Here’s Another Chance to See That LEGO Ideas Stitch Happen!

This is a great way to start the morning (coming from this side of my world, that is)! Just saw this on my Twitter feed where LEGO Ideas just recently opened another round of voting for previously chosen LEGO Ideas projects as part of their LEGO Ideas 10 Years Anniversary – Fan Vote. Since its debut in October 2016, Tyler’s LEGO Ideas Stitch product idea has caught my attention being a fan of Disney’s little blue alien. After actively campaigning for Lendy Tayag’s LEGO Ideas Voltron, I wouldn’t have second thoughts on seeing an official LEGO Ideas Stitch standing beside my prized brick robot. However, it seems that the LEGO Ideas may have shot down my brick dream when the design team opted for the The Flintstones and The Treehouse as the winning sets for the Second 2018 LEGO Ideas Review Stage.  Imagine the agony of not seeing Stitch in all of his LEGO glory! Well truth be told, I somehow felt this coming not because that I don’t believe will turn out to be a great LEGO Ideas set, but because it might be potentially at odds with the contest platform’s product idea guidelines.

I guess my fears have been finally slayed when this time around, we can have another chance of seeing LEGO Ideas Stitch happen! Check out what the LEGO Ideas Review Team has to say.

LEGO Ideas Stitch

Why the Special Review?

This all started as we reminisced on these past years, the product ideas that had been turned into official sets and all those that hadn’t. It led to the realization that we definitely wanted to celebrate those past product ideas that hadn’t made it, for one reason or another, even more and thereby to give them a second chance. All these thoughts kickstarted the special anniversary review, where we had to determine which product ideas still had the potential to become an official set based on our usual review criteria that encompasses aspects such as brand fit, build quality, feasibility, licensing possibilities, expected demand, current and future LEGO products and much more.

The internal review of these previous product idea entries resulted in 4 finalists: we have the International Space Station by XCLD, SEGA Classic Arcade Machines by SpacySmoke (which is also one of my favs), Small YELLOW by LEGO Certified Professional Nathan Sawaya, and (drum roll please) LEGO Ideas Stitch by our very own Tyler Clites (aka legohaulic).

International Space Station

SEGA Classic Arcade Machines

Small YELLOW

Stitch 

LEGO Ideas Stitch

LEGO fans have until June 4 to vote which among these four can become an official LEGO Ideas set. The product idea that gets the most votes (cast through secret balloting) during the fan voting stage will qualify for the product development phase until we see it as an official LEGO product. What is great about this second chance is the fact that it is now entirely on the hands of the LEGO fan community to see which among these four entries will land on LEGO Store shelves.

If you desperately need to see that LEGO Ideas Stitch happen as much as I am, then let’s do Tyler a favor and head over to the LEGO Ideas page and cast your vote. If you do not have a LEGO Ideas account, then creating one is as easy as doing the Thanos Snap. Just have a valid email address ready, and then follow the on-screen instructions at the LEGO Ideas website, and please help us spread the word for LEGO Ideas Stitch by following us on Facebook and Twitter. Ohana!

 

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Here are The Five Product Ideas That Qualifies for The LEGO Ideas Third 2018 Review Stage

The LEGO Ideas Review Team has officially announced the five product ideas that qualify for the Third 2018 LEGO Ideas Review Stage which began from September 2018 until early January 2019. It may not be as many as of those from early review stages, but these selections represent a pretty diverse collection of product ideas that appeal to almost all LEGO fans. These are LEGO product ideas that garnered the support of more than 10,000 LEGO fans in the idea-sharing platform during the aforementioned dates.

I have to say that this is a rather tough decision to make, considering that almost all of these product ideas are my personal favorites. But if I really have to choose which among these do I really like to see happen as an official LEGO set, then I have to say my vote goes to FrostBrick’s Food Stand Diners. Here once again are the five product ideas that qualified for the LEGO Ideas Third 2018 Review Stage.

