Thursday, August 17, 2017
Before the new LEGO Ninjago Movie comes out next month, it's important to remember that the standard Ninjago theme got one round of sets out earlier this year with the Hands of Time theme. Today, BZPower Reporter Xccj looked at 70624: Vermillion Invader, one of the mid-priced sets featuring Zane and an enemy vehicle. Does this set strike just the right cord, or are you better off saving up for the sets from the upcoming movie? Read on and watch the video to find out.
Old Fishing Store Streams and Signing
With the next LEGO Ideas set, 21310 Old Fishing Store, coming out in just a couple of weeks on September 1st, LEGO is amping up the marketing for the set to get the word out! Next Wednesday, August 23rd, they will be hosting a live stream with fan designer Robert Bontenbal followed by four days of signings in London, Paris, Berlin, and Copenhagen. Check out Hasan's blog post
for all the dates and details, and if you're able to attend one of the signings, share some pictures on BZPower!
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Build Like a Freemaker this Weekend
After a bit of a break thanks to BrickFair Virginia, it's time for us to get back into the live-building groove. So this Saturday, August 19th at 6 PM Eastern, we'll be live again on the BZPower YouTube channel
to assemble some sets! We have all five of the LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures sets from both last year and this year and hope to share them all with you and talk about the show. Of course there will be some giveaways, both of Star Wars buildable figures and some more uncommon polybags, so it should be worth your while to tune in. I look forward to seeing you all there!
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
It's Tuesday, so we want to know what LEGO videogame you'd like to see us play tonight! Go vote in the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
to let us know what game you want to see us load up in the ol' Xbox. Then, at 7:30PM Eastern tonight you should head over to the BZPower Twitch Channel
to watch us arrest robbers, defeat supervillains, bring balance to the Force, sail the Seven Seas, or whatever is appropriate for the game that's decided on. No matter what's chosen, it's sure to be a lot of fun and I look forward to seeing you all there!
A Decade Ago on an Island Far Away
LEGO photography can be as important as the build itself, whether it be a monochromatic background highlighting the creation or a more elaborate piece of scenery. GusH958 went and found some areas in the great outdoors that reminded him of Voya Nui, the setting of the 2006 Bionicle storyline. What follows are his 2006 Scenery Images
, a collection of shots featuring the Matoran, Piraka, and Toa Inika. I enjoy the composition of the photos, and the light amount of editing gives them a hint of realism. If anything, the pictures highlight some of the shortcomings of the old set designs, which certainly isn't his fault. Which one is your favorite, and what other characters would you like to see brought into the real world?
Monday, August 14, 2017
Another 10k Spotlight
It's Monday which means it's time for a new 10k Club interview over on LEGO Ideas. Hasan Jensen has once again sat down with another lucky builder: in this case it's Garett Yoshimura. Go give 10K Club Interview: Meet Garett Yoshimura of Sega Classic Arcade Machines
a read to find out what inspired him to create his project and how he made it successful. You can also learn some more about Garett, his history with the brick, and all sorts of other interesting tidbits! The diversity of builders in these interviews is always great to see, and I look forward to see what next week brings!
Sunday, August 13, 2017
LEGO Looking into Biomaterials to Replace Their Plastics
The LEGO Group has been making headlines lately as they keep working to improve their carbon footprint on the planet, like the early arrival of their renewable energy goal
. Another goal gaining traction is their research into plastic-like materials, some bioplastics or similar that will uphold LEGO's standard for safety, quality, and durability and still interlock with today's bricks. Read more here
on how LEGO continues to make strides in improving their business while maintaining their brand.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Become a LEGO Home Designer
The folks at LEGO ReBrick recently teamed up with the Creator team to start a new contest for us! Go over and check out Be a LEGO Creator
to learn more about how you can receive a full assortment of LEGO Creator sets from the second half of 2017 and more! Basically, you need to design a modular room that's compatible with 31069 Modular Family Villa, 31068 Modular Modern Home, or 31067 Modular Poolside Holiday and share your pictures by September 15th. Get that all done, and you could be a lucky winner! If you decide to go and enter, may the odds be ever in your favor!
Friday, August 11, 2017
The LEGO Ninjago Movie Stunts With Jackie Chan
People has posted a new featurette
for the upcoming LEGO Ninjago Movie featuring Jackie Chan and his stunt team. He talks about how he choreographed the sequences from his stunt team to the LEGO minifigures, with some nice clips showing the martial artists' moves next to the animated ninjas. It looks like they really are going above and beyond to make this movie great.
Learn About Ninjago City
You have no doubt seen the awesome 70620 Ninjago City set coming out on September 1st for this year's The LEGO Ninjago Movie, but have you really seen
it? Now's your chance to get an in depth look at the model with the official designer video
, which features BZPower's very own Brickthing! It's awesome to get a closer look at the amazing set, but even cooler to see that one of our members had a hand in designing it! Now we just have to wait to get our hands on the set and see the movie on September 22nd!
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Free Caveman and Cavewoman
Shop.LEGO.com is offering another fun Minifigure promotion. With a purchase of $50 or more, you can get 5004939 LEGO Caveman and Cavewoman Minifigures
. These are based off the Collectible Minifigure Series 1 Caveman and Series 5 Cavewoman, although their costumes have changed color and the Cavewoman's hairpiece is in brown for the first time. The package can also turn into a cardboard cave-home for the two of them, which is a nice touch for playability. This offer will last from August 10th to August 31st, so make your orders soon.
