Saturday, October 10, 2015
Check Out This Interview with Skull Basher Designer Thomas Bred
The LEGO Club website is featuring a short, but rather interesting interview
with BIONICLE Designer Thomas Bred, designer of Skull Basher. The interview contains some insight into the design process, including awesome-looking concept art, some information about Thomas himself and even a little tease at BIONICLE 2016. Check it out!
Friday, October 9, 2015
It's time for us to do a new set review, looking at another non-constraction Star Wars set. Fresh from 1983's Return of the Jedi is 75094 Imperial Shuttle Tydirium
, one of the larger sets in the 2015 Star Wars assortment. Will this set sneak past your defenses and make its way to the shield generator of your heart? Or will the stolen access codes be recognized and passage to your shopping cart be denied? How many awkward movie references will we make? You'll have to read and watch on to find out!
New LEGO Club Interview with LEGO Bionicle Designer Thomas Bred
The LEGO Club website recently posted an interview
with LEGO Bionicle designer Thomas Bred, who created set 70793 Skull Basher. The interview talks about the development process and also includes some incredible, never-before-seen concept art from the set's development. Whether you're a fan of Skull Basher or just want some insights into what goes on at the LEGO design studios, follow the link above to check out the interview!
Celebrate the Journey to One with a Contest
We're getting a Bionicle show on Netflix next year, and we thought it would be fun to celebrate with a contest. Head over to the Creative Outlet to check out General Art Contest #22: Journey to Netflix
, where we want you to design a movie poster for the show. You've got until October 26th to create your entry and submit it. We're working on the final prize list, but there will definitely be signed Bionicle concept art posters up for grabs. I can't wait to see what you come up with!
Wind Farm Sponsored in Part by The LEGO Group Opens in Germany
Back in February, BZPower reported
that Borkum Riffgrund 1, a German wind farm sponsored in part by the LEGO Group, had begun operation, helping the LEGO Group towards their goal of running on 100% renewable energy by 2020. Yesterday, the LEGO Group issued a press release and video
about the official opening and inauguration of the 78-turbine wind farm. Follow the link to check it out, and don't miss the additional 12-second brickfilm
they created to commemorate the occasion!
Thursday, October 8, 2015
We shared the initial announcement and teaser site today, but now it's time to bring you images of the first two Nexo Knights sets as well as a trailer for the upcoming TV show. LEGO was kind enough to provide us with some nice hi-res assets, so now it's time for us to pass them on. The theme seems to take a similar formula from Ninjago - take something historic, like knights or ninjas, and add a twist. You can definitely expect to see more coverage here on BZPower!
LEGO Nexo Knights Teaser Site and Press Release
A new LEGO Nexo Knights teaser site
has been added to LEGO.com, featuring posters and videos highlighting the theme's five main characters Clay Moorington, Lance Richmond, Macy Halbert, Aaron Fox, and Axl. Additionally, PR Newswire has a press release
about LEGO Nexo Knights that discusses its story, sets, and some of the ways LEGO plans to promote it. Follow the links above to check out the new videos and read what this theme is all about!
LEGO Officially Announces Nexo Knights
We just received the following note from LEGO regarding their new theme that's been announced at New York Comic Con - Nexo Knights:
Just in time for the start of New York Comic-Con, we're announcing an original LEGO property called LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS! This new LEGO property includes 14 construction sets launching next year, an episodic TV series, and a digital gaming app. All based around one story line depicting a medieval kingdom set in a futuristic world where five young, brave knights "download" special powers to their shields in order to battle the royal court's evil Jestro and a cast of monsters to restore peace.
It sounds like this is a followup to Legends of Chima, and it certainly seems like it has a lot of potential. Once I'm able to, we'll be sharing some pictures and a trailer for the TV show! Let us know what you think about this theme in the Talkback.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Interbrand Recognizes LEGO as 82nd Most Valuable Global Brand
Brand consultancy Interbrand recently released their 16th annual Best Global Brands report, which identifies and ranks the 100 most valuable global brands. This year LEGO made the list for the first time, coming in at number 82. Notably, they are the only dedicated toy company that made the list, You can read the highlights of the report here
, or the complete rankings here
. It'll be interesting to see if the value of the LEGO brand continues to rise in the years to come!
