Thursday, April 19, 2018
A Fearsome Ogre Approaches
Some builders just love to combine parts from all sorts of LEGO themes to produce some inspiring creations. I would argue that ...The Chosen One... is one such builder as he has illustrated in one of his latest creations, Vimur habilis
. It may take a minute to realize, but the head is made of a Kanohi Iden and a CHI Sir Fangar buildable figure head, which looks absolutely amazing. In fact, you might be too busy looking at that to realize the torso is from Galidor, which blends in just fine with the arms and legs made from CCBS, System, and Technic elements. Go check it out and let TCO know what you think of it!
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Vote In the Definitive Edition Art Contest
There's just over twenty-four hours left to cast your vote in Art Contest: The Definitive Edition! While the turnout was a lot on the small side, we still need to figure out who wins what, and need your help! So head on over to the poll
and choose an entry. You have until April 19th at 11:59 AM Eastern Time to make your voice heard. And don't forget that we still have Official BBC Contest #75: It's Time to Dual!
going on with a few weeks left to enter!
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Today is the always-lovely second day of the work week, lovely because it brings us one day closer to the weekend. To help speed the process along, we like to play videogames - live! You can watch us on the BZPower Twitch channel
tonight starting at 7:30 PM Eastern as we bash our heads against the nefarious puzzles TT Games puts together to test us. You can help us decide which game we play by heading over to the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
and casting your vote! We look forward to streaming and chatting with you all tonight and hopefully not getting too stuck on a game made for kids!
The official LEGO YouTube channel has released seven new videos in which the Series 18 Minifigures come together and attempt to throw the perfect 40th birthday party for the 1978 Police Officer! But once they get separated, things start to get a little out of hand, and it's up to the stalwart officer to make things right and ensure the party is a success. You can start at "Sounds Like a Party!
" and click the links at the end to watch the story unfold, or read on for all seven videos!
Monday, April 16, 2018
LEGO Life Nominated for Webby Award
Recently the nominations for the Webby Awards were announced, and it turns out that LEGO made the list! The LEGO Life app was nominated in the 'Mobile Sites & Apps - General: Family & Kids' category, and voting for it is open to all! You can head on over
between now and Thursday, April 19th to cast your vote in that and many more categories for the best of the best on the web. Let us know in the Talkback what your experience with the app has been and if you feel it deserves this recognition.
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Way of the Departed Continues
It's been over a month since the last update to the Ninjago fanfic Way of the Departed, written by Ninjago creator Tommy Andreasen, but he hasn't left us hanging! You can go read Chapter 18 right now on his Twitter page
to find out where the story picks up. As always there's some nice art to go with it, and some interesting insight into the nature of realms in the world of Ninjago. Go give it a read and let us know what you think in the Talkback!
Saturday, April 14, 2018
We're a little over two months away from the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and the marketing machine is starting to pick up steam. As part of that, LEGO has recently shared some pictures and details on more upcoming sets based on the franchise. These are in addition to the sets already revealed at Toy Fair
and include a BrickHeadz set as well as one based on the original Jurassic Park film! To check them all out, read on!
Season 8 Comes to the US on Monday!
This Monday, April 16, LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
Season 8, "Sons of Garmadon", finally premieres in the United States! The first episode, "The Mask of Deception" airs on Cartoon Network at 6:30pm Eastern and Pacific time, 5:30pm Central time, and 7:30pm Mountain time. Additionally, the entire season is already available to view on demand on the Cartoon Network mobile app. Go ahead and rewatch the Season 8 trailer
to get yourself in the mood, and let us know in the Talkback thread if you plan to tune in for the premiere!
Friday, April 13, 2018
After starting slow, LEGO seems to be going all in with the BrickHeadz theme this year, with Star Wars, Jurassic World, and now Back to the Future joining the collection of IPs including Marvel, DC, Disney, and Ninjago. Yesterday they shared official images of 41611 Marty McFly and Doc Brown which will be released on Sunday, April 15th. Read on to check out the hi-res images and full press release for these pop culture collectibles!
Thursday, April 12, 2018
A Big Ship Enters the Berth of Ideas
Recently a new project has reached the goal of ten thousand votes on LEGO Ideas. Joining the 10k Club is the Acclamator Class Assault Ship
by Lucero, a UCS version of the ship heavily featured in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The model has a lot of detail, including interior spaces to add play value, even if the exterior is a bit monochromatic. Unfortunately, as awesome as it is, I don't foresee this becoming a set, at least not through the LEGO Ideas theme, since it's based on an IP that LEGO already has a relationship with. Hopefully they'll at least take note of it and consider the accomplishment when designing future UCS sets!
