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Hapori Tohu

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  1. If Black Friday shopping is your thing, hopefully you've been scoring some great deals on LEGO sets and whatever else is on your wish list. But don't forget that the 2021 Member Raffle #11 is still going on for a few more days and it's free to enter! You could be the lucky winner of a 75523 Scarif Stormtrooper as featured in 2016's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, just by adding your name to the list! Best of luck to all those who enter, and we'll be back in a few days for our next giveaway! View the full article
  2. Earlier this month Dan Brooks from StarWars.com spoke to several people involved in the recently-released LEGO Star Wars: Castaways, an Apple Arcade title allowing you to design your own character and go on adventures in the galaxy far far away. Go read the interview to hear from Lee Kaburis, game manager at Gameloft, Jacques Durand, creative director at Gameloft, and Craig Derrick, Lucasfilm Games executive producer about how the concept for the game came into existence, why it was inspired by Disney Parks, and what you can expect if you go play it. The game certainly has a fun premise and I hope that, like LEGO Builder's Journey, it eventually sees a wider release! View the full article
  3. Today The LEGO Group has shared their latest designer video going behind the scenes of one of their fantastic sets. Head on over to YouTube to watch the LEGO Star Wars 75313 UCS AT-AT Designer Video and hear from LEGO Design Master Henrik Andersen. The skilled designer talks about the challenges and solutions to get such a large set to stand on its own and also shows off the interior and the play features. He hints at some easter eggs, but apparently you'll have to wait until you build it yourself (or read a review) to find out what they are. I honestly wish the video for such a massive set had been longer and gone into even more detail! View the full article
  4. The LEGO Ideas team keeps churning out interviews with members of the vaunted 10k Club. In a double-double interview, you can learn about both the Movie Set and The Nanny by Lionel Martin and Max Brich, a duo with two projects currently in review. Then you can head over to meet Andrea Lattanzio, The Creator of A-Frame Cabin who made it to the club for the first time. It's always nice to learn about these builders and their LEGO stories! View the full article
  5. Earlier this year, unprecedented flooding impacted portions of Germany, destroying entire villages and causing large amounts of damage. Earlier this week, The LEGO Group and the LEGO Foundation announced a 960k EUR grant to support children and families affected by the disastrous flooding in Germany, with the funds going to the German Red Cross. The money will be used to help rebuild several kindergartens wiped out by the natural disaster as well as to build a family aid center. It's fantastic to see the company helping the local communities in the wake of these horrible events. View the full article
  6. To all those celebrating today I'd like to wish you a happy Thanksgiving on behalf of BZPower! We hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday celebrating in whatever manner you see fit. Hopefully there's good food, family and friends, and everything that makes the occasion special for you and yours. I am, as always, thankful for the BZPower community and all the wonderful Bionicle fans I've gotten the chance to meet and interact with over the years. Your passion keeps us going! View the full article
  7. BZPower Member Distorted has shared one of his latest builds over in the Bionicle-Based Creations subforum. Go check out Terminal to see what you can do with a couple dozen Toa Metru feet and some interesting techniques. The MOC was created as part of a series at The New Elementary - head over there to check out Old Elementary: Part 2 of the LEGO BIONICLE 20th Anniversary Festival to learn about some classic parts and see what some talented builders have done to use them. But back to the Terminal; I love the splashes of color provided by the dark red feet, the orange elbows, and the trans-light blue pieces to stand out against the silver and grey. The shape itself is almost mesmerizing, like if you stare at it too long you might get hypnotized. Go take a closer look for yourself and see what you think!View the full article
  8. A new project has achieved ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas recently: Castle Outpost by xXgGhostXx, who is newcomer to the 10k Club. Clearly showing the passion of castle fans out there, the model features a modular construction allowing you to get to all the nooks and crannies to check out the intricate details the builder included. Perhaps medieval fanatics will get lucky and it will become an official set, but until we know for sure I'll just enjoy the beautiful MOC! View the full article
  9. Earlier today, the latest episode of the Bits N' Bricks podcast went live, covering a relatively recent addition to the LEGO games collection: the collaboration between Speed Champions and Forza Horizon 4. Head to YouTube or your preferred podcast platform to listen to Season 4, Episode 41 - When Forza Cars Met LEGO Bricks and hear from Ethan Vincent and Brian Crecente as they talk to former design manager for LEGO Speed Champions Craig Callum, LEGO Game senior producer Jared Bals, and Forza Horizon Creative Director Mike Brown about the partnership. It was really interesting to learn about how the conversation between the two groups started, developed, and became the DLC we now know. I was also intrigued to hear about the process of incorporating the LEGO sets into the reality-based world of Forza and what liberties were taken to make it work, as well as the storytelling side of the experience. Check it out! View the full article
  10. In the wake of The LEGO Group's impressive performance in the first half of the year, it looks like the company has decided to pass on a bit of those profits to its employees. As reported by Bloomberg yesterday, over twenty thousand employees will get additional time off and bonuses across the board should see a boost. Hopefully this includes the many factory and retail workers who had to continue to go to their plants and stores during the pandemic and have certainly earned some additional compensation. In any event, it's always nice when companies reward employees and not just the executive leadership! View the full article
  11. It's Tuesday again already? Come on by the BZPower Twitch channel tonight starting at 7:30 PM Eastern as we hop back into The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame. We made some solid progress last week, so hopefully we can keep up the pace tonight as we collect more master pieces. See you there! View the full article
  12. Last week ground was broken in the Jinshan District of southwestern Shanghai, where the next LEGOLAND resort is being constructed. The park is expected to open in 2024 and will span nearly eighty acres of space, according to Xinhua. Among the most interesting tidbits in the article is the revelation that there will be a Monkie Kid-themed section of the park. I'm curious to see what types of rides they come up with to celebrate the theme. Hopefully that means it will stick around until 2024 too - but that is no guarantee, sadly, as Bionicle Blaster's presence at LEGOLAND California clearly indicates. View the full article
  13. It's time for your next dose of LEGO Ideas builder insight! Kamila has recently shared two more 10k Club Interviews for our reading pleasure. You can head over to their blog to learn about Spaceballs by Tom and BTS "Dynamite" by Josh Bretz and Jacob. As per usual, they all go into their LEGO pasts and talk about what inspired them to create their respective projects. It's always nice to get that behind the curtain look, so go give both a read! View the full article
  14. It would appear that LEGO Masters will return to the United States for a third season! If you're interested in applying and can get away from work or school for five to seven weeks sometime between February and April of next year, head over to the casting call website and sign up! Be prepared to answer a lot of questions about you and your teammate (although you don't need to have one) to prove that you have what it takes to make it on the show. Best of luck to all the applicants, and I can't wait to see what the third season brings! View the full article
  15. The LEGO Ideas team has kicked off the fan vote portion of two of the contests that have been running on the platform. You can cast your vote in The LEGO NINJAGO & 1-Button Game Challenge and Strike a chord with the Fender Stratocaster! contests until November 25th and November 26th, respectively. Your voice will help decide who wins some fabulous prizes in each, so take the time to check out all the finalists and pick your favorites! View the full article
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