Friday, December 6, 2019
As has become the habit of The LEGO Group, the next entry in the Creator Expert Modular Building theme will be released on January 1st, 2020. Joining the ever-growing collection of fantastic builds is 10270 Bookshop, which features a lovely bookstore and a beautiful teal townhouse which can be separated from each other, giving you even more options in arranging your modular street. The set will retail for $180 in the US and contains 2,504 parts and five minifigures. For a 360-degree view of the set, a whole bunch of pictures, and the full announcement, read on!
In an interesting first, LEGO has shared a brief bio on the designer of the just-announced Creator Expert 10270 Bookshop to accompany all of the information about the set itself. If you're interested to learn more about the LEGO Ideas submitter-turned-designer, read on!
Not content with just one announcement for the LEGO Creator Expert 10270 Bookshop, we have received a second press release about the set. There's also a second series of pictures showing the set 'in action,' which means sitting on display and being examined by an 'adult with a passion' for LEGO bricks. Read on, check it out, and let us know what you think of the set in the Talkback!
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Alone at Home for Christmas
Just in time for the holidays, a new project has achieved ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas. Based on the now-classic Christmas movie, Home Alone. McCallister's House.
by adwind recreates the scene of crime, so to speak, for Kevin, Harry, and Marv to battle it out while the McCallister family enjoys their vacation. It's been years since I've seen Home Alone, but the house is instantly recognizable and so are many of the scenes you can recreate within it. Best of luck to the project during the review phase! Let us know what you think of it in the Talkback!
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
New 10k Club Interview
The LEGO Ideas team has recently posted a new 10K Club Interview, and once again it's not the builder's first time. So go ahead and Meet Pablo Sanchez and his model History Museum
to learn what the mind behind the project, as well as the forthcoming Pirate Bay model, has to say. There's some good advice on how to make your project successful from picking appropriate subject matter to promoting it on social media. I still enjoy these interviews since there are so many different perspectives to learn from. Best of luck to the history museum when it's reviewed!
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
A Toa in 3D
It looks like BZPower member vicente steffens has been taking a 3D animation class in school. He was inspired by G1 Bionicle to create Bionicle Tahu Lavasurf
, which looks like it's equal parts inspired by the original sets and the Miramax films. He looks like a fully-realized character with a full range of motion and the ability to have all sorts of facial expressions. I'd love to see a longer animated project in this style - hopefully vicente keeps studying hard and making more cool Bionicle models!
It's Tuesday! Tonight we'll be playing Bionicle Heroes on the BZPower Twitch Channel
. We'll start at 7:30 PM Eastern. Usually we play for around an hour. There will be Piraka, Rahkshi, Visorak, Vahki, and Bohrok to fight. That is definitely how it went in the canon - I'm sure of it. (Except the All American Rejects were there too.) It'll be fun. You should come watch! Hope to see you there. I have spoken.
Monday, December 2, 2019
A New Game Starts... At The Edge of Dawn
The BZPGOT game has run for a long time and gotten a lot of history, but now Voltex (Edelgard) is starting up a new game called "Edge of Dawn" featuring an all-new story with all-new characters and more! You can read more about the details in his blog post
, where he details the three campaigns following students at the Garreg Mach academy on Okoto and the challenges they'll face. If you like playing BZPower RPGs combined with a bit of DND framework on Discord, then you can contact Voltex and pick out a role to play for the game. But the game starts in January, so make sure to sign up before the fun begins.
Sunday, December 1, 2019
Free Sith Lord in December
We've made it through Thanksgiving and suddenly it's December and the holiday season has begun. And what better way to celebrate than to give something away? Head over and enter BZPower 2019 Member Raffle #9
for a chance to win 75537 Darth Maul from the Star Wars buildable figures series. As per usual, the raffle will go on the entire month, ending December 31st. Good luck to everyone who enters! And while we're at it, congratulations to Drakua Toa of Rahi and spiralmenace, winners of last month's raffle.
