Thursday, March 30, 2017
I Build With the Force and the Force Builds With Me
Today I'm pleased to announce that BZPower, together with the fine folks at Jedi News
are kicking off a joint LEGO building contest. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story recently released for digital download and will be coming on home media next week, and that seemed like the perfect thing to celebrate! We are hosting Build With the Force
on Flickr and all of the rules and important information can be found there. We're looking for people to build a Star Wars character out of LEGO - it could be CCBS, it could be System, it could be both! LEGO has donated some Rogue One Buildable Figures as prizes to help make it worth your while. You have until April 13th to construct your entry and submit it, so you had better get building!
Three New LEGO Ninjago Songs Coming Out This Saturday
Amazon.com has listed three new LEGO Ninjago promotional songs by The Fold to tie in with Season 7: Hands of Time! Only "The Temporal Whip
" (the new season's obligatory "Weekend Whip" remix) is available for pre-order, but you can also preview the album art and 30-second audio samples for it and the other two songs, "The Time is Now
" and "Rise of the Vermillion
". All three songs will be officially released this Saturday, April 1st. Follow the links above for more details!
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
What Makes the Wheels of the Bus Go Around?
The latest 10k interview was posted on LEGO Ideas earlier this week, so you should go check out Hasan's chat with Ryan Rydalch of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The Bus project
. They cover the usual topics: Ryan's history with the brick, his process for creating the model, and his advice for getting to ten thousand votes. I found his thoughts on gathering all of the parts to be interesting - something that's sure to be a challenge on such a large model. Let us know in the Talkback what you think!
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Listen to the Chronicles of Bionicle
It's been over two and a half years since we last mentioned
the Bionicle: Audio-Narration-Project on the front page, but the team has been working behind the scenes recording and editing to get their next release done. As a result, you can now all listen to their production of Bionicle Chronicles #3: Makuta's Revenge
over in the Fan Created Media forum. Give it a listen and let them know what you think - I'm sure they'll take the feedback as they continue work on the ANP!
It's time for your weekly reminder that tonight will be our regular gaming stream over on the BZPower Twitch channel
for everyone's enjoyment! Starting at around 7:30 PM Eastern, you'll be able to tune in and watch us play a fun LEGO game. What game will we play? It just so happens that the choice is up to you - just head over to the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
and cast your vote for the game that strikes your fancy. Will we keep playing LEGO Jurassic World or move onto something new and exciting? No matter what we pick, it's sure to be a good time and I look forward to seeing you all there!
Introducing GPS Adventure Game Quest to LEGOLAND
Late last month, LEGOLAND Florida unveiled
a new GPS-based adventure game that answers the question "Are we there yet?"
There is no similar game for the California park, but the Florida version of Quest to LEGOLAND
promises fun facts, games, missions, and more for road trips to LLFL from anywhere in the 50 states. The app is currently available for both Apple iOS
Monday, March 27, 2017
Bricks LA 2018 Super Early Bird Registration ends March 31st
Are you in southern California and looking to attend a LEGO fan convention in 2018? There's a LEGO convention already thinking about you. You can register now
for the full three-day event at a special "Super Early Bird" rate of $40 - but only until March 31st, 2017. Registration will still be open after that, but at a higher price. The event itself takes place January 5-7, 2018 at the Pasadena Convention Center. You can find out more at the Bricks LA website
Build the BMW Motorcycle of the Future on LEGO Rebrick
LEGO Rebrick has launched a new building contest titled "Build to the Future
", inviting builders to create a LEGO Technic model of what a BMW motorcycle might look like in 50 to 100 years. The creators of the ten best entries, selected by a panel of judges from the LEGO Technic team and BMW, will receive set 42063 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure signed by the design team along with a BMW fan package, while the best of the best will receive a trip for one to BMW Motorrad Days (July 7–9)! The entry period ends May 4th, so follow the link above for more details or to submit your entry!
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Select LEGO Discounted Through TRU
The Toys "R" Us website listed some LEGO deals
today, including Ninjago's City of Stixx and Speed Champion's Porsche 911 GT Finish Line. The latter is 50% off the retail price, a rarity by TRU's standards. Check out these and other deals in case you have been meaning to pick something up. TRU seems to always have something discounted, and when it is a deal it does not last for long.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Just Another Day at the Office
The US version of The Office aired for nine seasons and resulted in a lot of memes, GIFs, and funny moments over the years. It should be no surprise then, that when LEGO Ideas user 'Lego the Office' created a project titled, "NBC's The Office
," that it achieved the requisite ten thousand votes. It's certainly an interesting model, capturing the overall layout of the titular workplace featuring many vignettes that call back to classic scenes from the show. I'm not sure how well it would do as a LEGO set, but if The Big Bang Theory could do it, I don't see why this sitcom couldn't. What do you think? Let us know in the Talkback!
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Don't Forget About the K-2SO Draft
I thought it might be time for a friendly reminder that there's still some spots left in our 2017 K-2SO Online Parts Draft
. For $15, you'll get an equal share of parts from the twenty sets we'll be drafting - considering this is a $25 set and there's likely to only be about fifteen people participating, this is a tremendous value in my opinion. Head on over to the store and reserve your spot now so you can get a whole bunch of nice LEGO parts for your collection!
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
LEGO Ideas Live Build this Friday
This Friday, March 24th, starting at 5 PM Eastern, you should head over to the BZPower YouTube channel
to watch us live! We'll be building a selection of sets from the LEGO Ideas theme, including 21306 The Beatles Yellow Submarine, 21307 Caterham Seven 620R, and 21308 Adventure Time, but possibly some older ones as well! Of course there will be prizes to give away, so it's sure to be worth checking out! I look forward to seeing you there keeping me company while I build!
