Sunday, July 24, 2016
Another Wave of LEGO Sets Coming to North America August 1st
In a little over a week, nearly 50 new LEGO sets from the City, Creator, Disney Princess, Elves, Friends, Nexo Knights, Ninjago, Star Wars, and Super Heroes themes will be released in North America. More details on specific sets can be found on the Coming Soon pages for the United States
. Additionally, in Europe and Great Britain, the Volvo EW160E
wheeled excavator from LEGO Technic will be released the same day, August 1st. Follow the links above for more details!
LEGO and Warner Bros. Pictures released a brand-new trailer for The LEGO Batman Movie
during San Diego Comic-Con yesterday, and it's now available online
via the Warner Bros. Pictures YouTube channel. In the new trailer, Bruce Wayne's adopted son discovers the Batcave, borrows one of Batman's old suits, and takes his place as Batman's sidekick, Robin. But is he ready for the sorts of "life lessons" that Batman intends to teach him? And more importantly, is Batman ready to take responsibility for a spunky kid sidekick? Follow the link above or read on to find out!
Ahsoka Tano LEGO Dress at SDCC Worn by Ashley Eckstein
LEGO has had a strong presence at San Diego Comic Con for a while now, but I doubt anyone expected the bricks to show up at a fashion show. Ashley Eckstein, voice actress for Star Wars Rebels as Ahsoka Tano, hosted the SDCC Her Universe Fashion Show wearing a completely LEGO-made dress...of Ahsoka Tano. Designed by Nathan Sawaya and Andrew MacLaine, the dress used over 10,000 LEGO pieces! Check it out
and be amazed.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
LEGO Designers Announce LEGO Bionicle Makuta Contest for Rebrick
The LEGO Group has released a new video on LEGO.com announcing an upcoming LEGO Bionicle Makuta Contest
on Rebrick. LEGO Bionicle designer John Ho, LEGO City designer Corvin Stichert, and LEGO Mindstorms designer Niek van Slagmaat introduce different versions of Makuta they've built, including the one that will appear in The Journey to One
, before inviting fans to build their own rendition of the evil Makuta. The grand prize is a box containing every 2015 and 2016 Bionicle set, plus a signed, limited-edition Bionicle art book! A copy of the art book will also be awarded to a randomly selected entrant, so anyone can win! The entry period ends September 5th, and the winners will be announced on September 26th. Full details will be released at Rebrick.com when the entry period begins. Check out the video to learn more!
Fire and Ice and Raffles
Soon we'll be done announcing raffles and all that will be left is to pick the winners. Today is not that day though, and we have two more raffles for you all. 15th Anniversary Premier Raffle #8
is for Premier members only and will grant one lucky winner 70207 CHI Cragger, who never made it to the USA. Also in the Europe exclusive boat is the 70209 CHI Mungus in 15th Anniversary Little Raffle #14
, which is open to everyone. These Legend of Chima constraction sets have some great parts that I'm sure the winners will love! If for some reason you don't want these two sets, make sure you check out the rest of our raffles
to see what else is up for grabs!
Friday, July 22, 2016
LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One
Episode Four Trailer
With only a week left before the release of the next two episodes of LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One
, the LEGO Bionicle Facebook page has released a trailer for episode 4: "The Dark Portal
". In this teaser we get to see the Toa going toe-to-toe with Umarak the Destroyer, as well as a closer look at Umarak's dark master. Umarak's shadow powers seem a lot stronger than they were when he was merely Umarak the Hunter, but as any long-time Bionicle fan knows, Toa never give up without a fight! Follow the link above to watch the trailer!
Take a Chance on Some Gen 2 Sets
We have two more raffles for you today to help you potentially expand your Bionicle collection. 15th Anniversary Premier Raffle #7
offers Premier members a chance at 71305 Lewa - Uniter of Jungle from this year's line of sets. To compliment him, all members can enter 15th Anniversary Little Raffle #13
where we're giving away 71300 Uxar - Creature of Jungle! And don't forget to check out all of the raffles
going on right now to see what other sets you can try to win. Good luck!
