Wednesday, September 20, 2017
LEGO Ninjago Movie BrickHeadz Coming to TRU
More BrickHeadz are coming to stores, or Toys R Us at least as an exclusive: LEGO Ninjago Movie
Lloyd and Master Wu! Reported on BrickSet
and Hoth Bricks, the two characters will be exclusive to Toys R Us and will be $10 each. No word yet on if any other characters will get the BrickHeadz treatment, but we can be hopeful. These two BrickHeadz will be available October 1st.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Save the Cells, Save the Body
Over in the System-Based Creations forum Nuju Metru has started a new mini project that you all need to check out! The Body Battlers
are his own custom theme in the style of a real LEGO playtheme and combine 1950s styling with a science fiction twist. It's like if instead of going 20,000 leagues under the sea, Captain Nemo had shrunken himself down and gone into a human body! I love the diner and flying car, plus the minifig designs are all fantastic. I especially love how the larger sets even include a brick separator! They all deserve a good look and you should share your thoughts on them with Aaron too.
LEGO Gets Top Marks for Corporate Responsibility
According to the Reputation Institute, The LEGO Group is currently the top-ranked company in the world with regards to corporate social responsibility. What does that mean? Stephen Hahn-Griffiths, Executive Partner and Chief Research Officer at Reputation Institute says the, "dominant drivers of CSR are defined by ethics, fairness, and societal impact." So basically LEGO is doing a good job of not being perceived as a greedy, uncaring corporate entity. You can head over to their website to check out the full press release
. Keep it up, LEGO!
Monday, September 18, 2017
That's What Jaijai Said
A fresh week brings us a new interview on the LEGO Ideas blog. Hasan Jensen has sat down with another successful builder, which you can check out in the 10K Club Interview: Meet Jaijai Lewis of NBC's The Office
. As a fan of the show, I was interested to learn about the builder's inspiration, how he went about building the model, and what secrets he used to get it up to ten thousand votes. If you're interested, give it a read to learn some more about how the process works and what makes Jaijai tick!
Sunday, September 17, 2017
There is always a fancy new LEGO Star Wars set with a big shiny box, a display stand, and a heavy instruction booklet. Released earlier this year is the Snowspeeder, a ship known for its tricky leg work at the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back
. This is no ordinary T-47 Airspeeder model though, this is the Ultimate Collector's Series set. The UCS sets are larger than minifig scale and the center of attention when displayed. Does this set hold to that standard, or is it shot down by an AT-AT walker? Read, and watch, the review to find out!
The LEGO Ninjago Movie Building Continues
Last night we started building some of the fantastic sets from the theme based on the upcoming LEGO Ninjago Movie and had a blast! We hardly made a scratch in the total number of sets though, so we're going back at it tonight. Join us at 6 PM Eastern on the BZPower YouTube channel
to watch the fun take place. This is going to be a shorter stream than last night, but it's also going to be the last one before we go into full prep mode for BrickFair New Jersey. So make sure you tune in to watch and have a chance to win some cool polybags or collectible minifigs!
Saturday, September 16, 2017
LEGO Ninjago Movie Live Build
Yesterday we received an awesome delivery from LEGO - a collection of sets from The LEGO Ninjago Movie theme! So it only makes sense that we build some for you to check out over on our YouTube channel
! We'll be going live today at 6 PM Eastern to build and give stuff away, but if you see this right after we post it, you might want to stay tuned to our Instagram
where we'll be doing a quick unboxing. Of course we'll be doing some giveaways tonight as well, so make sure to stop by and watch!
Friday, September 15, 2017
A new The LEGO Ninjago Movie "Behind the Bricks" featurette
surfaced today, in which the minifigure cast talks about their on-set experiences much like they did in the similar featurettes for The LEGO Movie
and The LEGO Batman Movie
. Also within the past week, nine new movie clips
were released on YouTube. Let this be your spoiler warning: these scenes are a bit longer and possibly more revealing than the snippets we've seen in trailers, so be sure to use spoiler tags when discussing them in the Talkback thread. With that out of the way, follow the links above or read on to watch the new videos!
Thursday, September 14, 2017
We're a little over a week away from The LEGO Ninjago Movie hitting theaters, and with it we're getting a tie-in videogame as well! Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has shared a new teaser for the game with us today, as well as some nifty tidbits of info, like the fact that the game will include characters and locations from the TV show in addition to the film. For the video and more info, read on!
Earlier this week, the latest wave of expansion packs for LEGO Dimensions hit store shelves. You can now add characters from Teen Titans Go!, The Powerpuff Girls, and Beetlejuice to the game as well as play new levels and explore new worlds based on the popular franchises. To check out the launch trailer and read the full press release, continue on!
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
You may wonder what this headline has to do with LEGO. We'll explain below the fold. In short, you can currently (for the next 30-some-odd hours) get a $399 annual subscription covering books and more for $199
. This includes dozen of explicitly LEGO-related titles, hundreds of books that touch on LEGO, and thousands of books for further exploring related topics, such as robotics, programming, design, and 3D-printing. There are also "serious" learning offerings (like instructional videos, online training, interactive tutorials, and more great books) in there too, in case you wanted to show enough educational or professional value to justify getting your parents/boss/spouse/Toa/etc to buy the subscription for you.
Another Nautical Idea Sets Sail
Just one day after the Boat House Diner
by RobenAnne reached ten thousand votes of support, yesterday another project joined the 10k Club on LEGO Ideas! Go check out The Lighthouse
by RobenAnne, which is the fourth model in his coastal modular series to achieve its goal on the platform. The modular itself is very impressive and deserving of consideration, with lots of great details and an overall interesting design. Four projects might be a sign that LEGO needs to consider hiring him for their Creator Expert team - let us know what you think in the Talkback!
