After Bricklink released a teaser on their upcoming partnership with LEGO, many within the LEGO community were curious on what the hubbub is all about. Dubbed as the Bricklink AFOL Designer Program, this Bricklink-LEGO partnership aims to “celebrate creativity by realizing AFOL designs with truly original themes”. A lot has been said about what this program may all be about, and as promised, Bricklink announces the details on what to expect from this collaboration, and how exactly the AFOL Designer Program will work.
As it turns out, AFOLs are now given the opportunity of having their original set designs turned to an exclusive, limited edition, LEGO 60th anniversary set to be released in April, 2019. The Bricklink AFOL Designer Program has three phases: from Accepting Entries (September 18 to November 18); Crowdfunding (beginning February, 2019); and eventual Release (April, 2019).
During the first phase of accepting entries, LEGO will only be accepting digital designs made using Studio 2.0. Designs should also be non-IP based, meaning that it is something that has not been released by LEGO before. The submitted design should also consist of not less than 200 LEGO elements and not more than 2,000 elements. For more information, be sure to check the Bricklink AFOL Designer Program Selection Criteria Guidelines.
There will be a total of 20 finalists that will be selected which will be officially announced in February next year. During which, these 20 selected, final entries will be open for pre-order crowdfunding. If a particular entry is able to meet its financial goal, then it’s on its way to become a limited edition LEGO 60 Years Anniversary set which will be exclusively available via Bricklink starting April next year.
Remember: all entries must be submitted in digital format using Studio 2.0 which you can download right here. Be sure to check the fine print and other important details mentioned in the rules page. May the best build win!