Thursday, July 21, 2016
More Awesome LEGO Up for Grabs
The anniversary celebration is winding down, but today we have a few more great raffles for everyone! If you miss the days of Hero Factory, make sure you check out 15th Anniversary Big Raffle #5
, where $1 gives you a chance at winning 44029 QUEEN Beast vs. FURNO, EVO & STORMER. If a galaxy far far away is more your style than an invasion from below, we have 15th Anniversary Little Raffle #12
that anyone can enter for the opportunity to win 75115 Poe Dameron. Finally, if you weren't the lucky winner of the last Transparent Mask of Fire, we have 15th Anniversary Big Raffle #6
, which gives you another shot! Good luck to everyone, and congrats to all of the winners thus far!
Two The LEGO Batman Movie
Sets Revealed at SDCC
San Diego Comic-Con officially began today, and two The LEGO Batman Movie
sets were unveiled at the LEGO Group's booth and on their social media channels. Additional details on the two sets, The Batmobile and The Joker's Notorious Lowrider, were provided by Entertainment Weekly
. The Batmobile, which will cost $59.99 USD, contains 581 pieces including minifigures of Batman, Robin, Man-Bat, and the Kabuki Twins. The Lowrider, which will be priced at $49.99 USD, contains 433 pieces including minifigures of Batgirl, The Joker, and Harley Quinn. Both sets will be available later this year. Follow the link above for pics and more details!
Stay Inside and Build Something Cool
Last night Tufi Piyufi kicked off a new contest over in the BZPower Flickr Group
. Go check out BZPower Flickr Contest - July 2016
for all the details on how you can enter to win 70787 Tahu Master of Fire and get your MOC on the front page of the group and BZPower. The entry period ends on Thursday, August 4th at 11:59 PM Eastern, which gives you a little over two weeks to build your creation. Best of luck to everyone - I can't wait to see what you come up with!
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Happy Anniversary BZPower!
Wow. As of today, our little corner of the Internet has existed for fifteen years! I'm sure back in 2001 when Dimensioneer started what was then 'Bionicle Zone' he didn't expect us to still be around and active all this time later. But it's thanks to all of you - our members and readers - that we're here. And it's because of you that the rest of the staff and I do our best to keep things running. As is our tradition, for the next week all members will be gifted the perks of Premier Membership
, so enjoy your rank images, blogs, group PMs, and everything else. And if you like what you see and are willing and able to, don't forget that we're running a sale in the store
for 10% off Premier Memberships when you use code 'BZPOWER15'. Thank you all again for fifteen awesome years of Bionicle news, creations, and discussion! Here's to many more!
This is it! The day Bfahome has been waiting for! You can now watch Episode 12: Time's Up
of the Bfa Plays: LEGO Racers series which brings the series to a close. He's finally able to beat the last of the time trials and emerge victorious over the game! Let him know what you thought of the series over in the discussion topic
- what were your favorite moments? After this, he'll be switching over to playing Bionicle Heroes twice a month, but if you have any suggestions for future games he can play, let us know! See you all next month for some heroic Bionicle action!
Robin and the Joker Re-Imagined in The LEGO Batman Movie
USA Today has published a story
with stills and details of Batman's sidekick Robin (Michael Cera) and nemesis the Joker (Zach Galifianakis) as they appear in next year's The LEGO Batman Movie
. Their stories are a bit different than you might know from comics and movies, with Robin as an lovable, cheerful young boy who the solitary Bruce Wayne inadvertently adopts at a charity auction, and the Joker as an insecure villain desperate to prove he's got what it takes to be Batman's arch-enemy. Both characters will appear in a trailer set to be unveiled later this week at San Diego Comic-Con. Follow the link for more details!
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Kopaka, Meet Kopaka
It feels like we've been on something of a Kopaka streak lately, showcasing DeeVee's MOC last week and Kopaka 'n' Kopaka
by Hidron Nuva this time around. The piece of art does a good job capturing the general shapes of the two sets while giving them more fleshed out forms. I feel like it highlights the changes from 2001 to 2015 very well, with the added bulk, more varied color scheme, and general increase in size that modern CCBS sets have. Plus, it's cool to look at! Go check it out and let the artist know what you think!
