Monday, October 20, 2014
Join the Battle for the Gold Mask!
Bionicle is back! To celebrate the occasion, we're hosting a contest, but not just any contest, an ultimate battle. BZPower is joining forces with ReBrick, RusBionicle, Eurobricks, Le Club Bionifigs, and Pockyland to host the biggest, baddest, and bestest Bionicle contest ever. In the Battle for the Gold Mask
, finalists will be selected from each site to have a chance at the ultimate prize - a 14k gold Bionicle mask! There are plenty of other prizes at stake too, including signed Bionicle sets. So what are you waiting for? Check out the official post on ReBrick
and get building the most impressive villain you can think of!
Sunday, October 19, 2014
New LEGO Hobbit Sets Available
Recently the latest batch of sets based on The Hobbit have appeared on LEGO Shop@Home. What's more, with any LEGO Hobbit purchase, you can get a free poster
! You can see all the sets right here
and check out the wonderful new minifigs and the mediocre (in my opinion) sets. That won't stop me from buying them though, and if you've been waiting for these you should head over and get them too!
[Source: Moku, Lyichir]
LEGO Digital Designer Parts Update
BZPower members Moku and Lyichir have noticed that the LEGO Digital Designer has been updated with new pieces, including but not limited to "Guardians of the Galaxy minifig parts, summer Chima parts (System and Constraction), and some old parts (including Bionicle [...])", as Lyichir writes. A new BIONICLE piece is the Av-Matoran backpack from 2008. A Eurobricks member has compiled a list
. The update is only about 20 MB and if you have LDD already installed, the new parts should download on launch. If you don't, you can download the software here
and get building!
Saturday, October 18, 2014
More LEGO to Wear
Looks like TeeFury has decided to get back on the LEGO t-shirt bandwagon. You might remember their 'We Are Star Stuff' shirt from earlier this year
. Today their TwoFury deal
has a shirt entitled 'Science, The Musical,' featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, and Galileo Galilei. To make it even better, the LEGO Classic Space logo is in the background. If you like science and LEGO, this shirt is a must-buy in my book.
1980 Something Falcon Shirt
The folks over at Unamee have a cool limited edition t-shirt design up for grabs for the next week. The 1980 Something Falcon
features the LEGO Classic Space logo with a Star Wars twist: instead of a planet and space shuttle, you get the Death Star II and the Millennium Falcon. At only $11 plus shipping, the shirt is a steal if you're a fan of LEGO and Star Wars! (And who isn't?)
A trailer for the upcoming LEGO DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered special event
on October 27 has surfaced. The premise: Batman is a solitary spirit of vengeance and prefers to work alone but when his fellow teammates disappear, can he solve the mystery? It turns out it aired a week ago in the UK but US viewers will be able to watch this all-new short movie in 11 days. Read on for a trailer, a scene from the movie and a blooper video.
Friday, October 17, 2014
LEGO Talks Social Media
Over at Econsultancy, they have an interview with Lars Silberbauer
, global director of social media for The LEGO Group. He talks about how LEGO engages with its audience on various platforms, how they measure the return on their investment, and what they get out of all that interaction. With BZPower being fairly new to the social media game, it was an interesting read that you should check out too!
More Chima Coming to Your TV
Another week is ending, which means we all get to watch another episode of LEGO Legends of Chima on Cartoon Network
! Last week our heroes rescued most of Sir Fangar's 'guests,' but Li'ella is still at large. Tomorrow 'The Artifact' airs at 7:30 AM Eastern, although you can check your local listings
to see when it'll be on TV for you. Will Laval rescue the lovely lioness? Will there be more snowball fights? Will Flinx's wings grow even bigger? We'll have to wait and watch!
