Saturday, December 10, 2016
You Wouldn't Want to Live in LEGO City
Trending online right now is some useful advice for anyone thinking of moving to LEGO City: Don't. As the blog post
cites, it's rife with crime, full of unhealthy food, and there's not a school in sight! But that's not all--check it out for yourself before you start making your next travel plans, then head in the opposite direction!
Friday, December 9, 2016
It's finally the day of the Disney Channel TV special LEGO Disney Frozen: Northern Lights
, featuring the original voice cast from the movie! Since we last reported
on this special, a second trailer
has been released, giving an additional taste of what's in store tonight at 8PM Eastern time. The LEGO Group and Disney have previously collaborated on Marvel Super Heroes and Star Wars TV specials, but this will be the first to focus on characters from the more girl-targeted LEGO Disney theme, and it will be interesting to see if it paves the way for more like it in the future. Follow the link above or read on to watch the latest trailer, then tell us in the Talkback if you plan to tune in!
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Four LEGO Products Among 2017 Toy of the Year Award Contenders
The Toy Industry Association has announced the finalists in the 2017 Toy of the Year Awards, and LEGO products are in the running in four different categories. Those products include 71012 LEGO Minifigures - The Disney Series in the Collectible of the Year
category, 41130 LEGO Friends - Amusement Park Roller Coaster in the Construction Toy of the Year
category, 71040 The Disney Castle in the Specialty Toy of the Year
category, and 42056 LEGO Technic - Porsche 911 GT3 RS in the Vehicle Toy of the Year
category. Follow the links above to view the finalists and vote for your favorites, or click here
to learn more about the TOTY awards!
BZPower Holiday Live Streams
This weekend we'll be heading over to the BZPower YouTube channel
to build some sets live, hang out with you all, and have some fun. Tune in Friday, December 9th at 6PM Eastern Time and Saturday, December 10th at 7PM Eastern Time for some holiday-themed LEGO sets. We'll be starting off with 10245 Santa's Workshop on Friday and depending how long it takes, we might move on to 10249 Winter Toy Shop. On Saturday we'll either start or continue the Toy Shop and, time permitting, may even crack the box on 10254 Winter Holiday Train. (If not, we'll schedule a stream later on for the train.) We'll be doing some giveaways as usual to keep you on your toes and celebrate the season of giving! We look forward to seeing you tomorrow and Saturday night and chatting as we build!
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
LEGO Ideas 10k Updates
There's been a bit of news over on LEGO Ideas lately that we need to catch you all up on! First off, the Vintage Tram
project, created by kevinszeto of Yellow Submariner fame, has reached ten thousand votes of support! There's also a couple of builders who have already joined the 10k Club that have been interviewed recently. You can go meet Hugh Scandrett of Addams Family Mansion
and Nathan Readioff of The Large Hadron Collider
to learn more about both of their inspirations and what it took to make a successful project. Give them both a read and see if it inspires you to get building!
IMAX and iTunes Unveil New LEGO Batman Movie
Two new posters for The LEGO Batman Movie
have been released on Facebook in the past week. Last Thursday, the iTunes page published a poster
featuring an ensemble of heroes and villains on a bright yellow backdrop with the tagline "Always be yourself... unless you can be Batman". And today, the IMAX page unveiled another poster
with the core Bat-family (Batman, Batgirl, and Robin) swooping down from a moonlit sky and the tagline "He's taking them under his wing... of awesomeness." Follow the links above to check out the two new posters, then share your thoughts in the Talkback!
Continuing the crossover they've been exploring for the past two summers, LEGO has released four new LEGO Ninjago/American Ninja Warrior stop-motion shorts: "Be Like Lloyd
", "Master Wu's Words of Wisdom
", "Obstacle Training Home Video
", and "Jay and Nya American Ninja Warrior Training
" Each bite-size short is just 18 seconds long, but that's more than enough for some high-intensity obstacle course action. Follow the links above or read on to watch the new videos!
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
You go to sleep for one night and in the morning your favorite toy company has changed how they're laid out and who is in charge of what. Head on over to LEGO.com to read the two recent press releases: New Structure for Active Family Ownership of the LEGO Brand
and Bali Padda Appointed New CEO of the LEGO Group
. Read on for a summary of the changes!
Faber Gives Tribute to Bionicle Community
Christian Faber, one of the original creative forces behind Bionicle, is no stranger to our community, nor is he to the fine French folks over at Bionifigs
. In fact, in celebration of the group's tenth anniversary he made them a nice piece of art, which he has shared on his Faber Files blog
for all to enjoy. It definitely captures that classic Bionicle feel and would look great as a poster or framed print. It's awesome to see one of the original creators of our favorite story still engaging with the fans after all these years!
