Friday, November 28, 2014
BIONICLE Animations Teaser
The BIONICLE website has a yet hidden Videos section
featuring the known telling of The Legend and also a new video never seen before, titeled Masks of Power
, though other than the title suggests, the video is more about the landing of the Toa than the masks. It's just thirty seconds but it leaves me hungry for more - I've already rewatched it several times and so should you! The animation is fantastic and the music is really cool and sets the mood, too.
Everybody's having sales for Black Friday, and LEGO is no exception. The United State's Shop.LEGO.com
has a few deals going, and they'll last from Friday, November 27th, to Monday, December 1st. Read on to check on some of the sales to be had!
Thursday, November 27, 2014
It's Thanksgiving and LEGO wants us to be thankful for the return of BIONICLE, so they only give us more reason to: BIONICLE.com
has been updated with new content. There is still not a lot as far as story is concerned (apart from the video we already know), but there is a lot of cool pictures of the island, the regions and even teasers for the first three episodes that look very promising. You can even download the comics from the sets' building instructions in decent quality and there are all the building instructions as well. It's definitely worth a look and I'm sure we're going to get even more awesome stuff soon!
Go Vote in the November Flickr Contest
In between mouthfuls of turkey you should head over to the Flickr Contest 11/14 Voting topic
and pick your favorite creation! There are nine great MOCs to choose from, and the winner will get theirs featured as the cover art for the BZPower Flickr group, plus a copy of 42022 Hot Rod. It's up to you to decide on the winner, so check out each one and decide which you like the best!
LEGO Minifigures Online Introduces Unlimited Membership
The LEGO Minifigures Online MMO has introduced an Unlimited Membership
. In case you don't know, Membership
means you get to pay for a number of privileges and perks, like store discounts, additional in-game currency, a random minifigure every month and more. Unlimited Membership means you pay once and get all those perks for the game's entire lifespan instead of paying for a subscription. This weekend you can get it at a discounted price of USD 69.99 / GBP 49.99, though oddly enough I can't find the normal price on the website. You probably do when upgrading your account
, though. 70 bucks is not too cheap but who knows how much money you could save if you actually pay regular subscription fees.
Today in the United States we celebrate Thanksgiving, and from the Administration of BZPower I'd like to wish you all a happy holiday. I think we all have a lot to be thankful for this year - the return of our favorite toy line, a great community of people on the site, and an exciting future with Bionicle. I'd like to personally thank all our staff for keeping the site running smoothly and our members for making this an awesome community that I want to come back to each day. So enjoy your football, turkey, and sales, but keep in mind what you're thankful for too!
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Minifigures Series 13 Revealed
LEGO has revealed the Minifigures Series 13 on their Facebook page
(you will see a localized page so if you live outside the US, you may not see the reveal - you can check out the pictures on Leg Godt
, though). After a (personally) not so exciting series 12 LEGO is returning with several fantastic new minifigures. I'm really fond of the King, Snake Charmer, Alien Trooper, Galaxy Trooper, Egyptian Warrior and the absolutely hilarious Hot Dog Guy. Which ones are you going to get?
Ninjago Season Finale Tonight
As we mentioned earlier in the month
, the two-part LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu season finale will be airing tonight on Cartoon Network. You can check out Void and Titanium Ninja at 6PM Eastern - check their schedule
to see when it will air for you. I'm looking forward to seeing how the season wraps up!
New Animations of the 2015 LEGO Movie Sets
It's been known for a while that there will be a couple more sets from The LEGO Movie coming out next year, and now there are some official animations out there to show off the sets. The LEGO Youtube page has posted short clips for Batman & Super Angry Kitty Attack
, The Double-Decker Couch
, and Bad Cop Car Chase
. The animations are short, but they do a good job at showing off the characters in the sets, as well as a few of the action features. The clips certainly give us something to look forward to next year.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
LEGO Ideas Birds Revealed
An interview with LEGO Ideas Birds project creator Tom Poulsom has revealed
the next LEGO Ideas set: 21301 Birds
will feature a masterfully crafted Blue Jay, Hummingbird and Robin consisting of 580 pieces with a cost of USD 44.99, beginning January 2015. The interview also gives us a look at the finalized box art and product picture. The presentation is fantastic and the three birds should look great on your desk or elsewhere. A worthy addition to the LEGO Ideas series!
