Friday, October 31, 2014
The Many Expressions of Tahu
The LEGO Bionicle Facebook page has been updated with a cool image
for Halloween. The caption reads, "What's your Halloween expression? An example of how we have worked with expressions," and features a bunch of different faces for Tahu in the animation style of the upcoming shorts. It's pretty awesome and reinforces how great the new art style is in my opinion. Can't wait to see more!
[Source: Vezok's Friend]
Once More unto the Breach by Vezok's Friend
I'm not sure how I could miss this topic for 21 days but when I saw it I just had to rush and post a news story about it. Vezok's Friend is easily one of the best BIONICLE artists out there and when the pictures of the new Toa were released earlier this month he celebrated it with a really cool group picture of them, a bit reminiscent of the group shot of the Toa standing on those stairs from 2001. Featuring his characteristic style (but certainly not the only one he's capable of), this picture should set you in the right mood for the return of our six favourite heroes. Check it out!
LEGO and MSC Cruises Announce Partnership
Planning to take a cruise with MSC cruises? Starting November, MSC Cruises will have LEGO toys on their so-called Renaissance ships. There will be seperate clubs for five age groups: Baby (under 3), Mini (3-6), Junior (7-11), Young (12-14) and Teen (15-17). However, I'm not sure if you are allowed to play if you are over 17 years old and not a parent or guardian but even so, I bet they'll let you take a picture with Sailor Walkabout, a two-meter LEGO mascot you can meet on MSC Armonia, to resume service on November 19 and to feature additional dedicated LEGO offerings, including but not limited to a vertical play wall and one LEGO Experience Day per cruise where all participants get a special LEGO Master Builder award. Check out more details of the announcement here
LEGO.com Website Update
The LEGO website has received a new design for the first time in almost five years (if I recall right). Gone is the flash-heavy slideshow on the front page and replaced with a responsive design that works on your desktop machine and mobile devices alike. Other sections of the website haven't seen such a redesign, though, such as the Products section, so I suspect we haven't seen all of the new website yet. It certainly looks more modern than before. Check it out on LEGO.com
Today we've got another set review for you all - from the LEGO Legends of Chima line comes 30265 Worriz' Fire Bike
. It's a tiny set that was offered for free at LEGO Stores when you spent over a certain amount, so let's see how it stacks up. Will it leave you howling at the moon? Or will it be left to prowl the discount bin? Read on to find out!
Chima in the Morning
Today is Friday, which means that tomorrow the next episode of LEGO The Legends of Chima
will be airing on Cartoon Network! Last week saw our heroes fall into an icy trap after completing a daring rescue. But now, with help from a familiar friend, we'll have to see if they can make their escape. A Spark of Hope begins at 7:30 AM, and as always you can check your local listings
to see when that is for you.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
BrickFair is Coming to the Garden State
If you're lucky enough to live in New Jersey, you should make sure you have some room in your Halloween plans this weekend. BrickFair New Jersey
is taking place at the Garden State Expo Center in Somerset, NJ on November 1st and 2nd from 11 AM to 4 PM. Several BZPower members including myself will be there showing off MOCs and having tons of fun. You might not be able to spot me though, since I'll be dressed up for Halloween! This first-time event is sure to be a blast, and I hope to see some of you there!
Battle for the Gold Mask Entry Period Shrinking
In case you've forgotten, the Battle for the Gold Mask contest is under way on BZPower
and other sites. The entry period ends in just about a month, at noon Central European Time on December 1st. If you haven't yet, you need to start building your ultimate villain so you can enter it
before it's too late. There's a 14k gold Lord of Skull Spiders mask on the line along with new Bionicle sets (some of which are signed by the designers). This is the coolest contest LEGO has hosted in a while, don't you want to be a part of it?
[Source: Funcle K.]
Legacy by Funcle K.
What would happen if 2015 Lewa met 2001 Lewa in the jungle? Considering the new rendition is considerably taller and more massive, old Lewa would probably get the short end of the stick. BZPower member and talented artist Funcle K. imagines it would probably end with new Lewa "reprimanding his former self for romping around the jungle and uprooting plants", a scene he decided to depict
in what he calls a "pretty quick drawing" which only makes me wonder how a not-so quick drawing of Funcle K. would look like. It's a really cool and detailed drawing with particularly good coloring so if you are willing to spend a minute of your time it's definitely worth it. Also give Funcle K. your comments and criticism if you like and check out the progress images that give insight into the drawing process!
