Thursday, March 23, 2017
Don't Forget About the K-2SO Draft
I thought it might be time for a friendly reminder that there's still some spots left in our 2017 K-2SO Online Parts Draft
. For $15, you'll get an equal share of parts from the twenty sets we'll be drafting - considering this is a $25 set and there's likely to only be about fifteen people participating, this is a tremendous value in my opinion. Head on over to the store and reserve your spot now so you can get a whole bunch of nice LEGO parts for your collection!
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
LEGO Ideas Live Build this Friday
This Friday, March 24th, starting at 5 PM Eastern, you should head over to the BZPower YouTube channel
to watch us live! We'll be building a selection of sets from the LEGO Ideas theme, including 21306 The Beatles Yellow Submarine, 21307 Caterham Seven 620R, and 21308 Adventure Time, but possibly some older ones as well! Of course there will be prizes to give away, so it's sure to be worth checking out! I look forward to seeing you there keeping me company while I build!
Today LEGO is announcing the latest set in the Star Wars Ultimate Collector's Series: the 75144 Snowspeeder! While perhaps this hasn't been the best kept secret out there, at least we now have high resolution images, the designer video, and of course the full press release. To see what this new take on the iconic ship from Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back brings to the table, read on and check it all out!
An Interview at the Boat Repair Shop
Recent 10K Club inductee Robert Bontenbal was interviewed for his Boat Repair Shop LEGO Ideas entry for reaching the milestone. The interview
reminds up that Bontenbal has already joined the 10K Club for a previous fishing project
, and getting a set approved for production has not slowed him down from going back for seconds. Check out the interview for some insight on what went into the design process for this model.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
A New Game for Twitch Tuesday Tonight
Last week during our Twitch Tuesday stream we finished up the story mode for LEGO Batman. That means, in all likelihood, that tonight we'll be moving on to something different tonight, although that's up to you guys. You can head over to the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
to vote for what you'd like to see us play. Then, at around 7:30 PM Eastern you can check out our Twitch channel
to watch the fun begin. Make sure to follow us so you can get notified when we kick things off - we look forward to seeing you there as we share some LEGO gaming action!
A MOC that Shoots for the Stars
While elements in the Bionicle universe aren't quite the same as what we see on our periodic table, that doesn't stop fans from combining the two. That's what The Secret Walrus did when he created Hydrogen, Bearer of the Stars
, who appears to be an element lord of sorts. Bionicle lore aside, I like how the color scheme transitions from purple to blue to gold to orange to red representing the spectrum of colors found in the stars. The fire along the base does seem a tad cluttered, but I feel like it captures the entropy and chaos of the controlled explosion that is a star. The head is primarily System, but fits the build well and looks like something that could be a Bionicle head design. Make sure you let the builder know what you think of his creation in the topic and encourage him to post some more!
Go Vote in the March 2017 Flickr Contest
The polls opened last night
for the March 2017 Flickr Contest. There were over a dozen awesome entries, enough that you've got two preliminary polls to vote in - English and Continental. The first polls close on Thursday, March 23rd at 11:59 PM Eastern, so be sure to make your voice heard before then! What are you waiting for - head over there and start looking through the MOCs to narrow them down to your favorites. Good luck to all who entered; I look forward to seeing who makes it on to the final round!
Monday, March 20, 2017
Bfahome Learns to Fly
It's time again today for a new episode of Bfa Plays: LEGO Harry Potter! In Episode 4: Quidditch Time
, he learns how to play the favorite sport of wizards everywhere and then use those skills to save the day (as per usual)! When you're finished enjoying the gameplay and commentary, make sure you head on over to the discussion topic
to let us know what you thought! We'll be back with a new episode in just a couple of weeks on April 5th, so make sure you check back then to see what happens next!
Sunday, March 19, 2017
LEGO Statue of Liberty Displayed in DC
To preview upcoming exhibitions to the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, a 9-foot-tall LEGO model of the Statue of Liberty has been poised in the museum's first floor. The theme for 2017 is "The Nation We Build Together," and what better way to introduce visitors to that than a LEGO display? Details about the model and upcoming exhibit can be found on the museum's website
. Sounds like a trip into the city is in order.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Friends Designer Contest Finalists and Winner Announced
On Wednesday, LEGO announced the ten finalists
in their LEGO Friends Designer contest, and today they announced their grand prize winner
: eight-year-old Sienna from Great Britain! More pictures of Sienna's creation, a playground for Heartlake City, can be viewed here
. The finalists will each receive the full range of 2017 LEGO Friends sets, and Sienna and her family will win a week-long trip to Billund where she and the LEGO Friends design team will collaborate on turning her creation into an official LEGO Friends set (with Sienna herself as a LEGO mini-doll)! Follow the links above for more details!
