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Thursday, August 27, 2015
Hot Bionicle News An Interview with WALL-E's Designer
Angus MacLane holds the interesting distinction of being the animator at Pixar (now writer and director) who was one of the creative forces behind WALL-E's design for the film and the AFOL who created the LEGO Ideas WALL-E project that is now an official LEGO set. Sara Moore from the Ideas team recently posted an interview with Angus talking about the creation and evolution of the model as well as his experience working with LEGO in getting it made into an actual set. While I think it might be cheating a little to be the person at Disney who had to approve the model, it's still a great read and worth checking out! Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News Scooby Doo Goes for a Ride
A new video was recently posted on the LEGO YouTube channel for all you Scooby Doo and stop motion fans. LEGO Scooby-Doo - Ghoul On Wheels - Stop Motion Mini Movie features Scoob and the gang as well as the creepy haunted lighthouse. Will they be able to catch the ghost of the lighthouse keeper in time? Will there be horrible puns? You'll just have to watch to find out! Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News LEGO Dimensions Packs' Release Dates Finalized
The LEGO Dimensions game is only a month away, and with that comes plenty of add-on packs to enhance the gaming experience. The LEGO Dimensions facebook page just released an image of Level, Team and Fun Packs that will accommodate and follow the game's initial release (along with a link to a larger image). These packs allow you to play as these characters all throughout the game, and even unlock some special features special for them. The releases are staggered by a few months, so good luck saving up for your favorites. Talk Back in our Forums

BZPower Bionicle Book Blog Giveaway
[Source: Jedi Master J.]
We already reported on the release of the first Bionicle chapter book, Island of the Lost Masks. But Jedi Master J. has gone a step further and is hosting a giveaway in his blog to celebrate the release of the chapter book! He'll be giving away four copies, which can be either physical or a Kindle copy, and all you have to do to enter is comment on his blog entry that you're interested to join in. But you better hurry; his deadline is August 28th, 2015 at 11:00 PM EST. And make sure to thank Jedi Master J. for hosting this awesome giveaway! Talk Back in our Forums

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Hot Bionicle News How Sustainable Should LEGO Become?
There's been some press recently about LEGO looking into sustainable alternatives for ABS in the future. This has some people worried that the quality of our beloved bricks might decrease. Well it just so happens that LEGO cares about what you think, and have asked some LEGO Ambassadors to gather feedback from our communities. Head over to LEGO Materials Sustainability in General Discussion and answer the couple of questions there before noon on Sunday, August 30th to get your voice heard by the people within LEGO who are driving the decisions of tomorrow. What are you waiting for, go answer! Talk Back in our Forums

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Market News New LEGO Justice League Movie Out with Minifig
The latest LEGO Justice League movie, Attack of the Legion of Doom, is out now on DVD and Blu-Ray. Just like past LEGO DC Comics movies, this comes with an exclusive minifig: The Trickster, a character previously not seen in the brick! See for yourself on Amazon, and watch a clip here. Just like in CW's The Flash, Mark Hamill personifies the Trickster, and credits also include Troy Baker returning as Batman. Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News LEGO Bionicle and Elves Chapter Books Released
Yesterday was the release of Island of Lost Masks by Ryder Windham and Quest for the Keys by Stacia Deutsch, the first chapter books for the rebooted LEGO Bionicle storyline and the LEGO Elves storyline, respectively. An official discussion topic for Island of Lost Masks has been created over in the Bionicle Discussion forum. If you've read the book, head over there to share your thoughts just be sure to tag your spoilers! Talk Back in our Forums

