Friday, October 21, 2016
LEGO Ninjago: Day of the Departed
airs TODAY in Canada
It's still eight days until LEGO Ninjago: Day of the Departed
premieres in the United States, but Canadian LEGO fans get a head start. In Canada, the one-hour TV special airs today
at 4pm Eastern time on Teletoon. Don't be too worried if you miss it — according to their schedule
, there will be reruns at 5pm next Wednesday, October 26th and at 5am next Thursday, October 27th. After you tune in to watch it, feel free to tell us what you think in the Talkback topic. Just be sure to use spoiler tags!
Thursday, October 20, 2016
LEGOLAND Dubai's grand opening is coming on October 31st, less than two weeks away. To promote the opening, the park has released a two-and-a-half minute video tour
of some of the park's key attractions, including its indoor, air-conditioned Miniland. LEGOLAND Dubai also recently unveiled a highlight of its new Miniland: a 17-meter, 1000-kilogram, 439,000-piece LEGO model of Burj Khalifa
, the world's tallest skyscraper. Fittingly, the LEGO version is also the world's tallest LEGO sculpture of a building! Follow the links above for more information or read on for the tour video!
Rediscover the Forgotten Shrine
Our illustrious Bfahome has now made it through twenty installments of Bfa Plays: Bionicle Heroes. Head over to our YouTube channel to watch Episode 20: Forgotten Shrine
where he makes his way through the misplaced temple before facing off against Sidorak! The villain puts up some stiff competition, so give it a look to find out how our hero fares in the battle. Then, don't forget to head over to the discussion topic
to share your thoughts, give Bfahome feedback, and suggest what games you'd like to see him play in the future! Our next episode will be up in a little over two weeks, so stay tuned!
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
LEGO Properties Nominated for BAFTA Kids' Vote
Yesterday the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the movies, TV shows, and videogames on the shortlist for the BAFTA Kids' Vote, and since you're reading it here, you can guess that LEGO made the list. LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu appears in the TV category and LEGO Dimensions and LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens appear in the games category. If you're a kid (quantified as being under 15) you can go vote
from now until November 18th. The winners will be announced at the British Academy Children's Awards at the Roundhouse in Camden on Sunday, November 20th. There's some stiff competition, so I wish LEGO the best of luck!
Yesterday, The Fold released a seven-minute video of the making of the LEGO Ninjago "Day of the Departed" music video
. This eye-opening video walks you through the process of creating the video, from last month's pre-production meeting all the way through this month's filming and post-production. The full music video will be released on Friday, October 28th, one day prior to the premiere of the "LEGO Ninjago: Day of the Departed" TV special. Follow the link above or read on to watch the "making of" video!
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
It seems that Tuesday keeps happening every seven days, weird... That means that tonight you should head over to the BZPower Twitch channel
at around 7:30 PM Eastern to watch us play some videogames with our favorite little plastic bricks. We haven't decided what we're playing yet - you can help with that by heading over to the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
and casting your vote. We'll keep you informed of when the fun kicks off by following us on Twitter
or Twitch so you don't miss a minute. When we're done, we'd love to get your feedback in the discussion topic as well to let us know what you liked and what we can improve.
Preview Three New LEGO Ninjago Songs on Amazon.com
The Day of the Departed is approaching, and The Fold has prepared three new LEGO Ninjago songs for the occasion! Starting today, you can preview or pre-order "The Rift Whip"
, "Day of the Departed"
, and "Close the Circle"
on Amazon.com before their release this Saturday, a week ahead of the "LEGO Ninjago: Day of the Departed" TV special on Cartoon Network. Karaoke versions will also be available for all three songs
. Follow the links above for more details!
It was an awesome period when LEGO was making sets based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and while we got some great models including one based on Moria, we sadly never saw an official Balrog. Don't worry though - Nuju Metru has us covered. Head over to the System-Based Creations forum and check out The Balrog of Moria
, his take on the famous fantasy foe. Aaron uses everything from click-hinges to Mixel joints to CCBS ball-and-sockets to give his creation 39 points of articulation, which gives it the range of movement to take on a wide variety of poses. The beast certainly captures the look and scale of its companions seen on screen in Peter Jackson's films and in the renderings of artists like John Howe, with obvious accommodations made for the medium. So go give the MOC a look and then let Nuju Metru know what you think about it!
The pictorial language of LEGO building instructions has long helped make LEGO sets accessible to fans regardless of age, language, or reading ability. Even so, they are generally not of any use to the blind. To tackle this obstacle, blind LEGO fan Matthew Shifrin and his friend Lilya started a project called LEGO for the Blind
, transcribing the visual instructions as text for use by other vision-impaired builders. Matthew was recently interviewed
about this project and his experiences with congenital blindness for the PBS digital series BrainCraft. Follow the links above for more information, or read on to watch the video!
