LEGO Ideas Third 2016 Review Results

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The results of the third 2016 review period have just been published on the LEGO Ideas blog!

Two excellent projects have passed review on this occasion and you can find out which after the break...

JANGBRiCKS, get your tissues ready!


Voltron - Defender Of The Universe. (by len_d69)

This project was initially considered as part of the last review but has at last been confirmed with this one. Many members have expressed excitement at the prospect of a Voltron set so I am sure this announcement will prove very popular!

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

This unusual and impressive project is unlike any LEGO set we have seen before. It received a great deal of support when we asked which projects people wanted to see pass review in an earlier article and I look forward to seeing the final model.


Congratulations to both len_d69 and JakeSadovich77!

Are you satisfied with the results and which project would you have chosen from this review period? Let us know in the comments.

162 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Excited for Ship in a Bottle. Voltron is a "meh" for me :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Not getting either, but I'm rooting for the arcade machines so much!

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By in Norway,

Ship in a bottle: will probably buy. Voltron: nope.

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By in United Kingdom,

Volton yes yes yes!

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By in Netherlands,

Glad the Ship in a Bottle made it. Didn't felt a single thing for the others and some were guaranteed of not passing the review.
After a second look, wonder how the will make the bottle part durable enough to be sold.

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By in United States,

;_;

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By in United States,

Well, I was wrong! Venetian Houses is looking good for next review!

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By in Netherlands,

Hmmm, both not my cup of tea.

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By in United States,

I thought Ship in a Bottle had a great chance. Congrats!

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By in United Kingdom,

Voltron - yay! The ship in a bottle does nothing for me. All I see it as is a parts pack of trans-clear elements.

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By in United Kingdom,

No purchase for me this time around.

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By in Hungary,

I don't mind the Ship In A Bottle but I'm sad because Voltron is confirmed!

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By in Australia,

As I said in the speculation post, the ship in the bottle was the only logical choice due to existing IP's and already released themes. It's still a lovely looking set, so it should be warmly received.

I had forgotten that Voltron was still under consideration, so it's approval should make a lot of people happy.

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By in United States,

Not excited for either but might get ship in the bottle. I don't care for Voltron, but seeing all the supporters who had to wait this long for word on the project, I feel happy for them being able to get it after so long waiting.

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By in United States,

Ship in a bottle is cool, will probably consider that one. Not happy the GTI didn't make the cut.

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By in Puerto Rico,

Somewhat disappointing.

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By in United States,

Sad about a set being made? Just don't buy it, problem solved.

I'm happy about both, probably won't buy them because of Ideas tax but still cool.

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By in Ukraine,

Fully disappointed. Well, it's the chance to save money a bit for something better.

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By in Norway,

I might buy the Ship in a bottle, if it's reasonably priced

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By in Germany,

Have to admit that i have no idea (pun intended) what or who voltron is, but the ship in the bottle is fantastic! Will buy it on day one..

j.

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By in United Kingdom,

Disappointing

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By in Cyprus,

Voltron!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For some reason it makes perfect sense! :D A must-buy for me! As for ship in a bottle, maybe not me cuppa but I wonder how much it will differ from the official set, same for Voltron really.

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By in Norway,

@Jaybee You're not alone. I've never heard of Voltron either till now :)

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By in Ireland,

I have to say, I love the ship IN the bottle but not the bottle itself. Will definitely get my hands on at least that part of the set.

Voltron is an instant buy. Here's hoping it makes it into Deadpool 2 a lá the Death Star in Spiderman or, at the very least, into Ryan Reynolds possession :)

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By in United States,

Ship in the bottle had actually better have piles of water bits on the bottom :P

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By in United Kingdom,

Voltron: no
The Flagship Leviathan: definitely yes. In multiple copies. Trans-clear panel paradise!

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By in United States,

Wow, I thought the ship would be auto-failed for stability reasons.

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By in United Kingdom,

What a let down again :-(

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By in Sweden,

How about... No. *turns away from the wallet*

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By in United States,

Yay?

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By in United States,

Voltron was one of the fastest Ideas projects to hit 10k votes, at around 3 weeks only. This may prove even more difficult to buy than the Apollo 11 set. Congratulations to len_d69!

