Thursday, April 17, 2014
Vote in SBC Contest #3
The entry period for our third contest over in System-Based Creation has ended, and now it's time to pick the winner! The poll
for SBC Contest #3: For Chima! is live and you've got until 11:59 PM Eastern on Saturday, April 19th to vote. There's lots of great prizes from LEGO on the line, so head over and vote for the creation that best fits the animal theme!
Be The Special Winners Announced
Sara Moore from the LEGO ReBrick team recently announced the winners of their 'Be The Special' contest. Entrants had to build an alternate model from any LEGO set they desired. You can check out first, second, and third place right here
on the ReBrick blog. All three entries are fantastic - huge props to the winners!
The LEGO Movie DVD Release Date Announced
In an efficient way to announce to the masses, The LEGO Movie facebook page
has changed their banner to announce the release of The LEGO Movie
on DVD and Blu Ray: June 17. While none of the major retail outlets list the release, preorders are already being taken online. The LEGO Movie
has made over $424 million at the box office, and soon you can enjoy the fun over and over at home.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Steam Sale on LEGO Games
The LEGO Games by Traveller's Tales always receive high marks, partly because they are good games and partly because it's fun to run around a LEGO environment as your favorite character in minifig form. As a "Midweek Madness" sale on the Steam PC platform, you can get such loved games like LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, LEGO Batman 1 and 2, LEGO Lord of the Rings and more for $5 each--that's 75% off! Hurry though, as this sale ends on Thursday at 4pm Pacific Time. Then get busy collecting those studs!
Check Out this Faber-ge Egg
Christian Faber recently added a new entry
to his blog. It looks like he's working on the upcoming minifig-scale Minecraft sets, and has put together a teaser image for us all. The chocolate egg contains what Google tells me might be a Blaze being released by a minifig with a delightful pickaxe. It's cool to see he'll be working on this new line!
[Source: Shockwave and more]
Cuusoo Exo Suit Logo
We haven't heard much about the Exo Suit
since it passed the Cuusoo review last fall, but now something new has popped up. The New Elementary
has unveiled the new logo they are going to use for the set. Furthermore, he writes an excellent article on how LEGO and the AFOL community is working together to promote this future product. It's quite a good read, and certainly builds up the anticipation for the model, which is expected to be released in August. Make sure to check it out!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Invasion From Below Game Available on Windows Store
Microsoft TechNet blog The Fire Hose reports
that the Hero Factory: Invasion from Below game has now become available for download in the Windows Store
. It features everything the online version has except for LEGO ID sign-in, but this means you can now play the game on a Windows RT or 8.x tablet as well. It's obviously free but you will need over 300 MB of free space for the English version, which are mainly taken up by the cutscenes. This leaves only the Windows Phone version missing!
Monday, April 14, 2014
Toys 'R' Us Sale on Variety of Sets
Starting yesterday, and going on through Saturday, April 19th, Toys 'R' Us is having a pretty sweet sale. If you buy one LEGO City, Star Wars, Super Heroes, Disney Princess, or Duplo set, you can get the second one of equal or lesser value for 40% off. You can check out the list of all the sets right here
. It's a good variety, and not a bad deal, so check it out!
LEGO Simpsons Minifigs in North America
Though the official release date for the new line of Simpsons collectible minifigs
is this May, there may be a way to get your hands on some of them early: Some watchful members of the Lego community have reported seeing them pop up in Toys R Us and Wal-Mart stores across North America, going for a standard $3.97 apiece. Though I can't confirm this personally, it's worth checking your local retailer anyway, just in case.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
"LEGO Movie 2" Director Wants More Female Characters
Lady minifigs are a rare but welcome sight in many LEGO sets, and director Chris McKay said he wants to make that ratio more equal with The LEGO Movie 2. In an interview being reported
, McKay cited the Bechdel test, a Hollywood gender bias test, as something to strive for and something that helped shape Wyldstyle and Unikitty into such "interesting" characters in the first film. Various articles
explain this further, and we can expect some more lady minifigs to appear in the next LEGO movie. Until then, we'll just have to keep collecting those five versions of Unikitty!