Yesterday we shared the news
of 10255 Assembly Square, the latest in the series of modular buildings in the Creator Expert theme. If you've paid attention to the past modulars, you probably saw some little winks and nods to the older sets thrown into the square, but I'm sure you didn't catch them all. Thankfully LEGO Designer Jamie Berard has passed on a list of all of the references and inspirations, which we're presenting to you today. In addition, we have the designer video
where Jamie shows off the set and some of the awesome details. Come check it out!
Monday, October 17, 2016
LEGO Rebrick Makuta Challenge Winners Announced!
The LEGO Rebrick Facebook page has announced the winners
of the LEGO Bionicle Makuta Challenge contest that ran through August and early September. Six Tier One winners were chosen from over 2,000 submissions to receive the full range of 2015–2016 Bionicle sets and a copy of a limited edition Bionicle art book: mfarhan93's "Makuta, Tectonic Crawler
", Pierre-Artus's "Makuta, Lord of Darkness
", TolerantAxe97's "Devourer of the Light
", bioniclebud's "Makuta
", FusedTremah's "Makuta The Cursed One
", and Djokson's "Makuta The Mask Breaker
". Additionally, five bonus winners will each receive a copy of the art book. Follow the links above to view the winning entries!
The very first LEGO modular building, 10182 Cafe Corner, was released in 2007, making next year the tenth anniversary of the theme. In celebration of this, on January 1st of next year LEGO is releasing 10255 Assembly Square, a massive four thousand-piece set that fans will surely be drooling over. BZPower has hi-res pictures and the full press release, so read on to check them out. We're also going to run a little contest, so make sure to read the whole story and then visit the Talkback!
Sunday, October 16, 2016
New Star Wars Constraction Commercial Serves Up Action
The new constraction sets for LEGO Star Wars have recently gotten a new animated video showing off just how versatile the characters treat their plastic builds. Check it out on the LEGO Facebook page
, where it's Jyn and K-2SO vs a squad of Death Troopers. Will our heroes beat up the enemy troops with a one-two punch, or will they be blasted by the Troopers' lasers? Check it out!
Saturday, October 15, 2016
More LEGO Graphic Novels Announced for the Coming Year
Amazon.com has revealed details of several new LEGO graphic novels due for release in the coming year. Next month brings LEGO Ninjago: From Ghosts to Pirates
on the 15th, followed by LEGO Ninjago: Dark Island Trilogy Part 3
on the 22nd. On January 31st, LEGO Friends gets its fifth graphic novel, Call of Adventure
, then on Valentines Day comes LEGO Ninjago: The Untold Tales of Skybound
. April 4th brings the first Nexo Knights graphic novel, The Knights of Knighton
, and finally on May 2nd comes the as-yet untitled Ninjago Graphic Novel #5
. Follow the links above for pictures and descriptions of these upcoming books, then visit the Talkback to tell us which you're most excited for!
Friday, October 14, 2016
LEGO Rebrick "Record Your Creativity!" Winners Announced
Today, LEGO Rebrick announced the winners of their LEGO Creator "Record Your Creativity!" contest
, which challenged builders to construct an add-on to set 31051 Lighthouse Point and record a turn-around video using the LEGO Creator mobile app. User rogerdaymd won the grand prize of the entire 2016 range of 3-in-1 Creator sets, including a copy of Lighthouse Point signed by its designers, with his entry "Boardwalk Detail: Whale Watch". Signed copies of Lighthouse Point were also awarded to runners-up kovjonas with "Café on the Sea" and ZSchoonover with "Seaside Outhouse". Follow the link above to view the winning entries!
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Why Walk When You Can Take the Bus?
LEGO Ideas member Savath_Bunny submitted his Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. "The Bus" LEGO Set
project just before the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. kicked off. Now the fourth season is underway and the idea has reached ten thousand votes and will be reviewed by LEGO for consideration to be made into a set! The Bus plays a pretty important role in the show and is the location of many episodes and scenes, so if a single set was to be made based on the series, this would make a lot of sense. I'm not a huge fan of this model's design, but the minifigs look great and I think the LEGO designers could make an interesting set out of the concept. Do you think the project will pass the review phase? Is it something you would buy? Let us know in the Talkback!
Enter the Lavalands in LEGO Nexo Knights Merlok 2.0 App Update
LEGO has rolled out a new update for their Nexo Knights Merlok 2.0 mobile app game. The new update, version 1.3.3 on Android
and version 1.4.3 on iOS
, introduces the new Lavalands area and new boss General Magmar, plus a quest system, shops to buy vehicle blueprints, and improvements to the minimap. A new video
posted to Facebook offers a glimpse at the battles that are to come in the Lavalands area. Follow the links above for more details or to download the game!
