Saturday, December 27, 2014
Mask of Ultimate Power Revealed?
It looks like we might have our first glimpse at the Mask of Ultimate Power teased in the first 2015 Bionicle video. Vorik on Google+ posted an image
of him holding the latest LEGO Magazine, which has a Bionicle teaser in it. The mask shown has not been seen elsewhere yet, in any sets or animations, so assuming it is the Mask of Ultimate Power seems pretty logical. We'll have to wait and see before we know for sure though - but whatever it is I can't wait to hear more!
Friday, December 26, 2014
LEGO Movie sets return in 2015, and we're jumping straight in with a review of 70818 Double-Decker Couch by BZPower Reporter Xccj. This set features popular characters and models from the movie, but just what makes them special? Watch the video review or read on to find out!
Before the year ends, we're going to try to get some more 2014 sets reviewed. Today we're taking a look at the Glorp Corp Mixels from Series 3 of the line - 41518 Glomp
, 41519 Glurt
, and 41520 Torts
. Will you get stuck on these gooey green guys or will you wad them up in your handkerchief? Read on to find out!
Our live stream of the 70810 MetalBeard's Sea Cow is now live. Head over to our YouTube channel
to watch or continue on to watch it embedded on BZP!
The stream has ended. Thanks everybody who tuned in!
BZPower Server Maintenance
Tomorrow evening the hosting provider BZPower uses will be shutting down our server and moving it to a new location within their datacenter. Because of the number of servers being moved, they currently do not have an estimate for when the maintenance will be completed. Until they are done with their work, BZPower will be offline. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding.
Thursday, December 25, 2014
From the BZPower Administration, we'd like to wish all of our members and readers a merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a healthy and happy New Year. Everyone celebrates the winter season differently, and we hope each of you enjoy time with your friends and family partaking in whatever traditions you observe. Enjoy some time off relaxing and spending time with the important people in your life. I hope you find all the LEGO (and hopefully Bionicle) sets you're looking for under your tree today!
Wooden LEGO Man Created
Creating a LEGO thing out of something other than LEGO is sure to attract attention for its creativity. This time, wood turner Simon Begg has carved a large-scale LEGO minifig out of wood, specifically Huon pine, Australian red cedar and American walnut. Pictures and a video can be found on Instructables
, where he goes into detail about crafting such an iconic object. The various types of wood do well to show off different parts of the figure, allowing for a good contrast when admiring the artwork. What a great idea for a project.
LEGO is Contagious
Contagious Magazine has an interesting case study
on LEGO and how they've introduced collaboration and co-creation into their products and processes. They interviewed Peter Espersen, Head of Global Community Co-creation at LEGO, about ReBrick, Ideas, and other projects inside and outside of the company. It's an interesting read even if there's not a ton of new information for the seasoned fan. Give it a look!
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
More Chima Constraction Sets Being Raffled
Christmas is almost here, so it's only fitting that our last holiday raffle starts today. We've got some more LEGO Legends of Chima constraction sets to give you guys, namely 70208 CHI Panthar and 70210 CHI Vardy. There will be two winners of Holiday Raffle 8
, and each will get one of these sets. Tickets cost $1 each, and enter you to win both sets, which were not available in North America. This is a great opportunity to support BZPower and get some rare sets and cool parts!
Memoirs of the Dead Voting Open
It's been nearly two and a half years, but the entry period and organization phase of S&T Contest #7: Memoirs of the Dead
has finally concluded. Now you can go check out the polls
and cast your votes! There's fifteen categories plus a 'bonus' math poll, so reading through all those entries should take a while. But the sooner you vote the better, so get to it!
Sea Cow Live Build
This Friday, December 26th, starting at about noon Eastern Time, we'll be kicking off a live-streamed build and review of 70810 MetalBeard's Sea Cow from the LEGO Movie line of sets. You'll be able to watch on BZPower's YouTube channel
. I have no idea how long it's going to take, but the plan is to keep going until it's done. We'll be interacting with watchers in the comments and may even give away a couple prizes. Make sure you tune in!
