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Hapori Tohu

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  1. As has become the pattern, two new interviews with 10k Club members have been posted today over on the LEGO Ideas blog. You can start by discovering more about Steven Wayne Howard's Mini-fig Scale Project Gemini, which is one that I definitely have my fingers crossed for. Afterwards, you can read as avilabrick Hits a Strike With The Retro Bowling Alley! which is a bit more terrestrial but still an awesome build. Go behind the scenes with the builders and their projects to learn how they got to be part of the ever-growing prestigious group on the Ideas platform. View the full article
  2. Perhaps spurred on by the success of 21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay, two new projects have recently achieved ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas. Seagull Bay Lighthouse Imperial Fortress by Delusion Brick and The Fortress - Imperial Army by Piraten both tackle similar subject matter: the classic Imperial forces that always were trying to lock up the pirates. Both fortresses look great and have lots of awesome features and design elements. While on a high level they cover the same subject matter, the two builders both approached the concept in very different ways and it certainly shows. We'll have to see what happens when they get to the review phase, but I would love to see a set incorporating the best of both builds! View the full article
  3. And so another month of pandemic begins with a new BZPower giveaway! Head over to the 2020 Member Raffle #8 and enter for a chance to win 75532 Scout Trooper & Speeder Bike, the largest Star Wars Buildable Figure set that was released during the theme's run. Any member of BZPower can enter, and it's free to join, so there's no reason not to enter! Also, congratulations, in no particular order, to Tahu_mistika20, JrMasterModelBuilder, GreshComando, Swert, Mesonak, Rooster Nui, Canama, ~Takava Nirhii~, Gzstg, and BULiK, the winners of all of our July raffles. Maybe that will be you in a month! View the full article
  4. It seems that the LEGO YouTube channel has achieved quite an impressive milestone. As Justinas Baltrusaitis reports on Buyshares, they have recently reached over ten billion views, which is more than any other brand channel. In fact, it's nearly twice as many as the next two channels - Vat19 and IDJVideos.TV - have combined. Don't ask me what brands those two channels represent, but I guess we have to trust the experts here. I guess there's a lot of kids out there who like to watch videos about interlocking bricks (and probably one or two adults)! View the full article
  5. There's only a little over a day left to enter the five giveaways and raffles we have going on right now to help celebrate our nineteenth anniversary. The 71311 Kopaka and Melum - Unity Set and the promo discs are free and open to everyone. We've got a Michael Dorn as Mata Nui VO disc for Premier Members. Then there's two style guides: the 2007 Classic one with proceeds supporting BZPower and the 2009 guide with proceeds supporting Black Lives Matter - which you've already raised over $250 for! And speaking of good causes, don't forget the Kraahkan 5-hole Misprint Kanohi we're auctioning off to support the SladeChild Foundation! It ends Saturday night, so get your bids in! View the full article
  6. Three projects on LEGO Ideas have recently achieved ten thousand votes of support! Vincent van Gogh: The Starry Night by legotruman recreates the iconic painting in three dimensions using bricks to capture brushstrokes and includes the painter with a printed version of the artwork. Gold Rush Mine Train Roller Coaster by Footonabrick looks like it would be right at home in a Frontierland at a Disney theme park with an awesome roller coaster and carnival games for added fun. Schitt's Creek: The Rosebud Motel by seemarkgeek captures the setting of the popular sitcom, which seems to be a popular LEGO Ideas subject. Best of luck to all three in the review phase! View the full article
  7. Recently LEGO has shared two designer videos on their YouTube channel looking into the inspiration and processes that went into creating some recent sets. You can go learn about the LEGO Ideas Grand Piano and Marvel Studios Iron Man from LEGO ART to see what it took to create these adult-oriented sets. Set designers Woon Tze Chee and Chris Stamp, respectively, spent a lot of time with their teams to create the sets and make them something worth writing home about. There's clearly a lot of passion, and it's great to see it on display as they talk about their sets! View the full article
  8. When I saw a topic in Bionicle Discussion by MizMiz titled, Found this rare Bionicle box that you probably haven't seen. I thought, "I've been around for a while, I've probably seen it," but I was wrong! It turns out that a company called Voita in Lithuania released the McToran in exclusive boxes instead of the polybags we've seen elsewhere around the world. While they only have Huki, in theory all six of the villagers are out there somewhere. If you're interested in adding this unique set to your collection, it's currently up on eBay for your bidding pleasure. I never expected to find something new from 2001 to turn up all these years later! View the full article
