Monday, December 5, 2016
Zaktan and the Amazing Paper-Shooter
We're back today for another episode of Bfa Plays: Bionicle Heroes, our bimonthly play-through of the 2006 hit Bionicle game. Head over to our YouTube channel to check out Episode 23: Zaktan's Chamber
, where our hero attempts to defeat one of the vile Piraka and claim his powers for his own. Will he succeed? You'll have to watch to find out, and then head on over to the discussion topic
to tell us what you thought! We'll be back in a couple of weeks with a new epsode!
Sunday, December 4, 2016
An Interview At the Merchant's House
The LEGO Ideas project Merchant's House gained 10,000 supporters, and has now had the honorary 10K Club interview. Builder Tamás Kovacs speaks about
his love of the LEGO hobby, what his favorite LEGO piece is, and what amount of love and details he put into his project. Check it out, and perhaps get inspired to enter your own LEGO Ideas creation.
Saturday, December 3, 2016
New York Magazine Explores What Makes LEGO "The Perfect Toy"
A recent article in New York Magazine begins with the bold claim in its headline that "LEGO is the Perfect Toy"
, and then goes on to analyze in depth the many different, sometimes seemingly contradictory things that make LEGO so beloved. Along the way it looks at how LEGO has evolved into a "transmedial" brand, and how this changes the way kids experience LEGO play. It even delves into the development of the new DC Super Hero Girls line and how LEGO actually led the development of the "Kryptomite" baddies that appear across all its sets. Follow the link above to read the article!
Friday, December 2, 2016
Castle Live Build Continues
Tonight we'll continuing our live build of the 71040 Disney Castle set. (And hopefully wrapping it up!) Tune into our BZPower YouTube channel
at 7 PM Eastern to watch us finish the last four groups of bags. There will be more giveaways, so make sure you brush up on your Disney and Bionicle trivia for a chance to win! I look forward to another fun building spree as we put the finishing touches on what is turning out to be an awesome set.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
To kick off the month of December, LEGO has released a new fun new stop-motion video series titled "The Misadventures of Brickbeard". In the prologue, "Choose the Battle"
, a kid makes his LEGO figures promise not to get up to any trouble when he's at school. But the pirate Brickbeard has never been one to play by the rules! One by one he attempts to plunder the worlds of LEGO Nexo Knights
, LEGO City
, LEGO Friends
, and LEGO Bionicle
. The life of a pirate is never easy, though, and to his chagrin, each world he attacks find its own way of protecting itself! Follow the links above or read on to see what happens!
Enter for a Chance to Win Kopaka
Just a friendly reminder that you have a month left to enter 2016 Member Raffle #6
, where we're giving away a copy of 70788 Kopaka - Master of Ice from the 2015 wave of Bionicle sets. As winter approaches he seems like a good choice to mark the changing of seasons. Any BZPower member can enter, so if you haven't joined our community yet, now is the perfect time! Best of luck to all those who enter - the winner will be announced in the new year!
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
A LEGO White (House) Christmas
The White House has unveiled its holiday decorations, and following the theme "The Gift of the Holidays" lots of LEGO bricks were involved. Five hundred hours were spent by LEGO Master Builders in Enfield, CT, to assemble over 200,000 bricks' worth of holiday decorations. These include "gingerfriends" on the fireplace mantle, a LEGO paper chain between them, and 56 LEGO gingerbread houses inspired by the US states and territories. Photos and more details can be found on the People Magazine
website. What an inspiration to start working on some LEGO decorations around the home!
Over 140 2017 LEGO Sets Coming Soon on British LEGO Shop
Great Britain may not have gotten early access to select 2017 sets like the United States did
, but the British version of shop.LEGO.com now offers a sneak peek at what's to come through "Coming Soon" listings for over 140 new LEGO sets
! These listings appear to cover the full range of January set releases from over a dozen different themes, and most include detailed pictures and descriptions (which offer some interesting story details for themes like Ninjago and Nexo Knights). Follow the link above to browse the upcoming sets and find your favorites!
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
The Beastmaster, his Companion, and the Beast
I enjoy it when there's a little bit of a story behind the MOCs that someone creates. A nice example of this is Arna, Visk, & the Mogont
by Reinhardt Wilhelm. You've got your rugged Toa hunter in Arna, who features a simple orange color scheme and a mix of new and old pieces. Then there's Visk, his faithful companion who assists on the hunt and has some interesting parts usage, especially on the head. Finally, their quarry, the Mogont, making use of the popular Nocturn pieces on top of a surprisingly complex frame. Combined the three creations make a great little story that's just missing some scenery to fill it in. Go check them out and let the creator know what you think!
In just a few short hours it will be time for us to begin our weekly Twitch stream with some LEGO gaming fun! At 7:30 PM Eastern you can head over to the BZPower Twitch channel
to watch us play one of the many LEGO videogames out there. You can help us pick the game by going over to the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
and casting your vote. While you're over there, we welcome any feedback you might have on the streams and ideas for what you'd like to see in the future. If you want a reminder of when the fun starts tonight, make sure you follow us on Twitch or Twitter
. I look forward to seeing you all later!
