Sunday, November 29, 2015
Protectors Giveaway Contest on The Brick Castle
For the UK Bionicle fans, The Brick Castle
blog is giving away a full set of Protectors! Details on how to enter are in the entry, but hurry as the contest ends on the 30th. For sets that are almost a year old and helped kick off the Bionicle reboot, this is a great way to complete your collection or win a few Christmas gifts.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Gen2 Nuhvok by CeziuM
One of the currently most common MOCing themes is the recreation of iconic characters from the first generation of BIONICLE with the new CCBS building system and cleaner aesthetic of the second generation (or at least of 2015). In that regard, I think the Gen2 Nuhvok by CeziuM succeeds very well, making clever use of CCBS, classic BIONICLE and even system pieces (I'm particularly fond of the use of Onua shovel pieces). It even rolls into a ball! Check out the MOC thread
and let CeziuM know what you think!
Friday, November 27, 2015
LEGO Ideas Interviews 21304 Doctor Who Designer Samuel Johnson
The LEGO Ideas blog has posted an interview
with Samuel Johnson, designer of the latest LEGO Ideas product, 21304 Doctor Who. The interview goes into detail about things like choosing the colors for the TARDIS and Daleks, choosing the twelfth Doctor's outfit, making the model "swooshable", and Johnson's special connection to Doctor Who prior to designing the set. Follow the link above to read the interview and find out more!
First LEGO Nexo Knights Webisode: "Alliance of the Fortrex"
Hot on the heels of the trailer announcing the new Nexo Knights webisodes, the first of those webisodes has appeared, titled "Alliance of the Fortrex
". In this five-minute video, the knights are dispatched from their rolling castle, Fortrex, to a village that Jestro and his monsters are raiding. But it may take a little help from Merlok 2.0, the Great Digital Wizard, for the knights to defeat the monsters and save the day. Follow the link above to watch the video!
Thursday, November 26, 2015
In the US we celebrate Thanksgiving, a day on which we reflect on the good in our lives and give thanks. From the BZPower Administrative Team to all of our members and readers, we'd like to wish you a happy and healthy holiday. However you celebrate, whether it's with turkey, football, or crazy shopping trips, make sure you take a moment to think about what you're thankful for. Personally, this has been a really busy year for me, but I never stop to be amazed at the support and friendship our community shows to one another, so I'm thankful that you're all here making BZPower the coolest place on the Internet I've had the pleasure of coming across. Enjoy the holiday!
LEGO Tops Out the Digital Engagement Index
Late last year, MediaPost and ListenFirst partnered up to create the Digital Engagement Index, "a benchmark for digital consumer engagement with brands." With twelve months of data under their belts they have announced that LEGO has taken the top spot on the index, edging out the NFL and blowing away the other competitors like MTV, Hasbro, and Red Bull. Pushed up by their strong presence on YouTube and event promotion on Twitter and Instagram, the LEGO marketing team did a great job in getting the word out about their products. If you check out the full story
you can see some pretty charts and other analysis of the numbers which you might find interesting. The big takeaway here is that LEGO is doing a great job adapting to the social media space and engaging its audience on a variety of platforms. Have you had any interaction with LEGO through any of its social media accounts?
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
LEGO Black Friday Sales
The cool folks over at From Bricks to Bothans have scoured the sales papers and put together some lists of all the LEGO sales they could find for Black Friday. LEGO Brand Retails stores and Shop@Home are having an extensive sale
which includes several Bionicle sets. Of course there's lots of other places that sell toys too, and many of them are also including LEGO in their Black Friday deals
. If there's some sets you missed out on this year that you're looking to pick up, Friday might be the time to do it!
New Nexo Knights Trailer Promises Eight Online Short Films
Over on the LEGO Nexo Knights website, a new trailer has appeared titled "Knight is Coming"
. In addition to highlighting the five Nexo Knights, it also announces that eight short films showcasing the knights' adventures will be coming to LEGO.com. Follow the link above to check out the new trailer, and keep an eye on the Nexo Knights website for the release of these webisodes!
