LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309) Now On Sale

One of the best sets that ever came out from the LEGO Ideas theme is the LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309). It was a highly sought after set when it was first launched (no pun intended) in June of 2017, and LEGO fans were so into this set that stocks were immediately depleted due to the high demand. If for some reason you are still missing out on the NASA Apollo Saturn V even after 2 years when it was released, then you might be glad to know that Amazon has it on sale right now for as much as 17% off of its original price. This is the lowest price so far for the LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V set, effectively making it less than a hundred dollars.

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LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309)

  • Bring to life the rocket launch that took humans to the moon with the meter-high (approximately 1: 110 scale) model rocket of the NASA Apollo Saturn V. This space toy with astronaut figures lets you role-play the many missions the Saturn V completed
  • The Saturn V rocket kit includes 3 removable rocket stages (first, s-ii second, and s-ivb third) below the launch escape system, command and service module. Plus, there are 2 minifigures to accompany the Lunar Lander and splashdown rocket toy
  • After building the Saturn V rocket, you can display the spacecraft horizontally with 3 stands. The Lunar Lander docks with the command and service modules while the Lunar Orbiter sends the rocket into space
  • Recreate space adventures with this NASA toy and action figures based off of the included booklet about the manned Apollo Moon missions and the fan designers of this build and playset
  • This spaceship toy measures over 39 inches (100 centimeters) high and 6 inches (17 centimeters) in diameter. It includes 1,900 pieces and is ideal for boys and girls 14 years or older

 

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LEGO Ideas IP Question Provides More Clarity About Permissible IPs

The LEGO Ideas platform has been recently updated to include some features that will help builders determine if their proposed projects will not run into some potential intellectual property (IP) issues later on. For those projects that managed to receive the necessary 10K fan support only to be turned down later on by the LEGO Ideas Review Team due to an IP conflict, the experience can turn out to be really disappointing. Thankfully, LEGO Ideas has taken a step further by introducing a LEGO Ideas IP question that may help future submissions to be spared from the frustrating experience of pushing forward with a project that may I have a potential IP issue.

By including an Intellectual Property Question (or IP Question) at the very start of the project Submission Flow, builders will now have an idea if there proposed set will have the LEGO Ideas IP greenlight.

LEGO Ideas IP question

By adding this feature at the beginning of the submission phase, builders will be spared from the frustrating experience of gaining the necessary 10K support from fans only to be turned later on because of some issues with regards to IP rights. There are plenty of examples of such cases and one in particular is the LEGO Ideas project Jurassic Park Visitor Center that qualified for the LEGO Ideas First 2016 Review Stage but was eventually turned down by the review team because of certain conflicts with LEGO’s existing IPs. Here’s LEGO’s take on the matter.

More noteworthy however, is the first step of this new Submit Flow – the Intellectual Property (IP) Question. As you know, LEGO Ideas welcomes submissions based on intellectual properties (designs copyrighted by someone else, i.e. movies, bands, real-world buildings, vehicles, etc), however there are many IPs, which we’ve already been able to evaluate over the years, that we don’t allow as they either: 

  • Overlap with currently commercialized LEGO products (i.e. Star Wars, Ferrari, etc)
  • Have already been commercialized through LEGO Ideas (i.e. Beatles Yellow Submarine, Voltron, etc)
  • Don’t fit the LEGO Brand (i.e. Game of Thrones or Call of Duty, etc)
  • Contain a known license conflict that prevents us from commercializing the IP (i.e. Monopoly, Transformers, etc).

It’s always been a bit challenging for members to know which IPs we allow and don’t allow, so we’re bringing more visibility to this now by allowing you to lookup an IP and get an immediate response about whether we allow it or not, or if we haven’t evaluated it before. This way, we hope to remove some of the frustrations members have experienced of spending time building something for LEGO Ideas and going through the submission process – only for it to be denied by our moderation team due to the IP in question.

Please be aware that LEGO Ideas maintains an even stricter policy than the rest of the LEGO Group on which intellectual properties are allowed to be submitted to the platform. An IP that may be denied via LEGO Ideas for any reason, may well still be considered internally by the LEGO Groups’ design teams in their regular product development process.

It’s worth noting that it’s still a work in progress and we plan further updates to this, including providing more precise feedback on why an IP is not allowed.

LEGO makes it clear that introducing a LEGO Ideas IP question is far from perfect and is not intended to be like a silver bullet of sorts to solve any IP issues that future submissions may present later on. But it is a welcomed move nonetheless that will save builders and their fans from harrowing disappointments and frustrations.