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Bionicle in Concert?
Although it was posted on the first day of the month, this is definitely not an April Fools joke. Nathan Furst, composer of the scores for the first three Bionicle movies, recently took to Twitter
to ask if there was any interest in seeing music from Bionicle performed live in concert. If I had to guess, I'd say two or three of you might be interested, so head over to the Tweet to get the email address so you can let him know. This would be an awesome event for Bionicle fans, so let's do what we can to make it happen!
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Yep, that's right, it's Tuesday again - at least it's not Monday! One of the things that makes it better is that it's Twitch Tuesday! That means you'll be able to head over to the BZPower Twitch channel
tonight starting at 7:30 PM Eastern to watch us play some LEGO videogames! Lately it's been LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, but you can change that by voting in the discussion topic
for what you want to see! We'll see you then for some LEGO fun and adventure!
Monday, April 9, 2018
Today LEGO, along with many other makers of licensed products, have revealed their selection of toys for the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story film. There are nine sets in total, consisting of five System sets, two buildable figures, and two BrickHeadz, all of which will appear on store shelves on April 13th. To check out the high-res images and official descriptions, read on!
The next two LEGO Elves webisodes for 2018 have been uploaded to the LEGO Group's YouTube channel, picking up where the last three webisodes
left off! In webisode 4, "The Light
", Emily and the Elves reach the Elvenstar Tree and meet the mysterious Lumia, the guardian of light. And in webisode 5, "Focus
", Aira and Cyclo the elemental guardian of wind attempt to bond, but are challenged by each other's very different personalities. Follow the links above or read on to watch the videos and find out what happens!
Sunday, April 8, 2018
[Source: Brappy Hour]
2018 BZPower T-Shirt Contest Has Begun
There are a handful of contests happening on BZPower right now, but this one will grace the torsos of dozens of members for years to come. Brappy Hour is once again hosting his annual T-Shirt Contest
, where designs are voted on and one becomes a graphic tee! This year's theme celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Karda Nui saga, where the Toa Nuva returned to fight a squadron of Makuta. Think you can design something awesome inspired by those sets? Then get drawing, and check out his blog post for the contest!
Last Chance for LEGO Makerspace Humble Bundle
Several Technic LEGO books are in the current Humble Bundle Book Bundle
. The pay-what-you-want site offers several tiers of cheap e-book bundles, with Technic building books and a Mindstorms EV3 book being included among the various coding books. We just found out about this bundle, and it will be ending at 2PM EST on Monday (tomorrow). If you have been wanting to learn some coding, and possibly some Technic building tricks, be sure to check this deal out now.
Saturday, April 7, 2018
LEGO Star Wars May the Fourth Promos Unveiled
As the nerdiest day of the year approaches, May the Force, er, Fourth, LEGO is planning several promotions for Star Wars sales. Top of the list is a free mini-BB-8 figure, like last year's R2-D2 set, with a LEGO Star Wars purchase of $75 or more. Most Star Wars items will also yield you double VIP points. And finally, select Star Wars sets will be on sale (no list yet). Check out The Brick Fan
for a picture of the BB-8 set, and then check your calendar to lock in your plans on May the 4th.
Friday, April 6, 2018
How LEGO Succeeds at Social Media
It could be said that LEGO showed up a little late to the social media game compared to other companies, but they've made up a lot of ground in the past few years. Recently Lars Silberbauer, Senior Global Director at The LEGO Group, shared five of their secrets to success
. It's interesting to get a behind the scenes look at the strategies and philosophies that drive their engagement online and have gotten them recognized for their efforts. Give it a read and let us know how you feel about the LEGO social media presence in the Talkback!
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Scouting for Bricks is Here
Tomorrow, April 6th, and Saturday, April 7th, Scouting for Bricks
will be taking place at The NZone in Chantilly, Virginia. BioniLUG and BZPower will be there along with WAMALUG, WAMALTC, and a contingent from PennLUG in addition to a number of other AFOLs. If you're in the area, come by from 5 PM to 9 PM on Friday and 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday to check it out. If you're not, keep your eyes on our social media channels to observe the event from afar. The Scouting for Bricks has always been a lot of fun and this year is sure to be no different!