Thursday, July 30, 2015
Hang Out at BrickFair Virginia
If you live in the Northern Virginia or Washington DC area and aren't already at BrickFair Virginia
, then you need to come by this weekend! The event is open to the public this Saturday and Sunday, August 1st and 2nd from 11AM to 4PM and costs $15 per person. Come by and check out all the awesome creations, including the great MOCs by BZPower members like you! Be sure to sign the guestbook while you're here and say 'hi!' so we know you came!
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The LEGO Dimensions social media accounts have released a new two-minute story trailer
titled "Worlds Collide in LEGO Dimensions". It offers some insights into how the unlikely trio of Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle came together and what the evil Lord Vortech has to do with it. It also offers a glimpse at what happens when two Batmans (Batmen?) come together. Click the link above or read on to watch the full trailer on YouTube!
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
LEGO Ninjago Area Coming to LEGOLAND California Resort in 2016
LEGOLAND California just tweeted
the announcement of a new LEGO Ninjago area and ride coming to the park in 2016. Details are still scarce, but you can sign up for their e-newsletter
to keep track of updates. Given the LEGO Ninjago theme's steadfast popularity and the plans for a feature film in 2017, a LEGO Ninjago park attraction should definitely bring in the crowds!
Form Feet and Legs; Form Arms and Body; and I'll Form the Head
BZPower Member Everchange was looking at his collection of Protectors from this year's wave of Bionicle sets and decided to see what happens when you combine them all. The result is Protector Nui
, and I love how each limb reflects a different element in its own slightly-unique way. The torso is nice too, with the gatling-launcher representing each of the elements. It also reminds me of a certain robot combiner, as you might recognize from the title. It's cool to see what people can come up with when they restrict their part palette.
Monday, July 27, 2015
Enter the July Flickr Contest
Don't forget that over in the BZPower Flickr Group
we're running a free-build constraction contest open to everyone. Check out BZPower Flickr Contest - July 2015
for all the rules and break out your Bionicle pieces to get building. You have until Sunday, August 2nd at 11:59 PM Eastern to enter, so just a little under a week! The winner gets a copy of 44029 QUEEN Beast vs. FURNO, EVO & STORMER along with a news story on BZPower's front page and getting to be featured on the Flickr group. Good luck!
I Love That Minifigure
Exclusive Figure Revealed!
The official LEGO Facebook page
has revealed the exclusive minifigure from the upcoming Dorling Kindersley guide book LEGO: I Love That Minifigure
! The exclusive figure is a mashup of the Zombie and Skateboarder minifigures from Minifigures Series 1 into one Zombie Skateboarder, with a pallid, smirking face and suitably tattered green hoodie. Check out the Facebook post
to see the first four pictures of this minifigure "in the brick"!
Major Bionicle.com Summer 2015 Update
The official Bionicle website
has received a massive update to tie in with the summer sets! The Okoto page
now lets you view the City of the Mask Makers, with details on its landmarks like the City Gate, the Arena, the Graveyard, and the Forge. The Characters page
now includes all the characters from the summer sets, with detailed info on their weapons. And the Build Page
has been updated with instructions for the new sets and their combi models. Follow the links above to visit the updated site!
New LEGO Ninjago Filler Short: "Chair Play Chen"
If you've been keeping up with the 30-second LEGO Ninjago filler shorts featuring Master Chen and Clouse (such as "Chair Up Chen"
, "Chairful What You Wish For"
, and "Chen's New Chair"
), you'll be happy to know that a fourth has now appeared on LEGO.com. This one's titled "Chair Play Chen" and features Chen and Clouse competing in a game of table tennis. Watch it at the LEGO Ninjago website
or the LEGO Videos website
Sunday, July 26, 2015
All Summer 2015 Bionicle Character Videos now on LEGO.com
The LEGO.com Videos page has been updated with all the summer 2015 Bionicle character videos. Skull Slicer's video had already been available, but you can now watch the Toa and Ekimu
face off against Skull Warrior
, Skull Basher
, Skull Scorpio
, and Skull Grinder
! It's very likely that we'll see these videos and other updates added to Bionicle.com as the sets are officially released this coming week!
