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Weekly Update - 1/16

Intro Late again. Perhaps this Sunday thing was not such a good idea.   Updates ChocolateFrogs posted a review of Splitface, slowly whittling down our 2012 first wave set list. There's not too many more to go, and we're working on them.   BrickFair Alabama went on this weekend (hence the lateness of this update) and while there Jim Foulds revealed some 2014 set info. That's right, he skipped 2013 and went to next next year. Nothing earth shattering, but it might get you thinking.   Speaking of B

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Weekly Update - 1/8

Intro It's that time again already. Come see what's been happening on BZPower or some such thing.   Updates A piece of feedback we've received a lot recently is that you guys want to see us highlight fan creations more on the front page. We had started doing that before the forums went offline, but the effort kind of fizzled out. We're trying to get this moving again, and we started things off with Makuta Sethuldur by Stroxx. We followed things up by spotlighting Fractures by GSR. The BZPower co

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Weekly Update - 1/2

Intro So I should have posted this yesterday, but I had company over and then I had to clean up afterwards and then it completely slipped my mind. Oops! Happy New Year everyone!   Updates We had a bunch of reviews last week. Sisen reviewed Rocka, ChocolateFrogs took a look at Surge, and some handsome devil threw together some pictures of the Jet-Copter Encounter. We still have more 2012 reviews in the pipeline, so keep looking for them.   We had a new epsiode of the Powercast too. Please listen

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Weekly Update - 12/25

Intro Merry Christmas everyone! You should be out doing holiday-y things instead of reading this, so I'll keep it short.   Updates BZPower launched our new Premier Membership Store this past week. It provides a nice new way to get yourself a membership. Let us know what you think of it so we can make improvements as needed.   We keep churning out the 2012 reviews. ChocolateFrogs took a look at Furno and xccj reviewed Kai's Blade Circle. I have it on good authority that there will be at least one

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Weekly Update - 12/18

Intro Welcome back everyone, for another joyful Weekly Update. Just think, the next one I do will be on Christmas Day!   Updates We've continued to churn out 2012 reviews for you guys. First up, Bfahome took a look at the Joker, who is a great source for purple if not much else. Then ChocolateFrogs shared his thoughts on Jawblade, who isn't too bad of a set, apparently.   In big LEGO news, a partnership with Warner Brothers was announced which means Lord of the Rings and Hobbit sets in 2012! I h

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Respect The Staff

From the Rules & Guidelines:   This goes for every section of the site. Recently, I've seen instances of our Blog Staff not receiving the respect they deserve. If they make a judgement call and you disagree with it, it does not mean you should make an entry complaining about it or throwing veiled insults around. Feel free to contact them and ask about it, or contact myself or another Administrator.   If I continue to see this kind of behavior happening, you can expect Proto Energy and blog p

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Wet Mane Fad

Alright, time to clear some things up.   If you have heard anything to the contrary, unhear it. Pictures of ponies from the TV show, 'My Little Pony,' including 'wet mane' images, are not banned on BZPower, so long as they abide by BZPower rules.   The content of pictures, as well as captions or comments relating to them, can make any image inappropriate. This site is not the place for sexual content or themes, so keep that off the site.   I apologize for any of the confusion that arose in the p

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Weekly Update - 12/11

Intro Another week, another update. Come, see what I have in store. (Hint: it's probably not that exciting.)   Updates 2012 sets are here! LEGO has sent us some of the constraction sets for next year and Bfahome has started reviewing them for you all! Check out the Toxic Reapa and Evo reviews. Don't worry, there will be more coming up!   There's a bunch of contests going on that you should check out. We've got CoT Short Stories Contest #2: The Christmas Connection if you like to write, SBC Cont

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Weekly Update - 12/4

Intro Well I suppose Sunday is working out a little better in that I can put off writing this until the last minute. Wait I'm pretty sure that's not a good thing.   Updates We posted another set review. This one also dates back to BrickFair (that's when I bought the Bucket Truck) and comes in the form of a video. It's an inside look into the craziness that goes on at events like BrickFair.   Episode 29 of the BZPowercast went live earlier this week. I had a good time recording this one, and love

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Weekly Update - 11/27

Intro Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving! Anyway, Fridays have just not been my day for updates, so I'm moving my Weekly Update to Sunday, the last day of my week. Hopefully this will work out better...   Updates I've been reminded to remind you all about Short Story Contest #8! There's still time to enter or to volunteer to be a judge. Check it out!   In even bigger site news, we updated the main page! Yay! There's still some stuff to be done, like the hot topics and Member Spotlight. I don't

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Weekly Update - 11/18

Intro The forums are up this Friday! Woo! That means I have to do my Weekly Update though, which is almost like work. But not though, because I get to talk about cool stuff. See if you agree!   Updates LEGO passed on news of an interactive store display at the LEGO store in Chicago. It seems similar to the technology used by the Xbox Kinect, where you can control the virtual world with your physical body. Seems worth checking out if you're in the area.   If you're not near Chicagoland, maybe you

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Not-So Weekly Update

So the forums went offline on Friday and they just came back earlier today. There were some issues with our server and database. One of the partitions on our server filled up, which prevented the site from writing properly to the DB. Long story short - we cleared up the partition, restored some files from the backup, and bam, said the lady. It took us a while to troubleshoot all that with our host and Invision, hence the almost four days of downtime.   But we're back now!   In other news, LEGO c

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So About That...

