Recently, the Disney brand has been very prominent in LEGO Ideas. After all, the Steamboat Willie set (21317) seemed to hog the spotlight with its glorious monochrome scheme. The accompanying Mickey and Minnie Mouse minifigures were awesome too. Variants of them got included in the latest Disney Collectible Minifigs (71024).
But we digress. Somehow I think the success of Steamboat Willie from its time in LEGO Ideas might help other Disney-themed submissions. Take for instance this product idea from member benlouisa. It’s a sweet set depiction of another popular Disney property. Say hello to the Willy Nilly Silly Old Bear.
That’s right; this Ideas submission is for Winnie the Pooh. Whether you recall more the “Americanized” eighties animated series or the theatrically-released films that followed Pooh’s British roots, benlouisa’s build will fire up Disney nostalgia. What we have are Winnie and friends with the former’s familiar Hundred Acre Wood tree-house.
Appropriate tree elements comprise the tree façade of Pooh’s home “under the name of Sanders,” with two beehives and a hollow for Owl. The house part to the rear has a removable roof to reveal the amenities for play. Included are minifigures of Pooh, Piglet and Rabbit, plus buildable figures of Eeyore, Tigger and Owl.
With 3,821 supporters already pledged, plus 570 days left to make 10-K, we’d say benlouisa’s Winnie the Pooh Ideas set is off to a good start. If you think Steamboat Willie needs another Disney LEGO Ideas companion, look no further. LEGO Disney fans, come represent.
Over a year ago, a certain challenge was held for members of LEGO Ideas. The winner of the “LEGO Moments in Space” would’ve had his creation be turned into an official LEGO set that is “gifted with purchase.” The winner was announced in March 2018, though the actual set production won’t be until this year.
Just when it seemed like Ideas member and challenge Grand Winner mjsmiley’s coin-operated “Cosmic Rocket Ride” may have been forgotten, the official set’s finally been spotted. German LEGO news source Promo Bricks originally reported last month that the LEGO “Space Rocket Ride” (40335) may have surfaced in a Croatian LEGO Certified Store. Now however, they have tangible proof of it.
Promo Bricks has gone to Croatia and actually gotten one of set 40335 from there, as seen in their Instagram page. Interestingly, they made no mention of it supposedly being a gift with purchase. Perhaps they actually bought it over-the-counter?
As can be seen between the original contest build by mjsmiley, and the official set numbered 40335, LEGO expanded on the design. The Space Rocket Ride has a bigger platform base. While likely still operated by a crank in the back, the base also includes a “functional” coin slot to insert LEGO coin elements in.
If this isn’t a region exclusive then hopefully collectors outside Europe can soon find LEGO Space Rocket Ride (40335) on their Shop@Home or local shop. Maybe then we can have definitive knowledge on whether or not it’s a GWP promo or a conventionally purchasable set.
Back in November 2017, we featured a submission to LEGO Ideas themed after one of the world’s greatest children’s shows. “Sesame Street” is easily a recognizable franchise not just for kids but for adults who watched it in childhood. That familiarity was what Filipino filmmaker and LEGO fan Ivan Guerrero/bulldoozer21 banked on when he presented his 123 Sesame Street Apartment Building build to LEGO Ideas.
It had been slow going after initial interest, but now with 259 days left, Guerrero’s 123 Sesame Street has finally amassed over 8,000 supporters. That means only less than 2,000 are needed to hit the magic 10-K and reach Review.
The sudden surge of support after we first featured the submission in 2017 may be attributed to bulldoozer21 making alterations to the design over the past year and few months. That was to update the build in celebration of “Sesame Street” turning 50 this year.
Guerrero’s significant changes were made just this March, removing features from the original to reduce pieces and obscuring obstacles. It also enabled him to expand on the apartment building’s rooftop, a familiar show-setting in itself. At 2,945 pieces total, this may be the last fiddling around with the idea before hopefully getting its 10-K support.
While the venerable children’s educational program has since left broadcast TV, with the newest episodes available only with HBO, the sheer influence of “Sesame Street” has never left people’s minds. With you help, this physical tribute to the program by Ivan Guerrero will be supported for Review, and eventually manufactured.
As its release nears, fans waiting for the LEGO Ideas Steamboat Willie (21317) must be hearing whistling in their heads. Indeed, Mickey Mouse’s whistling ditty from the 1928 short is looping in this writer’s head as the anticipation builds. Disney fans who appreciate the classics can’t say no here either.
With the Steamboat Willie set (21317) arriving April 1, the time’s arrived for it to be documented, as major sets usually are, with an official designer video. To sell the iconic age of the media the set depicts, said video is in black and white, with characteristic dots and scratches.
