Sunday, January 25, 2015
Everyday Tasks with the LEGO Justice League Videos
Some fun, new videos for LEGO DC Super Heroes have appeared on LEGO's YouTube page
. Determined to get out and about, it looks like some heroes can not even run some errands without needing to do some superheroing. Between Superman at the Dry Cleaners
, Flash at the Zoo
, and Batman at the Car Wash
, these Justice League members have their hands full! I hope LEGO makes some more soon with other fan favorite characters.
Avengers: Age of Ultron Set Images Found
Allen over at The Brick Fan shares some news
about images of the upcoming Marvel Avengers: Age of Ultron sets that have been posted on the German and Japanese Amazon websites. There's definitely a lot to take in and some of the designs really stand out. I have a feeling the the Hulk Buster Smash is going to be a popular seller and definitely stands out as my favorite right now.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
BIONICLE Stop-Motion Character Videos
LEGO has uploaded a series of stop-motion BIONICLE videos promoting the Toa/Protector combiners: Lewa
. They are of course non-canon and certainly not your usual BIONICLE video but I found them kind of cute somehow. Just don't expect too much epicness of them besides the music.
[Source: TheSkeletonMan939, Toa of Gallifrey]
BIONICLE Episodes 5 and 6 Released in Czech
For reasons unknown to us, LEGO has decided to upload episodes 5
on their Czech YouTube channel and nowhere else, though I suspect this means we can expect them in English next week. The fifth episode doesn't contain too much dialogue and can be easily understood but the sixth does and looks like it delves deeper into the story. I'm excited to watch them in English!
Friday, January 23, 2015
LEGO has sent us the official press release for the Scooby Doo line of sets coming out this August. Of note, there will be a 22 minute LEGO Scooby-Doo animated special coming out later this year as well as made-for-video movies. It looks like this will be quite the partnership and I look forward to seeing all of the sets and animations they come up with. LEGO and Scooby-Doo are two awesome things from my childhood that I can't wait to see combined!
Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Set Revealed
It seems like USA Today received the first look
at one of the upcoming Scooby Doo sets. The Mystery Machine will contain 301 pieces, retail for $29.99, and includes Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, and a Zombie. The van itself looks great and definitely captures the classic look of the original vehicle from Scooby Doo, Where Are You? I'll definitely be picking this one up and maybe some of the other sets as well. How about you?
Exclusive Minifigs in Battle of the Five Armies from Target
[Source: Aanchir, Arzaki]
Target has recently posted a listing
for their version of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD. The reason we're mentioning it here is that it comes with Bard the Bowman and Bain son of Bard minifigs, the latter of which is exclusive to the Target set. You can pre-order it now, but there's not even a release date for the movie yet, so you'll probably be waiting a few months for it to release.
The two remaining LEGO Elves character videos have been released on LEGO's YouTube channel: Naida the water elf
"is the sensitive daydreamer, but is not afraid to follow her dreams" and Aira the wind elf
"is always happy, somewhat hyperactive and quite the problem solver". Read on to watch the two videos right here!
The LEGO Movie Video Game on iTunes
The LEGO Movie Video Game has arrived on iTunes
, meaning you can now play the game on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch as long as your device runs iOS 7 or higher. The app consumes 1.16 GB, so make sure you have enough free space. Over 90 characters from the movie and 45 missions are waiting for you if you are willing to pay the price of USD 4.99.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
LEGO RPG Coming to Mobile Platforms Next Year
Late last week, Nexon announced that it had entered into a partnership with TT Games to create a LEGO role-playing game, as you can see in this press release on Gamasutra
. The game is said to be based on several popular LEGO properties including Ninjago, and will be released on Android and iOS platforms. The game won't come out until 2016, and will be released in Asia before making its way to the rest of the world. It will be interesting to see what this means for LEGO Minifigures Online, as it seems like the two games will fill the same role.
Ninjago Magazine Coming to the UK
The folks over at Brick Fanatics have a piece of interesting news
for Ninjago fans. It seems there will be a LEGO Ninjago magazine releasing in the UK on January 28th, less than a week away! The magazine will come with an exclusive Kai minifig as well as posters, stickers, and other cool content. If you want a chance to win a free copy, make sure you check out the link!
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
LEGO Wins Best New Toy Awards
The British Toy and Hobby Association has selected the top thirty-six new toys in twelve different categories at the London Toy Fair, Nerdly reports
. LEGO has swept the construction toy category, winning with the Bionicle Master Assortment (#70784 - #70789), Minecraft: The Dungeon (#21119), and Disney Frozen: Elsa's Sparkling Ice Castle (#41062). It's awesome to see Bionicle winning awards again, and LEGO continuing to be recognized for its excellent products. Let's hope they get similar recognition at Nuremberg and New York!
