Review: LEGO Ideas Hover Scout and Recharge Dock

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This is a review of a set that doesn't exist... yet. But, with your help it could!

Promoting your LEGO Ideas projects is a difficult job, particularly so if it's not tied to an IP that has an established online fan base.

One method that's sure to be met with success is to send out kits of your model to bloggers in the hope that they like them enough to write good things about them on their sites.

This is exactly what Brickset member iso3200 has done for his project Hover Scout and Recharge Dock...

Last week an unsolicited parcel landed on my doorstep, which is always exciting particularly when they have that rattle that immediately identifies the contents. Inside the parcel was a carefully packed kit and personalised, extremely well produced, instructions on DVD.

So, having now built it, I can tell you all about the project. It consists of three parts: the titular hover scout and recharging dock, and a data station. Two green classic space minfigs are included, named apparently, Dave and Nigel who are professional planet surveyors.

It has a classic space vibe but has not strictly adhered to the classic colour scheme. That's not necessarily a bad thing: the dark green actually looks quite good with the green of the minifigs.

LEGO Ideas Hover Scout and Recharge Dock

The data station consists of two workstations and storage space for air tanks, helmets and, as can be seen in the picture above, Nigel's hair-piece. It's packed with little details that bring it to life.

LEGO Ideas Hover Scout and Recharge Dock

The hover scout seats Nigel and Dave comfortably. It looks like a 'space hovercraft' and I am sure that's intentional. I'd have liked to have seen a pile of surveying equipment in the back and I'm not overly keen on the grey flaps on the back wing but otherwise it's pretty cool and certainly swooshable.

LEGO Ideas Hover Scout and Recharge Dock

LEGO Ideas Hover Scout and Recharge Dock

Here's Nigel (l) and Dave (r)...

LEGO Ideas Hover Scout and Recharge Dock

The scout fits neatly in its recharging dock, the detail of which can be seen below.

LEGO Ideas Hover Scout and Recharge Dock

LEGO Ideas Hover Scout and Recharge Dock

Nigel arrives back at base after a hard day's surveying...

LEGO Ideas Hover Scout and Recharge Dock

Iso3200's design brief for himself was to create something that was not overly complicated using readily available parts, that could be built and enjoyed by adults and kids alike. He also wanted the finished model to look good enough to display and also have sufficient playability to appeal to those that want to swoosh things round the room.

Has he achieved these goals? Yes, I think he has. The model is a successful combination of a neat vignette and moving parts -- the hover scout. Sure there are things that could be improved but then that's true for all Ideas projects and as we have seen, that gets done when they are turned into official sets.

If you like the look of this and fancy expanding your neo-classic-space universe established by Pete Reid's Exo-Suit, then I encourage you to support this project.

If you approve of iso3200's unorthodox method of promoting his project I also encourage you to do so.

As I write the project has 76 supporters, let's see what the 'Brickset effect' can do...

65 comments on this article

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By in Australia,

Its good that they actually send you a completed product to review. It proves that the real thing exists. Hence, i've tipped my hat and supported this project! If I notice that the ideas is some pretty render from LDD etc, I don't support it by default. :) I'm sure I'm not the only one. Don't want to encourage lazy cheapskates. Get building for real! Source real parts!

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By in United Kingdom,

Dave and Nige sound like a classic space TV duo - like the hairy bikers in space or something.

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By in Portugal,

I'd buy it!
I am one of the many who think a Classic Space reboot would be fantastic. If it were in green, rather than blue, that's good with me: I love the new green minifigures:-)
I've supported it.

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By in Czech Republic,

@thehornedrat

I understand you point of view, yet I can`t agree. I got some ideas on my mind, but simply I don't have enough or the right bricks to build it. Then I will have to render it probably. I'm sure I'm not the only one.

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By in Australia,

It would create a nice continuity with the green dudes in the Exo suit, hopefully maybe even setting the path for more future Classic Space-esque sets.
...Supported.

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By in United States,

I really like this, I sure hope we can get it to 10,000.

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By in United Kingdom,

Worthy of support, simply because of the designer's initiative. The fact that it's a great little set too is a bonus.

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By in United States,

I will support this set on ideas. Looks awesome

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By in United States,

WE WANT CLASSIC SPACE and bring back the Moon Base Plates!!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice one. Never heard of people actually sending their Ideas to websites to be reviewed, though. :-o

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By in United States,

I like it

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By in United States,

This will go well with my sets :)

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By in United States,

I don't know, it really isn't Classic Space if it's not grey and blue.