 

Dinosaurs Fossils Skeletons – Natural History Collection by Mukkinn

 

 

Chemical Plant by Ymarilego

 

 

Food Stand Diners by FrostBricks

 

 

Playable LEGO Piano by SleepyCow

 

Queen Victoria Cruise Ship by FlagsNZ

 

The LEGO Ideas Review Board is still currently working to give us their verdict and results of the LEGO Ideas Second 2018 Review Stage, with 10 awesome product ideas vying to get that seal of approval to be the next official LEGO Ideas set. In case you missed it, here are the qualifiers currently reviewed from this period.

Congratulations to all the qualifiers! Keep on building!

Playable LEGO Piano Qualifies for LEGO Ideas Third 2018 Review Stage

If you recall last October, we featured a LEGO product idea that will probably impress even Mozart if he is alive today. The LEGO Ideas project, Playable LEGO Piano, by builder SleepyCow has gained a lot of support since then and now ranks among the LEGO hopefuls to become the next official LEGO Ideas set alongside four qualifiers. For its Third 2018 Review Stage, the product ideas that have gotten 10,000 supporters during this period are a varied mix of themes – from dinosaur skeletons to a chemical plant, a set of fast-food stalls and a cruise ship. And now the latest addition to these LEGO product ideas now appeals to the musician and builder at heart.

It’s always amazing whenever a LEGO builder does a MOC that includes some mechanical function and non-traditional materials. Ideas member SleepyCow has done just that with a small-scale playable LEGO piano that actually plays thanks to actual strings attached to the keys, and pedal dampers.

The sheer amount of detail SleepyCow put on this playable LEGO piano product idea is mind-blowing. Aside from the aforementioned working 25 piano keys (with hammers hitting correctly-tuned strings) and pedals, the whole setup has legs ending on scaled piano wheels, the player’s bench is adjustable, and it can be converted into a player piano via Power Functions.

Such advanced LEGO mechanics (that don’t require Power) are not so common in mainstream LEGO sets, so it’s only fitting that it’ll come out via the more imaginatively conceptualized LEGO Ideas line. First, we’ll need SleepyCow’s playable LEGO piano to beat its fellow Third 2018 Review Stage submissions, and who knows what other sets make in. Check out his demo video below.

Create a Bricktastic Pop-Up Story With This Next LEGO Ideas Contest

This next LEGO Ideas Contest fell off my radar, and it’s a good thing that we still have two weeks before the contest ends. In case you also missed it, you might be interested to know that the LEGO Ideas team is running another building contest where LEGO fans and builders can get to bag home an awesome array of LEGO Ideas sets. All you need to do is to come up with your most imaginative and bricktastic pop-up story in a similar fashion such as that of LEGO Ideas Pop-Up Book (21315). The deadline for submission of entries is on January 3, 2019 (6AM, EST). Read on for the contest’s overview and what you’ll be getting if yours will be the winning entry. For the complete contest rules, you may visit the LEGO Ideas Create a Bricktastic Pop-Up Story contest page. You may also view other cool entries in this contest right here.

Some of the entries for the ongoing LEGO Ideas Create a Bricktastic Pop-Up Story Contest

Create a Bricktastic Pop-Up Story!

Do you consider yourself an amazing storyteller? Whether you’re into action stories, romance, fairy tales, science fiction, comics or a whole other genre, we now challenge you to build a bricktastic story that will make us all fall off our chairs! To give your story the ultimate twist of creativity, we ask you to build it as a pop-up.

So, get ready, fetch your bricks, and surprise us with some awesome pop-up stories!

The Grand Prize winner will receive:

 

LEGO Ideas Product Idea Food Stand Diners Gets 10K Thumbs Up

This next LEGO Ideas project will surely make your mouth water, now that it finally won the hearts of 10K LEGO Ideas fans and supporters. The LEGO Ideas Project Food Stand Diners by FrostBricks is the next LEGO Ideas project set to enter the Third 2018 LEGO Ideas Review Stage, following the likes of the Dinosaur Fossil Skeletons – Natural History Collection and the Chemical Plant.

