LEGO Ideas Sonic (21331) Fan Designer Presents Alt-Build Tips for Eggman Figure

January 1, 2022 saw the release of LEGO Idea set #39, Sonic the Hedgehog Green Hill Zone (21331). This highly-anticipated item was based on the brainchild of Ideas contributor Viv Grannell, aka toastergrl. As with some previous Ideas sets, this final product features significant changes from its original version. It now depicts the original first level of “Sonic the Hedgehog” (1991) on the Sega Genesis. Grannell’s submission had been based on the updated Green Hill Zone from 2017’s “Sonic Mania” nostalgia title. This change, toastergrl doesn’t mind. In fact, she even has her own suggested alterations of the released product.

As The Brick Fan tells it, Viv “toastergrl” Grannell has provided alternate building instructions for LEGO Ideas 21331. These alternative steps can be downloaded on LEGO MOC platform Rebrickable. They involve designs for the brick-built Dr. Eggman/Robotnik figure. Grannell’s original ideas for the Eggman figure featured articulation, lost in the Ideas Sonic set for stability purposes. Thus, these MOC instructions add/change pieces to 21331’s Eggman figure to give him moveable arms and a bushier mustache. And indeed, the resulting alternative build looks more action figure-like, if somewhat less stable.

Grannell adds on her Rebrickable account that she has more alternative ideas for Sonic the Hedgehog (21331) coming up. So stay tuned there for possible Green Hill Zone layout rebuilds, and Badnik designs beyond the featured Moto-Bug and Crabmeat. The basic set was already customizable by connecting multiple copies end to end. Therefore, all these comes as a natural progression. And if you haven’t gotten LEGO Ideas Sonic the Hedgehog (21331) yet, then go fast! Why wait any more?

LEGO Japan Showcases Two-Set Fusions of Sets Available on Amazon.JP

The key concept of LEGO has always been that, with any given number of bricks, one can build anything. True, most packaged LEGO sets are to build a specific building/vehicle/etc. They even have instruction manuals so that builders can assemble the pieces exactly as pictured. But ultimately, building with LEGO bricks can be one of the best outlets for creative freedom. LEGO Japan two Saturdays ago demonstrated that fact in partnership with Amazon Japan. The results of that promotional activity on social media would grab attention and ignite builder creativity.

Brick Fanatics brings us this interesting social media activity made possible by the Japanese divisions of LEGO and Amazon. The challenge: How would you combine two different LEGO set builds into a unified creation? LEGO JP’s original Twitter post (November 13, 2021) even provides an example.

The “Before” photo showcases the completed LEGO Technic Off-Road Buggy (42124) and LEGO Monkie Kid Lion Guardian (80021). The “After” photo reveals the Buggy revamped to have the Lion Guardian as a motif. LEGO Japan invites viewers to visit Amazon JP’s page, and post their own two-set fusions in the comments. Let’s go over to Amazon’s Japanese page now.

In the page, we see two LEGO Friends sets, Friendship Bus (41395) and Heartlake City Organic Café (41444). They get fused into a curious double-decker food truck.

Two Ninjago sets – Jungle Dragon (71746) and Zane’s Titan Mech (71738) – fuse into a dragon robot. It looks similar to mecha plastic models by Bandai.

The real Japanese essence of this LEGO-Amazon team-up lies in this particular build. LEGO Ideas Tree House (21318) plus Botanical Collection Bonsai Tree (10281) equals Sakura Tree House. The featured LEGO sets are mostly available on Amazon.jp, or you can just go LEGO.com. They’re very inspiring fusions, right?

New LEGO Ideas Activity Challenge: “The Love of Gaming!”

LEGO Ideas has long encouraged builders to send their best creations in hopes of seeing them become official sets. But it’s not really always serious business in their platform. The members get to have fun too, thanks to LEGO Ideas Activities. In these activities, the Ideas website issues challenges for member-builders to make. Selected winners get no prizes beyond seeing their builds featured and shown off in the Ideas page. There’s usually a lot of ongoing Ideas Activities, but this latest one is quite interesting. This new challenge is for the LEGO builder who is also a certified videogame fan.

Brick Fanatics has it that LEGO Ideas’ new Activity challenge was put up as of August 30. The theme for this activity is “The Love of Gaming!” Apparently this comes ahead of September 12, the usually agreed-upon date for National Video Games Day in the US. The theme sounds like a doozy for LEGO builder-slash-gamers, right? Not so fast, though. Interested Ideas members better read the rules first. What’s this? We can’t depict licensed IPs in the build? But what about LEGO Super Mario? Or LEGO Overwatch? LEGO Minecraft, perhaps? Doesn’t this rule defeat the point of the Activity theme?

