LEGO Ideas Mini-fig Scale Project Gemini Qualifies for the 2020 First Review Stage

Here’s another space-themed LEGO set to add to your collection if perchance it gets approved. Following the success of the SpaceX Falcon 9, we now have the Mini-fig Scale Project Gemini as the next LEGO Ideas product idea to hit the 10K fan support mark. Designed by LEGO fan Stevenhoward27, this qualifying entry pays tribute to NASA’s initial efforts of bringing astronauts into space, supporting the Apollo mission of preparing and enabling our first baby steps on the moon.

Mini-fig Scale Project Gemini

Similar to the official LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309), the Project Gemini follows a modular representation of the transport’s re-entry module, a retrograde section, and an adapter equipment section. It also features two astronaut minifigures and a stand for display purposes. I like the inclusion of the official NASA Project Gemini logo at the base of the stand which gives it a premium, collectible feel.

If you recall, Steven is no stranger on space-inspired builds over on LEGO Ideas. He is credited for other winning entries in the platform such as the Starship Jordan Miller from the LEGO Ideas Moon to Mars Building Contest, and the Mammoth Rocket Ride from the LEGO Ideas Transform Your LEGO Bricks Into Wacky Bedrock Inventions Contest, where he bagged the Grand Prize.

The LEGO Ideas Mini-fig Scale Project Gemini is the 7th product idea to qualify for the First 2020 Review Stage which will commence sometime in May of this year. Here’s how Stevenhoward27 describes his fan submission.

Mini-fig Scale Project Gemini

We would not have gone to the moon if it weren’t for Project Gemini.  Mercury was the first stepping stone and Apollo is what got us there, but Gemini was essential for learning on-orbit rendezvous, the first spacewalks, and other important experiments and tests before traveling to the moon.

Here is my build depicting Project Gemini at mini-fig scale!  It includes a display stand with the Project Gemini patch, the reentry module with detachable rendezvous and recovery section and opening hatches, the adapter/retrograde section, and the adapter equipment section.  There are two astronaut mini-figs with one that can be displayed on a space-walk as Ed White did on Gemini 4 with a Hand-Held Maneuvering Unit.  There are 881 pieces that make up this set.

The Mini-fig Scale Project Gemini would be a great addition to the existing LEGO Nasa models and a good model for any space enthusiast.

Congratulations to Steven for a job well done and we wish him all the best during this year’s first LEGO Ideas Review Stage.

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LEGO Masters US Episode 1 Recap and Highlights

The pilot episode of LEGO Masters US has finally arrived last week, and our ten pairs of contestants never failed to wow viewers and LEGO fans with their awesome builds and Instagram-worthy brick creations. The rule is simple: build the grandest and most ambitious original LEGO creation in 15 hours based on an overarching theme, and see if it can tick all the boxes that the judges are looking for.

LEGO Masters US
All ten, Dream Park Theme Park creations from the first episode of LEGO Masters US. Image credit: Fox TV.

For its first episode, Will Arnett did not beat around the bush (except for an occasional joke or two) when he explained what’s at stake throughout the entire competition: a staggering $100,000 for the winning pair, a unique LEGO trophy, and the bragging rights for the first-ever LEGO Masters US. And for the first challenge, they have to impress contest judges Amy Corbett and Jamie Berard with their original Dream Park Theme Park creation with the goal of earning the elusive Golden Brick. This will grant the winner a kind of immunity that will protect them from elimination whenever they find themselves in a rough spot throughout the course of the contest.

The Golden Brick is up for grabs in the pilot episode of LEGO Masters US. Image credit: Fox TV.

Each pair of contestants went to work right away determined to create an impression with their first entry in this season. Christian & Aaron turned heads with their visually stunning Spaceland carnival and its massive Ferris wheel centerpiece. Krystle & Amie immediately knew that a Fairy Wonderland Park is the thing for them with their Flying Fairy Carousel. The LEGO-building, police and communications tandem of Mel & Jermaine opted for an Egyptian-themed Pharaoh Sands theme park. The father and son team of Manny & Nestor and their Team G Dream Adventure Mountain. Undoubtedly, one of the most elaborate builds in this episode were also delivered by Boone & Mark with their Timber Town theme park. Not to be outdone, Sam & Jessica also came up with their own mechanical rides with their candy-themed, Sugar Hill theme park. Perhaps the most technically challenging creation in this episode will be Tyler & Amy’s Funny Farm with its ‘egg drop’ silo. The Daydream theme park is a sort of throwback to brothers Travis & Corey when they used to make their own brick-built rides when they were kids. Jessie & Kara, on the other hand, found themselves in a relatively difficult situation when they decided to scrap their original plan altogether in favor of a pirate, castle, and space-themed park which they collectively dubbed Journey Through Dreams. But thankfully they managed to pull it off. Finally, we have the team of Richard & Flynn with their Spooky Town carnival ride with its bat-themed Fun House.

