Sunday, May 26, 2019
Thunderbirds Might Go
There's been yet another recent addition to the 10K Club over on LEGO Ideas. The Thunderbirds Are Go
project by AndrewClark2 is the latest idea to go into consideration for being made into an actual set. If the name Andrew Clark seems familiar, that's because he's the creator behind the already-released Doctor Who and Flintstones LEGO Ideas sets. I don't know much about Thunderbirds, but I wouldn't bet against this project making it to store shelves. How about you?
Saturday, May 25, 2019
What is an AFOL?
The LEGO fan community is large and varied, with no two AFOLs agreeing on every topic from the best theme (Bionicle) to how to sort parts (type first, then color). David Hall set out to explain our unique little niche and hopefully help others learn about what it means to be an Adult Fan of LEGO. Head over to his YouTube channel, Solid Brix Studios, to watch AFOL - A LEGO Documentary
, a short look behind the scenes of our fandom. If you're not already interested enough, I'll let you know that there's at least one BZPower member who makes a brief appearance, as do a bunch of members' MOCs, as well as a painting made by yet another member. But it's worth watching even without all that, so check it out!
Friday, May 24, 2019
LEGO Movie 2 Live Build Tomorrow
We've had some sets from The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part sitting around for a little while, so we figured now that the movie is out on home video and everyone has had a chance to see it we can build some of them and talk about it! Things will kick off at 3 PM Eastern Time over on the BZPower YouTube channel
. We'll be making our way through 70824 Introducing Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi, 70829 Emmet and Lucy's Escape Buggy!, and 70830 Sweet Mayhem's Systar Starship! We still have a bunch of LEGO Movie 2 minifigs to give away as well, so make sure you tune in. See you tomorrow!
More LEGO Ideas News
Yesterday we had some awesome news about upcoming LEGO Ideas sets. There's been a little more news out of the platform recently though. First, while it unfortunately won't be turned into an actual set, you can still go behind the scenes and Meet David Wardle of the Queen Victoria Cruise Ship
as part of the latest 10K Club Interview. There's another project that we'll have to wait and see how it turns out: the UCS Space Shuttle Atlantis
by Snelson42 recently achieved the ten-thousand vote milestone. I for one would love this set and think it would look great displayed next to the LEGO Ideas Saturn V and another upcoming unannounced set!
Thursday, May 23, 2019
LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed Announced
Today LEGO and Gameloft have announced a new game coming to mobile platforms later this fall. In LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed you'll be able to collect minifigures and sets from throughout the history of LEGO and then use them to form teams to battle it out and go on adventures. If you're going to be a Brickworld Chicago next month you'll get a chance to play it early before it releases on Android and iOS closer to the end of the year. You can watch the teaser trailer on YouTube
and read the full press release over on The Brothers Brick
. This game looks interesting and I will definitely try it out at the very least. How about you? Let us know what you think in the Talkback!
Sometimes A Design Deserves a Second Chance
For all the cool LEGO Ideas sets that have been released, there have always been a bunch that never quite met the mark. However, to celebrate LEGO Idea's 10 Year Anniversary, they're giving a handful of projects a second chance
and allowing you to vote for which one will get produced. The four sets are International Space Station, Stitch, Sega Classic Arcade Machines, and Small Yellow. You have until June 4th, 2019 to vote for which one you'd like to see as an official set, and one of the four will make it to store shelves. So make sure to get your vote in!
We Have A Bone To Pick About The Next LEGO Ideas Set
A couple of days ago the next LEGO Ideas set
was revealed from third 2018 review batch. The next set will be "Dinosaurs Fossils Skeletons - Natural History Collection" by Mukkinn, which features LEGO recreations of five dinosaur skeletons. Additionally, it was announced that the "Playable LEGO Piano" by SleepyCow is still under consideration, but due to its complexity it requires further review. It's interesting to see what sets have passed, and leaves us excited for what is to come next.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Faber Shares More #14B2020 Art
It seemed like things had calmed down a little on Christian Faber's mysterious #14B2020 efforts, but a recent blog post entitled A dream in a shell
suggests otherwise. The art appears to depict something like a Toa canister frozen in the ice with a volcano in the background and the 'B' logo Faber has been sharing in the top right. He hasn't left any additional comments on his blog, so your guess is as good as mine as to what it means.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Bionicle Meets Minecraft
Have you ever wanted to visit the island of Mata Nui and explore it with your friends? If so, you should check out Empire of Toa - The Bionicle MMORPG
, a project that has been worked on by Mexbotdude and others for quite some time but is now ready to be shared. Looking at the trailer, there's been a huge amount of detail created, with areas seeming like they're the Mata Nui Online Game in voxel format, complete with a plethora of Rahi. I look forward to hearing more and seeing how this project continues to grow - it looks like it'll be a blast to play!
It's time for another Tuesday, somehow they keep cropping up week after week. That means we'll be setting sail at 7:30 PM Eastern tonight for the BZPower Twitch Channel
to play some videogames! We'll be diving back into LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean to find out what Captain Jack Sparrow and his crew are up to now. Hopefully it'll be at least as fun as singing some shanties at a seaside inn, if not moreso. See you there!
