Saturday, May 26, 2018
Announcing BZPower and BioniLUG's Space at Brickworld
Earlier this week, Brickworld Chicago released their 2018 display map
. There's a brief disclaimer on the map page itself
, and you'll need to pull up the image itself
to zoom in enough to read it easily, but area 42 has our tables under the BioniLUG name. This is just map shorthand - in addition to the LUG, this space will include the BZPower Convention Circuit
and should be flexible enough for us to take on additional Bionicle MOCs should you decide to join us at this event (a late registration option is still available
Your Flickr Account Is Now Part of SmugMug
You may have already seen the news that SmugMug has acquired Flickr
. As of yesterday, if you have a Flickr account, your account and data will be transferred to SmugMug from Flickr
and Terms of Service
for Flickr. You don't need to agree to (or read) Oath's new policies to keep using Flickr, and the new policies at SmugMug appear to be about the same as Flickr's old policies, although by keeping your account, you've now made an agreement with SmugMug instead of Yahoo!
Flickr's blog has a FAQ
about the transition.
Friday, May 25, 2018
A Collection of Bionicle Artwork
Apparently when you're an artist, things build up over time and you can end up with quite the portfolio. BZPower member Toa Tupac decided to share his in the simply titled My Bionicle Art Dump
. He's got some great custom Kanohi and some Marvel-themed Toa among many others that are totally worth checking out. I like the use of different mediums in his work to achieve a wide variety. There's even a WIP of a Mata Nui robot made in LEGO Digital Designer! Once you're done going through it all, make sure you let the artist know what you think!
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Capping Off the Death Star
This is it! The moment we've all been waiting for! On Saturday, May 26th, starting at 5 PM Eastern over on the BZPower YouTube channel
, I'll be building the final sections of the UCS Death Star! It should be a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to showing off the final build and the myriad of play features. In celebration of finishing it, and also in celebration of Solo: A Star Wars Story coming out, we'll be doing a special bonus build at the end (but no spoilers!). The best part of that is an extra build means extra things to give away! We'll see you there on Saturday!
LDC Atlanta Celebrates 40 Years of the Minifigure This June
While there are probably many festivities planned to commemorate 40 years of the LEGO Minifigure as we know it today, the Atlanta LEGOLAND Discovery Center
sent word first of their celebration in June. Birthday minifigures will be hidden in miniland for a scavenger hunt all month long. Every weekend day in June, there are three Meet and Greet opportunities featuring Batman, Bertie and Emmett; two Minifigure Costume Contests where guests dressed as their favorite minifigures can "win some mind-bopping prizes"; and a build activity where guests can build (and take home) a LEGO cake (while supplies last).
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
City - while it might not be most people's favorite theme, it is one of the perennial best-sellers and mixes things up from year to year with lots of different subthemes. This summer we get to stay cool with arctic-themed sets as well as a few generic City things and some new trains. Time to check them out!
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
On this rainy Tuesday we're going to be heading back to the BZPower Twitch channel
at around 7:30 PM Eastern to play some videogames. I think we'll be wrapping up LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, but you vote does count! You can talk to us about the stream or vote for what you'd like to see us play in the discussion topic
to help us decide. Assuming we do finish The Clone Wars tonight, next week will be exciting as we move on to a new game! I look forward to sitting down with you all tonight as we do our best to save the day and collect as many studs as possible!
Activision Blizzard Announces Overwatch LEGO Sets are Coming
Earlier today Activision Blizzard announced a flurry of new licensing partnerships
for things like apparel, toy blasters, costumes, calendars, cookbooks, action figures, and construction toys. Yep, construction toys. Surprisingly, to the delight of many, and despite Mattel having the license for Destiny, another Activision Blizzard property, LEGO was announced as the partner, " for multiple Overwatch building sets across various price points." While I'm sure people are looking forward to D. Va, Tracer, and Winston minifigs, am I alone in thinking that they brand might be better suited to buildable figures? Let us know what you think of the news and what you'd like to see in the Talkback!
Monday, May 21, 2018
Ninjago is still going strong with thirteen sets coming out this summer. That includes the impressive Ninjago City Docks from last year's The LEGO Ninjago Movie, as well as a bunch of others based on the TV show. Unfortunately, most of them weren't on display at the #LEGOGoals event, but we do have official images and information for you to check out!
Sunday, May 20, 2018
We're closing out the day by checking out remainder of the licensed themes that were on display at the #LEGOGoals event. That includes The PowerPuff Girls, Minecraft, and BrickHeadz which includes a whole bunch of different IPs like Star Wars, Marvel, DC, The Incredibles, Back to the Future, Jurassic World, and Harry Potter. There wasn't a lot of new stuff, but there's certainly some things to check out, so let's do it!