Last week, LEGO and TT Games announced that on February 21st, 2017, the sandbox game LEGO Worlds is finally coming to consoles: specifically, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The Steam version of the game for PCs will also be getting a full commercial release on that date after over a year as a Steam Early Access title, and LEGO Agents DLC with new characters, vehicles, and more will be released exclusively on the PlayStation 4 version of the game for a limited time. Read on for the new game trailer and full press release!
We've wrapped around the calendar to another Tuesday and another week which means that tonight we'll be streaming some fun LEGO gameplay for your viewing pleasure. As always it's as simple as heading over to our Twitch channel
around 7:30 PM Eastern Time to join the excitement. If you'd like to assist us in selecting the game we play, you can head over to the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
to cast your vote and talk about the stream. We'll remind people who follow us on Twitch or Twitter
to make sure you don't miss a moment. It's looking like we may be playing a new game tonight, so I'm pumped up to dive into something fresh!
A Photographic Journey Through Mata Nui
BZPower Member Keyblade87 is back at it again with his camera and copy of Photoshop making pictures that look they were taken on a expedition to Mata Nui in 2002. Stop what you're doing and go check out Confrontation with the Kohrak and more Photography
, which features seven photos with varying degrees of editing and manipulation. Each one looks like it's from a 'live action' Mata Nui Online Game or similar animation from the early days of Bionicle. I think my personal favorite is The Rescue of Turaga Nokama, which has underwent quite a bit of editing but looks almost perfectly natural. Keyblade87 has come a long way with his skills since we first featured him back in 2014, and I look forward to seeing where he takes it next.
Monday, December 5, 2016
Zaktan and the Amazing Paper-Shooter
We're back today for another episode of Bfa Plays: Bionicle Heroes, our bimonthly play-through of the 2006 hit Bionicle game. Head over to our YouTube channel to check out Episode 23: Zaktan's Chamber
, where our hero attempts to defeat one of the vile Piraka and claim his powers for his own. Will he succeed? You'll have to watch to find out, and then head on over to the discussion topic
to tell us what you thought! We'll be back in a couple of weeks with a new epsode!
Sunday, December 4, 2016
An Interview At the Merchant's House
The LEGO Ideas project Merchant's House gained 10,000 supporters, and has now had the honorary 10K Club interview. Builder Tamás Kovacs speaks about
his love of the LEGO hobby, what his favorite LEGO piece is, and what amount of love and details he put into his project. Check it out, and perhaps get inspired to enter your own LEGO Ideas creation.
Saturday, December 3, 2016
New York Magazine Explores What Makes LEGO "The Perfect Toy"
A recent article in New York Magazine begins with the bold claim in its headline that "LEGO is the Perfect Toy"
, and then goes on to analyze in depth the many different, sometimes seemingly contradictory things that make LEGO so beloved. Along the way it looks at how LEGO has evolved into a "transmedial" brand, and how this changes the way kids experience LEGO play. It even delves into the development of the new DC Super Hero Girls line and how LEGO actually led the development of the "Kryptomite" baddies that appear across all its sets. Follow the link above to read the article!
Friday, December 2, 2016
Castle Live Build Continues
Tonight we'll continuing our live build of the 71040 Disney Castle set. (And hopefully wrapping it up!) Tune into our BZPower YouTube channel
at 7 PM Eastern to watch us finish the last four groups of bags. There will be more giveaways, so make sure you brush up on your Disney and Bionicle trivia for a chance to win! I look forward to another fun building spree as we put the finishing touches on what is turning out to be an awesome set.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
To kick off the month of December, LEGO has released a new fun new stop-motion video series titled "The Misadventures of Brickbeard". In the prologue, "Choose the Battle"
, a kid makes his LEGO figures promise not to get up to any trouble when he's at school. But the pirate Brickbeard has never been one to play by the rules! One by one he attempts to plunder the worlds of LEGO Nexo Knights
, LEGO City
, LEGO Friends
, and LEGO Bionicle
. The life of a pirate is never easy, though, and to his chagrin, each world he attacks find its own way of protecting itself! Follow the links above or read on to see what happens!
Enter for a Chance to Win Kopaka
Just a friendly reminder that you have a month left to enter 2016 Member Raffle #6
, where we're giving away a copy of 70788 Kopaka - Master of Ice from the 2015 wave of Bionicle sets. As winter approaches he seems like a good choice to mark the changing of seasons. Any BZPower member can enter, so if you haven't joined our community yet, now is the perfect time! Best of luck to all those who enter - the winner will be announced in the new year!
