LEGO Ideas Hybrid Dinosaur Building Contest Announced

Just in time for the official reveal of the massive LEGO Jurassic World Jurassic Park: T.rex Rampage (75936) set a few days ago, the LEGO Ideas team posted its newest building contest that challenges fans to create their coolest, out-of-this-world hybrid dinosaur using LEGO bricks. Ever imagine a T.rex flying around on Pterodactyl wings or a huge brontosaurus with stegosaurus plating? Then get ready to pick your bricks in this LEGO Ideas Hybrid Dinosaur building contest.

From June 12 until July 17, builders can unleash their wildest dino brick creation to get a chance to bring home the entire line-up of 2019 LEGO Jurassic World sets. The Grand Prize winner will win the following:

Two Runner-Up winners will also be chosen, and each of them will bring home the 3,120-piece T.rex Rampage (75936) set. Same as with previous contests, both physical and digital entries are allowed using either LEGO Digital Designer or other third-party LEGO CAD software such as Studio or Mecabricks. What is nice about this contest, in particular, is that builders are allowed to include generic or LEGO Jurassic World minifigures. However, bear in mind that other third-party licensed minifigures are not allowed.

Be sure to visit the LEGO Ideas Hybrid Dinosaur building contest page to know more about the contest details and other guidelines. Happy building!

 

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Be the Bedrock Building Champ With This Next LEGO Ideas Contest

The LEGO Ideas Team launches another c0ntest that will push your creative bricks back into prehistoric times. With the release of the LEGO Ideas The Flintstones (21316) set, comes another building contest that encourages fan builders to be the ultimate Bedrock building champ by coming up with the coolest brick-built Bedrock invention in this next LEGO Ideas contest.

The LEGO Ideas Transform Your LEGO Bricks Into Wacky Bedrock Inventions contest submission phase will run from June 6 to July 10 where contestants can come up with their most creative and funny  MOCs based on the wacky world of the Flintstones. Same as previous LEGO Ideas contests, submissions can either be that of physical or digital builds, with additional enhancements using your photo editing software of your choice.

Next LEGO Ideas Contest
The Grand Prize winner will receive all these goodies and the bragging rights in becoming the Bedrock Building Champ.

And to make this building contest more exciting, the LEGO Ideas Team has thrown in an impressive collection of prizes for the would-be Bedrock Building champ. The Grand Prize winner will receive a tote bag filled to the brim with all the 2018 LEGO Ideas sets namely, Voltron (21311), Ship in a Bottle (21313), TRON: Legacy (21314) and the Pop-Up Book (21315). Plus he or she will also receive the LEGO Ideas The Flintstones (21316) set, a shop.LEGO.com store shopping credits worth $300 USD, and a one-of-a-kind LEGO Ideas trophy build exclusively for this particular competition.

Next LEGO Ideas Contest
There will be two (2) runner-ups that will receive these awesome prizes.

Two (2) rummer ups will also be selected where they will both receive the LEGO Ideas Voltron, Pop-Up Book, and Flintstones sets, a LEGO Shop@Home shopping spree worth $200 USD and a LEGO Ideas tote bag.

Be sure to review the entire contest rules right here for more information. Winners will be announced on July 31. A happy yabba-dabba-doo building to everyone!

 

LEGO Ideas Space Rocket Ride (40335) Promotional Now Available

It’s official – LEGO has now revealed how we can avail the LEGO Ideas Space Rocket Ride (40335) over at LEGO Shop@Home and at our local LEGO Store. LEGO has released the official images of this winning set a few days ago and has now made this next promotional set available for all.

If you recall, this set from fan builder mjsmiley was chosen as the winning entry in the LEGO Ideas LEGO Moments in Space contest. This was the very first LEGO Ideas contest devoted in coming up with a fan-inspired, gift-with-purchase set. And in keeping up with LEGO’s recent focus of introducing space-themed sets, the LEGO Ideas Space Rocket Ride (40335) can now be yours for free for a minimum, single receipt purchase of any LEGO set worth $99 USD and above from June 5 to 18, or while supplies last.

