Saturday, August 17, 2019
LEGO Star Wars Designer Heading to Fan Expo Canada
If you'll be in the Toronto area next week, you should swing by the Metro Toronto Convention Center, where Fan Expo
will be taking place. In addition to all of the pop culture panels, guest stars, and swag, LEGO is sending Michael Lee Stockwell, the design manager for LEGO Star Wars, to help celebrate twenty years of the two franchises teaming up. As the Windsor Star reports
, this will be a bit of a homecoming for Michael, who grew up further south in Ontario. They also took the time to do a brief interview with the designer, learning about his path to joining LEGO and what the experience has been like. It's a fun read that reminds you of the passion the designers have for the toy and the care that goes into every model they build.
Friday, August 16, 2019
The Biggest Unboxing Ever
LEGO and Microsoft recently teamed up with popular YouTube channel EvanTubeHD for a pretty impressive publicity gag. As you can see in the video
, Evan starts out by building LEGO Speed Champions set 75892 McLaren Senna. Then he shows off an awesome brick-built Xbox One console that's been given a sweet Speed Champions overhaul, complete with a McLaren-themed controller. Then, the stakes go even higher when he finds a 400,000 piece model of the McLaren in his driveway and plays Forza Horizons 4 while sitting in the driver seat. It seems like a pretty surreal experience, but I guess that's just a day in the life of YouTube stars.
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Massive LEGO Xbox Sale
There's still a few days let on a massive Xbox game sale that includes just about every LEGO game released on the platform (except Bionicle Heroes, of course). You can find all of the details on Major Nelson's blog
, where most games are at least 50% off, with some as much as 75% off. I need to do a better job keeping track of what I have so I know which deals to zoom in on when these events happen. Hopefully you guys have a better idea of what you want and can snag some savings!
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
LEGO Breaks Down Sustainability Plans
In a short video posted to their YouTube channel today
, LEGO has gone over their strategy for using sustainably-sourced materials in their products. It does a great job of explaining why this is a good thing and why it won't effect the quality of the toy bricks we know and love, hopefully assuaging any lingering fears that people have. It's a quick watch, but with any luck it will spread the message far and wide!
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
BZPower Stream Update
It's Tuesday, and that means after a BrickFair break we should be returning to our weekly gaming streams. But we're not. My primary focus on BZPower for the time being is getting the forums back online, which is continuing to prove more and more challenging. So some things, like streams, are going on the back burner for a while until we get our other technical issues straightened out. Other staffers may do their own streams like we've had in the past, so hopefully our YouTube channel won't be completely dead. We appreciate everyone's understanding while we work to make this downtime shorter than the last one.
Today LEGO and Disney are revealing the latest results of their long-running partnership, a new set that is sure to be iconic for anyone who has visited the Disneyland theme park in California. Following in the footsteps of 71040 Disney Castle, today we get our first look at 71044 Disney Train and Station, a massive 2900-piece set with an equally massive $330 price tag. If that seems like a lot, it's because in addition to the model, the set also includes a new Powered Up Hub and Train Motor, which allow you to control the train with your smart phone or tablet. The set is releasing next week on August 19th for VIPs and September 1st for everyone else. For more information and hi-res images, read on!
Monday, August 12, 2019
10K Club Interviews Return
It's been a while since the LEGO Ideas team sat down with some of the builders whose projects have achieved ten thousand votes of support on the platform. Earlier today, however, Hasan shared a chat with Caio Gandolfi
, the builder of the Museu Nacional - Rio de Janeiro model. It was interesting to learn how similar the backgrounds of some South American builders are to those of us up North, and it's always great to learn how successful projects came together. Give it a read, and you can expect to see more 10K Club interviews over the next couple of months!
Sunday, August 11, 2019
Kickstarter's Munchkin Bricks 2 Ending Soon
Fans of the card game Munchkin will be pleased to learn that a Kickstarter campaign is going on for a series of minifig accessories based on franchise. Guy Himber of Crazy Bricks is making a second wave of Munchkin LEGO loot, and there are only a few days left to pledge. Check out Munchkin Bricks 2
on Kickstarter for fan favorites such as Spyke's Hammer, Dragon Flagon and Chibithulhu. These will come in a variety of colors and add a touch of humor to any diorama. Backers also get free Munchkin cards with brick-built pictures! Hurry, the Kickstarter ends on Thursday, August 15, at 8:00 AM EST.
