Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Help Pick a Shirt Color
A design has been selected for this year's BZPower shirt featuring everyone's favorite Scarabax beetle, Click! Now it's time to decide on the colors to really make it come to life. If you plan on buying a shirt at BrickFair Virginia this year or otherwise purchase one, head on over to Brappy Hour's blog
to cast your vote. There's only a few days left, with voting ending on June 23rd, so get to it!
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
A Video Fit for the MNOG
We've reported on
Peri's work creating Mata Nui Online Game-style cutscenes before and it looks like they're at it again. Recently Ganto shared a short video on their YouTube channel titled, Lakai: Prologue
, that Peri created as a commission. It might not be quite as historically interesting as the earlier animation, but it's still a fun watch. Hopefully we see more creations in this style in the future!
See you all tonight at 7:30 PM Eastern on the BZPower Twitch channel
! We'll be diving back into LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean yet again, hopefully finishing the events of Dead Man's Chest, the second film. That will leave us with two others to go, so there's still plenty of swashbuckling ahead!
Monday, June 17, 2019
Faber Shares More Intriguing Art
Everyone's favorite cryptic Bionicle progenitor has recently shared some more interesting artwork on Instagram and other social media outlets. In additon to the pretty picture
, the post reads, "This pod holds all the dreams and knowledge of past legends and the #hibernating hope for the future. Hatching will depend on surroundings and survival options. Evolution, timing and patience are close connected with coincidence and luck nearby. Your interest and comments will power the ignition. #14B2020" It's still not conclusively anything, but at least it looks cool while Christian Faber is being all mysterious. It seems like an interesting evolution of the classic Toa canister, possibly drifting around in space. Let us know what you think it is in the Talkback!
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Designer Mark Stafford Shows Off His T-Rex Set
The new Jurassic Park: T. rex Rampage set is the gift that keeps on giving. First we got an in-depth view
when it was announced. Next LEGO Ideas has a contest
challenging you to build your own dinosaur. But now let's not forget about the designer video
featuring Mark Stafford and his hands-on tour of the set. Filled with all kinds of interesting trivia about the set, from checking out the vignettes behind the entrance to the origin of the T-Rex's design, the video makes us want to build this even more. Was there anything you think they left out, or is this ready for your shelf?
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Bring an Old Concept to Fruition, Win Prizes
Yesterday Tufi Piyufi kicked off our latest MOC contest, Official BBC Contest #77: Concept Convention Contest!
. You have two weeks, until June 29th at 11:59 PM Eastern, to find a piece of LEGO concept art and build a MOC based on it. You could go the easy route and used some Bionicle art, or you could have more fun with it and find something from Monster Fighters or Vikings. To make things more interesting, final voting will happen at BrickFair Virginia this summer, and to further encourage people to build, if you send your MOC to BrickFair, whether you're a finalist or not, you get a free copy of 75535 Han Solo or 75537 Darth Maul. Plus we have lots of other prizes and a raffle for everyone who enters! So find some cool artwork and then get building!
Friday, June 14, 2019
Visit BioniLUG at Maryland Comic Con Galactic Con!
This Saturday, June 15th, our own BioniLUG
will be part of a LEGO fan display at GALACTIC CON
in Howard County, Maryland. Word on the street is the a few AFOLs from other LUGs in the region will also appear. Tickets are available now
and start at $10. The show opens at 11 AM and closes at 6 PM.
More LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Info Revealed
Thanks to Allen over at The Brick Fan and Twitter, we have some new information regarding the upcoming LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
game releasing next year. The key things that stood out to me were that despite the trailer, there will be voices in the game, the game will be built on 'new tech,' which hopefully means some fun new gameplay features, and you can play the events of the films in any order. That said, if you don't go IV, V, VI, I, II, III, VII, VIII, IX, you're wrong. Correct me in the Talkback and share your own thoughts on the game!
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Become a Dinosaur Mad Scientist
The LEGO Ideas team has recently announced a new contest to celebrate the announcement of 75936 Jurassic Park: T. rex Rampage. Head over and check out Unleash Your Own Genetically Modified Hybrid Dinosaur!
to get all the details. The short version is that you have until July 17th at 6 AM Eastern to build, take pictures of, and submit your own custom dinosaur constructed either of physical bricks or digital ones. The winner gets every Jurassic Park and World set coming out this year, including the massive T. rex and gate. This contest actually seems suited pretty well to constraction builds, so hopefully that gives you guys a leg up. Good luck!
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
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The BZPower T-Shirt Contest Gets Colorful
A design has won in this year's BZPower T-Shirt Contest: TuragaNuva's Scarabax Beetle observing the Mask of Life pass by in the sky. Now it is time to choose what colors this design will use. Head over to the blog entry
to suggest shirt and design color combos. Voting for suggestions will begin on Sunday. Congratulations to TuragaNuva and thanks to everyone who entered.
A Pair of New Projects In the 10k Club
There are a couple of LEGO Ideas projects that recently achieved ten thousand votes and will be reviewed by LEGO. You might remember Bricky_Brick from their The Pirate Bay project that is currently in review - now their History Museum
project will be considered as well. You should definitely recall JKBrickworks aka Jason Allemann: his Pop-Up Book and Labyrinth Marble Maze projects both became sets and his Particle Accelerator is also in the 10k Club. His newest project, Pursuit of Flight
, is an awesome kinetic sculpture that could make a great set as well. Check out both of these cool new projects and let us know in the Talkback which ones you would buy if they appeared on store shelves!