Monday, May 20, 2019
Alyssa Harrington from LEGO recently shared a message for Ninjago fans on the LEGO Ambassador Network. Coming straight from the Ninjago team, it talks about the upcoming season of the TV show and the direction the story is taking. This isn't just a one-way street though: if you have any questions about what we're sharing, post them in the Talkback topic, where we'll collect them and pass them back to LEGO to potentially be answered. So let's jump up, kick back, whip around and spin our way into the future of this popular LEGO theme!
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Pick a Brick Badge that Catches your Eye
After a few unexpected and unavoidable delays, we're finally ready to start voting on the The Brick Badge Contest
! Head on over to the poll
and cast your vote for what you think is the greatest badge out there. Voting runs until May 21st at 11:59 PM Eastern, so don't delay! We appreciate your patience and wish all our participants the best of luck!
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Popping Up a Castle Tomorrow
After a little bit of a break it's time to get back on the live stream bus again! We'll kick things off at 4 PM Eastern tomorrow, May 19th over on the BZPower YouTube channel
. Based on your feedback we'll be constructing the LEGO Ideas 21315 Pop-Up Book. In addition, it's finally time to resume work on 71043 Hogwarts again! While we build the two sets we'll chat about whatever strikes our (and your) fancy and give away some prizes! We look forward to seeing you all there!
Friday, May 17, 2019
Dragon Boat Race Appears on S@H
You may remember last month when LEGO announced wider availability of exclusive sets
. The first signs of this change have appeared as 80103 Dragon Boat Race has been listed on several LEGO Shop@Home sites outside of China, including the United Kingdom
. It's not on the US and Canada pages yet, but hopefully it gets added before the June 1st release date. It's awesome to see progress being made already and I look forward to seeing more of it in the future!
Thursday, May 16, 2019
LEGO Goes Retro with Stranger Things Videos
It looks like some people at LEGO have really had some fun with the release of the new Stranger Things set. First up is a commercial
showing off the design and features of the model. Then there's the designer video
featuring Justin Ramsden. If the production quality seems a little lower than usual, that's because that's how things looked in the 80s, kids. Really, the attention to detail and style they captured in these videos is on the nose, so hat's off to the team that put them together. Give them a watch and enjoy the retro experience for yourself!
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Get In the Brains of Two AFOLs with Bright Ideas
Recently the LEGO Ideas team shared interviews with two new members of the 10k Club. You can head over there and Meet Donny Chen of the Playable LEGO Piano
and Meet Kale Frost of the Food Stand Diners
. It's interesting that both of these designers chose original ideas not based on any sort of IP and yet they both reached ten thousand votes fairly quickly. Go read for yourselves to find out their secrets and maybe apply them to your own Ideas projects!
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
As you've likely seen somewhere on the Internet already, today LEGO is announcing a new set based on a license they've never made a set with before: Stranger Things. Starting on May 15th, LEGO VIP members will be able to purchase 75810 The Upside Down, with everyone else getting their hands on it in June. Based on the hit Netflix show, this set looks to be packed with interesting building techniques and details. For images, a 360-degree video, and the full press release, read on!
An Impressively Massive Creation
In 2008, BZPower Member Onvermel made a MOC that towered over all of his others - it probably looked a lot like the giant creations many of us made when we were still in elementary or middle school. Fast forward through eight years of practice and improvement, and he's now made Dentar
, a giant Makuta that looms large. At first it might look like a normal Toa-sized build, but that's until you realize that the mask comes from 8927 Toa Terrain Crawler! I love the cohesion Onvermel is able to achieve with the model, from the color schemes to the repeated patterns and textures. Go give it a look for yourself and see what you think of it!
After calling in sick last week, we'll be returning for Twitch Tuesday tonight! Come on by the BZPower Twitch channel
at 7:30 PM this evening to watch us start off a new game: LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean! It's not a newly-released game, but we've never played it before, so I'm looking forward to raucous, swashbuckling adventures on the high seas! We hope to see you all there!
Monday, May 13, 2019
Christian Faber Goes Back to Promoting Rebel Nature
After all of his cryptic social media posts that seemed to be hinting about something Bionicle-related, Christian Faber seems to be switching gears for now. A recently-uploaded mission video
on the Rebel Nature YouTube channel goes back to basics and explains the core concepts of Rebel Nature and the goals it hopes to achieve. It looks like there may be a little new artwork and footage in there, so it's definitely worth a watch to see how the project is coming along. I hope we get to see more soon!
Sunday, May 12, 2019
If you live near a K-Mart
, don't miss the opportunity to place an order online this week and receive $100 cashback in points over the next 10 weeks. You can splurge on a big set online now, and then receive $10 back per week to spend in-store on other LEGO (or, you know, anything else they sell). Don't forget that their Free Shipping threshold is at $59 and cashback points don't count towards that, so maximizing this offer will mean visiting K-Mart for the each of the next ten weeks - during some of which, K-Mart will surely be running additional discounts on LEGO sets already on clearance.
We've copied the fine print after the fold.
HUMBLE LEGO GAMES BUNDLE Available for Two More Days
The HUMBLE LEGO GAMES BUNDLE
brings familiar LEGO-themed titles to Steam for Windows this week and is available for two more days. Pay what you want for up to $169 worth of games and donate as much of what you pay as you'd like to charity at the same time. This Humble Bundle offering includes The LEGO Movie Videogame, LEGO City Undercover, LEGO Worlds, and multiple volumes of the LEGO Batman and LEGO Harry Potter franchises.