Billund Airport Set Joining the Archtitecture Line
If you thought the LEGO House
was an exclusive set, you're in for a shock. Word has broken recently of 4000016 Billund Airport, which will only have ten thousand sets made and only be available to people flying out of the actual airport. Promobricks has all the details
as well as an interview with the designer
, who happens to be an employee at the store. Book your tickets to Denmark for next month, when the set will go on sale. I doubt it will be around for long, so it's as good a time as any to use those frequent flyer miles.
Techno Organic Armor Unit
BZPower Member Onyx.5 recently posted some art based on their alternate take on the Bionicle world. Entitled Tahu T.O.A. Unit
, in addition to the art they provide a cool backstory, describing the Techno Organic Armor unit, or TOA, as a "composite of high strength metallic cladding and exo skeleton components, combined with muscle cell cultures grown from a DNA sample of the TOA's designated pilot." The art is great and the fiction really adds to it and makes it even more enjoyable. I'd love to see more of the Toa done in this style!
Monday, November 24, 2014
We're getting closer to wrapping up our 2015 Bionicle reviews. Today it's time to look at 70784 Lewa Master of Jungle, as reviewed by BZPower Forum Assistant Sisen. Will this adventurous Toa swing through the trees and into your collection? Or will he get caught up in the tangle of plants and vines? Keep reading to find out!
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Likes Entry Period Ending Soon
We thought it was about time to remind people about General Art Contest #21: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Likes
. The entry period ends on Monday, December 1st, at 11:59 PM Eastern which is only a little more than a week away! Make a Bionicle 2015-related image that we can use for our YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter pages and you could win some cool New York Comic Con Bionicle swag! So go launch Photoshop and get to it!
Sunday, November 23, 2014
He is tough as stone and absolutely rocks: Pohatu, the Master of Stone, is the subject of the latest Bionicle set review as we prepare for its return in January! The brown and stone sets have had a rough history over the years, but to see the color make a return is a welcome addition. Should this set be left in the dust or be shown off high on a plateau? Read, and watch, on to find out.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
BIONICLE MAFIA: BOOK 2 - Extraction by Voltex Oblige
Having survived a conference where nearly 200 Matoran were killed, a small group of survivors bands together with the residents of BZ-Koro, the island city where the deadly conference was located. Hunted by operatives of the White Council and fighting against the mysterious forces of Project Mayhem, they must not only survive this latest onslaught, but also prepare for war. Featuring members like Sumiki, fishers64, Burnmad, Xaeraz and Voltex, Bionicle Mafia: Book 2 - Extraction is a dark tale of betrayal and hope, as a small resistance battles against what feels like an endless wave of tyranny.
Does that synopsis by Voltex Oblige sound interesting to you? Then go give it a read and make sure you have enough free time, there is quite a lot to catch up to. Be sure to give your feedback in the review topic!
R2-D2 Could Have Starred in The LEGO Movie
You read that right. As Phil Lord and Chris Miller (you should be aware of who those guys are by now) have revealed in an interview on Yahoo
a week ago, they planned to give R2-D2 a role in the level of Batman's, figuring they could do that because R2 doesn't require a human voice actor, but ultimately film rights got in the way. The interview also details how they wanted the film to feel more like a fan film than a toy advert and how they struggled with the ending. It's a short but interesting read for everyone who watched the movie and looks forward to the sequel.
LEGO Minifigures Online Updates
The next update to the LEGO Minifigures Online MMO has been released earlier this month
, this time bringing once again a new map: the dungeon of Lost Creations! You've got to admit, that portal looks quite cool. Not only that, but the game has now also been released for OS X so if you own a Mac, you no longer need to wait to play. You can now get bundles of Stars to upgrade your minifigures directly from the in-game shop, too. Sounds like players of the game have got some reasons to update their clients and new players may now want to give it a try.
Friday, November 21, 2014
If you've been following the LEGO rumor mill lately this might not be a huge surprise, but today LEGO is announcing the latest Creator Expert modular building! 10246 Detective's Office continues the high bar set by other models in the line and features some amazing parts usage. This might just be the set that brings me into the modular building series. The set will be on display at AFOLCON in England next week, but if you're like most of us and won't be there you can read on to check out the designer video, pictures, and press release!
