Official Images for the LEGO Bricklink Designer Program Sets Surfaced

If you’re using the LEGO Builder app on you’re iPhone or iPad, you may have noticed an update that added the official images of the crowdfunded LEGO Bricklink Designer Program sets. If you recall, the Bricklink Designer Program began first as the AFOL Designer Program in 2018 to bring together the best original creations from the LEGO builders community. The goal is to gather as much support as possible through a crowdfunding platform that will enable these LEGO MOCs to be mass-produced and recognized.

And thanks to a recent LEGO Builder update, we can now glimpse what we can expect from these sets’ official packaging. There are five sets under the LEGO Bricklink Designer Program; each set is intended for advanced LEGO builders due to their size and complexity.

Pre-orders have unfortunately ended, but if you happen to be the first 10,000 supporters who pre-ordered these sets, you can expect them to be shipped any time soon. The good thing is that building instructions in PDF format will also be available, so you can try and see if you can build these sets using your existing LEGO pieces, or you can order them through Bricklink.

Click on the following links if you want to know more about these LEGO Bricklink Designer Program sets.

Studgate Train Station (910002)

4,076 pieces | 339.99 Euros | Designed by Pablo Sanchez Jimenez (BrickyBricks82)

 

Winter Chalet (910004)

2,705 pieces | 169.99 Euros | Designed by Sandro Damiano (sdrnet)

 

Modular Construction Site (910008)

3,374 pieces | 269.99 Euros | Designed by Ryan Taggart (ryantaggart)

 

1950s Diner (910011)

1,379 pieces | 109.99 Euros | Designed by James Allan Cox (pix027)

 

Mountain View Observatory (910027)

3,876 pieces | 209.99 Euros | Designed by Thomas Wosch (ThomasW_BL)

LEGO Ideas Update: First Thirteen Qualifiers for the First LEGO Ideas 2023 Review Stage

Now that the LEGO Ideas Third 2022 Review Stage has been wrapped up, we are now seeing the initial batch of product ideas that managed to gather that needed 10K support to be included in the First 2023 LEGO Ideas Review Stage. Here’s a look at some of the product ideas that may turn out to be the next official LEGO Ideas set.

Right off the bat, I have to say that I am personally cheering for Ashnflash’s Shrek’s Swamp – 20th Anniversary set and the Retro Comic Store by LEGOverwatch. Ashnflash LEGO Ideas concept was an overnight success considering that an official LEGO set inspired by Dreamwork’s iconic green ogre can potentially become a tie-in set to celebrate this 2oth anniversary milestone. The recent box office success of the Shrek spin-off Puss in Boots: The Last Wish also catapulted this proposed set to 10K stardom.

Another product idea that I hope to see become a reality is the Retro Comic Store. It will be a great addition to any LEGO City MOC and other LEGO modular sets. It is also cool to see some vintage comic book titles rendered into printed LEGO titles, similar to our custom LEGO 2×2 printed tiles that we offer at our official storefront.

In any case, I hope for the success of all these product ideas as they enter this year’s LEGO Ideas First 2023 Review Stage. In no particular order, here are the initial batch of this year’s LEGO Ideas qualifiers. Click on their respective links below to learn more about these potential LEGO Ideas sets.

SHREK’S SWAMP – 20TH ANNIVERSARY

LEGO Ideas 2023 Review Stage

 

BRICK BOULEVARD

 

THE BOTANICAL GARDEN

LEGO Ideas 2023 Review Stage

 

THE STARGATE

 

SWEET HONEY

LEGO Ideas 2023 Review Stage

 

BABY GREEN SEA TURTLE – KINETIC

 

DR. SEUSS AND LEGO

LEGO Ideas 2023 Review Stage

 

STARGATE SG1 : EMBARKATION ROOM

 

MOTORIZED HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE

LEGO Ideas 2023 Review Stage

 

RETRO COMIC STORE

 

ROSCOSMOS SOYUZ MS SPACECRAFT

LEGO Ideas 2023 Review Stage

 

THE CROWN – A PIECE OF HISTORY

 

MEDIEVAL SEASIDE MARKET

LEGO Ideas 2023 Review Stage

Get Into the Groove With These Custom LEGO Music Album Covers from Build Better Bricks

In case you missed it, 2023’s first LEGO modular set adds a bit of musical flair to any LEGO fan’s collection. The LEGO Icons Jazz Club (10312) is out now for a night of jazz music and the most incredible show in your LEGO town. And to spice things up, custom LEGO provider Build Better Bricks brings your minifigures’ entertainment to the next level with its new collection of custom LEGO music album covers that you may want to play on the brick stage.

