Thursday, December 3, 2020
One of my problems with the original Bionicle movies were how much leeway they gave between the design of the character and the sets they were based off. Krekka wasn't exactly the worst example, but Sarchasmus
made some changes to make the MOC look more like his movie counterpart. The System wedges along the body give it a good flow and the head (with the one bad eye) is nicely built out. But it's the overly large hands that really sell it as Movie Krekka. A pretty sleek design.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
The game Among Us became very popular this year, and this is showcased in Cody Avery's MOC Brown Looking Sus
. The Imposter and corpse designs are quite well done, and although the bone and tongue pieces are nicely placed, the use of the CCBS Han Solo collar piece is the best. After this creation, you should probably vote Brown out at the next meeting.
Back in December 1995, the very first LEGO video game was released (bonus points if you know what it was offhand). Now, twenty-five years later, LEGO is looking back at a quarter-century of digital collaboration with a new podcast that takes us on the LEGO gaming journey. A teaser episode for Bits N' Bricks, hosted by journalist Brian Crecente and documentarian Ethan Vincent, launches today on a variety of podcast platforms and looks like it'll be a treat for gaming and brick historians alike. To learn more about the company's forays into the digital realm and about the podcast specifically, read on!
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Free Set for December Up for Grabs
Today we turned our calendars over to December and, in addition to it meaning that 2020 is just a little closer to being done, that means we're giving away a new set! If you'd like to enter for a chance to win a free 70793 Skull Basher from the G2 Bionicle lineup, head over to 2020 Member Raffle #12
and drop your name in the virtual hat. Maybe you'll be lucky like Bambi, who won our November raffle! Best of luck to all the BZPower members who enter - and remember, joining is free!
Yep, it's Tuesday again already! Come on by the BZPower Twitch channel
tonight starting at 7:30 PM Eastern when we start playing some more LEGO Dimensions. I believe we'll be heading into the Doctor Who level, so it should be interesting to face Daleks, Cybermen, and whatever else they throw at us! I hope to see you there tonight!
We're trying something new this month; 24 days of my favorite Bionicle MOCs from this year! Let's kick off the month with a build that doesn't necessarily use Bionicle pieces but truly captures the Bionicle spirit. Kini Nui by Lamborghiniwafflesauce
features the iconic temple based off its various appearances. The temple itself has a clean look with the spires well represented, and the head statue by the Amaja Nui is also particularly well done. This model feels like it's straight out of the Mask of Light movie and MNOLG!
Monday, November 30, 2020
Today we're looking at one of the Marvel sets released almost a year ago: 76144 Avengers Hulk Helicopter Rescue. This set, loosely based on the movie Endgame, features desirable characters like Hulk, Rescue, and Black Widow with an Avengers helicopter, as well as some Chitauri and their vehicles. BZPower Report Xccj has put together a review of the set, so read on to see if it's worth picking up for the holidays! (And minor movie spoilers will be mentioned.)
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Some Pirates, a Story, and a LEGO Master
The Staff at BZPower usually review new LEGO sets on the front page, along with a video highlighting what photos can not. Today, however, we let resident LEGO Master Aaron (Nuju Metru) commandeer control of our Instagram Stories
as he swashbuckles his way through LEGO Ideas 21322: Pirates of Barracuda Bay. Check out the photo series in Stories (click our icon) before the 24-hour deadline elapses to see just how impressive this massive set is and what stands out to Aaron. And let us know in the Talkback what you thought of this review method.
You Can't Keep a Good Idea Down
When I see that a new project on LEGO Ideas reaches ten thousand votes of support I put it on a list so we don't forget to report on it here. Then I blink and there's five new models in the 10k Club:
Best of luck to all of these creations when they enter the review phase!