I like the ship-in-a-bottle. It's interesting, unique, artistic. A decent desktop decoration - definitely geared more towards adults than children, though. But Voltron - I loved the cartoon as a kid, and am pleased to be able to share it now with my kids. But to be able to build it with them will be a great father-son experience.

It's a shame that The Iron Giant didn't make it. My kids like that too, and were excited about the Ideas project.

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By in United States,

I like the ship in a bottle - it's very unique, and will make a great display piece for my desk at work. Voltron I have no interest in - obviously not the target audience for that. Still cool that they accepted two this round.

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By in United States,

I wanted the diner but I'm happy with their ship in a bottle choice. Never heard of Voltron until the project, so I probably won't buy it.

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By in United Kingdom,

As a Portuguese I'm disappointed the Porto tram didn't make it, but at least I've the ship in the bottle to look forward to. I supported both projects on Ideas.

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By in Belgium,

Not even remotely interested in either one of these I'm afraid ... but I'm not complaining, the last few rounds were and will be more expensive enough as is.

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By in Indonesia,

Great to see ship ina bottle has made it! Will be the 1st time I'll buy an Ideas set!

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By in Belgium,

Good thing I'm not interested in either. Leaves me enough budget for the UCS MF and Saturn V (when it's finally back in stock). ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

Wait, why should Jang be sad?

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By in United States,

Wow. I do not care for the Voltron set at all, or the Voltron franchise to be honest. The ship in the bottle is a good set I think, but I'm not sure whether I'm going to be buying it. I would have like to get the Vintage Tram, Lego Store Modular Version, or The Iron Giant sets instead.

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By in United States,

Both are SO bought. More excited for the ship though. Might actually display Voltron as lions for once.

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By in United Kingdom,

will buy ship in a bottle. skipping voltron like i did w/ adventure time & big bang theory :)

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By in France,

Neither ! I prefer UCS Rey s Speeder, 1950's Diner, or Boat Repair shop... I will make some savings.

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By in Ireland,

The Ship In the Bottle looks cool, my colleague just suggested a rhyming alternative which I may MOC.

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By in Spain,

Sorry, I don´t like the ship in bottle and I don´t like the Voltron.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Jdbrickstudios - They are tears of joy, as promised in a comment on this morning's Ideas article :o)

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By in United States,

I think there were better choices out of this group, But I am not in charge. Haha.

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By in United States,

Lego hit the jackpot! Both I find amazing, and both will make it great parts packs too. I sense demolition coming. ?? (Manicall laugh, hands running eagerly.)

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By in United Kingdom,

I absolutely do not care about the Voltron license, but I am super happy to receive a large traditional Japanese mech!

It makes me sad that the Jurassic World T-Rex was not approved, would have been a great opponent.

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By in Hungary,

Really dont know anything about Voltron, it wasnt popular here, or wasnt in the tv during my childhood.

But that little ship in the bottle is fantastic instead.

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By in United States,

Ship in a bottle is going to be amazing! Can't wait!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

The Ship in the Bottle is cool and it will be interesting to see how much the final design differs.

Like a lot of people I have no idea who or what Voltron is. One for the younger fans of Lego?

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By in United States,

Holy cow! I'm so excited about the ship in a bottle. From the first time I was the project I thought this was one of the best and most unique projects I'd ever seen. Typically I'm number two or three gets picked but this was a solid number one. Voltron is a delightful surprise. I thought for sure licensing would kill the project. As a young child I use to make my own Voltron out of Duplos , so this is a dream come true.

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By in Sweden,

Great! I supported ship in a bottle the second I saw it. I am glad I can get it.

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By in United States,

Voltron looks good, even though I'm not familiar with the source material. I like the subject matter of the ship in a bottle, but the bottle looks rather crude. Hopefully the final model will have a substantially different appearance.

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By in United Kingdom,

Both are respectful choices that I just won't purchase.

Ship in the bottle is unique and beautiful, but its not something I am interested in.

I am always down for mecha, so seeing a Lego set of something like Voltron is awesome. However I am hardly attached to the license (other than the fact PETER CULLEN was the narrator) as it didn't air over in the UK as far as I know, I would have preferred Star Fleet if anything or even Thunderbirds!

As another comment mentioned I am crossing EVERYTHING hoping the Sega arcade machines get approved, I am utterly in love with that project lol.

