Check Out the Winners of the LEGO Ideas Iconically Stranger Things Building Contest

Along with the hype surrounding the third season of Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things, and the subsequent release of the LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810), the LEGO Ideas Team has announced a new building contest that challenges LEGO builders to come up with their best Stranger Things inspired original creation. The LEGO Ideas Iconically Stranger Things Building Contest ran from May 15 to June 19 and now, the winners are finally revealed.

The announcement was made over at the LEGO Ideas blog site, beginning with the Grand Prize winning entry, The Tunnels by builder MartiMovi.

This particular MOC takes its inspiration from the vast tunnel system that the inter-dimensional aliens created underground. Though compact in size, it perfectly captured the details of the pumpkin patch and the descent that the team made led by Dustin. The level of detail on these underground tunnels is spot-on including its dark and dank environment and creepy tentacles.  For added realism to this set, MartiMovi even added a minifigure scaled Demodog for good measure.

One of the first runner-up titles for the LEGO Ideas Iconically Stranger Things building contest was awarded to builder Ragaru for the ‘Demogorgon Figure‘. I have to admit right off the bat that this is one of the exceptionally mean-looking, and downright monstrous brick-built model of an already terrifying creature that I’ve ever seen.  Ragaru’s fluid and organic brick composition simply gave this poseable other-worldly creature a more horrifying presence. As much as I love this build, I have no qualms over the fact that it ended as a runner-up. This build is so horrific that I dread the idea of seeing this at the hands of a younger LEGO builder.

Finally, we have a rather simple looking, but definitely an advanced build from accomplished builder, saabfan. Entitled ‘The Gang on Bikes‘, this MOC may look simplistic at first, but taking a closer look reveals how he cleverly used few LEGO pieces to capture the important details of each Hawkins character. I’m always impressed by minibuilds such as this because scaling things down in LEGO form while remaining faithful to how the original subject looks like is surely an impressive feat.

Both the Grand Prize winner and Runner-Ups will receive the LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) set valued at $200 USD. The Grand Prize winner will also receive a $300 USD shopping spree at LEGO Shop@Home, while Runner Ups will get a $200 USD LEGO Shop@Home voucher. Congratulations to all the winners and cheers for more awesome builds to come!

LEGO Ideas Tree House (21318) Spotted at LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Texas

It looks like some folks are just plain lucky. After spotting the upcoming LEGO Ideas Tree House (21318) at a Belgian toy store, it looks like this set has found its way in US shores. LEGO fan and AFOLs of Facebook member Michael Bradford shared video footage that shows this set and other forthcoming sets on store shelves of the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Grapevine, Texas.

Tree House (21318)

As you can see from the images that he shared over social media, Michael bought the said set right off the shelf and has even posted his receipt as proof of purchase in case LEGO Men in Black cries foul for this early reveal. If you recall from my previous post, the LEGO Ideas Tree House (21318) is expected to be officially released to the general public in August, with an early VIP release of sometime this month. Towards the end of Michael’s 12-second video, it can be noticed that the recently announced LEGO Creator Expert Harley-Davidson Fatboy (10269) is also on display and for sale beside the Tree House, given the fact that this next LEGO Creator Expert set is still due for an early VIP release on July 17.

The LEGO Ideas Tree House (21318) is expected to retail for $199.99 USD and comes in at 3,036 pieces utilizing a handful of new LEGO leaf elements made from renewable botanical sources. This new set is the next LEGO Ideas set to be made available to LEGO fans following the release of the LEGO Ideas Flintstones (21316) and Steamboat Willie (21317), both of which are now available both in-store and online. Keep your radars open for LEGO’s official press release and images of the LEGO Ideas Tree House which will be out soon.

Here’s A Sneek Peek at the LEGO Ideas Tree House (21318)

By now, the internet is rife with a handful of images of the next LEGO Ideas set to watch out for. If you recall back in October last year, the LEGO Ideas Treehouse project was approved for production together with the recent LEGO Ideas Flintstones (21316) set. However, the former’s release date was pushed further to give way to another Ideas set which is the classic Steamboat Willie (21317)Now thanks to a certain reader and follower of the LEGO German fan site, Promobricks, we now have our first look at what to expect from the impressively huge LEGO Ideas Treehouse (21318). Before we dive in, I guess a disclaimer is in order – according to Promobricks, these images were sent by a certain Roger from Belgium who claims to have bought this set at a Dreamland Toy Store in his country. So with that in mind, I guess all is fair game when it comes to sharing these box art images. So let’s take a look.

