Second 2016 LEGO Ideas Review Results Announced.

Since the news of the upcoming announcement of the 2nd 2016 LEGO Ideas Review results has been slated for the end of February, many have been eagerly and anxiously waiting for their bets to happen (including myself). Earlier today, the month-long wait has finally partially ended with the proclamation of the winner as announced by LEGO’s Marketing Manager, Lise Dydensborg via the LEGO Ideas’ website.

Out of 12 projects that achieved 10,000 supports from LEGO fans during the second review qualification period between the months of May and September 2016, the results were finally revealed. The winner as it turned out, is the Women of NASA by Maia Weinstock (or 20tauri). Watch the announcement below.

The set consists of five collectible minifigures that celebrates the accomplishments of notable and accomplished women who worked for NASA such as Margaret Hamilton, Katherine Johnson, Sally Ride, Nancy Grace Roman, and Mae Jemison, all of which has contributed significantly in the field of science and technology. Each minifigure comes with a vignette-type build that shows them in their respective fields of expertise.

Frankly, the announcement came as a bit of a surprise and has received mixed reactions from the LEGO community. There are those who laud LEGO for giving more emphasis on sets that inspire budding scientists regardless of their gender, while at the other end of the spectrum, there are those who lament the fact that it is such a small set with very limited play features. However, as announced by Dydensborg, the LEGO Ideas Review board has been working hard to review and finalize its decision on another qualifier. Those who are eagerly waiting for Lendy Tayag’s (also known as len_d69) Voltron – Defender of the Universe to become an official LEGO Ideas set may have to wait a little longer since the fate of this project will be sealed once the Third 2016 Review results are in sometime in May. Admittedly, the LEGO Ideas Review Board needed more time to consider this project for various reasons.

The next batch of projects is already being assessed as part of the Third 2016 LEGO Review period. Similarly, there 12 projects being considered for this stage and the results will come out in May, together with the decision whether or not to make Voltron happen.

What do you think of the LEGO Ideas Women of NASA? Will you pick this one up once it is in stores? Still betting on Voltron to become an official LEGO Ideas set? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

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Here’s A Round Up of 2017’s First LEGO Ideas Projects Achieving 10K Support.

February is almost over and this could only mean one thing for LEGO Ideas fans: the results of the Second 2016 LEGO Ideas Review Stage are about to be announced! As we previously reported at the start of this month, LEGO Ideas’ HasanJensen promised all the nervously excited fans of the community-based LEGO fan site to stay tuned during this week to see who will emerge as the victor among 12 hopefuls, which will follow the likes of other LEGO Ideas sets such as Adventure Time (21308), Caterham Seven 620R (21307), and The Beatles Yellow Submarine (21306) just to name a few. Furthermore, there is still a lot to expect for this year since the Third 2016 LEGO Ideas Review Stage qualifiers were already announced as well.

While waiting for the official results, let’s catch up with the most recent LEGO Ideas projects that won the hearts and votes of LEGO Ideas fans. These four proposed sets officially comprises 2017’s first LEGO Ideas projects that qualify for review sometime in May.

 

The Blues Mobile by Eini (Kai Einfeldt)

This project is based on the 1980s Universal film entitled ‘The Blues Brothers’ starring John Belushi and Dan Akroyd. Both on a mission to save their beloved orphanage from shutting down, the Blues Brothers must find a way to raise $5,000 and their light bulb idea is to organize a concert. Eini’s Blues Mobile borrows heavily from the Ghostbusters’ Ecto One, with an over-sized speaker on top, and plenty of musical accessories.

 

SEGA Classic Arcade Machines by SpacySmoke

I’m a fan of classic gaming, and I owe this voracious interest of mine to Nintendo’s Classic FamiCom.  But it doesn’t necessarily mean that I haven’t set my eyes on other gaming platforms during that Golden Age of retro classic gaming. For me, one particular name that stood out other than Nintendo was the name SEGA. So imagine my excitement when I saw this LEGO Ideas project SEGA Classic Arcade Machines that features a minifig-scale version of the classic SEGA arcade games that fans like me grew up with. This entry by SpacySmoke features three particular arcade games that took the lead during their heyday: Space Harrier, Out Run, and Thunder Blade. The set also features 2 SEGA fan minifigures and the legendary SEGA game designer Yu Suzuki.

