Wednesday, May 25, 2016
As soon as we get our hands on the summer Bionicle sets you can bet BZPower will be reviewing them. For now though, you'll have to settle for 21031 Burj Khalifa from the LEGO Architecture line. Forum Assistant Zatth takes a look at this model of the world's tallest skyscraper - will it take you to new heights or is this set doomed to topple? Check out our video and text reviews to find out for yourself!
LEGO Nexo Knights: The Book of Knights
LEGO and Dorling Kindersley have announced the exclusive minifigure
coming with the new guide book LEGO Nexo Knights: The Book of Knights
. It's Merlok, as he appeared before his transformation into the digital wizard Merlok 2.0! The book's other contents will include a scannable Nexo Power, a fold-out poster, and lots of details on the LEGO Nexo Knights world and characters. It will be released August 30th. Follow the link above for more details, or visit Amazon.com
to pre-order the book!
Fifth Nexo Power Video: "Royal Brawl"
The LEGO Nexo Knights website's Hall of Powers
has been updated with a new Nexo Power video for the month of May, titled "Royal Brawl
". In this 63-second video, KNN news anchor Herb Herbertson and on-the-scene reporter Alice Flyers cover a breaking story on a magma monster invasion in the town of Broadstone. Things look pretty bad, but a Nexo Power from Merlok 2.0 might be just what the doctor ordered! And remember, if you have the Merlok 2.0 app, be prepared to scan the new Royal Brawl Nexo Power to use in the game!
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Fire and... Fire
BZPower members turn out a lot of awesome creative works, but it's not too often we see them express themselves via poetry. Soran recently shared The Tale of Fire
, a five stanza poem focusing on the Toa of Fire we've known over the years. I appreciate the rhyme scheme and meter that make it flow nicely when read. It's also great that Soran included some notes to help explain things in case you wanted to delve deeper into the meaning. Go give it a read and let him know what you think!
Twitch Streaming Tonight
We've looped back around the calendar to Tuesday again, and you all know what that means. Tonight we'll be starting up the BZPower Twitch channel
to share some LEGO videogame action with you all. We haven't decided on what we're playing yet - that's up to you guys: head over to the discussion topic
and vote for what you'd like to see on the stream. The action will kick off at about 7:30 PM Eastern and should run for the full hour this time. Follow us on Twitch or Twitter
to get notified exactly when we go live. Just a note, next week we'll be moving the stream to Monday since on Tuesday we'll be busy with something super-exciting! I look forward to seeing you all tonight!
"Unity" Chapters 3 and 4 Added to Bionicle.com Explore Section
The story "Unity" on the official Bionicle website's Explore section
has been updated with two new chapters focusing on Lewa
and their quests to unite with their elemental creatures Uxar and Terak. As usual, expect brief synopses of these portions of the story accompanied with beautiful high-resolution imagery from the corresponding scenes of the Netflix series LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One
. Follow the links above to read the new story chapters!
New LEGO Ninjago Battle Pack (853544) Discovered
A new LEGO Ninjago battle pack (853544) has been sighted in Europe, featuring four all-new minifigures: Tournament Zane, a new version of Samurai-X, and two Sky Pirate Foot Soldiers! Flickr user leninjamarron picked up a copy at Village Joué Club, a toy store in Paris, and put together a photo gallery
showcasing the new figures and their packaging. This set contains 36 pieces total including weapons for all four characters, and can be expected to retail for $14.99 USD/$17.99 CAD/£10.99 GBP/€12.99 EUR. Follow the link above to check out the gallery!
Quest2NINJAGO: Wu-Cru Team Challenge Tour Coming this Summer
Yesterday, LEGO Systems, Inc. issued a press release
announcing a new touring event called the Quest2NINJAGO: Wu-Cru Team Challenge. This interactive competition for kids ages 7 to 12 features four arenas with two challenges each. It will be visiting seven cities across the United States from June through August, and a champion from each city will go on to compete for the grand prize at LEGOLAND California Resort on September 10th. Registration is open now at LEGO.com/Quest2NINJAGO
. Follow either of the links above for more details!
Monday, May 23, 2016
Brotherhood Workshop, the team of animators who created the recent series of LEGO Ninjago stop-motion videos along with other great LEGO animations, has posted a behind-the-scenes video
listing their ten favorite scenes from their LEGO Ninjago videos so far and outlining what physical and digital techniques they used to animate those scenes. If you plan on entering the ongoing LEGO Ninjago video contest
on LEGO ReBrick, this video could teach you some very useful animation tricks! Follow the link above or read on to watch the video!
