Last month in my last Ideas Showcase article I highlighted the UCS London Bus - Route 38 project. Since then LEGO have released 10258 London Bus. This means that great_mazinga's only Ideas project is likely to be consigned to the scrap heap.
In this Showcase article I highlight seven projects that I believe have some merit and two worthy projects that are unlikely to be considered due to the new Ideas project rules.
Read on to see my comments of these nine projects.
This little vignette is based on Vincent van Gogh's painting Bedroom in Arles.
In October 1882 Vincent van Gogh wrote a letter to his brother Theo with the following quote:
"For the great doesn’t happen through impulse alone, and is a succession of little things that are brought together."
This quote could easily describe the Ideas process.
This is a very neat little project that would be well received by a broad cross-section of the LEGO community. The project has had some strong early support and is likely to get to the 1000 milestone soon.
I had planned to add this to my last Showcase article but TJStone6010 was in the middle of an update so I put off mentioning the project until now.
Falconhurst Treehouse is the shipwrecked home of the Swiss Family Robinson. TJStone6010 has used some innovative building techniques to make the tree very strong. Have a look at the updates to check out the details built into this tree house.
This is the only project TJStone6010 has that is currently active. It was a Staff Pick a few weeks ago.
The Swiss Family Robinson was made into a Disney film in 1960.
The project is on track to reach 1000 supporters milestone.
Tugboat Tugger 1 is a very detailed minifigure-scale classic tugboat. Have a look at this project as I think you will be impressed by the way it has been built.
It would look quite good in a diorama and could easily lay alongside 21310 Old Fishing Store.
This is the only project Konajra has that is currently active
Early support but needs to pick up the pace to reach 1000 supporters.
I have a soft spot for Thunderbirds and the other Supermarionation puppet TV shows produced by Gerry Anderson.
This project includes Thunderbirds 2 and 4 along with The Mole and an Elevator Car. The five Tracy brothers are depicted as printed minifigure trophies or nanofigures.
Gerry Anderson and his model makers often used LEGO in their models. Have a look at this blog and see if you can see all the LEGO bricks.
Thunderbirds is a theme owned by ITV.
I am confident that both these projects will continue to do well.
I like this project for a range of reasons: I can see this sitting on a desk as an accurate anatomy model or it could be made into a Pirates styled Skull Island diorama.
It could easily be a backdrop for many minifigure themes.
This is by far RichterMat’s most popular Ideas Project.
It needs just over 400 supporters in the next four months to reach the 5000 supporter milestone.
I live in a family where piano playing plays a big part of life. I am drawn to this project due to its remarkable accuracy. EduardReynolds uses black jumper plates to great effect to make the black keys.
The Concert Grand Piano's strength is that it will appeal to a broad range of LEGO enthusiasts.
EduardReynolds has two projects with Ideas: his other project is Lego German Shepherd Dog which is probably not going to be as popular as his Grand Piano.
The Concert Grand Piano has early solid support but will need help to get to the 1000 supporter milestone.
Most modern cities have old pump houses with tall brick chimneys that pumped the city's water from the reservoirs to the houses.
The pump house, which are now boutique cafés or museums, used to house steam powered beam engines. Here in Auckland NZ our technology museum, MOTAT, has such a working beam engine. Have a look at this image and compare it to Mr_Kleinstein' Watt's Steam Engine.
The model uses 1/4 Circle Gear Rack 11X11 which has been found in two sets.
Watt was a Scottish engineer who designed his Watt steam engine in 1781. This was a key component in the 18th century Industrial Revolution.
The SI unit of power, the watt, was named after him. (1 kW = 1.34 hp)
Watt's Steam Engine has early support but will need help to reach 1000 supporters.
Mr_Kleinstein has a few Ideas projects underway but Big Steam Tractor, which I have featured before, is his most successful project to date and may well reach 5000 supporters in the near future.
Worthy Projects Not Likely to be Accepted
I have selected two projects here that are worthy Ideas projects but, I believe, will have difficulty being selected as a LEGO Ideas set, even if they reach 10,000 supporters.
The Saturn V Launch Umbilical Tower is not a direct conflict with the LEGO Apollo license as they were also used for the Space Shuttle program.
This project has solid support due to 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V being one of the most popular sets released by LEGO in 2017. I am confident that it will reach 10,000 supporters.
Whatsuptoday has several other projects underway.
Eiffleman has made a Mercury and Gemini rockets also at a scale of 1:110. There will be people who want to complete the rockets used in the American space program.
Looking at this build, I am impressed with how the fins have been built on the Mercury rocket.
This project also has solid early support; probably due to the popularity of 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V set.
Eiffleman also has several other projects lodged with LEGO Ideas.
So here are nine projects to have a look at. I encourage anyone contemplating submitting a LEGO Ideas project to do a considerable amount of research before starting to build their project.
I am always interested in your thoughts. Which projects do you like? Do you agree with my selections?
Feel free to leave feedback and links to your favourite Ideas.