ICYMI: LEGO Ideas The Ultimate Tour Building Contest Launched

The LEGO Ideas platform has launched a new building contest that allows us to build our best LEGO rendition of our Ducati dream ride. Inspired by the upcoming  LEGO Technic Ducati Panigale V4 R (42107), the LEGO Ideas The Ultimate Tour Building Contest encourages fans to envision their ultimate Ducati picture-perfect ride using LEGO Technic pieces or other LEGO bricks and pieces that we may have lying around at home.

The Ultimate Tour!

There must be a street, or place you’ve dreamed of riding an awesome Ducati through? To celebrate the Ducati being immortalized in LEGO Technic elements, we want to see where you would take your bike. It could be a real location, or somewhere you make up, and you don’t have to be on your own!

You can build your own bike from Technic elements and/or LEGO bricks and your scenery can be built out of LEGO bricks and/or Technic elements.

This latest LEGO Ideas contest had already begun last June 16 and will run until July 13. And like other LEGO Ideas building contest, the prizes up for grabs for the First, Second, and Third place winners do not disappoint as well. Check out the prizes that are up for grabs for this LEGO Ideas The Ultimate Tour Building Contest.

First Place Winner

LEGO Ideas The Ultimate Tour

 

Second Place Winner

 

Third Place Winner

 

The LEGO Technic Ducati Panigale V4 R (42107) comes in at 646 pieces and is expected to retail for $69.99 once it arrives in LEGO Stores in August. It is currently listed at LEGO Shop@Home if you want to take a look.

The Results Are In: LEGO Ideas Third 2019 Review Results Announced

After announcing their awesome giveaway the day before, the LEGO Ideas Team led by Hasan Jensen and Samuel Johnson has just announced the victors of the LEGO Ideas Third 2019 Review Results. Out of 12 qualifiers, it turns out that we can now expect three additional LEGO Ideas sets added to the theme’s roster. Check out the video of their highly anticipated announcement.

A huge congratulations to the following LEGO product ideas for making it to this elite circle:

Home Alone. McCallister’s House by  Alex Storozhuk (aka adwind)

LEGO Ideas Third 2019 Review Results

Home Alone – is a 1990 Christmas movie… Come on, you guys all know what Home Alone is! Let’s talk about what this movie has become to thousands of us around the globe. To our family Home Alone is a Christmas tradition, symbol, and very warm memories of childhood! So in this project, I and my wife Nadya tried to put as much love and details as we could!

This set consists of 3000 pieces. McCallister’s house has 2 floors full of furniture and stuff from the movie and of course, it features a mansard. There is a small tree house outside with a rope that links it with the main structure to help Kevin escape. 

The main roof and kitchen roof are removable and also the house itself is openable to let you recreate scenes and make your own stories!

Here you may see the main hall, kitchen and dining area, brick-built stairs, mom and dad bedroom, Buzz room, 2 bathrooms, storeroom.

There are 3 minifigures: Kevin, Harry, and Marv.

 

LEGO Typewriter by Steve Guinness (aka Steve Guinness)

LEGO Ideas Third 2019 Review Results

I have designed and built this replica typewriter, that has a working hand-cranked mechanism. I originally developed the idea whilst I was on the Legomasters TV show in the UK. Since then I have continued to refine the design, making a hand-cranked mechanism instead of a power functions motor that I had originally fitted. I have also had the keys printed up with letters. I believe this would make a fun and unique lego ideas project. I think it showcases the versatility of the Lego brick and would look amazing on any Lego fans desk, at home or even in the office at work!

I hope to add more updates, showing my ideas for the packaging, and giving details on how I developed the working mechanism.

I’m dedicating the idea to my wife Rachael, who is my best friend and an amazing support to me, she always believes in me and is an amazing encouragement to me in everything I do. I would love to be able to walk into a Lego shop with Rachael and my children Daisy and Obby, and see my design on the shelves 🙂

 

Seinfeld 30th Anniversary by Brent Waller (aka BrentWaller)

LEGO Ideas Third 2019 Review Results

This LEGO Ideas project celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the beloved classic 90s comedy sitcom with an accurate recreation of Jerry’s Upper West Side Manhattan apartment using approximately 900 LEGO Pieces.

