Thursday, September 3, 2015
LEGO Marvel's Avengers Release Date Revealed
It looks like the next LEGO videogame based on Disney's Marvel properties has been delayed to next year. GameStop has recently updated their listings for LEGO Marvel's Avengers
to show it as releasing on January 26th, 2016. It had originally been slated for winter of this year. On the plus side, if you preorder from GameStop you'll get a free Silver Centurion Iron Man LEGO Minifigure!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Sets Officially Revealed
LEGO has been sending out Twitter blasts all morning with official images of the sets that tie in to the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Rather than link to them all individually, I'll just send you over to FBTB
, where they've compiled them all along with text from the official press releases. There's a good variety from small to large sets, some familiar, but many brand new. I don't know which ones I'll be picking up, but I'm definitely excited for the movie this December!
LEGO Ninjago Characters Page Receives Major Update
Up until today, the LEGO Ninjago site's summer update hadn't entirely reached the characters page
, with only four new bios and four updated bios listed. As of today, visiting the page now shows 24 characters from the summer sets, including sixteen different ghost characters! Many of the lower-ranking ghosts are more or less identical, which will probably be a relief to many minifigure collectors' wallets, but they all still get unique and quirky bios of their very own. Follow the link above to visit the page and begin reading!
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
First Danish Astronaut Goes to Space
As you can see on NASA's website
, earlier this morning Soyuz TMA-18M launched from Kazakhstan with ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen, Russian cosmonaut and commander Sergei Volkov, and Kazakh cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov. This marks the first time that a Dane has been to space - this is important because Denmark is the country where LEGO was created. As collectSpace reports
Mogensen is bringing some LEGO minifigures with him to compliment the other LEGO pieces already on the International Space Station intended for educational outreach programs. It's great to see LEGO working with these agencies to further scientific exploration, but what I really want to know is where I can get my hands on a minifig that's been to space!
LEGO Reports 18% Global Sales Growth in H1 2015
LEGO is continuing its streak of financial success as it reports an 18% growth in revenue in the first half of 2015 compared to the first half of 2014. Operating profit saw an increase of 27% compared to the first half of 2014. The report says: "Lines such as LEGO City, LEGO Creator, LEGO Technic, and LEGO Star Wars continue to deliver very strong global results. LEGO NINJAGO, which has become an evergreen LEGO theme, also performed strongly, while new launches such as LEGO Elves and LEGO Jurassic World products were received very positively by children all over the world." No mention of BIONICLE unfortunately but this is still undoubtedly good news for LEGO. You can check out the entire report here
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Take Part in Twitch Tuesday
Seven days have passed since we last booted up our Twitch channel
to stream some LEGO gameplay. We'll be online again tonight starting around 7:30PM Eastern. What will you be playing, you ask? That's up to you to decide by voting in this poll
. The game with the most votes gets played. Last week it was The LEGO Movie game, but who knows this time around. If you want to know exactly when we go live tonight, make sure you subscribe to us on Twitch and follow us on Twitter
. See you there!
Join BZPower, Win Free LEGO
Today we're kicking off a new raffle for new members of the site. If you've joined in the past thirty days, or join in the coming couple of months, you're eligible to enter our Minecraft Fall 2015 New Member Raffle
. We're giving away a copy of 21102 Minecraft: The Forest, which has been retired and is no longer readily available. One lucky new member will get to take it home! If you're not a member of BZPower yet, what are you waiting for?
Make Your CCBS Creations Look Retro
One of the great things about the Character and Creature Building System (CCBS) is that it's very modular and allows LEGO set designers to come up with new shapes for shells that are completely compatible with the already-existing bones. Just look at the ragged ones released in the summer skull sets. BZPower Member CeziuM was not satisfied with the current selection though, and so he decided to create his own torso shell
, in the style of the 2001 Toa Mata torso. The design immediately evokes the look and feel of the classic Toa, and I can see it fitting perfectly in a MOC of Tahu or Lewa. What's more, you can even buy the shell on Shapeways and get your own custom piece to use in your creations. Go check it out!