Watch LEGO DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered Online on CN
If you missed the LEGO DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered
special event on October 27th, don't worry, as Cartoon Network itself has uploaded the short movie on their website
, though I suppose it's US only. I wouldn't be surprised if it was removed from the website eventually so if you are interested in watching it you better not wait too long. Batman is a solitary spirit of vengeance and prefers to work alone but when his fellow teammates disappear, can he solve the mystery? Watch the movie to find out!
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Animal Logic in Talks to Return for Future LEGO Movies
Over on IF.com.au they have an interesting story
about Animal Logic, the company behind the animation in The LEGO Movie. What will most likely interest our readers is a quote from Animal Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian: "We are optimistic about making an announcement very soon about Animal Logic's involvement in future LEGO movies." This makes it seem likely that the studio will be reprising their role as the animation company for at least the next couple of movies. This is great news - Lord and Miller certainly wrote an amazing script, but the animation is what helped bring it to life. The level of detail and the nods and homages in the film are what make it so worth watching again and again. Here's hoping they set the bar even higher for the next movie!
Get a Rare The Hobbit Acrylic Brick for Charity
Brickset reports on a very interesting auction hosted by Fairy Bricks: a rare TT Games acrylic The Hobbit brick
. What does that mean? Those special bricks are handed out to TT Games employees who have made a significant contribution to one of their LEGO video games. If you haven't heard about Fairy Bricks, it's a charity organization that donates LEGO sets to hospitals and hospices. Plus, this is a rare collector's item so that gives you two good reasons to bid - if you can afford over USD 1000 the auction is already at. Bidding ends on Thursday.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Bionicle on Russian TV
I have no idea what they're saying, but it looks like Russia is excited about the return of Bionicle. Among the people LEGO had in attendance at New York Comic Con was a Russian news team, and it looks like their report has finally made it online
. The best part? BZPower Blog Assistant Nukaya and member -tahu_nuva- even make appearances! If you watch closely, several other BZPower members can be seen in the backgrounds of shots as well. It's cool to see Bionicle getting a lot of hype everywhere, even overseas.
LEGO Minifigures Online to Be Released on Amazon Fire Devices
Funcom has announced
it's working with Amazon to bring its LEGO Minifigures Online
MMO to Amazon Fire TV at the end of 2015 and Fire HDX tablets at the end of Q1 2015. This isn't just the normal Android version (which is also under development as well as versions for iOS and OS X), though, as it will be optimized for the Fire devices and support Amazon's store and payment systems - the Fire TV version will include support for Fire TV game controller as well. Broad support across numerous platforms is certainly good news for any game that relies on a sufficient number of players to succeed and survive. Let's see how the game continues to perform!
Old Meets New in Comics Forum
The new Bionicle animation style shown at New York Comic Con has received a lot of attention for its striking portrayals of characters old and new. It seems to have inspired fishers64 to create a comic bringing the new art together with some scenes from the original Bionicle that I'm sure you all remember. Go check out No more Giant Robots
- it's a quick 'read' and the punchline is so worth it. I'm looking forward to the sequel!
Monday, October 27, 2014
Once again it's time to bring you guys another set review. Today we're taking a look at 21116 Crafting Box from the upcoming Minecraft minifig-scale line. LEGO has given BZPower a sneak peek before these sets are widely available, which is always awesome. So is this a set that will get you mining and farming and building and more? Or will you send it to the Netherworld and never look at it again? You'll have to read on to find out!
Jurassic Park Projects Allowed on LEGO Ideas
The LEGO Ideas team has recently updated its License Conflicts and Resolutions page
with a new property that you are allowed to submit projects for. It's open season on Jurassic Park and Jurassic World, no doubt because of the upcoming sets to tie in with next year's movie. The change has already resulted in a bevy of new projects such as this one
. I would love a set based off the original movie since it will always hold a special place the heart of my inner six year old.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Watch an Excavator Build a LEGO Set
You've seen a Mindstorms bot solve a Rubix Cube, and you've seen AFOLs speed-build a Death Star, but now it is time for an excavator to build a Duplo car! Just when the tiny fig's head looks like it will be squished in an indistinguishable mess, the precision of the driver becomes even more impressive. Watch the video
to see for yourself. I bet if this guy steps on a LEGO brick at night he just laughs and eats it for breakfast.
