Wednesday, June 29, 2016
After a slight delay, it's time for us to bring you the final summer 2016 Bionicle set review. Today, BZPower Reporter Xccj takes a look at 71315 Quake Beast. Is this a set that rocks, or should he be tossed into the mud? Read on or watch the video review to see.
2017 LEGO DC Super Heroes Mighty Micros Announced
The Hollywood Reporter
reports that six new LEGO DC Super Heroes Mighty Micros will be on display at San Diego Comic-Con. The three new matchups are Batman vs. Killer Moth, Wonder Woman vs. Doomsday, and Superman vs. Bizarro. And of course, each set comes with two micro vehicles, including Batman's Batcopter
, Wonder Woman's Invisible Jet
, and Superman's Supermobile
! Each pair of Mighty Micros will cost $9.99 USD at retail when they are released on January 1, 2017. Check out the article for pics of the three new sets!
Miller and Lord Talk Batman
Collider recently sat down with Chris Miller and Phil Lord
to talk about next year's LEGO Batman Movie. The big takeaways are that the movie will draw from everything Batman - Detective Comics through Batfleck - and beyond (Batman Beyond?) and that the movie is, "just a 90-minute Easter egg." So if you're a Batman fan, expect lots of references that the rest of the people in the theater will miss, and plan on repeated viewings to catch more and more hidden gems. Who else is excited?
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Awaken the Force on Twitch Tonight
Today marks the release of LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, based on the most recent addition to the film saga. If UPS holds up their end of the deal, I'll have my copy in hand this evening and will be streaming it on our Twitch Channel
tonight! Of course, that could change based on the votes in the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
, where you can let us know what you'd prefer to see us play and give us feedback on our streams. I'm looking forward to a LEGO Star Wars game with all the modern enhancements that have come since the original, plus bonus content not from the movie! We'll kick things off at around 7:30 PM Eastern, and you can follow us on Twitch or Twitter
to be notified exactly when it kicks off. May the Force be with us!
LEGO Ninjago Jay Sculpture Coming to San Diego Comic-Con
The LEGO Group has posted two images on their Facebook page
showing one of the brick sculptures they will be exhibiting at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 (July 21 to 24). It's a 51-inch, 64,148-piece sculpture of Jay, the Ninja of Lightning from LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
! The Jay sculpture wears his new costume from the summer 2016 LEGO Ninjago sets, carries an electrified pair of nunchaku, and took 345 hours to build. Follow the link above to see the pictures!
Don't Let the Serpent Strike
If you're going to be engaging in a space dogfight, you better hope you're not going up against the Python-Class Interceptor
! This MOC by Phantom Terror looks like it's ready for action with a sleek, angular shape that just screams, 'FAST!' I get a little bit of a Stargate SG-1 feel from it, and could see it going up against the Goa'uld or the Replicators. The color scheme is a bit industrial, but the dark red spruces things up just enough to give it some character. Head on over to Phantom Terror's topic and let him know what your favorite parts are about his creation!
Monday, June 27, 2016
New LEGO Ninjago Mini-Movie: "The Story of Kozu"
Over at LEGO.com/Ninjago, Ninjago Museum of History curator Dr. Saunders invites you to another sneak preview of the museum's new not-yet-opened "Hall of Villainy" exhibit in the latest summer 2016 LEGO Ninjago mini-movie, "Villain Throwback: The Story of Kozu
"! This week's mini-movie reflects on the threat posed by the four-armed general of the Overlord's invulnerable Stone Army, who last faced the ninja in the Season Two finale. Follow the link above to check it out!
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Yar, ye thought the pirate jokes were long gone after I reviewed a Pirates of the Caribbean set, didn't ya? Well avast, crew mates, and see that LEGO has repurposed the pirate theme into cute little sets, and I will have my fill in seafaring references this day forth! So gather your sea legs as I review 41566, 41567, and 41568, the treasures of the Pyrratz Mixels line! Video and pictures await yonder!
Saturday, June 25, 2016
LEGO in the Steam Summer Sale
The Steam Summer Picnic Sale is going on right now until July 4th, and with all the specials up for grabs there are of course some LEGO videogames you can get at a discount. Head on over
to check out the deals starting at $4.99 for many of the games. If you're not sure of what to pickup, you might want to check out the Twitch Tuesday archive
, where we've played a bunch of the titles on sale. Just make sure to save some money for LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens!