LEGO Movie Soundtrack Coming to Vinyl
For reasons unbeknownst to most of us, the soundtrack for The LEGO Movie will be released on vinyl as a double LP on February 10th. Amazon is currently offering it for pre-order for $31.98
. The release includes twenty-eight tracks including several versions of 'Everything is Awesome.' For fans of analog audio who still have a working turntable, this seems pretty neat. I'm keeping my fingers crossed now for a release of the movie on LaserDisc or VHS.
More 2015 LEGO Set Info Revealed
After their first story last night, Brickset has posted a second piece
focusing on the licensed LEGO themes coming out later this year. There's information on Star Wars, Jurassic World, Marvel and DC Superheroes, Minecraft, and, most importantly, Scooby Doo. I'm personally really excited for this last theme, and can't wait to get a look at some of the sets. Go read about what we can expect to see in New York next month!
New LEGO Elves Character Videos
LEGO has uploaded two new LEGO Elves character videos on their videos site
. We get one for Farran, the earth elf, and Emily Jones, the girl who fell through the portal to Elvendale and who seems to be the main protagonist of the series. Of course this is just speculation, but I imagine that if the theme does well enough in its first year, we could see it expand into maybe even a TV series in the second year like Ninjago did. Either way, if you are a fan of LEGO story themes, 2015 seems a pretty great year with Ninjago, BIONICLE and Elves all running at the same time!
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Summer Bionicle Set Info Revealed at Toy Fair
It looks like the guys at Brickset were also at the London Toy Fair today and shared some info they learned
. This includes the set numbers, names, and British prices of the summer Bionicle sets. Four of them are villains, and the the last is a villain and the 'Mask Maker,' who I'm sure we'll learn more about in the future. There's information about other LEGO sets coming out next year too, so make sure you check it out. February and New York Toy Fair with the opportunity to take pictures can't come soon enough!
The New Toa Kaita
Late last month, Forum Leader GSR made a blog post asking for story prompts. He made the mistake of choosing one from Xaeraz, and a new comedy, The Kaita and the Storyteller
, was born. Some concepts from the original Bionicle are brought into the new storyline with a humorous twist, and as a result we get to see a... different take on the Toa Kaita. Go give it a read!
New Sets Revealed at London Toy Fair
The folks over at Brick Fanatics are lucky enough to be at the London Toy Fair, and while they can't take pictures, they do have set numbers, prices (UK), names, and some of their initial thoughts posted on their site
. While they haven't shared any Bionicle set info yet, there is some information about Scooby Doo and Jurassic World which could both be cool, along with Friends, City, Ultra Agents, and Superheroes. BZPower will be at New York Toy Fair in less than a month to take pictures and provide our own coverage of the 2015 lineup!
Monday, January 19, 2015
Rahkshi: The 42 by jimmybob83
In 2003, the official Bionicle storyline indicated that there were 42 different varieties of Rahkshi, but only six were ever released in set form that year. But now the whole group of colorful Rahkshi have come together in jimmybob83's topic Rahkshi: The 42
. Although some parts are spray painted and cut, he has managed to capture the rest of the Rahkshi with their official colors, and all of them have unique staff and spine designs. This is quite the ambitious customization project, and he's pulled it off quite well. Have a look through his topic and find your favorite Rahkshi!
Sunday, January 18, 2015
The fourth wave of Mixels isn't due out until February, but BZPower Reporter Xccj has managed to claim a few to do a quick review of. The three Glowkies Mixels, 41533 Globert, 41534 Vampos, and 41535 Boogly, feature some nocturnal creature designs and glow in the dark eyes. Are these creatures worth venturing out in the dark to find, or should they be left in the shadows? Read on or watch the video review to see for yourself!
[Source: BZPower Members]
LEGO Pirates Site Sails into Port
The LEGO Pirates are setting sail and searching for treasure once again! The everlasting theme gets new sets this year, including a pirate ship, and the LEGO Pirates page
has just surfaced on the LEGO website with lots of cool tidbits. Complete with an interactive map for all the sets, the site has character biographies, wallpapers, and even a game code for Minifigures Online. Grab your eye patch and tri-fold hat and look for these sets on the horizon!
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Mixels Site Updated
The forth series of Mixel characters won't be on sale until February, but that hasn't stopped LEGO from updating the Mixels Site
with information on the new characters. You can read up on
the new Orbitons, the Glowkies, and more of the Infernites, as well as view the building instructions
for their Max characters. If you're interested in the new designs, check it out!
The LEGO Movie Wins Critics' Choice Award
Oscar had a grouchy day when submitting his nominations (he's apologized for it
) but fortunately there are other awards as well. The LEGO Movie has won Best Animated Film at the Critics' Choice Awards
! Good to see not everyone at the awards feels like snubbing The LEGO Movie for whatever reason. The Critics' Choice Award is presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, representing nearly 300 television, radio and online critics, so that's quite something. Congratulations for at least one well-deserved award!
