Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Twitch Tuesday on a Tuesday
It's time to head over to the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
and cast your vote for what game you'd like to see us play tonight. Then, at around 7:30 PM Eastern time you can tune into our Twitch channel
to watch the fun go down. We'll shoot and bash bad guys, build things to solve puzzles, and fall off lots and lots of ledges. You can follow us on Twitch or Twitter
to get notified when we go live so you don't miss a moment! See you all there!
Will There Be a Third Generation of Bionicle?
Over in the Bionicle Discussion forum, Banana Gunz asks the question that I'm sure many of us are thinking: Is a Third Generation Inevitable?
People are making interesting points both for and against the return of our favorite theme, and it's certainly something worth discussing. And it raises the further question of - do you want
Bionicle to come back? Go cast your vote and then let people know why you feel how you do!
Cast Your Vote for LEGO Ninjago's Greatest Villain of All Time
The six semi-finalists have been selected in LEGO ReBrick's LEGO Ninjago stop-motion contest "The Greatest Villain of All Time"
, and now it's up to YOU to decide which of them is truly the greatest! To vote, visit the LEGO.com/Ninjago Videos page
and watch the six videos under the "Rebrick Contest" header. Then, click "Like this" on the page for whichever video you'd like to vote for! The grand prize winner will be announced on September 19th, so follow the link above to go vote for your favorite videos!
In the fifth LEGO Ninjago/American Ninja Warrior stop-motion crossover video released today on YouTube
, professional stunt woman Jessie Graff takes on the Vegas Finals course, with the Wu-Cru cheering her on from the sidelines! She clears the first few obstacles with flying colors, but when the Warped Wall has her on the ropes, it'll take some serious encouragement for her to pull herself together and reach the end of the course on time! Follow the link above or read on to watch the video!
Monday, August 29, 2016
LEGO DS Games on Sale at TRU
Toys 'R' Us is currently running a sale offering two Nintendo DS or 3DS games for $30 from a select list
of games. There's over a dozen LEGO titles up for grabs; from oldies like LEGO Batman to new releases like LEGO Marvel's The Avengers, and exclusives like the Ninjago and Chima games. If you're looking for some new stuff to play on your Nintendo handheld, this seems like as good a chance as any to stock up!
Sunday, August 28, 2016
LEGO Worlds Gets an Update
Last week the LEGO game where you can make anything you want - LEGO Worlds - received a new update! Head over to their Steam Community page to check out the blog post
by TT Games' Chris Rose where he details the changes. I for one am sad to see the Carrot of Doom go away, because that is just an awesome name. If you're playing the game, let us know in the Talkback what you think of the changes!
Saturday, August 27, 2016
First Computer Reaches Ideas Goal
At the rate projects keep reaching ten thousand votes, LEGO is going to have to increase the number of votes needed over on LEGO Ideas. The latest project to hit the mark is Lovelace & Babbage
by stubot. The project commemorates Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, two of the people primarily responsible for the computer you're reading this on. The Analytical Engine may seem over-large and under-powered by today's standards, but the model is neat and can even fit a miniature computer like a Raspberry Pi! Go check it out - is this the kind of model you'd buy? Let us know in the Talkback!
Friday, August 26, 2016
Sketches from Turaga Beach
Christian Faber has put together a cool video as a tribute to the fans of Bionicle - you guys! Go watch Sketches from Turaga Beach
and read the blog entry
that accompanies it. It's awesome to see all of these sketches from the history of Bionicle, some of which I think have never been shared before! If you're a fan of the theme, you owe it to yourself to give it a watch. Thanks so much to Christian Faber for putting this together and helping bring Bionicle into existence in the first place!
Learn About the LEGO House
Today marks our last interview from the LEGO Fan Media Days earlier this year. We had the chance to learn about the LEGO House - a huge building being erected in Billund to share the LEGO experience with fans of every type. Give it a watch
to learn about what you'll be able to find there, how it was designed, and all sorts of other cool information. Let us know what you think in the Talkback! We do have some more cool stuff to share from the event that will be coming at some point in the future, so this isn't quite all for our trip to Denmark!
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Interview with a Set Designer
Today we have another interview from the LEGO Fan Media Days earlier this year. BZPower had a chance to chat with Sam Johnson
, one of the lead designers behind the Nexo Knights theme. Give it a watch to learn about how the theme was created, what the design process is for new pieces and sets, and more! We hope you enjoy it, let us know what you think in the Talkback!
The Master: A LEGO Ninjago Short
Coming to Theaters
There may not be a new LEGO movie until next year, but you may not have to wait that long to see LEGO come to life on the big screen! The Hollywood Reporter
has revealed that the new Warner Animation Group movie Storks
, which hits theaters September 23rd, will be accompanied by a five-minute film called The Master: A LEGO Ninjago Short
. The short film stars Jackie Chan as Master Wu and Abbi Jacobsen as Chicken, and is narrated by Justin Theroux. Jacobsen and Theroux will be voicing Lord Garmadon and Nya, respectively, in next year's The LEGO Ninjago Movie
. Follow the link above for more information!
