Thursday, April 28, 2016
Our Only Goal Will Be the Western Shore
BZPower Member Soran is working on a comic series set in the Bionicle Universe titled "The Road to Home
," which takes place on the Northern Continent. Recently, he's decided to share some of the original background artwork of the Western Shores in the topic MNOG-esque Backgrounds
. I think he does a great job capturing the style and detail from the early years of Bionicle animation with locations that really capture some feeling and emotion. The coloring is simple and appropriate and makes me want to play the classic Mata Nui Online Game. Let Soran know what you think in his topic - hopefully he'll share some more in the future!
The official LEGO YouTube channel has published a character featurette
for the new series LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures
, which premieres June 20th at 10:00 a.m. EDT on Disney XD. In it, the voice actors introduce you to their characters, the Freemaker family: siblings Kordi (Vanessa Lengies), Rowan (Nicolas Cantu), and Zander (Eugene Byrd) plus their battle droid R0-GR (Matthew Wood). The accompanying visuals include behind-the-scenes character designs, animatics, recording sessions, and more. Follow the link above or read on to watch the video!
The official LEGO YouTube channel has finally released this year's LEGO Elves TV special "Dragons to Save, Time to be Brave" for free viewing! Part 1
and Part 2
are 22 minutes each. In this story, the queen dragon Elandra has been captured by the evil elf witch Ragana Shadowflame. It's up to Emily Jones and her magical friends from Elvendale to go on a perilous quest to reunite Elandra's hatchlings with their mother. Follow the links above or read on to watch the special!
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
LEGO Owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen Announces His Successor
The LEGO Group announced today in a press release
that their owner, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, has selected his son Thomas Kirk Kristiansen as his successor. Thomas will take his father's place as deputy chairman of The LEGO Group board of directors and chairman of the LEGO Foundation, while Kjeld will take the positions Thomas previously held. Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen will maintain his position as chairman of Kirkbi A/S, the LEGO Group's parent company. The Wall Street Journal
also published a story of their own including additional quotes from Thomas about his new role. Follow the links above for additional details!
Tardy Twitch Tuesday
Thanks to the joys of international and cross-country travel, our weekly gaming stream was delayed this week. We'll be launching things over on our Twitch channel
starting around 7:30 PM Eastern tonight and going for about an hour. The game we're playing is up to you - head over to the discussion topic
to cast your vote for your favorite game and give us other feedback and suggestions. If you follow our channel or our Twitter account
you can get notified exactly when we go live. Even though we're a day late, we're still excited to kick things off and play some fun LEGO games for you to heckle!
Bionicle Designer Matt Betteker Illustrates Kopaka and Melum
The official LEGO Bionicle Facebook page has shared a new concept art video
in which Bionicle concept designer Matt Betteker illustrates the united form of Kopaka Uniter of Ice and Melum Creature of Ice
. The new video is a little over three minutes long and shows you the entire process from rough sketch to full-color illustration. If you enjoyed last month's video of him illustrating Tahu and Ikir united
, you're sure to get a kick out of this one! Follow the link above to watch the video!
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
In addition to the images, designer video, and other details LEGO shared with us about the 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, they also provided biographies of the set designers themselves as well as an interview. Read on to learn more about the people behind this great Technic set! It's great to get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into a model of this scale and what the people who design them are like!
Yesterday LEGO announced an awesome new Technic set, 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. I was busy traveling home from BrickCan, but now that we're back we can share all the information with you! We have the designer video, hi-resolution images, and the full press release of this giant and detailed model. If you're into Technic or supercars, this is definitely worth checking out, so read on to see what makes up this impressive model.
Summer LEGO Ninjago and Elves Official Pictures Appear on Amazon
Amazon.co.uk has been updated with pictures of the summer LEGO Ninjago
and LEGO Elves
sets (excluding store exclusive LEGO Ninjago sets). This is our first time seeing pictures of the back of the boxes, including some details and play features that were not obvious in photos from the various Toy Fairs earlier this year. New sets from both the Ninjago and Elves themes are slated for an August release. Follow the links above to browse the new listings!