LEGO is Coming to New York Comic Con
It was about a year ago that LEGO and BZPower descended upon New York City for Comic Con and the official reveal of the new Bionicle line. We haven't received word of any major announcements on the Bionicle front this year, but LEGO will be back at the show. Over at The Brick Fan Allen has some news
about their booth location and two panels focusing on LEGO comic crossovers, both Marvel and DC. On Friday at 12:45 PM you'll be able to learn more about the upcoming LEGO Marvel's Avengers from TT Games and on Sunday at 11 AM you can get a sneak peek at LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes - Justice League: Cosmic Clash, an animated feature coming out early next year. I'm sure both panels will be great fun for LEGO and superhero fans!
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
The Oriole Takes Flight
Living in the Baltimore area, you hear a lot about the Orioles (most of it negative this year). I was curious, then, when I saw a MOC named the B-01 Oriole
in our System-Based Creations forum. It turned out to be an awesome little spaceship by The Puppeteer with a simple, smooth shape that, in flight mode, could almost be called birdlike. I enjoy the clean orange and grey color scheme and the studs going in every which direction - SNOT at its finest. If you like looking at unique ships with some great design then you should definitely go check out the Oriole.
Nathan Sawaya's LEGO Batmobile Revealed
At San Diego Comic Con, LEGO Certified Professional Nathan Sawaya and DC Comics artist Jim Lee brainstormed with an audience on a new design for the Batmobile. Now Sawaya has built that sketch and will debut this new 18-foot long LEGO Batmobile at "The Art of Brick: DC Comics" exhibition with other DC Comics' sculptures. Entertainment Weekly
interviewed Sawaya, who called it "a dream project," and posed with the sculpture. The exhibit premiers in Sydney, Australia, at the Powerhouse Museum
in November, and can be expected to make its way around the globe. As always, send BZPower any photos you take when you visit.
Twitch Tuesday Tonight
After an unfortunate attempt to stream LEGO Dimensions last week (I'm still waiting for a replacement Gandalf Toy Tag) it's time to return to our regularly-scheduled Twitch Tuesday, on a Tuesday. If you'd like to help us pick what game we're going to play, head over to the poll in General Discussion
and cast your vote. Then, tonight at around 7:30 PM Eastern, head over to our Twitch channel
to watch us play. You can follow us on Twitch to find out exactly when we go live or follow us on Twitter
where we'll share that info as well. I'm looking forward to actually playing a game this week and chatting with everyone on the stream!
My replacement Gandalf Toy Tag came today, so we'll be taking a look at LEGO Dimensions tonight! See you in about an hour!
Monday, October 5, 2015
[Source: BZPower Reader]
Bionicle Episode 18 Released
While it doesn't look like it's up on the official LEGO Website yet, you can head over to YouTube to watch LEGO Bionicle - Episode 18 - The Mask of Creation
right now! Things are looking pretty dark for the Toa and Ekimu - is there a light at the end of the tunnel? You'll have to go watch to find out!
LEGO Doctor Who Set Revealed
Over on the LEGO Ideas blog, Sara Moore has revealed 21304 Doctor Who
, the latest set in the series and one that's sure to be popular among FOLs and Whovians alike. The set includes Doctors Eleven and Twelve, Clara, two Daleks, and a Weeping Angel, as well as the iconic TARDIS and its bigger-on-the-inside control room. The set will be available on December 1st and will retail for $59.99. I'm sure it's going to be on a lot of people's wishlists this winter!