It also includes 5 minifigures including Comedian and shows namesake, Jerry Seinfeld, neurotic best friend George Costanza, friend Elaine Benes, eccentric but kind-hearted neighbor Cosmo Kramer and Jerry’s arch-nemesis, mailman and neighbor known only as “Newman”.

 

Though I have to say that I was a bit surprised that the either the Winter Chalet or the Legend of Zelda product ideas did not make it to the cut, I am still happy for the fan designers behind these winning projects. The LEGO Ideas Typewriter is a technically impressive piece of work, while the LEGO Home Alone and Seinfeld sets will surely hit the nostalgic sweet spots of older LEGO fans.

It’s too early to tell on when these winning product ideas will be eventually available since the LEGO Ideas design and review teams will certainly be hard at work on these three fan projects. They also have a handful of product ideas to work on as they now enter the First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review Stage with its staggering 26 qualifiers. It will surely be a busy year at LEGO Ideas HQ.

So what do you think about the LEGO Ideas Third 2019 Review Results? Are you happy about these selections? Let’s talk about it in the comments. below.

LEGO Ideas Third 2019 Review Results Are Coming In With A Huge Giveaway

After hinting on the upcoming LEGO Ideas Third 2019 Review Results a couple of weeks ago, the LEGO Ideas Review Team has now revealed that the results for this review stage will be up in the next 24 hours. To make the announcement even more exciting for fans, LEGO Ideas Engagement Manager, Hasan Jensen, kicks off the big reveal with an equally huge raffle giveaway.

LEGO fans now have a chance of winning the impressive and much desired LEGO Ideas Pirates of Barracuda Bay (21322) by simply sending in your comment on which among these 10K qualifiers do you think will eventually emerge as the next official LEGO Ideas set.

  1. Queen: I Want to Break Free by Han Sbricksteen
  2. Seinfeld 30th Anniversary by BrentWaller
  3. The Legend of Zelda: BotW Stables by Hanwasyellowfirst
  4. Planet Express Delivery Ship by Nicola Stocchi & gabriele.zannotti
  5. Ratatouille: Open The Doors! by Brick Project
  6. LEGO Typewriter by Steve Guinness
  7. The Legend of the BIONICLE: Celebrating 20 years of Lego stories by Sokoda
  8. The Huascar by aldrin
  9. Winter Chalet by sdrnet
  10. Toronto Rocket Subway Train – Minifigure scale Electric Train by Legovader217
  11. Home Alone. McCallister’s House by adwind
  12. Clockwork Aquarium by mjsmiley
Two LEGO Ideas Pirates of Barracuda Bay (21322) sets will be given away as raffle prizes for the reveal of the LEGO Ideas Third Review Results.   

Here’s a quick overview of the contest rules.

Giveaway

We’re giving away 2 LEGO Ideas 21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay sets!

How do you win?
Let us know in the comments of either this LEGO Ideas blog post or the relevant Facebook post what you think the results of this LEGO Ideas review will be based on the 10K Club submissions shown in this blog post. We’ll draw 1 random winner on each platform from among all those who guess correctly or guess the closest either via the blog post or Facebook. (i.e. 1 winner among comments on the LEGO Ideas blog and 1 winner among comments on the LEGO Ideas Facebook post).

Deadline
We’ll close for guesses at 4pm CET (Danish time) on the 23rd June, 2020, as soon as the results are revealed.

Just don’t forget to post your comment either on the LEGO Ideas blog site, or over at their Facebook page where the above video is found, on or before the deadline at 11 AM EDT or 8 AM PDT the next day.

Truth be told, I’m really hoping for the Legend of Zelda BotW Stables product idea to push through. It will be a good indicator of things to come between LEGO and Nintendo if this product idea is pulled off, especially considering that we already have our official line up of LEGO Super Mario sets.

