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.

 

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).

LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312), Christmas Build-Up (40253), and More Now Available at LEGO Shop@Home!

November is finally here, and this means that it’s time to gear up for some serious LEGO holiday shopping. LEGO Shop@Home has been recently updated to include several new sets, especially that we are a few weeks away before Brick Friday kicks in. For more details on what to expect from the LEGO Store this month, check out the LEGO Store’s November Calendar.

Among these exclusives to hit the shelves at the start of this month, we have the NASA-inspired LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312) retailing for $25, It comes in at 231 pieces and features four minifigures of the most prominent women in the field of space exploration.

Star Wars fans may be delighted to know that a couple of new LEGO BrickHeadz is now available to add to your collection. The LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz Finn (41485) and Captain Phasma (41486) sets are now officially available, each retailing for $10.  These are the first commercially available, non-exclusive LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz sets made available, other than the super rare Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite (41498) NYCC exclusive. However, as LEGO announced during this year’s New York Comic Con, fans can expect more LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz – four to be exact –slated to be released sometime in January and April. Be sure to check out Jason’s review of the Finn and Captain Phasma BrickHeadz to know more what to expect from these eye candies.

 

Finally, one of this year’s LEGO holiday promotional is now live. From November 1 to 15, any LEGO purchase of $99 and above entitles you to a free, LEGO Christmas Build-Up (40253). This set comes in at 254 pieces that allows you to build 24 different Christmas themed minibuilds, similar to what LEGO offered last year with its Holiday Countdown Calendar (40222).

If you’re now preparing that comfy little LEGO Christmas corner just in time for the holidays, then be sure to check out the rest of LEGO’s Christmas seasonal sets such as the Christmas Train Ride (40262), and Christmas Town Square (40263) both of which retailing for $10. While you’re at it, you may also want to take a look at this year’s holiday themed D2C set which is the LEGO Creator Winter Village Station (10259).

LEGO Ideas: Women of NASA (21312) is an Inspiring Set for Display.

It’s always an inspiring moment whenever a toy line decides to honor a real person by having a toy crafted in his or her image. In fact, LEGO is one of the leading toy brands in giving out these tributes for some of the pioneering figures of our history.

LEGO has been offering sets that seeks to inspire young minds to pursue careers in science and technology based on the accomplishments made by the most brilliant minds in science. The latest LEGO Ideas set seems to be a shoutout to previously released ones under the same theme: the first being the NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover (21104), and the other as a tribute to women in the STEM careers which is the Research Institute (21110). This time around, the LEGO  Ideas: Women of NASA (21312) is the next building set in the LEGO Ideas line that pays tribute to the invaluable contributions made by the most outstanding female scientists in the field of space exploration.

The Women of NASA (21312) set is the brainchild of science writer AFOL Maia Weinstock (aka 20tauri over at the LEGO Ideas website). After gaining the much coveted fan support and approval of the LEGO Review and Design Teams, this set is now a reality and is slated to be released to the public on November 1st.

The Women of NASA concept was Weinstock’s second attempt to submit an original project for LEGO Ideas that depicts women empowerment, the first being a fan submission that shows real-life women Supreme Court Justices which she aptly titled Legal Justice League – Women of the Supreme Court in LEGO. However, the LEGO Ideas Review Team declined to give it the green light for reasons that it is against LEGO’s policy of depicting any person in the government, or of politics, political symbols, campaigns or movements.

Though Maia’s first original fan submission was turned down, the approval of her second one is in itself a source of inspiration. The LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312) is perhaps a step further in shattering the age-old stereotype that building bricks and careers in STEM are simply just for boys. True, LEGO has delved with ideas of offering sets primarily for girls such as the Friends and Elves themes, but having the LEGO Ideas Women of NASA is a step further in teaching young, aspiring female scientists that being exceptional in the field of sciences is not determined by one’s gender.

