Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Yesterday, Dan and Kevin Hageman, the long-time writers and executive producers of the TV series LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
, announced in a Twitter thread
that they have stepped down from their position on the show's crew. They have passed the reins to Bragi Schut
, who helped write several episodes for Seasons 8 and 9 and has taken the lead in writing the upcoming four-episode special event that will culminate in the series' 100th episode. The Hageman brothers took this opportunity to express their gratitude to the many people (co-creators, animators, voice actors, composers, fans, and more) who helped make LEGO Ninjago the phenomenon that it was. Follow the link above or read on to see the full seven-tweet thread along with Bragi's heartwarming response...
- No Twitch Today
Due to some unanticipated conflicts, we have to cancel our Twitch Tuesday stream for this week. We should be back next week though for the last stream of the year!
Monday, December 10, 2018
Can't wait until next February to check in with your pals from The LEGO Movie? The WB Kids YouTube channel has you covered! Just this morning they released a two-and-a-half minute video called "Emmet's Holiday Party: A LEGO Movie Short
" in which Emmet comes up with a master (builder) plan to bring some holiday cheer to the gloomy residents of Apocalypseburg... with repercussions stretching to the furthest reaches of the universe! Will his goals come to festive fruition, or will they just invite further danger for the jaded survivors of the Duplo invasion? Follow the link above or read on to watch and find out!
Sunday, December 9, 2018
LEGO Foundation Gives Grant to Sesame Workshop
The LEGO Foundation has granted $100 million to the Sesame Workshop to help Bangladesh and Syrian refugee children learn through play-based activities. Such an endeavor will highlight the "importance of learning through play to set them on a path of healthy growth and development," says The LEGO Foundation
's article, including a picture of a family reading with a Sesame Street
puppet. Considering how much creativity and learning is encouraged through LEGO building, such a grant goes hand-in-hand with the learning mindset of the Sesame Workshop. The grant will be given out during a five-year period as the humanitarian work develops further.
had their brick-based sets on display at Toy Fair 2018, spanning a wide variety of themes. The quality of the parts was a bit better than we expected, although we're not clear on how available these are in the states. The related minifigures were also eye-catching, with some sculpted molds we couldn't place the inspiration for. We've got plenty of photos to share.
Meeper continues to push their version of an all-in-one programmable brick/motor combo. We have photos of their booth, as well as some of the specific pieces in it that look like more of a departure from what LEGO has made. Also of note: they're now a distributor for clone brand DECOOL, which was represented by a few familiar-looking sets.
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Winter Village Fire Station Live Build Tomorrow
Tomorrow, on Sunday December 9th, we're getting into the holiday spirit! Join us at 12:30 PM Eastern over on the BZPower YouTube channel
as we build the latest LEGO Creator Expert Winter Village set, 10263 Winter Village Fire Station. We're looking forward to seeing how this model compliments the others in the theme as well as seeing the build process. We'll also be giving away some prizes to help celebrate this giving time of year. See you all there!
made a splash at Toy Fair 2018 with their Rubiks license. These extreme studs-not-on-top elements open up new possibilities and represent something that LEGO truly doesn't offer. Conveniently, they're also running a 25% off sale
now through December 25th. We've got extensive photos of their booth below the break.
We visited the Paladone booth at Toy Fair 2018 and saw a variety of gift-ready licensed toys. Nintendo and DC comics were both well-represented. We've got photos below the jump.
Friday, December 7, 2018
Once again, our second reporter at Toy Fair was able to see the Ribbon Cutting. The ceremony was full of fun costumed characters, as always, but there was a new addition this year: a sashed contest winner who got to use the giant scissors. While we didn't get that magic moment, we did get a look at the rest of the ceremony's festivities.
has essentially two product lines that they showed off at Toy Fair 2018: blind boxes and bulk bricks. Their bricks have another connection on their sides that works well for building large mosaics without a baseplate. Further, they've managed a surprising amount of campatibility with "leading brands" at a fraction of the cost, and they've made it easy to order any color in bulk online. Read on to see photos of the various inspiration models they had on display in their booth.
Behind the Scenes of LEGO Overwatch
Forbes recently sat down with Blizzard Vice President of Consumer Products Matt Beecher and LEGO Group Designer Woon Tze Chee to talk about the upcoming Overwatch sets. In the interview
, you can learn about how the partnership came to be, how the two groups worked together to design the sets, and a little bit of the backstory behind each model. It's an interesting tale and I appreciate the chance to learn a little more about it before the sets release next year!
Thursday, December 6, 2018
E-Blox had their conductive bricks out on display at Toy Fair 2018, along with plenty of examples of them in use. While conductive brick companies seem to be a dime-a-dozen these days, E-Blox was one of the first to get the concept to market. We've got plenty of pictures of their booth below the break.
Cryptozoic Entertainment had a tall lobby display of various wares to entice attendees to visit their booth. We, unfortunately, only found out about this after the show floor closed the last day we were there. Still, we knew some of our readers would want to see pictures, especially when we saw the Munchkin Collectible Card Game featured in the display.
LEGO Batman Movie Getting a Sequel?
