LEGO Ideas We Love Sports! Contest Crowd Vote Winners Announced

Last month, LEGO Ideas rolled out its list of finalists for its LEGO Ideas We Love Sports! building contest. And following the contest’s fan voting phase, we now have our grand prize winner based on what LEGO fans voted for.

If you recall, the LEGO Ideas We Love Sports! contest has a crowd vote phase where special prizes await the sports-themed LEGO MOC that received the most number of votes from February 15 to 25. And based on this pool of 10 finalists, the LEGO Idea Review Team will select one entry that will go on to become an official LEGO Ideas set, similar to what we have with the Music to Our Ears contest and with its soon-to-arrive LEGO Ideas Legendary Stratocaster. Needless to say, bagging the grand prize for the crowd vote does not guarantee that it will be eventually chosen as the next LEGO Ideas set. But looking at this winners list, I’m really hoping that it will be any of them.

Let’s take a look at this roster of winners starting with the overall grand prize winner.

1st Place & Grand Prize Winner (1,244 votes)

Foosball Table by Constructions by Donat

LEGO Ideas We Love Sports!

2nd Place & Runner Up Winner #1 (599 votes)

The Soul of the Rings by theAmazingLegoBananalas

3rd Place & Runner Up Winner #2 (562 votes)

Tribute to Youth-Skateboarding by Hsinwei Chi

LEGO Ideas We Love Sports!

4th Place & Runner Up Winner #3 (553 votes)

Tour de France Lead Cyclist Mechanical Model by ConductionProductions

LEGO Ideas We Love Sports!

Here’s the rest of the contest entries ranked in order of their acquired votes.

5th Place – Ballerina (with Power Up Function) by Sebastian97

6th Place – FIFA World Cup (Full Size) by Estebrick

7th Place – Michael Jordan: Basketball Legend by Brixter

8th Place – Posable Olympic Statue by MRB

9th Place – Sumo by Cugram

10th Place – The Butterfly and the Bee by johannd

Aside from the bragging rights and a cool custom-built LEGO trophy, the Grand Prize Winner will receive the following LEGO goodies:

Likewise, the three runner-ups from this building contest will each receive their custom-made LEGO trophies and one of the following LEGO Ideas sets of their choice mentioned above. Congratulation to all of our winners!

So what do you think? Which of these finalists will go on to become the next LEGO Ideas set? Share your predictions in the comments below.

LEGO Ideas Winnie the Pooh (21326) Set Officially Revealed

LEGO fans can now nostalgically return to the classic 100 Acre Wood with the LEGO Ideas Winnie the Pooh (21326) set. After releasing a teaser on its arrival, LEGO Shop@Home has been updated to include this classic A. A. Milne tale-inspired-set that is fitting for the entire family.

LEGO Ideas Winnie the Pooh (21326)

The LEGO Ideas Winnie the Pooh (21326) is the brainchild of LEGO fan designer Ben Alder (aka benlouisa over at LEGO Ideas) that features Pooh’s iconic house beneath the oak tree. His product idea eventually won the support of more than 10,000 LEGO fans and was given the thumbs-up of the LEGO Ideas Review Team to become the next official LEGO Ideas set during the platform’s Second 2019 LEGO Ideas Review Stage.

The build itself opens to reveal the fine details of Pooh bear’s colorful abode, complete with its furniture and other familiar items.  The set also comes with new-for-2021 minifigure versions of Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Rabbit, and Eeyore together with their accessories. I’m glad how these new minifigure characters turned out, with LEGO taking the time to create new, insanely accurate moulds and prints for their headpieces.

The LEGO Ideas Winnie the Pooh set comes in at 1,265 pieces and will retail for $100 when it arrives on March 18 for LEGO VIP members, and to April 1 for all. Be sure to click on the following affiliate link below to add this set to your LEGO wishlist.