Monday, April 25, 2016
New LEGO Ninjago Mini-Movie: "The Tall Tale of Sqiffy and Bucko"
LEGO.com/Ninjago has been updated with this year's sixth LEGO Ninjago Skybound mini-movie, titled "The Tall Tale of Sqiffy and Bucko
". This account of how these two ineffectual partners joined the sky pirate crew of Misfortune's Keep is decidedly non-canon, contradicting their origins as seen in episode 61 "Wishmasters", but it's still a fairly amusing tale. Follow the link above to see what happens in this latest video!
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Fourth Nexo Power Video: "Shark Attack"
The LEGO Nexo Knights website's Hall of Powers
has been updated with a fourth Nexo Power video titled "Shark Attack
". In this video, Nexo Knight Axl's attempt to break a record by eating 45 pies in 45 seconds is interrupted by a lava monster invasion led by Moltor. Axl may still be able to pull it off, but he'll need a little help from digital wizard Merlok 2.0! Don't forget to have your smart device ready so you can scan the new Shark Attack Nexo Power into the Merlok 2.0 app!
Saturday, April 23, 2016
LEGO Star Wars Day Offers Announced
With Star Wars Day, that's May the 4th (be with you) to be precise, just around the corner, LEGO has given a sneak peek at what to expect in stores and online. Running next weekend until May 4, the list
includes the likes of free minifigs and double VIP points. Check it out and mark your calendars for some great Star Wars deals.
Friday, April 22, 2016
LEGO Looking to Expand in China
CNBC recently talked to LEGO CEO Jorgen Vig Knudstorp
about the toy company's plans for the ever-growing Chinese market. In addition to opening up a factory in the country, their parent group the LEGO Foundation is working with a Chinese university to study the interactions of learning and play. They also stated that they are trying to include more Asian characters and settings in their products and are looking into other ways to reach the market. Clearly their approach has already been working - the article states that LEGO saw double-digit sales growth in China in 2015.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
We fell way behind on convention coverage in the second half of last year, but we haven't forgotten about all of those events. We're going to start with the most recent events and work our way backwards, and that means today we're taking a look at BrickUniverse Raleigh 2016. This was the second time the event was held, and it saw a large increase in the amount of AFOLs in attendance and MOCs on display. We already shared a couple of videos from the event, so now it's time to check out the creations that were on display. Read on to check them all out!
New Patch for LEGO Worlds
Chris Rose from TT Games has recently made a new blog post
over on Steam announcing a new patch for Update 5 of LEGO Worlds. It's mainly some bug fixes and a couple of small features, but I'm sure it will be greatly appreciated by anyone affected by the issues. They also discuss the winners of their recent contest with ReBrick that will be on display at E3 in June! It's cool to see a constant stream of updates and fixes for this fun open-world game!
This year's series of LEGO Ninjago Skybound mini-movies continues on YouTube with the fifth installment, "The Tall Tale of Monkey Wretch
", which shows us the origin of Misfortune's Keep's metal monkey mechanic. Once upon a time he was Monk, his tropical island home's fastest and most skilled shipwright and mechanic, but his fate changed forever when he crossed paths with an all-too-eager monkey and the crafty djinn Nadakhan. Follow the link above or read on to see what happened!
This Saturday will be the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, and to honor the playwright's enduring legacy, LEGO has released a 98-second YouTube video
presenting the balcony scene from "Romeo and Juliet", Nick Bottom's transformation from "A Midsummer Night's Dream", and the witches' introductory cauldron scene from "Macb—" errr... "the Scottish play" — with a humorous LEGO twist. Follow the link above or read on to see what happens!
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Bfahome is at it again, playing LEGO Racers and working through the time trials on his way to completing the game. You can watch Episode 9: A Very Trying Time right here
or read on to watch it on BZP. Without spoiling too much, we'll just say these are challenges for a reason, and Gabe gives it everything he's got and then some. Make sure you head over to the discussion topic
to give us feedback about the episode, and let us know what games you might want to see him play next! And don't forget, we'll be back in just a couple weeks for a new Bfa Plays: Bionicle!
Several Bionicle.com Updates Emerge
The official LEGO Bionicle website has received several updates this week. The Explore section
has been updated with two new chapters in the story "Unity", focusing on Tahu
finding and uniting with their Elemental Creatures, and a new story called "The Mask of Control
" has been added, roughly outlining the events of The Journey to One
episode two "Trials of the Toa". Additionally, the Galleries page
has been updated with a gallery specifically for Ice Creatures, though it presently lacks a submit button. Follow the links above to check out the new content!
