HarrisBricks’ “Downtown Records” Hits 10-K Support on LEGO Ideas

After looking at a couple product ideas garnering support last week, we have another 10-K passer on LEGO Ideas. We know we’ve tried in the past to peg the common trend of submissions to the then-current Review Stage. But we at The Brick Show can certainly see that this Third 2021 Review Stage is all about the buildings. The new 10-K support submission from HarrisBricks reinforces this.

We can also observe that the product idea in question goes for LEGO “authenticity.” Its modular design makes it look right at home with LEGO City. And every neighborhood needs a music store.

Downtown Records” by HarrisBricks looks like an official LEGO City modular set already. We’re looking at a two-floor building, each serving its own function. The ground floor houses the titular music store, in all its retro record aesthetics.

The building is designed to serve as a street corner, allowing a tree and a newsstand on one side.

Upstairs, accessible by a spiral staircase out back, we find a neat studio apartment just as media-heavy as downstairs.

Four minifigures populate this location: the store clerk, corner newsboy, a customer, and the apartment resident. You’re probably hearing tracks playing in your head.

LEGO Ideas Third 2021 Review Stage now stands at 18 product ideas. Nine of them are buildings, many of which are from licensed IPs. Of the original creations, two look like expected LEGO sets already: Castle Outpost and The (Ninjago-alike) Dojo. Can Downtown Records coast to a passing review thanks to its LEGO City-like modular design? The Review Stage isn’t over yet, so we’ll wait.

Slekk024’s S-70 Firehawk Helicopter Needs Support on LEGO Ideas; CAL Fire and Sikorsky Are Asking

Now that we got the ball rolling yesterday, let’s see if we can find more LEGO Ideas submissions needing support. Vertical News, an online news source and marketplace for helicopters, gives us this beauty. The subject: the Sikorsky S-70, in particular the “Firehawk” variant used as a water-bomber. This helicopter’s been in use with the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection (CAL Fire) since 2019. LEGO Ideas member Adrien “Slekk024” Pecquet launched his product idea for a brick-built Firehawk in June. With about 3,000 pieces this submission promises great detail and playable mechanical functionality.

Regarding the copter the set’s based on, the Firehawk starts out as a Polish-manufactured S-70i. It is then reconfigured by United Rotorcraft stateside for water-bomber duties (featuring a 4,500-liter belly tank).

Slekk024’s LEGO rendition has the CAL Fire livery, honoring the around 13 S-70s currently used by the organization. It also comes with three minifigures: pilot, co-pilot and two firefighters. The product idea’s pretty good that both CAL Fire and Sikorsky Aircraft have given it shout-outs on their social media.

At present it has 3,738 supporters with 33 days left to reach 5,000 (and an extension towards hitting 10-K). This looks like another worthy creation worth pushing to Review Stage.

Support “It’s a Wonderful LEGO Life” on LEGO Ideas in Time for Classic Film’s 75th Anniversary

LEGO Ideas-wise, we at The Brick Show have lately covered product ideas achieving 10,000 supporters for review. The Third 2021 Review Stage needs entries after all. We’ve also covered the reveals of official sets and their releases: several in this year alone. What we haven’t done lately is feature a product idea still garnering support. A recent news item courtesy of WTAE-TV Pittsburgh brings a particularly topical submission to our attention however.

It’s an anniversary celebration, one that LEGO Ideas loves to jump on. In 1946 a movie premiered that would become an indelible American Holiday viewing tradition. It’s turning 75 years old this 2021.

We’re talking about “It’s A Wonderful Life” starring James Stewart. It’s a miracle tale of an angel helping a suicidal man by showing him a “what-if” timeline without his presence. And a father-daughter tandem of fans has translated that into a spectacular product idea. Jason and Jane Middaugh created “It’s A Wonderful LEGO Life,” that turns Bedford Falls into a brick-built Christmas Village.

The Bailey home, family car and even the bridge where George Bailey attempts suicide are all replicated. It even has minifigs of George with his wife and kids, his guardian angel Clarence, and miserly Mister Potter.

The Middaughs initially custom-built the LEGO set to display at the Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, PA. Now, their work is documented as a product idea for LEGO Ideas (twrt0es, 10K Club Member). “It’s a Wonderful Life” celebrates its 75th anniversary this December 5. Already the build is over halfway there to the 10-K support milestone. If you’re an Ideas member then let’s help this wonderful set earn its wings!

Castle Outpost by xXgGhostXx Gets 10-K on LEGO Ideas

Our most recent LEGO Ideas updates consisted of official set releases or current developments in their various contests. It’s been over a week since the last product idea to reach the magic 10,000 supporters for review. At last however, a new submission successfully got into the Third 2021 Review Stage. Theme-wise, the new entry significantly ups the brick-building representation for this batch. This submission by xXgGhostXx is also Third 2021’s second “castle” submission. If BrickGallery’s Hyrule Castle is heavy on the licensed IP, then “Castle Outpost” is wonderfully generic. You could almost see this as a classic LEGO theme throwback.

