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Friday, October 24, 2014
Hot Bionicle News One Small Step for Chima
Tomorrow the next episode of LEGO Legends of Chima will air on Cartoon Network. Entitled 'The Phoenix Has Landed,' it should see Panthar on the run after stealing the Artifact last weekend. Now that we know the origins of Panthar and his true identity (like anyone was really guessing), it will be interesting to see how he fits into Eris' visions. As per usual, it will be on at 7:30 AM Eastern, and you can check your local listings to see how that translates for you. Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News New LEGO Club Website
[Source: Aanchir]
The LEGO Club website has been overhauled! Among other things, you can now link your existing LEGO ID with your LEGO Club Magazine subscription ID. As Aanchir notes, new content includes "new interface, digital editions of all three magazines (Junior 'green brick' edition, boy-oriented 'red brick' edition, and girl-oriented 'yellow brick' edition), profile page, 'Max's Missions' where you can earn badges for your profile page [and] unlockable site backgrounds". Especially the digital versions of the magazine should be good news for those over 13 years of age who will be excluded of the subscription soon. Check out the new website! Talk Back in our Forums

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Hot Bionicle News The LEGO Movie on HBO
If you are subscribed to US pay-TV channel HBO, you are in luck, as The LEGO Movie will have one of its first screenings on TV on Saturday, November 15, 8/7c. You can bet there will be a lot of people watching it and if you or your parents/guardians subscribe to the service you can be one of them. You don't want to miss it if you haven't bought the movie already! Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News LEGO Minifigures Online Goes into Orbit
The folks over at Brick Fanatics have a press release from Funcom for a new world opening up in LEGO Minifigures Online. The Space World is exactly what it sounds like - an area filled with Galaxy Patrols, Railhead Rangers, and an alien queen. The world looks to be inspired by several LEGO space themes such as Alien Conquest and Galaxy Squad, with some cool environments and characters. If you play this game, make sure you go check it out! Talk Back in our Forums

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Gold Skull Spider Mask
Hot Bionicle News Mask Revealed for Battle for the Gold Mask
[Source: Aanchir]
There has been much speculation over which gold mask will be the ultimate prize in the recently announced Battle for the Gold Mask multi-site contest. Today the LEGO Bionicle Facebook page revealed that it will be an eighth mask not shown at NYCC: A 14-carat gold Skull Spider mask! Be sure to check out the contest on BZPower and ReBrick for all the details on how to enter and win one yourself! Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News The Hobbit in 72 Seconds (with LEGO, of course!)
The skilled people of Brotherhood Workshop thought Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy could be shorter and closer to the original so they thought they'd make their own version - with stop-motion LEGO animation of course. Watch the story of The Hobbit told in mere 72 seconds, though I cannot attest the faithfulness to the book - not that it's any worse this way, though, and fans of both the book and the movies will find enjoyment in it. You can watch the video here. Of course, a spoiler alert doesn't even have to be mentioned (but I did it anyway). Talk Back in our Forums

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
BZPower Light Up the Night With Toa Tahu
Our friends the Toa are returning in 2015, but BZPower Blog Leader DeeVee is way ahead of LEGO with his own creations to recreate the original heroes. Having completed Lewa and Onua, he's now moved on to Toa Tahu, the master of fire. DeeVee does a a good job of capturing his strength and power and also brings back the original color scheme to evoke to look of the 2001 set. I'm really looking forward to seeing the rest of the team once he builds them! Talk Back in our Forums

Monday, October 20, 2014
BZPower 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! Talk Back in our Forums

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Market News New LEGO Hobbit Sets Available
[Source: Vorahk1Panrahk2]
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! Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News LEGO Digital Designer Parts Update
[Source: Moku, Lyichir]
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! Talk Back in our Forums

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Market News More LEGO to Wear
[Source: Baltarc]
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. Talk Back in our Forums

Market News 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?) Talk Back in our Forums

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. Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

Friday, October 17, 2014
Hot Bionicle News 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! Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News 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! Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News 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. Talk Back in our Forums

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Hot Bionicle News 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! Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News The LEGO Movie 2 Pushed Back to 2018
[Source: Nidhiki of the Shadows]
Comicbook.com reports 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! Talk Back in our Forums

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Hot Bionicle News 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? Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News 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! Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News 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! Talk Back in our Forums

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
BZPower 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 as well! Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News BIONICLE and Other LEGO Themes to Get Bedding and Accessories
[Source: Aanchir]
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. Talk Back in our Forums

Monday, October 13, 2014
Hot Bionicle News Toa Bios Updated on BIONICLE Website
[Source: Toa of Gallifrey, TuragaOfVirtues]
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! Talk Back in our Forums

Sunday, October 12, 2014
LEGO Batman on Moon
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. Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

Hot Bionicle News 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! Talk Back in our Forums

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! Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

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! Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

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! Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

Hot Bionicle News LEGO Minifigures and Friends Websites Updated
The BIONICLE website was not the only one to receive updates lately, as so have the Minifigures and Friends 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. Talk Back in our Forums

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Hot Bionicle News NYCC Panel Slides Posted
[Source: Nukaya]
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! Talk Back in our Forums

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! Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

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! Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story
  • 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! Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

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! Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

Hot Bionicle News Batman to Get His Own LEGO Movie
[Source: TheSkeletonMan939]
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? Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News 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! Talk Back in our Forums

Creation side

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. Talk Back in our Forums  Read Full Story

Hot Bionicle News LEGO DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered
[Source: Cartoon Network]
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! Talk Back in our Forums

Hot Bionicle News All BIONICLE Sets Revealed with Pricing and More Details
[Source: Nidhiki of the Shadows]
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! Talk Back in our Forums
  • 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

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