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  1. LEGO Certified Professional Sean Kenney, an artist that has astounded audiences with his LEGO sculptures, recently installed an exhibit of 38 pieces in Tennessee's Cheekwood Estate and Gardens. "Kenney's work blurs the boundaries between austere and the everyday, drawing from a belief that everything is interconnected," says their website. The works can be found throughout the gardens, the bright colors of LEGO bricks contrasting with the scenery. To get an idea of what he does, look no further than his 2016 exhibit Nature Connects. If you have the chance to visit before September 5, you're sure to be impressed. Details on the website. View the full article
  2. We missed last week that a new episode of the Our LEGO Stories podcast was released, focusing on Adult Fans of LEGO! The hosts talk to Head of AFOL Engagement at The LEGO Group Tormod Askildsen, AFOL-turned-LEGO Designer Carl Merriam, and LEGO Ambassador and LEGO Masters Australia competitor Annie O'Reilly, covering a breadth of topics surrounding the fan community and how the company works with us. This podcast has had a slow start but I hope it picks up steam - there's lots of interesting subjects to cover. Go give is a listen on YouTube or your preferred podcast platform! View the full article
  3. If you recognize the title then you can probably guess what the latest project to reach ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas is all about. Take a look at Spaceballs by Bricktory Lap, based on the iconic Winnebago Eagle 5 from the film. In addition to capturing the look of the vehicle in the movie, the minifigures are spot-on and the merchandising alone would make Yogurt happy. Even though it's not my favorite Mel Brooks movie, I still wouldn't mind adding this to my collection, as I'm sure many other fans would. We'll keep our fingers crossed that it becomes a set in a ludicrously speedy manner. View the full article
  4. A little over a week ago TIME announced their list of the hundred most influential companies of 2021. Appearing in the Innovators category was none other than The LEGO Group, with, "Braille Bricks and pandemic-inspired online content and hybrid learning resources," being cited as areas of innovation lately, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. It's certainly an honor for them to be recognized. I'm curious - what do you think The LEGO Group's biggest innovations have been over the last year and a half? Let us know in the Talkback! View the full article
  5. Recently a pair of cool creations have entered the vaunted halls of the LEGO Ideas 10k Club. First up is Lifeguard's Shack by adwind, which features a cute little building on the beach with lifeguards on duty ready to save the day. Next on the list is the A-Frame Cabin by Norton74, which is well suited for the polar opposite climates and features some great building techniques (how many Mjolnirs can you spot?). I could see either being a popular purchase for people wanting to remind themselves of their vacation getaways while stuck at work. We wish them the best of luck when they enter their upcoming review phase! View the full article
  6. Yesterday LEGO posted the newest video in their Ninjago Legacy series, and boy is it something. Feeling like a cartoon coming right out of the 1960s or 1970s complete with a fourth-wall-breaking narrator, A Day in the Life of a Golden Ninja is a look at what a ninja and his dragon do when they're not out protecting the innocent and fighting evil. Is the ninja Lloyd? Why are there so many fart jokes? What could this possibly have to do with anything else in the Ninjago franchise? There are so many other questions and I am so confused. Go watch it and join me in my befuddlement, I guess? View the full article
  7. Yesterday Jacob shared the results of the latest LEGO House contest with the models that came out on top and will be displayed at the Home of the Brick. I apologize if I missed anyone, but there are at least four BZPower members who made the grade - congratulations to Ballom, DeeVee, Djokson, and Woomy World! But now it's up to everyone to vote on your favorites of all the entries: you have three votes to cast by May 13th to help determine the fan favorites in the competition who will win some awesome prizes in addition to having their MOCs on display in Denmark. Best of luck to all the finalists! View the full article
