Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Send Your MOCs to Bricks Cascade
Later this month, LEGO fans will be descending on Portland, Oregon for Bricks Cascade! Many BZPower members will be there as always, showing off their creations and having a good time. If you can't be there though, your MOCs still can be. Check out the 2016 Convention Circuit
topic for all the details, but the long and short is that you send us your builds, we show them off, and then we give you some cool perks. Bricks Cascade starts February 25th, so if you want your creations there you had better get building! If you have any questions, just post them in the topic.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Streaming on Twitch Tonight
It's Tuesday, which means we'll be back online tonight streaming some LEGO videogame action on our Twitch Channel
. The game we play is up to you - head over to the Twitch Tuesday Discussion Topic
to cast your vote and talk about the stream in general. We're always looking for feedback on how we can improve. The action will kick off tonight at about 7:30 PM Eastern Time, and if you follow us on Twitch or Twitter
, you can get notified exactly when we go live. I'm looking forward to sharing another fun night of gaming with you all!
The Vikings are Coming
I guess there's been a little bit of a Scandinavian kick on BZPower as far as MOCs are concerned. Today we're checking out Toa Taggerung
by Little Taggy, a self-MOC of the builder in viking form. The thing that stands out the most is obviously the head, which unfortunately doesn't stay together on its own but is still impressive. I love the use of the Hero Factory of the armor piece as the beard, and the capes add a nice splash of color and texture to the model. In general there's a wide variety of pieces used, from 2001 masks to CCBS armor to a smattering of System elements that are used in a variety of ways to achieve some nice shapes. It's definitely a solid build worth checking out!
Following up on the previous teaser videos
that emerged a week ago, LEGO has posted two new LEGO Elves teaser videos, this time in English! The new 90-second trailer
introduces the conflict between Emily Jones and the evil elf witch Ragana, and "Introducing Tidus and Sira"
acquaints us with new characters Tidus Stormsurfer the dragon trainer and Sira Copperbranch the sky captain, two new allies Emily and the elves will encounter on their quest. Follow the links above or read on to watch the videos!
Monday, February 8, 2016
LEGO Steam Sale
To celebrate the Chinese New Year, Steam is having a huge sale on a wide variety of games. Over fifteen LEGO games are in the mix, with many up to 75% off. You can check out the list here
and see what they have to offer. From Star Wars to Marvel, there's a little bit of everything, and at just $5 for most of the games, it's a great opportunity to pick some up if you haven't already done so.
Sunday, February 7, 2016
January Flickr Contest Results
Over on the BZPower Flickr Group
, Tufi Piyufi has announced the winner of the January 2016 Flick Contest
. While there were a bunch of awesome entries, it was Astrid the Vanquisher
by Djokson that took the top spot. The creation is a great example of character building, and the whole MOC exudes viking-fantasy warrior. I love the use of Knight Kingdom parts, and of course the tepee as the dress stands out first and foremost. Each part seems to be perfectly placed to work with the others, like the skull spider mask upside down on top of the 2015 armor add-on. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest, and congratulations again to Djokson!
Saturday, February 6, 2016
LEGO Worlds Co-Op Trailer
The LEGO Worlds team recently released a trailer on their YouTube channel
advertising the recent addition of split-screen co-op in the game. It's cool to see how the feature works and the fun things you can do with two people playing at once. Go check it out and then head over to the Talkback to let us know what you think - are you planning on playing LEGO Worlds with a friend now?
Friday, February 5, 2016
LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One
Voice Cast Teased
Pereki reports that the Netflix listing
for LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One
has been updated with the names of six voice actors
: Nolan Balzer, Paolo Bryant, Jacqui Fox, Quinn Greene, Geoff Hughes, and Cory Hunter. None of these names jump out as instantly recognizable, but hopefully they will come together to make the new Bionicle series a memorable one!