We fixed the link and it should be pointing to the right place now!
LEGO Masters USA Trailer Drops
The upcoming LEGO Masters show for the USA has been filming this fall, and the first trailer dropped on Thanksgiving. Check it out on Fox's LEGO Masters Twitter
and keep your eyes peeled: That's BZPower's own Nuju Metru (Aaron
) at 10 seconds and 21 seconds! Several other recognizable AFOLs are on the show as well, so we have plenty to root for once the first episode airs on February 5. Best of luck to the competitors (but mostly Nuju Metru).
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Thunderbirds are Interviewed!
There are a couple of builders who have appeared in the LEGO Ideas 10k Club a number of times, and I'm sure I'm not alone in wondering what their secret to success is. So head over to the LEGO Ideas blog and Hear from Andrew Clark, the Mind Behind Thunderbirds Are Go!
In addition to the usual questions, he goes into a great deal of detail on his process of creating a LEGO Ideas project. If you have any interest in creating a project of your own and getting it to the review phase - you should read this! And even if you don't, it's really worth checking out to learn about how he makes the magic happen.
Friday, November 29, 2019
Imagine Mata Nui, but as a Castle
The Flickr/Instagram Bionicastle building contest has wrapped up, where entrants built Castle-inspired and Bionicle-inspired MOCs. The winners were announced
, but one honorable mention stands out in particular: unpixelled's The Matoran Kingdom
. This digital creation gives us a minifig-scale mobile castle of Mata Nui's robot body, a walking castle-city that is popular in the fantasy genre. Unpixelled gets the Mata Nui body just right within the brick and mortar castle aesthetic, and you can imagine Matoran, Turaga and Toa inhabiting the city and keeping it safe. Check out the post for detailed pictures, and the contest's finalists for several other impressive entries.
Ninjago Live Build this Saturday
November is almost over, and unfortunately that means our month of Ninjago builds is wrapping up too (but I'm sure there will be some more next year). We'll be finishing it off this Saturday, November 30th at 1 PM Eastern on the BZPower YouTube channel
by assembling 70595 Ultra Stealth Raider, 70621 The Vermillion Attack, 70622 Desert Lightning, and 70624 Vermillion Invader. Hopefully we have enough time for them all! It'll be a lot of fun for sure, and we'll be giving away some sets as well. Hope to see you all there!
Thursday, November 28, 2019
We'd like to wish a happy Thursday to all of our international members and readers and a happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the United States! Wherever you are, don't forget to take some time to remember what you're thankful for in life. Things aren't always perfect, but there's plenty of reasons out there that make me glad to be a part of this community and know so many great friends because of it. I hope you all have a great day and thank you for the years of fun and camaraderie all thanks to Bionicle. Now go eat some turkey or watch some football or get all of your holiday shopping done!
Raffle Winding Down
November is coming to a close, so before you miss out, make sure you've entered the BZPower 2019 Member Raffle #8
! You only have until the end of the month for a chance to win either 71305 Lewa - Uniter of Jungle or 71300 Uxar - Creature of Jungle - it's like a Black Friday sale that's free! Good luck everyone, and stay tuned for a new raffle in December.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
A Glatorian Becomes a Gladiator
A frequent occurrence in the Bionicle community is builders remaking characters from years ago. It's amazing to see what people can do when freed from the LEGO limitations that set designers face. A perfect example is the Tarix Revamp
by Mohamed Marei. In addition to Bionicle and other CCBS elements, he incorporates Ben 10, Ninjago, and System pieces to amazing effect. I particularly like the collar armor made using a Spinjitzu spinner top. Go check the creation out for yourself and let the builder know what you think!