The Food Stand Diners features a nice collection of brick-built food stalls at minifigure scale. FrostBricks’ excellent choice of colors surely stands out and makes you want to have a quick bite of your favorite burger and fries. It’s a great addition to any LEGO theme park sets such as the LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster (10261) and Fairground Mixer (10244). I like the play features of this project, with lots of potentials for further modifications and inclusion of other food stalls such as a bakery, popcorn stand, hot dog stand and many more. Here’s what FrostBricks has to say about his LEGO Ideas Product Idea.

Food Stand Diners

The fabulous Fernando Brothers are known for their fine cuisine; and their fun food shacks are the perfect place for a family party.

Model info

Each food stand is modeled to resemble a life-size food counterpart, whilst also being a minifig-scale food stand. Perfect for either play or display, with fully detailed interiors so the brothers can prepare their specialty burgers, milkshakes and fries.

It’s also proposed there’d be a range of food accessories included, burgers, drinks and more (a birthday cake perhaps?) Along with a table and additional minifigures included, so that you could create your own family enjoying a lovely day in the park.

Which Figures? What food?
Currently, the three proposed food stands included would be a Burger stand, a Fries stand, and a Milkshake stand. But perhaps you’d like to see another of your favorite foods made into a food stand and included? Well, let us know in the comments.

Likewise the minifigures currently shown here are placeholders, and ideally, the set would include enough minifig parts to mix and match your own family having a fun day out.

FrostBricks was even kind enough to upload an instructional video on how to build the actual Burger and Fries Stands. We’re still waiting for the video on how to build the Milk Shake Stand so we’ll keep a close eye on that as well.

I somehow feel that the Third 2018 LEGO Ideas Review Stage will be kind of tough for our LEGO Ideas Design Review Team since there seems to be a lot of potential sets in this batch. I personally vouch for the Food Stand Diners and I hope to see this released as a LEGO Ideas set in the future.

LEGO Store in Disney Springs Joins Celebration of Mickey Mouse’s 90th Anniversary

The year 1928 was the year Walter Elias Disney introduced what would become his most iconic creation in popular entertainment to the world: the big cheese himself, Mickey Mouse. This came in the form of the animated short Steamboat Willie, which premiered in November 18 of that year. What do you know, November 18 is this Sunday, and 2018 marks the celebration of Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary.

Obviously, the Disney Company is celebrating 90 years of Mickey Mouse. And perhaps the most prominent event in paying tribute to the name bearer of the House of Mouse can be found in Walt Disney World in Orlando. At their Disney Springs commercial complex, special Mickey merchandise and food items are being offered ahead of Sunday.

Even the Disney Springs LEGO Store is getting in on the Mickey Mouse vibe. They’re spearheading a massive brick-building effort to create a tribute mural that will showcase the various milestones of the king of Disney characters, as established in the Kingdom Hearts video game series.

Ahead of Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary, LEGO has also released some highly collectible sets in the form of BrickHeadz for not just Mickey (41624) but also Minnie Mouse (41625). The rumors that the BrickHeadz line may eventually be discontinued would only add to the potential value of these two LEGO sets.

LEGO BrickHeadz Mickey Mouse (41624) and Minnie Mouse (41625)

Interestingly, a Steamboat Willie set is up for contention in the Second 2018 Review Stage for LEGO Ideas. The results won’t be revealed until early next year, but that too would’ve been a nice addition to the LEGO contributions for celebrating 90 years of Mickey.

New LEGO Ideas Contest Now Open: The Magical Builds of the Wizarding World

After the launch of its Build an Add-On Contest, the LEGO Ideas team was quick to give another contest that will surely appeal to any genuine LEGO Harry Potter fan. The LEGO Ideas Magical Builds of the Wizarding World challenges you to come up with your best brick rendition of any creatures found in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, and popular items and artifacts found inside the famous Hogwarts Castle.

