Archive for April 2019
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Brickworld Chicago Registration Deadlines Coming April 30th
is June 12th-16th, but you'll want to register soon if you want to attend while the theme is The Moon and Beyond. Regular registration closes April 30, 2019, which is also the last day to request table space. Are you planning to attend this year? Let us know in the Fan Events: Brickworld Chicago thread
in our Convention & Event Planning forum
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
BioCraft: Chronicles Released for All to See
After eight years of designing, filming, and dubbing, the folks at TTV have finished their Bionicle and Minecraft fan film. BioCraft: Chronicles
retells the first year of the Bionicle story with more humor, less fourth wall, and a lot of voxels. I haven't had a chance to watch the whole thing yet, but what I've seen makes me intrigued enough to see how it keeps going. Congrats to the team on getting this wrapped up and I hope it receives a positive response from the community!
Monday, April 15, 2019
We reported last week on a Guinness World Record that LEGO was attempting at Star Wars Celebration. Today the event has ended and with that we're sharing some images and info on the largest display of LEGO Star Wars minifigures ever. If you want to beat it, you'll need to amass over 35,210 minifigures, which is what twelve people spent thirty-eight hours assembling at Celebration Chicago. Let's take a closer look!
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Another Idea Blasts Off Past Ten Thousand Votes
Recently another project on LEGO Ideas has achieved ten thousand votes of support and will enter an upcoming review to determine if it will be turned into a set. Go check out SpaceX BFR / Starship & Super Heavy 1:110 Scale
by Albinolan, which is yet another aerospace project that has reached the milestone. It's not event the first SpaceX idea to be in the running, although maybe it will be the first to become a set. Let us know what you think of the design in the Talkback and whether or not you'd pick it up.
Saturday, April 13, 2019
The Faber Teases Continue
After his early posts in the beginning of April, it had looked like Christian Faber's Bionicle teases had stopped. But then a couple of days ago, this appeared on his Instagram
with the message, "You have been dreaming for an eternity. Amazing stories of light and darkness. Shaping your mind like a stream carves the rock. You know all and nothing. The moment before waking." That's certainly something that could be interpreted as Bionicle-related. What are your theories on what #14b2020 stands for and what Faber has in mind?
Friday, April 12, 2019
For the last several years now there's been a LEGO Star Wars D2C set released for May the Fourth, colloquially known as 'Star Wars Day.' This year is no different, except that LEGO gets to announce the set at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. Today the lid has been lifted on 75244 Tantive IV, the first ship to ever appear on screen in Star Wars. This set is more of a playset like 2009's 10198 rather than a UCS set like 2001's 10019, which means it includes minifigs and play features galore. To check out the hi-res images and see the press release, read on!
Thursday, April 11, 2019
LEGO to Attempt Guinness Record at Star Wars Celebration
Star Wars Celebration Chicago is kicking off today and in addition to celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, they are also celebrating the twentieth anniversary of LEGO Star Wars. As part of this, The LEGO Group is attempting to set a Guinness Book World Record for the largest Stormtrooper Army - this one will be made of LEGO Stormtrooper Minifigures (although we all know Buildable Figures would have been cooler :P). The collection will be unveiled when the show opens on Thursday and will be observed by a Guinness Book adjudicator to verify and record the record. We should hopefully have more images and information after the event - I'm curious to know how many minifigs are going to be involved!
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
LEGO Dinosaurs Revealed as LEGO House Exclusive Set
There are several perks for visiting LEGO HQ in Denmark, in particular getting a tour of the LEGO House. One such perk of getting souvenirs there are several exclusive sets, the latest of which will be available April 17th: #40366 LEGO House Dinosaurs. As shown in pictures of the LEGO House, three giant T-Rex models greet you as you walk in. Each is different, made from either Technic, System, or Duplo elements. Now these colorful creatures are immortalized as a set with 864 pieces and costing 599 DKK,
or about $90 USD. Check out the article on the LAN
for more details and an interview with the set designer.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
As I'm sure we all know, this year the partnership between LEGO and Star Wars celebrates its twentieth anniversary, as does the release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Later this week, Star Wars Celebration Chicago kicks off, and to get things going LEGO has shared some facts and a timeline looking back at the past two decades. To get a little bit of the history between the toy company from Denmark and the galaxy far, far away, read on!
