Sunday, July 5, 2015
Bionicle: Legends of Metru Nui Storyboards Up for Auction
Care to own a piece of Bionicle history? Some Bionicle: Legends of Metru Nui
storyboards have reappeared on ebay, detailing scenes for the second Bionicle movie before they were fully realized for the film. Check them out
. These eleven items have a starting listing of $14.95, and the auction runs until Saturday. These are a unique way to get a hold of Bionicle history. Best of luck to anyone interested.
Saturday, July 4, 2015
LEGO Bionicle Facebook Page Posts Gali Artwork
In celebration of summer, the LEGO Bionicle Facebook page
posted a painting
by set designer Matt Betteker. In it, Gali, Master of Water, swims amidst the ruins beneath the seas of Okoto, channeling elemental energy through her hands and attracting the attention of curious sea life. The artist's style really brings the Gali set to life, and it's great to see that the creativity of the Bionicle design team extends beyond the products we see on store shelves!
Friday, July 3, 2015
After the information we shared
earlier this week about the upcoming LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales, we were lucky to receive some high-quality stills from the first episode. It looks like it covers quite a few of the movies, and should be interesting to watch - I'm looking forward to the trademark LEGO humor. Read on to see the images!
LEGO Marvel's Avengers Interview
Over on Marvel.com, Matt Cabral recently interviewed
Arthur Parsons, director of the upcoming LEGO Marvel's The Avengers, to get some information about the game. They cover a lot of the basics about gameplay and how it will compare to LEGO Marvel Superheroes from a couple of years ago. With features like 'initiative moves' and combos, it sounds like there will be hours of fun and excitement to be had. If you're looking forward to this game, make sure you give it a read!
Giant LEGO Flag Built at National Museum of American History
reports that over 15,000 guests at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. chipped in on Wednesday to construct a massive LEGO model of the American Flag. The building event was a celebration of the museum's new Innovation Wing. The completed flag measures fourteen feet wide by nine and a half feet tall, weighs 546 pounds, and is built from over 100,000 LEGO bricks. Follow the link above to watch a time-lapse video of the flag's construction!
Thursday, July 2, 2015
LEGO Worlds Content Update #1 News
TT Games' Chris Rose recently posted an update on Steam
with news about the first content update for LEGO Worlds. The update will launch tomorrow, Friday, July 3rd, 'early if you're in the US, late if you're in Russia or Asia.' In addition to some bug fixes, new features include cave exploration, new characters, creatures, items and vehicles in a whole new biome, and interior props for decorating your house. They will also be adding windowed mode, camera y-axis inversion, and an inverted corner slope element in the Brick-by-Brick editor. It certainly sounds like it will be jam-packed, so if you've been playing the game, make sure you grab the update!
[Source: Ethan Obi]
Several of the LEGO Dimensions social media channels have announced an opportunity to be among the first to play LEGO Dimensions during San Diego Comic-Con (from Thursday, July 9 through Sunday, July 12). Rather than hosting this event at the convention center, though, they're hosting it in the ballroom of the nearby Hard Rock Hotel and opening it to all guests, even those without SDCC badges! Check out the full announcement on Facebook
, or Instagram
, or read on for the full schedule of events!
BZPower user Ethan Obi reports in the Official Bionicle 2015 Topic
that the instruction manuals for all five new BIONICLE sets for this summer have been uploaded to LEGO.com as PDF files and posted to the LEGO Customer Service website. The scan quality is very good, making it easy to distinguish what colors the sets use and view the key visuals, comics, and other images that accompany each set's building steps. Follow the link above or read on for links to the individual manuals!
Check Out Brickfete Toronto
If you live in the Toronto area, you should come down to the Delta Toronto East hotel this Saturday and Sunday, July 4th and 5th, from 10 AM to 3 PM, where Brickfete Toronto
will be taking place. The longest-running fan event in Canada celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, and it should be a blast. A collection of BZPower and BioniLUG creations will be on display, along with what are sure to be many other awesome MOCs. So come by, sign our guestbook, and enjoy your Canada Day weekend!