Valued at $12.99 USD, this gift-with-purchase set comes in at 154 pieces and features a minifigure kid, a rotating crank that allows the rocket ship to move up and down, and a coin slot with some printed coin accessories. Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect from this freebie, and be sure to check with shop.LEGO.com on this set’s availability.

 

LEGO Ideas Space Rocket Ride (40335)

154 pieces, valued at $12.99 USD.

FREE Exclusive Space Rocket Ride with purchases over $99 USD.

Take a ride back in time with this LEGO® Ideas Moment in Space competition winner—the retro-themed Space Rocket Ride. Place a coin element in the slot and turn the sprocket to operate the ride. Includes a minifigure.

Space Ride Rocket (item 40335) offer is valid on shop.LEGO.com and at LEGO Store. Offer valid from 06/05/19 through 11:59pm EST, 06/18/19 or while supplies last only. Qualifying purchase must be equal to or greater than $99 / $1800 (MX) in merchandise only; any applicable taxes, shipping charges, or value of gift cards purchased do not apply to merchandise total. Offer excludes Bricks & Pieces and backorder items. Cannot be applied to previous purchases or combined with any other discount, offer or free gift. One free set per household. Item is valued at approximately a $12.99 (US) / $16.99 (CA) retail value and cannot be exchanged or substituted for any other item or cash value. Item is available exclusively through this offer; additional sets cannot be purchased. Offers not valid at LEGOLAND® Parks or LEGOLAND Discovery Centers. The LEGO Group reserves the right to cancel or modify these promotions at any time without advance notice.

 

The International Space Station Will Be The Next LEGO Ideas Set

After more than 2 weeks of gathering support from the LEGO fan community, the winner of the LEGO Ideas Extraordinary 10 Year Anniversary Fan Vote has been finally revealed. Since May 20, four wildcard entries were selected to vie to become the next LEGO Ideas set on the basis of popular fan support. And although it is with a heavy heart that my favorite blue alien was not voted to be the top choice, I am still glad that the winning entry will give more value to LEGO’s revamped LEGO City Space theme. A big congratulations to the International Space Station by XCLD, for garnering a total of 10,438 votes and now on its way to becoming the next LEGO Ideas set!

International Space Station

With a total of 45.6% share of all the votes cast during the voting period, the International Space Station by XCLD is now on its way to becoming the next LEGO Ideas set which is set to launch in 2020. If there’s any consolation for me and for the rest of those who wish to see Tyler’s (aka legohaulic) creation, I’m glad to see that Disney’s Stitch got the second highest number of votes with 5,739 votes, followed by Sega Classic Arcade Machines by SpacySmoke with 3,788  votes, and Small YELLOW by Nathan Sawaya with 2,924 votes.

In a way, the International Space Station represents what the LEGO community has been looking forward to in a very long time. With the recent announcement of the LEGO City Space sets, together with the LEGO Creator Expert NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander (10266), the International Space Station is like a sort of cherry on top for LEGO Space fans. It is the pinnacle of space exploration and I’m sure that the LEGO Ideas design team will come up with its best version of this winning build.

Again, congratulations to XCLD for a sweeping victory and to all the other contestants who participated.

The LEGO Ideas Second 2019 Review Stage Now Includes Thunderbirds Are Go and Gravity Falls Mystery Shack

In an almost back-to-back triumph, two additional LEGO Ideas projects have now gathered the necessary votes to qualify for the Second 2019 Review Stage. Following the success of the UCS Space Shuttle Atlantis, this original build is now joined by the LEGO Ideas project Thunderbirds Are Go by AndrewClark2, and Figura’s Gravity Falls Mystery Shack.

Thunderbirds Are Go is another LEGO Ideas project from the creative mind of two-time LEGO Ideas winner Andrew Clark. This is the third time that Andrew’s MOC has achieved the coveted 10K support, with his first two projects eventually becoming official LEGO Ideas sets: Doctor Who (21304) and The Flintstones (21316).

The LEGO Ideas project Thunderbirds Are Go is based on the popular British animated series launched in 2015. It takes its cue from the classic Supermarination animated series from the 1960s, giving it a modern twist to appeal to the current generation of sci-fi kid fans. This set features the Thunderbird 2 with its foldable legs, wings, and landing gear plus two smaller vehicles: the Thunderbird 4 and The Mole. It also features the microfigures of the show’s main characters: John, Alan, Scott, Virgil, and Gordon Tracy. Andrew’s choice of using microfigures somehow gives a sense of scale to the entire build.

Second 2019 Review Stage

The next qualifier for the Second 2019 Review Stage is something that is inspired by the Disney XD series, Gravity Falls. It features the show’s main crib, or should I say more of a tourist trap, The Mystery Shack. Here’s a brief description of what we can expect from this brick rendition by LEGO builder Figura.

Come visit Gravity Falls and join Dipper and Mabel in discovering all the mysteries their Grunkle Stan might be hiding from them inside the Mystery Shack.

  • The ground floor features the museum, the gift shop including a curious vending machine and the living space
  • The first floor holds a secret room including some furniture and a dubious carpet
  • The top floor has Dipper’s and Mabel’s shared bedroom as well as various items of mystery – imparticular a book with the number 3 written on it
  • The outside areas show three different porches (the one by the rear entrance including Stan’s couch), the parking lot and the bottomless pit, which apparently is bottomless
  • Parked outside is the little golf cart, which helps Dipper and Mabel escape the monstrous dangers of the surrounding forests
  • Contains 5 minifigures: Dipper, Mabel, Stan, Soos, and Wendy as well as Waddles

To reach all areas of the shack the floors can easily be separated or – for even quicker access – you can fold open the roof. The roof above the gift shop can also easily be lifted. Many of the details and furniture can easily be removed and rearranged to allow different settings.

These 10K-qualifiers now join the ranks of the UCS Space Shuttle Atlantis to be included to the LEGO Ideas Second 2019 Review Stage. Hot on their heels is another original creation by one of my favorite builders: JKBrickworks’s The Pursuit of Flight. If it will make the cut, then this might be Jason Allemann’s third potential LEGO Ideas set following the success of 2016’s LEGO Ideas Maze (21305) and the more recent LEGO Ideas Pop-Up Book (21315).

LEGO Ideas Space Rocket Ride (40335) Official Images Released

After making a brief appearance in April at a LEGO Certified Store in Croatia, we now have our first official images of the LEGO Ideas Space Rocket Ride (40335). If you recall, this particular set is inspired by the winning entry created by LEGO fan builder mjsmiley for the LEGO Ideas LEGO Moments In Space Contest. The contest intends to inspire LEGO fan builders to come up with their own version of LEGO’s next promotional set. Take a look at the following images.

LEGO Ideas Space Rocket Ride (40335)

The LEGO Ideas Space Rocket Ride (40335) is intended to be the next gift with purchase (GWP) set, though the promo mechanics on when and how to avail this set has not yet been disclosed by LEGO, though we can assume that this promotional item might be released next month. Perhaps as a GWP set when you purchase the LEGO Creator Expert Apollo 11 Lunar Lander (10266)? We just have to wait and see.

This set comes in at 154 pieces and in spite of its small size, features a couple of play features such as a rotating crank that allows the Space Rocket to move, a coin slot, and child minifigure with a classic LEGO Space logo printed on its torso.

My radar hasn’t picked up yet where this promotional item will be offered, but you can be sure that I’ll be giving you updates once more info comes in. As someone who collects exclusive GWP sets, this one is certainly on my must-have checklist in spite of the slight controversy that surrounded it a year ago. Special thanks to Promobricks for sharing these images.

********** UPDATE **********

LEGO has confirmed that as a Gift with Purchase set, LEGO Ideas Space Rocket Ride (40335) will be available starting June 5. No price points have been set yet for qualifying purchases as of this publication.

 

Check Out These Winners for the LEGO Ideas Design A Virtual Floor Contest for the LEGO Tower Mobile Game

As part of promoting LEGO’s new mobile game, LEGO Tower, the LEGO Ideas Team has launched the LEGO Ideas Design a Virtual Floor for the LEGO Tower Game last March, which eventually turned out to be one of the contest platform’s most popular competitions as of to date. With over 560 entries, the judges weighed in their bets and have now chosen the final six winners that will get to take home a LEGO Creator Expert Corner Garage (10264) and LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313), plus a total LEGO Shop@Home shopping spree worth $200 USD.