Today we're taking a look at the summer sets for the LEGO themes that use minidolls instead of minifigures: Elves, Friends, and Disney Princess. Many of these sets were not shown off at the #LEGOGoals event, but we still have stock images and set information for them. Read on to check out what the summer has in store for us!
LEGO RC Gets an Upgrade
Last year's LEGO Boost started a new wave of young LEGO tech sets. Covered in our LEGO Goals - Superheroes
post, Batman has an RC Batmobile controlled with an app. Venturebeat
has a few more details on that. And following up with Boost, this year lets the upcoming Ninjago Stormbringer dragon and Lego City Arctic Scout Truck connect with the system and be rebuilt for functionality, reports CNET
. They also say that upcoming City and DUPLO trains will get in on the RC action. These new designs are great for younger LEGO fans, and should do a good job leading them into Mindstorms.
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Twenty-something epiosdes of the Unikitty TV show have already aired, and we're finally getting sets and collectible figures based off of it! If you like new parts and lots of recolors this is the theme for you. I'm guessing many people here won't be super-interested in the show, but that doesn't mean you should ignore the sets. So come on, let's see what there is to see.
If the box office from the past few years is anything to go by, people really like superheroes. Marvel, DC, or another publisher - it doesn't really matter too much to most people, just give them extraordinary individuals who save the day again and again! LEGO is firmly on that bandwagon, and at the recent #LEGOGoals event they had some new sets from both of the big names to show off, including a fancy new Batmobile. Let's go give them a look!
Friday, May 18, 2018
Yesterday LEGO invited members from the press and select LEGO fansites to attend their first ever #LEGOGoals event in New York City. Hopefully you've seen the pictures and video we posted on social media and those that our friends at FBTB
and The Brothers Brick
posted as well. We're going to go into more detail on many of the sets soon, but I thought I'd start by talking about the event itself and my thoughts on it, as well as show off some of the non-set creations that were on display. so let's get to it!
One day I will learn a thing or two about Harry Potter, and that day may be sooner than later now that we're getting a new collection of Harry Potter sets! There will be one based on this winter's Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, four based on the original Harry Potter books and/or films, and three BrickHeadz sets based on the popular characters as well. Pretty much all of these have been seen online in some form already, but we did get some more details than were visible in the stock pictures. Let's check them out!
People seem to really like Star Wars, enough that LEGO keeps making sets based on it. There were a few new ones on display at #LEGOGoals 2018, as well as some that were recently made available. Unfortunately, there were no new buildable figures on display, and LEGO PR had nothing to say about the rumored Super Battle Droid and AT-RT for later this year. To check out what we could see, read on!
The #LEGOGoals 2018 event has wrapped up and the sifting through images and information is underway. Here you can find everything we've posted from the event, all in one convenient location! Let us know in the Talkback what things you're most excited to see so we can focus on sharing those with you first!
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Do You Want to Build a Death Star
We're going to be back again this weekend to continue work on that set of sets, the LEGO Star Wars UCS Dollhouse - I mean Death Star! Join us at 5 PM Eastern on Saturday, May 19th over on the BZPower YouTube channel
as we make our way through the second half of the build and watch room after room come together. If the past few streams are any indication, we'll be building for around two-and-a-half hours and hopefully get through the seventh and eighth sections. Of course there will be some giveaways too, and who doesn't love those? See you there!
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Harry Potter Set Revealed
The Magical World of Harry Potter is returning to LEGO, and now some of the sets have been unveiled to show us just what to expect. Yesterday, Gizmodo
showed off some of the new BrickHeadz characters, including Hermione, Ron, Dumbledore, Harry, and Hedwig, spaced out between three sets, which will go on sale in July. Then today, Entertainment Weekly
revealed three more building sets featuring scenes from the first three books in the series. These sets include 75953 Hogwarts and the Whomping Willow, 75955 The Hogwarts Express, and 75956 Quidditch Match. While there are certainly some similarities to models released in the past, there are a lot of new updated designs and figs to get excited about.
LEGO Unikitty Website Now Online and Ready to Party!
The new products may not be out just yet in most places, but LEGO has already launched the website
for their wacky new theme inspired by the TV show Unikitty!
on Cartoon Network! You can now read about Unikitty's friends and adversaries
like Puppycorn, Dr. Fox, Brock, and Master Frown, discover pictures and descriptions of the six upcoming building sets
, and watch seven 15-second stop-motion videos
. Follow the links above to see what fun the Unikingdom has to offer!