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Join the BZPower YouTube Channel
Today is the first day of July, the month of BZPower's anniversary, which means there will be lots of fun stuff for all in the coming weeks. Usually we wait until the week of the anniversary to really kick things off, but this new program was so cool we didn't want to wait! BZPower has been on YouTube for a while now, and has built up a nice subscribe base through our videos. We want to open that channel up to our members to share their own content and to continue to grow our presence on the platform. If you're willing to make LEGO-related videos, we're willing to give you free LEGO sets! Sound interested? Head right over here
to find out more and ask any questions you might have in the Talkback.
Here comes the duel of the century, or at least until next year's big Bionicle sets come out: Mask Maker vs Skull Grinder, in the plastic flesh and ready to review. This is the largest set of the summer 2015 wave and features some heavy-hitting characters. Also of note it that the Mask of Creation is included, making it seem like a must-have for all fans. Is it worth it, or is it just all flash and action? Read, and watch, on to find out and to see how to win a copy of your own.
Don't worry, we'll have more reviews of the summer Bionicle sets soon, but for now we're taking a break and looking at 21023 Flatiron Building
from the LEGO Architecture theme. BZPower Forum Assistant Zatth has picked up this miniature model of the iconic building and will be sharing his thoughts on it with us all. Does the set stand tall and proud, or will it crumble under a closer inspection? You'll have to read on to find out!
If you've seen LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
Episode 46, "Ghost Story" (which aired yesterday evening in the United States), you've already heard part of this season's new remix of The Fold's LEGO Ninjago theme song "The Weekend Whip". Today, The Fold posted the full version
of "The Ghost Whip" to their YouTube channel for fans to listen. It's not yet available for download from iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon.com, but it will probably be joining their other releases there in the future. Follow the link above or read on to hear it for yourself!
Join BZPower for a Chance to Win Free LEGO
If you're new to BZPower or haven't joined yet then you're in luck! We're currently giving away a copy of 60034 Arctic Helicrane to one lucky member that has recently joined BZPower. Head over to the Arctic Helicrane 2015 New Member Raffle
and drop you name in the metaphorical hat. The winner will be selected in August, but don't wait - enter today!
LEGO Angry Birds Teaser Poster Revealed
The first visual teaser for next year's LEGO Angry Birds theme has been revealed over on Kotaku
. In this new poster, the aptly-named character Red (looking perhaps more apprehensive than angry) stands on an endless field of red plates, guarding an egg from an encroaching gang of little green pigs. Needless to say, we still don't know what the playsets themselves will look like, but this at least gives us some idea what to expect from the figures!
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Who Will Win the Great Mask Tournament?
BZPower Reporter Aanchir recently had the amazing opportunity to go to Billund, Denmark for the LEGO Inside Tour
. One of the activities was a building competition where people were asked to 'think like a designer' to build a creation that could be a set. Aanchir created The Great Mask Tournament
, where villagers compete for a ceremonial mask by shooting 'gems' through a hoop. Not only is it an interesting model with a nice premise, but it actually won the competition and was the first constraction MOC ever to do so! Check it out and see what you think.
Yesterday we shared
a fifteen second commercial for the summer Bionicle sets, and it was really cool! Today on the BricksIndonesia YouTube channel an extended version
has been discovered. This one shows off some of the sets' action features in more depth, and is a nice mix between animation and 'live action.' Read on to check it out!
LEGO Bionicle Summer Sets Appearing at shop.LEGO.com
The new LEGO Bionicle villains are now appearing on shop.LEGO.com for some countries, including Great Britain
, and Germany
. It could be that listings for them will also start appearing in North American countries as the date changes to July 1, or it could be that they are only appearing in countries where the sets have previously started appearing in LEGO brand stores. Either way, this gives everyone the option of reading the full descriptions for these five sets!
July/August LEGO Club Magazine Appearing at LEGO Stores
We haven't gotten any reports of it shipping just yet, but BZPower member Pomegranate reports
that the new LEGO Club Magazine is starting to show up at LEGO brand retail stores. Included is a two-page spread about the 2015 LEGO Bionicle villains, which can be seen at the link above. Among other new info, it turns out Skull Grinder is actually a title, and the character's proper name is Kulta
. Keep an eye out for this magazine so you're ready when it shows up, whether that be in your mailbox or at your local LEGO store!
