Build the Construction Machines of the Future With LEGO Ideas

Though the submission of entries for the LEGO Ideas Contest – Create Your Most Imaginative Voltron Scene is almost at its end by September 24 next week, the LEGO Ideas Team has launched another contest that challenges LEGO Technic fans to Build the Construction Machines of the Future. LEGO, together with Volvo Construction Equipment invites LEGO builders and futurists to come up with their visions of constructions machines using but of course, LEGO pieces. Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect from this latest brick-building contest.

BUILD THE CONSTRUCTION MACHINES OF THE FUTURE!

Build the construction machines of the future! We’ve teamed up with LEGO® TECHNIC and Volvo Construction Equipment to invite you to build the construction machines of the future – either autonomous or not! What will these construction machines look like, what tasks will they perform? Show us your design of what’s to come!

One Grand Prize winner will win a trip to the Volvo Customer Center in Eskilstuna, Sweden, to an unforgettable VIP test-drive of construction machines, visit to the Volvo Munktell Museum, Volvo Merchandise and LEGO Technics sets. There will also be two Runner Up winners that will get Volvo merchandise, and a collection of LEGO Technic sets.

The top 10 physical entries, to be selected by the judges, will also be invited to be displayed at the Volvo Munktell Museum in Sweden and photographed to be part of a digital campaign.

Similar to previous LEGO Ideas contests, there will be a Submission Phase from today until October 18 (6AM, EST); a Judging Phase from October 19 to November 9; and the Announcement of Winners which will be on November 21.  Other than the usual guidelines of submitting an entry made entirely of physical LEGO elements or via LEGO Digital Designer, this particular contest also stipulates that entries must consist or made up of 50% LEGO Technic parts.

Speaking of winners, there will be one Grand Prize winner and two Runner-Ups at the end of the contest. Additionally, top ten physical contest entries will be invited and put on display at the Volvo Munktell Museum in Volvo’s headquarters in Sweden. The Grand Prize winner will also get a once-in-a-lifetime experience to test-drive Volvo’s coolest construction machines in Sweden. Check out what the winners can bring home for the LEGO Ideas Build the Construction Machines contest.

Grand Prize:

Runner Up:

  • Volvo merchandise
  • The following LEGO Technic sets: 42079 Heavy Duty Forklift, 42080 Forest Machine, 42081 Volvo Concept Wheel Loader ZEUX, 42082 Rough Terrain Crane.

Be sure to take time to read the complete set of contest rules right here. For the latest LEGO Technic sets, please visit shop.LEGO.com. Happy building!

Create an Amazing Family Moment With This Latest LEGO Ideas Contest

The new and revamped LEGO Ideas platform is back with another building contest to test you brick-building mettle. After the successful launch of its first contest (post-Rebrick), Form Your Most Imaginative Voltron Scene, LEGO Ideas has announced another MOC-building competition that draws inspiration from Disney Pixar’s super family. The LEGO Ideas Create an Amazing Family Moment encourages aspiring Master Builders to come up with their most super cool depiction of what day-to-day life is for the Parr Family.

Submission of entries has already begun, and will end on October 10. Winners will be announced on November 13 over at the LEGO Ideas website. Submitted entries must be able show a day in the life of the Incredibles family using either physical bricks or a digital build using LEGO Digital Designer (LDD). Three winners will be selected – a Grand Prize Winner which will bring home $500 USD worth of prizes, and 2 Runner-Ups with $200 USD worth of goodies each.

Read on for the rest of the details of the LEGO Ideas Create an Amazing Family Moment, and if you’re up to task, be sure to visit its respective Contest Page for more details about the contest rules before you submit your entry. The LEGO Juniors Incredibles 2 sets are now available at your local LEGO brand store and at shop.LEGO.com. Happy building!

 

Create an Amazing Family Moment

What’s it like to be part of a super family? It’s probably very rewarding and satisfying to use that super strength, elasticity, invisibility or super speed to help those in need around you! Whatever it might be, LEGO® Juniors want you to build and show us your idea of a day in the life of Disney•Pixar’s The Incredibles!

It’s time to share your ideas with the community. We look forward to your contribution!

ENTRY DEADLINE: Submit your entry no later than October 10th 2018 at 6:00 a.m. EST.

