Sunday, September 22, 2019
LEGO Brawls Launch Trailer
Apple Arcade launched on September 19th, so if you're in the Apple ecosystem with an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV and interested in paying $5 per month, you can play a collection of curated games with no ads or microtransactions. One of those titles is LEGO Brawls, and if you're not sold on the platform you can check out the launch trailer
to see if that will sway you. Not having played it yet, it seems like a LEGO version of the Super Smash Bros formula, with customizable minifigs and lots of special attacks. While it could be fun, it's up to you to determine how much that fun is worth. If you've played it, let us know in the Talkback!
How a New Brick is Made
If you built or looked really closely at 70827 Ultrakatty & Warrior Lucy! from The LEGO Movie 2 line of sets, you probably noticed something very interesting about Ultrakatty's face - it's made of a 1x5x2 brick. We don't usually see bricks in odd dimensions past three studs, so how did this design come about? Sara Skahill on the LEGO Ambassador Network recently posted the blog entry When Anger Breaks the Mold
that describes the process LEGO designer Joe Coleman and the team went through to make it happen. It's quite an interesting read, so be sure to check it out!
Saturday, September 21, 2019
LEGO Technic Container Truck Live Build
It's been a while - I think it's time we got back into doing live streams! Everyone seems to like it when we build Technic sets and show off their intricate functions, so that seems like a good place to start. Why not join us tomorrow at 6 PM Eastern over on the BZpower YouTube channel
to watch us build LEGO Technic set 42024 Container Truck? As always, there will be some giveaways, so there's no reason not to come by. See you there!
Free LEGO Batman Trilogy for PC
The LEGO gaming news doesn't stop! Right now you can head over to the Epic Games Store
to pick up the LEGO Batman Trilogy for PC for free! Also available is the non-LEGO Batman: Arkham Collection which maybe I'll play one day. Not everyone is a fan of the Epic store, but you certainly can't beat the price!
Join Bastion's Brick Challenge
We know LEGO and Blizzard teamed up to create LEGO sets based on the Overwatch videogame, but now it seems like the tables have turned. Running until September 30th, Bastion's Brick Challenge
offers some really cool LEGO-themed unlocks in the game, including a brick-built skin for the mech (which I'm sure many will point out can't actually be built with LEGO parts). You get the icons, sprays, and skin by either winning matches or watching them on Twitch. In addition, you can head over to the Blizzard Gear Store
to get 50% off the Omnic Bastion set and 20% off other LEGO Overwatch sets. Not a bad deal!
Friday, September 20, 2019
LEGO Ideas Weekly Update
There have been a couple of interesting things going on at LEGO Ideas this week. The most intriguing is the newest project to achieve then thousand votes of support: The Legend of Zelda: BotW Stables
by Hanwasyellowfirst. I believe this is the third Zelda project to reach the 10k goal, but none of the previous ones were approved - so I'd say things probably don't look too good for this one. We also have two new 10k Club interviews. You can Meet Ivan Guerrero of 123 Sesame Street
and Meet Hugh Scandrett of Addams Family Mansion Modular
to learn about the two builders, their projects, and their advice for succeeding on LEGO Ideas!
Thursday, September 19, 2019
LEGO Worlds Coming to Game Pass
If you have Xbox Game Pass and have been looking for something creative and blocky to play, then you're in luck! As Major Nelson reports
, LEGO Worlds will be added to the service on September 26th, joining other LEGO games such as LEGO City Undercover, LEGO Indiana Jones, and LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. I don't think this addition is worth subscribing to the service for, but it's great news if you already take advantage of the many great games available, this just increases the value!
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Celebrate the Forums' Return By Winning Free Stuff
At least one keen-eyed member noticed the change we made to the forum menu bar last night - the return of raffles! The old integrated system we had previously has not come back yet (and we don't know if it will) so until then you can use this handy Google form
to enter the BZPower 2019 Member Raffle #7. We're making up for missing July and August by giving away a bunch of sets, namely 75532 Scout Trooper & Speeder Bike, 71305 Lewa - Uniter of Jungle, 71301 Ketar - Creature of Stone, and 75119 Sergeant Jyn Erso. We'll be picking the winners at the beginning of November, so you've got plenty of time to enter. We also appreciate any feedback on the new forums you can provide while doing so. Good luck everyone!
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
The Toa Mangai Return
Every now and then a group of builders huddles in some corner of the Internet and plans out a collaboration or theme for them to build in. Some time later, our eyes are suddenly bombarded by a collection of awesome and interrelated MOCs, like the Toa Mangai who appeared earlier today. I don't have space to link to all eleven, so I'll just share the first three I saw, all by talented BZPers:
Each one has its own unique character and style that brings the Toa to life. Be sure to check them all out!
Twitch Tuesday Returns
After a bit of a break while we focused to bring the forums back, I think it's high time we start up our streams over on the BZPower Twitch channel
again. When last we streamed, we wrapped up LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, so it's time to pick a new game. We had some suggestions on our Discord channel and on the forums, but I think I've found a better option. If you want to see what it is, you'll have to tune in at 7:30 PM Eastern tonight! We look forward to seeing you there!
Today LEGO would like for us to spread the word of their new big advertising campaign: Rebuild the World. Joining forces with ad agency BETC Paris and the Traktor collective of filmmakers, they created a very quirky video in which a hunter and a rabbit inhabit a world whose rules are governed by your imagination - just like LEGO! Today in Denmark they're hosting an event with musician Mark Ronson of Uptown Funk fame, David Aguilar, builder of LEGO prosthetic limbs, and designer/inventor Dominic Wilcox. To kick things off, they're bringing in kids to participate in workshops designed to inspire and bring out their creativity. For the launch video, an interview with LEGO CEO Niels B. Christiansen and Executive Chairman Jorgen Vig Knudstorp, more images, and the press release, read on!
