The LEGO Group's growth trajectory on a global scale has stalled in the past couple years, but growth in China remains steady! RetailNews Asia shares that LEGO will respond to double-digit revenue growth in the first half of this year by expanding their retail presence, adding a new flagship store in Shanghai in the coming month and another in Beijing in the beginning of next year. By the end of this year LEGO intends to have 60 stores in 15 Chinese cities, including the current 36 LEGO Certified Stores and the existing flagship store at Shanghai Disney Resort. They have also partnered with Chinese tech conglomerate Tencent to create both a LEGO streaming video channel and LEGO licensed games, with teasers already appearing for the first game's announcement this Wednesday. Follow the links above to find out more!
What happens to the creation after it is submitted to LEGO Ideas and becomes an actual set? In the case to the Women of NASA project by Maia Weinstock, it goes on display in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC! There's no indication as to whether this will be a temporary or permanent exhibit, so if you would like to see it on display you should plan to visit the museum sooner rather than later. This is quite the impressive achievement and I hope to have the chance to check it out there myself!
While we wait for the next LEGO Ideas set announcement we get to dive deep with some of the builders behind some Ideas that have garnered 10,000 votes. Three models and builders have recently been interviewed, all for some pretty clever MOCs. Most recently is I Am Amelia Earhart, inspired by Brad Meltzer's children's book and who worked with builder Alatariel to get the project going. Next up is Stitch from the Disney movie by known LEGO community fan Legohaulic. Finally we have the Modular Arcade by Creator Expert fan Alan Aliva. Check out the interviews for they LEGO hobby does for them.
Our next live build is a big one! LEGO has kindly sent us a copy of 71043 Hogwarts Castle, the biggest Harry Potter set to date - and with over six thousand pieces it's one of the largest LEGO sets around! The fun will start at 3 PM Eastern tomorrow, September 15th over on the BZPower YouTube channel. Unfortunately for me, my local Harry Potter aficionado Chelsea insists on building it herself, so while I sit out on that I'll be going through a box of 71022 Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts collectible minifigures. Since we don't need a whole box we'll be giving a bunch away throughout what is likely to be the first of several streams!
Thursday, September 13, 2018
shopDisney Code Puts Star Wars Buildable Figures Below $10 Each
Now through September 17th, it's possible to use the promotion code EXTRA25 to get an extra 25% off of select Disney items on sale. Naturally, this includes the ever popular LEGO Star Wars Buildable Figures. Sergeant Jyn Erso, Chirrut Imwe, and Baze Malbus are in stock as of this writing. If you want to build a small army of these characters or stock up on these parts, you're in luck - orders over $75 ship free, and at $9.74 a pop, that's only 8 sets!
With LEGO ReBrick closing its doors, LEGO Ideas is picking up the contest slack with their Create an Amazing Family Moment contest. You've got until October 10th to break out your bricks or digital building software to create a scene from a day in the life of Disney Pixar's The Incredibles. You don't have to use the official minifigures, just whatever you have that you feel represents Bob, Helen, Violet, Dash, and Jack Jack. You could win a signed movie poster, original Incredibles artwork, and $500 worth of LEGO sets. So give it your best bet - good luck!
Bricklink has teamed up with the LEGO Group to introduce the new AFOL Designer Program, where you can submit an entry to become a limited edition 60 Years Anniversary set. The LEGO design team will review submissions made using the Studio 2.0 software and select up to 20 finalists, which will then be crowdfunded and successful sets will be available exclusively through Bricklink. You can see all the details on the announcement page, and this program looks like it could make some cool set designs available to others to purchase, although they won't be officially branded LEGO sets. If you're interested in submitting your own cool LEGO design, entries will be accepted from September 18th to November 18th, so get building.
Let us not forget what happened seventeen years ago today. We were here at Kanohi-Power and BionicleZone back then, and we all lived though 9/11/01 as a community. Seventeen years later, we are still here, members are still here - and the site, the members, and the world are just a little less innocent because of that day exactly seventeen years ago. The world is now different, as is our community that has lived through a difficult time - it is important to remember all those who lost their lives.