Ford Motor Company has issued a press release
announcing that a LEGO Speed Champions set of the 1966 Ford GT 40 and 2016 Ford GT that pulled off historic wins at Le Mans 24 Hours (previously featured in LEGO's Ford Dream Race
video earlier this year) will be coming to store shelves on March 1st, 2017! The U.S. and Canadian prices are not yet known, but it will cost €34.99 in Germany and £29.99 in Great Britain. Follow the link above or read on for the full press release and a short video interview with LEGO Speed Champions head of design Craig Callum!
Monday, November 28, 2016
It may be three years old, but Disney's Frozen
is still an immensely popular movie and brand, and on Friday, December 9th at 8pm it will be getting its own LEGO TV spin-off called LEGO Disney Frozen: Northern Lights
! Disney recently released a trailer
for this new special in which Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven go on a journey to save the northern lights before they disappear forever. As with previous LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Super Heroes TV specials, it looks like it'll be full of slapstick antics and not afraid to poke fun at its source material. Follow the link above or read on to watch the trailer!
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Select 2017 LEGO Sets Now Available in North America
We're still a little over a month from the start of 2017, but 2017 LEGO sets are beginning to make their debut at shop.LEGO.com in North America! Ten City sets, five Creator sets, three Juniors sets, four Technic sets, three DC Super Hero Girls sets, two Disney Moana sets, and four LEGO Batman Movie sets have been released on the U.S. LEGO shop, with all but the LEGO Batman Movie sets also available in the Canadian LEGO Shop. Click here
for a full list of the newly released sets via Brickset. And don't forget, Brick Friday/Cyber Monday deals
(exclusive LEGO snowglobe with all $99 orders, free shipping on all orders, and price cuts on various items) continue through tomorrow!
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Disney Castle Live Build
Tomorrow at noon Eastern time we'll be kicking off a live build of 71040 Disney Castle on the BZPower YouTube channel
. For a set this big I'm going to need some help so I'll be bringing along a special guest. We'll be chatting with the stream and giving away LEGO prizes periodically, so make sure you tune in. We look forward to hanging out with you all in less than twentyhour hours!
Monthly Nexo Power Videos: "Fire Flies" and "Rock 'n' Roll"
The LEGO Nexo Knights website has been updated with November's Nexo Power video, "Rock'n'Roll". In this video, Axl seems to have met his match with a trio of rock monsters, but after an upgrade from Merlok the time comes for them to face the music! Also, don't miss last month's video, "Fire Flies
", in which Merlok gives Robin the power he needs to bring his monstrous fears down to size. Follow the links above to watch the videos and scan these two powers for the Merlok 2.0 app!
Friday, November 25, 2016
4X4 Rover Lands 10K Votes
When an AFOL creates a top-notch car model, you're in for a treat. The latest set proposal on LEGO Ideas to reach 10,000 votes, the Landrover 4X4
, is no different. This green-hued rough and tough vehicle has all the bells and whistles: a detailed engine, removable hard top, features in the cabin and a clever license plate to top it off. It is easy to see why it reached the magic number, now we wait to see what the Review Board thinks of it.
The LEGO Group Opens New Factory in Jiaxing, China
Today the LEGO Group inaugurated their newest factory
, a 165,000 square meter facility in Jiaxing, China. Over 1,200 people are already employed at the new factory, which is expected to produce between 70 and 80 percent of all LEGO products sold in Asia. The LEGO Group also designed the new factory with sustainability in mind by including electric cars, roof-mounted solar panels, and green spaces. Follow the link above to read the press release, or click here
to see an interactive map of the facility with many more details!
Thursday, November 24, 2016
To all of our US members and readers, we'd like to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving! Even though today is an American holiday, we encourage everyone to think about what they're thankful for. Not everything is perfect, but hopefully each and every one of you have some good in your life to help keep things positive. So take a break today and enjoy the turkey, parade, football, and doorbuster sales. I know I'm thankful for everyone who is a part of BZPower, and I appreciate your company and making our community awesome!
LEGO Ninjago Releases Season 7: Hands of Time Teaser Poster
With the Day of the Departed over, LEGO is now gearing up for LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
Season 7: Hands of Time. Earlier this week the LEGO Ninjago website was updated with a teaser poster
which shows Kai and Nya discussing a curious painting at the Ninjago Museum of History. In the painting, a young Wu and Garmadon face off against some mysterious warriors within the Monastery of Spinjitzu. Meanwhile, in the foreground, the museum curator Dr. Saunders looks at his pocket watch expectantly. What could it all mean? Follow the link above to investigate for yourself!