How it Works

The contest will consist of 3 phases:

  1. Submission Phase – Build and submit your entry before October 10th, 2018 at 6:00 a.m. EST. We recommend submitting your entry 2-3 days before the deadline in the event we have to return it to you for changes.
  2. Judging Phase – Our judges review the entries and choose the winners by November 2nd 2018.
  3. Winners Announcement – We share the Grand Prize winner and two Runner Up winners here on LEGO Ideas on November 13th 2018!

How to Enter

  1. Build your amazing family moment using LEGO elements or a digital building tool like LEGO Digital Designer. You’re welcome to use image editing tools, such as Photoshop, to enhance your photos/presentation.
  2. Take up to five photos of your creation and submit them to the contest. Make sure to show off all angles and any features or functions of your creation.
  3. Add a title and short description.
  4. Upload your entry to the contest using the blue Submit Your Entry button found on the contest page.

Prizes

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • Movie posters signed by the filmmakers
  • LEGO Juniors Incredibles 2 sets (10759, 10760, 10761)
  • A $500 USD shopping spree on lego.com
  • Personal artwork created by Disney artists in a LEGO frame
  • A unique LEGO mosaic

Two runner up winners will receive:

  • Movie posters signed by the filmmakers
  • LEGO Juniors Incredibles 2 sets (10759, 10760, 10761)
  • A $200 USD shopping spree on lego.com

Details of the Bricklink AFOL Designer Program Officially Revealed

After Bricklink released a teaser on their upcoming partnership with LEGO, many within the LEGO community were curious on what the hubbub is all about. Dubbed as the Bricklink AFOL Designer Program, this Bricklink-LEGO partnership aims to “celebrate creativity by realizing AFOL designs with truly original themes”. A lot has been said about what this program may all be about, and as promised, Bricklink announces the details on what to expect from this collaboration, and how exactly the AFOL Designer Program will work.

As it turns out, AFOLs are now given the opportunity of having their original set designs turned to an exclusive, limited edition, LEGO 60th anniversary set to be released in April, 2019. The Bricklink AFOL Designer Program has three phases: from Accepting Entries (September 18 to November 18); Crowdfunding (beginning February, 2019); and eventual Release (April, 2019).

During the first phase of accepting entries, LEGO will only be accepting digital designs made using Studio 2.0. Designs should also be non-IP based, meaning that it is something that has not been released by LEGO before. The submitted design should also consist of not less than 200 LEGO elements and not more than 2,000 elements. For more information, be sure to check the Bricklink AFOL Designer Program Selection Criteria Guidelines.

There will be a total of 20 finalists that will be selected which will be officially announced in February next year. During which, these 20 selected, final entries will be open for pre-order crowdfunding. If a particular entry is able to meet its financial goal, then it’s on its way to become a limited edition LEGO 60 Years Anniversary set which will be exclusively available via Bricklink starting April next year.

Remember: all entries must be submitted in digital format using Studio 2.0 which you can download right here. Be sure to check the fine print and other important details mentioned in the rules page. May the best build win!

 

LEGO Ideas Announces 10 Project Qualifiers for its Second 2018 LEGO Ideas Review Stage

The Second 2018 LEGO Ideas Review Stage has finally drawn to a close, and with it are 10 qualifying projects that will pass through the intense scrutiny of the LEGO Ideas Design Team to become the next official LEGO Ideas Set. The deadline for reaching the 10K fan votes ended at 12AM of September 3 (CET) with the last finalist, the custom Mexico City Architecture set, being the last qualifier to join. These are the projects that were able to gather the support of 10,000 fans from May 2018 to September 2018. So let’s look back once again and see what sets the LEGO Ideas Review Team will deliberate about. From us here in the Brick Show Team, congratulations to all the finalists!