 

Dungeon Master by Ymarilego

Another gaming relic that hails from the 80s is now potentially set to be immortalized in plastic bricks, thanks to the creative ideas of Ymarilego. The popularity of this project was absolutely amazing, earning the necessary 10K votes in just almost a month. The Dungeon Master LEGO Ideas project is based on the role-playing video game with the same title, developed by Atari ST in 1987. Ymarilego’s project features the same basic elements as of the game given a LEGO twist. Similarly, there are plenty of options on how to build this set depending on the Dungeon Master’s intentions and cunning plan. The project itself may be laid out in many different ways, and maybe combined with other similar rooms for a myriad of possibilities and endings. It boasts 9 minifigures, with a dimension of 8X8 studs for each room and 16X16 for the lairs. This project is a sure winner for playability and countless adventures.

 

Red Arrows Hawk by M4 CUS

Featuring one of the world’s premier aerobatic teams, this recent LEGO Ideas project has proven its mettle when it garnered the support of 10,000 followers since it was introduced last month. The Red Arrows Hawk by M4 CUS is based on England’s renowned Royal Air Force (RAF) Aerobatic Team famous for their stunts and maneuvers that they can flawlessly execute at 6 feet apart and at a top speed of 350mph. The set itself replicates the iconic bright red colors of the BAE Hawk T1.

 

 

There are 3 more projects that are almost at the 10K mark, and may potentially be the next sets to make it for the Review Stage. We’ll keep a close eye on this, and make sure to bookmark our page as we wait for the results of the 2016 Second LEGO Ideas Review Stage.

 

 

Results of the Second 2016 LEGO Ideas Review Will Be Announced Anytime Soon.

Tap on that F5 key and be sure to keep a close eye on the LEGO Ideas website. HasanJensen of the LEGO Ideas blogsite has just announced that the results of Second 2016 LEGO Ideas Review Stage may be announced anytime soon. This second wave of LEGO Ideas qualifiers from 2016 consists of twelve (12) awesome projects that garnered the necessary 10K votes from other LEGO enthusiasts, to have a shot at becoming an official LEGO set.

Quite frankly, the LEGO Ideas Review Team was apologetic for being a little behind schedule, knowing the patience and anticipation that the LEGO fan community has shown since September of last year. Here’s what HasanJensen has to say:

We know that, as with all review result announcements, you all are waiting in anticipation and counting the days until the next one. While we strive to be able annouce these results at consistent dates throughout the year, bumps in the road do occur when dealing with things that are outside of what we can influence and control. 

This means we’re a little behind, as we would have liked to reveal the results around the end of January or start of February. Don’t worry though, the results are coming. In fact, we’ll be shooting our video in early February and expect to have the video and results ready for your viewing pleasure toward the end of the month! 

The good news is…we’ve got good news! 😉

Stay tuned!

 

Though admittedly delayed with regards to their timetable, the LEGO Ideas Review Team has confirmed that filming of their official announcement is on its way, which means that they have come up with a decision already on which project is chosen to become an official LEGO set. If there is one particular LEGO Ideas Review Stage that I’ve kept a close eye on, I can fairly say that this is by far the most exciting one that I ever anticipated. With 12 equally awesome sets, it is surely difficult to be in the shoes of the review judges.

I’m crossing my fingers for Voltron – Defender of the Universe by Lendy Tayag. How about you?

LEGO Ideas Launches A New LEGO Community Platform: The LEGO Ideas Test Lab.

Earlier today, the LEGO Ideas blog site announced the launch of its latest community based platform, the LEGO Ideas Test Lab. Initially open to selected LEGO Ideas and LEGO Rebrick members, the LEGO Ideas Test Lab is a challenge-based site where members are encouraged to come up with a Fourth Build Challenge based on the more recent LEGO Creator 3-in-1 sets. Here’s the full announcement:

What’s that now? LEGO Ideas Test Lab?

Today we’re launching LEGO Ideas Test Lab, a test version of an updated LEGO Ideas software platform. We’ve emailed invitations to 5,000 of the most active LEGO Ideas and LEGO Rebrick members. Please help us test the new platform between January 18th and April 14th. If you didn’t get an email invite, you’re still welcome! The test is limited to 7,500 people. Head over to LEGO Ideas Test Lab to sign up.

