Thursday, January 29, 2015
Long-rumored to be in production, LEGO has finally taken the wraps off the latest UCS set. 76042 The SHIELD Helicarrier seems like a great tie-in for the upcoming Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron movie coming out this May and features a ton of detail. The set itself will be available in March for $349.99 and contains 2,996 pieces. Read on to check out all the pictures and see the full press release. I'm loving the microfigures included in the set, but clearly the best part is that we get a
Maria Hill minifigure! I'm definitely excited to see more of this set!
We've now added the designer video as well!
The set will be available on February 17th for VIP members!
More Nuremberg Bionicle Pictures
If you prefer still images to video, you're in luck. This imgur gallery
contains pictures from around the web of the LEGO booth at Nuremberg Toy Fair. Scroll down to the bottom and you'll see a bunch of closeups of the upcoming 2015 summer wave of Bionicle sets. If anyone knows where these came from initially, let us know so we can give credit. I'm liking some of the new pieces we're getting this summer, but I'll reserve my judgment on the sets until I see them in New York!
BIONICLE Video of Nuremberg Toy Fair
Toy news site Atamaii.tv has uploaded
a video with pictures of all BIONICLE 2015 sets. This summer we get five villains, plus Ekimu is included in one of the villain sets, including the Mask of Creation! Apart from that, we get lots of bones and skulls. The villains' aesthetic may or may not be your thing but you should definitely check it out for yourself - it's something BIONICLE hasn't really done before. Also, I tell you, LEGO is purely evil for luring us with those glorious co-injected gold and transparent Toa masks...
More LEGO Videogames on the Way
It looks like LEGO is full of announcements today. A press release on BusinessWire
reveals that LEGO, Warner Bros, and TT Games are working on LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel's Avengers to add to the already-expansive LEGO videogame series. Jurassic World will actually cover the storylines of all four movies and will release in June. Marvel's Avengers will cover the first film as well as this year's Age of Ultron and release this fall. Both games will be available for Xbox One & 360, Playstation 3 & 4, Playstation Vita, Wii U, and 3DS. Additionally, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be coming to mobile devices this summer, just as the recent LEGO Movie game was released for iOS. Finally, don't forget that LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin is coming out for the Playstation Vita and 3DS on March 24th! It's a good year to be a LEGO gamer!
Bricks Cascade Approaches
The next stop on BZPower's 2015 Convention Circuit is Bricks Cascade in Portland, Oregon! The full event takes place from March 12th to 15th with public hours being 10AM to 4PM on Saturday and Sunday. If you're in the area and planning to attend, let us know
! You can check out their website
for more details on the convention. If you can't be there in person but would still like your creations to be displayed, head over to the Convention Circuit topic
to see how we can help (and get you some cool perks too)! I'm sure it will be a great event and look forward to hearing all about it!
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The Monster - Manas Revamp by joev14
The reboot of BIONICLE has caused a resurgence of 2001 set revamps. One such revamp that stood out to me was The Monster
- a Manas revamp by BZPower member joev14 that struck me for its obvious resemblance to the original Manas while still managing to convey a distinct apperance. The only flaw I can find is the lack of remote control unit but I can look past that in a member creation. ;) Check it out!
[Source: BZPower Members]
Bionicle 2015 Picture from Nuremberg
The German website Ukonio has recently posted their coverage of Nuremberg Toy Fair
. While their article doesn't specifically call out Bionicle, if you look through their image gallery you'll find this gem
, the first official image of the summer Bionicle 2015 sets. It's not very large and as such it's hard to make out some of the details, but people are already speculating about it and commenting on the forums, so go join them!
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
[Source: Atamaii Toys]
First Nuremberg Toy Fair Pictures Surface
Nuremberg Toy Fair runs from Wednesday to Sunday but first pictures are already surfacing. There are no BIONICLE summer set pictures yet but we get a glimpse at Minecraft, Technic, Creator, Ninjago, Elves, Friends, City and Mixels. Brickset has posted a selection
and will keep us up-to-date as more pictures start trickling in but you can also see all pictures of the original source on their Flickr
. Just keep in mind you'll have to filter out the summer sets amidst the plethora of pictures that also include winter sets and other toys altogether but thankfully Brickset is taking care of that in their articles. The Brick Fan
is even compiling additional pictures posted via Twitter for their coverage. Stay tuned for more!
Bionicle is back and using the names of some characters from the original run. This has some people taking a look at other old friends and building them in a similar style to the new sets. Ballom, for instance, noticed some similarities between the Arthron and the new Protector mask and built Vakama, Old Master of Fire
. I really like the combination of Hero Factory and older Bionicle pieces - the cape and Piraka spines really help give him an old, wizened look too. It's definitely a great model that's worth checking out!
Get a Trans-Orange Tahu Mask in LEGO Stores or Online!
