LEGO Product Idea Chemical Plant Gets 10K Thumbs Up – Qualifies for the Third 2018 Review Stage

After the success of the Dinosaur Fossils Skeletons as the first LEGO Ideas set to enter the Third 2018 Review Stage, it is soon followed by another STEM-inspired project in the form of the LEGO Product  Idea Chemical Plant by LEGO fan builder Ymarilego. Here’s a cool LEGO Ideas fact about Ymarilego: he is a veteran in the LEGO Ideas platform, with a total of 30 project submissions under his belt in almost 2 years. If you recall, Ymarilego was also fortunate enough to have his Quest Builder project join the ranks of the qualifying product ideas under the First 2017 LEGO Ideas Review Stage.

Here’s a brief description of what to expect from the LEGO Product Idea Chemical Plant.

The plant is built on two basic grey 32×32 stud ground plates and is made with approximately of 1,900 pieces.

On the right base plate, there are several treatment sites and chimneys, storage vats and spheres and a laboratory to check the quality of the chemicals produced.

All this complex machinery has to be checked regularly and repaired when needed of so several minifigures are added as well to keep an eye on things. There is a scientist in the lab, an overseer and 4 crew members going about their work (two females, two males).

To ensure their safety there are a lot of railings to prevent them from falling down and warning stripes on the floor. Several kinds of extinguishing materials are at hand in different color tanks, in case of an accident.

On the left baseplate is a loading station for both rail and road vehicles. The connecting “ladders” can be moved up and down. The tankhose poles (no idea what they are called) can be rotated 360 degrees so either rail or road can be accommodated.

There is a small storage area for different kinds of drums and some pump equipment. The structures of both places do not overlap so one can decide if both are to be placed next to each other or apart or even rotated differently to create another layout.

The LEGO Ideas Third 2018 Review Stage now officially has 2 qualifying product ideas, with other projects in close lead such as the Food Stand Diners and Anatomini – you may want to check and support these cool original product ideas as well. LEGO Ideas has also announced the next LEGO Ideas sets based from its First 2018 Review Results: the Treehouse and Flintstones.

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Our Next LEGO Ideas Sets Are The Treehouse and Flintstones!

We now have the result of this year’s first LEGO Ideas Review Stage, and it looks like we’re not just getting one, but two upcoming LEGO Ideas sets. The reveal for these next LEGO Ideas sets came in via LEGO Fan Tube’s YouTube channel, as announced yesterday, and as revealed by Ali and Hasan, these are the Treehouse by KevinTreeHouse and the fun, prehistoric family of The Flintstones by AndrewClark2.  Watch the full reveal below.

The LEGO Ideas Treehouse eventually became the LEGO Design Team’s pick, together with The Flintstones and will be both released sometime next year. I have to admit that I was looking forward to have Stitch as the next official LEGO Ideas set but it seems that the likelihood of having a LEGO Ideas Stitch is close to none because of the new LEGO Ideas guidelines concerning existing themes (e.g. Disney) that are now enforced on all future submissions. In any case, the LEGO Ideas Treehouse and LEGO Ideas The Flintstones will still appeal to a large number of LEGO fans, especially those who grew up with the iconic Hanna-Barbera cartoon.

So what do you think brick fans, do you think you’ll be picking up these next LEGO Ideas sets on day 1? Share us what you think in the comments below.

The Next LEGO Ideas Set is About to be Revealed

Just a short while ago, the LEGO Ideas blog site has been updated with a teaser about the upcoming reveal of the next LEGO Ideas set based on this year’s first LEGO Ideas Review. For 2018’s first wave of LEGO Ideas project qualifiers, we are very proud and excited to hear the results, since our Master Builder extraordinaire is one of the candidates whose project qualified. Tyler’s LEGO Ideas Stitch is a very feasible contender for this batch of qualifiers along with my other favorites, The Flintstones and Modular Arcade.

Check out the links below for the rest of the First 2018 LEGO Ideas qualifiers that are vying to be the next LEGO Ideas set.

The reveal will be announced over at YouTube and Facebook at exactly 10AM EST/4PM CEST of October 4. Be sure to turn on your notifications so you can be updated once the announcement goes live. What next LEGO Ideas set do you hope to see among these qualifiers? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.

