LEGO Ideas Third Review of 2016 Results

On August 3, 3 days ago, LEGO Ideas team revealed the results of the 3rd Review of 2016. At the time we bet on 3 possible winners:

  • Boat Repair Shop
  • Volkswagen Golf MK1 GTI
  • Ship In A Bottle

And the winner was in fact one of above. The winner was:

Ship In A Bottle, The Flagship Leviathan. (by JakeSadovich77)

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Is in fact a awesome, fresh and innovative LEGO build, different from everything LEGO has on its official collection. So I think the winner was well chosen.

Lego also revealed an excellent news. From the 2nd LEGO Review of 2016, there was a set that LEGO didn’t decided if it was released or not. That set was the Incredible Voltron: The Legendary Defender.

Voltron by len_d69

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Glad to announce that the set WILL BE A REALITY. LEGO resolved the legal problems and Voltron will be added to the incredible list of LEGO Ideas sets.

LEGO of course is still working on the final design and prices. But both of the above sets will only it the shelves in 2018.

The Other sets that didn’t win

Boat Repair Shop (by RobenAnne)

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Lego Store Modular Version (by kashaka)

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1950’s Dinner (by pix027)

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “The Bus” LEGO Set (by Savath_Bunny)

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Hulkbuster UCS (by Raychow)

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Vehicles

Landrover 4 x 4 (by Dadandlad)

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Volkswagen Golf MK1 GTI (by hasskabal)

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Vintage Tram (by kevinszeto)

UCS Rey´s Speeder (by Robert Lundmark)

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The Iron Giant (by BrettCuv)

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Red Dwarf Lego (by Legobob32)

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LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn V unveilled

Just a couple of weeks ago I’ve posted about LEGO’s sneak peak of the Saturn V set and now LEGO revealed, through its Facebook page, 7 photos of the latest LEGO Ideas set: The NASA Apollo Saturn V.

The set has 1969 pieces which is an interesting number because this was the year the Apollo 11 was launched. It stands over 39″ (100cm) high which makes this one of the tallest sets LEGO has ever commercialized.

One of the things I do not like in the set is the inclusion of microfigures. I understand why: the Master Builders wanted a figure that was proportional to size of the Lunar Landing. But the inclusion of 3 Minifigures would be the cherry on the top of the cake and is the greatest let down of this set.

The set seems to have a lots of changes compared to the original one. LEGO’s version seems more clean and is noticeable the changes in both the “Eagle” Lunar Lander and the Lunar Orbiter. One thing is good: LEGO kept all the features of the original Ideas model (except the minifigures…).

Speaking of features, here is the official press release:

21309 – NASA Apollo Saturn V
Available June 1, 2017.
Ages 14+. 1,969 pieces.
$119.99

Build the first rocket to land people on the Moon!

Display and role-play with this majestic meter-high LEGO® brick model of the NASA Apollo Saturn V. Packed with authentic details, it features 3 removable rocket stages, including the S-IVB third stage with the lunar lander and lunar orbiter. The set also includes 3 stands to display the model horizontally, 3 new-for-June-2017 astronaut microfigures for role-play recreations of the Moon landings, plus a booklet about the manned Apollo missions and the fan designers of this educational and inspirational LEGO Ideas set.

• Features a meter-high (approximately 1:110 scale) model of the NASA Apollo Saturn V with a removable S-IC first rocket stage with main rocket engine details, removable S-II second rocket stage with rocket engine details, removable S-IVB third rocket stage with the Apollo spacecraft and rescue rocket at top of the whole spacecraft, plus 3 stands to display the model horizontally.
• The Apollo spacecraft features the lunar lander and the lunar orbiter.
• Also includes 3 new-for-June-2017 astronaut microfigures.
• Great for display and role-playing the manned Apollo Moon missions.
• Includes a booklet about the manned Apollo Moon missions and the fan designers of this set.
• This set includes over 1,900 pieces.
• Measures over 39″ (100cm) high and 6” (17cm) in diameter.