Crazy Arms Kickstarter Gives Minifigs Mobility
Ever wish your minifigs' arms could be positioned in multiple directions? Well Guy Himber's latest Kickstarter from Crazy Bricks
gives just that with Crazy Arms
. Fresh off the successes of Mouse Guard
accessories and Munchkin Bricks
, this project steps out of niche genres to appeal to the masses, providing minifig-style arms pointing in a variety of directions. Check out the campaign to see how your minifig displays can be enhanced. Hurry, there is only one week left to show your support for Crazy Arms
Christmas in July Online Parts Draft & Contest Reminder
In case you missed it, we're currently planning an online parts draft and contest around 40107 Winter Skating Scene, of which LEGO graciously donated a bunch of copies. You can head over to the store
to reserve your spot in the event. Each spot is $5, to cover shipping expenses, and you can get multiple spots to get even more parts! If you don't have PayPal and will be at BrickFair Virginia, you can pay in person at that event, or send your payment via the mail. There's some cool parts in the set and it should definitely be worth entering!
A Look Back at LEGO Star Wars
Christian Faber updated the Faber Files recently with a new entry titled Flashback - The LEGO and Star Wars collaboration - part 1
. He takes a trip down memory lane at his initial involvement in LEGO Star Wars and the creation of the iconic original logo the brand used. It's an interesting look back at the design process and since it's the first part, I look forward to seeing this series continuing!
BrickFair Virginia is almost upon us, but before we get caught up in all that excitement let's look a bit further into the future. We recently received a press release for BrickUniverse Dallas, an upcoming LEGO Fan Convention being held at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas on November 13th to the 15th. BZPower will be there, and in fact I'm pleased to announce that I'll be one of the featured speakers! Read on for the full press release, and check out this topic on the forums
if you're thinking about going. I hope to see you there!
Saturday, July 25, 2015
BZPower Activities at BrickFair Virginia
BrickFair Virginia is less than a week away and is the largest gathering of Bionicle fans and BZPower members in America. We have a ton of things planned for the convention, just for you guys:
- BrickFair Parts Draft: Join us to draft ten copies of 70790 Lord of Skull Spiders and 70781 Protector of Earth ($20)
- BrickFair Party: Play some laser tag and eat pizza with your fellow members on Saturday, August 1st at 4:45PM ($25)
- Fancy Dinner: Get dressed up and wrap up an awesome weekend on Sunday, August 2nd at 8PM
- BZPower 2015 T-shirt: Clad yourself in BZP garb and represent the site! ($20)
For any of the above you can pay in advance via PayPal or at the event via cash or check. We look forward to seeing you there!
It's time for another BZPower set review! Today we're looking at 21120 The Snow Hideout
from the summer LEGO Minecraft wave. Will this set keep you cool through the warm months, or will it melt like a snowman in the Caribbean? You'll have to read on or watch our review to find out!
New LEGO Worlds Building Contest
Over in the LEGO Worlds discussion section on Steam, Chris Rose has announced a new in-game building contest! Check out Build Competition - Natural Formations
for all the details, but the gist is to build something you'd find out in the world that's not a man-made structure, like a tree or a mountain or a cave. All entries must be 96 studs wide x 96 studs long x 256 tiles high at the most, although smaller entries are certainly encouraged. You have until August 10th to enter, so put on your thinking cap, launch your copy of LEGO Worlds, and get building!
Friday, July 24, 2015
New Yoda Chronicles Coming to DVD
As you may recall, last year saw The New Yoda Chronicles air on Disney XD
. If you've been looking for a fix since then, well you're in luck. The show is now available for preorder on Amazon
for about $20. It's scheduled to be released on September 15th and will include an alternate ending entitled "Clash Of The Skywalkers." It seems a little pricey, but I'd guess it'll go down a bit before the DVD actually comes out. If you're a fan of the LEGO Star Wars animation pieces, you should definitely put this one on your wishlist!