Check your LEGO Store calendar: From February 1st to 14th, you can get an exclusive "LEGO BIONICLE Hero Pack" for free at LEGO Stores or at online at the LEGO Shop - containing a poster, a leaflet (presumably with story information), a skull spider and a transparent orange Tahu mask (photo by DeeVee)! I haven't checked all countries but the offer is available for at least UK, France and Germany, so it doesn't seem far-fetched that all of Europe will get it. I'd expect the US to get this offer as well, if not in February then later in the year, but check a LEGO Store calendar from your country to see if you are lucky - see for example the British
Bionicle Featured in Blocks Magazine
Blocks Magazine has been making waves in the LEGO community, and they continue to churn out issue after issue full of content. The fourth issue recently became available
, in the UK at least - we'll have to see when it makes it to the US, and features an article about Bionicle written by BZPower member Aanchir! If you're in England, check your local newsstand to pick it up today!
- BIONICLE Episodes 5 and 6 Also Removed
Looks like LEGO's YouTube management is running somewhat bumpy this year, as now, even episodes 5 and 6 which had been released in Czech have not only been set to private but removed entirely. Obviously LEGO didn't intend them all to be seen so early and so close to each other so it looks like we'll have to wait some time until all of them have been released officially. -- Adrian From ---Kopaka Nuva---
- BIONICLE Stop-Motion Character Videos Removed as Well
Oddly enough, the non-canonical stop-motion character videos we reported on shortly ago are suffering from set-to-private-itis, too, which means that you cannot watch them from the Official LEGO YouTube channel anymore. No word on when they may return. -- Adrian From ZippyWharrgarbl
- BIONICLE Episodes 7, 8 and 9 Removed
It seems that episodes 7, 8 and 9 were unfortunately published by mistake as all three videos have been set to private so you can now only watch them if you have been authorized by LEGO. If you didn't get to see them, I guess you'll just have to wait some time. -- Adrian From Jaller219
Monday, January 26, 2015
[Source: BZPower Members]
BIONICLE Episodes 7, 8 and 9 Released in Italian
And it's time for three new episodes of BIONICLE goodness: Episodes 7
have been released in Italian on LEGO's YouTube channel. The Toa meet for the first time, the Lord of Skull Spiders comes and goes and we get a tiny glimpse at the summer characters. Unfortunately, it seems the ninth episode is actually the last episode that was meant for the first half of the year but I expect we'll get more in the summer (or so I hope). I couldn't understand everything that was said but the episodes seem to be becoming better and better and the fight between Tahu and Kopaka was priceless. I look forward to the next batch and to see these in English!
Hero Factory Concept Art Shared
Christian Faber has updated his blog
with a piece of Hero Factory concept art. It's an early look at what became last year's exo-suit sets - it's interesting to see how spot on they were, even if some parts changed. The shape of the cockpit looks pretty accurate, although the suits look a bit bigger than they turned out in the end. The last wave of Hero Factory sets was great and I'm glad we could get a brief look behind the process that created them!
More Scooby Doo Images Found
The folks over at Toy News International got their hands on some more pictures
of this year's LEGO Scooby Doo sets. There's some closeup pictures of the minifigures as well as the first look at the Mystery Mansion, which looks like a great haunted house-style set. The two sets we've seen so far have me excited and I can't wait to see the rest!
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Everyday Tasks with the LEGO Justice League Videos
Some fun, new videos for LEGO DC Super Heroes have appeared on LEGO's YouTube page
. Determined to get out and about, it looks like some heroes can not even run some errands without needing to do some superheroing. Between Superman at the Dry Cleaners
, Flash at the Zoo
, and Batman at the Car Wash
, these Justice League members have their hands full! I hope LEGO makes some more soon with other fan favorite characters.
Avengers: Age of Ultron Set Images Found
Allen over at The Brick Fan shares some news
about images of the upcoming Marvel Avengers: Age of Ultron sets that have been posted on the German and Japanese Amazon websites. There's definitely a lot to take in and some of the designs really stand out. I have a feeling the the Hulk Buster Smash is going to be a popular seller and definitely stands out as my favorite right now.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
BIONICLE Stop-Motion Character Videos
LEGO has uploaded a series of stop-motion BIONICLE videos promoting the Toa/Protector combiners: Lewa
. They are of course non-canon and certainly not your usual BIONICLE video but I found them kind of cute somehow. Just don't expect too much epicness of them besides the music.
[Source: TheSkeletonMan939, Toa of Gallifrey]
BIONICLE Episodes 5 and 6 Released in Czech
For reasons unknown to us, LEGO has decided to upload episodes 5
on their Czech YouTube channel and nowhere else, though I suspect this means we can expect them in English next week. The fifth episode doesn't contain too much dialogue and can be easily understood but the sixth does and looks like it delves deeper into the story. I'm excited to watch them in English!