These final six winners will also get the bragging rights of having their original creations converted digitally and to be integrated as an actual floor in the LEGO Tower game. Each MOC entry is specifically measured at 32 studs wide, 12 studs deep and 9 bricks tall. It should also have a door wide and tall enough to accommodate a minifigure. Each floor build must only comprise of the room itself without any minifigs included. For the rest, its all up to the builder’s imagination.

Check out these awesome LEGO Ideas Design a Virtual Floor winning entries, and be sure to spot them once LEGO’s most recent mobile app game launches this summer.

Bikeshop by CavemanBuilder

LEGO Ideas Design A Virtual Floor

 

Capsule Hotel by TOMOELL

LEGO Ideas Design A Virtual Floor

 

Dinosaur Museum by Sokoda

LEGO Ideas Design A Virtual Floor

 

Old Gold Mine by Uri Rom

 

Inside a Pirate Ship by Speckhofer Enterprises

 

Monster Room by chainsaw yu 電鋸鋸鋸鋸

 

Though the following LEGO Ideas Design A Virtual Floor contest entries did not make the winning circle, they were build-worthy enough to deserve a special mention by the contest judges.

Cozy Cafe by ExeSandbox

 

The Clockmaker’s Study by Piece of Mind

 

Japanese Apts by BrickBot 2.0

 

As a final note, you may also pre-register for Nimblebit’s the LEGO Tower game by keeping tabs with Google Android or iOS. Take a look at this short video, followed by a brief description of the game.

Build and operate your own LEGOⓇ Tower! Construct a wide range of apartments and businesses for your Minifigure residents to live, work and play in. Visit your friends’ towers and trade items to help them build. Collect hundreds of unique Minifigure pieces and discover hidden characters. Build your dream LEGOⓇ Tower to new heights, the sky’s the limit!

 

 

LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils Skeletons Will be Our Next Official LEGO Ideas Set

After the thrilling announcement of the LEGO Ideas 10 Years Anniversary Fan Vote where we see our little, blue brick alien making a comeback as a possible LEGO Ideas set, host Ali Plumb and LEGO Ideas Associate Engagament Manager Hasan Jensen, have just announced the next official LEGO Ideas set that will hit store shelves this year. If you’re a dino fan and would love to have your very own brick-built dino museum, then be sure to watch out for Jonathan Brunn’s (aka Mukkinn) LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils Skeletons.

The Dinosaur Fossils Skeletons topped the rest of the five finalists in the LEGO Ideas Third 2018 Review Stage, besting entries such as the Chemical Plant, Food Stand Diners, Queen Victoria Cruise Ship, and the Playable LEGO Piano.  Though there is no confirmed pricing and piece count as  of the moment, this upcoming LEGO Ideas set is slated to be launched this year so we can bet that we’ll hear some words from the LEGO Ideas Design Team very soon.

LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils Skeletons

Same as in previous reviews, we have a wildcard of a set so to speak in the form of Donny Chen’s (aka SleepyCow) spot-on, brick-built replica of a Playable LEGO Piano. This intricate model of a Grand Piano is still possible to become an official LEGO set, so let’s cross our fingers and see if it will eventually receive the thumbs up from the review board.

So what do you think of this choice for a new LEGO Ideas set? Do you think its a good call? Personally, I was hoping that the Food Stand Diners will make it to the cut since it would look great besides the LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster (10261) or together with the new People Pack – Fun Fair (60234) minifigure pack for that awesome fairground themed park. Anyways, still our heartfelt congratulations to Jonathan Brunn and for his excellent LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils Skeletons!

Here’s Another Chance to See That LEGO Ideas Stitch Happen!

