Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Monkie Kid returns in 2022, and BZPower has advanced copies of the sets! Today we start with the big one: The City of Lanterns. This is part of the next wave of sets that will be available in the Asian market on December 26 and in the rest of the world on January 1, 2022. Here we get a city with a bustling street scene, complete with metro rail, hotel, and eateries. It gives off major Ninjago City vibes, so read, and watch, on to see just how it stacks up.
The December Raffle Has Begun
A new month of course means a new giveaway for all of BZPower's members! Run don't walk to check out the 2021 Member Raffle #12
and enter for a chance to win LEGO Star Wars buildable figure 75112 General Grievous from the very first wave of those sets. Maybe you'll be lucky like CZQ who won the November raffle - you won't know unless you try!
The One and Only LEGO Sports Videogame
It's Wednesday, which means that for a few more weeks, at least, we get a new episode of the Bits N' Bricks podcast. Hosts Ethan Vincent and Brian Crecente cover LEGO Football Mania (or Soccer Mania as it was known in the US), the 2002 game from Silicon Dreams, the same developer that made LEGO Island 2. Head over to YouTube or your favorite podcast platform to listen to Season 4, Episode 42 - How a Soccer Net Almost Killed Football Mania
and hear from former Silicon Dreams employees David Whitehead and Mark James, the lead artist and lead engineer, respectively, about their time developing the game. It was interesting to hear about some of the discussions about how many liberties they could take with the LEGO minifigure to make them work in a sports game, and the foundation that put in place for future titles. Go give it a listen!
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
The Meeting Point Meets Its Goal
Recently another cool creation has entered the hallowed halls of the LEGO Ideas 10k Club. Don't be late to check out: The Meeting Point
by Lepralego, which captures the looks of modern and historic architecture wrapped around a train station. This is the builder's third time joining the club, proving that their original ideas and attention to detail garner both notice and votes. We'll keep our fingers crossed for a favorable review result!
The Xbox Black Friday Sale Continues With Deals on LEGO Games
Black Friday and even Cyber Monday have already come and gone, but that doesn't mean there aren't deals to be had! Xbox Live's Major Nelson shared the latest Deals With Gold
that still includes a whole slew of LEGO videogames that you can add to your collection. There's always more baddies to beat and more things to collect, so if you're looking for some entertainment this holiday season, you might find it here!
It's the last day of November, and that means that not only do we get to play some LEGO videogames tonight, we also get to give away a set during the stream! So come on by the BZPower Twitch channel
starting at 7:30 PM Eastern as we continue playing through The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame and work our way towards collecting all of the Master Pieces. You can vote in our survey to be entered for a chance to win a free LEGO set and help us decide what world in LEGO Dimensions to visit next week. See you all there!
Monday, November 29, 2021
Build a Star, Donate a LEGO Set to a Child in Need
This one snuck under our radar earlier this month. At the beginning of November, The LEGO Group started their fifth annual #BuildToGive campaign, encouraging people to spread a positive message around the globe for a good cause. All you have to do is build a LEGO star that can be as simple or complex as you want to make it and share it on social media with the #BuildToGive hashtag and The LEGO Group will add another set to the amount they donate to children in hospitals, orphanages, and vulnerable communities this holiday season. Last year they broke a million sets donated, and this year they hope to reach 1.5 million, and it's easy to help! You can learn more about the initiative in the press release
or on the Build To Give landing page
Sunday, November 28, 2021
LEGO Builder's Journey Releases for Xbox
Originally an Apple Arcade exclusive, LEGO Builder's Journey made the jump to Steam and the Nintendo Switch this summer. Now it's been ported to another platform: Xbox! You can buy it now in the Xbox Store
and it's even on sale for 20% off. You can pick it up for $16 and play it on either an Xbox One or an Xbox Series X|S. We had a lot of fun playing it on Twitch Tuesday, and I certainly recommend people check it out if they haven't already!
The 10k Club Grows By One
A new project has achieved ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas over the past twenty-four hours. Head over to the website to check out Downtown Records
by HarrisBricks, who has made it to the 10k Club for the first time! The model features amazing details and techniques and could be a great addition to the Ideas theme, with a nice brick exterior and a detailed multi-level interior. Perhaps we'll get lucky and it will become a set, but until we know for sure I'll just enjoy the beautiful MOC!
Saturday, November 27, 2021
Who Needs a Sale When You Can Win a Set For Free?
If Black Friday shopping is your thing, hopefully you've been scoring some great deals on LEGO sets and whatever else is on your wish list. But don't forget that the 2021 Member Raffle #11
is still going on for a few more days and it's free to enter! You could be the lucky winner of a 75523 Scarif Stormtrooper as featured in 2016's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, just by adding your name to the list! Best of luck to all those who enter, and we'll be back in a few days for our next giveaway!
