Friday, June 11, 2021
Finishing Up the Batwing
We'll be wrapping up our build of LEGO DC Super Heroes set 76161 1989 Batwing this Sunday, June 13th! Come watch, starting at 1 PM Eastern, on the BZPower Twitch channel
as we finish it and see how it looks next to the 1989 Batmobile. We made some great progress last weekend, so it should be a slightly shorter stream, but it will still be a great time building, chatting, and giving away prizes. I'm looking forward to seeing you all there!
LEGO Builders Journey Coming to Steam and Switch
A release date for the critically acclaimed LEGO Builder's Journey has been announced for both Steam and Nintendo Switch! Mark your calendars, because you'll be able to start playing on June 22nd! You can add the title to your wishlist on Steam
to be reminded when it releases or preorder it for $19.99 on the Nintendo eShop
. Additionally, based on the Official GeForce RTX Reveal Trailer
, the PC version will be able to take advantage of high-end graphics cards to deliver, "ray-traced ambient occlusion, global illumination, reflections, [and] shadows," to make the LEGO elements look even more realistic! I'm definitely looking forward to this one dropping.
We’re still doing coverage for the Preliminary round
of Bio-Cup 2021. Bohrok were a very popular medium to remix, so this will feature a few more entries from the swarms, as well as a couple of other evil recreations. (Oh, and a few that just didn’t get categorized in the previous stories.) Read on to check out the MOCs.
Thursday, June 10, 2021
How Do You 3D Print Masks?
A new topic popped up recently in the Bionicle Discussion subforum that I'm sure a lot of people might be interested in. BZPower member Max Nui wants to know what the Best 3D printer for Bionicle masks
is, and is looking for your input. As 3D printers become more and more commonplace and are something more people can afford, I think it's definitely a good thing to discuss and share insight on. So if you've printed your own masks or other LEGO-compatible parts, head over and share what you've learned!
A Look Inside the LEGO Ideas Typewriter
After the official reveal yesterday, The LEGO Group also shared the Designer Video for 21327 Typewriter
. You can go listen to LEGO Design Master Wes Talbott and LEGO Designer James May discuss their collaboration on the set and how they packed all the features and functions into it. As always it's a great look into the development of the set, the new elements, the design process, and graphic design. It's clear that a lot of effort went into it as well as a ton of love, and I think it shows in the final model. Go give it a watch to see what you can learn!
Going Crazy for LEGO Trains
Yesterday the folks at LEGO Games released the latest episode of the Bits N' Bricks podcast, this time focusing on one of the earliest LEGO games: LEGO Loco. Journalist Brian Crecente and documentarian Ethan Vincent chat with Rob Smith, the former executive producer at LEGO Media International, and director of development Kevin Shrapnell, programmer Suzanne "Maddi" Maddison, and founder Matthew Stibbe, all of Intelligent Games, the company that made Loco. There's some very interesting background on the prototypes Intelligent Games made prior to starting on the title and some cool ideas that sadly never made it into the game. You can listen to Season 2 Episode 23 - LEGO Loco: The LEGO Group's take on SimCity
on the LEGO Games YouTube channel or your favorite podcast platform.
The Preliminary round
of Bio-Cup 2021 may be over, but we still have some MOCs to feature from the many amazing entries. This batch will focus more on Toa and Rahi remixes, of which there were many. Read on to see some of the amazing MOCs.<
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Take a Walk on Some Bricks
Another project has achieved ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas recently. You should go take a closer look at Brick Walk
by Lepralego, another veteran of the 10k Club whose House of Chocolate creation is currently in review. This modular-style building features a pedestrian walkway instead of a street in the front, which is a refreshing change of pace and allows for some unique design elements. The house itself has some great architectural details and a very cozy interior. While modulars generally don't see to make it through the review process, we'll have to see how this one does when it gets there!
The Preliminary round
of Bio-Cup 2021 has completed, and there have been some fantastic entries submitted since our last story. I want to post more, but there are so many good ones to choose from, so I’m going to have to spread it out across a couple of stories. This first batch will focus on some of the remixes of our favorite Matoran!
Today The LEGO Group is revealing its latest set from the LEGO Ideas theme, the much-anticipated 21327 Typewriter! Based on the original idea by Steve Guinness, the final build has some amazing functionality not to mention a serious retro vibe. The model contains 2079 parts and will sell for $200 in the US when it releases on June 16th for VIPs and July 1st for everyone. If you'd like to learn more about this set and see the functions in action, then read on!
