We can’t help but feel concerned about the titanic workload the review crew for LEGO Ideas 2021 Second Review Stage. Their most recent proposal that reached 10-K support was at the start of this week. Now we have another one before the week is out (even if this is September and that was August).
This new passer also reinforces a prevailing sense of nostalgia, featuring famous vehicles from 1980s media. There’s Scooby-Doo and the gang with their van, and Michael Knight’s talking super-car alongside their support truck. The latter’s creator HenkvdL05 pulls a hat trick regarding that theme with yet another 10-K submission.
Talk about famous vehicles from 1980s pop media and it’d be a crime to skip “The A-Team.” Sure, the titular crazy-awesome bunch of fugitive ex-soldiers-turned-mercenaries used a nondescript black GMC van with red trim. But what a beauty that rolling arsenal was all the same. HenkvdL05 pointedly designed his build in this proposal around LEGO’s recent (since 2020) 8-stud vehicle width standard. That means this A-Team Van is scaled to standard-sized minifigures. There’s still enough inside room for the minifigs to sit side-by-side in twos. That was pretty much the setup with the A-Team whenever they rolled out.
Of course the main cast of the show isn’t skipping out from their own LEGO Ideas proposal. There’s “Hannibal” Smith, “Faceman” Peck, Mad Murdock and BA Baracus, with appropriate props to boot. They can jump right into the van, which has an easily removable roof for play purposes. The vehicle itself has working doors: driver and passenger, rear, and sliding side-door. Its interior also includes communication and electronic-equipment LEGO pieces to make things lively.
HenkvdL05 now has two proposals aimed at getting a LEGO Ideas set for the 2021 Second Review Stage. And in total, there are over 30 for the reviewers to look over. We can’t help but wonder how many of these proposals will become official at the end of this period.
Just in case you missed it, the August 2021 LEGO Store Calendar has been released, giving us a closer look at this month’s uber-exclusive gift-with-purchase (GWP) set in the form of the LEGO Ideas Sailboat Adventure (40487).
If you recall, the Sailboat Adventure (40487) is the overall winner of the LEGO Ideas Build That Holiday contest from last year giving it the privilege of becoming the next fan-inspired promotional set following the likes of the LEGO Ideas Vintage Car (40448) and the still to be revealed LEGO Ideas The Adventures of the USS Cardboard. Designed by LEGO fan builder Yan Chevalier (aka yc_solo over at LEGO Ideas), this LEGO Ideas GWP set clocks in at 330 pieces and will be yours for free once your single-receipt LEGO purchase reaches $200 or more. I have to say that the set comes with a hefty price point, but considering how substantially large this is at more than 300 pieces, plus the figures that go with it, I guess it still has great value for money.
The LEGO Ideas Sailboat Adventure (40487) is available for an early release for LEGO VIPs from August 1 to 3, and general availability to all (while stocks last of course) from August 4 to 29. Just in case you got yours already, be kind to share your general impressions of this set in the comments section below.
Here’s a LEGO Ideas update in case you want to know. During the last couple of months, we saw our initial and subsequentbatch of qualifiers for the Second LEGO Ideas 2021 Review Stage. And as of today, we have 9 additional product ideas that are added to the said roster, giving us a current count of 21 product ideas backed up with 10,000 LEGO fan votes.
In case you missed it, here’s a closer look at these 9 product ideas that qualified for the Second LEGO Ideas 2021 Review Stage. Take a look and let me know through the comments below which is your personal favorite.
Since the Second LEGO Ideas 2021 Review Stage is yet to be concluded in September, we can still expect a lot of product ideas to reach the necessary 10,000 votes in the next couple of months. The LEGO Ideas platform has seen a surprising increase in fan/member engagement as evidenced by the exponential growth of product ideas that qualify for the Review Stage. The First 2021 LEGO Ideas Review Stage, for example, managed to gather a record-breaking 57 product ideas last month. Personally, I’m happy to see such levels of activity from the LEGO fan community. I just hope that the LEGO Ideas Review Team will somehow take time to revisit its selection process to include a wider range of qualified entries, considering the volume of product ideas that made it through the voting stage. I’m not familiar with the inner workings of the LEGO Ideas Review Stage, and the challenges that the team needed to hurdle during their review. But I’m speaking from the perspective of a LEGO fan that is very eager to see his supported project become an official LEGO Ideas set. I guess we just have to wait and see shortly.