Summer Bionicle Sets Now Available For Pre-order at U.S. Amazon.com
A week ahead of their official August 1 release date, the summer Bionicle sets are now available for U.S. buyers to pre-order from Amazon.com! 70791 Skull Warrior
, 70792 Skull Slicer
, 70793 Skull Basher
, 70794 Skull Scorpio
, and 70795 Mask Maker vs. Skull Grinder
are all available with no price markups, and will ship August 1. There are also four or five pictures for each set, including some that don't appear on shop.LEGO.com. Follow the links above to see the listings!
EDIT: A previous version of this article suggested that the sets were already available for purchase rather than pre-order. Very sorry for the error, which has now been corrected!
The LEGO Group has created a YouTube playlist
of the seven video clips they showed at their LEGO Ninjago panel at San Diego Comic-Con. In order, they are a recap video celebrating 50 episodes of the show, the Season 5 opening titles, Sensei Wu summoning his dragon, Morro and the ninja using Airjitzu, the ninja leaving Yang's haunted temple, Nya unlocking her true potential, and finally a sneak peek of Season 6. Follow the link above or read on to watch the playlist!
Thursday, July 23, 2015
A Raffle for All
Today we're kicking off our last raffle in celebration of our fourteenth anniversary. Go check out the 14th Anniversary Little Raffle
where we're giving away a copy each of 70785 Pohatu Master of Stone, 70210 CHI Vardy (never available in North America), and 44024 TUNNELER Beast vs. SURGE. Any member of our site can enter, whether they joined fourteen years ago or today, and there will be three lucky winners. So what are you waiting for, these raffles don't enter themselves!
How The Lord of the Rings Should Have Ended
The fine folks who do the How It Should Have Ended video series have teamed up with Brotherhood Workshop again to do another stop-motion LEGO video. Even Orcs Know Who to Call
takes a look at The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and bring in another popular property to give it a fun twist. Check out the video, and let us know if you saw that one coming - I know I didn't.
Skull Slicer Character Video Appears on LEGO.com
As with the Toa before them, it seems like the skull creatures are getting their own 30-second character videos, starting with Kulta the Skull Grinder's lieutenant, Skull Slicer
! Needless to say, though, the Skull Creatures seem to be a lot less talkative than the heroes of Okoto. Follow the link above to watch the video, and keep your eyes peeled for more at the LEGO.com Videos page
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Trans-Clear Masks of Fire Up for Grabs
A new day in our anniversary week brings a new raffle for people to participate in. Go check out 14th Anniversary Big Raffle 2
, we're we're offering up two trans-clear Masks of Fire, the same ones that were given away at New York Comic Con last year. These masks don't have the cool packaging, but they're still awesome and hard to come by. Tickets cost $1 each to enter the raffle and there will be two winners. Enter now and support the site, because the raffle ends at the end of the month!
[Source: BZPower members]
Summer LEGO Sets Now Available on Toysrus.com
Bionicle fans in the United States may be happy to hear that Toysrus.com is now selling the August 2015 wave of LEGO sets, including Bionicle, Ninjago, Elves, and more! They are not yet available for in-store pick-up, but this could be an indication that they might show up in stores sooner than expected. Check out their New LEGO
category to see the new sets! Be aware, though, that some of the sets are miscategorized, so the summer Bionicle sets appear in the LEGO Alien Conquest
category rather than LEGO Bionicle
. Here's hoping that gets fixed soon!
LEGO-Compatible Prosthetic Arm
This is one of the coolest uses for LEGO bricks I've seen in a while. Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar recently completed a project at the Umea Institute of Design entitled Prosthetics for Kids as a Creative and Social Tool
. What all that means is that he created a prosthetic arm for kids that is compatible with LEGO elements, allowing kids to use their creativity to build whatever kind of hand they want. It's even compatible with LEGO Mindstorms so the attachments can move and grasp objects and more. This seems like an absolutely awesome idea and one that I hope helps kids make the best of what can be seen as an unfortunate situation.