So what do you think of these latest developments from LEGO Ideas? Do you think it will be a big help in untangling some of the complex issues regarding LEGO’s intellectual properties? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

LEGO Product Idea The Queen: I Want to Break Free is the First to Qualify for the Third 2019 Review Stage

While this year’s LEGO Ideas Second 2019 Review Stage has already begun, we now have our very first 10K entry that qualifies for the Third 2019 Review Stage. Garnering a total number of 10,000+ votes from the LEGO fan community, The Queen: I Want to Break Free project by Han Sbricksteen features the band’s iconic 80’s music video rendered in LEGO bricks.

The Queen: I Want to Break Free

This brick creation comes in at approximately 1,300 pieces and features minifig versions of the band members Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon and of course the legend himself, Freddy Mercury. It was a long road for this project since it was introduced to the public more than 2 years ago, but I guess its worth the wait. The Queen: I Want to Break Free LEGO Ideas project is slated for review at the latter part of this year.

The Queen: I Want to Break Free

Welcome to the most famous living room in the history of music videos

Wake up and visit the funniest house with Freddy Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon. This set is a tribute to the famous music video I Want to Break Free. The song with the same title was included in the classic album The Works (1984), by Queen. This project pays homage to one of the most influential rock bands in music history.

  • Includes 8 minifigures: Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon, and the same musicians in disguise.
  • The house has two sections: the living room with the stairs and the kitchen.
  • All the rooms are completely furnished.
  • Accessories include a vacuum cleaner, two feather dusters, a scourer, four forks, four knives, four cups, two newspapers, a vase, a bottle, a can of soda, a carton of milk, a carton of juice, a pretzel, two cherries, a banana, and a sausage.
  • Great for display or role-playing scenes from the iconic music video.
  • This set includes over 1300 pieces.
  • The model measures over 5” (14 cm) high, 17’’ (44 cm) wide and 7’’ (19 cm) deep.

The Queen: I Want to Break Free

Be Innovative With LEGO’s Brick and Voice Technology In This LEGO Ideas Contest

Here’s something different from LEGO Ideas. Other than the usual product ideas submitted for review, the contest platform also hosts numerous building competitions focused on a particular set, theme or objective. One such contest that takes its cue from a newly released set is the Build An Epic Ride for the Future building contest that is based on the LEGO Creator Expert Harley-Davidson Fat Boy (10269) set.  Following the launch of this contest, comes another LEGO Ideas contest that celebrates LEGO’s innovation in enhancing play experiences. Utilizing LEGO’s brick and voice technology, fans can now submit their most creative entries that show how these new innovations can be actually realized. But unlike previous competitions in the contest platform, this one does not require you to build anything.

Dubbed as Share Your Most Creative Ideas On Fun LEGO Voice Experiences, this contest challenges LEGO fans and technogeeks to come up with their most original ideas in utilizing LEGO’s brick and voice technology in fun and meaningful ways.

Imagine if you could talk to your LEGO® models and get them to do fun stuff with you, or for you. In this contest, we challenge you to come up with creative and innovative ideas on how the LEGO brick and voice technology could be combined in fun ways. Maybe you’d like to have a LEGO remote control car that you control with your voice or a LEGO house where you control the lights by talking to it? We want you to think out of the box, into the future, and describe and visualize your idea with text and drawing.

If you read the above contest description carefully, you will notice that this contest does not require you to submit an actual build (either using physical bricks or digital renders) and even encourages you to describe your idea in writing supplemented by simple and clear illustrations. As mentioned in the contest rules:

You are welcome to also include a brick-build model representing your idea, but this is not a requirement and will not influence the judging. If you choose to do so, you can do it using physical bricks or by using a digital building tool such as LEGO Digital Designer. You’re welcome to use image editing tools, such as Photoshop, to enhance your photos/presentation.

3 winners will be selected by a panel of judges, with each bringing home the following LEGO sets that feature LEGO’s Powered Up tech, including the recently introduced LEGO Disney Train (71044).

LEGO's Brick and Voice Technology

You can submit your entries on or before October 17, and be sure to read all the contest rules so you will be properly guided. How do you think we can best make use of LEGO’s brick and voice technology? Be sure to drop us a comment and share your coolest idea over at LEGO Ideas.

The LEGO Ideas Second 2019 Review Stage Has Begun

After some relatively minor controversies, the LEGO Ideas Second 2019 Review Stage finally commences as announced over at the LEGO Ideas blog site. With more than 10K fans supporting each of these 10 product ideas, the window for the qualifying period between May to September 2019 has already closed. Those entries that will hit the 10K mark will be considered for the next review period which will begin on January 6, 2020.