LEGO Ideas Winnie the Pooh (21326)

1265 pieces | $99.99 | Available beginning March 18 for LEGO VIP members

LEGO Ideas Winnie the Pooh (21326)

Take time out and rekindle joyful, childhood memories with this LEGO® Ideas set (21326) featuring Disney Winnie the Pooh and a delightful LEGO brick recreation of Pooh Bear’s house under a big oak tree in Hundred Acre Wood. Great to build alone or with family, the house opens at the back for easy access to the authentic details inside, including Pooh’s buildable armchair, Pooh-Coo clock, Poohsticks, honey pot elements, and much more. You can also create the effect of bees flying around beehives in the branches of the tree, like in the stories. Popular characters The model comes with Disney’s Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Rabbit minifigures, plus an Eeyore LEGO figure. The friends each have an accessory, including Winnie the Pooh’s buildable red balloon, to recreate classic scenes. Special gift Part of a collection of premium-quality LEGO building kits for adults, this set makes a charming gift for yourself, a Disney Winnie the Pooh enthusiast, LEGO fan, or any hobbyist.

  • Enjoy me-time or quality family time and spark childhood memories with this LEGO® Ideas display set (21326) featuring Disney Winnie the Pooh and Pooh Bear’s house in Hundred Acre Wood.
  • Includes 5 characters: Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Rabbit minifigures, plus an Eeyore LEGO® figure, each with iconic accessories, including Pooh Bear’s buildable red balloon.
  • The house opens at the back for easy access to the authentic accessories inside including a buildable armchair, Pooh-coo clock, and elements including a Pooh Bear storybook, honey pots, and Poohsticks.
  • Sit Pooh Bear on the log by the buildable fire and, with his balloon, help him ‘float’ up to see the bees ‘buzzing’ around the 2 beehives in the tree.
  • An ideal birthday or holiday gift for LEGO® fans, hobbyists, and anyone who loves Winnie the Pooh, this display model measures over 9 in. (24 cm) high, 7 in. (18 cm) wide, and 8 in. (22 cm) deep.

LEGO Ideas Winnie the Pooh (21326)

LEGO Teases the LEGO Ideas Winnie the Pooh (21326) Set

LEGO has released a teaser for its next LEGO Ideas set, and I’m sure that a lot of LEGO Disney fans will be very excited about this one. The LEGO Ideas Winnie the Pooh (21326) is releasing soon, and this teaser says it all.

If you recall, this next LEGO Ideas set is based on the approved product idea by LEGO fan designer benlouisa during the Second 2019 LEGO Ideas Review Stage along with the now-released LEGO Ideas Medieval Blacksmith (21325).

Pooh bear’s minifigure version is all set up and ready to play… but for some reason that red balloon is giving me the chills.

Brief as it may, the 16-second teaser is sufficient enough to assure us that similar to 123 Sesame Street (21324), we can expect several new moulded minifigure heads for this motley crew of 100 Acre Woods residents. Pooh Bear’s minifig head is spot on, as well as those from Piglet, Tigger, Rabbit, and Eeyore. I really can’t put my finger on it, but I think Pooh’s honey pot minifigure accessory also comes in as a new printed element.

LEGO Ideas Winnie the Pooh
Love the prints on this honey pot.

The LEGO Ideas Winnie the Pooh (21326) set is expected to come in 1,265 pieces and will retail for 99.99€. Be sure to stay tuned here on our blog site for the official reveal of this next LEGO Ideas set anytime soon.

LEGO Ideas Update: Check Out the Current 10K Qualifiers for the First 2021 LEGO Ideas Review Stage

While the LEGO Ideas Team has their hands busy working on the seemingly gargantuan task of evaluating 25 project candidates for the Third 2020 LEGO Ideas Review Stage, it looks like their work keeps on getting more challenging. We’re still barely halfway through the First 2021 LEGO Ideas Review Stage, but we are already seeing twenty-seven (27) 10K qualifiers (and still counting) that managed to gather the needed support to make it move on to the next phase of the selection cycle.

