Monday, August 2, 2021
Another Week, Another Batch of 10k Club Interviews
Earlier today, Kamila from the LEGO Ideas team shared the next interview with a member of the 10k Club. You can head over to the blog to meet Marco Pirola, The Creator of SCANIA Next Generation S730
, and learn about this builder from Italy and how they created this impressive semi truck about of plastic blocks. As always, it's an interesting and enlightening read, with some nice insight on how to make a successful project on the Ideas platform.
Sunday, August 1, 2021
New Raffle For August
While all of our July giveaways have now concluded, we have a new one for the new month we find ourselves in! All BZPower members can go enter 2021 Member Raffle #8
for a chance to win 75535 Han Solo from the very-underrated Solo: A Star Wars Story. The set also has some cool exclusive parts that were never seen before or since that could be great additions to your collection. So head on over and drop your name in the hat, and maybe you could walk home with some swag like some of our July raffle winners!
New Summer 2021 Sets Available
North America is catching up on some of the new summer releases from LEGO. There's new stuff from Ninjago, Creator, Marvel, Star Wars, Disney, Friends, Dots, and more... it's quite an impressive amount. Plus, there are a few Gifts with Purchases that could be enticing; 5006978 LEGO Classic Masters' Book of Secrets with $60 of Classic sets, 30454 GO Marvel Shang-Chi and the Great Protector polybag with $40 of Marvel sets, and 40487 Sailboat Adventures with any purchase of $200 of more. (The latter, in addition to being quite the expensive target to reach, is also only limited to VIPs until the 4th, at which point it will be available to everyone.) Some of this stuff won't stay in stock for long, so if you want to make your purchases, consider using this link
to help support BZPower a bit. Happy shopping; I know there are a lot of sets that I've been looking forward to getting.
Saturday, July 31, 2021
It's about time we have another LEGO set review. And since North America is about to see the release of the next wave of Ninjago Legacy sets, I (BZPower Reporter Xccj) figured I should get around to publishing the review from the last wave that I have been putting off for too long. So read on (or watch) to see details about 71736 Boulder Blaster!
Friday, July 30, 2021
Three 10k Club Interviews in One
Yesterday we shared three separate chats with people who had achieved ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas, and today we have one interview that talks to three people! You can head over to the Ideas blog to learn about NASA's SLS & Artemis by Valerie, Matthew, and Marceline
, who collaborated between France and Australia to create a fantastic model based on the rocket that will hopefully take humans back to the moon in a few years. Go give it a read to find out about their own LEGO stories and how they came together to make this project happen!
Thursday, July 29, 2021
The LEGO Ideas Interviews Continue to Flow
We're almost falling behind keeping up with all of the 10k Club Interviews that Kamila has been sharing on the LEGO Ideas blog. Here are the latest three for your reading pleasure:
I'm looking forward to learning about each of them and their creations once BrickFair has wrapped up!
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Anniversary Raffle Deadlines Approaching
When the month of July ends, so do a whole bunch of raffles and giveaways
that we're currently running on BZPower. You can support an awesome cause (or BZPower itself) by buying tickets for a chance to win a Prototype Strakk Helmet, 2003 Bionicle Style Guide, or Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows TV Spot Disc. If free is more your speed, we have 71310 Umarak the Hunter, Bohrok-Kal and Rahkshi Mini Promo CDs, and a Bionicle Collapsible Flying Disc up for grabs. Best of luck to everyone who enters, and thank you to those who have donated in support of The Trevor Project and Baltimore Action Legal Team!
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Marvel Collectible Minifigures Coming in September
After rumors circulated regarding these figures for several months, they are now official. The LEGO Minifigures Marvel Studios Series
has been added to LEGO [email protected]
The series consists of twelve figures, will sell for $5 each in the US, and releases on September 1st. The series seems focused on the Marvel shows that have been airing on Disney+, with characters from Wandavision, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, and the upcoming What If...? making appearances. I'm not usually a huge minifig collector, but Loki and Sylvie with their animal companions and Captain Carter are definitely high on my list to try to grab. Let us know your favorites in the Talkback!