More Droid Tales Details
We recently reported
on the premier date of the upcoming LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales, and now more information has been shared. The first episode will air at 6:30 PM on Monday, July 6th on Disney XD; you can check out a synopsis of the first episode below:
Following their victory celebration in the Ewok village on Endor, seen at the close of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, C-3PO and R2-D2 have gathered to regale Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and the other Rebels with the tales of their adventures that led to the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. An accidental kidnapping occurs while the droids are reminiscing and suddenly viewers are taken on a new adventure that leads to encounters with familiar faces and places that prompt the re-telling of the entire saga. The series offers all of the playful humor that viewers expect from LEGO Star Wars.
Make sure you tune in next week!
2016 Batman v Superman
The Wall Street Journal
has revealed the first picture of a new LEGO DC Super Heroes set which is planned to be officially unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con next month. The new Batmobile set, based on the upcoming movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
, will contain 306 pieces including two stud shooters, and will be available for $29.99 starting January 1, 2016. It's certainly quite unlike any previous LEGO Batmobile, with lots of unusual angles and a never-before-seen windscreen. Follow the link above to see it for yourself!
LEGO Bionicle Facebook Page Shares "Wing Blade" Development
It's been a while since the LEGO Bionicle Facebook page
last posted something not connected with the BIONICLE Mask Hunt, but today they shared a new behind-the-scenes image
showing different stages of the design process for the "wing blade" element used for the weapons of sets 70784 Lewa - Master of Jungle and 70786 Gali - Master of Water. It's exciting to see the story behind just this one piece, and if we're lucky it may not be the last element design spotlight we see on that page!
Monday, June 29, 2015
LEGO has uploaded a new BIONICLE TV commercial
to their official YouTube channel, featuring the skeletal new BIONICLE villains as well as the Toa we know and love. Can the Toa wrest the Mask of Creation from the clutches of the evil Skull Grinder? Or will it be they who lose their Golden Masks of Power to Skull Grinder and his undead minions? Click the link above or read on to watch the video for yourself!
Brent Waller's Tips for an Effective LEGO Ideas Project
In a new post
on the official LEGO Ideas blog, Brent Waller, creator of the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary
project which was the basis of the sixth LEGO Ideas set, shares his tips on how to make your LEGO Ideas projects more effective. They range from tips on how to make your images more presentable to tips on how to reach an audience that will support your project. It's well worth a read if you have LEGO Ideas projects of your own or if you intend to create any in the future!
How LEGO Worlds Began
Over on Steam, John Hodskinson from TT Games recently posted a blog entry entitled, Dev Diary: How it all began
. He covers the perfect storm that resulted in the creation of LEGO Worlds and several other projects, including LEGO Fusion and Dimensions, and how their previous games inspired its creation. I'm really enjoying these continued looks behind the scenes and can't wait until we get the next one!
San Diego Comic-Con has revealed their full schedule of panels and events
, including six different LEGO-related panels covering subjects such as LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, LEGO Ninjago, and the LEGO fan community. Read on for links and other details of the individual panels!
Sunday, June 28, 2015
It's time for another BZPower Bionicle set review. Today, BZPower Reporter Xccj takes a look at the new summer villain set 70792 Skull Slicer. Is this a set you'd rise from the grave to get, or would you rather slice and dice it apart? Read on or watch the video review to find out.
They're not yet available from the online LEGO shop, but LEGO has finally uploaded high-resolution images of the five new BIONICLE sets to the LEGO.com cache. There are only two pictures for each set, but it still offers a good look at each set, as well as different parts of the Ancient City in the background of each set's box art. Read on for links to the new images!
Saturday, June 27, 2015
LEGO Batman 3 Comes to iOS
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham came out last fall on consoles and home computers to some great reviews. Now, the game has jumped to your phones and tablets, as long as you're in the Apple ecosystem. You can now buy LEGO Batman 3 in the iTunes store
for $4.99. This is a pretty great deal if you haven't picked up the game yet or enjoyed it so much you want to play it on the go! I imagine it will come to Android at some point too, but we'll have to wait and see.