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Ninjago Series Special Event
The Ninjago TV series continues! As LEGO KidsFest has tweeted today
, Ninjago is returning in a new special event on Wednesday, April 16 6:30/5:30C. This time, it should be episodes three and four of the new season that are going to air, called "Black Out" and "The Curse of the Golden Master" respectively as far as I know. Don't forget to tune in or set your recorders!
Friday, April 11, 2014
More Masks from Modalt
[Source: Another Chir Brother]
While painted and modified pieces are generally frowned down upon by the LEGO community, once in a while something exceptional comes up that truly does credit to the craft and shows us how beautiful non-production designs can be. These custom cut and painted masks
by MrCod are precisely that exception. From reptilian armour sets to carefully rusted and corroded masks, his work defines the high end of the medium. Check it out!
Not too long ago we reported about the Ninjago song 'After the Blackout' by The Fold becoming available for download
. Well, it turns out the band has released an official music video now. I'm no expert on music videos, but this one has some really enjoyable visuals and if you enjoyed the song, you'll certainly enjoy the video as well. I'm humming the song as I write this. Read on to watch to video!
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Send Your MOCs to Philly and New England
Philly Brick Fest is in two weeks, but there's still time to send your creations on the BZPower Convention Circuit
. You're guaranteed to get some cool perks, you'll get a chance to win even cooler prizes, and your MOCs will be seen by thousands upon thousands of people. If you can't build anything in time for Philly, Brick Fair New England is only four weeks away, and you can send your creations to that event as well. If you can't come in person, we'd love to see your MOCs, and I'm sure everyone else who will be there agrees! Check out the topic and let me know if you're shipping things, the sooner the better!
Limited Edition LEGO Movie T-shirts
For today only, teefury
has two LEGO Movie inspired t-shirt designs for sale on their site, available in several different colors. One is Benny's space program logo and the other is a Grumpy Cat/Unikitty crossover. Both designs are selling for $11 apiece, but you'd better hurry! The designs will disappear at Midnight EST, and there's no way bring them back. What are you waiting for?
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Free LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Poster at LEGO Stores
For the rest of the month, visitors to the LEGO Store can get a free Marvel Super Heroes poster. Participants just have to take their picture with a cardboard cutout of a minifig hero on display at the store and share it online with the hashtag #LEGOStore to receive a fun poster! I was able to receive a Spider-Man poster, but no word on if there is more than one hero to get. Be sure to check out your LEGO Store for this before the end of the month, and remember it is while supplies last.
Build Emmet's Car at TRU
Toys 'R' Us is going to be hosting a LEGO Movie building event this Saturday, April 12th, from 12PM until 2PM. Back by popular demand, you'll once again have a chance to build Emmet's car, as seen in the wonderful 'Everything is Awesome' montage in the movie. Looks like a cool way to get a free set and help flesh out your LEGO Movie diorama!
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Name the Next Pirate Ship
The awesome folks over at ReBrick have recently launched a really cool contest. I hope you're ready to set sail on the seven seas, because you all have the chance to pick the name of the next LEGO Pirate ship
. You have until April 13th, and can suggest up to five names. If you win, not only will your suggestion be used, but you'll also win a signed copy of the set! This is a really awesome opportunity, and I'm glad to see fans being engaged more in activities like this. Who knows what those guys will do next!
SBC Contest #3 Deadline Approaches
The third System-Based Creations Contest is well underway, but more entries is always better! The entry period for SBC Contest #3: For Chima!
ends Tuesday, April 15th at 11:59 PM Eastern, which gives you just about a week to build an animal-themed vehicle with a driver. There's great prizes up for grabs: 70132 Scorm's Scorpion Stinger, 70129 Lavertus' Twin Blade, and70126 Crocodile Legend Beast. But you can't win if you don't enter - spread the word and get building!