On LEGO Ideas Test Lab we’ll be running a new kind of challenge during this period, which differs from the standard LEGO Ideas and slightly from the LEGO Rebrick experience that you’re used to, but don’t worry – neither of these two classic experiences are going away. On LEGO Ideas Test Lab, you can participate in an exclusive Fourth Build Challenge, that’s about expanding upon given LEGO Creator 3in1 sets. You can also join in small activities along the way and socialize in the Community Café.

We can’t wait to get started and are very excited about what we’ll learn from testing this platform together with many of you. We’re looking forward to how LEGO Ideas Test Lab will shape the future of LEGO Ideas.

The LEGO Ideas Team gave the assurance that the LEGO Ideas and Rebrick platforms are here to stay. The LEGO Ideas Test Lab will be more like – based on the name itself – like a testing ground for more possibilities on their existing sets. It’s more like a feedback mechanism where LEGO can hear or consider additional set suggestions from builders and community members based on their existing ones. If you wish to be part of the LEGO Ideas Test Lab simply head over to their sign up page to register.

 

Once registered, you can have the opportunity to join their very first Fourth Build Challenge starting February 1st where a winning design will be selected, and several LEGO prizes will be given away. The winner will also have the privilege of having his design featured in the LEGO Life Magazine and app. As a warm-up, the LEGO Ideas Test Lab also offers several building exercises where you can participate and come up with your own creations based on the given criteria. The thought behind The LEGO Ideas Test Lab reminds me of the Iron Builder Challenge hosted by the Builders Lounge, though in a much toned down level.

If you’re in for a challenge and would like to sharpen your brick-building skills, then this is one LEGO community-based platform that you may want to sign-up to.

 

LEGO Rebrick Launches ‘Contest Time’

In celebration of the release of the LEGO Ideas Adventure Time (21308) set, LEGO Rebrick has announced another brick building competition where budding master builders are called upon to bring to life their favorite character in the Land of Ooo. Simply dubbed as ‘Contest Time’, participants will craft their best brick-built rendition of the most fascinating characters ever to join in the hit animation series, Adventure Time.

The contest is open to all entrants ages 13 and above, where entries must be submitted before February 10, 2017. Here are the contest guidelines and rules.

 

CONTEST DESCRIPTION

What time is it? It’s contest time! An Adventure Time™ contest, to be specific. There are many fascinating characters and creatures within the Land of Ooo…craft your favorite or create your own as a brick-built figure and show it off in this contest. One lucky grand prize winner will receive a limited-edition Adventure Time electric guitar featuring exclusive artwork signed by members of the Adventure Time™ cast! Mathematical!

Entry Deadline
Submit your entry no later than the 10th of February 2017 at 10:00 a.m. EST.

A panel of judges from Cartoon Network and the LEGO Group will select one grand prize winner and two runner-ups in an online meeting between judges. They will judge winners upon:

– Overall coolness and originality (25%)
– Most inspired details (25%)
– Relevance to look and feel of the characters (25%)
– Best use of LEGO® elements (25%)

In the event of a tie, the entry with the highest creativity score will prevail. Should an additional round of judging be necessary, judging will again be done in an online meeting between judges.

How to enter
– Create a character or creature from Adventure Time ™and build it as a brick-built figure using LEGO elements
– Take up to five photos of your creation and submit them to the contest
– Make sure to show off all angles of your creation
– Use the description field to tell us about your entry
– When you receive a “Success!” pop-up notification after clicking “submit” on the entry submission page, your entry has successfully been submitted. Our moderation team will review it within 1-3 working days to make sure it fits all the contest rules

 

Bear in mind that entries must depict Adventure Time characters that were NOT included in the official LEGO Ideas set. You may also submit entries that are entirely original as inspired by the show. Furthermore, these brick-built entries must follow the same style as seen from the LEGO Ideas Adventure Time set, following a measurement of 4 inches (10 cm) tall and 8 inches (20 cm) wide including all elements. Check out the complete set of contest rules right here.