Friday, January 23, 2015
LEGO has sent us the official press release for the Scooby Doo line of sets coming out this August. Of note, there will be a 22 minute LEGO Scooby-Doo animated special coming out later this year as well as made-for-video movies. It looks like this will be quite the partnership and I look forward to seeing all of the sets and animations they come up with. LEGO and Scooby-Doo are two awesome things from my childhood that I can't wait to see combined!
Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Set Revealed
It seems like USA Today received the first look
at one of the upcoming Scooby Doo sets. The Mystery Machine will contain 301 pieces, retail for $29.99, and includes Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, and a Zombie. The van itself looks great and definitely captures the classic look of the original vehicle from Scooby Doo, Where Are You? I'll definitely be picking this one up and maybe some of the other sets as well. How about you?
Exclusive Minifigs in Battle of the Five Armies from Target
[Source: Aanchir, Arzaki]
Target has recently posted a listing
for their version of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD. The reason we're mentioning it here is that it comes with Bard the Bowman and Bain son of Bard minifigs, the latter of which is exclusive to the Target set. You can pre-order it now, but there's not even a release date for the movie yet, so you'll probably be waiting a few months for it to release.
The two remaining LEGO Elves character videos have been released on LEGO's YouTube channel: Naida the water elf
"is the sensitive daydreamer, but is not afraid to follow her dreams" and Aira the wind elf
"is always happy, somewhat hyperactive and quite the problem solver". Read on to watch the two videos right here!
The LEGO Movie Video Game on iTunes
The LEGO Movie Video Game has arrived on iTunes
, meaning you can now play the game on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch as long as your device runs iOS 7 or higher. The app consumes 1.16 GB, so make sure you have enough free space. Over 90 characters from the movie and 45 missions are waiting for you if you are willing to pay the price of USD 4.99.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
LEGO RPG Coming to Mobile Platforms Next Year
Late last week, Nexon announced that it had entered into a partnership with TT Games to create a LEGO role-playing game, as you can see in this press release on Gamasutra
. The game is said to be based on several popular LEGO properties including Ninjago, and will be released on Android and iOS platforms. The game won't come out until 2016, and will be released in Asia before making its way to the rest of the world. It will be interesting to see what this means for LEGO Minifigures Online, as it seems like the two games will fill the same role.
Ninjago Magazine Coming to the UK
The folks over at Brick Fanatics have a piece of interesting news
for Ninjago fans. It seems there will be a LEGO Ninjago magazine releasing in the UK on January 28th, less than a week away! The magazine will come with an exclusive Kai minifig as well as posters, stickers, and other cool content. If you want a chance to win a free copy, make sure you check out the link!
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
LEGO Wins Best New Toy Awards
The British Toy and Hobby Association has selected the top thirty-six new toys in twelve different categories at the London Toy Fair, Nerdly reports
. LEGO has swept the construction toy category, winning with the Bionicle Master Assortment (#70784 - #70789), Minecraft: The Dungeon (#21119), and Disney Frozen: Elsa's Sparkling Ice Castle (#41062). It's awesome to see Bionicle winning awards again, and LEGO continuing to be recognized for its excellent products. Let's hope they get similar recognition at Nuremberg and New York!
LEGO Movie Soundtrack Coming to Vinyl
For reasons unbeknownst to most of us, the soundtrack for The LEGO Movie will be released on vinyl as a double LP on February 10th. Amazon is currently offering it for pre-order for $31.98
. The release includes twenty-eight tracks including several versions of 'Everything is Awesome.' For fans of analog audio who still have a working turntable, this seems pretty neat. I'm keeping my fingers crossed now for a release of the movie on LaserDisc or VHS.
More 2015 LEGO Set Info Revealed
After their first story last night, Brickset has posted a second piece
focusing on the licensed LEGO themes coming out later this year. There's information on Star Wars, Jurassic World, Marvel and DC Superheroes, Minecraft, and, most importantly, Scooby Doo. I'm personally really excited for this last theme, and can't wait to get a look at some of the sets. Go read about what we can expect to see in New York next month!
New LEGO Elves Character Videos
LEGO has uploaded two new LEGO Elves character videos on their videos site
. We get one for Farran, the earth elf, and Emily Jones, the girl who fell through the portal to Elvendale and who seems to be the main protagonist of the series. Of course this is just speculation, but I imagine that if the theme does well enough in its first year, we could see it expand into maybe even a TV series in the second year like Ninjago did. Either way, if you are a fan of LEGO story themes, 2015 seems a pretty great year with Ninjago, BIONICLE and Elves all running at the same time!
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Summer Bionicle Set Info Revealed at Toy Fair
It looks like the guys at Brickset were also at the London Toy Fair today and shared some info they learned
. This includes the set numbers, names, and British prices of the summer Bionicle sets. Four of them are villains, and the the last is a villain and the 'Mask Maker,' who I'm sure we'll learn more about in the future. There's information about other LEGO sets coming out next year too, so make sure you check it out. February and New York Toy Fair with the opportunity to take pictures can't come soon enough!
