Ideas Showcase

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Since my last Ideas Showcase article, LEGO announced the results of the third 2016 review period.

I am really pleased to see the Ship In A Bottle, The Flagship Leviathan. This was a project that was promoted in one of Rock99rock's Fresh Ideas articles. I can see this set being very popular when it is released.

I am planning on analysing the projects that Rock99rock and I have promoted here at Brickset. Many of them have gone on to reach 10,000 supporters.

Read on as I showcase eight Ideas projects.


Motorised Walking Dinosaur

By Schlumpy

This is Schlumpy's only active project. It has early support and over a year to run to reach the 1000 supporters milestone.

Schlumpy's Motorised Walking Dinosaurs were on display at the Canberra Brick Expo where they were one of the star attractions.

This set appears to me that it could be a Creator Technic set which fuses Technic and System parts. Imagine this model being made into a new 3-in-1 Creator Technic themed set.

Take a look at Schlumpy's YouTube video of these models to see them in action. I liked the slow, lumbered walk with the swishing tails.

Dinosaurs appeal to all sorts of people and I can see enthusiasts purchasing several models.

Schlumpy has several other Technic dinosaur videos on his Dan's Brick Builds YouTube channel.

I am predicting that this project will soon be an Ideas Staff Pick.


LEGO Insects Project

By Legomichiiiiii

This is Legomichiiiiii's only project that is active. It has just over 1200 supporters with over a year and a half to run.

The set reminds me of the earlier, successful 21301 Birds project.

This project will appeal to a range of people and would easily be a display model at home or at the office.


Space Pod

By JonathanLoo

This is JonathanLoo's only project which has just over 300 supporters. It has just over a year to run to reach the 1000 supporters milestone.

Classic Space appeals to a wide range of LEGO enthusiasts and I am sure that this project will earn some solid support soon.

This is quite a small model which will be reasonably inexpensive to produce.

I like the silver space suit with the Classic Space logo. .


Bumper Cars

By AWI2345

This project needs just over 200 new supporters with three months to run to reach the 1000 milestone.

AWI2345 is very active on LEGO Ideas and has several projects underway. Bumper Cars is AWI2345's most successful project.

I like the bright, colourful look of this theme park ride. It is possible to combine two models to make a larger park ride.

I promoted AWI2345's LEGO Designer project in an earlier Ideas Showcase article. This project has since expired but I would be interested in seeing it re-activated.


Kingdoms Modular Castle Creator

By mkalkwarf

This is mkalkwarf's only project. It has just under 2100 supporters and has eight months to get to 5000 milestone.

Castle is another classic theme enjoyed by a range of LEGO fans.

This project is clever in that you can Create a big or small Kingdoms Modular Castle by combining as many smaller castles as you like. This has to be a marketing advantage.


SR-71A The Final Flight

By JustOneMoreBrick

The SR-71A Blackbird plane is an iconic relic of a former Cold War period in history.

The plane could travel at Mach 3+ and still holds the fastest flight airspeed record. SR-71A was used for aerial reconnaissance spy missions.

This is the only project JustOneMoreBrick has active and it has just over 2100 supporters with about 600 days to get to 5000 milestone.

This model has been well made and captures the sleek, stealth lines of this distinctive aircraft.


Autumn Park - Modular Urban Park

By Brent Waller

This is Brent Waller's only active project. He is a member of the 10K club as he designed 21108 Ghostbusters Ecto 1 set and has the other projects that reached 10K but were not approved.

This project was promoted late last year by Rock99rock in one of his Fresh Ideas articles.

The project currently sits at 960 supporters with just over four months to go.

It will be difficult to get a large Modular project approved. This project adds some greenery to a modular street scape. There will be many people who would like several of these sets in their displays.


Queen Victoria Cruise Liner

My news is that my Queen Victoria Cruise Liner reached the 1000 milestone during the weekend.

Thanks, if you have supported this project.

I have undertaken a major redesign to make the model match the real ship. I have been fortunate enough to have had the model travel aboard the real Queen Victoria for a fortnight after the ship visited New Zealand in March.

Please take a look at the Updates Tab to see my new design.


So here are eight 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.

32 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I love how different the ship in a bottle is--it's one of those few that I never knew I wanted, but I suspect I'll pick it up because it's just such an interesting idea.

And that CS Pod is a real blast from the past--I'd grab one of those if it were to make it. Reminds me of my lugnet days...

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By in United Kingdom,

The space pod looks like a thing from galidor... (shivers)

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By in Australia,

Your cruise ship is actually very good.

SUPPORTED!

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By in United Kingdom,

Wasn't there a Lego S.T.A.R Labs in a Lego ideas set that a guy was making?

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By in Germany,

The Autumn Park is the only one I find interesting.
The lack of anything even remotely "girly" on LEGO Ideas is the reason why I don't follow that site regularly. I like these showcases because they remind me that I'm still not missing anything. :-/

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By in United Kingdom,

As much as I like the SR-71, pretty sure that's goes against the 'warfare or war vehicles in a modern setting' policy, even though it was only a spy plane.

I'm also sure that Lego have said no to any modular creations before, which puts out the castle and the park.

Do quite like the insects set, especially as it has multiple different building techniques. Also quite like the space pod, though it seems a little too simple and as if it should have some larger vehicle grouped with it.

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By in Netherlands,

That space pod and insects,... also voted for the SR-71A...
really like that space pod though!!!

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By in Netherlands,

The autumn park is just great, wouldn't mind adding one to my city!