Learn About the Latest LEGO Star Wars Game
Earlier this month Dan Brooks from StarWars.com spoke to several people involved in the recently-released LEGO Star Wars: Castaways, an Apple Arcade title allowing you to design your own character and go on adventures in the galaxy far far away. Go read the interview
to hear from Lee Kaburis, game manager at Gameloft, Jacques Durand, creative director at Gameloft, and Craig Derrick, Lucasfilm Games executive producer about how the concept for the game came into existence, why it was inspired by Disney Parks, and what you can expect if you go play it. The game certainly has a fun premise and I hope that, like LEGO Builder's Journey, it eventually sees a wider release!
Friday, November 26, 2021
Go Under the Hood of the UCS AT-AT
Today The LEGO Group has shared their latest designer video going behind the scenes of one of their fantastic sets. Head on over to YouTube to watch the LEGO Star Wars 75313 UCS AT-AT Designer Video
and hear from LEGO Design Master Henrik Andersen. The skilled designer talks about the challenges and solutions to get such a large set to stand on its own and also shows off the interior and the play features. He hints at some easter eggs, but apparently you'll have to wait until you build it yourself (or read a review) to find out what they are. I honestly wish the video for such a massive set had been longer and gone into even more detail!
10k Club Interview Pair-Up
The LEGO Ideas team keeps churning out interviews with members of the vaunted 10k Club. In a double-double interview, you can learn about both the Movie Set and The Nanny by Lionel Martin and Max Brich
, a duo with two projects currently in review. Then you can head over to meet Andrea Lattanzio, The Creator of A-Frame Cabin
who made it to the club for the first time. It's always nice to learn about these builders and their LEGO stories!
Thursday, November 25, 2021
To all those celebrating today I'd like to wish you a happy Thanksgiving on behalf of BZPower! We hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday celebrating in whatever manner you see fit. Hopefully there's good food, family and friends, and everything that makes the occasion special for you and yours. I am, as always, thankful for the BZPower community and all the wonderful Bionicle fans I've gotten the chance to meet and interact with over the years. Your passion keeps us going!
The LEGO Group and Foundation Support Flood-Affected Families
Earlier this year, unprecedented flooding impacted portions of Germany, destroying entire villages and causing large amounts of damage. Earlier this week, The LEGO Group and the LEGO Foundation announced a 960k EUR grant to support children and families affected by the disastrous flooding in Germany
, with the funds going to the German Red Cross. The money will be used to help rebuild several kindergartens wiped out by the natural disaster as well as to build a family aid center. It's fantastic to see the company helping the local communities in the wake of these horrible events.
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Now You're Building With Portals
BZPower Member Distorted has shared one of his latest builds over in the Bionicle-Based Creations subforum. Go check out Terminal
to see what you can do with a couple dozen Toa Metru feet and some interesting techniques. The MOC was created as part of a series at The New Elementary - head over there to check out Old Elementary: Part 2 of the LEGO BIONICLE 20th Anniversary Festival
to learn about some classic parts and see what some talented builders have done to use them. But back to the Terminal; I love the splashes of color provided by the dark red feet, the orange elbows, and the trans-light blue pieces to stand out against the silver and grey. The shape itself is almost mesmerizing, like if you stare at it too long you might get hypnotized. Go take a closer look for yourself and see what you think!
A New Take on a Classic Theme Joins the 10k Club
A new project has achieved ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas recently: Castle Outpost
by xXgGhostXx, who is newcomer to the 10k Club. Clearly showing the passion of castle fans out there, the model features a modular construction allowing you to get to all the nooks and crannies to check out the intricate details the builder included. Perhaps medieval fanatics will get lucky and it will become an official set, but until we know for sure I'll just enjoy the beautiful MOC!
How LEGO Bricks and Forza Joined Forces
Earlier today, the latest episode of the Bits N' Bricks podcast went live, covering a relatively recent addition to the LEGO games collection: the collaboration between Speed Champions and Forza Horizon 4. Head to YouTube or your preferred podcast platform to listen to Season 4, Episode 41 - When Forza Cars Met LEGO Bricks
and hear from Ethan Vincent and Brian Crecente as they talk to former design manager for LEGO Speed Champions Craig Callum, LEGO Game senior producer Jared Bals, and Forza Horizon Creative Director Mike Brown about the partnership. It was really interesting to learn about how the conversation between the two groups started, developed, and became the DLC we now know. I was also intrigued to hear about the process of incorporating the LEGO sets into the reality-based world of Forza and what liberties were taken to make it work, as well as the storytelling side of the experience. Check it out!
