Last week the second LEGO Ideas qualifying period for 2018 ended. Ten projects succeeded in obtaining 10,000 supporters before the deadline.
It's a slow news day so I thought I'd offer my views on what I think the chances of their success of being turned into an official LEGO product are.
LEGO Ideas has provided us with many great space-related projects but to be honest I'm getting a little tired of them. The three in this list are competent models but do we really need another rocket or satellite-looking thing? Perhaps we do: 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V was in very high demand and hard to find for many months so maybe there is an appetite for another.
From the three, I reckon the ISS has the best chance of success given it's a bit different to past products. However it looks incredibly fragile!
This is a charming, if basic, model but its monochrome palette is visually very unappealing and thus not likely to shout 'buy me' from the front of the box.
I'd also be surprised if Disney wanted such an old IP being resurrected, as there's not much in it for them, given there's no movie sequel or anything in the works.
Delightful model but it'll never happen. LEGO disassociated itself with brands selling unhealthy products some years ago.
Nice model which I guess would look cool on display, but I fail to see the mass appeal.
We don't yet know whether Speed Champions will continue into 2019 but if it did LEGO is quite capable of thinking of producing a Peugeot 205 -- hardly an iconic or desirable vehicle -- themselves should they wish to.
The scenery adds a great deal to the model and it is probably this and the attractive presentation that prompted people to support it. However, including it in the set would inflate the price considerably, to a point that I think many would find unpalatable.
This is a delightful model and my favourite of the ten. The curves of the iconic Italian vehicle have been captured perfectly. But, will it pass review? LEGO has its own roadmap for cars it wants to give the Creator Expert treatment to but 21307 Caterham Seven 620R proved that the company is willing to produce others if they are different and iconic enough. I wonder if that's the case here...
09. The Central Perk Coffee of Friends by Mric76
A room based on a sitcom targeted at adults that ended 14 years ago does not sound like a particularly good subject for a LEGO model. Unlike The Big Bang Theory, which did of course spawn an Ideas set, Friends has no appeal or relevance to LEGO's core demographic so I can't see this being considered, nice though it is.
I've never been and I'm not familiar with the city or its architecture but I do like this Architecture Skyline treatment of it.
However, I am sure LEGO has its own list of cities it plans to produce such models of so I can't see this one being made as a Ideas set, unfortunately.
An interesting and diverse range of project, then, some of which can be excluded on unsuitability, others because they overlap with LEGO's own product roadmap and others because we've seen similar Ideas sets in the past. That doesn't leave many and I would not be surprised if none of them were selected.
What do you think?