The LEGO Movie 2 Written By Phil Lord and Chris Miller
TLM fans expressed their concern about how The LEGO Movie 2 will have a hard time living up to the quality of its predecessor but this news should ease their worries at least a bit: We already knew they'd produce it, but Deadline has now learned
that Phil Lord and Chris Miller, writers and directors of the first movie, will be back to also write the second one. If they can keep up the quality of their writing and their sparkle of creativity, there is reason to believe the second part will be a worthy sequel. No word yet on whether they'll also direct but we may be getting that news before too long as well.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Get Your LEGO Collection Shown on BBC Collectaholics
There is a very interesting report over at Brickset
. BBC Collectaholics is a TV series on BBC2 showing people's passion for collecting all kinds of things, and its producers are looking for a good LEGO collection to feature in one of their episodes. If you live in UK and think your collection is worthy, head over to Brickset and announce your interest and Brickset may pass over the details on behalf of the producers.
Friday, October 24, 2014
One Small Step for Chima
Tomorrow the next episode of LEGO Legends of Chima
will air on Cartoon Network. Entitled 'The Phoenix Has Landed,' it should see Panthar on the run after stealing the Artifact last weekend. Now that we know the origins of Panthar and his true identity (like anyone was really guessing), it will be interesting to see how he fits into Eris' visions. As per usual, it will be on at 7:30 AM Eastern, and you can check your local listings
to see how that translates for you.
New LEGO Club Website
The LEGO Club website has been overhauled! Among other things, you can now link your existing LEGO ID with your LEGO Club Magazine subscription ID. As Aanchir notes, new content includes "new interface, digital editions of all three magazines (Junior 'green brick' edition, boy-oriented 'red brick' edition, and girl-oriented 'yellow brick' edition), profile page, 'Max's Missions' where you can earn badges for your profile page [and] unlockable site backgrounds". Especially the digital versions of the magazine should be good news for those over 13 years of age who will be excluded of the subscription soon
. Check out the new website
Thursday, October 23, 2014
The LEGO Movie on HBO
If you are subscribed to US pay-TV channel HBO, you are in luck, as The LEGO Movie will have one of its first screenings
on TV on Saturday, November 15, 8/7c. You can bet there will be a lot of people watching it and if you or your parents/guardians subscribe to the service you can be one of them. You don't want to miss it if you haven't bought the movie already!
LEGO Minifigures Online Goes into Orbit
The folks over at Brick Fanatics have a press release
from Funcom for a new world opening up in LEGO Minifigures Online. The Space World is exactly what it sounds like - an area filled with Galaxy Patrols, Railhead Rangers, and an alien queen. The world looks to be inspired by several LEGO space themes such as Alien Conquest and Galaxy Squad, with some cool environments and characters. If you play this game, make sure you go check it out!
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Mask Revealed for Battle for the Gold Mask
There has been much speculation over which gold mask will be the ultimate prize in the recently announced Battle for the Gold Mask
multi-site contest. Today the LEGO Bionicle Facebook page revealed
that it will be an eighth mask not shown at NYCC: A 14-carat gold Skull Spider mask! Be sure to check out the contest on BZPower
for all the details on how to enter and win one yourself!
The Hobbit in 72 Seconds (with LEGO, of course!)
The skilled people of Brotherhood Workshop thought Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy could be shorter and closer to the original so they thought they'd make their own version - with stop-motion LEGO animation of course. Watch the story of The Hobbit told in mere 72 seconds, though I cannot attest the faithfulness to the book - not that it's any worse this way, though, and fans of both the book and the movies will find enjoyment in it. You can watch the video here
. Of course, a spoiler alert doesn't even have to be mentioned (but I did it anyway).
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Light Up the Night With Toa Tahu
Our friends the Toa are returning in 2015, but BZPower Blog Leader DeeVee is way ahead of LEGO with his own creations to recreate the original heroes. Having completed Lewa and Onua, he's now moved on to Toa Tahu
, the master of fire. DeeVee does a a good job of capturing his strength and power and also brings back the original color scheme to evoke to look of the 2001 set. I'm really looking forward to seeing the rest of the team once he builds them!
