Ideas Showcase

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It's been about a month since my last Ideas Showcase article so it is about time that I Showcase some more Ideas projects.

My good news is that my own project was a LEGO Ideas Staff Pick two weeks ago. If you follow that link you will see really great projects. At the end of this Ideas Showcase article I discuss ways in which you can boost support for your project.

Read on as I Showcase seven varied projects.

The Big Five of Africa

By Jcreations912

This is the second of Jcreations912's projects that I have Showcased. Jcreations912 is quite a talented LEGO builder.

I like the way Jcreations912 has built the five big African animals.

You have to visit the project page and see the images of the individual animals to get an insight into the talent displayed here.

The Big Five of Africa has a month to get 13 more supporters to reach its initial 100 Supporters milestone.


Chemical Plant

By Ymarilego

Ymarilego has several Ideas projects underway and all of them are great. Chemical Plant is Ymarilego's most popular project by a long way.

It has had solid support and has over a year to get 600 Supporters for the next milestone: 5,000 Supporters.

The Chemical Plant would complement any of your city dioramas. It has storage tanks, cracking tower, oil drums and a train and truck loading bays.


LEGO Typewriter

By Steve Guinness

This is Steve Guinness' only active project. It's about halfway to its next milestone: 5,000 Supporters.

What appealed to me about this project was a nostalgic return to my parents little portable typewriter; it looked just like Steve Guinness' project.

There is an incredible level of detail in this project.


Lego Puzzle Cube

By Sleepy17

This is Sleepy17's only active Ideas project. It has eight months to get just over 600 Supporters and reach the 1,000 Supporters milestone.

I have Showcased several puzzle projects: they appeal to me as I can see these types of models being purchased by a great range of LEGO enthusiasts.

I like that this project has two puzzles in one Idea.


LEGO Insects Project

By Legomichiiiiii

This is Legomichiiiiii's only active Ideas project and it has about a year to gain another 2,400 Supporters to reach the 5,000 Supporters milestone.

I have Showcased this project about eight months ago and I thought I try and give it another boost, I like it that much.

There is an amazing amount of detail in these insects and this is another project that would appeal to a large range of enthusiasts.


A15 The Architect Office

By anthoatana

Anthoatana has several projects underway but A15 The Architect Office is the most popular. This is another project that I have Showcased earlier.

It has a month to achieve just eighty more Supporters to reach 1,000 Supporters milestone.

Let's see if we can get this project to that milestone so the project gets a six month extension.


Neuschwanstein Castle

By rangerrascal

This is rangerrascal's only active Ideas project.

It has six months to achieve 600 more Supporters to reach the 1,000 Supporters milestone.

I really like micro-builds from any theme. This is a fabulous rendition of Neuschwanstein Castle.

I think rangerrascal has captured the essence of the castle by some very creative building techniques.

I like those little windows!


My own project

If there is one piece of advice I can give to anyone intending to submit a project to LEGO Ideas it would be spend a good amount of time refining your project before you first submit it to Ideas.

Once submitted, you can never edit the project's Description page. The main image will always be the principal identifying image of your project.

Compare my project's Description page against the images on the Updates tab. Hopefully, you can see that the project has evolved considerably.

Last month I was fortunate to get several images of my Queen Victoria ship model with Cunard's sister ship, Queen Elizabeth, in the background. This one here is from my work's staff room.

The LEGO Ideas team want to see images of your projects In the Wild. If you have promoted your project In the Wild you should consider submitting images of these occasions to the LEGO Ideas team.

About a year ago my Queen Victoria model travelled in the real Queen Victoria ship. This was my project's In the Wild event which, when submitted to the LEGO Ideas team for consideration, caused the project to gain about 1,000 new Supporters in a few weeks.


So there you have my latest Showcase of seven projects.

It surprises me at how few people actually make contact and ask to have their project Showcased at Brickset. In most instances, when people have made contact with me I have been able to write something about that project's worthy features in one of my Ideas Showcase articles.