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Robots Versus Ninjas
Okay, so that title might be a bit of a misnomer, since the beings in Bionicle aren't completely robots, but it's the best way I could think of to sum up Bionicle X Ninjago Mafia II: Ninjago Strikes Back
, the latest mafia game on our forums being hosted by Lucina this time around. The entry period is already over, but that doesn't mean you can't sit back and watch as twenty-five members plot and scheme as they try to figure out who one another are and stay alive as long as possible. Plus, if you pay attention you'll know when the game ends and be in a prime position to sign up for the inevitable next Mafia game that comes around. Good luck to all the competitors!
Twitch Tuesday is Tonight
Yep, that's right - the calendar says it's Tuesday and that means we'll be streaming some LEGO videogame action on our Twitch channel
. What we play is up to you - go vote in our poll
to help us decide what to play. The action will begin at around 7:30 PM Eastern, although if you follow our channel or our Twitter account
you can find out as soon as we go live. It should be a fun time and I look forward to seeing you all there and hopefully chatting with you!
LEGO Bionicle Facebook Page Shares 2016 Poster/Key Visual
If you've been following LEGO Bionicle news this year you probably remember an interesting poster displayed in the background of some of the Bionicle Mask Maker Challenge
videos. Today, LEGO shared a clearer version
of that poster to the LEGO Bionicle Facebook page. It's still not high enough resolution for you to print and hang up on your wall, but in the very least, it's clear enough to appreciate the image of the Toa and Great Elemental Creatures united against their enemies!
Monday, November 23, 2015
You've waited a long time, folks. Now, finally, over eighty official, non-watermarked, high-resolution images of the twelve new LEGO Bionicle sets for January 2016 have been added to cache.LEGO.com! These images reveal the functions and features of the new Toa, Great Elemental Creatures, and Umarak the Hunter, as well as how you can combine the creatures with the corresponding Toa or Umarak for even greater power. Read on for links, then share your thoughts in the Talkback topic!
New Ideas Project Blasts into Review Phase
That's right, there's another project from LEGO Ideas that will be reviewed and considered to be made into an actual set. This time it's the Apollo 11 Saturn-V
by saabfan and whatsuptoday, a 1:110 scale model of the ship that first took human beings to another world. It includes a lot of details, like separating stages, a miniature Columbia command module and Eagle lunar module, and two astronauts in a little moon landing vignette. At 1179 pieces, I think the likelihood of it being made into a set is slim, which is unfortunate because I would buy one so fast. What do you think of the project and its chances?
Flickr Contest Deadline Approaching
We thought now would be a good time to remind you that there's only one week left to enter BZPower Flickr Contest - November 2015
. You have until Monday, November 30th at 11:59 PM Eastern to build an awesome constraction MOC and add it to the BZPower Flickr Group
and contest topic. The winner gets a copy of 75112 General Grievous for their troubles along with their MOC being featured on the front page. Speaking of which, I'm not sure that the winner of the September contest ever made it here, so congrats to Lord-Oblivion and his Eyesaur creation! You can check out the full results here
and the BZPower topic for his awesome creation here
. Good luck to everyone entering the November contest!
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Here at BZPower, we're always looking for ways we can improve the site and make things better for everyone. To that end, we're kicking off a survey to pick your brains about what you like about BZP, what you don't, and some background so we can better understand who you all are. You can read on to take the survey without leaving BZPower or head right here
to give your responses. As a thank you to those who participate, we'll be holding a raffle to give out some New York Comic Con 2014 Bionicle swag at the end. It's been just over a year since the return of our favorite theme was officially unveiled in New York City, so it seemed appropriate. Thanks for helping make our site better!
New Target-Exclusive Minifigure Cube Released
Over on Target.com, this year's exclusive minifigure box
has been released. Unlike last year's
, it costs just $9.99 rather than $14.99, but it is still available as a free gift with a $50 purchase of City, Ninjago, or Super Heroes sets. The minifigures this year are a new diver from LEGO City, non-zombified Sir Fangar from LEGO Legends of Chima, Kai in his stone armor from LEGO Ninjago, and Lightning Lad from LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes. Needless to say, four exclusive minifigures for $10 is a pretty good deal, and four exclusive minifigures for free
is even better!
Saturday, November 21, 2015
New Nexo Knights Trailer
LEGO recently uploaded a new video to their YouTube channel advertising the upcoming Nexo Knights theme. Heroes Wanted
is a short piece that gives a very broad overview of the story. Unfortunately we don't learn anything new about the characters, but the theme certainly looks to be action packed! I expect we'll see more clips and information as January gets closer and closer. Are you looking forward to it?