On July 12, the LEGO Group held a LEGO Ninjago panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2015, and as of today they've posted a recording
of it to their YouTube channel! In this 42-minute video, Tommy Andreasen, Keith Malone, Simon Lucas, Maarten Simons, and Dan and Kevin Hageman discuss the making of the LEGO Ninjago sets and TV series. Along the way they reveal concept art of the characters and locations, pics of various Airjitzu spinner prototypes, and the new direct-to-consumer set 70751 Temple of Airjitzu. Follow the link above or read on to hear what they have to say!
Toys 'R' Us Clearance Sale
Toys 'R' Us has a clearance sale going on right now, and you can save up to 60% off a selection of LEGO sets! There's quite a few Mixels, Ninjago, LEGO Movie, Galaxy Squad and Legends of Chima sets (including Chima constraction), as well as some Creator and other themes. Head on over to the sale page
now to check out all the great deals!
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Twitch Tuesday Tonight
We had enough fun last time doing our first Twitch Tuesday that we'll be doing it again this week! Head over to our Twitch channel
around 7:30PM Eastern (hopefully a little earlier) to watch more LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. And since it's our anniversary, we'll be giving out a prize to one lucky viewer. To know exactly when we go live, make sure you subscribe to our channel or follow us on Twitter
(or watch the BZPower Twitter stream on the forum index). I look forward to seeing you there!
Bionicle 8-Bit Goodness
BZPower member marshmellowt remembers the good old days of the Nintendo Entertainment System when graphics only had 8-bits of color depth. Inspired by this, they went ahead and made the Marshie's Lovely Eight Bit Kit
, featuring many iconic body shapes, masks, and more. If you're looking for some sprites for a comic or other project you're working on, go check it out. Just make sure you give credit if you do!
Free Sets for Premier Members
As our fourteenth anniversary celebration continues, today we're kicking off another raffle, this time just for Premier Members. The aptly-named 14th Anniversary Premier Raffle
gives you the chance to win a copy of 70789 Onua Master of Earth, 70211 CHI Fluminox (never available in North America), OR 44029 QUEEN Beast vs. FURNO, EVO & STORMER, all for free! Unfortunately, the Premier Perks going on this week won't allow you to participate, but if you're not a Premier Member yet you can head over to the store
and use coupon code 14YEARSBZP to get 10% off a membership. And we'll have more raffles this week that everyone can participate in! You've got until July 29th to enter, so good luck and thanks for supporting BZPower!
A little over a week after the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes panel at San Diego Comic-Con, the LEGO Group has uploaded a recording of the panel to their official YouTube channel. The video
runs a little over 45 minutes long. Marcos Bessa, Adam Corbally, Jason Cosler, Cort Lane, Mike Jones, and Arthur Parsons had a lot to say about the development process for the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes sets, animations, and video games. If you're a fan of this theme, or even just want to know more about how LEGO sets and media are created, follow the link above or read on to watch the panel for yourself!
One of the most obvious differences between LEGO Dimensions and its competitors in the "toys-to-life" category is that the LEGO Dimensions toys are, well, LEGO! And a new two-minute game trailer
demonstrates how the game takes advantage of that by letting you physically build and rebuild your vehicles and gadgets into different models with different in-game powers. Follow the link above or read on to watch Wyldstyle show Batman how it's done!
The LEGO Dimensions YouTube channel has posted a new 30-second teaser video titled "Does it Come in Black?"
Batman's investigating a potential new ride, but first he asks Shaggy (yes, that
Shaggy) to fill him in on its specs and features. Follow the link above or read on to watch the video for yourself!