Mark & Boone’s Timber Town was a sure contender in this episode. Image via Fox TV.
Christian & Aaron’s Spaceland theme park wowed the judges in this first episode of LEGO Masters US, giving them a one-time shot for immunity in the next grueling challenges of LEGO Masters US. Image via Fox TV. 

In the end, there can only be one recipient of the Golden Brick and for this episode, the immunity goes to the winning duo of Christian & Aaron with their Spaceland theme park. Manny & Nestor also teetered towards the bottom two ranks together with Sam & Jessica. The former due to an incomplete roller coaster ride that failed to impress the judges, while the latter due to a glaring technical problem with their motorized bumper cars. If Boone & Mark somehow managed to pull off the roller coaster mechanism in their Timber Town, I’m very positive that they will have a greater chance of earning that Golden Brick.

At-risk of elimination was the teams of Manny & Nestor, and Sam & Jessica. Image credit: Fox TV.

In a gladly surprising turn of events, there were no eliminations during this pilot episode. However, the stakes will be higher this Wednesday where we will get to see who among our teams will be the first to go home. Be sure to stay tuned on Fox this Wednesday at 9/8c where our contestants will be coming up with their best space-themed creation that will be later on smashed in slow motion. While waiting, be sure to keep those purchase receipts when you buy your next LEGO set to have a shot in winning through the LEGO Masters US Sweepstakes raffle.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Qualifies for the First 2020 LEGO Review Stage

LEGO fans have shown their support once again to LEGO’s space-themed sets with this recently qualified LEGO Ideas product idea. The SpaceX Falcon 9 by Lego_Aviator is now the sixth product idea to make it to the First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review Stage.

The LEGO Ideas SpaceX Falcon 9 was inspired by the two-stage transport rocket developed Elon Musk’s Space X program. Proportionally scaled to that of the LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309), this latest entry to the 10K club features a kind of modular design with its detachable Satellite and Dragon spacecraft. Here’s a closer look at the details of this LEGO product idea straight from its fan designer.

SpaceX Falcon 9 (Saturn V Scale)

Ready to grace your collections on the same scale as the recently released Saturn V set (1:110) is the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket! Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by Elon Musk’s SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. Falcon 9 is the first orbital-class rocket capable of re-flight and is a historic new step in humanity’s quest to explore the solar system! Re-create your own missions with this feature-rich recreation.

Features include:

  • Full-stack rocket, including detailed feed lines, landing legs, and grid fins.
  • Separable second stage with removable two-piece payload fairing.
  • Deployable grid fins and landing legs with removable support struts so you can display your model ready for liftoff or recently returned for re-use!
  • No hidden support base. The landed setup supports its own weight!

Coming Soon:

  • Various satellite payloads, pick your favorite mission!
  • Dragon spacecraft. (Almost complete, waiting on some parts)
  • Satellite and Dragon display stands.
  • Dragon 2 spacecraft planned.
  • Buy 3 and build a Falcon Heavy version. (Digital version in progress)

No Lego rocket collection is complete without the latest in cutting edge rocket development!

Space X Falcon 9
A side-by-side comparison of Space X Falcon 9 product idea to that of the LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309).

The SpaceX Falcon 9 product idea follows other LEGO Ideas qualifiers for the 2020 First Review Stage such as the Mary Poppins Cherry  Tree Lane, the Tesla CybertruckUntitled Goose Game, UCS Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and The Train Station: Studgate.

What do you think about this LEGO Ideas product idea? Will it win the thumbs-up approval of the reviewers? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

LEGO Ideas The Train Station: Studgate Gets 10K Support

Another LEGO Ideas product idea qualifies for the First 2020 Review Stage. Following the initial success of Mary Poppins Cherry  Tree Lane, the Tesla Cybertruck, Untitled Goose Game, and the UCS Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,  we now have the Train Station: Studgate by Bricky_Brick as the next 10K qualifier for this review stage.

If you recall Bricky_Brick (or Pablo Jimenez in real life) is the creative genius behind the previously approved and upcoming LEGO Ideas Pirate Bay back in September from last year. He is also the creator of the LEGO Ideas History Museum which is now currently in review during the Second 2019 LEGO Review Stage. The results of this review stage are expected to come in by next week.