And the official Description:

Make history with the LEGO® NASA Apollo Saturn V, the first rocket to put people on the Moon! Build the 3 stages of this stunning meter-high rocket and display it on the stand or launch into orbit. Offload the S-IC and S-II sections, dock the lunar lander with the command service module, and complete a successful Moon landing mission!

The set also includes 3 stands to display the model horizontally, 3 new-for-June-2017 astronaut microfigures for role-play recreations of the Moon landings, plus a booklet about the manned Apollo missions and the fan designers of this educational and inspirational LEGO Ideas set.
Felix and Valérie’s collaboration was guided by a shared passion for space exploration

Despite never meeting in person, space and LEGO fans Felix Stiessen and Valérie Roche beat the odds with their wonderfully brick built version of the iconic Apollo rocket. It was a collaboration that tested their skills in numerous ways but, as it turns out, the long-distance collaboration also proved to be a significant benefit to their project, as Felix states “there were often times when one of us abandoned the project for a few weeks and came back to it later; however, thanks to the fact that it is a collaborative project, it was always the case that one of us continued making progress on the project and re-motivated the other”.

Felix and Valérie’s collaborative spirit was tranferred to the LEGO design team as well, who took over the project once it was approved, in order to ensure it lived up to LEGO quality standards. Two designers, Michael Psiaki and Carl Thomas Mirriam, motivated by their enthusiasm for space, teamed up to bring the final model to life. “We were actually not asked. I was so excited when I heard that the project was potentially going to happen, and told Carl about it because I knew he was also a space fanatic. We decided it would be really cool to work together since it is such a big mode, so we approached the Ideas team about helping develop the product”, Michael said.

The NASA Apollo Saturn V will hit stores on the 1st of June 2017 with a retail price of $119.99/€119.99/£109.99.

The Knights are back

Or at least a LEGO Ideas user wants them to be…

I really liked the LEGO knights brand. It was a very nostalgic collection with a grew up with with a lot of fans and a vast world. Unfortunately LEGO replaced it with the NEXUS Knights brand, were we can see futuristic knights on steroids.

According to the LEGO 2016 report, the NEXUS brand is doing well but I sincerely miss a medieval theme. I want bows, arrows and swords, not Knights with laser guns controlling super robots… It seems that LEGO is evolving all the brands giving them a futuristic aspect (we already have super mech ninjas and powers swords and mega lasers) losing the themes that made success in the past like Pirates and Knights and with which most of the AFOLs grew up with… The piece of resistance would be a 23rd century Pirates theme… I probably kill someone…

Enough said, lets concentrate in the Ideas project, that, at least, tries to resurrect some awesome ideas.

This time I bring you the Kingdoms Modular Castle Creator, an interesting idea brought by the LEGO Ideas user mkalkwarf. With some modular sets, construct the Castle of your dreams.

This is actually a very nice business Idea. I’m seeing LEGO selling different sets each one will build different parts of the cast. An the final results are incredible.

The user created a promotion videos that explains the ideas and shows the potential of the idea.

At the time of this post the Ideas project has about 1800 supporters. If you are a Castle fan like I am, just access the LEGO Ideas page of the project and click the Support button. This is an idea that might bring the Castle theme back to the shelfs.

You can also check the Youtube Channel where there are several videos explaining the project and the possible combinations.

Saturn V sneak peak

Saturn V is the rocket responsible for the most important space mission ever taken by men: the moon landing.

On 16 July 1969 the Saturn V rocket SA-506 took the Apollo 11 mission to the earth’s moon making history.