LEGO Minifigures Online Dino World Released & More
Players of the Minifigures Online MMO can now enjoy the release of Dino World, including raptors and Spinosaurs - it doesn't seem you can play as a Raptor-Riding Bandido, though. Apart from that, the game seems to have been updated with Minifigures Series 12, a new level cap of 30 and a new achievement system. Check out the summary of the changes and new features of October
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Bionicle and BZPower on Gizmodo
This story falls into the 'just plain cool' category. Leg Godt, the LEGO subsection of Gizmodo, has reported
on some news from New York Comic Con. Their source? BZPower and our interview with Kari Vinther Nielsen
. I'm sure you've all watched it by now, but in case you missed it, there will be a Bionicle game and app next year. Also, LEGO seems to have some big plans for the 14k solid gold masks, which I'm sure we'll hear more about in the coming months! It's exciting to see the Bionicle hype spreading around the Internet!
[Source: Nidhiki of the Shadows]
The LEGO Movie 2 Pushed Back to 2018
that at a shareholder meeting yesterday, Warner Bros has announced rough release dates for three upcoming LEGO movies. Two of them we already knew, Ninjago being slated for September 23, 2016 and the Batman movie for 2017, taking up the spot which was previously reserved for The LEGO Movie 2, which has been pushed back to 2018. With Chris McKay, who was originally supposed to direct it doing the Batman movie instead, it's yet unknown who will do TLM2. Ninjago will be directed by Charlie Bean, with a script by the Hageman brothers who are already writing the Ninjago TV series. After a break of LEGO movies next year (with BIONICLE webisodes to compensate), the bricks are coming back in 2016 with full force!
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
LEGO Planning Reality Competition Show
Remember the times when LEGO was a geeky hobby you pursued in a dark basement, shielded from the outside world of non-believers who'd laugh at your childish interests? I don't. But if those days ever existed, they seem to be over now. First The LEGO Movie, then a LEGO Batman movie, not to mention countless LEGO video games - now a LEGO reality competition show? The Guardian reports
that a TV show, presumably pursuing the idea of becoming a Master Builder, will launch in 2015. There were actually two "LEGO TV Shows" on a German TV channel (2003 and 2008, if I recall right) but I have no idea how succesful they were, though chances are they have much more potential now. I can actually imagine this working out, if such a kind of show is your thing - I can picture quite a few interesting challenges. How do you LEGO fans out there feel about this?
Return of Bionicle Covered by Fortune
Of all the places I expected to see the reboot of the LEGO Bionicle line mentioned, Fortune Magazine was not very high on the list. And yet here it is
! There's two tidbits of information I found interesting. First, Mike Moynihan, Lego's U.S. vice president of marketing, said LEGO always intended to bring back Bionicle, which contradicts with what we heard in the past. Second, Cerim Manovi, who BZPower interviewed as well
, stated that the design team made heavy use of 3-D printing in the design stage. Nothing earth-shattering, but it's great to see such a high profile periodical taking note of Bionicle's return!
Build a Bat-Signal at TRU
This Saturday, October 18th, from 12 PM until 2 PM, Toys 'R' Us will be hosting a special event as part of their Bricktober month. Tying in to the DC Superheroes sets, kids will be able to build a LEGO Bat Signal and then take it home! This is in addition to their existing Bricktober promotion that gets you a free mini-modular building with any LEGO purchase of $75 or more. You can find more information about the event on the Toys 'R' Us website
. To the Bat Cave!
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Ninjago Season 1 Review
Ninjago Month may be over and the Bionicle 2015 hype is in full swing, but we still don't want to forget the other LEGO lines we discuss on BZPower. For example, last month fishers64 put together an in-depth review
of the first season of Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, looking at the origins of the ninjas and their battle against the skeleton army and Lord Garmadon. If you're interested in the show and don't mind spoilers, it offers a good overview of what takes place. Be sure to check out the reviews of Season 2
, Season 3
, and Season 4
BIONICLE and Other LEGO Themes to Get Bedding and Accessories
Manchester-based company Character World is going to launch
branded duvets, fleece blankets, ponchos and towels with LEGO Classic, LEGO Friends, LEGO City, LEGO Ninjago, LEGO Chima, LEGO Bionicle and LEGO DC Comics Superheroes (no Marvel apparently) characters and images across all of Europe next year. European kids will no longer have to fear the dark, knowing they will always be protected by their favorite LEGO characters. I assume they won't make adult sizes for the bedding, but AFOLs can still get the towels so no visitor ever could doubt their nerdiness.
