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Add-on Fundraising for BZPower

I have recently added a donation goal for the site, in the hopes that we can get some add-ons to help improve the BZPower experience. If you are willing and able to donate, it would be most appreciated.   I don't want to reveal what the add-ons are, as that would spoil the surprise for some of them, but I'll give some (hopefully) tantalizing hints: One will help bring back an old feature of the site that you once saw represented in many members' signatures. A couple others will be part of a pro

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Idea: Constraction Parts Draft

I've seen lots of events and a few websites do parts drafts over the years, but I've never seen one done with a constraction set. So I thought, 'we should fix that!'   For the uninformed - a parts draft is where you gather a bunch of copies of the same set, open them up, mix all the pieces together, then sort each different type of part into its own pile. Then people take turns picking piles until they're all gone. There's a little more too it, but that's the main gist. In the end, you get a bun

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Valentine's Day Unboxing

The always-generous LEGO CEE Team sent me a package that arrived today, on Valentine's Day of all days. As has become my habit, I did an unboxing video for it. Enjoy!     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWO1tAsZvHo

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Come to a LEGO Con (Or Send Some MOCs)

Hey guys, we're almost halfway through February, and before you know it, it's going to be April.   Why April, you ask? Because that's when Philly Brick Fest happens! It's a first time event and we want to make a big splash with Bionicle and constraction there.   If you're thinking about attending, go check out this topic and let us know. I'll be there, and who doesn't want to hang out with Black Six? Did you know that numerous staff promotions have happened over the years at conventions such as

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Blind Speed Build

Officially, I came in second. But as you can hear Todd say near the end, the winner actually cheated. I will carry this proud victory in my heart of hearts forever.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1Yyb0Spk_w

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Missing Contest Prizes

There were some periods during the past couple of years where I was super busy and wasn't able to send out contest prizes in a timely manner. For the past few months I've been going through my records to get them all squared away. I think I have a majority of them done at this point, except for a couple where I'm waiting to hear back from people.   But there's definitely a good chance that I have missed or overlooked some contests and prizes, and I'd like to resolve that.   So if I still owe you

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Fun in RPG Land

The Bionicle RPG forum has some of our most active topics and the BZPRPG is a pretty popular game.   The LEGO RPG forum, not so much.   I've been thinking a little bit about what we can do about that. I'm open to suggestions. I have considered merging the two, but then we'd have to figure out what to do with Bionicle RPGs selected via contests and LEGO RPGs selected via judging. Certainly not an insurmountable problem, but something to consider.   I'd like to hear what you guys have to think abo

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BZPower Livestreams

Man, it's been far too long since I last posted here. Things have been, and still are, busy. But I need to get back in the habit of making blog entries, so here we are.   Back in September, we hosted a livestream celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Mask of Light's release. Despite not going entirely as we planned, it was still a lot of fun and I think everyone enjoyed it.   I'd like to do more of them - would you like us to? What would you like us to stream? Other LEGO movies and videos lik

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This October...

Who's got two thumbs and is going to BrickCon?     THIS GUY!   Oh man I'm going to four LEGO conventions this year have I lost my mind?

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Misplaced BrickFair MOC

It would seem that in the hustle and bustle of packing up all the MOCs at the end of BrickFair that someone's creation ended up in the wrong box. Wasp received a MOC that does not belong to him or his brother.   If this belongs to you or you know whose it is, please let me know ASAP so we can get it returned.   Thanks everyone!

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BrickFair Party Feedback

In case you only read the blogs and ignore the forums, I just made a topic about the party we had at BrickFair. Go check it out and give me some feedback. I want to know how we can improve next year!

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Getting Your Stuff From Me

I have a lot of stuff to send to people, now that BrickFair is over. I hope to get things sent out as soon as possible, but as you'll see below, there's really a LOT. If you don't see your name on the list below, add a comment or PM me to make sure I'm not missing you. Right now I'm not adding any names (except for a couple exceptions) because I don't have all the MOCs and prizes in front of me. As I have time, they'll all be added to the list.   Convention MOCs All the people who sent MOCs that

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Query Kevin at BrickFair

BrickFair Virginia is less than a week away! On Friday, August 2nd at 11:30 AM, Kevin Hinkle will be doing his LEGO Question & Answer panel again. Todd is doing the same thing he did at BrickFair New England where we get to ask our questions over lunch at a nearby restaurant. It'll be interesting to see how it goes with a much larger crowd.   Anyway, I know a lot of you unfortunately won't be able to make it, so once again I'm giving you the chance to come up with some questions to ask Kevin

