Yep, most of us are already feeling the brunt of being cooped up at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic – and while most of us can stay connected with our friends and workmates via video conferencing, chances are, the view can really be quite monotonous. To add more fun to your video conferences, you may want to check out this collection of cool LEGO Ideas custom backgrounds, created by some of the prolific builders in the LEGO fan community. Here are some of my favorites.
In fact, the LEGO Ideas platform has announced a new activity where you can even submit your own LEGO Ideas custom background for everybody to enjoy. These are trying times, and I appreciate it that members of the LEGO fan community are doing whatever they can to somehow ease each other’s stay-at-home burdens. So whether you feel like you want to show that you are chased by a dinosaur or videoconferencing from out space, these brick-inspired custom backgrounds have you covered.
These LEGO Ideas custom backgrounds are not a first though. If you recall, LEGO.com also released a series of wallpapers through its online shopping portal as part of its #LetsBuildTogether campaign.
For instructions on how to use these backgrounds for your next video conference, you may want to read this article from the LEGO Ideas blogsite. You can also find high-resolution images of these backgrounds right there. They’ve provided a handy how-to guide for Zoom and Microsoft Teams users, including for Mac users. And if you have your custom LEGO background to share, do check and participate at this LEGO Ideas Create a Custom Background for Video Calls Activity. The nice thing about this is that the LEGO Ideas Team opted to remove any deadline and has kept the activity open for the foreseeable future.
So what do you think? Which among these backgrounds are your personal favorites? Talk to us in the comments below.
Fans of this NBC classic TV show will surely want to see this AI-powered car rendered into LEGO bricks. The LEGO Ideas Knight Rider – KITT is our next qualifier for this year’s LEGO Ideas First Review Stage, and it’s a cool way of celebrating the 80s show that most of us grew up with.
Designed by LEGO fan builder Jimmi-DK, the LEGO Ideas Knight Rider – KITT (or short for Knight Industries Two Thousand) consists of 883 pieces and is the 13th entry to qualify for the First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review Stage. It measures more than 13 inches in length and comes very close to the LEGO Creator Expert Ford Mustang (10265) in terms of its physical dimensions.
In fact, this is not the first time that LEGO will be coming up with a Knight Rider inspired set. If you recall, the now discontinued LEGO Dimensions theme also offered a Knight Rider Fun Pack (71286) as a way of expanding its toys-to-life ensemble in 2017. However, the mini builds that go with these Fun Packs are a far cry in terms of accurately portraying their real-life counterparts. Hopefully having a LEGO Ideas Knight Rider set will fill in that gap that LEGO fans of the TV show would like to see.
In case you’re not familiar with the classic TV series that inspired this qualifying entry, NBC’s Knight Rider first aired back in 1982, with David Hasselhoff’s starring in his breakout role as an LA police officer. He played the role of a cop that is out for justice against those that are otherwise considered above the law. He is helped in his mission by an AI-powered supercar sidekick in the form of KITT. Think of Siri or Alexa on wheels and you’ll get the point. The car itself is based on a modified 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am model, hence the sleek curves on this brick design. I can just imagine how gorgeous it will look in black LEGO pieces if perchance the LEGO Ideas design team works their LEGO magic on this product idea.
Here’s what Jimmi-DK has to say about his entry. The LEGO Ideas Knight Rider – KITT joins The Great Fishing Boat together with eleven more qualifiers to enter the First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review Stage which will be concluded very soon.
As a kid in the 80s, I was, and still am, a huge fan of the TV series Knight Rider. I had a big poster on the wall with KITT and Michael Knight. The idea of having this cool looking self-aware car, that could drive itself, talk and jump over obstacles was very fascinating. KITT, which stands for Knight Industries Two Thousand, was a modified 1982 Pontiac Trans Am.
With this LEGO model, I have tried to capture the shape of the car and various details, such as the seats and other interiors.
Number of bricks: 883
Length: 336 mm (13.23 in)
Width: 128 mm (5.04 in)
Height: 80 mm (3.15 in)
The next LEGO Ideas set has been revealed, and boy, am I really hyped for it! I’m pretty sure adult LEGO fans will all agree that the LEGO Ideas Pirates of Barracuda Bay (21322) is one set that surely triggers a lot of memories of our early days of LEGO building. Plus the fact that this latest LEGO Ideas set is just gorgeously stunning simply makes this latest offering a must-have. And LEGO couldn’t agree more. Read on for The LEGO Group’s official press release about the Pirates of Barracuda Bay (21322) to learn more about the inspiration behind this set.
