Tuesday, March 3, 2015
[Source: BZPower Members]
Turaga Files Teaser
Christian Faber has posted an awesome new entry
to his blog. He headed back to his former employer Advance in Copenhagen and went into their basement. Deep in the archives, he found a whole bunch of Bionicle concept art and other early ideas that became the line we all know and love and its subsequent iterations. The best part? He filmed it all!
Go watch now, because this seems like this is only the beginning of the Turaga Files!
New LEGO Magazine Appearing in Your Mailbox
The March-April LEGO Magazine is starting to arrive to kick off the next two months of LEGO fun. Ninjago and Marvel Super Heroes are especially big this month with their new sets, but there is a little something for everyone contained within its pages. Am I the only one that thinks the Tahu centerfold is just begging to be used as a poster? Keep your eyes peeled for your copy and be sure to check it all out!
Undead Toa Rising Again?
Over in the Bionicle Storyline & Theories forum, member Dark_Stranger has an idea about how the story might unfold for Bionicle this summer. In the topic, Summer '15 Theory: Night of the Toa Dead
, he suggests the villains we saw at Toy Fair are in fact Toa of the past who have been raised from the the dead and who our heroes must now defeat. It's certainly an interesting theory, and since we don't have any official information yet, it could be just as valid as any other. Go talk about how plausible or not you think it is, or if you have a better idea go post it in Bionicle S&T yourself!
Monday, March 2, 2015
The latest Bionicle collectible is 5002941 Bionicle Hero Pack. If you're in North America, you can currently get it free with any purchase at Shop.LEGO.com
or from a LEGO Store. But what are the contents like? BZPower Reporter Xccj has put together a short review to show you.
It's About Making Your Posts Count
Over in the Games & Trivia forum, Global Moderator -Windrider- recently kicked off the first ever G&T contest! G&T Contest #1: It's Not about Your Post Count...
asks member to create a game that encourages thoughtful posts and writing. If you're into making and playing games, check it out, because there's going to be a whole bunch to play in G&T in the coming weeks. The winner will even get an awesome prize - a copy of Bionicle #9: Divided We Fall from 2002, mint in the original bag. So what are you waiting for?
New LEGO Releases for March
Shop.LEGO.com now had a bunch of products available for the first time, as well as a few cool offers. Among the new sets, for North America anyway, are the new Ninjago sets
, Ultra Agents
, and the release of the brand new Elves sets
and Marvel Avengers sets.
In North America, any purchase will land you a Bionicle Hero Pack
from March 1 - 20, and any purchase of an Elves set will place Azari's Magic Fire polybag
into your cart. The deals apply to both online and in store purchases, and there's a lot of cool stuff to check out!
Sunday, March 1, 2015
LEGO Castle Adventure Opens in Baltimore's Children's Museum
Most LEGO castles have a few play features and some hidden surprises. Testing the defenses on those castles, however, seems counter-intuitive for something built with such pride. The new LEGO Castle Adventure now open in Baltimore's Port Discovery Children's Museum encourages both. Decorated with life-size LEGO models of knights and dragons, fans are shown how to "design castles on a computer, test various defenses and create fortresses," details The Washington Post article
on the new exhibit. The special program runs until September 20. Local, hands on LEGO activities such as this always sound worth the trip.
Win a Free Set for Joining BZPower
If you're reading this and haven't joined BZPower yet, or just joined recently, have we got a deal for you! Today we kicked off our latest New Member Raffle, Chima 2015 New Member Raffle
, and we're giving away a free copy of 70131 Rogon's Rock Flinger to some lucky member who joins the site in the coming months. Joining is easy and free, and you can start participating in our community, talking about LEGO with others, sharing your creations, entering contests and more!
[Source: Toa Green Ninja]
Mixels Invade your TV Again
Back for a second season, the Mixels TV series will be showing on Cartoon Network starting later this month. The season two premier, Mixel Moon Madness, will air on March 9, 2015 at 7PM Eastern. This will be the second half hour special, and it's likely that the remaining episodes will be shorter as we saw the first time around. So set your DVRs and mark your calendars, because the Mixels are back!
[Source: A BZPower Reader & Nidhiki of the Shadows]
Kopaka/Protector of Ice Combo Model
The combiner of Tahu and the Protector of Fire turns out not to be the only one we are getting, as a new combo model of Kopaka and the Protector of Ice has appeared on the LEGO Club website by entering the Club Code "ICE" (or by clicking this link
). Curiously, this model already appeared in the Mask of Creation game as an alternate form of Kopaka. Do you think we'll get combo models for the remaining Toa as well?