Two LEGO Ideas Cruise to 10,000 Supporters
Two speedy LEGO Ideas projects have attained 10,000 supporters, putting them in the running to become official LEGO sets! Psyence-'s Star Wars UCS X-34 Landspeeder
recreates the Lars family's gravity-defying ride from A New Hope
, while Firas_supercar's Lamborghini Veneno Roadster
brings things back down to earth with a replica of a rare Italian performance car. These two projects will be evaluated during the Second 2016 LEGO Review beginning next month, during which the LEGO Group will evaluate if they have what it takes to become official LEGO Ideas products! Follow the links above for more details on these two amazing LEGO creations!
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
BZPower Interview the Bionicle Team
Way back in June, before we learned the bad news of the cancellation of Bionicle, BZPower had the chance to sit down with three key members of the team at the LEGO Fan Media Days in Billund, Denmark. We have finally received permission to share the interview, and while obviously parts a bit outdated, there's still some great information that I hope people will enjoy. So go give it a watch
and let us know what you think. We're sorry it took so long, but it was part of the process that got us the interview in the first place, so there's not much more to be done. All in all a huge thanks goes out to LEGO for the opportunity to talk to the team!
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
A Tribute to a Mighty King
Earlier this year, long time LEGO set designer Daniel Krentz passed away
leaving behind a legacy of many famous sets including the Yellow Castle. BZPower member The 10th Rider was moved by this and created King Krentz's Castle Keep
, which looks like a modern take on the classic castle sets. I love the canopy and different architectural details all made out of bricks as well as the use of Bright Yellow and Flame Yellowish Orange to add some contrast to the color scheme. It looks within the realm of possibility to be an actual LEGO set, which makes sense since the model is up on LEGO Ideas. So let The 10th Rider know what you think in his topic, and if you really like it, check it out on the crowd-sourcing platform!
Remembering LEGO Ninjago Season Four: Tournament of Elements
The LEGO Ninjago website's museum section
has updated with a page for Season Four: Tournament of Elements
. As with previous updates to the museum, this page invites you to watch a 30-second recap video and read about this season's essential characters, vehicles, locations, and weapons. In a nice bit of serendipity, LEGO Ninjago composer Jay Vincent also recently finished uploading tracks from Season Three to his YouTube channel and has moved on to Season Four, beginning with the forboding track "Welcome to Chen's Island
". Follow the links above for a trip down memory lane!
Monday, August 22, 2016
An Early Twitch Tuesday
Due to other commitments, we're getting rid of Monday this week and making it Tuesday today. That of course means that tonight we'll be streaming some LEGO videogame fun on our Twitch channel
as for our weekly gaming session. The game we play is up to you - head over to the discussion topic
and cast your vote for what you'd like to see and give us feedback on the stream. Then later tonight you can tune in, at around 7:30 PM Eastern, and watch us play! We hope to see you there, and will send out a reminder to anyone who follows us on Twitter
or our Twitch channel. Goodbye Blue Monday and hello Twitch Tuesday!
LEGO has released the fourth LEGO Ninjago/American Ninja Warrior stop-motion crossover video
on their YouTube channel. In this one-minute video, American Ninja Warriors Geoff Britten and Kacy Catanzaro compete with LEGO Ninjago's Nya, Master of Water on the city finals course. These three minifigure contestants have to push their seven points of articulation to the limit if they hope to conquer each obstacle and move on to the national finals! Follow the link above or read on to watch the video!
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Minecraft The Village Build Underway
We've just kicked off our live build of LEGO Minecraft set 21128 The Village. Head on over to our YouTube channel to watch now
! We'll be giving away some polybags throughout the stream, so stop by and say hi for your chance to win!
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Minecraft Live Build Tomorrow
What are you doing tomorrow at 11 AM Eastern? If the answer isn't heading over to the BZPower YouTube channel
then you're doing it wrong! We're going to be doing a live build of the LEGO Minecraft 21128 The Village set, the largest released in the theme thus far! As per usual, we'll be giving away polybags throughout, so make sure you tune in so you have a chance to win. See you all there!
Somehow we're two-thirds of the way through August, and that means it's time for a new episode of Bfa Plays! Bfahome is back playing Bionicle Heroes in Episode 16: Bleak Refinery
, trucking along through the campaign. Learn more about the secrets and strategies behind the classic game and then head over to the discussion topic
to let Gabe know what you think. And don't fret! We'll be back in a few short weeks with the next episode!
LEGO News Show anchor Dan Brickman is on summer break in a new 93-second video
on the official LEGO YouTube channel! In this video, Dan and his dog Snappy are on the beach answering some fan-mail. The description of the video identifies this as part of a series, so perhaps we can expect future summer break specials checking in on other LEGO News Show regulars like Dan's co-host Helen Stone or the eccentric Professor Egghead! Follow the link above or read on to watch the video!