Not at all; it ties in with the positive message of National Video Games Day. It’s not about what we love to play, but the love of playing videogames itself. So the sample items LEGO Ideas gives for the challenge make sense: a game controller, a console, maybe a classic arcade cab? If you’ve frequented The Brick Show Shop, you know what we and the Ideas crew are getting at.

This LEGO Ideas Activity will run until Tuesday next week, September 7, 2021 at 4AM EST. As of the writing of this piece, there have been no entries yet in “The Love of Gaming!” challenge. But it shouldn’t be long before we see something there. These neat images from an Ideas proposal and the internet should make do for illustration.

LEGO Ideas Update: Additional 9 Product Ideas Qualify for the Second LEGO Ideas 2021 Review Stage

Here’s a LEGO Ideas update in case you want to know. During the last couple of months, we saw our initial and subsequent batch of qualifiers for the Second LEGO Ideas 2021 Review Stage. And as of today, we have 9 additional product ideas that are added to the said roster, giving us a current count of 21 product ideas backed up with 10,000 LEGO fan votes.

In case you missed it, here’s a closer look at these 9 product ideas that qualified for the Second LEGO Ideas 2021 Review Stage. Take a look and let me know through the comments below which is your personal favorite.

TRADITIONAL GERMAN COTTAGE by sNICKers77

Second LEGO Ideas 2021 Review

 

AIRCRAFT ENGINE WORKSHOP. MINI FIG. SCALE & WORKING by Stephanix

 

SCOOBY-DOO MYSTERY MACHINE by Let Them Fly

Second LEGO Ideas 2021 Review

 

GAMESTOP CLASSIC SHOP by MCHLN

 

SPACEBALLS by Bricktory Lap

Second LEGO Ideas 2021 Review

 

FLOATING ISLAND (USING TENSEGRITY) by Seb_E

 

AIRPORT FIRETRUCK ROSENBAUER PANTHER 8X8 by redera00

Second LEGO Ideas 2021 Review

 

OUTER SOLAR SYSTEM EXPLORERS by Geroditus

MEDIEVAL HARBOR by Namirob

Second LEGO Ideas 2021 Review

 

Since the Second LEGO Ideas 2021 Review Stage is yet to be concluded in September, we can still expect a lot of product ideas to reach the necessary 10,000 votes in the next couple of months. The LEGO Ideas platform has seen a surprising increase in fan/member engagement as evidenced by the exponential growth of product ideas that qualify for the Review Stage. The First 2021 LEGO Ideas Review Stage, for example, managed to gather a record-breaking 57 product ideas last month. Personally, I’m happy to see such levels of activity from the LEGO fan community. I just hope that the LEGO Ideas Review Team will somehow take time to revisit its selection process to include a wider range of qualified entries, considering the volume of product ideas that made it through the voting stage. I’m not familiar with the inner workings of the LEGO Ideas Review Stage, and the challenges that the team needed to hurdle during their review. But I’m speaking from the perspective of a LEGO fan that is very eager to see his supported project become an official LEGO Ideas set. I guess we just have to wait and see shortly.

Check Out the Winners of the LEGO Ideas Your Friendly Neighborhood Comic Book Hero Contest

In case you missed it, the LEGO Ideas platform has announced the winners of one of its latest building contests. Kicking off last May, the LEGO Ideas Your Friendly Neighborhood Comic Book Hero Contest challenges all LEGO Spider-Man fans out there to come up with their best LEGO rendition of the web-slinging Marvel superhero. And after two months’ worth of fan submissions, LEGO Ideas has now considered the following entries as the best among the rest. Let’s take a look at our winners.

The building contest itself consists of two categories – Brick and Art – with each category having a Grand Prize Winner and a Runner-Up.  I just have to say at this point that the winning entries for the Brick Category are just mind-blowing. I can just see how these original creations can inspire future LEGO set offerings. Perhaps as a comic book cover subtheme of LEGO Art? I guess we just have to wait and see.

Brick Category

GRAND PRIZE WINNERTHE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN – BY BAIXONL

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RUNNER UP WINNERATTACK OF THE 50 FT. MECHA-MYSTERIO BY MOCCERMOMMY

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Art Category

GRAND PRIZE WINNERTHE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VS. THE TERRIFYING TRIO -BY TOMROGERSART

 

RUNNER UP WINNERTHE WAR OF DAILY BUGLE BUILDING BY CHAINSAW YU 電鋸鋸鋸鋸

 

As per contest rules, the Grand Prize Winner gets to bring home the following:

The Runner-Up also gets to take home the tallest LEGO Marvel set ever offered in the form of the LEGO Super Heroes Daily Bugle.