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Remember the Raffle
November has almost wrapped up, so that means there's only a couple more days left to enter 2020 Member Raffle #11
! Don't miss out on your chance to win 75525 Baze Malbus, the Star Wars buildable figure from the Rogue One wave that has some lovely dark tan shells. And once you enter, don't forget to check back next month for our next giveaway. Good luck everyone!
The legend of the Monkey King gets a revival every now and then. Last year, LEGO made a Collectible Minifig. Recently, we got a BrickHeadz. And now we have a second theme of colorful martial arts legends in Monkie Kid! Today we take a look at the titular character's Cloud Jet, a fancy vehicle with a few surprises for his friends and foes. Does it meet the hype due a debut theme, or look like competition for Ninjago? Read, and watch, on to find out.
Friday, November 27, 2020
Today LEGO is lifting the lid on its latest modular building, which will be releasing on January 1st, 2021. You'll be able to add the 10278 Police Station to your LEGO city or modular display for $200 in the US, not a bad deal for a 2,923-piece set. The model is full of detailed vintage architecture and fantastic building techniques and looks like it will be a lot of fun to assemble. To learn more about the set and see it from every angle, inside and out, read on!
Black Friday Deals at Shop.LEGO.com
Black Friday Deals are now live on the Official LEGO Online Shop!. One of the returning deals is a free Charles Dickens Tribute gift with purchases over $150. The new 10276 Colosseum set will also be available for the first time, and VIPs will bet a free Chariot set when they purchase it. Another VIP perk is a chance to win one million VIP points, worth $7692. If you can safely visit one of their actual stores, there's also a free Holiday Tree with purchases of $40 or more. And finally, select sets are also 20% off while supplies last, and this includes the likes of the Brick Sketch sets, 21317 Steamboat Willie, 10220 Volkswagen T1 Camper Van, 75244 Tantive IV, 21316 The Flintstones, and more. If some of these tickle your fancy, then you can make your order online today and take advantage of them. And remember, you can support BZPower when you use this link
to order from the LEGO Online Shop!
Thursday, November 26, 2020
LEGO Promises a Sneak Peek at New Set
Black Friday morning, LEGO will showcase some new and exciting sets on YouTube
. The placeholder page promises a look at the new Colosseum and other 2020 favorite sets plus a look at an upcoming set slated for release next year! The stream begins on YouTube
at 10 AM EST and offers to set a reminder so you don't miss out on any of the action.
A Unique Take on Classic Characters
BZPower Member Pohaturon recently had an opportunity to write an article for New Elementary
about the Energy Burst with Wide Clip that appears in the Ninjago Spinjitzu Burst sets. Of course as a big Bionicle fan he had to use the piece in not one but two new constraction MOCs: Toa Lewa & Kongu
. I love how well the piece works with the elemental armor we got in the 2016 Bionicle sets, and its use here around the waist as a skirt is fantastic. Furthermore, It works surprisingly well as a tribal mask on Kongu, and I love the addition of the Throwbots disc for a great callback to the lore. Go check out the MOCs yourself and the whole article to learn how you can use the new piece in your future creations!
Black Friday Dark Side Stream
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! For Black Friday, how about we take a trip to the dark side for a LEGO Star Wars live build of the awesome helmet sets? Tomorrow, November 27th at 1PM Eastern we'll be building 75274 TIE Fighter Pilot Helmet, 75276 Stormtrooper Helmet, and 75277 Boba Fett Helmet to take a good look at these sculpture-style models. Come by the BZPower Twitch channel
to watch them get assembled, chat with us, and win some free LEGO sets. Enjoy your turkey and stay safe today!
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Xbox Black Friday Sale on LEGO Games
Because everything has to start early these days, Microsoft has already begun their Black Friday sale, as announced on Major Nelson's blog
. As is to be expected, quite the collection of LEGO games are discounted from 60-70% off, with some great deals even on newer titles. If you're looking to add some brick-gaming fun to your collection, make sure you don't miss the Forza Horizon 4 LEGO Speed Champions add-on, which is also on sale and lets you race LEGO cars all over Great Britain. I would definitely recommend DC Super Villains and Marvel Super Heroes 2, which were both a lot of fun and packed with all your favorite comic characters (and probably some you've never even heard of). Happy gaming everyone!