LEGO Group CFO John Goodwin appointed as new LEGO Foundation CEO
LEGO Group CFO John Goodwin has been appointed
as the new CEO of the LEGO Foundation
. After four successful years at LEGO, he had announced last fall his intention to leave the company and pursue working within charitable causes this summer, so he was an obvious candidate when LEGO Foundation CEO Hanne Rasmussen stepped down earlier this year. He will step into his new role on April 1st.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Build Outside the Brick
You can build just about anything you can imagine with LEGO bricks - in a lot ways they're an artistic medium just like paint, clay, charcoal, or bronze. While sticking to one material in your creations is just fine, it's equally fine to do mixed media (unless you're a LEGO purist), and the latest ReBrick contest asks you to do just that. Go check out Building Beyond Bricks
, hosted by the LEGO Classic team, where you have to create an environment for your LEGO creations using everyday household objects. You have until April 20th to build and submit your entries, which you should definitely consider since the prizes include just about every current LEGO Classic set available - that's a lot of bricks! Good luck to everyone!
LEGO Ninjago Characters Page Updated for Season 7
The LEGO Ninjago website has finally been updated with character pages
for the new season, "Hands of Time"! Now you can learn about new characters like Acronix, Krux, and General Machia, as well as what's in store for returning characters like Master Wu and his ninja! This season still has yet to air in many parts of the globe including the United States, so be advised that there are some spoilers. Also, perhaps by mistake, there is no new character page listed for Lloyd. However, these pages still offer some helpful context for the current wave of sets released in January. Follow the link above to learn more!
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Continuing our coverage of LEGO-compatible toys at this year's Toy Fair, ZoZbot
brings us a robotic gaming platform that won awards earlier this year at CES. The ZoZbot features three omni wheels and can be quickly controlled out-of-the-box using smartphone apps. While this seems like an exciting toy in it's own right, the LEGO aspect is limited to a pair of discs (one with System studs, one with DUPLO studs) that can be used in the customizable top section - they're ideal for driving a minifig around, but may be difficult to use for much more (although we'd love to see what people come up with). Some of the other add-ons mentioned on their website (including a camera, a cannon, and a claw) sound exciting to play with as well.
You can find out more about ZoZbot at their website
or click through to see our photos of their booth at Toy Fair (including close-ups of the LEGO-compatible discs).
Bricks Cascade Covered by The Oregonian
Bricks Cascade took place this past weekend in Portland, OR, and while BZPower writes up our event coverage, local paper The Oregonian has a slideshow of numerous MOCs displayed at the event. Their article
features plenty of impressive MOCs from builders across the continent, including several from BZPers, highlighting just how much Bricks Cascade has grown and made its mark on the convention scene. Be sure to check out some fan-favorites, then keep an eye on BZPower for some more in-depth coverage.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Join the Darkness
Do you sometimes wish you could be the bad guy, sowing the seeds of destruction instead of saving civilization? If so, we've got the Text-Based RPG for you! Head over and check out Project Protodermis
by GoSP where you take the reins of a Dark Hunter and fight the Toa on Metru Nui to claim a Makoki Stone. The game has been running for a month now and is off to a fine start, but the more players the merrier! If you're looking for an RPG that doesn't have a lot to catch up on and offers something a bit different, run don't walk to the Bionicle RPG forum and give it a look!
Vintage LEGO Cars (and more) Sold at German Auction
An auction in Germany
closed on Monday with a variety of vintage LEGO collectibles. Alas, we didn't find out about it soon enough to bid on anything, but that may be for the best for our wallets. While there isn't too much information given about the various cars and sets sold, the beautiful professional photography provides a museum-quality close-up look and makes gems like the VW Beetle
recently posted an exciting interview
with BrickHeadz designer (and BZPower member
) Austin Carlson. In it, he discusses how the BrickHeadz line came about, and reveals fascinating details of the line's unusual development process - all the way back to when he first built Elie the Elephant
as a personal creation years ago.
Dan Lin Talks About Bringing LEGO to the Big Screen
recently published an interview with Dan Lin, the producer of The LEGO Movie
and its spin-offs. In it, he talks about how he convinced LEGO and Warner Bros. that a theatrical movie could do the LEGO brand justice, the lessons the development process offers for other brands, the challenges of localizing The LEGO Batman Movie
for the Chinese market, and the ongoing strategy for turning the first two LEGO movies into a cinematic universe. Follow the link above for the full interview!
