Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Tuesday again? Hooray! That means we get to go play some videogames tonight. Come on by the BZPower Twitch channel
starting at 7:30 PM Eastern when we'll start up LEGO Dimensions again for some gaming fun. Last week things went well with our picture-in-picture setup, but I hope to make things a little better tonight so I don't have to go back and forth between the game and the portal so much. Tune in to check it out, chat with us, and see how things go!
LEGO Reveals Technic Ferrari 488 GTE "AF CORSE #51"
Earlier today a new press release was posted in the LEGO Newsroom
announcing the latest output of the partnership between the toy maker and Ferrari. The LEGO Technic Ferrari 488 GTE "AF CORSE #51" will release on January 1st, 2021 and the 1,677-piece set will sell for $170 in the US. While the set looks like they were able to capture a lot of detail with the Technic elements, I don't think that I've seen a set with more stickers on it, including things that are frequently brick-built like the headlights. It certainly has some nice curves though, and I'm sure it will be a lot of fun to build (outside of applying all those stickers!). Let us know how you feel about the model in the Talkback!
Monday, November 23, 2020
Kirby Morrow, Voice of Cole, Passes Away
Over the weekend it was shared that actor Kirby Morrow had passed away at the too-young age of 47. For LEGO fans, he is probably best known for voicing the character of Cole in the Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu TV series, as well as characters in LEGO Jurassic World and Star Wars animations. He had a very prolific career, from live action roles in Marvel and DC shows to recurring appearances in fan favorites like Stargate and Supernatural and animation voiceover in Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and X-Men, as well as English dubbing in many, many animes. You can read more over at Gateworld
. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and the many people he's touched with his performances.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Sunday is the final day for Shop at Home's VIP Weekend, which includes more than just double VIP points. A few gifts with purchase are up for grabs, like a Charles Dickens tribute vignette with purchases over $150. Spending over $200 will yield VIP's a brick-built teal brick and stand--fancy! Not to mention, double VIP points basically gets you 10% "back" to use later. There are lots of new sets to choose from, plus the new Polybags tab that's been added for some hard-to-find little sets. Be sure to use this link
before you start shopping and BZP will get a few dollars from LEGO that we use to running the site.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
10k Club Interview Roundup
We fell behind on sharing LEGO Ideas interviews with you all, so here's five:
Friday, November 20, 2020
LEGO Architecture Skylines Live Build Tomorrow
It feels like it's been a while since we did a live build, so let's fix that! Tomorrow on Saturday, November 21st, at 1 PM Eastern we're going to assemble some LEGO Architecture Skyline sets over on the BZPower Twitch channel
. We'll definitely get through 21043 San Francisco, 21044 Paris, and 21052 Dubai, and if we have time we'll tackle 21033 Chicago and 21034 London as well. Of course we'll be giving away some sets to our viewers, so we hope to see you stop by, watch us build, and chat with us!
Thursday, November 19, 2020
The new LEGO Art theme is an interesting take on mosaics, which LEGO hasn't released as mass produced sets lately. Of the first wave, the most colorful is 31197 Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe. BZPower Reporter Xccj picked up a copy to see how this new mosaic system looks. Read on to see how good it is, or watch the video to see a mosaic speed-build!
Today LEGO is announcing their latest Technic set based on a real-world vehicle. While this supercar isn't quite as impressive as the Porsche, Bugatti, and Lamborghini, 42123 McLaren Senna GTR is a great looking model and much more accessible to LEGO fans on a budget. The 830-piece set will be releasing on January 1st, 2021 for the reasonable price of $50 in the US. We've got the announcement video, pictures, and full press release for you, so read on to check it all out!
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
LEGO Masters Season 2 Casting is Underway!
Did you enjoy the first season of LEGO Masters? Can you believe that was a thing on TV earlier this year and not three years ago? Do you think you have what it takes to compete and have a friend who feels the same way? If so you're in luck, because Fox is in the process of picking the contestants for the second season of the show in the US. You must have a team of two, both of you must be 18 or older, and be able to go to Atlanta at the end of February (flight and accommodations will be provided). You can see the full details in this lovely image
showing off some of the contestants we all came to know and love back in February. If you'd like to apply, you can contact Casey Young on Facebook
or head to the LEGO Masters website
. Good luck to all who apply!
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Help Test a Bionicle TCG
Do you like Bionicle? If you're reading this, you probably do. Do you like card games? I feel like there's a decent overlap between Bionicle fans and gamers, so there's certainly a good possibility! If you're in the center of that Venn diagram then boy does BZPower member TheVirre2000 have an offer for you! Head over to his topic, Looking for play testers
, to learn about the cube and draft format of the classic Bionicle: Quest for the Masks game that he's developing. If you have experience with Tabletop Simulator and want to help out, reach out to him and let him know! I'd definitely like to see where the project goes and wish it good luck.
Go Fast with LEGO Technic
Fast & Furious and LEGO have teamed up to show off the Technic set Dom's Dodge Charger and how it can beat the pants off any other set around. Complete with a voice track made with Vin Diesel's lines from the films, head over to The Fast Saga YouTube channel to watch Fast & Furious x LEGO Dom's Dodge Charger
, which is a pretty epic ninety seconds. It seems like the video is a part of the marketing for the upcoming F9 film, which is sadly six months away still due to COVID-19. Anyway, go give it a watch and something about family!
