Saturday, September 20, 2014
[Source: TBK & A BZPower Reader]
BIONICLE Website Found
Don't get your hopes up, there isn't much at all to see yet but what there is to see is still pretty nice anyway. BZPower member TBK reports that for a short time frame, a new BIONICLE website was accessible through http://www.lego.com/en-us/bionicle. That link doesn't work anymore but the website still works here
. It's really just a new picture of the Mask of Creation so far but it's nice to see that everyone's favorite website (after BZPower of course ;)) is so close to making its comeback.
Friday, September 19, 2014
You've heard the rumors, you've seen the leaks, but now it's official: BIONICLE IS BACK! LEGO is officially announcing the return of Bionicle today along with some details about the Mask of Creation - yes you read that right. More information will be revealed at New York Comic Con, but you can read on to see what they've said so far. I am now officially pumped! I think it's safe to say, if you can find a way to get to New York City on October 9th, you should do your best to do so!
We're live now! Head over to YouTube
or read on to watch!
Mask of Creation Video
In addition to the blurb we posted, LEGO has also tweeted
a link to a video of the Mask of Creation
! Also, make sure you check out the official LEGO Bionicle Facebook page
and the post on Google+
. Today is a pretty awesome day to be a Bionicle fan!
New Chima Episode Airing Tomorrow
Tomorrow morning we'll get to watch the next episode of the LEGO Legends of Chima TV show
on Cartoon Network. Set you're alarms for early, since 'Cool and Collected' begins at 7:30 AM Eastern/6:30 AM Central. Check out Cartoon Network's schedule
to verify when it's on for you. Last week our heroes managed to hold off the mammoths at the ice fortress while G'Loona and Flinx routed the saber-toothed tigers and vultures, keeping them from getting their CHI. Will they be so lucky again this week? We'll have to watch and see!
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Chima Polybag Available at Target
Allen over at The Brick Fan has reported
that 30265 Worriz' Fire Bike is showing up at Target stores. Currently the set is only available if you spend $50 or more at a LEGO Store or on S@H. If you're looking to pick up more of these, this is definitely a cheaper means - so head over to Target to grab them before they're gone!
Ninjago Livestream Tomorrow
Just a reminder that tomorrow, September 19th, at 8:30 PM Eastern we'll be hosting a livestream as part of Ninjago Month. We'll be sharing our thoughts about the upcoming LEGO Ninjago movie, what we'd like to see, and how we think it should tie into the TV show. You can watch on both Google+
. Hope to see you there!
10245 Santa's Workshop Availible to VIP Members
has yet another good deal for VIP Members. They can now order the Santa's Workshop
winter set with special early access. The set will be available to the rest of the public at the beginning of October, but if you're a VIP and want it now, there's nothing stopping you! If you're not a VIP member yet, you should sign up
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The Ninjago Month
reviews continue as September progresses. Today I take a look at 70727 X-1 Ninja Charger
, one of the sets from the summer wave of LEGO Ninjago sets. Will this set speed its way into your LEGO collection or will it be left spinning its wheels on a store shelf? Check out our text and video reviews to find out for yourself!
- The Final Countdown
A new image has been released continuing the countdown that started two days ago leading up to a big reveal. We don't know yet what it is, but a reveal of BIONICLE seems quite possible. Either way, there'll surely be a good reason to check the BZPower news this Friday, so stay tuned! -- Adrian
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Check Out the Bionicle: Audio Narration Project
Do you prefer to listen to books instead of reading them? Enjoy a good audio drama? If you do, you should go check out the Bionicle: Audio Narration Project
over in the Fan Created Media forum. BZPower Member joev14 is assembling a group to be voice actors to read the Bionicle books aloud for your listening pleasure. They already have a trailer up, and things seem to be going together pretty well. If you want to help out or just listen, be sure to visit the topic!
Mini Modulars Available Now
The upcoming Bricktober promotional mini-modular sets were recently revealed
via their instructions on the LEGO website. Now it seems that the sets are appearing on Toys 'R' Us store shelves
, according to Toys N Bricks. They're selling for $19.99 each, so if you want to get them now rather than waiting to get them free when you buy other sets in October, go see if your local TRU has them in stock!