Second 2019 Review Stage

The LEGO Ideas Review Team is still hard at work wrapping up the First 2019 LEGO Review Stage so its exciting to see how this will turn out. I’m personally cheering for 123 Sesame Street Apartment Building by  Ivan Guerrero so I hope this build gets selected. For the meantime, let’s take a look at these 10 entries, and comment down below on which LEGO product idea do you think will turn out to be the next official LEGO Ideas set. Just click on the following links to know more about these entries. Congratulations to all the candidates!

1. UCS Space Shuttle Atlantis by Snelson42

Second 2019 Review Stage

2. Thunderbirds Are Go by AndrewClark2

Second 2019 Review Stage

3. Pursuit of Flight by JKBrickworks

Second 2019 Review Stage

4. History Museum by Bricky_Brick

Second 2019 Review Stage

5. The Office by Lego The Office

Second 2019 Review Stage

6. Medieval Blacksmith by Namirob

7. Winnie the Pooh by benlouisa

8. Nasa Spacecraft by Micro_Model_Maker

9. The Haunted Mansion: 50th Anniversary by GoodOlPrice

10. The Seven Dwarfs’ House by Hanwasyellowfirst

For the latest LEGO Ideas sets out there, particularly the LEGO Ideas Central Perk (21319), be sure to visit LEGO Shop@Home.

FRIENDS Actor Matthew Perry Builds the LEGO Ideas Central Perk (21319) and Gives it a Funny Twist

Actor Matthew Perry seems to be having a blast with the new LEGO Ideas Central Perk (21319) that he couldn’t help but crack up a joke that is well too familiar for fans of the hit 90’s TV sitcom. After declaring that the upcoming LEGO Ideas set features Chandler as the most handsome minifigure around, he pushes the humor up to a notch when Matthew Perry decided to don his minifig alter-ego with a Batman costume. The result is nostalgically hilarious.

Fans of the FRIENDS TV show will immediately recognize the humor in Matthew Perry’s tweet. It is a callback to one of the show’s episodes when Chandler and Ross were arguing regarding whose tuxedo is way cooler: Chandler’s tux that was actually worn by Pierce Brosnan, or Ross’ Val Kilmer Batman tuxedo which the latter worn in 1995’s Batman Forever.  Needless to say, Chandler needs to make sure that his wedding with Monica will feature him in the most eye-catching tux ever, and he has his sights on that ‘Batman tuxedo’.

The LEGO Ideas Central Perk (21319) set is slated to be released on September 1st, retailing for $59.99 USD. It comes in 1,070 pieces and features the iconic cafe where the FRIENDS stars hang out in the hit 90s TV series. It features the minifig versions of Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey, Phoebe and Central Perk’s long-suffering manager Gunther. Be sure to check with LEGO Shop@Home next week if you’re eyeing to add this LEGO Ideas set to your collection.

Hear What LEGO Has To Say About These LEGO Ideas Archived Projects

Last week, we first reported a rather puzzling move by the LEGO Ideas Team on two LEGO Ideas archived projects that made it through the 10K fan support milestone. Unfortunately, these product ideas – the Gravity Falls Mystery Shack by Figura and Japanese Tea Garden by Coosey Goosey – were later removed from the Achieved Support page which will make them eligible for the Second 2019 LEGO Ideas Review Stage.

It didn’t help much also that LEGO was quite mum regarding the reasons behind this issue since a lot of LEGO fan support went out to these product ideas with the hope of seeing them as actual LEGO sets in the near future. Needless to say, it left most fans of the LEGO Ideas platforms scratching their heads a bit, searching for possible answers to this unusual situation.

However, it now looks like that LEGO is now giving fans an idea of what has happened that led them to make such an unusually tough decision. LEGO opted to break their silence over the matter so that fans may have a better understanding of what really transpired with these LEGO Ideas archived projects.

LEGO Ideas Archived Projects
One of the two LEGO Ideas archived projects that reached 10K fan support: the Japanese Tea Garden.
LEGO Ideas Archived Projects
Another LEGO Idea archived project: the Gravity Falls Mystery Shack.

Here’s what the LEGO Group has to say over at the LEGO Ambassador Network:

Although questions haven’t directly come in via LAN, I can understand there are some questions about the recent archival of the two LEGO Ideas 10K Club submissions Japanese Tea Gardens and Gravity Falls Mystery Shack.

