Sunday, October 20, 2019
Another Ideas 10k Club Achiever
It turns out the platform update wasn't the only thing to happen on LEGO Ideas this week - another project achieved ten thousand votes of support! I've seen a lot of Pixar movies, but Ratatouille is one that has managed to slip under my radar. Even so, I can say that Ratatouille: Open The Doors!
by Brick Project is a fantastic model and looks like it would be a fun build. Make sure you watch the video they created to help drum up support - the amount of work that went into it is very impressive. I wish it the best of luck during the review process. Speaking of which, during the review process is when we get to see the 10k Club interviews. The LEGO Ideas Team wants your input
on new questions for those interviews. Go share your feedback!
Saturday, October 19, 2019
LEGO Ideas Platform Updates
Earlier this week the LEGO Ideas team shared some changes they made to the website over in their blog
. Now you're able to edit your idea once every 30 days instead of just adding separate updates to it, which is sure to be very helpful to a lot of people. They have also added more fidelity to the Intellectual Property section of the submission, allowed people to delete their ideas, added additional badges, and more! It's great to see the platform continuing to grow and evolve to meet the needs of the community and I look forward to seeing people take advantage of all the new possibilities!
Friday, October 18, 2019
Mystery LEGO Live Build Tomorrow
We got some awesome LEGO sets today! Many thanks to LEGO for sending us 10267 Gingerbread House, 21317 Steamboat Willie, and 71044 Disney Train and Station. Tomorrow, October 19th at 1 PM Eastern on our YouTube channel
we'll be assembling one of them - which one we haven't decide yet. Hit us up on social media to let us know which of those options you'd like to see the most, and we'll be taking that into heavy consideration. Whatever we decide, there will be fun discussions and giveaways, so there's no reason to not show up. See you there!
Thursday, October 17, 2019
A Rumble in the Ring
There have been a lot of parts released in constraction sets over the years that have been initially written off as very single-use. But builders always seem to find a way to come up with inventive ways to incorporate them into their MOCs. Take El Royale, King of the Ring
by Ballom for example. It uses a Jet Ray head from Ben 10, a crown from Knights' Kingdom, Iron Man's chest, and Onewa Hordika heads, among others to create a luchador-style boxer who looks like he's ready to go twelve rounds in the ring with any challenger! Let the builder know what you thing of this rough-and-tumble pugilist. As an aside, if you're having problems viewing the pictures, make sure you're signed in or head over to Ballom's Instagram
to check it out - we're working on figuring out why the embeds aren't working for everyone.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Today LEGO is lifting the lid on the next LEGO Ideas set that will be appearing on store shelves. It's been a while in the making, but we finally get to see 21320 Dinosaur Fossils in all its preserved glory! Featuring three iconic prehistoric beasts - a Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, and Pteranodon - the set has a ton of detail and looks like it will be a really fun build. The set releases on November 1st and will retail for $60 in the US. For a 360-degree look at the set, plus hi-res pictures and the full press release, read on!
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
As if perfectly-aligned with the Xbox sale we shared earlier, today is Tuesday and that means we get to play some videogames tonight. Unfortunately Bionicle Heroes is not on sale (or even available), but we'll be playing it anyway over on the BZPower Twitch channel
starting around 7:30 PM Eastern. We'll be starting a new zone tonight and seeing what new sorts or challenges they'll be throwing at us. See you all there!
LEGO Games on Sale for Xbox
A number of LEGO games are available at a great price right now for the Xbox One. Major Nelson has posted the list on his blog
which contains a lot of other great sales as well for other franchises. Some of the newer games are still a little pricey, but you can get a good deal on a few older titles like the Marvel Superheroes series and the original LEGO Movie. I think my collection is just about complete by now, but I might pick up some of the newer titles digitally to make them easier to play in the future. Let us know in the Talkback what you pick up!
Monday, October 14, 2019
Double VIP Points
If you've been on the fence about picking up some sets from the LEGO Store, maybe this will sway your decision. From now until October 27th, you can get double VIP points on all of your orders
, online and in person. While you can frequently find LEGO sets on sale at other retailers, this is a good opportunity to pick up some of the sets that are exclusive, or to buy loose bricks and Power Functions or Powered UP motors and accessories. There's certainly some deals to be had - let us know what you decide to pick up in the Talkback!
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Newbury High Designer Video
Usually when we see a LEGO designer video, it's for one of the large Direct-to-Consumer sets like a Creator Expert modular or a Star Wars Ultimate Collector's Series spaceship. But I guess because of the large push they're putting behind Hidden Side, we get to see behind the scenes of one of those sets. Go check out the LEGO Hidden Side 70425 Newbury Haunted High School Designer Video
to see how set designer Yi-Chien Cheng and element designer Felipe Telles made it come to life (or death? because it's haunted)! It's great to see all of the concept models and the interesting iterations of the play features as they evolved over time. I'm sure most of us wouldn't mind seeing this type of video for more sets in other themes in the future!
