Monday, October 19, 2020
A New Pair of Projects Join the 10k Club
The past week has seen two new creations achieve ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas, tossing their hats in the ring of consideration to be made into actual sets. First up we've got the Classic Castle
by DERBOOR, which captures some of the feel of those castle sets from the 1980s while using modern parts and building techniques for a higher level of detail and fuller presentation. Next up is a bit of a unique one, the Open MRI
by Apollo Exconde, who is a MRI radiographer and built the model to help explain to patients the MRI procedure in one of four configurations depending on the situation. These two projects probably couldn't be more different, which certainly says something about the Ideas platform. Best of luck to them both when they get to the review phase!
Sunday, October 18, 2020
The Harry Potter fandom has been in a weird place the past few months, given the brand's creator, author J K Rowling, tweeting some very hurtful things against minority groups and people. Boycotts of the Wizarding World products have occurred, while actors from the movies have shared nothing but love for all fans. LEGO, a big distributor of such products, have addressed their ties to the brand and its cashflow. Read on for their message of inclusion and their business details for the sets.
Saturday, October 17, 2020
LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special Coming in November
It was announced this past week over on StarWars.com
that a new Star Wars Holiday Special would be coming out this year. Forget 1978's mess with Chewie's son Lumpy and Boba Fett on a dinosaur, this year it's all about LEGO! The brick-infused show will be premiering on Disney+ this Life Day - November 17th for those of you not keeping track - and will feature voice talent from the live action films and animated shows. Among the cast will be Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker, Tom Kane as Yoda and Qui-Gon Jinn, James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Dee Bradley Baker as the clone troopers. The LEGO Star Wars games and shows have always had a great sense of humor while sticking to the core of what makes the universe great, so I'm definitely looking forward to checking this installment out in a month!
Friday, October 16, 2020
Fiat Live Build This Sunday
Our next LEGO live build will be this Sunday at the usual time of 1 PM Eastern! We've got the Creator Expert 10271 Fiat 500 set and will be building it, chatting with all of our viewers, and of course giving away some LEGO sets all at the same time! I'm curious to see how it compares to some of the other Creator Expert cars that we've built over the years. We're looking forward to the stream and hope to see you over on the BZPower Twitch channel
on October 18th!
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Today Simone Giertz, a maker and inventor with a large Internet following, has unveiled her latest project. She joined forces with the LEGO Mindstorms team to use the programmable brick, motors, and sensors to create a Dog Selfie Booth for her pup Scraps. Not one to be confined by the rules, the build might leave LEGO purists a bit aghast, but overall I think it's a great collaboration showing off the inspiration LEGO can provide and supporting the idea that if you can dream it, you can build it. Read on to check out the reveal video, some images of the photo booth, complete with a cute dog, and the full press release!
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
The LEGO Group's Julia Goldin Ranks Among Top CMOs
I'm pretty sure a decade ago I had never heard of a Chief Marketing Officer, and here we are in 2020 with Forbes announcing their top 50 CMOs from around the globe
. Julia Goldin from LEGO places just out of the top five at number six, which is incredibly impressive considering she beat out her equivalents at the likes of Google, Microsoft, Volkswagen, Facebook, Netflix, and many other household names. They cite the company's #letsbuildtogether campaign as well as the donations to support children in need worldwide, whether it be due to the pandemic or systemic discrimination and similar issues. I'm glad to see LEGO and Goldin called out as leaders in the field and hope that they continue to work hard to maintain their position.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
A Terrific Transforming Toa
Recently a group of Bionicle builders organized a collaboration drawing from the 2008 story, recreating both the Phantoka and Mistika from that year. BZPower member Pohaturon's contribution was Toa Pohatu Phantoka
- go figure! Inspired by the original set's twin propellers, he took the build one step further and designed a MOC that could transform from a recognizable Toa into a twin-rotor helicopter. I love how well both forms work so seamlessly. It's definitely worth a closer examination, and after you do that make sure you head over to Flickr
to check out the rest of the reimagined Toa and Makuta!
Another Tuesday means another evening of LEGO gaming! As per usual, tonight at 7:30 PM Eastern we'll be going live on the BZPower Twitch channel
to immerse ourself in the life of a minifigure rock star in LEGO Rock Band. The fans, the studs, the fame, the glory - all of it will be ours for the taking if we can tap buttons quickly enough in the correct order. Come by the stream to watch, chat, and heckle when stupid mistakes are made. With luck, I won't fail out of any songs and we'll get through at least one more Rock Power Challenge. See you there!
Monday, October 12, 2020
A 10k Teamup Interview
The most recent LEGO Ideas 10k Club interview slipped by us a couple of weeks ago, but thankfully there haven't been any others since to cause a backlog. Hasan from the Ideas team would like to introduce you to Valerie & Matthew, creators of Blue Origin New Glenn Rocket
, a duo separated by half the world who managed to come together to create an awesome project that received ten thousand votes of support. Even though it wasn't approved to become a set, there's still plenty you can learn by reading about their building an promoting processes, plus it's cool to learn about the fans behind the projects!
