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  1. Recently BrickLink announced the models that would be a part of the next wave of crowdfunded sets as part of their BrickLink Designer Program. From the nine projects below, the first five to reach three thousand preorders will go into production: Mountain Windmill Modular LEGO Store Seasons in Time: Calendar Retro Bowling Alley Brickwest Studios Ruined House Clockwork Aquarium Quest Builder Science Adventures Are there any favorites you'll be supporting when the next round kicks off later this year? I've got my eye on the calendar, but there's a few that look like they'd be fun builds.View the full article
  2. With BrickFair New Jersey coming up soon and lots of prep to do for the event, we decided to just do a quick live build this weekend. Join us on Sunday, September 19th at 1 PM Eastern as we assemble some LEGO Disney BrickHeadz! We'll be opening up 40377 Donald Duck, 40476 Daisy Duck, 41617 Elsa, 41618 Anna & Olaf, 41624 Mickey Mouse, and 41625 Minnie Mouse to add them to our collection. To keep things on-brand, we'll be giving away some Disney Collectible Minifigures to people who stop by to watch. We hope to see you over on the BZPower Twitch channel tomorrow! View the full article
  3. We thought we were done for a while, but Kamila from the LEGO Ideas team has shared just one more 10k Club interview for our reading pleasure. Head over to the blog to meet Hsinwei Chi, creator of Jazz Quartet, to learn about this Taiwanese master character builder. He brings with him some unique perspectives and experiences that are nice to learn about and worth reading. Go enjoy and we'll see if the Ideas team has any more surprises for next week! View the full article
  4. Over on the Star Wars Kids website, a new series of videos was recently added to the LEGO Star Wars: Celebrate the Season collection. Trick-or-Treat, The Pumpkin Batch, Scary Starship, Ghost Ship, and Carving Up the Competition are all under two minutes and feature many of the recently-released LEGO Star Wars sets. So while they are certainly cute and funny, they're also very much marketing material. Go give them a watch and see if they make you laugh! View the full article
  5. Sometimes you're inspired to build a LEGO MOC based on source material that is difficult if not impossible to recreate with physical bricks. But thanks to awesome digital building tools, we don't have to be confined by the laws of physics. BZPower member Alucus of the black Abyss wanted to recreate the first appearance of the Makuta (as Teridax was known back then) in the Mata Nui Online Game and has done so with I Am Nothing!, which you can check out in the Bionicle-Based Creations forum. I love their interpretation of the infected Matoran with the stream of pieces coming up behind it to form the frightening, shapeless cloud. The lighting effects really add to the mood and take me back to playing the game in 2001 - I can hear the music in my head. After you're done giving the model a closer look, make sure you take a gander at some of the other awesome creations that Alucus of the black Abyss has been sharing in the BBC forum as well!View the full article
  6. Since the LEGO Ideas team is taking a break from 10k Club interviews and no one new has joined the Club, we thought we'd share some projects for your consideration: Bionicle: Toa Head Statue by yannickbuildsthings is one of our favorites and we think it deserves your vote BIONICLE - Toa Tahu Awakens by wadapan is a fantastic brick-built Tahu that would make a great display piece The Great Spirit Robot [Bionicle 20th Anniversary] by Axelford is an impressive and imposing build Bionicle Mata Nui Map by grumblebricks is one I would certainly hang on my wall Best of luck to all of these projects!View the full article
  7. Earlier this week, The LEGO Group shared a press release announcing that Children from across the world joined forces to move the world's biggest hauler using only LEGO Technic elements and engineering ingenuity. Thirty-five students spread across the United States, Sweden, Japan, and Nigeria worked together with engineering mentors from The LEGO Group and Volvo to design a way to move a Volvo A60 Articulated Hauler loaded with 45 tons of rocks 50 meters using only LEGO pieces. The solution they came up with utilized 728,168 LEGO Technic Elements and 1,920 Control+ XL motors and, once built by LEGO Master Builders, took only thirty minutes to move the massive vehicle the required distance. This is truly an impressive achievement of both engineering and teamwork, and all the students should be proud of this amazing accomplishment! View the full article
  8. Since we've made it to Wednesday, it means there's a new episode of the LEGO Gaming podcast Bits N' Bricks for everyone to listen to. Head over to YouTube or your favorite podcast app to check out Season 3, Episode 33 - Nexo Knights and the Big Bang Theory, which, despite the title, has nothing to do with the sitcom and everything to do with marketing. In this installment, hosts Ethan Vincent and Brian Crecente chat with Daniel Mathiasen, former partnerships and innovations director in the LEGO Front End Innovation team, Mark Hoffmeier, the head writer on Nexo Knights, and Mads Prahm, a production director for the theme. They talk about the process The LEGO Group uses to create a 'big bang' marketing event, including how in-house IPs are developed and how the company works with various partners to make a transmedia launch happen. There's a lot of moving parts and it's interesting to hear how it came together for Nexo Knights! View the full article