LEGO Top Gear
Fans of LEGO and the BBC show Top Gear were in for a treat the other days with the latest Top Gear trailer
which features the characters as minifigures. It's quite a nice animated short, and features some LEGO car models as well. The characters, however, are having a hard time in the transition to being minifigures. It's quite a fun watch.
Friday, January 16, 2015
One of the biggest movies from the end of last year, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brought with it a series of tie-in sets. Since the movie is still going strong, we though we'd take an opportunity to review some for you. Today I look at 79016 Attack on Lake-town
, one of the smaller sets from this wave. Will it stay afloat when you play with it, or is it doomed to sink to the back of store shelves? Read on to find out!
Episode 5: The Power of the Golden Masks - Coming Soon!
LEGO has published a teaser for the next episode in the BIONICLE web series: The Power of the Golden Masks
features the Toa claiming their Golden Masks and unlocking their true potential. Hopefully we'll see more Toa than just Tahu getting their mask. Nevertheless, I'm already excited and I look forward to seeing the Toa meet for the first time, which we'll hopefully do soon.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Phil Lord Responds to LEGO Movie Oscar Snub
The nominees for the Academy Awards, the film industry's most prestigious commendation, were announced today, and surprisingly The LEGO Movie
was not up for Best Animated Feature. While this is a disappointment to many LEGO fans, director Phil Lord responded appropriately via Twitter
, saying, "Made my own!" Check it out to see just what he means, and then continue lamenting the lack of an Oscar nomination for our favorite awesome
movie of 2014. Well played, sir.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Battle for the Gold Mask Grand Prize Winner Announced
The judges have looked through the entries again and again - after all their deliberations they have finally decided upon a winner of the gold skull spider mask. Congratulations to Akutahn by Roa McToa of our very own BZPower, the grand prize winner of the Battle for the Gold Mask! You can head over to ReBrick
to see the full announcement as well as an interview with the builder, Breann. This has been one of the biggest and most elaborate contests I've seen LEGO host, and a huge thanks goes out to them for allowing us to participate. Congrats again to all the winners, especially Roa McToa! I look forward to working with some of the great LEGO fansites out there in the future since this went over so well!
New Bionicle Episode Released
Last night the fourth Bionicle episode was released over on LEGO's website. The Protectors Fight Back
highlights the Protector of Fire and Tahu attempting to retrieve the gold Mask of Fire. Apparently the protectors are no slackers when it comes to fighting skull spiders - do their gatling launchers ever run out of ammo? I look forward to seeing more of these!
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
More Micro Bionicle Batches
The System-scale Bionicle sets didn't go over too well back in the day, but that doesn't mean there's not a way to do minifig-scale creatures that works. Over in the System-Based Creations forum, bonesiii has shared another batch
of Bionicle characters in a smaller form factor created in LEGO Digital Designer. Ranging from the Muaka to the Rahkshi, there's quite a variety and definitely worth checking out! Perhaps we'll see LEGO return to this scale with Bionicle being back.
Ninjago Website Updated
The Ninjago website has been updated, though not with 2015 content yet, curiously enough. Instead, today's update gives the website a new design and the new standardized layout all new LEGO websites are getting. Unfortunately, some things have been messed up so the Characters section barely features any characters and those that do have a bio have one that was outdated already ages ago. This may be because they forgot to replace placeholders with final content, as only the US versions seem to feature any text at all - there is just empty text for other regions. Not all is disappointment, though, as there is a great Explore section with summaries of all Ninjago chapters so far. I suggest you check it all out on the British version
as not all sections are accessible from the navigation bar on the US version for some reason.
Monday, January 12, 2015
LEGO Starts Posting Elves Character Videos
LEGO has posted a brief character video for Azari
, one of the characters from the new LEGO Elves line, on their YouTube channel. It's pretty short, but suggests there will be a good amount of character development for the series. The end hints at more videos for the other characters, but they haven't been posted yet and link to the LEGO Elves website instead. It should be interesting to see how this line develops and if it takes off!
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Belated Congratulations for November's Flickr Winner
Member Chro is the winner of November's BZPower Flickr
contest. His creation Toriaze
has been featured as the BZP Flickr page banner since December, and deservedly so. Toriaze is a guardian being wielding kinetic power, and Chro gives his creation plenty of flow in the armor and muscle in the limbs for a natural and strong feel. While the winner should have been announced last month, hopefully this belated post will give his MOC a boost of new views. Congratulations!
LEGO: The Apple of Toy Companies
Fast Company recently had the opportunity to join the LEGO Future Lab at their yearly team retreat. The resulting article
provides some interesting insight into the R&D branch of the company that has been responsible for things like LEGO Games, Fusion, and Ideas. It's a really intriguing read and definitely worth going through to learn about how LEGO continues to innovate and be a leader in the toy industry. I look forward to seeing the products they hinted were coming out this year!