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Hi there, while we hope you enjoy browsing through the site, there's a lot more you can do if you register. The process is easy and you can use your Google, Facebook, or Twitter account to make it even faster. Some perks of joining include:
  • Create your own topics, participate in existing discussions, and vote in polls
  • Show off your creations, stories, art, music, and movies and play member and staff-run games
  • Enter contests to win free LEGO sets and other prizes, and vote to decide the winners
  • Participate in raffles, including exclusive raffles for new members, and win free LEGO sets
  • Send private messages to other members
  • Organize with other members to attend or send your MOCs to LEGO fan events all over the world
  • Much, much more!
Enjoy your visit!

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From: Ask the LEGO CEO

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Sep 18 2014 · 176 views
LEGO, Question, Jorgen, Knudstorp

If you could ask Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, the CEO of The LEGO Group, one question, what would it be?

Would you ask about his leadership style? What it takes to run a huge international company? What his thoughts are on the fan community? What his involvement with the community is? Or maybe what his favorite set is? Those are just some ideas, and I'd love to hear your thoughts!


Source: Ask the LEGO CEO


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Bravo Zulu Posse (Destiny Clan)

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Sep 08 2014 · 243 views
Destiny, Bungie, Gaming
So Destiny comes out tonight and I am super excited. I won't be at a midnight release unfortunately, but I'll be picking up my Ghost edition after work tomorrow.

I figure there's probably quite a few of you out there who will be playing it too, so I made a clan for us. Feel free to join and represent BZP on Bungie.net!


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From: BZPower Set Review Feedback

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Aug 14 2014 · 176 views
Review, Feedback, Video and 1 more...

Hey everyone! Set reviews have been a fixture of the BZPower front page for a long time now, and we're always looking for ways to make them better. Today we're turning to you guys to get some feedback to help with that process.

To help clarify, a text/image review is the 'classic' BZP review format, for example xccj's review of 76022 X-Men vs The Sentinel.

A video review is fairly self-explanatory, for example my review of 41056 Heartlake News Van.

A lot of times we try to do both a text/image review and a video review for each set. But sometimes, due to time constraints or reviewer preference, we only do one (as in the examples above).

We want to get an idea of which you like more so we can make sure we're providing you with the content you want the most. As an aside, we'd also like to hear your thoughts on the speed-building some video reviews feature.

Moving aside from the poll questions, we're open to any feedback you'd like to provide on reviews in general. Do you like the formats we use? Is there anything we can do better? What parts do you like the best that we should keep doing?

We appreciate your help in improving BZPower!


Source: BZPower Set Review Feedback


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Buried by BrickFair

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower, LEGO Con, Real Life Aug 06 2014 · 280 views
BrickFair, BFVA
I got back from BrickFair last night and still have not had a lot of time to recover.

A huge thanks to everyone who attended, sent in MOCs, and supported our crowd-funding campaign (or all three!) - you guys helped make this the biggest and best BrickFair yet. It's always a huge blast hanging out with everyone, playing games, building with LEGO, sharing meals, etc. I hope you all had as much fun as I did.

But now it's back to the grind. I have a lot of un-packing and sorting to do, as well as a mountain of PMs, emails, reports, and other BZPower-related things to take care of (not to mention real life). So apologies if I do not get back to you quickly. As a rule of thumb, if I have not replied within a week, feel free to bug me about it again.

Hope to see you all next year!


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From: A Poll About Polls

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Jul 08 2014 · 161 views
Poll, Polls, Polling, Feedback

Hey there everyone! We'd like to get your feedback about a longstanding feature of BZPower - polls! We used to have an entire forum dedicated to them, but these days they can go just about anywhere.

Did you know we had polls on BZPower? Do you wish you could make polls? Are you considering buying a Premier Membership just so you can make polls? We want to know your thoughts!

Your input is always appreciated and will go to improving BZPower.


Source: A Poll About Polls


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From: List of Female AFOLs for LEGO

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Jun 27 2014 · 199 views

I received the following from Kim Thomsen of the LEGO CEE Team:


We would like to create a list of female AFOLs.

Please send the following information to me if you know one that we should have on the list.

Full name, e-mail and [talent]

Possible talents:
MOC'er
Organizer
Reviewer
Blogger

If you are interested in being on the list, post here or send me a PM.

I have no idea why they are trying to put this list together, I'm just passing on the word.


