Friday, February 23, 2018
Every now and then you'll see someone on the Internet complaining that they don't make 'Legos' like they used to - everything is super-specialized and they don't make sets with just basic bricks anymore. Those people obviously don't pay attention enough to know that Classic and Creator exist with a wide variety of models and ideas for things you can build. Let's check out what sets are on store shelves now!
Thursday, February 22, 2018
A Toa Come From the Stars
A little bit of backstory for a MOC can go a long way to give the build some character. Such is the case with Solis
by Constraction_Deva, who tells us how a reclusive Av-Matoran was turned into the Toa of light and lightning we now see. The build reflects the prose, with the clean white evoking the former element and the hints of transparent light blue the latter. He also runs the gamut with his part choice, from original Bionicle to Roboriders to Exo Force to CCBS and a healthy dose of System to boot. It all comes together as a great presentation worth checking out - so head on over and let the builder know what you think!
Toy Fair 2018 Swag Live Build
This Friday, February 23rd, at 6 PM Eastern we'll be showing off some of the swag we got at Toy Fair 2018 over on the BZPower YouTube channel
. While some of it is LEGO or officially licensed, many of the samples we received were from other building toy brands. We'll be examining the quality and compatibility of these products to see how they stack up compared to LEGO. Of course there will be some giveaways too, so we hope to see you there!
The fifth Jurassic Park movie is coming out later this year - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - and LEGO once again will be making sets based on the film. In addition to normal System sets we're also getting builds targeted at younger kids through the DUPLO and Juniors branding. Because everyone loves dinosaurs! To get a sneak peek at what you can expect to find on store shelves in April, read on!
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
You may have noticed that BZPower's Toy Fair coverage includes "clone" brands. Our focus is still primarily on LEGO and we don't intend to become a generic brick site. However, there are few reasons to go broader during Toy Fair, and I've put some background and my opinions on the matter below the break.
This year LEGO has three playthemes that feature minidolls instead of minifigures, down one from 2017 (so long, DC Superhero Girls). Elves, Friends, and Disney Princess each offer their own unique styles and play opportunities for a variety of tastes. We got to take a closer look at the offerings from each of the themes for the first half of the year, so let's check them out!
Scouting For Bricks Registration is Open, Tickets Available Now
Have you made your plans yet to see BZPower and BioniLUG
at this year's Scouting For Bricks
? On Friday, April 6th from 5 PM to 9 PM and Saturday, April 7th from 9 AM to 5 PM, you can see BioniLUG (and other LEGO-related displays) at the NZone
in Chantilly, Virginia. Tickets
are available now through March 1st at $5 each, and will cost $7 each after that (children under 3 go free). Builders can also register
to exhibit their own models at this event.
Klutz gave BZPower an early look at their upcoming release
, LEGO Gadgets
. All of their kits from last year (including Toy of the Year nominee LEGO Make Your Own Movie
) are still available, with LEGO Gadgets
positioned as a sequel of sorts to the current version of the classic LEGO Crazy Action Contraptions
. Along with the various LEGO- and Maker-themed kits in their booth, we photographed Gadgets
' parts list, table of contents (listing the models you can build with the kit), and a few sample pages, and were surprised to find that two of the models in the kit were designed by Japanese LEGO wunderkind
(and author of Toro No Maki
and several No Starch Press titles
) Yoshihito Isogawa.
One of our reporters dropped in for a session on toys using virtual and/or augmented reality technologies. You may have heard them abbreviated as VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality), or MR (Mixed Reality). While the presentation did include some interesting data points regarding when kids are likely to embrace various tech, it overlooked innovations we're more familiar with - not only did it not mention LEGO's Digital Box success, but timeline slides on "Tech and Toys" and "Media and Children" skipped over creative toys entirely. The format of the presentation was a slideshow in conversational form, with slides that ask questions alternating with slides showing responses to those questions. Read on for photos of most of the "response" slides.
The lobby of the Javits Center featured several display cases featuring vendors who have their first booth at Toy Fair this year. First-timers (erm, "freshmen") this year included both conductive brick company E-Blox
and Rubik's briks manufacturer Strictly Briks
. We've got photos of both of their displays (and a general overview of the "Freshman Connect New Product Showcase") below the break.