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Two LEGO Disney Moana Sets Revealed
has exclusively unveiled two new sets based on Disney's new feature film Moana
, which recently premiered in theaters. 41149 Moana's Island Adventure ($24.99 USD) contains 205 pieces including a Moana mini-doll and her pet pig Pua. 41150 Moana's Ocean Voyage ($39.99 USD) contains 307 pieces including a Moana mini-doll, her rooster Heihei, a Maui bigfig, and two Kakamora. Both sets will be released in North America this Sunday, November 27th. Follow the link above for pictures and additional details!
LEGO City Undercover Goes Multiplatform Next Spring
LEGO and WB Games have announced on Twitter
that LEGO City Undercover will be coming to many new gaming platforms next Spring! The game was originally published by Nintendo in 2013 as a Wii U exclusive title, but the tweet confirms that it will soon be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam. The image accompanying the tweet features an updated logo, a brand-new police car, and a new outfit for the series' hero, police detective Chase McCain. Follow the link above for more details!
Co-hosts Dan Brickman and Helen Stone are back and bringing you the tenth international episode of the LEGO News Show
! In this episode, things really start heating up as Dan's reflection on his summer achievements is interrupted by breaking reports of seismic activity at the LEGO City volcano. The LEGO City Volcano Explorers are quick to respond, but before Dan and Helen have a chance to go to the scene, the scene comes to them! Follow the link above or read on to see what happens!
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
LEGO Ninjago: Dark Island Trilogy
The final volume of Greg Farshtey and Paul Lee's LEGO Ninjago: Dark Island Trilogy
was released today
, and as with the previous installments, the official LEGO Ninjago Facebook page has shared a preview
of the adventure in store! It's up to Master Wu and his six ninja to stop the rising darkness from consuming all of Ninjago. In addition to the comic story, Dark Island Trilogy Part 3
includes new pages from Master Wu's journal and an episode guide to LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
Seasons 5 and 6. Follow the links above for more details!
The LEGO Batman Movie
Minifigures Series Revealed!
The official LEGO Facebook page has revealed the contents of the next blind-packaged Minifigures series
, based on The LEGO Batman Movie
! The series, which launches in January 2017, contains an unprecedented 20 different minifigures, including five all-new Bat-costumes, eleven Bat-adversaries ranging from the familiar to the obscure, and four supporting Bat-characters! How many Bat-references can you recognize? Follow the link above to browse the official pictures!
The Perfect Way to get from B to A
Sometimes people create things that help expand the Bionicle universe in new and interesting ways. I feel like Mister N has done just that with his Metru Nui Chutes System
, which is basically a subway map for the City of Legends. I love the different-colored chute lines and the little details like interchanges and control stations. The creator even took it a step further by coming up with little posters for each line that you might find in one of the chute stations. This is an awesome idea that helps build on the existing world from Gen 1, and I appreciate all the effort that clearly went into it. Make sure you head over to the topic and share your thoughts and feedback!
The Twitchiest of Tuesdays
Tonight is the night when we start up our Xbox, snap the Twitch app, and play some LEGO videogames for everyone's enjoyment. You can help us pick what we play by heading over to the discussion topic
, and let us know what we should look into playing in the future as well. Then at around 7:30 PM Eastern head on over to our Twitch channel
to watch the fun begin! Usually you'll get about an hour of defeating enemies, solving puzzles, and inconveniently falling off of ledges into the abyss. If you follow us there or on Twitter
you'll find out exactly when the action starts! It should be another great night of gaming!
LEGO Dimensions Wins BAFTA Children's Award
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the recipients of their BAFTA Children's Awards. Three LEGO properties were among the nominees
this year: LEGO Dimensions and LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the Game category and LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu in the publicly-voted Television category. And as it turns out, LEGO Dimensions ended up winning in its category
! Congratulations to the LEGO Dimensions development team on their achievement!
Monday, November 21, 2016
The Beatles "A Brick in the Life" Contest Begins on LEGO Rebrick
As one contest ends, another begins! LEGO Rebrick has launched a new contest titled "A Brick in the Life"
, inviting builders to construct their favorite moment or song from The Beatles' musical career. Two runners up will receive set 21306 The Beatles Yellow Submarine signed by LEGO designer Justin Ramsden and fan designer Kevin Szeto, and the grand prize winner will receive that plus a collection of Beatles merchandise from Apple Corps! The entry period ends January 3rd. Follow the link above for more details!
LEGO Rebrick "Microbuild with LEGO Classic!" Winners Announced
Last Friday, LEGO Rebrick announced the winners in their "Microbuild with LEGO Classic!"
contest. Broken down by category, the grand prize winners were janbenedict_yap's "Rocket Sheep" in Animals and Adventure Creatures, Allafi's "Workplace" in Household and Everyday Items, yop1172's "Little Classic House" in Architecture and Buildings, chihsinwei's "Space Shuttle Launch" in Space and Sci-Fi, and sparkart's "Rat Rod at the Stop Light" in Vehicles. Each of these five builders will receive an eleven-set 2016 LEGO Classic assortment valued at nearly $300 USD. Follow the link above to check out the winning entries!