The LEGO Ideas Review Team has officially announced the five product ideas that qualify for the Third 2018 LEGO Ideas Review Stage which began from September 2018 until early January 2019. It may not be as many as of those from early review stages, but these selections represent a pretty diverse collection of product ideas that appeal to almost all LEGO fans. These are LEGO product ideas that garnered the support of more than 10,000 LEGO fans in the idea-sharing platform during the aforementioned dates.
I have to say that this is a rather tough decision to make, considering that almost all of these product ideas are my personal favorites. But if I really have to choose which among these do I really like to see happen as an official LEGO set, then I have to say my vote goes to FrostBrick’s Food Stand Diners. Here once again are the five product ideas that qualified for the LEGO Ideas Third 2018 Review Stage.
The LEGO Ideas Review Board is still currently working to give us their verdict and results of the LEGO Ideas Second 2018 Review Stage, with 10 awesome product ideas vying to get that seal of approval to be the next official LEGO Ideas set. In case you missed it, here are the qualifiers currently reviewed from this period.
Congratulations to all the qualifiers! Keep on building!
There have been several instances around the world when LEGO was used as a medium for impressive diorama displays: the anniversary of Australia’s Parliament House, the recreation of an ancient Scottish fort and other historic or artistic exhibits. Sometimes these displays are positively received; other times they could draw controversy. The latter became the case during the Madrid LEGO Exhibit, entitled as “I Love LEGO” building exhibition held this week at Gaviria Palace in Madrid, Spain. One display, a diorama of soldiers accosting a village, was slammed by an Israeli diplomat to the country as having anti-Semitic undertones, despite the exhibit description being a dramatization of anti-Nazi reprisal actions post-WWII.
Titled “Operation Vengeance”, this diorama at Gaviria Palace’s “I Love LEGO” event supposedly captures an event wherein armed soldiers attacked the town of Priuli, northern Italy in 1945 due to it being home of Nazi sympathizers during the German occupation.
The minifigure soldiers attacking the townspeople, plus their transport truck, were emblazoned with Israeli flags, something Assaf Moran, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Spain, called out this Tuesday as a historical fallacy.
According to Moran, who visited the Madrid LEGO exhibit, the soldiers who took part in the 1945 attack on Priuli shouldn’t be wearing the flag of Israel because it didn’t exist until 1948; most likely these anti-Nazi soldiers should have been in British uniform. In addition, Moran decried the imagery of “Israeli soldiers” pointing firearms at civilians, Nazi sympathizers or otherwise, as misleading to the public, portraying Israel as a “violent and aggressive nation”.
Following this protest on behalf of the Israeli embassy, the event organizers of the Madrid LEGO Exhibit had the diorama altered to remove the Israeli flags therein. The I Love LEGO exhibit remains on Gaviria Palace for visitors until February 24, 2019.
This next LEGO Ideas Contest fell off my radar, and it’s a good thing that we still have two weeks before the contest ends. In case you also missed it, you might be interested to know that the LEGO Ideas team is running another building contest where LEGO fans and builders can get to bag home an awesome array of LEGO Ideas sets. All you need to do is to come up with your most imaginative and bricktastic pop-up story in a similar fashion such as that of LEGO Ideas Pop-Up Book (21315). The deadline for submission of entries is on January 3, 2019 (6AM, EST). Read on for the contest’s overview and what you’ll be getting if yours will be the winning entry. For the complete contest rules, you may visit the LEGO Ideas Create a Bricktastic Pop-Up Story contest page. You may also view other cool entries in this contest right here.
Create a Bricktastic Pop-Up Story!
Do you consider yourself an amazing storyteller? Whether you’re into action stories, romance, fairy tales, science fiction, comics or a whole other genre, we now challenge you to build a bricktastic story that will make us all fall off our chairs! To give your story the ultimate twist of creativity, we ask you to build it as a pop-up.
So, get ready, fetch your bricks, and surprise us with some awesome pop-up stories!