This year's lines from Poland-based COBI
emphasize "specializing in categories (or collections) not offered by other manufacturers." Much like Brickmania
, they're trying to dominate the military and historical themes that LEGO tries to avoid. Highlights we saw in their booth range from ships of the high seas to modern military aircraft, but their display model of the Space Shuttle Discovery (shown in our teaser) stole the scene.
wowed attendees with a large display in the front lobby. The impressive castle (or is it a theme park?) showcased a variety of their products, many of which go beyond the magnetic geometric shapes one might normally associate with the brand. The Sky Track Set in particular brings an exciting mix of monorail track and thrill ride effects to the line. While it appears to have been set up as a motorized display, there were no moving features in operation at the time of these photos.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
LEGO Harry Potter is back! I mean, it was already kind of back with the Dimensions packs, but now we're getting real sets! Right before Toy Fair LEGO announced
the impending return and at the event we got to see the Great Hall set in person. Unfortunately that was the only set on display, but the LEGO reps did say that we would be seeing more sets and BrickHeadz later this year. To check out the iconic hall of Hogwarts from every angle, read on!
Ever since Spider-Man first appeared in ABS form, superhero fans have looked forward to seeing their favorite characters turned into minifigures. This year is no different and we have sets from Marvel, DC, and last year's The LEGO Batman Movie to give fans plenty of options to build and play with. There wasn't much new on display for us to share, but we do have some more pictures of the upcoming Hulkbuster in addition to the sets that are currently available. Let's check them out!
Bfahome Goes for a Swim
In today's episode of Bfa Plays: LEGO Harry Potter, he tries to get one step closer to winning the Triwizard Cup by diving straight into the Black Lake. Go watch Episode 25: It's a Water Level
to see how Bfahome rises to the challenge and, more importantly, if he's able to save his friends! Once you're done, go visit the discussion topic
to give us your feedback and let us know what you'd like to see him play in the future!
Tonight we'll be heading back over to the BZPower Twitch channel
at 7:30 PM Eastern for our weekly gaming stream! We'll be going for about an hour in a game of your choosing. How do you pick, you ask? Just head over to the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
and cast your vote. We've been getting close to the end of LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 lately, so with luck we'll be wrapping that up soon and moving on to something new! But it's your call, so I look forward to seeing what everyone picks tonight!
Monday, February 19, 2018
LEGO Senior Director Spoke at Toy Fair 2018
Christian Wetterberg, Senior Director and Global Head of Product Safety and Compliance at The LEGO Group, spoke at Toy Fair earlier today. Unfortunately, we're fairly certain that nobody who usually covers LEGO news was able to visit the panel at 9:30 this morning. We each found out about it whenever we got around to checking the Toy Fair mobile app and viewing the various "Special Events" at the show, or in the worst case scenario, when they sent out a reminder press release
last week. I'd like to see someone prove me wrong on this one, but I think we all had made our travel plans (and planned to leave New York City before the week started) before we knew the product safety session on Monday was going to feature a LEGO representative.
has made waves recently as comparisons with Capsela
have attracted attention around the web. While there is some compatibility and similarity between the new IQ Key system of toys and the Capsela
line from years gone by, company reps at Toy Fair informed BZPower that IQ Key is a different company that created their own system from scratch. The modules are now polyhedra instead of spheres, and the connectors are now round instead of octagonal. They're also focusing more on the educational market instead of the expected nostalgia market. Also notable: a block system and a three-channel remote control extend the system's capabilities. We've got photos of the toys in the booth after the break.
Continuing their licenses for The LEGO Batman Movie
and The LEGO Ninjago Movie
, Trends International
had a new 2019 calendar on display based on The LEGO Ninjago Movie
. Last year, we covered some
of their stickers, posters, and calendars based on The LEGO Batman Movie
that were still new during Toy Fair. Their The LEGO Ninjago Movie
offerings weren't shown at Toy Fair 2017, but they released a full line of tie-in products for the film last summer and fall. A company representative told us that their current items based on the two movies will continue to be available for 2018 (although they weren't shown in this year's booth).
The introduction of the Collectible Minifigures really seems to have secured a spot for LEGO in the limited run collectible and blind box game. BrickHeadz have only added to the trend and continue to grow, expanding into many different licenses. In addition to Marvel, DC, and Disney we now have Star Wars, and later this year will be getting cute sets based on Harry Potter. On the minifigure front, series 18 is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the iconic character with some really awesome designs. The LEGO PR reps said there will be one more set of figures later this year that are sure to be hot sellers. Read on to check out what we saw!
Combining these two themes might seem like an odd choice as part of our Toy Fair coverage, but if you followed our posts on social media you might be clued in on why we did it. The only Ninjago sets that were on display for 2018 were the second wave of The LEGO Ninjago Movie sets and the Sons of Garmadon season sets from January, with one exception. Along with the core Boost kit, LEGO also showed off how one of the summer Ninjago sets can be combined with the programmable brick to bring the creation to life. To check out the sets on display and this interesting cross-theme product, read on!
Every year The Toy Association awards the best, newest, and most innovative toys the prestigious Toy of the Year Awards. Our favorite brand often seems to do quite well at the awards ceremony, and 2018 was no different. LEGO won awards for Construction Toy of the Year, Specialty Toy of the Year, and Tech Toy of the Year for LEGO Star Wars BB-8 (75187)
, LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon, and LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox (17101)
, respectively. For images of the winners, the awards, and the full press release, read on!