Such an increase in the LEGO fan base has led to numerous approved projects that are now being developed in the LEGO Ideas pipelines and are still waiting to be officially revealed. And on top of this, the LEGO Ideas Team is still hard at work on choosing the next official LEGO fan-made set out of the 25 projects from its latest batch of qualifiers. So, if you’re not overwhelmed yet, let’s have a quick look at the most recent product ideas that managed to get achieve support from 10,000 LEGO fans within the LEGO Ideas platform. Do take note that we still have until April to conclude the First 2021 LEGO Ideas Review Stage, so expect this list to be longer in the months to follow. Here are they are in no particular order. For the LEGO Ideas sets that are now officially available in the market, be sure to visit LEGO Shop@Home.

The Polar Express by Minibrick Productions

First 2021 LEGO Ideas Review Stage

 

The King’s Castle by BrickHammer

 

The Trulli of Alberobello by Renato Lovicario

First 2021 LEGO Ideas Review Stage

 

The Castle of Brickwood Forest by poVoq

 

The Karate Kid “Wax On, Wax Off” by Delusion Brick

First 2021 LEGO Ideas Review Stage

 

Hyrule Castle (The Legend of Zelda) by Artem Biziaev

 

LEGO Bookends by farmfarm

First 2021 LEGO Ideas Review Stage

 

The Nightmare Before Christmas – Halloween Town by Tvrulesmylife

 

Claus Toys by Bricky_Brick

First 2021 LEGO Ideas Review Stage

 

Asterix and Obelix by ZetoVince GP

 

Baba Yaga by Artem Biziaev

First 2021 LEGO Ideas Review Stage

 

The House of Chocolate by Lepralego

 

Among Us: The Skeld Detailed Map by VaderFan2187

First 2021 LEGO Ideas Review Stage

 

The Office by Lego the Office

 

Train Bookends by Jimmi-DK

First 2021 LEGO Ideas Review Stage

 

Castle of Lord AFOL and the Black Knights by SleeplessNight

 

The Shire, the Hobbithole of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins by TB Brickcreator

First 2021 LEGO Ideas Review Stage

 

The Simpsons – The Krusty Burger by FastBrickStudios

 

Metroid: Samus Aran’s Gunship by L-DI-EGO

First 2021 LEGO Ideas Review Stage

 

Animal Crossing: New Horizon’s Paradise by TiagoCatarino

 

A Nice Day at the Farm by Adri Clo

First 2021 LEGO Ideas Review Stage

 

NASA’s SLA and Artemis by Matthew Nolan

 

Scania Next Generation S730 by mpj83

First 2021 LEGO Ideas Review Stage

 

The Sewing Workshop by Bricky_Brick

 

The Forth Bridge by michaeldineen7

First 2021 LEGO Ideas Review Stage

 

The X-Files: I Want to Believe by BrentWaller

 

4 1/2-Litre 1927-31 Bentley ‘Blower’ by bencroot19

First 2021 LEGO Ideas Review Stage

The LEGO Ideas Website Now Has a New Look

Over the years, the LEGO Ideas website had its share of aesthetic and functional improvements. And this time around, the LEGO fan builder platform has made its most significant visual refresh to date.

As reported by LEGO Engagement Manager Hasan Jensen, it is their way of making all of these little improvements consistent or complimentary of each other, giving the site a de-cluttered, and more simplified look. Specifically, here’s what we can expect:

Over the last months, the team has worked towards giving LEGO Ideas a brand new look focused on simplifying, modernizing and improving the visual experience and consistency across the site.

As we have added new experiences and functionality over the years, we came to the realisation that this was not done in the most consistent way and needed an overhaul to get it all aligned.

During this time, we also took the opportunity to make minor tweaks in various places including:

  • Moving the Blog into the top navigation and subsequently moving Community into the Explore tab
  • Moved from a 4 column design in Explore/Search to place focus on the individual design. Focus on the design submitted is further enhanced by a reduction of the supporter counter.
  • Adding a “Supporting” flag on all Product Ideas you have already supported
  • Moved your “Followers” and “Following” in the profile tab to the left side of the profile page, making the central part all about the content you submit
  • And more…

Other than realigning some of the site’s functionalities and directories, Hasan also made mention of some new rules regarding posting main images of product ideas. This is done so that all entries will now be consistent with how the new LEGO Ideas website looks like.