Monday, July 20, 2015
Almost a decade and a half ago, Dimensioneer decided to create a little place on the Internet for fans of this new LEGO theme called Bionicle to talk about all the things going on with the line and to share their creations with one another. Fourteen years later and we're still here, talking about Bionicle Gen 2 and sharing MOCs, stories, artwork, playing games, and all sorts of other fun each and every day. It's humbling to see the passion and support from our community and I thank you all for sharing that with us. Today marks the beginning of our anniversary week, where we'll have some fun stuff to share (which we already started
) and cool swag to give away. We'll be keeping a running tally in this news story, so make sure you don't miss a thing
Christmas in July Online Parts Draft & Contest
Recently LEGO was kind enough to give LUGs around the world a slew of copies of 40107 Winter Skating Scene, the holiday exclusive set from 2014, with the guidelines of hosting some sort of creative activity for the LUG. We thought about it for a bit and came up with the idea to use the sets to do a parts draft followed by a building contest
using just the pieces you get from the draft, and our anniversary seemed like the perfect time to kick it off. Because of the logistics of packaging and shipping the parts, participating in the draft will cost $5 per spot for the US and Canada, with an additional $5 being added on for International participants (this is a one-off cost, not per-spot). You can reserve as many spots as you'd like, and for each spot you'll get about 130 pieces ($0.04/part!). Check out the store for more details!
Win a Toa Terrain Crawler
BZPower has been around for fourteen years now, but after it had been around for seven years, one of the largest Bionicle sets was released, 8927 Toa Terrain Crawler. Conveniently enough, it's been seven years since that set was released, so in celebration of coincidences, let's give one away! Head over to the 14th Anniversary Big Raffle 1
where you can buy tickets for $1 each for a chance to win this set. It's currently going for over $100 new and $70 used on BrickLink, so even if you buy a few tickets it's a steal. And all the money raised goes to support BZPower's ongoing costs, so everyone wins!
Premier Perks for All
As is usual for our anniversary week, we've opened up the perks of Premier Membership
to all of our members. For the next week, anyone can make a blog, start private messages with up to ten people, create quizzes, have no delay in searches, and of course, see those awesome rank images under your name. If you think those things are pretty awesome and want to help support BZPower, from now through the end of the month, you can use coupon code 14YEARSBZP in our store
to get 10% off a Premier Membership. Enjoy!
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Now that we're done with the Bionicle 2015 set reviews (unfortunately), it's time to turn our gaze elsewhere. Today we're going to take a look at 30275 TIE Advanced Prototype
, a cute little polybag set from the Star Wars Rebels theme. Should you give in to the impulse to pick up this little set, or should you pass it over for something else on the shelves? You'll have to read and watch on to find out!
New Flickr Contest Underway
Over on the BZPower Flickr Group
, Tufi Piyufi has kicked off a new contest for everyone to participate in. BZPower Flickr Contest - July 2015
is a free-build constraction contest where the only limits are your imagination. You have until Saturday, August 2nd at 11:59 PM Eastern to come up with an awesome creation and enter it. There will be only one winner, and up for grabs is a copy of 44029 QUEEN Beast vs. FURNO, EVO & STORMER, a story about your MOC on the BZPower front page, and getting your creation set as the cover photo for the BZPower Flickr group for the months of August and September. Get building and submit your coolest creation!
Saturday, July 18, 2015
A new wave of Mixels has hit store shelves, and it's time to take a closer look at them. BZPower Reporter Xccj has grabbed the three Klinkers Mixels: 41536 Gox, 41537 Jinky, and 41538 Kamzo. Are these guys worth getting steamed up about, or should they be tossed back to the junkyard? Read on or watch the video review to find out.
Summer Bionicle Sets Coming Soon to US and CA LEGO Shop Site
The online LEGO Shop websites for the United States
have finally listed the summer LEGO Bionicle sets as "Coming Soon on Aug 01 2015". This is the same date announced for their release at New York Toy Fair
in February, but this seemingly confirms that the LEGO Shop website will not have the sets out early for North American markets. Also releasing on the U.S. and Canadian LEGO shop websites in August are additional sets from the City, Elves, Friends, Ideas, Minecraft, Ninjago, Super Heroes, and Technic themes. Which new sets are you most excited for? Share your thoughts in the Talkback topic!