And while we’re still waiting for the official LEGO versions of the winners of the LEGO Ideas Second 2019 Review Stage in the form of the LEGO Ideas Medieval Blacksmith and Winnie the Pooh sets,  which product idea do you think will make the cut in the LEGO Ideas Third 2019 Review? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Third 2019 LEGO Ideas Review Results Announcement Coming Soon

After the official announcement of those who made the cut for the Third 2019 LEGO Ideas Review Stage earlier in January, LEGO designer Samuel Johnson gave a cryptic hint that leads us to believe that the big reveal for the next official LEGO Ideas set (or sets) is just around the corner. There’s no official announcement on when the results will be revealed, but the following tweet from Sam says it all.

LEGO typically makes this announcement with a dash of LEGO humor, and if there’s anything that we can take away from this tweet is that Sam will definitely be there to weigh in during the announcement and that he might actually be a pro wrestler in his spare time. But kidding aside, his tweet definitely has something to do with how the results will be communicated to fans and what entry or entries eventually earned the thumbs-up of the LEGO design team.

Here’s a quick look at the entries that made it in the Third 2019 LEGO Ideas Review Stage.

Queen: I Want to Break Free by Han Sbricksteen

The Queen: I Want to Break Free

 

Seinfeld 30th Anniversary by BrentWaller

LEGO Ideas Seinfeld 30th Anniversary

 

The Legend of Zelda: BotW Stables by Hanwasyellowfirst

Legend of Zelda: BotW Stables

Planet Express Delivery Ship by Nicola Stocchi & gabriele.zannotti

 

Ratatouille: Open The Doors! by Brick Project

 

LEGO Typewriter by Steve Guinness

Third 2019 LEGO Ideas

 

The Legend of the BIONICLE: Celebrating 20 years of Lego stories by Sokoda

 

The Huascar by aldrin

 

Winter Chalet by sdrnet

Third 2019 LEGO Ideas

 

Toronto Rocket Subway Train – Minifigure scale Electric Train by Legovader217

 

Home Alone. McCallister’s House by adwind

Third 2019 LEGO Ideas

 

Clockwork Aquarium by mjsmiley

 

The announcement is actually a bit late already, given that this is usually done in May. But given the present circumstances, the slight delay is understandable. It’s also kind of hard to tell which among these entries is somehow related to that enigmatic tweet by Sam, but I’m betting my horses on either Home Alone or the Clockwork Aquarium.

Be sure to keep your radars open for the big reveal. And while you’re at it, please do subscribe here at our blog site for future updates. Stay tuned!

Check Out the Winners of the LEGO Ideas: Your Build in the World-Famous LEGO House Building Contest

Back in April when most of us have just entered a long period of being cooped up in our homes, LEGO Ideas launched another building contest to somehow make our lockdown blues more manageable. The LEGO Ideas Your Build in the World-Famous LEGO House building contest gives LEGO fans the chance to have their builds displayed in the famed House of the Brick. As of to date, the LEGO House in Billund is still closed to the public, with a scheduled reopening date on June 22.

LEGO House Building Contest

There are two contest themes: one that focuses on a nature-inspired alternate build, and a fun, LEGO minifigure, or mini-doll scene with that distinct LEGO humor. The nice thing about this LEGO Ideas building contest is that there’s a total of 25 winners that were selected across the two categories, all of them will be receiving a signed LEGO Architecture LEGO House (21037).

And out of this pool of winners, a Grand Prize winner and 2 Runner-Ups were eventually selected coming from each of the two categories. Check out the winners below.

Minifigure Category – Grand Prize Winner

Air and Space Museum by LuisPG

LEGO House Building Contest

 

Minifigure Category – Runner Ups

Adventures At Home by CARLIERTI

 

In Search of Treasure by LukashevaInna

LEGO House Building Contest

 

Nature Category – Grand Prize Winner

Leopard Cat by ianhou_taiwan

 

Nature Category – Runner Ups

Lava Dolphin by Swan Dutchman

LEGO House Building Contest

 

Serpent Elementalis by Krakenbrix

The winning entries in the Nature Category really stand out. I love the details on the Lava Dolphin, particularly how the lava seems to flow and crack across the surface using a combination of black 1×1 tiles and cheese slopes on top of the trans-red pieces and plates. As a fan of minifigure vignettes, I love the message behind the Adventures at Home minifigure entry that captures our imaginative pursuits at home, especially now that we are forced to stay indoors.