In order to maintain a clean and consistent look across the site, main images of submissions will no longer be allowed to contain any text or titles, unless otherwise specified.

The only exception is text that is a part of stickers/prints on elements that are explicitly a part of the LEGO model submitted. Text/titles placed on LEGO elements so as to bypass this will not be allowed.

For builders and fan designers to have some time to adjust to these new rules, the LEGO Ideas Team will start moderating entries beginning Monday next week, February 22. This means that any submissions done after midnight of the 21st will no longer be allowed to have text on their main images as stipulated in the guidelines. And though the LEGO Ideas Second 2020 Review Stage has already been concluded, we can expect these changes to be applied to future and current product submissions.

Like any other online collaborative platform, the LEGO Ideas website is not perfect and it will appreciate any feedback that it can get from the LEGO fan community. So what do you think of these changes? Do you think the LEGO Ideas Team has it all covered, or do you have some areas or functionalities that you want to look into? Let us know in the comments below.

LEGO Ideas Minifigure Keychains Now Available at LEGO Shop@Home

Well, here’s one way to gather your LEGO Ideas Central Perk minifigures. In case you missed it, LEGO Shop@Home has been updated with new minifig-inspired gears in the form of several LEGO Ideas minifigure keychains featuring the characters of the iconic hit TV series F.R.I.E.N.D.S. And in case you’re into collecting the minifigure characters, then grabbing these dangling accessories is a no-brainer.

This series of minifigure keychains consists of Ross, Chandler, Joey, Rachel, Monica, and Phoebe. For some reason, LEGO opted not to include a minifigure keychain version of Gunther (the Central Perk’s ubiquitous manager). I guess it’s a marketing strategy for adult LEGO fans to get the LEGO Ideas set itself (wink, wink). Whatever is the case, getting these LEGO Ideas minifigure keychains is a great way to add them to your collection if you’re not planning to purchase the LEGO Ideas Central Perk (21319) set.

You may click on the following affiliate links below to know more about these keychains, with each of them retailing for $5.99.

Ross Geller Key Chain (854117)

LEGO Ideas Minifigure Keychains

Chandler Bing Key Chain (854118)

Joey Tribbiani Key Chain (854119)

LEGO Ideas Minifigure Keychains

Rachel Green Key Chain (854120)

Monica Geller Key Chain (854121)

LEGO Ideas Minifigure Keychains

Phoebe Buffay Key Chain (854122)

Mega Construx Will Launch its Own Brick-Built Fender Stratocaster

In a rather perplexing turn of events, rival building bricks company Mega Construx has now made it official that it will be launching its own version of the iconic Fender Stratocaster. In a recent tweet by the company, it has announced to the world that it has collaborated with Fender, and will be having a pre-sale from February 13-14 this weekend.

I really don’t know if there will be any IP-related issues or conflicts that might arise from this one, considering that LEGO has now made it official that it will also release its LEGO Ideas Legendary Stratocaster. But from the looks of it, Mega Construx has the advantage of an early release considering that they’ve already announced their pre-order offers. Mega also opted to give a sort of teaser image of what we can expect from this set, which is quite impressive actually. The scale and other fine details of this set and how the Stratocaster’s curves have been emphasized are spot-on.

Though Mega Construx has plenty of third-party licensed IP sets under its belt such as its line of buildable Pokemon, Call of Duty, and Halo sets, I am still looking forward to seeing LEGO’s own version of a brick-built Stratocaster.  Not really sure about the legalities of it all but it begs the question, is it really possible to have two brick-built versions of the same branded musical instrument offered by two rival companies? If that is the case, then will it be possible to see a line of LEGO Nintendo Pokemon sets in the future? It’s enticing to reflect on this question considering that we have seen that a LEGO-Nintendo collab is entirely possible with the introduction of its LEGO Super Mario sets. And now that LEGO and Mega Construx has somewhat agreed to offer their own version of the Fender Stratocaster, then it might be possible in the future that they may agree on the release of other similar titles or IPs. Well, we can only speculate at this point.

