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Thursday, February 23, 2017
City is the last big theme we have to cover in our look at Toy Fair 2017, so here we are today. The playtheme is so big that it has its own subthemes - this year the standouts are Coast Guard, Jungle Explorers, and Police. There's a lot of variety and a lot to see - I'd venture to say that there's something for everyone here. Let's go take a look at the City offerings! Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Today we're wrapping up our coverage of the larger-than-life LEGO themes: superheroes. We saw what DC has in store for us, but now it's time to check out the other guy. Marvel has sets for three movies coming out this year: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok (finally Thor sets!), plus some Mighty Micros and some more comic-inspired models. To get a peek at what will be appearing on store shelves, read on! Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

BZPower BZPower Build Nexo Knights
You saw our coverage today of the 2017 Nexo Knights sets, and now tomorrow you can watch as we build some of them live! ChocolateFrogs and I will be over on the BZPower YouTube channel starting between 6 and 7 PM Eastern tomorrow to make our way through as many of the sets as we can in a few hours. As usual there will be giveaways throughout, and they'll all be Nexo Knights sets! We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow night in the chat as we show off the sets and answer your questions. It should be a great time! Talk Back in our Forums

Today we're moving on to LEGO Nexo Knights in our ever-continuing Toy Fair 2017 coverage. The sci-fi and fantasy mashup has made it to its second year and has a variety of sets out now and in August to appease its fans. With lots of new bad guys, our heroes will need all new vehicles to save the day and protect the kingdom. Let take a look at what we're getting! Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Just outside of Toy Fair 2017, Warner Brothers had a large photo opportunity setup based on their two LEGO-related movies this year: The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Ninjago Movie. All day, people were posing with Batman and Lloyd. At least I think it's Lloyd - while many of us have seen The LEGO Batman Movie and know why Batman's holding a microphone, none of us have seen the Ninjago movie yet (and every tease we had at Toy Fair is either explicitly under embargo or probably was supposed to be under embargo). With so many people taking photos with these two sculptures, it was difficult to get a close look at the models themselves - so it's a good thing I (Dan) am crazy enough to hang out in the lobby before the show opened and well after the show closed. You get to see them with and without blinding light! Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

We already covered the DC Superhero Girls minidoll-based playtheme earlier, and now it's time to go over that theme's companions: Elves, Friends, and Disney Princess. All three ranges have some awesome sets in 2017, with a variety of new parts and colors. There's a lot to see, so read on to check it all out! Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

One of the more hotly-debated "compatible with LEGO" toys of the past few years has been the Coaster Dynamix roller coaster kits. At this year's Toy Fair, a distributor was able to show us (a not quite finished version of) The Cyclone kit, as seen on Kickstarter. Much has been said about how much this may be based on earlier attempts at custom LEGO roller coasters, but I was pleasantly surprised to see a number of new pieces both pictures on the box and "in the brick". Click through to view our photos of this potentially hot new addition to the world of LEGO-like amusement park rides. Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

The LEGO City mini-movies are usually a great source of wacky criminal hijinks, and this year's seem to be no exception! The new mini-movie "Getaway Goons" (Part 1/Part 2) brings some changes to the series - besides its two-part format, it also adds more voice acting (beyond the occasional "Hey!") and pits a new female crime boss against police detective Chase McCain from the video game LEGO City Undercover. Follow the links above or read on to see what happens in the latest escapade! Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

BZPower Beware the Bohrok
There were many different enemies over the years in the original run of Bionicle, but the Bohrok, with their swarm mentality, will always hold a special place in our heartstones. It was apparently enough to prompt member Logan McOwen to build Tahnok, Fire Burrower, a re-imagining of the classic enemy using modern CCBS pieces. He even created a backstory for why the creature would appear on Okoto! I love the use of the Invasion from Below cocoon piece as the head shield, but of course the standout is the action feature that is quite reminiscent of the original. I would love to see some of the other Bohrok done in this style or maybe even a complete swarm to overwhelm the Toa Uniters. Make sure to head over to the topic to let Owen know what you think! Talk Back in our Forums

If you're into Crazy Arms, Munchkin Bricks, or the Mouse Guard, today is your lucky day. As announced the other day on Flickr, CrazyBricks currently has "Almost everything on sale now!" CrazyBricks is one of the higher-quality custom part companies, run by an AFOL and specifically making parts to accent your LEGO collection. It's not clear how long this sale lasts, so you might want to head over to the CrazyBricks website right away. Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

