The LEGO Ideas Review Team has turned in the results of their LEGO Ideas 2019 Second Review Stage, and it seems that we are not getting just one but two new LEGO Ideas sets in the near future. Check out the announcement made by LEGO Ideas Engagement Manager, Hasan Jensen, and LEGO Ideas Design Manager, Samuel Johnson via Facebook live at 4PM CET.
Though I was a bit far-off from my predictions of what these next LEGO Ideas sets will be, I’m glad to see that the Medieval Blacksmith product idea by LEGO fan designer Clemens Fiedler (aka Namirob) was eventually chosen to become an official LEGO set. I like the direction where LEGO seems to be going with their selections within the LEGO Ideas platform. Though it may not be a medieval castle in itself, the LEGO Ideas Medieval Blacksmith set is a shout out to LEGO’s classic Castle theme that many adult fans are longing to be revived. And with the upcoming LEGO Ideas The Pirate Bay now in the works, we can see how these sets can evoke a certain feeling of nostalgia among AFOLs. Plus, the design on this set clearly demonstrates the superb building skill of its fan designer – the building style (the roof and chimney are absolutely gorgeous), choice of colors, landscape, and interior details all combine to bring out one display-worthy set.
This one caught me by surprise, though it was in a way expected given the longstanding partnership between LEGO and Disney. Winnie the Pooh by Ben Alder (aka benlouisa) is the next upcoming LEGO Ideas set that we can expect sometime next year. A.A. Milne’s classic children’s story, now immortalized by Disney, is finally getting an official LEGO set complete with all the characters that we learned to love since our childhood days. The set includes the 100 Acre Wood, the place that served as a home for Winnie the Pooh together with his friends, Piglet, Tigger, Rabbit, Eeyore, and the ‘wise’ Owl. What makes the LEGO Ideas Winnie the Pooh set exciting is the possibility of having new minifigure characters, molds and pieces that will render them as close to how they look like in the Disney animated film.
Unfortunately, the LEGO Ideas Review Team ultimately decided to forego Stephanix’s Anatomini project. The reasons were not specifically stated, except for the fact that it may not have met LEGO’s standards with regards to “playability, safety and fit with the LEGO brand”.
With the announcement of the LEGO Ideas 2019 Second Review Stage results now out of the way, we can now expect the Third Review Stage to wrap up in summer as well. These twelve product ideas manage to gather the needed 10,000 fan support or votes from September 2019 to January of this year. It’s exciting to see what the outcome will be on this one, especially considering the licensing issues that the review team needs to hurdle for some of these projects.
And with the approval of the LEGO Ideas Medieval Blacksmith and LEGO Ideas Winnie the Pooh, we can now expect five LEGO Ideas sets to appear in store shelves very soon including my personal favorite the LEGO Ideas Sesame Street, the LEGO Ideas The Pirate Bay, and the LEGO Ideas Playable Piano.