Monday, March 18, 2019
Visit BrickFair North Carolina
If you live anywhere within driving distance of Charlotte, North Carolina, we hope to see you Saturday and Sunday at BrickFair North Carolina! 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!
You may remember Romanoff
and their Block Products
from our coverage of their booth last year
. Their selection hasn't changed much this year, although they did discontinue their turntable options and showcase a large new bin that they hadn't committed to producing yet. The lighting near their booth meant that most of our photos had too much glare, but we still have a few pictures to share of their current assortment after the jump.
Today LEGO is revealing the final design of the latest Ideas set! Based on the project by szabomate90, 21317 Steamboat Willie is sure to prove popular among fans of Disney and its iconic mascot, Mickey Mouse, since it represents the first appearance of him and Minnie in film. The 751-piece set appears to be entirely greyscale and captures the look of the early cartoon amazingly well. To learn more about the set, which releases on April 1st, and see hi-res images and a 360-degree view, read on!
Sunday, March 17, 2019
introduced a new toy brick brand called Bikku in 2018, and made their first appearance at Toy Fair this year. We don't know yet if/when their sets may be available in the US, but they definitely had some unique designs, a layout to show off, and some display sculptures to draw us into their booth. One vehicle was built at seven times regular size! We've got photos of their selection and displays below.
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Endangered Bird Project Achieves Ten Thousand Votes
Recently a new project has reached ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas. FlancrestEnterprises' Kakapo
project was designed to help raise awareness of the endangered species that's native to New Zealand. It's not the first bird project that has been reviewed by the Ideas team, so that may either help or hurt it, depending on how you look at it. Would you like to see this model on store shelves? Let us know what you think in the Talkback!
Friday, March 15, 2019
LEGO Forma Live Build
Last year we took part in the LEGO Indiegogo campaign to make LEGO FORMA a reality. Now that we have 81000 Koi in our hands, along with its three skins, we thought we'd build it with you all! Join us on Saturday, March 16th an 1:30 PM Eastern over on the BZPower YouTube channel
to see how this mechanized set comes together. If you're lucky, you might win something in one of our giveaways!
Thursday, March 14, 2019
LEGO Ideas Steamboat Willie Teaser
Earlier today LEGO took to their social media accounts to share a teaser for the upcoming LEGO Ideas Steamboat Willie set. The short film celebrated its 90th anniversary last year, as did the now iconic Mickey Mouse! You can check out the short video on the LEGO Twitter account
- I'm sure we can expect to see more of the set soon. Let us know in the Talkback if you're excited for it and would consider picking up such a set.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Building a Badge to Take Places
Don't forget that The Brick Badge Contest
is still going on over in the System-Based Creations forum. You have until March 24th to design an awesome brick badge that would draw oooohs and ahhhhs from fellow FOLs at any LEGO fan convention you might find yourself wearing it to. There are a lot of awesome sets up for grab as prizes, and it's anyone's contest to win! Best of luck to all those who enter!
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
All Bionicle Lore Converging in One Place
There are several projects out there that have collected much of the Bionicle story material into a single place like the Biological Chronicle
and the BioMedia Project
. BZPower Member JSLBrowning recently announced their own project to organize the narrative into an easy-to-consume format. Go check out the Wall of History
and visit the BZPower topic
to give your feedback. It's very much a work in progress, so if you have constructive comments go ahead and share them. I think the project is off to a great start and I look forward to seeing how it develops as more material is added.
We're a little late on the notice today, but we're still planning to head over to the BZPower Twitch channel
tonight at 7:30 PM Eastern to play a bit more of The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame. It's been very interesting so far learning all of the new systems added in the game - TT Games has really outdone themselves with mixing up the formula. I look forward to playing tonight and chatting with everyone while I do it!
Monday, March 11, 2019
Exploring the LEGO Connection at Billund's Teddy Bear Art Museum
You may have heard
about a new attraction in Billund, Denmark - the Teddy Bear Art Museum
, owned by Kjeld's sister Gunhild Kirk Johansen (you may recall her from early LEGO box art
). The museum's building
is Godtfred and Edith Kirk Christiansen's family home, where Gunhild, Kjeld, and Hanne grew up - and it's right next to the LEGO House! LEGO fans have noted a European jumbo brick on display
that was recovered from the crawlspace while the house was converted into a museum, while arctophiles and children alike have enjoyed exhibits featuring Steiff
, artist bears, and Muffy Vanderbear.
Sunday, March 10, 2019
continues to offer a few distinct brick-based construction toys separate from the KNex brand (which we'll get to later). We were able to get a quick look at these toys in their booth this year and get a few pictures to share with BZPower readers. Read on for a look at their Oyo sports and Bendy and the Ink Machine sets.