Check Out the Golden Mask of Earth
BZPower member ksprice45 won the 14-karat gold Mask of Earth in the BIONICLE Mask Hunt and has just got a visit from the postman! He was kind enough to take a couple of photos and make a review video
of one of the most cherished BIONICLE collectibles. Congratulations ksprice45 - take good care of it!
DC Comics Meets LEGO Art Panel Coming to Comic Con
To further expand Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
exhibit, the LEGO Certified Professional will be unveiling his DC Comics exhibit at San Diego Comic Con next month. The Art of the Brick: DC Comics will be a new, global touring exhibition, and the panel will show off some included sculptures of iconic comic book heroes. Furthermore, acclaimed comic artist Jim Lee will be live-drawing a Batmobile concept to later be built and revealed in the exhibit, reports ComicVine
. More details at the link. If you are attending SDCC, let LEGO know
via BZPower for some fan involvement this year.
Friday, June 26, 2015
LEGO Minifigures Online is launching in a few days on July 29th, exiting the free-to-play beta period. BZPower was invited to the opportunity to check out the completed game in New York City, and Global Moderator and seasoned MMO veteran -Windrider- made the trip to check it out. Read on to see her thoughts on the title to help you determine if it's a game to go on your wishlist!
LEGO Ninjago Site Updated With Story 3: The Great Escape
If you've been watching the LEGO Ninjago website, you probably know that its Explore section
provides summaries of the events of the Ninjago TV series. Today a new story has been added, recounting some of the events in Chen's prison and Dareth and Nya's attempts at espionage during the episodes "Ninja Roll", "Spy for a Spy", and "Spellbound". Now's a great chance to see what's been happening in this year's story if you haven't been following it, or reflect on it if you have!
Heartlake City Area Opens in LEGOLAND Florida
Yesterday, LEGOLAND Florida Resort unveiled Heartlake City, a brand-new area of the park inspired by the popular LEGO Friends theme and characters. New attractions in this area include a 20-minute interactive stage show titled "Friends to the Rescue", a disc coaster ride called Mia's Riding Adventure, a photo opportunity called Stephanie's Newsroom, a Heartlake Stepping Tones splash fountain, a Heartlake Mall shopping area, and 65 new LEGO display models. The park is celebrating the opening with a "Friends Weekend" today through Sunday, June 28 which includes dancing and themed builds. More details can be found in the official press release
from LEGOLAND Florida.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Today LEGO is announcing an awesome new set based on one of the most iconic supercars of all time. The 10248 Ferrari F40 from the Creator line captures the look and feel, both inside and out, of the famous sports car and does a great job replicating its sleek lines. To see the designer video, pictures, press release, an interview with the designer, and more, read on!
Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron may not be on the top of the box office charts anymore, but it's still currently the highest-grossing movie of the year. With all those people seeing it, the LEGO sets have certainly been popular, which is why today we're looking at 76031 The Hulk Buster Smash
, which is based off a pretty memorable scene in the film. Is this a set you should purchase, or should you turn your attention to other sets from the film (or sets based on other box office smashes)? Read on to check out our video and text reviews to find out!
LEGO Bionicle and Elves Chapter Book Covers Revealed!
Amazon.com has finally uploaded cover images for the new LEGO Bionicle chapter book Island of Lost Masks
and the new LEGO Elves chapter book Quest for the Keys
, both of which are due for release August 25, 2015. The Island of Lost Masks
cover is only shown on the Kindle e-book listing, probably due to a misentry on Amazon (the paperback edition
is listed as Island of the Lost Masks
), but I think we can safely assume the cover will be the same for both editions.
Wirelessly Light Your LEGO Creations
There's a lot of third party products you can use to light up your LEGO creations, but most of them require tiny batteries or finding ways to hide wires inside your MOCs. The i-Brix Wireless Lighting System hopes to change all that though, by offering LEDs mounted inside transparent bricks that are lit up wirelessly by a power plate that goes underneath your model. They're currently seeking funding on Kickstarter
and have a ways to go, but this seems like it could be an awesome solution to a lot of lighting problems that builders face. I'm definitely interested and have already been thinking of ways it could be incorporated into MOCs!