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Tuesday again? Hooray! That means we get to go play some videogames tonight. Come on by the BZPower Twitch channel
starting at 7:30 PM Eastern when we'll start up LEGO Dimensions again for some gaming fun. Last week things went well with our picture-in-picture setup, but I hope to make things a little better tonight so I don't have to go back and forth between the game and the portal so much. Tune in to check it out, chat with us, and see how things go!
LEGO Reveals Technic Ferrari 488 GTE "AF CORSE #51"
Earlier today a new press release was posted in the LEGO Newsroom
announcing the latest output of the partnership between the toy maker and Ferrari. The LEGO Technic Ferrari 488 GTE "AF CORSE #51" will release on January 1st, 2021 and the 1,677-piece set will sell for $170 in the US. While the set looks like they were able to capture a lot of detail with the Technic elements, I don't think that I've seen a set with more stickers on it, including things that are frequently brick-built like the headlights. It certainly has some nice curves though, and I'm sure it will be a lot of fun to build (outside of applying all those stickers!). Let us know how you feel about the model in the Talkback!
Monday, November 23, 2020
Kirby Morrow, Voice of Cole, Passes Away
Over the weekend it was shared that actor Kirby Morrow had passed away at the too-young age of 47. For LEGO fans, he is probably best known for voicing the character of Cole in the Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu TV series, as well as characters in LEGO Jurassic World and Star Wars animations. He had a very prolific career, from live action roles in Marvel and DC shows to recurring appearances in fan favorites like Stargate and Supernatural and animation voiceover in Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and X-Men, as well as English dubbing in many, many animes. You can read more over at Gateworld
. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and the many people he's touched with his performances.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Sunday is the final day for Shop at Home's VIP Weekend, which includes more than just double VIP points. A few gifts with purchase are up for grabs, like a Charles Dickens tribute vignette with purchases over $150. Spending over $200 will yield VIP's a brick-built teal brick and stand--fancy! Not to mention, double VIP points basically gets you 10% "back" to use later. There are lots of new sets to choose from, plus the new Polybags tab that's been added for some hard-to-find little sets. Be sure to use this link
before you start shopping and BZP will get a few dollars from LEGO that we use to running the site.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
10k Club Interview Roundup
We fell behind on sharing LEGO Ideas interviews with you all, so here's five:
Friday, November 20, 2020
LEGO Architecture Skylines Live Build Tomorrow
It feels like it's been a while since we did a live build, so let's fix that! Tomorrow on Saturday, November 21st, at 1 PM Eastern we're going to assemble some LEGO Architecture Skyline sets over on the BZPower Twitch channel
. We'll definitely get through 21043 San Francisco, 21044 Paris, and 21052 Dubai, and if we have time we'll tackle 21033 Chicago and 21034 London as well. Of course we'll be giving away some sets to our viewers, so we hope to see you stop by, watch us build, and chat with us!
Thursday, November 19, 2020
The new LEGO Art theme is an interesting take on mosaics, which LEGO hasn't released as mass produced sets lately. Of the first wave, the most colorful is 31197 Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe. BZPower Reporter Xccj picked up a copy to see how this new mosaic system looks. Read on to see how good it is, or watch the video to see a mosaic speed-build!
Today LEGO is announcing their latest Technic set based on a real-world vehicle. While this supercar isn't quite as impressive as the Porsche, Bugatti, and Lamborghini, 42123 McLaren Senna GTR is a great looking model and much more accessible to LEGO fans on a budget. The 830-piece set will be releasing on January 1st, 2021 for the reasonable price of $50 in the US. We've got the announcement video, pictures, and full press release for you, so read on to check it all out!