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Hasan Jensen has unveiled set 21306 Yellow Submarine
on the LEGO Ideas blog. This set, based on kevinszeto's LEGO Ideas project
which passed review this summer, brings us the first official LEGO versions of the Beatles (John, Paul, George, and Ringo) as depicted in one of their classic animated adventures, along with their peculiar ally Jeremy. The final, over-550-piece set is designed by Justin Ramsden and comes out November 1st at a price of $59.99 USD / £49.99 GBP / €59.99 EUR. Follow the links above for more details, including words by the designers, or read on for a fun stop-motion video
of the set in action!
A Drawing By Any Other Name
Yes, I used the old, cliched line to talk to you about Rose
a piece of artwork from Rahkshi Lalonde that they recently shared on BZPower. Rose is one of Lalonde's characters in Corpus Rahkshi
, a Bionicle Text-Based RPG that's definitely worth checking out. Back to the art though, the Rahlshi definitely captures the iconic shape that's been in the minds of Bionicle fans for over a decade now, but clearly takes inspiration from the character's name with the thorns and color scheme. I like the stylized look that seems like it would fit perfectly in a comic. Go check it out and let the creator know what you think!
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Watch BZP Play Games
We have made it across the calendar and down to the next line, which means it's time for another installment of our weekly gaming stream on Twitch. At around 7:30 PM Eastern tonight you'll be able to tune into the BZPower Twitch channel
and watch the fun unfold. It's going to be so off the cuff, we don't even know what we're going to be playing yet! You should head over to the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
to cast your vote, help break the tie, and then talk about what you like about the stream and what you might like to see changed! Make sure you follow our channel and our Twitter account
to get notified when we go live so you don't miss a moment. I'll see you all there!
Tour the Ninjago Museum's "Hall of Villainy" Special Exhibit
A new page has been added to the LEGO Ninjago website, allowing you to take a virtual tour of the Ninjago Museum of History's new "Hall of Villainy" exhibit
. There you can view lifelike scuptures and read profiles on some of the most notorious enemies the Ninja have defeated, plus learn about weapons associated with their battles. Then at the end of the hall, you can view the portrait of the late Master Yang and the display case holding the powerful and mysterious Yin Blade. Follow the link above to take the virtual tour!
Behind the Scenes of the MNOLG
If ours news archive is to be trusted, the last time there was an update on Templar Studios' Tumblr
was March 2013
. After a dearth of activity for over three years, there's finally something to share! Go read the Program 7: Ko-Koro
entry to get the inside scoop on one of the later levels of the classic Mata Nui Online Game. There's some great concept art, some thoughts on the development of the section, a synopsis, and a transcript of all of the dialog from this portion of the game. I'm glad to see this series continuing and hope we get another update quicker than the last one! Let us know what you think in the Talkback!
Monday, October 10, 2016
It's time today for another set review! From the LEGO Architecture line, we're going to take a look at 21029 Buckingham Palace, the residence of Queen Elizabeth II and her predecessors since 1837. Is this royal house a worthy addition to your collection? Or would your money be better spent on a less lordly estate? Come read and/or watch our review to find out!
Sunday, October 9, 2016
This past Friday, LEGO finished uploading "LEGO Jurassic World: The Indominus Escape"
to their YouTube channel. The full special is 26 minutes long and broken into five parts. It's also available to watch on Netflix. Follow the link above or read on to watch "The Indominus Escape", and if you enjoy it, remember that it and another eight-minute LEGO Jurassic World short will be appearing as part of a special Jurassic World DVD 2-pack
beginning October 18th!
Saturday, October 8, 2016
LEGO.com Teases LEGO Batman Movie and LEGO DC Super Hero Girls
In the wake of the announcement of the LEGO DC Super Hero Girls sets, LEGO.com has been updated with a teaser site
for the new theme. Additionally, the LEGO Batman Movie
teaser site has been updated with the three new sets reveal at New York Comic-Con. There's not much on either site that wasn't in the previous announcements, but the DC Super Hero Girls site promises more details on December 1st and the LEGO Batman Movie updates at irregular intervals, so continue to watch those spaces as 2017 approaches!
Friday, October 7, 2016
Makuta Contest Results Delayed but Expanded
The Makuta building contest hosted on LEGO Rebrick was due to announce the winners soon. Unfortunately, it was posted on Rebrick
that the results will be delayed until October 17th. A Rebrick admin has said this is to get the winner's documents returned and, surprisingly, allow for the selection of a few more winners. Sounds like a fair trade for the delay. As always, best of luck to all entries and participants.