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By in Venezuela,

SUPPORTING

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By in United Kingdom,

I really like this set - much more than the exo-suit - so hope it makes it all the way.

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By in Belgium,

I was one of those 76 and think this is a great idea,surprised it did not have more yet. Hope it will get made!

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By in United States,

After this, Huw should probably prepare for a deluge of mailed Ideas projects. (Lucky guy.) This also brings up that old debate over promotion and publicity vs. pure design on Ideas. It's a neat little set, though.

However, I don't think that rendering vs. actual building should make any difference. I get why people think rendering isn't "real building," but I'm sure the vast majority of Lego fans simply don't have anywhere near the stock of parts necessary to create quality Ideas projects. Rendering software allows those without the money or space for all those extra parts to still be able to participate in Ideas. What's wrong with that?

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By in United States,

This is a very nice set, good colors, clean and thoughtful design. Supporting!

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By in United States,

I like it overall, although it would be nice if there were one male and one female mini figure such as in the Exosuit set.

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By in United States,

I was supporter 228. I hope this makes it to 10,000 by next year.

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By in United States,

I just supported based on finding the project based on this article - I'm supporter #248. Nice jump! I made sure to mention Brickset.com in the comment that I left.

So... where do we mail our projects? :-)

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By in United States,

Man , if this was made , I would buy it instantly. It perfectly goes with Pete's exo-suit , which is (of course) a very good thing. I hope this makes it to the review stage.
I would support but for some reason it says my Lego ID password is wrong and that my username isn't just my email. Trifle confusing , that's the Lego ID I ise go everything else. I suppose ideas uses a different system... Ugh.

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By in United States,

beautiful set, but the hovercraft reminds me too much of a Star Wars land speeder. Rare is the classic space set that has rounded corners, and as a fan of the classic space ships, I'd love to see a different style vehicle/ship than a land speeder.

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By in United Kingdom,

The project has now made it onto the 'popular this week' list over at LEGO Ideas, so Brickset certainly seems to be having an effect!

It is a lovely model and certainly something I would buy to accompany the Exo-Suit.

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By in United States,

The base looks spectacular, however, I'm not overly fond of the clunky hovercraft.

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By in United States,

By the way, with Huw now posting Ideas articles, does that mean GlenBricker left? This is usually his area.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Not at all. Glen remains our resident Ideas expert and as time permits he'll continue to post articles.

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By in Germany,

I am sorry if I am a bit too open with my c&c, but the speeder looks like a bad version of the SW Landspeeder. The whole model is very simple, I cannot find any interesting bricks or techniques, or anything regarding design that someone couldn't do in a free afternoon while watching TV. I love classic space and there are many great MOCs out there that capture the spirit and colours with current techniques, but this has no classic space vibe at all to me, so I don't understand the inclusion of the classic space men. Pass for me.

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By in United States,

Thank you for clarifying, Huw! Please don't think it was intended critically; I was just wondering if there had been a change. I'm more than glad to read Ideas articles by you or anyone else.

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By in United States,

I love Brickset, and I think Huw and the entire team do a terrific job, but I find this review curious. Is it highlighted here simply because a packet of bricks was supplied to the editor of an incredibly popular and influential site as opposed to a virtual rendering that could be enjoyed equally by everyone with no additional value to anyone? Is this why we now see a review of an Ideas set from an unusual source? The set may well have great characteristics worthy of support, but I am now skeptical. What does this tell any future Ideas contributors, all of whom are competing for support. Unfortunate at best.

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By in United States,

And on the flip side, let me send props to Huw for full disclosure that he really did not have to offer. The real quandary I see is the message it sends about how to get publicity if you really want it.

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By in United States,

Considering that you like to look at peoples projects and show some of them would you please take a look at my projects? I think you may like some of them! I have a Customized Chrysler Jeep project https://ideas.lego.com/projects/76946 a project for a very complex Tiger model https://ideas.lego.com/projects/78919 and a project for a Dodge Charger HEMI Daytona 2006 R/T yellow and black https://ideas.lego.com/projects/78833 as far as my current projects! If you like any (or all) of my projects will you please make a mention of them here on Brickset.com?

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By in United Kingdom,

^ You already have...