Monday, October 13, 2014
[Source: Toa of Gallifrey, TuragaOfVirtues]
Toa Bios Updated on BIONICLE Website
BZPower members Toa of Gallifrey and TuragaOfVirtues have observed that the BIONICLE website
has received a small update today, fixing the Onya typo and also adding information about primary color (as if you couldn't see that), element (duh), favourite environment, masks (confirming that masks carry elemental powers), primary and secondary weapon and signature moves (Kaboom-arang?). A new week, a new tidbit of story information, I suppose!
Sunday, October 12, 2014
The LEGO Group and TT Games held a large panel Saturday at New York Comic Con to make new announcements for the LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
video game and build up hype and promotion before the game is released on November 11 this year. Various voice actors and big names in comics and LEGO were at the panel to help with all the reveals and show just how fun the game will be. Read on for all the details on what will make this the biggest and best LEGO game TT Games has made.
Win All Six Toa Sets on Twitter
If you didn't win the transparent Tahu mask on Twitter in the past three days, I'm afraid you're out of luck - for now. Today is the final day of NYCC, though, so LEGO has a special raffle in store: Retweet this tweet
for a chance to win all six Toa (Masters) sets of 2015! There is no word on if you'd actually get the sets before release if you win, but who cares when you have the chance to get awesome (in my opinion) sets priced at over 100 bucks for free. Get tweeting!
During the LEGO Bionicle VIP event at New York Comic Con, BZPower had the chance to interview Cerim Manovi, Creative Director of the Bionicle line. Cerim is very passionate about Bionicle, and it shows here. Listen to him talk about what it was like to recreate beloved characters so they could appeal to a new generation of fans and what he's really looking forward to next year. He also has a special message for the fans and the community! Go continue on to see for yourself!
While at the LEGO Bionicle VIP Event during New York Comic Con, BZPower had the opportunity to talk to Zdenko Santini, the Art Director leading the line and an employee of Advance. Listen to him talk about the process of designing the new characters, creating the animations, and what he's excited for next year. You might also get some cool info about what you can expect! Continue on to watch it for yourself!
During the VIP Event at the Flatiron LEGO Store, BZPower interviewed Kari Vinther Nielsen, Associate Marketing Manager for the LEGO Bionicle theme. Find out what she does, what she thinks of Bionicle, and learn absolutely nothing of what's coming next! Because we all want to be surprised, of course. Continue on to check it out!
LEGO Minifigures and Friends Websites Updated
The BIONICLE website was not the only one to receive updates lately, as so have the Minifigures
ones. I can't really tell you what new contents the latter has to offer, but the former now highlights series 12 and the Minifigures Online game. Both offer a new layout similar to the one of the BIONICLE website and you may observe all three have a website footer different from the rest of LEGO websites. Could this mean a LEGO.com redesign is in order next year? I certainly wouldn't mind to get rid of those huge Flash elements on the main site.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
NYCC Panel Slides Posted
Over on the Bionicle Facebook page, the slides from the New York Comic Con Bionicle panel have been posted
. There's a lot of great concept art and images of the upcoming sets and animations, and it's all awesome! If you consider yourself a Bionicle fan you need to drop everything and check it out right now!
BZPower was fortunate enough to interview Jordan Paxton, Core Line Product Specialist, at New York Comic Con 2014. Find out what it is that Jordan does, his involvement with Bionicle, and how important the old fans were to the line's return! To see what we learned, read on!