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Help Title the Biological Chronicle
The fine folks over at Cross-Wired Geeks have started a poll and they want the Bionicle community's feedback! If you're not familiar with the Biological Chronicle
, TuragaNuva and ~SUMMONER~ have taken all of the official Bionicle story media and combined it into a single compendium that takes the books, comics, podcasts, and more and weaves them together into a single narrative. The project is split into several books, and they're looking for you to vote
on what each one should be called! I love this project, and it's great that the fans of Bionicle can all help add to it in some way. So head on over and pick your favorite titles!
We've made it to another Tuesday, which means some more LEGO videogame fun tonight! We'll be playing again at 7 PM Eastern to make sure we can wrap up before LEGO Masters comes on the TV. Come by the BZPower Twitch channel
to chat with us as we play The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame on our quest to collect all the things, win all the races, and rescue all the kittens (and other similar quests). I'm looking forward to going through all the characters and making use of their skills and abilities in service of those goals. See you all there!
Monday, June 7, 2021
LEGO Ideas Teases Typewriter Set
If you're excited to see what's next for LEGO Ideas, it seems like you don't have long to wait. Over on the Ideas blog, Hasan posted a teaser
that suggests the official reveal for 21327 Typewriter is right around the corner. I'm definitely excited to get a look at this set and see what sort of functionality the design team was able to include. LEGO Ideas sets rarely disappoint, so keep your eyes peeled for later this week when we see the final product!
LEGO Group and adidas Team Up on VIDIYO Clothes Line
Recently The LEGO Group and adidas announced the next phase of their partnership
with a line of apparel and accessories inspired by the LEGO VIDIYO theme. This expands upon the sneakers that have already been released as well as other clothing items. Some of the designs look pretty nice and casual, while others are very in your face. Of course, now we'll have to wait and see if any of them get released in adult sizes that we can actually enjoy!
Sunday, June 6, 2021
Bionicle LEGO Ideas Roundup
It's been a while since we've shared any Bionicle creations on LEGO ideas that are in need of support. Some of these we've posted about before, but others are here for the first time. All deserve to be checked out, and if you like them, add your vote of support!
LEGO Comics Coming from Skybound Starting in 2022
This past week it was announced that Skybound Entertainment had Partnered with AMEET Publishing in New LEGO Comic Book Deal
, which will bring our favorite toys to your local comic book store. While no specific titles were announced, I wouldn't be surprised if Ninjago was among the first themes we see make the transition from plastic to paper form. Obviously there have been LEGO comics for decades, but usually they're free promotional issues and not ongoing series, so I'm interested to see what Skybound comes up with and how the titles are received. We have a while to wait before we find out, but it should be interesting!
Saturday, June 5, 2021
Bio-Cup 2021 has started, and the Preliminary round
is already in full swing. The theme is Bionicle Remixed, so people need to take classic Bionicle characters and reimagine them. We still have a few days before the entry period ends, but there've already been a good amount of cool MOCs submitted, so today we'll take a glance at some of them to show off the cool builds people are making.
Friday, June 4, 2021
Building a Batwing
After taking a break for a couple weeks, we're diving back into our LEGO live builds tomorrow! Come watch us start building 76161 1989 Batwing from Tim Burton's Batman to see the Dark Knight's airplane rise up from a pile of bricks. We'll kick things off at 1 PM Eastern over on the BZPower Twitch channel
, and while we probably won't finish the set, it should still be a lot of fun! I'm looking forward to seeing how the designers achieved all the awesome curves and slopes in the build while making it strong enough to hang on a wall. We'll build, chat, give away some prizes, and generally have a good time. See you there!
Send Your MOCs to BrickFair Virginia
With LEGO conventions actually happening again finally, we figured it was time to start up the convention circuit again! BrickFair Virginia is less than two months away, but that should still be plenty of time to build some awesome MOCs and send them our way. As per usual, we've got some great perks to thank people for participating and sharing their creations. So head on over to the 2021 Convention Circuit topic
to see how you can participate! I'm looking forward to seeing all of your great builds!
Thursday, June 3, 2021
The LEGO House Unveils World's Largest Brick-Built Football
It looks like everyone working at the LEGO House was busy during the COVID-19 pandemic, building the world's largest LEGO football (or soccer ball, as we silly Americans would call it). Everyone from the cleaning crew and the chefs all the way up to The LEGO Group CEO Niels Christiansen contributed to the 173,600-brick assembly, which measures over 4 meters (13 feet) tall! You can learn more about this impressive sculpture by
reading the press release
or watching this behind-the-scenes video
to hear directly from some of the people who helped put it together.