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By in Belgium,

Never heard of Voltron. Shame Red Dwarf didn't make it.

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By in Sweden,

Ship in a bottle! Yes! Wonder how they'll work out the bottle itself...

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By in Sweden,

I wonder what version of Voltron they'll do. The Ideas project was based on the original 80s show, but there's a current series on Netflix, basically a remake of it, whose robot looks a bit different. Can't help but feel it'd be odd to not do the Netflix/Legendary Defender version since that's the one that kids would know. But then again it might be strictly an AFOL set for that 80s nostalgia.

Anyway, good selections. It'll be interesting to see how they do the ship in a bottle officially, the fan made model feels a bit clunky, the actual bottle that is. The fewer pieces it's made of the better it'd look.

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By in United States,

^I know a lot of the collector merch is still on the 80s designs, the Funko Pop for Voltron was designed after the 80s one, but all the play-based toys are for the reboot.

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By in United States,

Yay! Ship in a bottle!

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By in United States,

Ship In A Bottle: Very good. Voltron: Not so good.

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By in United States,

I'm soooooo excited for Voltron!!! But that ship in the bottle is easily the Ideas set I wanted the least. Guess I'll have to gather the parts and instructions myself for that Iron Giant and Bus.

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By in United Kingdom,

I too have no idea who or what Voltron is. I must have missed something the amount of people keen to have this go through. Pleased with ship in a bottle but with all those transparent pieces LEGO need to make sure the protect the pieces. My london bus has almost every window with a scratch on it and for a ship in a bottle that would be disastrous to its appearance.
I would have loved to see a few of this round get made which is unusual for me. Boat repair would have gone nicely with the upcoming fishing set. I liked the diner and tram too.

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By in United States,

sorry lego but both will be a pass for me. the cost of the ship in a bottle i am sure will be more that i would pay for it. As for voltron not a fan so it's a no.

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By in United States,

Looks like i'm one of the VERY few people who is genuinely excited that Voltron was selected. Not sure if British thing, or just upset that we don't get yet another useless statue. That being said, as a fan of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it would have been cool if The Bus had passed, but i'm not too upset about it, since it would probably have been only accurate to season one anyway.

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By in Ireland,

worst ideas sets so far :(

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By in United States,

I watched a bit of Voltron on Cartoon Network in the late 90s, and while I wasn't a huge fan of the show....this a Lego transforming/combining mech! How could that be a bad thing!?!?

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By in United Kingdom,

My two cents:
Ship in a bottle is a display set. That's fine for some I guess, but to me, Lego should really be about play. All a display set is good for once it's been built is gathering dust, and I so hate dusting.

I remember the Voltron cartoon series from the 80s. Those who don't know about it can check out wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voltron and that's exactly what I'm talking about re Lego: it's a toy and kids will love it... kids of the 80s, that is :)

It's not my cut of tea, though, so I'll be giving both selections a miss.

Congratulations to all contenders and especially to the winners. It's a long struggle to win the Lego Ideas Games. I wish len_d69 and JakeSadovich77 all the best!

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By in United States,

Wow, that ship in a bottle is amazing! I'm not one to usually fall for things I "didn't know I needed" but that one I may just have to grab!

Happy for the Voltron fans, too. Not interested personally, but looks like a good model and I'm betting lots of people will enjoy it.

They had better not price the ship by part count--I'm not paying $.10/pc for 500 blue 1x1 rounds ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

The Ship could be cool, but the squareness of the bottle is a deal breaker for me...

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By in New Zealand,

I am pleased about the ship in a bottle. Not so fussed on Voltron, but I can see that it will be popular.

I hope Old Fishing Store will be in shops soon.

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By in Netherlands,

The ship in a bottle deserved it more than the rest tbh, I don't really know what Voltron is so I can't say anything about that but depending on how they improve the ship to turn it into an official set I might get it, though my wallet is burning with all these amazing big sets they've been releasing recently.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Matt89190 agreed. the squareness is a part of the design that really doesn't appeal to me, and considering it's like the main feature...
Mind you, this is Lego we're talking about: being square and blocky *is* the name of the game. ROFL

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By in United States,

Sort of disappointed that The Iron Giant wasn't part of this though I am glad for these two sets, I will so aim for the Ship in a Bottle.

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By in United States,

I'd rather have the original Power Rangers than Voltron...