  8. We have lots more work to do on 71741 Ninjago City Gardens, so let's get back to it tomorrow! Join us at 1 PM Eastern on Saturday, May 8th as we keep building, chatting, and giving away some sets. You can watch on the BZPower Twitch channel to see how this fantastic LEGO Ninjago set is designed and see all the little details and easter eggs as we assemble them. Looking forward to seeing you all there! View the full article
  9. If you've had enough of going outside enjoying the spring weather, look no further than LEGO Ideas! A new project has reached ten thousand votes of support on the platform: Movie Set by Max Brich and Castor Troy, which helps you create your own brick films in our favorite plastic blocks. The model features eight detailed building facades, minifigures to be the actors and crew, and a rail to move a LEGO camera or your smartphone along to get an awesome tracking shot. It's a cool concept that is well-designed and would be a great addition to the Ideas theme. We'll keep our fingers crossed for a favorable review result! View the full article
  10. Earlier today, LEGO announced 75314 The Bad Batch Attack Shuttle, a new set based on the Star Wars animated show that premiered this Tuesday. The set will be available on August 1st and features the shuttle as well as two speeder bikes and the five required minifigures: Tech, Echo, Hunter, Wrecker, and Crosshair - although you would think there would be some bad guys for them to fight. Hmm... Anyway, at 969 pieces and retailing for $100 in the US, it seems like a pretty decent value especially with the exclusive minifigures. It's already listed on LEGO Shop@Home where you can preorder it right now! View the full article
  11. Twenty years ago, LEGO was making a huge bet with a new theme called 'Bionicle,' and it was big enough that it made ripples all the way to the mainstream news. BZPower member Max Nui recently stumbled across a Washington Post Bionicle Article circa 2001 that looks at the toys from a unique perspective and interviews a number of fans, parents, and even a couple of people who ran Bionicle websites, namely Christian of xTIAN's Bionicle Corner and Mike of Bionicle Island, two of the three predecessors of BZPower! It's a fascinating read that you can check out right here to go back in time to 2001 before Bionicle was a thing so many of us loved and cherished. View the full article
  12. With the upcoming Ninjago sets' pictures released recently, set designer Niek has shared the design process of the Hydro Bounty on his Twitter page. Check out the thread, where he talks about building it mostly at home instead of at LEGO HQ, what features he wanted to include, and how he moved past some puzzling design options. While we're still excited for the current Island sets out now, we'll keep an eye out for Niek's next sets this summer. View the full article
  13. A couple more interviews with recent additions to the LEGO Ideas 10k Club have been posted so far this week. First, let's meet Alexandre Rossier, the creator of Auto Union Type C Racecar, a passionate car enthusiast who was inspired to build this model by seeing the actual racecar in action. Then we have Andrzej Undro, the creator of TX Master Games, a sixty-year old Taekwon-do trainer (and Bionicle fan!) who used LEGO bricks to bring an idea they had for twenty years to life. Both provide some great insights into their lives and processes, and I especially found Andrzej's journey to be a unique one among Ideas builders. Go give them both a read to learn more! View the full article
  14. Two new projects have achieved ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas over the past couple of days. First up is the Imperial Island Fort by BrickHammer, who has made the grade four times previously before this classic pirates-inspired outpost. It's a fun model that looks like it would pair well with Pirates of Barracuda Bay. Next up is Bike Lanes by MarcelSteeman, who is brand new to the 10k Club and made it with their very first submission. The MOC is designed to work with the recently-released LEGO City road plates to help add some realism and accessibility to your own city. Both builds feature cool details and techniques and could be great additions to the Ideas theme. We wish them the best of luck when they enter their upcoming review phase! View the full article
  15. It's the first Tuesday of the month, and that means that not only are we going to play some LEGO videgames, we're going to be diving back into LEGO Dimensions! Come on by the BZPower Twitch channel starting at 7:30 PM Eastern as we revisit Springfield and the always-entertaining Simpsons. We'll definitely be playing as good ole Homer, but may be checking out Bart and Krusty as well! Stop on by to watch the fun! View the full article
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