Monday, September 15, 2014
Exciting LEGO Announcement Coming Friday
LEGO recently made a Tweet
stating, "HUGE news! In 4 days time we'll be revealing something very exciting. Let the guessing game commence!" What do you think this will be? Let us know in the Talkback!
Continuing our Ninjago Month celebration comes a set review of the largest vehicle for this Ninjago wave: The NinjaCopter
piloted by Zane and Pixal. This $60 set, with 516 pieces, boasts some heavy artillery and flying maneuvers to outsmart the Nindroids in their own flying machine. Read, and watch, on for the review and to learn how you can win one of these sets for yourself.
September BZPower Flickr Contest Deadline Approaches
This is your two-day reminder that the end of our bi-monthly BZPower Flickr Contest
is fast approaching. You have until 11:59 PM EST, Wednesday, September 17th to enter your creations. In addition to having their creation featured as the group banner for October-November, the winner will also receive a copy of 76020 Knowhere Escape Mission. Hurry those entries up!
Ninjago Contest Entry Deadline Approaching
There's just one week left to create an entry for our Ninjago Monster Contest: Ninjas IN SPACE
. You have until Monday, September 22nd at 11:59 PM Eastern to create a MOC, story, piece of art, game, comic, song, or video and enter it! There are some great prizes up for grabs, not to mention bragging rights. I look forward to seeing all of your entries!
[Source: Toa Smoke Monster]
LEGO Batman 3 Season Pass Coming
Tt Games has announced that there will be six DLC packs for the upcoming LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham game that can be purchased individually or as part of a season pass, IGN reports
. There will be 40 new characters, vehicles, and achievements across the six packs, which sounds like a lot of awesome additional content. The first three are The Dark Knight Pack, the Man of Steel Pack and the Batman 75th Pack, which will become available on November 14th. Looks like they plan on supporting the game for a good while (or at least until the next LEGO game comes out)!
Sunday, September 14, 2014
The Emmet Awards Have Been Awarded
Promoting creative building through The LEGO Movie
, the Emmet Awards were announced back in January
with a series of monthly contests inspired by the film. Now the entries are in, and the winners have been announced over on the LEGO website
. From double-decker anythings to some spaceships, spaceships and spaceships, the variety of themes and entries made for some creative inspiration, and the awards show celebrates each and every builder. Check out the video
to see who won!
Marble Maze Gets Support on Ideas
Another project has reached ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas. The Labyrinth Marble Maze
by JKBrickworks is unlike any Ideas project that's reached its goal yet! It's an interactive game where you use two dials to move the board under a ball, causing it to roll. Navigate the ball through the maze without falling into any of the pits and you win! It's definitely a unique project, and I wish it the best of luck!
Nathan Sawaya Exhibit Opening in London
American LEGO-artist Nathan Sawaya is heading to London, England, for his first exhibit in Britain this month. One of a dozen LEGO Certified Professionals worldwide, Sawaya is best known for his large statues and sculptures, including giving Stephen Colbert a life-like statue of the comedian on his show, all made from LEGO bricks. His "Art of the Brick
" exhibit opens on September 26 at The Old Truman Brewery in east London. "Part of my mission is to make art accessible," Sawaya said in an interview with The Independent
, knowing people will have the same brick medium at home after being inspired by his display. Having been to an amazing LCP exhibit myself for Adam Reed Tucker, I can only hope that everyone takes this chance to see Sawaya's work up close who can.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Ninjago Movie Discussion Livestream
Next Friday, September 19th at 8:30 PM, we'll be hosting a livestream to discuss the upcoming Ninjago movie. The BZPower Staff will be talking about what we think they'll do with the film and what we'd like to see. You can watch the livestream on Google+
or on YouTube
. Hope to see you there!
Friday, September 12, 2014
New York Comic Con Pass Winners Announced
We got a lot of great entries to our New York Comic Con pass giveaway - you guys like quite the variety of superheroes and comic characters! Unfortunately we could only pick twelve of you, and we have done just that. Head over to the General Discussion forum to congratulate the winners
of the giveaway. They'll be able to come to New York Comic Con to see the LEGO panel, tour the show floor, and come to a special event Thursday evening. It's sure to be a blast, and it looks like there will be a lot of BZPower members there!
