Friday, May 29, 2020
The preliminary round of Bio-Cup 2020
has recently concluded, and now the participants eagerly await the judges' decisions to see which builders will be moving onto the next round. In the meantime, there are still a lot of very cool MOCs built around the theme "Future", with a mind boggling 235 entries submitted!
The Reporters of BZPower have gone through the list to highlight a couple of our favorites, so read on to check out a selection of cool models, and make sure to browse through the list to see the many other awesome Bionicle creations! Let us know which ones are your favorites in the Talkback topic!
Thursday, May 28, 2020
End-of-the-Month Raffle Reminder
In this crazy stay-at-home situation the days seem to keep flying by. May is already almost over, and on the good news front that means that the 2020 Member Raffle #5
is that much closer to picking a winner! If you haven't entered yet for a chance to win 71309 Onua - Uniter of Earth, do it now before it's too late! This Bionicle G2 set can be yours for the low, low price of free as long as you're a BZPower member. So join today and put yourself in the running!
In addition to the other information we've already shared on the Technic 42115 Lamborghini Sian FKP 37, LEGO has also passed on a couple of videos from an event that was held in China to reveal the supercar set. And now we're sharing those with you. But there's more! The LEGO Fan Media Days are going on right now, and we have been given the opportunity to pass on some of your questions about the set to get answers from the LEGO Technic team. Post them in the Talkback and we'll see if we can get a reply for you!
Today LEGO has revealed its latest Technic supercar, the 42115 Lamborghini Sian FKP 37, in a distinctive lime green color scheme. The 3,696 piece set will be available directly from LEGO on June 1st, with other retailers getting access on August 1st. We have a 360-degree look at the set, dozens of images, and the product copy here for you to check out, and LEGO has posted the press release in their newsroom
. It's certainly something to behold, so go take a closer look.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
The Animation Studio Behind Monkie Kid
When we first shared news on Monkie Kid
, there were a few videos showing clips of the upcoming show based on the theme. Some people noticed some similarities in the animation style to some other shows such as Rise of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and there's a reason for that. The Monkie Kid TV show is being animated by Flying Bark Productions
, who is also responsible for Maya the Bee and Blinky Bill, which are apparently big in Australia. It certainly looks like the show is in good hands. What do you think? Let us know in the Talkback.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
We've run into some issues on our past couple of streams, apparently due to an operating system upgrade, but we're going to play with some settings and try again tonight. You can join us over on the BZPower Twitch Channel
starting at 7:30 PM Eastern as we dive back into LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, and see if we can avoid huge amounts of buffering and progress-losing glitches. If we can make it work it should be tons of fun! Keep your fingers crossed, and we hope to see you there!
An Unlikely Pair of Sleuths
There's nothing like a good bit of inspiration to help with the MOC development process. For example, Paleo was inspired by the classic pulp sci-fi aesthetic when they created Xpholgiaek and Cyrus Pell
, complete with a little back story to match. The color blocking on Cyrus caught my eye right off the bat, and their ray-gun perfectly matches the intended theme. Their alien buddy, on the other hand, makes great use of the trans-purple egg shell pieces to form an unusual and intriguing shape. The duo looks like they're ready to head off on an action-packed adventure. Go check them out for yourself and see what you think!
Monday, May 25, 2020
Alone at Home with a 10k Club Member
Earlier today the latest 10k Club interview was posted over on LEGO Ideas. Head over to meet Alex Storozhuk of Home Alone - McCallister's House
, which should be iconic to anyone who was around in the early 90s. Learn about this talented builder from the Ukraine, how they got back into LEGO as an adult, and how they made the project happen. I had never realized that the film was such a global phenomenon until now, and it's awesome to see how it, combined with the Creator Expert Winter Village sets, inspired the MOC. It's a good read, so check it out and see what you think!