Recently LEGO movie director, writer, and producer Chris McKay made a tweet
to suggest that we might be seeing a sequel to The LEGO Batman Movie at some point in the future. After next February's The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, the only film that has been officially announced is The Billion Brick Race, which we haven't heard too much about. Obviously that doesn't mean there aren't more movies in development though. Are you interested in another LEGO Batman solo adventure? Let us know in the Talkback!
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Knex continued their tradition of putting dazzling displays in the front lobby outside of Toy Fair in 2018. This display also announced rather loudly that Knex has now joined the Basic Fun! family (we'll have more on that later). We've got plenty of photos of this motorized amusement park on steroids, although we don't have any video of the display in action. Since the display was designed for people to walk inside of it, the roller coasters and other moving features were actually on three sides of you once you walk in, which rather complicated trying to capture the whole thing.
Wood Expressions had a variety of games to show off at Toy Fair 2018. Much of their selection is high-end wooden chess sets, and they got our attention with a chance to play against a chess champ in an in-booth happening (spoiler: Dan lost, badly). They had a rich variety of games on display, but I suspect that the Star Trek multi-dimensional chess set will be most interesting to our readers.
Brixo was one of a few companies at Toy Fair marketing a line of conductive bricks. While we did try to ask what sets each of these brands apart, the answer usually came down to "ours conducts electricity better". Ultimately, we could barely tell them apart or remember what was unique about each. Still, we have pictures.
- BioniLUG Display at Baltimore Toy Show
Several of our East Coast members of BZPower's own LEGO Users Group, BioniLUG, will be displaying at the Baltimore Toy and Collectible Show this Saturday. We would love to see some friendly faces, whether you visit (show opens at 9) or want to display with us. See the topic for more details.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Geppettos is a toy store that held a Willy Wonka-style golden ticket extravaganza in 2017. LEGO was among the sponsors of this promotion. While the winner had been named before Toy Fair, they had extra chocolate bars to hand out to random people at Toy Fair 2018. One of us received one and took some pictures.
Custom Kanohi You'll Marvel Over
Sometimes two or more fandoms will intersect with awesome results. For example, last month BZPower member tourmalinex shared some custom Bionicle masks they created that were inspired by Marvel's X-Men. Go check out the Marvelous Mask Collection
to see the results, which are very impressive. If you like the designs, you can even use Shapeways to get a real-life version added to your collection! I'm always partial to Wolverine, but also particularly like the Cyclops and Storm ones too. All of them are great in that they're not too overt in their heritage and if you didn't know it, would in fit perfectly on Metru Nui.
Despite what we said last week, Twitch Tuesday is happening tonight! We'd love to see you over at the BZPower Twitch channel
tonight starting at 7:30 PM Eastern when we stream some LEGO videogame fun. Some new DLC came out for LEGO DC Super Villains today, so we might see about checking that out if people are interested. You can express your interest by voting in the discussion topic
along with leaving your feedback. See you all tonight!
Monday, December 3, 2018
If you were following our Twitter account
during Toy Fair 2018, you may have seen that one of us
left with a MyOwnPet
inflatable pet chicken. It's a funny story: while we had seen samples of these adorable balloon animals floating around Toy Fair a few years running, we had actually never been given the background on the product - they attend the trade show to distribute their walking balloon animals to stores, not to attract press coverage from outlets like ours. During the last day of our Toy Fair trip, though, I was asked if I'd take a free chicken that had been abandoned in a completely unrelated booth. How can you turn that down? As a result of that odd sequence of events, we don't have any photos of the booth, but we do have some well-lit close-ups of a fun inflatable pet chicken (which was later donated to a library's children's department).
There's never a shortage of surprising toys you can stick bricks to at Toy Fair, but Force Flyers
' Bubble Blocks product line almost snuck by us because of how un-LEGO-ish the booth looked at first glance. Their selection also includes RC quadcopter "drones" (both LEGO-compatible and otherwise) and a variety of educational toys. We skimmed through this booth pretty quickly Sunday night, but we have pictures of everything in the booth below the break.
We have reached that special time of year again, the time when LEGO announces the next addition to their Creator Expert Modular Building series! Today they have shared all the details on 10264 Corner Garage, and boy is it a beauty. As the name suggests, we're getting another corner building on the modular street, and this one features a gas station and auto repair shop, a vet, and an apartment. There's lots of amazing details and little easter eggs - can you guess my favorite? For hi-res images, the press release, and a 360 degree look at the model, read on!
Let's Build Hogwarts Tonight
We're well-rested after Thanksgiving so now it's time to get back to building 71043 Hogwarts Castle from the LEGO Harry Potter theme. Join us on tonight on Monday, December 3rd at 8 PM Eastern over on the BZPower YouTube channel
to see what's next in this massive set. In between, we'll be giving away Harry Potter and Fantastic Beast minifigures, which is all the more incentive to join in. We'll see you all there tonight!
Sunday, December 2, 2018
by Tenka Labs
was back at Toy Fair 2018, with demonstrations of their current line and samples of some potential upcoming treats. The large orange gear in the booth looks like a logical replacement for the original Hailfire Droid wheels. Their current product line (as now available on their website) includes some handy kits made to quickly motorize current LEGO sets - and their system as a whole remains a strong competitor to LEGO's own Power Functions 2.0 system. We have photos of all the clever mechanisms shown off in their booth below the break.