Build Better Bricks, and The Brick Show Shop (our official storefront) now offer custom LEGO music album covers to add some rock to your Jazz Club or any custom LEGO music hall. These covers render some of the most iconic studio albums from music history’s greatest artists, giving them that humorous LEGO twist. If you want to add some custom minifigure fun to your LEGic room MOC or concert hall, then you may want to check out these latest labwish toas well.

Selling for just $1.50 per piece, these LEGO 2×2 tiles come with high-quality printed designs of four  famous album covers. The attention to detail and superb artwork that these 2×2 tiles have is simply amazing. See if you can recognize these custom LEGO music album covers from their real-world counterparts. Just click on their respective links if you wish to purchase them now. And for more fun and custom LEGO pieces and sets, head over to B3’s website and visit our official store.

Dark Side of the Brick – B3 Customs Music Album Cover

 

Buildr Road – B3 Customs Music Album Cover

 

MJ, Thriller – B3 Customs Music Album Cover

 

Harry Tiles, File Line – B3 Customs Music Album Cover

What LEGO MOC Will You Build This Week? Try These Custom LEGO Star Wars Minifigures!

LEGO Star Wars is still going strong in 2023. In fact, 3 out of 10 LEGO sets that were ranked by LEGO fans over at Brickset as their top 10 faves for this year come from the galaxy far away. And for this week’s LEGO MOC build, we’ll focus on these custom LEGO Star Wars minifigures by LEGO fan Nick Chen.

I agree that LEGO has come up with many impressive LEGO Star Wars sets. Due to their design playability or the sheer number of pieces that comprise them, such sets are things of beauty to hold and play with. Now, if you’re like me, you’ll probably want a little bit of this or of that, especially regarding a set with a galaxy filled with so many characters and elements. Probably that’s the reason why I am fond of small collectibles from this part of the LEGO Star Wars galaxy, and I have particularly in mind the LEGO Star Wars Microfighters. With more than 35 sets under this subtheme since 2014, it’s an excellent alternative for their more extensive (and more expensive) siblings of starfighters and vehicles.

One particular LEGO fan probably has the same inclination as much as I do about keeping things small and yet, fun and playable. Nick Chen has a knack for creating tiny LEGO Star Wars ships that are smaller than their Microfighter counterparts – in fact, even smaller than the ones LEGO had before with their LEGO Star Wars Planets back in 2012. Nick came up with a fun idea of having his LEGO Star Wars minifigs donned with their particular ship as costumes and was kind enough to share his work for the LEGO community to enjoy. The photos below came from Nick’s Flickr page. Check some of his customized LEGO Star Wars minifigs below.

Luke Landspeeder costume

Rey Speeder

Millennium Falcon

AT-AT minifig costume

These small minifig creations are cute and fun enough to make up your dioramas. You may also create unique scenes, pairing them with any LEGO Star Wars sets that you have.

What do you think? What is your favorite among Nick’s LEGO Star Wars minifig costumes? What micro fighter would you like to pair it up with? Share with us what you think in the comments section below.

LEGO Ideas Pick-a-Brick Sets Coming Soon

In case you missed it, the LEGO Ideas website announced nine new LEGO Ideas Pick-a-Brick sets to be released this year. As part of last year’s re-opening of the LEGO Ideas Test Lab platform, these nine new designs were submitted as digital designs, in which LEGO Ideas members were invited to participate.