It’s incredibly rare that we make the decision to remove submissions that have achieved the 10,000 supporter milestone and to not allow them through to the review stage. Unfortunately, after a thorough evaluation we made the tough decision (because we can clearly see that both models are incredibly well built) that in these two cases we had to do this as the submissions did not comply with our Terms of Service. We couldn’t, in respect to the LEGO Ideas community, move the submissions into the review stage as well as award prizes, whether the main prize or the consolation prize, to the members in question.

Although we know that you’re all very interested in knowing the specific underlying reasons for why we decided to archive them, this is not information that I can share with you out of respect for the privacy of the members in question. Should the members in question choose to share the reason for the archival of their submissions, then they are welcome to do so.

From what we can learn from LEGO’s statement, it looks like the Gravity Falls Mystery Shack and Japanese Tea Garden entries violated the LEGO Ideas’ Terms of Service. Obviously, it’s a broad statement, to say the least since we have no way of knowing exactly what this particular breach in TOS is LEGO is exactly referring to.

It could be anything in particular within that lengthy agreement, but according to the exchange of discussion within the LAN group, it was mentioned that one of the builders of these entries was a previous LEGO Store employee. That could point out a possible reason why these product ideas were eventually shelved. I guess these are speculations, to say the least, until such time that the owners of these product ideas will speak and share their own side of the story. LEGO made it clear that they are free to do so, and it’s now up to Coosey Goosey and Figura if they wish to shed more light on this matter.

So what do you think about this new revelation? What other possible reasons do you think that the LEGO Ideas Team could have in shelving these LEGO product ideas? Let me know in the comments below.

Check Out These Winning Brick-Built Hybrid Dinosaurs From LEGO Ideas

Remember last June when the LEGO Ideas platform launched a contest to create the most unique, custom LEGO brick-built hybrid dinosaurs? Well, it turns out that these builds have finely gone out of their shells and we now have three winning entries that show what happens when LEGO is unintentionally (?) mixed with dino DNA. There are three winners from this recent LEGO Ideas contest, with one bringing home the bacon for the wackiest dino creation around. Let’s check these winners from the LEGO Ideas Unleash Your Own Genetically Modified Hybrid Dinosaur.

First off, we have two Runner-Ups: one that this seems to be the stuff of brick nightmares if you happen to stumble upon a real one, while the other is so cute and adorable, you might need to stop yourself from eating it.

Runner Ups

Tyrannosaurus Scorpio Tigris by Langemann Lego

Brick-Built Hybrid Dinosaurs

“Some kind of Monster,” Dr. Henry Wu said as he saw his new creation. He decided to mix up the DNA of the Tyrannosaurus Rex with some predators of our world, to get one of the most dangerous and scary creatures ever seen: The Tyrannosaurus Scorpio Tigris.

Some DNA of a Scorpion for armor, poison and useable claws.

Some DNA of a tiger for bigger fangs, better ears, and eyes.

856 parts.

Hopefully, his creation will not break out…

 

Brick-Built Hybrid Dinosaurs

This wonder of science came after a company birthday party gone wrong. Some Dino DNA mixed with the cake and the Tricaketops was born! Half Triceratops, half Cake. It’s known for its durable frosting skin, candle horns, cupcake feet, and delicious taste!

Grand Prize

Tyrannocow (T-cow) by yop1172

Brick-Built Hybrid Dinosaurs

It seems that someone did not follow the rules of the laboratory, and some milk remains fell on the samples! This dinosaur is a mixture between a T-rex and an ordinary cow, it is not dangerous, but it can’t be milked by anyone, and protects cows and farm animals that naturally seek its habitat.
Ironically I used a mini cleaver piece (98369) to make the ears, and the minifig hairpiece 25379 to make the hooves.
Does anyone want some milk? 
These brick-built hybrid dinosaurs winners got to bring home an impressive array of 2019 LEGO Jurassic World sets (for the Grand Prize winner), plus the gargantuan Jurassic Park T.rex Rampage (75936) set. All of these sets are currently available at LEGO Shop@Home in case you want to take a look.
I personally want to build that Tyrannocow and Tricaketops myself. Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.
Congratulations to all the winners!

The Seven Dwarfs’ House Reaches 10K Fan Support At LEGO Ideas

We have another LEGO product idea that achieved the coveted 10K fan support. The Seven Dwarfs’ House by fan builder Hanwasyellowfirst managed to climb its way to the Second 2019 Review Stage thanks to the 10,000 LEGO fans who voted for it to become a potential, official LEGO set.

The Seven Dwarfs' House

This product idea is based on Disney’s classic 1937 full-length animated movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The build also features some of the characteristics of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride as seen in Walt Disney World, Florida.