Ideas Project Makes a Hole in One
Another new project has achieved ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas recently. You should go check out the Working Mini Golf Course - Fully Playable!
by LEGOParadise, who is no stranger to the club. The three-hole golf course allows you to use minifigs to hit the golf balls and even features motorized obstacles. Perhaps we'll get lucky and it will make it through and become a set, but until we know for sure I'll just enjoy the beautiful MOC!
When 31203 World Map was revealed, it was cool and all how people can recreate a map of Earth and its oceans and everything, but what we truly wanted to know was how could we use this LEGO Art mosaic set to make something for Bionicle? Theorangebrick
got to it pretty quickly and posted a cool piece showing off the classic island of Mata-Nui, complete with a title in Matoran letters, a Hau mask, and a UDD symbol. Despite the limited color palette, they managed to capture a lot of the iconic topography of the island. It's a very cool piece, and excited to see what other Bionicle imagery other people can make from this mosaic kit!
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Celebrate Pride With the Rainbow Build Challenge
The ever-awesome Flynn and Richard from TrickyBricks have started the Everyone Is Awesome Rainbow Build Challenge
over on Instagram. We love the idea and decided to join in, with some free LEGO sets up for grabs! Build a constraction creation that's rainbow-themed in any way, share it on Instagram with the hashtags #everyoneisawesome and #rainbowbuildchallenge, and enter your creation
for a chance to win at the end of the month. You can find more details in the Bionicle-Based Creations forum
. I can't wait to see everyone's colorful creations!
Home of the Brick Meets the House of Ideas
It's Wednesday, which means we've got some great LEGO videogame content to listen to! Head over to YouTube or your preferred podcast platform to check out Bits N' Bricks Season 2 Episode 22 - LEGO Marvel and the Missing Spider-Stan Song
. In this installment, journalist Brian Crecente and documentarian Ethan Vincent talk to Arthur Parsons, Chris Baker, and Andy Dolan from TT Games about the process of bringing The Avengers, their allies, and their enemies to the digital construction medium. There's lots of great stories to share, including how they got the late, great Stan Lee involved in doing voice over work. It's another fantastic behind the scenes look at the world of LEGO games!
LEGO World Map Designer Video
If mosaics and giant LEGO sets are your thing, you might be interested to learn some more about the latest model that checks both boxes. You can head over to YouTube to watch the LEGO Art 31203 World Map Designer Video
and hear from LEGO Design Manager Fiorella Groves about the process of creating the set and the choices that went into it. She even hints at an easter egg hidden there for the finding. Go give it a watch and then start scouring over the images of the model to see if you can find it!
LEGO Ideas Trifecta
It's been a busy week or so over on LEGO Ideas. Check out the three projects that have recently reached ten thousand votes of support:
It's interesting that two of them are so similar in their subject matter, but the third one is probably my favorite for its historical context. They're all fantastic builds though, and any of them could make a great set. We wish them all the best of luck when they enter their upcoming review phase!
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
A new LEGO BrickHeadz set has been revealed, and it's a celebration of ten years of Ninjago with 40490 Ninjago 10, featuring BrickHeadz creations of Golden Lloyd, Nya Samurai X, and Firstbourne Dragon. The set will be part of a Ninjago purchase-with-a-purchase promotion this month, and LEGO provided us a copy to take a look at ahead of time. BZPower Reporter Xccj takes a look at these Ninjago BrickHeadz to see if they're worth jumping up, kicking back, whipping around, and spinning to get.
LEGO Masters Season 2 Premiers Tonight
LEGO Masters season two begins tonight on FOX at at 8/7c. Host Will Arnett and Brick Specialists Amy and Jamie are back with a new cast of fans ready to show off their builds. Check out the FOX site
to see preview clips of season two and reminisce with episodes of season one. Who are you rooting for?
LEGO Hosts LEGO CON this Month
With the LEGO convention scene being very absent from our 2020, the prospect of reconnecting with LEGO fans from all over is very welcome to fans. LEGO is hosing their own online LEGO CON on June 26. The press release
says there will be 90 minutes of livestream features including entertainment, reveals, behind the scenes, and more, all hosted from Billund's LEGO House. Set your calendars for your proper time zone (12 PM EST), and get set for some direct from LEGO convention fun.