Embraer A-29 Super Tucano

SR-71A: The Final Flight

Treehouse

Disney’s Stitch

 Modular Arcade

I am Amelia Earhart

Mystery Science Theater 3000

Star Wars Acclamator-Class Assault Ship

The Flintstones

The Vintage Motorcycle of BMW R60/2

Dinosaurs Fossils Skeletons – Natural History Collection Qualifies for the 2018 LEGO Ideas Third Review Stage

Earlier this month, the LEGO Ideas Team has officially announced the second set of qualifiers for this year’s Second 2018 Review Stage. From space exploration to a deliciously looking candy vending machine, this set of LEGO Ideas project qualifiers will now soon be joined by our very first LEGO Ideas 10K qualifier for the Third Review Stage. The Dinosaurs Fossil Skeletons – Natural History Collection LEGO Ideas Project proposal is based on the famous dinosaur fossils of the Natural History Museum. This LEGO Ideas project features several custom LEGO dinosaur fossils mounted on brick-built stands.

The LEGO Ideas Project Proposal, Dinosaurs Fossils Skeletons – Natural History Collection by Mukkinn.

The Dinosaurs Fossil Skeletons – Natural History Collection project proposal is the very first entry for the Third 2018 Review Stage. Read on for the set’s description courtesy of its creator, Mukkinn.

Dinosaurs Fossils Skeletons – Natural History Collection

Set presentation:

Did you ever dreamed to get your own Dinosaur Museum?

The collection “Natural History Museum” is giving you the chance to build and expose on your shelf the most famous and majestic creatures who walked on earth !

Don’t miss the opportunity to amaze your guests with these impressive and realistic reconstitutions of various Dinosaur species!

Set features:

Triceratops Fossil Skeleton and his exhibition base
Stegosaurus Fossil Skeleton and his exhibition base
Dilophosaurus Fossil Skeleton and his exhibition base
Brachiosaurus Fossil Skeleton and his exhibition base
Plesiosaurus Skeleton and his exhibition base
Parasaurolophus Skeleton and his exhibition base

Another LEGO Ideas project qualifier is almost at the end of its 10K finish line, with just 400 and more votes needed to qualify. The Chemical Plant by Ymarilego might soon accomplish this goal at the end of this last quarter, so will keep a close eye on this one as well.

The LEGO House Celebrates 10 Years of LEGO Ideas

There’s really no doubt now, that LEGO has fortuitously timed the introduction of so many elements of their total brand that their respective anniversaries – in multiples of ten – fall on the same year. Thus this 2018 they (and we) celebrated 60 years of LEGO bricks, 40 years of minifigures, 50 years of LEGOLAND (Billund’s opened in 1968), and 10 years of LEGO Ideas too.

That’s right; it’s been ten years since that wonderfully ingenious platform for the LEGO building community to submit designs that might become official LEGO sets came to be under its original name of LEGO Cuusoo.

Now, to celebrate yet another important milestone to the complete history of LEGO, a big exhibition is being held at LEGO House in Billund, Denmark. This exhibit showcases actual builds of the various models submitted throughout 10 years of LEGO Ideas, while not passing review, did receive 10,000 enthusiastic supporters needed.

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The selection of 10K submissions, now called “Product Ideas” in the platform’s parlance, comes from 11 countries all over the world. The builds range from vehicles, to buildings, to creatures and robots galore, and a testament to the intense imaginations that fired up those who submitted them to LEGO Ideas.

LEGO House will keep the exhibit up until October 8, and it can be (thankfully) viewed in the Home of the Brick’s free-access area. Or you can view photos of the displays at LEGO Ideas’ official blog, alongside information and interviews with their respective creators.

Spotted: LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309) Still On Sale at Walmart

There’s been a load of sets that have come out from the LEGO Ideas platform since its original inception around the turn of the first decade of the 21st Century. Still, none of these sets seem to have gained the “longevity” of Ideas set #17, NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309).

It first came out in June 1 of the previous year, but despite being retired it’s been seeing more sales appearances at one LEGO partner retailer after another. And now the latest retail brand to put a sale on the very sought-after LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309) rocket set is Walmart.

On its official listing at the Walmart website, the LEGO Ideas Apollo 11 Saturn V (21309) will go for about $119.99 per set. That’s not particularly big discount wise, but with how LEGO collectors seem to pounce on the set every time it goes on sale, interested buyers best hurry. The Waltmart listing for this sought after LEGO Ideas set is still up at Walmart as of this writing, so if you’re still contemplating to get this set I suggest that you act on it asap.

NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309)

The NASA Apollo 11 Saturn V (21309) was co-created by Austria’s Felix “saabfan” Stiessen and France’s Valerie “whatsuptoday” Roche, prominent members of the LEGO Ideas submission platform who have since continued to put forth new product ideas for support and review to become official LEGO sets.