Monday, October 20, 2014
Join the Battle for the Gold Mask!
Bionicle is back! To celebrate the occasion, we're hosting a contest, but not just any contest, an ultimate battle. BZPower is joining forces with ReBrick, RusBionicle, Eurobricks, Le Club Bionifigs, and Pockyland to host the biggest, baddest, and bestest Bionicle contest ever. In the Battle for the Gold Mask
, finalists will be selected from each site to have a chance at the ultimate prize - a 14k gold Bionicle mask! There are plenty of other prizes at stake too, including signed Bionicle sets. So what are you waiting for? Check out the official post on ReBrick
and get building the most impressive villain you can think of!
Sunday, October 19, 2014
New LEGO Hobbit Sets Available
Recently the latest batch of sets based on The Hobbit have appeared on LEGO Shop@Home. What's more, with any LEGO Hobbit purchase, you can get a free poster
! You can see all the sets right here
and check out the wonderful new minifigs and the mediocre (in my opinion) sets. That won't stop me from buying them though, and if you've been waiting for these you should head over and get them too!
[Source: Moku, Lyichir]
LEGO Digital Designer Parts Update
BZPower members Moku and Lyichir have noticed that the LEGO Digital Designer has been updated with new pieces, including but not limited to "Guardians of the Galaxy minifig parts, summer Chima parts (System and Constraction), and some old parts (including Bionicle [...])", as Lyichir writes. A new BIONICLE piece is the Av-Matoran backpack from 2008. A Eurobricks member has compiled a list
. The update is only about 20 MB and if you have LDD already installed, the new parts should download on launch. If you don't, you can download the software here
and get building!
Saturday, October 18, 2014
More LEGO to Wear
Looks like TeeFury has decided to get back on the LEGO t-shirt bandwagon. You might remember their 'We Are Star Stuff' shirt from earlier this year
. Today their TwoFury deal
has a shirt entitled 'Science, The Musical,' featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, and Galileo Galilei. To make it even better, the LEGO Classic Space logo is in the background. If you like science and LEGO, this shirt is a must-buy in my book.
1980 Something Falcon Shirt
The folks over at Unamee have a cool limited edition t-shirt design up for grabs for the next week. The 1980 Something Falcon
features the LEGO Classic Space logo with a Star Wars twist: instead of a planet and space shuttle, you get the Death Star II and the Millennium Falcon. At only $11 plus shipping, the shirt is a steal if you're a fan of LEGO and Star Wars! (And who isn't?)
A trailer for the upcoming LEGO DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered special event
on October 27 has surfaced. The premise: Batman is a solitary spirit of vengeance and prefers to work alone but when his fellow teammates disappear, can he solve the mystery? It turns out it aired a week ago in the UK but US viewers will be able to watch this all-new short movie in 11 days. Read on for a trailer, a scene from the movie and a blooper video.
Friday, October 17, 2014
LEGO Talks Social Media
Over at Econsultancy, they have an interview with Lars Silberbauer
, global director of social media for The LEGO Group. He talks about how LEGO engages with its audience on various platforms, how they measure the return on their investment, and what they get out of all that interaction. With BZPower being fairly new to the social media game, it was an interesting read that you should check out too!
More Chima Coming to Your TV
Another week is ending, which means we all get to watch another episode of LEGO Legends of Chima on Cartoon Network
! Last week our heroes rescued most of Sir Fangar's 'guests,' but Li'ella is still at large. Tomorrow 'The Artifact' airs at 7:30 AM Eastern, although you can check your local listings
to see when it'll be on TV for you. Will Laval rescue the lovely lioness? Will there be more snowball fights? Will Flinx's wings grow even bigger? We'll have to wait and watch!
LEGO Minifigures Online Dino World Released & More
Players of the Minifigures Online MMO can now enjoy the release of Dino World, including raptors and Spinosaurs - it doesn't seem you can play as a Raptor-Riding Bandido, though. Apart from that, the game seems to have been updated with Minifigures Series 12, a new level cap of 30 and a new achievement system. Check out the summary of the changes and new features of October