Saturday, February 28, 2015
LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales
It's hard not to be excited for Star Wars Episode VII (or find someone who is if you aren't a fan yourself) so LEGO thought it should jump aboard and ease our wait for the next LEGO movie by giving us LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales, retelling the story of the six episodes from R2's and C-3PO's perspective. The Hollywood Reporter reports
of five episodes to be aired on Disney XD later this year. No details of director or writers yet. It's not the first LEGO Star Wars movie we're getting but with the big release coming later this year as well this one is sure to get more attention.
[Source: Nuju Metru]
BZPower Member Featured by UCLA
The Daily Bruin, University of California, Los Angeles' (UCLA) student newspaper recently did a focus piece on a LEGO maniac in their student body. Aaron Newman, who you all might know as Nuju Metru, talked to them about his passion for LEGO
, how he got into the hobby, and how he participates in online communities and conventions. It's a cool insight into one of our own, and it's great to see the attention our hobby is getting these days! Give it a watch!
Friday, February 27, 2015
Another Idea Flies to Goal
Yet another project has achieved ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas! The Douglas DC-3
by Ssorg is a model of the iconic propeller-driven airliner from the 1930s and 1940s that was so popular that some are still flying today. The set itself looks great, and the builder has even proposed versions at two different scales to give LEGO the option of making either a smaller or larger set. While we'll have to wait until the review period arrives and ends, this is certainly an impressive model that deserves some consideration!
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Gravity Hurts Instrumental Released
[Source: Kevin Hinkle]
Christian Faber made a blog post
this morning revealing that Cryoshell has released an instrumental version of their song Gravity Hurts. You can go listen to it on YouTube
, although there's no video or anything to go with it, just some nice art. If you enjoyed this song back in 2008, you'll probably still like it today, so go make your ears happy!
CCE Team Community Manager Kevin Hinkle recently shared word with the LEGO Ambassadors about an awesome contest that's going on right now for folks in the US at YoYo.com. Build an awesome superhero-themed LEGO creation and enter to win a giant Batman an Joker mosaic worth $4000! This looks like a great opportunity, although there's not much time left, so read on to get all the details and find out more about the prize and how to win!
LEGO Loses Turtles License
You might have noticed in our Toy Fair coverage that there were no new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sets announced for this year. My guess is that this press release
, announcing that Mattel and Nickelodeon have partnered up to create Turtles-themed Mega Bloks in 2016, might have something to do with it. We've seen licensing go back and forth before, but this one is really interesting as I thought the LEGO TMNT sets were generally pretty solid. It will be interesting to see what the sets that come out end up looking like.
LEGO Elves Site Updated with New Content
The LEGO Elves teaser site has been replaced with a full website, featuring detailed character bios, information on the new mobile app (which appears to be a combination adventure and puzzle game), a new music video and downloadable MP3 of the LEGO Elves theme song "If You Dare to Believe", and downloadable wallpapers and "How to Draw" pages for each of the five main characters! There's even a downloadable page on the "Secret Language of Elvendale" which ought to stir up some really strong memories in BIONICLE fans - and a widget on the front page that lets you translate things into that language and download them to share with friends! Check it all out right here
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
LEGO Takes a Step Towards 100% Renewable Energy
Not too long ago, LEGO added a new video
to their YouTube Channel. In it, Jorgen Vig Knudstorp addresses the new Borkum Riffgrund wind farm that has just begun generating electricity for the company, their goal of reaching 100% renewable energy by 2020, and LEGO's obligation to making the planet a better place. You can read more about it on their website
- go read!
LEGO Reports Strong Growth in 2014
After the press conference this morning, LEGO has shared some of their 2014 results
. Compared to 2013, LEGO increased their sales in 2014 by 15%, well above the toy industry average. They experienced growth in all their markets, had zero product recalls for the fifth year in a row, and grew their staff by nearly a thousand. In addition to core themes like City, Friends, and Star Wars, a large part of the success was attributed to The LEGO Movie, unsurprisingly. It's great to see the company continuing to do so well, and let's hope a year from now that Bionicle gets a mention as a top theme!
[Source: BZPower Members]
Rob Schrab to Direct LEGO Movie Sequel
We now know
who the director for the LEGO Movie Sequel will be: Rob Schrab. This is his first time directing a movie, but he has worked in television before the shows Community, Parks and Recreation, The Mindy Project, and The Sarah Silverman Program. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are still writing and producing the movie, but it'll be interesting to see how Schrab handles the sequel.
