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!
Monday, January 7, 2019
LEGO Ideas New Year Updates
The LEGO Ideas team is jumping feet first into the new year keeping us updated on recent projects that achieved ten thousand votes of support. Go read about the 5 Product Ideas that Qualified for the Third 2018 LEGO Ideas Review
, which includes Dinosaurs Fossils Skeletons - Natural History Collection, Chemical Plant, Food Stand Diners, Playable Lego Piano, and Queen Victoria Cruise Ship. In addition, we should be finding out the results of the prior review session soon! One of those projects was recently the subject of a 10K Club Interview: Meet Felix Stiessen and Gabriele Zannotti of the Fiat 500 F
. In addition to the normal interview, there's also a video to learn more about the designers. Go check it all out!
Sunday, January 6, 2019
LEGO Video Roundup Worthy of Your Views
This past week on LEGO's YouTube Channel
has seen a start of The LEGO Movie 2
videos. Some show off the sets released last week, but one of particular note quickly retells The LEGO Movie from Batman's self-centered perspective
. If you're more interested in seeing some LEGO action now, the Rebrickulous team launched the Saturn V
set. Check it out to see just how many pieces it ended up in. Finally, the next Ninjago season's trailer dropped
, promising adventure and danger. Check these out! And I'm sure next week will feature even more build up to The LEGO Movie 2
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Form Feet and Legs
The legend continues! After building the yellow lion from 21311 Voltron we're continuing with the blue one! Come watch as this impressive LEGO Ideas set comes together piece by piece on Sunday, January 6th at 7 PM Eastern over on the BZPower YouTube channel
. Giveaways will be held and fun will be had. See you there!
Friday, January 4, 2019
I'll Form the Head (and the rest too!)
It's time to Defend the Universe! That's right, we're going to be building 21311 Voltron from the LEGO Ideas collection starting tomorrow, December 5th, at 2 PM Eastern over on the BZPower YouTube channel
. This will be the first of five streams, one for each of the lions with the final one also showing off the full assembly. We'll be doing some giveaways as usual, so make sure you tune in to watch this legendary robot take form!
Celebrate the 100th US LEGO Store
This weekend only, Jan 4-6, to celebrate the 100th LEGO Store opening in the United States, all US LEGO Stores offer a free minifig and poster for purchases over $50 (while supplies last). Reported over on Minifig Price Guide
, the gift with purchase includes a LEGO Brand Retail employee with a printed celebratory brick and a poster to mark the occasion. That is quite a feat for our beloved brand. The deal stacks with the $25 Friends/City freebie promo. Also, stores will have Harry Potter Collectible Minifigs at 20% off and the new Chinese New Year BrickHeadz. If you've been planning a LEGO trip, now is the time.
It's been a couple of months since LEGO revealed
the first wave of The LEGO Movie 2 sets, but apparently they left one out. You might have seen some leaks floating around of 70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg!, but I don't think they did justice to this massive set. As much a playset as it is a display piece, this model looks like it can offer something to just about any LEGO fan. To see the hi-res images and read the press release before the set becomes available in less than two weeks, read on!