Twitch Tuesday Dives Into a New Game
Tuesday again already? Awesome! In a couple of hours, at 7:30 PM Eastern, we'll be launching our stream over on the BZPower Twitch channel
to begin playing a new-old game. Years ago we started playing LEGO Dimensions but ran into some game issues that kept us from progressing. Since then we've played just about every other LEGO game from TT Games and it's time to give it another shot. What's more, our setup has advanced a bit since the last time we played, so with any luck you'll be able to see the portal while we play. I look forward to testing things out tonight and seeing how it goes!
Today LEGO and Nintendo are announcing the next wave of Super Mario sets, growing the theme with more expansion sets, power-up packs, character packs, and a new adventure maker set! When combined with the original starter set released earlier this year, there's even more options for you to create and compete in your own custom Mario levels. The seven sets will go on sale in January 2021 and range in price from $5 for a character pack to $60 for the Master Your Adventure Maker Set. For the reveal trailer, high-res images, and full press release, read on!
Monday, November 16, 2020
LEGO Starts Initiative Against Cyberbullying
Earlier today LEGO posted a press release about an awesome new program they're starting: The LEGO Group launches new range of activities to help the whole family feel empowered to act against cyberbullying
. They created a 'Build & Talk' activity guide that follows the UNICEF guidelines and advice for how to talk to your kids about serious issues while playing with bricks. They also will be hosting a livestream on the topic at 6 PM CET on November 20th (12 PM EST, 9 AM PST) featuring the LEGO Group's Vice President of Design, Matthew James Ashton and Senior Design Manager, Amy Corbett from LEGO Masters. Finally, LEGO Friends and Peppy Pals teamed up to create a series of new experiences in the LEGO Life app to raise awareness on cyberbullying and what to do if you see someone being bullied or have been bullied yourself. This is a very important issue and I'm happy to see LEGO doing their part to help!
Sunday, November 15, 2020
LEGO Colosseum Designer Video
After revealing their largest set to date earlier this week, LEGO has now shared the 10276 LEGO Colosseum Designer Video
going into the details and design of the model. You can watch and hear from LEGO Designer Rok Kobe about how the model was engineered so you can pick it up, how the different types of architectural columns were modeled, and how any change to the design had to be repeated forty times to populate throughout the build. There's a lot of other great insight into the set and what it took to make it happen, and it's well worth your time to give it a watch!
Saturday, November 14, 2020
The 10k Club Keeps Growing
It seems like every couple of days we're sharing at least one new project joining the 10k Club over on LEGO Ideas. First up we have the Auto Union Type C Racecar
by redera00, a 1:8 scale model of the 1936 racecar with a ton of details from the 16-cylinder engine down to the leather-wrapped steering wheel. There's also the Automated Garbage Truck
by MochiMaster and his son Alexander Hamsterton. While it may just look like a simple LEGO City garbage truck, you need to watch the video to see the awesome functions that the duo has packed in. Both vehicle builds look like they would be a lot of fun to assemble, play with, and display. We wish them good luck during the review phase!
Friday, November 13, 2020
Today LEGO is announcing the largest LEGO set ever, eclipsing even the Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon. The 10276 Colosseum captures the iconic landmark in brick form that comes in at nearly two feet wide. The set contains 9036 pieces, and when it goes on sale this Black Friday (November 27th) it will set you back $550 in the US. To see the set in all its tan glory, watch the reveal videos, and read the press release to learn all about it, read on!
Thursday, November 12, 2020
LEGO Wants You to Build So They Can Give
For the fourth year in a row, LEGO has kicked off the #BuildToGive campaign, asking fans all over the world to share their holiday themed creations on social media. For each MOC shared using the hashtag, LEGO will donate a set to a child in need this season, brightening their life with the joy of play. You can read all about the program in the press release in the LEGO newsroom
or on the #BuildToGive website
, which also includes inspirational instructions. This is a fantastic initiative that costs you nothing to participate in, but could make someone's life better. So get building!
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
A Duo of Projects Join the 10k Club
Two projects at LEGO Ideas have recently joined the esteemed 10k Club by getting ten thousand votes of support on the platform. Go check out Jumanji of 1995
by NIKANA, which recreates the house from the twenty-five year old film (wow...) and many different scenes on the inside. I love how it's designed to split down the center! We also have The Little Venice
by Bricky_Brick, the fan designer of Pirates of Barracuda Bay and three other projects that achieved their support goals. This particular build captures a slice of life in the floating city, with lots of fantastic little details. They're both amazing creations and I wish them the best of luck during the review phase!
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Tuesday, November 10, 2020
I guess I didn't get enough of playing LEGO videogames this past weekend, because I'll be back at it tonight! Since it is indeed Tuesday, you'll find us over at the BZPower Twitch channel
starting at 7:30 PM Eastern as we trade the controller for the (fake) guitar and head back into LEGO Rock Band. Last week we finished the penultimate Rock Power Challenge, so the end is nigh in our time for this game. Come swing by before we wrap up the campaign and move on to the next title. I look forward to rocking out and chatting with you tonight!
Unleash the Swarms
While BZPower member Distorted wasn't sure if his latest creation belonged in Bionicle-Based Creations or System-Based Creations, I think it straddles the line perfectly as a MOC that couldn't exist without Bionicle despite being built from System bricks. If you wake one...
is a digital build of the Bohrok logo assembled in Bricklink's Stud.io software and rendered in Blender 3D by CeziuM. While it might be impossible to recreate with physical bricks, it's still a beautiful design worthy of recognition. Take a closer look for yourself and see if you can figure out how it goes together!