Sunday, May 24, 2015
Today we review another LEGO set, this time going back to LEGO Elves and taking a look at 41071 Aira's Creative Workshop
, the smallest boxed set in the line. How does this little fantasy playset stack up? Is it worth adding to your shopping cart or is your hard-earned money better off being spent on other sets? You'll have to read on to find out!
Saturday, May 23, 2015
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TTV Interviews Merlin Mann - Part 2
The second part of TTV's interview with Merlin P. Mann, the BIONICLE web animation writer, has been put online for your hearing
pleasure. This time, there is lots more of BIONICLE talk, although not exclusively, and once again it was a very interesting read. Thanks to TTV and Merlin Mann for the insightful interview!
Friday, May 22, 2015
Own a Custom Life-sized Bionicle Mask
If you missed out on the life size skull spider mask
we posted about recently, then you're in luck. The same people (who are also BZPower members) have now posted a custom skull beetle mask
for sale as well. This one isn't based on an actual mask, but it does feature ball joint connections for Bionicle pieces. It's also only $100, so this unique piece can be a part of your collection for a reasonable price!
Thursday, May 21, 2015
BrickFair Virginia is Coming!
BrickFair Virginia is only a little over two months away! As of right now, there's almost twenty BZPower members who are planning on attending from July 29, 2015 through August 02, 2015 in Chantilly, VA - if you're one of them let us know in the planning topic
. Behind the scenes we're working on some fun activities like a parts draft, laser tag, and a BBC Contest that you'll definitely want to take part in. If you can't make it, don't fret, you can still send your MOCs to the event as part of the 2015 Convention Circuit
to allow thousands and thousands of people to see them. Plus, you get free perks in return! BrickFair Virginia is arguably the biggest LEGO fan convention in the country, and without a doubt it's the best for BZPower members. So start your planning and we hope to see you there!
TTV Interviews Merlin Mann - Part 1
You've probably heard about Merlin Mann, the writer of the BIONICLE web animations. TTV (The Three Virtues) had the privilege to interview him and while much of it isn't even about BIONICLE, it was a very interesting read. Of course, there is some BIONICLE talk in it as well and this is just the first half of the interview, so there is more to come. Merlin addresses the creative process behind the animations and even the unfortunate leaks. You can listen to it here
or read the transcript here
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
A Message from the LEGO Dimensions Team
Yesterday on the LEGO Videogames Community Blog (which I didn't even know existed), Andrew Holt, one of the designers at TT Games, made a post
about LEGO Dimensions and the work the team has been doing. It's an interesting read and it sounds like the whole company is excited about the project and are looking forward to the game coming out. There's a few small details revealed and the promise of a lot more information to come. Go check it out!
LEGO Director Ranked as Top PR Innovator
The Holmes Report recently put out their list of the top 25 public relations innovators in EMEA
(that's Europe, Middle East, and Africa), the people "who are shaping what influence and engagement will look like tomorrow." Among them was Lars Silberbauer Andersen
, the global director of social media, search & video for The LEGO Group. When you see LEGO engaging with people and posting content on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and other social media, it's him you have to thank. Congratulations to Lars on being recognized for his achievements, and let's hope LEGO continues to do a great job innovating in all areas of its business.
Latest LEGO Dimensions Trailer Says, "Great Scott!"
A new LEGO Dimensions trailer for the upcoming video game has arrived online, or rather has come back...to the future. Christopher Lloyd returns as Doc Brown from Back to the Future
, as he receives a mysterious package not unlike the one from the first video
. Inside is his own character in LEGO form, and then the trailer shows off plenty of gameplay, including Future
scenes with Lloyd's voice acting! Check out the video
and then check your wallets--LEGO Dimensions keeps growing in possibilities with each new reveal.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
It's time for another review of a 2015 set! Today we're looking at 70817 Batman & Super Angry Kitty Attack
from the LEGO Movie theme. This is the smallest boxed set based on the film that LEGO has released, weighing in at only 115 pieces and retailing for $9.99 USD. So is this set free from any negativity of any kind or is there no consistency to be seen? Read and watch on to find out!
Bionicle Mask Hunt Final Winners Announced!
We've been wondering for weeks who was going to claim the 14 karat gold masks, and now the wait is over. The LEGO Bionicle Facebook page
has posted the final six winners to the Bionicle Mask Hunt contest, based on the 36 weekly winners. There are some interesting choices, so make sure to check them out and tell us your favorites! Congratulations to the winners!
