Saturday, April 25, 2015
Czech Republic Factory Increases Production
LEGO announced recently
that an expansion to their factory in Kladno, Czech Republic has been completed. The addition gives them 50-thousand square meters of new space, bringing the facility up to 140-thousand square meters. The expansion is expected to create six hundred new jobs and allow the company to meet the ever-growing desire for the popular bricks. Hopefully this means more Exo-suit and Research Institute-type sets can be made in the future to meet the huge demand!
Friday, April 24, 2015
Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron is only about a week away, so let's take a look at one of the other LEGO sets based on the movie. BZPower Blog Assistant Ta-metru_defender today reviews 76030 Avengers Hydra Showdown
, one of the smaller sets in the line featuring Thor and Hawkeye. Will they succeed in taking down Hydra on their way to defeating Ultron? Or will their jeep crash and burn? You'll just have to read on to find out!
Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer LEGO-ized
With only a week until its release in the United States, Avengers: Age of Ultron
material keeps popping up (check out the LEGO set reviews BZP has done). Brotherhood Workshop, known for their silly Lord of the Rings
LEGO stop-motion videos, has remade the entire initial Avengers: AoU
trailer out of LEGO--all two minutes of it! The project took five months to do, reports Robot6
where you can watch the video itself, which is to be expected of something of this caliber. See all the details for yourself as LEGO heroes and villains come to life in the battle for the planet.
What's Small and Yellow and has Ten Thousand Fans?
The answer, of course, is "Small YELLOW
" by none other than Nathan Sawaya, one of the most famous brick artists around. A smaller version of his famous 'YELLOW' sculpture has reached ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas, meaning it will be reviewed for consideration to be turned into and actual set. I'm sure there would be a lot of demand for these, as Nathan is well-known inside and outside of the LEGO community and his exhibits have been visited by many, many people. Best of luck!
Thursday, April 23, 2015
[Source: BZPower Members]
VooDoo Heads on Camera
The Faber Files blog has been updated once again, this time with possibly some of the coolest content yet. In Turaga Files - Unboxing the Legend - Exhibit 023 - Video 1
, Christian Faber takes out some video tapes and a camera that I'm guessing can't even be connected to a modern computer to show us some of the early concept models for the VooDoo Heads. Those sets, of course, would go on to become Bionicle, and you can already see some of the similarities like masks and functions (and one model that looks like a blue Muaka). This is a must-watch for any Bionicle fan and shows off the origins of the line!
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
New DC Super Hero Girls Announced, With LEGO
DC Comics has announced a new universe called DC Super Hero Girls, which will focus on empowering girls, and will feature many of the famous DC female characters as relatable teens. You can read more about the announcement here
, and it definitely sounds like a cool concept. But one of the more intriguing bits is that LEGO will be the exclusive construction partner, which means we might get some Friends-style LEGO sets for the DC characters. It's set to begin in Fall 2015, so it'll be interesting to see how this turns out!
Last month we reported that Little, Brown Books for Young Readers would be publishing new graphic novels for the LEGO Bionicle, LEGO Ninjago, and LEGO Friends themes between now and the end of this year. Now, thanks to Amazon.com and the watchful eyes of BZPower's Pereki, we know exactly when to expect them as well as how many pages to expect (80 each), although other details such as titles are still forthcoming. Read on for the full slate of release dates!
- BIONICLE Chapter Book Gets a Title
Eagle-eyed Pereki also noticed that the listing for the Kindle edition of the first BIONICLE 2015 chapter book by Ryder Windham finally gives it a title: Island of Lost Masks. Both the digital and print editions are 128 pages long and will be released August 25 of this year. - Scott From Pereki
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
[Source: BZPower Members]
Bionicle Mask Hunt Week 3 Winners
The next batch of weekly winners
for the Bionicle Mask Hunt have been revealed. They are now all in the running for a chance to win one of the six 14-karat gold Toa masks. The contest is now halfway finished, but there are still three weeks to go, so make sure to enter yourself!
A Familiar Foe Gets a Facelift
We would be remiss in our coverage of awesome constraction MOCs if we didn't mention the winner of BBC Contest #69: Everything Old Is New Again!
: Protector Dume and Nivawk
by Gamma-Ray. This builder is no stranger to contests, as his MOC Hysleria was a Battle for the Gold Masks finalist on ReBrick
. In this case, both Dume and Nivawk make good use of newer CCBS pieces and older Bionicle ones to achieve some excellent shapes and curves. They both even have some play features, making them more than just display pieces. Go check them out!