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
LEGO Employees Get Bigger Bonuses and Time Off
In the wake of The LEGO Group's impressive performance in the first half of the year
, it looks like the company has decided to pass on a bit of those profits to its employees. As reported by Bloomberg yesterday
, over twenty thousand employees will get additional time off and bonuses across the board should see a boost. Hopefully this includes the many factory and retail workers who had to continue to go to their plants and stores during the pandemic and have certainly earned some additional compensation. In any event, it's always nice when companies reward employees and not just the executive leadership!
It's Tuesday again already? Come on by the BZPower Twitch channel
tonight starting at 7:30 PM Eastern as we hop back into The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame. We made some solid progress last week, so hopefully we can keep up the pace tonight as we collect more master pieces. See you there!
Monday, November 22, 2021
Construction Has Begun On LEGOLAND Shanghai
Last week ground was broken in the Jinshan District of southwestern Shanghai, where the next LEGOLAND resort is being constructed. The park is expected to open in 2024 and will span nearly eighty acres of space, according to Xinhua
. Among the most interesting tidbits in the article is the revelation that there will be a Monkie Kid-themed section of the park. I'm curious to see what types of rides they come up with to celebrate the theme. Hopefully that means it will stick around until 2024 too - but that is no guarantee, sadly, as Bionicle Blaster's presence at LEGOLAND California clearly indicates.
A New Pair of 10k Interviews
It's time for your next dose of LEGO Ideas builder insight! Kamila has recently shared two more 10k Club Interviews for our reading pleasure. You can head over to their blog to learn about Spaceballs by Tom
and BTS "Dynamite" by Josh Bretz and Jacob
. As per usual, they all go into their LEGO pasts and talk about what inspired them to create their respective projects. It's always nice to get that behind the curtain look, so go give both a read!
Sunday, November 21, 2021
Apply for LEGO Masters Season 3
It would appear that LEGO Masters will return to the United States for a third season! If you're interested in applying and can get away from work or school for five to seven weeks sometime between February and April of next year, head over to the casting call website
and sign up! Be prepared to answer a lot of questions about you and your teammate (although you don't need to have one) to prove that you have what it takes to make it on the show. Best of luck to all the applicants, and I can't wait to see what the third season brings!
Saturday, November 20, 2021
Two LEGO Ideas Fan Votes are Open
The LEGO Ideas team has kicked off the fan vote portion of two of the contests that have been running on the platform. You can cast your vote in The LEGO NINJAGO & 1-Button Game Challenge
and Strike a chord with the Fender Stratocaster!
contests until November 25th and November 26th, respectively. Your voice will help decide who wins some fabulous prizes in each, so take the time to check out all the finalists and pick your favorites!
Most sales are happening next week on Black Friday. LEGO is enticing some early holiday (or personal, if we're being honest) shopping with VIP Weekend today and tomorrow. Among several Gifts with Purchase
, VIP members can enjoy double VIP points on all their purchases. Check out the deals, then check your shopping list to make the most of this offer.
Friday, November 19, 2021
Building a Bust this Weekend
Our next live build will be this Sunday, November 21st as we assemble the lovely-looking and iconic LEGO Star Wars set 75304 Darth Vader Helmet! *Insert raspy breathing noises here.* Join us at 1 PM Eastern on the BZPower Twitch channel
to see this model come together and win some prizes! We're looking forward to seeing you there!
Thursday, November 18, 2021
LEGO Float Coming to the Thanksgiving Parade
If the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a highlight of your turkey day, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for The Brick-Changer
next week. The part turkey, part dragon creature will be joined by pop singer Zoe Wees as it, "rebuilds a drab LEGO brick landscape into a whimsical, bustling city that is bursting with color." I couldn't tell you the last time I watched the event, but maybe this will make me tune in. How about you?
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
A Matoran Named Kanohi
BZPower member Harvali has been enjoying the BZPRPG now that it's kicked off again, and wrote a short story about their character in the game. Head on over to the Library to read "What Do You See?"
to learn a bit more about the Matoran known as 'Kanohi.' It's a quick read, but provides some nice insight to the villager and to the setting of the game. If you like it, let the author know and maybe check out the BZPRPG itself for more collaboratively-created stories!
LEGO Batman 2 is Free on Xbox Live
From now through November 30th, Xbox Live Gold members can pick up a classic LEGO videogame for free! Head on over to grab LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes
, which can be played on any console since the Xbox 360. While the title may be a bit dated, there's still a lot of fun to be had and plenty to play through if you want to get 100% completion!
Learn About a Prolific 10k Club Builder
The 10k Club Interview stream continues today with Kamila sharing some insight on the Imperial Island Fort by Florian
. While we've already met Florian aka BrickHammer several times in the past, it was interesting to see that this was actually the first project he submitted to LEGO Ideas - it just took longer to reach ten thousand votes than his later ones. So while you might remember some things about the builder, it's still worth reading to hear about the project and how he got his LEGO Ideas start!