Last month, LEGO Ideas and premium puzzle maker Chronicle Books have teamed up for a new and unique LEGO contest. Dubbed as the LEGO Ideas You’re The Final Piece! Contest, this contest challenges you to come up with your very own LEGO design or photograph that can be rendered into a 1,000-piece puzzle.
The contest has already begun its Idea Intake Stage last month and is about close this stage on July 20. As of date, the contest platform has already received almost 300 fan entries and will close its intake in two days. The LEGO Ideas You’re The Final Piece! contest mechanics are very much the same as that of the Music to Our Ears, and We Love Sports! building contests. After the Idea Intake, panelists will determine which among the entries will proceed to the Fan Vote Stage and the Product Idea Review Stage. Again, the LEGO Ideas Team reminds us that being selected as the winner from the Fan Vote Stage does not automatically guarantee that the winning entry will qualify to become an official puzzle. This will be determined by the Review Team under the Product Idea Review Stage.
Contest entries may be divided into four categories, as per the LEGO Ideas contest rules:
Space & Astronomy
Think out of this world, real or imagined! We’re looking for images destined for infinity and beyond!
Jaw-dropping mountains, lush jungles, plants and flowers, detailed landscapes, and incredible sunsets would all be great entries in this category. We’re looking for nature at its most beautiful.
We’re talking anything older than 20 years or so, but brought back to life in LEGO bricks! Dig out the classics— LEGO nostalgia to vintage clothes, patterns, hairstyles, tech, or anything else that screams ‘retro-cool.’
Modern, classic, ancient, futuristic? You be the architect! Find inspiration from classic styles or dream up the next big thing.
Four winners from the fan vote stage (one per category) will be chosen and will get to receive the following super-cool prizes.
In case you missed it, the LEGO Ideas platform has announced the winners of one of its latest building contests. Kicking off last May, the LEGO Ideas Your Friendly Neighborhood Comic Book Hero Contest challenges all LEGO Spider-Man fans out there to come up with their best LEGO rendition of the web-slinging Marvel superhero. And after two months’ worth of fan submissions, LEGO Ideas has now considered the following entries as the best among the rest. Let’s take a look at our winners.
The building contest itself consists of two categories – Brick and Art – with each category having a Grand Prize Winner and a Runner-Up. I just have to say at this point that the winning entries for the Brick Category are just mind-blowing. I can just see how these original creations can inspire future LEGO set offerings. Perhaps as a comic book cover subtheme of LEGO Art? I guess we just have to wait and see.
After providing a teaser on its imminent arrival, the LEGO Group has finally unveiled its next LEGO Ideas set. As one of the qualifying product ideas during the Third 2019 LEGO Ideas Review Stage, the LEGO Ideas Seinfeld (21328) set is now officially revealed, with early VIP access slated for July 21, and a general public release on August 1st.
The LEGO Ideas Seinfeld (21328) is a fan-designed tribute (created by LEGO fan designer Brent Waller from Australia) to the iconic 90s show which began on July 5, 1989. It’s pretty neat for LEGO to consider this milestone as the official reveal date for this set. This commemorative set features Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment, a buildable stage for the stand-up comic and a Festivus pole to inspire builders to relive the most classic moments from the series. It comes in at 1,326 pieces and is expected to retail for $79.99 on its launch date.
Read LEGO’s official press release below, plus take a look at these official images. You may also click on the following affiliate link if you wish to add this set to your LEGO wishlist over at LEGO Shop@Home.
LEGO Ideas Seinfeld (21328)
1,326 pieces | $79.99 | Coming soon on July 21 for early VIP access, and August 1 in all LEGO Stores nationwide.
THAT IS ONE MAGIC LEGO® IDEAS SEINFELD SET
New LEGO ® Ideas Seinfeld set celebrates the iconic sitcom created by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David
The set is revealed on the anniversary of the first episode of the iconic comedy show – July 5th, 1989
The LEGO Ideas set was designed by LEGO fan Brent Waller, from Brisbane, Australia, and features Jerry’s flat, a stand-up stage, and the five iconic characters
5th July 2021: Fans of classic 90s sitcom Seinfeld can now recreate some of the most iconic scenes from the series with the new LEGO® Ideas Seinfeld set from the LEGO Group. Featuring Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment, a buildable stage for the stand-up comic and a Festivus pole the set inspires builders to relive the most classic moments from the series.