Our YouTube series Bfa Plays is expanding today with a new game for everyone to watch. In addition to monthly installments of LEGO Racers gameplay, Blog Assistant Bfahome will now be going though Bionicle The Game and providing a running commentary. You can watch the first episode over on our YouTube channel
or by reading on and then let us know what you think in the discussion topic
. New episodes will be posted on the fifth of every month, so you'll have to come back to find out what happens next!
LEGO Bionicle: Gathering of the Toa
Gets a Cover
The Amazon.com listing for LEGO Bionicle: Gathering of the Toa
, the first G2 graphic novel, has been updated with the book's final cover design featuring an illustration of Tahu, Gali, and Onua. The story is written by Ryder Windham and is due for release on December 29 of this year, the same day as the second G2 chapter book Revenge of the Skull Spiders
(which is still listed with a preliminary cover). Follow the links above to see the listings!
It's Bigger on the Inside
Yesterday we got a sneak peek at the outside of the TARDIS from the upcoming Doctor Who LEGO Ideas set. Today we're getting a look at the inside via the LEGO Ideas
and LEGO Group
Twitter accounts. The main console and the core are modeled after the current TARDIS, which makes sense, but I'm sure once the set comes out people will be creating their own versions for each of the Doctors. I'm looking forward to more teasers and the eventual set reveal!
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Nautilus Rises from the Depths to Achieve Goal
Another project has recently achieved ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas. This time it's 20,000 Leagues under the Sea NAUTILUS
by OrionPax, based on the ship from the well-known Walt Disney movie. The model looks pretty amazing with some awesome building techniques. It's a bit on the large side though, so even with the licensing agreement in place between Disney and LEGO, I'm not sure this will appear on store shelves. We wish it the best of luck though!
LEGO Ideas Teases Doctor Who Set
The official LEGO Ideas and LEGO Twitter accounts have tweeted
a teaser for the upcoming LEGO Ideas Doctor Who set, landing soon in a space-time continuum near you. There is really not much to say here as the teaser speaks for itself and should please Time Lords and fans of the Doctor alike. If I had to guess I'd say there's going to be more information within the next two weeks and a release of the set in November or December. Stay tuned for updates.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
#BionicleMaskMaker Contest Beginning October 12th
A very observant BZPower member has noticed that the official BIONICLE Facebook page contains a section called "Competition T&Cs" that contains Terms and Conditions for a building contest titled #BionicleMaskMaker beginning October 12th and ending October 31st. Goal of the contest is to build a BIONICLE mask out of constraction and technic pieces. The prize would be none other than the 14 karat Mask of Creation. The entries will be judged by overall creativity, construction and color scheme and multiple entries per person are possible. Check out the official rules here
and get building!
Jurassic Park Explorer Reaches Goal
LEGO Ideas member senteosan continues to ride the popularity of Jurassic World and has had another project meet the ten thousand votes of support requirement. Instead of a dinosaur, this time around it's the Jurassic Park Explorer (with minifigs)
, the iconic SUV from the first movie that was meant to give people tours of the park but turned out to be better at holding people like sardines in a can for the T. rex. The model captures the look quite well and features minifigures of Ian Malcolm, Alan Grant, and Ellie Sattler. This is probably something I'd pick up if it made it through the review process, so I wish it the best of luck!
LEGO Worlds Update 3 Teaser
There's been a new post
made on the LEGO Worlds developer blog by TT Games' Chris Rose with some screenshots for the upcoming Update 3 for LEGO Worlds. It looks like the Skydome is going to be the next big feature added, bringing day and night to players of the game with some cool graphics and effects. If you've been playing LEGO Worlds, let us know what you think of this in the Talkback and how you've been enjoying the game in general.
Friday, October 2, 2015
Month of Jungle Begins on LEGO Bionicle Facebook Page
The LEGO Bionicle Facebook page has declared October the Month of Jungle
, and in accordance with that announcement they've revealed a new banner image by Matt Betteker focusing on Lewa in the Region of Jungle. Also, although it's come a little bit late, they've shared a display model of Pohatu
by LEGO City designer Corvin Stichert (BZPower member Vezok's Friend) to correspond with September's Month of Stone. Follow the links above to check out these two creations in more detail, and keep following the page for additional updates!