Minas Tirith Set Reaches 10,000 Supporters
Another LEGO Ideas proposal has reached 10,000 supporters, and this time it comes from none other than Forum Assistant Nuju Metru! An avid Lord of the Rings fan, as one can tell from his extensive builds of castle-themed MOCs, he proposed a key setting in the Tolkien novels and movies: Minas Tirith
. His creation will join the many other projects that will undergo scrutinization to see if it holds up to what LEGO wants to release through the Ideas line. Just yesterday I realized this set idea had about 200 supporters left, and now it reached the mark. Congratulations, Aaron!
LEGO Marathon on Cartoon Network Tomorrow
If you're looking for something to do tomorrow, why not tune into Cartoon Network? Starting at 8:30 AM Eastern they'll be showing Ninjago episodes all day until 5 PM, with one exception. At noon, they'll be showing the last two LEGO Legends of Chima
episodes: Wings of Fire and Heart of Cavora. Then, at 5 PM, they'll be rebroadcasting LEGO: Batman Be-Leaguered. You can check their schedule
to see what the times are by you. Sounds like a great LEGO-filled day!
- BIONICLE.com Returns
It's been a while, but now you can access the BIONICLE website once more by entering BIONICLE.com in your address bar - even BIONICLEstory.com works again! Ever since the BIONICLE website returned, BIONICLE.com still only redirected you to LEGO.com, which may have been frustrating for longtime fans who were used to the old domain, so you had to type LEGO.com/BIONICLE instead. Now it seems LEGO is ready to bring back BIONICLE to the online realm at full steam! -- Adrian
Thursday, November 20, 2014
[Source: Nuju Metru]
Are you guys getting bored of all these 2015 LEGO Bionicle reviews yet? Good, because neither are we! Today BZPower Forum Assistant Nuju Metru is back to take a look at 70781 Protector of Earth, the smaller, more purple Earth-themed set from the first wave. Will he burrow his way into your collection or will you leave him buried by bedrock? You'll have to read on to find out!
BIONIFIGS Convention 4 Coming Soon
Our friends over at the French Bionicle fan site BIONIFIGS reminded us that their big event, BIONIFIGS Convention 4, will soon be here! You can find out all the full details on their site
(there's an English version near the bottom). The event is next weekend, November 29th and 30th, in Bordeaux, and will be co-located with the international fan expo Fans de Briques LEGO. I bet it'll be a lot of fun and if you can make it you owe it to yourself to go!
Chima Stickers Out Today
The fine folks over at Brick Fanatics recently spread the news
that Topps is putting out a line of LEGO Legends of Chima collectible stickers. Containing 240 different designs to collect, the stickers will feature characters, locations, and vehicles from the sets and show. What's more, they're being released starting today - in the UK at least. There's no word yet if these will be available in other regions, but if we hear anything we'll let you know!
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
[Source: Keith Severson]
Answer Questions - Win LEGO
Keith Severson, Senior Manager of the LEGO Community Support Team recently posted a blog entry
letting us know about a new survey
for you all to take. The questions focus on how long you've been a part of the community and why as well as your activity in a LUG. What's more, you can enter for a chance to win free LEGO sets! So what are you waiting for? It only takes a few minutes, get to it!
A Detailed Look at the New Bionicle Pieces
I'm sure you've all been enjoying our reviews of the 2015 Bionicle sets, and we've been doing our best to show case the new pieces. But when it comes to pieces and colors, there are few fans I've met with a deeper knowledge than Aanchir, who is very active on our forums. Lately he's been contributing to The New Elementary, a fan blog that focuses on just those things. He's written two articles on Bionicle lately, one focusing on the new parts
and another on the masks and weapons
. They're definitely worth a read, so go check them out!
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Today we're going to leave the protectors and take a look again at the Toa! BZPower Forum Assistant Zatth has taken a look at 70786 Gali Master of Water from the 2015 LEGO Bionicle wave. Will this Toa of Water make a splash in your heart or will she sink like a stone? The only way to find out is to read on!
Lord and Miller Talk Upcoming LEGO Movies
LEGO Movie directors and writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller recently appeared on Episode 137 of the Empire Film Podcast
and talked about the upcoming LEGO movies. Brick Fanatics pulled out some interesting quotes
, confirming that both the Batman and Ninjago movies exist in the same universe as The LEGO Movie. It also looks like we're going to see a lot more facets of Batman, based on all the movies that have come out over the years. I'm looking forward to hearing more about these films as they get closer!
