Thursday, August 13, 2020
New LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special Coming To D+
It's time to make celebrating Life Day cool again with an all new Star Wars holiday special, this time with all the LEGO characters of the new trilogy. "At a mysterious Jedi temple, Rey finds herself hurled into a cross-timeline adventure through beloved moments in Star Wars cinematic history," reports StarWars.com
. Coming November 17 (the official Life Day) to Disney+, the story will intersect with characters we all know and love from all nine movies. Check out the article for some pictures, including Poe Dameron in his Christmas sweater from the upcoming Advent calendar set!
LEGO Announces 60271 Main Square Set Based on TV Series
Did you know that there's a LEGO TV series currently airing on Nickelodeon? Me neither. Apparently LEGO City Adventures is currently in the midst of its second season, and to that end the company announced a new set yesterday
based on the show. Releasing September 1st, 60271 Main Square contains 1517 pieces, 14 minifigures, and will retail for $199.99 in the US. It features a city hall, concert stage, park, diner, tram, and more - playability seems to be the main goal here as the product is aimed squarely at younger fans of the show. Honestly no part of the build looks very intricate or appealing to AFOLs who are used to spending $200 on a set and getting an amazing modular or display piece, so I don't expect many here to be excited for the build. I am curious about the TV show now and might have to see how it compares to Ninjago, Chima, Elves, and other LEGO animated offerings.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
It has been a long time since I had the opportunity to build with LEGO, and even longer than that since I opened up a brand new set. BZPower was kind enough to provide me with the latter in the form of the 42083 Bugatti Chiron
for me to review, an assignment I finally wrapped up around the same time the third model in the series was released--two years later. Over the course of the process, what began as a simple task evolved into a cross-country creative endeavor involving both me and my little brother. Reminiscent of our childhood LEGO adventures, we made something we're both proud to share. Enjoy the gestalt.
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Do you remember a time when "Everything Was Awesome"? BZPower Reporter Xccj remembers. He also remembers a set review that he's been putting off for half a year: 70848 Systar Party Crew from The LEGO Movie 2. Although this set was released a year ago, it's still on store shelves, so let's jump into a quick review to look at the good, the bad, and the awesome.
Matoran in a Galaxy Far, Far Away
If there's one thing that's better than cute Bionicle artwork, it's cute Bionicle artwork with a Star Wars crossover. Over in the Comics subforum, BZPower member Aderia recently shared "Takua, No!!"
, which is their interpretation of what might happen if Takua met Captain Rex. I especially appreciate the attention to detail in using the Matoran Alphabet and Aurebesh for the word bubbles, which adds a nice bit of in-universe flair. Go give it a look yourself and let the artist know what you think!
We hope you'll join us tonight at the BZPower Twitch channel
starting at 7:30 PM Eastern as we play some LEGO videogames! Last week we finished up the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull campaign in LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues, which means we get to go back to the beginning: Raiders of the Lost Ark! I'm excited to dive into the story of the classic film and see how it differs from the first LEGO Indiana Jones game. There should be a lot of fun dodging boulders, digging in the desert, and keeping our eyes shut tight. See you there!
Monday, August 10, 2020
Double Dose of Over-Achievers
This week in the 10k Club Interviews, Jacob has chatted with two builders who had very different projects reach the lofty and much-desired goal. First you can check out EdouardClo Captains The Great Fishing Boat!
to learn about the young French builder with a passion for the ocean. When you're done there, it's time to learn about Viv Grannell's Sonic Mania Green Hill Zone! (Best enjoyed with a Chili Dog)
and the Irish Sonic fan who took their inspiration from one of their favorite videogame series. As always they're worth a read, so zip on over and read fast!
Sunday, August 9, 2020
Tomorrow is 810NICLE Day!
Tomorrow the LEGO Bionicle fan community will be celebrating 810NICLE Day, where a number of groups will be gathering together to show off cool projects they've been working on, highlight awesome community creations, interviewing Ryder Windham, and much more! You'll be able to watch the fun on the Beaverhouse YouTube
channels starting at 10 AM Eastern! A full schedule of the day's activities is up on BIOsector01
. It's shaping up to be a great event and I look forward to tuning in!
Saturday, August 8, 2020
The new LEGO Art line has some mosaic sets that will let you recreate some cool art, like the Andy Warhol
pack. But there's no need to limit yourself to one style of art. An example of a Bionicle twist can be seen in this tweet
from PrinceGalidor, AKA Nick Vas. It's a very colorful Hau, and makes me excited to think of what other kinds of cool mosaics people will start making from these.
Friday, August 7, 2020
How LEGO is Helping During the Pandemic
Back in April we shared
that LEGO was planning to donate $50 million to support children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this week, they provided some followup
on how those efforts were going. They highlighted four groups - People in Need, Les Apprentis d'Auteuil, DEIN MUNCHEN, and Fundacion Dibujando un Manana - in four countries that they have partnered with to provide aid and learning tools to those who need them. I'm glad we have received some insight into this work, and it's great to see kids all over the world get some much appreciated help.
Thursday, August 6, 2020
A Baker's Dozen in the 10k Club
While that title isn't technically accurate right now, I think it may not be unreasonable to imagine that it will be in the future. Recently, The Bakery
by Bricky_Brick received its ten-thousandth vote of support on LEGO Ideas. If the username sounds familiar, it's because they're the builder behind Pirates of Barracuda Bay as well as the Brickwest Studios, History Museum, and The Train Station: Studgate projects, all of which have also achieved ten thousand votes on the platform. They also currently have six other active projects with over five thousand votes, so we'll probably hear about them again soon. Anyway, the creation is an 1890s city bakery with all the details and little stories we love in the official LEGO modular buildings. I love the time period and all the era-specific inclusions that really make this set pop. Best of luck to it in the review phase!