LEGO Ideas Treehouse (21318)

LEGO Ideas Treehouse (21318)

LEGO Ideas Treehouse (21318)

What impresses me about this set other than being in an almost minifig scale, is the vast array of new leaf elements that are available for the builder. I love how the leaves of the tree can be changed to reflect the seasons (autumn to be exact) using these new LEGO elements. The LEGO Ideas Treehouse (21318) also features a removable canopy and roof that reveals the intricate details of the tree’s various rooms. I’m sure that we’ll better appreciate this set once LEGO releases its official, hi-res images.

The set is believed to be scheduled for a VIP release date later this month, with a regular release date of August. It comes in at 3,036 pieces making it one of the largest LEGO sets out there. It is also expected to retail for 199 Euros or roughly at $200 USD. Thanks once again to our friends from Promobricks for sharing these images.

LEGO Ideas From The Moon to Mars Building Contest Launched

In line with the release of the new space-inspired LEGO City sets, the LEGO Ideas website has announced a new building contest that will challenge builders to come up with their most out-of-this-world brick creations using LEGO bricks. Imagine a space vehicle capable of traveling from your minifigure moon base to the mysterious red planet. Or find ways on how you can help NASA achieve this dream and demonstrate it using your very own original LEGO creation. Watch the video below by astronaut Mike Massimino announcing the LEGO Ideas From the Moon to Mars building contest.

Like previous LEGO Ideas building contests, there will be tons of sweet LEGO prizes that await the winners. There will be one Grand Prize Winner and Two Runner-Ups, all of them will be receiving a bunch of cool space-themed LEGO sets. The Grand Prize Winner will receive the following:

The two Runner-Ups will not go home empty-handed as well, because the following LEGO sets are theirs for the taking:

Better hurry though if you’re planning to join this contest because the deadline for submission of entries is until August 1, 2019, only. Be sure to check the LEGO Ideas From The Moon to Mars Building Contest guidelines for more details. Happy building and may the best space builder wins!

LEGO Ideas Hybrid Dinosaur Building Contest Announced

Just in time for the official reveal of the massive LEGO Jurassic World Jurassic Park: T.rex Rampage (75936) set a few days ago, the LEGO Ideas team posted its newest building contest that challenges fans to create their coolest, out-of-this-world hybrid dinosaur using LEGO bricks. Ever imagine a T.rex flying around on Pterodactyl wings or a huge brontosaurus with stegosaurus plating? Then get ready to pick your bricks in this LEGO Ideas Hybrid Dinosaur building contest.

From June 12 until July 17, builders can unleash their wildest dino brick creation to get a chance to bring home the entire line-up of 2019 LEGO Jurassic World sets. The Grand Prize winner will win the following:

Two Runner-Up winners will also be chosen, and each of them will bring home the 3,120-piece T.rex Rampage (75936) set. Same as with previous contests, both physical and digital entries are allowed using either LEGO Digital Designer or other third-party LEGO CAD software such as Studio or Mecabricks. What is nice about this contest, in particular, is that builders are allowed to include generic or LEGO Jurassic World minifigures. However, bear in mind that other third-party licensed minifigures are not allowed.

Be sure to visit the LEGO Ideas Hybrid Dinosaur building contest page to know more about the contest details and other guidelines. Happy building!


Be the Bedrock Building Champ With This Next LEGO Ideas Contest

The LEGO Ideas Team launches another c0ntest that will push your creative bricks back into prehistoric times. With the release of the LEGO Ideas The Flintstones (21316) set, comes another building contest that encourages fan builders to be the ultimate Bedrock building champ by coming up with the coolest brick-built Bedrock invention in this next LEGO Ideas contest.

The LEGO Ideas Transform Your LEGO Bricks Into Wacky Bedrock Inventions contest submission phase will run from June 6 to July 10 where contestants can come up with their most creative and funny  MOCs based on the wacky world of the Flintstones. Same as previous LEGO Ideas contests, submissions can either be that of physical or digital builds, with additional enhancements using your photo editing software of your choice.

Next LEGO Ideas Contest
The Grand Prize winner will receive all these goodies and the bragging rights in becoming the Bedrock Building Champ.

And to make this building contest more exciting, the LEGO Ideas Team has thrown in an impressive collection of prizes for the would-be Bedrock Building champ. The Grand Prize winner will receive a tote bag filled to the brim with all the 2018 LEGO Ideas sets namely, Voltron (21311), Ship in a Bottle (21313), TRON: Legacy (21314) and the Pop-Up Book (21315). Plus he or she will also receive the LEGO Ideas The Flintstones (21316) set, a store shopping credits worth $300 USD, and a one-of-a-kind LEGO Ideas trophy build exclusively for this particular competition.