LEGO designer John Ho, who led the team that created the final official version of the original Product Idea by Máté Szabó, talks about the set’s build. He draws attention to the internal mechanism wherein, when the steamboat is rolled along the floor on its concealed wheels, they in turn drive the side paddle wheels and the alternating twin smokestacks.
Collectors will definitely love the LEGO Ideas Steamboat Willie (21317) for its effective reference the original medium to make an attractive set despite being only in shades of black, white and gray. The mechanics involved also make interesting brick-building study.
Don’t forget that this Ideas set is averting April Fools’ Day by releasing this Monday. Collectors in Florida and Paris can even try going to their nearby Disney theme parks later this month if they want their Steamboat Willie (21317) sets signed by the creator.
There’s been quite the number of vehicle builds that have been submitted to LEGO Ideas. Many have reached Review Stages but only few have become sets. Those that have passed ranged from famous fictional automobiles to a classic British supercar and an off-planet scientific rover.
Now here’s a new product idea submitted that’s looking for support. It’s a fairly generic vehicle you’d find on city streets, but it packs mechanical features that’ll catch builders’ attention. Scott Hasse and his son, Ideas member MochiMaster, took over a year to develop the system that makes this Automated Garbage Truck a support-worthy set.
The automated garbage truck is a LEGO vehicle built to scale with existing LEGO City sets. It has a side-loading bin arm and a trash-compacting ram, both mechanically operated by two knobs on the truck’s other side. The Technic mechanisms driving both functions are slightly visible in the build, a testament to the creators’ awesomeness.
By adding square plates to generic LEGO City trash-can elements, these can now be picked up by the garbage truck’s bin arm. The compacting ram pushes trash (colored studs or food props) into the rear dumper that can be manually tilted up to dump the garbage through the swinging tailgate.
MochiMaster Hasse and his co-designers added two waste-management minifigures with cleaning props. The truck also comes with variable door logo plates identifying it as either a garbage, recycling or compost collector. The design is also uniform so that the bin arm and control knobs can go either right-side or left-side road pickup, making it international.
A meaningful build
The Hasse father-and-son team conceptualized the Automated Garbage Truck to both be a fun LEGO City-compatible set and as a message to take your trash out, segregate and recycle them.
If you’d like your LEGO City community to be kept clean in an involved way, add your support (they already have 2,993 with 529 days left) to MochiMaster’s submission page.
Now surely, none of us have forgotten that 2019 is the 20th anniversary of the LEGO Star Wars product line. We’ve already covered the anniversary-edition sets for this year, but there’s more LEGO has in store. For instance, mere days after announcing a LEGO Ideas contest for their upcoming mobile game app, there’s now one for LEGO Star Wars too.
The theme for this LEGO Ideas contest is one of the most vital cinematic elements of the “Star Wars” franchise: big space-opera battles. From the ground-pounding encounters at Kasshyk, Hoth’s Echo Base and Endor, to the space dogfights of Coruscant and Yavin IV, all are celebrated in this building competition.
Interested contestants need only to recreate their favorite battle scene from any “Star Wars” film or TV show, whether in real LEGO bricks or through computer applications like LEGO Digital Designer. They must send their work, documented in only five images, to the LEGO Ideas contest page before May 3.
Exclusive prizes in store for the Grand Winner of “THE GREATEST BATTLES BUILT BY YOU!” include the following:
- Uncommon 2007 Chrome Gold C-3PO Minifigure (4521221), one of only 10,000 ever made!
- Tantive IV (10198) 10th Anniversary collection
For the two runners-up they’ll exclusively get:
- R2-D2 (10225) 2012 Collection
- Ultimate Collector’s Series Slave 1 (75060) 2015 Collection
And all winners will receive:
- Anakin’s Podracer (75258) 20th Anniversary collection
- Snowspeeder (75259) 20th Anniversary collection
- Slave I (75243) 20th Anniversary collection
- Assorted LEGO Star Wars merchandise
Winners for this LEGO Ideas contest will be announced by May 29. Now go and build your favorite “Star Wars” battle scene and join the fun!
When we announced the new LEGO-themed mobile app “LEGO Tower” this Monday, we also said a related contest is coming. Said competition is to be hosted on LEGO Ideas, and involves creating custom content that developer NimbleBit can add later. The announcement was to be made “later;” that meant now.
LEGO Ideas finally opened their official contest page in relation to “LEGO Tower” on Tuesday, March 26. Effective immediately, all interested contestants need only to use their digital LEGO construction tool of choice to design a themed floor that could be implemented in the NimbleBit app before its launch date.
“LEGO Tower,” based on NimbleBit’s “TinyTower,” has players acting as developers of their own multi-story skyscraper complex, with each floor occupied by minifigure residences or businesses, all paying rent to enable further construction of more floors and extra building facilities.