If you recall, the LEGO Ideas Test Lab was launched in 2017 as a new seedbed for testing smaller LEGO sets following a crowdsourcing model. The concept went into hiatus for some time and was re-launched in September last year in collaboration with LEGO’s Pick-a-Brick service. Participation in the re-launch was on a per-invite basis, where several prolific LEGO Ideas members and builders were asked to join. And after several months of review, we finally get to see our first wave of LEGO Ideas Pick-a-Brick sets.

There is no word yet on their exact release dates. But we can be sure that seven will be available anytime soon over at LEGO.com, while two will be available as seasonal sets. Chances are that they will be available via LEGO Pick-a-Brick packs together with their digital instructions.

Check them out below, and let me know your favorite.

Expected to Launch Anytime Soon

Cyber Explorers by Beto_Builds

LEGO Ideas Pick-a-Brick

Plant Your Garden by Mind The Brick

Market Stall – Fit For Any City by Boom Brickz

LEGO Ideas Pick-a-Brick

Double-Sided Billboard or Frame by MiniBricks74279

Wacky Fish by JBBrickFanatic

Modular Motors by nasa105

Greenhouse Vignette by ThatOneGuy_Steve

Expected to Launch Q4 2023

Sugar Skull by yop1172

Christmas Sock by BrickStability

 

What LEGO MOC Will You Build This Week? How About a Custom LEGO Steampunk Walking Ship!

 

NOTE: The “What LEGO MOC” series is a look back at some of the best LEGO MOCs that we featured here in the blog for the past decade, plus new ones as well. If you’re new here on our website, MOC stands for “My Own Creation” using LEGO bricks and represents anything original that a LEGO fan builder created. I hope that through the What LEGO MOC series, you’ll get inspired to start building that original creation of yours. So let’s jumpstart this week with this one.      

I’m a huge fan of Jason Allemann ever since I first saw his LEGO Ideas Maze (21305) back in 2016. It was his very first project to become an approved LEGO set followed by a second one in 2018 with the creation of the LEGO Ideas Pop-Up Book (21315).

A prolific builder himself, and a LEGO Technic and Mindstorms expert, his website features some of the most awesome brick creations you have ever seen. Take for example his custom LEGO Steampunk Walking Ship (dubbed as Land Ship Amagosa) as seen on his JK Brickworks YouTube channel.

Jason’s robotic walking ship is inspired by the Strandbeest walker design created by renowned Dutch physicist and inventor Theo Jansen. Using LEGO Mindstorms, Jason’s MOC consists of a series of cams that goes around the robot that pulls the legs at certain pivot points. Operated remotely, the walking ship has a very smooth balance and a responsive set of controls as you can see from the video below:

 

Jason was also kind enough to share some of the inner workings of his LEGO MOC Steampunk Walking Ship over at his website.  His walking creation features a post-apocalyptic trading ship complete with a functional crane that works in conjunction with its walking mechanism.

To help you get started, Jason also offers a free building guide to recreate the frame, crankshaft, and legs of this walking wonder. As you can see, mobility for this original LEGO creation is provided by LEGO Power Functions (or Mindstorms if you happen to have one) and other related accessories. The nice thing is that even if you don’t have those rather pricey power functions systems, you can still build a static model using Jason’s building instructions and create your theme or design from there. From the ground to the skies, you just let your LEGO imagination fly.

Do you have a particular original LEGO creation you want to take center stage in our What LEGO MOC series? Let me know in the comments below.

LEGO Ideas 2023 Sets To Watch Out For

2022 was a great year for LEGO Ideas, with a total of 9 LEGO fan-designed sets, 2 of which were approved to become gift-with-purchase sets in the likes of Cosmic Cardboard Adventures (40533) and Ray Castaway (40566). And for this year, the LEGO Ideas Design Team certainly has a lot on its plate as fans eagerly await their official rendition of this year’s LEGO Ideas 2023 sets.

For 2023, we can expect the same number of official LEGO Ideas sets to be released similar to that of last year with 7 approved product ideas that eventually had the green light from designers. These LEGO Ideas 2023 sets are still in the works, and here’s a recap of this next wave of community-supported sets that we can’t wait to put our hands on this year.

