Tuesday, December 7, 2021
The Ninjago theme has a cast of colorful heroes and villains. They've gone year after year with new quests, new weapons, new costumes. And they usually have a TV show to help sell the toys. The next wave of sets in January brings these multi-colored ninjas back into the fray with a stand-alone line that pits heroes against snakes—orange ones this time. And vehicles that "level up" for more power. Today we review Lloyd's Race Car EVO, which does just that. Watch the video to see fancy new parts, serpentine villains, and a car that gets better and better.
Monday, December 6, 2021
Behind the Scenes with LEGO Ninjago: 2022
The next LEGO Ninjago sets are available for pre-order on Shop at Home, showcasing a range of cars, mechs, and dragons starting at the 6+ age range. While BZPower will be reviewing some of these sets starting today, we can dive deep into their design via Twitter. Set designer Niek has shared the process that went into making these accessible to fans both new and old on his Twitter
. Calling it Ninjago "core" and being free of television influence, these sets are a new age for Ninjago from design, armor, and pieces. Read all about it, including the next stage of CCBS utilizing the LEGO System brick.
Sunday, December 5, 2021
2022 Is Nearly Here - Get Building for Conventions!
Although it's later than I would have liked, we have officially started the 2022 Convention Circuit! Next year may still seem like a ways away, but BrickFair Alabama starts on January 13th, and if you want your MOCs to be on display there, we need them by January 3rd! If you need some inspiration on what to build, BioniLUG is organizing a Mecha vs Kaiju Collab
that everyone is welcome to participate in and that we will be giving out extra perks for. So if you're interested, break out your bricks and Send Your MOCs on the 2022 Convention Circuit
to show them off around the country and get some free sets as a token of our thanks!
Monkeying Around On Instagram
We've already done a few reviews of the new Monkie Kid sets, and there are more to come, but not all of them have been posted here on our front page. Check out the BZPower Instagram
for a few reviews featured in our Stories. Ta-Metru Defender just shared Evil Macaque's Mech yesterday, while anything old migrates into the Highlights, like xccj's Monkie Kid's Staff Creations. Check them out for a live-like building process featuring new parts, cool building tricks, and a final review, then follow so you don't miss out on upcoming reviews.
Saturday, December 4, 2021
LEGO Ideas 10k Trio
It's been a busy few days at LEGO Ideas with not one but three projects achieving ten thousand votes! Take a look at Soyuz Rocket
by The Half Blood Baron, LEGO Ghibli
by yop1172., and Baba Yaga
by Artem Biziaev to see the newest additions. As a lover of all things space, the Soyuz is awesome and belongs next to the Saturn V. The build based on four classic animated films isn't the first Ghibliproject, but perhaps it will be the last and become a set! The final MOC is a bit disappointing since it looks the same as the builder's last project
. In any case we'll keep our fingers crossed for a favorable review result!
Friday, December 3, 2021
Taking a Trip to Singapore
This weekend we'll be building a LEGO set that hasn't been released yet! Coming out on January 1st, The LEGO Group kindly provided us the Architecture Skyline set 21057 Singapore to build early and share our thoughts on! Join us on Sunday at 1 PM Eastern over on the BZPower Twitch channel
to watch us build it, chat with us, and enter to win some sets. We've been a fan of the Skyline sets for a while, so hopefully this makes for a great addition to the series!
Thursday, December 2, 2021
Monkey Kid has another wave of sets coming out next year, and the smallest of them is 80030 Monkie Kid's Staff Creation. Although the designs are intended for a younger audience, there are some build methods and pieces that would probably interest an older crowd. Read on for BZPower Reporter Xccj's review to see if this set is worth looking into.
20k Votes in Two Interviews
Kamila and the LEGO Ideas team have been busy talking with all of the recent additions to the 10k Club and sharing the results with everyone. The two latest interviews are with Tom Jones, the Creator of Boston Dynamics Spot 1:4 Scale Motorized Model
and Liam Spall, the Creator of Working Mini Golf Course - Fully Playable!
. One is a new addition to the pantheon while the other is here for the third time. As per usual, they both bring an interesting mix of experience and passion that can certainly be learned from!
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!