Friday, June 24, 2016
Brick Battles Tower Defense On Twitch Tomorrow
Youtube channel and website Geek & Sundry is hosting a LEGO Tower Defense game on Twitch as part of their 24-hour charity live stream (starting tonight at 7 PM PST). Brick Battles will air tomorrow, Saturday, June 24, at 2 PM PST, on Twitch
, and donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) "let you play along by giving powerups to your favorite team," explains Flickr user Peter Aoun
, who helped build the battle map. Check it out to see which team can prevail against "a collapsing bridge, crumbling walls, and flying missiles" in Brick Battles Tower Defense.
LEGO Bionicle Magazine (English Edition) Coming to the UK
reports that an English edition of this year's new LEGO Bionicle magazine (previously released in Germany
by Blue Ocean, in France by Editions Dipa Burda, and in Italy by Panini Comics) will be coming to the UK on July 6th! The UK version of the magazine will be published by Immediate Media, will be priced at £3.50, and will be published quarterly like the ongoing LEGO Elves magazine by the same publishers. Each issue is packaged with a buildable LEGO gift, beginning with a 19-piece Skull Scorpion. Follow the link above for more information, including a picture of the cover!
Vote in BBC Contest #73
The entry period for BBC Contest #73: Brickin' It Old School has ended, so now it's time to vote for your favorites! You can head over to the voting forum
to check out the three preliminary polls Jack Stone, Galidor, and Exo-Force. The entry period for the first round ends on Sunday, June 26th at 11:59 PM Eastern, and a random voter from each poll will win a McToran polybag, so there's no reason not to vote! Good luck to all of the entries, and I look forward to seeing the finalists at BrickFair Virginia!
Thursday, June 23, 2016
New Ideas Projects Come Out on Top
In addition to the recent changes in guidelines, there have been a couple of projects over on LEGO Ideas that have achieved the requisite ten thousand votes of support. Earlier this week it was Merchant's House
by bigboy99899, which is an awesome piece of architecture with some great landscaping to boot. There's a crazy amount of detail that would make a very intricate LEGO set. A few weeks before that it was the Addams Family Mansion
by afol777 based on the classic sitcom from the 1960s. It's a huge model with lots of references to the show and little vignettes throughout. I'm sure fans of the show would love to see this made as a set. What about you? Would you buy either of these two models if they went up for sale?
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
LEGO has released the second in their new series of summer 2016 LEGO Ninjago mini-movies: "Villain Throwback: The Story of Pythor
". As in the previous installment, "The Story of Samukai
", LEGO Ninjago Museum curator Dr. Saunders offers you a sneak preview of the upcoming "Hall of Villainy" exhibit, this time focusing on the former Snake King and last surviving Anacondrai, Pythor P. Chumsworth. Follow the link above or read on to watch the new webisode!
Get Mixels Rush for Free
Last year Cartoon Network released Mixels Rush to tie into the ongoing toy series and TV shorts. At the time, it was $3.99 in both the Google Play and iTunes stores, but now you can get it for Android
for free! If you had been thinking about picking up the game, now is your chance. If you've played the game, let us know in the Talkback what you think of it!
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
BBC Contest #73 Entry Period Ending Soon
You have less than a day to enter your MOC into Official BBC Contest #73: Brickin' It Old School
! But that's still plenty of time to put your finishing touches on your creation and take a sweet picture of it. And it's certainly worth it to try, with prizes for the contest including mint-in-the-box 8548 Nui-Jaga, 8563 Tahnok, 8554 Tahnok Va, and 8503 Scuba sets, plus cool Bionicle t-shirts. The entry period ends at midnight Eastern time tonight, so I look forward to seeing what everyone enters in the home stretch!
LEGOLAND Coming to the Empire State
Merlin Entertainment recently announced plans to open up a LEGOLAND theme park in Goshen, New York, as reported by Fox News
. It won't open until 2019 at the earliest, but will feature 50 rides and a 250-room hotel. This will be the third park in the US and will be a great location for people in the New York, Philadelphia, and Boston metropolitan areas. I'm excited for the prospect of a new place to partake in the LEGO hobby. Would you make a trip there once it opens? Let us know in the Talkback!
The Fall of a Hero
BZPower's members have a wide variety of talents, and their creativity never ceases to amaze. Tohkann toa of arts has cultivated a skill for 3D animation, and has shown it off with a short clip entitled BIONICLE - City of the Lost: "Downfall"
. It captures a key moment of the Generation 1 Bionicle story in the graphical style of the original movies and evokes some strong emotions as well. Go check it out and then let him know what you think!
LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One
Season 2 Coming July 29
has released a list of new movies and shows coming to Netflix in July. As announced at New York Toy Fair earlier this year, among the July offerings will be the next two episodes of the Netflix original series LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One
. However, the specific premiere date is July 29, so there's still a considerable wait ahead. No other LEGO programs are on the list, so if you're waiting to stream LEGO Ninjago Seasons 4 and 5 you have even longer to wait. Follow the link above for the complete list of new shows coming in July!
LEGO Ideas Guidelines and House Rules Updated
The LEGO Ideas site has been updated with a new blog post
by Tim Courtney explaining updates to the platform's Guidelines, House Rules and Terms of Service. Some changes like a new rule against projects based on third-party IPs already represented in LEGO Ideas sets and new restrictions on appropriate project contents will be applied retroactively to existing projects, while other changes will only apply to new projects going forward. Follow the link above to read the full list of changes!
Twitch Tuesday Takes Place Tomorrow
Due to some scheduling issues, we're postponing this week's Twitch stream until tomorrow - so it'll be more of a Twitch Wednesday. That means that at about 7:30 PM Eastern tomorrow you'll be able to find us at our Twitch Channel
having some fun playing some LEGO games! Voting is still open over in the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
where you can let us know what game you'd like for us to play and let us know what you think of the stream. We appreciate your feedback and would love to talk with you in the chat while we're live too. So follow our channel or our Twitter account
to know when we go live tomorrow. See you all then!
"Do You Want to Build a Spinoff?"
This morning, USA Today
reported that Disney is working on a new storyline/brand extension called "Frozen Northern Lights", which will star Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven from the hit animated movie Frozen
, and they're making LEGO a key part of their marketing strategy. Part of the new story will be conveyed through four LEGO animated shorts, which will air on Disney Channel this November and will feature the film's original voice cast. Follow the link above for more details!
Monday, June 20, 2016
We're two-thirds of the way through June, which means it's time for a new episode of Bfa Plays: LEGO Racers. In Episode 11: And Thyme (Trials)
, Bfahome takes his best shot at the last time trial circuit, trying again and again to beat the best that the game can throw at him. Will he prevail and emerge victorious? Or will we have to check back next month for him to try again? And, more importantly, how many Disney songs will he sing? Read on to watch and find out, and then head over to the discussion topic
to let us know what you thought!
Sixth Nexo Power Video: "Star Fall"
The LEGO Nexo Knights website's Hall of Powers
has received its monthly update for June, a 63-second Nexo Power video titled "Star Fall
". Lance is starring in a sci-fi movie of the same name, and is none too pleased with its absurd premise and low production values. To spice things up, he decides to add some "special effects" in the form of a Nexo Power from digital wizard Merlok 2.0! Follow the link above to watch the new video, and don't forget to use the Merlok 2.0 app on your smart device to add this power to your collection!
Sunday, June 19, 2016
In the last episode
of the LEGO News Show, Dan Brickman got a sweet new ride. But after an unfortunate parking mishap, the eighth international episode of the LEGO News Show
finds him working from home. Home, in this case, turns out to be a LEGO Creator 3-in-1 house! LEGO Club mascot Max and Dan's co-host Helen Stone show him how it works, but after a few rebuilds things get a little out of hand! Follow the link above or read on to watch the latest episode!
Saturday, June 18, 2016
While we wait for our last summer Bionicle review to be posted, why don't we go back over to the LEGO Architecture line? BZPower Blog Assistant Ta-metru_defender today takes a look at 21028 New York City, the flagship of the 'skyline' series of sets. Will the model rise to new heights and earn a spot in your shopping cart? Or will it get lost among the hustle and bustle of city life? Check out our video and text reviews to find out!
The LEGO Movie 2 Delayed to 2019
Variety has announced
that the sequel to the 2014 hit The LEGO Movie has been delayed from May 18, 2018 to February 8, 2019. No reason was given for the delay, but this does mean it will be coming out the same weekend the original did, in a period that traditionally doesn't have a lot of large films. May tends to have a lot of big-budget productions, and in 2018 we'll see the release of Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 and the Star Wars Han Solo movie, which might have outshone LEGO a little bit in the box office. At least we have the LEGO Batman Movie and the Ninjago movie next year to help tide us over!
The 24 Hours of Le Mans automobile endurance race is going on right now, and it's a really significant one for the Ford Motor Company, as both the Ford GT's return to the event after a 47-year absence and the 50-year anniversary of the Ford GT's first victory in this prestigious motorsports event. LEGO has teamed up with Ford to commemorate this occasion with a new video
featuring a "dream race" between the 1966 winning car and this year's new Ford GT. Additionally, the LEGO model shop created 1:3-scale LEGO sculptures of both cars for display at the race venue, which can be seen in both a behind-the-scenes video
and an image gallery
on the Ford website. Follow the links above for more details or read on to watch the videos!