First up in our coverage of the LEGO Toy Fair 2018 Preview Party are the Star Wars buildable figures. Unfortunately there was only one new figure on display, Darth Maul, but we took a whole bunch of pictures of him so you don't have to wait until he comes out to decide if he's worth getting. Read on to see what he has in store!
BZPower's time at Toy Fair has come and gone once again, which means now it's time to sift through the pictures, notes, video, press releases, and more to share with everyone! To make it easy to find everything, we're posting this landing page to collect all of the appropriate stories in one place. To see everything we saw at Toy Fair 2018, read on!
Sunday, February 18, 2018
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Mata Nui Visiting Raleigh Supercon
Michael Dorn is coming to Raleigh Supercon this summer, known to us as the voice of Mata Nui in Bionicle: The Legend Reborn
and to most as Worf in Star Trek: The Next Generation
and Deep Space Nine
. More info is on the Supercon site
, detailing his career and promising to be updated with his autograph and photo schedule closer to the event. Raleigh Supercon is July 27-29 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC, and hosts all sorts of panels, exhibitors, and events for all manner of nerdy interests.
Saturday, February 17, 2018
This morning at New York Toy Fair LEGO has revealed one of the mightiest Marvel Superheroes sets to date. While it's no match for the SHIELD Helicarrier, 76105 The Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition is a truly impressive set of Iron Man armor with a ton of details and even some play features. Read on to check out the high-res images and press release and then let us know what you think of the set in the Talkback!
Powerpuff Girls Minifigs Revealed
Following their LEGO debut in LEGO Dimensions, the three Powerpuff Girls and several other characters from the show will be appearing in sets this summer. Minifig images are reported by The Brothers Brick
, where they report the names of two sets: 41287 Bubbles Playground Showdown and 41288 Mojo Jojo Strikes. Hopefully BZPower will get some photos of the sets at New York Toy Fair this weekend, and time will tell just how successful this line is after their gaming appearance.
Friday, February 16, 2018
LEGO Announces Upcoming Products In Advance of New York Toy Fair
LEGO Systems, Inc. has put out a press release
detailing their upcoming slate of products in advance of this year's New York International Toy Fair. This is the first official announcement of many 2018 products, including LEGO Juniors Incredibles 2 sets , LEGO Friends Racing sets, LEGO City Arctic Expedition sets, a LEGO Creator Pirate Roller Coaster, a LEGO Duplo Steam Train, and LEGO Unikitty! sets and collectibles! Follow the link above to read the full press release, and be sure and follow BZPower on BZPBook
, and Instagram
for Toy Fair updates from our reporters this weekend!
FREE Year of the Dog with $88 Purchase at LEGO Shop-at-Home
February 16th - March 1st (or while supplies last), LEGO is offering a FREE LEGO Year of the Dog Set with purchases of $88 or more!
This isn't the first time LEGO has made a set to celebrate the Chinese New Year, but this time it's available in the United States.
Harry Potter LEGO Sets Releasing in 2018
Over on PR Newswire
(and many other places on the Internet) news has broken on a very magical subject. In 2018 we'll be seeing new LEGO sets from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. One set has been revealed - the Great Hall, which will release on August 1st for $99.99 USD. This news is sure to make lots of fans happy and do wonders for Warner Bros' and TLG's sales. Let us know if you're excited in the Talkback!
Stitch Joins the 10k Family
Another project has achieved the milestone of ten thousand votes of support over on LEGO Ideas. Stitch
by Legohaulic (well-known LEGO builder Tyler Clites) captures the Disney character from Lilo and Stitch about as perfectly as you can in LEGO form. I know I want one right now to put next to my WALL-E Ideas set. What about you? Would you like this to be a LEGO set? Let us know in the Talkback!
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Play With Drones at LEGO World Expo
From today until Sunday, February 15-18, the LEGO World Expo is taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. The LEGO Group recently shared a press release
detailing one especially cool experience visitors will get to take part in. The Human Media Lab at Queen's University in Canada in collaboration with the LEGO Group's Creative Play Lab will have an activity where kids can arrange bricks in any pattern and watch as drones replicate the design in real time. I hope we see some video come out of the event, as that seems like something that's really cool that I'd like to see!
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Free Sunflower with $20 Purchase at LEGO Shop-at-Home
LEGO Shop-at-Home has a special Valentine's Day gift with purchase promotion while supplies last. You can get a FREE LEGO Sunflower!*
with any $20 purchase at the LEGO store or at shop.lego.com. It's rare that LEGO plans a promotion this short (advertised as only one day on the store calender), so you'll want to get this while it's hot!