It's the fifth of February, and that means it's time for a new episode of Bfa Plays: Bionicle. In Episode 5 he takes the reins of Onua Nuva, trying to save Mata Nui and defeat Lerahk. You can read on to watch it or check it out on our YouTube channel
. Of course we want to know what you think of the show, so head over to the discussion topic
when you're done watching to let us know and to ask any questions. We'll see you all in March for the next episode!
LEGO Reveals Ghostbusters Ecto-1 and Ecto-2 Set on Facebook
Over on their official Facebook page, LEGO has posted a photo album
of an upcoming set based on the new Ghostbusters movie coming out this year. The set includes the Ecto-1 car, Ecto-2 bike, and six minifigures: Abby Yates, Erin Gilbert, Jillian Holtzmann, Patty Tolan, Kevin, and a daemon. The car is about the same size as the original Ecto-1 set
from LEGO Ideas, but now has working front and back doors and seats four minifigures. The set is due for release July 1, a couple weeks ahead of the movie's theatrical release on July 15. Follow the link above to see the full gallery!
Thursday, February 4, 2016
It's time for another set review! Continuing his look at all things both Marvel and LEGO, Ta-metru_defender today looks at 5002946 Silver Centurion, a promotional minifig that was available if you preordered LEGO Marvel's The Avengers from select retailers. Is it an essential part to your Iron Man armor collection? Or is it better left to rust in the rain? Read on to find out!
ReBrick Leaving Beta
The LEGO Group's experiment of a social bookmarking site, ReBrick
, is exiting its beta period, which it's been in since 2011, and heading in a new direction. As Sara Moore writes in the latest blog entry
, ReBrick will be focusing on hosting building contests for the LEGO community. This means all of the bookmarks that have been collected over the years will be removed to focus on their new concept. How do you feel about this new idea? Have you participated in any of ReBrick's contests in the past?
February Deals on Shop.LEGO.Com
It's a new month, and that means new deals on shop.LEGO.com
. Among the new products available are the Series 7 Mixels
and the Series 15 Collectible Minifigures
. In addition to that, if you spend $50 or more, you get the free Nexo Knights set
Robin's Mini Fortrex
. And, as always, free shipping when you spend $75 or more.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Comic Contest #3 Underway
Over in the artwork section of the site, Zatth and Sumiki have kicked off a new contest in the Comics forum. Go check out Comics Contest #3: Crossover
which is running until February 22nd at 11:59 PM Eastern. Your mission is to draw a comic that features both sprites and hand-drawn artwork, combined in an interesting and fun way. So take out your markers and your favorite sprite kit, put on your thinking cap and get drawing!
LEGO Ninjago Nominated in 2016 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards
The nominees for the 2016 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards were announced yesterday, and LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
made the list for the first time in the "Favorite Cartoon" category (which includes seven other nominees). The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on March 12. You can see the full list of nominees on Wikipedia
or go to Nick.com
to cast your votes.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Earlier today the next game in the LEGO portfolio from TT Games was announced: LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We shared the press release
for the title this morning, and now we have some screenshots, box art, and the first trailer to show off! Read on to check them all out and get an idea of what the game will look like.
LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One
Concept Art Revealed
The official LEGO Bionicle Facebook page has revealed two pieces of concept art created by concept designer Matt Betteker
for the upcoming Netflix series LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One
. The first shows the Toa approaching the door we saw Tahu opening in his character video
. The second shows the Toa inside the Labyrinth of Control traversing floating stone blocks, one of which has the Mask of Control carved into the side. Follow the link above to check out the new images!
The LEGO Group has released a series of LEGO Elves 2016 teaser videos on their YouTube channel. The video titles (some translated from Italian) are "LEGO Elves Teaser 2016
", "Meet the Characters of 2016
", "Meet the Baby Dragons
", and "Little Dragons in Danger We Shall Save
". Although the video titles and descriptions are in Italian, only the last of these videos has narration, while the rest are accompanied with English musical tracks (including a sample of a new song in the first video). Follow the links above or read on to watch the new videos!
