Sunday, March 18, 2018
Jurassic World BrickHeadz Coming
LEGO revealed that two characters from Jurassic World
are becoming BrickHeadz: Owen and his favorite raptor Blue. Shown off on The Brothers Brick
, both figures have printed parts and an attention to detail as expected in these sets. These will retail for $20 with 234 pieces. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
sets are coming to stores in April, so we expect these to show up soon too.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Springtime Deals From LEGO
It's time for the next round of deals from shop.LEGO.com or LEGO Brand Stores. To celebrate the season, you can get 5005249 LEGO Classic Easter Bunny Hut with purchases of $35 or more from now until March 31th, or as supplies last. Furthermore, LEGO is offering double VIP points until March 30th. If these are deals you want to take advantage of, you can follow this link
to support BZPower when you order from LEGO Shop-At-Home!
Friday, March 16, 2018
Hulkbuster Designer Video Released
Earlier today LEGO shared the designer video for 76105 The Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition over on their YouTube channel
. Funnily enough, the video doesn't feature the designer of the model but instead LEGO set designer Justin Ramsden from the superheroes team and graphic designer Adam Corbally. They go through all of the cool details on the set as well as the design process used to create it. In addition, they talk a little bit about what it takes to be a LEGO designer and how they got their jobs. It's definitely a fun watch, so go check it out!
Thursday, March 15, 2018
LEGO Ideas Tron Teaser
The folks over at LEGO Ideas are getting a little antsy about the upcoming announcement of 21314 TRON Legacy Lightcycle, so they had to give us a little tease. Head over to the Ideas Blog
to watch the short video and teaser image they've posted for the set. It looks like we're going to get two cycles, but Daft Punk is notably absent. Let us know if you're as excited for this set as we are in the Talkback!
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Toys R Us to Sell or Liquidate All Stores
After filing for bankruptcy last year, closing almost 200 stores early this year, and fielding market rumors this past week, Toys "R" Us has announced it will be closing all of its locations in the US. As reported by USA Today
, stores will be liquidated, and locations are to be sold or closed, which means some stores could be bought by a smaller buyer. What this means for us LEGO fans is an immediate chance at some sales, but a long-term struggle to find LEGO sets and promotions around town. While TRU was notorious for marking up their prices, they also had exclusives not found anywhere else. As the last retail chain toy store, everyone is left wondering how the toy industry will be shaped after these events. Personally, I have been shopping a TRU near my home since I was a kid, and will be sad to see this childhood staple off the map. How will you remember this toy store?
Today we're getting into some 2018 LEGO set reviews, and to tie into the recently-announced Art Contest: The Definitive Edition!
, they're going to be about Star Wars! To start off, Ta-metru_defender takes a look at 75201 First Order AT-ST, which in a way is a revamp of the chicken walker we've seen several times over the years. Will this iteration avoid the insurgent attacks and tree trunks of its predecessors, or will it succumb to the same design flaws? While you're thinking about that and what to enter into the contest, come see how this set stacks up!
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Watch Us Build Some Revamps
This Saturday, March 17th, starting at 5 PM Eastern, we're going to be building the two most recent additions to the LEGO Star Wars buildable figures theme ove on the BZPower YouTube channel
! In conjunction with the recently-announced Art Contest: The Definitive Edition!
, we'll be building 75533 Boba Fett and 75534 Darth Vader both of which are revamps in a way. We'll also be giving away some of the original Star Wars buildable figures and maybe some others as well. You'll have to watch to find out - see you there!
Today, in conjunction with the release of the trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
, LEGO has revealed one of the sets that will be coming out in advance of the film. They were kind enough to pass on a hi-res image and information about 75951 Grindelwald's Escape, which will be hitting store shelves this August. To check out the set, read on!
Appetite for Parody
I think we can all agree that Guns N' Roses' debut album, Appetite for Destruction, will be remembered as one of the most popular rock albums of all time, so it only makes sense that its music would inspire others. Apparently tamaru34 is one of those people and has created Welcome to Le-Wahi (By Swords n' Morbuzahk)
as a tribute of sorts to Welcome to the Jungle. Just reading through his lyrics, Slash's guitar riffs started playing in my head, and it was kind of odd to hear Axl Rose singing about Bionicle. Go give it a read, and let us know what you think! Bonus points if someone goes out and actually records a cover of this version!
Welcome to Tuesday! Of course that means that tonight we'll be over on the BZPower Twitch channel
streaming some LEGO videogame action. Last week we finished the DLC for LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2, so tonight we're going to be moving on to a new game. As of right now, our voting is in a deadlock, so you should head over to the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
to help us decide what we play! Whatever we end up with, it's sure to be a lot of fun that we look forward to sharing with you all. See you then!