Monday, July 26, 2021
BrickFair Virginia is Nearly Here!
It's nearly time for one of the biggest LEGO conventions in the USA to take place again! BrickFair Virginia
starts on Wednesday, July 28th for registered exhibitors and Saturday, July 31st from 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, August 1st from 10 AM to 4 PM for ticket holders
. While we're not doing a big fancy dinner out of an abundance of caution (the pandemic isn't over yet) we will be hosting a Constraction Combo Build, Constraction Draft, and a Scavenger Hunt for exhibitors during the week. Whether you're there for a day or a week it should be a great time. I know I'm looking forward to hanging out with BZPower members and AFOL friends later this week and can't wait to see many of you there!
An Inside Look at the Secret Bookends
After rightfully taking the weekend off, Kamila from the LEGO Ideas team is back with another 10k Club interview! Head on over to the blog to learn about the LEGO Bookends by Maren Wilker
and how this AFOL didn't begin her LEGO journey until her thirties. It's never too late to get into bricks, as Maren shows as she explains her awesome build and the two tries it took to get the required ten thousand votes. Go give the interview a read to see for yourself!
Sunday, July 25, 2021
Voting in BBC Contest #78 Begins
It's time to help us pick the winner of the Official BBC Contest #78: The Good 20-20! Head on over to the poll
to pick your favorite among the fantastic entries. Which one captures the last twenty years of Bionicle and the BZPower community for you? You have until July 28th at 11:59 PM Eastern to decide, so don't delay. Best of luck to all the great builds - I can't wait to see the results!
Saturday, July 24, 2021
LEGO Xbox Game Sale
For another twelve days, you can pick up some of LEGO videogames at a deep discount for Xbox. Some of the best deals I spotted were LEGO Worlds for $5.99, LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga for $4.99, LEGO Jurassic World for $4.99, and LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Deluxe Edition for $5.24. If you'd like to see the full list, head on over to Major Nelson's blog
to see all the LEGO and other game deals!
Friday, July 23, 2021
How The LEGO Group Embraced Adult Fans
Over at National Geographic, yes, that
National Geographic, Daryl Austin recently penned an article titled, "The inside story of how a 'band of misfits' saved Lego
," peeling back the years of fan and company interactions. It's a very abridged recounting, and hopefully you can get over the use of the word, 'Legos,' but there's some cool stories in there and it's clear that the author did their research, reaching out to the likes of Jake McKee and Christina Hitchcock. I enjoyed the walk down memory lane, and if you weren't an adult fan in the 1990s and early 2000s, you can learn a little about how we got from being shunned to having LEGO Ideas and a whole range of sets for adult builders!
Another Duo of 10k Club Interviews
Maybe if so many projects weren't reaching ten thousand votes, we wouldn't be posting stories about 10k Club interviews every other day. But that is not the world we live in, so go read the two latest ones that Kamila has shared. Go meet Tiago Catarino, Creator of Animal Crossing: New Horizons Paradise
and Nikita Tuzhikov, Creator of Medieval Marketplace
to learn about their LEGO Ideas journeys. I think this might be the first time I can think of where two people had the same favorite piece. Head on over and read to see what it is and why!
Thursday, July 22, 2021
A Rainbow of Rahi
I was reminded recently that while we picked the winners for the Pride Month Rainbow Build Challenge, we never highlighted any of the entries. So let's fix that! First up we have the Chromaleon by _pohaturon
, which is vibrantly-colored and a perfect animal choice for the prompt. Next up is a crab created by lord_dracqi
using only the pieces of the six Rahkshi sets, thereby guaranteeing a multicolored build. Finally we have the Nui-Jaga by Chuck Nofel
, featuring not one but six scorpions each built in its own unique style. Go check them all out and thanks to everyone who participated in the #everyoneisawesome build challenge last month!
