Earlier in March, the Ideas Test Lab team announced the ten finalists in the Fourth Build Challenge.
The challenge was simple: can you design a 4th build for one of four LEGO Creator 3in1 sets? The four sets used in the challenge were:
- 31042 3in1 Super Soarer,
- 31056 3in1 Green Cruiser,
- 31057 3in1 Air Blazer, and
- 31058 3in1 Mighty Dinosaurs.
Overnight, the winners were announced. Read on to see the ten finalists and find out which projects won the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, and which project won the Brick Vote.
There are just over 3000 members registered with the Ideas Test Lab, so it is likely that many of you have not seen any of these projects. One of the significant differences with the Ideas Test Lab over the Ideas theme is all participants must be registered before being able to see any of the designs.
The competition started eight weeks ago, when members were asked to build 4th models for four LEGO Creator 3-in-1 sets. There were 572 submissions!
In alphabetical order (by project name), here are the ten finalists:
And the winners are:
3rd Place and a Brick Vote of 386:
2nd Place and a Brick Vote of 832:
1st Place and a Brick Vote of 1004:
Brick Vote Award with a Brick Vote of 995
Scary Scorpion also won the Brick Vote but the 1st place Kids Vote winner has a bigger prize package than the Brick Vote. The Ideas Test Lab team honored the kids' wishes and awarded Scary Scorpion first place.
In order to give the prizes to more participants, for the Brick Vote they chose the entry that received the next highest bricks that was not one of the Kids Vote winners.
Congratulations to the winners of the Ideas Test Lab prizes and all the other ten finalists. All these designs show some clever and creative techniques.
Interestingly, the ten finalists were picked from Fourth Build projects for only two of the four Creator 3in1 sets available in the competition, and all the winners were designed using the parts from the 31058 3in1 Mighty Dinosaurs set.
At 174 pieces, this set was the largest set of the four with nearly a third more parts to choose from than the other three options.
Keeping the Fourth Build spirit alive
The LEGO Ideas Test Lab has posed a question to Test Lab members.
As the Challenge winds to a close, the Ideas Test Lab would like to know what ideas people have for how LEGO fans around the world can keep the Fourth Build spirit alive? How could clubs, fan events, and LUGs challenge guests to create their own Fourth Build models?
Competitions, such as the Ideas Test Lab, also creates a reason for continued support of LEGO Digital Designer.
In the comments below, I would be interested in what other Brickset members think about this Ideas Test Lab and how the Fourth Build could be developed in the future.
What do you think of the four winners when viewing all of the ten finalists?