Twitch Tuesday Tonight
The Earth has spun around seven times, bringing us back to Tuesday, which means that tonight we'll be streaming again over on the BZPower Twitch channel
. Last week we played LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but what will we play this week? Head over to the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
to let us know what you'd like to see us play and to give us feedback on the streams. Then, later tonight at about 7:30 PM Eastern we'll kick things off for your viewing pleasure. How many cliffs will I manage to fall off this week? Follow us on Twitch or Twitter
to be notified of when you can find out. See you all then!
Monday, July 18, 2016
Send your Creations to BrickFair Virginia
One of the biggest LEGO conventions of the year is coming up next month! BrickFair Virginia always features a panoply of Bionicle creations, not to mention those in all of the other themes out there. If you can't make it to Chantilly from August 3rd to the 7th, fear not - you can still have your creations displayed. Check out the 2016 Convention Circuit
topic to find out all the details. The short version is: you send us your MOCs, we display them and send them back to you with some extra goodies. We want to make sure Bionicle is well-represented at the event, and your help goes a long way in making that happen. We hope to see you or your creations there!
SDCC Exclusive Atom (Ray Palmer) Minifigure Revealed
TVInsider.com has announced the second exclusive minifigure LEGO will be distributing at San Diego Comic-Con later this week: The Atom (Ray Palmer) as he appears in the show DC's Legends of Tomorrow
. The minifigure appears in his high-tech shrinking suit and comes with a 4x4 plate decorated with a Palmer Technologies pattern. It will be given away on Thursday, July 21 and Saturday, July 23 starting at 12:30pm. Additionally, the @LEGO_Group
Twitter feed will be offering a chance for non-attendees to win the minifigure. Follow the link above for pictures and more information!
Disney Minifigs Up for Grabs
Today in our latest raffle we're giving away five random minifigures from the 71012 Disney Collectible Minifigures series. Five lucky winners of 15th Anniversary Little Raffle #11
will each get one bag, and if they ask really nicely, I might try to feel for a specific character. If Disney isn't your jam, make sure you check out all of the other raffles
going on as we have a bunch of classic Bionicle sets as the raffle prizes. Good luck to everyone who enters!
Sunday, July 17, 2016
LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One
Episode Three Trailer
On Friday, the LEGO Bionicle Facebook page shared a trailer for LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One
episode 3: "Destroyer's Game
". In the previous episode of the Netflix exclusive series, the energy of the Mask of Control transformed Umarak the Hunter into Umarak the Destroyer, and this new trailer offers a sense of how he lives up to that new title. It also introduces the Shadow Horde, an army of fearsome foes who turn the island's elemental energies against the Toa. Follow the link above to watch the trailer and get ready for the release of episodes 3 and 4 on July 29th!
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Last month, LEGO announced a partnership
with the improv and sketch comedy group Upright Citizens Brigade to teach kids about creativity using LEGO Classic building sets. A new video
posted to YouTube last week demonstrates the fruits of that partnership, showing how LEGO building and improv can go hand-in-hand, along with a description that suggests some building and improv exercises you can try at home! Follow the links above for more information or read on to watch the video!
More Free Gen 1 Bionicle Sets
We have two more awesome raffles to share with you today! 15th Anniversary Premier Raffle #6
offers Premier Members a chance to win the pair of 8565 Kohrak & 8551 Kohrak Va for another blast from the past. Then there's 15th Anniversary Little Raffle #10
that any member can enter and have a shot at winning 8721 Velika (the Great Being! There's plenty more raffles
where those came from for you to enter once you're done with those two. Who doesn't love free LEGO?
Friday, July 15, 2016
LEGO Lifts Lid on BrickHeadz
USA Today has the exclusive reveal
of a new collectible series being released by LEGO. Called 'BrickHeadz,' the line features cartoony versions of superheroes (although I'm guessing we'll see it expand) that you can collect, build, and display. The first sets will be available exclusively at San Diego Comic Con and will include Batman, The Joker, Superman, and Wonder Woman from DC and Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Captain America, and Iron Man from Marvel. We'll have more information to share about how you can get these later today! Is this the type of line you'd be interested in? Let us know in the Talkback!