Monday, March 12, 2018
Redesign a Star Wars Set
It's been a while since we've had an art contest of any kind, and it's high time we changed that. Tufi Piyufi has kicked off Art Contest: The Definitive Edition!
, which challenges you to pick a LEGO Star Wars set and create concept art for a new, improved, and revamped version. You have until Monday, March 26th at 11:59 PM Eastern Time to submit your entry, so start brainstorming and come up with a set that you think you can improve. Up for grabs are a copy of 75534 Darth Vader for first place and 75533 Boba Fett for second, to help incentivize you to compete. We wish the best of luck to everyone, and can't wait to see what you come up with!
WIRED Explores LEGO's Sustainable Brick Progress
We covered the gist of this story last week
, but WIRED
went a step further and got comments from LEGO VP Tim Brooks and a few bio-chemicals researchers
. Yes, kids, while they might not know LEGO as well as we do, actual journalists getting paid to do this sort of thing can provide valuable context that we can't with our all-volunteer news team. Of note: a look at the scope of what's left for LEGO to figure out to meet their 2030 sustainability and environmental responsibility goals, and a brief look at some of the other options LEGO may pursue to reach those goals.
Bionicle in the Middle
As fans of Bionicle, we've all come across other AFOLs who just don't 'get it.' The LEGO fan comic Bricks in the Middle covered that subject in their most recent issue, BIONICLE is real LEGO
, with a special cameo appearance! Kevin Hinkle, I forgive you for not 'getting' the best LEGO theme ever, Fort Legorado was cool too. Go give it a read and check out the back issues too, and subscribe to their mailing list and follow them on social media and all that stuff! Also, as thanks for the callout, we're giving away a swag pack
with some Bricks in the Middle memorabilia, so awesome we had to sail to international waters to get it. All you have to do is click that link to enter, but make sure you read the comic first!
Sunday, March 11, 2018
AbbieDabbles Launches Custom Minifigures Line
The new hotness announced to the AbbieDabbles mailing list is a small series of custom minifigures
now available for $15 each. The characters include painter Bob Ross
, a Boy Scout
, a female scientist
, and a nurse
. For even more customization, they've offered to take requests on hair color for the female characters. Use the code "love2shipfree" for free shipping on orders over $35.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Last Minute BrickHeadz Live Build
I had my schedule open up this evening so I decided to run out to Toys 'R' Us this morning to take advantage of the sales going on right now
and pick up some of the latest BrickHeadz, with the intent of building them live tonight. So come join me at the BZPower YouTube channel
tonight at 5 PM Eastern to check out the Justice League BrickHeadz along with the two seasonal ones that have been released so far in 2018. There will be bricks, discussion, and prizes, so make sure you tune in. See you there!
Friday, March 9, 2018
Today LEGO has shared with us some images and information on the upcoming BrickHeadz sets based on Marvel's The Avengers: Infinity War. The set of four characters include Iron Man (again?), Thanos, Star-Lord, and Gamora and will be available on April 1st. Read on to check them out and see which ones you might want to pick up!
Return to Elvendale in Three New LEGO Elves Webisodes
LEGO.com has just been updated with the first three LEGO Elves webisodes for 2018! In the first, "The Enemy
", the elf witch Ragana Shadowflame uncovers some dark secrets about Elvendale's past. The second, "Toys in the Attic
", finds Emily and Sophie Jones at home going through their grandmother's old belongings in search of some direction. And in the third, "Relight My Fire
", Emily returns to Elvendale and finds Azari Firedancer more troubled than she's ever seen her before. Follow the links above to watch the videos!
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Aside from all of the sets, the LEGO booth at Toy Fair also featured a lot of licensed merchandise. You've seen some of it in our other coverage for themes like Ninjago, Star Wars, and Jurassic World, but there was also some generic stuff too. Some of it may not be new, but I have a feeling there will be some things you're not familiar with. Let's check it out!
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
BioniLUG at Maker Faire NOVA Approaching Quickly
As reported last month
, BZPower's own LEGO Users Group, BioniLUG, will have a booth at the upcoming Maker Faire NoVa on Sunday, March 18. Several BZPower members will be manning a booth showing off all sorts of LEGO creations to inspire the next generation of builders (and maybe a few adults in their dark ages too). The event is at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, from 11-5. Location and parking information can be found on the website
and tickets can be bought
ahead of time. We look forward to seeing you there.
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Sales on New Sets at TRU
The latest circular from Toys R Us stores boasts that over 20 LEGO sets are discounted at 20% off. The selection looks to include new sets from Star Wars, Ninjago, City, Friends, and more. Furthermore, all BrickHeadz are buy one, get one at 40% off. That like, a head and a half and then some! Check out your local TRU for deals like these, as well as the new polybags from the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes and LEGO Batman Movie lines.