This is a great way to start the morning (coming from this side of my world, that is)! Just saw this on my Twitter feed where LEGO Ideas just recently opened another round of voting for previously chosen LEGO Ideas projects as part of their LEGO Ideas 10 Years Anniversary – Fan Vote. Since its debut in October 2016, Tyler’s LEGO Ideas Stitch product idea has caught my attention being a fan of Disney’s little blue alien. After actively campaigning for Lendy Tayag’s LEGO Ideas Voltron, I wouldn’t have second thoughts on seeing an official LEGO Ideas Stitch standing beside my prized brick robot. However, it seems that the LEGO Ideas may have shot down my brick dream when the design team opted for the The Flintstones and The Treehouse as the winning sets for the Second 2018 LEGO Ideas Review Stage.  Imagine the agony of not seeing Stitch in all of his LEGO glory! Well truth be told, I somehow felt this coming not because that I don’t believe will turn out to be a great LEGO Ideas set, but because it might be potentially at odds with the contest platform’s product idea guidelines.

I guess my fears have been finally slayed when this time around, we can have another chance of seeing LEGO Ideas Stitch happen! Check out what the LEGO Ideas Review Team has to say.

LEGO Ideas Stitch

Why the Special Review?

This all started as we reminisced on these past years, the product ideas that had been turned into official sets and all those that hadn’t. It led to the realization that we definitely wanted to celebrate those past product ideas that hadn’t made it, for one reason or another, even more and thereby to give them a second chance. All these thoughts kickstarted the special anniversary review, where we had to determine which product ideas still had the potential to become an official set based on our usual review criteria that encompasses aspects such as brand fit, build quality, feasibility, licensing possibilities, expected demand, current and future LEGO products and much more.

The internal review of these previous product idea entries resulted in 4 finalists: we have the International Space Station by XCLD, SEGA Classic Arcade Machines by SpacySmoke (which is also one of my favs), Small YELLOW by LEGO Certified Professional Nathan Sawaya, and (drum roll please) LEGO Ideas Stitch by our very own Tyler Clites (aka legohaulic).

International Space Station

SEGA Classic Arcade Machines

Small YELLOW

Stitch 

LEGO Ideas Stitch

LEGO fans have until June 4 to vote which among these four can become an official LEGO Ideas set. The product idea that gets the most votes (cast through secret balloting) during the fan voting stage will qualify for the product development phase until we see it as an official LEGO product. What is great about this second chance is the fact that it is now entirely on the hands of the LEGO fan community to see which among these four entries will land on LEGO Store shelves.

If you desperately need to see that LEGO Ideas Stitch happen as much as I am, then let’s do Tyler a favor and head over to the LEGO Ideas page and cast your vote. If you do not have a LEGO Ideas account, then creating one is as easy as doing the Thanos Snap. Just have a valid email address ready, and then follow the on-screen instructions at the LEGO Ideas website, and please help us spread the word for LEGO Ideas Stitch by following us on Facebook and Twitter. Ohana!

 

LEGO-Volvo Ideas Contests Reveals Winning Construction Vehicle Design: the Rottweiler

LEGO collaborations with vehicle manufacturers are awesome. We’ve got some Technic sets and the Speed Champions line to prove that. You think the LEGO-Bugatti team-up that led to the Technic Chiron (and its life-sized version) was sweet? Volvo, specifically its Construction Equipment division, has done great things with LEGO too.

The encapsulation of this collaboration is the Technic ZEUX Concept Wheel Loader (42081). LEGO and Volvo CE then held a contest on LEGO Ideas last year. Contestants were asked to build their vision for the future of heavy equipment vehicles, using Technic. The winner would see their creation being considered for possible testing by Volvo.

Architect Vida Andras, age 27 from Romania, presented the winning design. It’s a multi-purpose construction vehicle with short quadruped legs ending in tracked feet. The manipulator arm has a 3D-printer, allowing it to literally make the materials needed for construction. Andras calls it the Rottweiler.

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LEGO and Volvo seem to like it well enough, out of a pool of 122 entries for the Ideas contest. One factor perhaps is that the Rottweiler’s design concept was similar to that of the LEGO-Volvo ZEUX: self-driving capability. If that weren’t a futuristic vehicle element as the contest rules asked for, then what is?

For his efforts, Vida Andras won a LEGO Technic ZEUX (42081) plus several more Technic sets depicting heavy equipment vehicles. His build, along with nine other Ideas submissions, were exhibited at the London Transport Museum. Display lasted until May 16.