Monday, April 8, 2019
Meet the Biggest Ninjago Fans
Did you think you were a big fan of the LEGO Ninjago theme? Well Omar
, and Matthew and Jonathan
might have something to say about that. They were all featured recently on the LEGO FanTube channel as the result of a quest to find the most dedicated followers of the long-running theme. It's pretty interesting to see how the characters and world have had an impact on these kids (and many more besides, I'm sure). If they had made these types of videos for Bionicle back in the day, who do you think would have been featured? Let us know in the Talkback!
Sunday, April 7, 2019
SPIKE Prime Adds New Programmable Brick and Awesome New Elements
Recently a new product from LEGO Education was discovered that has some people quite excited. SPIKE Prime
is a new programmable brick targeted at middle school age children, and while that part may not be a huge draw for AFOLs who like their Mindstorms, the new parts that come with it are. You can see a variety of them in the lesson plans
for SPIKE Prime or the Hardware Introduction Trailer
. I'm sure many will find uses for the new base frame, Technic frames, 2x4 brick with Technic axle holes, and the 'biscuits.' Are you looking forward to getting your hands on some of these new parts? Let us know in the Talkback!
Friday, April 5, 2019
The Faber Mystery Thickens
Yesterday we finally got around to sharing Christian Faber's first cryptic Instagram post teasing some sort of Bionicle reboot. Today we're a little more timely as less than a half hour ago he made this post
with the following comment:
Amazing!!! There is only one thing to do after that response. This project is "ON" from my side and now comes the hard part and the leap of faith and airtime until it takes the right shape. #14b2020
The image seems to be the continuation of a new 'BIONICLE' logo, giving us just one more letter in the word. Now we get to keep waiting until we learn what Christian Faber has up his sleeve.
Thursday, April 4, 2019
On Monday Bionicle co-creator Christian Faber made an Instagram post
of what could be interpreted as a Bionicle Gen 3 logo with the caption, "What if there is an undiscovered way back? A secret path to reset destiny. How many of you would join? #14B2020 The wave of inspiration from one single post is totally amazing. You are the best! This is all the fuel anybody could wish for!" Given the date, most believed this was just an April Fools joke, but it seems that there could more. The post has since gained eight hundred likes and over three hundred comments, including some interesting and mysterious replies from Mr. Faber. Read on to see more!
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
LEGO Ideas Designer Videos and Signings
The LEGO Ideas Team has posted a couple of designer videos over on the LEGO FanTube channel recently for you to check out. Go learn more about The Flintstones
and Steamboat Willie
and the process that took them from fan idea to store shelves. I always enjoy these looks behind the scenes, and they're almost always worth a watch. Let us know what you found most interesting in the Talkback!
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Arthur Gugick Dead Following Car Crash
It's a dark day in the LEGO community, and we'll unpack this more in the weeks to come - but we've lost one of the greats. The news has dripped out today, but the fatal car crash was late Saturday night. The Cleveland Jewish News has a thorough report
of the incident (including information regarding the funeral), although I suspect that those of us who knew him could share so much more than any news outlet has said so far.
A portfolio and Flickr photostream showcasing his models are still online, and both look surprisingly humble - while Arthur Gugick was a pioneering builder whose stories and techniques won't be forgotten, his photos online are largely public-friendly overviews of his masterful creations.
Monday, April 1, 2019
We're less than a month away from Marvel's Avengers: Endgame, the highly-anticipated culmination of the first ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As with many of the recent installments in the MCU, LEGO has created some tie-in sets for the film, which they are announcing today. What's more, the sets are available today as well! This isn't an April Fool's joke, honest, so read on to check out the details and hi-res images!