribute to the above crowdfunding campaign too and get free Bionicle polybags and more. BrickFair is always a blast and I look forward seeing everyone contribute!
[Source: Kevin Hinkle]
Tell LEGO Your Game Ideas
Recently I was contacted by Kevin Hinkle of the LEGO CEE Team with a unique request. They're looking for ideas for future LEGO videogames and want some feedback from the community! You can head over to this topic
to share your thoughts and suggestions. You have until July 22nd to submit your ideas, so grab your controllers and put on your thinking caps!
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
It's time for another LEGO set review, and this time we're diving into the Technic section to look at 42021 Snowmobile. BZPower Reporter Xccj looks over this set to see just how good it really is. Is it worth a trek across the frozen tundra for? Read on and find out.
July Flickr Contest Underway
Over in BZPower's Flickr Group
Tufi Piyufi has kicked off the BZPower Flickr Contest - July 2014
. You've got until Monday, July 21st at 11:59 PM Eastern to build a sweet constraction MOC and submit it to the group. The winner gets a copy of 70209 CHI Mungus, a story about their MOC on the front page of BZPower, and their MOC will be used as the banner for the Flickr group! What are you waiting for? Get building!
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Thoughts on Polls
We recently kicked off a new poll
over in General Discussion to get some feedback from you all. We want to hear about your thoughts on polls - do you like them, do you use them, how badly do you want them? Please let us know so we can work to improve BZPower; your thoughts are always appreciated!
[Source: Nathan Evo]
Crank up the Bling and Swag
In our continuing efforts to highlight member-created content from across BZP, today we're turning our gaze on the Comics forum. Nathan Evo has created the over-the-top Piraka Comics
using photos taken of actual sets turned into individual frames of the strips. The Piraka go through tons of adventures, from confronting Irnakk to determining whose chin is biggest. If that trips your trigger, go give them a read!
Oroki Will Play Any BIONICLE Theme
That's right, BZPower member Oroki is taking requests
to play any BIONICLE theme on the piano. So far he's played themes like Lhikan's, the main one from BIONICLE 2 or even the Hero Mode theme from BIONICLE Heroes. You've got to admit Oroki is quite skilled (he doesn't even require a music sheet) and it's also one of the more unique art projects I've seen on the forums for some time. Check out the topic and have a listen!