Sunday, October 11, 2020
Two More IPs Hit 10K on LEGO Ideas
Two more LEGO Ideas projects have achieved 10,000 votes, both coming from popular IPs: Avatar: The Last Airbender
and Red Dwarf
. Both themes have strong fanbases among various pop culture geeks, and both have a history with LEGO. Avatar had a line of sets over a decade ago, and Red Dwarf makes an appearance in LEGO Dimensions. That coordination between companies might come in handy in deciding which projects become sets, so best of luck to each in the next review round.
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Now is the perfect time to get your holiday shopping done early, or pick up that set you've been holding back on. LEGO Shop at Home is offering double VIP points until October 20. With all the new stuff that's been announced lately, exclusives, polybags added, sales, and by using this link
to support BZPower, why not take advantage of double VIP points? There's always something for everyone, and it's nice having the points at the ready to treat yourself.
Friday, October 9, 2020
A Plethora of LEGO Game Sales
Earlier this week Xbox Live's Major Nelson announced This Week's Deals With Gold And Spotlight Sale Plus Publisher Sale
, featuring over a hundred games and DLC for Xbox offered at a discount. Of note, just about all of the currently available LEGO games are reduced from between 50% to 75% off, making for some great savings! You have through October 12th to take advantage of the offer, so give everything a look and see what you'd like to add to your collection. Personally I've already gotten just about all of the older titles, so I'm waiting for some of the newer ones to go a little cheaper so I can get digital copies and not have to worry about discs anymore.
Thursday, October 8, 2020
While we should all acknowledge that ISO 8601
is the superior date format, many countries in Europe and elsewhere in the world use the day-month-year format (not that the US month-day-year is much better), making today the second 810NICLE day of the year! Formatting pedantry aside, while the collective Bionicle community isn't hosting a stream today, we do have something awesome to share. It turns out LEGO loves the idea of the fan 'holiday' and as a result the LEGO Idea House has provided us with some early concept artwork for LEGO BIONICLE that Christian Faber drew in the late 1990s. Read on to check it out!
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
More Projects Join the 10k Club
Recently two new builds on LEGO Ideas have reached the coveted ten thousand votes of support. Go check out Brick Town Police Station
by Bricked1980 and Bag End
by saabfan to see if they're sets you'd buy. This is neither builder's first time reaching the milestone, although only saabfan has had an idea turned into a set. As for the new models, the police station is a great-looking build, although considering current events might not be the best choice for a high-profile set. Bag End is also fantastic, and while I unfortunately don't see it becoming a set since we've already gotten an official one, I love how it's built to come right out of the book. We'll see how things go when they make it to review, but whether or not we can buy them some day both designers deserve a big congratulations for making it this far!
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Six Seconds of Frames
We've featured some work
by BZPower member phinto in the past as they have posted their artistic interpretations of Bionicle characters in a unique and adorable style. Recently they shared their animation test scene
, which is a brief lip-sync test using audio from the Mask of Light and new animation of their original Matoran 3D models. While it's only six seconds long, the topic description seems to hint that it may be part of a larger project. Whether it is or it isn't, you should still go give it a watch and then share your feedback with the artist!
Welcome to Tuesday! Of course that means we're going to be playing some videogames tonight over on the BZPower Twitch channel
and you're all invited to watch! Starting at around 7:30 PM Eastern we'll be diving back in the LEGO Rock Band to play more songs and continue our journey to become minifigure rock legends. Hopefully we'll get to some new songs and won't have quite as many repeats as last week, but either way it should be a lot of fun! Hoping to see you all there!
You might remember last year when LEGO announced the Rebuild the World campaign
with lofty goals and a weird video. Today they're sharing the results of some new efforts with that project in the form of a thirteen foot globe covered in the creations of children. Kids shared their brick-builds with LEGO, and then model builders reconstructed them to include them in the project. LEGO has shared some videos and a bunch of images of the results, along with a press release, which you can read on to see! In addition, they also shared a video of an event that took place in Stuttgart, Germany bringing people together while keeping physical distance to spread the joy of LEGO building. It's a bit short on details, but it's certainly an interesting watch.
Monday, October 5, 2020
Get Your LEGO Art Displayed in Denmark
LEGO Ideas has launched a new contest that could see your creation displayed at the new LEGO campus in Billund, Denmark. Break out your bricks because you have until November 3rd to make a piece of brick art that's as awesome as possible. While they use the example of the new LEGO Art mosaics, in reading the rules your MOC can be anything that could be considered art. Five winners will be selected, and in addition to having their builds displayed in the birthplace of the brick, they will also get one complete series of LEGO Art mosaics, meaning multiple copies of a single set so they can build all of the variations at once (or the combined build in the case of Star Wars and Marvel). It's certainly an awesome opportunity, so I wish you all the best of luck!