Ideas Showcase

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It's been a few months since my last Ideas Showcase article.

In this article I take a look at seven Ideas projects. Four of these projects are quite dynamic so I have embedded their videos to enable you to have a chance of making a judgement of their value when they are moving.

Read on as I Showcase seven varied projects.

Wall Clock

By Mr Kleinstein

I have a soft spot for clocks and when I saw this project being promoted recently I knew that it would feature in my next Ideas Showcase article.

Mr Kleinstein has several projects underway and I have promoted some of them in previous Ideas Showcase articles.

This project is at 1600 Supporters and has over a year-and-a-half to reach the 5,000 Supporters milestone

Here is a three-minute video showing how this clock works. It is self-winding and uses the battery box as the pendulum weight.

LEGO Ideas Wall Clock


Pursuit of Flight

By JKBrickworks

In the Update to this project the aeroplane's spinning propellers have been represented using transparent dishes.

This is the only project of
JK Brickworks that is gathering support. The Pop-Up-Book has been approved.

This project needs 120 more Supporters to reach the 5,000 Supporter milestone.

Here is a four-minute video showing these two planes in their dog-fight as they fly through the clouds over an unsuspecting village.


RV Calypso

By LuisPG

As everyone must know, I like LEGO ships. I promoted this project seven months ago.

RV Calypso was the ship used by the French oceanographic researcher Jacques-Yves Cousteau. She was converted from a Royal Navy minesweeper and had served in the Mediterranean during WWII.

I grew up in the 1970s watching the TV show The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau.

LuisPG has really captured the overall look of the RV Calypso. Take a look at the other images on his project page.

LuisPG is a prolific project submitter. Have a look at some of LuisPG's other projects.

This project has had solid support and is on track to reach 5000 Supporters.


Antique Sewing Machine

By pixeljunkie9

The Antique sewing machine captures the essence of the foot-pedal powered sewing machines of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

This is pixeljunkie9's only Ideas Project.

It has nearly 1,200 Supporters with about a year-and-a-half to run to the next milestone.

This short, one-minute video shows the manually powered antique sewing machine operating.


Mecha "T-Rex"

By Mitsuru Nikaido

Mitsuru Nikaido has several mecha type Ideas projects underway but the Mecha "T-Rex" is by far his most successful.

The project has just passed the 1,000 Supporters milestone and has 270 days to reach 5,000 Supporters target.


Pirate Ship Ride

By LeeYungChiu

This project would easily form part of your carnival theme park.

This is LeeYungChiu's only Ideas project.

It has 1380 Supporters with over a year-and-a-half to run to reach the 5,000 milestone.

The Pirate Ship is a motorized LEGO swing ship powered by only one LEGO PF XL-motor and a LEGO PF battery which can accommodate maximum 16 mini-figures.

This five-minute video shows the Pirate Ship Ride in action.


Kakapo

By FlancrestEnterprises

This is FlancrestEnterprises' only Ideas project.

The kakapo (Strigops habroptila) is an iconic flightless, nocturnal parrot that is endemic to New Zealand. The kakapo is critically endangered with a population of only 149 individuals.

It needs about 200 Supporters to reach the 1,000 Supporters milestone which I think it will easily achieve.

It's good to see that this is another Kiwi based Ideas project that is trending as Popular This Week.


So here are seven projects to have a look at. Four of these projects are very dynamic so please look at their respective videos.

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.

29 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Pirate ship is amazing.

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By in United Kingdom,

Not really a fan of any of these, can't see myself wanting to own them.

The Pursuit of flight is kinda cool though and I like how he's done the movement mechanism.

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By in Belgium,

Loving the ships - such a simple idea executed very well.

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By in France,

As a French child Commandant Cousteau TV reportages were among the most popular and interesting of my childhood. La Calypso was also so emblematic of his work and travels over the world and seas that eventually seeing it released as a Lego theme would be almost normal to me. I really like this rendition. I like JK animated scene too but will try to make his SW version of it at home.

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By in United States,

Love the pirate ship, and hope it makes it. Hopefully if it doesn't lego has it's own version coming out. Hopefully there's not any controversy over it if they do.

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By in United Kingdom,

Would love to the the Kakapo made into a set with a percentage going to support conservation of these endangered birds & to help promote worldwide awareness

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By in Netherlands,

That sewing machine is cute. And Jason's creations are always nice.
I like the kakapo because Douglas Adams wrote about it in his book Last Chance to See. Very weird and funny birds :)

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By in Netherlands,

@FlagsNZ: You forgot to add links to the accounts of LuisPG and Mitsuru Nikaido :)

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By in United States,

Did Pursuit of Flight make "Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron" start running in anyone else's heads?

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By in Australia,

I like most of these, but I adore the clock.

I'll go and support Pursuit of Flight too, that looks nifty.

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By in Netherlands,

As a big fan of dinosaurs I can't go with anything else than the Mecha "T-Rex", it looks really cool. My only point of criticism would be the support underneath the belly of the dinosaur, it takes away from the overall look.

The Kakapo would make a good 2nd place for me. It's so cute.

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice varied selection and all great MOCs in their own right, but I'm not sure if any of them were actual sets I'd want to buy them. The Pirate ship would fit in quite nicely with the other fairground sets from the last few years though.

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By in United States,

Some nice selections here. I would buy the pirate ship. The parrot and sowing machine also look nice though I'm not sure I'd buy them.

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By in United Kingdom,

Sewing machine looks amazing and has perfectly captured both the style and functionality of an old swinger-style.

Clock shows promise but doesn't have enough visual appeal IMO.

Lots of lights on the pirate ship.. they aren't official are they? I thought that would disqualify it. It's a nice idea as a MOC but I don't see it passing unless refactored into a tiny version (4 minifig capacity?) in the Friends fairground line.

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By in France,

love the clock

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By in United States,

Just yeh Kapako an dMecha Rex this time, thanks for bringing them to my attention.

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By in France,

The Calypso and the Sewing machine look good... (btw re. the sewing machine, it should be operated by a foot pedal (and not a foot-peddle)....

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By in United States,

The pirate ship is pretty cool, but it looks more like a viking ship to me. It would go really well with the other carnival rides though.

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By in United Kingdom,

All nice enough MOCS, but I wouldn't buy any of them. The JK Brickworks flight one is probably my favourite and as the instructions are essentially there in the video, there is no need to purchase it as a set.

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By in United States,

The clock is genius, but a bit complex, and Pursuit of Flight is amazing, as is Jason’s Star Wars version.

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By in United States,

I can see modding that Pursuit of Flight set for any number of different vehicles...

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By in United States,

Love the clock--had a clock project of my own shelved because I couldn't seem to find a compact escapement that ran reliably enough. While I'm a little disappointed someone beat me to it, it looks like a quality project (though personally I'd strip it down to jus the essentials and lose all the decorative bits that conceal the inner workings).

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By in New Zealand,

@ xanadu: Thanks - amended.

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By in United States,

I'll check out the videos when I get on wifi, but right now I would for sure buy the sewing machine (as a present for my mother-in-law, who has so many machines of different kinds she could almost open a museum)

The clock looks interesting but a little untidy, the Calypso looks nice but I wouldn't buy it, and the others are nice projects and I hope for their supporters' sake that they pass review. Maybe the videos will change my mind.

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By in United States,

I'll built that clock as soon as I have some time.

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