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By in New Zealand,

Can't say I'm enamoured of either one. I don't think either of them is really a good "fit" for an Ideas set.

But at least the Golf GTI didn't get through. Silver linings and all that....

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By in United States,

Both look awesome!

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By in United States,

Stinks that The Iron Giant didn't make it though.

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By in New Zealand,

^ Yep, I thought the Iron Giant was a great project.

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By in United States,

These comments show a lot of mixed opinions about both of these. I don't think I've ever seen such a split discussion among LEGO fans.

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By in United States,

Adults who enjoyed Voltron and Lego in the 80s probably know that it was nearly impossible to create a Voltron model out of Lego in the 80s. From that perspective, seeing what len_d69 managed to do is pretty amazing. The lions look good, and they're pose-able. The robot looks good, and it's pose-able too. It's big enough to be the awesome surprise toy on Christmas morning, but still small enough to play with. And it's a transformable/combinable mech, made of Lego. With a variety of parts and colors. Playability: 9000. For those who want to hear Peter Cullen again:

https://youtu.be/QpJPnvyOUgc

The newer version of the show on Netflix has a different-looking Voltron. It wouldn't surprise me if Lego took so long because they needed to come up with the newer version too before they OK'ed the older one - kinda like what they did with the Ghostbuster mobiles.

The Iron Giant is a missed opportunity for WB, plain-and-simple. They grossed $30M in theaters, and spent $70M making and marketing it. Well, mostly just making it. With a coordinated Lego/WB marketing initiative, they could have come up with a 20th anniversary edition that would have done great.

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By in United States,

I'm happy that both were approved and I'll be looking forward to adding both to my collection as well. Congrats to both!

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By in United States,

If anyone is interested, the Netflix Voltron show is quite good. I'm a fan of it after watching with my kids. I was never an original fan but the new show helped to introduce me to the concept.

Edit: I also wish the Iron Giant had passed. That project started the same time as mine, so it was fun to watch it go all the way.

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By in United States,

Sure hope Voltron comes with the lion driver's at least

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By in United Kingdom,

I can imagine getting a licence for the Iron Giant right now would be quite complicated since the robot will feature heavily in Steven Spielberg's next movie.

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By in Argentina,

Voltron looks great! Hopefully the final model will maintain this same level of accuracy. I hope they'll include minifigs of the crew.

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By in United States,

Pass on both. At least they didn't select another lame group of minifigs. The selection committee's and my tastes continue to clash. On the bright side, I don't have to spend money on this round.

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By in United States,

I am pleasantly surprised by this. I didn't think the Ship in a Bottle would pass at all, but I am very excited to see how it is constructed. I had all but forgotten about Voltron, but despite this reveal I have no interest in it. I am curious to see how the smaller models transform into the larger one as I am not familiar with the projects details. Hopefully it isn't a "Kreo Transformers" situation where the smaller models have to be completely disassembled and then rebuilt into the larger one...

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By in United States,

Voltron! I know what my expensive treat of 2018 is gonna be...

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By in United States,

I think the ship in a bottle looks marvelous. It is unlike anything I have ever seen. The voltron set is a definite miss for me

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By in United States,

I am so very excited for Voltron! I am surprised at all the hate/unawareness of it, as it was pretty popular here for people around my age (children during the 80's).

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By in Australia,

Very excited re Voltron, looking like a must (expensive) buy for me

The ship in the bottle is a pass, of the other sets that were up for review, I like the Iron Giant and whilst I am a fan of Red Dwarf, I would have wanted the 1st Red Dwarf set to contain the Red Dwarf

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By in United States,

I shall be buying the ship in the bottle. What a unique idea for Lego.

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By in United States,

Ship in the bottle would make an aweome display piece. I hope they find a way to do the bottle so that it looks a little smoother, without so many lines between parts.

LEGO is for play for me too, but every once in a while a set comes along that is just perfect for display.

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By in Sweden,

Meh.

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By in United States,

Both look great, although is the Voltron from the remake or the classic (Haven't seen either in a while)?

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By in United States,

I will definitely get both of these. They are fantastic looking. Ship in a bottle looks like a really nice display style set and Voltron brings back very fond 80's childhood memories.

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By in Australia,

I am interested in Voltron and not really interested in the Ship in a Bottle. Would have bought that cool art deco styled 50s diner though...