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By in United Kingdom,

This idea doesn't grab me so it won't be getting my vote - but kudos for the effort and innovation behind the promotion.

Though I really couldn't care if a proposal is rendered in LDD or built with bricks. It's the idea that counts. I've seen LDD submissions that probably took half an hour to build but have blown me away - and got my vote. And some people may have neither the time nor the money to build an idea out of real bricks.

But then again, I'm biased here. Until I made the decision about two weeks ago to join BrickLink and get ordering, I had done all of my ideas in LDD. Before now, I just didn't have the time - these were mostly designed on the train to and from work:

https://ideas.lego.com/profile/AdamSenna/projects

As you can see, I started in the Cuusoo era and made three rather basic models. I've taken it a bit more seriously since LEGO Ideas launched. Currently I'm building the Winter Village Castle Keep. Another order of bricks needs to come through from BL and I'm about 90% done on this.

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By in Australia,

My dark ages ended due to LDD, and the ability to create things with no limits on bricks was a revelation. Bricklink was the other main difference to my original lego collecting. While I find it admirable that the designer made efforts to keep the cost down and use readily available bricks, I think this misses the point of Ideas. You cannot suggest new elements but you can use any element ever made in pretty much any colour you wish, and LDD is perfect for this. Brick built models are great to give a better feel, but sometimes are not possible. I personally am more interested in the design, rather than if it is brick built or digital.

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By in United Kingdom,

Well, what can I say except thanks for all the support on the set so far :-) I'm listening to all c&c and of course I know the set won't appeal to everyone out there. There will be a couple of playability tweaks soon - Dave and Nigel now have a new piece of kit to take out with them. An Ideas update will be posted once I've completed it and photographed the set again.

10,000 is a very big number indeed and who knows how far this project will get - but if we can keep the pace and get another little Classic Spaceman set up for review that'd be quite something :-)

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By in United States,

Hue^^^^ What I meant was that you may include them in one of these type articles http://brickset.com/article/12929/an-interesting-idea-civilization-beyond-earth-worker-mech http://brickset.com/article/12790/an-interesting-idea-skull-cove-redbeard-s-return http://brickset.com/article/12766/an-interesting-idea-lego-city-2080 Considering that they got in why can't I? If you can recommend someplace or someway of getting word out about my projects I would be very thankful for it!

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By in United Kingdom,

Um... I really don't see the appeal in this. Two walls, a baseplate and an uninspiring speeder. Doesn't evoke Classic Space to me, nor is there anything especially interesting about the build. There's no other word for it - it's boring.

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By in United States,

I feel this warrants repeating so I'm going to repost from the "Interesting Ideas" article. Especially because #2 has already happened. I reposted without editing so forgive the language that is specific to that other article.

Because this specifically is a stab at a new recurring article, I'm going to have to voice my dissent.

I didn't like it when glenbricker did it, and I don't like it now that rock99rock is doing it - endorsements for projects on Ideas, either implied or expressly stated, is not something that I want to see on Brickset. Here's why:

1) "Who cares?" - None of these projects personally interest me. Some other people in the comments reveal only some of these projects interest them. I'm sure there are hundreds more people, registered and non registered visitors who, like me have no interest in these proposals, but either don't care to take the time or draw response for declaring their disinterest. This runs the risk of turning into an echo chamber where it seems like people love the idea, and time and effort is drawn away from other articles.

2) "Me too!!" - People piggybacking on a Brickset article to push their own proposition or a proposition they really want to pass on Ideas. What is the point in having a highlight for specially picked endorsements if it turns into an open forum begging for support?

3) Redundancy and Artificial Support - Ideas exists. These projects are there for people who want to go find them. Drumming up support by handpicking and "viral marketing" may very well be what Lego encourages to get a project to 10,000 support, but it produces an artificial measure of actual support. How many times do we have to bring up Purdue Pete?

4) Collusion - I know I'm painting a target on me right now but what the heck. There are people who admin/post to Brickset and also have proposals on Ideas. Who knows who and if there are personal connections in the small world of Lego hobbyists is not something I want to see turn into an inner circle of perennial winners.

So there you have it. I personally don't think Ideas (aside from news/landmarks/etc) is something I want to see on Brickset. Maybe I'm alone on this, so take it for whatever it's worth.

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By in United States,

This site should do what boardgamegeek does for all the Kickstarters for various boardgames. They post a once a week Crowdfunding roundup of all the new games where the creators have reached out to them. Then, folks can get the link and see a few sentences about the latest games that need funding. They don't do reviews of those games.