  9. Hey, is it Tuesday again already? That's cool, it means we get to play videogames tonight! Come by the BZPower Twitch channel starting at 7:30 PM Eastern as we head back into LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues. Last week we started playing through the events of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which so far is still pretty ridiculous, but eventually we'll get to replaying the old films with new levels made for this game. So come by to chat and watch us hunt down aliens and swing through jungles with monkeys! View the full article
  10. Two more LEGO Ideas contributors have been interviewed for their sets reaching 10,000 votes, and rightly so looking at their works. First is BenBuildsLEGO with an homage to the Indiana Jones Trilogy. A beloved theme with ties to LEGO sets already, what's not to love? Next is Bricked1980 with his Bricks & Blooms modular building, always a crowd-pleasing cohesiveness among collectors. Read on to see what inspired them in life, LEGO, and Ideas. Best of luck to all the entries approaching their review board. View the full article
  11. The final round of Bio-Cup 2020 is done, where three Bionicle builders were tasked to create fusions based off previous entries from both the main contest and the redemption rounds. Our finalists are Red, Sergei Rahkmaninoff, and [VB], and they've made some great MOCs to end this contest with. Read on to see them all, and let us know which your favorites are!View the full article
  12. Our first anniversary raffle, BZPower 19th Anniversary Promo Disc Giveaway ends in just a few hours. But don't worry, we're giving away more promotional discs in BZPower 19th Anniversary Promo Disc Giveaway #2, which like the first one is free to enter for all members of BZPower. Don't forget to check out the other raffles going on, including copies of a couple of Bionicle style guides, one supporting BZPower and the other Black Lives Matter. Check them all out, participate where you can, and good luck to everyone! View the full article
  13. We shared some information about the BrickFair SladeChild charity auction earlier this week, but there have been some new additions. Of the most interest to Bionicle fans is this rare misprint 5-hole Kanohi Kraahkan generously donated by Debbie, a friend of the staff. You've got a week to bid on the mask, with the auction ending on August 1st. All of the proceeds from the auction support the SladeChild Foundation, and we're even covering the shipping. So make sure you check it out as well as all of the other great LEGO lots for bid and help support a great cause! View the full article
  14. Our next live build will be tomorrow, July 26th, at 1 PM Eastern. We'll be building the LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series 75095 TIE Fighter, which I can't believe came out five years ago already and has been sitting in my closet for nearly that long. I do feel like the UCS sets I've built have leaned a little more to the light side, so this will help balance things out. Come by the BZPower Twitch channel to watch, chat, and win prizes! View the full article
  15. Today LEGO Ideas is announcing a new fan vote for an awesome new project. LEGO Publishing is partnering with AMEET, crowdfunding publisher Unbound, and US editor of Blocks magazine Daniel Konstanski to create a book about our favorite bricks targeted directly at AFOLs, and we get to pick the direction! The three options are LEGO History in 100 Bricks, The Secret Life of LEGO Bricks, and The LEGO Brick Museum, with each going behind the scenes to reveal new, never-before-seen information about the company and its products. Voting kicks off today and runs until August 9th, so read on to check out the full press release and then cast your vote!View the full article
  16. Today LEGO Ideas is announcing a new fan vote for an awesome new project. LEGO Publishing is partnering with AMEET, crowdfunding publisher Unbound, and US editor of Blocks magazine Daniel Konstanski to create a book about our favorite bricks targeted directly at AFOLs, and we get to pick the direction! The three options are LEGO History in 100 Bricks, The Secret Life of LEGO Bricks, and The LEGO Brick Museum, with each going behind the scenes to reveal new, never-before-seen information about the company and its products. Voting kicks off today and runs until August 9th, so read on to check out the full press release and then cast your vote!View the full article
  17. In addition to the press release and fancy images, LEGO has also sent along clean images of the set and box for the 21323 Grand Piano as well as a 360-degree look at the build. Of course we also get some of the product copy that you can expect to see on Shop@Home when the set goes on sale in a little over a week. Read on to get a closer look at all of the details in this impressive set!View the full article
