Thursday, April 15, 2021
Bionicle Creator Gives a TED Talk
Recently the Technical University Of Denmark put on a TEDx event inviting people to share their ideas with the world. One of the participants was none other than Bionicle co-creator Christian Faber, whose topic was "Turning human weakness into creative superfuel
." The talk covers his personal journey that brought him to advertising and eventually helping to create the Bionicle brand, but he goes on from there to share what he's learned along the way and how people can use that learning to propel us into the future. It's an inspiring story and one worth watching and giving some thought to. Hopefully you can take away something positive from the talk that you can apply to your own life!
A Classic Rahi Remastered
I'm sure many Bionicle fans are familiar with the Kanohi Dragon, a fan-made creation that won a LEGO Magazine contest and became one of the early additions to the canon from outside of The LEGO Group. We've come a long way in building techniques and piece selection since then, not to mention the huge improvement in digital construction tools. That led BZPower member Toa Chuck to create his take on The Kanohi Dragon
, quite an enormous creation that would be impressive to see in real life. Go check it out in the BBC forum and let the builder know what you think of it!
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Bits N' Bricks Wraps Up Season One
Earlier today the latest episode of the fantastic Bits N' Bricks podcast was released, bringing the first season to a close. You read that right, although originally intended to run for only about a dozen episodes, and after making nearly twenty and receiving a ton of positive feedback, they have decided to keep going. For now, you can listen to Episode 19 - To Be Continued
to hear Brian Crecente and Ethan Vincent be joined by LEGO Group associate product lead Nannan Li, senior director of LEGO Games Asia-Pacific Ronny Scherer, and producer Dave Tach to discuss the origins of the podcast, their favorite moments, and their plans for the future. It looks like it will keep going through the rest of 2021 in several seasons with little breaks in the middle. They even hinted that they might be discussing Rock Raiders and Bionicle games in the future! As long as they keep talking, I'll keep listening.
Modular Expansion Joins the 10k Club
Ever felt like you needed to spice up your LEGO modular city display but didn't have the time to design your own MOCs? Well you're in luck because a new LEGO Ideas project has achieved ten thousand votes of support: Lego Modular Expansion Pack
by Fargo73, who is making their 10k Club debut. The project includes a collection of roads and parks on baseplates that are designed to work with the Creator Expert modulars, as well as a bevy of smaller models, from a newsstand to a statue. All of the builds feature amazing details and techniques and could be a great addition to the Ideas theme, complimenting the popular modular buildings targeted at adults and other advanced builders. We'll keep our fingers crossed for a favorable review result!
April 2021 Double VIP Points from LEGO
The experience with ordering from LEGO this last year has been a bit of a bumpy ride; with the pandemic going on, supplies are limited but people are stuck at home ordering more sets, so the availability of certain models has been up and down. What we haven't seen in a while is a Double VIP points event, but that changes now! Until 4-20-2021, you can get double VIP points on all items ordered through Shop.LEGO.com
. This includes items like the new #10283 NASA Space Shuttle Discovery, 10276 Colosseum, or the LEGO Ideas Medieval Blacksmith (although the latter is back-order only, you can still get the points now.) And if you do want to make a purchase, you can use the link above to help support BZPower while you're at it. Could be worthwhile if you want to get a deal on your next LEGO purchase.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Build a Sensational Seaside Rendezvous
The LEGO Ideas team has kicked off a new contest, the winner of which will have their model turned into an upcoming Gift-With-Purchase set! Go read Jacob's announcement
of the 'Do you want to go to the seaside?' competition to learn how your 150-250-piece set depicting any sort of coastal-themed build could net you an awesome prize pack in addition to the above-mentioned honor. You have until 6 AM Eastern on May 11th, 2021 to construct, photograph, and submit your MOC. That's less than a month, so you had better read the full rules
and break out your bricks!
Happy Tuesday, everyone! As is our habit, we'll be playing some LEGO videogames tonight, diving back into The LEGO Movie: The Videogame on our way to 100% completion of the title. Come by the BZPower Twitch channel
starting at 7:30 PM Eastern tonight to watch us infiltrate President Business' tower and save the people of Bricksburg and all the other worlds! We have four levels left to replay and a handful of other achievements to tackle, then we'll be moving on to our next game before May! Looking forward to blasting robots and chatting with you all tonight!
