Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Today LEGO is lifting the lid on another re-release of an older set. They dug a decade back into the vault and plucked 4999 Vestas Wind Turbine back to the future. Whereas previously the set was a limited edition promotion, the 10268 Vestas Wind Turbine will be widely available through LEGO Shop @ Home and Brand Retail Stores. In addition to this set reconfirming The LEGO Group's partnership with Vestas to support renewable energy, this is also the first set to feature the 'plants from plants' elements (and actually be a set and not a promotional pack). For high-res images and the full details, read on!
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Today is Tuesday, and that means tonight we stream! You can had over to the BZPower Twitch channel
this evening at around 7:30 PM Eastern as we start up our Xbox and load up a LEGO videogame to play. Which game? You can help us decide by voting in the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
. We'll see you all there tonight as we solve puzzles, defeat enemies, and fall off cliffs in spectacularly disappointing fashion!
What Happened to Free the Band?
Long time BZPower Member Tilius recently popped up in the Bionicle Discussion forum with an interesting question. He started a topic about the Free the Band Videos
and is looking to know if anyone knows where to find them. I did some quick searching myself and came up empty-handed, but I'm hopeful there's someone out there both more resourceful and dedicated than me who can help out. If you have any information that can assist, please share it in the topic!
LEGO Game Sales for Xbox
Earlier today on Major Nelson's blog he shared This Week's Deals with Gold and Sales
running from now until October 1st. Included are a number of TT Games' LEGO titles ranging from 10% to 60% off. There's a little bit of everything from Marvel to DC to Star Wars and more, so there should be something for everyone. Stock up now before the holiday game rush gets underway and you don't have any time to play them!
Monday, September 24, 2018
A Pair of 10k Clubbers
Recently two more builders have joined the prestigious ranks of the 10k Club over on LEGO Ideas. First up you get to Meet Joseph Beasley of LEGO Mystery Science Theater 3000
and learn about a Bionicle fan who also likes TV shows about bad movies. Today we got to Meet Connor Yako of Acclamator Class Assault Ship
, a huge Star Wars fan with SHIP building chops to match. Go give both interviews a read - maybe you'll get inspired to submit your own LEGO Ideas project!
Sunday, September 23, 2018
An Idea Millions of Years in the Making
Recently another project achieved ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas, meaning it will find its way into the next review phase to be considered for production as an actual set! Go check out Dinosaurs Fossils Skeletons - Natural History Collection
by Mukkinn which, oddly enough, features LEGO models of several dinosaur (and dinosaur adjacent) species. Appearing in the creation are the Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Dilophosaurus, Brachiosaurus, and Plesiosaurus. Each model features some interesting building techniques and they're all instantly recognizable. We wish them the best of luck when they go up for review. Let us know in the Talkback what you think of the project - is it something you'd want to add to your collection?
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Build the Construction Machines of the Future
Earlier this year LEGO shared details about their latest partnership with Volvo
that resulted in the 42081 Concept Wheel Loader ZEUX being released. Now the LEGO Ideas team is reaching out to the fans to see what we think the future of construction equipment might look like. In their new contest
you're challenged to, "build the construction machines of the future - either autonomous or not," and submit them to the site. The grand prize winner gets a trip to Volvo in Sweden to test drive construction equipment as well as a bunch of awesome LEGO sets and swag! The entry period ends on October 18th, so break out the blueprints and start building! Good luck!
Friday, September 21, 2018
A Brief History of The Legend of Mata Nui
Probably the biggest Bionicle news item of 2018 has been the return of Bionicle: The Legend of Mata Nui thanks to the discovery of alpha and beta versions of the game and a lot of work by the folks at The Beaverhouse, Team Litestone, and the BioMedia Project. Recently game journalism site Quillstreak published an in-depth look at the history of the game
written by Aron Gerencser, who BZPower members may know as Pohaturon. It covers just about everything we've learned about the history of the game and how it came to be playable today. I would say it's definitely worthy of a read to any Bionicle fan who wants to know it all!
Thursday, September 20, 2018
LEGO Most Reputable Company in EU5 Countries
What do Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom all have in common? Well, according to the Reputation Institute they all agree that The LEGO Group has the best reputation among global companies. You can read all about it in the press releases on GlobalNewswire
, which also lists the other nine top companies in terms of reputation. It seems that the social responsibility, strong sense of brand, and high levels of engagement are what set LEGO apart from the rest. How do you feel about the reputation of our favorite toy company? Let us know in the Talkback if you agree with the study or not!
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
New LEGO Sandbox Game Coming to China
Announced today, LEGO Cube is coming to China, a new sandbox building game "featuring LEGO bricks, minifigures and other iconic LEGO properties," says the press release
. "Players are encouraged and empowered to explore the game world as they want," it says, including learning "3D design, construction and building and coding." Read more at the link, but there's no word on if this will make it to other parts of the world after is probable winter release.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
The Definition of NPU
When the Star Wars buildable figures introduced the hexagonal armor attachment piece last year, I was immediately intrigued by the potential uses for the element. Paleo has found a great technique and shows it off with his Scuttler Drone
. The part works amazingly well with not a CCBS shell in sight, thanks to a net that they're all attached too. It gives the drone a unique shape that you don't see too often in a LEGO build and I hope others pick up on this 'nice part use' and find their own ways to include this element in their builds.
