Saturday, May 30, 2015
New LEGO DC Justice League Movie
A trailer for another DC Comics LEGO Movie has come out. It's entitled Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom!
It features an ensemble of villains and heroes facing off for the fate of the world, and seems to feature quite a few of the winter 2015 DC sets. It will get released on August 25th as a Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD pack, and will probably come with some sort of exclusive fig too. You can read more about it on TheBrickFan.com.
Friday, May 29, 2015
BBC Contest #70 Kicks Off
It's been a little bit since our last BBC Contest, but fear not, it's time for them to return. Go check out BBC Contest #70: Everything is Constraction!
, the seventieth
iteration of our Bionicle building contests. The theme this time around is to build something from The LEGO Movie out of constraction pieces, proving that the split-second mention of Bionicle in the film was well-warranted. What's more, the finalists will get to have their MOCs displayed at BrickFair Virginia this summer for the public to vote on! You have until Sunday, June 14th at 11:59 PM Eastern to build and submit your entry, so don't delay!
Another Idea Project Reaches Goal
It seems like just yesterday
the LEGO Ideas team was announcing the results of its latest review. Now a new project has achieved ten thousand votes. Caterham Super Seven
by bricktrix_Carl is an awesome model of the famous UK sports car. It could definitely make an awesome model and I wish it the best of luck during its own review phase later this year.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Shirt Contest Deadline Approaching
There's only a few more days to enter the BZPower T-shirt Contest 2015
being run by BZPower member Brappy Hour in his blog. You have until Sunday, May 31st to create a shirt design for the theme 'Old Meets New!' celebrating the return of Bionicle. If you win, not only do you get a free t-shirt, you get to see other BZPower members wear your design on their bodies! What are you waiting for? Get drawing!
Let's take a look at the winter wave of Ninjago sets with 70746 Condrai Copter Attack. In addition to the cool snake-themed aircraft, it comes with the new orange ninja Skylor. Read or watch the set review by BZPower Reporter Xccj to see if this set is worth sinking your teeth into!
Ninjago Tournament Comes to Android
Back in January, LEGO Ninjago Tournament was released
, for iOS users that is. It took a little while, but if you're an Android owner you can now download the game in the Google Play store
for free! It seems to have all the same features, so if you're looking for a LEGO game fix on the go, this one might be worth checking out!
The LEGO Ideas team has revealed the results of the third 2014 LEGO Ideas review period on their blog
. Nine projects were in the running this review period, but one has been selected for production: the Labyrinth Marble Maze
by JKBrickworks! Additionally, the Star Citizen F7A Hornet
project by nosmigon is still under consideration. Read on to watch the announcement video, which concludes with a summary of what's in the running for the next review period!
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
New LEGO Videogame Discovered
A forum member over on Eurobricks made an interesting discovery
on the back of the instruction manual for a 2015 set (60097 City Square). It's an ad for an upcoming videogame by TT Games and Warner Bros. Interactive titled simply, "LEGO WORLDS," with the tagline, 'explore, discover, create.' The illustration hints at an environment created entirely out of LEGO, with some desert elements as well as a City excavator. One popular theory is that this is the LEGO version of a Minecraft open-world game. The website printed in the ad doesn't work yet, so we'll have to wait to hear more information about this game!
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Kanohi Gone Tribal
It's amazing what you can get accomplished in one hour. For example, BZPower member Crunchyn created the Dragon Priest Huna
in a modeling class as part of a one-hour sculpting competition where the prompt was to create a tribal mask. It takes the stylization seen in the Bionicle movies to the next level, and the result is an ornate mask that looks like it's been carved out of wood. Don't believe me? Check it out for yourself!
Monday, May 25, 2015
LEGO Movie Animation Company Expanding
Business In Vancouver ran a story last week
with some exciting news about the upcoming LEGO movies. Animal Logic, the animation company responsible for the visuals of the first movie, is expanding from Sydney, Australia to Vancouver, Canada. The new facility's first project will be the LEGO Movie Sequel. The LEGO Ninjago and Batman movies will still be done in Australia though - I guess all these projects requires the team to divide and conquer!