Next LEGO Ideas Contest
There will be two (2) runner-ups that will receive these awesome prizes.

Two (2) rummer ups will also be selected where they will both receive the LEGO Ideas Voltron, Pop-Up Book, and Flintstones sets, a LEGO Shop@Home shopping spree worth $200 USD and a LEGO Ideas tote bag.

Be sure to review the entire contest rules right here for more information. Winners will be announced on July 31. A happy yabba-dabba-doo building to everyone!


LEGO Ideas Space Rocket Ride (40335) Promotional Now Available

It’s official – LEGO has now revealed how we can avail the LEGO Ideas Space Rocket Ride (40335) over at LEGO Shop@Home and at our local LEGO Store. LEGO has released the official images of this winning set a few days ago and has now made this next promotional set available for all.

If you recall, this set from fan builder mjsmiley was chosen as the winning entry in the LEGO Ideas LEGO Moments in Space contest. This was the very first LEGO Ideas contest devoted in coming up with a fan-inspired, gift-with-purchase set. And in keeping up with LEGO’s recent focus of introducing space-themed sets, the LEGO Ideas Space Rocket Ride (40335) can now be yours for free for a minimum, single receipt purchase of any LEGO set worth $99 USD and above from June 5 to 18, or while supplies last.

Valued at $12.99 USD, this gift-with-purchase set comes in at 154 pieces and features a minifigure kid, a rotating crank that allows the rocket ship to move up and down, and a coin slot with some printed coin accessories. Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect from this freebie, and be sure to check with on this set’s availability.


LEGO Ideas Space Rocket Ride (40335)

154 pieces, valued at $12.99 USD.

FREE Exclusive Space Rocket Ride with purchases over $99 USD.

Take a ride back in time with this LEGO® Ideas Moment in Space competition winner—the retro-themed Space Rocket Ride. Place a coin element in the slot and turn the sprocket to operate the ride. Includes a minifigure.

Space Ride Rocket (item 40335) offer is valid on and at LEGO Store. Offer valid from 06/05/19 through 11:59pm EST, 06/18/19 or while supplies last only. Qualifying purchase must be equal to or greater than $99 / $1800 (MX) in merchandise only; any applicable taxes, shipping charges, or value of gift cards purchased do not apply to merchandise total. Offer excludes Bricks & Pieces and backorder items. Cannot be applied to previous purchases or combined with any other discount, offer or free gift. One free set per household. Item is valued at approximately a $12.99 (US) / $16.99 (CA) retail value and cannot be exchanged or substituted for any other item or cash value. Item is available exclusively through this offer; additional sets cannot be purchased. Offers not valid at LEGOLAND® Parks or LEGOLAND Discovery Centers. The LEGO Group reserves the right to cancel or modify these promotions at any time without advance notice.


The International Space Station Will Be The Next LEGO Ideas Set

After more than 2 weeks of gathering support from the LEGO fan community, the winner of the LEGO Ideas Extraordinary 10 Year Anniversary Fan Vote has been finally revealed. Since May 20, four wildcard entries were selected to vie to become the next LEGO Ideas set on the basis of popular fan support. And although it is with a heavy heart that my favorite blue alien was not voted to be the top choice, I am still glad that the winning entry will give more value to LEGO’s revamped LEGO City Space theme. A big congratulations to the International Space Station by XCLD, for garnering a total of 10,438 votes and now on its way to becoming the next LEGO Ideas set!

International Space Station

With a total of 45.6% share of all the votes cast during the voting period, the International Space Station by XCLD is now on its way to becoming the next LEGO Ideas set which is set to launch in 2020. If there’s any consolation for me and for the rest of those who wish to see Tyler’s (aka legohaulic) creation, I’m glad to see that Disney’s Stitch got the second highest number of votes with 5,739 votes, followed by Sega Classic Arcade Machines by SpacySmoke with 3,788  votes, and Small YELLOW by Nathan Sawaya with 2,924 votes.

In a way, the International Space Station represents what the LEGO community has been looking forward to in a very long time. With the recent announcement of the LEGO City Space sets, together with the LEGO Creator Expert NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander (10266), the International Space Station is like a sort of cherry on top for LEGO Space fans. It is the pinnacle of space exploration and I’m sure that the LEGO Ideas design team will come up with its best version of this winning build.

Again, congratulations to XCLD for a sweeping victory and to all the other contestants who participated.

