Oh boy, things are getting better and better with LEGO Ideas! After almost one and a half year since our Master Builder Tyler posted his own rendition of Disney’s lovable little blue alien as a LEGO Ideas project, my personal wish finally came true. If you recall way back in October of 2016, Tyler (who goes by the name Legohaulic over at ideas.LEGO.com) toyed with the idea of rendering Disney’s Stitch in a custom set and see how fans will react if it is submitted as a LEGO Ideas project. I have previously shared my thoughts and comments about this, and true enough, it turns out that I’m not the only who share the sentiment and admiration for this particular project, with 10K supporters who gladly gave their vote to see this project become a reality.
The LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313) is generally opined to be one of the most awesome sets to come out under the LEGO Ideas process and labeling. It’s certainly one of the most photogenic and fit for shelf-top display. But while there’s a lot of praise, there’s also criticism.
The Brick Show has been following up on the LEGO Ideas platform in some recent updates, bringing you word whenever a particular fan submission has garnered the first step on its (not always completed) journey to official set status. We haven’t been disappointed yet with the project submissions reaching 10,000 votes of support.
Last month, LEGO Ideas embarked on a different kind of contest where the next LEGO exclusive Gift With Purchase (GWP) set will be determined amongst a pool of fan submitted builds. The LEGO Ideas Moments in Space contest have opened the doors to the LEGO community to be involved in the selection of the next GWP set that will be offered in all LEGO Stores, LEGOLAND and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers, and of course, at shop.LEGO.com. The period of fan submission has already ended last February 9, and crowd voting is now up, with 5 days left to cast your votes among 1,000++ entries. The timetable for this contest is relatively short, where a Grand Prize Winner, and 10 Runner-Ups will be announced on March 2. The Grand Prize winner gets to bring home 10 of the most sought after GWP sets such as the VW Mini Beetle (40252), London Bus (40220), and Snowglobe (40223) just to name a few.
Two of the most sought after, gargantuan LEGO sets are now back at shop.LEGO.com – but you have to be quick though, since you know how these things turn out eventually. 2016’s largest set – the LEGO Disney Castle (71040), and the brick buster of an Ideas set, the LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309) – are both back for retail over at shop.LEGO.com. The Disney Castle (71040) comes in as a direct-to-consumer set which, like any D2C set, can prove to be very popular. In fact, the LEGO Disney Castle managed to bag the Specialty Toy of the Year awarded by the Toy Industry Association Inc. Click on the image below to head over at shop.LEGO.com’s page for the LEGO Disney Castle (71040).