Month of Stone Begins on LEGO Bionicle Facebook Page
With a new month comes a new elemental theme on the LEGO Bionicle Facebook page
! September turns out to be the Month of Stone. If August's Month of Fire was any indication, we can probably expect to see plenty of stone-themed MOCs and artwork by LEGO designers shared to the page over the course of the month. The page has already gotten things rolling with an incredibly detailed new painting
by Matt Betteker focusing on Pohatu, Master of Stone! Follow the link above to check it out!
LEGO Minifigures Series 14 Released
LEGO Minifigures Series 14 is out now
, this time with a monster theme featuring anything from ghosts, monsters, mad scientists, huge mosquitos, zombie cheerleaders and snake men. I can spot a couple of highly interesting pieces that should make a few of these worth your money. You can get one of them for USD 3.99 / EUR 2.99 / GBP 2.49.
Monday, August 31, 2015
Hey BZPower, it's time for another set review! What are we reviewing today? Well it's 21303 WALL-E from the LEGO Ideas theme! This set was scheduled to be released on September 1st, but as we recently reported
, it's been delayed at official LEGO channels. But what we really care about here is the set. Will you scrub it away like M-O with a foreign contaminant or will you travel through space just to be with this set? (Hint: it's the second one.) Well, now that I spoiled that, you should read on to find out why!
LEGO WALL-E Delayed at LBR
The next LEGO Ideas set, 21303 WALL-E is supposed to be released tomorrow, September 1st. Recently there have been some rumors, however, that the set was going to be delayed. Over on the official LEGO Twitter account these have been partially confirmed
, as it seems the set will not be available tomorrow at LEGO Brand Retail Stores or LEGO Shop@Home. It will still be available at other retailers though, presumably Toys 'R' Us, Amazon, Walmart, and the like. The reason for the delay is unknown - it's been speculated that it might be due to a quality issue, but if that's the case, I would have expected the set to be delayed everywhere. We'll have to wait and see.
LEGO Bionicle Episode 13 "Fallen Heroes" Premieres on Facebook
The LEGO Bionicle Facebook page has released Episode 13
of the Bionicle web series. Trapped underground, the Toa reflect on what brought them this far. I know some fans might be frustrated that a web series as short as this is already indulging in a "clip show" episode, but it's interesting to hear how the Toa feel about their journey so far. Hopefully it won't be long until this episode is added to Bionicle.com and YouTube. In the meantime, follow the link above to watch the webisode!
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Mix it Up with LEGO Mixels Costumes
Know a kid who loves LEGO Mixels? LEGO has their Halloween costumes covered! Costumes of Vulk
of the Infernites and Slumbo
of the Frosticons have been spotted on the Kohls website, in sizes 4–6, 7–8, and 10–12. For the younger kids, Party City has a Zorch
costume in toddler sizes. No LEGO costumes for grown-ups, unfortunately, but maybe that's something the AFOL community will just have to get creative with!
UPDATE: It turns out Disguise.com has a whole range of Mixels costumes and accessories including the aforementioned costumes as well as goggles, masks, and a treat bag. Follow the link above to go take a look!
Sixteen Reasons to Pick up LEGO Dimensions
TT Games is at PAX Prime this weekend, and they've brought LEGO Dimensions to the show for people to play. Game Informer is at the event, and have put together 16 Little Reasons You'll Want Watch These Lego World's [sic] Collide
. There's not too much to it, but it's a nice look at a few of the awesome features coming in the game, from some of the crazy mashups to hints at the overall story. LEGO Dimensions is coming on September 27th, so it's less than a month away! Have you preordered your copy yet?