  1. SpaceX Falcon Heavy by khehmeyer

 

  1. International Space Station by XCLD

 

  1. SpaceX – The Ultimate Collection by Matthew NolanWhatsuptoday

 

  1. Steamboat Willie by szabomate90

 

  1. M&M’s Chocolate Candy Dispenser by EDxAS

 

  1. Rolls-Royce UltraFan® – The Ultimate Jet Engine by DanCodd

 

  1. Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 Lego Speed Champions by AbFab1974

 

  1. Fiat 500 Fby saabfan & zannotti

 

  1. The Central Perk Coffee of Friends by Mric76

10. Mexico City & LEGO = ♥ by LegoFan_506

While this new batch of LEGO Ideas review stage qualifiers are now awaiting their turn to be reviewed by the LEGO Ideas Design Team, the result of their First 2018 LEGO Ideas Review Stage is about to be announced anytime soon. We are proud to have Tyler’s LEGO Ideas Stitch project to be considered as one of the finalists in this group, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed to see if we will see an actual brick-built Stitch anytime soon.

Custom Mexico City Architecture Set Joins the LEGO Ideas Second 2018 Review Stage

A new product idea on the LEGO Ideas platform has received the coveted 10,000 supporters needed to be eligible for Review, and with its addition to the Second LEGO Ideas 2018 Review Stage, that batch of 10K-ers has become well and truly varied distinction. Much like the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 submission by AbFab1974, intended to join the established Speed Champions line, this product idea by Francisco Escobar (aka LegoFan_506) was designed in the convention of another LEGO product lineup. This custom Mexico City Architecture set now joins the rank of other projects that are eligible for the LEGO Ideas Second 2018 Review Stage.

LegoFan_506 replicated four (technically five) important landmarks in his custom Mexico City Architecture. These includes: the Angel of Independence statue on pillar, National Palace plus Constitution Plaza, Fine Arts Palace, and Latin-American Tower. Here’s what Francisco has to say about his product submission.

Each building I chose not only represents the most iconic structures at Mexico City but also different periods of time, culture and historic moments. They involve from the pre Conquest Period to modern times:

  • Constitution Plaza or “Zócalo” (since the time of the Aztecs). The People and Tradition. The heart and symbol of Mexico and its people. It´s Main Square is where countless persons join to celebrate events or festivities around Mexico flag.
  • National Palace (1522-1526). Union, Leadership. Headquarters of the federal executive in Mexico. It represents importance of the meeting of cultures, the blending of Spanish and Aztec.
  • Angel of Independence (1900-1910). Independence and love for their country. An iconic monument that represents the heroic struggle of Mexican people to decide and make their own path in the world.
  • Latin-American Tower (1948 – 1956). Leadership, hard work, and innovation. The once tallest building in Iberoamerica, it points out the achievements of Mexico hard work and role in the world.Palacio de Bellas Artes or “Fine Arts Palace” (1904-1934). The best expression of culture and arts in Mexico. It is a symbol of the incredibly rich Mexican culture and its arts contribution.

Francisco Escobar’s custom Mexico City Architecture set product idea is the last 10K passer to get into the LEGO Ideas Second 2018 Review Stage. It’s in strong competition from other 10K entries that include various space sets, to car models, and more.

New shop.LEGO.com Pages Launched for Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Slovakia and Slovenia

It can be said that a country has become a viable customer market for LEGO is when they have their own regional version of shop.LEGO.com on the official website. That ensures the delivery of your product of choice, plus adds the comfort of a webpage translated in your native language.

Before this week, shop.LEGO.com had dedicated pages for 24 countries, some even with their own translations (for example, shop.LEGO.com Luxembourg had English, French and Dutch versions). Recently however, LEGO has announced the opening of online shopping for five new European countries: two in the Baltic, two more in the Mediterranean, and one in Central Europe.

As of today, there are official shop.LEGO.com pages for Slovakia, Greece, Slovenia, Latvia and Estonia. These being in the preliminary stages, only English versions are available. But to celebrate the fact that the pages for five countries are up and running, LEGO is holding a contest for their new customers.

With the sites online, LEGO fans from those regions that make a purchase on their shop.LEGO.com, or at least send an email to WinaFlag@LEGO.com, from August 23 to September 30, will earn a chance to win a special-edition buildable flag of the new countries in the LEGO family. They’re rare alright, not even for sale.

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Slovakians, Estonians, Slovenians, Latvians and Greeks who mean to join this promo via email, need only to include their name, postal address, phone number to contact, and email address. The LEGO buildable flags measure 72cm x 48cm, and are textured.