  9. Happy Tuesday everyone! Since it's that special second day of the week we'll be heading over to the BZPower Twitch channel tonight for our weekly dose of LEGO gaming. After recently completing The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame and LEGO Builder's Journey, we're going to be headed back to The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame to pickup where we left off after finishing the main story. I expect there will be a lot of re-learning the layout as we start finding all the collectibles. This is also going to be our last stream for a few weeks as BrickFair New Jersey and some other real life events are coming up that will be keeping me busy. So come by tonight starting at 7 PM Eastern to watch and chat! View the full article
  10. Earlier this morning, The LEGO Group and Queer Eye revealed a fabulous set to celebrate creative expression and promote positivity, which will release on October 1st. The set, 10291 Queer Eye - The Fab 5 Loft, contains 974 pieces and includes minifigures of Bobby Berk, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Karamo Brown, and Jonathan Van Ness as well as Kathi Dooley before and after her transformation on the show. The set was designed by Matthew Ashton, Vice President of Design for The LEGO Group who also designed the Everyone is Awesome set released earlier this year. The model will set you back $100 but is sure to be popular among fans of the show eager to recreate the show's setting and appreciate the myriad little details that Matthew and the LEGO team were able to include. View the full article
  11. This morning Kamila posted what is apparently the last in the third batch of 2021 10k Club Interviews over on the LEGO Ideas blog. You can pop on over to meet Marcel Steeman, the Creator of Bike Lanes and see how this Nederlander went viral with his idea for LEGO City. It's really fascinating in this case, as the model is fairly simple but really caught on around social media and even in the news, indicating a lot of interest in the concept. Go see what you can learn from the interview and possibly apply to your own idea in the future! View the full article
  12. It's almost time for season two of LEGO Masters to come to an end, but before we get to the finale tomorrow night, we have a chat with the last team to be eliminated. The interview was conducted by a panel of LEGO fan sites who asked the questions, and the final interview was transcribed by Megan from Brickset, Flynn from The Brothers Brick, Tom from True North Bricks, and BZPower's reporting team. Read on to hear about their time on the show, their personal LEGO journeys, and what's next for them in their LEGO lives! View the full article
  13. This past week it was announced that LEGO Monkie Kid Arrived on September 9 on Amazon Kids+, making it the first time the show was officially released in North America. In addition, the sets, which were previously only available through LEGO stores and S@H, will also be available on Amazon later this fall. If you're not a subscriber to Amazon Kids+, which is a separate service from Prime Video, you'll have to wait a little longer for the first season to be added to the queue for all Prime members. I think overall this is good news, since before now Monkie Kid felt like it might be floundering in North America despite the fantastic sets. Hopefully this will kick-start its popularity and make sure the theme stays around a bit longer. View the full article
  14. There was one last blog post over on LEGO Ideas by Kamila before the work week wrapped up yesterday. You can head over to read the 10K Club Interivew with Brad and Kevin Hehmeyer, the creators of SpaceX Starship and Super Heavy (BFR) to learn about this pair of brothers with a passion for space exploration. It's interesting to hear about their process of designing the model as the actual rocket was going through revisions and changes. As a lover of space discovery myself, I really appreciated their insight, and hopefully we get some more space-themed models out of the program in the future! View the full article
  15. Earlier this week a trailer for the latest LEGO Star Wars special went up on YouTube. Head over to check out the LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales Official Trailer to get a taste of the Disney+ exclusive that will air on October 1st. If you've watched any of the other LEGO Star Wars animated shows, you'll see some familiar returning faces like Dean and Graballa the Hutt, as well as Star Wars stalwarts such as Darth Vader, Poe Dameron, and Emperor Palpatine. It looks like it will be a fun way to start the spooky season this October! View the full article
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