Second Bionicle Book Up for Pre-Order
Following the release of the first new Bionicle book
, Island of the Lost Masks
, the second installment has been announced. Revenge of the Skull Spiders
comes out on December 29 and is available for pre-order
. With an ominous title like that, we can only hope our heroes have what it takes to keep Okoto safe.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
It's set review time again here on BZPower! Today we're taking a look at one of the summer Star Wars sets, namely 75092 Naboo Starfighter
, from Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Does this set fare on the Darth Maul side of the cool meter or the Jar Jar Binks side of the 'please no more!' gauge? There's only one way to find out - so read on!
Friday, August 28, 2015
New LEGO Minifigures Stickers on Facebook
I suppose it's not too crazy to assume that you've probably got a Facebook account, in which case it's probably not too crazy to assume that you are familar with Facebook's stickers either. If so, then good, because LEGO's released a new sticker set
for everyone to use for free on Facebook, containing minifigures from Batman, Mr. Gold to even a few I don't recall seeing exactly like that before. If you've been wishing to spread some LEGO love to your Facebook chats now is your chance.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
An Interview with WALL-E's Designer
Angus MacLane holds the interesting distinction of being the animator at Pixar (now writer and director) who was one of the creative forces behind WALL-E's design for the film and the AFOL who created the LEGO Ideas WALL-E project that is now an official LEGO set. Sara Moore from the Ideas team recently posted an interview
with Angus talking about the creation and evolution of the model as well as his experience working with LEGO in getting it made into an actual set. While I think it might be cheating a little to be the person at Disney who had to approve the model, it's still a great read and worth checking out!
Scooby Doo Goes for a Ride
A new video was recently posted on the LEGO YouTube channel for all you Scooby Doo and stop motion fans. LEGO Scooby-Doo - Ghoul On Wheels - Stop Motion Mini Movie
features Scoob and the gang as well as the creepy haunted lighthouse. Will they be able to catch the ghost of the lighthouse keeper in time? Will there be horrible puns? You'll just have to watch to find out!
LEGO Dimensions Packs' Release Dates Finalized
The LEGO Dimensions game is only a month away, and with that comes plenty of add-on packs to enhance the gaming experience. The LEGO Dimensions facebook
page just released an image of Level, Team and Fun Packs that will accommodate and follow the game's initial release (along with a link to a larger image). These packs allow you to play as these characters all throughout the game, and even unlock some special features special for them. The releases are staggered by a few months, so good luck saving up for your favorites.
[Source: Jedi Master J.]
Bionicle Book Blog Giveaway
We already reported
on the release of the first Bionicle chapter book, Island of the Lost Masks
. But Jedi Master J. has gone a step further and is hosting a giveaway
in his blog to celebrate the release of the chapter book! He'll be giving away four copies, which can be either physical or a Kindle copy, and all you have to do to enter is comment on his blog entry that you're interested to join in. But you better hurry; his deadline is August 28th, 2015 at 11:00 PM EST. And make sure to thank Jedi Master J. for hosting this awesome giveaway!
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
How Sustainable Should LEGO Become?
There's been some press recently
about LEGO looking into sustainable alternatives for ABS in the future. This has some people worried that the quality of our beloved bricks might decrease. Well it just so happens that LEGO cares about what you think, and have asked some LEGO Ambassadors to gather feedback from our communities. Head over to LEGO Materials Sustainability
in General Discussion and answer the couple of questions there before noon on Sunday, August 30th to get your voice heard by the people within LEGO who are driving the decisions of tomorrow. What are you waiting for, go answer!
New LEGO Justice League Movie Out with Minifig
The latest LEGO Justice League movie, Attack of the Legion of Doom, is out now on DVD and Blu-Ray. Just like past LEGO DC Comics movies, this comes with an exclusive minifig: The Trickster, a character previously not seen in the brick! See for yourself on Amazon
, and watch a clip here
. Just like in CW's The Flash
, Mark Hamill personifies the Trickster, and credits also include Troy Baker returning as Batman.