Please comment with your thoughts in the space below. Please also place links to your own favorite Ideas projects in the comments as well.

32 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow, I love that chemical plant. I so hope it gets picked.

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By in United States,

I love that type writer and chemical plant for sure.

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By in United Kingdom,

My favourite of these is the chemical plant.... but, I can't see myself owning it unless I had an industrial area to a lego city I was building.

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By in United Kingdom,

I would have to get the Bee as it is may last name.

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By in Denmark,

I like the insects the most.

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By in United Kingdom,

Still no S.T.A.R Labs :/

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By in United States,

This is the second incarnation of the Chemical Plant, this one is better as is Insects.

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By in France,

Love the chem plant. The typewriter too

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By in Australia,

I'll agree with the crowd on this one. The chemical plant is just gorgeous. So much detail, and I love the road and rail elements. And just think of the play value.

My one issue with the microscale Neuschwanstein Castle (yes I copied and pasted that, rather than attempt to spell it from memory) is that Lego would still find a way to charge $400 for a microscale set with fifty pieces.

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By in United States,

@FlagsNZ I think your project is really cool! But I don't think it is appropriate of you to use your status as a Brickset editor to showcase your model. Showing off Lego IDEAS projects is one thing, but including your own project as the very end is pretentious of you

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By in United Kingdom,

I like the chemical plant, just been on on the main ideas page I love the steam boat Willie and the Swiss family Robinson tree looks interesting too...

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By in United Kingdom,

That 'Big Five' doesn't mention that they're only known as the Big Five when it comes to hunting; what a missed opportunity to encourage some awareness of conservation. That makes it seem like the project is in rather poor taste.
..unlike the insects project, which is beautiful!

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By in United States,

Unfortunate not to see the Steamboat Willie project here... it’s great, and so close to 10k!

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By in Canada,

chemical plant is sweet, great idea!!!

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By in United States,

Chemical plant is my favorite but I honestly can't see LEGO approving it even with the required 10k support. Given the distance LEGO have put with Shell in the past fiasco with Green Peace I'd have to say LEGO would pass on this one.

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By in Norway,

The Chemical plant is hands down the best.

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By in United States,

These are all great! Especially the Victoria. All getting my votes.

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By in United Kingdom,

@MTBrickHouse The fiasco had to do with Shell as a company and its practices. LEGO seems to have no issues with its own Octan brand.

And I would totally purchase this product, I need something dirty and down to earth in my diorama.

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By in United States,

Chemical Plant is fantastic. I work in an oil refinery so it's cool to see something industrial made from Lego as I go about my day looking at things and wondering how that could be translated to Lego. So I would absolutely get this.

Here are a couple projects I have seen recently that look amazing. With all of the amusement park sets or even any city scape these would be awesome additions!

Hot Dog Truck:
https://ideas.lego.com/projects/b48b32f7-6d9b-4e7e-8912-c009a80d874e/comments_tab

Food Stand Diners:
https://ideas.lego.com/projects/2fae905f-71cb-450a-a4ef-827ad96fb574

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By in Norway,

Bring on the Chemical Plant!

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By in Netherlands,

@FlagNZ: the link of the Architect Office is not the right one. Can you fix it?

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By in United Kingdom,

I love LEGO Ideas as it allows "regular" people to submit proposals which many would never consider as a set, and yet, once we see them we love the concept, and they have a chance of reaching the seemingly unreachable goal of being selected by LEGO themselves.

My current favourites are:
1. the life-sized human skull - https://ideas.lego.com/projects/290285f9-b882-4dc3-b714-73aa73a4ae96

2. Anatomini - https://ideas.lego.com/projects/a7687039-bb20-45f4-b8e4-11619720245c

3. Hotdog Truck - https://ideas.lego.com/projects/b48b32f7-6d9b-4e7e-8912-c009a80d874e

and of course, my own, Planetary Outpost - https://ideas.lego.com/projects/b0827dea-3bd0-46b2-a733-e2e380fa1794

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By in United Kingdom,

"If there is one piece of advice I can give to anyone intending to submit a project to LEGO Ideas it would be spend a good amount of time refining your project before you first submit it to Ideas.

