Friday, October 15, 2021
Two New LEGO Ideas Sets Are Coming
Earlier this morning, Hasan from the LEGO Ideas team shared the LEGO Ideas First 2021 Review Results
complete with a video featuring LEGO Model Designer Laura Perron and LEGO Ideas Design Manager Samuel Johnson. They revealed that out of the fifty-seven projects in the current review two would move forward to become sets: Jazz Quartet by Hsinwei Chi and The Office by Jaijai Lewis, proving that persistence can really pay off! Additionally, Harry Finkel's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is remaining in review for additional consideration and may become a set in the future. It's a shame that the other fifty-four ideas won't be making it onto shelves, since there were a lot of amazing models there, but I'm definitely excited to see the two new sets once they make it to their final form!
The LEGO Group and Target to Collaborate on Lifestyle Collection
This December, Target will be your one-stop-shop not just for LEGO sets, but for clothing and household items themed after our favorite bricks. In a press release that went out yesterday, the two companies announced that Target and the LEGO Group Expand Partnership with Limited-Edition Lifestyle Collection, Just in Time for the Holidays
. Apparently there will be nearly three hundred different items available, from various clothing items in child and adult sizes to pet accessories, home goods, and more. You can visit the landing page on the Target website
and save the link for when the collection drops. What would you most like to see be released?
Thursday, October 14, 2021
It Wasn't a Rock, It Was a Rock Lion
BZPower Member ARROW404 has been on a spree lately, sharing a bunch of cool digital MOCs in the Bionicle-Based Creations subforum. One of the ones that caught my eye was the Rock Lion
, a Rahi that never received an official canonical appearance throughout the various Bionicle media over the years. The builder takes advantage of the digital medium to give the beast a glowing mane that is quite striking and adds some great contrast to the build. I also appreciate that as a Gen 1 Rahi, the model uses many parts from the original run, and some like the Bohrok torsos in the legs are very nice! Make sure you go give the creation, as well as ARROW404's other builds, a closer look, and then let him know what you think!
LEGO Ideas Results Coming Tomorrow Plus a Giveaway Today
Earlier today Hasan from the LEGO Ideas team shared that the LEGO Ideas First 2021 Review Results were Postponed
after originally intended to be announced today. They're using the extra day wisely though, by hosting a giveaway in the comments of that blog entry! All you have to do is guess which of the fifty-seven projects in review you think will be selected to become the next LEGO Ideas set. Two lucky winners who guess correctly will win the 21329 Fender Stratocaster and the next set to launch, both signed by the designers! While we're not hosting a giveaway here, we'd love to hear your theories on which project will become the next set before we all find out tomorrow!
Creator Expert Pickup Truck Designer Video Released
Yesterday The LEGO Group shared a new video on their YouTube channel, the LEGO 10290 Pickup Truck Designer Video
. You can go watch to hear from LEGO Designer Pierre Normandin about the inspiration that resulted in this set and the process he went through to create it. He points out a variety of interesting features and design choices and highlights the new prints and stickers the set contains. I love the classic look of this truck and hope to add it to my collection at some point in the future. How about you?
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
The Life and Death of Galidor
The last episode of season three of the Bits N' Bricks podcast released today, and it's a great finale! Hosts Ethan Vincent and Brian Crecente discuss the origins, launch, and failure of Galidor and the associated videogames surrounding it in Episode 37 - The Surreal History of LEGO Galidor
, and boy did I learn some things! There's a bunch of fantastic guests to talk about the journey, including long-time LEGO Designer Niels Milan Pedersen, Galidor TV show director Tom Lynch, Galidor web developer Gabriel Walsh, Galidor electronics engineer Lau Kierstein, Galidor game developer Nick Ferguson, and creator of the Ong's Hat alternate-reality game Joseph Matheny. What does an ARG have to do with Galidor? You'll just have to listen to find out! It's a pretty amazing episode that's worth it for the information and insight!