[Source: BZPower Members]
Two New Bionicle Books on Amazon
Two new Bionicle books have appeared on Amazon.com, although their details are rather sparse. First we have the
Untitled LEGO Bionicle: Chapter Book #1
for $5.99, by the author Ryder Windham
, who has some Star Wars books to his name. The next is the LEGO Bionicle Activity Book #1 With Mask
, which will go for $8.99, but we don't know which mask it might include. Both books have a release date for August 25, 2015, so we still have a while to wait.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Discover the Fauna of Okoto
Since the 2015 Bionicle sets came out, Nescent has been busy creating the Wildlife of Okoto
to flesh out the new island we find ourselves exploring. Featuring denizens such as the Dikapi, Komodo, Ice Bat, and Parik, there's quite the variety of creatures. What's more, he even lets you know what sets you need to have to build each and provides instructions for some of the models too! It's a great project that's definitely worth checking out.
Watch the 2014 LEGO Annual Report
Interested to hear how The LEGO Group performed in 2014? Well you're in luck! Tomorrow, February 25th at 10 AM CET (9 AM GMT, 4 AM EST, 1 AM PST), they will be live streaming their annual press conference
for all to watch. LEGO Group CEO, Jorgen Vig Knudstorp, and LEGO Group CFO, John Goodwin will be presenting the results during the broadcast. I hope there's a recorded version added to YouTube or similar later for those of us who will be sleeping at the time!
[Source: Twitter Followers]
Toa on Clearance at Target?
Last night BZPower member T-Hybrid tweeted this disconcerting image
to the BZPower Twitter account. Taken at a Target in Minnesota, it shows Gali and Onua being discounted 'on clearance.' Shortly after, other people chimed in reporting the same thing at their local Targets. A follower who works there said the first shipment of Bionicle sets they received was lacking Gali and Onua. Later, when they did come in, they were placed in a different area from the rest of the sets. If that space is now needed for other products, it could explain the drastic and sudden discount. Obviously this would vary from store to store, so let us know if you've seen this at your Target in the Talkback!
The Fold Releases New Music Video
You should all be familiar with The Fold, the band that does the main theme and other music for the Ninjago TV series. Now they've released 21st Century Ninja
, which ties into the "Tournament Of Elements" taking place during the beginning of the current season of Ninjago. Give it a listen and see what you think!
Monday, February 23, 2015
Everything was Awesome at the Oscars
The 87th Academy Awards took place last night, and although it didn't receive a nomination for best animated picture, the presence of The LEGO Movie was still felt. Since Everything Is Awesome was nominated for best original song, Tegan and Sara along with The Lonely Island performed the song live
, with some help from Will Arnett and others. As part of the routine, they even handed out brick-built Oscar trophies to celebrities in attendance like Oprah. Even though it didn't win for best original song either, I think it's safe to say that there was a lasting impression, like one might get from stepping on a 2x4, from LEGO at the awards show.
Ninjas Invade Cliffs of Dover
I'll blame Toy Fair for why we missed this a week or so ago when it happened, but it looks like LEGO has been pushing Ninjago in the UK in a very big way, literally. As The Drum reports
, LEGO recently worked with a PR company to project an image of Jay, Kai, Lloyd, and Cole on the side of England's famous White Cliffs of Dover. To give you a sense of scale, the cliffs reach up to over 350 feet high; those were four giant minifigures!
Sunday, February 22, 2015
LEGO Rated World's Most Powerful Brand
The LEGO Group continues to come out on top in many categories following a very successful year no doubt helped by The LEGO Movie
. LEGO has knocked Ferrari out of the top spot for the world's most powerful brand, according to annual research by strategy consultancy Brand Finance. Looking at brand and financial factors, LEGO proves itself through its familiarity, promotion, staff satisfaction and more. All the details can be found in an article
from Marketing Magazine. Of course, we already knew most of this being loyal fans ourselves, no?
Storyline & Theories Contest Voting Deadline Bumped Up
Memoirs of the Dead, the seventh Storyline & Theories Contest, has been going on for a while now, and the voting period started late last December. Based on the current turnout, Forum Leader bonesiii and the Administration have announced
that the voting deadline has been moved up to March 5th instead of the original April 30th. So head on over to the S&T Contest #7 Voting Forum
and cast your votes while there's still time!
Saturday, February 21, 2015
It's time for the end of our Toy Fair 2015 coverage. After taking over five hundred pictures, we managed to get a little bit of video to share with you all too. We did a quick video tour of a couple section of the booth to show you how things were set up and give you a closer look at the display. We also got a look at the new AppBrick being featured in the Ultra Agents sets this year and how it works with your tablet. To check them out, read on!
We may have covered all of the sets on display at Toy Fair 2015, but there's still a couple other things to go over. LEGO always puts together an impressive booth with some cool displays that are worth sharing. Additionally, since we know you all love living the LEGO lifestyle, we wanted to make sure we covered some of the licensed merchandise that's out there. So let's go check it all out - read on!