After New York Comic Con on Thursday, LEGO held a special VIP event at their new Flatiron LEGO Brand Retail Store. In addition to giving out transparent Hau masks and t-shirts, attendees got to build with a lot of the new Bionicle pieces! It was an awesome event and a great opportunity for fans to the line to talk with the creators of Bionicle, and a once in a lifetime event. I hope everyone had as much fun as BZPower did! Read on to check out what it was like!
- Win an Exclusive Transparent Tahu Mask from NYCC! -- UPDATE
LEGO is giving people yet another chance to win an exclusive transparent Tahu mask by retweeting their tweet. If you don't win, don't worry, as I hear BZPower has got a bagload of them, so keep your eyes peeled for contests and raffles on the forums! -- Adrian
- All BIONICLE Sets Revealed with Pricing & More Details -- UPDATE
Aanchir has found another press report at BrickJournal with more pictures and all set descriptions. I can't wait to get my hands on them! -- Adrian From Aanchir
Friday, October 10, 2014
BZPower Blog Assistant Nukaya takes us on a tour of the LEGO Bionicle booth at New York Comic Con 2014. See what there was to see, including the animated teaser and a peek at the sets! Read on to check it out!
BZPower was able to attend the LEGO Bionicle panel at New York Comic Con 2014. The Bionicle team of Steen Lindeberg (Marketing Director), Cerim Manovi (Creative Director), Zdenko Oliver Santini (Art Director), and Rob Johnson (US Brand Manager) talked about the process of bringing the theme back, designing the sets, and creating the animated shorts to help promote them. Continue on to watch it for yourself!
Batman to Get His Own LEGO Movie
The Hollywood Reporter reports
that a LEGO Batman spin-off of The LEGO Movie will be coming, presumably 2017. Will Arnett will reprise his role as The Dark and Brooding Knight, Seth Grahame-Smith will write the script, Chris McKay, animation supervisor of TLM will direct and Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will be producing. I just hope they don't start milking the LEGO franchise to death now - then again, I was very skeptical about TLM at its first announcement and Phil Lord and Chris Miller will have some involvement in this, so there is some hope we may be getting at least the funniest Batman movie to date, if not more. How do you feel about this?
Next Episode of Legends of Chima Tomorrow
Another week has come and gone, meaning it's almost time for a new episode of LEGO Legends of Chima
on Cartoon Network. A Very Slippery Slope will see our heroes finally go on a raid against Sir Fangar's ice fortress in an attempt to rescue his prisoners. Will Laval and his friends manage to succeed? Tune in at 7:30 AM Eastern, or check your local schedule
, to watch and find out!
New York Comic Con started yesterday will all kinds of panels, vendors, guest appearances and show floor exhibits. BZPower was there for the invite-only panel with The LEGO Group, but beforehand we were some of the first to see TLG's booth on the show floor. That's right, Bionicle is coming back in full force and LEGO wants everyone at NYCC to know. Check out just what LEGO put on to make a good first impression to the convention-goers.
[Source: Cartoon Network]
LEGO DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered
We briefly interrupt the BIONICLE hype to bring you some other news: Cartoon Network tweets
and LEGO retweets that Batman will be back in an all-new special event called "LEGO DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered" on Monday, October 27th 6/5c on Cartoon Network. The tweet shows what seems to be a scene from LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes but I assume there must be more to it than that - perhaps they will show a movie comprised of LEGO Batman 3 cutscenes? Also, the title seems to hint at the Justice League so I assume it will play a part. Tune into Cartoon Network in 17 days to find out!
[Source: Nidhiki of the Shadows]
All BIONICLE Sets Revealed with Pricing and More Details
Reporting from New York Comic Con, Comicbook.com presents
information of the new/old line presented to press by LEGO accompanied by finalized renders of all the Toa, Protectors and the Lord of the Skull Spiders sets, along with pricing, set numbers and even piece counts. The Protectors will cost USD 9.99; Lord of the Skull Spiders, Gali, Lewa and Pohatu USD 15.99 and Tahu, Kopaka and Onua USD 19.99 each. There are set descriptions as well but they are a bit messed up so we will have to wait a bit for better ones. I know you've all been waiting for this moment - so get crazy discussing those sets!
