Early last year, LEGO Ideas launched a contest themed after space travel and exploration. The guiding rule for entry submissions was that the builds be “out of this world.” Ultimately the Ideas crew chose as the grand winner the creation of Ivan “bulldoozer” Guerrero. Yep, he’s the same LEGO fan builder behind the nostalgic LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street (21324) from 2020. His entry, The Adventures of the USS Cardboard, would be tapped as the inspiration behind LEGO’s next gift-with-purchase (GWP) set. After a year’s wait, we now have word from the LEGO Group. The Ideas submission-turned-GWP set now has a new name, set number, and promo period in the form of the LEGO Ideas GWP Cosmic Cardboard Adventures (40533).
Brick Fanatics reports that LEGO has released a teaser for the LEGO Ideas Cosmic Cardboard Adventures (40533) gift-with-purchase set. A single complete image was found in the official LEGO VIP newsletter. Compared to the original work by Ivan Guerrero, the official Ideas set offers a near-exact replica. The “spaceship” still looks like it was made primarily of cardboard. The bedroom walls serving as background even have nearly the same shade of blue. One notable difference is the lack of robots from Ivan’s version. But now the bedroom astronaut’s teddy bear gets a power-walker harness. All told, this looks like a keeper GWP.
LEGO VIP didn’t specify when the gift-with-purchase period for the LEGO Ideas GWP Cosmic Cardboard Adventures (40533) set will start. They did reveal that the Ideas mini-set will be available for a total LEGO purchase of $160 up. It may be too late to join the LEGO Star Wars May the 4th bandwagon. Still, Ideas GWP 40533 can’t be that far away. A bold estimate of the promo period is sometime within this May. Let’s wait for LEGO’s official word.