Last month, LEGO Ideas embarked on a different kind of contest where the next LEGO exclusive Gift With Purchase (GWP) set will be determined amongst a pool of fan submitted builds. The LEGO Ideas Moments in Space contest have opened the doors to the LEGO community to be involved in the selection of the next GWP set that will be offered in all LEGO Stores, LEGOLAND and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers, and of course, at shop.LEGO.com. The period of fan submission has already ended last February 9, and crowd voting is now up, with 5 days left to cast your votes among 1,000++ entries. The timetable for this contest is relatively short, where a Grand Prize Winner, and 10 Runner-Ups will be announced on March 2. The Grand Prize winner gets to bring home 10 of the most sought after GWP sets such as the VW Mini Beetle (40252), London Bus (40220), and Snowglobe (40223) just to name a few.
Needless to say, choosing from a pool of 1,051 entries is no easy feat, so allow me to share six of my most favorite choices from the bunch. From the looks of my choices, it is no secret that I have a sort of a penchant for the classic LEGO Space series. Check these LEGO Ideas Moments in Space GWP hopefuls in no particular order. Clicking on the links below will bring you straight to each entry’s voting page.
This classic LEGO Space Microfighters model is a fusion of two LEGO themes: Space and Microfighters, and is inspired by LEGO Classic Space and Blacktron.
This set contains a part of a space hangar in classic blue and grey. Inside the hangar is a classic spaceship with three minifigures, and a platform that can be made out of lightbricks for an added special effect.
Celebrating the contributions of Galileo Galilei in our understanding of our place in space, this set shows Galileo as he stands atop the Earth, poised with his telescope as the planet spins, whilst rotating around the sun – which also happens to be an excellent play feature. It comes with a minifigure and a series of Technic gears.
I’m a sucker for small, vignette-type of builds, and this one designed once more by ThomasW is a clever offering with a clear, inspirational message. It features a build with two adjacent scenes: A young kid playing with a little rocket and dreaming to become an astronaut, while the other one is an astronaut walking on the moon and finding a small toy rocket. This one will surely get my vote.
Coming in at 115 pieces, this retro themed space rocket ride brings back fond childhood memories and fantasies of space travel. In the back of the base is a crank that you can rock back and forth, giving the ride an authentic motion. Or you can turn the crank completely to give the rider a more high flying exciting time. When resting on display, the rocket can be left with a hopeful skyward tilt.
This micro spaceship is based on the 1980s classic space color of gray and blue, with the mix of old and new pieces. The hangar bay has a classic space logo and rotation platform. Total piece count is about 230.
So what do you think of this selection, brick fans? Who among the 1,000 plus entries do you think will represent our next LEGO Gift With Purchase set? Let us know in the comments below.