Get Fired Up for the Next Chima Episode
The next episode of the LEGO Legends of Chima TV series on Cartoon Network
will air tomorrow morning. Fired Up! starts at 7:30 AM Eastern and 6:30 AM Central - you can check your local listings
to see when it airs for you. Armed with their fire CHI, do Laval, Cragger, and company have a chance to turn the tides in the conflict? Let's hope so, but we'll have to watch to find out!
[Source: BZPower Members]
Enter The Brown Ninja
A new Ninjago polybag
has appeared, and surprisingly it contains a brand new character: Dareth, the Brown Ninja! Dareth is a secondary character from the show, but it's still great to see him availible as an actual minifigure. You also get an additional Nindroid fig for him to fight in the polybag, as well as a trophy. Currently, the polybag has only been found at Toys R Us locations in the UK, but hopefully there will be a wider release so we can all get our hands on the Brown Ninja! You can find the discussion already going on in our Ninjago forum.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
LEGO Top Toy Brand in UK
The Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association (LIMA) recently released the results of a survey
they conducted to determine the top toy brands, both around the world and in the UK specifically. Across the pond, LEGO came is as the top brand for boys and the number three brand for girls. Additionally, LEGO Friends is the number six brand for girls. The only other brand to appear on both lists is Mickey Mouse, putting our favorite bricks in good company - it's no wonder they're the world's largest toy company!
Let us not forget what happened thirteen years ago today. We were here at Kanohi-Power and BionicleZone back then, and we all lived though 9/11/01 as a community. Thirteen 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 thirteen 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.
Preorder Ninjago Soundtrack
The Ninjago television Show has had some great music in the past, but there was no easy way for you to listen to it outside of the episodes. Well, that will come to an end soon, as an
is now available for preorder on Amazon. The music by Jay Vincent and Michael Kramer will be on an audio CD and currently costs $13.98. It looks like most of the tracks are from the first season, so hopefully future albums will come out to cover the rest of the music from the show.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
[Source: Nuju Metru]
continues! Last week, we took a look at the smallest Ninjago set of 2014, and today we look at the largest. BZPower Forum Assistant Nuju Metru shares his thoughts on 70728 Battle for Ninjago City
from the summer lineup of sets. Will this set win the battle and find its way into your home, or will other sets beat it into your shopping cart? You'll have to continue on to see our review to find out!
LEGO Darth Vader's Star Destroyer on Kickstarter
Thomas Benedikt from Toronto, Canada, asks for your pledges on Kickstarter to construct a 13-feet Darth Vader's Star Destroyer out of 90k LEGO bricks
. Unfortunately, it won't be life-sized but still impressive enough to blow your socks off. After spending over 1000 hours in creating a digital model, Thomas is now ready to construct the physical thing - if he reaches his goal of $15,500 CAD, which will be 60% of the cost; the rest he will pay himself. Backers will get a number of benefits. Check out the Kickstarter page if you want to back this impressive, 100kg/200 pound LEGO creation or if you just want to see some stats and renderings.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Visit the Dragon Lands
BZPower Forum Assistant Nuju Metru is no stranger to creating interesting settings, and recently he has put that talent to good use making his own playtheme. "(Not) LEGO Dragon Lands"
focuses on the Kingdom of Ardun and the orc-like Ustokal of the Essoni Desert, who are locked in a savage conflict. Okay, maybe not savage, since this is LEGO, but Aaron has created ten MOCs based on this concept that fit into the sizes you commonly see in LEGO sets. Each creation features custom minifigs and awesome play features, just like you would expect from a set you pick up off the shelf at Toys 'R' Us. It's an interesting idea with a great execution that is definitely worth checking out!
STUDS Trading Cards Available Tomorrow Online
The STUDS trading cards that were initially an AFOL project on Kickstarter are becoming publicly available tomorrow, Wednesday September 10. The STUDS News page
has more info, detailing that the contents of each pack will have a BrickForge item and eight trading cards (and other special chase cards). Check out the STUDS Shop
at noon Pacific Time for your chance to buy this limited first series' run, then swap cards with your friends at LEGO conventions and meetups!