So in my last Weekly Update I mentioned I hoped the front page would be updated this weekend. Clearly that didn't happen. I'm waiting on one more thing and then we'll be good to go. Honest?   Now everything won't be fixed, but the majority will. Some of the more advanced features require linking to the new database to get data. This update will mainly be focused on all the links so you don't keep getting sent to the archive. (Although some links will purposely still take you there.)   Sorry for

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Weekly Update - 11/4

Intro Hooray, a Friday night where I'm not busier than a bee. Maybe I'll take some time to write some words for a change. Thanks for joining me.   Updates We upgraded the forums again this week. There seem to be some lingering issues, however, which we are looking into resolving as best we can. Overall, though, the process went smoothly and there was minimal downtime, and for that I am enthused. I hope future upgrades will go as well.   There was a new BZPowercast episode too - we talked about t

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Weekly Update - 10/28

Intro It's unfortunately not going to to be a long entry this week. I think I might need to move these away from Friday so I have more time to write things up. Thoughts?   Updates The wikiers (wikiteers?) over at HS01 got some cool Merrick Fortis 3.0 art straight from the original comic artist. It's a very nice piece for a character that never made it to a set.   Bionicle Raptor still has some BrickFair shirts available for purchase. Supplies are running low, but they're really cool shirts that

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Weekly Update - 10/21

Intro We've made it a whole week! I was worried no one was going to come back when we turned the forums back online, but I'm glad you guys proved me wrong!   Updates Obviously the upgrade process has not been smooth, we wouldn't have been offline for so long if it were. I think the staff and I were able to work out a lot of the kinks before you guys came back, but there's still some issues. We know that there's problems with you avatars/personal photos, and that people are having problems stayin

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Weekly Update - 10/14

Intro The forums are back! Woohoo!   Updates The forums are back! Do you need any more updates?   Oh fine, check out our super-prompt BrickFair coverage. Okay, maybe that was a bit of a fib. But it was still a fun time and you should check out all the awesome creations.   You should also answer this survey for LEGO. They want to hear from you and learn about how you interact with the LEGO online community. Your feedback is much appreciated.   Mailbag Well, the forums have been offline for almost

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Weekly Update - 4/22

Intro Welcome to the weekend everyone. I know I've been waiting for it for a long time. Before it can properly begin, however, I suppose I owe you all an update.   Updates This past week DeeVee reviewed Stormer 2.0, the last of the Hero Factory 2.0 sets. We'll probably have some reviews of other sets before the 3.0 reviews, but don't expect to see too many until then.   Work has begun on the next episode of the BZPowercast, and you can help! Go check out the poll I started in the Voting Boot

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Star Wars

This past week I decided to watch all of the Star Wars movies, starting with the original cuts of the Original Trilogy (OT) and then moving to the Prequel Trilogy (PT), as it should be. I'm not sure if I could handle the 'Special Edition' originals, but I may persevere through them this coming week. We'll see.   As you may have already suspected, I'm firmly in the 'Original Trilogy was best and oh yeah Han shot first' camp. Watching them all in succession though, you notice the inconsistencies

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Weekly Update - 4/15

Intro Welcome to Friday. The weekend is upon us. But before that, someone needs to update you. That someone is me.   Updates LEGO was kind enough to offer us some gift cards for the Hero Factory Recon hero builder. We got to pick how we wanted to give them away, so I figured, 'what better way than a Hero Factory contest?' If you haven't seen it already, you should go check it out. This is likely going to be a one time thing, so get in on it quick before it's over!   Speaking of Hero Factory

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Weekly Update - 4/8

Intro Welcome to a normal Friday in April. The weekend is here, and so - an update. Let's see if I have anything exciting to impart.   Updates The new Hero Factory Recon hero creator went mostly live. You can read about it here and here. I think this is a really amazing opportunity to get certain pieces and a pretty sweet package too - you get a nice box and just the parts you want. Of course if you're looking for just some pieces you can get them from Pick a Brick I hear. I really wish they

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Music Recommendations

I feel like I'm in a minority of people who still buy music on CD. I invariably rip them to my computer, but I like that physical package, the sense of permanence. I'm also a sucker for box sets and special editions because I love all the extras that always come along with them.   Anyway, I feel like it's about time to further expand my collection, and am looking for input from you guys. Below are some of the things I'm considering, but feel free to make your own recommendations. Band On The

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Weekly Update - 4/1

Intro Something about being a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world? Are you kids old enough to even remember that? Anyway, time for a Barbie weekly update.   Updates Bionicle proudly proclaims that it's not dead by posting a new chapter of The Powers that Be. The story keeps going, little by little. Enjoy it while you can!   The BZPowercast keeps chugging along though. We released our twenty-first episode yesterday! And that's no April Fool's Joke. Honest.   We've been organizing some things behi

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Weekly Update - 3/25

Intro The week really needs to stop going by so fast. How is it Friday already? I guess that means you want a Weekly Update.   Updates Let's get some things out of the way first. From BZPower Forum Rules & Guidelines   Additionally, the Administration does not consider two individuals kissing to be sexually explicit or otherwise inappropriate. Banners or other images depicting people kissing are not against BZPower's rules.   Great, glad to get that out of the way.   If you haven't a

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Pax East 2011

I've been meaning to talk about this for over a week now. Real life keeps getting in the way though. I probably should be doing other things even now, but PAX was just too much fun to not talk about!   It started out on Thursday (3/10), which was in general a pretty un-fun day. I had to drive down to the Washington DC area in the morning for some training, then back up to Maryland in the afternoon, and then to New Jersey at night to meet up with my friend Terence. All of this was in the pouring

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