Monday, April 12, 2021
The LEGO Group Remains the World's Most Reputable Company
The Reputation Institute has released their 2021 Global RepTrak 100 rankings
, which quantifies, "how people feel, think, and act towards companies globally." Coming in at the top of the list for the second year in a row is The LEGO Group, which was also the only company to achieve an 'excellent' score of 80 points or higher. The competition was pretty stiff, with TLG beating out Rolex, Ferrari, Bosch, Harley-Davidson, Canon, Adidas, Disney, Microsoft, and Sony to round out the top ten. Congratulations to them, and hopefully they can keep their sterling reputation clean in the years to come!
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Recently the LEGO AFOLET Team was kind enough to send BZPower a selection of the upcoming sets based on the film Minions: The Rise of Gru, which comes to theaters on July 1st. Today we're taking a look at 75546 Minions in Gru's Lab, which contains 87 pieces and will retail for $20 when it releases on April 26th. Instead of doing a full text and image review, we've just made a couple of videos to share our thoughts on the set. You can watch the review
and the time-lapse build
over on the BZPower YouTube channel. Overall, this set is made for young kids, and there's nothing wrong with that. If you know a child who loves Minions, they'll love this set. For adult builders, there's little here in elements or interesting techniques to make it worth purchasing. If you like Minions and want to collect the characters, for $20 it's not a bad way to snag two of them.
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Looney Tunes Collectible Minifigures Officially Revealed
After leaking and appearing in stores early, The LEGO Group has taken to Twitter
to share the first official look at the next wave of Collectible minifigures. Based on the classic Looney Tunes characters, who date back to the 1930s, you will soon be able to add Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Petunia Pig, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Sylvester, Tweety, the Tasmanian Devil, Marvin the Martian, Speedy Gonzales, and Babs Bunny to your minifigure displays. These figs are presumably being released to cash in on the hype of Space Jam: A New Legacy, which is comign to theaters on July 16th, and I'm sure there are plenty of fans out there who will totally be down to buy them all. How about you - let us know in the Talkback!
Friday, April 9, 2021
The Medieval 10k Club Grows
It's been a jaw-dropping four days since the last time we reported on a LEGO Ideas project achieving ten thousand votes of support - people are slacking! Joining the 10k Club is Medieval Marketplace
by DominikQN, hardly the first model capturing this era that has been submitted to the Ideas team for consideration. I appreciate that the builder kept the size of the model reasonable while still packing in some great details, especially on the clock tower. We wish them the best of luck when they enter their upcoming review phase!
Take a Walk Down Sesame Street
Let's take a trip down memory lane to Sesame Street! Join us on Sunday, April 11th at 1 PM Eastern on the BZPower Twitch channel
as we build the LEGO Ideas set 21324 123 Sesame Street and wax nostalgic about the classic Jim Henson educational show. We'll chat about how Muppets are awesome and give away some free LEGO sets. Hope to see you there!
Thursday, April 8, 2021
A Rahi By Any Other Name
There's been some interesting discussion lately in the Bionicle Storyline & Theories forum about what defines a Rahi in the Matoran Universe. It was kicked off by BZPower Member Zidonaro who asked, Why is Keetongu considered a Rahi?
A variety of points have been brought up and comparisons made, some of which have made even more questions arise! Go join in and share your thoughts or just read through to go a bit more in depth with the lore of Bionicle.
LEGO Masters Returning in June
Last night Fox announced on Twitter
that the second season of the US iteration of LEGO Masters would begin airing on June 1st. Hopefully we'll be learning who the contestants are in the coming two months and with any luck we'll see some familiar faces as we did during the first season. I'm definitely interested to see what changes they make to the format of the show, who will be hosting, and who the judges will be!
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Explore the Ancient Temple
There's been some fantastic Bionicle projects popping up on LEGO Ideas over the past year or so as we make our way to the twentieth anniversary of the theme. One of the latest is The Ancient Temple
by rr.raelis, which features a brick-built Kini Nui, six neat miniature Toa, and a wonderful Vakama to share the Legend of Bionicle. I love how the architecture captures that 2001 vibe of the mysterious, overgrown island that we began exploring in the MNOG. The figures are quite detailed, although the printed tiles for their faces might be difficult to achieve in an actual set. It has my vote of support for sure, and if you like it, consider adding your vote too!
Bits N' Bricks Heads to the Top
It's Wednesday, which means a new episode of the Bits N' Bricks podcast has released. There's not a lot of specific videogame discussion, but that's okay because journalist Brian Crecente and documentarian Ethan Vincent got to sit down (virtually) with Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen and Jorgen Vig Knudstorp, two names in LEGO history that hopefully need no introduction. It was great to hear how Kjeld's background as a hobbyist programmer influenced the company's early forays into technology, and Jorgen was amazingly transparent about mistakes made around LEGO Universe and other decisions during his tenure as CEO. Here's hoping that experience leads to a future of more awesome LEGO games! Go listen to Episode 18 - A Fabled History
on the LEGO Games YouTube channel or your preferred podcast platform today! Word is that next week they'll be discussing the future of the show, which I look forward to learning about!