The Empire Gives Back Contest by BS01
The folks over at BS01 are hosting a contest
: Over the course over the next month, you'll get the chance to win one of the six new Star Wars constraction figures - signed by the team behind them! You'll be able to win Cody in a giveaway (the deadline is Wednesday!), Obi-Wan Kenobi in a meme contest, Jango Fett in a caption contest, Darth Vader in a theory contest for The Force Awakens and General Grievous in a photo contest. As for Luke Skywalker, you'll have to find out on BS01's Facebook
- be sure to 'like' their page. All contest submissions are done via email and you can only win once. Check out the contest announcement
for all the information you need to enter and win!
Friday, November 20, 2015
We've reached the 20th of the month, and that means it's time for a new episode of Bfa Plays: Racers! In Episode 4
, he takes on Johnny Thunder, while learning some things about how the game works. See, this is an educational show! Anyway, you can read on to check out the episode or click the link above, and when you're done make sure you head over to the discussion topic
to share your thoughts and maybe some secrets you might know about the game! Then it's back to waiting for the next episode in a month, but don't worry, there's only two weeks until the next episode of Bfa Plays: Bionicle!
New City, Creator, Technic, and Disney Princess Sets Coming Soon
Over on shop.LEGO.com, listings have been added for 24 sets launching on December 1, 2015 in North America. The sets, ranging in price from $4.99 to $59.99 USD, are from the City, Creator, Technic, Disney Princess, and Ideas themes. As of today, all the listings include prices, pictures, and full descriptions. The LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters and LEGO Creator Brick Bank sets are also listed as Coming Soon, although neither of those is due for release until January 1, 2016. Click here
for the U.S. listings or here
for the Canadian listings!
Beagle Sails to Review Phase
Another project has achieved ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas! This time it's the HMS Beagle
by LuisPG, the famous exploration ship from the early 1800s. If you don't remember your history and science classes, it was the ship that Charles Darwin sailed on to do research that would eventually lead him to write On Natural Selection
, which put forth the modern theory of evolution. It's a great-looking model with a lot of detail, but it might be a bit too large to become a LEGO Ideas set. We'll have to see what the review board says though!
Aske Garling Presents the Skull Creatures in New Designer Video
A new designer video
starring LEGO Bionicle designer Aske Garling was uploaded to Bionicle.com today, following up on John Ho's Mask Maker vs. Skull Grinder designer video which we reported on last week
. In this new video, Aske shows off the four remaining Skull Creature sets: 70791 Skull Warrior, 70792 Skull Slicer, 70793 Skull Basher, and 70794 Skull Scorpio. Along the way he explains some of the thought process behind their color schemes, textures, builds, and functions. Follow the link above to watch the video!
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Nexo Knights Books Coming Next Year
Over on Amazon there are listings for four books related to next year's new Nexo Knights theme that are available for preorder now. If you're into exclusive minifigures, check out Nexo Power Rules
, an activity book coming out in February currently retailing for $8.54 that will come with a unique figure. For something more story-based, there's the chapter book Fright Knight!
and the reader The Power of the Fortrex
, both coming out in April and retailing for $4.99 and $3.99, respectively. Finally, we have The Book of Monsters
, which seems to be a reference guide of some sort and is selling for $12.99 with a targeted release of June. It looks like LEGO is going to be pushing this theme big time!
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Ninjago is Coming to LEGOLAND!
A new section of LEGOLAND California will be opening in 2016 - Ninjaland! Based on the popular Ninjago theme, Ninjaland will bring a bunch of new things to the park: a ride, building stations, a game to test reflexes, spinners to test balance, Asian cuisine, and a new shopping venue. The ride sounds like it will be quite advanced, allowing the riders to affect the outcome and featuring 3D imagery and wind, smoke, and fire effects. You can learn more about the new area on the LEGOLAND website
and LEGOLAND California blog
. It sounds like it will be a blast - are you going to start planning your trip?
We missed this when it first appeared on YouTube, but LEGOLAND Malaysia has posted two behind-the-scenes videos of their Bunraku-style puppet show "LEGO Ninjago: The Realm of Shadows" (which we first reported on
back in August). In the first video
, some of the show's creators and puppeteers talk about the experience of putting on the first ever LEGO Ninjago live show, such as the decision to use puppetry to give the characters life and learning how to manipulate the puppets. In the second
, they talk about creating the characters and the visual effects. Follow the links above or read on to watch the videos!