A Corpus of MOCs
The Bionicle RPG Corpus Rahkshi
has already been featured on the front page, but today we look at the creations that creation spawned. Sergei Rahkmaninoff is one of the players in the game, and was inspired to take the descriptions of characters and build some MOCs of them
! Go check out the over a dozen Rahkshi he's built, each one with its one unique style and personality. There's a lot of variety and some great techniques in there to make it worth viewing.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Tahu Designer Video Posted
Over on YouTube, LEGO has posted their latest Inside Bionicle piece, the Tahu Designer Video
featuring everyone's favorite Master of Fire. Check out some concept art that went into the creation of the set, as well as a few prototype mask designs! It's interesting that they're still advertising the gold mask contest, but regardless, it's definitely something you're going to want to check out!
Adventure Time Reaches Ideas Goal
Over on LEGO Ideas another project has reached the goal of ten thousand votes of support! Brick-built Adventure Time figures
by aBetterMonkey features over a dozen characters from the popular show, not in minifig form, but built out of bricks. I'm sure a lot of people would love to see this, so I wish it the best of luck during the next review phase!
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Free Spider-Man From S@H
LEGO recently started a new promotion
on its Shop@Home website as well as in-stores. With any purchase of $50 or more, you get a free Spider-Man Super Jumper set that includes our favorite web-slinger as well as a robotic spider drone-looking thing. If you're planning on picking up any LEGO sets between now and the end of the month, keep this sale in mind!
Currently in Philadelphia, PA, is a LEGO art exhibit by LEGO Certified Professional Nathan Sawaya. The Art of the Brick, running until September 6 at the Franklin Institute, boasts over 100 creations ranging from mosaics to statues with plenty of creativity around each turn. BZP Staff Reporter ChocolateFrogs and Retired Staff 55555 and Toa Lhikan Hordika visited last weekend with high LEGO spirits and were rewarded in turn. Read on for pictures from the exhibit and personal impressions from the displays.
LEGO Minifigures Online to Move to Buy-to-Play
LEGO Minifigures Online will undergo important changes this summer, as the game moves over from a free-to-play model to a buy-to-play model. This means that the current membership model will be discontinued and replaced by a model where players will buy the game in a store to gain access to the game and at the same time all benefits. This change will come with a significant overhaul this summer introducing "a strong narrative, with a voiced storyteller guiding players through the game and the different worlds using cinematics and scripted events", also "unique gameplay events in the different locations that will make the worlds come even more alive, and much more". You can read the full announcement here
Saturday, May 16, 2015
BrickFair New England took place at the beginning of the month and was a fantastic fifteenth BrickFair event! There were lots of great creations to see, not to mention games to play, seminars to attend, and people to talk to. BZPower was there to document the MOCs on display, and now it's time to share them with you all. Read on to check them out!
Last weekend BZP staff and retired staff members 55555, Toa Lhikan Hordika and ChocolateFrogs hosted a livestream build of the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes SHIELD Helicarrier set. The 5-hour build, now hosted on YouTube, was a roaring success, and featured the cooperative building skills of this bunch. Prizes were given away, jokes were made, and patience was tested. Dozens of members tuned in, but in case you missed it we are reflecting on the set and details on what makes this great. Read on!
Friday, May 15, 2015
LEGOLAND Hotel Opens in Florida
Today marks the grand opening of the LEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND Florida! USA Today
reported in detail on the various features of the establishment, including the over two million LEGO bricks used in its construction. Similar to the hotels at other LEGOLAND parks around the world, it is heavily LEGO-inspired, with 152 guest rooms in four categories: "Pirate", "Adventure", "Kingdom", and "LEGO Friends". There are also LEGO building areas, LEGO-themed restaurants, a pool, and a "disco elevator". In a first for LEGOLAND Hotels worldwide, there is even a Master Model Builder Workshop where kids can learn building tips directly from the park's master model builders. If this seems like a place you'd like to plan a future vacation, you can find more details at the LEGOLAND Florida website
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New Jurassic World Game Teaser and Release Date
A new trailer has been released for the LEGO Jurassic World game coming to a variety of platforms later this year. When exactly, you ask? The trailer lets us know that that will be on June 12th! You can check it out on YouTube
, and keep in mind that every single dinosaur you see in the trailer is a playable character in the game. I look forward to at least the parts from the first movie!
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Collect LEGO Friends Stickers
Brick Fanatics has let people know about
a new set of collectible stickers coming from Topps. Last year it was Legends of Chima, but this time around it's LEGO Friends! There are three different sticker types - regular, 'kiss-cut' (your guess is as good as mine), and glitter - for you to collect of all the characters, pets and more from Heartlake City. If collecting is your thing and you're a LEGO Friends fan, check them out!