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
We'll be back tonight on the BZPower Twitch channel
to play a LEGO videogame for your fun and enjoyment (and ours too). The action will kick off at 7:30 PM Eastern Time, or thereabouts, when we start up our Xbox with the game of your choosing. You can help us pick which title we select by heading over to the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
and casting your vote. I'm looking forward to a fun stream as we beat up baddies and solve all the worlds' problems, or at least of those of LEGO minifigures!
A Retelling of a Classic Tale
We haven't featured too many comics on the front page of BZPower recently, but a new addition to that section caught my eye right away. The Toa - A retelling of Bionicle
by NickonAquaMagna goes back to the beginning of our favorite legend and tells the story anew. The creator does a great job conveying the plot without words in the beginning which evokes a feeling of the classic animations. He diverges a bit from the canon, where he's taking the best parts of the original and streamlining things into his own tale. Go check it out and let NickonAquaMagna know what you think!
Monday, September 11, 2017
Let us not forget what happened sixteen years ago today. We were here at Kanohi-Power and BionicleZone back then, and we all lived though 9/11/01 as a community. Sixteen years later, we are still here, members are still here - and the site, the members, and the world are just a little less innocent because of that day exactly sixteen years ago. The world is now different, as is our community that has lived through a difficult time - it is important to remember all those who lost their lives.
LEGO Ideas Weekly Update
It seems like every Monday there's something to talk about coming out of LEGO Ideas. Of course there's a new 10k Club Interview, which means yo can go Meet Chiho Kim of Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
as Hasan Jensen talks to one of the latest builders to have their project reviewed by LEGO. In other news, the Boat House Diner
by RobenAnne achieved ten thousand votes of support! This is a pretty big milestone since his Old Fishing Store project was recently released as a set and his Boat Repair Shop also reached 10k votes! Go check them out and share your thoughts on them in the Talkback!
Still a Chance to Build and Win
Just a friendly reminder that there's still well over a week left to enter the latest contest on the BZPower Flickr Group
. The entry period for BZPower Flickr Contest - September 2017
ends on Sunday, September 17th and is open to all. The winner will walk away with 71305 Lewa - Uniter of Jungle as well as bragging rights until the end of time! So get building, and good luck to everyone who enters!
Sunday, September 10, 2017
A couple new featurettes have recently surfaced for The LEGO Ninjago Movie
in advance of its September 22 premiere. In "Back to School
", Nya meets you in the hallway of Ninjago City high school to deliver "The Ninja's Guide to Everything a Ninja Needs to Be a Ninja", full of tips on what you need to be a successful ninja during the school year. And in "Kicks and Bricks
" the voice actors for Wu, Garmadon, Koko, and the six ninja take you behind the scenes where they dish about the recording process and what makes their respective characters tick. Follow the links above or read on to watch the videos!
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Nine-Year-Old Becomes Youngest LEGO Designer
In December of last year, nine-year-old Sienna won the LEGO Friends Design Contest. Nine months later, her idea has become the Heartlake City Playground and was released to the world on September 1st. Sienna had the opportunity of a lifetime to visit LEGO headquarters in Billund, Denmark and work with the LEGO Friends team to turn her contest entry into a real LEGO set, complete with a mini-doll of herself! You can check out the press release on the LEGO website
for more details and a short video showing how her dream came true!
Friday, September 8, 2017
New Project Pops Up to 10k Votes
Narrowly missing the deadline for the most recent review period, a new project has reached the milestone of ten thousand votes on LEGO Ideas. The Pop-Up Book
by Grant Davis and Jason Allemann is as functional as it is cool-looking. Initially, it looks like a brick-built novel, but when you open it up, a scene comes to life before your eyes! What's more, the vignette inside is customizable to tell whatever story you'd like. This project looks really fun and we wish it the best of luck in the review phase. Let us know in the Talkback if it's something you'd be interested in picking up!
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Welcome Batman Back
If the recent Star Wars freighters contest on ReBrick wasn't enough for you, the team has just started up a new challenge! Go check out LEGO Batman's Return to the Justice League
and test your comic-creating skills. You can create up to five panels using LEGO bricks or LDD showing what you think would happen when Batman tries to rejoin his fellow super heroes. The prizes include a collection of LEGO Batman Movie sets, including one that hasn't even been announced yet, and a custom model from a LEGO designer! You have until October 7th to submit your entries, so put on those thinking caps and come up with your best comic idea!
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
LEGO Technic Livestream to Explore Technic History
In celebration of LEGO Technic's 40th anniversary this year, LEGO is giving fans a glimpse at Technic history within their vaults. Fans "will have the chance to take a trip down the memory lane and look back at some of milestones that have happened during the last 4 decades with 3 special guests: Jan Ryaa, the first LEGO Technic designer, Andrew Woodman, Senior Lead Designer on LEGO Technic and Signe Wiese, Culture Mediator at LEGO Idea House," says Kim Thomsen. Fans can ask questions in the video as they see what kind of sets are shown off from the vault. The livestream starts at 3:00 PM GMT (11:00 AM EST) on the LEGO Technic facebook page
LEGO Worlds, the free-roaming exploration and creation game from TT Games, released on the Nintendo Switch yesterday, adding a new platform to the growing collection. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has shared the press release for the launch as well as a new trailer with us. Read on to check it out, and let us know in the Talkback if you're planning on picking up this game for your growing Switch library!