Monday, April 20, 2015
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LEGO Movie Release Dates
We've known that more LEGO movies are coming, but now
Warner Bros. has announced
the exact release dates for the movies. The Batman LEGO Movie will start playing on February 10, 2017, the Ninjago movie will hit theaters on September 22, 2017, and the highly anticipated LEGO Movie Sequel will premier on May 18, 2018. And by the sounds of it, Warner Bros has a lot more plans for our favorite plastic universe in the coming years, so there will be plenty to look forward to.
[Source: BZPower Members]
Inspiration for an Island... I Mean Robot
After yesterday's video, Christian Faber has decided to update the Faber Files with more information about Mata Nui. Turaga Files - Unboxing the Legend - Exhibit 022
shows some of the original artwork and designs for the Mata Nui island and robot and how the two fit together. It's admittedly not canon, but it gives you an idea of what the story team was going for back before Bionicle was even released. Apparently Mata Nui is supposed to be a mountainous version of Denmark!
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Around the World in Fifteen Seconds
Over at the Faber Files a new entry to the Turaga Files has been posted. Unboxing the Legend - Exhibit 021
shows off a video created by Ghost showing the scale of the Mata Nui robot based on the height of a Toa being 2.3 meters tall. With that in mind, you can see just how tall the robot is and how quickly it could run around the surface of the Earth. It's a pretty silly video, but it definitely gets its point across!
LEGO Club Max Messenger Gets Ninjafied!
If you're a member of the LEGO Club
, you may be familiar with the Max Messenger
which gives you notifications on new LEGO Club content and lets you ask Max (one of the LEGO Club mascots) a variety of simple, preset questions. Well, starting earlier this week, Max has given the controls of the Max Messenger to Lloyd, the green ninja from LEGO Ninjago! No telling how long this feature will be running, so check it out now to ask Lloyd all sorts of questions about his life as a ninja!
Saturday, April 18, 2015
LEGO CCBS Star Wars: Jango Fett
The last of the so far six figures in the line of Star Wars CCBS figures has been revealed. While Jango Fett
doesn't really live up to some of the other figures in my opinion, he does have what seems like sand blue shells and should be a decent addition to the lineup. How do you feel about Jango Fett and the rest of this first series of buildable LEGO Star Wars figures? Share your thoughts in the forums!
And on we go with the third in the series of the Inside BIONICLE designer videos. This time it's Lewa's turn. Once again we do not learn too much but we do get to see some prototypes and we learn of some of the ideas that stood behind the design of the mask. Read on to listen to designer Aske Garling talk about the design of the Mask of Jungle!
Friday, April 17, 2015
Next Star Wars Buildable Figure Revealed
Today during Star Wars Celebration, LEGO has revealed the next Star Wars constraction set coming out later this year. Clone Commander Cody
can be seen in 360 degrees in the short video on Twitter, which is awesome. While I like that the back of the torso is filled in, the back of the legs really breaks the feel of the character. I like some of the new armor pieces though and am interested to see if those are stickers or printed parts. I can't wait to see the final figure soon!
Wear the Legend
The Faber Files have been updated once again with some new-old Bionicle content. Turaga Files - Unboxing the Legend - Exhibit 018-020
takes a look at three designs for internal crew t-shirts from over the years, with one from 2001 and two from 2006. It's a shame the 'Water is for wimps' design never got used, as that looks like it would have been awesome! I don't think any of us would complain about getting our hands on an employee-only Bionicle shirt though.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Flickr Contest Entry Period Ending Soon
There's less than a week to enter BZPower Flickr Contest - April 2015
over in BZPower's Flickr group
. The entry period ends on Wednesday, April 22nd at 11:59 PM Eastern Time, which is still plenty of time for you to build as awesome LEGO constraction creation and enter it. Up for grabs is a copy of 44028 SURGE & ROCKA Combat Machine as well as a feature on BZPower's front page and the experience of being our Flickr group's cover image. Good luck to everyone!
[Source: BZPower Members]
Bionicle Mask Hunt Week 2 Winners Announced
The Bionicle Mask Hunt competition is still going strong, and the winners from the second week
have been revealed on the LEGO Bionicle Facebook page. These winners are now in the running for the 14-karat gold Masks, but there are still four more weeks to enter. Join the hunt yourself and see if you can compete with these winners!
LEGO Ideas Projects to Get More Time
LEGO Ideas was launched one year ago and the LEGO Ideas team has decided to celebrate by changing the amount of time projects will have to reach 10k supporters. If your project reaches 1k supporters, you will get an additional six months and if it reaches 5k supporters, another six months on top. Beginning April 30th, all new projects and projects that at that time are less than two years old will benefit from this change. You can read the entire announcement here
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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Enter the 2015 BZP T-Shirt Contest!
