Friday, March 23, 2018
BricksCascade 2018 This Weekend
Portland's premier convention
concerning building bricks transpires tomorrow. Go gaze at cool creations, from spectacular space ships to terrific Technic contractions to the Bionicle's builders popular presentation of constructed characters. BricksCascade opens its doors to the public at the Oregon Convention Center from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, March 24th, and from 10 AM to 4 PM on Sunday, March 25th. If you're in the area, stop by and say hi!
Disney Parks Google Street View Contest Continues Through 3/31
We announced a contest earlier this month
to celebrate the addition of Disney locations to Google Street View. We'll close that on March 31st - you still have over a week to dig up interesting views and share them in the talkback thread
for a chance to win Star Wars buildable figure sets. Early leaders for staff favorites include views of Fantasia Mickey in Paris
and California's Maleficent
and Beauty and the Beast
Excitement Builds for LEGOLAND Florida Brick Dash 5K on April 14
Details about this year's 5K and Fun Run at LEGOLAND Florida have dripped out in recent weeks. First, LEGOLAND unveiled the begging-to-be-copied minifigure medal
. Then, they shared details on the charity
and perks for participants
in the April 14th event.
The LEGOLAND Florida Brick Dash
is an annual event benefiting Merlin's Magic Wand
. The deadline to register for this year's event
and be guaranteed to receive the T-shirt and medal is March 30th.
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Today LEGO is showing off their latest Ideas set in all it's Grid-racing glory. 21314 Tron: Legacy is based off of the light cycle sequences in the 2010 film and features two cycles and three minifigures. The set will be available on March 31st which is right around the corner! LEGO was kind enough to share the full press release and hi-res photos with us and we've had some time to take a good look at them. Read on to check them out for yourselves and watch our video about the reveal as well!
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
LEGO Not Discounted At TRU
Following the announcement
that Toys R Us stores across the United States are closing, everyone thought there would be opportunities for discounted LEGO sets. News has just surfaced from LEGO fans checking in with their local stores, and confirmed by The Brick Fan
, that LEGO items have been marked "Do Not Liquidate," indicating that these products should be sent back to TLG. Brick Fan's report specifies new sets, so it is possible LEGO does not want older sets back, but that is anyone's guess until actually checking the stores. Sales could begin within the next few days on many toys.
BB-8 Live Build this Weekend
This Saturday, March 24th, starting at 3 PM Eastern, we're going to be building the cutest astromech to roll out of the new Star Wars films: 75187 BB-8! You can head over to our YouTube channel
to watch the set come together. This large scale model of the droid packs in a ton of details and play features that I'm looking forward to building and showing off. Of course, we'll also have some giveaways, so make sure you tune in for a chance to win!
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
A MOC With a Magnetic Personality
If you're old like me and have been a LEGO fan for a long time you probably remember M-Tron, a space theme from the early 90s that featured trans-neon green and magnets! BZPower member Onvermel seems to recall the sets fondly and was inspired by them to create Emtrone
, a 'toa pretender' with a color scheme from the classic line. Utilizing red and trans-neon green constraction parts from the original Bionicle sets, Hero Factory, and Gen 2, we get a nicely-detailed warrior with some great contrast. Go give it a look yourself and let the builder know what you think!
It's Tuesday again, and winter storms won't keep us from streaming some LEGO videogame fun! So come join us at the BZPower Twitch channel
tonight at 7:30 PM Eastern to watch! Last week we started LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, but that doesn't mean it's what we'll play today too. You can head over to the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
to vote for what you want us to play and leave us feedback on the streams. I look forward to chatting with everyone who stops by and enjoying some relaxing gaming!
Bfahome's School Year Comes to a Close
Today we've got a new episode of Bfa Plays: LEGO Harry Potter, which brings Year Four and the current game to a conclusion. Go watch Episode 27: The End
to see how things wrap up. This is also going to be the end of the series for the time being - Bfahome has gone through his supply of games and it's time to take a break. After you watch, head on over to the discussion topic
to thank Gabe and share your feedback on the series. It's been an awesome run with a lot of great adventures. I'm looking forward to seeing what gets worked on next!
Monday, March 19, 2018
Today we are diving into a LEGO Star Wars set that takes place before Rogue One
, back when two of the coolest characters were General Grievous and Mace Windu. This set has both, along with a sleek ride. This month we're reviewing Star Wars sets as we promote our Art Contest: The Definitive Edition!
, where you are challenged to create a work of art redesigning a Star Wars set. Check out the review and watch the video of General Grievous' Combat Speeder, and then get inspired!
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!