LEGO Ideas Challenges You To Create Your Most Imaginative Voltron Scene

In case you don’t know yet, LEGO’s widely popular fan contest site, LEGO Rebrick, is now merging with LEGO Ideas to be next fan-based and crowd sourcing online platform rolled into one. So in case you have previously submitted entries on LEGO Rebrick, it will be wise to back them up since the site will no longer be accessible beginning September 1. With that out of the way, we now have our very first open contest inspired by the new LEGO Ideas Voltron (21311) set, and now hosted on the new LEGO Ideas site: the LEGO Ideas – Form Your Imaginative Voltron Scene.

Imaginative Voltron Scene

Have you ever dreamed yourself into the fascinating universe of Voltron? We most certainly have! There are so many epic scenes that stimulate our imaginations of life beyond Earth. Here’s your chance to bring it all to life in LEGO bricks, as the LEGO Ideas team is looking for you to show us your most imaginative interpretation of one of the locations in which your favourite Voltron lion was found after all the lions were sent away into hiding for 10,000 years by King Alfor.

This contest challenges builders ages 13 and above to come up with their most imaginative Voltron scene for one of the five iconic lions that forms the mighty Voltron. The idea is to design a specific location or scene, bearing in mind the unique characteristics of each of the lion and the elements in which they are associated with – the Black Lion with the element of metal, Red Lion being found in the forest and connected with the element of fire, the Green Lion which is hidden in the forest and associated with all forms of life, the Blue Lion lying deep underwater and connected with the element of water, and the Yellow Lion hidden under rock formations and associated with the element of earth. Like with LEGO Rebrick, entries can either images made from actual LEGO sets (following the rules set forth by the contest organizers), or digitally made via LEGO Digital Designer.

Submission of entries for the most imaginative Voltron scene has already begun and will end on September 24. There will be one Grand Prize Winner and Two-Runner Ups which will be announced on October 30. The Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • One LEGO Ideas Voltron Defender of the Universe (21311) set signed by the LEGO Designer
  • A $500 USD shopping spree on LEGO.com
  • A stash of elite Voltron merchandise which includes a Voltron Backpack and a Voltron Team Force Membership Kit

Each Runner-Up will also bring home one signed LEGO Ideas Voltron Defender of the Universe (21311) as their prize and trophy.

Be sure to keep tabs with the latest updates on the LEGO Ideas: Form Your Imaginative Voltron Scene contest by visiting their new contest website.

Check Out the LEGO Store September 2018 Calendar

The LEGO Store September 2018 Calendar is now available online, and it comes with a handful of LEGO Harry Potter and Friends promotionals, plus a plethora of new LEGO sets to watch out for. I am particularly interested on what exclusive VIP sets will be offered from September 13-30, which, as rumor has it, will be the LEGO Star Wars Cloud City UCS (75222). Fans of the LEGO Star Wars theme have always felt that this is one long overdue set so it is kind of exciting to see what LEGO has in the works on this one. The other exclusive LEGO VIP set is a complete mystery, and as always LEGO will be most likely keeping us guessing until the end of this month.

For the time being, let’s break down the details of the LEGO Store September 2018 Calendar and see what we can find.

LEGO Store September 2018 Calendar

September 1: Get the new exclusive LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (71043).

September 1 – 20: Free LEGO Friends Friendship Rings with LEGO Friends purchases over $25.

September 1 – 30: For the whole month of September, LEGO VIPs get double points on the LEGO Friends Friendship Box (41346) and The Big Race Day (41352)

September 1 – 30: Escape the Forbidden Forest.

Stop by the LEGO Store to build a magical car with special powers and race through the Forbidden Forest. Beware of spiders and get to Hogwarts as fast as you can.

September 11 – 12: The Monthly Mini Model Build for the September is a Glider (40284).

To avail this freebie, LEGO VIP members need to register at shop.LEGO.com/Minibuild-registration beginning August 15.

September 13 – 30: LEGO VIPs get Early Access to two NEW exclusive LEGO sets.

September 19: Build a Magical Wand!

Come to the LEGO Store and build your very own magical wizarding wand! You can then take home your wand model, for free! Registration is on a first come, first served basis and quantities are limited. Sign up in store or by phone starting September 1st.