The Grand Prize Winners from each of the categories will be receiving an impressive prize package that includes the following LEGO House exclusives, plus a LEGO Ideas set.

The Runner-Ups will also be receiving a LEGO Architecture LEGO House, and the LEGO House Dinosaurs, and the hard-to-find LEGO Ideas Central Perk (21319).

Congratulations to all the winners and keep on building!

FIRST LEGO League RePLAY 2020-2021 Set To Launch in August

LEGO Education and FIRST have unveiled the theme for this year’s FIRST LEGO League competition. The FIRST LEGO League RePLAY 2020-2021 is set to launch this August, with registration now open for interested contestants.

For those of you unfamiliar with this international competition, the FIRST LEGO League is an annual worldwide gathering of young scientific innovators from elementary to high school levels, thanks to the collaborative effort between LEGO Group’s Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen and FIRST Founder Dean Kamen. This collaborative endeavor aims to have the participants compete in basic research to solve a particular worldwide problem and propose a real-world solution using technology, innovation, and of course LEGO bricks.

For this new season, FIRST LEGO League has introduced some changes to cover a broader range of young builders and budding tech enthusiasts. It has now introduced a simplified program structure with three divisions: Challenge (ages 9-14), Explore (ages 6-10), and Discover (ages 4-6). While the branding will change, the program’s impact and experience are expected to remain the same. Through this new setup, it is expected that this year’s season will reach nearly 500,000 children, ages 4 to 16, coming from more than a hundred countries.

Check out the infographic below for a closer look at each division.

FIRST LEGO League

This year’s theme entitled GAME CHANGERS is inspired by Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Force for Change that aims to develop a generation of real-world problem solvers and innovators. Here’s a sneak peek at what to expect from this year’s season.

For this FIRST LEGO League challenges, students will be tasked with completing a challenge designed in partnership with a panel of experts using a variety of LEGO Education products, including LEGO Education WeDo 2.0, LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3, and the newest LEGO Education SPIKE Prime and SPIKE Prime Expansion set. These LEGO Education sets will be used to solve several challenges and specific obstacles as you can see from the Challenge Mat below. Additionally, for the first time ever, these LEGO Education sets are now available for purchase at LEGO Shop@Home in case you or your team is planning to join.

Take a look at some of the LEGO Education products that participants can play with to train for this annual tech competition.

LEGO Education SPIKE Prime Core Set (45678)
LEGO Education Mindstorms EV3 (31313)
LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 Core Set (45300)

Other than the FIRST LEGO League, this year’s RePLAY 2020-2021 season also includes the FIRST Tech Challenge and the FIRST Robotics Competition both of which offer a more advanced training platform that includes coding, programming using Java, and basic engineering.

Again if your team or school is interested to join, be sure to register online and select that program that best suits you.

This Next LEGO Ideas Contest Inspires Us To Build That Holiday Into That Holiday

I appreciate what LEGO Ideas did here, especially that most of us are required to stay at home. The LEGO Ideas platform has launched another contest that helps us look forward to that great summer vacation, in spite of the on-going pandemic. The LEGO Ideas Build That Holiday Into That Holiday contest is now accepting entries beginning last week, May 8. Read on for the contest details.

This next LEGO Ideas contest is kind of unique compared to other previous ones because it specifically challenges builders to limit their creation using only 150 t0 250 LEGO pieces.

Build That Holiday

Your dream holiday… What does that look like? Is it enjoying a meal with friends and family? Is it exploring coral reefs in tropical waters? In this contest, we’re asking you to come up with a small model that helps turn that holiday into THAT holiday. It could be a rowing boat to go fishing in, a picnic bench to enjoy a BBQ with. Use your own holidays or your dream holidays as inspiration!

The only restrictions are that your model should be at most 250 bricks, with a minimum of 150 bricks.

The only unlimited aspect of the contest is that you can choose any of your dream holidays to be rendered in these limited number of bricks.

And of course, the prizes awaiting the winners for this LEGO Ideas Build That Holiday contest are surely worth the time and effort. The winning entry will have the honor of being transformed into a new LEGO Gift-With-Purchase (GWP) set in the near future. And on top of this, the Grand Prize winner (to be announced on July 7, 2020) will also bring home these premium LEGO sets and goodies.