Pablo, as prolific builder and contributor over at the LEGO Ideas platform, has once again entered the elite circle of 10K qualifiers for the third time, getting the support of more than 10,000 members of the LEGO fan community for his Train Station: Studgate. Here’s how Pablo describes his next creation.

The Train Station: Studgate

Hello traveler, welcome to Studgate, the main station of the city and with the largest number of visitors, thousands of minifigures pass through this station every day.

Seventeenth-century concept station with new modern acquisitions, large glazing to gain more light and computer systems for ticket access.

The station has three heights, at its base an access for the first floor or terrace and the entrance with access for disabled people that leads to the platform. Once there, the platform allows access through the footbridge. For disabled people, there is a gangway system coordinated with trains to access the other side of the platform.

The glass dome (piece 2409) and the large glazed surfaces (piece 2408) are a tribute to the large space sets of the late 80s and early 90s, in this case, I have taken the liberty of making it transparent without dyes.

I also make a small tribute with the permission of the creators to a set that I have a lot of love (6601-1) Ice Cream Cart.

With some hesitation, I decided to include the train to give more gameplay and I think it’s a good option, with the train the project is at the limit of the number of pieces allowed but acquires greater value and logic for a train station.

It is a modern electric style train, with ease to adapt an engine, ease to include the wheelchair and several minifigures thanks to the folding roof.

They are 7 characters that accompany us.

1. Stationmaster:
2. Train driver
3. Girl in a wheelchair
4. Mother of the girl in the wheelchair
5. Staff on the ice cream stall
6. Carefree traveler
7. Business traveler

I can only say that I hope you like it, and if so, do not hesitate to vote for it. It will be an honor to see you pass through the station. Thank you very much for your support and confidence

Congratulations to Pablo and here’s to more exemplary builds to come!

LEGO Masters US Is On Tonight at Fox!

Alright, I’m officially hyped. After almost 7 months of waiting, LEGO Masters US is finally here! Get your bricks on as we witness 10 pairs of the most talented builders across the United States battle for the title to become the ultimate LEGO Master with a handsome cash reward of $100,000.

The names have been drafted, and with 20 individuals coming from all walks of life and professions sharing one passion for the LEGO brick, this will be surely one heck of a brick ride.

LEGO Masters US

At the helm of the show will be judges Amy Corbett who also serves as a LEGO Senior Designer, and Jamie Berard the LEGO builder par excellence who is responsible for most of the beloved sets under the LEGO Creator Expert and Architecture themes. And of course, to level up the challenges that contestants have to face throughout the competition, we have the guy behind the brooding voice of LEGO Batman, Will Arnett, to host the series. A number of celebrities will also be in the show such as Terry Crews, Nicole Byer, Mayim Bialik, Phil Lord, and Christopher Miller. A Star Wars-themed episode will also see a special appearance of R2-D2, C3-PO and BB-8.

Similar to previous seasons, the LEGO Masters US will feature a ton of building challenges that will stretch the limits of our contestants’ creativity. Other than the Star Wars-inspired episode, there will also be a movie-themed episode, a “Good vs Evil Challenge” and a Story Book episode. Details are sketchy, but the titles of the first three episodes are already posted online so it’s exciting to see what will happen in the show throughout the month of February. Some of these follow the same challenges as that from Season 2 in LEGO Masters Australia, like the Cut in Half episode.

February 5 – Dream Park Theme Park 
David and G’s awesome theme park creation from LEGO Masters Australia 2019.

The pairs of contestants are introduced; each duo must craft one section of a theme park, and when the sections are combined, they create an impressive theme park world.

February 12 – Space Smash
This space-themed MOC was the final build created by Jordan and Miller for LEGO Masters Australia.

Each duo must create a space-themed build; the creations must impress the judges when they are smashed in slow motion; Mayim Bialik guest judges.

February 19 – Cut in Half
Cut in Half is a challenge where contestants have to build the missing half of any random object using LEGO bricks.

Each team is given an everyday object that has been sliced in two and they are tasked with building its other half.

 

The first episode of LEGO Masters US will air tonight on Fox 9/8c, and will also be available for streaming via the FOX NOW app if you have a cable account or subscription. It will also be available for Hulu subscribers on Thursday morning.

LEGO Ideas UCS Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Gets 10K Fan Support

The next qualifying LEGO product idea to make it to this year’s first Review Stage after gathering 10K fan support is the LEGO Ideas UCS  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Norders.