Friday, June 17, 2016
LEGO Speed Champions Building Event at Toys 'R' Us Tomorrow
Get ready, race fans! Tomorrow, June 18th, all Toys 'R' Us stores in the United States will be holding a LEGO Speed Champions building event
for Father's Day weekend! Participants ages six and up are invited to show up between 11am and 1pm to bring home a free LEGO winner's podium. Additionally, for a limited time, Toys 'R' Us is offering 20% off all LEGO Speed Champions sets
both in-store and online. Follow the links above for more details!
LEGO Ninjago Trading Cards Coming to the UK
ToyNews announced today that Dracco UK, a toy and game wholesaler, will be distributing the LEGO Ninjago trading card game in the UK
beginning August 24th. The original German edition of this game has sold 500,000 units since it made its debut back in March
, and Dracco is hoping the English edition will help them capitalize on surging trading card sales in the UK. 24-card booster boxes will cost £1.00, while Multipacks and the Starter Pack will cost £4.99. Follow the link above for more details!
Veteran LEGO Designer Daniel Krentz Passes Away at Age 79
LEGO designer Mark Stafford has announced on Flickr
that his friend, former LEGO designer Daniel Krentz, passed away last weekend. When Daniel began working in Billund as a LEGO designer in the mid-1970s he was both the first AFOL and the first foreigner to be recruited to that role, which he held until the year 2000. Daniel designed dozens of sets during his tenure at the LEGO Group, including many of the earliest LEGO Castle and LEGO Pirates sets. Follow the link above to read more about this designer's amazing life and career.
Faber Files Releases a Throwbots Throwback
Christian Faber has updated his blog FaberFiles with a new entry
taking us back to the earliest days of LEGO constraction sets, showcasing the original faceplate illustrations of four of the Slizer/Throwbot sets from 1998: Fire/Torch, Sub/Scuba, Jungle/Amazon, and Judge/Jet. The Slizer/Throwbots theme was the precursor to Bionicle, and despite having a very different aesthetic, it's neat to get a glimpse of Faber's involvement in those sets. Follow the link above for a real blast from the past!
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Get a Taste of LEGO The Force Awakens
Earlier this week amid the E3 festivities in Los Angeles, LEGO and Warner Bros released a demo for the upcoming LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens videogame. You can download it now from either the Playstation
online stores, depending on your preference or purchase history. The game comes out on June 28th, which is sooner than I thought, but if you can't wait that long you can try it out now! What are you waiting for, go give it a play and decide if you want the full thing!
Are You a DIY-er?
The folks over at LEGO ReBrick have recently kicked off a new and awesome contest. MAKE SOMETHING
tasks you to invent something using LEGO bricks - it could be a new way to solve an everyday problem or some brand new idea to change the world or something in between. It's very broad and should leave a lot of latitude for many different creations. You have until August 10th to make and submit your entry, and the grand prize winner gets a trip to LEGO World Copenhagen 2017 and a Mindstorms EV3 set. ReBrick keeps churning out these contests with something for everyone, and I can't wait to see what's next.
Bionicle.com Updated with "Unity" Chapter 6
The story "Unity" in the LEGO Bionicle website's Explore section has been updated with a sixth chapter
, this time focusing on Pohatu, Ketar, and the Region of Stone. As usual, it explains the challenge the Uniter of Stone faced in attempting to join with his great elemental creature and the powers they gain when they are united, accompanied with colorful stills from the Netflix series LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One
. Follow the link above to read the latest chapter!
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Two New LEGO Elves Webisodes Added to LEGO.com
The official LEGO Elves website has been updated with two brand-new webisodes! In One is More Fun
, Ragana, Jynx, and Dusti attempt to throw a dark and scary Halloween party, but things don't quite go according to plan. And in Hairy Styles
, Emily and her elf friends get caught in a thunderstorm on their way to the Elvendale Ball and stop at the Sky Castle to clean up... but Skyra would rather set them up with a whole new look! Follow the links above to watch the new webisodes!
The LEGO YouTube channel has released four new videos of the upcoming game LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
. The first is a 143-second E3 trailer
, the second a 31-second ad for the Empire Strikes Back Character Pack
, the third a 31-second ad focusing on BB-8
, and the fourth a 31-second ad for the free demo
which is now available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and allows you to play through Finn, Rey, and BB-8's escape from the First Order on Jakku. Follow the links above or read on to watch the new videos!