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
The LEGO Group Helps Families Get Digitally Smart
Last week The LEGO Group announced the next addition to its Digital Citizenship program to help families across the globe become digitally smart
, launching a number of new activities targeted at kids and parents alike. The company has continued to collaborate with DQ Institute to help educate on topics such as digital empathy, screen time management, privacy, and safe sharing. Having watched the Internet grow over the years, it's been interesting to learn many of these lessons the hard way as I grew up, and I continue to see others doing the same. It's great that The LEGO Group is trying to be proactive about these subjects to help keep future generations from making the same mistakes!
It's been a while since we've played some videogames on stream, hasn't it? Well let's fix that! Tonight, back at the normal time of 7:30 PM Eastern we'll head over to the BZPower Twitch channel
to jump back into The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame and pick up with the DLC levels, going through the quests and collecting red bricks. Hopefully we'll see you there!
Monday, October 11, 2021
LEGO Shop October 2021 Double VIP Points Week
One of the annual deals we have come to expect from LEGO is Double VIP Points in October on all sets. It's received little fanfare on the main site, but Double VIP Points are now live and will go from October 11th to October 17th this week. If there was a particular set you were interested in getting, now's as good a time as any, especially with shipping delays expected this holiday season. And, as always, you can help support BZPower when you use this link
to order from LEGO Shop-At-Home!
The LEGO Group is Ready for Girls
Earlier today, The LEGO Group shared a press release stating that girls are ready to overcome gender norms but society continues to enforce biases that hamper their creative potential
. The release shares the results of a study conducted with the Geena Davis Institute into the biases that still pervade society when it comes to gender roles and career paths for men and women. It's very clear that there's still a lot of work to be done in this area to break down the barriers and create equal opportunities for all. In an effort to help with this, the company is kicking off its Ready for Girls campaign and have, "developed a fun 10-step guide and invite parents to share photos of their child's LEGO creations against a pre-defined AR backdrop featuring the words 'Get the World Ready for Me'." Every little bit helps, so it's great to see The LEGO Group adding their resources to the effort!
Sunday, October 10, 2021
Two Comic Creators, One Comic Con
In less than two weeks, two BIONICLE comic artists will be at Baltimore Comic Con, October 22-24. Convention regulars Stuart Sayger and Pop Mhan well be in attendance again to meet fans, sell prints, and sign comic books. Check out BCC's Guests page
for individual details and follow up with their COVID-19 procedures this year. These two always love meeting BIONICLE fans, and having a signed comic in your possession is quite the collector's item.
Saturday, October 9, 2021
The LEGO Group Sees Huge Profits in the First Half of 2021
At the end of last month, The LEGO Group announced their financial results for January to June of 2021
. The numbers are pretty astounding: sales grew 36 percent, revenue grew 46 percent, operating profit grew 104 percent, and net profit grew 140 percent, all compared to the same period in 2020. Obviously 2020 was a unique year, but I went back and checked, and the company saw growth then too, despite the pandemic that hit during that time, just not at this scale. The LEGO Group CEO, Niels B. Christiansen, did say that they expect the growth to stabilize and slow in the future as people continue to shift back to their spending patterns pre-pandemic. It will be interesting to see what result that has on product availability, as some sets have been very difficult to find over the past eighteen months. Still, the future looks very bright for The LEGO Group!
Friday, October 8, 2021
Build a Tribute to an Iconic Axe
Recently LEGO Ideas kicked off a new contest to celebrate the release of its latest set, 21329 Fender Stratocaster, where you could win it, 21323 Grand Piano, and an actual Fender Stratocaster guitar! Check out the blog post for Strike a Chord with the Fender Stratocaster!
to see if you're interested in building a MOC that represents your feelings about the instrument, whether its a recreation of an album cover or famous performance, or something more abstract and original. The deadline for entry is November 4th, so start brainstorming and get building soon!
Assembling Symbiotes on Sunday
With Venom: Let There Be Carnage in theaters now, it seemed like as good of a theme as any for a live build! Join us on Sunday, October 10th at 1 PM Eastern on the BZPower Twitch channel
as we assemble LEGO sets 76187 Venom and 76199 Carnage, creating busts of these popular Marvel characters! We're looking forward to getting back to building and I'm curious to see just how similar the sets are. We hope you all join us for some bricks, chatting, and giveaways!