Use this link to support BZPower with your purchase: FREE LEGO Sunflower!*
LEGO Goes Solo
with New Kessel Run Millennium Falcon
The Hollywood Reporter
has unveiled the first new LEGO set for Solo: A Star Wars Story
, the Kessel Run Millennium Falcon! The 1414-piece set will cost $169.99 and contain seven characters: Han Solo, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, Qi'ra, a Kessel droid, and two characters yet to be revealed. These familiar (but not too
familiar) incarnations of the Falcon and its crew can be seen in action along with some of the new characters in the recently revealed teaser trailer
for the movie, which comes out May 25th. More pictures of the new Han, Chewie, and Lando minifigures can also be seen on Facebook
. Follow the links above for pictures and more information!
New Ideas Project Stretches Out Branches to Achieve Goal
Recently another fan-created project reached ten thousand votes of support over on LEGO Ideas. Go check out the Treehouse
by KevinTreeHouse for one of the most impressive arboreal abodes that I've seen. The idea is that a family of Robinson Crusoe-style explorers became stranded and built themselves a new home in a tree. I love all of the interior details the designer managed to cram inside the rooms and the tree boughs have a nice natural look as well. I wish the project the best of luck in the review phase!
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
What's this, we're doing Twitch Tuesday for two weeks in a row? Madness! But it's true, we'll be heading over to the BZPower Twitch channel
tonight at 7:30 PM Eastern for everyone's viewing pleasure. You can help us pick what we play by voting in the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
, where you can also give us feedback on our streams. If things pan out like they have been, we'll be back in LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 again, working on finishing the campaign. Although I do hear there's some cat-themed DLC releasing today as well that we might check out. See you all there!
Play for the Throne
One of the things that's great about the Bionicle community is their penchant for telling stories in many different formats. Inspired by the popular novels and TV show, BZP's Game of Thrones: Season 3
has recently kicked off. Host Lucina and the other players are weaving together an awesome story that's worth giving a read. If it's the sort of thing that strikes your fancy, you can even sign up and join the tale yourself! I hope the story will continue to progress and take all sorts of interesting twists and turns as it grows.
Looks like I misspoke - since the latest chapter is underway signups have closed. You'll have to wait until Season 4 if you want to play!
Monday, February 12, 2018
The Fold's Complete Ninjago Discography Coming This Friday
Amazon recently listed a rather unique item for LEGO Ninjago fans titled "LEGO Ninjago All Ages: The Fold's Complete Ninjago Discography
", coming out on CD this Friday (February 16)! The album contains a lyric book and two disks, the first featuring all 19 of The Fold's original Ninjago songs and the second featuring seven alternate versions of the Ninjago theme song "The Weekend Whip". Cartoon Network fan blog RegularCapital.com
interviewed bandmates Dan and George Castady about the album as well as their general experiences writing music for LEGO Ninjago. Follow the links above if you want to learn more!
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Legend of Mata Nui Alpha Version Released
Recently some dedicated Bionicle fans got their hands on an alpha version of Bionicle: The Legend of Mata Nui, a game that was supposed to be released back in 2001 but was canceled and never saw the light of day. But now over at the BioMedia Project you can download Alpha v0.006
and play it yourself! This is pretty awesome news and certainly worth checking out. Hopefully it leads to some new insight and information about our favorite toy line!
Saturday, February 10, 2018
TT Games Opens Mobile Studio
Most LEGO fans are familiar with the titles that TT Games releases every year for consoles and home computers, but what about your phone or tablet? Sure, some of their games have been ported over, but sometimes it's good to have a native experience, which is why the group is expanding with a new studio in Brighton, UK, as gameindustry.biz reports
. The new office will focus on mobile titles designed that way from the ground up, and will hopefully offer some great gameplay and interesting new mechanics. I look forward to seeing what TT Games brings to mobile platforms in the future!
Friday, February 9, 2018
Depart from the Way of Ninjago
We missed sharing last week's chapter of Way of the Departed, so today you get to check out both Chapter 14
and Chapter 15
of the Ninjago fanfic. Of course, an unofficial story written by one of the creators of the theme carries a little more weight to it, so if you enjoy the characters and world building of the series we definitely suggest you check it out. It seems like there's no end in sight either, so who know how much more we have to look forward to!
elope Bricky Blocks
are a cross between a LEGO-compatible costume company and a clone brand line. elope is an established brand in the costume and "whimsical wearables" space, and their licenses for accessories based on My Little Pony, Transformers, Dr Suess and more are actually incorporated into some of their brick-based products (the licensed items were embargoed during Toy Fair 2017 and aren't in our pictures below). A highlights their full range, which covers compatible hats, neckties, bowties, sunglasses, wristbands, and pendants, along with their own version of LEGO design ID 3024 (1 x 1 plate).