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Xbox Spring Sale on LEGO Games
Recently Microsoft kicked off their Xbox Spring Sale, which includes over five hundred games and add-ons you can save on. For brick fans, they have a variety of LEGO titles on sale for 50-75% off. I've got my eye on The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame for only $8, but there's a lot of other great deals there to be found. You can see the full list over on Major Nelson's Blog
. Hopefully you can find some fun additions to your collection!
Twitch Tuesday - LEGO Dimensions Edition
Tonight we're heading back to LEGO Dimensions for our weekly videogame stream. The plan is to head to Middle Earth and play through the level and open world areas, collecting things that need collecting and hopefully beating up a whole lot of Orcs! Come on by the BZPower Twitch Channel
starting at 7:30 PM Eastern tonight to watch! I can already hear Howard Shore's music playing and can see the pipe-weed smoke rings coming out of Hobbiton. See you there!
Monday, April 5, 2021
Christmas in April in the 10k Club
Who doesn't love the winter holidays? Even if it feels like they're forever away right now, it'll be December before we know it. In that vein, a new project has reached ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas: Winter Snow Globes
by legotruman, which features a gingerbread house, a Christmas tree, and a snowman encased in transparent globes. The submission is the fifth project this builder has had reach the goal, with Vincent van Gogh: The Starry Night coming out in the future. These MOCs are adorable and replete with fun details and techniques and would be great holiday decorations. We'll keep our fingers crossed for a favorable review result!
Sunday, April 4, 2021
Welcome to Brick Club
This past week The LEGO Foundation announced a partnership with Play Included to revamp the 'Brick-by-Brick' program. The goal is to use LEGO bricks as part of a 'Brick Club' which gives children a space to improve on their social interaction and communication skills, especially those on the autistic spectrum. This is just the next step in an effort that has been around for a while, and more plans exist to expand the program to include materials and lessons for parents to utilize at home to further the education and development of their children. You can learn a lot more over at the press release in the LEGO Newsroom
. Overall, this sounds like an amazing initiative that I hope continues to grow and help kids around the globe.
Saturday, April 3, 2021
Entering the 100k Club
Today might be the first time that a builder has had ten of their projects achieve ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas, a feat that I am dubbing the '100k Club.' The Lisbon Tram
by Bricky_Brick is the tenth model, although only Pirates of Barracuda Bay has made it onto shelves so far. The city street features superb attention to detail as all of the creator's designs do and could be a great addition to the Ideas theme. I like all of the little vignettes included in the MOC and the wide collection of characters. We wish them the best of luck when they enter their upcoming review phase!
Friday, April 2, 2021
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Delayed Again
Earlier today, TT Games shared on Twitter
that LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will not be releasing this spring, as announced in August last year. Originally the game was scheduled to come out before the 2020 holiday season, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was pushed back. At this point it seems like there might be more to the delays than the shift to remote work. I can't imagine that creating a single title that covers the events of at least nine films and features 300 different playable characters is a simple feat, so as much as I want to play the game, I'd rather it be done right than rushed out the door. I'm definitely looking forward to learning more about it and hopefully playing it later this year!
Thursday, April 1, 2021
Revisiting a Rocky World
Over a decade after we discovered that we were in Mata Nui all along, it's time to go back to the barren landscape that fans discovered in 2009. A bunch of builders put together a collaboration of re-imaginings of sets from that year, including BZPower member BrickPharaoh. His contributions can be seen in Return To Bara Magna - Tuma (Wave 1) and Baranus V7 (Wave 2)
, and both builds look fantastic. The use of more recent CCBS pieces in Tuma gives him much smoother lines, which make his spiky weapons and wings stand out that much more. In the second build, I love the use of both the Iruini shields on the chariot and the dragon heads as the lower jaws of Spikit, giving the beast a very vicious visage. Go give both a closer look and make sure you click through to Flickr to see all of the Bara Magna builds!
New Month, New Raffle
Welcome to April! We're out of the practical joke game, so when I tell you that we have a new raffle for you all to enter you should definitely believe me. Head over to the 2021 Member Raffle #4
and drop your name in the hat for a chance to win 75528 Rey, the buildable figure based on the character's appearance in the incredibly popular Star War Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. Whether or not you agree with that last line, free LEGO pieces are still fun and free! You could get lucky and be like ~Xemnas~, who won our March raffle - congrats to him and good luck to you all!