The LEGO Ideas Second 2019 Review Stage Now Includes Thunderbirds Are Go and Gravity Falls Mystery Shack

In an almost back-to-back triumph, two additional LEGO Ideas projects have now gathered the necessary votes to qualify for the Second 2019 Review Stage. Following the success of the UCS Space Shuttle Atlantis, this original build is now joined by the LEGO Ideas project Thunderbirds Are Go by AndrewClark2, and Figura’s Gravity Falls Mystery Shack.

Thunderbirds Are Go is another LEGO Ideas project from the creative mind of two-time LEGO Ideas winner Andrew Clark. This is the third time that Andrew’s MOC has achieved the coveted 10K support, with his first two projects eventually becoming official LEGO Ideas sets: Doctor Who (21304) and The Flintstones (21316).

The LEGO Ideas project Thunderbirds Are Go is based on the popular British animated series launched in 2015. It takes its cue from the classic Supermarination animated series from the 1960s, giving it a modern twist to appeal to the current generation of sci-fi kid fans. This set features the Thunderbird 2 with its foldable legs, wings, and landing gear plus two smaller vehicles: the Thunderbird 4 and The Mole. It also features the microfigures of the show’s main characters: John, Alan, Scott, Virgil, and Gordon Tracy. Andrew’s choice of using microfigures somehow gives a sense of scale to the entire build.

Second 2019 Review Stage

The next qualifier for the Second 2019 Review Stage is something that is inspired by the Disney XD series, Gravity Falls. It features the show’s main crib, or should I say more of a tourist trap, The Mystery Shack. Here’s a brief description of what we can expect from this brick rendition by LEGO builder Figura.

Come visit Gravity Falls and join Dipper and Mabel in discovering all the mysteries their Grunkle Stan might be hiding from them inside the Mystery Shack.

  • The ground floor features the museum, the gift shop including a curious vending machine and the living space
  • The first floor holds a secret room including some furniture and a dubious carpet
  • The top floor has Dipper’s and Mabel’s shared bedroom as well as various items of mystery – imparticular a book with the number 3 written on it
  • The outside areas show three different porches (the one by the rear entrance including Stan’s couch), the parking lot and the bottomless pit, which apparently is bottomless
  • Parked outside is the little golf cart, which helps Dipper and Mabel escape the monstrous dangers of the surrounding forests
  • Contains 5 minifigures: Dipper, Mabel, Stan, Soos, and Wendy as well as Waddles

To reach all areas of the shack the floors can easily be separated or – for even quicker access – you can fold open the roof. The roof above the gift shop can also easily be lifted. Many of the details and furniture can easily be removed and rearranged to allow different settings.

These 10K-qualifiers now join the ranks of the UCS Space Shuttle Atlantis to be included to the LEGO Ideas Second 2019 Review Stage. Hot on their heels is another original creation by one of my favorite builders: JKBrickworks’s The Pursuit of Flight. If it will make the cut, then this might be Jason Allemann’s third potential LEGO Ideas set following the success of 2016’s LEGO Ideas Maze (21305) and the more recent LEGO Ideas Pop-Up Book (21315).

LEGO Ideas Space Rocket Ride (40335) Official Images Released

After making a brief appearance in April at a LEGO Certified Store in Croatia, we now have our first official images of the LEGO Ideas Space Rocket Ride (40335). If you recall, this particular set is inspired by the winning entry created by LEGO fan builder mjsmiley for the LEGO Ideas LEGO Moments In Space Contest. The contest intends to inspire LEGO fan builders to come up with their own version of LEGO’s next promotional set. Take a look at the following images.

LEGO Ideas Space Rocket Ride (40335)

The LEGO Ideas Space Rocket Ride (40335) is intended to be the next gift with purchase (GWP) set, though the promo mechanics on when and how to avail this set has not yet been disclosed by LEGO, though we can assume that this promotional item might be released next month. Perhaps as a GWP set when you purchase the LEGO Creator Expert Apollo 11 Lunar Lander (10266)? We just have to wait and see.

This set comes in at 154 pieces and in spite of its small size, features a couple of play features such as a rotating crank that allows the Space Rocket to move, a coin slot, and child minifigure with a classic LEGO Space logo printed on its torso.

My radar hasn’t picked up yet where this promotional item will be offered, but you can be sure that I’ll be giving you updates once more info comes in. As someone who collects exclusive GWP sets, this one is certainly on my must-have checklist in spite of the slight controversy that surrounded it a year ago. Special thanks to Promobricks for sharing these images.

********** UPDATE **********

LEGO has confirmed that as a Gift with Purchase set, LEGO Ideas Space Rocket Ride (40335) will be available starting June 5. No price points have been set yet for qualifying purchases as of this publication.