Before the Plastic LEGO Brick, There Was a Ferguson Tractor
Over on the LEGO Ambassador Network, LEGO historian Signe Wiese and AFOLET member Sara Skahill shared an interesting look back at the earlier days of the company. Go learn about how the First LEGO Ferguson Tractor was more expensive than the real thing
, and how that plastic tractor plowed the way for the brick we all know and love. I knew the company made other plastic toys before switching to building blocks, but I had never heard this anecdote. It's always interesting to expand your knowledge about LEGO history!
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
The Last Anniversary Giveaway Zips Into Sight
We have one more giveaway to celebrate BZPower's twentieth anniversary, and it's a bit of a goofy yet hopefully unique one. Everyone can head over to enter the BZPower 20th Anniversary Flying Disc Giveaway
for a chance to win a collapsible Bionicle frisbee dating back to somewhere around 2005. I don't remember these ever releasing in the US at least, so even if you can't build with it, it's still a unique piece of Bionicle memorabilia. And don't forget to checkout the other giveaways and raffles
currently going on to see what you can win and help support great causes like The Trevor Project and BALT!
LEGO Ideas 10k Club Interviews Continue Apace
Over the past two days Kamila from the LEGO Ideas team has shared two more behind-the-scenes looks into the lives of builders. You can go meet Brent Waller, The Creator of The X-FILES: I want to believe
and grizzled 10k Club veteran, as well as Marcin Draminski, Creator of Castle of Lord AFOL and The Black Knights
. It's nice to see the juxtaposition between someone who has been through the process before, including getting their idea on store shelves, and a fresh new face to the scene. Check back soon for more, because I'm guessing the torrent of interviews isn't quite done yet.
It's time to finish our coverage of Bio-Cup 2021 Round 2
. This time we're going to take a look at the champions, the MOCs that passed this round. And they're quite good, so continue on to check em out.
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Twenty Years of BZPower
If you had told me twenty years ago that in two weeks' time I'd discover a website that would change my life forever I don't think I would have believed you. 'Changing my life,' might sound a bit extreme, but the friends I've made and experiences I've had because of BZPower over the last two decades have become intertwined with who I am as a person. There have been plenty of highs and lows, and there are many things that could use more attention than I have time for these days, but this community continues to hold a special place in my heart. I can't begin to thank everyone enough, from our admins: Dimensioneer, Binkmeister, Bionicle Rex, mfuss903, Ninjo, Kaiapu, and of course Tufi Piyufi, to all of our past and present staff, and every single member that has come through our virtual doors over the years. It's a testament to all of you that we're still here after all this time with no plans to go anywhere. Happy anniversary BZPower, and thank you all for twenty unforgettable years!
After another mini-break, LEGO Masters will be back tonight with a new episode! To celebrate, we once again have an interview with the most recent team to be eliminated, which was conducted by a panel of other fan sites who asked the questions, and the final interview was transcribed by Megan from Brickset
, Flynn from The Brothers Brick
, Tom from True North Bricks
, and BZPower's reporting team. Let's read on to learn about this latest fantastic team to give the competition their all!
Tonight we're going to be doing our last LEGO videogame stream for the month of July, before BrickFair lets us take a two week break. You can stop by the BZPower Twitch channel
at 7 PM Eastern to watch us dive back into The LEGO Ninjago Videogame as we head back into the that world to work on our 100% collection. We're getting pretty close to the end, so there's a slim chance that we can wrap things up tonight. So come on by to watch us jump, race, and smash our way to victory!
Our coverage for Bio-Cup 2021 Round 2
continues. Today we're looking back at the main pool and the entries that didn't continue on but still look pretty good. Read on to see em all.
Monday, July 19, 2021
Another 10k Club Threepeat Interview
It looks like the LEGO Ideas team is churning through their 10k Club interviews, and today Kamila has shared one with Artem Bizyaev, creator of Hyrule Castle, Baba Yaga, and A Map of Middle-Earth
. Go give it a read to see how this Russian builder made three very different projects and found success with each one. It's interesting to see the different paths each model took, as some were helped and others hindered by social media. It's always nice to get a glimpse behind the curtain!