Xbox Black Friday Sales on LEGO Games
Like seemingly every other marketplace online, Microsoft has already started their 'Black Friday' sales on a plethora of digital games. This of course includes several LEGO titles, with the best deal being LEGO Batman 3 for 75% off. You'll also find discounts on LEGO DC Super Villains, the LEGO Harry Potter Collection, the LEGO Marvel Collection, and even the recently-released Forza Horizon 4 LEGO Speed Champions DLC! You can find all of the games that are on sale over at Major Nelson's blog
. Technically, these would be great gifts for any gamer and LEGO fan in your life (with an Xbox), but hey, sometimes you deserve to get yourself a gift too, right? The sale runs until December 2nd, so you can wait until after you've had your fill of turkey to make your decisions on what to play.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
If only every day was Tuesday, we could play LEGO videogames all the time! Okay, that probably wouldn't work in actuality thanks to real life, but we'll still be on the BZPower Twitch Channel
tonight at 7:30 PM to play some more Bionicle Heroes! We only have a few more streams-worth of levels left to play, so if you haven't tuned in yet, now's your chance. We'd also love to hear what you want to see us play next. See you all tonight for a fun-action-packed stream!
LEGO Buys Bricklink
I'm pretty sure that years ago this headline was an April Fools joke, but today it is completely serious. As announced on the LEGO Ambassador Network
, The LEGO Group has purchased Bricklink from Korean company NXMH. In the release, CEO Niels B Christiansen and Chief Marketing Officer Julia Goldin both talk about how they look forward to this acquisition bringing them closer to their adult fans and providing another channel to interact with them. They also seem like they plan on keeping stud.io, Bricklink's digital building software, around - maybe they'll use it to replace the aging LEGO Digital Designer? In addition, the purchase of Bricklink also includes Sohobricks, which makes its own bricks that are compatible with LEGO bricks. I feel like this purchase could cause big waves in the fan community and it will be very interesting to see how it plays out.
Monday, November 25, 2019
LEGO Partners with Nissan on New Speed Champions Set
This morning at the Nissan global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan LEGO Group CEO Niels B. Christiansen and Nissan executive vice president Asako Hoshino announced that 2020 would see the release of a LEGO Speed Champions set modeled after the Nissan GT-R NISMO. You can read all of the details about the announcement in the LEGO Newsroom press release
, which makes it seem like it's a pretty big deal. The set itself looks very well designed, and the increase in size of the Speed Champions sets to 8-wide from 6-wide definitely allows them to add more detail. I'm sure collectors will be excited to add this iconic car to their garage!
Sunday, November 24, 2019
Life-Size Friends Central Perk Made out of LEGO Bricks
If you thought the LEGO Ideas Central Perk set was the coolest way to celebrate your love of the sitcom Friends, then guess again! LEGO Certified Professional Nathan Sawaya and Brandon Griffith led the creation of a life-size replica of the set from the show built out of nearly one million LEGO bricks. You can check out a video
of the project, which was on display in Las Vegas. I'm not sure where it's ended up now, but it seems like it would truly be something impressive to see in person.
Saturday, November 23, 2019
LEGO Trolls Sets Revealed
We've known for a little while now that LEGO was planning on making sets based on the upcoming Trolls World Tour film, but up until a few days ago we hadn't had a good luck at them. You can head over to Yahoo!
to check out the exclusive reveal of six sets, which are chocked full of recolors and an assortment of new parts. Personally, I have zero interest in the film, but I'm digging all the teal we seem to be getting. Let us know what you think of the sets in the Talkback!
Friday, November 22, 2019
LEGO Black Friday Sales Start Early for VIPs
As a shopping event, Black Friday keeps getting bigger every year, with sales starting earlier and earlier it seems. LEGO has jumped on the bandwagon in 2019 and is starting their sale on Monday, November 25th - unless you're a VIP member! If you are (and why not, it's free to join) you can take advantage of special sales starting tomorrow, November 23rd. Deals include a free Buildable 2x4 Red Brick with purchases of $200 or more, which stacks with a free exclusive Christmas Tree set with purchases of $120 or more. In addition, you'll get double VIP points on all orders and select sets will be 30% off. You can check out all the details for this special weekend sale and the rest of the LEGO Black Friday festivities right here