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By in United Kingdom,

While the ship in a bottle is interesting it is really a dated concept generally if I'm honest.

I really do think though LEGO should ban *all* IPs from Ideas and save themselves a possible small fortune in weak licensing etc, they already hold a great selection.

Ideas should be a platform for fresh -literally- ideas. It is getting very tiresome seeing irrelevant IPs trying to jostle for attention, move onwards and upwards everyone!

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By in United States,

I'll need to see a price on both before I decide to buy either one.

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By in United States,

A Lego Voltron!!! Please let it be as awesome as the fan created project pictured. This is a MUST have 4 me (will start saving $$$ in my Lego piggy bank that arrived today)

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By in Australia,

I'll be buying both of those, as soon as they're out, I think.

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By in United States,

Now all we need is at least one Lego Dimensions Voltron set.

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By in United States,

Whooohooo...love Voltron! Should be an awesome build to see how they make the connections for the Lions to be sturdy and playable.
Ship In a Bottle is another fun moc! Again, love to see the build on how they make the bottle sturdy and if they can make a larger window element to see the ship clearer on display. They should design it were you have to build the ship within the bottle ;)

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By in Australia,

Excited for Voltron. Ship in a cracked bottle not so much.

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By in United States,

After years of my criticizing the Ideas sets, they have finally been producing some decent ones. Saturn V was great, and Voltron is nice as well. Lots of really good sets have been passed on for obvious licensing reasons, but these new sets give me hope.

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By in United States,

As cool as the ship in a bottle set is, these seem to have gone way down from 2017's AMAZING ideas sets.

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By in United Kingdom,

Before inevitably searching on the Internet, I had literally no idea what Voltron was, and to the uninformed eye, it basically looks like a merger of Transformers and the Megazords from Power Rangers. I do however hold in high regard the fact that this is the closest we may ever get to Lego Transformers so it'll be interesting to see how the designs hold up and transform in the flesh.

The ship in a bottle is a good example of a beautiful design without an IP, but it does leave me wondering how the bottle will be recreated and whether the glass can stay unscratched!

I've seen the old fishing store (and Sanne!) in the flesh, and it's definitely something fans are going to want to get - the details and finish are just fantastic. I believe it'll release next month, so I'll probably have to hold back whilst I buy a new UCS MF ;)

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By in United States,

How do so many not know what Voltron is? Did it not make its way out of the US? Everyone in the US over 35 should be at least somewhat familiar with it.

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By in United States,

I'm super stoked about Voltron being approved, and it's a must-buy as long as it's the 80s version and not the new Netflix version. As someone who tried to build one in the 80s and failed miserably I have tremendous respect for what len_d69 was able to do. I admire the ship in a bottle design even though I won't be buying it.

I'm really surprised the modular LEGO store was passed by since it seemed like a perfect fit (and I certainly would have bought it). Maybe they were upset that a fan came up with it instead of releasing it on their own.

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By in United States,

Wanted the 'Agents of SHIELD' set, but Ship in a Bottle is ... kind of cool?

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By in United States,

I really liked Rey's speeder UCS, which would be a great MOC. Does anyone know if there are instructions for the Ideas one? I searched and found instructions to a different UCS Rey's speeder.

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By in United States,

I was hoping for the 50's Diner (as it would be a great city based set) and the Boat Repair Shop (to go along w/the Old Fishing Store). Although, Lego may not want to produce several sets from the same designer, which is a shame because the whole sea-side series designed by 'RobenAnne is perfect. The Ship In A Bottle will be a nice display piece that I wouldn't mind picking up, for the right price. As for Voltron I remember it from my childhood, but it didn't interest me then and merits an even bigger 'meh from me now. However, if you guys from Lego are listening I would drain my bank account (or what would be left after the divorce) for a giant Battlestar Galactica or Colonial Viper!

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By in United Kingdom,

Voltron! A definite purchase both as a fan of Lego Mechs and the nostalgia of one of my favourite 80s cartoons....ship in the bottle is a great idea I'll be interested to see if it's improved in the final set otherwise it doesn't really do it for me.