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
BZPower A Friendly Beetle
When Bionicle: The Legend Reborn and the sets to go along with it were released some were disappointed that Mata Nui's companion Click wasn't made in set form. There have been a lot of MOCs of Click since then but I think that Tribute to A Scarabax by Sergei Rahkmaninoff is among the best that I've seen. The use of System components is blended well with the constraction pieces, making for a cohesive overall look. I love the gem piece that he uses for the eyes too. What's more though, is that Click also happens to be the name of a BZPower Member (and an excellent builder himself), who is going away for a while, and this was Sergei's farewell present to him. It's a great creation with a great story, and definitely one worth checking out! Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News LEGO Worlds Update 2 is Live
A new post in the LEGO Worlds blog on Steam has let us know that Update 2 is now live for everyone to play! TT Games' Chris Rose goes through all the changes they've made, including underwater, discoveries, the map, virtual floor, and more. They've also fixed a whole list of bugs, which are documented in the post too. If you took a break from the game for whatever reason, now might be a great time to download the update and check it out again! Talk Back in our Forums

BZPower Twitch Tuesday Today
Another week has flown by and it's Tuesday again. That means we get to go play LEGO games on our Twitch channel! Just like last week, the game we play is up to you, so make your voice heard. The stream should start around 7:30 PM Eastern time, and we're hoping to have fewer technical issues than last time. Make sure you subscribe to our channel and follow us on Twitter to get notified exactly when we kick things off! Talk Back in our Forums

Monday, August 24, 2015
BZPower July Flickr Contest Results
The dust has settled, and of the around two-dozen entries to the July Flickr Contest, hosted on BZPower's Flickr Group, the winner has been decided. Congratulations to Djokson, whose entry, The Mordagogg, stole the show. You can check out his topic in BBC to get an up-close and personal look at the beast. In particular I'm a fan of the eyes and face, with the Kraata on the tail and the front claws being close runners up. Make sure you go look at the full results and check out the other finalists, all of whom had some fantastic entries. A big thanks to everyone who entered, and another congrats to Djokson - that thing is going to give me nightmares! Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News Indominus rex Breaks Free
Hot on the heels of the Rivendell project, another model at LEGO Ideas has reached ten thousand votes of support! This times it's Indominus rex by senteosan and if that name sounds familiar it's because his Bricksauria: Tyrannosaurus rex and Jurassic Park projects have each achieved 10,000 votes in the past. The I. rex build is very similar to the T. rex model, with the obvious differences being the color scheme, the front arms, and the spikes along its back. It's a great-looking model, scientific sensibilities aside, with some interesting techniques used to achieve the organic shape. Now we'll just have to see how it fares at the next LEGO Ideas review! Talk Back in our Forums

Sunday, August 23, 2015
Hot Bionicle News LEGO Ideas Imladris Hits 10k
This is probably the most over-the-top LEGO Ideas project to have achieved ten thousand votes of support. The Hobbit - Rivendell by fishingtwister is an amazing model of the Last Homely House from Peter Jackson's Hobbit movies, featuring ten different buildings and bridges to attach them as well as nineteen minifigures. According to the description, the mountain is not part of the model, which is a relief, because there's no way LEGO would ever make that into a set. Still though, it's one of the largest models to reach its goal in Ideas, and while I'd love to see it in person, I think the chances of us seeing it on store shelves are pretty low. Talk Back in our Forums

Saturday, August 22, 2015
Welcome back to another BZPower set review. This time around we're looking at this year's batch of Infernites Mixels: 41530 Meltus, 41531 Flamzer, and 41532 Burnard. Will these guys light a spark under you until you rush to the store and buy them? Or will their candle burn out long before the legend ever did? Read and watch our review to find out! Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

Hot Bionicle News LEGO Bionicle Facebook Page Shares Tahu Artwork
LEGO designers create some incredible Bionicle-inspired art, and the official LEGO Bionicle Facebook page continues to grace us with that art! Their latest post was a Tahu illustration in the style of the new webisodes, drawn by BZPower's own Corvin (Vezok's Friend), who works for the LEGO Group as a LEGO City designer. They also invite artists from the fan community to share their own Bionicle-inspired artwork to the page. Follow the link above to check out this new artwork, share your own artwork, and possibly get inspired for your next Bionicle masterpiece! Talk Back in our Forums