Included in the LEGO Ideas: Women of NASA (21312) set are minifigures of software engineer Margaret Hamilton, who designed the Apollo spacecraft computer software, Hubble Space Telescope head planner Nancy Roman, and astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison.

Their respective display cases show props such as Hamilton’s pile of Apollo computer source code books, a model of the Hubble Telescope for Roman, and a scale space shuttle for Ride and Jemison.

Set 21312 comes in a sturdy box while the building manual also includes biographies of the famous NASA women. All minifigures have detailed clothing detail and dual printed heads. It’s a must-buy and build for history-buff LEGO collectors.

The LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312) is a 231-piece set retailing for $25, and will be available to all by November 1st at all LEGO Brand stores and via shop.LEGO.com.

So what do you think brick fans, will you pick this one up once it hit shelves on November 1? Let us know in the comments below.

LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312) Officially Revealed!

We finally have official images of the next LEGO Ideas set that will make their way in toy shelves just in time for the holidays. As announced back in July during a LEGO Community Engagement Event in Japan, the LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312) were briefly mentioned to be released this November 1st. Since then, LEGO fans were a little anxious to see how this fan-made set created by AFOL and space enthusiast Maia Weinstock (aka 20tauri over at LEGO Ideas) will turn out. This is understandable, considering the not-so-positive sentiment that most people have regarding the selection of this LEGO Ideas project above other hopefuls.

However, as it turned out, the final official set is way above expectations and a definite improvement from its original design. I have to admit that in spite of the limitations that it has with regards to play features and setting aside any political sentiments over the matter, the LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312) set will be sought after for its aesthetic appeal as a vignette-styled collectible – particularly highlighting the significant contributions of these inspiring ladies of science. Check out the images below, followed by the official announcement and product description from the LEGO Ideas blogsite.

The LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312) is a 231-piece set that will retail for $24.99, and is scheduled to be released on November 1st at all LEGO Brand Stores and at shop.LEGO.com. If you’re somewhere in New York on October 28, then be sure to drop by the Flatiron District LEGO store from 10AM-2PM to meet and greet LEGO Ideas set designer Ms. Maia Weinstock.

LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312)
231 pieces; $24.99/ 24.99€

Build, play and learn from inspiring women of NASA!

Follow in the footsteps of 4 pioneering women of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration—America’s space agency) with this fun and inspiring LEGO® set. Build the Hubble Space Telescope and learn astronomy with the ‘Mother of Hubble’ Nancy Grace Roman. Develop the software for space missions with computer scientist Margaret Hamilton. And launch the space shuttle with Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, and Mae Jemison, the world’s first woman of color in space. Build, play, learn and one day you too could become a science, technology, engineering or mathematics superstar!

LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store (21310) Now Available!

Let’s take a break for a while for all the hype and excitement surrounding LEGO Force Friday II, and let’s take a look at another impressive build brought to us by LEGO Ideas. As mentioned in the LEGO September Store Calendar, the LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store (21310) is now available both in shop.LEGO.com and on Amazon.

This largest LEGO Ideas set to date comes in at 2,049 pieces and retails for a good value of $150. Other than its great price point and modular design, what I like most about the LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store (21310) is that it comes with plenty of sand green pieces which are pretty nice for a build at this scale. It has plenty of details that bring to mind the nostalgia of the good ‘ol fishing days. Check out the set’s product information below, and the rest of the Old Fishing Store’s official images.

Stay tuned at our YouTube channel where Stephen will build and review this cool set over the course of the week.

LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store (21310)

Prepare for the ultimate fishing trip!

Visit the beachside Old Fishing Store, featuring a shop packed with fishing-themed elements, and a connected watchtower with a 360-degree viewing balcony and office on the lower level. Ideal for display and role-play, this model has 2 removable roofs, an opening back wall in the shop for easy access, 4 minifigures, cat and 3 seagull figures, as well as loads of other cool details and elements to fire up the imagination.