Yesterday, 11 Disney theme parks and properties came to Google Street View
. Among other things, this means that we now have panoramic images of the LEGO Imagination Centers in Anaheim's Downtown Disney District and Lake Buena Vista's Disney Springs. Notably, these do not include parts of the parks currently under construction, so the Star Wars pavilion at Disney's Hollywood Studios (where we'd expect to see some sculptures) is missing. We could use help figuring out where the Star Wars sculptures may be hiding in Google Street View, and we'd love to see what other interesting images (preferably LEGO-related) you can dig up. To that end, we're holding an impromptu contest: find a view worth sharing with BZPower members on Google Street View, post a link to it in the talkback thread, and you'll have a chance to win a Star Wars constraction set. More details and a few starting points after the jump.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Speeding Through the Finish Line
We've brought up before how a little structure can inspire builders to make some great MOCs. What that means for today is that a LEGO speeder bike contest on Flickr resulted in Distorted building Six Minifig-Scale Speeder Bikes
. I enjoy how each bike has its own unique design cues, even though there are some similarities, and I really like the different landscape elements that they all have. My favorite would have to be the Jepsen-Kuhn 'Honeybee' for its use of a CCBS shell on the nose. Go check them all out and let the builder know what you think!'
Looks like we've made it, once again, to Tuesday. Great job everyone! Our reward is to play some videogames. We'll be heading over to the BZPower Twitch channel
tonight at 7:30 PM Eastern to start the fun. I'm fighting a bit of a cold right now, so it's likely going to be a shorter stream, but we didn't want to skip because of a runny nose. Let us know what you'd like to see us play by heading over to the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
and sharing your thoughts. I'm looking forward to another fun stream with you all!
LEGO Shares 2017 Annual Results
LEGO has shared
their 2017 annual results, and they don't seem very excited about it. Sales were flat year over year, but revenue and profits were down in part due to a 'clean-up of inventories across the chain.' Now before you worry that this means that LEGO is going out of business, keep in mind that their net profit in 2017 was still approximately $1.3 BILLION USD (7.8 bn DKK), which is after their expenses, taxes, and everything else. So while that's less than the $1.56 bn USD (9.4 bn DKK) that they netted last year, LEGO is still very much in the black. Additionally, they saw sales grow in the last quarter of 2017, which could indicate that they're off to a good start in 2018. What interested me the most is that The LEGO Batman Movie wasn't mentioned at all and The LEGO Ninjago Movie was only mentioned briefly. Let us know your thoughts on these results in the Talkback!
Monday, March 5, 2018
Way of the Departed Updates
There have been a couple of updates to everyone's favorite unofficial Ninjago fanfic Way of the Departed. Creator of Ninjago Tommy Andreasen has recently posted Chapter 16
and Chapter 17
on Twitter for our reading enjoyment. There's some great artwork as always to go along with the continuation of the story, both of which are certainly worth checking out. Give them a read and then join the rest of us in waiting patiently for the next installment!
Bfa Plays Gets Dark
Today we've got a new episode of Bfa Plays: LEGO Harry Potter. In Episode 26: Check Out This A-maze-ing Pun
the Triwizard Tournament comes to an end as Harry teams up with Cedric Diggory to find their way through a maze. Things take a turn for the worse when He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named shows up and Harry must face off against him. Things happen a bit differently from what we see in the book and film, so you'll just have to give it a watch to find out! When you're done, make sure you head over to the discussion topic
to leave your feedback. See you all next episode!
LEGO 2017 Annual Result Press Conference Begins Tomorrow
Tomorrow at 10:00am Central European Time (4:00am Eastern Standard Time), the LEGO Group will be announcing their 2017 Annual Result. After a weaker-than-usual 2016 annual result
and 2017 interim result
, it will be interesting to see where the holiday shopping season left their revenues and profits at year's end. We can also anticipate a rundown of some of the year's top-selling sets and themes. If you're up and available when the press conference begins, you can watch a livestream of it here
. If not, keep your eyes on BZPower tomorrow for our story on the annual result!
Sunday, March 4, 2018
Help Decorate the LEGO House
The latest contest on LEGO Rebrick tasks builders to create a model that winners will have displayed at the LEGO House in Billund, Denmark. Details of the contest
ask for creations of a nature vignette or model of an interior room for minifigs. Winners will then send their MOC to Billund to be displayed in the LEGO House! Winners also receive a signed copy of the LEGO House Architecture set. The entry period ends on April 6, so get building!
April LEGO Store Calendar Shows Promotions
Despite all the exciting promotions happening right now
with LEGO purchases, the April calendar offers some deals to plan for too. Able to download on LEGO.com
, the calendar details gifts with purchase such as the Darth Vader Battle Pod and Minifig Factory which are sure to be a hit. These deals are usually available on Shop at Home
too, but the calendar lists many events geared for kids and are in-store only. It's always nice to have a reason to swing by the LEGO Store.