Monday, September 16, 2019
LEGO Ideas Seinfeld Project Achieves Goal
It seems that yet another project based on a sitcom has received ten thousand vote of support. This time around it's the Seinfeld 30th Anniversary
project by Brent Waller that joins the 10k Club with the likes of The Big Bang Theory, Friends, and The Office. We'll see how it does when it enters the review phase with the plethora of other projects. Will LEGO approve only so many room dioramas with unique minifigures, or is the market out there to support another LEGO set based on a popular TV show? We'll have to wait and find out!
Sunday, September 15, 2019
LEGO Shares Cryptic Video in Tweet
LEGO shared a very odd tweet
earlier today that says, "Coming Soon." The video shows someone with a life-size LEGO bow-and-arrow, what appear to be Fabuland characters drinking out of life-size LEGO cups, and an interesting collection of other LEGO characters (including Mia from Friends?) with more life-size accessories. Your guess is as good as mine as to what it's for - let's hear your ideas in the Talkback!
The Legend Reborn Turns Ten
On September 15th, 2009, Bionicle seemed like it was still chugging along, and the fourth film in the franchise, The Legend Reborn, was released
. It's still weird to look back and think that Worf from Star Trek became Mata Nui! Share your thoughts on the film and the ten year anniversary in the Talkback.
Watch a Sith Trooper Come Together
San Diego Comic Con this summer saw the reveal of an upcoming Star Wars Episode 9 figure: The Sith Trooper. Little is known yet about this army, but a few pictures piqued fans' interest in the form of an exclusive set and photo op statue. LEGO has made a video showing just how the statue came to be, from discussions with Lucasfilm to designing the figure, blaster, and helmet. Give it a watch
to see how various LEGO elements are incorporated into the design where most statues usually just get the basic bricks. Did you get a selfie at SDCC? Be sure to share it in the talkback if you were impressed with the new trooper.
Saturday, September 14, 2019
LEGO Disney Train and Station Designer Video
Last month, LEGO announced the Disney Train and Station set
, which is now available!
They've also recently shared the designer video
where you can see the train in action and learn about it from LEGO Design Manager Marcos Bessa and Graphic Designer Austin Carlson. There was certainly a lot of effort that went into creating the model, and lots of fun details to see - including some they're still trying to keep hidden! Give it a watch and see if it makes you more interested in picking up the set.
Friday, September 13, 2019
The BZPower Forums Have Returned!
It took us long enough, but we have completed our upgrade of the BZPower Forums
! There are a lot of changes from the old forum software, and most of our customizations are gone, but you can read topics and post and use your blog just fine. If you run into any issues, or want to see what things we're planning to fix, head over to this topic
. Thank you all for your patience and support and welcome back!
Thursday, September 12, 2019
For the past decade, something we've learned to always count on from LEGO is a new addition to their Winter Village subtheme of Creator Expert sets, and this year is no different. Today they are announcing 10267 Gingerbread House, which takes the sets in a bit more of a fantastical direction. The set contains 1477 pieces and will sell for $100 starting on September 18th for VIP members and October 1st for everyone else. To check out some videos, the full press release, and hi-res images, read on!
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Let us not forget what happened eighteen years ago today. We were here at Kanohi-Power and BionicleZone back then, and we all lived though 9/11/01 as a community. Eighteen years later, we are still here, members are still here - and the site, the members, and the world are just a little less innocent because of that day exactly eighteen years ago. The world is now different, as is our community that has lived through a difficult time - it is important to remember all those who lost their lives.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Suddenly LEGO has decided to reveal the new LEGO Technic set 42110 Land Rover Defender. It had leaked previously and that wasn't enough to change the embargo date, but suddenly something happened today that caused all of their plans to change and now here we are rushing to share it with you. It contains over 2,500 parts, will sell for $200 in the US, and will be available starting October 1st. Poor LEGO PR aside, the model looks like it will be a great source for Olive Green Technic elements. There seem to be a lot of great interior and mechanical details, but from the outside it looks like a big green box. To check it out, read on!
LEGO Contest Wants You to Voice Your Ideas
The latest LEGO Ideas contest is looking for your creativity not in the form of a brick, but in how you use your voice. With several remote-controlled and app-based sets on the shelves right now, LEGO Ideas wants to know how you would use voice control to bring your models to life. Whether a droid brings you a soda or your skyscraper MOC lights up on command, LEGO is hoping you will be extra crafty with this concept. Check out the contest page
for all the details, including voting on the best ideas later on. Better put on your thinking caps for this one!
Monday, September 9, 2019
10k Club Double-Double Feature
If you're interested in getting behind the scenes and into the heads of members of the LEGO Ideas 10k Club, then today is your lucky day! In the TWO interviews posted today, you can hear from FOUR fans whose projects achieved ten thousand votes of support. First you can Meet Hayden Pye
, creator of the Kakapo project that has helped raise awareness of a New Zealand endangered species. Then, head over and Meet Matthew, Mark & Valerie
, who created the SpaceX BFR Starship & Super Heavy 1:110 Scale project. Valerie was also the fan behind the NASA Saturn V rocket model, so she has double the experience to share! Go read, learn, and keep your fingers crossed that some of them become actual sets!
Sunday, September 8, 2019
Ten More Ideas in Second 2019 Qualifying Round
The second qualifying round for the 2019 LEGO Ideas submissions has concluded, and ten more potential sets are now under review by LEGO. Check out the candidates
, hailing from a variety of space, pop culture, and historical themes. Did you support any of these with a vote? Which ones do you hope will become sets? We just have to wait to see what the Review Board says.