  • Includes 4 minifigures: a captain, fisherman, fisherwoman and a child, plus cat and 3 seagull figures.
  • Old Fishing Store features a detailed exterior, shop and connected lookout tower with office, all standing on a sand-colored LEGO® 32×32 baseplate with rock-style elements.
  • Exterior features steps to the front and side doors of the store, railings, a tap with 2 pipes with meters on the back wall, ventilator and assorted elements including: ‘Anton’s Bait Shop’ sign (2×4 tile), opening times sign, ‘gone fishin’’ sign, anchor, barrel, 2 tires with chains, 3 crates with 2 fish and transparent ice-style elements, 4 fish hanging on hooks, 2 life preservers, box of hooks (1×2 tile), and a toolbox with a drill, oil can and wrench.
  • Shop features an opening back wall and removable roof with mismatched timber-style elements and decorative stickers, 2 ceiling light elements, 2 opening entrance doors, 2 glass-style windows, green and beige floor tiles, 4 opening windows, shop counter, display racks, plus assorted elements including: cash register, mug, bottle, hook boxes, cash, desktop lamp, 2 oars, fishing gear including rods, harpoons and fishing nets, 3 diving helmets, 3 oxygen tanks, 4 diving flippers, a sextant, decorated map tile, TNT box, plus a spider and spider’s web under the floor.
  • Lookout tower lower level features an office with 2 opening windows, boarded-up window with newspaper sticker, desk, chair, lamp and newspaper elements, plus a ladder to the upper level.
  • Lookout tower upper level features a removable roof with a weather vane, 2 opening windows, 360-degree viewing balcony, plus assorted elements including a telescope, flag, ship’s wheel, lantern and 2 decorative crabs.
  • Great for display or role-play fun.
  • Includes a booklet about the fan designer and LEGO® designer of this set.
  • This set includes over 2,045 pieces.
  • Measures over 12” (32cm) high, 9” (25cm) wide and 9” (25cm) deep.

 

LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309) To Be Discontinued?

The highly prized LEGO Ideas NASA  Apollo Saturn V (21309) may probably still sit on the top of our must-have LEGO sets of the year, but unfortunately, in spite of the relative early shelf life of this set since its release last June, the availability of the Apollo Saturn V (21309) has been notoriously close to none. True, we have the reassuring words from the LEGO Ideas Team that the set will not be retired right away given that it has only been three months in circulation since its release on June 1st. There were also moments when the NASA Apollo Saturn V set has been available at LEGO shop@home on very seldom occasions. However, the obvious unavailability of the set for weeks has cast a shadow of a doubt on the truth behind the availability of this highly sought after set.

LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309)

For weeks already, shop.LEGO.com has always returned a ‘Temporarily Out of Stock’ message each time a query has been made for this set. Similarly, LEGO Brand and Certified stores have been informing customers about the indefinite date of 21309’s arrival in their respective stores. In search for answers, our friends from Promo Bricks decided to dig deeper and was able to have a privileged conversation with an undisclosed LEGO Product Manager. This may sound very, very sad, but according to Promo Bricks, the said manager has revealed that LEGO no longer has plans of producing the highly prized set. In other words, they are now in the process of delivering and selling the last copies of 21309 that went into production.

LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309)

From the LEGO Group’s business perspective, this somehow makes sense, especially considering what a LEGO Customer Service Rep told Promo Bricks. According to the said LEGO CSR, even before a set is released for sale, there is already a pre-determined number of copies that each set is expected to have. This number is not usually revealed to the public, and the sets are produced in batches. When the demand exceeds the pre-determined supply eventually, then better expect delivery delays and ultimately the set’s cancellation. Furthermore, given the long lead-times needed to produce such great sets like the LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309), it is very impractical to produce more sets just for a short-term supply. Simply put, the NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309) set is hugely popular and a solid success that LEGO could no longer supply the growing demand.

But then again, these are just assumptions that we have based on currently available information. Perhaps LEGO will still reconsider and we will still get to see this gorgeous set once again on store shelves. Let’s just hope for the best.

What are your thoughts about this brick fans? Let me know in the comments.