BZPower Twitch Tuesday
Even though I've been hard at work putting together my part of our Toy Fair 2017 coverage, the plan is still to take a break tonight to stream some videogames. So head on over to the BZPower Twitch channel tonight at 7:30 PM Eastern to watch us play. It's going to be a shorter stream, so I can get back to editing pictures that much faster, but for thirty minutes or so it should be a fun time! As always, you can help pick the game we play by heading over to the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic and casting your vote. I can only look a pictures and press guides for so long, so I'm looking forward to something different. See you all tonight! Talk Back in our Forums

Today in our ever-growing Toy Fair 2017 coverage we're taking a look at all things DC. This includes The LEGO Batman Movie, the new DC Superhero Girls line, and... not much else. DC seems to be going all-in with the movie tie-ins and minidolls this year, and shifting focus away from their more comic and cartoon-based sets. To see sets we're getting as a result, read on! Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

Monday, February 20, 2017
The Friday night ahead of Toy Fair included the 17th Annual Toy of the Year Awards. We missed the $395-a-plate gala, but we were able to see the winning toys - including two from LEGO - the next morning. 71040 Disney Castle won Specialty Toy of the Year, and 41130 Amusement Park Roller Coaster won both Toy of the Year and Construction Toy of the Year. We've got pictures and more details below the fold. Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

BZPower Bfahome Gets Sorted
Today, in addition to our Toy Fair coverage, we have another installment of the ever-wonderful Bfa Plays. Our hero is working his way through LEGO Harry Potter, and in Episode 2: Wingardium Leviosa he finally makes it to Hogwarts. Give it a watch to see Bfahome master the controls and explore the castle that has become Harry's new home. When you're done, be sure to head over to the discussion topic to let him know what you think of the episode! We'll be back with more Harry Potter in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned! Talk Back in our Forums

For the past few years, LEGO has timed the announcement of one of their Direct To Consumer (D2C) sets with Toy Fair. This year was no different, and a few minutes into our time at the LEGO booth the newest Pirates of the Caribbean set was announced. 71042 Silent Mary will be joined by two BrickHeadz to tie into the release of Dead Men Tell No Tales, which premiers on May 26th. Oddly enough, we haven't been sent any hi-res images as LEGO often does, but you can read on to see the pictures we took at the event and head over to Yahoo! for their article with even more info. Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

Next up on our Toy Fair 2017 coverage, based on what you asked for is going to be Ninjago. Unfortunately the pictures won't be of anything new - the only 'regular' Ninjago sets coming out this year are the ones that launched last month, and we weren't allowed to take pictures of the sets based on The LEGO Ninjago Movie. I'll show you what I can though, and then talk a bit about what I saw from the movie, so read on! Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

Sunday, February 19, 2017
Next in our Toy Fair coverage is... more Star Wars! The System-scale sets for this theme from a long time ago have been super-popular since 1999 (coming up on twenty years!) and this year looks to have a good mix of sets from all the movies, Rebels, and the Freemaker Adventures, plus the upcoming Episode VIII. Let's take a look and see what we've got in store for 2017! Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

Hot Bionicle News Mask of Light Soundtrack Gets Release Date and Track List
The just announced Bionicle: Mask of Light soundtrack has received a confirmed release date by composer Nathan Furst of March 4th. He tweeted the announcement along with a title list of 18 tracks. He mentions it will be available through iTunes, though I hope we also get it in other digital marketplaces. News of this came about rather suddenly, and now we're treated to the album in less than two weeks! Talk Back in our Forums

Saturday, February 18, 2017
In the blink of an eye our day at Toy Fair 2017 has come and gone. There were lots of pictures taken and even some video that we'll hopefully be able to share. There was a lot to absorb, both in upcoming LEGO sets and licensed and LEGO-adjacent products on the show floor. Danny and I will be going through all of our pictures and sharing them along with our thoughts with you guys over the coming week or so. You'll be able to find everything we share right here, so leave this page open in a tab or bookmark it so you don't miss a moment! Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