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
E3 is going on this week, and it has me excited for videogames! It's a good thing that it's Tuesday then, which means at around 7:30 PM Eastern we'll be headed over to the BZPower Twitch channel
to play some more LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean. Come join us and watch me figure out what's going on and maybe chat about some of the recent videogame news that's been making waves this week. See you there!
Let's Get Ready to Rumble
I was looking for a MOC to highlight on the front page today, and found I had a hard time deciding between several of the awesome builds made for a contest that Djokson was running over on Flickr
. So here's three:
- R00-bot by Pohaturon has a great design for the gloves and I love the use of the Throwbots visor. Plus the little robot joey!
- Bombshell Betty by Lord Oblivion found great uses for both a Star Wars buildable figure head and a piece from the old hockey sets in a build with a ton of character.
- The Shadow-Boxer by Sergei Rahkmaninoff is more of a traditional constraction build compared to the other two with some sleek lines and nice overall shaping. Plus more Star Wars heads!
Sometimes it feels like LEGO is targeting their sets directly at you, and 2019 feels like that year. First we got the classic Ford Mustang, then the Apollo 11 Lunar Module, and now, celebrating the 25th anniversary of one of my favorite movies, LEGO has announced 75936 Jurassic Park: T. rex Rampage. If you were disappointed by the small set based on the original Jurassic Park we got last year, this one looks to make up for it. Weighing in at over three thousand pieces, the model features a gigantic Tyrannosaurus rex and equally gigantic gates to Jurassic Park. I can hear John Williams' score in my head already. The $250 set is releasing for VIPs on June 19th and everyone else on July 1st. To check out the hi-res images, videos, and the press release, read on!
Monday, June 10, 2019
E3 Conference Shows Off Upcoming LEGO Games
The E3 video game conference this weekend has revealed some exciting LEGO news for video games fans: Speed Champions and Star Wars, to be precise. TT Games is making an all new video game: LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. It's entirely new and covers all 3 trilogies, including the upcoming The Rise of Skywalker
movie. Check out more info and a trailer at Variety
. For car lovers, the Forza Horizon 4 game is getting an expansion for Speed Champions, turning cars and environments into brick-built sights. More info and a trailer at Gamespot
. E3 is still happening, so we're keeping our eyes peeled for any more LEGO video game news that is released.
Sunday, June 9, 2019
LEGO plus IKEA equals BYGGLEK
This past week IKEA announced
the results of their partnership with LEGO, a new line of products called, 'BYGGLEK.' Unfortunately the furniture or storage units have not been revealed yet, but it does seem like they are focused more on kids than adults. I suppose LEGO bricks are a children's toy, after all. I look forward to seeing the fruits of this partnership in 2020, but until then I'll stick with my BILLY bookcases.
Saturday, June 8, 2019
LEGO Attempting Guinness Record
In celebration of the upcoming LEGO Tower game, the LEGO Games group is partnering with the LEGO House to try to build the world's largest LEGO brick diorama. As you can read on the LEGO Ambassador Network
, visitors to the House between June 21st and 23rd will be invited to build their own floor of a giant LEGO tower, similar to the game. You'll even be able to get an exclusive in-game item for LEGO Tower if you attend. I wish them the best of luck and look forward to seeing the results of this epic build!
Friday, June 7, 2019
Rev Up Your Engines Tomorrow
LEGO has made some fantastic car models over the years, and the likes of the MINI Cooper and Volkswagen Beetle are great builds. But none have excited me as much as the 10265 Ford Mustang. LEGO has kindly sent us one that we'll be building tomorrow starting at 3 PM Eastern over on the BZPower YouTube channel
. I'm very excited to see this classic car come together and look forward to seeing you all there to chat with us and win some free LEGO sets!
The Bio-Cup is Coming!
Sort your parts and stretch your imaginations, because it's nearly time for a building contest of epic proportions! That's right, the 2019 Bio-Cup
is starting in just three days! I know a lot of builders have been looking forward to this, and it's shaping up to be another fantastic contest. If you think to yourself, 'man my skills can't compare to Djokson's,' fear not! He's a judge this time around, and even if you don't consider yourself a top-tier builder, everyone who enters the first round with a new MOC and promotes the cup will be entered into a raffle for an amazing Copper Mask of Victory
. There's going to be a lot of other great prizes to, some of which BZPower is contributing. Best of luck to all and I can't wait to see all the amazing builds!
Thursday, June 6, 2019
LEGO Ideas Rundown
There's been some big news on LEGO Ideas this past week, let's take a look!
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
LEGO Tower Enters Beta
If you're interested in the new LEGO spinoff of the Tiny Tower game like me, you can now join the beta
on both Android and iOS. I've been playing for almost a day now, and it's a great way to kill time or just kick back and relax a little. But if you want to get crazy, there's tons of ways you can maximize your tower's productivity. If you download it, you can add me as a friend so we can trade minifigs and parts - my code is 11W5. Happy gaming!
Rocket Into LEGO's June Deals
June's promotions on shop.LEGO.com
seem to be taking up a space theme. First off, 10266 NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander is now available for purchase, and if you are a VIP member and order one by June 9th, you can also receive a free VIP Space Patch. The Gift With Purchase of the month is the cool 40335 Space Rocket Ride, which you can receive it you spend $99 USD or more between now and June 18th. This set is cool because it was also the winner of a LEGO Ideas contest, and looks quite fun. Finally, VIP members will receive double points on The LEGO Movie 2 sets 70838 Queen Watevra's 'So-Not-Evil' Space Palace and 70839 The Rexcelsior. Hopefully you can take advantage of these out-of-this-world deals!