Streaming on Twitch for your Viewing Pleasure
Excited for the new LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens game? Need to get your LEGO videogame fix tonight? Well it just so happens that you're in luck, because BZPower will be streaming tonight on our Twitch Channel
, and you get to pick what we play. Go and head over to the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
and cast your vote - LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga is an option, just saying - and the game with the most votes will get popped into my Xbox tonight. The stream will kick off at about 7:30 PM Eastern Time and run for around an hour. You can follow our channel or our Twitter account
to see exactly when we go live. The streams are usually a blast, especially if you enjoy watching me die in silly and completely avoidable ways. See you all tonight!
Lay the Smack Down, Matoran Style
Over in the Games & Trivia forum, a new game popped up recently and surprisingly there's still spaces left to sign up! Go check out Matoran Smack Down
, where a group of Matoran at war with Shadow Matoran must use elemental powers against each other until one emerges victorious. But watch out for the traitors in their midst! The host, ToaTimeLord, has only recently joined BZPower and it's awesome to see him getting involved so quickly. Go check out the game, and if it interests you, sign up before it's too late!
Earlier this morning Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group, and Lucasfilm jointly announced a new game based on the latest entry to the Star Wars saga: Episode VII: The Force Awakens. The game will be releasing on June 28, 2016 on just about every platform imaginable and will allow you to replay the fun and excitement of the new movie with the signature ABS twist. While we're not able to upload them now, we'll have screenshots and a trailer to share this evening, but you can read on to see the full press release. Are you excited for the game?
Monday, February 1, 2016
Win a Free LEGO Set from BZPower
Don't forget that we currently have a raffle going on here at BZPower for a free copy of 70785 Pohatu Master of Stone! Head over to the 2016 Member Raffle #1
to enter for your chance to win. It doesn't cost a dime - you just have to be a member of the site. Not a BZP Member yet? Well what better day to join than today! The raffle will end at the end of the month - good luck to everyone!
The brave and futuristic Nexo Knights have hit the toy store shelves this year to fight the forces of evil and treachery. Their leader, Clay Moorington, especially loves to fight off monsters in between posing heroically. In Clay's Rumble Blade, he can travel the kingdom with ease and utilize his personal bots to help him out. Evil is all around though, so he a makes sure his vehicle has all kinds of cool features. Check out the text and video review to see just how well Clay's Rumble Blade handles in battle, and what kind of perks the new Nexo Knights sets offer.
Battle of the Mask Makers
Cover Art Revealed
Amazon.com has revealed the cover art for the second LEGO Bionicle G2 graphic novel, Battle of the Mask Makers
. The art focuses on Lewa, Kopaka, and Pohatu, complementing the previous graphic novel's cover art
which focused on Onua, Gali, and Tahu. Interestingly, Pohatu is featured in his 2015 "powered up" mode, which has not previously appeared in the story, perhaps hinting that those versions of the Toa might finally make an appearance inside. Follow the link above to check out the new art!
LEGO Ninjago "Wu-Cru" Website Launches
For weeks now, LEGO has been teasing an upcoming Ninjago campaign called "Wu-Cru", but these teasers have generally been cryptic. Today the Wu-Cru site finally launched
. It turns out it is similar to the "Max's Missions" feature on the LEGO Club website or the now-defunct "Hero Pad" feature from the LEGO Hero Factory website, in that you are invited to participate in a series of missions (such as quizzes and building challenges) in order to unlock rewards. Follow the link above to watch the introductory video and join the Wu-Cru!
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Today we're going back to LEGO Dimensions for another set review. I'm taking a look at 71201 Level Pack: Back to the Future, featuring Marty McFly, a hoverboard, and a DeLorean time machine along with a completely new level for the game. Is it worth going back in time to pick up? Or are you better off getting to the future the old fashion way? Read on to check out our review and gameplay video!