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By in Switzerland,

Its just Lego folks! Let's not get carried away with things. If you don't like an article you don't have to read it. Not everything can interest everyone!

I am one of the lucky ones that actually owns this set. It was given to me as part of the Brickset forum Secret Santa. It is a lovely build and complements the Exo-suit really well. Backing a project doesn't do any harm. Ultimately, Lego group are the one's who will decide if a set will become commercial if it makes 10,000 votes.

Lighten up everyone!

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By in United Kingdom,

^ "It's just Lego folks!"

Wash your mouth out with soap and water!

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By in Switzerland,

^ Lol. You know what I mean! Its meant to be a fun product and some people take it so seriously.

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By in United States,

Agree with @Modok and @DanRSL. Ideas site exists already and now that an exception is made here all I see is Huw getting bombarded with idea submissions, many of which will likely be bad. Now does that mean- by the standard now apparently set- that he will need to review everyone's sent Ideas? What if he doesn't? Are you then going to see people bash Huw and the site for not posting their 'great' idea.

While I like ideas sets, this set does not strike me as very strong for the reasons that @yamaki posted above. Just does not seem to fit together well, especially with the green space guys (for some reason as Exo suit it works far better IMO)). Just seems like the set was built around those, and based off of the color scheme of the Exo Suit.
As for people taking it too seriously, IMO when these Ideas can get enough votes to go to LEGO to review as a potential set, then it should be taken seriously. Especially if it diverts time away from LEGO looking at what could be perceived as a better set to review that hit votes based more on merit, and not what was posed onto another site to try to hype it up.

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By in United States,

I like this for several reasons.
1) I like this project! I think it's a cool looking model! I like that it incorporates an interesting vignette along with a vehicle for some playability and adds to the Exo-Suit theme.
2) I like that the creator put in the effort and took the risk to send this to Brickset. It was obviously a lot of extra work to get all the pieces, make the instructional dvd, and put it all together in a cohesive package that would be appealing to the recipient. He took the initiative and found a new way for his project to get some extra attention and I think that's totally fair. And it was a gamble, Huw could have just kept it and not said a word.
3) I like that Huw was open to this unique method of promotion. Let's remember that Huw had no obligation to post anything about this. If it wasn't any good, he wouldn't have! There's no guarantee that sending in a set to Brickset gets you anything. I think it was a completely genuine transaction that worked out for everyone in this case. There should be nothing wrong with people finding outlets other than the Lego Ideas site itself for promoting their project, because let's be honest, if it's no good, there's no amount of promotion that will help it.

I thought this was a great post, worthwhile, got to see a cool new set that I think will look great on my shelf along with the Exo-Suit, and I appreciate you sharing this with us Huw!

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By in United Kingdom,

This is an interesting discussion with some good points being made. One thing is for sure, since publishing the two Ideas articles on Friday we have been bombarded with people asking for their projects to be featured and that's perfectly understandable. I take a look at them all and if they grab my attention then yes, we may well include them in a future article.

As for @DanRSL's point #4 about collusion, I am flattered that he thinks Brickset has sufficient sway to have much of an impact. This article has generated some 500 votes for this project, just 5% of those required, so even high-profile promotion such as this on Brickset doesn't really make that much of a difference. A part of a wider promotional exercise, yes, it all adds up, but on its own, it's not going to have much effect.

I don't have a personal connection to anyone with Ideas projects and those that write here that do, or have projects themselves, are careful not to self-promote, although to be honest I would not be that worried if they did.

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By in Ireland,

So this is the item that finally got me registered. So that's something I guess. I love the website and it's a great resource, but this does make me feel very uncomfortable about the site ethics and it's certainly not helped by Huw's last response. What is Huw's policy on accepting these sets? Does he keep them or return them? Basically, I want to know that you're not going to turn this into a joke of a website like Harry "Pwesents" Knowles did with AICN.

The set itself is completely unremarkable, even with my limited skills, I'm sure I could recreate it almost perfectly from the first two photos alone.... and that's saying something.

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By in United Kingdom,

I don't think that I need disclose the arrangements but for transparency I was sent it unsolicited and I have offered to send it back so it can be sent on to another blogger to write about.