As xXgGhostXx explains in is product idea description, “Castle Outpost” is a revamp of an earlier idea of his. The original design actually still figures in the image gallery (second in the series). The changes he mentioned are evident, from the rear-left round tower to the shape of the towers’ battlements. xXgGhostXx also notes some stability improvements, though as the set images are renders we have to take his word.

The structure features a central well and stable. The towers also have interiors, serving as dungeon, armory, kitchen, and garrison. Functional rotating catapults and nine knight minifigures complete the ensemble.

Castle Outpost can be compared to the Creator 3-in-1 Medieval Castle (31120), but also does its own thing. The sheer nostalgia factor of the design, with modern functional play elements, gives this product idea a solid chance. xXgGhostXx’s work deserves its spot on the Ideas Third 2021 Review Stage. It’ll be taking on comers like Hyrule Castle, The Dojo, Steampunk Explorers and Ichiraku Ramen. Let the better-received build win.

LEGO Japan Showcases Two-Set Fusions of Sets Available on Amazon.JP

The key concept of LEGO has always been that, with any given number of bricks, one can build anything. True, most packaged LEGO sets are to build a specific building/vehicle/etc. They even have instruction manuals so that builders can assemble the pieces exactly as pictured. But ultimately, building with LEGO bricks can be one of the best outlets for creative freedom. LEGO Japan two Saturdays ago demonstrated that fact in partnership with Amazon Japan. The results of that promotional activity on social media would grab attention and ignite builder creativity.

Brick Fanatics brings us this interesting social media activity made possible by the Japanese divisions of LEGO and Amazon. The challenge: How would you combine two different LEGO set builds into a unified creation? LEGO JP’s original Twitter post (November 13, 2021) even provides an example.

The “Before” photo showcases the completed LEGO Technic Off-Road Buggy (42124) and LEGO Monkie Kid Lion Guardian (80021). The “After” photo reveals the Buggy revamped to have the Lion Guardian as a motif. LEGO Japan invites viewers to visit Amazon JP’s page, and post their own two-set fusions in the comments. Let’s go over to Amazon’s Japanese page now.

In the page, we see two LEGO Friends sets, Friendship Bus (41395) and Heartlake City Organic Café (41444). They get fused into a curious double-decker food truck.

Two Ninjago sets – Jungle Dragon (71746) and Zane’s Titan Mech (71738) – fuse into a dragon robot. It looks similar to mecha plastic models by Bandai.

The real Japanese essence of this LEGO-Amazon team-up lies in this particular build. LEGO Ideas Tree House (21318) plus Botanical Collection Bonsai Tree (10281) equals Sakura Tree House. The featured LEGO sets are mostly available on Amazon.jp, or you can just go LEGO.com. They’re very inspiring fusions, right?

LEGO Ideas Stratocaster Contest Now on Crowd Vote

Almost two months will have passed since the release of the LEGO Ideas Fender Stratocaster (21329). This set, which builds the iconic electric guitar (in two color options) plus Princeton amp, is undoubtedly a hot seller. To make things easy for collectors, LEGO Ideas launched a contest early in October. Ten lucky participating Ideas members could snag the Stratocaster set (21329). The grand winner will additionally receive not just the Ideas Grand Piano (21323) but a genuine Fender Player Stratocaster. The entry phase ended November 4. Following expert review, LEGO Ideas have put the best submissions to the Crowd Vote.

To emphasize the musical nature of this contest’s prize, LEGO Ideas selected 40 entries during their expert review. It’s a Top 40 countdown, get it? The fan vote started last Friday, November 19, and will continue until this Friday, the 26th. Take a look-see now at these lucky review passers. They’re all brick-built diorama homages to the Stratocaster and its place in rock music history. No coincidence that the 40 entries contain a lot of Jimi Hendrix. You can also spot some Beatles and Buddy Holly, or even Green Day if you want something “recent.”

Of the Top 40 submissions to this LEGO Ideas contest, ten will get the Ideas Stratocaster (21329). Nine of these will be runners-up, with the last claiming a real Stratocaster guitar (#0144502513) on top of things. If you’re a member on LEGO Ideas, why not cast your vote? The winners will be announced December 2.

LEGO Ideas Ninjago Game Contest Showcase: Watch and Vote Now

As we’ve featured before, the LEGO Ideas Ninjago 1-Button Game Challenge is one of the most technical contests they’ve held. Not many Ideas members could just program a microgame using the game engine of Unity, LEGO Ideas’ contest partner. All the same, a lot of submissions were made during the intake phase until early November. The Ideas expert review thinned these entries down to 15. These microgames now face the vote of the LEGO Ideas community for a week-long period. The winners have cool prizes waiting for them by next month. But what do these competing microgames look like anyway?

The Ideas team has that covered, thanks to this video from Unity’s official YouTube channel. Two LEGO reps and one Unity do a pick-and-play showcase of the Top 15 Ninjago 1-Button Game challenge entries. Despite the title, the theme of the microgames didn’t need to strictly be LEGO Ninjago. That means you’ll be seeing some interesting simple-to-play games in the showcase. If you’re a LEGO Ideas member, you can vote for your favorite at the official contest page here.