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Support Bionicle and BZPower at LEGO Fan Conventions

The new year is almost here and that means the LEGO convention circuit will be starting soon. The first big event is BrickFair Alabama, taking place January 17-20 in Birmingham. The Bionicle display last year was pretty nonexistent, and we want to change that this year. In fact, we want to make sure the Bionicle display at a bunch of events is amazing - and we need your help. Read on to see what you can do.   UPDATE: BrickFair Alabama is over, so this article has been updated for Bricks Cascade.

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Furlough Fundays

For better or worse starting July 8th I'm going to be off every Monday for eleven weeks. As those of you who have spent time with me on days off know, they're usually spent on the phone or replying to emails for various work-related things. For the government furloughs, however, we are expressly forbidden from doing any work-related activities. What am I going to do with my extra day off then? I know, maybe finally play some of the many videogames I have acquired over the years but never finishe

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Kevin Hinkle Chats With BZPower

I'm still catching up on a lot of things after BrickFair New England, which was a blast. I had some of the most fun there that I've had at any other convention, met a bunch of awesome people, and caught up with some old friends.   But before the convention, I asked you guys for some questions. At Kevin Hinkle's TLG Q&A I asked a few, but wasn't able to get them all in. So on Saturday during the public hours we sat down away from the crowds for a little bit to chat and go through some others.

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For Sale: Nerf Guns

Somehow over the past few years I've accumulated a bunch of Nerf guns that have been taking up a lot of space. I'm looking to remedy that issue by getting rid of some. Most of the below were bought used, but they all work and I've cleaned them all up to the best of my ability (in some cases that includes taking them apart and running the plastic pieces through the dishwasher). I've removed the air restrictors from several of the spring guns. No ammo is included.   UPDATE: The Titan, Hornet, and

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Ask LEGO Questions

BrickFair New England is right around the corner, taking place from May 9th to the 12th in Manchester, New Hampshire.   LEGO Community Coordinator for North America Kevin Hinkle (kevinhink on BZPower) will be there representing the company. On Friday he's holding a Q&A session where attendees get to ask questions. I love thinking up questions to ask Kevin, but I can only ask about light grey 9 volt Bionicle monorails so many times.   That's where you come in.   Give me some questions to ask

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An Apology and a Clarification

I recently made a comment in a blog that was worded very poorly. It did not properly convey my thoughts and I apologize to anyone who felt offended or restricted by the statement I made. I have since edited the comment to try to be more clear, but have been contacted by people who still have questions.   It is the view of the Administration (and my personal view as well) that everyone should be afforded the same natural rights regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, political v

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Bulbasaur, I Choose You

That's what I said almost a month ago when I decided to dig out my Gameboy Advance and copy of Pokemon Blue. I kept reading people talking about the newer games and it made me recall the fond memories I had playing the original back in the day. I've been going through the game again, having a lot of fun the whole way. I even picked up a used GBA SP because how did we ever live without backlit screen? I mean seriously you expect me to play in only the most ideal lighting conditions?   Anyway, I'm

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Toy Fair 2013 Coverage

Toy Fair was a blast this year. I have a lot of things to say on the matter but that will have to wait until I get you all the coverage of what LEGO is releasing this year. I'm still in the hotel working on editing pictures and getting ready to leave tomorrow, so while I'm busy with that you should head over to this poll and vote for what you want to see first. I'll be listening to what you all have to say, so get to it!

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Cue Killer Keyboard Riff

It's time for another new feature! I spent probably too much time recently looking through addons for BZP after our fundraiser blew away our expectations. This one caught my eye and after some discussions and testing, you all get to see it.   There's still a lot of other cool things out there, but we don't want to overdo it. But there's always some planning and scheming going on behind the scenes, don't worry.

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Black Six Goes to Disney

As I mentioned near the end of this entry, once I was done with BrickFair Alabama I didn't head back home. Instead, I hopped on a plane and headed for sunny Orlando, Florida for a real, live vacation.   I can't remember the last time I took a trip of more than one night that wasn't for a LEGO convention or PAX East. Sometime back in high school I just kind of stopped going on normal vacations. So this was the first time I had done something like this in a while, probably closer to a decade than

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