The Submission Phase has already begun and will end on November 29, so you still have more than 20 days if you will act quickly. Like any other LEGO Ideas build contest, you are allowed to submit either a physical entry or a digital one done in LEGO Digital Designer. The deadline of submission of entries will be on November 29, while winners will be announced on December 20.

Magical Builds of the Wizarding World

Magical Builds of the Wizarding World

It’s time to do your magic!

Have you ever imagined being a part of the Wizarding World? We now invite you into the LEGO® world of Harry Potter™ and Fantastic Beasts™, but be aware that you need to use your magical, creative powers to enter. If you are a fan of Harry Potter™ and Fantastic Beasts™, you probably have considered how cool it would be to have your own wand, broomstick or suitcase filled with magical creatures. Now is your chance! Let out your magical building powers to bring your favorite item or creature from the Wizarding World to life in LEGO bricks.

And speaking of prizes, this LEGO Ideas building contest comes with all the good stuff and winnings that any LEGO Harry Potter can enjoy: there will be one Grand Prize Winner, two Runner-Ups, and one Bonus Winner. The lion’s share that the Grand Prize winner will receive includes all of the LEGO Harry Potter sets released this year, namely:

This gives the overall champion the bragging rights of winning all of these 2018 LEGO Harry Potter sets, with an overall estimated value of $775. Two Runner-Ups and a Bonus Winner will also receive their very own Hogwart’s Castle (71043) respectively.

Remember: you have roughly 24 days before the submission of entry to the LEGO Ideas Magical Builds of the Wizarding World closes, so be sure to read and study all the details of the contest rules right here. Happy building!

This Custom Playable LEGO Piano Might Give Mozart A Run For His Money

Yep, I’m a frustrated musician. And like most music fans out there, I learned to admire the craft from a distance. Whether it’s playing a guitar or hammering the keys on a grand piano, I always admire people with the technical virtuoso to play any particular musical instrument. Being a LEGO fan by heart, consider my amazement when someone managed to use LEGO bricks to perfectly recreate one of the most versatile and classical musical instruments of all time. Submitted as a LEGO product idea by LEGO fan and musician Donny Chen (aka SleepyCow over at LEGO Ideas), this playable, custom LEGO piano is very well-built that it might make Mozart gasp in awe.

Playable LEGO Piano
The LEGO Product Idea Playable LEGO Piano by SleepyCow.

This custom-built LEGO Piano is patterned from the classic grand piano, and is made up of more than 2,700 LEGO pieces. To be sure, there are a lot of custom LEGO pianos out there submitted in the LEGO Ideas platform, but this one designed by SleepyCow is the most technically impressive by far. It closely follows the inner workings of a real grand piano, thanks to the technical know-how of its designer who happens to be a piano teacher and technician as well. It’s seldom that you see a talented individual at such multiple levels. Here’s what Donny Chen has to say about his custom LEGO Piano.

LEGO Product Idea – Playable LEGO Piano

The Concert Grand Piano, one of the most complex instruments of all time, is now in Lego form.

Built entirely from 2798 authentic LEGO bricks, it accurately captures the mechanical details of a real piano, featuring:

  • Removable keyboard with 25 independent working keys, each key connects to its own hammer.
  • Working damper and pedal function.
  • 25 strings.
  • Realistic piano lid which can be open either half stick of full stick.
  • Realistic fall board with a soft close.
  • Removable music stand.
  • Height adjustable piano bench.
  • Self-playing function enabled by adding PowerFunction, which allows keys to play at different tempos and rhythms.
  • Realistic piano wheels.

Just a disclaimer though: this playable LEGO piano does not actually create music, but the technical scale and complexity involved in making the parts of this custom LEGO piano is enough to compensate for that, as you can see from the video below.

If you wish to give your support to Donny Chen’s LEGO Ideas product idea, then be sure to check out his page at LEGO Ideas and cast your vote. We wish Donny all the best and support towards the 10K mark.