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Decipher the Language of Okoto
When images from the 2015 Bionicle theme first started appearing, people were intrigued by the mysterious runes that appeared on the Mask of Creation and elsewhere. Now, with more story material appearing, perhaps it's a good time to revisit these symbols and see if they can be deciphered. Member -Takua- has already started a topic on the Okoto written language
, so if you're interested in decoding puzzles you should start there and join in the discussion!
Battle for the Gold Mask on Gizmodo
It looks like word about the Battle for the Gold Mask contest is spreading. Yesterday, an article was posted over on Gizmodo
showcasing the finalists. There's just a couple weeks until the winner will be revealed, and it's great to see the hype building around the community! I'm sure you each have your favorite, but do you think it'll be good enough to win the gold Skull Spider mask?
Monday, December 22, 2014
NYCC Posters Up for Grabs
Earlier this month we game Premier Members a shot at getting some of the Bionicle 2015 posters given out at New York Comic Con. Why should they have all the fun though? Today we're starting the Seventh Holiday Raffle
that anyone can enter, where you'll have a chance at the Mask of Creation, Kopaka, and Lewa posters. So go enter, and if you're not a member, join today so you can win!
[Source: BZPower Members]
Goodbye to Turaga Beach
Last week we shared news
of Christian Faber's departure from Advance. It looks like he's not planning on disappearing quietly though. He recently posted two more blog entries: Goodbye to Turaga beach
and Turaga beach giveaway teaser
. The first appears to be a retrospective of Faber's time working on Bionicle and includes a great piece of artwork. The second takes a more grounded approach as Faber is apparently planning on offloading some of the Bionicle 'junk' he's collected over the years on us fans. Check them out!
Sunday, December 21, 2014
New LEGO Magazine Published: Blocks
A new LEGO magazine by AFOLs for AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) has recently been published in Europe and is making appearances in the United States too. Called Blocks
, it showcases many features by knowledgeable fans on all aspects of the hobby, from LEGO news to fan interviews and building tips, and looks comprehensive enough to be an adequate companion to BrickJournal. I found a copy at a Barnes and Noble, but issues and subscriptions can be found on their website
(including European vendor locations), and at newsstand retailers. The cost is 6 GBP in England and $17 in the States. It will be interesting to see this become a hit among fans.
Blog Assistant Nukaya Featured in BrickJournal #32
BZPower's own Blog Assistant Nukaya is featured in the current issue of BrickJournal! Between her Wyldstyle cosplay
and Benny painting
at BrickFair's charity auction, she has garnered plenty of attention. She discusses her System sculptures, LEGO paintings, childhood interests, and more. Read about her, and plenty of other AFOL and LEGO hobby news, in Issue 32 marked January 2015, out now. BrickJournal can be found in various newsstand retailers (and comic shops), and online
for subscriptions and digital issues. Great job, Nukaya!
BZPower's Battle for the Gold Mask Third Place Winner Revealed
After filling out and signing the necessary paperwork, we can announce the third place winner of the Battle for the Gold Mask Contest on BZPower. Please join me in congratulating LordDarkuta and his creation, Xares
, for rounding out the top three. The original announcement
has been updated with this information as well. Now all that remains is to see who wins the gold mask! Is it January yet?
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Check Out the Rest of the Gold Mask Finalists
Yesterday we announced
the top MOCs from BZPower for the Battle for the Gold Mask competition. While there were a lot of great entries on BZP, the other five sites had some impressive creations as well! We've compiled a list of the announcements on all the other sites for you to check out:
Be sure to take a look at all the awesome creations and let us know in the Talkback who you think will win the gold mask!
Friday, December 19, 2014
[Source: Dr. Chronos & a BZPower reader]
BZPower had 864 entries to the Battle for the Gold Mask contest, which is really impressive considering across the six sites there were only 1864 entries total. With all those creations, it was difficult to narrow down the competition, but we with a lot of consideration the list was whittled down to ten and from there the panel of LEGO judges picked their top three. Today the team is ready to announce most of the winners (we're still waiting to hear back from some of them, but didn't want to keep you waiting). To see who made the cut on BZPower and the other participating sites, read on!