As per usual, we'll be doing our Twitch stream tonight for your entertainment pleasure. At around 7:30 PM Eastern you can tune-in to our Twitch channel
to watch the LEGO gaming fun get started. Head on over to the discussion topic
to vote for what you'd like to see us play. As always, it should be a fun time and I look forward to seeing you guys there!
Monday, March 13, 2017
LEGOLAND Florida has recently announced
some upcoming events:
- Star Wars Days (included with park admission) are back and will be May 6th-7th and 13th-14th. It's unclear if this will include a fan display component.
- April 28th-30th, the Kidz Bop Kids will be at the park performing live and doing meet-and-greets (included with park admission).
There were a few more events announced that won't fit into our teaser. Click through if you're planning a trip to the park!
On a sadder note, we seem to have missed the recent news
that Merlin Entertainment has closed their California-based production shop in favor of moving their US-based model building/design work to their newer production shop near the Florida park.
Semi-Finalists Announced in LEGO Friends Designer Contest
The LEGO Group received over 28,000 entries in their LEGO Friends Designer Contest
, and this morning they announced the 20 semi-finalists
on Facebook. From a bouncy castle to a sushi restaurant to a florist's shop to a playground, there are a lot of creative ideas on display from kids all over the world. According to the contest schedule, the finalists should be announced this week, followed by the overall winner this Friday, March 17th. Follow the link above to check out the semi-finalist entries!
Flickr Contest Deadline Approaching
Don't forget that the entry period for the BZPower Flickr Contest - March 2017
ends this Saturday, March 18th, at 11:59 PM Eastern. You have until then to share your coolest constraction creation to be entered for a chance to win 71308 Tahu - Uniter of Fire and 71303 Ikir - Creature of Fire from last year's Bionicle collection. There's already some great entries, but there's plenty of space for more. So get building - we can't wait to see what you come up with!
Idea Wrangles 10,000 Votes
Joining the fleet of model LEGO cars might be the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
, which just gained the prestigious 10,000 votes in LEGO Ideas. Fans of off-road vehicles will enjoy this iconic piece of the esteemed Jeep, noting the visuals including the grill, mudguards and hood. Now we just have to wait for the review phase to see if this will roll into the toystore shelves.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Rebrick has unveiled a new contest celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Modular Buildings series. No, not that one
, but a new one
, focused on the Mini Modulars
scale. One Grand Prize winner will receive all of the Modulars Buildings sets (including Mini Modulars and going all the way back to Cafe Corner). Two Runners Up will receive 10255 Assembly Square
Due to a fluke in rolling this out, Rebrick has not made the deadline for this contest clear. However, the winners will be announced on May 24th, and presumably you'll be able to enter sometime between now and then. Keep an eye on the Mini Building Madness contest page
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Bionicle: Mask of Light
Original Soundtrack Now Available
Yesterday, as promised
, Nathan Furst's Bionicle: Mask of Light
Original Soundtrack was digitally released to the world! You can check it out for yourself on Amazon
($10.99), Google Play
($9.49), and Spotify
(free with paid subscription). The album consists of 18 tracks with a total running length of a little over an hour. After listening, feel free to drop by the Talkback and tell us your favorite tracks and how well you feel the score holds up after all these years!
Friday, March 10, 2017
Build a Micro-Speedwagon at B&N
The third LEGO Batman Movie
build event at Barnes and Noble bookstores is tomorrow, March 11. This event includes parts and instructions for building your very own micro-Batmobile, in this case the Speedwagon! Plenty of other LEGO building fun will take place, along with giveaways like posters and trading cards. Be sure to check with your local store
for their event time and see if sign-up is required.
LEGO Speed Champions McLaren 720S Revealed
Earlier this week, McLaren's new supercar, the 720S, was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. Just a couple days later, the official LEGO Facebook page in turn revealed a teaser image
of the car's LEGO Speed Champions incarnation, which is scheduled for release this June. The teaser image shows the car's vivid, streamlined front end at a dynamic angle on a black background. But if you're not content with just a glimpse, car enthusiast site DriveTribe
also published an exclusive preview of the complete set, which besides the car also includes a neat little automotive designer's desk! Follow the links above for pictures and more details!
Thursday, March 9, 2017
LEGO Shares Annual Results
After the livestream this morning, LEGO has shared their 2016 annual results
for everyone's viewing pleasure. All-in-all, it was a good year for them, but not a great one. They saw strong growth in some markets, but others, like the US, were flat. Hopefully, as they say in their summary, LEGO continues to find new ways to innovate and grow in 2017 and the future. If you're interested, you can read the full annual report right here