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Rising from the depths of the earth, the presence of a power from the long past rises and makes itself known again. Yes, that's right, it's a set review by BZPower Reporter Xccj. Today's set is 80010 Demon Bull King from the new Monkey Kid theme. Is this set worth unleashing an ancient evil to get, or should it remained buried in its underground tomb? Read on to find out!
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
The Fastest Mecha Alive
I was perusing through the BZPower Flickr group
recently and came across a creation with an immediately familiar silhouette. Despite my first reaction looking at the thumbnail, Mecha Sonic
by Kevin H. is not their interpretation of Sonic the Hedgehog, but a boss from Sonic & Knuckles for the Sega Genesis. This works out perfectly, with the blockier LEGO shapes really lending themselves to the source material. The minifig-scale plate for the eyes is the obvious standout part, but I love the minifig helmets used as the shoulder and hip joints as well. Of course, from a constraction perspective the Toa Nuva shoulder armor works very well as the top of the head, allowing the ears to poke through just a little bit, and it's complimented by the newer CCBS shoulder pauldron as the bottom. Go check the build out for yourself!
Thankfully the tropical storm has made its way past my house and I don't have to worry about any more power outages tonight. Why is tonight so special? Because it's Tuesday and that means we get to play videogames over on the BZPower Twitch Channel
! Join us at 7:30 PM Eastern when we dive back into LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues to wrap up the events of The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (so I guess we can't blame you too much if you skip this week and wait until we get to the good movies next time). Bad writing aside, the game is still fun and offers its own unique mechanics that I continue to discover week after week. So stop on by to cheer us on as we discover the secret space aliens that started civilization, or whatever the movie was about.
Monday, August 3, 2020
Your Weekly Dose of 10k Club
As has become the pattern, two new interviews with 10k Club members have been posted today over on the LEGO Ideas blog. You can start by discovering more about Steven Wayne Howard's Mini-fig Scale Project Gemini
, which is one that I definitely have my fingers crossed for. Afterwards, you can read as avilabrick Hits a Strike With The Retro Bowling Alley!
which is a bit more terrestrial but still an awesome build. Go behind the scenes with the builders and their projects to learn how they got to be part of the ever-growing prestigious group on the Ideas platform.
Sunday, August 2, 2020
Watch Out Redbeard, the Imperials are Coming!
Perhaps spurred on by the success of 21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay, two new projects have recently achieved ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas. Seagull Bay Lighthouse Imperial Fortress
by Delusion Brick and The Fortress - Imperial Army
by Piraten both tackle similar subject matter: the classic Imperial forces that always were trying to lock up the pirates. Both fortresses look great and have lots of awesome features and design elements. While on a high level they cover the same subject matter, the two builders both approached the concept in very different ways and it certainly shows. We'll have to see what happens when they get to the review phase, but I would love to see a set incorporating the best of both builds!
Saturday, August 1, 2020
New August Raffle
And so another month of pandemic begins with a new BZPower giveaway! Head over to the 2020 Member Raffle #8
and enter for a chance to win 75532 Scout Trooper & Speeder Bike, the largest Star Wars Buildable Figure set that was released during the theme's run. Any member of BZPower can enter, and it's free to join, so there's no reason not to enter! Also, congratulations, in no particular order, to Tahu_mistika20, JrMasterModelBuilder, GreshComando, Swert, Mesonak, Rooster Nui, Canama, ~Takava Nirhii~, Gzstg, and BULiK, the winners of all of our July raffles. Maybe that will be you in a month!
Friday, July 31, 2020
LEGO Becomes Most Popular YouTube Brand Channel
It seems that the LEGO YouTube channel has achieved quite an impressive milestone. As Justinas Baltrusaitis reports on Buyshares
, they have recently reached over ten billion views, which is more than any other brand channel. In fact, it's nearly twice as many as the next two channels - Vat19 and IDJVideos.TV - have combined. Don't ask me what brands those two channels represent, but I guess we have to trust the experts here. I guess there's a lot of kids out there who like to watch videos about interlocking bricks (and probably one or two adults)!
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Last Chance for Giveaways, Raffles, and Auctions
There's only a little over a day left to enter the five giveaways and raffles
we have going on right now to help celebrate our nineteenth anniversary. The 71311 Kopaka and Melum - Unity Set and the promo discs are free and open to everyone. We've got a Michael Dorn as Mata Nui VO disc for Premier Members. Then there's two style guides: the 2007 Classic one with proceeds supporting BZPower and the 2009 guide with proceeds supporting Black Lives Matter - which you've already raised over $250 for! And speaking of good causes, don't forget the Kraahkan 5-hole Misprint Kanohi
we're auctioning off to support the SladeChild Foundation! It ends Saturday night, so get your bids in!
LEGO Ideas 10k Hat Trick
Three projects on LEGO Ideas have recently achieved ten thousand votes of support!
Vincent van Gogh: The Starry Night
by legotruman recreates the iconic painting in three dimensions using bricks to capture brushstrokes and includes the painter with a printed version of the artwork.
Gold Rush Mine Train Roller Coaster
by Footonabrick looks like it would be right at home in a Frontierland at a Disney theme park with an awesome roller coaster and carnival games for added fun.
Schitt's Creek: The Rosebud Motel
by seemarkgeek captures the setting of the popular sitcom, which seems to be a popular LEGO Ideas subject.
Best of luck to all three in the review phase!