Friday, August 21, 2015
Hot Bionicle News LEGO Bionicle Website Updated with Episode 12: The Game
[Source: BZPower members]
The LEGO Bionicle website has been updated with its third story episode for the summer (and twelfth story episode overall), titled "The Game". The Toa confront the nefarious Skull Slicer in the Arena, but they will need both teamwork and Lewa's knowledge of the game of Hammer Flush in order to win back Lewa's Golden Mask of Jungle. Will our heroes prevail, or have they already lost the game? Click here to see what happens! Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News LEGO Ninjago Site Updated with Story 6: Fakes and Snakes
The LEGO Ninjago Explore page has been updated with a new story recap titled "Fakes and Snakes". This story recaps the events of episodes 43 ("The Greatest Fear of All") and 44 ("The Corridor of Elders"), effectively wrapping up the show's fourth season and the Tournament of Elements story arc. Now how long before we start seeing recaps of the events of season five and the Possession story arc, I wonder? Follow the link above for a refresher course on the conclusion of season four! Talk Back in our Forums

Recently, LEGOLAND Malaysia announced that they will be premiering a LEGO Ninjago live show titled "LEGO Ninjago and the Realm of Shadows" on August 28. The show is written by Dan and Kevin Hageman, the creators of the LEGO Ninjago TV series, and will combine 4D effects, video mapping, and puppetry to present this brand-new adventure. Follow the link above or read on to see the full description! Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

Hot Bionicle News LEGO Ranks as Top Social Media Brand
ListenFirst recently published their Digital Engagement Ratings for the second quarter of 2015, ranking companies on their social media engagement on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms. Smart Blogs reported on the rankings informing us that LEGO was the top brand from April to June. Their YouTube channel, which published over 700 videos over that time, was the driving factor of that rating, catapulting it ahead of MTV, Hasbro, NFL, and Coca-Cola, who rounded out the top five. It seems that not only is LEGO making great sets, they're engaging with their fans better than most other companies out there! Talk Back in our Forums

Thursday, August 20, 2015
Today we're kicking off a new series on our YouTube channel, in a manner of speaking. You might remember when BZPower Blog Assistant Bfahome did a playthrough of Bionicle Heroes last year. Now Bfa Plays is back, and he's picked up LEGO Racers as his new challenge. Go check out Bfa Plays: LEGO Racers - Episode 1: Redbeard's Run on our channel or read on to watch it right here. When you're done, head on over to the discussion topic to let us know what you think. New episodes will be released on the twentieth of each month, so check back in September to see how the races go next time! Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

Hot Bionicle News Jurassic World in 90 Seconds
Brotherhood Workshop are the masters of LEGO stop-motion and it shows in their latest clip, Jurassic World in 90 Seconds that took around 200 hours of work. If you watched the movie, you will definitely recognize the major plot points and enjoy the additional humor and the masterful animation that we love Brotherhood Workshop for. Check it out! Talk Back in our Forums

Market News Temple of Airjitzu Available for VIPs
If you are a LEGO VIP member (which is free, so why wouldn't you be?), you can now purchase the very awesome LEGO Ninjago 70751 Temple of Airjitzu set from Shop@Home, as this page informs us. The set will be available to all starting September 1st, so if you want to get it before everyone else you had better place your order soon. If you're on the fence about picking up this admittedly expensive set, be sure to check out the announcement from last month that has the designer video, hi-res images, and press release. If you're a Ninjago fan, this one isn't to be missed! Talk Back in our Forums