Sunday, May 22, 2016
BZPower Attending Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks
LEGO Certified Professional Sean Kenney's Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks
traveling exhibit opens in Richmond, VA, this Friday, May 27, at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
, and boasts 27 LEGO sculptures. As part of the opening festivities, several BZPower staff and members will be checking it out and would love to meet up with other BZPower members to make an event of it. Zaath, 55555, and ChocolateFrogs will be visiting the exhibit that afternoon, and hope to get dinner with other AFOLs displaying with LUGs in the opening. Find us hanging out with them when the Garden closes at 5 PM. If you can't make it, don't worry: Nature Connects runs until September 18.
LEGO Ninjago: Dark Island Trilogy Part 1
Hachette Book Group has updated their listing for Greg Farshtey's LEGO Ninjago: Dark Island Trilogy Part 1
with cover art by Paul Lee! The art features Sensei Wu as well as Jay and Nya in their new outfits from the summer 2016 sets. The background shows the craggy coast of the Dark Island engulfed in a powerful lightning storm, which fits with the synopsis released a week ago. The book is 144 pages long and will be released July 19th for $9.99 USD/CAD. Follow the link above to check out the new cover art!
Saturday, May 21, 2016
It's the time of month again when we remind you that it's time for another episode of Bfa Plays, where you can watch BZPower Forum Assistant Bfahome play LEGO Racers as he goes through attempting to beat the entire game. In Episode 10: A Matter of Time
, he continues going through the Time Trials, which have been quite the challenge in past episodes. How will he fair, go watch to find out! When you're done, make sure you head over to the Bfa Plays discussion topic
to let us know what you thought! Come back next month on the 20th for a new episode!
Yesterday's cache.LEGO.com updates continue with pictures from the LEGO Classic, Juniors, Duplo, Creator, Friends, Elves, Disney Princess, Mixels, City, DC Super Heroes, Marvel Super Heroes, and Star Wars themes. Linking to all these images individually would be impractical, so instead you can follow this link
to browse the latest set images in the Brickset database and use the theme filters to find whichever themes are of most interest to you! Most of these sets launch in June or August, but select City, Creator, Duplo, and Juniors sets launch tomorrow
in North America. Which of these sets are you most excited for?
Friday, May 20, 2016
Today's cache.LEGO.com updates also included 108 high-resolution pictures of the eleven new LEGO Nexo Knights sets coming out in June! This update offers the first detailed look at 70326 The Black Knight Mech (not shown at the Toy Fairs this year), which has 530 pieces including exclusive Robin and Whiparella minifigures, a King's Bot, an Ash Attacker, and three NEXO Powers. Read on for links to the new images, and then tell us what you think in the Talkback topic!
LEGO has uploaded 96 images to cache.LEGO.com depicting the nine summer 2016 Ninjago sets coming to North America in August. This includes our first images of 70590 Airjitzu Battle Grounds (not displayed at any of the Toy Fair events earlier this year), which contains 666 pieces including the ghost of Sensei Yang, brand-new Airjitzu Lloyd and Airjitzu Nya minifigures, two Airjitzu fliers, and two of Yang's pupils. Read on for links to all the new images, then share your thoughts in the Talkback thread!
The highly anticipated June release of the summer 2016 LEGO Bionicle sets is fast approaching, and in preparation for that, LEGO has uploaded high-resolution images of some of the new sets to cache.LEGO.com! Currently, only pictures for the Ekimu, Lava Beast, and Storm Beast sets have been added, but that still means 18 new images showing the sets' designs and functions in great detail. Read on for links to the new images, then share your thoughts in the Talkback topic!
Since the announcement yesterday of 10253 Big Ben, LEGO has released a designer video
featuring Jamie Berard showing off the model and its many features. They've also shared some more detailed images of the set with BZPower so you can really check out every nook and cranny. If you're interested in learning more about this amazing set, read on to give it a look!
Thursday, May 19, 2016
New LEGO Nexo Knights Mini-Movie: "Tale of the NEXO Powers"
have been updated with a new two-minute LEGO Nexo Knights mini-movie called "Tale of the NEXO Powers". Ava and Merlok are organizing the files of Merlok's many NEXO Powers when Robin asks what NEXO Powers are and where they come from. Merlok reminisces about what magic was like in his day, then Ava explains how it works in the new digital age. Surprisingly, there's no scannable NEXO Power in this video, unlike past mini-movies. Follow either of the links above to watch the video!
LEGO Minifigures Online Going Offline
Earlier this week Allen over at The Brick Fan broke the news
that LEGO Minifigures Online will likely be shutting down this October. The Funcom-developed game first launched in 2013 and went through several different business models, from a beta to free-to-play to buy-to-play. According to Funcom's annual report, they have not reached their desired number of subscribers or revenue over the past few years. Their license agreement with LEGO ends in October of this year and the language in the report makes it seem that they're unlikely to renew it. Will you miss LEGO Minifigures Online? Did you or anyone you know play it?