Based on the 1968 musical adventure fantasy film of the same title, the UCS Chitty Chitty Bang Bang recreates the iconic car with all its hidden (but useful) features and multi-purpose functionalities. Fans of this classic film will easily recognize the folding wings and the picnic basket at the back. The set is expected to have more or less 2,000 LEGO pieces with two minifigures: Caractacus Potts and Truly Scrumptious.

Here’s what Norders have to say about this fan-submitted LEGO set.

UCS Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The model has undergone some significant improvements, one of which is a hinged bonnet that folds up to reveal a huge old 4-cylinder engine! The parts count has also been reduced by a few hundred pieces, and the metal-work has had a bit of a polish.

LEGO Ideas UCS Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty is a UCS-style model comprising just over 2,000 pieces. And just as before, she comes complete with folding wings and picnic basket and offers a wide variety of building techniques and loads of playability.

Features include:

  • More detail than before!
  • Fold-out wings concealed inside the car’s body
  • Hinged bonnet
  • Big old engine under the bonnet
  • Detachable front and rear sails
  • Working steering
  • Removable picnic basket, complete with rug and picnic items
  • Comfortable leather seats!
  • Minifig models of Caractacus Potts and Truly Scrumptious on an informational fact plaque

The LEGO Ideas UCS  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang qualifies for the First 2020 Review Stage and is joined by other product ideas such as Mary Poppins Cherry Lane, Tesla Cybertruck, and Untitled Goose Game.

This Is Your Chance to See the Untitled Goose Game Become a LEGO Set

Indie game developer House House may find itself in partnership with LEGO, and it all depends on the collective effort of LEGO fans. In just a span of 4 months, the groundbreaking slapstick/stealth/sandbox video game with a no less attractive title, Untitled Goose Game, is now closer to the possibility of having an official LEGO set.

Untitled Goose Game

A LEGO fan that goes by the name A Fellow Player over at the LEGO Ideas platform has submitted a product idea that skyrocketed in votes as much as its game counterpart. If the name sounds familiar to you then you might remember that he/she is the person behind that delicious-looking Tricaketops that I featured last August. The LEGO Ideas Untitled Goose Game is A Fellow Player’s attempt to bring into LEGO brick form that horrible goose that most of us fell in love with.

In fact, the LEGO Ideas Untitled Goose Game also won the heart of the LEGO Ideas Team so much so that it even became a staff pick. In just 4 days, it already reached more than 50% of the votes required to hit the 10K milestone. Here’s what A Fellow Player has to say about his/her entry.

Untitled Goose Game 

The worldwide phenomenon of 2019 comes to LEGO! Enjoy life as a destructive goose in a small garden. Watch out for the gardener and his many tools! Props Included: Jam, Apple, Sprinkler, Goose Sign, Rose Bush, Carrot, Loose Foliage, Spoon, Shovel, Sun Hat, Hammer, Ice Chest, and a Key. Preferably, there would be more than one minifigure, but no others fit this scene. Some difficulties came with the printing and the post will be updated when they are fixed. 

If you want this product idea to become an official LEGO set, then head over at ideas.LEGO.com and cast your vote. We’ve just wrapped the Third 2019 LEGO Ideas Qualifying Period, so we have to see if this next product idea will be able to have enough following to qualify itself for the first 2020 review stage. So what do you think, will the Untitled Goose Game make it to the next LEGO Ideas Review Stage and endear the review team? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

New LEGO Ideas Contest: Build United!

LEGO Ideas has launched another contest with plenty of cool prizes up for grabs. To celebrate the release of the LEGO Creator Expert Old Trafford-Manchester United (10272), this next LEGO Ideas contest encourages all LEGO builders to come up with their most creative way of showing support to the famous Red Devils in LEGO brick form. Build United! is now currently in its Submission Phase which began last January 16. The deadline for submission of entries will be February 20, 2020, at 6 AM EST.  Read on for more details.

LEGO Ideas Contest: Build United!

Old Trafford has been given the LEGO® treatment, could you do the same with anything and everything Manchester United? We’re looking for goal recreations, brick-built badges, or even player statues! It doesn’t matter what it is, so long as it celebrates The Red Devils!

If you’re the Grand Prize winner of this contest, you’ll win the following:  

LEGO Ideas Contest

Two Runner Up winners will each receive:    

Head on over to the contest page to read the contest rules and get started. 