"Once submitted, you can never edit the project's Description page. The main image will always be the principal identifying image of your project."

I totally agree that it's important to lock down your design before you submit it for the above reasons. Yet I've found it impossible to stare at a project for months after having submitted it without itching to improve the design. For that reason, I'm really glad LEGO has an Update section, and I've made full use of it over the last few months, tweaking and refining my original Idea.

I guess I'm lucky because the overall shape has remained mostly the same - although this won't be true of the internals: I'm about to launch into a major redesign of all five different configurations. I just can't stop tweaking. Maybe I should see a doctor ;)

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By in New Zealand,

@ AfterBeat: Fixed. Thanks for pointing that mistake out and I hope the fix generates more support. I was once an engineering draughtsman so would like to see this project succeeded.

@ Sandinista: I used my experience as a case study of what happens to projects when they are promoted as an In-the-Wild project. In my case, more that 1,000 new supporters were generated. That represents more than 25% of the the total supporters for my project.

Yes, I agree it's a self-promotion. I also actively promote other people's projects here at Brickset and on numerous Facebook groups. I welcome people making contact so that I can Showcase their projects.

I advertised my willingness to promote other people's Ideas projects on BrickGeekz FB Group and Ymarilego with her Chemical Plant was the only person and project to take me up on the offer.

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By in Australia,

Ymarilego is my lord and saviour of Lego Ideas. I was shock incarnate when Quest Builder didn't pass. I've been aware of Chemical Plant for a while and I'm a little surprised it's come this far. I love it but I didn't think others would.

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By in France,

FlagNZ your boat replica is impressive indeed! I like also those insects a lot. Very accurate, and if this would became a set I would purchase it for sure and build them all with my daughter. Wouldn't be the chemical plant too big to be an official set?

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By in United Kingdom,

I posted my support for the chemical plant at about 8.30 this morning and the count was over 4,600 votes

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By in Netherlands,

@Brick't : the official guidelines state: maximum of 3000 bricks. The project is below that. It is fairly big though, but then again, so is the rocket :)
@ all voters of the chemical plant : thank you very much :)

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By in United States,

Everything Ymarilego creates is outstanding. You can see the full list of her projects here: https://ideas.lego.com/profile/Ymarilego/projects

A few of my favorite designers, who I feel deserve more votes than they have received:

penpen2012: I'm really surprised penpen2012 does not have a 1k design yet. He consistently turns in some of the most unique designs on Lego Ideas. See them here: https://ideas.lego.com/profile/penpen2012/projects

cheeseinthepie: His 70 proposals (!), mostly train-related, can be hit and miss at times but there are some real gems in there, including Old Passenger Car, Vintage Train Set, and his new The Red Express. His page: https://ideas.lego.com/profile/cheeseinthepie/projects

LM71Blackbird: Another young designer who has been cranking out some great ships lately. See them here: https://ideas.lego.com/profile/LM71Blackbird/projects

Finally, a shameless plug for a few of my own waterfall designs that are currently in the mid-hundreds with time running out:

Niagara Falls: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/841d19f7-0bf3-4f86-a855-ba99198d3a03

Yosemite Falls: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/6232e298-e763-4fb9-9833-446893f8cc94

Multnomah Falls: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/6a4fbe5a-c75a-44d2-9575-06f1025f83c9

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By in United States,

someone try to make a working Rubik's Cube please

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By in Netherlands,

I really like the Chemical Plant, if it makes it to actual production I hope it features a great amount of good ol' Octan stickers, I mean printed, of course I meant printed.

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