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By in United States,

Both look great, but I'm particularly excited about Voltron. As a kid growing up in the 80's, Voltron was all the rage. I always wanted the lions back then but could never get them. As others have stated, there is a new Voltron show on Netflix that is rather good. I have been watching it with my son, and we have been on a mission to track down the lions (very good quality toys actually), and have two complete Voltrons! I am very much looking forward to getting a Voltron in Lego form. I hope it is the classic version, but I would be happy with the current one as well!

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By in Netherlands,

I am disappointed. Both of these sets won't make my collection.

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By in Australia,

Very disappointed that we didn't get 1950's Diner, Lego Store Modular Version or Red Dwarf.

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By in United Kingdom,

Boo urns, the only one I liked was the Red Dwarf one.
The ship in the bottle is clever but not for me and I've never been into transformers which I presume the robot thing is from.

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By in Germany,

@Hanzo581: the Voltron TV show was actually two Japanese anime series/films spliced together and heavily edited, specifically for the US market. At least in large parts of Europe (UK, France, Germany) it wasn't shown or known at all for many years. In Germany some of the episodes were finally aired on one of the secondary TV channels in 1995, but never received any real attention. Thus no large fan base at least here. I myself had also never heard of Voltron before it was first mentioned here as a Lego Ideas project.
But I'm a great Transformers (original 80s TV show) and M.A.S.K. (if anyone remembers those) fan, so I might still get the Voltron set anyway as it seems reasonably similar.

For this review, I was really rooting for Red Dwarf, because it's my absolute favorite TV show of any genre ever, as well as the boat repair shop (because it would make a great addition to the upcoming fishing store), but also liked the diner.
And of course I love bottle ships, so this one is a must for me. Very excited and happy.

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By in Ireland,

Why is Jang shedding tears?

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By in Austria,

I have no idea who/what Voltron is, but I'll get the ship in a bottle for my desk.

Would've loved the boat repair shop as part of a seaside village line.

The lego shop with an additional floor would've worked as well, but maybe something similar is the Modular Building 2018.

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By in Canada,

I'm so disappointed. There has yet to be an Ideas project that I want to see go into production more than the Iron Giant. That was one of my favorite childhood movies. I'm really hoping that the designer releases the LDD file to the public so that I can try to build my own.

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By in Australia,

Would have liked Red Dwarf or the boat shop - but very happy with the ship in the bottle. I am happy for Voltron fans, but not really my cup of tea.

Congratulations to all who made it to the 10k mark, and especially to both creators chosen.

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By in United Kingdom,

I suspect the boat shop came too early, in the sense they'd sooner wait and see how its predecessor sells before committing to a second set. Of the others, I'd have liked Red Dwarf, although it never had a chance from a commercial standpoint.

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By in Germany,

I'm afraid TLG have shot themselves in the foot with Voltron, much like they did with Adventure Time. It seems like a project for the Happy Few (or perhaps Ecstatic Few, but emphasis on Few in any case). Outside of the US, almost no one seems to be familiar with it, which seems like such a waste. On the other hand, it's an extra, so no real harm, I guess.

The ship in a bottle is okay, but something like the Boat Repair Shop, the Lego Store or, above all, the amazing Diner would have been so much more awesome.
As a whole, Lego Ideas keeps on disappointing (me). It's the gift that never really gives.

Edit: Well, apart from the Old Fishing Store, that is. Very much looking forward to its release.

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By in Australia,

Voltron was aired in Australia as well. If you look at the positive comments they are pretty much all either Australian or American. Big nostalgia trip for us, but I can image that if you had never seen it, the set would seem a bit confusing.

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By in United States,

In a production point of view, I feel that reveal was much more interesting to watch than past ones.

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By in Belgium,

Congratulations Lego, You managed to pick the weakest designs of all. A square bottle for a ship is just a poor idea. And a headache inducing Voltron over The Iron Giant ? C'mon Lego... Don't get me started on "Voltron is popular": The Iron Giant has a huge following and will become even more popular with the upcoming Spielberg movie Ready Player One.

Only brightside to this: I save money for the large number of cool sets Lego released (and is about to release) this year. Boat repair shop would have been a day one purchase to accompany the recent announced old fishing store 21310.

Biggest disappointment in Lego Ideas yet.

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By in China,

HULK BUSTER, what a shame!