Worriz Combat Lair on Sale
If you don't mind last year's sets, Amazon has got a deal for you! Normally $69.99, 70009 Worriz' Combat Lair
is now a mere $33.59, which is 52% off. It's a pretty great deal for one of the biggest LEGO Legends of Chima sets from 2013, and certainly not one to ignore!
Monday, April 7, 2014
[Source: Nuju Metru]
It's time for another Chima Month
review! Today BZPower Forum Assistant Nuju Metru takes a look at 70127 Wolf Legend Beast
. Will you give this dog a bone and take it home with you, or will some other Legends of Chima sets become man's best friend? And will you win a copy of this set for free? You'll have to read on to find out!
[Source: BZPower Members]
LEGO Guardians of the Galaxy Official Set Images
Though you may have seen a couple of these sets in our Toy Fair coverage
, official images of the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy sets have been released
for community discussion (and some are available for preorder
off amazon.uk). These new high resolution images include our first look at Rocket Racoon and Groot figures, along with some guy named Starlord. Who's that?
Fenway Park Model Time Lapse
LEGO time-lapse videos are always fun to watch, from the jittery motion of the builder to the seemingly living workspace around them, and this video, posted by the Legoland Discovery Center in Boston, is no exception. Watch the 12-foot Fenway Park model, an impressive 450 hour build, compressed into a frenzied two minute clip
More Chima Raffles
There's a couple more sets up for grab in our Chima Month raffles. If you're not a new member and don't want to buy a raffle ticket, we have two Speedorz, Banana Bash and Web Dash, up for grabs
! All you have to do is follow the link and click to participate. Make sure you check out our other raffles
and all of our Chima Month coverage
while you're at it!
Another Doctor Who Project Achieves Support
It was less than a month ago that the first Doctor Who project on Cuusoo reached 10,000 votes
, and now it's happened again! Doctor Who And Companions
by Andrew Clark is packed full of play features, including an opening Police Box with a console on the inside, multiple Doctors and companions, and of course the evil Daleks, Weeping Angels, and Cybermen. With two of these projects passing muster, it will be interesting to see what LEGO says after the next review phase!
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Tohu Will Be Pleased If You Vote
The final poll for GD Contest 2.22: Tohu is (Not) Pleased is going on right now
! You have until midnight Eastern Time tonight to vote for your favorite avatar and signature for our beloved mascot. There's prizes and bragging right on the line, and only you can help decide who will win! Hapori Tohu is counting on you...
New DUPLO App for the Young LEGO Fan
If you've ever wished there was a LEGO app for the young ones in your life--children, siblings, cousins--then LEGO DUPLO Food
deserves a space on your Apple device. Let the kids build ice cream, cakes and burgers out of digital DUPLO bricks on your device as they learn to follow instructions. What another great way to engage the little ones in the wonderful world of LEGO!
[Source: Todd Webb, Chad Collins]
Batman Contest at North American Fan Conventions
I recently received word form the organizers of BrickFair and Philly Brick Fest of a contest being hosted by LEGO at their events. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Batman, the best Batman MOC at each event will receive a prize package of the 2014 first wave of DC Comics Super Hero sets. They will also be entered in a competition for a grand prize at the end of the year. I know for sure that this will be held at Philly Brick Fest and BrickFairs New England, Virginia, and New Jersey, but I'd guess it will also be at BrickSlopes, BrickWorld, Bricks by the Bay, BrickCon, and BrickFete as well. Unleash your inner Dark Knight and get building! And if you're attending these events, let us know!
Toys 'R' Us Sale on Select Sets
This week, from April 6 until April 12, Toys 'R' Us is offering 30% off on select LEGO sets. The list
is rather short, but it looks like there's some good deals on a few older sets to be had. No Hero Factory or Chima, unfortunately, maybe next time!