Saturday, March 9, 2019
LEGO Still Among the Most Reputable Companies
The Reputation Institute has recently released the 2019 Global RepTrak 100 - the top one hundred most reputable companies in their opinion. Coming in close to the top of the list
at number two is none other than The LEGO Group. While losing out to Rolex, they still beat out plenty of strong contenders like Disney, Microsoft, Canon, and Netflix to maintain their strong position. Do you feel they're worthy of this spot? Who else would you have placed in the top ten? Let us know in the Talkback!
Friday, March 8, 2019
Free Marvel Minifigure Pack on S@H
From now through Sunday, if you spend $75 or more at a LEGO store or on Shop@Home you get a free Marvel Super Heroes Minifigure Pack
. The pack contains four figures from Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War - War Machine Mk 4, Wong, Tony Stark in gray hoodie, and Bucky Barnes. Considering Captain Marvel just released and hype for Avengers: Endgame is mounting, this seems like the perfect time to release what I believe was previously intended to be a Bricktober set from last fall. What do you think of the figs? Are you going to pick up the pack? Let us know in the Talkback!
Thursday, March 7, 2019
We still have a few themes to go through from Toy Fair, and since we want to give some of the bigger ones their due credit, we're going to try to finish up some of the themes that generally have less interest. That means today we're taking a look at Architecture, Classic, Creator, and DUPLO, which have a variety of builds, including a few licensed ones. To get an overview of what's available for the first half of the year, read on!
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
is a special glue designed for holding kids' LEGO creations together. Their booth in the Launch Pad area of Toy Fair 2019 spotlighted their product and highlighted their appearance on TV's Shark Tank. We were able to get hands-on with some bricks that had been adhered using LeGlue, and sure enough, it does provide a firm but not completely permanent connection that will allow a model to withstand more play than normal. We asked how well it works with the various plastics used in Technic and Bionicle pieces, and they said it has similarly positive results there (with the obvious caveat that you shouldn't glue parts that are supposed to move). Regardless of whether you're comfortable crossing the line into gluing your models, you can get a look at their booth and product after the jump.
A Pirate's Bay for Me
Recently another project reached the coveted goal of ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas. The Pirate Bay
by Bricky_Brick is not based on the infamous torrenting site but is in fact a pirate fort on an island. There's tons of great details hidden inside every nook and cranny, and of course, buried treasure! I think it would be a great counterpoint to a set like the Old Fishing Store and wish it the best of luck in the review phase. Let us know what you think of the build and if you'd pick it up in the Talkback!
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Although new MegaConstrux releases are usually hidden away at an appointment-only Mattel booth, we were able to see some Pokemon MegaConstrux
at the Pokemon booth this year. The sets comprise buildable characters and playsets based on this year's Detective Pikachu
movie. To see our best photos of these kits, read on!
Check Out a Classic Crab
It seems that recently a number of Bionicle builders collaborated on creating a crazy amount of creatures. Overnight a plethora of Rahi popped up online, one of them being the Ussal Crab
by Sergei Rahkmaninoff. I think one of my favorite details is the use of the Bionicle System set weapons as the claws, which seem to work just perfectly. I also like the color scheme, with the deep blue fading to light to sand, and ultimately grey, all of which contrast nicely with the keetorange legs. It makes me want to go back and play the Mata Nui Online Game again, which is high praise indeed. Go give the crab a closer look and give the builder some well-earned feedback!
Tonight we'll be heading back over to the BZPower Twitch channel
at 7:30 PM Eastern to continue our playthrough of The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame. It was pretty interesting last week to see how TT Games mixed up the formula of their LEGO titles as well as how they adapted the film to be something you can play through. We hope to see you all there tonight to see what else they've changed, added, or removed to make a fun experience!
Monday, March 4, 2019
Mustang, Mustang, Mustang!
With 10265 Ford Mustang hitting store shelves recently, LEGO has been coming up with lots of ways to help drum up interest in the set. Over on Ideas there are not one but TWO contests going on until April 3rd that you can participate in. Celebrate Your Favorite Ford Mustang In a Beautiful Scenery!
encourages you to build your own Mustang and then either build a cool scene or it or take a picture of it in the real world. Go Retro and Design Your Own 1967 Ford Mustang Vintage Poster!
is pretty self-explanatory, asking you to build or design a poster for the 50 year-old car. If you're looking to learn more about the set, you should check out the LEGO Ford Mustang GT 2019 Designer Video!
featuring the hilarious commentary of Carl Merriam.