The first CGI trailer for BIONICLE has been spotted on TV, featuring lots of Skull Spiders, Kopaka doing cartoon physics, Tahu surfing on lava and of course the Mask of Creation. The Three Virtues was able to record it and have uploaded it on their YouTube channel. Read on to watch it!
- Episode 4: The Protectors Fight Back - Coming Soon!
A teaser image for Episode 4: The Protectors Fight Back has been released on the BIONICLE website, promising a near release. Keep your eyes peeled at BIONICLE.com after the weekend! -- Adrian From Chro, Dr. Chronos
Thursday, December 18, 2014
This review has been a long time in the making, but it's finally time to share it here. Today we're taking a look at 70816 Benny's Spaceship Spaceship SPACESHIP!
from the LEGO Movie line of sets, and the largest one that's not part of the D2C range. Is this nostalgia-filled, meme-inducing, interstellar transport worth its weight in ABS, or should you pass on it in favor of other options? You'll have have to read on to find out!
Christian Faber Leaves Advance
Christian Faber recently posted a blog entry
announcing that he is leaving Advance and striking out on his own. He is going freelance and starting his own company called 'Rocket.' Rest-assured, he will still be working with Advance and LEGO from time to time, but he's looking to dedicate the majority of his efforts on 'Rebel Nature,' a project he has teased several times in his blog. Faber has been working for Advance on LEGO projects for over twenty-eight years, longer than a lot of us have been alive, so I can see why he might feel a change is needed. Join me in wishing him the best of luck on his future projects!
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Observant fans may have noticed the Mask of Time appearing not once, not twice, but at least five times in 2015 animations so far: Hidden as a cloud
(0:52), as carvings
(0:14 and 0:28 respectively) or its outlines formed by flowing lava
(0:05 and 0:55 respectively), the Mask of Time may be appearing a bit too often to be just an easter egg. But even that is not all yet...
LEGO Elves Teaser
LEGO has published a teaser website for the new LEGO Elves theme
. LEGO Elves is the second theme after LEGO Friends and LEGO Disney Princesses to use the so-called mini-dolls instead of the classic minifigures. It seems like it will be primarily targeted at girls but there is no reason per se why boys shouldn't be able to enjoy it as well. The teaser website features little more than a teaser video that hints that there may actually be a story with animated episodes to accompany the theme. The story seems to be about a young girl who enters a fantasy world inhabited by four (apparently elementally themed) elves in the search of four keys but unfortunately the video tells little more than that. The full site will launch March 2015 so that's plenty of time to speculate!
Promotional Polybags for Premiers
We're kicking off another raffle today, and as you might have guessed from the title, this one is for Premier Members. In Holiday Raffle 6
, we're giving away a copy each of 30114 Andrea's Beach Lounge, 30188 Cute Kitten, and 30241 Mandalorian Fighter to three lucky members. These polybags are not the easiest to find, so this might be one of your best bets to grab them. Not a Premier Member yet? Head over to the store
and buy a membership today - these raffles are just one of the many perks you get for supporting BZPower!
2015 Set Catalog Discovered
Resourceful LEGO fans made a cool discovery earlier this week. A digital catalog
was found on the LEGO.com servers, showcasing a majority of the sets for the first half of 2015. Surprisingly, Bionicle doesn't get a lot of space, but there's some great pictures of the upcoming Ninjago, Legends of Chima, Elves, Marvel Age of Ultron, and Star Wars sets, plus plenty of other themes. It's definitely worth a look!
LEGO Takes Top Spot in Holiday Social Media
Yesterday, Adweek ran an article
about the top toy brands on social media this holiday season, and guess who came out on top. That's right, according to Brand Chorus' StoryScore grading system, LEGO edged out Monster High to be the number one toy on the Facebooks, Twitters, and Intagrams of the world. Apparently their how-to videos on YouTube helped give them a leg up on the competition (and I didn't even know they existed). I look forward to seeing what list LEGO tops next!