The New Toa Kaita
Late last month, Forum Leader GSR made a blog post asking for story prompts. He made the mistake of choosing one from Xaeraz, and a new comedy, The Kaita and the Storyteller
, was born. Some concepts from the original Bionicle are brought into the new storyline with a humorous twist, and as a result we get to see a... different take on the Toa Kaita. Go give it a read!
New Sets Revealed at London Toy Fair
The folks over at Brick Fanatics are lucky enough to be at the London Toy Fair, and while they can't take pictures, they do have set numbers, prices (UK), names, and some of their initial thoughts posted on their site
. While they haven't shared any Bionicle set info yet, there is some information about Scooby Doo and Jurassic World which could both be cool, along with Friends, City, Ultra Agents, and Superheroes. BZPower will be at New York Toy Fair in less than a month to take pictures and provide our own coverage of the 2015 lineup!
Monday, January 19, 2015
Rahkshi: The 42 by jimmybob83
In 2003, the official Bionicle storyline indicated that there were 42 different varieties of Rahkshi, but only six were ever released in set form that year. But now the whole group of colorful Rahkshi have come together in jimmybob83's topic Rahkshi: The 42
. Although some parts are spray painted and cut, he has managed to capture the rest of the Rahkshi with their official colors, and all of them have unique staff and spine designs. This is quite the ambitious customization project, and he's pulled it off quite well. Have a look through his topic and find your favorite Rahkshi!
Sunday, January 18, 2015
The fourth wave of Mixels isn't due out until February, but BZPower Reporter Xccj has managed to claim a few to do a quick review of. The three Glowkies Mixels, 41533 Globert, 41534 Vampos, and 41535 Boogly, feature some nocturnal creature designs and glow in the dark eyes. Are these creatures worth venturing out in the dark to find, or should they be left in the shadows? Read on or watch the video review to see for yourself!
[Source: BZPower Members]
LEGO Pirates Site Sails into Port
The LEGO Pirates are setting sail and searching for treasure once again! The everlasting theme gets new sets this year, including a pirate ship, and the LEGO Pirates page
has just surfaced on the LEGO website with lots of cool tidbits. Complete with an interactive map for all the sets, the site has character biographies, wallpapers, and even a game code for Minifigures Online. Grab your eye patch and tri-fold hat and look for these sets on the horizon!
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Mixels Site Updated
The forth series of Mixel characters won't be on sale until February, but that hasn't stopped LEGO from updating the Mixels Site
with information on the new characters. You can read up on
the new Orbitons, the Glowkies, and more of the Infernites, as well as view the building instructions
for their Max characters. If you're interested in the new designs, check it out!
The LEGO Movie Wins Critics' Choice Award
Oscar had a grouchy day when submitting his nominations (he's apologized for it
) but fortunately there are other awards as well. The LEGO Movie has won Best Animated Film at the Critics' Choice Awards
! Good to see not everyone at the awards feels like snubbing The LEGO Movie for whatever reason. The Critics' Choice Award is presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, representing nearly 300 television, radio and online critics, so that's quite something. Congratulations for at least one well-deserved award!
LEGO Top Gear
Fans of LEGO and the BBC show Top Gear were in for a treat the other days with the latest Top Gear trailer
which features the characters as minifigures. It's quite a nice animated short, and features some LEGO car models as well. The characters, however, are having a hard time in the transition to being minifigures. It's quite a fun watch.
Friday, January 16, 2015
One of the biggest movies from the end of last year, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brought with it a series of tie-in sets. Since the movie is still going strong, we though we'd take an opportunity to review some for you. Today I look at 79016 Attack on Lake-town
, one of the smaller sets from this wave. Will it stay afloat when you play with it, or is it doomed to sink to the back of store shelves? Read on to find out!
Episode 5: The Power of the Golden Masks - Coming Soon!
LEGO has published a teaser for the next episode in the BIONICLE web series: The Power of the Golden Masks
features the Toa claiming their Golden Masks and unlocking their true potential. Hopefully we'll see more Toa than just Tahu getting their mask. Nevertheless, I'm already excited and I look forward to seeing the Toa meet for the first time, which we'll hopefully do soon.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Phil Lord Responds to LEGO Movie Oscar Snub
The nominees for the Academy Awards, the film industry's most prestigious commendation, were announced today, and surprisingly The LEGO Movie
was not up for Best Animated Feature. While this is a disappointment to many LEGO fans, director Phil Lord responded appropriately via Twitter
, saying, "Made my own!" Check it out to see just what he means, and then continue lamenting the lack of an Oscar nomination for our favorite awesome
movie of 2014. Well played, sir.