Six contest winners will be chosen to each win a $200 Shop@Home spree, a LEGO Creator Expert Corner Garage (10264) and LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313). Their custom “LEGO Tower” floor will be an option in the game app, and they’ll also get a “special unlockable feature” when they play the game themselves.
For more details and in-depth contest rules, visit the official “LEGO Tower” Contest Page on LEGO Ideas. The final submission of entries is on May 2. Judging takes place from that date up to May 10, and the winners will be announced on May 22.
Thus far the product ideas being supported for the First 2019 Review Stage in LEGO Ideas – plus the preceding submissions – could be considered “safe” choices. They run the gamut from buildings to vehicles to buildable figures. It’s not often we see something unique in LEGO Ideas. This is one time.
Ideas member BrickPiper is putting an amazing LEGO spin to the 1816 marvel created by Sir David Brewster: the kaleidoscope. BrickPiper’s version is, appropriately, called the “KaLEGOscope.” It’s simply amazing how LEGO pieces (with some extras) come together to create what should be a clunky optical device, but it works.
In BrickPiper’s innovative design, the KaLEGOscope looks positively space-age. It has an all-white framework with the triangular mirrored inner walls (one vital component of a kaleidoscope), upon which rests a long rod holding a clear circular container with colored LEGO elements. These elements are then viewed through the triangular tube frame for the kaleidoscope effect.
Mechanisms include spinning the container to get the full optical effect of the colored pieces in the viewing container. Speaking of which, the clear container can be opened so users can insert their own colorful LEGO pieces or other trinkets to change up the patterns formed in the viewing mirrors.
We have to give props to how BrickPiper noted that he repurposed mirror pieces from the retired LEGO Creator Detective’s Office (10246) for this build. Yes, the mirrors are official LEGO elements too! It currently has 1,506 supporters with 578 days left to make 20-K. You know this set deserves support; we hope it gets that and so much more.
Whenever a major themed LEGO set is released, it’s inevitably followed by a designer video. What isn’t quite sure is how soon a designer vid will come out following the set’s availability. For instance, both LEGO Creator Ford Mustang (10265) and Ideas Flintstones (21316) released March 1; the former got its video the following week.
Not until March 22 – three Fridays later – did the LEGO Ideas Flintstones set (21316) have its LEGO designer talk about its official genesis on video. Ricardo Silva, in charge of finalizing the initial concept by Ideas member Andrew Clark, gives some backstory on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon the set’s based on.
That element’s very important particularly in the LEGO design team’s efforts to replicate the distinctive facial features of the Flintstones and their Rubble neighbors into rounded minifigure heads. Also given the spotlight was the rare fabric piece serving as the roof of the Flintstone boulder-car.
Silva also touches on the various aesthetics of the Flintstone residence build, from the cave-art painting tiles and even the fur “curtain” tiles. The designers certainly had fun filling the set with plenty of call-backs to the original sixties animated series, even if stuff from Clark’s original submission were omitted.
The LEGO Ideas Flintstones (21316) is barely a month old and therefore very much available on Shop@Home. At $59.99 it’ll fetch LEGO VIP members a lot of points, particularly in conjunction with a promotion they’ve got going. We’ll be covering that VIP thing up next.
While it’s not going to be available until April 1, we already got our first good looks at the new LEGO Ideas Disney Mickey Mouse – Steamboat Willie set (21317) this week. There might have been an element of April Fools’ with the preview though, when one looks at the numbering.
By that we mean the LEGO Ideas sequential numbering in front of the box. It says this is the 24th Ideas set released. Not true. That was the LEGO Ideas Flintstones (21316) released at the start of this month. LEGO was quick to pick up the buzz and issued this apology for the accidental misprint.
Due to our excitement to get the Steamboat Willie set into the hands of LEGO fans around the world as quick as possible, an error was made on the packaging relating to the sequential set number. It was mistakenly printed as #24 and it should have been #25.
This will be corrected in future sets.
Of course what that means it that the early-run LEGO Ideas Steamboat Willie (21317) set boxes will eventually become collectors’ items for the typographical flub. In the future we might be looking at inflated prices for 21317 boxes with #24 being hawked online. Hilarity ensues.
In other Steamboat Willie-related news, there are signing events lined up for LEGO Ideas 21317. Obviously they’ll be held in Disney theme parks, but the featured signatory will be the original Ideas designer Máté Szabó. American and European Disney-goers take note of these important dates:
LEGO Store at Disney Springs, Walt Disney World
April 3, 5PM – 8PM
LEGO Store at Disney Village, Disneyland Paris
April 6, 10AM – 1PM