More Classic Bionicle Sets Up for Grabs
We have two raffles to share with you today! 15th Anniversary Premier Raffle #5
gives one lucky Premier Member the chance to win both 8564 Lehvak and 8552 Lehvak Va, dating all the way back to 2002! There's also 15th Anniversary Little Raffle #9
, which will result in someone winning 8724 Garan! Don't forget that there's a lot of other raffles
going on if these aren't to your liking. If you're not a Premier Member yet, you can use code 'BZPOWER15' during checkout in the store
to save 10% on your membership. Finally, congratulations to SamDrew, who won 75108 Clone Commander Cody
and Auktam Aroluk, the the winner of the signed 75109 Obi-Wan Kenobi
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Classic Raffles Begin
Today we're starting up two new raffles, this time with some classic Bionicle sets as prizes! For $1 a ticket, 15th Anniversary Big Raffle #4
gives you a shot at the Mahri 8912 Toa Hewkii, 8913 Toa Nuparu, or 8915 Toa Matoro - three prizes means three times the chance at winning! We know people like free too, so 15th Anniversary Little Raffle #8
is giving away five copies of 6935 Bad Guy to five lucky members! And don't forget to check out all of the other raffles
going on, including your chance to win 75109 Obi-Wan Kenobi signed by the designer Christian Vonsild
! Good luck to everyone!
Life-Size LEGO Wonder Woman Coming to San Diego Comic-Con
The Wall Street Journal
has released an exclusive first look at a Wonder Woman statue which will be on display at San Diego Comic-Con, based on Gal Gadot's portrayal of the character in this year's movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
. The model took 99 hours to design, stands six feet and one inch tall, contains 22,736 bricks, and weighs 138 pounds including its non-brick-built base. Follow the link above for pictures and a time-lapse video of the model's 218-hour construction!
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
When LEGO announced 71040 The Disney Castle
they shared a lot of pictures, but LEGO now has released a new six-minute designer video
in which senior set designer Marcos Bessa, graphic designer Austin Carlson, and special guest Christian from Disney Consumer Products explain their roles in the process of packing this massive set with as much authenticity and Disney magic as possible, and even show off some hidden details that might not have been evident from pictures alone! Follow the link above or read on to watch the designer video!
New LEGO Ideas Set 21308 Adventure Time Revealed
The LEGO Ideas Team has officially revealed the next LEGO Ideas set, 21308 Adventure Time, in a new blog post
. Based on the Brick-built Adventure Time Figures
project by Ludovic Piraud (aBetterMonkey), the set will contain 495 pieces and cost $49.99 USD when it is released on January 1, 2017. The final version of the set includes eight brick-built characters: Finn, Jake, Princess Bubblegum, Lady Rainicorn, Marceline, BMO, Gunter, and the Ice King. Follow the link above for more details!
New LEGO Ninjago Mini-Movie: "The Story of Cryptor"
The official LEGO Ninjago website has been updated with a fourth summer 2016 mini-movie, "Villain Throwback: The Story of Cryptor
". In this 94-second video, Ninjago Museum of History curator Dr. Saunders shows off yet another of the works in the upcoming "Hall of Villainy" exhibit, this time focusing on General Cryptor, the ruthless and arrogant leader of the Digital Overlord's Nindroid army! Cryptor's body was destroyed during the Season 3 finale, but we may not have seen the last of him... Follow the link above to watch the new mini-movie!
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The Toa of Ice is Ready to Fight
Sometimes a creation does an excellent job of capturing a character, and other times it goes and redefines them. In my opinion, DeeVee's Kopaka: Toa of Ice
falls into that second category - it takes the lone warrior we're all familiar with and brings him someplace new. You can still see the strength and speed represented in the build, but the gold and red accents and the belt and sword make him look like he's a general in uniform preparing to lead his troops into battle. The model does a great job blending the CCBS pieces with System, resulting in a cohesive overall appearance. Go check out the topic and let Pat know what you think of the MOC!