Today LEGO is announcing their latest Creator Expert set, one that will sure to excite natives of the British Isles and Anglophiles alike! 10253 Big Ben is an amazing recreation of the famous clock tower along with a portion of Westminister Palace and the Elizabeth Tower. Weighing in at 4,163 pieces, it looks to be a truly challenging build that results in an amazingly-detailed set. LEGO Store VIPs will be able to purchase it starting June 15th, with everyone else getting their opportunity on July 1st. Read on for hi-res images and the full press release! What do you think of this set? Is it going on your wishlist?
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
We Are Ninjago Video Released
Yesterday The Fold released the video for one of their latest songs. Head over to their YouTube channel to check out We Are Ninjago
and its nearly three minutes of spinning ninja fun. If you're a fan, don't forget that you can purchase it on iTunes
for only $0.99! What do you think of We Are Ninjago? Where does it rank on your list of favorite songs from the show?
LEGO Bionicle Magazine Coming to Europe in June
German LEGO fans who have been receiving the monthly LEGO Nexo Knights magazine from Blue Ocean may have noticed an ad in the latest issue for a new magazine launching June 1st, this time focusing on the LEGO Bionicle theme! Eurobricks user Evildeadman shared a picture of the ad in question
. As with the other magazines, each issue will include a small LEGO gift, starting with a Skull Scorpio mini-model. Most of these magazines have also been published elsewhere in Europe, including an English edition in Great Britain, so with luck the same will apply for this new magazine! Follow the link above to check out the ad!
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Earlier this year we were introduced to the creatures of the first wave of 2016 Bionicle sets. They brought us some cool new parts and play features, but were not without their flaws. BZPower Members Tora, The Chosen One, and Tremah thought they could do better, and so they collaborated to reimagine these six characters
. Each one has a ton of detail and looks very organic and alive. I love how, despite being made by three different builders, they still have a very cohesive style and look like they fit in with each other perfectly. The colors stay fairly true to the original sets and the elements which help make each one instantly recognizable. I love collaborations like this and look forward to seeing more in the future.
We're back to Tuesday this week, and that means this evening we'll be streaming on Twitch again. Make sure you head on over to the BZPower Twitch Channel
around 7:30 PM Eastern to watch us do our best to make it through a level or two of a LEGO videogame. What game, you ask? That's up to you - you can check out the discussion topic
to vote for what we should play and to give us your thoughts and comments on the stream. We'll probably run a little shorter this week, but it should still be a blast. Make sure you follow us on Twitter
or Twitch to find out exactly when we go live. See you there!
Monday, May 16, 2016
The Hachette Book Group website has been updated with new details about the first installment
of an upcoming LEGO Ninjago graphic novel trilogy, previously identified as The Epic Trilogy
but now named Dark Island Trilogy
. These three books will be written by Greg Farshtey and illustrated by Paul Lee, and the first will be published July 19th by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Follow the link above or read on for the full description of this upcoming book!
Rebrick Contest: "The Greatest Villain of All Time in NINJAGO"
LEGO Rebrick has announced a new contest which invites entrants to submit a stop-motion or animated video fifteen seconds to one minute long based on the theme "The Greatest Villain of All Time in NINJAGO"
. The entry period runs through August 11th, and the video's story can be based either on existing LEGO Ninjago villains or on a villain of your own creation. Six semi-finalists will each win a copy of 70751 Temple of Airjitzu
signed by the designer. Of these six, one Grand Prize winner will receive a trip for two to LEGOLAND Billund from October 13th to 15th, including transportation, lodging, an exclusive tour, and an opportunity to meet a Ninjago designer! Follow the link above for more information, including a new stop-motion short for inspiration!
It's the moment you've all been waiting for - the latest episode of Meet the Staff is live! Head over to our YouTube channel and go watch
Zatth interview Forum Assistant Eyru. As one of the newest staff members, Eyru brings a different perspective to the show and is definitely worth the watch. When you're done, head over to the Meet the Staff discussion topic
to let us know what you think and tell us who you'd like to see on future episodes!
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Stuart Sayger Appearing at Baltimore Comic Con
Former Bionicle artist Stuart Sayger was recently announced to be appearing at Baltimore Comic Con later this year! His name has been added to the Guest List
for the convention, taking place September 2-4. No word on which days he will be appearing, but more information should surface leading up to the convention. He has been very happy to meet Bionicle fans in the past, so be sure to bring a few copies of Bionicle Ignition for him to sign!