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Today we review another LEGO set, this time going back to LEGO Elves and taking a look at 41071 Aira's Creative Workshop
, the smallest boxed set in the line. How does this little fantasy playset stack up? Is it worth adding to your shopping cart or is your hard-earned money better off being spent on other sets? You'll have to read on to find out!
Saturday, May 23, 2015
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TTV Interviews Merlin Mann - Part 2
The second part of TTV's interview with Merlin P. Mann, the BIONICLE web animation writer, has been put online for your hearing
pleasure. This time, there is lots more of BIONICLE talk, although not exclusively, and once again it was a very interesting read. Thanks to TTV and Merlin Mann for the insightful interview!
Friday, May 22, 2015
Own a Custom Life-sized Bionicle Mask
If you missed out on the life size skull spider mask
we posted about recently, then you're in luck. The same people (who are also BZPower members) have now posted a custom skull beetle mask
for sale as well. This one isn't based on an actual mask, but it does feature ball joint connections for Bionicle pieces. It's also only $100, so this unique piece can be a part of your collection for a reasonable price!
Thursday, May 21, 2015
BrickFair Virginia is Coming!
BrickFair Virginia is only a little over two months away! As of right now, there's almost twenty BZPower members who are planning on attending from July 29, 2015 through August 02, 2015 in Chantilly, VA - if you're one of them let us know in the planning topic
. Behind the scenes we're working on some fun activities like a parts draft, laser tag, and a BBC Contest that you'll definitely want to take part in. If you can't make it, don't fret, you can still send your MOCs to the event as part of the 2015 Convention Circuit
to allow thousands and thousands of people to see them. Plus, you get free perks in return! BrickFair Virginia is arguably the biggest LEGO fan convention in the country, and without a doubt it's the best for BZPower members. So start your planning and we hope to see you there!
TTV Interviews Merlin Mann - Part 1
You've probably heard about Merlin Mann, the writer of the BIONICLE web animations. TTV (The Three Virtues) had the privilege to interview him and while much of it isn't even about BIONICLE, it was a very interesting read. Of course, there is some BIONICLE talk in it as well and this is just the first half of the interview, so there is more to come. Merlin addresses the creative process behind the animations and even the unfortunate leaks. You can listen to it here
or read the transcript here
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
A Message from the LEGO Dimensions Team
Yesterday on the LEGO Videogames Community Blog (which I didn't even know existed), Andrew Holt, one of the designers at TT Games, made a post
about LEGO Dimensions and the work the team has been doing. It's an interesting read and it sounds like the whole company is excited about the project and are looking forward to the game coming out. There's a few small details revealed and the promise of a lot more information to come. Go check it out!
LEGO Director Ranked as Top PR Innovator
The Holmes Report recently put out their list of the top 25 public relations innovators in EMEA
(that's Europe, Middle East, and Africa), the people "who are shaping what influence and engagement will look like tomorrow." Among them was Lars Silberbauer Andersen
, the global director of social media, search & video for The LEGO Group. When you see LEGO engaging with people and posting content on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and other social media, it's him you have to thank. Congratulations to Lars on being recognized for his achievements, and let's hope LEGO continues to do a great job innovating in all areas of its business.
Latest LEGO Dimensions Trailer Says, "Great Scott!"
A new LEGO Dimensions trailer for the upcoming video game has arrived online, or rather has come back...to the future. Christopher Lloyd returns as Doc Brown from Back to the Future
, as he receives a mysterious package not unlike the one from the first video
. Inside is his own character in LEGO form, and then the trailer shows off plenty of gameplay, including Future
scenes with Lloyd's voice acting! Check out the video
and then check your wallets--LEGO Dimensions keeps growing in possibilities with each new reveal.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
It's time for another review of a 2015 set! Today we're looking at 70817 Batman & Super Angry Kitty Attack
from the LEGO Movie theme. This is the smallest boxed set based on the film that LEGO has released, weighing in at only 115 pieces and retailing for $9.99 USD. So is this set free from any negativity of any kind or is there no consistency to be seen? Read and watch on to find out!