Saturday, October 12, 2019
The Stuff of Nightmares
I love what people can do with some LEGO sets, a camera, and photo editing software. Keyblade87 made a very moody image perfect for October -Kongu's Nightmare & Comic #9
- along with a cool recreation of the cover of Bionicle comic #9. Somehow Kongu's Miru looks filled with terror as he lies there surrounded by the creepy Krana. Go check it out and let Keyblade know what you think!
Friday, October 11, 2019
A Live Build of Prehistoric Proportions
You picked the set and now we're building it! Tomorrow, October 12th at 1 PM Eastern on the BZPower YouTube channel
we'll be assembling set 40366 LEGO House Dinosaurs, straight from The LEGO House in Billund, Denmark. Many thanks to Dan for bringing me back a copy to share with everyone! Come watch it come together, add your thoughts, and win free LEGO. It'll be a blast - see you there!
LEGO Ideas Double-Whammy
There have been two new developments on LEGO Ideas this week. First, there's a new project in the 10k Club: Planet Express Delivery Ship
by Nicola Stocchi, which fans of Futurama are sure to love. In addition, the team is also running a new contest: Build a Vintage car to cruise the streets of LEGO Modular Buildings!
The winner will have their model adapted to become a future Gift-With-Purchase set, like the Space Rocket Ride from earlier this year. They'll also get two Modular Buildings and whole bunch of other sets. All cars must be at most 6 studs wide, 18 studs long, and 10 bricks high and submitted by November 20th at 6 AM Eastern. Start your engines and get building!
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Rebel Nature Update
Christian Faber has been teasing us for years about his next project, Rebel Nature but now it looks like there's some substantial progress being made on it. It has been announced
that Toon2Tango will make Rebel Nature
it's first original series, with production to begin in 2020. Toon2Tangle, in addition to co-producing the show, will handle global distribution across multiple media platforms. It'll be exciting to see where this goes!
Today LEGO is launching a new App for mobile devices, but it's probably not something most of us would play. In partnership with Touch Press, they have created LEGO DUPLO World, an educational game for two to five year olds. In it kids will be able to build, explore, and tell stories within the familiar world of DUPLO bricks. To learn more about this new title, read on!
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
The Toys "R" Us Website Returns
In a press release shared yesterday
, Target Corporation and Tru Kids Brands announced that the Toys "R" Us website
has returned. Interestingly enough, you can't buy toys there. The purpose of the site, in marketing-speak, is to share, "content-rich videos and articles on the latest trends and hottest toy brands, in-depth product reviews, hot toy lists and brand experiences to help consumers find the perfect toys and gifts to delight kids of all ages." If you see something you want to buy, you can click on a link that directs you to Target's website where you can then buy it to have it delivered or pick it up in a store. That's certainly one way of doing things, I suppose, and clearly seems like a way to utilize the TRU brand while not having to worry about all of the retail overhead it takes to run a store.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
It's that time again, good old Tuesday. That means we get to play some videogames tonight! Come by the BZPower Twitch Channel
tonight starting at 7:30 PM Eastern as we jump into Bionicle Heroes to continue clearing the pesky Piraka out of Voya Nui. It's been a lot of fun diving back into the classic title, especially now that we've figured out how to strafe. We look forward to seeing you there and hope you have as much fun watching as we do playing!
Do you ever think to yourself, 'man, I have too many LEGO pieces, I need to get rid of some!' If you're an AFOL, probably not, but there's apparently lots of other people around the planet that have asked The LEGO Group how to properly dispose of or donate their used LEGO elements that they no longer want. Today they are announcing LEGO Replay, a service that lets people send their bricks in to be reused by Teach For America and Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. For more information on the program, read on!
Monday, October 7, 2019
LEGOLAND New York Opens July 4th, 2020
In a press release
shared last week, Merlin Entertainments announced that the grand opening for the LEGOLAND New York Resort would be July 4th, 2020. The park will be the largest LEGOLAND to date with, "more than 50 rides, shows and attractions across seven themed 'lands' on 150 acres." I'm sure they'll be pulling out all the stops for this come next July, so if you're able to attend you might want to consider it - it seems like it'll be a blast!
Sunday, October 6, 2019
This past Friday wasn't just Triple Force Friday for Star Wars, it was also the Disney's Frozen Fan Fest! At the event LEGO and Disney revealed seven sets based on the upcoming Frozen 2. The film may not hit theaters until November 22nd, but you can buy the sets right now! To learn all about the models and see them in their hi-res glory, read on!