Yep, Twitch Tuesday is happening again this week. In just a few hours at 7:30 PM Eastern, we'll be heading over to the BZPower Twitch channel to play some videogames and have some fun! You can help us decide what we play by visiting the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic and casting your vote. We'll see you all there!
We're probably all familiar with some companies that make toy bricks that are 'compatible' with LEGO bricks to varying degrees of success. The LEGO Group is not too keen on this particular concept of open source compatibility, and even though many fans agree, that hasn't stopped the idea of collaboration and open standards like LDraw, moonbase, and the Great Ball Contraption from permeating the fan community. BZPower Reporter Danny recently attended FOSSCON (FOSS is free and open-source software) and gave a presentation on the subject, which has been covered by Hackaday. If you're curious about the subject, go check it out and then ask danny316p any questions you might have!
Today LEGO is announcing the latest addition to their Winter Village Creator Expert sub-theme. Say hello to 10263 Winter Village Fire Station, a fun building that fits the design of previous entries and offers a bunch of play features and details. The set will be available this coming Thursday, September 13th for VIPS and October 1st for everyone else. To see the high-res images and a press release, read on!
By Andrew, BZPower News Manager[Source: Nuju Metru]
We've been a lot behind in posting reviews of the Star Wars buildable figures, but today we're starting the process of catching up. BZPower Forum Assistant Nuju Metru has taken a look at 75534 Darth Vader, the second version of the infamous character to appear in the constraction series. Read on to see if he's worth a purchase or if it's more of an example of a sad devotion to an ancient religion.
A new blog entry on LEGO Ideas has announced some changes coming to the platform. The biggest is actually about LEGO Rebrick - it will be going offline on September 14th. If you'd like to save anything from the site, like entries from the Bionicle Makuta Challenge contest, you only have a week to do so. Check out the post for all the details on what's going on with the Ideas platform!
Over the years many of the LEGO games that were released for the Xbox 360 have made their way to Xbox One via the magic of backwards compatibility, but a few titles, namely LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and Years 5-7 have not made that leap. But come October 30th that will change when the LEGO Harry Potter Collection releases for the newer platform. This isn't just the old game repackaged - it will feature remastered graphics to take advantage of 4k Ultra HD TVs and other Xbox One X enhancements. The collection will cost $40, which isn't a bad deal considering the originals are still $20 each for the Xbox 360. It's unfortunate for those who own the older games and just want to play them on the new console, but hopefully the updated graphics will be worth it. Let us know in the Talkback if you'll be picking it up!
Yesterday The LEGO Group shared a press release regarding the company's performance in the first half of 2018. There's a lot of financial jargon that basically says that things aren't as 'bad' as they were the past two years. Overall they have made a little less money than last year, in part because of changing exchange rates and Toys 'R' Us closing. They are hopeful that things are in a good position to improve, especially with the large growth they're seeing in China and the rest of the Asian market. We'll probably have to wait for the full 2018 report since the all-important holiday retail season will show how well LEGO has really done. Let us know what you think of these results in the Talkback!
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
What if Bionicle Heroes was a First-Person Shooter?
A new video on the GameHut YouTube channel goes behind-the-scenes with an early build of a level of the Bionicle Heroes game (GameHut was created by TT Games founder Jon Burton). Most notably, the video tells the story of how the third-person shooter was once a first-person shooter, where you would act as the Bionicle character instead of watching the character. The way ESRB ratings worked in 2006, the first-person shooter game would have received a T (Teen) or M (Mature) rating, which would have been a no-go for LEGO, which was looking for an E (Everyone) or E10+ rating.
Yep, it's that post you've seen dozens of times before. Tonight at 7:30 PM Eastern you should head over to the BZPower Twitch channel to watch us play a LEGO videogame for around an hour or so. What game, you ask? Well you can help decide by voting in the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic! You can also leave any other feedback you have on the streams there as well. I'm looking forward to playing tonight as always and look forward to seeing you all there too!
The second 2018 qualifying period for LEGO Ideas has wrapped up, giving us ten projects to reach 10,000 votes by September 2018. The LEGO Ideas Blog has all the details, including some space-related projects, a few other vehicles, and a candy dispenser. Check it all out, but keep reading for details on the first ten projects being reviewed for 2018: Details of a winner(s) coming soon.