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Hapori Tohu

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  1. It's time to help us pick the winner of the Official BBC Contest #78: The Good 20-20! Head on over to the poll to pick your favorite among the fantastic entries. Which one captures the last twenty years of Bionicle and the BZPower community for you? You have until July 28th at 11:59 PM Eastern to decide, so don't delay. Best of luck to all the great builds - I can't wait to see the results! View the full article
  2. For another twelve days, you can pick up some of LEGO videogames at a deep discount for Xbox. Some of the best deals I spotted were LEGO Worlds for $5.99, LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga for $4.99, LEGO Jurassic World for $4.99, and LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Deluxe Edition for $5.24. If you'd like to see the full list, head on over to Major Nelson's blog to see all the LEGO and other game deals! View the full article
  3. Over at National Geographic, yes, that National Geographic, Daryl Austin recently penned an article titled, "The inside story of how a 'band of misfits' saved Lego," peeling back the years of fan and company interactions. It's a very abridged recounting, and hopefully you can get over the use of the word, 'Legos,' but there's some cool stories in there and it's clear that the author did their research, reaching out to the likes of Jake McKee and Christina Hitchcock. I enjoyed the walk down memory lane, and if you weren't an adult fan in the 1990s and early 2000s, you can learn a little about how we got from being shunned to having LEGO Ideas and a whole range of sets for adult builders! View the full article
  4. Maybe if so many projects weren't reaching ten thousand votes, we wouldn't be posting stories about 10k Club interviews every other day. But that is not the world we live in, so go read the two latest ones that Kamila has shared. Go meet Tiago Catarino, Creator of Animal Crossing: New Horizons Paradise and Nikita Tuzhikov, Creator of Medieval Marketplace to learn about their LEGO Ideas journeys. I think this might be the first time I can think of where two people had the same favorite piece. Head on over and read to see what it is and why! View the full article
  5. I was reminded recently that while we picked the winners for the Pride Month Rainbow Build Challenge, we never highlighted any of the entries. So let's fix that! First up we have the Chromaleon by _pohaturon, which is vibrantly-colored and a perfect animal choice for the prompt. Next up is a crab created by lord_dracqi using only the pieces of the six Rahkshi sets, thereby guaranteeing a multicolored build. Finally we have the Nui-Jaga by Chuck Nofel, featuring not one but six scorpions each built in its own unique style. Go check them all out and thanks to everyone who participated in the #everyoneisawesome build challenge last month! View the full article
  6. Over on the LEGO Ambassador Network, LEGO historian Signe Wiese and AFOLET member Sara Skahill shared an interesting look back at the earlier days of the company. Go learn about how the First LEGO Ferguson Tractor was more expensive than the real thing, and how that plastic tractor plowed the way for the brick we all know and love. I knew the company made other plastic toys before switching to building blocks, but I had never heard this anecdote. It's always interesting to expand your knowledge about LEGO history! View the full article
  7. We have one more giveaway to celebrate BZPower's twentieth anniversary, and it's a bit of a goofy yet hopefully unique one. Everyone can head over to enter the BZPower 20th Anniversary Flying Disc Giveaway for a chance to win a collapsible Bionicle frisbee dating back to somewhere around 2005. I don't remember these ever releasing in the US at least, so even if you can't build with it, it's still a unique piece of Bionicle memorabilia. And don't forget to checkout the other giveaways and raffles currently going on to see what you can win and help support great causes like The Trevor Project and BALT! View the full article
  8. Over the past two days Kamila from the LEGO Ideas team has shared two more behind-the-scenes looks into the lives of builders. You can go meet Brent Waller, The Creator of The X-FILES: I want to believe and grizzled 10k Club veteran, as well as Marcin Draminski, Creator of Castle of Lord AFOL and The Black Knights. It's nice to see the juxtaposition between someone who has been through the process before, including getting their idea on store shelves, and a fresh new face to the scene. Check back soon for more, because I'm guessing the torrent of interviews isn't quite done yet. View the full article
  9. It's time to finish our coverage of Bio-Cup 2021 Round 2. This time we're going to take a look at the champions, the MOCs that passed this round. And they're quite good, so continue on to check em out.View the full article
  10. If you had told me twenty years ago that in two weeks' time I'd discover a website that would change my life forever I don't think I would have believed you. 'Changing my life,' might sound a bit extreme, but the friends I've made and experiences I've had because of BZPower over the last two decades have become intertwined with who I am as a person. There have been plenty of highs and lows, and there are many things that could use more attention than I have time for these days, but this community continues to hold a special place in my heart. I can't begin to thank everyone enough, from our admins: Dimensioneer, Binkmeister, Bionicle Rex, mfuss903, Ninjo, Kaiapu, and of course Tufi Piyufi, to all of our past and present staff, and every single member that has come through our virtual doors over the years. It's a testament to all of you that we're still here after all this time with no plans to go anywhere. Happy anniversary BZPower, and thank you all for twenty unforgettable years! View the full article
  11. After another mini-break, LEGO Masters will be back tonight with a new episode! To celebrate, we once again have an interview with the most recent team to be eliminated, which was conducted by a panel of other fan sites who asked the questions, and the final interview was transcribed by Megan from Brickset, Flynn from The Brothers Brick, Tom from True North Bricks, and BZPower's reporting team. Let's read on to learn about this latest fantastic team to give the competition their all! View the full article
  12. Tonight we're going to be doing our last LEGO videogame stream for the month of July, before BrickFair lets us take a two week break. You can stop by the BZPower Twitch channel at 7 PM Eastern to watch us dive back into The LEGO Ninjago Videogame as we head back into the that world to work on our 100% collection. We're getting pretty close to the end, so there's a slim chance that we can wrap things up tonight. So come on by to watch us jump, race, and smash our way to victory! View the full article
  13. Our coverage for Bio-Cup 2021 Round 2 continues. Today we're looking back at the main pool and the entries that didn't continue on but still look pretty good. Read on to see em all.View the full article
  14. It looks like the LEGO Ideas team is churning through their 10k Club interviews, and today Kamila has shared one with Artem Bizyaev, creator of Hyrule Castle, Baba Yaga, and A Map of Middle-Earth. Go give it a read to see how this Russian builder made three very different projects and found success with each one. It's interesting to see the different paths each model took, as some were helped and others hindered by social media. It's always nice to get a glimpse behind the curtain! View the full article
  15. The LEGO AFOL Engagement Team has a couple of surveys going on right now where they are looking for feedback from fans. The first survey is about AFOL passion and helping the company learn more about us. You can also take a survey to test a new landing page the company is considering that they would like our feedback on. Go make your voice heard! View the full article
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