Five (5) Runner-Up Winners will also be selected, each of them receiving:

Be sure to have your bricks ready and to submit your entry not later than June 12. You may read the complete set of contest rules and guidelines right here. So what dream vacation do you have in mind? Let us know what you think and happy building!

26 LEGO Ideas Projects Qualify for the First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review Stage

I haven’t covered much of LEGO Ideas recently, so looking back at how things went during these past few weeks are certainly quite a surprise. A groundbreaking, 26 LEGO Ideas projects all qualified for this year’s First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review Stage. It’s unprecedented, considering the fact that we only get to see around a dozen entries or so every review stage.

I guess its a testament on how active the LEGO fan community has been lately considering most of us are forced to stay home during these times. Whatever is the case, I’m glad to see this many projects qualify and I’m sure it will be a considerable challenge for the LEGO Ideas Review Team to select those that will eventually come on top as the next official LEGO Ideas set. I also reckon that it will take some time before we can hear the outcome of these results, considering all the fan interviews and IP concerns that need to be hurdled.

I also have my personal selections, and I’m hoping product ideas such as the Sonic Mania – Green Hill Zone, Knight Rider- KITT or The Iron Giant will eventually become official LEGO sets. Though in the meantime, I will settle for Build Better Bricks’ excellent rendition of the 90’s popular robot. You may want to check it out as well.

I’m sure you have your own bets, so let’s take a quick look at these First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review Stage qualifiers that made the cut. Click on the links below for more details, drop us a comment, and let us know which among these is your favorite.

1. Mary Poppins, Cherry Tree Lane – Disneybrick55

First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review

 

2. Tesla Cybertruck – BrickinNick

 

3. Untitled Goose Game – A Fellow Player

First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review

 

4. UCS Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – Norders

 

5. The Train Station: Studgate – Bricky_Brick

First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review

 

6. SpaceX Falcon 9 (Saturn V Scale) – Lego_Aviator

 

7. Mini-fig Scale Project Gemini – Stevenhoward27

First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review

 

8. Retro Bowling Alley – Astronaut Avila

 

9. Indiana Jones Trilogy – BenBuildsLego

First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review

 

10. Bricks & Blooms – Bricked1980

 

11. Sonic Mania – Green Hill Zone – toastergrl

First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review

 

12. The Great Fishing Boat – EdouardClo

 

13. Knight Rider – KITT – Jimmi-DK

First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review

 

14. Snow-groomer PRINOTH LEITWOLF – redera00

 

15. The Castle in the Forest poVoq

First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review

 

16. Coraline’s Pink Palace Apartments – Hwachtman

 

17. Historically Accurate Rome – daevead

First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review

 

18. Ruined House – kirteem

 

19. Spongebob Squarepants – The Krusty Krab – ExeSandbox

First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review

 

20. Working Waterfall – with Continuous Flowing Water! – LEGOParadise

 

21. Queen – The Miracle Express – Artistic Shadow

First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review

 

22. Futurama Planet Express Headquarter, Spaceship and the Crew – ThomasW

 

23. The Iron Giant – 20th Anniversary Edition – BrettCuv

First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review

 

24. The Legend of Zelda BotW: Hyrule Castle – BrickGallery

 

25. Blue Origin New Glenn Rocket, Launch Tower & Blue Moon Lander – 1/110 Scale Set – Matthew Nolan & Whatsuptoday

First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review

 

26. Earth Globe – Disneybrick55

 

This is really quite a list, and I’m very excited about how things will turn out for this batch. The LEGO Ideas Review Team also mentioned that they are now wrapping it up for the Third 2019 LEGO Ideas Review Stage, with a total of 12 projects that qualified. I hope we can hear from them soon in the next few weeks.

Auditions for LEGO Masters US Season 2 Is Now Open!

We’re still feeling the hype with Tyler and Amy being awarded as the first-ever US LEGO Masters, and it looks like FOX is now gearing up for season 2. Yes, you heard it right – LEGO Masters US Season 2 is happening, and with it, a casting call has been announced once again via a dedicated website

LEGO Masters US Season 2

Same as before the launch of the first season of the show, would-be LEGO Masters will need to register online by filling in details (and a lot of it actually) about themselves including other relevant info that highlights their love for the LEGO brick.