On this rainy Tuesday (for me at least) it seems like a great day to play some videogames. That means that tonight starting at about 7:30 PM Eastern we'll be over at the BZPower Twitch channel
to chat while we play through a LEGO title of your choosing. You can help us decide which game by heading over to the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
and voting for your favorite. We'll see you there and hopefully we'll be successful in saving the day while being somewhat entertaining.
Monday, September 17, 2018
LEGO Brings More Stores and Media to China as Business Booms
The LEGO Group's growth trajectory on a global scale has stalled in the past couple years, but growth in China remains steady! RetailNews Asia
shares that LEGO will respond to double-digit revenue growth in the first half of this year by expanding their retail presence, adding a new flagship store in Shanghai in the coming month and another in Beijing in the beginning of next year. By the end of this year LEGO intends to have 60 stores in 15 Chinese cities, including the current 36 LEGO Certified Stores and the existing flagship store at Shanghai Disney Resort. They have also partnered with Chinese tech conglomerate Tencent
to create both a LEGO streaming video channel and LEGO licensed games, with teasers already appearing for the first game's announcement this Wednesday. Follow the links above to find out more!
Sunday, September 16, 2018
LEGO Ideas Prototype Joins Museum Collection
What happens to the creation after it is submitted to LEGO Ideas and becomes an actual set? In the case to the Women of NASA project by Maia Weinstock, it goes on display in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
in Washington DC! There's no indication as to whether this will be a temporary or permanent exhibit, so if you would like to see it on display you should plan to visit the museum sooner rather than later. This is quite the impressive achievement and I hope to have the chance to check it out there myself!
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Three Thousand Votes Deserve Some Interviews
While we wait for the next LEGO Ideas set announcement we get to dive deep with some of the builders behind some Ideas that have garnered 10,000 votes. Three models and builders have recently been interviewed, all for some pretty clever MOCs. Most recently is I Am Amelia Earhart
, inspired by Brad Meltzer's children's book and who worked with builder Alatariel to get the project going. Next up is Stitch
from the Disney movie by known LEGO community fan Legohaulic. Finally we have the Modular Arcade
by Creator Expert fan Alan Aliva. Check out the interviews for they LEGO hobby does for them.
Friday, September 14, 2018
Hogwarts Castle Live Build Tomorrow
Our next live build is a big one! LEGO has kindly sent us a copy of 71043 Hogwarts Castle, the biggest Harry Potter set to date - and with over six thousand pieces it's one of the largest LEGO sets around! The fun will start at 3 PM Eastern tomorrow, September 15th over on the BZPower YouTube channel
. Unfortunately for me, my local Harry Potter aficionado Chelsea insists on building it herself, so while I sit out on that I'll be going through a box of 71022 Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts collectible minifigures. Since we don't need a whole box we'll be giving a bunch away throughout what is likely to be the first of several streams!
Thursday, September 13, 2018
shopDisney Code Puts Star Wars Buildable Figures Below $10 Each
Now through September 17th, it's possible to use the promotion code EXTRA25 to get an extra 25% off
of select Disney items on sale. Naturally, this includes the ever popular LEGO Star Wars Buildable Figures
. Sergeant Jyn Erso, Chirrut Imwe, and Baze Malbus are in stock as of this writing. If you want to build a small army of these characters or stock up on these parts, you're in luck - orders over $75 ship free, and at $9.74 a pop, that's only 8 sets!
Build an Incredible Family Scene
With LEGO ReBrick closing its doors, LEGO Ideas is picking up the contest slack with their Create an Amazing Family Moment
contest. You've got until October 10th to break out your bricks or digital building software to create a scene from a day in the life of Disney Pixar's The Incredibles. You don't have to use the official minifigures, just whatever you have that you feel represents Bob, Helen, Violet, Dash, and Jack Jack. You could win a signed movie poster, original Incredibles artwork, and $500 worth of LEGO sets. So give it your best bet - good luck!
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
AFOL Designer Program Announced
Bricklink has teamed up with the LEGO Group to introduce the new AFOL Designer Program, where you can submit an entry to become a limited edition 60 Years Anniversary set. The LEGO design team will review submissions made using the Studio 2.0 software and select up to 20 finalists, which will then be crowdfunded and successful sets will be available exclusively through Bricklink. You can see all the details on the announcement page
, and this program looks like it could make some cool set designs available to others to purchase, although they won't be officially branded LEGO sets. If you're interested in submitting your own cool LEGO design, entries will be accepted from September 18th to November 18th, so get building.