Friday, August 19, 2016
LEGO Monthly Magazines Performing Well in the UK and Ireland
Yesterday, BetterRetailing.com published a story
on some of the top-performing magazines for the first half of 2016 in the UK and Ireland, and the LEGO brand monthly magazines published by Immediate Media are a major presence in that list! The LEGO Star Wars magazine is the highest new entry on the Audit Bureau of Circulations top 100 list
, the LEGO Nexo Knights magazine is the best-selling new magazine, and the LEGO Ninjago magazine is the best performing magazine in terms of year-on-year sales growth. The LEGO Friends magazine did not set any kind of records but also made the list as the 81st best selling magazine. Follow the links above for more information!
Thursday, August 18, 2016
During last month's LEGO Ninjago panel at San Diego Comic-Con
, LEGO shared a sneak peek of the first two minutes of the upcoming LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
TV special "Day of the Departed". Today, that preview clip was uploaded to YouTube
for Ninjago fans around the world to enjoy! Read on to watch the video, and if you want to see what happens next, be sure to tune in to Cartoon Network for "Day of the Departed" on Saturday, October 29th!
Another 10k Club Interview
The LEGO Ideas team has continued their series of interviews with the creators of successfully-supported projects. Earlier this week Hasan posted a chat with Koen Zwanenburg
, the builder of the Gingerbread House model that reached ten thousand votes of support. Go give it a read to learn about the builder and his LEGO background as well as the work that went behind the Ideas project. It's cool to see these different perspectives from successful builders and I can't wait to see more - what do you think?
New Creator Contest on ReBrick
Obviously we all care about the ReBrick Bionicle Makuta contest (and based on the number of entries, so does everyone else), but there's another competition that has recently started over there. Head over and check out the Record Your Creativity contest
hosted by the LEGO Creator team. The 3-in-1 set 31051 Lighthouse Point features a modular design that allows you to rearrange the modules in whatever configuration you like. LEGO is challenging you now to create your own module to expand the set - it could be as normal or fantastic as you'd like - and use the LEGO Creator app to take a 360 degree video of it. The winner gets every 3-in-1 Creator set for this year, which is an impressive pile of bricks. The entry period ends on October 7th, so there's still plenty of time to get building and submit your best creation!
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
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BZPower 2016 T-Shirts Still Available
The Kevin Hinkle-designed, Brappy Hour-created BZPower t-shirts for 2016 are still available. Head over to the Raptor Paddock
to place an order as these shirts take you back to 2006, where the villains were all grins! Hurry though, as there is no telling how long these shirts will stay in stock.
New Nexo Power Video: "Snake Den"
The LEGO Nexo Knights website has been updated with a new Nexo Power video for August, titled "Snake Den
". The appearance of snakes during a routine hologram training session in the Fortrex leaves Clay running scared. Even though Merlok 2.0 and Robin are amused to see the normally courageous Clay so shaken, Merlok realizes his plight and advises him on how he can turn this weakness into a strength in battle. As always, this video includes a new Nexo Power to scan with the Merlok 2.0 mobile app!
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
A Nameless Toa
There are times when you just need to scratch that creative itch and make some art, even if you don't have a clear direction. That's why we have some random toa
by Lady Kopaka. There's not a one-to-one correlation between body parts and LEGO pieces, but that's okay. You can definitely tell that this is a hero of air (or maybe jungle) ready to save hapless Matoran or villagers from whatever trouble happens to be confronting them today. Check out the full piece and let Lady K know what you think!
I know you all love this time of week, when we remind you about our Twitch Tuesday gaming stream! At around 7:30 PM Eastern tonight you should tune into the BZPower Twitch channel
to cheer and jeer as I make my way through whatever LEGO videogame we're playing this week. If you'd like to give feedback on the stream or help pick which game I play, make sure you head over to the discussion topic
and vote! If you have a hard time remembering things, you should follow the channel or our Twitter account
to get notified when we go live. I'm looking forward to another rousing session of TT Games fun tonight and hope you are too!
Nexo Knights wasn't the only LEGO theme to get a new music video last week! In the new LEGO Elves music video "Think Twice
", two girls representing Emily Jones and Ragana Shadowflame use interpretive dance to present an abbreviated version of the song of the same name from the recent webisode "Point of View
". This video also includes captions with the song's lyrics, so you can practice singing along! Follow the link above or read on to watch the video!
Discover the Past at the Ninjago Museum of History
Need to refresh your memory of the LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
storyline? The Ninjago Museum of History
is now open on LEGO.com! Begin by selecting a past TV season, and you will be treated to a written summary, a 30-second video recap, and pages on that season's characters, vehicles, locations, and weapons. Pages currently exist for the pilot and the first three seasons, with pages for seasons four through six still to come. If that's not enough, you can visit the Viewing Room
to watch a different full episode of the TV series every week! Follow the links above to enter the museum!