Today LEGO is announcing the latest set in the Star Wars Ultimate Collector's Series: the 75144 Snowspeeder! While perhaps this hasn't been the best kept secret out there, at least we now have high resolution images, the designer video, and of course the full press release. To see what this new take on the iconic ship from Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back brings to the table, read on and check it all out!
An Interview at the Boat Repair Shop
Recent 10K Club inductee Robert Bontenbal was interviewed for his Boat Repair Shop LEGO Ideas entry for reaching the milestone. The interview
reminds up that Bontenbal has already joined the 10K Club for a previous fishing project
, and getting a set approved for production has not slowed him down from going back for seconds. Check out the interview for some insight on what went into the design process for this model.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
A New Game for Twitch Tuesday Tonight
Last week during our Twitch Tuesday stream we finished up the story mode for LEGO Batman. That means, in all likelihood, that tonight we'll be moving on to something different tonight, although that's up to you guys. You can head over to the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
to vote for what you'd like to see us play. Then, at around 7:30 PM Eastern you can check out our Twitch channel
to watch the fun begin. Make sure to follow us so you can get notified when we kick things off - we look forward to seeing you there as we share some LEGO gaming action!
A MOC that Shoots for the Stars
While elements in the Bionicle universe aren't quite the same as what we see on our periodic table, that doesn't stop fans from combining the two. That's what The Secret Walrus did when he created Hydrogen, Bearer of the Stars
, who appears to be an element lord of sorts. Bionicle lore aside, I like how the color scheme transitions from purple to blue to gold to orange to red representing the spectrum of colors found in the stars. The fire along the base does seem a tad cluttered, but I feel like it captures the entropy and chaos of the controlled explosion that is a star. The head is primarily System, but fits the build well and looks like something that could be a Bionicle head design. Make sure you let the builder know what you think of his creation in the topic and encourage him to post some more!
Go Vote in the March 2017 Flickr Contest
The polls opened last night
for the March 2017 Flickr Contest. There were over a dozen awesome entries, enough that you've got two preliminary polls to vote in - English and Continental. The first polls close on Thursday, March 23rd at 11:59 PM Eastern, so be sure to make your voice heard before then! What are you waiting for - head over there and start looking through the MOCs to narrow them down to your favorites. Good luck to all who entered; I look forward to seeing who makes it on to the final round!
Monday, March 20, 2017
Bfahome Learns to Fly
It's time again today for a new episode of Bfa Plays: LEGO Harry Potter! In Episode 4: Quidditch Time
, he learns how to play the favorite sport of wizards everywhere and then use those skills to save the day (as per usual)! When you're finished enjoying the gameplay and commentary, make sure you head on over to the discussion topic
to let us know what you thought! We'll be back with a new episode in just a couple of weeks on April 5th, so make sure you check back then to see what happens next!
Sunday, March 19, 2017
LEGO Statue of Liberty Displayed in DC
To preview upcoming exhibitions to the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, a 9-foot-tall LEGO model of the Statue of Liberty has been poised in the museum's first floor. The theme for 2017 is "The Nation We Build Together," and what better way to introduce visitors to that than a LEGO display? Details about the model and upcoming exhibit can be found on the museum's website
. Sounds like a trip into the city is in order.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Friends Designer Contest Finalists and Winner Announced
On Wednesday, LEGO announced the ten finalists
in their LEGO Friends Designer contest, and today they announced their grand prize winner
: eight-year-old Sienna from Great Britain! More pictures of Sienna's creation, a playground for Heartlake City, can be viewed here
. The finalists will each receive the full range of 2017 LEGO Friends sets, and Sienna and her family will win a week-long trip to Billund where she and the LEGO Friends design team will collaborate on turning her creation into an official LEGO Friends set (with Sienna herself as a LEGO mini-doll)! Follow the links above for more details!
LEGO Group CFO John Goodwin appointed as new LEGO Foundation CEO
LEGO Group CFO John Goodwin has been appointed
as the new CEO of the LEGO Foundation
. After four successful years at LEGO, he had announced last fall his intention to leave the company and pursue working within charitable causes this summer, so he was an obvious candidate when LEGO Foundation CEO Hanne Rasmussen stepped down earlier this year. He will step into his new role on April 1st.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Build Outside the Brick
You can build just about anything you can imagine with LEGO bricks - in a lot ways they're an artistic medium just like paint, clay, charcoal, or bronze. While sticking to one material in your creations is just fine, it's equally fine to do mixed media (unless you're a LEGO purist), and the latest ReBrick contest asks you to do just that. Go check out Building Beyond Bricks
, hosted by the LEGO Classic team, where you have to create an environment for your LEGO creations using everyday household objects. You have until April 20th to build and submit your entries, which you should definitely consider since the prizes include just about every current LEGO Classic set available - that's a lot of bricks! Good luck to everyone!
LEGO Ninjago Characters Page Updated for Season 7
The LEGO Ninjago website has finally been updated with character pages
for the new season, "Hands of Time"! Now you can learn about new characters like Acronix, Krux, and General Machia, as well as what's in store for returning characters like Master Wu and his ninja! This season still has yet to air in many parts of the globe including the United States, so be advised that there are some spoilers. Also, perhaps by mistake, there is no new character page listed for Lloyd. However, these pages still offer some helpful context for the current wave of sets released in January. Follow the link above to learn more!