Notwithstanding the threat of COVID-19, I must say that 2020 is a year of great releases as far as the LEGO Ideas theme is concerned. Other than this recent addition, we also have the LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street Apartment Building (21323)to watch out for. And if there are any LEGO sets that will fill in the top spot of my LEGO wishlist for 2020, these two will definitely suffice.
The LEGO Ideas Pirates of Barracuda Bay (21322) will be available beginning April 1st (and on my AFOL’s honor, this is NOT an April Fool’s Day joke) at LEGO Shop@Home and on LEGO brand stores, retailing for $199.99. It’s not on sale or pre-order yet, but you have the option of adding this to your LEGO online wishlist.
Arghhh me hearties! Explore an epic shipwreck with the new LEGO® Ideas Pirates of Barracuda Bay
The LEGO Group has announced the latest LEGO Ideas set, bringing back memories of the beloved LEGO Pirates theme.
Become a pirate with this brand-new LEGO Ideas set, inspired by the 1989 Black Seas Barracuda pirate ship model. Adventurers can now explore the island and the wreckage of Captain Redbeard’s famous ship, which was lost at sea over 30 years ago.
With 2,545-pieces in total, the model contains everything a pirate or LEGO fan needs to create the ultimate shipwreck – including a captain’s quarters, food store and supply dock. LEGO builders can even uncover buried treasure on the island by removing parts of the ship to explore new areas and create new stories.
This set also contains 8 Minifigures all based on pirate characters from the classic pirate lines, including the iconic Captain Redbeard, Lady Anchor, Robin Loot and the twins, Port and Starboard, as well as 3 other pirates and 2 skeleton figures and various animals to discover on the island.
When builders tire of being stranded at sea, the island can also be reassembled to create Captain Redbeard’s legendary ship, the Black Seas Barracuda. Rebuild the ship to launch a rescue mission to take the ship’s crew back to safety and find the buried treasure.
The LEGO® Ideas Pirates of Barracuda Bay set measures over 23” (59cm) high, 25” (64cm) wide and 12” (32cm) deep and is sure to catch the eye whether proudly displayed or placed amongst other LEGO Pirate sets.
LEGO Ideas offers fans the opportunity to submit their own brick creations with the chance to have their concept brought to life with the help of LEGO master designers and a share of the net sales.
Fans can submit their own LEGO set ideas at ideas.LEGO.com.
21322 LEGO Ideas Pirates of Barracuda Bay will be available directly via LEGO.com and LEGO Stores from 1st April 2020.
This is one exciting set that you surely wouldn’t want to miss! After several teasers over social media, the next LEGO Ideas set has been finally unveiled. Setting sail over at LEGO Shop@Home is the gorgeous and impressively huge LEGO Ideas Pirates of Barracuda Bay (21322). Check out the product details and crisp official images below.
Slated to be released on April 1st (and this ain’t an April Fool’s Day joke), the LEGO Ideas Pirates of Barracuda Bay (21322) comes in at 2,545 pieces and will retail for $199.99. Inspired by LEGO fan builder Pablo Sanchez (or Brick_Brick at LEGO Ideas), this set will certainly bring back memories of the good ‘ol LEGO Pirates days together with the daring Captain Redbeard and his dauntless pirate crew. This set is now listed over LEGO Shop@Home and you may opt to add this to your wishlist so you will be notified later on of its availability. I just hope that LEGO brand stores will be back on track on this date, moving forward.
Rekindle nostalgic memories of childhood LEGO® construction projects with this LEGO Ideas Pirates of Barracuda Bay (21322) shipwreck island model for display and play. Enjoy some calm, quality time alone building – or share the fun with others.
Rebuild into a classic Discover the captain’s cabin, food store, kitchen, bedrooms, supply dock, farm, toilet, jail cell, tavern, and hidden treasure, plus lots of fun accessories, 8 pirate minifigures, assorted animal figures, and 2 skeleton figures to inspire action-packed stories. This set includes an island that can be split in half and rearranged. The shipwreck can also be dismantled and reassembled to make a ship inspired by the Black Seas Barracuda pirate ship LEGO model from 1989.
Fan-tastic ideas! LEGO Ideas offers a diverse array of sets, all created by LEGO fans and voted for by LEGO fans. Inspired by real-life, action heroes, iconic movies, popular TV series or totally original concepts, there are cool model kits for people of all ages.
Build and play with or display this LEGO® Ideas Pirates of Barracuda Bay (21322) shipwreck island model. The island can also be split in half and rearranged, revealing buried pirate treasure.
The set has 8 minifigures including Captain Redbeard, Lady Anchor, Robin Loot and twins Port and Starboard for pirate role-play action, plus a shark, pig, 2 parrots, 3 crabs, 2 frogs, and 2 skeleton figures.