The highly anticipated set was created by LEGO fan Brent Waller, from Brisbane, Australia, via his submission on the LEGO Ideas® platform, a LEGO initiative that takes new ideas that have been imagined and voted for by fans and turn them into reality.
So, whether you want to re-enact the Story of Festivus, the Wallet Scene, or the Fix Up, the set’s intricate props and features transport you directly back to New York in the 90s, enabling you to create your very own Show About Nothing in brick form.
LEGO fan designer, Brent, who is the co-founder of a video games company, loved LEGO as a kid but was re-introduced to it as an adult, and combined with his skill as a 3D artist he set about designing his own LEGO creations – including creating the Seinfeld set. Talking about the design, Brent said, “I loved Seinfeld in the 90s and recently re-watched them all. I thought it was a travesty that a LEGO Seinfeld set didn’t exist so I made an effort to resolve that and make the best rendition of Jerry’s Apartment and the gang that I could. The biggest challenge was trying to cram as much detail from the show into the kitchen, all the cupboards, items in the cupboard, and on the bench-tops. But I am very proud of how it turned out.”
Some of the instantly recognizable features include the kitchen with buildable counter, fridge, microwave, oven, and more; living room with a sofa; tables; an office; a buildable stage for stand-up comedian Jerry and a Festivus pole, collectively inspiring memories of comical moments from the show’s 180 episodes!
The set features 5 minifigures inspired by the iconic main characters and one notable postal worker from the show; Jerry Seinfeld, George Costanza, Cosmo Kramer, Elaine Benes, and Newman are all included decked out in iconic 90s outfits.
Federico Begher, VP of Global Marketing at The LEGO Group commented, “The LEGO Ideas platform is a great way for fans to share their ideas with us and their passion for a particular theme. Not only did Brent have a personal desire to create this build, but other fans also agree and he gained the necessary 10,000 community votes needed for us to consider creating it into a product.
Seinfeld is a classic sitcom and a cultural icon that was huge in the 90s and still stands the test of time today. The combination of the quirky characters and the nostalgia of the show is the perfect fit for LEGO and when we saw the concept we just knew we had to make it. I am so excited to see how this has been brought to life in LEGO form and the attention to detail from the furniture to some of the minifigures accessories.”
LEGO® Ideas Seinfeld set is available for LEGO VIP members from 21st July and for all from LEGO Stores and Lego.com/Seinfeld from 1st August 2021 at the recommended retail price of €79.99 / $79.99 / £69.99
LEGO has now uploaded the entire LEGO CON 2021 video over its YouTube, making it more accessible to fans worldwide. Billed as the ultimate online experience for LEGO fans everywhere, this is the LEGO Group’s very first live online streaming event that highlights some of its latest products, and a chance to interact with LEGO designers and other master builders.
The original video is still uploaded on the LEGO.com website as to where it is first streamed, and having it available over at YouTube allows more LEGO fans to relive the excitement of the event.
In case you missed the live-streaming event over the weekend, LEGO CON 2021 officially showcased the new LEGO Star Wars The Mandalorian sets expected to arrive in August, plus a poll for fans to decide a new LEGO Minecraft minifigure. It was also the opportune time to reveal a new LEGO Ideas set, inspired by the winner of the LEGO Ideas We Love Sports Contest.
Though I have to admit that I was expecting more from one of LEGO’s grandest events (for some reason, I can sadly hear Thanos’ voice in my head over and over again whenever I think of LEGO Dimensions – “no resurrections this time”). But regardless of my personal feelings towards it, I have to agree that LEGO CON 2021 is a great platform for LEGO to highlight its next line of product offerings. It may not meet everyone’s expectations, but the new and creative opportunities for LEGO fans and builders to connect and interact is a breath of fresh air especially in this time of the pandemic.
So what do you think of this first-ever LEGO CON 2021? What are you’re favorite highlights of the program? What do you wish could have been done better? Let me know in the comments below.
Last March, the LEGO Ideas We Love Sports! Contest has been concluded with 10 fan-chosen entries now vying to become the next LEGO Ideas set. And this time around, the LEGO Ideas Review Team has finally come up with a decision, revealing to us our next official LEGO Ideas set. A huge congratulations to fan builder Donát Fehérvári aka Constructions by Donat for his successful LEGO Ideas Foosball Table.