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Hot Bionicle News LEGO Club Reveals the Mixed-Up, Maxed-Out King Nixel!
The LEGO Club website has posted instructions for a new "King Nixel" model. But rather than a normal-sized Nixel like you find in select Mixels sets, this model is in fact a towering combination model of all nine of this year's Nixels! A "Nixel Nui", if you will! Click here to read about King Nixel, or here to jump directly to the PDF building instructions! Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News Scooby Doo LEGO Dimensions Trailer Released
A new trailer has gone up on YouTube for the upcoming LEGO Dimensions game. Lego Dimensions Scooby-Doo Trailer - Game-Play & Cartoon Short starts off as an animated piece, looking like a classic Scooby Doo cartoon. After a mysterious delivery Scooby and Shaggy find themselves building the LEGO Dimensions portal and jumping into the game. There's a bunch of gameplay shown with all the crazy crossovers we've come to expect from Dimensions. I'm hoping there's some dialog in there to acknowledge the Scooby Doo episodes with Batman from back in the day! Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News Stay Puft Man Maxes Out
Over on LEGO Ideas a new project has achieved ten thousand votes of support. First it was the Ghostbusters Ecto 1 project, and now it's the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the same series, also created by Brent Waller. We're already getting a minifig version of the Stay Puft Man in LEGO Dimensions next year, so it will be interesting to see if the project passes review to give us a larger version as well. Talk Back in our Forums

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Christmas may be several months away, but August is the time when LEGO traditionally unveils its new Winter Village set for the year, and this year is no different. What is different is that this year is something of a re-release. If you missed 10199 Winter Village Toy Shop back in 2009 then you're in luck, because this year's set - 10249 Winter Toy Shop - is an updated version of that model. With more minifigs, more toys, and more details, the new set really takes things up a notch, and can provide you with a good reason to retire your now six year old set. The Winter Toy Shop will be available to VIP members starting on September 16th and everyone else on October 1st. To check out the Designer Video, high resolution pictures, and the full press release, read on! Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

BZPower Twitch Tuesday Takes Requests
It's Tuesday and that means we'll be starting up the old Twitch channel tonight to stream some LEGO games goodness. This time around though, instead of us deciding on the game we play, you can vote and let us know what you'd like to see us stream. We'll kick things off by 7:30PM Eastern time, and as always you can find out exactly when we go live by following us on Twitch or Twitter. See you tonight! Talk Back in our Forums

BZPower Wait, It's a Real Thing?
When I first read WHAT IS THE POTOO?!, a comedy by BZPower Member Lucina, I thought that 'Potoo' was a made-up word for the picture of the bird in the story. But it turns out that it really exists, and as a result this zany story is lent a little bit of factual basis. If you enjoy the Mafia universe that has been created through the games, fan-fiction, art, and more on the forums, you'll enjoy this brief origin story for the bizarre bird that has been featured there. It's not a long read, so go check it out! Talk Back in our Forums

Monday, August 17, 2015
Hot Bionicle News The Characters of LEGO Dimensions
Over at Electric Playground a new video was recently posted providing some insight into the upcoming LEGO Dimensions videogame. In The Characters of LEGO Dimensions, we get a look into the variety of playable minifigs we'll have access to in the game as well as some overall information about the gameplay. It's a good high level look at Dimensions if you haven't been keeping up with every single news story that's been coming out. Talk Back in our Forums

Sunday, August 16, 2015
Today we're going to take a look at another set from the LEGO Minecraft theme - 21121 The Desert Outpost. As the second-largest set in the line coming out this year, it's one of the more impressive of the block-like playsets. But is that enough for you to want to buy it? Or is it better off left in the desert itself? Read and watch our review to find out! Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

Saturday, August 15, 2015
It's been a month since we got to meet ChocolateFrogs as a part of our YouTube series 'Meet the Staff.' That means, of course, that it's time for a new episode! Head over to our YouTube channel to Meet Sumiki, the zany Forum Assistant. Learn about how he got into LEGO, why his dad is so famous, what's with all the hats, and more. He even builds some LEGO sets and does an impromptu set review. When you're done watching, head over to the discussion topic to let us know what you think and who you'd like to see in future episodes! Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