Today marks the last day of January, which means it's time to look back at the month and see what happened in the world of Bionicle. To put all the content in one place, you can check out This Month in Bionicle: January 2016
, the latest episode in the series by Nescent, where he covers the upcoming summer sets, the new information about Journey to One, and more. Give it a watch, and then let us know what you think in the Talkback!
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Vote in the January Flickr Contest
The entry period for the January 2016 Flickr Contest is done and the MOCs have been collated, so now it's time for you to vote for your favorites! Head over to the Flickr Contest 1/16 Voting
and check out the twelve awesome entries. Each MOC brings something unique to the table, but only one will be crowned the victor and take home the prize. The poll ends at February 2nd at 11:59 PM Eastern, so don't dally - cast your vote today!
Friday, January 29, 2016
LEGO Bionicle Website Adds an Activities Section
One of the notable omissions from the 2016 LEGO Bionicle site update was the lack of downloadable posters and comics (previously featured on the individual character pages). Today, the site has finally been updated with an activities section
which includes posters of last year's sets and "powered up" Toa, as well as the comics from this year's instruction manuals. Hopefully this page will be updated with even more downloadable goodies as the year goes on!
While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is often at the forefront of people's minds when they think of Captain America and Iron Man, the comics, TV shows and other media still exist too. Such is the case with 76049 Avenjet Space Mission, based on the Avengers Assemble TV show, featuring characters that haven't shown up yet in the films alongside MCU favorites. BZPower Blog Assistant Ta-metru_defender takes a look at the set today and shares his thoughts on the wide array of characters and the spaceship it contains. Should you blast off into orbit to pick this one up, or is it better left sitting on the launchpad? Read on to find out!
Zusammengebaut Interviews a LEGO Nexo Knights Designer
German LEGO site Zusammengebaut.com has shared a lot of great news and photos from the Nuremberg Toy Fair, but one of the latest highlights from their reports is an interview with LEGO Nexo Knights designer Frédéric Roland Andre
! Frédéric has been been with LEGO for five years designing sets from themes like Star Wars, Galaxy Squad and Ultra Agents, and his latest sets are 70319 Macy's Thunder Mace and 70320 Aaron Fox's Aero-Striker V2. Follow the link above to see the video!
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Join the Skull Slicer Draft
Just a friendly reminder that there's still space left in our Skull Slicer Online Parts Draft
and we're looking for more people to participate. For a mere $8 (which includes shipping) you can get a wide selection of parts from this set in a good quantity. You know you want some of those trans-birght green limbs and new sword pieces! Spaces are limited, so join up soon to make sure you get in on the awesome parts drafting action!
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Due to some technical issues, this month's episode of Meet the Staff is a bit later than usual, but it's here all the same! Zatth has wrangled BZPower Reporter Aanchir into a corner, and you can watch happens a a result right here
. Learn all about one half of the -Chir brothers and find out how he got into LEGO, what his favorite themes are, and why he enjoys being a part of the community. When you're done, head over to the discussion topic
to let us know what you thought, who you'd like to see on future episodes, and what sorts of questions we should ask them!
Over on YouTube, LEGO has released the eighth and (for now) final Nexo Knights webisode: "Brave and Bold (and Short) Sir Robin
". In this webisode, Robin Underwood feels frustrated that he's too young (and short) to join the Nexo Knights in battle. But with a little encouragement from the digital wizard Merlok 2.0, he finds a way to prove his usefulness through his own talent for building high-tech weapons and gadgets. Follow the link above or read on to watch the webisode!
Tired of waiting for the LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One
character videos to show up on the Bionicle Facebook page one at a time? LEGO has now uploaded the HD 15-second character videos for Lewa
, and Umarak
to their official YouTube channel. Between these seven videos there are lots of great settings, action sequences, and demonstrations of elemental powers on display. Follow the links above or read on to watch the videos!