Your vote could decide which of these plucky microgame designers win the prize LEGO sets and paid Unity perks. Remember that each Ideas member can vote three times per contest, and only once per single entry. The crowd vote ends next Thursday, November 25, with the winners being announced December 2.

LEGO Ideas Ninjago 1-Button Game Contest to Reveal Entry Showcase for Crowd Vote

On the last day of September, LEGO Ideas launched a contest in collaboration with the Unity game engine. While primarily themed for Ninjago, the contest encouraged submissions of any 1-button-control microgame using the Unity engine. LEGO Ideas promised some sweet prize sets for the winners, including the late addition of actual Ninjago products. The “Ninjago 1-Button Game Challenge” idea intake ended this past November 4. Expert review of the microgame submissions ended today, November 18. And on this day, the voting phase for this rather technical contest finally kicks off.

LEGO Ideas and Unity plan to present a full showcase of the entries for the Ninjago microgame contest tomorrow. But already you can check out the submissions on the Ideas contest page to prepare for the crowd vote. This phase will last until November 25, with the official winners to be announced next month, December 2. Aside from the LEGO sets and Unity paid subscription/assets, winners will also get some extra fame. That’s because their creations might find themselves loaded on mini arcade cabinets soon to appear on LEGO Stores. Real-world LEGO shoppers worldwide could spend time to play the winners’ 1-button microgame masterworks. Now that just went beyond awesome.

LEGO Ideas Contest: Star Wars Holiday Brickfilm!

One can’t help but feel the Force at work if they take a look at this latest LEGO Ideas contest. From its information section at top, it officially began this past Tuesday, November 16. The IP involved: “Star Wars.” And a while ago we just covered LEGO’s reveal of two Star Wars sets releasing January next year. Yes, we’re not getting these ones until the start of next year. But surely many collectors must have formidable LEGO Star Wars ensembles. If they happen to be members on LEGO Ideas and would like to do brickfilms, then they should consider this.

In “A Galaxy of Celebrations,” there are celebrations happening across the (LEGO Star Wars) Galaxy. Your objective, should you choose to join, is to interpret certain Earth Holidays using (preferably) Star Wars elements/minifigs. It could be traditional Holidays (Christmas/Hanukah/New Year), “break” holidays (Spring/Summer), or Father’s/Mother’s Day. But if you really want to sell the “Star Wars” celebration, maybe make your production for “May the 4th.” Then, you must capture your creation on brickfilm, lasting no less than 15 seconds and no more than 30. For the final detail, you can make a silent brickfilm, or with sounds following these conditions.

Background music, if any, must be “royalty-free.” If you want sound effects, LEGO Ideas will allow you use of official Lucasfilm SFX. A library of these is now available on the Ideas server (member-access only). Note that these sounds must only be used in your planned brickfilm, and nowhere else.

What Prizes are at Stake?

The Galaxy of Celebrations contest will have two voting phases. Four entries will be chosen in the first phase, all of which will win these:

  • Republic Gunship (75309)
  • AT-AT (75288)
  • LEGO Ideas tote bag

Of the four, one lucky brickfilm will be chosen in the second vote. The winner will receive the brand-new LEGO Star Wars UCS AT-AT (75313). Two AT-AT Walkers! How can a Star Wars collector say no?

The current idea intake phase will run from now until January 13 next year. I guess you can make use of the upcoming 2022 sets if you wait. Anyway, Expert Review will last from the 13th to 27th. The First vote will start then, and end on February 3. A second review will last until the 10th of that month, with the next vote until the 17th. Wait for the winners’ announcement on February 24.

New LEGO Ideas Sonic Mania Rumor: Possible # of Pieces

Sega’s “Sonic the Hedgehog” once got LEGO representation via character-level pack in the now-defunct “LEGO Dimensions” videogame. LEGO Ideas member Viv “toastergrl” Grannell sought to change that with her product idea. Her “Sonic Mania – Green Hill Zone” passed the Second 2020 Review Stage earlier this year. Afterwards, the now soon-to-be-official set became a prime subject for various rumors. The last big batch of speculations since September included set number (21331), price (€69.99/$83.08) and release date (January 1, 2022). This previous weekend, one new little rumor was caught by Brick Fanatics.

They cite this new info from brick_clicker on Instagram, with his weekend post regarding this heavily-anticipated LEGO Ideas set. According to him, the set may now just be called “Sonic Mania” (dropping “Green Hill Zone”). Next, set 21331 will apparently be comprised of 1,125 pieces. Interestingly, while earlier rumors (care of Promobricks) pegged the set’s retail price at €69.99, the US$ pricing’s roughly similar. Other than that, brick_clicker again reiterates the New Year’s 2022 release. Barring new possible changes, the set will still comprise parts to build Green Hill Zone. Brick Fanatics did its own speculation on additional characters beyond the Sonic minifigure and buildable Dr. Robotnik/Eggman. Nothing’s concrete though.

And with that, we leave you with the reminder that the above info is mere rumor for now. We just hope LEGO will soon give concrete details on their Ideas Sonic Mania set for everyone. Oh, and the above photo is from toastergrl’s original product idea, just for possibility reference.