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
A LEGO White (House) Christmas
The White House has unveiled its holiday decorations, and following the theme "The Gift of the Holidays" lots of LEGO bricks were involved. Five hundred hours were spent by LEGO Master Builders in Enfield, CT, to assemble over 200,000 bricks' worth of holiday decorations. These include "gingerfriends" on the fireplace mantle, a LEGO paper chain between them, and 56 LEGO gingerbread houses inspired by the US states and territories. Photos and more details can be found on the People Magazine
website. What an inspiration to start working on some LEGO decorations around the home!
Over 140 2017 LEGO Sets Coming Soon on British LEGO Shop
Great Britain may not have gotten early access to select 2017 sets like the United States did
, but the British version of shop.LEGO.com now offers a sneak peek at what's to come through "Coming Soon" listings for over 140 new LEGO sets
! These listings appear to cover the full range of January set releases from over a dozen different themes, and most include detailed pictures and descriptions (which offer some interesting story details for themes like Ninjago and Nexo Knights). Follow the link above to browse the upcoming sets and find your favorites!
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
The Beastmaster, his Companion, and the Beast
I enjoy it when there's a little bit of a story behind the MOCs that someone creates. A nice example of this is Arna, Visk, & the Mogont
by Reinhardt Wilhelm. You've got your rugged Toa hunter in Arna, who features a simple orange color scheme and a mix of new and old pieces. Then there's Visk, his faithful companion who assists on the hunt and has some interesting parts usage, especially on the head. Finally, their quarry, the Mogont, making use of the popular Nocturn pieces on top of a surprisingly complex frame. Combined the three creations make a great little story that's just missing some scenery to fill it in. Go check them out and let the creator know what you think!
In just a few short hours it will be time for us to begin our weekly Twitch stream with some LEGO gaming fun! At 7:30 PM Eastern you can head over to the BZPower Twitch channel
to watch us play one of the many LEGO videogames out there. You can help us pick the game by going over to the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
and casting your vote. While you're over there, we welcome any feedback you might have on the streams and ideas for what you'd like to see in the future. If you want a reminder of when the fun starts tonight, make sure you follow us on Twitch or Twitter
. I look forward to seeing you all later!
Ford Motor Company has issued a press release
announcing that a LEGO Speed Champions set of the 1966 Ford GT 40 and 2016 Ford GT that pulled off historic wins at Le Mans 24 Hours (previously featured in LEGO's Ford Dream Race
video earlier this year) will be coming to store shelves on March 1st, 2017! The U.S. and Canadian prices are not yet known, but it will cost €34.99 in Germany and £29.99 in Great Britain. Follow the link above or read on for the full press release and a short video interview with LEGO Speed Champions head of design Craig Callum!
Monday, November 28, 2016
It may be three years old, but Disney's Frozen
is still an immensely popular movie and brand, and on Friday, December 9th at 8pm it will be getting its own LEGO TV spin-off called LEGO Disney Frozen: Northern Lights
! Disney recently released a trailer
for this new special in which Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven go on a journey to save the northern lights before they disappear forever. As with previous LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Super Heroes TV specials, it looks like it'll be full of slapstick antics and not afraid to poke fun at its source material. Follow the link above or read on to watch the trailer!
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Select 2017 LEGO Sets Now Available in North America
We're still a little over a month from the start of 2017, but 2017 LEGO sets are beginning to make their debut at shop.LEGO.com in North America! Ten City sets, five Creator sets, three Juniors sets, four Technic sets, three DC Super Hero Girls sets, two Disney Moana sets, and four LEGO Batman Movie sets have been released on the U.S. LEGO shop, with all but the LEGO Batman Movie sets also available in the Canadian LEGO Shop. Click here
for a full list of the newly released sets via Brickset. And don't forget, Brick Friday/Cyber Monday deals
(exclusive LEGO snowglobe with all $99 orders, free shipping on all orders, and price cuts on various items) continue through tomorrow!
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Disney Castle Live Build
Tomorrow at noon Eastern time we'll be kicking off a live build of 71040 Disney Castle on the BZPower YouTube channel
. For a set this big I'm going to need some help so I'll be bringing along a special guest. We'll be chatting with the stream and giving away LEGO prizes periodically, so make sure you tune in. We look forward to hanging out with you all in less than twentyhour hours!
Monthly Nexo Power Videos: "Fire Flies" and "Rock 'n' Roll"
The LEGO Nexo Knights website has been updated with November's Nexo Power video, "Rock'n'Roll". In this video, Axl seems to have met his match with a trio of rock monsters, but after an upgrade from Merlok the time comes for them to face the music! Also, don't miss last month's video, "Fire Flies
", in which Merlok gives Robin the power he needs to bring his monstrous fears down to size. Follow the links above to watch the videos and scan these two powers for the Merlok 2.0 app!