Download the LEGO Dimensions App
If you've been playing LEGO Dimensions whenever you're home like I wish I was (still waiting for a replacement Toy Tag for Gandalf), and think about playing it whenever you're not at home then you're in luck. You can head over to the Google Play Store and download the LEGO Dimensions app
on your Android phone or tablet (I'm assuming there will be an iOS version soon). The app allows you to create a wishlist of all the packs you want, keep track of the ones you have, watch videos to learn about the game and characters, and more. There's even badges you can unlock and exclusive wallpapers to be earned. It's a fun little companion for the game when you're not in front of your television.
Brickipedia Kicks Off their Halloween Contest
If you've ever tried searching for some obscure fact about LEGO chances are that you've ended up at Brickipedia at some point. But did you know they have a thriving community behind all those wiki pages? To celebrate the spookiest month of the year they recently kicked off a Halloween contest
that seems to be a game of riddles mixed with a scavenger hunt. It's easy to enter and win and there are some great Bionicle, Ninjago, and Scooby Doo sets up for grabs for the top three participants. What are you waiting for - go check it out!
Thursday, October 1, 2015
More Details on LEGO Bionicle and LEGO Friends Netflix Series
Netflix has issued a press release
for their new kids' series, including descriptions and teaser images for their LEGO Bionicle and LEGO Friends series. Each series' first season will be four episodes long. LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One
launches in the first quarter of 2016, and LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship
launches in the second quarter. Follow the link above to read the press release and check out the teaser images!
Netflix Teases Two Original LEGO Shows
Yesterday we shared
a link to Netflix for a listing titled, 'LEGO BIONICLE: The Journey to One,' but didn't have much more information beyond that. Today, Netflix has made the following tweet
Currently under construction: Two new Netflix originals for kids from the world of @LEGO_Group! Coming in 2016.
The image shows the Protectors of Fire and Earth as well as a couple of Friends minidolls, so it looks like we're getting a brand new Bionicle series that will be direct-to-Netflix as well as one for Friends! I'm sure we're all looking forward to learning more as it comes out!
Scholastic LEGO Books to Continue And Expand Through 2019
Scholastic, the U.S.-based publisher of many LEGO books over the years, has issued a press release
announcing that they have reached an agreement to continue publishing books based on various LEGO play themes through 2019. They will also be publishing new categories of LEGO books, such as non-fiction books using LEGO to explore science- and history-related subjects and a LEGO pop-up book by celebrated pop-up book creator Matthew Reinhart
. Readers who love LEGO clearly have a lot to look forward to in the years to come!
Join BZPower, Win Free LEGO
If you're reading this and aren't a member of BZPower yet, or have joined in the past month, have we got a deal for you. In addition to becoming a part of an awesome and active community focusing on the coolest toy around, you can enter our Minecraft Fall 2015 New Member Raffle
for a chance to win a copy of 21102 Minecraft: The Forest, the very first LEGO Minecraft set which is no longer in production. The raffle runs until November 30th, but there's no reason to delay - join BZPower now and start sharing your creations, playing games, talking about LEGO, and more!
Australian LEGO Club Magazine Teases New LEGO Nexo Knights Theme
Brickset has shared a scan of a new full-page teaser
for LEGO Nexo Knights appearing in the latest issue of LEGO Club Magazine in Australia. LEGO Nexo Knights is a "big bang" theme (a major homegrown story- and media-driven theme like Atlantis, Ninjago, or Legends of Chima) coming out in January 2016 that combines sci-fi and medieval fantasy elements. Follow the link above for Brickset's report, then share your thoughts on this new theme in the Talkback topic!
