Wednesday, November 20, 2019
LEGO Ideas Project Updates
There's been some recent news over on LEGO Ideas that's worth sharing. First, the 10k Club membership has increased with the addition of the Toronto Rocket Subway Train - Minifigure scale Electric Train
by Legovader217. If approved, it's probably the most detailed LEGO subway model we've seen at ten studs wide, with plenty of room for an accurate interior. And speaking of the 10k Club, you can now Meet Sam Nelson of UCS Space Shuttle Atlantis
in the latest interview. This impressive model just got a lot more impressive when I discovered it was built by a teenager - I hope we'll be seeing amazing builds from him for years to come!
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Help Remember (or Learn) About Bionicle's History at LEGOLAND
I recently came across a topic I had missed from last month over in the Bionicle Discussion subforum. Alexander123 wants to know about Bionicle at LEGOLAND
over the years - the rides, the stage shows, statues, unique merchandise, and all of that other cool stuff. A bunch of people have shared their experiences and memories so far, but the more the merrier! If you have pictures you took from back in the day, that's all that much better. And if you missed out on all the fun at the parks from Bionicle's first run, go check it out to see what was going on.
It's that time of the week again - Tuesday! We're heading over to the BZPower Twitch channel
tonight at 7:30 PM Eastern on our Xbox 360 to play some videogames! We're still working through Bionicle Heroes, slowly getting ever-closer to the end of the adventure. But today is not that day, so come on by and watch us clear the island of Voya Nui of all evil-doers.
Monday, November 18, 2019
Today LEGO and BBC Studios have announced the results of their partnership to creat a Top Gear LEGO set, the 42109 App-Controlled Top Gear Rally Car. The set will be available on December 26th and retail for $130 in the US - while it only contains 463 pieces, it does have two Powered Up motors and a Bluetooth hub. For videos, images, and the full press release, read on!
Sunday, November 17, 2019
Build a Mini Frozen Castle Saturday
Coinciding with the release of Disney's Frozen 2
, Barnes and Noble Booksellers are hosting a free make-and-take event this Saturday, Nov 23, for kids. Participants will be given pieces and instructions for a mini-build of Arendelle Castle that they will get to take home. Other activities vary by store. Signing up at your local store is encouraged through BN.com
, as space for LEGO events fill up quickly.
Fund a Project to Identify Your Bricks
There's just a few days left to back Piqabrick
, an interesting LEGO-related project on Kickstarter. Supporting the idea gets you a device with a camera that allows you to use your computer to identify any LEGO element with just a few pictures. I was very hesitant and skeptical when I first saw the Piqabrick, but since then several AFOLs that I trust have had a chance to test it out and say it works quite well. It still needs time to build out the database of all the pieces, but the hardware and software seem sound. It's certainly a niche device, but if it's the kind of thing that you think might be useful, by all means go check it out!
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Construction on the Docks Continues Monday
On Friday we began construction on 70657 Ninjago City Docks, making our way through the first seven bags of this awesome LEGO set. On Monday, November 18th, at 7 PM Eastern over on the BZPower YouTube channel
, we'll be working on it again! The plan is to stream for a couple of hours, give away some prizes, and save the rest for next weekend to finish it off. We look forward to seeing you there and chatting with everyone about the build, LEGO news, and everything else!
Friday, November 15, 2019
Taking a Holiday to the 10k Club
Earlier this week, a model that looks like it would be a perfect addition to the LEGO Creator Expert Winter Village subtheme achieved ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas. The Winter Chalet
by sdrnet features a snowy exterior and a very detailed interior. The builder used a lot of interesting techniques to make the set look like somewhere you might want to visit during your winter vacation - if you're the type that likes skiing or cozying up around a warm fire. Best of luck to the chalet during the review phase - I would love to add it to my own Winter Village!
Thursday, November 14, 2019
More Ninjago Building Tomorrow
We've got a busy weekend ahead of us, so we're going to be streaming tomorrow, November 15th at 1 PM over on the BZPower YouTube channel
instead of Saturday. What are we going to be building? Well I said last time that November is going to focus on Ninjago and since we've already built Ninjago City what better set to build than 70657 Ninjago City Docks? This is obviously going to be a multi-day build, so if you can't make it tomorrow there will still be plenty more to watch. My goal for Friday is just to go for a couple of hours and keep it short and sweet. We'll have giveaways as well, so it should be a fun time for all! Look forward to seeing you there!
Following our recent trip to BrickFair New Jersey in Secaucus, our intrepid news team completed a trip to the new Toys 'R' Us location in Paramus, New Jersey. The store itself was not actually open yet, and still has no announced opening date, but the whirring of drills behind a wall let us know that they're working on something. Conveniently, this mall already has a LEGO store just around the corner, and you can find this location near the parking deck, AMC theatre, and AAO store. They appear to have set up the construction barrier in a rush - if you look closely in the last image, you can see a sliver of 's' and blue cloud on a panel that looks like it should have been on the other side of the construction access door.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
The Voltron Set that Almost Wasn't
You may recall that even after achieving ten thousand votes of support
, the Voltron idea took several review cycles
before it was finally announced
as an upcoming LEGO Ideas set. If you ever wondered why, a recent post on the LAN
sheds some light on the subject. The designers needed to go through many more than the usual number of iterations to come up with a model that met LEGO quality standards and lived up to the scale of the original idea. It's awesome seeing a variety of the prototypes that were tested along the way to create such an awesome set. Go give it a read and see what you think!