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Tune-In on Twitch Tuesday
We'll be launching our Twitch stream
once again tonight to entertain you with adventures in LEGO games. What will we be playing? That's up to you! Head over to this poll
and select one of the options listed. The stream will kick off around 8 PM Eastern (a bit later than usual) and you can follow our channel or the BZPower Twitter account
to get notified right when things kick off. I look forward to seeing you all tonight!
A Heavy Dose of Digital
It seems like there's been a spike lately in outstanding LEGO Digital Designer creations here on BZP. Today we're shining the spotlight on Schwerekraft-Gerat
by Sergei Rahkmaninoff and it really highlights the things you can do when colors and gravity aren't a part of the equation. The color scheme is simple, with the transparent pink really popping against the white, and I like how it makes it seem as if the limbs and body are being held together by some sort of force field. There's something to be said for creations that can exist in real life, but removing those restrictions can also result in some fantastic and creative MOCs.
Enter the November Flickr Contest
It's been two months since our last building contest over on the BZPower Flickr group
, which means it's time to begin the cycle again! Head over and check out BZPower Flickr Contest - November 2015
for your chance to win a copy of 75112 General Grievous! All you need to do is build and submit an awesome constraction creation between now and Monday, November 30th at 11:59 PM Eastern Time - what could be easier? Check out the topic in the group for all of the rules and details. Good luck everyone!
Congratulations to BBC Contest #71 Winners
Tufi Piyufi recently announced the winners of BBC Contest #71: The Witching Hour!
Congratulations to Kakaru, Disty says hi, and Mohamed Marei whose creations, The Groundskeeper, The Dentist's Chair, and The Headless Horseman, won first, second, and third place, respectively. There were a lot of amazing creations, and these three really stood out above the rest, with some great parts usage and well-done color schemes. I particularly like the use of rubber band holders in the dentist chair. Make sure you check out all of the finalists, and thanks to everyone who submitted an entry!
Two months ago we reported on the LEGO Ninjago fireworks show
that LEGOLAND Windsor Resort would be presenting on select weekends in October. Today, the resort shared video footage
of the eleven-minute sound and light spectacle on their official YouTube channel! Whether you didn't make it to the event while it was running or wish to experience it again from home, you can follow the link above or read on to witness the show in its entirety!
Monday, November 16, 2015
Most of us have probably heard the cliche that there is little more painful than stepping on a LEGO. A number of us may have even experienced it, though it may or may not have lived up to its treacherous reputation. CNET reports
that LEGO has partnered with French ad agency Brand Station to produce a highly padded slipper designed to protect your feet from those insidious stray bricks. 1,500 pairs were created and will apparently be given out to random participants who fill out a holiday wish list
on LEGO.fr. Read on to watch a video of one of the slippers being assembled!
Sunday, November 15, 2015
We're halfway through November and that means it's time to meet a new member of the BZPower staff. This time around Zatth interviews Kakaru
, one of our Blog Assistants, about his involvement with the site and community as a whole. I believe it's the longest episode yet, but while it might take a while to watch it's definitely worth it. When you're done you should head over to the discussion topic
to share your thoughts and let us know if there's anyone you'd like to see in a future episode!
LEGO Marvel: Avengers Reassembled Airs Monday
Coming to Disney XD Monday night, November 16, is a new LEGO Marvel Super Heroes episode: Avengers Reassembled. As Ultron gathers some enemies and takes over Iron Man's armor, the Avengers must stop this threat to the world. See a preview clip here
, and then check your local listings for an exact airtime Monday evening. Here's hoping LEGO will soon give Marvel a full movie following in the steps of the DC Super Heroes line.
New LEGO Friends And LEGO Ninjago Graphic Novel Details Revealed
We're still awaiting the December 29 release of LEGO Bionicle: Gathering of the Toa
, the first graphic novel for this year's Bionicle reboot. But in the meantime, Hachette Book Group has released titles and descriptions for their second LEGO Friends and LEGO Ninjago graphic novels. LEGO Friends: Friends to the Rescue
, which now has a finalized cover image, is due for release on January 26, 2016, and LEGO Ninjago: Ghost Ninja
is due for release on March 29, 2016. Follow the links above to read the new descriptions!