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By in Australia,

The Autumn Park is a grand idea, would look particularly nice on the right of 10243 Parisian Restaurant or the left of 10190 Market Street. None of the others really seem to tickle my fancy.
@BrickoMotion What do you mean by "girly"? I haven't previously considered anything on there to be particularly masculine, but maybe I'm wrong... I mean, my sister was pretty interested in the recent Voltron and Ship in a Bottle projects, off the top of my head. Anyway, I guess the upcoming "Women of NASA" could be considered feminine.

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By in United Kingdom,

I like the story behind the Space Pod . . . I'd pick this up for sure.

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By in Germany,

@Baby Yoda it's hard to define what I like and look for so I use "girly" as a substitute for that. In broad strokes, I want non-vehicles in pretty colors. The "Women of NASA" to me was only an OK set.
In other words, I want a project that could easily be implemented in a minidoll theme. And if it would even contain some minidolls - I would be over the moon :D

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By in United Kingdom,

I love the mechanised Dinosaurs. The Neck and tail motion, combined with the geometry of the walk, is just spot on. Shouldnt be too hard to make 'skid steer' with the remote, surely?!!

Got my vote anyway. And no doubt considerable time trying to replicate.

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By in Australia,

@BrickoMotion Good point, I can't recall any projects that involve minidolls.

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By in United States,

The Autumn Park is my favorite by far - really hope they make it, or something similar! Really need more nature/greenery packs. I also like the modular castle idea, and the walking dinosaurs are pretty cute! Very clever how they walk.

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By in United Kingdom,

@FlagsNZ ya thx that was the 1 I hope that comes into a set!

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By in Ireland,

The Insects and the Urban Park are pretty cool.

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By in Puerto Rico,

I will see what else to support but only the Modular Castle and the Space Pod interest me as well as the bugs.

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By in United States,

The modular castle reminds me of a project I was working on years ago but never finished. Mine was not nearly as good or detailed as mkalkwarf's though. Forget the forthcoming 40170 City Accessory Pack, the Autumn park is what we need to dress up our cities with. It's definitely worth breaking up our "urban jungles" with this nice park.

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By in United States,

I was already supporting it, but I still can't get over how clever the modular castle set is. I would have expected something like that to produce boring or awkward castles that kind of all look the same, but the results can actually be really great! Pretty much the first set on there I could really see people buying more than one copy of.

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By in United States,

Thank you so much @flagsnz for including my @LegoSpacePod project in this article! I am honored and humbled to even be mentioned on Brickset.com. It's my #1 daily website visit. Thank you so much for the support!

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By in United Kingdom,

Congratulations on hitting the 1000 supporter milestone!

The space pod is really fun - seems like something that would appeal to both kids for its clever, tactile shape and adults for the nod to Classic Space.

I could see the insects getting through; it wouldn't be my thing, but I think it'd appeal to many people, has educational aspects and also has the advantage of fitting into a proven niche - the birds set did so well.

My favourites are the autumn park and modular castle sets - I'm sorry if TLG are indeed against modular stuff, because the castle looks like so much fun, and would be a way for us to get something in the Classic Castle style even if TLG aren't planning to launch another Castle theme anytime soon.

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By in Germany,

@FlagsNZ probably off topic and I understand that your articles reflect your personal style, but I can't help but feel that your writing would tremendously benefit from using more complex sentences instead of the current list of simple statements.

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By in United Kingdom,

Love the modular castle idea. Being able to reconnect the classic castles in different ways was always my favourite part

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By in Australia,

^^ Can you send me an example? I am always looking for ways of making improvements.

https://brickset.com/contact/flagsnz

Also, are you referring to this article or my writing style in my other reviews? For my Ideas Showcase articles, I am wanting to showcase some projects, give a few facts about the project's status which, hopefully, will lead people to go to the link and form their own opinion.

I am really open to feedback, so please contact me with your thoughts.

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By in United States,

All of these look like great ideas for sets, but I have to admit the SR-71A is my favorite by far... although that's probably just because I'm a gigantic Blackbird fan. I saw that one and had some shivers run down my spine, I can't lie! :)

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By in Australia,

@BrickOMotion there are no minidolls, but my Idea - RuPual's Brick Race - has plenty of colour. I was partly interested in this project for my first design as I knew it would let me paint with colours across the spectrum :) You can see it at https://ideas.lego.com/projects/160848 M

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By in Germany,

@SeeMarkGeek Thanks for the tip, but that's a bit too over the top for me. Love the hair pieces though!

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By in Indonesia,

The ship in the bottle looks cool, as well as the Lego insects, and the space pod.

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By in Germany,

@FlagsNZ: For example, I would change the following snippets:

"I am really pleased to see the Ship In A Bottle, The Flagship Leviathan. This was a project that was promoted in one of Rock99rock's Fresh Ideas articles."
->
"I am really pleased to see the Ship In A Bottle, The Flagship Leviathan, which was promoted in one of Rock99rock's Fresh Ideas articles."

"This is Schlumpy's only active project. It has early support and over a year to run to reach the 1000 supporters milestone."
->
"This is Schlumpy's only active project, but it has good chances since it has early support and over a year to run to reach the 1000 supporters milestone."

"AWI2345 is very active on LEGO Ideas and has several projects underway. Bumper Cars is AWI2345's most successful project."
->
"AWI2345 is very active on LEGO Ideas and has several projects underway, but this is their most successful project."

You are right that this kind of article is more like an info-dump and therefore harder to write in any other style but a heap of statements after each other :)

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