Another Ninjago Set Up For Grabs
Today we're announcing the last raffle
that's part of Ninjago Month. For only $1 per ticket, you can enter to win a copy of 70724 NinjaCopter, the biggest Ninja vehicle from this year's wave of sets (as long as you don't consider dragons vehicles). The proceeds go to support BZPower and our ongoing server and licensing costs. Help us out and get a chance to win an awesome set!
Monday, September 8, 2014
BIONICLE Confirmed for 2015
When LEGO started building its websites for next year, they didn't consider me and my masterful skills of educated URL guessing. This picture
is already on the servers of LEGO.com and will be a thumbnail on the LEGO.com Products section
linking to BIONICLE.com when it returns. At this point I think we can state without a doubt that BIONICLE is indeed returning next year. What does that golden mask represent, though? Let the speculation begin! Of course, I'll keep you updated if I happen to find more images like this.
Ninjago Raffle for Premier Members
It's been a few days since we announced our last raffle, so we figured it was time to change that. Today we're starting a raffle
that's open to Premier Members for a copy of 70722 OverBorg Attack. Not a Premier Member? You can head over to our store
and support BZPower today! You get cool perks on the website and have a chance to win free sets too.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
There's a huge demand in the LEGO community for pieces that the company just doesn't make. Look around the Internet (or go to a comprehensive listing like BrickMap
) and you'll see a lot of places that offer products that are compatible with LEGO bricks, whether they be brand new pieces, custom-painted or decaled, or existing pieces molded in a new color. Some fans even turn to competitors such as Mega Bloks and KRE-O to get elements that are compatible with LEGO bricks but in new and different shapes. What if LEGO decided to put together an offering to allow its fans to create their own elements? I have reason to believe that they might be doing just that - read on to see why!
Marvel Studio's latest film Guardians of the Galaxy
is still doing well at the box office, and with characters like Groot and Rocket Raccoon that is no surprise. In today's set review of the Knowhere Escape Mission
, we see their LEGO counterparts as they reenact a key scene from the movie while fighting some formidable bad guys. Watch the video and read the review to see what is so great about this playset, and say it with me: I am Groot!
New York Comic Con Pass Giveaway Ends Today
Just a reminder that today is the last day to enter for a chance to win a pass to New York Comic Con to see the unveiling of a new LEGO theme. You can find all the information right here
, but be aware the deadline is 11:59 PM Eastern TONIGHT
. It's sure to be a blast, so if you can make it to New York on Thursday, October 9th, go submit your entry now!
Free Star Wars Polybag at TRU
If you spend $30 or more on LEGO sets at Toys 'R' Us, you can nab yourself a free Star Wars ARC-170 mini-model polybag. The deal is for this week only, while supplies last. It looks like a cool little model, so if you're a Star Wars fan head over and check it out!
Saturday, September 6, 2014
LEGO Videogame Sale
Green Man Gaming is currently offering 75% off digital downloads
of eight LEGO video games, bringing them down to $4.99 or $7.49. The titles available are LEGO Batman 1 & 2, The LEGO Movie, LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 and Years 5-7, LEGO Lord of the Rings, LEGO Marvel Superheroes, and LEGO The Hobbit. If you're looking to pick up some of these games, it's a pretty great deal that you should totally check out!
Bricktober Mini Modulars Revealed
Over on neoape they recently came across
the instructions for the exclusive sets that will be available as part of the Toys 'R' Us Bricktober promotion next month. There are four mini-modular buildings: a movie theater, pizzeria, fire station and town hall, and based on past experiences you'll be able to get one each week during the month of October if you spend over a certain amount at your local TRU. The models look pretty awesome and will go nicely with the 2012 set 10230 Mini Modulars!
Another Ideas Project Reaches Goal
Although it missed the deadline for the latest review period, another model has recently achieved ten thousand votes on LEGO Ideas. The Avengers Helicarrier
is a really impressive microscale version of the massive ship from the 2012 Marvel movie, and YoSub Joo's creation is packed with a ton of detail. Personally, I think the likelihood of it turning into a set is slim because of its size, the age of the movie, and the fact that LEGO already has a license agreement with Marvel. But we'll just have to wait and see!