Rooms including a captain’s cabin, kitchen, tavern, bedroom and jail cell are filled with accessories. The shipwreck also rebuilds into a ship inspired by the 1989 LEGO® model, Captain Redbeard’s Black Seas Barracuda.
This 2,545-piece pirate building set makes a great birthday or holiday gift for pirate and LEGO® enthusiasts. It will give you a stress-relieving break from the daily grind – and hours of refreshing, creative fun.
This cool pirate shipwreck island model measures over 23” (59cm) high, 25” (64cm) wide and 12” (32cm) deep. It’s sure to make a big impression whether displayed at home or as an office desk toy.
LEGO’s official Facebook page gave out a series of teasers that somehow gives the impression that the next LEGO Ideas reveal is on its way very soon. If you recall during the LEGO Ideas First 2019 Review Stage, three sets managed to receive the thumbs up approval of the reviewers to become the next LEGO Ideas sets: the impressive Playable LEGO Piano, my personal favorite, 123 Sesame Street Apartment Building, and The Pirate Bay. One of these sets is now slated to be announced anytime soon, with the consensus of most fans that the latter might be appearing on LEGO Shop@Home anytime soon.
As of this posting, LEGO has already launched two polls on its Facebook page that asks AFOLs of their favorite LEGO Pirates sets from the past.
Based on its first social media poll, most LEGO fans who joined in weighed their choices between the LEGO Black Seas Barracuda (6285) and the LEGO Skull’s Eye Schooner (6286). It’s a bit of a tight race between the two, with the Black Seas Barracuda emerging as the all-time favorite pirate ship among the 38,000 fans who cast their votes.
The second poll is currently on-going, asking fans whether they had any of the two classic LEGO Pirate sets where they can dock their brick pirate ships. Its a choice between the Lagoon Lock-Up (6267) or the Imperial Trading Post (6277) for that matter.
It’s a great way to spark the interest of the LEGO community, especially that our next LEGO Ideas set is something that is very endeared among older LEGO fans. The LEGO Ideas The Pirate Bay (21322) by Pablo Jimenez (aka Bricky_Brick over at the LEGO Ideas website) is scheduled to be our next fan-designed set following the LEGO Ideas International Space Station (21321). This set is expected to follow a modular design similar to that of the LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store (21310) from 2017. Like any other LEGO Ideas set, we can expect that the LEGO Design Team has put considerable effort into streamlining this set, taking into account the size and scale of The Pirate Bay.
We do not have any additional details about the LEGO Ideas The Pirate Bay except for its expected price point of $200 based on Price Vortex’s listing. And if this turns out to be true, then this recent LEGO Ideas set will be the second one within the said price range, other than the LEGO Ideas Tree House (21318). Its a bit pricy, but the scale of this model is certainly worth it.
With these recent developments, we can expect an official reveal from LEGO anytime soon. So be sure to stay tuned here in our blogsite for more updates about the LEGO Ideas The Pirate Bay (21322).
Are you excited about the comeback of the LEGO Pirates? Let me know in the comments below.
The challenge is to recreate the most celebrated scenes of Manchester United – whether a historic goal, iconic badges, or even the player themselves – using LEGO bricks. Out of a total of 275 contest entries, three stood above the rest earning the thumbs up approval of the LEGO Ideas Review Team. Two Runner-Ups and a Grand Prize Winner were eventually selected. Let’s take a look at the winning entries in this LEGO Ideas Build United! contest and read on for what the judges have to say about them.
This build is an amazing display of forced perspective! When we first saw the model, we thought that it was a photoshop job in order to get the scene so nicely fit to the television. The pictures showing the model from a different angle show how clever the whole construction is. The details of the antenna on the TV, the brick-built remote, and the lines on the field all help to make this one amazing creation!
Capturing human forms with LEGO bricks, let alone the human form in motion, is an incredibly difficult task. The builder does a wonderful job of recreating the movement and energy of this iconic moment in Manchester United history, a very hard task with LEGO bricks! We also love the use of multiple scales, with all of the spectators in the background really completing this iconic image.
We love all of the details in this model showing the surrounds of the original stadium. The designer has done an incredible job of capturing the plan, buildings, greenery, roads, trainlines, and river at such an incredibly small scale. That’s not even mentioning the fantastic nanoscale version of Old Trafford!
For all sea-loving AFOLs out there: this will certainly be a great addition to the LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store (21310). As we close in towards the conclusion of this year’s LEGO Ideas First Review Stage, we now have our next 10K qualifier that managed to gather the needed support from the LEGO fan community. The LEGO Ideas The Great Fishing Boat by EdouardClo received the thumbs-up seal of approval from more than 10,000 LEGO fans, for the bid to become the next official LEGO Ideas set.