Free LEGO Up for Grabs in June
Since we've entered a new month, it's time for us to start a new giveaway for our members. You can now go enter the 2021 Member Raffle #6
for a chance to win 75526 Elite TIE Fighter Pilot, straight from ten seconds of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. While the character may not have had much screentime, it's not a bad set, and free is free. Maybe you'll be lucky like Toa Chuck, the winner of our May raffle!
Happy June! Since it's the first Tuesday of the month, it means it's time to head back to LEGO Dimensions for our weekly videogame stream. Also, since LEGO Masters is premiering tonight, we're moving things forward to start at 7 PM Eastern so we can wrap up before the competition begins. So come by the BZPower Twitch channel
tonight to watch us explore a new world in Dimensions before the ultimate battle of building begins!
Monday, May 31, 2021
LEGO House Contest Winners Announced
Last week Jacob from LEGO Ideas announced the winners to the fan vote portion of the Your Creations in the World-Famous LEGO House Contest
. There's a lot of great MOCs, including at least two from BZPower members. Congratulations to Woomy World, creator of Avian Blossom and Dviddy, creator of The Branching Elk, both runners-up in the Nature category, and to all the other winners as well. These contests always bring out the best in builders, so I look forward to seeing what comes next!
Behind the Bricks of Two Star Wars Droids
Recently two new designer videos have gone up on the LEGO YouTube channel. You can start out by hearing from Kurt Kristiansen as he talks about LEGO Star Wars 75308 R2-D2
and all the details and inspiration that went into it, as well as the technical aspects to make the legs work. When you're done there, check out the video for LEGO Star Wars 75306 Imperial Probe Droid
to learn what it was like bringing the droid to this scale for the first time and the challenges it presents. It's always great to learn about what goes into making these sets directly from the people who designed them!
Sunday, May 30, 2021
A Shoe-Stealing Drake
With the Bio-Cup Preliminary Round having begun, Jayfa
did a warm up model before diving into an actual entry. Check out his Crimson Mountain Drake
, which employs a natural flow from the creature's nose to tail, and an energy all around from ruffled red mane to electric blue accents. You'll see all kinds of parts used, from Technic armor to System slopes and of course a healthy does of robot arms. See what else you can spot before the drake spots you.
Saturday, May 29, 2021
The LEGO Group, LEGO Foundation, and UNICEF Team Up In China
Earlier this week in the LEGO Newsroom a press release was posted announcing that The LEGO Group and the LEGO Foundation are joining forces with UNICEF to provide playful parenting to children in need in China
. They will be investing US$2.5 million over three years in rural and disadvantaged areas of the country to provide, "resources to community-based family support programs to help caregivers understand the importance and life-long benefits of incorporating play into their everyday lives." I think this commitment to the education and well-being of children is fantastic, and this is hardly the first time The LEGO Group has worked with UNICEF on a project like this, showing they're serious about their goals. I hope the program goes well and improves the lives and education of children who need it!
The Ninja Start a Vlog
There was no new Ninjago Legacy video posted yesterday, so perhaps that series is over. Instead on the LEGO YouTube channel we found a teaser for Ninja Vlog #1
which linked to the LEGO website where you can watch the full Ninja Vlog #1: Our FIRST ever Ninja Vlog!
. The videos feature Nya and Jay, although they do not appear to be voiced by Kelly Metzger and Michael Adamthwaite, respectively. It does look like the videos will tie into the latest season of the TV show though, as well as the LEGO Life app. It's certainly something interesting you can check out if you're a fan of the ninjas!
Friday, May 28, 2021
Leading up to the second season of LEGO Masters in the US, BZPower had the awesome chance to interview a number of the people involved, including the host, Will Arnett! You can read an edited transcript of the interview, conducted by a number of Recognized LEGO Fan Media below. Many thanks to Flynn from The Brothers Brick
and Megan from Brickset
for their help in transcribing and editing this and the other interviews we'll be sharing. Please note, Will does talk about some of the challenges this season, so if you want to go in spoiler free, beware!
Learn About a Fresh-Out-of-the-Dark-Ages Builder
It's another day, and there's another 10k Club interview from Kamila over on LEGO Ideas to share. You can head on over to meet Florian, The Creator of Viking Village
, who came out of their LEGO Dark Ages when they discovered the LEGO Ideas Pirates of Barracuda Bay set, and now has gotten several of their own projects into the club! It's also interesting to read how their university studies influenced and inspired this project. Go give it a read to learn for yourself!