LEGO Group Announces New CEO
Just over eight months ago, LEGO announced
a major restructure that included the appointment of Bali Padda as CEO of The LEGO Group. Today they shared that Niels B. Christiansen will take the reins
as of October 1st of this year. While this seems like a sudden change, it makes sense, as Bali Padda had said publicly at BrickFair New England that he had been planning his retirement prior to being asked to be CEO. Christiansen has years of experience with the family-owned, Danish company Danfoss and has helped that company grow and evolve with the times. Let's hope he is able to do the same for The LEGO Group!
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Search Your Feelings for an Awesome Creation
It feels like it's been nearly a month since the last project on LEGO Ideas achieved ten thousand votes of support, but that wait is now over! Go check out I Am Your Father
by szabomate90, the newest addition to the 10k club. While I don't foresee it becoming an actual LEGO model since it's based on Star Wars - an active LEGO license - it's certainly an awesome depiction of one of the most iconic scenes in movie history. My favorite part is the sloping of the structure that the catwalk comes out of with all of its interesting compound angles. Even if it doesn't pass muster, perhaps we'll see the moment captured in a normal LEGO Star Wars set at some point soon!
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Ruler of the Skies
There's a lot of subject matters that can be used as inspiration for LEGO creations. Earlier in the year, we highlighted Mohamed Marei's Anubis MOC, and a few months later, his renditions of Egyptian gods continues with Horus, God of Skies
. Using all of the parts at his disposal, from newer CCBS pieces to Ben 10 buildable figure elements, the figure is instantly recognizable with its tan human body and falcon head. Let's not overlook the clever use of fabric and System pieces as well to add some great details like the ankh and loincloth. Give it a closer look and let the builder know what you think!
Bfahome Squashes Spiders
We're a bit behind on some things thanks to BrickFair, but we're working to catch up! On August 5th a new episode of Bfa Plays was released, continuing Bfahome's adventures in LEGO Harry Potter. Go check out Episode 13: This Episode is Full of Spiders
, whose title is pretty self-explanatory, if you ask me. When you're done watching all of the spiders getting chopped up, head on over to the discussion topic
to share your thoughts on the episode. We'll be back in a mere twelve days with our next installment, so we'll see you all then!
Twitch Tuesday is Back
After a week off for BrickFair Virginia, we'll be back to our normal videogame streaming tonight. Join us at the usual time - 7:30 PM Eastern - at the usual place - the BZPower Twitch Channel
- as we take on a game of your choosing. We'd love to hear what you want to see us play or to give us any feedback on the show by heading to the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
and chiming in. As always, we look forward to testing our mettle and hanging out with you all. See you in a few hours!
Monday, August 7, 2017
10K Club Interviews Are Back
After a short break, Hasan Jensen from the LEGO Ideas team has picked up where we left off with sharing a look behind the scenes of the builders of the most successful projects on the platform. Head on over to their blog
to meet Kai Einfeldt, builder of The Blues Mobile from the iconic movie The Blues Brothers. Learn what inspired Kai, his history with LEGO, and all about the LEGO Ideas process. We can look forward to more interviews each Monday for the coming weeks, so stay tuned to keep track of them here on BZPower!
Sunday, August 6, 2017
With the new LEGO Ninjago Movie sets coming out, the LEGO Brand Stores are going all out to make sure that visitors get the Ninjago experience. Part of this involved a handout they're giving to customers, which includes a checklist of activities to do in the store. But the most interesting bit is the inclusion of a Ninja Language Decoder. Read on for some scans of the handout.
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Go Vote in BBC Contest 74 Here and at BrickFair
If you're going to BrickFair Virginia
this weekend during the public hours, make sure you vote for your favorite creation in BBC Contest #74: The Dark Side of the Brick! The MOCs are located slightly outside of the Bionicle section on the edge of the Mindstorms competition ring. Not at BrickFair? Then go vote
here on BZPower from now until noon Eastern tomorrow! Our plan is to tally up the votes at the end of the public hours and crown our winners at the event, with an official announcement on BZP to follow later. Good luck to all the finalists, and thank you everyone who's helped out!
Friday, August 4, 2017
Two New LEGO Ideas Sets Revealed
The third LEGO Ideas 2016 Review
results have been unveiled, and we're getting two new sets out of it. From that batch, the model they're moving forward with is the very impressive "Ship In A Bottle, The Flagship Leviathan" by JakeSadovich77. Additionally, the project "Voltron - Defender of the Universe" by len_d69 was still under consideration, but now it has been officially announced that it too will become a set. Both of these are due out in 2018, so it looks like we'll have some cool models to look forward to.
Thursday, August 3, 2017
The LEGO Ninjago Movie Sets Available
It's the start of a new month, and that means new LEGO products are available for purchase. The main draw this time is the release of the first wave of The LEGO Ninjago Movie sets
, which you can now pick up in anticipation for the coming movie. Best of all, these Ninjago sets will have double VIP points for the rest of the month, making it worthwhile to pick some up now.