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  1. You've probably seen the "LEGO killed the Vidiyo star" joke across social media today, and yes, LEGO has officially discontinued the Vidiyo line. After being out for just a year, including a pause in the release last summer, the latest run of Bandmates blind boxes and a few sets are the last. Read on for an official statement from LEGO about their decision. View the full article
  2. This morning on the Xbox blog and elsewhere, it was announced that LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will be releasing on April 5, 2022. They also shared a six-minute trailer showcasing the game and its features. It looks like they might be adding aim-down-sights to the blaster mechanics and the dog-fighting looks great! The world also seems huge, justifying the tagline of the 'biggest LEGO Star Wars game,' and I'm excited to check out the upgradeable skills. All-in-all, April can't come soon enough, and I know what we'll be doing for our Twitch Tuesday streams for quite some time to come! View the full article
  3. Last week the LEGO Ideas team shared a behind the scenes look at the recently-released 21331 Sonic the Hedgehog Green Hill Zone set. You can head over to YouTube to watch the designer video and hear from LEGO Ideas Design Manager Samuel Liltorp Johnson and Senior Graphic Designer Lauren Cullen King about the process and care that went into taking Vivian's model from concept to reality. It was really interesting to hear that they actually had to change some of their printing processes to achieve the desired look of Doctor Eggman's face. Go check it out to learn about everything from the design to some of the hidden easter eggs! View the full article
  4. Earlier this week, LEGO Ideas closed out submissions for their third review of 2021, and 36 different projects managed to qualify. There's a lot of variety in the projects, which range from fantasy to sci-fi, from technology to nature, from small to large to extra large, and with a lot of different franchises featured among them. There's bound to be some excitement (and disappointment) once the review results are released for all of these. Which ones are your favorites? View the full article
  5. Today we're going to do something a little bit different. Instead of looking at an official LEGO set, we're going to look at a supplemental fan designed parts. Crazy Legs by CrazyBricks was a Kickstarter that went on last year, and BZPower Reporter Xccj just received a batch. Read on to see what they're like.View the full article
  6. LEGO may no longer be providing a calendar for monthly deals, but they still plan to have them every now and then. To celebrate the release of the 2022 Chinese Traditional Festival sets, there are two gifts with purchases available from Shop.Lego.com. First, if you spend $85 or more on any set, you get 40491 Year of the Tiger for free. That should also stack with the second deal, which is if you spend $40 or more on Monkie Kid or Ninjago sets, you get 30562 Monkie Kid's Underwater Journey polybag for free. These are some enticing deals to help you celebrate the Year of the Tiger.View the full article
  7. We're diving into another 2021 Ninjago set review. Today BZPower Reporter Xccj examines 71754 Water Dragon to see if this wets your appetite for dragon sets. Read on for more details, or check out the Instagram story.View the full article
  8. Okay, it may be 2022, but there were still some 2021 sets on the backlog that are ready for a review. Today BZPower Reporter Xccj looks at a Ninjago Legacy set, 71753 Fire Dragon Attack, to see how this stacks up against other Ninjago Dragons. Read on for some pictures and thoughts on the set, or check out the Instagram storyView the full article
  9. LEGO has produced some brilliant Lord of the Rings sets in its time, but that theme has come and gone with many fans clamoring for more. The latest LEGO Ideas iteration of Minas Tirith gained 10,000 votes and its builder, GJC15344, shares his passion for the LEGO hobby, the Middle Earth mythology, and more in his new interview. Check it out and then cross your fingers that maybe, finally, LEGO will revisit this iconic story. View the full article
  10. The Toy Association recently sent us a press release about a new podcast, Once Upon a Playtime, launched by their nonprofit initiative The Genius of Play. Intended for young children and their parents, the two fourteen-minute episodes offered so far tell inspiring stories extolling the virtues of creative play. Episode one features an interview with Nathan Sawaya, which contains an abridged version of his career as a professional builder. Episode two profiles Batgirl herself, actress Alicia Silverstone. View the full article
  11. It's the first Tuesday of the year, so of course we're going to start strong with a videogame stream in LEGO Dimensions! Come on by the BZPower Twitch channel starting at 7:30 PM Eastern as we check out the Scooby Doo Team Pack and see what zany antics Scoob and Shaggy can get up to with the rest of the gang. Will we get classic 60s TV tunes? I sure hope so! I'm looking forward to playing tonight and seeing some of you there! View the full article
  12. Back when Bionicle began, the quintessential way to experience the theme was to play the Mata Nui Online Game and explore the new island with monthly updates of new content. But the ability to experience the game online died when Flash was discontinued... until now. The folks over at Wall of History have embarked on an ambitious project to restore the original game in a Flash emulator that can be played on any browser. To celebrate the anniversary of the original game, they launched a demo of their work, which features the first chapter of the Ta-Wahi beach. There's not a lot of content yet, but it's exciting to see the game back and I'm eager to see their continued work on the project. (Also, the red star prophecies work, something the downloadable game never was able to do.) View the full article
  13. The high pace of the LEGO Ideas 10K club continues, and there are now three new 10K club interviews available since our last update. They are Yang Yang, fan designer of CARL'S HOUSE from Pixar's Up; MOCingbird, fan designer BASEMENT & SEWERAGE; and Jonny Campbell, fan designer of JAWS. You can read all three interviews to learn more about these popular models and their creators. View the full article
  14. It's time for another Ninjago set review, and today BZPower Reporter Xccj focuses on the largest set of the winter wave, 71767 Ninja Dojo Temple. This comes with the mechs and snakes and all the training centers you need for a classic Ninjago experience. Read on for a detailed look into this temple and the various Ninja elements it features, and check out our Instagram story for more detailed photos of the set.View the full article
  15. When I became a reporter, one of the things the news team was always striving to do was post news every day. I think everyone took some pride from that, and I know I did, and even if we cheated sometimes or missed a day here and there, I'd wager that on average we posted things 361 or more days each year, server issues notwithstanding. As time has gone on though, real life takes more and more of a priority, and it falls more and more to just me to keep things updated. And while it's been approaching for some time, I feel I've finally reached the point where it's become more of a burden than something I actually enjoy. And I think that means it's time for a change. View the full article
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