Saturday, October 23, 2021
The twentieth anniversary of Bionicle may be approaching the end of the year, but there's still more celebrating to be done! Recently Graham Hancock from Blocks Magazine
reached out to us to share that their next issue will sport a Bionicle cover and will contain an article celebrating two decades of the theme. They had a chance to sit down with some of the creators of Bionicle to get a behind the scenes look at its inception! You'll be able to preorder the issue starting October 29th and they'll also be selling a poster of the cover art, which you can see below along with some more details about the issue from Graham.
The Successor to the Hubble Joins the 10k Club
If there's one thing that LEGO Ideas voters seem to like, it's projects based on space. So it should come as no surprise that the latest project to reach ten thousand votes of support on the platform is the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)
by tonysmyuncle, who is a newcomer to the 10k Club. The JWST is scheduled to launch later this year and will open up many new horizons in our understanding of the cosmos, studying the universe with its infrared collector. The model features superb attention to detail and could be a great addition to the Ideas theme - I know I'd put it on display. We wish them the best of luck when they enter their upcoming review phase!
Ninjago Live Build Tomorrow
How about a quick LEGO live build tomorrow, October 24th? We've got a pair of Ninjago sets to assemble - 70658 Oni Titan and 71718 Wu's Battle Dragon - as well as some prizes to give away! We'll see you at 1 PM Eastern over at the BZPower Twitch channel
as we build and chat with everyone!
Friday, October 22, 2021
A New Ideas 10k Club Duo
Two new projects have achieved ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas over the past couple of days. Take a look at Motorized Johnny 5
by RJ BrickBuilds and Naruto: Ichiraku Ramen Shop - 20th Anniversary
by DadiTwins, which are both iconic properties that are sure to be instantly recognized by their fans. Johnny 5 is super-impressive with its integration of a Powered Up hub and motors allowing you to actually control the robot in a variety of ways. I'm not as familiar with Naruto as I am with Short Circuit, but the ramen shop is a very detailed model that clearly had a lot of time and effort poured into it. The two projects are quite different, showing off the variety that the platform enables. We'll keep our fingers crossed for a favorable review result!
LEGO Education and Raspberry Pi Team Up
If you've been looking for a new way to bring your LEGO creations to life and you know or are interested in learning Python, then you're in luck! Meet the Raspberry Pi Build HAT
, which can connect to most Raspberry Pi computers and allows you to connect up to four Powered Up motors and sensors. The HAT will cost $25 in addition to the cost of the Pi, and you can read the full specs and check out the Python libraries for controlling the devices here
. In order to get the motors to work you'll need a higher-wattage power supply, so make sure you also pick up a $15 Raspberry Pi Build HAT Power Supply
, which can power your Pi as well. It's an awesome idea that I would love to play with in the future!
Thursday, October 21, 2021
LEGO Ideas Home Alone Set Coming Next Month
Earlier today Hasan from the LEGO Ideas team officially revealed set 21330 Home Alone
, based on the iconic film from 1990. The set contains 3955 pieces, making it the largest LEGO Ideas set to date, and includes five minifigures: Kevin McCallister, robbers Harry and Marv, old man Marley, and Kevin's mom Kate. LEGO Designers Antica Bracanov and Enrique Belmonte Beixer, as well as Graphic Designer Kirsten Bay Nielsen took Alex Storozhuk's original submission and crafted it into a finely-tuned model. The set goes on sale November 1st and will retail for $250 in the US.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Another LEGO Star Wars Game Arrives on Apple Arcade
Last month LEGO Star Wars Battles was relaunched on Apple Arcade after having a soft launch on iOS and Android platforms the year prior. Now it looks like a new game has shown up behind the paywall with little to no fanfare. LEGO Star Wars Castaways
is developed by Gameloft and invites players to create their own unique Star Wars minifigure on a mysterious planet populated with their fellow castaways. In addition to exploring the planet, you can also play simulations that allow you to relive iconic moments in Star Wars history. Hopefully one day it receives a wider release, because it certainly sounds like an interesting concept that I'd love to check out!
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Today The LEGO Group and the Ninjago team shared a message with the fan community. As many are aware, Kirby Morrow, who provided the voice of Cole since the show's start, passed away last year. This was after the voice acting for the 2021 episodes had been completed, and since then they have been trying to figure out the proper course of action to respect the actor's legacy and allow the series to continue in the best way possible. In the end, they decided that Cole would now be played by Andrew Francis, who is no stranger to the Ninjago team. Read on for the full message from Tommy Andreasen on their thought process and how the choice was made.
Come on by the BZPower Twitch channel
starting at 7:30 PM Eastern tonight for our weekly videogame stream. We will be continuing our journey through the world of The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame and tackling the last DLC level. If all goes well, we'll be able to complete it so that next week we can go back to the main game and keep collecting those bricks! Hope to see you there!
Abracadabra - Hocus Pocus Rises Again
A 'new' project has achieved ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas recently. I use quotes because Hocus Pocus - The Sanderson Sisters' Cottage - UPDATED
by TheAmbrinator may seem very familiar, and as the name indicates it's a revision to a previous project. The model has been beefed up and includes some great details and techniques that could be a great addition to the Ideas theme and captures the feel from the 1990s film well. We've just seen with The Office that persistence can pay off, so we'll have to see how the review goes when this MOC makes it into that phase!
Monday, October 18, 2021
The LEGO Technic McLaren Senna GTR Hits the Asphalt
Today The LEGO Group, Gameloft, and McLaren Automotive announced a collaboration to bring LEGO set 42123 McLaren Senna GTR into Asphalt 9: Legends, which is playable on PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile platforms. Starting today and going until the end of the month, players will be able to participate in the LEGO Technic McLaren Grand Prix event, racing for a chance at a selection of prizes that will be awarded to nine players at the Grand Prix's conclusion. This is a really cool collaboration, and I only wish I wasn't so horrible at racing games so I could give it a shot. To learn more, you can read the full press release
over in the LEGO Newsroom. Start your engines!
Sunday, October 17, 2021
Creations for Charity Has Begun
The annual Creations for Charity
campaign has kicked off with a number of unique LEGO MOCs available in their store
for you to purchase. All of the proceeds will be used to purchase LEGO sets to donate to children in hospitals. If you have a cool creation you don't mind parting with, there's still time to donate it to the cause as well! It's a great program and one worth checking out and supporting if you can.
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Training Hard to Reach 10k
Shortly after the latest LEGO Ideas review results were announced, a new project joined the ranks of the 10k Club! Take a look at The Dojo
by SpaceBrick54, which captures a Japanese martial arts training facility in our favorite plastic bricks. Although it's not explicitly mentioned anywhere in the project, the build looks designed to go with the Ninjago City sets and could certainly be a place where Sensei Wu and the elemental ninjas train in between saving the world. It's a beautiful MOC with a ton of great details and techniques - we wish it the best of luck in its review phase!
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!