Sunday, May 24, 2020
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New Jurassic World Sets Unearthed
In the wake of all kinds of new set reveals, another has been dug up by The LEGO Group: more Jurassic World sets
. Four new sets are coming this summer with dinosaurs of all colors, shapes and sizes. Check out the pictures, then get ready for your trip to Isla Nublar this summer. Which dinos are your favorite?
Latest 10k Club Additions
Two projects have recently achieved ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas and will be part of the next review period for consideration to be made into actual sets. Brickwest Studios
by Bricky_Brick captures the look of a Wild West film set, with all the camera equipment, trailers, lighting, and special effects equipment that you'd expect. Next, the House from Up
by bramant1 should need no explanation. The iconic Pixar film turned ten years old last year (how did that happen?!) and continues to be one of my favorites from the studio. This project captures the look of the house perfectly and makes me want to go watch again. Best of luck to both of these builds in the next review phase!
Saturday, May 23, 2020
Meet a Pair of 10k Clubbers
There have been a couple of interviews posted on LEGO Ideas recently getting to know a pair of builders whose projects have received ten thousand votes of support. You can Stay warm and safe in Sandro Damiano's Winter Chalet!
and meet Aaron Chapman of The Toronto Rocket Subway Train - Minifig scale Electric Train
. The two projects are very different but have both managed to get the votes necessary to be considered for actual LEGO sets. So go meet the creators, learn about the MOCs, and see if they inspire you to build and submit your own project on LEGO Ideas!
Friday, May 22, 2020
Recently BZPower Member Xboxtravis wrote a cool guest article for our friends over at Brickset. If you've ever thought about collecting Bionicle masks
or wanted to learn about a variety of the rare collectibles that have been released over the years, it's worth checking out. Even if you have a large collection already, maybe you'll find out about one or two that you've been missing. It's always cool to see other LEGO fan sites giving some attention to our favorite theme, not to mention appreciated. Go give it a read!
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Technic Off-Roader Live Build on Saturday
We've got our next live build set picked out for this weekend! On Saturday, May 23rd at 1 PM Eastern come watch us build the LEGO Technic 42099 4X4 X-treme Off-Roader set. We'll be over on the BZPower Twitch channel
building, chatting, and doing giveaways. This will be our first Powered UP Control+ set, where we get to use a mobile app to control the vehicle and its three motors. I'm looking forward to the experience and seeing how the new system works. Hopefully we'll see you there to check it out too!
New LEGO Sets Suddenly Appear
There's been a few new LEGO sets that have been revealed today, although not quite officially announced. First, as you can see on Brickset
, are four Brick Sketches featuring a First Order Stormtrooper, BB-8, Batman, and the Joker. If the 2D style looks familiar, that's because Chris McVeigh, who originated the format, was hired by LEGO and has apparently found a different way to turn his MOCs into LEGO sets. Next, several new Marvel's Avengers sets have been showcased on Yahoo!
, with the highlight being an Iron Man helmet in the style of the recently-released Star Wars helmet sets. I dig the sketches and am curious to see if it becomes a whole theme like BrickHeadz or if it will be a more limited endeavor. Let us know what you think in the Talkback!
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
LEGO Reveals Super Mario Power-Up Packs
Today LEGO has shared a press release
detailing four upcoming accessory packs for the also-upcoming Super Mario Starter Course. This August for $10 each, you'll be able to power up Mario into Fire Mario, Propeller Mario, Cat Mario, or Builder Mario forms. Through some sort of sensor, the figure from the core set will be able to distinguish between the different outfits and grant your character new abilities while you play with your interactive bricks. It certainly seems like a neat concept and I suppose a good way to separate Mario fans from more of their hard-earned cash (okay maybe I'm getting a little cynical). Let us know what you think of the idea and the packs in the Talkback!