Bionicle Mask Hunt Final Winners Announced!
We've been wondering for weeks who was going to claim the 14 karat gold masks, and now the wait is over. The LEGO Bionicle Facebook page
has posted the final six winners to the Bionicle Mask Hunt contest, based on the 36 weekly winners. There are some interesting choices, so make sure to check them out and tell us your favorites! Congratulations to the winners!
A Corpus of MOCs
The Bionicle RPG Corpus Rahkshi
has already been featured on the front page, but today we look at the creations that creation spawned. Sergei Rahkmaninoff is one of the players in the game, and was inspired to take the descriptions of characters and build some MOCs of them
! Go check out the over a dozen Rahkshi he's built, each one with its one unique style and personality. There's a lot of variety and some great techniques in there to make it worth viewing.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Tahu Designer Video Posted
Over on YouTube, LEGO has posted their latest Inside Bionicle piece, the Tahu Designer Video
featuring everyone's favorite Master of Fire. Check out some concept art that went into the creation of the set, as well as a few prototype mask designs! It's interesting that they're still advertising the gold mask contest, but regardless, it's definitely something you're going to want to check out!
Adventure Time Reaches Ideas Goal
Over on LEGO Ideas another project has reached the goal of ten thousand votes of support! Brick-built Adventure Time figures
by aBetterMonkey features over a dozen characters from the popular show, not in minifig form, but built out of bricks. I'm sure a lot of people would love to see this, so I wish it the best of luck during the next review phase!
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Free Spider-Man From S@H
LEGO recently started a new promotion
on its Shop@Home website as well as in-stores. With any purchase of $50 or more, you get a free Spider-Man Super Jumper set that includes our favorite web-slinger as well as a robotic spider drone-looking thing. If you're planning on picking up any LEGO sets between now and the end of the month, keep this sale in mind!
Currently in Philadelphia, PA, is a LEGO art exhibit by LEGO Certified Professional Nathan Sawaya. The Art of the Brick, running until September 6 at the Franklin Institute, boasts over 100 creations ranging from mosaics to statues with plenty of creativity around each turn. BZP Staff Reporter ChocolateFrogs and Retired Staff 55555 and Toa Lhikan Hordika visited last weekend with high LEGO spirits and were rewarded in turn. Read on for pictures from the exhibit and personal impressions from the displays.
LEGO Minifigures Online to Move to Buy-to-Play
LEGO Minifigures Online will undergo important changes this summer, as the game moves over from a free-to-play model to a buy-to-play model. This means that the current membership model will be discontinued and replaced by a model where players will buy the game in a store to gain access to the game and at the same time all benefits. This change will come with a significant overhaul this summer introducing "a strong narrative, with a voiced storyteller guiding players through the game and the different worlds using cinematics and scripted events", also "unique gameplay events in the different locations that will make the worlds come even more alive, and much more". You can read the full announcement here
Saturday, May 16, 2015
BrickFair New England took place at the beginning of the month and was a fantastic fifteenth BrickFair event! There were lots of great creations to see, not to mention games to play, seminars to attend, and people to talk to. BZPower was there to document the MOCs on display, and now it's time to share them with you all. Read on to check them out!
Last weekend BZP staff and retired staff members 55555, Toa Lhikan Hordika and ChocolateFrogs hosted a livestream build of the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes SHIELD Helicarrier set. The 5-hour build, now hosted on YouTube, was a roaring success, and featured the cooperative building skills of this bunch. Prizes were given away, jokes were made, and patience was tested. Dozens of members tuned in, but in case you missed it we are reflecting on the set and details on what makes this great. Read on!