On Friday this week I will be featuring a project by another Bricksetter that I think is so cool that I gathered the pieces together from my own collection and built it from the LDD files the author sent me so that I can photograph it for the article and he can use them at Ideas.

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes, just to clarify, I don't know Huw (though I've met him to say hello to on the Blocks stand at STEAM). I sent a set to him in the hope he would enjoy it and feature it. The review could have been good, bad or indifferent - or not featured at all :-o I thought this could be a cool and inventive way of getting it out there even with the risks attached.

I'm just a normal(ish) bloke who built a simple set that I wanted more people to see. If people liked it they could read the review and support the project. It's probably not strictly an AFOL aimed set. I wanted it to pass the 8 year old build and play challenge, and I hope that viewers can put their AFOL eyes on the shelf just for a few minutes while viewing :-) I've already taken c&c on board and have a revision. It's an Idea after all. It could evolve a little.

The main thing is - I've had a lot of enjoyment doing it and getting it seen. Building stuff is what the hobby is all about after all.

And for another opinion besides Huw's - the set has also been reviewed and well received over at http://brickfanatics.co.uk/lego-ideas-pick-13-hover-scout-and-recharge-dock/

If you're on the fence about supporting the project, please check back once in a while for updates that might persuade you :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

It's Huw's site and none of us pay a penny for the services we benefit from. He doesn't even include adverts, unlike other sites. Just some unobtrusive and perfectly reasonable affiliate marketing. As far as I am concerned, he can do what he likes here.

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By in United Kingdom,

Just to clarify,

> He doesn't even include adverts... when you are logged in

Casual users will see them.

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By in United Kingdom,

Fair enough for casual users. Just tried it, and while it's noticeable, it certainly isn't in your face like some sites. Still perfectly reasonable. One site I visit gives 50% of the page to adverts, and autoruns a commercial video on every single page. And thanks to a particularly loud and annoying video ad from "Barry at Cilit Bang" or whatever he/it's called, I now use Ad Blocker on that site. ;o)

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By in United Kingdom,

"Block, and the ads are gone". Doesn't Barry say something like that? ;-)

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By in New Zealand,

Hadn't voted for the set based on the article, but when I was browsing through the Ideas website just now I recognised it and remembered it from here, which made me investigate and support...

I actually have my own Space project here:

https://ideas.lego.com/projects/69191

To be honest I've kind of gone off it, I kind of got lazy towards the end and don't think it really presents what I had in mind, but I REALLY like the idea of a Classic Space Creator-style set with lots of generic pieces and instructions for multiple builds. So if anyone also likes the idea, feel free to steal it and improve on it. ;)

Regarding some of the discussion going on here, I kind of support the idea of Ideas sets being supported and promoted here, especially if the designer has gone to this much effort to promote it. Partly because there are dozens of new Ideas submissions every day, it's impossible to keep track of them unless you're really committed, which most people aren't. I think in a survey I actually said I wanted Brickset to give a weekly 'best of' new Ideas sets.

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By in United Kingdom,

I am on the fence about the project, but I have supported anyway. It is quite grey and I would prefer the characters to use a new unique colour, not the existing green. On the plus side it has story and characters. I would like to see more articles about LEGO IDEAS, but perhaps from different points of view. How did creators who have succeeded promote their projects? What is the view of a creator who has had their project rejected at review? What are the different views on LEGO producing similar ideas that achieved support or not, how could it be handled differently? Why do ideas that are based on motion or Technic find it more difficult to succeed? What is more important an idea, a model or promotion? How do we get 13 year olds to succeed with limited bricks and resources, who perhaps only really want LEGO designers to design a set for them, rather than have their own creation made into a set? Could you interview one of the LEGO IDEAS Team? A few thoughts. : )

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By in United Kingdom,

As you may know a regular contributor here has been successful in getting projects to review and I have asked him to explain the 'what happens next' part to us when he can, subject to the NDAs he's under, of course.

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By in Canada,

hey look another landspeeder!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

this is what I love about the LEGO community , fans are usually positive towards other peoples projects and don't try to troll them to death
Im 29 and never collected LEGO when I was a child so Im not really aware of the true classic LEGO themes such as space and pirates but I do like how enthusiastic the set looks
it would be cool if the creator had a moc alien minifigure based on the Greys , those small big bug eyed grey skinned aliens , in some sort of containment unit

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By in United States,

I would buy this set, but it needs more detail and classic-spacyness

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By in Canada,

I think its absolutley fantastic!

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