Congratulations to all the winners, and remember to keep on building!

2021 Bricklink Designer Program Kicks Off Its First Round

The Bricklink Designer Program is back this year, with its first round of crowdfunding slated to kick off this July. Formerly known as the AFOL Designer Program when it was introduced in 2018, the Bricklink Designer Program brings together some of the best original brick-built creations from the LEGO fan community and seeks to gather the needed crowdfunding support to be mass-produced and duly recognized.

This year, due to the limitations brought about by the pandemic, three crowdfunding rounds have been introduced with the 2nd and 3rd rounds to happen in September and November respectively. And for this first round, there will be 7 projects to support and choose from starting July 1 until August 10.  You may head over to Bricklink’s pre-order page to have a better look at these 7 projects, or you may check out the following images below to have an initial look. In case you want to vote or support a particular project that you see, just click on their respective links below. My personal favorite is JK Brickwork’s Pursuit of Flight, which also managed to receive 10,000 fan votes qualifying it for the Second 2019 LEGO Ideas Review Stage.

Sherrif’s Safe by II_Buono

Bricklink Designer Program

 

 

Pursuit of Flight by JK Brickworks

 

BIONICLE Legends by SOKODA

Bricklink Designer Program

 

Kakapo by themfledge

 

Castle in the Forest by povoq

Bricklink Designer Program

 

Particle Accelerator by JK Brickworks

 

Great Fishing Boat by JK Brickworks

 

LEGO Ideas Foosball Table Will Be The Next Official LEGO Ideas Set

Last March, the LEGO Ideas We Love Sports! Contest has been concluded with 10 fan-chosen entries now vying to become the next LEGO Ideas set. And this time around, the LEGO Ideas Review Team has finally come up with a decision, revealing to us our next official LEGO Ideas set. A huge congratulations to fan builder Donát Fehérvári aka Constructions by Donat for his successful LEGO Ideas Foosball Table.

Here’s the LEGO Ideas Review Team’s official press release.

WE LOVE SPORTS CONTEST – REVIEW RESULTS

Following the live announcement on LEGO CON, we’re happy to share the results of the review of the We Love Sports contest.

Firstly, we just want to say thank you to all the participants of the contest who showed us all the different ways that LEGO fans interpret the theme of sports. It was really fascinating to see all that creativity.

Secondly, we’re excited to share that our review board did manage to find one design that convinced them to make a selection!

A massive congratulations to Donát Fehérvári aka Constructions by Donat, the 16-year-old Hungarian fan designer whose Foosball Table submission wowed both the fans through the fan vote but also our review board.

We look forward to bringing his concept to life as an official LEGO Ideas set for its timeless design, its joyful celebration of the game, and its ability to bring families and friends together for quality game-time!

We’re still working out the final product design, pricing, and availability for this set. We’ll share more on the LEGO Ideas blog when we get closer to launch.

The LEGO Ideas Foosball Table is the second fan-designed set to be accorded with this honor. Its predecessor, the LEGO Ideas Legendary Stratocaster, is still in the works and we hope to receive some updates about this upcoming set anytime soon.

The LEGO Ideas Third 2020 Review Results Announced

After going through 25 product ideas, the LEGO Ideas Review Team has finally made its selection with the announcement of the LEGO Ideas Third 2020 Review Stage results. Among 25 product ideas that reached 10,000 supporters over at the LEGO Ideas website from September 2020 to January 2021, the review board is finally ready to share their decision.

The title and honor of becoming the next official LEGO Ideas set goes to the original creation of LEGO fan designer Sandro Quattrini (aka Roses Must Build), the LEGO Ideas Motorized Lighthouse. You may watch the official announcement by LEGO Ideas Engagement Manager, Hasan Jensen, and LEGO Ideas Design Manager, Samuel Johnson right here.

Though this is not the first time that LEGO offered a brick-built lighthouse, the LEGO Ideas Motorized Lighthouse will be the first to be featured on such a large scale with automated functionalities. Sandro’s original concept is to create the lighthouse up to 47 cm. tall, making it up to scale with nanofigures. It also includes Power Functions to make the base of the light brick rotate on top of the lighthouse. Watch the video demonstration below to have a better look.

As a LEGO Ideas fan, I am truly supportive of LEGO fan designers who took the time and effort of designing and promoting their original creations. Love it or hate it, the LEGO Ideas Motorized Lighthouse is no doubt a work of art and a testament to the ingenuity and skills of LEGO fan designers. It’s impractical to expect that everyone will be happy with the decision of the LEGO Ideas Review Board, but at the end of the day, the LEGO Ideas platform is a celebration of the talent and skills of LEGO fan builders and the overwhelming support that they receive from the community. So again, a huge congratulations to Sandro for this original creation.

