Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Ahoy mateys! Today be Tuesday, and I be a wee too excited to play some more LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean. So sail on by to the BZPower Twitch channel
tonight at 7:30 PM Eastern to watch the fun and adventure on the high seas happen! We look forward to playing and look forward to seeing you there!
LEGO Game Sales for Xbox
Microsoft has kicked off their Xbox Super Game Sale with deep discounts on many titles. There's not a lot of LEGO games on the list, but there are definitely a couple worth looking at. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the LEGO Harry Potter Collection are 40% off, 50% if you're an Xbox Live Gold member, bringing the prices down to $10 and $20, respectively. The LEGO Marvel Collection, which includes LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, and LEGO Marvel's Avengers, is 30% off, 40% for Gold, which makes it $36 for three games and all of their DLC characters. You can check out all of the games on sale over at Major Nelson's blog
. I think it may finally be time to pick up Harry Potter for some future Twitch Tuesdays!
Monday, July 15, 2019
How Fans Help LEGO Deal With Fakes
We're digging back a bit with today's new story, but I think it's cool enough that it's worth mentioning. BBC reporter Vishala Sri-Pathma spoke to Robin Smith, vice president and general counsel for LEGO China, about the issue with counterfeit LEGO products that are so prevalent in the market today. You can listen or read the transcript on Marketplace.org
to see how fans play a big part in The LEGO Group tracking down where these fake sets are coming from. It's a quick but interesting read that's worth checking out, and it's even better knowing that this at least is one area where they listen to their fans.
Sunday, July 14, 2019
LEGO UK Celebrates Pride with Minifigure Parade
This past week marked Pride in London
and LEGO UK was there to join in the festivities. The LEGO Group has shared photos of their minifigure-scaled Pride parade
on LinkedIn, and earlier had shared images promoting Pride month
. In a nod to the soundtrack of The LEGO Movie, most of the artwork (and the pin design) highlights the phrase "Everyone is Awesome". They've now followed up with a video recapping their presence at Pride in London
Saturday, July 13, 2019
Star Wars 2020 Sets on Display at SDCC
Looks like we have some more San Diego Comic Con news to catch up on. This past week Forbes revealed
that two sets from the 2020 lineup of LEGO Star Wars will be on display at the show. Both from Episode IV: A New Hope, we'll be getting another version of Luke's Landspeeder and, possibly for the first time, Obi-Wan Kenobi's hut. Both sets will retail for $29.99 next year. Neither of them leaps out at me as being particularly amazing, but I do like that we get Luke with his poncho, which may or may not be another first. (It's so hard to keep track of all those Lukes!) Hopefully the 2020 lineup will see some nice original sets based on Rise of Skywalker, The Mandalorian and Resistance TV shows, and maybe even the Jedi: Fallen Order game in addition to these two classic Star Wars models.
Friday, July 12, 2019
The 10k Club Continues to Grow
The builders on the LEGO Ideas site have been busy lately promoting their projects and getting votes! Check out the three latest ideas that will be reviewed by LEGO for being made into actual sets:
- The Office by Lego The Office represents the popular sitcom that was a launching point for so many actors' careers
- Japanese Tea Garden by Coosey__Goosey has a ton of amazing detail and looks like it would make a great display piece
- Winnie the Pooh by benlouisa looks like a fun trip to the 100 Acre Wood, and I love the brick-built animals (but where's Christopher Robin?)
Congrats to these builders and best of luck in the review phase!
Building a VW Bus this Weekend
The LEGO Creator Expert set 10220 Volkswagen T1 Camper Van has been sitting in our proverbial to-build pile for a while now, and I've decided it's finally time to rectify that! Come watch up build this iconic German minibus on Sunday, July 14th, starting at 1 PM Eastern on the BZPower YouTube channel
. I'm really looking forward to seeing all the details packed into the van and the techniques the designers used. And of course, there will be giveaways as well, so it should be a blast for all!
Thursday, July 11, 2019
BZPower Ventures Onto Discord
In light of our continued difficulties getting the forums back online, we're moving forward some of our plans for BZPower's eighteenth anniversary this year. In the past there have been requests that BZPower add a chatroom or other things along those lines, and we have frequently been resistant to the idea. In the past especially it would have been very difficult to moderate, but as times change so to must we change. With that in mind, we are pleased to invite everyone to the BZPower Discord server
. For the unfamiliar, Discord is a chat service that allows people to create free servers for whatever they want, although it started out with a videogame focus. We're trying to keep things light and friendly on the BZPower server with limited moderation, so please help us keep it that way and don't make us have to consider stricter rules. I look forward to seeing how this works out and hope it helps add some activity to the community!