In order of its review results, these approved sets are:

LEGO Ideas Second 2021 Review Results 

A-Frame Cabin

by Andrea Lattanzio (aka Norton74); approved February 22, 2022

LEGO Ideas 2023

 

BTS “Dynamite”

by Josh Bretz (JBBrickFanatic); approved February 22, 2022

 

 

LEGO Ideas Third 2021 Review Results 

Hocus Pocus – The Sanderson Sisters’ Cottage

by Amber Veyt (aka TheAmbrinator); by approved July 12, 2022

LEGO Ideas 2023

 

 

LEGO Ideas First 2022 Review Results

The Orient Express, The Legendary Train

by Thomas Lajon (aka LEt.sGO); approved October 25, 2022

 

Tales of the Space Age

by Jan Woźnica (aka john_carter); approved October 25, 2022

LEGO Ideas 2023

 

Polaroid OneStep SX-70

by Marc (aka Minibrick Productions); approved October 25, 2022

 

LEGO Insects

by José María (aka hachiroku24); approved October 25, 2022

LEGO Ideas 2023

 

We can also expect a fan-designed, gift-with-purchase set in the form of a Tribute to Galileo Galilei to be available this year. If you recall, this original creation was the grand prize winner of the LEGO Ideas’ Ready, Set, Go, STEM Challenge in May last year. Created by fan designer Firecracker_, this GWP will most likely be offered towards the 2nd half of 2023.

The Tribute to Galileo Galilei is our next LEGO Ideas gift-with-purchase set. Fan model, not final product.

It is also worth noting that there are 3 more LEGO Ideas sets to watch out for, though they are more likely to be released by 2024. These upcoming sets are based on winning entries that came in on top of LEGO Ideas Challenges in collaboration with Target and Wizards of the Coast LLC. I’m including them here for our reference but they will most likely be available next year. However, bear in mind that nothing is set in stone as far as their release dates are concerned until such time that LEGO confirms their availability.

Target x LEGO Ideas Set Vote

Viking Village

by Florian (aka BrickHammer); winner August 17,  2022

 

Target x LEGO Ideas x Target: What Does Family Mean to You Challenge

Your Family Tree

by Ivan Guerrero (aka Bulldoozer); winner December 7, 2022

 

50 Years of Dungeons and Dragons
Dragon’s Keep: Journey’s End

by Lucas (BoltBuilds); winner January 5, 2023

 

What LEGO Ideas 2023 set are you most excited about? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.

LEGO Ideas Dungeons and Dragons Set Coming Very Soon

The greatest fantasy tabletop role-playing game of all time is finally getting the LEGO treatment. Back in October, LEGO Ideas launched a building challenge that will test the mettle of LEGO and Dungeons & Dragons fans. And after several months of grueling idea intakes, expert reviews, and crowd votes, a winner was selected to become the first-ever LEGO Ideas Dungeons and Dragons set.

LEGO fan builder BoltBuilds and his Dragon’s Keep: Journey’s End MOC eventually bested other entries to officially become a LEGO Ideas set. The announcement was made last Thursday via the LEGO Ideas website.

We know who made the Fan Vote, but who has had their entry selected to become one of the next LEGO Ideas sets?!

After hundreds of entries and an exciting Fan Vote, only one could be selected! A huge thank you to everyone who participated. We are very happy to announce that Dragon’s Keep: Journey’s End has been selected! A huge congratulations to BoltBuilds, the incredible designer behind this submission.

LEGO Ideas Dungeons and Dragons

Fan builder BoltBuilds envisioned this next LEGO Ideas set to be the ultimate brick representation of the iconic game, featuring a Witches Tower, Tavern, Dungeon, and a Crypt. At approximately 3,000 pieces, this rendition also includes a magnificent Green Dragon, Beholder, and a party of six minifigures.

Given the size of this build, we can expect that the LEGO Ideas design team will certainly have fun stuffing in all the many play features that make this set uniquely D&D. We do not have a release date yet, but given the many approved LEGO Ideas product ideas still being worked along the way (such as the A-Frame Cabin and BTS Dynamite among others), we can somewhat expect this LEGO Ideas Dungeons and Dragons set to be on shelves sometime in 2024.