New LEGO World Record Achieved
We reported a couple of weeks ago
about an attempt on the record for the largest LEGO tower taking place in Italy. According to this press release from LEGO
, they were successful! The new record for the tallest structure built of LEGO bricks is now 35 meters, just topping the last record of 34.76 meters. Over fifty thousand people came to watch and eighteen thousand of those helped build this impressive tower. LEGO seems to be keen on setting a new record every year, so we'll have to see where they try to top this one in 2016!
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
BIONICLE Golden Masks Shipped!
BZPower member and proud BIONICLE Mask Hunt winner ksprice45 informs us that he's just received his fantastic grand prize. He promises that he will post a detailed video and lots of pictures in our forums as soon as he can. It's great to have one of the contest winners on our site and I'm sure the prize will be in good hands. Congratulations ksprice45! I look foward to seeing the pictures of your mask in its shiny 14-karat gold glory.
Christian Faber Consulting on Bionicle for LEGO House Exhibition
Christian Faber recently posted a new entry
to his blog Faber Files to explain why he hasn't been posting more pieces of Bionicle development history or proceeding with his planned giveaway - the LEGO Heritage Department has asked him to consult with them about Bionicle's inclusion in an exhibit at the LEGO House! For those who haven't been following the news, the LEGO House
is a massive LEGO experience center which is designed to educate the public about the LEGO Group's history and values, and it's good to see that Bionicle, "the toy that saved LEGO", will be recognized as an essential part of that history! The LEGO House is planned to open in 2017, and Faber's contributions surely will give Bionicle fans one more reason to plan a visit!
Fourth LEGO Elves Webisode: "Never Cave"
The fourth LEGO Elves webisode
has made its debut on the LEGO.com videos page, and this time, things are getting very mysterious. When Emily witnesses a mysterious magical phenomenon, her elf friends tell her a story about a similar incident they experienced back when they were very young. It's worth watching for the teeny-tiny elves alone, but there's also some very heavy foreshadowing for future adventures. Follow the link above to watch the story for yourself!
Who's Going to Comic Con?
If you've been reading our front page lately, you've seen all the news of LEGO exclusives that will be available at San Diego Comic Con next month. LEGO has had a large presence there for the past few years, and this one is no different. In fact, the company is looking into doing some additional events for and with the fan community, but in order for them to determine if it's feasible, they need an idea of who is going to be there. We've started a topic in General Discussion
to hear from you guys, so let us know if you're planning on being in San Diego from July 8-12 at Comic Con! Just note, nothing is set in stone, so there's no guarantees of anything extra-awesome happening.
Droid Tales Coming in July
Recently Season 2 of Star Wars Rebels premiered on Disney XD, and although we have to wait until the fall for the rest of the season, there will be more Star Wars content to watch soon. As revealed during Rebels, LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales will kick off on July 6th, also on Disney XD. The five-part show will recount the prequel and original trilogies from the perspective of R2-D2 and C-3P0, in the usual humorous LEGO manner. It should be a fun watch for fans of both properties, and I'm looking forward to it!
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Iconic Recreations Captured on Camera
There will always be a soft spot in the hearts of many Bionicle fans for the early years of the franchise, back when the Matoran were Tohunga and came in McDonald's Happy Meals. BZPower member Keyblade87 seems to feel similarly, and recently broke out his McToran to take them on a photo shoot. The results can be seen in his topic, Six Matoran of Mata Nui
, where we see Kongu, Matoro, Nuparu, Hewkii, Hahli, and Jaller in their respective Wahis, looking like they came right out of the Mata Nui Online Game or the Bohrok animations. Keyblade demonstrates some great camera work and editing to make the characters come to life. They're definitely worth a look!
Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back Poster at Shop.LEGO.com
LEGO Star Wars fan might already be aware of the promotion for collectible posters
based on each of the six Star Wars movies. This week, you can get the Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back poster with any LEGO Star Wars purchase. However, this promotion is only available from Shop.LEGO.com and LEGO Stores this week, so don't delay! Four more posters will be available later in the year, also for a week only.
BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn coming to Netflix
USA Today reports
that Bionicle: The Legend Reborn
, the last feature-length Bionicle movie, is among the many movies coming to Netflix on July 1. The other three Bionicle movies are already available for streaming through Netflix, but starting next month Netflix subscribers will be able to enjoy a comprehensive Bionicle movie marathon at their leisure!
Second SDCC Exclusive Minifigure Revealed: Arsenal
The Wall Street Journal has announced
a DC Comics Super Heroes exclusive minifigure for San Diego Comic-Con: Arsenal, a.k.a. Roy Harper. The minifigure is based specifically on his costume from the third season of the TV series Arrow
. 1,500 of this minifigure will be distributed as free giveaways to Comic-Con attendees. But as with the other exclusive sets and minifigures, attendees must enter a random drawing at the Pavilion Terrace of the convention center to win a copy. Follow the link above for pictures of the minifigure and packaging!
LEGO Minifigures Online Launches June 29
A press release went out yesterday, which you can see on Gamasutra
, to let everyone know that the buy-to play version of LEGO Minifigures Online will be launching on June 29th, less than a week away! The game will be available for PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android, ensuring that just about anyone who wants to play can. The mobile versions will cost $4.99 each and include one world (with more available to purchase within the app, of course) while the computer versions will be $29.99 and include everything. We'll have some more information about the game soon, so keep your eyes peeled on BZPower!
Monday, June 22, 2015
New SDCC Exclusive Set Revealed: Action Comics #1 Superman
Collider.com has announced the LEGO DC Super Heroes exclusive set
for San Diego Comic-Con 2015: a vignette recreating the cover of Action Comics #1, Superman's comics debut, featuring Superman raising a car over his head. The set includes 145 pieces, is recommended for ages 8-14, and will be sold at the LEGO Group's booth for $39.99. However, attendees must first participate in a random drawing at the Pavilion Terrace to be eligible to buy a copy of the set, and may only draw for a ticket once per day. Follow the link above for pictures and further details!
Peter Venkman Revealed as Dimensions Character
Graeme Boyd from the Microsoft Xbox team posted a picture on Instagram
of some of the upcoming LEGO Dimensions figures. While most of them have been seen before, Peter Venkman, Bill Murray's character in Ghostbusters, is new, and is different from the version we saw in the Ecto 1 set from LEGO Ideas. He has a new hairpiece and printing on his arms now, which is awesome. It's cool to see new molds like this and the Portal gun being introduced by the game, although I'm sure it's going to make collectors' wallets beg for mercy!
GameSpot Looks at Dimensions
Videogame news site GameSpot was at E3 last week, and came away with their impressions of the upcoming LEGO Dimensions game
. While they were a little disappointed by the lack of freedom to place portals in the Portal level, overall they seem pretty excited about the game, moreso than any other toys-to-life game in the past. It's interesting to see how the portal will allow for up to seven items to be placed on it and will also be involved in the gameplay experience. I look forward to hearing more as we get closer to release!
Sunday, June 21, 2015
LEGO Marvel's Avengers Gameplay Demo
In addition to LEGO Dimensions, last week at E3 TT Games was showing off LEGO Marvel's Avengers, the followup to LEGO Marvel Superheroes. IGN was able to sit down with Arthur Parsons and take a look at the game. Now it's up on YouTube
for all to watch, with some nice commentary and lots of gameplay. It looks to follow the usual TT Games formula, so if that's your thing, you'll probably love this and all the new characters and abilities it's sure to bring. The game is set to release this winter on current and last-gen consoles as well as handhelds.
LEGO Design, Mindstorms Books on Humble Bundle
There are a handful of LEGO building guides, along with a couple of Technic and Mindstorms books, available through Humble Bundle
, the pay-what-you-want online store. These digital books, along with some other programming books published by No Starch Press, are grouped together for whatever price you choose, though some are only available through a tiered minimum payment. The LEGO Adventure Book
by Megan Rothrock is especially fun for children seeking to expand their building knowledge. Check it out for the whole selection.