The LEGO Ideas Legendary Stratocaster is one of the seven (7) approved product ideas that the LEGO Ideas Team is currently working on. These include soon-to-be-revealed sets such as Seinfeld 30th Anniversary, The Earth Globe, Home Alone – McCallister’s House, Typewriter, Winnie the Pooh, and the recently announced Sonic Mania: Green Hill Zone, and Vincent van Gogh: The Starry Night. 

Special thanks to Stone Wars for the tip.

LEGO Ideas Out of this World Space Build Contest Launches

LEGO Ideas has launched a new contest over at its blog site. The LEGO Ideas Out of this World Space Build contest challenges LEGO fan builders to come up with their next fan entry that may eventually turn out to be the next LEGO gift-with-purchase (GWP) set.

Similar to the LEGO Vintage Car (40448), this contest seeks to tap into the creative side of LEGO fans by allowing talented builders to come up with their best entries yet. The LEGO Ideas Out of this World Space Build contest also pushes the bar higher by providing a set of limits for the number of LEGO pieces that can be used: ranging from 150 to 250 bricks, no more no less. This piece count somewhat approximates that of a small to medium-sized set, similar to previous GWP sets.

LEGO Ideas Out of this World

Aside from the Grand Prize winner, there will be five runner-ups that will be recognized, and the prizes that await them does not disappoint as well. And like previous LEGO Ideas building contests, tons of great LEGO sets are up for grabs for the winning entries.

Other than the perpetual bragging right of having your creation rendered to an official LEGO set, the Grand Prize winner will receive the following space-inspired LEGO sets:

The sweet prizes that await the five runner-ups are also equally appealing. Each of them will receive:

The deadline for entry for this contest is on or before March 8, 2021, at 6 AM EST. For the rest of the contest guidelines and on how to submit your entry, be sure to go through the building contest rules right here.

So do you have a Space-inspired LEGO entry in mind? Let us know in the comments below.

LEGO Ideas Second 2020 Review Stage Results Are Finally In

The LEGO Ideas Review Board has finally released the results for its LEGO Ideas Second 2020 Review Results, including a final decision on a project that took a considerable amount of time to be evaluated. These sets were chosen as the next official LEGO Ideas sets among a record-breaking 35 product ideas submitted between May to September of 2020. These proposals managed to get the support of more than 10,000 LEGO fans who wished to see them translated into an actual LEGO product.

The announcement came earlier today through LEGO Engagement Manager Hasan Jansen and LEGO Associate Marketing Manager Piangward Kate Jarupakorn. You can watch their full announcement right here.

First off, among 35 fan submissions evaluated during the LEGO Ideas Second 2020 Review Stage, the honor of being the next official LEGO set has been awarded to Truman Cheng’s (aka legotruman) brick rendition of a timeless masterpiece – Vincent van Gogh: The Starry Night. 

It will be interesting to see how this classic painting will be translated into LEGO bricks especially considering that LEGO has now introduced its LEGO Art series. However, considering that the building techniques employed by Truman in his approved fan submission do not utilize the same kind of pixelated style of the LEGO Arts series, then it will be interesting to see how the LEGO Ideas design team will eventually finalize it as a set. I hope that they will stay true to the concept and building techniques seen in the original submission.

Just a side note – though I’m happy that The Starry Night eventually received a thumb’s up from the review board, I can’t help but wonder why none of the other 34 entries were selected. Like what other LEGO fans have noted, there are other 10K qualifiers in this roster that is quite popular among fans for references to pop culture icons. It will be nice to see for example an official LEGO set for Nintendo’s Animal Crossing considering its playability and appeal to adult and younger LEGO fans alike, or perhaps a set dedicated to the Greendale Community College based on 2009’s hit series Community. I’m sure that there are other worthy candidates from this pool of 35 submissions, and it’s a bit disappointing to see that only 1 was ultimately selected. Perhaps the LEGO Ideas Review Board needs to cut some corners considering the sheer number of approved projects still in development? I really don’t know, so it will be nice if the review team will provide more details on their decision.