The Grand Prize winner will receive:
A custom, special edition Pop-Up Book trophy created by LEGO Designer Wes Talbott and featuring artwork by LEGO Graphic Designer Crystal Fontan
We now have our 4th LEGO Ideas candidate that qualifies for the Third 2018 LEGO Ideas Review Stage. Following the 10K, thumbs up success of the Food Stand Diners a few days ago, we now have a larger set candidate in the form of the Queen Victoria Cruise ship by David Wardle (also known as FlagsNZ over at Brickset). Built using more than 2,000 LEGO pieces, the LEGO Ideas Queen Victoria Cruise Ship is an accurate, 1:565 scaled rendition of the real Queen Victoria Cruise Ship, a Vista-Class passenger ship built in Italy in 2007. What is perhaps equally interesting about this MOC, is the builder behind it. David Wardle has a long, solid career in the maritime business and has been teaching his expertise as a senior lecturer in a maritime school in New Zealand. He even uses LEGO sets such as the LEGO Creator Expert Maersk Line Triple-E (10241) in teaching students how to navigate the seas. So when David talks about ships and builds LEGO MOCs about them, expect only the best rendition from a seasoned skipper and LEGO fan.
This LEGO model of Queen Victoria recreates the real luxury cruise liner in amazing detail. You can see the cabin portholes and balconies of the Britannia Balcony staterooms as well as the detailed open decks with three swimming pools.
You can see the open Promenade decks with the ship’s lifeboats and life rafts. There are rotating gold-coloured propellers attached to two swivelling Azipod motors. The model has a complete set of navigation lights, radar and radio masts, and the three distinctive satellite communication domes.
The model can be displayed on its own stand which includes a fact plaque with detailed information about the ship or the stand can be removed as the model will slide around on smooth boat studs.
This model has been designed to accurately portray this iconic Cunard Line passenger ship. The model is built to the similar scale as the Creator Expert set 10241 Maersk Line Triple E.
The LEGO model Queen Victoria measures 65 studs long (52cm, 20.5in) and 12 studs wide (10cm, 3.8in).
The real ship measures 294m (965ft) long which make this model’s scale 1:565.
It includes 2061 parts.
Founded in 1840, Cunard Line celebrated 175 years of operation in 2015. They have always been a leading operator of passenger ships on the North Atlantic. Cunard Line ships have distinctive red funnels with two black stripes.
Queen Victoria is a Vista-Class passenger ship. This class of ship are built in Italy at the Fincantieri Marghera shipyard. Vista-Class ships are built to Panamax guidelines, which means that they will fit into the locks and can transit Panama Canal. As well as Cunard, Vista-Class ships are operated by Holland America Line, P&O Cruises and Costa Crociere.
The Food Stand Diners features a nice collection of brick-built food stalls at minifigure scale. FrostBricks’ excellent choice of colors surely stands out and makes you want to have a quick bite of your favorite burger and fries. It’s a great addition to any LEGO theme park sets such as the LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster (10261) and Fairground Mixer (10244). I like the play features of this project, with lots of potentials for further modifications and inclusion of other food stalls such as a bakery, popcorn stand, hot dog stand and many more. Here’s what FrostBricks has to say about his LEGO Ideas Product Idea.
Food Stand Diners
The fabulous Fernando Brothers are known for their fine cuisine; and their fun food shacks are the perfect place for a family party.
Each food stand is modeled to resemble a life-size food counterpart, whilst also being a minifig-scale food stand. Perfect for either play or display, with fully detailed interiors so the brothers can prepare their specialty burgers, milkshakes and fries.
It’s also proposed there’d be a range of food accessories included, burgers, drinks and more (a birthday cake perhaps?) Along with a table and additional minifigures included, so that you could create your own family enjoying a lovely day in the park.
Which Figures? What food?
Currently, the three proposed food stands included would be a Burger stand, a Fries stand, and a Milkshake stand. But perhaps you’d like to see another of your favorite foods made into a food stand and included? Well, let us know in the comments.
Likewise the minifigures currently shown here are placeholders, and ideally, the set would include enough minifig parts to mix and match your own family having a fun day out.
FrostBricks was even kind enough to upload an instructional video on how to build the actual Burger and Fries Stands. We’re still waiting for the video on how to build the Milk Shake Stand so we’ll keep a close eye on that as well.
I somehow feel that the Third 2018 LEGO Ideas Review Stage will be kind of tough for our LEGO Ideas Design Review Team since there seems to be a lot of potential sets in this batch. I personally vouch for the Food Stand Diners and I hope to see this released as a LEGO Ideas set in the future.
It’s become quite the acceptable medium to honor some famous person or other who has earned an achievement in his or her career by having a life-sized statue of them made out of LEGO bricks. It’s simply a natural development from building LEGO figuresoffavorite characters from any franchise.