October 2015 Double VIP Points
If you've been a part of LEGO's VIP Program for the last few years, you'll know that they run a double points promotion in October. This year, the promotion is running from October 1st to October 14th. (The store calendars originally only had the promotion for four days, but it's been extended.) You can use the double points to get such sets as the newly released sixth wave of Mixels
or the new LEGO Dimensions packs.
You can take advantage of these deals both online and in LEGO Stores.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
It's time for another BZPower Set Review, and this time BZPower Reporter Xccj takes a look at the second motorcycle, 70730 Chain Cycle Ambush. Should you go speeding out to grab this model, or just let the pieces rest on the store shelves? Read on or watch the video to find out!
[Source: MrAho, Nescent & a BZPower reader]
LEGO BIONICLE: The Journey to One on Netflix
A mysterious listing has appeared on Netflix: Titled LEGO BIONICLE: The Journey to One
, there isn't much to see yet apart from the description: "Six legendary heroes find themselves on an epic quest as they harness the power of nature's elements to defeat the forces of evil." My guess is that this is going to be relevant for next year (the page seems to be of rather preliminary character) so it's going to be a few months before we get to see actual content but the fact that the listing exists at all is already great news and raises a lot of questions. Looks like BIONICLE is proving to be successful enough for LEGO to make its first venture into modern streaming channels. Stay tuned for updates.
First International LEGO News Show Episode Released on LEGO.com!
The official LEGO Club website has shared the first English-language episode
of the LEGO News Show! In this four-and-a-half minute episode, LEGO News Show anchors Dan Brickman and Helen Stone meet with LEGO Club mascot Max and the LEGO City Demolition team, plus debut a new (yet still unmistakably familiar) invention by the show's scientific advisor Professor Egghead. Follow the link above to check it out!
Microsoft Releases Xbox One "The LEGO Movie Videogame" Bundle
Microsoft has just released an Xbox One bundle containing the standard 500 GB Xbox One (without Kinect) and The LEGO Movie Videogame in one package for USD 349, which is not too bad a deal considering the console alone costs the same. If you've been looking to get a new console or to replace your old Xbox 360, this bundle may be worth your money. Check it out (literally?) in the Microsoft Store
LEGO Star Wars Retrospective Continues
Christian Faber is at it again, sharing some more intriguing information about the original development of LEGO Star Wars. Head over to the Faber Files to check out Flashback - The LEGO and Star Wars collaboration - part 4
, where he talks about the final packaging design and the reasoning for some of the choices. It's interesting to see how things most people take for granted, like the black bars simulating the widescreen aspect ratio of the movies, add that sense of connection to the sets. And getting to work with original Star Wars assets seems awesome and a huge honor!
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
BrickCon 2015 This Weekend
It's the first weekend of October, and that means it's time for another BrickCon
LEGO Convention in Seattle, Washington. BrickCon is one of the longest running LEGO Conventions, and this year it is still located at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, right next to the Space Needle. The public hours are 10 AM to 4 PM Saturday, October 3rd, and 9 AM to 3 PM Sunday, October 4th. If you're in the area, stop by and check out the displays, including some Bionicle MOCs. Hope to see you there!
Legends of Metru Nui Deleted Scene Discovered
BZPower Member TheSkeletonMan939 recently came across
some videos that Roy Braverman, a sound designer for the first three Bionicle films, has posted online. The clips are from Legends of Metru Nui and feature just the sound effects; it's interesting to watch them without the music and dialog. The thing most people will care about though is that one of the videos features a shot that never actually made it into the film - the Coliseum crumbling during Vakama's vision. Go check it out and join the discussion. It's great to see stuff like this being uncovered after over a decade!
LEGO Brings Home the Bacon with New LEGO Angry Birds Teaser
The official LEGO Facebook page has shared a new teaser image
of one of the Bad Piggies from next year's The Angry Birds Movie
sets. The pig in question looks as though he's about to chow down on a stolen egg. But if you look closely at the foreground you can spot a glimpse the film's eponymous birds looming... and they look pretty angry! Follow the link above to see the new teaser, and then share your thoughts in the Talkback topic!