LEGO Bionicle and Elves Chapter Books Released
Yesterday was the release of Island of Lost Masks
by Ryder Windham and Quest for the Keys
by Stacia Deutsch, the first chapter books for the rebooted LEGO Bionicle storyline and the LEGO Elves storyline, respectively. An official discussion topic
for Island of Lost Masks
has been created over in the Bionicle Discussion forum. If you've read the book, head over there to share your thoughts - just be sure to tag your spoilers!
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
A Friendly Beetle
When Bionicle: The Legend Reborn and the sets to go along with it were released some were disappointed that Mata Nui's companion Click wasn't made in set form. There have been a lot of MOCs of Click since then but I think that Tribute to A Scarabax
by Sergei Rahkmaninoff is among the best that I've seen. The use of System components is blended well with the constraction pieces, making for a cohesive overall look. I love the gem piece that he uses for the eyes too. What's more though, is that Click also happens to be the name of a BZPower Member (and an excellent builder himself), who is going away for a while, and this was Sergei's farewell present to him. It's a great creation with a great story, and definitely one worth checking out!
LEGO Worlds Update 2 is Live
A new post in the LEGO Worlds blog on Steam has let us know
that Update 2 is now live for everyone to play! TT Games' Chris Rose goes through all the changes they've made, including underwater, discoveries, the map, virtual floor, and more. They've also fixed a whole list of bugs, which are documented in the post too. If you took a break from the game for whatever reason, now might be a great time to download the update and check it out again!
Twitch Tuesday Today
Another week has flown by and it's Tuesday again. That means we get to go play LEGO games on our Twitch channel
! Just like last week, the game we play is up to you
, so make your voice heard. The stream should start around 7:30 PM Eastern time, and we're hoping to have fewer technical issues than last time. Make sure you subscribe to our channel and follow us on Twitter
to get notified exactly when we kick things off!
Monday, August 24, 2015
July Flickr Contest Results
The dust has settled, and of the around two-dozen entries to the July Flickr Contest, hosted on BZPower's Flickr Group
, the winner has been decided. Congratulations to Djokson, whose entry, The Mordagogg, stole the show. You can check out his topic in BBC
to get an up-close and personal look at the beast. In particular I'm a fan of the eyes and face, with the Kraata on the tail and the front claws being close runners up. Make sure you go look at the full results
and check out the other finalists, all of whom had some fantastic entries. A big thanks to everyone who entered, and another congrats to Djokson - that thing is going to give me nightmares!
Indominus rex Breaks Free
Hot on the heels of the Rivendell project, another model at LEGO Ideas has reached ten thousand votes of support! This times it's Indominus rex
by senteosan and if that name sounds familiar it's because his Bricksauria: Tyrannosaurus rex
and Jurassic Park
projects have each achieved 10,000 votes in the past. The I. rex build is very similar to the T. rex model, with the obvious differences being the color scheme, the front arms, and the spikes along its back. It's a great-looking model, scientific sensibilities aside, with some interesting techniques used to achieve the organic shape. Now we'll just have to see how it fares at the next LEGO Ideas review!
Sunday, August 23, 2015
LEGO Ideas Imladris Hits 10k
This is probably the most over-the-top LEGO Ideas project to have achieved ten thousand votes of support. The Hobbit - Rivendell
by fishingtwister is an amazing model of the Last Homely House from Peter Jackson's Hobbit movies, featuring ten different buildings and bridges to attach them as well as nineteen minifigures. According to the description, the mountain is not part of the model, which is a relief, because there's no way LEGO would ever make that into a set. Still though, it's one of the largest models to reach its goal in Ideas, and while I'd love to see it in person, I think the chances of us seeing it on store shelves are pretty low.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Welcome back to another BZPower set review. This time around we're looking at this year's batch of Infernites Mixels: 41530 Meltus
, 41531 Flamzer
, and 41532 Burnard
. Will these guys light a spark under you until you rush to the store and buy them? Or will their candle burn out long before the legend ever did? Read and watch our review to find out!