Through a LEGO Ideas project, LEGO will release a set honouring this space mission. And what a set it will be. If it is similar to the original ideas project, the rocket will have about 1 meter high (aprox. 1:110 scale) and about 1200 bricks. Features include:

  • removable 1st rocket-stage with the main rocket engine
  • removable 2nd rocket-stage with rocket engine
  • removable 3rd rocket-stage with the Apollo spacecraft
  • Apollo spacecraft with the “Eagle” Lunar Lander and the Lunar Orbiter
  • the rescue rocket on top of the whole spacecraft
  • two minifigure astronauts on the Moon for displaying

The set is schedule to be release in June and LEGO just started to promote it:

Looks really cool right? Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Flintstones can enter the LEGO World

Just yesterday I was browsing LEGO Ideas website when I found a Flintstones themed project. There are some Flintstones projects in Ideas, but this was the one that I found to be the most interesting.

When I browsed the name I found out that the creator, Andrew Clark, was the guy responsible for the already retired Ideas set, the 21304 Doctor Who, the only LEGO set representing the iconic sy-fy series.

The MOC is actually pretty good and it is a good representation of the iconic Hanna Barbera’s animated series. Certainly this set would please a LOT of AFOL’s because it is an animation series of their childhood.

There is also a video on youtube showcasing the main details of the set.

I would certainly buy this set! That’s why I just shared my support.

LEGO Ideas Second 2016 Review results

Today it was revealed in the LEGO Ideas Blog the results of the second review of 2016.

The winner was one of the most modest sets the celebrates the achievement of women in science, the Woman in Nasa by 20tauri. It’s a great tribute set but of course not the greatest. But I understand LEGO: there are sets that are just to be to be considered and they would become to expensive to be sold.

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I’m glad that Voltron: Defender of the Universe by len_d69 is still under consideration. I suspect that LEGO ready wants to sell it (the set was a success all over the internet), but it is trying to adquire the rights. A possible model was to have the 5 lions sold separately. This way we would not have a really expensive set, but a series of sets to collect that in the end they would form Voltron!!!!

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You can check the full reveal below.

You can check the sets that did not pass the review below.

Adams Family house by afol777

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Lego Observatory – Mountain View by ThomasW

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Modular Construction Site by ryantaggart

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Merchant’s House by bigboy99899

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Plum Creek – The Little House on the Prairie by SeigneurFett

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Lamborghini Veneno Roadster by Firas_supercar

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Lovelace & Babbage by stubot

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The Large Hadron Collider by NathanR2015

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Star Wars UCS X34 Landspeeder by Psyence-

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Spaceballs – Eagle 5 by NvdK

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LEGO Ideas Fishing house images

On a previous post I’ve released the results of the 2016 LEGO ideas. The winner was the fishing house, a beautiful set created by the Ideas user Robert Bontenbal.

Now it just appeared on reddit images of the box of this future set. It’s the first look of the LEGO treatment the fan set received.

An this is the original one.

As you can see there a subtle differences between the 2 sets. Lego kept the main structure of the house but removed a lot of details like the 3 tires, the gold fish on top of the tower, the fishes above the window, the base of the house. LEGO of course added a lot of other details like a custom name for the house, a lot of playable details (like the boxes we can see in front the house) and, at least, 4 minifigures.

Hope that the interior is as detailed as the original set was and that the house opens from the side so we can access its interior easily.

The set should be release by the end of this year.

LEGO Wacky Racers

Wacky Racers was a television show created by Hanna Barbera that bebuted in the 60’s. It had around 23 regular characters spread among 11 different (and wacky) cars. The characters were both human and animal characters.

Only 17 episodes were produced, very few for a series that filled the imagination of several generations. It’s almost certain that people from all ages have seen an episode of Wacky Racers at least once. Who does not remember Muttley with his funny laugh or Penelope Pitstop with her pink car?

An artist called Martin Redfern decided to bring this awesome TV series into the LEGO world creating a LEGO version of each car and character.