 

LEGO Ideas Launches Build an Add-On Contest

The LEGO Creator theme has proven to be one of the most popular and longest running themed playsets that the company has to offer, and with the introduction of the 3-in-1 multibuilds it has become more appealing to a younger generation of budding LEGO fans. To celebrate the popularity of the LEGO Creator 3-in-1 sets, LEGO Ideas has launched its latest brick-busting competition with the Build an Add-On Contest.

Do you ever just feel the need to add something to an existing LEGO set to make it even cooler? Now we invite you to use your creative skills by building an add-on to the A-model of any 2018 LEGO Creator 3in1 product. Your add-on can be small or big, as long as it gives the product the ultimate coolness! Here is the chance to activate your LEGO bin and think outside of the box.

From a list of all 3-in-1 sets already released thus far, contestants need only create an add-on build to one existing 3-in-1 set of choice, and submit it as an entry. Let’s take Creator 3-in-1 Tree House Treasures (31078) as an example. An imaginative LEGO builder joining the contest on LEGO Ideas might create a MOC expansion to the tree-house structure; bonus points too if said add-on can be rebuilt to fit with the other alternate builds of the 3-in-1 set.

For more information on the mechanics of this contest, you may visit the LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Build an Add-On Contest page in LEGO Ideas. Interested contestants must submit their add-on designs by December 4, with the winner announcement slated not later than the 18th.

The Grand Prize winner in this Build an Add-On Contest will have the bragging rights to haul the full 2018 LEGO Creator 3-in-1 assortment, plus some selected sets from 2017 – a total of sixteen (16) LEGO sets to be won as listed below.

Build an Add-On Contest

On top of these very sweet LEGO swag, the grand prize winner will also get to bring home a commemorative LEGO Creator 3-in-1 shirt, and a winner’s certificate in a Creator 3-in-1 themed frame.

Are you ready to build your coolest, most excellent LEGO Creator add-on yet? If you are, then be sure to check out the LEGO Ideas Contest Page for more details. Happy building!

First Look at the LEGO Ideas Pop-Up Book (21315) and Its Gorgeous

After the teaser given by the LEGO Store in China last week, LEGO has finally given us our very first look at the upcoming LEGO Ideas Pop-Up Book (21315). LEGO made the reveal via LEGO Ideas’ official social media pages as you can see below.

To be frank, the Pop-Up book’s corresponding box art and minifigures have been already leaked on the Internet so we already have an idea of how it might look like. However, seeing the actual set as it is, gave me a better appreciation of this newest LEGO Ideas set. The LEGO Ideas design team really did a good job in improving the original product idea of fan designer Jason Allemann, who also happens to be the fan designer behind 2016’s LEGO Ideas Maze (21305).

LEGO Ideas Pop-Up Book (21315)

I absolutely love how the dark red and green and colors were used in the LEGO Ideas Pop-Up Book (21315), and the nice touch on the “Once Upon a Brick” title. I’m not quite sure if the title is made out of a sticker, or if it’s printed on a huge tile. However, my bet is that it’s probably a sticker. Though I haven’t seen the images of the actual set, the box art of the Pop-Up Book suggests that it has two stories to tell. The 10-second teaser trailer already hinted on the classic story of Red Riding Hood considering the inclusion of the wolf minifigure disguised as Red’s grandma.

LEGO Ideas Pop-Up Book (21315)

The second alternate build of the set highlights another classic fairy tale which is the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. It looks like it will be using a nanofigure for Jack to make it somehow proportionally scaled to the buildable beanstalk that stretches from the ground up to the clouds.  The LEGO Ideas Pop-Up Book (21315) will also include four minifigures: Red Riding Hood, Grandma, Wolf in disguise, the Giant, and a Jack nanofigure. The full reveal of this set is slated on October 26 so we can expect more teasers and additional info to come out anytime soon.

Stay tuned only here on The Brick Show!