Looking forward, the First 2021 LEGO Ideas Review Stage is about to be wrapped up, with a record-breaking total of 57 entries being currently in review. The results of this review cycle are slated to be announced sometime this fall, and I’m pretty excited at what original creation or creations, will eventually be selected to become the next LEGO Ideas set(s).

A total of 57 product ideas are vying to become the next LEGO Ideas set, slated to be announced this fall of 2021. 

And while waiting for these results, and if you haven’t done so yet, I suggest that you take a closer look at the recently offered LEGO Ideas Typewriter (21327). For more LEGO Ideas sets, you may also take a look at LEGO Shop@Home.  Again, congratulations to Sandro and to his LEGO Ideas Motorized Lighthouse!

WATCH: LEGO Builds Life-Sized LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37

If building two life-sized, brick-built models of some of the most venerable supercars in the world is not enough, then perhaps building another one will be very much welcomed. Following the tracks of 2019’s McLaren’s Senna and 2018’s Bugatti’s Chiron, now comes another LEGO masterpiece in the form of this 1:1 LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 made out of LEGO Technic pieces.

Requiring more than 400,000 LEGO Technic pieces to build, this replica of the latest supercar from Lamborghini weighed in at 2.2 tons and required 8,660 hours of production and development hours. Here’s a quick fact sheet on what was required to create this jaw-dropping brick spectacle.

LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37

LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37

Similar to its predecessors, this life-sized model also celebrates the release of its much smaller cousin, albeit on a much grander scale, the LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 (42115) from last year. For the life-sized model, over 154 different types of LEGO elements were required to give the model its futuristic elegance and unmistakable silhouette and details.

Lena Dixen, Senior Vice President of Product and Marketing at the LEGO Group said:

“Our designers love a challenge, so you can imagine their delight when we tasked them to think slightly larger than normal with this model. They jumped at the chance of teaming up with our amazing designers and engineers from our model production workshop at the Kladno factory in the Czech Republic who build these impressive life-size models and really pushing the boundaries of what can be done with LEGO Technic. The creativity that the system allows meant it was possible to really do justice to the exceptional design of the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37.”

Unlike the Chiron and Senna, this life-sized LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián will most likely not hit the road for a tour and exhibit because of the pandemic. But thankfully, LEGO offers us a virtual behind-the-scenes look at how this brick masterpiece was developed, and you may also read the LEGO Group’s official press release for more information.

The 1:8 LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 (42115) is now available at LEGO Shop@Home retailing for $379.99

LEGO Product Idea Brick Walk Achieves 10,000 Votes

Here’s another qualifier for the Second LEGO Ideas 2021 Review Stage. From the creative mind of LEGO fan builder Lepralego, our next LEGO product idea to achieve 10K support is the Brick Walk.

Inspired by the New Walk in the Leicester, UK, this original creation clocks in at 2,400 pieces and include five minifigures. The building itself also follows a Georgian architectural style according to the description provided by its fan designer.

If in case the name sounds familiar to you, it’s because Lepralego is a 10K member who also has another LEGO product idea currently in review by the LEGO Ideas Review Team. His first qualifying creation, The House of Chocolate, managed to qualify together with other 56 entries in the First 2021 LEGO Ideas Review Stage.

The LEGO product idea Brick Walk is now the 13th custom set to make it to this year’s Second Review Stage. Click on the following link below if you wish to know more about this potential LEGO Ideas set.

The Brick Walk

Welcome to Brick Walk, an ancient promenade completed with a fully-furnished Georgian-style building. A large tree adds the touch of nature that is so characteristic of this pedestrian walk.

Inside the house, you can enjoy a cup of tea with friends or have an elegant dinner in a stylish living room with high ceilings and a traditional fireplace. On the upper floor, a double bedroom with an en-suite bathroom completes the mansion.
The Brick Walk scene is inspired by New Walk in the UK city of Leicester, a beautiful Georgian pedestrian promenade that is more than 200 years old. It is also a tribute to all the historic promenades that are still part of many English cities. These are places where you can enjoy the pleasure of walking and sharing moments with family and friends, often surrounded by trees and beautiful period houses.
The building on Brick Walk is not a reference to any specific building, but rather includes details from and references to many buildings in the Georgian architectural style, common to many English cities.
The set would have approx. 2400 pieces and include 5 minifigures. Some printed/sticker pieces are suggested.