Quite recently, the Dallas Cowboys also commissioned a LEGO statue to be put in front of their team headquarters at The Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas. Said figure is none other than their former player and now-ESPN color analyst for Monday Night Football, tight end Jason Witten.
Twitter first became aware of the LEGO Witten statue the week before, when the first posts came up November 23. Needless to say, it’s become an additional tourist attraction and selfie magnet in the Cowboys HQ. No info was shared as to who built the figure for The Star, but its construction fits the styling of past sporting-figure LEGO constructs.
LEGO or otherwise, having such an honor done for Jason Witten is well-earned. He spent all 15 years of his NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys after all, from 2007 to 2017. In that time he established himself as one of the best tight ends in the league with 68 TDs and 1,152 receptions over the span of 239 games.
Nobody knows if the real Witten has gone on to see his LEGO rendition yet, but the brick-built statue remains at Cowboys HQ in the Star for all future visits.
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LEGO has been especially pushing their brand, by means of some new in-development sets, to attract the purchase of adults not just to give to their children, but for themselves. While LEGO might want its products to be enjoyable to all ages, they probably never thought it might catch the fancy of an 81-year-old man.
Said cool old guy is Stuart Blumberg, retired president of the hotel association for Miami-Dade County. Blumberg even got into LEGO at such an advanced age, attempting his first build at 78. That was the beginning of his LEGO experience that lasted some three years.
His set builds advanced from vehicles to building models, and now he’s taken on an MOC project in honor of a local structure he had been personally invested in: the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. He had been part of a group that pushed for the construction of the center back in the 1990s, not opening until 2006.
Despite the effort and building time, Blumberg was ecstatic as he recalled his time on the board that oversaw the delayed construction of the real Arsht Center. “Building it was emotional,” he said. “Watching it being built again. In reality. In real time. Each time, I put something in there, it was like watching the real building be built all over again.” He has shown the build to the center’s namesake, retired philanthropist Adrienne Arsht, who was impressed.
Last month, Australia’s Parliament House celebrated the 30th anniversary of its opening by, among many activities, playing host to a LEGO rendition of itself by Aussie LEGO Certified Professional Ryan “Brickman” McNaught. This November saw America’s turn to immortalize an important government building in LEGO, displayed at its real-life counterpart.
Last Monday, a LEGO scale model of the White House was unveiled at the real White House’s Visitors Center. The monumental MOC was a project envisioned by the National Park Service and White House Historical Association, with respective representatives and that from the Danish Embassy presiding over the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Actual design of the LEGO White House was courtesy of project coordinator Andrew Little from exhibit consultant Creatacor. No less than four LEGO Master Builders went to work assembling the 1:30 scale brick-built model at the LEGO North America HQ itself in Enfield, Connecticut, a process that took over 825 hours assembling over 100,000 pieces.
NPS Superintendent John Stanwich hopes a LEGO version of the White House would spark interest about the national landmark and Presidential residence in a new generation of children. Andrew Little himself noted that during the ribbon-cutting, Visitors Center security had to cordon curious families from approaching the exhibit table until the ceremony was over with.
The LEGO White House is part of a larger LEGO Exhibit of models of other historic structures called the Americana Roadshow, opening February next year in Albany, New York. This model will remain in the White House Visitors Center until the end of January 2019, before it joins the other LEGO models in Albany in time for the Roadshow opening.
Despite a very limited range of interpretation on official LEGO products, said brand is still quite the favorite by many for building constructs inspired by the greatest sci-fi show ever to come out of the UK: Doctor Who. We’ve covered a brick-built statue of Jodie Whitaker as the 13th Doctor at SDCC 2018 before; now we look at the TARDIS. True, LEGO did release a TARDIS set via LEGO Ideas Doctor Who (21304) in the past, and this MOC’s smaller, without an interior. But YouTube LEGO builder Josh DaVid gave the set a twist by designing a custom LEGO spinning TARDIS with the use of LEGO Technic pieces.
DaVid’s TARIDS build is supported in the air by an ingenious LEGO Technic rig, which goes into a base with a hand crank on one side. As you can see from his video below, cranking the handle causes the custom LEGO spinning TARDIS to rotate, creating the trademark Doctor Who special effect of the time-travelling machine whirling about through the vastness of infinite space-time.
Josh DaVid’s Technic TARDIS MOC is available to interested LEGO builders in two options: building instructions on Etsy, or a custom set with all needed parts on Mochub. You can also optionally install a Power Functions motor, though it’s not included in the basic build.