As I'm sure everyone is painfully aware, 2016 was the last year of Bionicle's second run. Unfortunately there was not a new constraction series announced at Toy Fair today so all we've got to keep the spirit alive are the Star Wars Buildable Figures. There were only two sets on display that we haven't seen yet, but the press material promises that more will be coming later this year for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. To see what CCBS fun LEGO shared today, read on! Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

Friday, February 17, 2017
Hot Bionicle News Read About the 2017 LEGO Reveals at New York Toy Fair
Tomorrow, BZPower will be attending the North American International Toy Fair in New York City to report on what's new for this year in the world of LEGO! They will be sharing pictures and news from the event to the BZPower Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. In the meantime, you can read the press release from LEGO Systems, Inc. on what they plan on exhibiting at their booth. Tell us in the Talkback what themes you're most looking forward to hearing about! Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News Many New Sets Now Available at North American LEGO Shop Website
As of today, the LEGO Shop websites for the United States and Canada are now carrying brand-new 2017 sets from various themes, including Classic, Elves, Marvel Super Heroes, Minecraft, Speed Champions, Star Wars, and Technic. The listings for the Speed Champions sets oddly still lack pictures, but all the other listings include pictures as well as prices and detailed descriptions. Additionally, the first ten BrickHeadz sets scheduled for general release on March 1st are now available to customers enrolled in the LEGO VIP program. Follow the links above to see what's available or place an order! Talk Back in our Forums

Thursday, February 16, 2017
LEGO has worked with real-world companies many times over the years to recreate vehicles of various types. We've had Maersk cargo ships and Volkswagen Beetles, to name just two. But today LEGO and BMW are announcing the results of a partnership to design an imaginary vehicle that could only be built with our favorite bricks (or so we thought). To see what happens when set designers and BMW engineers collaborated to create the alternate model for the LEGO Technic 42063 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, read on! Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

Hot Bionicle News Bionicle: Mask of Light Soundtrack "Coming Very Soon"!
It's been nearly fourteen years since the release of the first Bionicle movie, Bionicle: Mask of Light, but it turns out fans of the movie now have something new to look forward to this year! Nathan Furst, who composed the score to the original Bionicle film trilogy, has announced on Facebook and Twitter that the original score will be released on digital marketplaces in the near future, with "Approx 16 tracks fully remastered." Also, with regard to the soundtracks of Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui and Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows, Furst says that "If all goes well, there is a plan to release the others. While LOMN was lost, it's been recently, at least partially, recovered." No specific release date is available yet, but we'll do our best to keep you informed as more details emerge! Talk Back in our Forums

[Source: Ta-metru_defender]
Today we're continuing our reviews of the new wave of LEGO Rogue One: A Star Wars Story buildable figures. Blog Assistant Ta-metru_defender has decided to take a look at 75524 Chirrut Imwe, one of the two Guardians of the Whills we meet in the film. (Does anyone else want to learn more about the guardians, or is that just me?) If you'd like to find out if this a set worth picking up, continue on to watch and/or read our review! Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Hot Bionicle News More Details on LEGO Ninjago How-To-Draw Book Revealed
Today some new information on the upcoming LEGO Ninjago how-to-draw book has been revealed courtesy of the publisher, Klutz, and the author/illustrator, Dan Veesenmeyer. The book, titled LEGO Ninjago: How to Draw Ninja, Villains, and More!, will come out this August at a price of $16.99 USD and contain 68 pages, three double-tipped colored pencils, a mechanical pencil, and a black marker. You can see the cover art and read a full description of the book on Dan's website. Klutz will be showing previews of the book along with another new book titled LEGO: Make Your Own Movie at their New York International Toy Fair booth this coming weekend. Follow the links above for additional details! Talk Back in our Forums

BZPower Twitch Tuesday
The LEGO Batman Movie took first at the box office this past weekend, and I credit it all to the fact that we've been playing LEGO Batman on our Twitch Tuesday streams lately. Today is Tuesday, and we intend to keep the streak going by loading up our Xbox tonight and hopping on to play. While I hinted at LEGO Batman, the poll is still open in the discussion topic for you to provide your input on what we play. Then at 7:30 PM Eastern tonight you can head over to our Twitch channel to watch all the fun. I look forward to seeing everyone there as we make it through a couple more levels in whatever game we end up in. Talk Back in our Forums

