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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s the start of the week and what a nice way to ruminate on that next LEGO MOC by being inspired to go big. By big, I mean in huge titanic proportions such as what our next featured LEGO fan builder has in mind. Are you planning to go large with your next LEGO building project? Then you may want to check out this custom LEGO Mecha Godzilla.
Shared online by Reddit user YesStonks, his brick-rendition of the infamous Mecha Godzilla from the recent Monsterverse films is imposing enough to even stop the true King of the Monsters off his tracks. Even the design and construction of this custom LEGO Mecha Godzilla is not for the faint of heart – with more than 4,400 bricks needed to create this cool mecha monstrosity, the final build stands at 16.1 inches, and 27.8 inches if the tail is included. It also cost LEGO fan builder YesStonks a total of $533 to gather the required pieces over at Bricklink.
From its bulky design to the elaborate details of its back and tail, YesStonks successfully managed to render this robotic adversary to one fine LEGO creation. And to push the bar higher (if you don’t mind the huge spoiler up ahead in case you haven’t seen the film until now, I suggest you stop scrolling now), this custom LEGO Mecha Godzilla looks way cooler as it faces off against the combined tag-team efforts of Godzilla and Kong. This rogue mecha does not have a chance.
As of today, YesStonks is still waiting for the approval of the LEGO Ideas Team if the platform will eventually consider his custom LEGO Mecha Godzilla as a valid LEGO product idea entry. If ever his original build is considered, then it’s not hard to imagine 10,000 LEGO fans rallying behind this original creation.
If you wish to know more about the LEGO Ideas platform, then be sure to check the latest LEGO product ideas that managed to gather the necessary 10K fan votes to move on to the next LEGO Ideas Review Cycle. Happy building!
It has been a month since we saw our first qualifiers that managed to gather the necessary 10K fan votes for the second LEGO Ideas 2021 Review Stage. And in just a month, we now have an additional 10 product ideas that secured their place for the next review stage cycle. In this next LEGO Ideas update, we’ll take a look at these qualifiers voted by LEGO fan builders. Click on their respective links below if you wish to know more about these excellent LEGO creations.
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 during the next months. Recently, 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. I can just imagine how busy the LEGO Ideas review team considering the sheer volume of these original creations that needed to be evaluated. And we can somewhat expect that this trend will continue throughout the next review cycles.
LEGO and Nintendo fans have plenty to look forward to this summer. After giving us a glimpse of things to come this summer for the LEGO Super Mario theme, why not consider making your very own custom LEGO Nintendo Switch courtesy of LEGO master builder and artist, Tiago Catarino.
Shared over his YouTube channel, Tiago was kind enough to show us the building process, and even the parts list, in creating his video tutorial. And if LEGO perchance has seen Tiago’s video already, then it might be high time for TLG to consider offering an official LEGO Nintendo Switch set. It’s just fitting, in my opinion, considering that LEGO already took the effort and time to offer us a beautifully made LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System (71374).
One of the cool things about Tiago’s build is that it features detachable joycons similar to what you have in an actual Switch. His custom LEGO Nintendo Switch can also be modified to become a Switch Lite by swapping the colors for the joycons. Then it’s up to your imagination to fill in the screen with whatever video game scene you will fancy.
For the parts list, be sure to check first the last few seconds of the video and see if you have the necessary parts needed to build this custom LEGO model. Special thanks once again to Tiago for sharing his creation.
If you like this custom LEGO set, then you might be interested to take a look at some of the custom LEGO video game consoles offered at our official storefront at The Brick Show Shop. It’s a trip down gaming history with our collection of custom LEGO sets from the good ol’ days of console gaming. Be sure to take advantage of our Memorial Day Weekend Sale where all items are for sale at 20% off. Happy building!
Earlier this week, the LEGO Ideas Team has announced the winner of this year’s Your Creations in the World-Famous LEGO House Building Contest. If you recall, a similar contest has been launched last year where LEGO fan builders may have the chance of having their original brick creations be displayed at the LEGO House in Billund.
A Grand Prize winner and several Runner-Ups were eventually chosen across three different categories: Architecture, Minifigure, and Nature. All of these winning entries, plus the rest of the other sixty-six (66) winners of the fan vote will have the opportunity to be also placed on display at the House Brick.
To celebrate the release of LEGO’s tallest Marvel set, the LEGO Ideas fan submission platform has launched the new Your Friendly Neighborhood Comic Book Hero building contest. Inspired by the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Daily Bugle (76178) set, this new contest challenges LEGO fan builders to come up with their best creative vision of a Spider-Man inspired brick-built comic book cover (Brick Category), or a drawn/graphic (Art Category) with that distinct LEGO humor and flavor.
Fan submission has already started last May 19 and will close on June 22. And like other LEGO Ideas building contests, LEGO is certainly generous of its prizes. There will be two winners per Brick and Art Category, with the Grand Prize Winner guaranteed to take home the following:
A Runner-Up will also be proclaimed, with the opportunity to bag the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Daily Bugle set.
For more information about this new LEGO Ideas Your Friendly Neighborhood Comic Book Hero building contest, be sure to check the following guidelines below. For the rest of the fine print, visit the contest page right here.
COULD YOU IMPRESS US, OR EVEN J. JONAH JAMESON WITH YOUR VERY OWN SPIDER-MAN COMIC BOOK COVER?
WE’RE LOOKING FOR BRICK-BUILT, OR LEGO-STYLE DRAWN/GRAPHIC DESIGNED COMIC BOOK COVERS TO HELP CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF THE 76178 DAILY BUGLE. WITH TWO CATEGORIES, THERE WILL BE ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER AND ONE RUNNER-UP PER CATEGORY (ART AND BRICK).
WHEN SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRY, YOUR PHYSICAL ENTRIES SHOULD HAVE A TITLE THAT LOOKS LIKE THIS:
BRICK: YOUR TITLE
AND YOUR DRAWN/GRAPHIC DESIGNED COMIC BOOK COVERS SHOULD HAVE A TITLE THAT LOOKS LIKE THIS:
ART: YOUR TITLE
YOU MUST CREATE YOUR OWN DESIGNS AND CANNOT COPY EXISTING COMIC BOOK COVERS AND THE USE OF THE MARVEL LOGO IS NOT ALLOWED. YOUR COMIC BOOK COVER SHOULD INCLUDE SPIDER-MAN/PETER PARKER/MILES MORALES AND WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU ALSO INCLUDING SOME OF THESE CLASSIC CHARACTERS: