This Custom LEGO Stitch MOC Needs Your Support on LEGO Ideas!

It is a no-brainer to figure out why LEGO Disney’s Stitch is the gravatar of my choice here in the Brick Show and anywhere else in the web. The little guy is simply adorable, and ever since the film was released way back 15 years ago, his childlike, mischievous appeal still attracts generations of Disney fans all over the world even until today. Needless to say, Stitch is a Disney icon himself so much so that LEGO didn’t have second thoughts on including him as one of LEGO Disney’s collectible minifigures.

LEGO’s partnership with Disney saw the release of many impressive sets and collectibles such as the LEGO Disney Castle (71040), LEGO Disney CMF (71012), and one of my favorite LEGO Ideas sets, Wall-E (21303). This time, Tyler has given us another impressive MOC that, with your support, has the potential of being an official LEGO set. Tyler’s rendition of Experiment #626 has never looked so good in brick-built form, and it needs your support over at LEGO Ideas.

 

 

 

 

From Disney’s Lilo and Stitch, its everyone’s favorite genetic experiment, Stitch!

Stitch highly poseable. With 13 points of articulation he can truly capture the character and personality of Lilo’s lovable blue ‘dog’. He would make a great addition to anyone’s ohana with all the cuteness and charm and absolutely no destruction and mayhem. The overall design is quite simple making it perfect for kids and adult to build. At 7 inches tall he’d be right at home on a desk at the office or in a kid’s room. The ball joints and hinged elements make him easy to change from one pose to another. The design is also ready for adaptations like adding Stitch’s extra set of arms and antennas.

Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind, or forgotten. So don’t forget to vote and make Stitch a part of the LEGO ohana.

Tyler’s rendition of Stitch is very posabale, featuring several points of articulations that capture the little blue guy’s expressive body language and facial gestures. Its head uses a lot of joints to allow it to move at varying angles. Both the top and bottom part of its mouth are hinged so it can be posed in many ways, given that Stitch is a very expressive character.

One of the things that I like about Disney’s characterization of Stitch is his very expressive ears, and Tyler did a very good job capturing them using several pink LEGO pieces. The big, floppy brick-built ears are mounted on the head using ball joints to give the set a more realistic, organic feel.

His arms and legs are jointed as well except for its hands and fingers. However, there is still a lot of range of motion that you can experiment on with this project, especially that it’s pretty stable given its wide base.

What could be the best part of Tyler’s custom LEGO Ideas Stitch is the fact that it comes in two variants. As we all know from the film, he is not all blue and fluffy at the beginning but more like a menacing four-armed alien creature armed with laser blasters as he runs away from his genetic designers. Tyler designed his LEGO Ideas project in such a way that you can add a pair of antenna, spines, and an extra pair of limbs.

Stitch is not just an expressive character, but also has a knack for disguises as well. Tyler added some variety in this project by dressing up Stitch in his little red, space uniform as seen where he crash landed on earth. He also comes in an Elvis outfit, sporting a guitar and a surfer version complete with a surfboard, lei, and a traditional grass skirt.

 

Here’s Tyler with more on his LEGO Ideas Project Stitch. As of this posting, the project still needs 1,500 votes of approval from the LEGO community to qualify for the review period. So if you like to see Stitch as our second Disney-inspired LEGO Ideas set following the likes of Wall-E, please do support this project over at LEGO Ideas, and make this LEGO fan boy’s dream come true.

 

LEGO Announces “Build Your LEGO Ideas Logo” Contest.

Back in 2008, The LEGO Group and Cuusoo, a Japanese website, entered into a collaboration that opened a beta website. There, aspiring LEGO modelers can submit their MOCs in the hope that online fan support and LEGO staff reviews can see their work become a commercially available set.

If it did, the creator even gets a 1% royalty payment. The site was known as LEGO Cuusoo until 2014, when it was transferred onto the Chaordix online platform and got its present name: LEGO Ideas.

Since then, a number of ideas have been submitted to the site; 21 have been announced to be official and 19 of these have been released commercially. As LEGO Ideas gets ready to celebrate its first decade, they are holding a contest: Build Your LEGO Ideas Logo. As plainly stated, contestants need to create a new logo for LEGO Ideas, the medium being actual LEGO bricks, LEGO Digital Designer (LDD), or any LEGO CAD software.

The lucky winner who gets his new logo picked will receive the crème de la crème of the most popular LEGO Ideas sets released throughout the years. These are but a sampler:

  1. Yellow Submarine (21306) 
  2. Caterham Super Seven (21307)
  3. Adventure Time (21308)
  4. NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309)
  5. Old Fishing Store (21310), all signed by their respective LEGO designers.
  6. Women of NASA (21312), signed by the LEGO designer and fan designer.

Runner-ups who were “close, but no cigar” will receive the Saturn V and the Women of NASA sets as consolation, so their efforts will still be rewarded.

Criteria for the logo entries are the following:

  • Overall coolness and originality: 25%
  • Most inspired details: 25%
  • Relevance to contest theme of LEGO Ideas: 25%
  • Best use of LEGO elements: 25%

The deadline for entries is on December 15, exactly 10 AM EST. Hurry and join in on this page!