 

LEGO VIP Members Now Has The Chance To Live The Ultimate James Bond Experience At 007 Elements in Austria

Thinking how it’s like to be a 007 Agent? Then LEGO VIP members are in for a treat. From July 18 to August 12 and in celebration with the recent launch of the LEGO Creator Expert James Bond Aston Martin DB5 (10262) set, LEGO VIP members now have the chance to join the ultimate James Bond experience sweepstakes where winners can relive the story of how the newer James Bond films were made at the 007 Elements exhibit in Sölden, Austria. All you have to do is register via the contest’s online portal and enter your pertinent details. There is no qualifying purchase needed in order to join.

ultimate James Bond experience

The 007 Elements exhibit in Austria is the new James Bond cinematic installation built on top of Mount Gaislachkogl in Sölden, Austria. The ultimate James Bond experience exhibit, which is due to open this winter, will feature the signature elements of the more recent James Bond films such as Skyfall and Spectre. Though the focus of the exhibit is more on the modern day James Bond films, it also promises to feature some of the iconic elements from previous James Bond titles and franchise.

One grand prize winner will be announced on August 19 where the winner will be informed via email. Here’s what the winner can expect:

  • Travel package consisting of a trip for four (4) individuals to Austria. It includes round-trip coach class air transportation for winner and three (3) travel companions;
  • Three (3) nights standard hotel accommodations (single room/quad occupancy);
  • Four (4) tickets to the 007 ELEMENTS exhibition, the world’s-first cinematic installation dedicated to James Bond (a minimum age of twelve (12) years is recommended for the visit to 007 ELEMENTS);
  • Two (2) days ski passes including ski rental equipment and private lessons for four (4).
  • Over-all prize value is approximated at $15,000 USD.

If re-living the 007 Agent action is included in your bucket list of things to do, then be sure to join this contest and take the shot of being one of the very first visitors at the 007 Elements exhibit. Be sure to take note of the content’s duration period from 10:07:00 BST of July 18, 2018 until 23:59:59 BST of August 12, 2018, and read all the contest’s terms and conditions. For more information about the 007 Elements exhibit, you may visit their blogsite right here.

 

LEGO Ideas Project Steamboat Willie Achieves 10K Votes

After 2 years of gathering fan support and approval, we now have our next candidate to qualify for this year’s LEGO Ideas Review Stage. We followed Steamboat Willie’s development since 2016 and it caught our eye because of the Disney legacy that it alludes to. This LEGO Ideas project by szabomate90 pays tribute to early attempts of Walt Disney to bring cartoon animation to the masses, and now the LEGO Ideas Project Steamboat Willie has garnered the necessary 10K fan support in order to qualify for the 2018 LEGO Ideas Review Stage.

LEGO Ideas Project Steamboat Willie

Coming in at 156 LEGO pieces, the set features the iconic Steamboat Willie in its classic monochromatic color scheme, with a similarly colored LEGO Mickey Mouse minifigure. Though I’m glad that this set has made it this far especially after two long years of waiting, I’m quite skeptical if this project will gain the approval of the LEGO Ideas Review Team considering that policy changes in the LEGO fan platform requires that all submitted projects must not be a part of any existing LEGO themes. Since LEGO already has an active of Disney-inspired sets, and even has an existing LEGO Mickey Mouse collectible minifigure, I’m not really sure if Steamboat Willie will make it to final cut.

LEGO Ideas Project Steamboat Willie

LEGO Ideas Project Steamboat Willie

LEGO Ideas Project Steamboat Willie

Here’s szabomate90 with more info on his LEGO Ideas Project Steamboat Willie, followed by a feature video about this entry.

Steamboat Willie is the first fully synchronized sound cartoon directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks.

It was the debute of Mickey Mouse in a cartoon the first to be distributed and the third to be produced.

So as an animator and a Lego fan I’d like to pay my respect to that marvelous production, which since was created then inspired a lot of talented artists.

Because Disney Minifigures arrived, I have the luck to create a Mickey Mouse related set with him as well. In addition I repaint the figure to match the original 1928’s appearance.

The model designed to be tiny, easy to build and playable. You can put Mickey Mouse inside the boat also you can play with the cranes.

The LEGO Ideas Project Steamboat Willie is the fourth LEGO Ideas Project that qualifies for the next LEGO Ideas Review Stage together with the International Space Station, SpaceX – The Ultimate Collection, and SpaceX Falcon Heavy.