Tuesday, January 22, 2019
An Old Turaga With a New Coat of Paint
When the first Bionicle movie was released, fans were introduced to a new look for their favorite heroes, elders, and villagers. Since then, many have tried their hand at 'movie-style' characters such as Pohaturon's Turaga Paoro
. One of the things that makes the build interesting is the heavy use of G2 Bionicle elements that still achieve the same overall look as the classic style. Of course the fabric piece from the first Star Wars Rey buildable figure helps further capture the design from the films and gives it a nice level of finish. Go check it out and let the builder know what you think!
Monday, January 21, 2019
Bionicle T-shirt from Kevin Hinkle Coming Soon
In 2018, former LEGO Community Manager Kevin Hinkle began focusing on several artistic endeavors and commercial opportunities. One of those is AFOL Shirts
, a monthly subscription service that gets you a LEGO-themed t-shirt designed by Kevin in your mailbox every month. A recent tweet
from the man himself shows off a teaser for next month's shirt, which I think will be of interest to our members and readers. Classic LEGO Bionicle masks mixed with a tribal design reminiscent of the theme's early years? Sign me up! Let us know what you think of the concept in the Talkback!
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Late Late Show Brings The LEGO Movie 2 to Space Camp
Tonight on The Late Late Show
on CBS, stars from The LEGO Movie 2
join James Corden at Space Camp in Huntsville, AL. Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, and Will Arnett suited up for a bit set to air tonight. Check out the Alabama news article
for pictures and details of the visit, and then tune in to CBS at 10:35 PM EST (or as soon as the football game ends) to see the team in action.
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Appear in The LEGO Movie 2
An unlikely character will be making a cameo when The LEGO Movie 2 premiers next month: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In the movie, she will appear as part of the younger sister's universe, complete with a gavel and Supreme Court robes. It's even hinted that she might appear as an actual minifigure in a future set based on the movie. You can read more about her appearance in the movie here
. It makes me wonder how many other cool surprises they have in store for The LEGO Movie 2.
Friday, January 18, 2019
Come to BrickFair Alabama
If you live anywhere within driving distance of Birmingham, Alabama, we hope to see you tomorrow and Sunday at BrickFair Alabama
! Tickets are $14 and you can order online in advance to save time at the door. The event is open to the public from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and 10 AM to 4 PM on Sunday. BZPower is part of a big Bionicle display that we think is worth checking out along with a bunch of other cool MOCs from a variety of different themes. If you come by, make sure to sign the BZPower Guestbook so we know you did!
Thursday, January 17, 2019
A Landmark Tribute Achieves Goal
Museums are a fun place to visit to see cool exhibits and learn about all sorts of different things. Unfortunately, in September of last year Brazil's largest musuem caught on fire and was destroyed, taking with it many of the exhibits and artifacts that were on display. This tragic event inspired LEGO Ideas use MaxakalisaurusTopai to create the Museu Nacional - Rio de Janeiro
project, which captures the building in micro scale. The model recently achieved the required ten thousand votes of support and will now be considered for being immortalized in a LEGO set. I wish it the best of luck in the review phase!
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
VIPs are Welcomed to Apocalypseburg
The largest (so far) LEGO Movie 2
set comes out on February 1st, but LEGO VIPs can get it now. Welcome to Apocalypseburg!
dropped today and is a 3,178 piece, $300 set that features 12 minifigs and a makeshift city on the Statue of Liberty. The LEGO VIP card is free to sign up and gives you rewards on LEGO purchases on Shop at Home or LEGO Retail Stores. A S@H purchase over $40 also gets you three free packs of LEGO Movie 2
trading cards, and VIPs get a free collector's album and trading card too. If you're not a VIP, now is the perfect time to start.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Behind the Brains of an Idea
Yesterday Hasan from the LEGO Ideas team shared the latest 10K Club interview. Friends is likely to go down as one of the most popular sitcoms of all time, and now there's a chance that it will be immortalized as a LEGO set. So go ahead and Meet Fievet Aymeric of The Central Perk Coffee of Friends
, and find out about the builder and how the project came together. Is this a set you'd pick up? Let us know in the Talkback!
Monday, January 14, 2019
Meet the LEGO Ideas Volvo Contest Winner
The team at LEGO Ideas is going beyond simple text interviews and is now breaking out the video cameras! They've teamed up with the LEGO FanTube YouTube channel to interview Vida Andras
who is the Grand Prize winner of the LEGO Ideas: Build The Construction Machines of the Future contest from last fall. It's great to get to put a face with the design and get some behind-the-scenes views of the model coming together. It was quite insightful and you should definitely check it out!