Dick Dastardly and Muttley in the Mean Machine #00

The Slag Brothers in the Boulder Mobile #1

The Gruesome Twosome in the Creepy Coupe #2

Professor Pat Pending in the Convert-a-Car #3

The Red Max in the Crimson Haybaler #4

Penelope Pitstop in the Compact Pussycat #5

Sergeant Blast and Private Meekly in the Army Surplus Special #6

The Ant Hill Mob in the Bulletproof Bomb #7

Lazy Luke and Blubber Bear in the Arkansas Chuggabug #8

Peter Perfect in the Turbo Terrific #9

Rufus Ruffcut & Sawtooth in the Buzzwagon #10

All the Cars

The only downside in these MOCs are the figures. I would prefer the usage of minifigures instead of figures made with LEGO parts. But overall i think the final result is very very acceptable.

The creator of these MOCs also submitted one of Wacky Racers cars, the 00, into LEGO Ideas. If you like the project and think this should be considered for an IDEAS set, show your support at the LEGO IDEAS page.

The LEGO Ideas Ghostbusters Review

The Set

My first build of the year was the LEGO Ideas Ghostbusters. It was a special build because this set is one of the most known symbols of the pop culture worldwide. It was brought to us by the Ideas user BrentWaller in a project he entitled “Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary”.

It was release by LEGO on June 2014 and it was the first set under the name LEGO Ideas (previously known as LEGO Cuusoo).

You can check the still available LEGO Ideas page at the LEGO Ideas website.

Unfortunately the set is already unavailable in some places like the United States and Canada. If you live in Europe you are lucky because you can still buy it (but not for long).

The build

One of the things that stands out is the instructions. An awesome book with the story of the ghostbusters and filled with lines from movie during the build. The downside are the bags. They are not organised as a regular LEGO set. I had to open all the bags and separate all the pieces in order to start the build.

That took me about half an hour but it worth it because it speed things up. The first step was to assemble the minifigures and their base. The base was an awesome idea that really improves the display of the set, specially the display of the minifigures.

Next step was the Ecto-1. At first it didn’t look like much, but with each new step the car started to look better and better.

After the assemble of the bottom part of car, the only part left was the top, with a lot of small pieces and steps.

In the end it looked great. A little bit different from the original Ideas version but very good.

After the build was complete, the leftovers were about 22 small parts, a little bit more that i was expecting for a small set like this.

The final result, has expected, was awesome. A set that truly captures the greatness of the original car and one of a kind collectible item.

Now I’m just waiting for the acrylic box to protected it from dust and it will be ready to display!

The Third LEGO Ideas Review of 2016 revealed

Today the LEGO Ideas blog revealed the 12 projects:

Buildings

Boat Repair Shop (by RobenAnne)

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Lego Store Modular Version (by kashaka)

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1950’s Dinner (by pix027)

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Marvel Sets

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “The Bus” LEGO Set (by Savath_Bunny)

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Hulkbuster UCS (by Raychow)

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Vehicles

Landrover 4 x 4 (by Dadandlad)

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Volkswagen Golf MK1 GTI (by hasskabal)

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Vintage Tram (by kevinszeto)

Star Wars

UCS Rey´s Speeder (by Robert Lundmark)

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Others

Ship In A Bottle, The Flagship Leviathan. (by JakeSadovich77)

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The Iron Giant (by BrettCuv)

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Red Dwarf Lego (by Legobob32)

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Unfortunately not all can win. For sure the ones that already inserted in IPs that LEGO explores will not win (like Marvel and Star Wars). They are great sets, but for sure that LEGO will pick sets that represent new and fresh ideas.

In my opinion the ones that have the possibility to win are:

  • Boat Repair Shop – It’s a new and fresh build different from the buildings that LEGO usually comercializes.
  • Volkswagen Golf MK1 GTI – The LEGO cars creator collection really needs this classic car, so it might be a great addition to it.
  • Ship In A Bottle – This is what I call an innovative LEGO Idea. Different from anything that LEGO has in its collection, so definitely one of the possible winners.

You can check the original post at the LEGO IDEAS Blog

Don’t forget that the second LEGO Ideas review of 2016 is almost here. Yes, this is the one that has the awesome Voltron!!! Really hope it wins!