There will be three winners to be announced on February 22 – two runner ups and one grand prize winner. Runner ups will be receiving a signed copy of the LEGO Ideas Adventure Time (21308) set and a collection of Adventure Time goodies from Cartoon Network. The  grand prize winner will bring home not just the above prizes, but will also have the bragging rights of owning a limited-edition Adventure Time electric guitar featuring exclusive artwork ($899 USD SRP) signed by members of the Adventure Time cast.

Be sure to mark your calendars on February 10 and until then, have fun in building your most ‘Mathematical’ LEGO Adventure Time creation.

Third 2016 LEGO Ideas Review Stage Qualifiers Officially Announced!

The LEGO Ideas blog site has just announced the qualifying projects that made it to the 2016 LEGO Ideas Review Stage, consisting of twelve exciting sets depicting various licenses and MOCs. The clock rang this Monday morning, January 9 at exactly 12:00AM Central European Time or GMT+1 signifying the end of a long leg for most of these projects. These projects represent potential LEGO set concepts that garnered the needed thumbs-up votes from 10,000 supporters between the months of September 2016 until early January of this year. I have many personal favorites from this batch and among these, The Iron Giant by BrettCuv tops my list for this group, and probably the 2nd LEGO Ideas project that I am willing to invest on perchance it becomes an official set, next to Lendy Tayag’s LEGO Ideas Voltron – Defender of the Universe.

Without further ado, here are the Third 2016 LEGO Ideas Review Stage Qualifiers:

 

Boat Repair Shop (by RobenAnne)

 

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “The Bus” LEGO Set (by Savath_Bunny)

 

Hulkbuster UCS (by Raychow)

 

 

Lego Store Modular Version (by kashaka)

 

 

Red Dwarf Lego (by Legobob32)

 

 

Landrover 4 x 4 (by Dadandlad)

 

Volkswagen Golf MK1 GTI (by hasskabal)

 

 

Vintage Tram (by kevinszeto)

 

1950’s Diner (pix027)

 

 

Ship In A Bottle, The Flagship Leviathan (by JakeSadovich77)

 

 

UCS Rey´s Speeder (by Robert Lundmark)

 

 

The Iron Giant (by BrettCuv)

 

The Second 2016 LEGO Review Board is also about to wrap up, so we’ll finally get to see the next official LEGO Ideas set following RobenAnne’s first successful project which is the Old Fishing Store.  Which among these finalists is your personal bet? What LEGO Ideas project would you like to see next as an official LEGO product? Share us what you think in the comments below, or join us in the conversation over our Facebook page.

 

 

 

Here’s Some Tips To Make Your LEGO Brickfilms Stand Out.

LEGO has uploaded a series of videos via their YouTube channel that shows several tips on how to create your next head-turner MOC. Coming in at four (4) episodes, each snippet features the young (and awesome!) Aven Woodward, the Founder of the Kid Film Festival. Aven shows us the basic techniques in brick film-making, simply watch the videos below.

 

Basic Tips to Improve Your LEGO Brickfilms – Brick Tricks – Episode 1 

Aven breaks down the basics of improving your brickfilms by sharing helpful tips around lighting and animation.

 

 Building Tricks for Your LEGO Brickfilms – Brick Tricks – Episode 2

A good brickfilm requires a great set design. In this episode, Aven shares some advanced building techniques that will allow you to construct walls, create inverted structures, build sideways, form lettering, and add unique decorations.

 

How to Add Special Effects to Your LEGO Brickfilms – Brick Tricks- Episode 3

To take your brickfilms to the next level, special effects are a must. In this episode, Aven share his tips on how to add objects that fly or fall, create smoke effects and add motion blur. 

 

LEGO Brickfilm Secrets Revealed – Brick Tricks – Episode 4

In this episode, Aven shares even more advanced brickfilm tips and techniques like simulating water, creating backgrounds, and calculating frame rates

 

 

This LEGO Ideas Iron Giant Is Absolutely Spot On.