LEGO Bionicle Facebook Page Shares Tahu Artwork
LEGO designers create some incredible Bionicle-inspired art, and the official LEGO Bionicle Facebook page
continues to grace us with that art! Their latest post was a Tahu illustration
in the style of the new webisodes, drawn by BZPower's own Corvin (Vezok's Friend
), who works for the LEGO Group as a LEGO City designer. They also invite artists from the fan community to share their own Bionicle-inspired artwork to the page. Follow the link above to check out this new artwork, share your own artwork, and possibly get inspired for your next Bionicle masterpiece!
Friday, August 21, 2015
[Source: BZPower members]
LEGO Bionicle Website Updated with Episode 12: The Game
The LEGO Bionicle website has been updated with its third story episode for the summer (and twelfth story episode overall), titled "The Game". The Toa confront the nefarious Skull Slicer in the Arena, but they will need both teamwork and Lewa's knowledge of the game of Hammer Flush in order to win back Lewa's Golden Mask of Jungle. Will our heroes prevail, or have they already lost the game? Click here
to see what happens!
LEGO Ninjago Site Updated with Story 6: Fakes and Snakes
The LEGO Ninjago Explore page
has been updated with a new story recap titled "Fakes and Snakes
". This story recaps the events of episodes 43 ("The Greatest Fear of All") and 44 ("The Corridor of Elders"), effectively wrapping up the show's fourth season and the Tournament of Elements story arc. Now how long before we start seeing recaps of the events of season five and the Possession story arc, I wonder? Follow the link above for a refresher course on the conclusion of season four!
Recently, LEGOLAND Malaysia announced that they will be premiering a LEGO Ninjago live show titled "LEGO Ninjago and the Realm of Shadows"
on August 28. The show is written by Dan and Kevin Hageman, the creators of the LEGO Ninjago TV series, and will combine 4D effects, video mapping, and puppetry to present this brand-new adventure. Follow the link above or read on to see the full description!
LEGO Ranks as Top Social Media Brand
ListenFirst recently published their Digital Engagement Ratings for the second quarter of 2015, ranking companies on their social media engagement on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms. Smart Blogs reported on the rankings
informing us that LEGO was the top brand from April to June. Their YouTube channel, which published over 700 videos over that time, was the driving factor of that rating, catapulting it ahead of MTV, Hasbro, NFL, and Coca-Cola, who rounded out the top five. It seems that not only is LEGO making great sets, they're engaging with their fans better than most other companies out there!
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Today we're kicking off a new series on our YouTube channel, in a manner of speaking. You might remember when BZPower Blog Assistant Bfahome did a playthrough of Bionicle Heroes last year. Now Bfa Plays is back, and he's picked up LEGO Racers as his new challenge. Go check out Bfa Plays: LEGO Racers - Episode 1: Redbeard's Run
on our channel or read on to watch it right here. When you're done, head on over to the discussion topic
to let us know what you think. New episodes will be released on the twentieth of each month, so check back in September to see how the races go next time!
Jurassic World in 90 Seconds
Brotherhood Workshop are the masters of LEGO stop-motion and it shows in their latest clip, Jurassic World in 90 Seconds
that took around 200 hours of work. If you watched the movie, you will definitely recognize the major plot points and enjoy the additional humor and the masterful animation that we love Brotherhood Workshop for. Check it out!
Temple of Airjitzu Available for VIPs
If you are a LEGO VIP member (which is free, so why wouldn't you be?), you can now purchase the very awesome LEGO Ninjago 70751 Temple of Airjitzu set from Shop@Home, as this page
informs us. The set will be available to all starting September 1st, so if you want to get it before everyone else you had better place your order soon. If you're on the fence about picking up this admittedly expensive set, be sure to check out the announcement
from last month that has the designer video, hi-res images, and press release. If you're a Ninjago fan, this one isn't to be missed!