Power Up in Nexo Knights Ultimate Mech Contest on LEGO Rebrick
LEGO Rebrick has launched a new Nexo Knights themed contest challenging you to Build the Ultimate Mech
! From today until June 27th you can submit your MOC of what you think would be the ultimate mech for the LEGO Nexo Knights universe. Judges from the Nexo Knights team will judge entries on coolness and originality, most inspired details, relevance to contest theme, and best use of LEGO elements. The grand prize winner will receive a Nexo Knights poster signed by a LEGO designer, a $400 USD shopping spree on LEGO.com, all five of this year's Nexo Knights sets, and last year's Knighton Castle set. Two runners-up will receive the same six Nexo Knights sets and a $100 USD shopping spree on LEGO.com. Follow the link above for the complete rules and details or to submit your entry!
Warner Bros. Publisher Sale on Xbox
Larry Hryb, Xbox Live's Major Nelson shared This Week's Deals With Gold And Spotlight Sale + Publisher Sale And Game Fest Sale
yesterday that includes a collection of games from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. That means that a whole lot of LEGO games are on sale, most for 50% off or more! Even newer titles like LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 are included, so this is a great chance to grow your collection. Let us know what you pick up how you enjoy playing it in the Talkback!
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
A Collection of Last Month's MOCs
I guess BZPower Member Poor Disadvantaged was a bit busy in April, because while he was obviously building a lot, it took him until May to share the creations here. Go check out Poor Disadvantaged: April Dump
to see three of his recent MOCs: Sub Slizer: ScuBa, WotFace, and Jayko, Eagle of Talonjay. The last one is my personal favorite, being a reimagining of the character from the Knights Kingdom II line from 2004. I like how the builder called upon the whole LEGO palette to achieve the shapes and look he was going for - can you find the Skull Spider mask he incorporated into the build? Check them all out and let Poor Disadvantaged know what you think!
Hip, hip, hooray! We're gonna stream on Twitch Tuesday! Okay, maybe I'm a little too excited about that, but it doesn't change the fact that tonight at 7:30 PM Eastern we'll be heading over to the BZPower Twitch channel
for our weekly gaming session. You can watch us play whatever comes out on top in the poll found in the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
, so why not vote yourself for what you'd like to see? Whether we keep going through LEGO Star Wars III or check out something different, it's sure to be fun and adventure-filled and I for one can't wait. See you all there!
Monday, May 14, 2018
RuPaul's 10k Club
We don't know if or when this will become an actual set, but today we get a look behind the scenes of another LEGO Ideas project. Hasan Jensen shares the 10K Club Interview: Meet Mark Fitzpatrick of RuPaul's Brick Race
to meet the builder or the popular MOC. Learn how he got into LEGO, what inspired him to create this project, how it felt to reach the goal, and everything in between! Go give it a read - maybe you'll get the urge to post an Ideas project of your own!
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Brickworld Chicago Registration Closes Tomorrow
Tomorrow is the last day to register for Brickworld Chicago
. Alongside BZP favorite BrickFair, Brickworld Chicago is the other large (~1000 registered attendees) LEGO convention in the United States. While this is always a special event, this is the first year that BioniLUG and BZPower's convention circuit program will be there - so for Bionicle fans, this may be the best year yet. A full schedule of the event's festivities
is already available online.
[Source: Brappy Hour]
Secrets of Abandoned Bionicle Game Surface
Back in 2001 when Bionicle was gaining its footing, LEGO hired gaming company Saffire Corporation to design a Bionicle game that would feature the Toa learning their abilities and joining forces to save the island of Mata Nui from Rahi and to fight Makuta. After plenty of advertisements for the game in LEGO Mag and the Bionicle comic, some even promising an orange Kanohi Vahi collectible with purchase, the game fell through. Sound ridiculous? Check out the latest video
from DidYouKnowGaming? for a thorough explanation of what was expected of the game and what caused its demise. The good news? BioMedia Project
has obtained a copy of the final build for the game and is working on making it serviceable for fans to play! Check out their website for more info, including opportunities for beta testing to work out the bugs.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Build a Racer and Win the Trophy
This slipped under our radar, but the folks over at LEGO ReBrick are currently running a fun contest! The Customize Your Go-Kart Contest
is open until May 21st and first place wins a dozen upcoming Friends sets, a $600 LEGO shopping spree, and a trophy designed by the LEGO Friends team. What do you have to build?
The race is on to create your own LEGO Friends GO-KART racing scene! What sort of GO-KART can you create for Olivia, Mia, Andrea, Emma, Stephanie, and their other friends in Heartlake City? Create the ultimate scene for a chance to win!
If that sounds easy to you, then break out your LEGO collection and get building!