SDCC Exclusive Captain America: Steve Rogers Minifigure Revealed
Entertainment Weekly has revealed the LEGO Group's first exclusive minifigure for San Diego Comic-Con 2016
: Captain America in his costume from the ongoing comic series Captain America: Steve Rogers
. This controversial incarnation of Cap has had his youth and superhuman abilities supernaturally restored, but now believes himself to be an operative of the terrorist organization Hydra! He will be available to con-goers via drawings at 12:30pm each day of the event, and to non-attendees via giveaways which will be announced on the @LEGO_Group
Twitter feed. Follow the link above for pictures and more information!
Watch Twitch Tuesday
Tonight we'll be starting up the BZPower Twitch channel
and streaming some LEGO videogame fun, seeing how it's Tuesday finally. While I'm hoping for some more Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the game we play is up to you - just head over to the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
and cast your vote! We'll see you all at around 7:30 PM Eastern on Twitch, and you can get notified when we go live by following us there or on Twitter
. I hope you're looking forward to it as much as I am!
Monday, July 11, 2016
LEGO has released their third stop-motion video
challenging the heroes of LEGO Ninjago to take on obstacles from the TV series American Ninja Warrior (previous videos can be seen here
). In this one-minute video, sideline reporter Kristine Leahy shows us Masters of Spinjitzu Jay, Nya, and Lloyd joining American Ninja Warrior veterans to train for their eventual showdown on the obstacle course. Follow the link above or read on to check out this latest installment!
Ekimu the Mask Maker Character Video Released on Facebook
The official LEGO Bionicle Facebook page
has released the last character video for the summer 2016 Bionicle sets, Ekimu the Mask Maker
. Like the other new character videos, this one is made up of clips from upcoming episodes of the Netflix series LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One
, but in this case that includes not only future events but also a flashback to the battle with Makuta that resulted in Okoto's Great Cataclysm! Ekimu's Hawk, which will be released as a gift set with the upcoming second issue of the LEGO Bionicle magazine in Europe, can also be seen in this teaser. Follow the link above to watch the new video!
Today LEGO is officially taking the wraps off of the latest Direct To Consumer model, and it's among the most impressive so far in 2016. 71040 The Disney Castle will be a familiar sight to anyone who has been to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida or seen images of the iconic structure that dominates the skyline of the Magic Kingdom. Weighing in at over four thousand pieces, it's truly the highlight of any Disney fan's LEGO collection. To see the hi-res images and read the full press release, read on!
Sunday, July 10, 2016
LEGO and NASA Unveil Mission to Space
With all the excitement of the Juno probe with LEGO minifigs aboard now reaching Jupiter, LEGO and NASA have unveiled two websites that mix LEGO and science together: Mission to Space. This "engaging on-line summer activity" lets kids build their own space station, learn about the solar system, and see what living in space is like. Check out both LEGO's site
and NASA's site
for all the facts, activities, and videos.
LEGO Panels at San Diego Comic-Con 2016
San Diego Comic-Con has released announced their programming schedule for 2016, and there are a few LEGO-related panels scheduled for Sunday, July 24th
. These include a LEGO Dimensions
panel from 11:15am to 12:15pm a LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
panel from 1:00pm to 2:00pm, and finally a LEGO Nexo Knights: Behind the Scenes
panel from 2:45pm to 3:45pm. Follow the links above for additional details on who will be participating in each panel and what will be talked about or shown!
The Raffles Strike Back
Yep, more silly Star Wars headlines mean it's time for more Star Wars raffles! Check out 15th Anniversary Premier Raffle #4
and 15th Anniversary Little Raffle #7
for your chance to win 75111 Darth Vader (Premier Members only) or 75110 Luke Skywalker. And while you're at it, make sure you enter some of our other raffles
that are currently going on! We would also like to congratulate the most recent winners: Lord Oblivion
is getting 71310 Umarak the Hunter and Lucina
will receive 71303 Ikir - Creature of Fire. Maybe you'll be the next winner!