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  1. There's been some recent news over on LEGO Ideas that's worth sharing. First, the 10k Club membership has increased with the addition of the Toronto Rocket Subway Train - Minifigure scale Electric Train by Legovader217. If approved, it's probably the most detailed LEGO subway model we've seen at ten studs wide, with plenty of room for an accurate interior. And speaking of the 10k Club, you can now Meet Sam Nelson of UCS Space Shuttle Atlantis in the latest interview. This impressive model just got a lot more impressive when I discovered it was built by a teenager - I hope we'll be seeing amazing builds from him for years to come! View the full article
  2. I recently came across a topic I had missed from last month over in the Bionicle Discussion subforum. Alexander123 wants to know about Bionicle at LEGOLAND over the years - the rides, the stage shows, statues, unique merchandise, and all of that other cool stuff. A bunch of people have shared their experiences and memories so far, but the more the merrier! If you have pictures you took from back in the day, that's all that much better. And if you missed out on all the fun at the parks from Bionicle's first run, go check it out to see what was going on. View the full article
  3. It's that time of the week again - Tuesday! We're heading over to the BZPower Twitch channel tonight at 7:30 PM Eastern on our Xbox 360 to play some videogames! We're still working through Bionicle Heroes, slowly getting ever-closer to the end of the adventure. But today is not that day, so come on by and watch us clear the island of Voya Nui of all evil-doers. View the full article
  4. Today LEGO and BBC Studios have announced the results of their partnership to creat a Top Gear LEGO set, the 42109 App-Controlled Top Gear Rally Car. The set will be available on December 26th and retail for $130 in the US - while it only contains 463 pieces, it does have two Powered Up motors and a Bluetooth hub. For videos, images, and the full press release, read on! View the full article
  5. Coinciding with the release of Disney's Frozen 2, Barnes and Noble Booksellers are hosting a free make-and-take event this Saturday, Nov 23, for kids. Participants will be given pieces and instructions for a mini-build of Arendelle Castle that they will get to take home. Other activities vary by store. Signing up at your local store is encouraged through BN.com, as space for LEGO events fill up quickly.View the full article
  6. There's just a few days left to back Piqabrick, an interesting LEGO-related project on Kickstarter. Supporting the idea gets you a device with a camera that allows you to use your computer to identify any LEGO element with just a few pictures. I was very hesitant and skeptical when I first saw the Piqabrick, but since then several AFOLs that I trust have had a chance to test it out and say it works quite well. It still needs time to build out the database of all the pieces, but the hardware and software seem sound. It's certainly a niche device, but if it's the kind of thing that you think might be useful, by all means go check it out! View the full article
  7. On Friday we began construction on 70657 Ninjago City Docks, making our way through the first seven bags of this awesome LEGO set. On Monday, November 18th, at 7 PM Eastern over on the BZPower YouTube channel, we'll be working on it again! The plan is to stream for a couple of hours, give away some prizes, and save the rest for next weekend to finish it off. We look forward to seeing you there and chatting with everyone about the build, LEGO news, and everything else! View the full article
  8. Earlier this week, a model that looks like it would be a perfect addition to the LEGO Creator Expert Winter Village subtheme achieved ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas. The Winter Chalet by sdrnet features a snowy exterior and a very detailed interior. The builder used a lot of interesting techniques to make the set look like somewhere you might want to visit during your winter vacation - if you're the type that likes skiing or cozying up around a warm fire. Best of luck to the chalet during the review phase - I would love to add it to my own Winter Village! View the full article
  9. We've got a busy weekend ahead of us, so we're going to be streaming tomorrow, November 15th at 1 PM over on the BZPower YouTube channel instead of Saturday. What are we going to be building? Well I said last time that November is going to focus on Ninjago and since we've already built Ninjago City what better set to build than 70657 Ninjago City Docks? This is obviously going to be a multi-day build, so if you can't make it tomorrow there will still be plenty more to watch. My goal for Friday is just to go for a couple of hours and keep it short and sweet. We'll have giveaways as well, so it should be a fun time for all! Look forward to seeing you there! View the full article
  10. Following our recent trip to BrickFair New Jersey in Secaucus, our intrepid news team completed a trip to the new Toys 'R' Us location in Paramus, New Jersey. The store itself was not actually open yet, and still has no announced opening date, but the whirring of drills behind a wall let us know that they're working on something. Conveniently, this mall already has a LEGO store just around the corner, and you can find this location near the parking deck, AMC theatre, and AAO store. They appear to have set up the construction barrier in a rush - if you look closely in the last image, you can see a sliver of 's' and blue cloud on a panel that looks like it should have been on the other side of the construction access door.View the full article
  11. You may recall that even after achieving ten thousand votes of support, the Voltron idea took several review cycles before it was finally announced as an upcoming LEGO Ideas set. If you ever wondered why, a recent post on the LAN sheds some light on the subject. The designers needed to go through many more than the usual number of iterations to come up with a model that met LEGO quality standards and lived up to the scale of the original idea. It's awesome seeing a variety of the prototypes that were tested along the way to create such an awesome set. Go give it a read and see what you think! View the full article
  12. I always appreciate it when I'm looking at a MOC of a spaceship or a castle and see some Bionicle or CCBS parts used in an interesting manner. But what can be even cooler is when the entire spaceship or castle is built with constraction. Or maybe a pirate ship, like Bionicle of the Caribbean by Elephant Knight, which is big enough that several Toa-sized figures can fit aboard. He even built Captain Jack Sparrow to take the helm and find the treasure at the end of the world or whatever it is he's been up to in those films. Silly movies aside, the boat is very impressive and worth taking a closer look at. Let the builder know what you think once you have!View the full article
  13. After taking off a couple of weeks due to BrickFair New Jersey, it's time to pick the controller back up and start playing some videogames again! You can head over to the BZPower Twitch channel tonight at around 7:30 PM Eastern to watch us jump back into Bionicle Heroes and hopefully remember how to strafe again. We'll be fighting all manner of villains that appeared between 2001 and 2006 in an effort to save the island of Voya Nui from the dreaded Piraka! Our heroes are getting pretty powerful, so we should have a blast blasting bad guys away. Hope to see you there! View the full article
  14. Earlier this week Merlin Entertainment announced that they are working with the local Chinese government in Shanghai to open a LEGOLAND theme park and hotel some time around 2023 or later. It will be one of the largest LEGOLANDS to date and be in one of the world's most densely populated areas. The LEGO Group has been working hard to grow their presence in China lately, with more local offices beyond just factories, sets targeted specifically at the Chinese market, and other promotions. This seems like an obvious next step to increase brand recognition in the ever growing consumer market that is China. I'm sure we'll hear more about the park over the next four years, but for now we'll just have to settle for visiting one of the seven other LEGOLANDS that are already open. View the full article
  15. With Black Friday being so late this year, LEGO had joined the ranks of offering early promotions leading up to Thanksgiving. The promotion shown on The Brick Fan has several treats for November 29, but also promises sales earlier that week starting November 25. You will have to wait for Black Friday to get a free mini Surfer Van, Christmas Tree, or Mini Batmobile with qualifying purchases. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for discounts and get your shopping list ready for those gifts with purchase. View the full article
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