LEGO Ideas Support Recommendation: 123 Sesame Street!

UPDATE: We’ve updated this article to give credit to Ivan Guerrero for coming up with this much needed, LEGO Ideas project. 

LEGO Ideas has proven itself an effective platform for realizing the potential of many set ideas to become official and commercially available products. Some of these have become bestselling LEGO sets themselves, if the very positive reception of the LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312) is any indication of their popularity levels.

That set in question is an original idea by Maia Weinstock, but other LEGO Ideas projects could be based on existing franchises or intellectual properties. One particularly interesting idea that is currently in the initial Support Phase at the Ideas website is based on the iconic children’s show Sesame Street, and it’s looking for more likes.

The LEGO Ideas Project 123 Sesame Street set proposal in question is a depiction of the apartment building at 123 Sesame Street, wherein a number of the show’s most prominent characters – human and Muppet – reside. It was conceived by Filipino AFOL and longtime Jim Henson fan Ivan Guerrero (or  bulldoozer21 over at LEGO Ideas), who envisioned a tall and sprawling LEGO building setup, which opens to reveal its interior rooms.

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The set idea would come with 14 minifigures of  well-known Sesame Street characters, from Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, Grover, Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Oscar the Grouch, to their classic human friends Gordon, Bob and Susan. Each character either has an apartment room, or a nook in the building to hang out at.

It’s amazing just how well LEGO Ideas this proposed set translates the various Muppet sets and exterior locations used on Sesame Street to create a whole unified structure that feels like an actual apartment building where the characters live and work in.

While the proposal, if made real, would probably result in one of the largest and likely more expensive LEGO Ideas sets ever put out, it definitely deserves a chance to have the attention that the LEGO Ideas Women of NASA is having now.

The 123 Sesame Street set proposal now has over 2,000 supporters, but still has a long way to go to reach that 10,000 spot. You can show your approval by giving it a thumbs up vote up over at LEGO Ideas and clicking the Support button for the 123 Sesame Street page.

LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312) Sees Online Retailer Prices Inflating Due to Stock Running Low.

It has been nearly a week since it finally became available on LEGO stores and online, but it seems that talk is not dying down regarding the LEGO Ideas Women of NASA set (21312). This simple concept from science writer Maia Weinstock, depicting some of the pioneering female NASA staff and astronauts, along with models representing their expertise, has since become the most sought-after toy for its empowering theme.

Such has been the allure of the four-minifigure set that it has quickly sold out on online marketplaces like Amazon. As a result, partner retailers have raised its price significantly.

By the time Friday last week rolled around, many LEGO fans or interested collectors were expressing dismay on social media at the dwindling stocks of Women of NASA. In addition, they bemoan the fact that some retailers have bloated the $24.99 price laid down by LEGO to some extreme proportions.

In fact, coming into last weekend the scarcity of stock has made LEGO Ideas 21312 worth about $125.99 on Amazon Prime. Wal-Mart was even worse on Friday, November 3, with their $149.99 price, especially as they only had five units left of the set at that point. As for eBay, the cheapest Women of NASA for sale is $55, with the highest pricing at $170, both including shipping charges.

The reason for the big prices is due to the platforms of online retailers like Amazon automatically listing search results from approved third-party sellers as soon as the company’s own stock of the product in question, which they price roughly similar to the manufacturer, runs out. This phenomenon with the over-$100 prices for Women of NASA 21312 is similar to what happened with 2016’s own hottest-selling toys, the Hatchimals.

For now, LEGO continues to sell the set at $24.99 on their own website ($4.95 added for shipping), and so far they have not reported running out. Amazon promises that they will be restocked before this season ends, but no date has been specified.

New LEGO Star Wars Brickheadz Finn (41485) and Captain Phasma (41486) Available Now.

It’s always amazing whenever you think of all the licensed franchises that have joined hands with LEGO to create some of the most popular play sets, minifigures and other products that have come out with their branding on them.

One of the hottest properties to get the LEGO treatment is of course, none other than “Star Wars.” They have graced builders young and old with such remarkable sets like the Millennium Falcon and the Death Star, as well as minifigures of the franchise’s characters. Now they are bringing new additions to the BrickHeadz line at the start of the month.

LEGO BrickHeadz, large, but super-deformed statues with large heads built out of LEGO blocks, is introducing two new sets in their Star Wars corner. On November 1, along with the LEGO Ideas: Women of NASA (21312) set, LEGO Star Wars is introducing BrickHeadz sets of two characters from the sequel trilogy of Episodes VII to IX.

First up is a figure of Resistance hero Finn (41485), the defected Stormtrooper played by John Boyega. The other is a figure of Finn’s former superior in the First Order, Captain Phasma (41486). Both are depicted in Stormtrooper armor and armed with blasters. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz sets are both now available at the LEGO Shop online. Both are priced at $9.99 each; the Finn BrickHeadz has 91 pieces, while Captain Phasma comes in at 127 pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note that in the UK online store these two are joined by the Ninjago Brickheadz sets of Lloyd (41487) and Master Wu (41488) that have been online stateside for a while. Aside from the Women of NASA, other play sets that have landed in LEGO UK on the first of November include two Holiday-themed sets, the Christmas Train Ride (40262) and Town Square (40263).