When LUGs Meet HOGs
At some point in the past, you may have been looking for a LEGO Users Group online using the acronym 'LUG' and come across a Linux Users Group instead. But what other fan groups are out there? Chinese AFOLs were recently introduced to their local HOGs - Harley Owners Groups - in an event that coincided with the release of 10269 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy. LEGO Community Team member Jacky Chen recounts the experience
where the two groups of fans met, learned about one another, built together, and celebrated the launch of a new set! It's really interesting to see and makes me wonder what other sorts of fans LUGs have interacted with over the years!
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Happy Bionicle Day!
Today is August 10th, or 8/10, as we like to fashion it in America. If you were a kid fifteen years ago and into leet, you'd read that as 'bio,' as in 'Bionicle.' Somehow it took the community nearly twenty years to figure that out and do something about it, but hey, better late than never. Several Bionicle fan communities are organizing streams and giveaways and other activities today to celebrate, a schedule of which can be found BIONICLEsector01
. So make sure you tune in, check it out, and celebrate! And for those of you in the rest of the world where today is 10/8, check back in come October.
BrickFair Virginia took place last weekend, so to keep with BZPower's timely responses, we now have a new video from BricksCascade 2019. Back in March, a bunch of builders put together a awesome display of Bionicle builds at the premier LEGO Convention in Portland, Oregon. This Not-Live Stream
by BZPower Reporter Xccj showcases all the cool MOCs that were there, some which have stayed on the convention circuit to show up in other cities this year. Check out the video, complete with non-landscape footage, and stay tuned for more LEGO Convention coverage on BZPower.
Friday, August 9, 2019
Install LDD on the Latest Version of Windows 10
Starting with Windows 10 version 1809, Microsoft has built in Adobe Flash Player, which causes issues when some programs try to install. One of those is LEGO Digital Designer (LDD). Hopefully LEGO comes up with a fix for this, but until then, the Greek Recognized LEGO User Group (RLUG) Breeks has created a solution. Head over to their community
to download the batch file and read the instructions required to make this work. Even though TLG's support for LDD has been a bit lacking, the software still has lots of users, so it's good to see that they won't all be stuck due to the change Windows introduced!
Thursday, August 8, 2019
If you were alive around the turn of the millennium you likely remember one of the biggest TV shows at the time - the sitcom Friends (not to be confused with the LEGO playtheme of the same name). After receiving ten thousand votes on LEGO Ideas and being approved, 21319 Central Perk is being officially revealed today. Featuring many iconic designs and details from the show, the set looks like a great piece for fans and collectors. The 1070-part set will retail for $60 USD starting on September 1st. For a 360-degree look, hi-res photos, and the press release, read on!
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Share Your Thoughts on LEGO Customer Service
Every now and then, many of us have had need to contact LEGO Customer Service (although I can't remember the last time I had to, personally). Still, it's a very large part of The LEGO Group's daily interactions with its customers and some are sure to have their opinions about it. If that's you, then you're in luck! From now until August 20th, you can complete this short survey
to share what you think Customer Service is doing well and what they can improve. It's only a dozen or so questions, and it's worth it for the opportunity to make your voice heard!
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
LEGO Teases Friends Ideas Set
Earlier today on its Twitter account, LEGO posted a quick video
that looks like it relates to the upcoming Ideas set based on the popular sitcom Friends! This usually suggests that the official reveal will be close behind - probably later this week! We only get to see the backs of the minifigures and the iconic sofa, but this is certainly trying to build up the hype for the set!
Monday, August 5, 2019
Build Your Own 2019 SDCC Sets
You may have to turn to the secondary market if you want the original packaging and exclusive minifigures, but if you just want to build the LEGO sets that were for sale at San Diego Comic Con this year then you're in luck! You can grab them directly from LEGO here:
This is a great boon for people who enjoy displaying sets or who just want to check out the techniques the designers used to make them!
Sunday, August 4, 2019
Join the Bionicle Book Club
Have you ever wanted to have serious, in-depth discussions about the Bionicle literature and lore? Have you ever wanted to do so with the brevity that comes from the collective Internet and Discord servers? Feel like jumping back into Bionicle from the very beginning, in the time before time? Starting August 11th, Wall of History
will be hosting a Bionicle Book Club on their Discord server where members can dissect the legend of Bionicle in small chunks interspersed with "giveaways, movie streams, and game nights." More information here
about what they are planning. Sounds like a fun opportunity to get a refresher about the mythos that has brought us all together.
Saturday, August 3, 2019
Another Day, Another 10k LEGO Ideas Project
Just a couple of days after the NASA spacecraft project reached ten thousand votes of support, a very different design achieved that same goal. The Haunted Mansion: 50th Anniversary
by GoodOlPrice is based on the attraction at Walt Disney World and features a detailed exterior and interior. This review phase is going to be chocked full of great projects for LEGO to decide on - which ones are you rooting for?