But if there is any consolation that the LEGO Ideas Second 2020 Review Stage has to offer to LEGO fans, is the fact that the Blue Blur is back and just in time for his 30th birthday. We first saw his official minifig in the now-discontinued LEGO Dimensions Sonic the Hedgehog Level Pack (71244) from 2016. And just in case you missed out on him, having an official LEGO Ideas Sonic Mania: Green Hill Zone set along with other iconic characters of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise is certainly most welcomed. I missed out on the first LEGO Sonic minifigure, and I will certainly not miss my next opportunity to get this one.

The conclusion of the LEGO Ideas Second 2020 Review Stage now brings a total of 7 approved projects currently in development:

And while waiting for these approved projects to roll out in LEGO stores shortly, the LEGO Ideas review team already has its hands full for the Third 2020 review cycle with its total of 25 qualifying entries.

So what do you think of the outcome of LEGO Ideas Second 2020 Review Stage? Are you happy with the results? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Here’s Your Chance to Revive a Classic LEGO Theme Set

Today is the last day for LEGO Ideas’ latest online activity. In case you missed it, LEGO has launched a new LEGO Ideas Activity to mark the LEGO Group’s 90th Anniversary. And as a way of paying forward to its ever-growing adult LEGO fan base, LEGO is giving us the chance to determine which among its 30 favorite classic LEGO themes will be revived as the basis for its 90th Anniversary Set. This classic LEGO set will then be released sometime in 2022 as part of the LEGO Adult Portfolio.

The contest is divided into two parts, with the first voting cycle launching last week, January 17, and slated to end on January 25 giving loyal LEGO adult fans another day to cast their votes.

For the first round, LEGO fans can select up to 3 candidates from the following themes and subthemes: Trains (1966), Town (1978), Classic Space (1978), Classic Castle (1978), Lion Knights (1984), Black Falcons (1984), Model Team (1986), Forestmen (1987), Blacktron (1987), Black Knights (1988), Pirates (1989), Imperials (1989), Space Police (1989), M-Tron (1990), Wolfpack (1992), Paradisa (1992), Dragon Knights (1993), Ice Planet (1993), Aquazone (1995), Spyrius (1994), Exploriens (1996), Time Cruisers (1996), Divers (1997), Adventurers (1998), Xtreme Team (1998), Rock Raiders (1993), Studios (2000), Bionicle (2001), Arctic (2000), and Alpha Team (2001).

The results from this first round of voting will then be carried over as the basis for the second round of voting which will run from February 3 to 10. The top three themes to be selected from this final round will be the basis for the LEGO 90th Anniversary Set that LEGO intends to be a surprise.

As shared by The Brick Fan, the top three leading themes as of Thursday last week are Bionicle, Classic Space, and Pirates. Though a lot can still happen by the end of the first voting period, I find it more feasible that Bionicle may eventually rise as the theme of choice considering that we already have a recent, Pirates-inspired set in the form of the LEGO Ideas Pirates of Barracuda Bay (21322).  Furthermore, LEGO Ideas also has its share of Space and NASA-based sets in the form of the LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (92176) and International Space Station (21321). And though LEGO tried to revive interest in the Bionicle theme with its 2016 offering, this latest LEGO Ideas activity may somehow show that LEGO Bionicle is still very much in the minds of adult LEGO fans.

The LEGO Bionicle Pohatu (8531), one of the earliest sets released under the theme back in 2001.

Remember that you still have 24 hours to cast your vote over at the LEGO Ideas platform. So what classic LEGO theme do you think the 90th-anniversary set will be based on? Will LEGO Bionicle come on top? Share your thoughts in the comments below.