Source: List of Female AFOLs for LEGO


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LEGO Ambassador Network

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower May 17 2014 · 309 views
LEGO, Ambassador, Network
Keith Severson (Senior Manager, CEE Community Support) recently shared the below information with the Ambassadors about changes coming to the program. I'm really looking forward to the changes and hoping they strengthen and grow the community as a whole.

Hello Ambassadors,

I just wanted to give everyone an exciting update on the upcoming LEGO Ambassador Network!

We are right now in final phases of finishing the documentation as well as the communication plan.

So here is the plan.

End of MAY announcement of the new network. This will include all of the documentation.
End of September GO LIVE. Meaning we will start accepting application and bring ambassadors into the new forums.

When we release all of the documentation end of May we will also host a number of sessions to answer questions. We will also send this information out to every contact we have as well as encourage fan sites to share it as well. We want all of the AFOL community to be aware of the program.

Between May and September we hope that every community group selects their ambassador and can start filling out the application form (will also go out end of May). This way when we go live we can on board as many community groups as possible.

Also regarding the forums. I can confirm that we will be moving to a new platform and it is the same platform we now use LEGO IDEAS on. While we are still finalizing exact look and feel of the forum, we are aiming to have a nice clean and simple interface as you can now experience on the new IDEAS site. Be aware that we will not migrate anything from the LEGO Project Rooms forum, it will be a fresh start. We will continue to use LPR until we go live on the new forum.

Just to highlight a couple big changes within the new LEGO Ambassador network.

  • The LEGO Ambassador Networks primary function is to act as a hub for Ambassadors to network and strength relationships as well as interacting with the community team
  • To qualify for an ambassadorship you must represent an AFOL community group (i.e. LUG or online site)
  • There is no pre-requisites to being an ambassador from TLG, however there is a level of professionalism and respectful behavior which we expect Ambassadors to live up to.
  • It is a requirement to have an ambassador in order for a LUG to have access to support programs (i.e. LUGBULK)
  • Within the forum there will be Workgroups which will have focused conversations around topics
  • Each workgroup will be managed by one or more community team members as well as one or more Ambassadors which are selected by me
  • Workgroups provide the opportunity to focus discussion and create content which can be used by other Ambassadors or provide strong argument to take to TLG for consideration.
These are just some of the many highlights to the new program. We are looking forward to creating a dramatic shift with this program which we feel will create strong value to community groups as well as TLG. There is a number of very interesting topic that we would like to the workgroups to tackle right from day one and we are sure that many ambassadors have ideas to formulate and co-create as well!

Please be looking forward to get the full information at the end of the month!

If you have any questions about the responsibilities or anything about the new program, I'll do my best to answer them.


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LEGO Ideas Questions

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower, LEGO Con May 07 2014 · 410 views
Ideas, Cuusoo
BZPower will be interviewing Tim Courtney from the LEGO Ideas team this weekend at BrickFair New England!

Is there anything you would like us to ask him, or any topics we should bring up?


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Ask a LEGO Designer

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower, LEGO Con May 02 2014 · 370 views
Set, Designer
At BrickFair New England, LEGO set designer Jamie Berard will be on hand to give a talk. He has also agreed to do an interview with BZPower. This may just be a text interview, but we might try to do a video for our YouTube channel.

What questions would you like to ask him?

GO!


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Philly Brick Fest

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower, LEGO Con Apr 21 2014 · 350 views
MOCs, Display, Awesome!
Philly Brick Fest is later this week! I don't think there will be too many BZPower members there, which makes me sad. Fortunately though, there will be a ton of your MOCs on display!

I was getting worried because no one had been sending anything in, but last Friday I got three boxes (two of them were huge) and today I got four more! By my count, there will be over FORTY BZPower member MOCs on display (not including mine or any others that show up from other exhibitors). We should have a great Karda-Nui display, and BioniLUG will have a special display too.

I'm really excited to put them all on display and show a new city what BZPower is capable of. You guys rock!

And if you missed Philly Brick Fest, there's still time to send them to BrickFair New England, which is only a couple weeks from now. Check out this topic for more info. And please, if you send something - no styrofoam peanuts! I will take them out of your box and replace them with pain and suffering, which won't protect your MOCs nearly as well.






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Name:
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Alias:
Black Six
Join Date:
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