LEGO Among the Most Authentic Brands
Global PR firm Cohn & Wolfe has been studying 'authenticity' since 2012, and based on their research has now released the Authentic 100
, a list of the "highest ranking brands in the world based on consumer perception of authenticity." Not surprisingly, LEGO made the list at number 10, beating out brands like Google and Ford. If you're curious as to what 'authentic' means, the firm defines it here
. Obviously the criteria are a bit subjective, but it's still cool to see LEGO getting recognized for its efforts to do right by its customers.
LEGO Graphic Novel and Chapter Book News Roundup
New info is flooding in about upcoming LEGO graphic novels and chapter books! First, LEGO Ninjago graphic novel #3 From Ghosts to Pirates
, LEGO Friends graphic novel #3 Pop Star Power
, and LEGO Friends graphic novel #4 Seaside Stories
now have cover art. Second, Amazon listings for LEGO Ninjago: The Epic Trilogy
now confirm that the trilogy is being written by Greg Farshtey and illustrated by Paul Lee (who previously collaborated on the third LEGO Ninjago graphic novel from Papercutz, Rise of the Serpentine
). Finally, a title and preliminary cover art have been revealed for LEGO Bionicle chapter book #3 Escape from the Underworld
by Ryder Windham. Follow the links above for more details or to pre-order!
LEGO Ninjago Fan Robbie Reveals How Lloyd Became the Green Ninja
If you enjoyed the stop-motion video "How Wu Met the Ninja
", you might be pleased to hear that a follow-up video has been posted to LEGO.com/Ninjago
with the title "How Lloyd Became the Green Ninja". In this video, ten-year-old LEGO Ninjago fan Robbie runs through how Lloyd Garmadon joined Sensei Wu's ninja team and fulfilled his destiny of defeating the Overlord. It plays pretty fast and loose with the facts (Master of... Poison? Huh?), but still offers an amusing perspective on some key moments in Ninjago history!
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Call the Hotline for a Fun Time
Sometimes MOCs are entirely original, sometimes they draw from the Bionicle universe, and other times they're based on existing IPs. Hotline Miami is a popular top-down game known for its 80s vibe and gratuitous violence, and was the inspiration for Miami Cremation Services
by Kakaru. The use of the CHI Laval head as an animal mask from the game is inspired, but the details like the gas can, lighter, sneakers, and belt really make the creation stand out. Those high-tops definitely give it the 80s feel, and the Batman-printed constraction torso makes a great t-shirt. Overall, the MOC is pretty unique and not something you normally see - making it definitely worth checking out!
Tune-in to Twitch
Tonight at about 7:30 PM Eastern we'll be booting up our Xbox, launching the Twitch app, and then picking a LEGO game to give a spin. All you have to do to watch is head over to our Twitch channel
and let the fun unfold - and feel free to post in the chat and ask questions or comment on how badly I'm doing! What's more, you get to pick the game we play. Just visit the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
and cast your vote before we start things up tonight. I always look forward to the stream and hope you all do too - make sure you follow us on Twitch and Twitter
to be notified exactly when it goes live. See you all then!
Monday, April 18, 2016
LEGO Worlds Building Challenge Winner Declared on LEGO Rebrick
The results are in for the LEGO Worlds Building Challenge
on the relaunched LEGO Rebrick, and the winning entry certainly fulfills the contest's lofty expectations! The Grand Cloud Palace
is packed with great details like glowing clouds, a glass roof, a throne room, and a rainbow bridge. As a prize for winning, it will become available in-game to LEGO Worlds players starting this June! Follow the link above to see the winner or visit the contest page
to see the runners-up!
Forbes.com Offers a Glimpse Inside the LEGO Idea Conference
The LEGO Group is well-known as a toymaker, but less well-known is the LEGO Foundation
, an organization that owns a 25% share in the LEGO Group and funds research into the importance of play. Earlier this month was their ninth annual LEGO Idea Conference
, an invitation-only event where they bring together pioneers and leaders in childhood education to discuss how play figures into global education reform. Forbes.com contributor Jordan Shapiro wrote an article
reflecting on the event and its academic context. Follow the links above to learn more about the conference!