Thursday, October 7, 2021
Fear the Enforcers
Over in the Artwork forum, BZPower Member Taka Nuvia recently shared a painting she did earlier this year looking back at the city of Metru Nui and Turaga Dume's Vahki. Go give "query - ruins
" a gander and see what you think of the piece of art. I love the eerie mood it invokes, with a sense of dread and foreboding as the Vahki approaches. I look forward to see what the artist comes up with next!
The LEGO Group Reveals Massive Titanic Set
The latest addition to the high-end, collector-focused LEGO sets has been revealed: 10294 RMS Titanic, based on the iconic ship that first launched 110 years ago. The huge model is over four feet long and contains 9090 pieces. Not only does it capture the exterior in exquisite detail, but there are even interior sections such as the engine room and grand staircase to complete the experience. If you have a spare $629.99 USD, you can preorder the set starting November 1st, before the model sets 'sale' on November 8th. You can learn more about the set in the press release
straight from the LEGO Newsroom.
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
LEGO Games for Preschoolers
A new episode of the Bits N' Bricks podcast was partially posted online today - it's not showing up on the official LEGO Games website or YouTube channel, but you can listen to it on Spotify or other platforms. You can go learn about DUPLO World, Create & Cruise, and LEGO Games for Pre-K
to find out about some of The LEGO Group's most-downloaded apps that happen to target some of their youngest users. I can't say I've ever checked out any of these games, as smartphones weren't a thing when I was in that age group, but it's still interesting to learn all about them!
A Cosmic Addition to the 10k Club
Recently another cool creation has entered the hallowed halls of the LEGO Ideas 10k Club. A project that is quite out of this world will now be reviewed: Clockwork Solar System
by ChrisOrchard, who teamed up with 10k Club veteran Brent Waller on the project. Quite frankly, this is an amazing creation and I would love to see the interior and all of the gears that make it work. I would love to see this added to the collection of official LEGO Ideas sets and wish it the best of luck!
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Watch the Ninjago Seabound Trailer
At the beginning of the week The LEGO Group added a new video to their YouTube channel that fans of Ninjago are sure to want to check out. You can head over to watch the Official NINJAGO Seabound Trailer
teasing the events surrounding the latest wave of sets. It's a bit odd that the trailer is dropping now, since the episodes released this spring and the sets this summer, but if you've been curious about this wave and want to see if you might be interested, this is a great way to get your feet wet!
Monday, October 4, 2021
Queer Eye Loft Designer Video Reveals Set Details
With the latest apartment-style TV show set revealed--Queer Eye The Fab Five
Loft--with it comes a designer video with the set creators. Check out the video
to get an in-depth look at the minifigs and their living space, down to details pulled right off the screen. Working with the Netflix show creators, attention was put into every detail for the iconic setting. Check it out for all kinds of surprises we've come to expect from a designer video.
Sunday, October 3, 2021
Enter to Win a Custom Stratocaster
If you're into music and guitars, you should head over to the VIP Rewards Center
at LEGO [email protected]
For 50 points, you can get a sweepstakes entry to potentially win a custom-made one-of-a-kind actual Fender Stratocaster guitar that matches the recently-released LEGO Ideas 21329 Fender Stratocaster
. The entry period closes at the end of the month and you can get up to fifty entries to increase your chances to win. Good luck to all who enter!
Saturday, October 2, 2021
LEGO Foundation Donates $150M to Support COVID Recovery
Last week on the official LEGO Twitter account, the company announced
that the LEGO Foundation would be donating $150 Million USD to support children and families in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A little over half of that amount will go to the Foundation's partners to accelerate ongoing recovery efforts. The remaining amount will go to UNICEF to support access to vaccines and health supplies. It's a laudable effort and heartwarming to see their continued support throughout these difficult times.
Friday, October 1, 2021
An Outstanding Offer for October
I was considering trying to tie this month's raffle into 'spooky season,' but instead I just decided to give away a set that I hope people like! Head on over to the forums to enter the 2021 Member Raffle #10
for a chance to win 75113 Rey, based on the character's appearance in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. She has some nice tan shells and an interesting fabric part that could be great additions to your collection even if you're not a set builder. Go enter now and maybe you could be a winner!