Market News LEGO Games for Xbox on Sale
Now through February 20th, several LEGO games are on sale for both the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One. Microsoft's Major Nelson posted this week's sales and deals on his blog last night, which includes LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, LEGO Jurassic World, and LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens for both platforms. The sale ranges from 40% to 60% off, depending on the title and version, so this is nothing to sneeze at. If you've been looking for some fun LEGO gaming choices, this is a great place to look! Talk Back in our Forums

BZPower Hang Out With BZPower Members in New York City
Toy Fair in New York City starts this Saturday, and since I'll be arriving on Friday with some time to kill, I thought it would be fun to have a BZPower meetup! You'll be able to find me at the Herald Square Shake Shack at 1 PM on the 17th - I'll be the one with the bag full of Star Wars Buildable Figures. That's because the first people who find me will each get a free set! Check out the topic in the Convention & Event Planning forum for all the details and to RSVP. I look forward to meeting and chatting with some BZP members over a burger and shake! Talk Back in our Forums

BZPower What Star Wars Buildable Figures Would You Like to See?
With the cancellation of Bionicle last year, all of our CCBS hopes and dreams are currently pinned on the Star Wars Buildable Figure sets that have been coming out since 2015. BZPower member Wiriamu would like to know what characters, creatures, droids, and more you'd like to see in the line and your thoughts on it in general. Do we need sets from Rebels, more from the Original Trilogy, or maybe something from the Legends continuity? (I'd like to see all three and more!) Go join the discussion and let us know! Talk Back in our Forums

Monday, February 13, 2017
Hot Bionicle News Bricks Cascade is Coming
In less than a month the biggest LEGO convention in Oregon will be taking place at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. If you're in the area, you should check out the Bricks Cascade website to learn more about the event taking place from March 9th to 12th. If you're going to be there, head over to the planning topic to let us know so you can find or offer a ride, share a room, or just hang out and have fun! If you can't make it, but want your MOCs to be there, check out the 2017 Convention Circuit topic to find out how you can make that happen. Portland is a great city and the AFOLs out there make some fantastic creations, making it worth your while to visit if you can! Talk Back in our Forums

Sunday, February 12, 2017
This Tuesday is the first Building Event for adults at the LEGO store. From 6-8 PM on February 14th (Valentine's Day), AFOLs can build (and keep!) a free rose at the Adults-Only Valentine's Day Build. Space is limited and registration may be required - I would encourage you to call your local LEGO store in advance to ensure you can participate. Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

Hot Bionicle News WB TV Shows Get LEGO-fied Courtesy of Batman
Everyone is having fun with The LEGO Batman Movie's release this weekend, and WB has joined in on the action by giving their TV shows the LEGO treatment. No stranger to DC Comics' properties, they started with a video of LEGO Batman meeting LEGO Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow's Atom from the CW. Then they made some posters for the comic book shows, including Gotham and geeky Big Bang Theory, and other properties. Check out the lineup on facebook, and then wishfully hope Cicso sends everyone to the alternate Earth where everything is LEGO. Talk Back in our Forums

Attention North Virginia (and surrounding area): You have just a few days left to get your Early Bird tickets for NoVa Maker Faire (held Sunday, March 19th 2017 from 11am to 5pm in Reston, VA). Tickets are available $9 per adult ($1 per child) through February 17th, with prices set to go up to $13 per adult ($2 per child) after that.

Our own BioniLUG will have a booth at NoVa Maker Faire including MOCs, interactive displays, and a LEGO play area, and we're also looking forward to seeing another LEGO-based display - 12-year old Alec Agayan will be displaying his EV3-based 3D printer. Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Hot Bionicle News LEGO Rebrick Launches "Best of Batman" Contest
Yesterday, a new contest was launched on LEGO Rebrick to tie in with the release of The LEGO Batman Movie! The "Best of Batman" contest encourages builders to submit their best Batman-themed LEGO creation in one of three categories (Vehicles, Venues, or Villain Accessories) by March 10th. The grand prize winner in each category will receive four LEGO Batman Movie sets (70907, 70908, 70911, and 70912), a behind-the-scenes artbook signed by the LEGO designers, an exclusive winner's brick certificate, and exclusive plates autographed by Rosario Dawson (Batgirl), Michael Cera (Robin), and Ralph Fiennes (Alfred) with the corresponding minifigures. Follow the link above for the full contest details! Talk Back in our Forums