News of new LEGO DVD releases this year keeps rolling in! First, LEGO Friends: Friends Together Again
is the second LEGO Friends DVD (in Region 1
, at least), and features three episodes: "Country Girls", "Emma's Dilemma", and "Friends of the Jungle". It will be released on August 11. Additionally, LEGO Legends of Chima: Season Two, Part Two
is a two-disk set compiling the last eleven episodes of the LEGO Legends of Chima TV series, and will be released September 1. Read on to learn about upcoming LEGO DVD releases in other parts of the world!
As one of its daily designs, TeeFury
is offering a shirt designed titled 'Emmetron' for today only. As you might guess from the name, it combines elements of The LEGO Movie and Tron, and is a pretty cool design. And for $11 plus $4 shipping and handling, it's not a bad deal either. Head over and pick it up if it strikes your fancy!
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Own a Life-Size Skull Spider Mask
Is the gold Skull Spider mask from the Lord of Skull Spiders set not enough for you? Sad you didn't win the solid gold version in the Battle for the Gold Mask? Well then you're in luck because someone on eBay is selling a life-size adult wearable Skull Spider mask
that can be yours for under $200! It's certainly a bit pricy, but this is a pretty cool one-of-a-kind custom that you're not likely to see again (assuming it sells). It's important to note that the seller has no feedback rating, so be careful if you decide to make it yours.
Ninjago Seasons One and Two Double Feature Coming to DVD
Earlier this month we reported
that LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu Season Four would be coming to DVD this July. However, even before that, a compilation 4-disc set of the first two seasons (episodes 1-26) is due for release
on June 23. This is a great opportunity to own these two seasons for yourself if you haven't already bought them individually!
Bionicle Mask Hunt Week 6 Winners
The final week of winners for the Bionicle Mask Hunt have been revealed on Facebook
. And with that, the entry period for the contest has come to a close, but it's not over yet. Each winner will receive a set of the Toa whose mask they found, but they're also in the running to win the 14-karat gold masks. LEGO will be announcing the final golden mask winners on May 16th, 2015. Until then, tell us which ones you think should win in the talkback topic!
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Cataloging Colossal Creations
Throughout the years LEGO has made many large-scale sculptures for Bionicle, from Toa to Kanohi to the Makuta stone. BZPower Member Cheesy Mac n Cheese has taken it upon himself to make a list of all the statues in the Bionicle Discussion Forum. Check out Large-Scale BIONICLE Sculptures
for pictures of over two dozen of these creations, spanning from 2001 to 2015. If you know of any that are not listed, go post to get them added!
Monday, May 11, 2015
In Part 1 of our BrickUniverse coverage
, we shared pictures of the many things on display at the event in Raleigh, NC at the end of March. While we had hoped to get this up sooner, today we're posting the second half of our look at the convention. We're trying something a bit different here, with some video coverage of the event. We have a tour of the creations on the expo floor as well as a panel featuring prominent members of the online community. Read on to give them a watch and then let us know what you think and if you'd like to see more videos like these!
Nick.com adds LEGO Elves Microsite
Nick.com has introduced a new LEGO Elves microsite
featuring lots of dynamic content. Some of the content, including all the downloads from the "Fun and Games" section, are duplicated from the main LEGO Elves website
, but the microsite also includes lots of beautiful pics and new info on the LEGO Elves story, characters, and world. There are even brief story descriptions of the Sky Castle and Skyra, Guardian of the Portal, as well as promises of additional content in the future!
Sunday, May 10, 2015
More LEGO Dimensions Packs Revealed
Clever people who have been trawling through the LEGO website have found instructions for 71201 Level Pack: Back To The Future
from the upcoming LEGO Dimensions game. While this is interesting in and of itself, more interesting is that it reveals images of several other Level Packs, Team Packs, and Fun Packs, including several that have not been announced thus far. The most exciting are the Portal 2 and Doctor Who Level Packs, featuring a turret, Chell, and Companion Cube and TARDIS, Twefth Doctor, and K-9, respectively. We knew a Doctor Who set was coming from LEGO Ideas, but Portal is a brand new license (although several Ideas projects have reached ten thousand votes but were not selected). Other packs include Jurassic World, Scooby Doo, The Simpsons, and others. I'm excited to get better pictures and learn more about this game and these new licenses!
BZP Builds the SHIELD Helicarrier--LIVE!
The BZPower Livestream for the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes set 76042 SHIELD Helicarrier has begun! Come watch BZP staff members 55555, Toa Lhikan Hordika, and ChocolateFrogs build the 3,000 piece, $350 set and join in on their geeky discussion through comments and tweets. Find the video here
, grab some snacks, and watch the Avengers' floating base of operations...assemble.