Thursday, July 20, 2017
Happy Anniversary BZPower!
Sixteen years ago a little site by the name of Bionicle Zone made its debut on the web, touting itself as a place to talk about a new LEGO theme. Bionicle has come and gone twice now, but here we are still enjoying one another's company and having fun! I'd like to thank you all for making BZP a great community that brings happiness to me and others every day. As is our tradition, we'll be enabling Premier Membership
perks for everyone later today as our small way of saying thanks. If you've been holding off on purchasing a Premier Membership, we're also offering 10% off in our store
when you use coupon code 'BZPSWEET16' during checkout. Wwe have some more things planned, but it's been a busy time for us recently, so you may have to wait until the weekend for them. Thank you all once again, and let's hope for many more years of fun to come!
Bfahome Twists the Plot
We've made it to that time of month again when it's time for a new episode of Bfa Plays, where Bfahome continues to work his way through LEGO Harry Potter. In Episode 12: Tom Riddle Me This
, he must first test his skills against Moaning Myrtle before entering into a flashback to learn about Tom Riddle and share some spoilers! When you're done watching, make sure you head over to the discussion topic
to leave you feedback and let us know what you'd like to see us play in the future. We'll be back in just a couple of weeks with the next episode, so stay tuned!
Turning Back Time
I have a feeling that the next few spotlights we shine on member creations are going to draw from The Legend Continues contest, which really brought out the best and most creative sides of many members. For instance, today we're showing off Tapestry of Time
by Pomegranate, which highlights their wish that the two halves of the Mask of Time had been connected in the new story, tying the two generations together. I love the rendering of Tahu and the stream of time coming out of the Vahi - when I first saw it, I didn't even realize that it was in chronological order! It's a great tribute to the theme and certainly worth checking out. Make sure you share your thoughts on the creation with Pomegranate too!
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
It's time for another BZPower set review, and today BZPower Reporter Xccj is looking at the LEGO Batman Movie set 70908: The Scuttler. The Scuttler was a prominent vehicle in the movie and is a bit different than we usually see with Batman's vehicles, but how does the set itself hold up? Read on or watch the video review to find out, and get a chance to win some Batman Collectible Minifigures.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Our normally-scheduled Twitch Tuesday gaming stream for this week is being delayed to Wednesday thanks to real life. We'll be live tomorrow at around 8 PM Eastern on the BZPower Twitch channel
to do our best to make it through a few levels of a LEGO videogame of your choosing. You can head over to the discussion topic
to cast your vote and help us decide what to play! It should be a swell time as always, even if we're a day late.
Monday, July 17, 2017
Better Know a Ninja
The release date for The LEGO Ninjago Movie is fast approaching and with that we can expect more information about the film to trickle out. For instance, USA Today shared some character posters
recently that at the very least help you remember what element each ninja is the elemental master of. The article also reveals that in this movie, not everything will be built out of bricks, unlike The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie. I'm not sure if that's just the change they need or if it will be too much of a departure from the earlier entries in the series. Let us know what you think in the Talkback!
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Brick Factor Philadelphia Photos
For your consideration this Sunday: a look (through my photo album on Flickr
) at Merlin Entertainment's Brick Factor competition in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, which served as a job interview
for the Master Model Builder for the "Philadelphia" LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Over 500 photos show the first day of the contest that ultimately made
BZPower member Mike "retinence" Nieves the face of the Discovery Center. We're a little late sharing these photos (the contest was in December, when details of the attraction's interior were sparse) - the grand opening was in April
and you can actually buy tickets to see Mike at the Philadelphia-area attraction now.
From LMOTD to BZPower
After over 10 years of existence, the end of early MOC-blog LMOTD was announced yesterday
. A timeline recapping the history of the blog
marks the occasion of the 10th anniversary and the decision to wind it down. Buried in those two articles is a bit of BZPower news - since the founder of LMOTD is now on the BZPower news team (and no longer split between the two outlets), we'll feature more MOC, news, and event coverage here going forward.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
What Does it Take to Build Lady Liberty?
If you're in the Washington DC area, or plan to visit in the next year, you might want to schedule a trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and check out the new, "The Nation We Build Together" exhibit. Featured prominently is a nine foot tall model of the Statue of Liberty, made from LEGO bricks and built by LEGO master builder Erik Varszgi. USA Today talked to Erik
about the process to design and build the replica. It's definitely something I'd like to see in person, if only to be jealous of all that sand green!
Friday, July 14, 2017
DC Superhero Sets for 2018 Revealed
Everyone always wants to know what sets The LEGO Group is releasing next, and today we've gotten a peek into the future! Forbes has shared
a batch of images and information on a collection of DC Superheroes sets that are scheduled to be released in 2018. The sets will be on display at San Diego Comic Con next week and I'm sure we'll get some more information about them at that point. Until then, you'll have to settle for drooling over Lobo, Krypto the Super-Dog, Killer Frost, Firestorm, Cheetah, and the classics like Batman, Superman, The Flash, Cyborg, Wonder Woman, and Lex Luthor!
Thursday, July 13, 2017
BrickFair Virginia is Coming!