New LEGO Worlds Dev Diary
TT Games Senior Programmer Chris Payne has headed over to Steam to post a dev diary
about the chase camera in LEGO Worlds. He goes into detail about how the camera works to avoid obstacles to ensure you can always see your character in the game - no small feat with a fully-editable world! If you're interested in the special sauce behind how games are made, go give this a read.
Friday, July 17, 2015
BrickFete Toronto 2015 was the fifth anniversary of the event and the crew up North celebrated in style. It was a great event with a lot of fun games, discussion, and of course amazing creations. Representatives from LEGO Canada were on hand to talk and listen to the fans. BZPower made it up to Ontario too for the first time, and took some pictures of all the great MOCs. To see what there was to see, read on!
Island of Lost Masks
Gives Okoto an Alphabet
The upcoming LEGO Bionicle chapter book Island of Lost Masks
, which recently got a free six-page preview
, really immerses you in the culture of the island of Okoto with its decorative page headers. BZPower user Votuko discovered that those headers are more than just decoration: the repeating 26-symbol sequence is actually an alphabet! Check out his topic "Okoto Alphabet Revealed?
" to see it spelled out in full detail. Hopefully the LEGO Group will begin using this alphabet to spell out messages in a lot of Bionicle media, just like the classic Matoran alphabet from 2001!
Ant-Man Poster in LEGO Form
Marvel's next film, Ant-Man, opened in theaters today. While we wait to see how many millions it rakes in at the box office, let's imagine how the movie would look in LEGO form. The company has recreated the movie poster in brick form
, in all its ABS glory. It's a cool trend they've started lately, and I hope it continues with other Disney movies, especially Star Wars this fall.
LEGO Batman Shirt at TeeFury
Today only, TeeFury has a shirt that will appeal to fans of Batman and LEGO. Entitled The Brick Knight
, the design features the Caped Crusader in minifig form standing atop a studded rooftop in Gotham, protecting the city. It's only $11 (plus shipping), which is quite a steal!
Thursday, July 16, 2015
For those still craving more Ninjago after Season 5 ("Possession") finished airing, the LEGO Group has uploaded a new filler short to their official YouTube channel titled "Chen's New Chair"
. 30 seconds of comedic antics featuring Master Chen and Clouse should hopefully be enough to put a smile on your face after last week's somewhat bittersweet season finale. Follow the link above or read on to watch the video!
Island of Lost Masks
[Source: Minty Green]
Teaser Added to Amazon
The Amazon.com listing
for the first LEGO Bionicle chapter book, Island of Lost Masks
, has been updated with a preview featuring the first six pages of the story. Among other things, the preview introduces us to the six Protectors... by name
. Needless to say, I think a lot of fans' hopes for a more in-depth account of the Bionicle storyline than what has been covered by the webisodes are going to be rewarded! Follow the link above and click the book cover to read the excerpt for yourself!
Michael Cera Cast as Robin in LEGO Batman
What is a great LEGO super hero without a LEGO sidekick? The Hollywood Reporter
has announced that Michael Cera will be playing the Boy Wonder to Will Arnett's Caped Crusader in the upcoming LEGO Batman
movie (coming in 2017). Michael Cera and Will Arnett have worked together for years as actors on the sitcom Arrested Development
, so hopefully that experience will translate to great chemistry in the voice acting booth!
Bionicle Movie Concept Art Found
Michael Rose worked on the visual development and was an art director on the first three Bionicle movies, among many other animated films. Recently some of his work was discovered on his online portfolio
with renders, concept art, and more. It's some pretty awesome artwork and certainly worth checking out to get a look behind the scenes of the creation of the movies.