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Promotional Toa Videos Released
The BIONICLE channel on the LEGO.com Videos section has been released
and along with it not only the videos we already knew and the episodes released today, but also six promotional 30-second videos for each of the Toa. The animation is fantastic and I love the music but I'm honestly not all that fond of the voice acting - I suppose you could explain Gali sounding male with the fact that these are probably supposed to represent tales as told by the Protectors but I still think they could sound a bit more natural and distinctive in some cases. I did like the voice acting performance on the episodes so far, so maybe I just need to get used to it - it sounded better upon watching them a second time. See it for yourself and share your opinions in the forums!
The videos are also available on BIONICLE.com in the Characters section
[Source: BZPower members]
Three BIONICLE Episodes Released
The first three BIONICLE 2015 episodes have been released on the Story section of BIONICLE.com
. Each has a length of exactly 90 seconds and they feature epic music, humor and a cute villager kid (don't worry, he doesn't do any nonsense). The legend is only beginning and no BIONICLE fan will want to miss this. Of course, the new style may not be your thing but I suggest you still give it a chance. Personally, I hope we will get less narration and more action and spotlight of Toa besides Tahu in future episodes, but the last of these already hints that some battles are coming soon. Head over to BIONICLE.com and check it out when you can!
Tux and Flipper
Here's a cute little LDD creation by forum member Wally. Tux and Flipper
are simply described as, "two happy penguins in love," and although it can be hard to convey emotion with plastic bricks, they certainly look content. Wally does a great job getting the penguin shape down with curved and straight slopes and SNOT techniques. The base they're displayed on, complete with a heart, is simple but effective. This is definitely a cool creation that's worth checking out!
- BIONICLE Commercial Airing on TV
Tune in your TV and you may find yourself delightfully surprised, as the Masks of Power trailer has reportedly started airing on Nickelodeon, Disney XD and possibly other channels as well. Try not to put a smile too goofy or break things out of excitement when you see it, though. -- Adrian From A BZPower Reader & Pahrak #0579
Monday, December 15, 2014
Free Polybags Up For Grabs
We're just about halfway through the month and coincidentally halfway through our holiday raffles for 2014. Today's raffle is open to everyone - we're giving away three LEGO polybags: 30189 Transport Plane, 30247 ARC-170 Starfighter, and 30260 Lone Ranger's Pump Car. So go check out Holiday Raffle 5
and enter now for your chance to win!
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Double VIP Points Today Only!
If you haven't finished your holiday shopping yet, LEGO is throwing one more offer your way, as long as you're part of their VIP Program. On Sunday, December 14th, for one day only, VIP Members will earn double points on their purchases through
, LEGO Stores, or orders over the phone. Although they have this deal quite often (like the entire month of October) you can use it to either get some of the
early 2015 sets
they have for sale, or take advantage of their
. (Sorry, Bionicle isn't available there yet, but they do have sales on some Legends of Chima and Star Wars models.)
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Holiday Goodies on LEGO Minifigures Online
Players of LEGO Minifigures Online can enjoy a number of holiday goodies this month. In the Winterland Village
, you can help Santa find the Holiday Spirit and you can even unlock an exclusive Santa minifigure. Additionally, the game now features daily rewards - every day you login, diamonds, stars or even Minifigures will be waiting for you. Last but not least, you can join the Holiday Competition
to win in-game prizes. Check out the December newsletter here
Toa and Lord of Skull Spiders for Preorder on Amazon US
BZPower member MrSciFiGuy reports that the Toa and the Lord of Skull Spider's from next year's line-up of BIONICLE sets are available for pre-order
on Amazon US. All are Prime eligible, too, which may give you an advantage on shipping over LEGO.com. The Protectors are not yet available but surely they'll be available on January 1st at the latest. The countdown is on and it's only 19 days left now!