- More Stuart Sayger Appearances
A quick scan of Stuart Sayger's website shows that he has several convention appearances throughout the year. With any luck he'll get an influx of Bionicle fans visiting his booth! Be sure to let BZPower know if you get to visit with him.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Fifth Wave of LEGO Dimensions Expansion Packs
For players of the LEGO Dimensions game, there's some new content that's just come out. The Expansion Packs for Lloyd
, and Slimer
are now available, offering you new characters and vehicles to use in game. These are the last known expansion packs, but more are probably right around the corner. If you want to expand your game play with these figs, then now you have the chance to pick them up.
Friday, May 13, 2016
Bionicle Designer Matt Betteker Illustrates Umarak the Hunter
Fans have been enjoying LEGO Bionicle concept designer Matt Betteker's Toa paintings on Facebook since last year, but in a new video
released today on the LEGO Bionicle Facebook page, we get to see him try his hand at one of the Toa's enemies: Umarak the Hunter! In this 97-second digital speedpaint video, Matt brings Umarak to life amidst the leafy forests of Okoto using an iPad Pro and the Procreate app. He also explains in the comments that this painting took about two hours to complete in real time. Follow the link above to watch his process!
Fall 2016 Ninjago Teaser Poster Released on Facebook
Most of LEGO Ninjago Season Six ("Skybound") still has yet to air in the United States, but the official LEGO Ninjago Facebook page is already teasing the next story arc with a new promotional poster
. Captioned "Time to close the circle...", the poster shows Cole, the ghostly ninja of earth, approaching Ninjago City while carrying an eerie lantern. The silhouette of the Temple of Airjitzu floats in the distance and an ominous moon hovers above the heart of Ninjago City. What could this teaser mean? Follow the link above to check it out and start theorizing!
Thursday, May 12, 2016
An In-Depth Look at Umarak
Over on the LEGO fansite New Elementary, Andrew Barnick (known on BZPower as Lyichir) has reviewed 71310 Umarak the Hunter
. Andrew takes a close look at all of the new and uncommon elements in the model and helps let you know what you can expect if you're looking for building fodder. He also shows off all of the major design elements including the unity feature so you can decide if the set is worth building. Go check it out, and be sure to give Lyichir any feedback if you have it!
Awarded BMI Cable Television Music Award
Last night, LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
music director Jeppe Riddervold and composers Jay Vincent and Michael Kramer were awarded a BMI Cable Television Music Award
for their work on the show. This is the second award the show has won for its music, after Jay and Michael brought home a BMI Television Music Award
in 2012, and the third it's been nominated for, after an Annie award nomination
for Outstanding Achievement in Music in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production last year. Congrats to these three musical artists on their latest achievement!
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
70596 Samurai X Cave Chaos Pictures Released on Amazon.co.jp
When the summer 2016 LEGO Ninjago sets were unveiled
at New York Toy Fair, the largest set of the year—70596 Samurai X Cave Chaos—was conspicuously absent. Today, Amazon.co.jp released the first official pictures of this set
, and it's a sight to behold! Clocking in at 1253 pieces and a cost of $119.99 USD/$149.99 CAD, the set depicts Nya's secret hideout as seen in LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
season three onwards, along with two fliers, a bike, a mech, eight minifigures, and a droid. Follow the link above to see what's in store!
Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Mascots Released in LEGO
LEGO is getting in on the excitement for this year's Olympic Games with a new set of the Rio 2016 mascots
. Vinicius, this year's Olympic mascot, represents all of Brazil's native animals, while Tom, this year's Paralympic mascot, represents the country's native plants. Set 40225 Rio 2016 Mascots is recommended for ages 7 and up, contains 197 pieces, and is available to buy from Rio 2016 shops at three airports serving Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. PDF building instructions for Vinicius
have also been released on LEGO.com. Follow the links above to read more about the mascots and see how their designs translated into LEGO!
Sunshine, Lollipops, and Winners
The dust has settled around the second Games & Trivia contest, and the winners have emerged! Windrider has announced
that The Quest for the Legendary Brownies by MT Zehvor came in first place, followed by END by Ghidora131 close behind. They, along with one lucky voter, get some cool prizes courtesy of LEGO. The turnout was great and people seemed to enjoy playing all of the different games. Let us know what you thought of the contest overall in the results topic - what would you like to see us do for the next G&T contest?
LEGO Talks More on Sustainability
Tim Guy Brooks, Vice President of Environmental Responsibility at The LEGO Group, recently made a blog post on the World Wildlife Fund website
about the company's continuing push towards sustainability. He outlines some of the strides LEGO has already taken and reaffirms their goal of using sustainable materials in all of their products and packaging by 2030. While they aren't making any announcements just yet, it does seem like they are looking at many different options, not just for the much-beloved bricks, but also for the boxes they come in. Hopefully in the coming years we'll begin to see the fruits of their investment in this area as sustainable elements start emerging from factories that live up to the quality expectations millions of customers around the world have for the toy.