With the LEGO convention scene fully upon us this year, it seems appropriate to dress oneself to represent the best comeback LEGO theme of 2015: Bionicle and the forum that keeps us going! Bionicle Raptor has begun his annual t-shirt contest to design a Bionicle shirt that will be sold before and at BrickFair VA in August. Check out his blog entry
for all the details. The theme is "Old Meets New," bringing together G1 and G2 Bionicle. Voting on a winning design will begin after entries are cut off--the end of May. Inspired to make a design yet? Get to work and your art could be on the next shirt and torso of many BZPower members!
LEGO CCBS Star Wars: Obi-Wan and General Grievous
Two new LEGO Star Wars CCBS figures have been announced
: Obi-Wan Kenobi with 83 pieces and General Grievous with 186 pieces. LEGO has come a long way from the days of Ben 10 and Super Heroes Ultrabuilds and I must admit I'm quite impressed. CCBS with its occasionally bony look is perfect for Grievous and even Obi-Wan has been pulled off greatly, better than Luke Skywalker in my opinion. This is a bold move by LEGO and with Star Wars VII coming out later this year and with the huge popularity of LEGO Star Wars, I can definitely see these becoming a success. I look forward to seeing the last yet unannounced figures, Jango Fett and Commander Cody!
Turaga Files Awake the Swarm
Today's entries in the Turaga Files come from 2002, the year of the Bohrok. Head over to the Faber Files and check out Unboxing the Legend Exhibit 012 and 013
and Exhibit 014-017
to learn a little bit more about the design behind the swarms beneath Mata Nui. Christian Faber shares some insight into the design of the Bohrok symbol and the overall mood they were trying to achieve. While most of the artwork isn't new, it's interesting to hear from the source how and why it was developed.
Kwik-E-Mart Now Available for VIPs
Starting today, the latest set in The Simpsons theme, 71016 The Kwik-E-Mart, is now available exclusively for LEGO VIP Members. You can pick it up on Shop@Home
(must be logged in to see) or LEGO stores for $199.99 USD. The set will go on sale for everyone starting May 1st, but this is a great opportunity to grab it before anyone else, especially if you're a huge Simpsons fan!
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Customized Master of Water
BZPower Member MrCod applied his artistic skills to one of the 2015 Bionicle sets with impressive results. Go check out Master of Water
for a look at Gali with a customized paint job from head to toe. The details like the starfish and barnacles are great and really add a lot of character to the set. The Skull Spider mask is great too! Give it a look, even if you're more of a purist type.
Monday, April 13, 2015
More Ideas Dream Big
It seems like a new project on LEGO Ideas has been reaching ten thousand votes every day. The latest two are 1969 Chevrolet Corvette
by brickdater and RMS Titanic
by Ssorg, which are both very impressive builds of famous vehicles. Everyone knows about the voyage of the Titanic and the '69 'Vette is arguably one of the most iconic sports cars in the world. I think both could make great LEGO sets and wish them the best of luck in the review phase!
Bad to the Spine
Christian Faber's reveals of classic Bionicle concept art continue with today's entry: Turaga Files - Unboxing the Legend - Exhibit 011
. He provides some background on the art direction and style chosen for the Piraka in 2006 as a way to help keep the five year old line fresh. It's interesting to hear that this initial design was considered, 'too aggressive,' and had to be reevaluated before they arrived at the final art we're all familiar with. I do enjoy the film poster look and the cheesy one-liners, which stuck around in a different form in the final products and marketing.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
And on we go with the series of Toa designer videos. Unfortunately, there isn't really any talk about the design besides the mask itself but we do get to see two concept art pictures and even a few plastic mask prototypes. Read on to listen to Designer Christian Minick Vonsild!
Episode 8 of the BIONICLE web series has been released in English on LEGO's own YouTube channel. This time, the six Toa face off against the Lord of Skull Spiders and learn that only united they can stand a chance against the forces of evil. Read on to watch the episode right here!
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Late last month BrickUniverse took place in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was a first-time event, so no one was quite sure of what to expect, but the turnout was great and I think we all had a lot of fun. There were a lot of great MOCs on display, with a whole bunch from BZPower members; in fact, the display had a heavy Bionicle vibe to it. To take a look at what was there, read on!
Brick Your Phone Winners Announced
The folks over at ReBrick have announced the winners to the Brick Your Phone contest
, and they certainly showcase a lot of creativity. The point of the contest was to build an awesome case for your phone using a Belkin LEGO case as the base. Give Me a Hand, LEGO 80's Brick Phone, and Gamer Case each have their own unique spin on the idea and all certainly stand out. I wouldn't want to put any of them in my pocket though!