I usually  don’t include a LEGO Ideas project in my need-to-write list unless it has earned that 10K thumbs up from LEGO fans, but this rendition of the Warner Bros. animated film The Iron Giant deserves a special mention. Though the film itself did not find a warm welcome from the general audience when it debuted on the big screen in 1999, it won several awards under the science fiction genre including the BAFTA Children’s Award and has become a beloved animated classic over time. Set in post-war US during the early 1950s, it tells of a story of a gigantic, mysterious alien who crash landed on Earth and befriends a young boy. The film currently got a theatrical and Blu-ray re-release, which included a new documentary about Brad Bird’s making of the film.

An Iron Giant and LEGO fan at heart, LEGO builder BrettCUV decided to render his love for the gentle giant using LEGO bricks and the result is breathtaking. Minifigure in scale, BrettCUV used a LEGO Digital Designer (LDD) to render the Iron Giant in all its fine details using more than 2,000 pieces. Here are his thoughts on his creation.

For this project, I propose that a set be made based on the 1999 Warner Brothers hit animated film The Iron Giant. Known for its beautiful storytelling and masterful animation, this movie is beloved by fans old and young all over the world. I believe that a LEGO product based in this film would not just be popular with consumers, but rather be an enormous success.

Within this project, there would be 5 main characters: The Iron Giant with changeable eyes and weaponry to depict his evil state from the movie, Hogarth Hughes with the alien bolt he finds at the end of the film, Annie Hughes and a coffee pot, Kent Mansley and a fedora, and Dean McCoppin with a coffee cup. The entire build consists of approximately 2,023 pieces, including the Giant, minifigures, and accessories. The Giant’s head rotates and tilts, and his arms, legs, wrists, hips, and ankles are all articulated to both accommodate his size and weight, and allow him to replicate classic poses from the movie.

Currently, BrettCUV’s Iron Giant project has already achieved more than 5,000 supporters over at LEGO Ideas with additional 5K votes needed to make it to the Review Stage. If you think the set is a worthy enough to receive your stamp of approval, then head over at LEGO Ideas and cast your vote. We’ll sure to keep a close eye on this one. What do you think of this project? Does it have the potential to become the next big (pun intended) LEGO Ideas set to hit store shelves? Send in your comments below or join in the discussions over at our Facebook page.

 

 

Here’s a Wrap-up of the Latest LEGO Ideas Projects that Reached 10K Support.

It has been quite a while since the last time that we featured a LEGO Ideas project here at the Brick Show. With Savath_Bunny’s project – the Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD ‘The Bus’ LEGO Set – leading the pack of this third and last trimester of gathering support for this year, we now have four additional projects that won the nod of 10,000 LEGO community members. We’re still a couple of months away before the Third LEGO Ideas Review kicks off and by then, anything can happen. So before the curtain drops on this year’s LEGO Ideas shapers and movers, let’s take a look at the various sets that has made it thus far.

 

Hulkbuster UCS by Raychow

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This proposed set is clearly a rehash of Tony Stark’s Hulkbuster as seen in The Hulk Buster Smash (76031). However, unlike the existing set, this UCS-like, 10K LEGO Ideas MOC turned out to be meaner, tougher, and closer to the real thing as seen in the MCU film Avengers: Age of Ultron. Personally, I’m not a fan of the Hulkbuster myself but in case this set turns out to be an official LEGO set, then I wouldn’t mind having this set adorning my shelf. According to Raychow,

Hulkbuster is a wonderful machine and he is so powerful. I decided to build one after the movie and also watched the hottoys show in HK this year. I spent nearly 2 weeks to design and build this lego model and used around 800 pieces to build that. I try my best to make it looks powerful. Since I also like Gundam so I believe I add some gundam design in the model accidentally.

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Boat Repair Shop by RobenAnne

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If the saying that ‘lightning strikes twice’ is indeed true, then LEGO master builder Robert Bontenbal (aka RobenAnne) is in for a treat. After his Old Fishing Store has been selected and approved as the next official LEGO Ideas set to hit store shelves next year, Robert’s humble lakeside modular may soon be joined by one of his similar projects. The LEGO community has spoken, and somewhat like an add-on to the Old Fishing Store, Robert’s Boat Repair Shop eventually made it to this year Third Review Stage.

The building consists of roughly 2460 parts and a boat ramp with a crane, work floor, and storage- attic. I used the colors sand yellow and olive green for the building that gives it a realistic feeling. And Siding technique for the clapboards. The roof just sits on the recess so it’s easy to take off and put on.