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
LEGO Reveals SDCC Exclusive Sith Trooper Bust
Our friends over at The Brick Fan have some details on yet another San Diego Comic Con exclusive that will be available at the show. Go check out
77901 Sith Trooper Bust, which follows the design of the Darth Vader bust we saw last year. This is a new type of trooper that will feature in Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker later this year and looks like a cross between a First Order Stormtrooper and one of the Emperor's Royal Guards.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Welcome to Tuesday! We'll see you later tonight on the BZPower Twitch channel
to play some more LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean. We're in the home stretch now, and it should be just a couple more weeks until we're done, so start thinking about what you'd like to see us play next. We'll see you at 7:30 PM Eastern to get things started!
Today LEGO is announcing its latest Creator Expert set, adding to its growing array of licensed vehicles with a motorcycle! The 10269 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy looks like it's ready to hit the highway with tons of intricate details including rear suspension and working engine pistons. To celebrate the partnership, LEGO also created a life-size Fat Boy using nearly seventy-thousand LEGO bricks. To learn more about the 1023-piece set, which will be releasing on July 17th for VIPs and August 1st for everyone else, as well as its big brother, read on!
Monday, July 8, 2019
San Diego Comic Con Exclusive Rundown
We've been lax in reporting the LEGO exclusives that will be at SDCC next week - here's a quick summary:
Sunday, July 7, 2019
BrickFair Virginia is Coming with Constraction Games Aplenty
I had a realization today, one that seems to always happen around now every year, that BrickFair Virginia
is almost here! The event is taking place from July 31st through August 4th at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia and will be five days jam-packed with LEGO fun. For the first time this year, we actually have some constraction games on the official schedule! If you're attending as an exhibitor and will be at the show on Wednesday, head over to the game page
and sign up for the Constraction Combo Build and Constraction Draft! I look forward to seeing everyone at the event and all the great MOCs you'll all be bringing!
Saturday, July 6, 2019
New LEGO Ideas Contest Blasts Off
The LEGO Ideas team has recently launched another awesome contest. Now you can Join the mission to take us from the Moon to Mars!
by building a LEGO creation of a space vehicle that could get us to the Red Planet. You have until August 1st to finish and submit your MOC, so there's still plenty of time! The winner gets a massive prize pack including all of the current LEGO City Space sets plus the Saturn V and Apollo 11 Lunar Lander and more. Good luck to everyone and happy building!
Friday, July 5, 2019
Update on Server Migration
Everything from BZPower's old server was successfully transferred over to the new one yesterday with no data loss. There are unfortunately a few issues that we're still working to resolve on our own and with our host. These likely stem from different versions of the underlying software the server uses like PHP and MySQL. For the time being, we cannot easily post news stories due to some issues with our ancient front page code. In addition, we cannot access the forum administration settings required to turn them back online and restore posting permissions. Rest assured that all of the posts and everything else are still there and we are working to get everyone back on the site. Thank you all yet again for your patience.
Thursday, July 4, 2019
LEGO and Netflix Build Giant Stranger Things Poster
In addition to all of the Fourth of July festivities, I'm sure some of you have been spending today marathoning the new season of the Netflix original show Stranger Things. Check out this cool timelapse video
and read below to see how LEGO and Netflix celebrated the new release:
Last weekend, the LEGO Group participated in Netflix's Fun Fair at Santa Monica Pier to celebrate the upcoming release of the highly anticipated Stranger Things Season 3 on July 4. Throughout the weekend, attendees were invited to help us bring to life a LEGO brick-built mosaic of the Stranger Things Season 3 poster. Measuring 90 inches tall and 60 inches wide, the mural is made up of over 56,000 bricks and took over 40 hours to design.
Thanks to LEGO for sharing this information. Let's see if this summer does indeed change everything!
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
LEGO Architecture United States Capitol Live Build
Happy Independence Day! We're celebrating the Fourth of July tomorrow with our next live build. We're delving into the Architecture theme, which is among the most requested by you guys, and building 21030 United States Capitol Building, which ties in nicely with the US holiday. We'll start over at the BZPower YouTube channel
at 4 PM Eastern and should be done before the fireworks kick off on the East Coast. We look forward to seeing you there and giving away some prizes!
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
We're a little late with our reminder today, but it is still Tuesday, and that means videogames are on the menu for this evening! We'll be back over on the BZPower Twitch channel
starting at 7:30 PM Eastern for our recurring night of LEGO gaming fun. It may be a bit shorter tonight than usual, but we'll at least wrap up the next level of LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean. I hope to see some of you there!
July 2019 LEGO Deals
Don't think there's a reason to buy some plastic bricks this week? Think again! It's the start of a new month, and that means there's some fun deals at Shop.LEGO.com
. Wants sets that are out of this world? The new wave of Space sets is available. Perhaps you're into something magical instead. A bunch of new Harry Potter sets are online. Looking for a deal that could get stuck in your head? How about 20% off most LEGO Movie 2 sets. And to top it all off, there are double VIP points on all sets through July 7th! There should be something in there to get your interest! (No Gift-With-Purchase set thought; instead you get a free LEGO Life Magazine with all purchases.)