Sunday, April 17, 2016
It's that time of month again - well, two days ago it was, at least. We're a little late in releasing this month's episode of Meet the Staff, but hopefully it was worth the wait! This time around Zatth interviews Blog Assistant Nukaya while she builds the Naboo Starfighter. Learn about her past, present, and future in the LEGO hobby, and so much more! You can read on the check out the episode or go right here
to give it a watch. When you're done, make sure to head over to the discussion topic
to let us know what you think and provide any other feedback you might have. See you again next month!
LEGO Marvel's Avengers Ant-Man DLC Now Available
The next DLC for the LEGO Marvel's Avengers video game has been released for free exclusively for Play Station users: Ant-Man! Following a story based on last year's Marvel Studios movie, this little hero packs a punch with the help of The Wasp, Ant-Thony, Luis and more, against the scheming Yellowjacket. Check out the trailer
and then check out the level to play as various characters from the movie. Ant-Man sure has some new moves since being unlocked in the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes game.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Name the LEGO House Restaurants
The LEGO House is set to open next year, and while the important things like the number of floors and the shape have been figured out, they're still working on the little details - like what to call the restaurants. The AFOL Relations Team recently reached out to the Ambassadors and has asked them to go to their respective communities for suggestions. So head on over to the topic in LEGO Discussion
and read the full story, then share your thoughts and ideas!
Friday, April 15, 2016
At the BrickUniverse LEGO fan convention held in Raleigh, North Carolina a couple of weeks ago the event hosts organized a panel featuring some prominent members of the online LEGO community. With representatives from The Brick Show, Beyond the Brick, Brickipedia, BZPower, The New Elementary, and Cool LEGO Model of the Day, there were a wide range of perspectives and insights into the AFOL community. Oddly enough, four of the six panelists also happen to be BZPower members, which shows me just how awesome we are as a community. We talk about different social media channels, the differences between the online and real life communities, and the impending zombie apocalypse. Read on or head on over to our YouTube channel
to watch! Let us know in the comments or the Talkback what you think!
LEGO Artist Dan Veesenmeyer Talks Comics with Marvel.com
Marvel.com has published an interview with LEGO artist Dan Veesenmeyer
about his work converting classic Marvel comic covers into LEGO versions for the video game LEGO Marvel's Avengers
. They discuss the process of creating the comic covers, how to unlock them in the game, and which of them is Dan's favorite. There is also a slideshow showing the fifteen covers that can be unlocked through regular gameplay (not including the six from DLC courses). Follow the link above to check out the interview!
Amazon Reveals Cover for LEGO Pop-Up
by Matthew Reinhart
Amazon.com has revealed a cover and full title for the upcoming book LEGO Pop-Up: A Journey Through the LEGO® Universe
by acclaimed pop-up book creator Matthew Reinhart, which comes out September 27. The cover shows characters from the LEGO City, Castle, Pirates, Space, Minifigures, and Ninjago themes, and of course a lot of classic LEGO bricks, but what the book will look like inside remains a mystery. Follow the link above for more details or to pre-order!
Thursday, April 14, 2016
While we were at BrickUniverse a couple weekends ago BZPower talked to Dan Siskind, the founder of Brickmania
and a masterful LEGO builder, to see what he and his team have been up to lately. Matthew Kay from Beyond the Brick did the interviewing, in case you're wondering who the stranger on the left side of the video is, and we thank him for helping out. Dan has been a part of the LEGO community for a long time and even designed a LEGO set - 3739 Blacksmith Shop
was one of the first fan-designed sets ever sold long before Cuusoo or Ideas came around. Read on to watch the interview or check it out on our YouTube channel
Minecraft has been a huge hit for LEGO since its introduction as a Cuusoo set, much to the confusion of many AFOLs. The game is still very popular though, and it turns out that it's still big enough to get a Direct To Consumer set, so today LEGO is announcing 21128 The Village, the largest Minecraft set to date. We've got the hi-res images and press release right here, so read on to check out this upcoming set!
LEGO Reveals Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Over on Facebook, LEGO has published a 3D render
depicting a LEGO version of the cast of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
as seen in this press release
from 2015. Felicity Jones' character Jin Erso is front and center, surrounded by the not-yet-named characters played by Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, and Jiang Wen, Donnie Yen, and others. Even the scenery surrounding them is recreated in LEGO. Follow the links above to compare the actors with their LEGO counterparts!