Following the live announcement on LEGO CON, we’re happy to share the results of the review of the We Love Sports contest.
Firstly, we just want to say thank you to all the participants of the contest who showed us all the different ways that LEGO fans interpret the theme of sports. It was really fascinating to see all that creativity.
Secondly, we’re excited to share that our review board did manage to find one design that convinced them to make a selection!
A massive congratulations to Donát Fehérvári aka Constructions by Donat, the 16-year-old Hungarian fan designer whose Foosball Table submission wowed both the fans through the fan vote but also our review board.
We look forward to bringing his concept to life as an official LEGO Ideas set for its timeless design, its joyful celebration of the game, and its ability to bring families and friends together for quality game-time!
We’re still working out the final product design, pricing, and availability for this set. We’ll share more on the LEGO Ideas blog when we get closer to launch.
The LEGO Ideas Foosball Table is the second fan-designed set to be accorded with this honor. Its predecessor, the LEGO Ideas Legendary Stratocaster, is still in the works and we hope to receive some updates about this upcoming set anytime soon.
After going through 25 product ideas, the LEGO Ideas Review Team has finally made its selection with the announcement of the LEGO Ideas Third 2020 Review Stage results. Among 25 product ideas that reached 10,000 supporters over at the LEGO Ideas website from September 2020 to January 2021, the review board is finally ready to share their decision.
The title and honor of becoming the next official LEGO Ideas set goes to the original creation of LEGO fan designer Sandro Quattrini (aka Roses Must Build), the LEGO Ideas Motorized Lighthouse. You may watch the official announcement by LEGO Ideas Engagement Manager, Hasan Jensen, and LEGO Ideas Design Manager, Samuel Johnson right here.
Though this is not the first time that LEGO offered a brick-built lighthouse, the LEGO Ideas Motorized Lighthouse will be the first to be featured on such a large scale with automated functionalities. Sandro’s original concept is to create the lighthouse up to 47 cm. tall, making it up to scale with nanofigures. It also includes Power Functions to make the base of the light brick rotate on top of the lighthouse. Watch the video demonstration below to have a better look.
As a LEGO Ideas fan, I am truly supportive of LEGO fan designers who took the time and effort of designing and promoting their original creations. Love it or hate it, the LEGO Ideas Motorized Lighthouse is no doubt a work of art and a testament to the ingenuity and skills of LEGO fan designers. It’s impractical to expect that everyone will be happy with the decision of the LEGO Ideas Review Board, but at the end of the day, the LEGO Ideas platform is a celebration of the talent and skills of LEGO fan builders and the overwhelming support that they receive from the community. So again, a huge congratulations to Sandro for this original creation.
Looking forward, the First 2021 LEGO Ideas Review Stage is about to be wrapped up, with a record-breaking total of 57 entries being currently in review. The results of this review cycle are slated to be announced sometime this fall, and I’m pretty excited at what original creation or creations, will eventually be selected to become the next LEGO Ideas set(s).
And while waiting for these results, and if you haven’t done so yet, I suggest that you take a closer look at the recently offered LEGO Ideas Typewriter (21327). For more LEGO Ideas sets, you may also take a look at LEGO Shop@Home. Again, congratulations to Sandro and to his LEGO Ideas Motorized Lighthouse!
The LEGO Ideas blog has given us a pretty exciting update. Because we might as well count the hours before the LEGO Ideas Third 2020 Review Stage results are finally rolled out. The reveal is scheduled for June 22, 2021, at 3PM CEST.
If you recall at the start of this year, the LEGO Ideas platform kicked off 2021 with 25 qualifiers that managed to enter the LEGO Ideas Third 2020 Review Stage. And now after six months of careful consideration, the results of these careful deliberations are ready to be announced in public.
To make the announcement even more exciting, the LEGO Ideas Team is also giving away a LEGO Ideas FRIENDS Central Perk (21319) set signed by its fan designer Aymeric Fievet. You simply need to comment and share on the LEGO Ideas blog site on what product idea do you think will have the honor of being the next official LEGO Ideas set. One random winner will then be selected from those who guessed correctly. The deadline for sending in your comments will also be on June 22, 3PM CEST right before the program starts.
In case you missed it, here are the 25 qualifiers that made it to the LEGO Ideas Third 2020 Review Stage. Click on their respective links to know more.