- Win an Exclusive Transparent Tahu Mask from NYCC! -- UPDATE
Didn't win the exclusive transparent Tahu Mask in the draft yesterday? Fear not, LEGO is giving you another chance - same rules apply, just retweet to be entered in the draft. Good luck! -- Adrian
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Win an Exclusive Transparent Tahu Mask from NYCC!
Missed collecting masks in 2001 and 2002? If you retweet this tweet from LEGO
, you will have a chance to win an exclusive transparent Tahu mask from NYCC! Of course, the more people retweet the less likely it is you could win (and I'm actually harming myself by letting you know of course :P) but this is just too good a chance for any BIONICLE fan who couldn't be there to pass. I just hope they will make more than only one available through this.
The Legend of BIONICLE
More Pictures of the Toa
The BIONICLE page on Facebook has yet again been updated
: Meet the 6 heroic Toa from LEGO BIONICLE. It is their destiny to find their masks of power, battle evil and save the island.
There are two pictures of pretty high resolution for each Toa, showing off awesome dual-function weapons and cool scenery in the background. The wait is finally over, folks - and it was worth it. Which new Toa is your favorite?
[Source: Gathered Friends]
A New Journey Begins
The BIONICLE page on Facebook has been updated with a picture
reading "A New Journey Begins" - on the picture we see a very interesting landscape and the six Toa - or Masters, as they are being called so far as well (the website calls them both). Check it out and stay tuned to @BZP_Tweets
for live coverage of the NYCC event!
BIONICLE Website Updated
The BIONICLE website has been updated, now sporting an awesome promotional shot with some of the characters and the villains and yes, those characters are indeed our beloved Tahu, Gali, Kopaka, Pohatu, Onua and Lewa. There are short bios for all of them, too. Check it out
and stay tuned to @BZP_Tweets
to follow live coverage of the NYCC event - for example it's just been confirmed that BIONICLE 2015 is a reboot. More information incoming!
New Guardians of the Galaxy Polybag Found
Allen over at The Brick Fan brings word of a new Guardians of the Galaxy polybag featuring Rocket Raccoon
! The minifig is the same as the one from the San Diego Comic Con Rocket's Warbird set and includes a sapling Groot (so adorable!) and a sticker sheet (an odd choice). The packaging has a 'only at Toys 'R' Us' logo on it, so I'm sure we can expect this to appear there in the near future.
Big Brick-Built Mask of Creation to Be Shown at NYCC
Over at Eurobricks, Aanchir has made an interesting find: Someone on Flickr has been at NYCC for preview night and took some pictures of displays, including one of the BIONICLE display
, showing a brick-built Mask of Creation and a big backdrop showing a lava scenery. I'm absolutely sure this is only going to be a small fraction of what LEGO has in store for NYCC and what seem to be screens above the backdrop may hint at LEGO showing a short (or not so short, who knows!) promotional movie - only one of the many reasons to look forward to the event later today. BZPower will be there and live-tweeting, so stay tuned!
- BIONICLE Website Picks Up Small Update
Things are gearing up for the BIONICLE reveal at NYCC later today! The BIONICLE website has picked up a small update, now sporting a Home button and a Mask of Creation with animated glowing eyes. Oddly enough, you can't see the changes from everywhere, it seems. In some places, you can only see the logo and the background and nothing more - changing your region on LEGO.com doesn't help either. Why LEGO would restrict the changes to some regions of the world (at least US and New Zealand, probably others as well) is beyond me, but we'll see how the website is going to look later today. UPDATE: The regional restriction seems to be gone. -- Adrian
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
It's time for another set review, taking a look at some sets from our favorite line of collectible creatures. The Fang Gang Mixels are from Series 2 and feature 41512 Chomly
, 41513 Gobba
, and 41514 Jawg
. Are these toothy little meatballs worth picking up, or should you keep them at arms-length to avoid being bitten? Continue on to find out!