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Lego Store Modular Version by kashaka

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This is one LEGO Store set that I surely want to happen. Indeed, we already have the LEGO Brand Retail Store (40145) promotional, but never have we seen it rendered in such modular beauty. From the exterior’s classic look, to kashaka’s ingenious design for storage space at the back, this is one set that we will surely root for.

From a long time ago, I wanted to build a Lego Store with a pick-a-brick section on a wall from the bottom to the ceiling. Finally, I built one based on the concept of a stand-alone Lego Store which is about to open after a long period of renovation work in an old building of New York.

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Red Dwarf Lego by Legobob32

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This LEGO rendition of the 80s British cult sci-fi classic comedy, the Red Dwarf, will certainly have our inner geek excited. Following the success of the LEGO Ideas Big Bang Theory, comes another set that has the potential of being the next TV show-inspired set. Designed by Legobob32, the set is modeled on the bunk room shared by the shows’ main characters: Dave Lister and Arnold Rimmer. It has minifigs of the four main characters, and two of their parallel-universe alter egos. As a bonus, there’s also the iconic Blue Midget one of the show’s ship-to-surface vessels.

My idea for a potential new Lego set is based on the cult sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf. Set on board the mining ship of the shows namesake. My set features Dave Lister the last human being alive, Arnold Rimmer a Hologram of his dead bunkmate, CAT a creature that evolved from Lister’s pet cat Frankenstein, an Android named Kryten and finally the ships senile computer system Holly. As an added incentive, my set also features the shows two favourite recurring characters, Ace Rimmer and Daune Dibbley!

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The Second LEGO Ideas Review period for this year is now almost at its end. With 12 impressive projects vying for the title of being the next LEGO Ideas official set, and one of which, the classic Voltron-Defender of the Universe set by Lendy Tayag topping my list, waiting for January’s announcement seems like forever.

Tales From the LEGO Ideas Crypt Pop-Up Book Is A Perfect Way To Cap Your Halloween Night.

Jason Alleman of JK Brickworks has cooked up another magical creation just in time for Halloween. Hot off the heels of his LEGO trick or treat Candy Thrower, comes another perfect way to cap a fun-filled All Hollow’s Eve. Initially submitted as a LEGO Ideas project, Jason collaborated with Grant Davis to come up with a visually appealing LEGO Pop-Up Book. Using a simple mechanism to make the page ‘come alive’ once opened, and discretely hidden once closed, the LEGO Ideas Pop-Up Book can be highly customized to fit in any particular theme or story of your own fancy. In celebration of Halloween, Jason and Grant came up with a pretty neat and eerie rendition of their LEGO Ideas project complete with interactive features such as a ghost coming out of a crypt, a skeleton that can rise up from its grave, and a Dementor hanging out on a fence. Talk about spooky! Watch Jason’s video presentation below.

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You may learn more about this cool Halloween-themed pop-up book by visiting their website at JKBrickworks. If you like their work and are hoping to see it as an official LEGO set, then you may want to give it a thumbs up at their LEGO Ideas project page by casting your vote. As of this writing, Jason and Grant’s LEGO Ideas Pop-Up Book now has more than 5,700 supporters – still halfway through before it can reach the coveted 10K milestone. Here’s how Jason describes their project.

Play out your favorite stories, or create new ones of your own, using the LEGO pop-up book!  Check out the video below to see it in action.

The book features a simple and reliable mechanism that pops up a structure when the book opens, and pulls it back in when the book closes. The main scene and surrounding details can be completely customized to tell any story you can imagine, – a cottage in the woods, jungle ruins, medieval castle, wild west building, space station, pirate ship – the possibilities are endless.

There is also room to store Minifigs and other accessories inside the book, and it features a locking clasp to keep everything securely inside when it is closed.

We suggest the set include enough pieces to build at least two core scenes and include anywhere from 3 to 5 Minifigs. A selection of extra Minifig parts could also be included so the actors can be outfitted for different roles, making them more suited to tell a variety of stories.

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We hope to see this brick-built pop-up book enter the Third 2016 Review Stage, together with RobenAnne’s Boat Repair Shop and Savath_Bunny’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ‘The Bus’. For the meantime, enjoy a fun-filled evening!