Friday, August 14, 2015
BZPower Vote in the Flickr Contest Final Poll
The preliminary round has ended and now it's time to determine the winner of the current Flickr Contest! Head over to the Flickr Contest 7/15 Final Poll! and pick your favorite MOC from among the ten finalists. You have until Sunday, August 15th at 11:59 PM Eastern to vote, so head over there now and help us decide who will come out on top! Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News Official Images of LEGO WALL-E Set Revealed
LEGO Community Manager Tim Courtney has made a new post on the LEGO Ideas blog: Introducing LEGO Ideas #011 WALL-E. As you can probably guess from the title, the latest set from LEGO Ideas has now been officially released, with high resolution images for us to ogle over. The set will be available starting on September 1st and will retail for $49.99 in the US. I know I'm looking forward to getting my copy - how about you? Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News LEGO Makes Shortlist for Advertising Award
You may remember the Kronkiwongi campaign LEGO worked on earlier this year, or you may not. Someone noticed, however, and the campaign has made the shortlist for the Media Week Awards 2015. Called, "the UK media industry's biggest night of the year," LEGO & Facebook, who worked together on Kronkiwongi, have been nominated for Media Idea - Medium, although there's not much information as to what that means. The winners will be announced on October 22nd, so we'll have to wait until then to see if LEGO wins! Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News LEGO Dimensions Achievements Discovered
LEGO Dimensions comes out in a little over a month (so soon?!) and as we get closer we keep learning more about the game. Recently the achievements for the Xbox 360 version were posted on Xbox Achievements, giving an idea of the content in the game. It looks like there will be about fourteen main levels, and the achievements range from all but guaranteed to grind-fests. I assume the trophies on the Playstation side will be the same, so this list should give you a little bit of an idea of what to expect. Have you preordered your copy yet? Talk Back in our Forums

Thursday, August 13, 2015
Hot Bionicle News A Dozen Donuts Determine Defeat
A new video has recently appeared on the LEGO YouTube channel, and if you're a fan of Mystery, Inc. you'll want to check it out. Clocking in at a little over a minute, LEGO Scooby-Doo - Donuts save the day! Stop Motion Mini movie is a cool little vignette featuring Scooby Doo, Shaggy, and all their closest monster buddies. They have to use their heads (or maybe their stomachs) to find a way out of a sticky situation. As is always the way though, our heroes prevail. Give it a watch! Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News ReBrick Launches Technic Competition
The folks over at LEGO ReBrick have started up a new contest in conjunction with the launch of 42043 Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245, this year's flagship Technic set. What will Mercedes-Benz trucks look like thirty years from now, in 2045? That's just what the Build THE Mercedes-Benz Truck of the future! contest wants to find out, and you can help! You have until October 5th, 2015 to build an amazing truck and enter it - you can even include a video of your design process if you'd like. The winner will take home 1000 EUR worth of LEGO Technic sets as well as a signed LEGO Technic 42043 Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 set. What are you waiting for; get building! Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News BIONICLE Episode 11
The saga continues! This time, the Toa fight back, argue (again) and split up, Pohatu impresses with his strength and Lewa finally gets into trouble! (Be honest, you've all been waiting for this). We're starting to see some actual action and I'm really liking it so far. I'm excited for the next episode and I hope poor Lewa is going to get help soon but I'm afraid not before all the Toa get into more trouble! Check out Episode 11: The Arena right now on BIONICLE.com! Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News New LEGO Dimensions Gameplay
Last week in Cologne, Germany the largest gaming convention in the world was held - gamescom. The TT Games crew was on site showing off LEGO Dimensions and some of the open world gameplay it will feature. IGN has a great video as does FamilyGamerTV showing off the worlds you unlock by buying the expansion packs (as well as the three that come with the game). If you're interested in Dimensions, check these out to learn more about all the awesome content that will be crammed inside! Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News Joker Cast in LEGO Batman Movie
Last month The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Michael Cera would be performing the voice of Robin in the upcoming LEGO Batman movie. This time around, they've broken the news of who will be voicing Batman's archenemy, the Joker. Zach Galifianakis, best known for his role in the Hangover movies, will be giving life to the crown prince of crime, and while he's not Mark Hamill, I'm sure he'll do a great job. Talk Back in our Forums

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