Sunday, June 24, 2018
Sometimes the dinosaurs are big, sometimes they're small, and sometimes they're in big boxes meant for little kids but are being reviewed by adult kids. Today BZPower Reporter Chocolate Frogs reviews 10758 Jurassic World's T-Rex Breakout Juniors set; a big set with a few pieces that packs a punch. Is this set worth buying for big and little kids alike? Or should it stay in its pen? Read, and watch, to find out.
Saturday, June 23, 2018
You may have seen Brick Madness
in the schedules for some of this year's LEGO conventions. Brick Madness
is a very strange film: a mockumentary that seems to mash up the familiar LEGO convention scene with an extremely competitive sports tournament. I was able to catch most of a screening of the film at this year's Brickworld Chicago and have some insights to share below the fold.
SmugMug CEO Answers Questions About Flickr's Future
In the ongoing saga over Flickr's future, we've seen plenty of reassurances that the Flickr we know and love will continue under SmugMug's leadership. In the interest of emphasizing that and answering questions about the site's future, SmugMug CEO Don MacAskill did a Reddit AMA
(Ask Me Anything). In short: nothing is changing with Flickr but SmugMug is happy to listen to your feedback going forward. Be warned: this AMA might contain language not appropriate for BZPower.
Friday, June 22, 2018
Without the Power
I feel like I've seen very few instances over the years of LEGO themes inspiring others to compose music - except of course for Bionicle. For example, BZPower member Distorted recently shared Powerless
, which was inspired by the Bohrok Kal saga. I love the mournful nature of the track and the sense of loss it evokes - it seems like it would have been perfect in an especially dramatic Ghost animation from 2003. Go give it a listen and let the artist know what you think!
Back to There Again
We took a couple of weeks off thanks to Brickworld and some unfortunate leaky pipes, but tomorrow we'll be back and streaming again! Join us on June 23rd at 1 PM Eastern on the BZPower YouTube channel
as we finish up building a couple of sets from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. We'll be heading from Mirkwood to Laketown and talking Tolkien all the way. Of course we'll have some prizes to give away too, so fun for everyone. See you there!
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Since we last checked in
with the heroes of Elvendale, this year's tenth and eleventh LEGO Elves webisodes have been released, raising the stakes higher than ever before. In "The Magic Within
", Lumia the guardian of light encourages Emily Jones to try and tap into the magic passed down from her grandmother, but the outcome is far from what she expected. And in "Lights Out
", Cory the guardian water turtle and Cyclo the guardian wind dragon convene on a moonlit night to decide on a course of action. Follow the links above or read on to see what happens, and don't forget you can catch up on all this year's webisodes on the LEGO Elves 2018 YouTube playlist
New Ideas Project Reaches Orbit
Another project in a long list of excellent models has achieved the goal of ten thousand votes over on LEGO Ideas. You can go check out the SpaceX Falcon Heavy
by khehmeyer for a great new space-themed project that may become a LEGO set. There's a ton of nice details including separating stages and a removable payload that would make it fun to play with in addition to display. Even better, it's built to the same scale as the LEGO Saturn V set! Best of luck to the builder and I look forward to seeing how the review phase goes!
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
SDCC Exclusive LEGO Star Wars Set Revealed
San Diego Comic Con is coming July 19, and every retailer has a few exclusives to buy or win. LEGO has just revealed the first set for their booth: Star Wars Millennium Falcon Cockpit
. The box art by Paul Lee boasts 203 pieces, and sets like this usually run $40 at the pop up SDCC LEGO store. Unlike some SDCC sets, this looks like it does not contain any pieces exclusive just to it, so hopefully fans can built it from parts of their own collection. Keep an eye on BZPower and the LEGO facebook page for other upcoming exclusives.
LEGO Indiana Jones 2 Free for Xbox
Every month Microsoft offers several games for free to its Xbox Live Gold members, and this month there's a one that's relevant to us LEGO fans. Through the end of June, you can pick up LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues for the low, low price of nothing! While this is an Xbox 360 title, it's also backwards compatible and can play on the Xbox One as well. You can learn more about the program and grab the current games right here
. So go download it and start your journey through the stories of all four Indiana Jones movies!
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Twitch Tuesday Returns
After our Brickworld break we're heading back to the BZPower Twitch channel
tonight at 7:30 PM Eastern to resume our LEGO gaming streams. We recently started playing through LEGO Marvel's The Avengers, but it doesn't have to continue that way tonight! All you have to do is vote in the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
to let us know what you'd like to see! It should be a fun hour or so, whatever we decide on, and we look forward to seeing you all there!
Monday, June 18, 2018
LEGO Movie World Coming to LEGOLAND Florida
Recently over on the LEGOLAND Florida Blog
it was announced that The Quest for CHI was being closed down - which makes sense since The Legends of Chima has been done for a while now. Taking its place in the spring of 2019 will be The LEGO Movie World, which seems like pretty great timing with the sequel to the film releasing in February 2019. I'm sure as we get closer we'll learn lots more about the attractions coming to this new section of the park!