Friday, February 10, 2017
Hot Bionicle News Ultimate Batmobile Joins The LEGO Batman Movie Toy Line
In addition to last month's four new LEGO Batman Movie set reveals, LEGO today announced yet another new set coming out on June 1st: 70917 The Ultimate Batmobile! This set will cost $129.99 USD and contains a rotating Bat-Signal with a working light brick, a massive vehicle that splits apart into a Batmobile, Batwing, Bat-Tank, and Batcycle, and eight minifigures (including some that might be pretty surprising)! If you have already seen the movie or don't fear spoilers, you can view a high-resolution picture of the set on Facebook or read more about the set on MarketWatch. Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News See How The LEGO Batman Movie Was Made
Today, The LEGO Batman Movie officially opens in over a dozen countries! Like The LEGO Movie before it, a lot of work went into creating the visual sensation of an intricate plastic world brought to life, and Dorling Kindersley's new book The LEGO Batman Movie: The Making of the Movie (coming out today in the UK and next Tuesday in the US) promises to showcase this development process. The UK wing of Dorling Kindersley has also released an online article briefly going over the process step-by-step, accompanied by behind-the-scenes photos and development materials. Follow the links above to learn more! Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News LEGO Life Building Contest Underway on LEGO Rebrick
Earlier this month, LEGO Rebrick launched a LEGO Life building contest, challenging builders to re-imagine the logo of the kid-friendly social networking app using LEGO bricks or LEGO Digital Designer and submit it by March 1st. Five semi-finalists selected by judges will each win a $200 shopping spree on, and after March 31st their entries will be posted to the LEGO Life app for users to vote on a grand prize winner. That winner will receive a $400 shopping spree, a personalized LEGO Life Magazine cover, and the chance to cooperate with the LEGO Life team to develop a contest for younger builders. Follow the link above for more details! Talk Back in our Forums

[Source: Nuju Metru]
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story introduced a lot of new characters into the Star Wars universe. LEGO, as they often do with Star Wars, has released a number of sets to tie in with the film, and the second wave of buildable figures is on its way out. Today Forum Assistant Nuju Metru is taking a look at 75525 Baze Malbus, one of the Guardians of the Whills who joins the mission to steal the Death Star plans. Read on to see how this set stacks up and if you should consider adding it to your collection. Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

Thursday, February 9, 2017
Hot Bionicle News Learn More About the LEGO House, Opening in Billund This Fall
LEGO has updated their website for the LEGO House, a new attraction opening in the company's hometown of Billund, Denmark this fall. At the LEGO House, kids and adults are invited to learn about the LEGO brand and experience LEGO play. On the LEGO House website you can read and watch videos about the experience zones, LEGO Brand Store and restaurants, and public squares and playgrounds. If you want to be one of the first visitors to the LEGO House, you can enter a drawing to attend the opening gala by signing up for their newsletter. Follow the links above for more information! Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News LEGO Movie Sequel Changes Director
It seems that Warner Bros and Rob Schrab have parted ways on the creation of the sequel to the hit LEGO Movie from 2014. As reports, Mike Mitchell, director of last year's successful Trolls movie has been brought on board to lead the project. This is the second big change to the production of the film after Raphael Bob-Waksberg rewrote the first draft of Chris Miller and Phil Lord's script. We still have two more year until the sequel is released which should be plenty of time for everything to come together. Until then, you can go watch The LEGO Batman Movie, which opens tonight, to tide you over! Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News LEGO Ideas Recap
We've missed some things over on the LEGO Ideas site recently, so we thought we'd take a moment to catch you up. First, a new project has received ten thousand votes of support! Go check out The Blues Mobile by Eini (Kai Einfeldt) from the 1980 cult classic The Blues Brothers. If all the 80s nostalgia we've seen in Ideas and Dimensions is anything to go on, the model has a decent chance of becoming a set. Also, late last week Hasan let us all know that the results of the second 2016 review phase are nearly done and we should see them by the end of the month! Finally, I don't think we ever shared the 10K Club Interview of Stewart Cromar, creator of the Lovelace and Babbage project, from back in January. Go check it all out and discuss in the Talkback! Talk Back in our Forums

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