The LEGO Ideas The Great Fishing Boat is inspired by the adventurous team of four brave fishermen including their captain as they brave the elements in search of their next big catch. The ship itself features a pretty sleek and subtle hull and bow, that comes in a soothing combination of dark red and turquoise colors. A closer look reveals a detailed rendition of its deck, hatch and other mechanisms to manage their rich, underwater haul. And finally, this LEGO Ideas The Great Fishing Boat also with a dinghy and a crane to traverse further into the sea.
The sea is rough. In the early morning, the fishermen of the ship are on deck, busy sorting freshly caught fish. One scans the horizon, the captain handles his boat from the bridge, struggling against the elements. It is sometimes hard, but tonight they will be back to the harbour.
As you understood, this is a fishing boat. And more precisely they are fishing tunas, those huge and powerful silver beasts.
Did you know that even nowadays, tunas are still caught using fishing rods? Yes this is why there are 8 long dark bluish grey rods at the back of the cabin!
Why is this build so nice:
Beautiful hull shape, with an elegant raised bow, with extremely fine and sleek lines and curves, inward and outward. Very subtle!
The color scheme: dark red under the waterline and dark turquoise and white for the rest of the hull and cabin.
2 masts: the white tops look amazing. They support lights, mandatory on today’s boats, which even fish at night.
The wooden deck and hatch for the hold with the crane to stow and unload fish containers.
The great cabin, with vertical windows and the amazing dark turquoise roof. There is also a nice chimney on the rear.
At the stern (rear) there is the dinghy, with a crane to launch it. (-> See the picture!)
The golden propeller integrated into the curves of the hull looks amazing.
Silver details and deck fittings.
4 minifigures: 3 sailors and their captain, with dark blue and orange raincoats and rain hat.
Another member is welcomed in the halls of the LEGO Ideas 10K Club and this time its toastergrl from the UK, and her qualifying LEGO Ideas Sonic Mania – Green Hill Zone project. Hot off the heals of the LEGO product idea Bricks & Blooms, the Sonic Mania – Green Hill Zone is our 11th entry that managed to gather the necessary 10,000 LEGO fan votes, enabling it to enter the First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review Stage. This project is based on 2017’s SEGA video game release, Sonic Mania, celebrating our blue blur’s 25th year anniversary.
I never had the chance of having Sonic as a LEGO minifigure, and though I regret the fact that I didn’t immediately grab the opportunity of getting him when his first-ever LEGO set came out in the form of a LEGO Dimensions Level Pack back in 2016, I hope that the Sonic Mania -Green Hill Zone project will provide the opportunity of seeing him again in an official LEGO set.
Released digitally in late 2017 and expanded on with a physical release a year later, Sonic Mania is many things. An authentic recreation of the timeless gameplay stylings of the ’90s, a stunning showcase of gorgeous pixel art and striking low-poly models, and our first true taste of what Sonic fans, gone pro, can do with the series. With all this under its belt, it’s no surprise the game is still extremely popular even years later. What better way, then, to keep the ultimate celebration of past and future rolling into the franchise’s 30th anniversary in 2021 than by bringing the hedgehog’s adventures to the brick-built world of LEGO?
“Classic” Sonic the Hedgehog minifigure
“Classic” Dr. Eggman, Motobug and three Flickies as brick-built figures
Heavy Gunner and Heavy Magician as brick-built figures
Green Hill Zone “Palm Tree”, “Spring”, “Bridge and “Loop” modules
Egg Robot mech
Phantom Ruby and Ring accessories
~700 pieces, with 8 new prints (excluding minifigure parts) and a sticker sheet
Sonic and LEGO are a perfect match; much like our favorite construction toy, the blue hedgehog is hugely popular with kids worldwide. Just as Sonic games give you the tools to take any given act however you want, the only limit with LEGO is your imagination – and to help inspire new adventures, this set has been designed with an alternate “Encore mode” build true to Sonic Mania Plus. Not only that, but both configurations are loaded with reconfigurability and action functions – so that busy hands can keep on returning to this play experience!
Create your own act by connecting the Green Hill Zone modules together.
Use the Technic lever on the spring module to launch Sonic and his Flicky friends into the air!
Help Sonic collect the ring and Extra Life while dodging the Motobug.
Sit Dr. Eggman inside the Egg Robot mech.
Stomp through the zone with the mech’s posable arms and legs.
Use the handle on the mech’s extendable arms to perform a drill attack!
Stop the Phantom Ruby falling into the clutches of Dr. Eggman and the Hard-Boiled Heavies!