We also covered the CircuitCubes booth at Toy Fair 2017
Every year at Toy Fair, there's a special Trends Briefing on Sunday night wrapping up some of the hottest trends from the show floor. Most of those trends are things that have been around for a while (did you know that unboxing is popular?), but it was interesting to see the broader perspective on the industry from some of the event's insiders. Ultimately, most of what we saw wasn't really BZPower-relevant, but there was a fun demo the then-upcoming Nintendo Labo
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Display your MOCs with BZPower in 2019
The year is winding down, which means that it's time for us to get working on one of our biggest annual projects here at BZPower. Go visit the topic for the 2019 Convention Circuit
to see how we're going to make LEGO conventions around the country pop with Bionicle awesomeness. We're upping the ante with our perks this year, with opportunities to earn a classic Bionicle polybag, up to three constraction sets, plus a copy of 75532 Scout Trooper & Speeder Bike! That's in addition to the usual rewards like a Proto boost, custom title, and six month Premier membership. BrickFair Alabama will be our first event next year, so get building so you can ship us your MOCs in time. I can't wait to see everyone's fantastic creations on display!
The BioBuddi brand from the Netherlands returned to Toy Fair in 2018. While they were heavily involved with BanBao when we visited their booth in 2017
, they've since begun marketing their DUPLO-sized bricks under their own name. We've previously covered
BioBuddi's attempts to position themselves as the most environmentally-friendly plastic brick brand on the market. We have pictures of their booth (featuring their 2018 product assortment) after the jump.
Toy Fair 2018: Revisiting the Rest
Remember last year, when we did a goofy pseudo-advent calendar of things from Toy Fair that we hadn't written about yet? It's time to do that again! To up the ante, I'll try to squeeze in two quick posts with tidbits from February's New York Toy Fair each day in December leading up to Christmas, with at least one of the two being strictly LEGO- or brick-related. We don't intend to make an annual tradition of this, but we left an alarming amount of photos on the floor after our original whirlwind of coverage earlier this year. We've made a note of this and planned a shorter trip to 2019's New York Toy Fair.
Speed Into December with a New Raffle
The holiday season is here! BZPower is getting into the giving spirit on the first day of December with a new raffle. Go check out 2018 Member Raffle #12
and enter for a chance to win a copy of 75532 Scout Trooper & Speeder Bike, the largest Star Wars buildable figure set to date! All you need to do to enter is be a member, so there's no reason you shouldn't. The raffle closes at the end of the year, which is only a month away now. Good luck!
Friday, November 30, 2018
How LEGO Does Social
We often see LEGO appear on lists and receive awards for its online presence on social media and YouTube as well as be recognized as one of the world's most powerful brands. David Moynihan, as the Global Director of Parents & Family Engagement, is one of the people responsible in part for that. He recently sat down with Spreadfast
to talk about how LEGO is trying to do right by its audiences and stay on the cutting edge of mobile video. Go give it a read for a little insight behind the curtain!
Thursday, November 29, 2018
LEGO Movie 2 Videogame Releasing Next Year
Earlier this week WB Games launched the website
for the next LEGO videogame developed by TT Games. It shouldn't be much of a surprise that the title will be based on the upcoming The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, which comes to theaters on February 8, 2019. The game will be coming a bit behind that, with the PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4 version releasing on Febraury 26th and the Switch version on March 26th. I'm curious to see how it compares to the other LEGO movie games and if it will also make use of clips taken directly from the film. Whatever the case, we'll most likely be picking it up and streaming it next year - let us know in the Talkback if you'll be buying it too or why you'll be passing on it.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
November Member Raffle Deadline Nearing
There's no need to quake in fear, you still have plenty of time to enter the 2018 Member Raffle #11
for a chance to win 71315 Quake Beast from the 2016 Bionicle lineup. As always, you just need to be a BZPower member to enter. You have until the end of November to drop your name in the hat, and while that's still a couple of days away, don't delay too much! Good luck everyone!
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
As is our wont on Tuesdays, we'll be heading over to the BZPower Twitch channel
tonight at 7:30 PM Eastern to play some videogames of the LEGO variety. You can help pick what we play by voting in the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
and voting for what you'd like to see on the stream. LEGO DC Super Villains has been proving to be a lot of fun lately, but there's plenty of other options if you're not a fan of that! We look forward to seeing you all tonight and finding out what we'll be playing for an hour or so, whether we're the good guys or bad guys!
That's One Happy Dragon
Looking like something right out of an animated classic, you should stop what you're doing and go check out Sassafras, The Happy-go-Lucky Dragon
by CZQ. The sheer adorableness will distract you from the nice combination of classic Bionicle parts with newer CCBS ones that result in some pretty perfect shaping of the rotund torso and stubby limbs. And that face - the BrickHeadz eyes somehow convey a sense of contentedness and ease. It's a cute little buddy I wouldn't mind having sit on my shoulder or desk to keep me company. Let CZQ know what you think of his creation once you're done checking it out!