You can either register by pair or solo (though the former is more desirable) and be sure to have images of your or your partner available, including five of your best ORIGINAL LEGO builds or MOCs. Be sure to also have a 1-minute video that describes what you love so much about building with LEGO and why you or your team should be considered as the next LEGO Masters. There is no particular deadline that was mentioned as of this posting, but its always better to be prompt with auditions such as this.

Couple Tyler and Amy Clites being awarded as the first-ever US LEGO Masters.

I just hope that similar to what Season 2 of LEGO Masters Australia has to offer which is already airing, by the way, LEGO Masters US Season 2 will represent a more diverse selection of contestants from the LEGO fan community.

So what do you think? Do you have the passion, skills, and creativity to become the next US LEGO Masters? Be sure to register and let us know what you think.

LEGO MASTERS is produced by Endemol Shine North America and
Tuesdayʼs Child under license from The LEGO Group, for The LEGO Group. It is aired via FOX TV in collaboration with Plan B Entertainment Holdings.

 

LEGO Masters Australia Season 2 Kicks Off Today

Season 1 of LEGO Masters US may already be over, but it seems that Australian fans of the LEGO-inspired reality show will now see more of Hamish Blake and seasoned LEGO Certified Professional Ryan ‘The BrickMan‘ McNaught as LEGO Masters Australia Season 2 kicks off today.

The highly successful collaboration between Tuesday’s Child Productions and the LEGO Group saw a huge audience viewership of more than 1.3 million all over Australia – prompting both companies to bet another season for the show. Here’s a look at this batch of LEGO Masters Australia Season 2 contestants, all vying for that sweet $100,000 prize and title to become the country’s next pair of LEGO Masters.

Andrew and Damian
LEGO Masters Australia Season 2
Image courtesy of Nine.

Age: Andrew is 49 and Damian is 43
From: Queensland
Occupation: Andrew is a music teacher, Damian is a graphic designer

Annie and Runa
Image courtesy of Nine.

Age: Annie is 30 and Runa is 29
From: Victoria
Occupation: Annie is a tea leaf reader and Runa is a scientist

Jackson and Alex
LEGO Masters Australia Season 2
Image courtesy of Nine.

Age: Both Jackson and Alex are 29
From: Western Australia
Occupation: Jackson is a multi-disciplinary visual artist, Alex is an environmental engineer

Jay and Stani
Image courtesy of Nine.

Age: Jay is 42 and Stani is 41
From: New South Wales
Occupation: Jay is an illustrator and Stani is a painter

Jennifer and Jodie
LEGO Masters Australia Season 2
Image courtesy of Nine.

Age: Jennifer is 31 and Jodie is 38
From: Queensland/South Australia
Occupation: Jennifer is a researcher and program coordinator, Jodie is a stay-at-home mom

Summer and Iona
Image courtesy of Nine.

Age: Summer is 19 and Iona is 18
From: South Australia
Occupation: University students

Tim and Dannii
LEGO Masters Australia Season 2
Image courtesy of Nine.

Age: Tim is 25 and Dannii is 26
From: Victoria
Occupation: Tim is a furniture salesman, Dannii is a casual relief teacher

Trent and Josh
Image courtesy of Nine.

Age: Trent is 38 and Josh is 27
From: South Australia
Occupation: Trent is an accountant, Josh is a school chaplain and children’s ministry worker

Here’s a video that introduces our eight pairs of LEGO Masters hopefuls. What strikes me the most is that unlike our initial batch of contestants from the first season of the show, Season 2’s contestants seem to be more diverse, representing a larger portion of the LEGO fan community. One of the criticisms that were thrown over at the show during its first season is its seemingly “unbalanced” roster of contestants, consisting of professional LEGO builders as well. I’m not familiar with this next wave of contestants but based on their video interviews, I can fairly say that they represent a much better section of the larger LEGO fan community.

The first episode of LEGO Masters Australia Season 2 will air on Nine today, April 19, at 7:00 PM (AEST).

 

Source: Nine