  18. Today LEGO is revealing its latest Ideas set, the 21323 Grand Piano. Weighing in at 3,662 pieces, including a Powered Up hub, motor, and sensor, this set is a lot bigger than I had been expecting, which means the designers packed in a ton of details and even more functions. The set will be launching on August 1st for $350 in the US - no small price but it looks like you're getting a lot for your money. To watch the reveal video, check out some pictures, and read the press release with quotes from the fan designer, read on!View the full article
  19. Each summer at BrickFair VA, a charity auction raises thousands of dollars for the SladeChild Foundation, supporting children in need across the USA. With BFVA canceled this year, participants have taken to raising needed funds online with a series of LEGO auctions on ebay. Check out the auctions for LEGO-related items from sets to books to a blanket. There's even a Bionicle lot for sale. Feel free to direct any questions and join the community in the Facebook group. Happy event! View the full article
  20. It has not been a slow week on LEGO Ideas. On Monday a teaser for the Grand Piano set was posted. Exploratorium by EndlessAges and Hocus Pocus - Sanderson Sisters' Cottage by TheAmbrinator achieved ten thousand votes of support. Two 10K Club Interviews went live: Introducing Ryan Harris of SpaceX Falcon 9 (Saturn V Scale) and Introducing Pablo Sanchez of The Train Station Studgate. Check it all out! View the full article
  21. There are some things in this community that I'm sure look strange to outsiders, like the odd obsession with crabs and other multi-legged critters. I love seeing things like the semi-annual crab collab, and love it even more when people find ways to make it even weirder. BZPower member Pohaturon's contribution this year is the Helicrab, a combination crustacean and aircraft carrier, complete with a cute little VTOL. My favorite part has to be the signal paddles that have replaced the claws, which is both practical and adorable. It's also worth paying attention to the face of the crab, which makes use of microphones, ice skates, and other parts in interesting ways. Go check it out and let the builder know what you think!View the full article
  22. Yep, it's Tuesday! So come on over to the BZPower Twitch channel tonight starting at 7:30 PM Eastern to watch us play some LEGO videogames! We'll be diving into a new (for us) title - LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues. This means we get to play through the first three movies in a new way and experience the fourth film for the first time. (Spoilers - this is the first time I've interacted with that film in any way since I was disappointed after seeing it opening weekend.) Hopefully the gameplay will outweigh the fridges, monkeys, and aliens. See you there! View the full article
  23. Major Nelson has posted this week's Xbox deals over on his blog, and it looks like Warner Bros is having a huge sale on a lot of their titles. If you're into Batman, Middle Earth, and Mortal Kombat you should check it out, but LEGO is in there too! Most of the TT Games' titles are at least 50% off, with some all the way up to 75% off. Some standouts are the LEGO Batman 3 Deluxe Edition for $7, LEGO City Undercover for $7.50, and the LEGO Marvel Collection featuring three games for $15. There are plenty of others to grab depending on your interests and what you've picked up already. I know I'll be scouring through the list and seeing what holes in my collection can be filled. View the full article
  24. Nineteen years ago today, Dimensioneer started a little website called Bionicle Zone. After a letter from the LEGO lawyers, it became BZCommunity, and a year after that, it merged with Kanohi Power to become BZPower - that's us! To celebrate, in addition to the two raffles we kicked off yesterday, we have two more for you to check out today. BZPower 19th Anniversary 2007 Classic Style Guide Raffle is raffling off a Bionicle style guide from 2007 that focuses on the early years of the theme. Tickets are $2 each, the proceeds of which go to support BZPower's costs. Next, for Premier Members, we have the BZPower 19th Anniversary Michael Dorn Voice Over Disc Premier Giveaway, where you can get an original copy of the recording sessions that became the Mata Nui Saga blog! Thank you all for keeping the community alive and for making 19 years of BZPower possible - I don't know where life would have gone without this site but I know we wouldn't be here without you! View the full article
  25. The three LEGO Masters teams in the finale were promised that the winner would have their creation displayed at the upcoming LEGOLAND New York park in Summer 2020. Plans changed, of course, with not just delaying the park's opening but also that all three final teams would have their builds shown off. Those MOCs can now be found in LEGOLAND California, reports The Brick Fan, in the Big Shop. Check the link for hours and parking, and if you can't visit then the pictures give a good view. Hopefully once the world returns to normal and LEGOLAND NY preps for a grand opening these models will get moved across the country and displayed as intended. View the full article
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