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Over in the UK, a reality TV show called LEGO Masters has been a big hit for two seasons now. It's already been announced that the producers are in the process of bringing it to Germany and Australia, but now it seems that it's making it over to this side of the pond. To read the full press release with everything we know so far - read on!
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Let's Form Voltron
It's been fun, but it's time to wrap up this awesome build of LEGO Ideas set 21311 Voltron. We have one lion left - the green lion - and then we can build the sword and shield and finish the giant robot! Join us on Sunday, January 13th at 1 PM Eastern to watch the action go down over on the BZPower YouTube channel
. Chat with us about LEGO and other cool stuff, maybe win some sets, and have a great time. See you then!
Building a Lion that is Also an Arm
It's getting very near the end of our build of LEGO Ideas set 21311 Voltron. The three biggest lions are completed and now it's time for the arms! On Saturday, January 12th, at 1 PM Eastern we'll make our way through the red lion over on the BZPower YouTube channel
. It should be a quick build, but there will be giveaways, and who doesn't like those? See you there!
Friday, January 11, 2019
Lion Building Continues
Last weekend we built the leg lions from 21311 Voltron and now it's time to build the body! The Black Lion from this awesome LEGO Ideas set will come together tonight, Friday July 11th, at 7:30 PM Eastern over on the BZPower YouTube channel
. Come join us to watch the build and enter in some giveaways. We'll be finishing up the build this weekend, and we can't wait to see you there!
Flickr Pro on Sale Now
Flickr has seen plenty of changes over the years, but it still holds as a central hub for AFOLs to share MOCs and other photos. One recent change was the arrival of Flickr Pro, giving members several perks like advanced statistics, photo-printing discounts, and being ad-free. It also meant that standard members would no longer have unlimited photo storage, and Flickr Pro would be the way to host unlimited photos on your account. For those still on the fence about enhancing their Flickr usage, there is currently a sale for annual subscribers: 41% off, coming out to $3.54 a month for a year, compared to paying $6 monthly. Check out the offer
, and make sure you're logged in to see the limited discount.
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Come to a LEGO Convention in 2019
If you're a LEGO fan, attending a fan convention should be high on your to-do list, especially if you've never attended one. (Here's why!
) No matter where you live, there's probably one taking place somewhere near you, for some definition of 'near.' We recently updated the BZPower Fan Events Calendar
with all of the major events taking place in North America this year. If you're thinking about visiting one, head over to the Convention & Event Planning Forum
, find the topic for the event you're interested in, and let us know! There's probably other people thinking about attending, and once they see others interested they'll chime in too!
Pick Your Favorite Non-Bionicle Bionicle MOC
Last year we let you know
about a fun contest hosted by BZPower member Ballom on the Bionicle Without The Bionicle Flickr group. The entry period has ended so now it's time for you to vote, either on Flickr
. You've only got about a week to cast your vote, so don't dilly-dally too much. Good luck to all the finalists!
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Winter 2019 Sets on Sale on Amazon
Lots of new LEGO sets, just released last week, are on sale for 20% off on Amazon, including The LEGO Movie 2
and Overwatch sets. A quick search shows several 2018 sets at 20% off too, including Harry Potter, Star Wars, and City themes. LEGO sets don't go on sale too often, so now is a great time to check your wish list and get some savings.
Going Galactic with BrickHeadz
While most LEGO sets take place here on planet Earth, a few characters traverse the cosmos on their own adventures. Tonight, Staff Reporter ChocolateFrogs will be livebuilding some galactic LEGO characters as he streams BrickHeadz builds from LEGO Star Wars
and Guardians of the Galaxy
on the BZPower YouTube channel
. The stream starts at 9 PM Eastern, January 9. Come on by to watch and join in on the chat.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
The Apprentice Becomes the Master
BZPower member Sergei Rahkmaninoff took the prompts from two contests and combined them to create Forgemaster Senos
, a robotic blacksmith who has lost his mentor. Tasking himself to build both a non-humanoid constraction creation for Bionicle Without the Bionicle and a character with a backstory for Brickset, the end result is a character with a lot of personality, both in words and bricks. I like the choice of dark orange as well as the little mechanical details like the air pumps on the shoulders. Give it a look yourself and let Sergei know what you think!