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Check Out the BBC Contest #67 Winners
Our Flickr contest wasn't the only one going on lately, we also had the sixty-seventh iteration of the Bionicle-Based Creations Contest (67? wow...). A bunch of you made awesome videogame characters, but only three could win. Congratulations to Obsessionist, DeeVee, and Shadrahk for placing first, second, and third! Their respective creations of Ocarina of Time Link and Ganondorf, Phazon Suit Samus Aran, and Halo: Tiny Co-op! were impressive entries. Check them out along with the other finalists in the results topic
. Thanks to everyone who entered and voted, and make sure you check out SBC Contest #3: For Chima!
to get your building contest fix for April.
Friday, April 4, 2014
Mount Cavora Coming to California
Are you ready to enter the world of Chima? As Thrillgeek reports
, LEGOLAND California is preparing to open the LEGO Legends of Chima water park on May 24, 2014, Memorial Day weekend. The highlight will be a 40-foot tall floating Mount Cavora in the new interactive Lion Temple Wave Pool, which you can see being installed and transported in this video
. It looks like it will be a great summer attraction!
March Flickr Contest Winner Announced
The votes were tallied and the envelope has been delivered. Congratulations to [ Chro ], whose Yenqe MOC
won our March 2014 Flickr Contest. In addition to winning a copy of 70806 Castle Cavalry, his creation will displayed as our Flickr group's
banner for the months of April and May. You can see the full results from the contest here
. Congratulations again to Chro and thanks to everyone who entered and voted!
[Source: Bionicle Raptor]
Enter the 2014 BZPower T-Shirt Contest!
The BZPower T-Shirt Contest has just begun and is seeking Bionicle artists just like you! Bionicle Raptor has made his blog entry
calling for designs, and yours very well may gain the nod of approval and grace the bodies of BZPower members everywhere this summer! I have a couple of these shirts in my own wardrobe because the quality of the shirts and awesome designs blow me away! Check out his blog
, design that shirt, and be ready to sport some Bionicle apparel!
LEGO Technic Race Game and App
Yet another game and app by Amuzo has been released
recently. It's called LEGO Technic Race and features this year's LEGO Technic pull-back motor racers in a 3D racing game that feels quite old school (not in a bad sense, though). If you're expecting a Need for Speed style game you'll be disappointed as you can only change tracks (and collect power-ups on the way), but it's still fun enough to give it a try for free on the LEGO Racers website
, the iOS app
or the Android app
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Two New Summer Chima Sets
What's a better way to celebrate BZPower's Chima month than a preview of some of the upcoming sets. The Brick Fan reported on two summer Chima sets that are going to be store exclusives, so they weren't on display at Toy Fair
. The first is 70135 Cragger's Fire Striker, which looks like a croc-car and comes with 3 minifigures. The other is 70147 Sir Fangar's Ice Fortress that comes with a gorilla tank, sabor tooth cat plane, and an icy mountain base, as well as 5 minifigures. You can see more images of the sets on The Brick Fan's page
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Set Images Found
We couldn't take pictures of them during Toy Fair
, but Canadian retailer Indigo has posted listings for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from the upcoming movie on their website. You can check out 79115 Turtle Van Takedown
, 79116 Big Rig Snow Getaway
, and 79117 Turtle Lair Invasion
(although the image is wrong for this one). I'm still not a fan of the minifigs, but the rest of the sets seem like they might be pretty cool. The movie is still four months away, so it will probably be a bit before they're available. At least now you can see them!
Win Lavertus' Outland Base
As part of our continuing Chima Month
we've kicked off another raffle
! For $1 per ticket, you enter to win a copy of 70134 Lavertus' Outland Base, the largest Chima set released so far this year. The money raised will go to support BZPower's ongoing server and software costs and is greatly appreciated. Don't forget, new members joining BZPower have their own exclusive (and free) raffle they can enter
as well, and we'll be giving away more sets as the month continues!
April Double VIP Points
You know what they say; April showers bring twice as many LEGO VIP points, at least during the first half of the month. From now to April 15th, you will earn double VIP points
on anything purchased from
, over the phone, or at the LEGO Brand Stores. Not a VIP Member yet? Wow, you don't know what you're missing out on, so
to learn how to sign up!