[Source: Universal Studios]
LEGO Jurassic World Officially Announced
Brickset reports that Universal Studios has officially announced
that LEGO will be producing licensed sets to accompany the upcoming Jurassic World movie, due June 12, 2015. The LEGO sets will become available in May of next year. As Stephanie Sperber, Universal Partnerships & Licensing President puts it: "Jurassic Park defined dinosaurs for an entire generation 20 years ago, and Jurassic World will do the same in 2015. Working with LEGO Group to bring this classic into the present in dynamic and exciting ways is truly thrilling."
We already sort of knew this was coming
but it's good to have official confirmation. Fans of LEGO dinosaurs will have something to look forward to next year!
Riddle me this, BZPower: What's red and yellow and goes really fast? If you said the Flash minifig, I guess you would be right, but I was thinking of duct-taped ketchup and mustard bottles falling from the top of Wayne Tower! Faster than that mess will be made on the pavement comes the set review for LEGO DC Super Heroes' The Riddler Chase
, including a guest appearance by the Fastest Man Alive. Read, and watch, on to see if this is a set you should pick up quick or leave in the dust of the Riddler's dragster.
LEGO Game Sales on Xbox
Xbox Live's Major Nelson has recently updated his blog
with the latest Deals with Gold for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Between now and October 13th, you can get the following deals on LEGO games:
- LEGO Marvel Superheroes - 40% off
- The LEGO Movie Videogame - 40% off
- LEGO Batman 2 - 75% off
- The LEGO Movie Videogame - 50% off
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes - 67% off
Go take advantage of these deals while you can!
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
New Bionicle 2015 Teaser
LEGO has updated the Bionicle Facebook page with new teaser video
for New York Comic Con. It doesn't show much, but it sure makes me excited for Thursday! BZPower will be at the panel and live-tweeting it. We'll have more information for you when we get a little closer. Two more days!
Mask of Creation Flattened by Bricks
Last month, shortly after the reveal of Bionicle, we learned that the new mask was the Mask of Creation. Not wasting any time, xccj built a mosaic of the mask
, which was displayed at BrickCon this past weekend. Done without the aid of any software, Jason does a good job capturing the shape and shading. I always enjoy seeing Bionicle cross over to the System side of things, and this is no exception!
Monday, October 6, 2014
[Source: specsowl, Tattorack, doodleloot, Vorred, JDJackson, Thau Nvua, Daleo]
Project MNOG 3D
It only took me a few seconds to realize this is one of the coolest fan projects our site has seen so far. BZPower member and project lead specsowl and the rest of the project staff (listed above) are building an unofficial MNOG III: Destinies (aka MNOG3D)
with the Unity runtime. It tries to recreate the fantastic atmosphere of the MNOG games by Templar while striving for its own unique feeling and I dare say that even in pre-alpha, it succeeds at that. So far, you can explore Ga-Koro, which is a recreation of the one from MNOG II but feels far more immersive (pun may be intended) due to it being a 3D landscape. specsowl says the game is going to have an original story but he cannot disclose more at this point. I certainly look forward to it! Keep up the good work, and everyone else, don't forget to check it out. If you enjoyed MNOG and MNOG II, this is certainly worth it.
[Source: The Fold]
LEGO Ninjago: Eye of the Storm
The Fold have released their next single to promote the Ninjago line. Titled Eye of the Storm, it has a different approach than their previous work for Ninjago (at least the songs that I know) but that doesn't mean it's bad, because it does sound quite good actually. You can get it on iTunes
or Google Play
for one buck so if you've got a tiny bit of spare money on your iTunes account and enjoyed The Fold's previous Ninjago work (I did), then you may want to get this one as well. Good to see them keep it up, hopefully we'll see more songs next year!