One of the biggest LEGO events in the Americas, BrickFair Virginia
, is less than a month away. Taking place on August 2nd to 6th in Chantilly, Virginia, there's sure to be a big BZPower and Bionicle community turnout, including the fine folks at The Three Virtues. If you're going to be attending for the private or public part of the show, let us know in the planning topic
. We also recently shared some information about games and activities
BZPower is running at the event and put out a call for volunteers
to help keep BrickFair going strong! This event is one of the highlights of my year and I look forward to seeing many old and new faces there!
Free LEGO Mini Piggy Bank
Have you ever been in need of some quick change, so you decide to smash your piggy bank? It's a fine way to access your savings, but don't you wish you could then rebuild your piggy bank? Well, now you can with the new deal from Shop.LEGO.com
. If you order $75 or more, you get 40251 Mini Piggy Bank for free. If pigs aren't your favored financial advisors, the set includes pieces for you to transform it into a panda or polar bear. This deal will last until July 31st.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Speed Into the Future
The folks over at LEGO Rebrick have recently launched a new contest in conjunction with the Speed Champions team. In Racers of Tomorrow
, builders are tasked to create what they think a Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Formula One race car will look like in the future, whether it be ten years or a hundred from now. The grand prize winner will get a trip to the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport facility in England and a chance to experience what it's like behind the wheel! You have until August 28th to create and submit your entry, so you have better get building fast!
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Three... Two... One... Blast Off!
LEGO recently sent BZPower a large selection of sets for us to use in various activities over the next few months, and we asked on social media which of three sets you'd like to see us build this weekend. The results are in, and this Saturday, July 15th, at 6 PM Eastern, we'll be building 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V from the LEGO Ideas line! I'm super excited to ramble on about the Apollo program and the space race for however long it takes me to put the 1969 pieces together, interspersed by me giving away some prizes to our viewers! You can catch all the action on the BZPower YouTube channel
. I look forward to seeing you all there this weekend for what's sure to be a great build!
Strength in Numbers
The Legend Continues contest got a great variety of entries with all of the different takes on what people would have liked to see in the second generation of Bionicle. For Sparkytron, it meant going back to some Gen 2 concept art for the first wave of villains and creating Kulta Kal and the Skeleton Army
. Individually the builds might not be the most impressive, but I feel like they do a great job of capturing the design mentality of Bionicle and utilizing the CCBS elements. What's even greater is that they all combine into one super-villain, a play feature that has been a part of Bionicle since 2001. Go give the models a closer look and let Sparkytron know what you think!
Tonight we'll be kicking off our weekly gaming stream a little later than usual, but it should still be a blast. Head on over to our Twitch channel
at 8 PM Eastern to watch us have some LEGO videogame fun. You can help us decide what to play by heading over to the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
and casting your vote! Whatever it is that we play it should be a lot of fun and I look forward to sharing the experience with you!
Monday, July 10, 2017
Fly Through the Air With the Greatest of Ease
Sometimes you're faced with a rule and get discouraged because you can't do what you want, but other times you learn to work within the rules to achieve something greater. LEGO Ideas member Mammalucco wanted to submit his F-15 fighter aircraft to the platform for consideration, but couldn't due to its violent connotations. So instead he redesigned to model and submitted the NF-15B Research Aircraft
with a beautiful red, white, and blue color scheme and some innovative building techniques to accomplish the shapes of the plane. The project has just achieved ten thousand votes of support on Ideas, meaning it will be considered during the next review phase. I'm a fan of the model, but is it something that you'd pick up? Let us know your thoughts in the Talkback!
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Exclusive Super Heroes BrickHeadz Coming to SDCC
LEGO always has a few exclusives for sale at San Diego Comic Con, happening July 20-23 this year. Following the release of the first wave of BrickHeadz sets, both DC Comics Super Heroes and Marvel Comics Super Heroes get some exclusive love at the LEGO booth's shop. Supergirl and Martian Manhunter
team up together, sporting looks from the Supergirl
show, and Spider-Man and Venom
are forced to share a box for better or worse. These will cost $40 each for anyone lucky enough to buy them at SDCC, twice as much as buying two Brick Headz in a store (not bad, for an exclusive). We can only hope these characters make their way as individual sets later in the year, for everyone to buy.
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Another set from the first wave of skyline Architecture models, 21027 Berlin is a miniature representation of the city with so much history and presence. BZPower Forum Assistant Zatth is back again to take a look at this set as well, and is now ready to share his thoughts on it with you all. So let's go check out his review and see how it stacks up!
Friday, July 7, 2017
LEGO Ads Take Home Lions
Last month at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity advertising company Ogilvy Bangkok was recognized for their work with LEGO, as AdWeek reports
. The campaign focuses on the idea that play with LEGO bricks helps children develop important skills that allow them to pursue their dream jobs, whether it be fighting fires, rocking out, or blasting off. The article goes behind the scenes to learn a bit about what inspired the ads and how they were created. Unfortunately the models are just digital renders, but it looks like Ogilvy is planning on building versions out of actual bricks! What would your version of this campaign be? Let us know in the Talkback!
Thursday, July 6, 2017
A Look Inside Ninjago City
I'm sure you've all seen the awesome Ninjago City set that was announced
last month for the upcoming LEGO Ninjago Movie, but do you know how it came into being? Yahoo! got the chance to talk to the set's designers, Christopher Leslie Stamp and none other than Nicolaas Vas, BZPower's own Brickthing, about their creative decisions with the model. Go give it a read
to see some awesome concept art that inspired the set and learn about the choices the designers made when building the model. It's definitely worth the read!