Winners of the $100,000 LEGO Mindstorms Voice Challenge Announced

Back in September last year, LEGO in partnership with Amazon has launched the LEGO Mindstorms Voice Challenge Powered by Alexa calling all talented LEGO Mindstorms builders and programmers to come up with their coolest and brick-built robots operated and controlled by Amazon’s Alexa. After almost 4 months of review, the results are in with six Finalists and one Grand Winner bringing home the title of being the Ultimate LEGO Mindstorms Champion. Watch the video demos of the winning entries.

Finalist – Smart Susan

Everybody loves a tea party but many can’t afford a butler so this entry into the 13 – 17-year-old Creators category transformed the Lazy Susan into a Smart Susan.

 

Finalist – LEGO MINDSTORMS Puppy Training using Alexa Voice Control

Get the ultimate puppy owner experience: build a LEGO MINDSTORMS puppy and teach the puppy the basic commands using Alexa.

 

Finalist – LEGO MINDSTORMS Wafflebot with Amazon Alexa

You talk to a robot about waffles, then the robot MAKES YOU WAFFLES.

 

Finalist – Paige Turner

An Alexa voice-controlled, LEGO MINDSTORMS robot that can read and turn pages of books for the visually impaired.

 

Finalist – Amazing Amazon Alexa’s Magic Show (feat. LEGO MINDSTORMS)

Amazing Amazon Alexa teams up with the Legendary LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 to perform an amazing magic show.

 

Finalist – Sky Finder

Explore space with this LEGO MINDSTORMS gadget and ask Alexa to show you the locations of planets, stars and even galaxies.

 

And the Grand Prize goes to… can you guess? To our favorite LEGO Technic Master builder and LEGO Ideas fan designer Jason Allemann. Known as JKBrickworks in the LEGO fan community, Jason impressed the contest’s judges with his super fun and engaging Game Station. If you recall, Jason is also the genius behind the previously released LEGO sets such as the LEGO Ideas Maze (21305) back in 2016, and the Pop-Up Book (21315). His latest accomplishment as the overall winner of the LEGO Mindstorms Voice Challenge further cements his title as one of the most talented and brilliant LEGO builders of all time. Check out winning entry below, and again congratulations to all the winners!

Grand Prize – Game Station

Challenge yourself and your friends with interactive games powered by Alexa.

 

 

LEGO Ideas Tesla Cybertruck Achieves 10K Support

Following the first LEGO Ideas product idea to qualify for the First 2020 Review Stage, we now have another entry to garner 10K support from LEGO fans. The LEGO Ideas Tesla Cybertruck by BrickinNick now shares the stage with Mary Poppins Cherry Tree Lane to become a possible set LEGO set later on.

LEGO Ideas Tesla Cybertruck

The LEGO Ideas Tesla Cybertruck is based on Elon Musk’s vision of a ‘cyberpunk’ electric vehicle that is touted to have “better utility than a truck with more performance than a sports car”. This brick rendition by BrickinNick attempts to replicate this vision by adding certain play features such as a working frunk (front trunk) or hood and tailgate functions similar to its real-life counterpart. He also upped the ante with this product idea by adding functional side doors, a mini-Tesla Cybertruck, Cyberquad, and a ramp.

Read on for the complete description of this product idea.

LEGO Ideas Cybertruck
“Better utility than a truck with more performance than a sports car” – Tesla Motors
The Tesla Cybertruck is one of the most polarizing vehicles ever. And it’s an all-electric one at that. As a long-time electric vehicle (EV) fan, I was excited for Tesla to be bringing out their own “Cyberpunk” inspired pickup truck. So much so, that I decided to build my own. Together, we can bring this crazy all-electric vehicle to LEGO fans all over the world!
About the build…
While it’s design may not be for everyone, many different elements and functions of the Cybertruck lend themselves well to an electrifying LEGO build. At this time, only the frunk (front trunk) and tailgate function. Opening passenger doors, a full interior, fold or slide-out ramp, opening charging ports, steering, suspension, the Tesla ATV, and more could all be integrated (and are being worked on for future project updates) making for an incredibly fun building experience. LEGO motorization could even turn this into a truly all-electric vehicle in brick form!
Dimensions: 35.6 cm L x 15.2 cm W x 12.7 cm H (14″ L x 6″ W x 5″ H)
Why will this make for a great LEGO set?
Tesla’s mission has always been to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. This aligns with the LEGO Group’s goal of sustainability and leaving a positive impact on the planet. As of yet, EVs have only been marginally represented in the LEGO set catalog. The striking yet fun design of this LEGO Cybertruck would be an amazing way to get kids and adults alike excited about EVs and all the good they can do for our environment.