Rebuild into the “Encore mode” alternate build to continue the adventure – with additional modules, the Heavy King and his lackeys, Master Emerald, and the Tornado!
We need a bit of sunshine and good vibes don’t you think especially during these trying times. And though the LEGO House will be closed for the time being in response to Denmark’s lockdown due to COVID-19, I’m glad that there are brick creations such as Bricked1980′s LEGO Ideas Bricks & Blooms that has now entered the roster of 10K qualifiers for the First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review Stage.
Following the success of the Indiana Jones Trilogy product idea, this modular building managed to gather the necessary 10,000 fan support needed to move on to the next level of the LEGO Ideas process cycle. The LEGO Ideas Bricks & Blooms is a 3-level garden-inspired building, complete with a cafe, a fruit and vegetable stand, and many more.
Bricks & Blooms is a LEGO modular, high street garden center. It is designed to be compatible with existing LEGO modular buildings and is constructed on a 32 x 32 base plate from 2587 pieces.
The model is made up of 3 modular levels featuring a garden center with fruit and veg stall, a cafe/restaurant and an aquatics department.
Level 1 – Garden Centre
On the ground level is a bustling street scene including a tree, lots of plants, and a bench. The main entrance leads into the garden center itself and there is also a fruit and veg stall selling produce to customers passing by on the street. Inside the building, there are plants and gardening tools for sale. At the back of the building is the main outdoor garden center area selling plants and other gardening products.
Level 2 – Cafe/Restaurant
No garden center would be complete without a cafe! Level 2 is accessed by steps at the back of the building and includes a detailed kitchen and seating for the minifigures. There is also a small balcony that looks out on to the street below.
Level 3 – Aquatics Department
On level 3 is an Aquatics store with fish, aquariums and a cashier desk. A door at the side of the room leads out on to a small roof terrace area.
Flower Cart, Minifigures, and Other Details
The set also includes a flower cart, lawnmower, 6 minifigures, and a cat.
What is unique about this contest is that a board of judges will pre-select ten entries that will qualify for the Fan Vote Phase in order to determine the overall winner. And on top of that, those entries that will make it to the Fan Vote Phase will also enter a Product Review Phase to determine its feasibility of becoming an official LEGO Ideas set. Other than the cool prizes that await the Grand Prize Winner, the greatest reward that the winner will get is seeing his/her entry having the chance of becoming a LEGO set. Like any other LEGO Ideas project, it will also go through the same robust review cycle.
Music To Our Ears!
We’ve got a contest, which we hope sounds great! You will remember your favorite songs lyrics off by heart. You will remember your first concert or maybe the first time you played an instrument. Almost everyone loves music in one way or another, how would you show off your love of music using LEGO bricks? We want to see anything and everything to do with music in this contest and to see some of the best composed work.
The LEGO Ideas Judges will select all the entries that participate in the Fan Vote.
Excitingly, in addition to the regular contest prizes, we are piloting a new type of contest prize and process. What this means is that all entries that reach the Fan Vote phase, will also be included into a special review by the LEGO Ideas Review Board and will stand a chance of becoming an official LEGO Ideas set IF* one submission can wow them enough.
Speaking of prizes, there will be a Grand Prize and Three Runner Up Winners, both of which will be receiving an impressive haul of new and classic LEGO Ideas set. Plus to sweeten the deal, LEGO is also throwing in the next LEGO Ideas set as the mystery prize for all four winners. We are not sure yet on what this set might be, only that it was given a set number of 21322 retailing for $200 as listed by Price Vortex. It could either be my personal favorite, the LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street, the LEGO Ideas The Pirate Bay, or the LEGO Ideas Playable Piano. My hopes are with the LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street and I’m really excited and happy for the winners who will be the first to try this set if ever this is the mystery prize.
The Grand Prize winner will receive:
A custom LEGO trophy
A walk down LEGO Ideas memory lane with these incredible sets:
The next LEGO Ideas set to launch…to be revealed later
LEGO Ideas tote bag
While the Three Runner Up winners will each receive:
A custom LEGO build to commemorate your achievement
21321 International Space Station
The next LEGO Ideas set to launch
LEGO Ideas tote bag
Don’t forget to mark your calendars if you’re planning to join this contest:
Idea Intake – March 9 to April 20, 2020
Expert Review – April 20 to 27
Crowd Vote – April 27 to May 11
Winner Announcement – May 25, 2020
The deadline for submission of entries for the LEGO Ideas Music To Our Ears contest will be on April 20, 2020 at 6AM EST. Be sure to read the rest of the Contest Rules for more details. Happy building!