LEGO Games on Sale for Xbox
Xbox Live's Major Nelson has posted this week's Deals With Gold And Spotlight Sale
on his blog, detailing many digital games being discounted for Xbox One and 360. Among them are several LEGO games for both platforms. On Xbox One we've got LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham and the Deluxe Edition, LEGO Jurassic World, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, LEGO the Hobbit, and The LEGO Movie Videogame. For the 360, there's LEGO Batman 1, 2, and 3, LEGO Jurassic World, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, and The LEGO Movie Videogame. Discounts range from 20% off to 67% off and vary by region. If the $100 price tag on LEGO Dimensions makes you cringe, picking up some of these on sale will be a much smaller hit to your wallet!
Monday, September 28, 2015
LEGO Dimensions Added to Shop.LEGO.com and Service.LEGO.com
The LEGO Dimensions starter pack and wave one expansion packs are now available for purchase from the LEGO website in several countries including the United States
, Great Britain
, and France
, among others. LEGO Customer Service has also uploaded building instructions
for the LEGO Dimensions sets, including both digital versions of the physical instruction manuals and downloadable versions of the in-game instructions for many of the vehicles and gadgets. This is a handy asset for anybody who is interested in buying the expansion packs before or instead of the starter pack!
Twitch Tuesday... on a Monday
LEGO Dimensions released in the US yesterday, and my copy should be arriving later today. As a result, we're mixing things up a little bit this week and instead of streaming tomorrow, we'll be sharing our first look at LEGO Dimensions this evening. Things will probably kick off a little later than usual, hopefully by 8 PM Eastern, over on the BZPower Twitch Channel
. If you follow us there or on Twitter
, you'll be able to see exactly when we go live. If you're curious as to how the game plays or are on the fence about picking it up, this will be a great opportunity to take a look. If you join the chat you can ask any questions and we'll do our best to answer them. See you all tonight!
Sunday, September 27, 2015
LEGO Dimensions Released with Initial Expansion Packs
Today marks the release of the latest LEGO video game by TT Games: LEGO Dimensions. As something being anticipated since April
, getting the chance to have your favorite LEGO characters (and some new ones) interact with one another sounds exciting. The $100 Starter Pack will give you everything for the main game, but the $15-$30 character packs will yield even more fun with levels and character shenanigans. There are even some deals at a few stores, most notably Toys R Us' deal of a $10 gift card with a $35 Dimensions purchase. If you ask nicely they might allow multiple uses of this deal (and don't forget about Bricktober
). Members of Best Buy's Gamer's Club can make use of their membership, and there is always LEGO's own VIP Program. However you buy it, it's been one of the biggest games of the year so far, so we can only hope for the best.
Former Bionicle comic artist Pop Mhan was at Baltimore Comic Con on Saturday, September 26, getting lots of attention at his booth on the show floor. Known for his work penciling the Glatorian arc for the Bionicle story, he fondly remembers that era of his career. Former Staff member 55555 tipped Reporter ChocolateFrogs to his attendance, and Mhan was kind enough to give a short interview for us fans. Read on for a little bit of Bionicle Gen 1 nostalgia.
Vote in the September Flickr Contest
The entry period has ended and now it's time to vote for your favorite creation in our Flickr Contest - September 2015! Head on over to the voting topic
and check out the eleven creations there. You have until September 30th at 11:59 PM Eastern to vote, and with how close our recent contests have been, every vote will count! The winner gets a cool prize and will be the banner on our Flickr group
, so help us decide which MOC it will be!
Saturday, September 26, 2015
It's time to jump back in to the BZPower set reviews. Today we're returning to the Speed Champions theme, which we visited earlier this year, to look at 75909 McLaren P1
, one of the smaller, car-only sets in the line. Is this supercar a super-good buy, or is it a lemon you should leave on the lot? Check out our text and video reviews to find out!