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Pirates of the Silver Sea
I always appreciate it when I'm looking at a MOC of a spaceship or a castle and see some Bionicle or CCBS parts used in an interesting manner. But what can be even cooler is when the entire spaceship or castle is built with constraction. Or maybe a pirate ship, like Bionicle of the Caribbean
by Elephant Knight, which is big enough that several Toa-sized figures can fit aboard. He even built Captain Jack Sparrow to take the helm and find the treasure at the end of the world or whatever it is he's been up to in those films. Silly movies aside, the boat is very impressive and worth taking a closer look at. Let the builder know what you think once you have!
After taking off a couple of weeks due to BrickFair New Jersey, it's time to pick the controller back up and start playing some videogames again! You can head over to the BZPower Twitch channel
tonight at around 7:30 PM Eastern to watch us jump back into Bionicle Heroes and hopefully remember how to strafe again. We'll be fighting all manner of villains that appeared between 2001 and 2006 in an effort to save the island of Voya Nui from the dreaded Piraka! Our heroes are getting pretty powerful, so we should have a blast blasting bad guys away. Hope to see you there!
Monday, November 11, 2019
LEGOLAND Resort to Open in Shanghai
Earlier this week Merlin Entertainment announced
that they are working with the local Chinese government in Shanghai to open a LEGOLAND theme park and hotel some time around 2023 or later. It will be one of the largest LEGOLANDS to date and be in one of the world's most densely populated areas. The LEGO Group has been working hard to grow their presence in China lately, with more local offices beyond just factories, sets targeted specifically at the Chinese market, and other promotions. This seems like an obvious next step to increase brand recognition in the ever growing consumer market that is China. I'm sure we'll hear more about the park over the next four years, but for now we'll just have to settle for visiting one of the seven other LEGOLANDS that are already open.
Sunday, November 10, 2019
LEGO's Black Friday Promotions Unveiled
With Black Friday being so late this year, LEGO had joined the ranks of offering early promotions leading up to Thanksgiving. The promotion shown on The Brick Fan
has several treats for November 29, but also promises sales earlier that week starting November 25. You will have to wait for Black Friday to get a free mini Surfer Van, Christmas Tree, or Mini Batmobile with qualifying purchases. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for discounts and get your shopping list ready for those gifts with purchase.
Saturday, November 9, 2019
10k Club Grows Again
Earlier this week, another project achieved ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas. The Huascar
by Aldrin is a model of an 1800s ironclad warship used by Peru that is now a floating museum. At almost three thousand pieces, the model is incredibly detailed and quite large and looks like it would be a challenging build. I wish it the best of luck during the review phase!
Friday, November 8, 2019
Awesome Little Kanohi
BZPower Member phinto has been working on a Bionicle animation project for a while now and has been sharing bits and pieces of their progress on the forums and our Discord server. One of the most recent posts are these Bionicle Animated Kanohi
, which are small versions of some instantly recognizable masks. You can immediately see the similarities to the original Kanohi, but I love how phinto gives them each a unique bit of style. Go check them out and keep your eyes peeled for more awesome 3D creations from them!
LEGO Ninjago Dragon Live Build
One of the most-requested themes people want to see us build is Ninjago, but lately we haven't had many sets from the theme to assemble. Thanks to some volunteer work at BrickFair New Jersey this past week, we are stocked up on everyone's favorite Spinjitzu warriors. Join us on Saturday, November 9th, at 1 PM Eastern on the BZPower YouTube channel
as we build 70666 The Golden Dragon, 70651 Throne Room Showdown, and 70593 The Green NRG Dragon. Pieces will be connected, cats may be seen, and sets will be given away. Hope to see you there!
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Today, continuing their celebration of Batman's 80th anniversary, LEGO is revealing a new massive set straight from 1989's Batman film. Set 76139 1989 Batmobile is an amazing recreation of the iconic vehicle from the movie and packs in all the detail you might want. The set will release on Black Friday, November 29th, for $250 in the US and will include a limited edition gift-with-purchase through December 5th. The GWP is a miniature model of the Batmobile and is oh-so-adorable. For videos, images, and the press releases for these two sets, read on!
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Frying Up a Ghost
It looks like it's time for the latest LEGO Hidden Side episode! Head on over to the LEGO YouTube channel to watch LEGO Hidden Side 2019 Episode 3 - Don't Choke Now
, where Jack and Parker must defeat a bacon-obsessed ghost. Thankfully they have the spectral pup Spencer to help them out! It's nice to see these little bits of exposition adding to the theme - hopefully there's more in the future!