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Preliminary Vote: BBC Contest #75 Voting Begins
The MOCs are in, and you are asked to vote not once but twice, just like the builds for BBC Contest #75: It's Time to Dual! Check out Poll A
and Poll B
to vote for your favorite MOC combinations that best exemplifies the theme of this contest, where two builders teamed up for one awesome entry. Voting ends June 18th at 11:59 P.M. EST., followed by Final Voting.
[Source: Brappy Hour]
Final Vote: Which Color Scheme Becomes the BZP T-Shirt?
Following the build up for the annual BZPower T-Shirt Contest hosted by Brappy Hour, the final choice is asked (except for your shirt size)... What colors should the shirt utilize on Kevin Hinkle's winning design? There are a few wacky colors, a few tacky colors, and a few color combinations that just might look good gracing your torso. Head over to the blog entry
for final color voting. Please only vote if you will be at BrickFair VA in August and want to buy a shirt.
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Nightmare Before Christmas BrickHeadz Revealed
LEGO is going all out on their BrickHeadz theme, and today they unveiled
another pair of interesting characters from Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas." This set will include Jack Skellington & Sally with some interesting new printed elements. They didn't mention the release date or the price, but it will probably be $19.99, similar to the other dual BrickHeadz sets. It makes you wonder what new BrickHeadz designs will pop up next.
Friday, June 15, 2018
Build a Hero or Villain
There's a contest going on that we've been remiss on mentioning, so we're rectifying that now. Head over to BIONICLEsector01 to check out their Legends and Infamy Art Book Contest
to find out how you can win a copy of The Art of Bionicle or another fabulous prize. You have until June 30th to either reimagine a hero as a villain or a villain as a hero. Happy building!
Thursday, June 14, 2018
LEGO Gets a License To Build
Some cryptic tweets were sent out today between The LEGO Group and the Aston Martin car company. So cryptic that the official 007 Twitter had to step in to help out. As seen in their tweet chain
, a classified folder authorized by "M" for "007" and "Q" is posted, simply saying there is now a "License to build." All clues point to an upcoming James Bond LEGO set, complete with tricked out super-car, but we might have to go on a few more undercover missions before we have all the details. What could be in the set? I'm hoping we get some rocket missiles from the grill. Sound off with your ideas in the talkback topic!
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
A Dynamic Duo
Building MOCs that compliment each other can sometimes be challenging, but when it works the results are fantastic. Take, for example, Pinhead and Armstrong
by CZQ. Even though he didn't intend from them to go together originally, the common color scheme and design motifs make them mesh quit well. I love their simple faces and was amazed when I saw how expressive Armstrong could be with that yellow half bushing. Go check them out yourself and let the builder know what you think!
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
New Gravity Hurts Music Video Released
Is it 2008 or 2018? Last week Cryoshell uploaded Gravity Hurts, classical 2018 version
on their YouTube channel, featuring the Budapest Art Orchestra performing an arrangement by Peter Due and sung by Christine. If you're a fan of the original, you should definitely go give it a listen for a nice classical blast of nostalgia.
- No Twitch To-Day
Since I'm in the midst of getting ready for Brickworld, I won't have time to do a Twitch stream tonight. We should be back next Tuesday though - see you all then!
Monday, June 11, 2018
An Informal Roller Coaster Review
The bigger a LEGO set is, the more work it is and time you have to spend to review it. So when BZPower Reporter xccj picked up a copy of 10261 Roller Coaster the thought of doing a formal review was too daunting, understandably. Instead, he's been posting build logs after each night he's spent putting it together, calling out techniques and parts and describing the experience. You can read Part 1
and Part 2
now, and keep checking back on his blog to see the rest as it gets assembled. I like this different take on a set review, and if you're interested in the set you should check it out too!
[Source: Brappy Hour]
Help Pick the Color of the 2018 BZP T-Shirt
Summer is upon us, and BZPower's annual t-shirt contest hosted by Brappy Hour has one more decision to make before orders start: what color should the design and shirt be? On the blog entry
, you can see that Kevin Hinkle's entry has won, but the colors are undecided. Chime in with what you think would look best for this Mata Nui design, or reaffirm a previous suggestion. Voting ends Sunday the 17th, and then orders begin.
Sunday, June 10, 2018
LEGO DC Super-Villains is Coming
E3 is almost here, but TT Games and Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment got ahead of the game a little while ago by announcing LEGO DC Super-Villains. You can learn more over at their website
and check out the announce trailer on YouTube
. The game releases on October 16, 2018 for Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC and is available in a standard and deluxe edition. While past DC games have let you play as the bad guys, this one seems to be taking it to the next level! Let us know what you think in the Talkback - will you be picking it up this fall?
Brickworld Chicago is Coming this Week
Whether you want to check out BZPower and BioniLUG's display
or just visit one of the largest LEGO conventions in the country, the time for Brickworld Chicago
is now upon us. Tickets for the public expo
portion are available now. Brickworld Chicago is open to the public on Saturday, June 16th from 10 AM to 4 PM and Sunday, June 17 from 10 AM to 3 PM.