LEGO Game Sale on Xbox
As part of its Super Saver Sale, Microsoft has several different LEGO titles available for a good discount. The games on sale include LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Deluxe Edition, LEGO DC Super-Villains Deluxe Edition, LEGO Harry Potter Collection, LEGO Marvel Collection, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Deluxe Edition, and LEGO Marvel's Avengers Deluxe Edition. The discounts range from 50% to 75% off, which translates to $10 to $24 - pretty good deals! You can get all of the details and see all of the other games on sale over on Major Nelson's blog
. Happy gaming!
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Cute Bionicle Characters
People have drawn Bionicle characters in just about every way over the years, from set-accurate forms to human interpretations of the characters and even little chibi versions. Recently phinto shared their Bionicle Animated Matoran Art Concepts
, which are super-stylized and yet instantly recognizable. I love the different mask designs that still manage to give the Toa and Matoran a good range of expressions. The different Koros also each have their own unique looks that set them apart from each other beyond just the color schemes. Go check them out and let phinto know what you think of them!
Last week we wrapped up the story mode of LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, so that means tonight we'll be starting a new game! This evening at 7:30 PM Eastern we'll be launching LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures and diving into the classic action films in LEGO form. Tune into the BZPower Twitch channel
to watch us fight 1930s German soldiers and hunt down relics that most certainly belong in a museum and not a dusty government warehouse. I'm looking forward to it and hope to see you there!
Monday, May 18, 2020
The 10k Club Grows by Three
The builders over at LEGO Ideas are still at it! Recently three new projects have achieved ten thousand votes of support:
- Community - Greendale Community College by bulldoozer21 - I love the show and I also love how they placed little vignettes around the outside of the study room.
- The Mountain Windmill by Hanwasyellowfirst - A completely original build with some great play features and designs.
- Lego HeroQuest by KingGloriousSquirrel - A LEGO version of a real-life board game would certainly be interesting to see.
Best of luck to all of these projects in the next review phase!
Sunday, May 17, 2020
Help BZPower Make Our Twitch Channel Pretty
Since moving our live builds to Twitch earlier this year, we've been fortunate enough to meet the requirements to be a part of their affiliate program. One of the cool things about that is that now we can have some custom emoticons and other images for subscribers to make things a little more personal. So we thought, why not run a contest to help do just that? Go check out Bling Out the BZPower Twitch Channel
to see how you can get your art on our streams! There are three categories for emoticon, subscriber badge, and music, and lots of prizes, some of which you can get just by participating. Head over to that topic, read the rules, and then submit your entry
before the June 7th deadline to have a shot at some free LEGO sets and a Twitch subscription to our channel! Good luck everyone!
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Get The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame for Free
For a reason we don't understand, TT Games has decided to give away The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame for free! Head on over to their website
where you can find links to get it on Steam, Xbox, and Playstation. You have until May 21st to pick it up, so don't dilly-dally. We played this a while back on our Twitch Tuesday stream and it had a lot of interesting mechanics that aren't in the other LEGO games that helped set it apart. So go check it out and give it a try and have some fun reliving their interpretation of the film (it definitely takes some liberties). We'd love to hear your thoughts on it in the Talkback after you've played!
Friday, May 15, 2020
As promised earlier this morning, here is the info on all of the new LEGO Monkie Kid sets! We've got lots of hi-res pictures and some videos giving you a good look at the builds from many angles. There's a ton of great designs here, not to mention lots of fantastic parts. The mech designs are amazing, and I can't wait to pick them up. So go check them out and then let us know what your favorites are!
Today LEGO is officially unveiling Monkie Kid, their latest 'big bang' theme directly inspired by Chinese legends and culture. The sets are releasing today in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia with a worldwide launch tomorrow. (Although many stores in North America are not receiving new stock so you'll have to buy online.) In addition to eight awesome sets, the theme will feature an animated mini movie and TV series, and I'm sure there will be plenty of other tie-ins as well. For the press release and some teaser movies, read on! If you want to get a good look at the sets, you'll have to wait a bit - LEGO decided to send us over 2 GB of information on the theme late last night and sometimes sleep and real life have to take priority.