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By in United States,

I'm not a anime fan myself, but I know the older Lego fans probably know Voltron from the short-lived 80s cartoon and incessant toy commercials from that era (plus a few re-boots over the years). However, I would be curious to know the average age of the selection committee and who they are targeting with these selections. I appreciate the skill in constructing the Voltron model but I think Lego is again shooting themselves in the foot by limiting their audience. Time will tell.

As for the ship in the bottle, the last time I saw an actual ship in the bottle was in an antique shop. I just don't think this will connect with most fans and Lego is significantly limiting their potential customers with this selection. Zero playability for younger fans.

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By in United States,

As a child of the 70's, Voltron (and Legos) are right in my wheel house. I would run home after school to watch Voltron (the version modeled here), and Robotech. They are my childhood, so I'm all in on that set. I had the Matchbox die-cast set and played with it until it fell apart. Already imagining the rogue beasts we can create for him to battle!

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By in United States,

Im not old enough to know what a Votron is, and the boat ina bottle is boring, it would just be for display.

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By in United States,

Maybe I'm just getting old, but I'm losing faith in the Ideas projects. I'm getting tired of TV shows/music groups/movies/toy models. Bring back the classic themes such as castle, pirates (not PotC) and I'd be happy.

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By in United States,

I'm sad the trolley didn't make the cut...

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By in United Kingdom,

Another huge disappointment for me. I thought the land rover set offered so much potential for customising and great play and was different from the usual sports car/ racing car offering. I assume it was rejected on the grounds it was considered to be similar to the VW camper van. Neither of these newly approved sets appeals to me and whilst I can appreciate the skill and talent associated with each successful entry, I think both represent a departure from what Lego means personally to me. I wish the designers every success however, although Lego won't be getting any of my hard earned cash this time.

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By in United States,

Ship in a bottle is one of the few idea sets that has caught my interest, unlike some on this thread. I will be very interested to see what the final project turns out like, but I will very likely buy it.

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By in United States,

Honestly I was surprised Voltron made it. While it was a big part of a Gen X childhood here in the States, I had a hard time believing it had the broad appeal of something like the Saturn V or Ghostbusters.

Still, now that it's passed I definitely want one because I'm awfully curious how they're going to get all that to work.

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By in United States,

Season 3 of the highly acclaimed current DreamWorks Voltron animated series was just released today! I have to wonder if LEGO intentionally timed their announcement close to this to benefit from the buzz.

This is the first time I've been selfishly worried about an Ideas set that I want being sold out before I'm able to snag it.

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By in Canada,

Yes!! The ship in a bottle will look awesome as a display peice!!

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By in United States,

So, that makes Ship in a Bottle the third unlicensed Ideas set? Out of close to twenty now?

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By in Australia,

I'm so excited for the bottle!! And the ship I guess.

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By in Australia,

Hmmm. I would have much preferred 1950s Diner, vintage tram or Modular Lego Store.

I can understand why Lego store was rejected, Lego probably plans to make their own modular Lego store and wanted something more than just a Lego branded building. Shame though

Boat Repair shop was always going to get rejected just because Lego would naturally not choose a project by the same person, of the same area, two times in a row.

The star wars and superheros projects were instantly void (thankfully)

Land Rover and VW Golf were very well done and would have been good projects.

But now we are left with yet another licensed, 1980s relic.

The Voltron project itself was ok but Lego's reason for choosing it: "sets itself apart for its creative way to build with LEGO bricks” is rubbish. All the projects were creative, you need a better reason then that Lego! (I am not saying Voltron wasn’t creative).
I think Voltron was really chosen as it would be popular in Lego’s rapidly expanding Asian market.

But 1950s diner and vintage tram would have been interesting to just as many people (train enthusiasts, Lego fans with Lego cities and retro things are in fashion currently so 50s diner would have been reasonably popular)

Ship in a Bottle was extremely well done. It was definitely creative. Although, as a set, I don’t see what is so good about it, apart from that it is an awesome MOC. I doubt many people have heard of the Leviathan, and a ship in a bottle is all that it is.
Another display piece which is good for a minority of AFOLs interested in nautical history, but for everyone else, especially children, it’s not the best choice. I do not think it will be as popular as Lego would have hoped. (and people need a better reason to buy it then just “I want all those clear panel pieces)”

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By in Australia,

I did not like the way they presented the chosen sets this time either. Please bring back the old way Lego!