LEGO Ideas First 2018 Review Stage Begins with Ten Candidates

It has been an event that’s been hyped so many times before in previous posts here on The Brick Show. For every instant that a new submission on LEGO Ideas achieved the coveted 10K support milestone, we reminded you of what’s coming. And finally, it has. The candidates are assembled.

As the LEGO Ideas Third 2017 Review Stage finally winds up its work and makes ready to announce a new official Ideas set (if any), the deadline for the First 2018 Review Stage has finally elapsed, automatically starting the assessment period of the 10K-supported Ideas submissions that made the cutoff.

To sum things up, there are ten entries on LEGO Ideas that got the support of 10,000 members on the platform, that’ll be included in the First Review Stage for this year. The Brick Show has covered most if not all of the lucky submissions that we’ve listed down below.

Embraer A-29 Super Tucano

SR-71A: The Final Flight

Treehouse

Disney’s Stitch

Modular Arcade

I am Amelia Earhart

Mystery Science Theater 3000

Star Wars Acclamator-Class Assault Ship

The Flintstones

The Vintage Motorcycle of BMW R60/2

In a surprising turn of events, the last entry, a LEGO build of a BMW motorcycle, managed to get on the list despite BMW previously being included in a list of “restricted licenses” by the toy company. It can be assumed that restriction is no longer in effect.

Meanwhile, we still have to wait on the official announcement by the LEGO Ideas Review Panel as to which submission in the 2017 Third Review Stage will make the cut. Even further, there’s still no word as to the Ideas winner “Voltron – Defender of the Universe” set which passed review in August 2017. If LEGO is keeping the release date secret, the best time to reveal it would be on the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con.

LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309) To Be Discontinued?

The highly prized LEGO Ideas NASA  Apollo Saturn V (21309) may probably still sit on the top of our must-have LEGO sets of the year, but unfortunately, in spite of the relative early shelf life of this set since its release last June, the availability of the Apollo Saturn V (21309) has been notoriously close to none. True, we have the reassuring words from the LEGO Ideas Team that the set will not be retired right away given that it has only been three months in circulation since its release on June 1st. There were also moments when the NASA Apollo Saturn V set has been available at LEGO shop@home on very seldom occasions. However, the obvious unavailability of the set for weeks has cast a shadow of a doubt on the truth behind the availability of this highly sought after set.

LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309)

For weeks already, shop.LEGO.com has always returned a ‘Temporarily Out of Stock’ message each time a query has been made for this set. Similarly, LEGO Brand and Certified stores have been informing customers about the indefinite date of 21309’s arrival in their respective stores. In search for answers, our friends from Promo Bricks decided to dig deeper and was able to have a privileged conversation with an undisclosed LEGO Product Manager. This may sound very, very sad, but according to Promo Bricks, the said manager has revealed that LEGO no longer has plans of producing the highly prized set. In other words, they are now in the process of delivering and selling the last copies of 21309 that went into production.

LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309)

From the LEGO Group’s business perspective, this somehow makes sense, especially considering what a LEGO Customer Service Rep told Promo Bricks. According to the said LEGO CSR, even before a set is released for sale, there is already a pre-determined number of copies that each set is expected to have. This number is not usually revealed to the public, and the sets are produced in batches. When the demand exceeds the pre-determined supply eventually, then better expect delivery delays and ultimately the set’s cancellation. Furthermore, given the long lead-times needed to produce such great sets like the LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309), it is very impractical to produce more sets just for a short-term supply. Simply put, the NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309) set is hugely popular and a solid success that LEGO could no longer supply the growing demand.

But then again, these are just assumptions that we have based on currently available information. Perhaps LEGO will still reconsider and we will still get to see this gorgeous set once again on store shelves. Let’s just hope for the best.

What are your thoughts about this brick fans? Let me know in the comments.

The LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309) Will Soon Be Back

More than a month has passed since the LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309) has been launched into the market, and it seems that the LEGO Ideas team never quite expected the huge demand for this replica of the iconic rocket ship. As a result, some fans are still anxiously waiting if they will still be able to purchase, while some went far to speculate that the set has been retired, or will be retired eventually, making the set’s aftermarket sales insanely expensive. As of this writing, the set is currently out of stock at shop.LEGO.com, with very limited quantities, if not, none at all at some LEGO brand stores. Historically, though LEGO Ideas sets are not really produced in large quantities as compared to other major LEGO themes, the NASA Apollo Saturn V set has proven to be so popular that limited supplies of this set were quickly sold out.

NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309)

Thankfully, Hasan Jensen of the LEGO Ideas Team has issued a statement to clarify the rumors of the LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V’s availability. Read on for Hasan’s announcement.

It has been over a month since the official launch of the LEGO® Ideas 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V set and the overwhelming popularity of the iconic rocket has unfortunately meant that some LEGO fans have not yet been able to purchase their set or have had to wait longer than they had hoped.

Unfortunately, rumors and speculation have arisen concerning its availability, which we would like to shortly address.

We Are Continuing To Produce More Apollo Saturn V Sets 
Having just launched the Apollo Saturn V set recently, we will continue to produce the set according to our scheduled plans and we would like to re-assure everyone that it has not been retired.

While the set is temporarily out of stock through our online shop, with limited quantities available in LEGO Stores, our production teams are working hard to produce more sets in order to make sure that everyone will be able to purchase their copy. This does take time however and we therefore ask for your patience. The product page on our online shop is continually updated to reflect current availability, but if you have questions regarding your order you’re very welcome to contact our Customer Service.

We would like to thank you for your continued support of LEGO Ideas, and we cannot wait to bring you more exciting sets designed by LEGO fans.

It’s good to hear that we’ll be seeing more of the NASA Apollo Saturn V sets in the future, and I hope that this will eventually settle any rumors regarding the availability of this set. The LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309) comes in at 1,969 pieces at a 1:110 scale of the original Saturn V rocket and retails at $119.99 in the US and £109.99 in the UK. For more details of this largest LEGO Ideas set to date, set co-designer Felix Stiessen gives a walkthrough on the cool features of the NASA Apollo Saturn V via an interview by Hasan Jensen at a LEGO Store in Vienna, Austria.

How about you, are you planning to get this LEGO Ideas set? Have you spotted it in a LEGO Store near you? Let us know in the comments below.

Mission Control… The LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309) Is Ready for Launch!

The long wait is finally over. After many weeks of teasing on the arrival of the largest ever LEGO Ideas set to date, Hasan Jansen of the LEGO Ideas blog site has finally broken the news. As LEGO’s 2nd Ideas set for this year right on the heels of Adventure Time (21308),  the LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309) will be available to the public beginning 1st of June. The brainchild of LEGO and space fans Felix Stiessen (saabfan) and Valérie Roche (whatsuptoday), the towering set (standing one meter high) is their personal tribute to NASA’s iconic Apollo Space Program.

NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309)

This space-bound set clocks in at 1,969 pieces which is, quite cleverly, a sort of an Easter egg for Apollo Saturn V’s successful launch on July 20, 1969. At such scale, the LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309) is currently the largest LEGO Ideas set that will be offered to the public. The LEGO Ideas Design Team was keen in rendering the set as accurately as possible, keeping it at an approximately 1:110 scale of the original Saturn V rocket with all its offload sections, lunar lander, command service module, and three, never-before-seen microfigs of NASA’s heroes:  astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins.

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The LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309) will retail for $119.99 in the US and £109.99 in the UK. Here’s the set’s product description courtesy of Hoth Bricks.

Build the first rocket to land people on the Moon!

Display and role-play with this majestic meter-high LEGO® brick model of the NASA Apollo Saturn V packed with authentic details. It features three removable rocket courses, including the S-IVB third course with the lunar lander and lunar orbit.

The set includes 3 booths to display the model horizontally, 3 new-for-June-2017 astronaut microfigures for role-play recreations of the Moon landings, plus a booklet about the manned Apollo missions and the fan designers of this educational and inspirational LEGO Ideas set.

  • Features a meter-high (Approximately 1: 110 scale) model of the NASA Apollo Saturn V with a removable S-IC first rocket internship with hand rocket engine details, removable S-II second rocket internship with rocket engine details, removable S-IVB third rocket internship with the Apollo spacecraft and rescue rocket at top of the whole spacecraft, plus 3 booths to display the model horizontally.
  • The Apollo spacecraft features the lunar lander and the lunar orbiter.
  • Also includes 3 new-for-June-2017 astronaut microfigures.
  • Great for display and role-playing the manned Apollo Moon missions.
  • Includes a booklet about the Apollo manned Moon mission and the fan designers of this set.
  • This set includes over 1,900 parts.
  • Measures over 100cm high and 17cm in diameter.