Friday, February 20, 2015
There were three themes that no one voted on to request to see during our Toy Fair coverage, so it only makes sense that those are the last three that we're posting. Today we're looking at Classic, Juniors, and DUPLO - themes aimed at younger builders (or those looking to get lots of basic bricks!). If you're interested in checking out these sets, read on!
The end of our Toy Fair 2015 coverage is in sight! Today we're going to look at two perennial classics in the LEGO lineup - City and Pirates. City is really branching out this year into quite a few sub-themes, which offers a lot of variety. Pirates, on the other hand, is returning after being on hiatus for a few years. To see what the two are offering, read on!
[Source: BZPower Members]
Next LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia Exclusive Fig Reveale
DK Publishing is putting out yet another book with LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
, which will feature 72 pages of new content. But if that's not enough to interest you, they're also including an exclusive fig: an all-white Proto Boba Fett, based on the original concept designs for the character. The book will be out on April 28, 2015, and you can get a preview of the cover and the Proto Fett fig on starwars.com
Last Chance To Send Your MOCs to Bricks Cascade
is the next big LEGO Convention coming up, with public showings on March 14th and 15th. But that means you're running out of time to send your MOCs in for the BZPower 2015 Convention Circuit
. There's all sorts of perks to get, in addition to having your MOC grace the Bionicle tables, but you have to act fast if you want them to arrive on time! You can send me a PM
to see where to mail your packages to, but they need to arrive by March 6th if you want to be sure your MOCs get put on display. We hope to see a lot of fantastic Bionicle models there, including yours!
Thursday, February 19, 2015
The Toy Fair 2015 coverage continues, and now we're focusing on Legends of Chima and Ultra Agents, two returning themes that have been fairly popular. Both have a number of new sets in two waves with lots of cool characters and vehicles. To check out what LEGO is giving us rabid fans, continue on!
Today our Toy Fair 2015 coverage continues with two more themes. Up now are The LEGO Movie, featuring some followup sets to last year's blockbuster, and Scooby Doo, a brand new theme based on a forty year old franchise. To see what's in store for both, read on!
[Source: Nidhiki of the Shadows]
Mask of Creation Game Online on BIONICLE.co.uk
The Mask of Creation game has been out on iOS and Android for a few weeks now but if you did not own any device running said operating systems, you were out of luck so far. Not anymore, though, as the game is now online on BIONICLE.co.uk
to play with the Unity 3D plug-in. If you were curious about the game but had no chance to try it yet, now is your time.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Ninjago returns to 2015 with a new setting in the Tournament of Elements. In 70753 Lava Falls, Cole is after the Jade Blade, but the evil henchman Sleven is blocking his way, and prepared to send him down into the fiery lava below. Should you jump into action to get this set, or should you just let it burn up in the lava? BZPower Reporter Xccj will help you decide with this review!
Today our Toy Fair 2015 coverage continues with a bunch of collectible themes. The next most-requested theme
was Mixels, and we're throwing in the collectible Minifigures, Architecture, and Ideas too. Don't get too excited for those last three though, as there's not much you haven't seen yet. But still, read on to check out what's coming!
Elsa's Ice Palace Reaches Ideas Goal
Despite LEGO just releasing a Frozen set this year (check it out in our Toy Fair coverage
), Disney Princess Frozen: Elsa's Ice Palace
by Fohzen has just achieved ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas. While this set is definitely more impressive than the one LEGO made, and I love the inclusion of Marshmallow using CCBS pieces, I don't think the model stands a snowman's chance on a beach in getting made. We'll have to wait until the next review period though, and see how it fares with the rest of the models!
Next up in our coverage of Toy Fair 2015, based on your feedback
, is the new LEGO Elves theme. In addition, we're going to cover Friends and Disney Princess too, to get all the mini-doll sets done at once. To see what LEGO is offering in these lines this year, continue on!
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Next up on our list of themes that you asked to see
from Toy Fair 2015 is Technic. To sweeten the pot a little we're also including Mindstorms and Creator. All three themes help inspire the imagination and often give instructions for multiple sets. To see what was on display, read on!
There were a LOT of sets on display at Toy Fair 2015, and it's time to bring you the next batch of BZPower's coverage. You asked
for Minecraft, so that's what you're getting, with a special bonus of Jurassic World too! To check out what LEGO had on display, read on!
Join the Infinite Fight
If you've frequented the Games & Trivia forum over the past couple of years you're probably familiar with Bionifight. Earlier this month the game made the transition to role-playing game with Bionifight Infinite
! The RPG, hosted by Lucina, combines everything you know and love about arena combat with the storytelling the Bionicle RPG forum is known for. If that sounds like something that interests you, go check it out and join!