John Silver's Flash
BZPower Member Rhymes-Shelter has put together some cool Bionicle and constraction MOCs over the time he's been a member here. But it turns out he also has some skills on the System side of the house too! His recent creation John Silver's Flash
is a motorcycle inspired by Treasure Planet. I love the curves he incorporates into the model but the steampunk-inspired driver is even more impressive in my book. The little bits of scenery give a sense of speed that can be hard to capture in a static model without the use of image editing software. Make sure you go check it out!
Monday, November 17, 2014
It's time again for another Bionicle 2015 review! Today BZPower Forum Assistant Sisen shares his thoughts on another one of the smaller sets - 70778 Protector of Jungle. How does this little guy stack up to the other protectors that we've looked at so far? Should you add him to your wishlist or wait for a clearance sale? Read on to find out!
The first BrickFair New Jersey took place a couple weeks ago in Somerset, NJ, giving public and exhibitors alike a chance to enjoy the LEGO hobby. BZPower was on site to take pictures of the amazing creations and share in the fun. Read on to check out what was on display and the awesome MOCs people brought to show off!
Sunday, November 16, 2014
All the excitement for Bionicle's return next year leads us to the next set review, highlighting the Protector of Stone. Little is known right now about this little guy, but perhaps his transparent neon green limbs and brown armor will make up for that. Read, and watch, on to find out if he blends into the sand or stand out in your collection.
Toys 'R' Us Sales and Deals
Toys 'R' Us has some LEGO-related sales going on this week, as you can see on their website
. First, you can get a free $10 gift card when you buy LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. Also, with any LEGO purchase of $30 or more, you can get a free TMNT Mikey's Mini-Shellraiser polybag set. If turtles aren't your thing, with any LEGO Friends or Disney Princesses purchase of $30 or more, you can get a free Friends Jungle Boat polybag. All these specials are available in-store only, so head over to your local TRU if you want to take advantage of any of them!
Flickr Contest Reminder
Just a reminder that the entry period for the November 2014 BZPower Flickr Contest
ends in under three days! You have until Tuesday, November 18th at 11:59 PM Eastern Time to enter your coolest constraction creation for a chance at fame and glory! You also get a copy of 42022 Hot Rod if you win too! So what are you all waiting for, have at it!
Saturday, November 15, 2014
The Bionicle set reviews continue! Today BZPower Blog Leader DeeVee returns to the front page with his look at 70787 Tahu Master of Fire! Tahu was a lot of people's first Bionicle set and one of the most recognizable characters in the Bionicle universe. So how does this new version do in luring old fans back in and bringing Bionicle to a new generation? You'll have to read on to find out!
LEGO Minecraft Sets Available
The six new LEGO Minecraft sets are now available on the LEGO Shop
! You can now build The Cave (21113), The Farm (21114), The First Night (21115), The Ender Dragon (21117) and The Mine (21118) or just build whatever you want with Crafting Box (21116) - including instructions for eight models, inspirational guides, Steve, a blue pickaxe and more. You may want to hurry, though - the holidays are fast approaching so a quick sell-out is not out of the question.
Friday, November 14, 2014
BZPower's live stream about the new Bionicle 2015 sets, including the Protectors and Lord of Skull Spiders, is now live! Come join us on Google+
, or by reading on to check out the show. You can leave your questions in the comments or Tweet them using the hashtag #Bionicle2015
and we'll do our best to answer them. Come join us!
BZPower Maintenance this Weekend - Round Two
We ran into some issues last weekend before we even started the maintenance we had planned, but all that has been straightened out and it's time to try again. We're targeting the afternoon (Eastern Time) tomorrow, November 15th. During this period, the forums will be offline and the site may be inaccessible for brief periods. You can get the status of the work by checking the #BZPUpdate
hashtag on Twitter. Thanks for your patience and understanding!
Hero Factory Special Ops
All the focus these days is on Bionicle, but let's not forget about Hero Factory. Christian Faber certainly hasn't, and recently posted a Special Ops Hero
of his own creation. I love the back story he creates for his MOCs and the backgrounds and effects he adds. Maybe we'll get lucky and he'll create some custom Bionicle creations in the future!
Another Ideas Project Hits the Mark
Yet another model on LEGO Ideas has reached 10,000 votes of support. The Natural History Museum - Creator Expert
by tjspencer1 is based off the museum in London and packs a lot of details, both inside and out. I look forward to seeing how it does in the review process. While we're on the subject of LEGO Ideas, you should also check out Nuju Metru's Lord of the Rings Set: Minas Tirith
, which is less than one thousand votes away from the goal! If you think it should be made into a set, cast your vote!