Will this be on your must-have list? Let me know in the comments below.

Third 2022 LEGO Ideas Review Stage Commences With 35 Product Ideas

Earlier last month, we revisited the LEGO Ideas platform as it nears the end of its most current project submission stage. And this time around the review team made its announcement, officially closing the submission stage and opening the way for its Third 2022 LEGO Ideas Review Stage.

We featured 33 product ideas last month that managed to gather the needed 10,000 fan votes to take the step towards becoming an official LEGO Ideas set. And this time around, 3 additional projects were added to the roster giving us a total of 35 product ideas officially entering the said review stage.

Unfortunately, the Neverending Story (40th Anniversary) product idea was eventually removed from the list of qualifiers due to a copyright takedown request from the iconic film’s license holder. This gives us a total of 35 qualifiers instead of 36 making the final roster.

The product idea Neverending Story (40th Anniversary) was eventually removed from the list of qualifiers for the Third 2022 LEGO Ideas Review Stage due to a copyright takedown request. As of this posting, the link for its respective LEGO Ideas product idea page was eventually removed. 

These 3 additional product ideas include:

FANTOZZI TAKES THE BUS ON THE FLY

 

WILLOW – BATTLE OF TIR ASLEEN

 

DOGS’ FUN PARK – PLAYABLE DOG RUN

 

The Second 2022 LEGO Ideas Review Stage is also about to wrap up, with an outstanding total of 51 product ideas anxiously waiting for the seal of approval of the LEGO Ideas Review Team. The announcement of the approved sets is expected to happen anytime soon this month or within this quarter, so will keep a close eye on this one.

Update: LEGO Ideas Third Review Stage 2022 is Almost Near

It has been a while since we covered the LEGO Ideas scene, and in case you missed it, the LEGO Ideas Third Review Stage 2022 is about to commence with currently 33 product ideas on the table and still counting.

As a fan of LEGO Ideas and MOCs in general, I’m always in support of LEGO Ideas fan submissions, with more than a couple of project proposals that I sincerely cheered on, and eventually rose to the top as official LEGO sets (Voltron, 123 Sesame Street, and Cosmic Card Adventures just to name a few).

And though we’re still looking forward to seeing on shelves 7 more product ideas that managed to get the nod of the LEGO Ideas Review Team (The Orient Express, Tales of the Space Age, Polaroid Onestep SX-70, LEGO Insects, A-Frame Cabin, Hocus Pocus, and BTS Dynamite), there’s still a lot to look forward to with our next wave of entries for the LEGO Ideas Third Review Stage 2022. These are the entries that managed to get the support of more than 10,000 LEGO fans who wished to see them become official LEGO sets in the future.

In no particular order, here are the qualifiers that will enter the said review period. You may click on their respective links to know more about these original LEGO fan creations. And like other entries, there’s a lot of potential in this set of qualifiers. From pop culture icons to memorable, picturesque locations, there’s something for every LEGO fan

Lover House

Jack Skellington’s House

House of Open Shutters

Mechanical Flip Clock

The Alpine Refuge

Community

Sewer Heroes: Fighting the Fatberg

JWST

The Architect’s House

The Clock Tower Park

The Old Western Train Station

London Underground

Pixar’s Up House With Balloons

This is Fine

BOTW Temple of Time

Japanese Courtyard Garden

Jaws

Cipher Machine

Castle Dracula

The Neverending Story (40th Anniversary)

Wallace and Gromit

Zoo

Modular Arcade

The Travel Suitcase

Ancient Roman Temple

Golden Clifftop Temple

Japanese Castle

Pac-Man Moving Display

The Lost City

Cat

The Wizard’s Retreat

The Wright Flyer

Classic Thunderbirds

 

Since we have a couple of weeks or more before we formally enter the  LEGO Ideas Third Review Stage for 2022, we can expect for more product ideas to make it before the deadline. Head over to the LEGO Ideas website if you wish to support any of the original fan submissions posted there.