The Seven Dwarfs' House The Seven Dwarfs' House

If ever chosen to be the next LEGO Ideas set (hopefully, with no more surprises coming from the LEGO Ideas Team similar to what happened to two archived qualifying product ideas), then we can expect a nice number of minifigures that will go with this set as well. Read on for this MOC’s full description below. The Seven Dwarfs’ House joins nine more entries that qualified for this year’s Second Review Stage. Congratulations!

The Seven Dwarfs’ House 

Hey everyone, here is my new submission to LEGO Ideas! I wanted to pay homage to Walt Disney’s first full length animated feature, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. 

The build is inspired by a mixture of the house featured in the 1937 Disney Classic, and the physical recreation at Walt Disney World, situated in the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride. 

Set features: 

Minifigures:

  • The Dwarfs: Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, Dopey 
  • Snow White 
  • Evil Witch 

Play features:

All roof sections are removable for easy access of play, as well as two opening wall sections. In addition, the first floor comes off to reveal the mining room, sorry, dining room! 

  • Do the dishes in the kitchen sink, make sure you whistle while you work! 
  • Ensure those jewels are up to standard at the jewel inspection desk!
  • You are building by a wishing well!
  • 7 Beds 
  • 7 Pick Axes 
  • Grandfather Clock 
  • Dining Table 
  • Broken Mine Cart 
  • And much more!

I would love to have filled the build with Rabbits, Birds, Squirrels, etc,  but unfortunately, they were not in the software. 

I hope you like the build, cheers!

Two LEGO Product Ideas Drops Off From the Second 2019 Review Stage

I feel this is quite peculiar and too early on for the LEGO Ideas race. After reporting on the recent 10K achievers on the LEGO Product Ideas platform, the LEGO Ideas Team gave a rather puzzling comment to two of the projects that qualified for the Second 2019 Review Stage.

The next LEGO Ideas Review stage for this year will commence next month and as of this posting, there are supposedly 12 entries that gathered the necessary votes from LEGO fans making it qualified to enter the Review Stage. However just last Thursday, LEGO has already put an end to the possibility of seeing two of these product ideas become an official LEGO set. Specifically, these are the Japanese Tea Garden by Coosey Goosey, and Gravity Falls Mystery Shack by Figura.

Second 2019 Review Stage
The LEGO product idea Japanese Tea Garden by Coosey Goosey.
Second 2019 Review Stage
The LEGO Product Idea Gravity Falls Mystery Shack by Figura.

LEGO’s official statement can be found on each of the project’s page, with the term “chosen to archive your project” as a more friendly way of saying that they will no longer consider these entries for production, even if they haven’t officially begun the Second 2018 Review Stage yet. Here’s what LEGO has to say to the respective product idea creators.

Decision on Our Ability to Produce this Project

Aug. 15, 2019

Dear Figura (Coosey Goosey),

First, thank you for building and submitting your very well done Gravity Falls Mystery Shack (Japanese Tea Garden).

Regretfully, we have chosen to archive your project and no longer consider it for production for reasons communicated to you privately. Your project will remain visible on LEGO Ideas, but in a status where it can no longer be supported or commented on. This way fans can still admire your creation.

We’re sorry to be the bearers of this disappointing news!

Frankly, as far as I can remember, this is quite unusual coming from the LEGO Ideas Team. I’m sure that they have a reasonable explanation for their decision, and that it was already privately communicated to the creators. However, I still find it difficult to think why LEGO would do such a move given the fact that they could have waited until the Second 2019 Review Stage to be concluded and simply select from any of the other 10 proposed sets. The 20,000+ LEGO fan supporters who voted for these product ideas are also somewhat kept in the dark considering that the Comments thread/section of the product ideas’ respective pages are now locked preventing any further queries about the matter. The only consolation that supporters have is that the images of these entries will not be removed from the platform.

I’m sure that builders Coosey Goosey and Figura are the only ones who can clearly explain the reasons behind this decision if ever LEGO will be mum about it, with questions still floating in the air. Does this mean that LEGO is on a tight schedule to release sets that might be based on a similar set or concept? The Japanese Tea Garden may likewise be a good candidate to be the next LEGO Architecture set, while the Gravity Falls Mystery Shack, as far I know was at some point at the center of LEGO set rumors. These are just my own speculations though.

I have to say also that this move from the LEGO Ideas Team is not something that I am happy about because it opens the possibility that other 10K LEGO product idea achievers may also experience the same. In the final analysis, other than the creators themselves, it is the fans who trusted the LEGO Ideas platform who will be the ones left feeling disappointed and disillusioned. I just hope that LEGO will shed more light into this, particularly when the Second 2019 Review Stage kicks off.