The finding of the winners in the envelope was sometimes corny but fun and they really should name all the contestant projects as not everyone watching the video will have seen the projects on Lego Ideas.

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By in United States,

^^ Voltron for the little kiddies, Ship-In-A-Bottle for the big kiddies...
seems quite equitable to me.

@Umandraug
According to the Brickset database, this will be the seventh non-licensed Ideas set:
1) Exo-Suit
2) Research Institute
3) Birds
4) Maze
5) NASA Apollo Saturn V
6) Old Fishing Store
7) Ship In A Bottle, The Flagship Leviathan

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By in United Kingdom,

Honestly some days I wonder how Lego reviews these idea as some of the sets they pick, or allow to go to review are just ridiculous.

They claim they don't want sets based on anything they already do, yet they always seem to have star wars and other themes like superheroes being allowed to continue to the 10,000 mark when they get auto rejected. The same they say they don't want any 'adult' sets that support violence or other adult activities like drinking and so on... Yet something of this type also always gets to a review point...

And that claim about 'it being too adult' is also rubbish when Big Bang Theory for instance often shows the character drinking, or in bed after having sex or talking about sex etc, yet that got made.

Honestly I've always wondered why Lego doesn't do a 'Black' range. And by that a separate series of sets and figures for the adult fans so they could do sets that people obviously want, but are 'too adult' for there normal market. Clearly its been shown that people would like sets based on Red Dwarf, Shaun of the Dead, Alien and other 'dark' themes. So why not make a range aimed more squarely at AFOL?

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By in Germany,

^ Well, they do have Lobo coming, for a start.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Pretty much what I mean. They're very hypocritical about some of their choices. They'll have Lobo who's amongst the most violent DC characters, yet refused the Shaun of the Dead set, which is a comedy horror for being too violent. Especially when they've done multiple zombie mini-figs in sets before.

By biting the bullet and doing a range that allows anything they'd open up their market massively, and would allow many of the great ideas they've rejected to be made.

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By in Germany,

^ I basically feel the same. When I heard the first rumours about Lobo, I thought it was a hoax. And when it was confirmed, my first thought was, Hey, now I want my Moe's Tavern as well!
But this is getting off topic. Apologies!

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By in United Kingdom,

@darkstonegrey - that's a good recap of the handful of non-licensed Ideas sets, but you realise NASA itself is a license?

I've also noticed no one's mentioned the upcoming 'Women of NASA' Ideas set. Can't say there's very much hype for that one...

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By in Denmark,

NASA is licensed.

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By in Russian Federation,

Not third results but turd results.

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By in United States,

@The Rancor, @iriz
If NASA is still licensed then the Brickset database needs the sub-theme updated for Saturn V. I compiled that list from what I deem is current accurate published information in the db.

A 3rd of the sets produced up to this point unlicensed is hardly a 'handful'. Although increasing that ratio to half in favor of unlicensed sets in the next couple years would be welcome.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ I'd certainly be in favour of reducing the proportion of licensed Ideas sets, though I'd be plenty happy enough if we had some more fantastic licensed cars like the Caterham Seven. I was hopeful the Land Rover or Golf might've made it here but unfortunately not.

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By in United States,

I was hoping for the Red Dwarf set - oh well. Would have liked the Agents of SHIELD one as well, but we all know that Ideas projects based on licenses they actively have are never going to get passed and are merely in the review because they got to the 10k vote landmark - so that meant the Hulkbuster and UCS Rey's Speeder were DOA as well.

Like others have said, respectable choices/selections, but not my cup of tea.

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By in United States,

Huh. More than I thought. Now I'm less irritated about it.

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By in United States,

Holding out for the Iron Giant!

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By in United Kingdom,

No Red Dwarf!?!

:'(

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By in Australia,

I don't even know what Voltron is so am almost glad it's included as it will save me from spending any more money. I do like the ship in a bottle so will keep an eye out for that. Fortunately these shouldn't be in the shops anytime soon given that the Old Fishing Store was confirmed waaaaaaaayyyyyy back in October and only hit's the shops at the beginning of September! 1yr lead time basically.

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By in Slovakia,

Cannot wait to see the ship in store!

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By in Panama,


I have a question, can someone explain the concept of Lego ideas? A while ago I heard about a set of The Panama Canal, that set is a Lego ideas? and are sold?

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