Second 2018 LEGO Ideas review period qualifying projects

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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.


1. SpaceX Falcon Heavy by khehmeyer

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!

2. International Space Station by XCLD

03. SpaceX – The Ultimate Collection by Matthew Nolan & Whatsuptoday


4. Steamboat Willie by szabomate90

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.


05. M&M's Chocolate Candy Dispenser by EDxAS

Delightful model but it'll never happen. LEGO disassociated itself with brands selling unhealthy products some years ago.


06. Rolls-Royce UltraFan - The Ultimate Jet Engine by DanCodd

Nice model which I guess would look cool on display, but I fail to see the mass appeal.


07. Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 Lego Speed Champions by AbFab1974

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.


08. Fiat 500 F by saabfan & gabriele.zannotti

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.


10. Mexico City & LEGO = ♥ by LegoFan_506

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?

 

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By in United Kingdom,

Huw, November 18th this year marks Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday and there have been lots of promotional items and events throughout the year and probably into next year, so there may be some logic in going back to the beginning for "Steamboat Willie".

Friends also has had a bit of a revival after being made available on Netflix, though in some respects it hasn't aged at all well. I love the detail in the coffee house model.

Those would be my two preferences and I think both have a lot of nostalgia appeal, but as both require licences I'm not sure either of them will pass. I have no interest in the other projects at all.

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By in United Kingdom,

Completely agree with the assessment here. Limited appeal to all of them, and only one I could see being made is the ISS.

Think lego has shot itself in the foot trying to be a 'family' product. Theres so many great ideas and models made by people out there that don't fit their 'family friendly' image that'll never get made, surely someone with half an ounce of sense would realise that there is a market for such things.

I 've thought for years that lego needs to have a 'Lego Black' series / range, aimed purely at an adult market where you would get things like the bars and horror movie sets etc that there seems to be a big demand from builders for.

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By in Sweden,

I'm always up for a great car model, and looking at Lego's product line it seems I'm not the only one :) But generally I would agree that (again) there isn't a clear candidate here for being turned into an actual set. No major disappointments for me if nothing should emerge from this round.

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By in Norway,

Totally agree with your thoughts. Please, no more rockets or satelites.. If I _had_ to point out a personal favourite it must be the Steam Boat Willie. The most iconic of them all! (The DeLorean was’nt very colorful either..)

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By in Australia,

@GrizBe If it's builders that are demanding it, why don't they just build it...?

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By in United Kingdom,

I like the jet engine, it looks like it needs better supporting stands though!

Also, not a fan myself of 205s, i think most people would consider the the Peugeot 205 is an iconic car.

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By in France,

Out of all those, I love the ISS, but how would you display it? And I do agree it looks incredibly fragile... but that's why LEGO has all these amazing designers on its payroll: to fix such issues! ;)

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By in Germany,

I'm really not excited for any of those projects. However, I'm eagerly awaiting the results for the last review period. (Hoping for the Flintstones)

@windjammer When I think of rally cars, the Peugeot 205 doesn't pop in my head. Not even as third or fourth choice. If it were a Lancia Stratos, that would be great.

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By in New Zealand,

That candy thing just screams safety hazard.

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By in Poland,

Once again I feel sad seeing these choices.
I hope none of this passes.

JET ENGINE? REALLY?

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By in Canada,

4, 7, 8, 10 are too close to Lego themes already being produced. 5&6 are nice ideas but don't provide much. 1-3 are space related it might be to soon for another that leaves 9 which is a TBBT clone...which I don't think did that well.

So it may be another nobody wins selection.

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By in United Kingdom,

For me the LEGO ideas theme needs to take a break for a couple of years. There has been some really good sets in the past few years, but lately it’s getting a bit repetitive and uninspiring.
Not just due to the quality of the choices, but also the lack of new material people can try and submit due to IP, LEGO rules i.e. the M&M dispenser.

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By in Canada,

LostInTranslation makes a good point about Mickey's 90th anniversary,so Steamboat Willie has a chance of getting produced. I think the designers will add a splash of red, though and maybe a Minnie Mouse, if it gets the nod. It has appeal across a wide demographic.

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By in Switzerland,

Honestly, I'd pass on all of them.

But chiming in to the Peugeot-discussion: anyone who says the 205 T16 is NOT an iconic car, has clearly no clue about motorsports :D (But granted, probably kids these days don't have a clue, so probably not a great set to produce)

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By in United States,

Not that it will happen, but Steamboat Willie would be my pick from this list.

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By in Germany,

The 205 IS an iconic rally car.

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By in Netherlands,

How the jet engine got 10.000 supporters simply baffles me.

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By in United States,

This wave of choices plus the previous wave are starting to show the weakness of the Ideas concept in general. The previous wave also had a lot of models that crossed over with many existing lines Lego is already making. If both waves get nothing selected I could see people questioning the point of submitting to Ideas.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Bricksaber: Think they already are questioning it, hence the lack of submissions.

As said, think lego has shot itself in the foot being so restrictive. Before all the various rules changes etc they've had there were tons of sets with support deemed 'too adult' and I've lost count of the number of sets rejected because they touched on existing IP.

Hence why I still keep pushing that Lego needs to do a 'mature' range of sets.

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By in United Kingdom,

I beg to differ that the 205 T16 isn't iconic. Agree with your summation of it as a set though.

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By in United Kingdom,

"Friends has no appeal or relevance to LEGO's core demographic"

Isn't the point of LEGO Ideas to extend beyond the core demographic? LEGO knows it's core demographic very well and makes 100s of sets for them every year.

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By in United Kingdom,

Is a 90th anniversary really something to celebrate? They might as well wait 10 years and let it get to 100. Plus, every year is probably a 10th / 20th / 21st / 30th / 40th / 50th / etc anniversary of a Disney character or movie.

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By in United Arab Emirates,

I wouldn't be surprised if none of them make it. while all of these are nice there's still a fairly large difference between a good build and something worth being turned into a product, I personally don't see the latter in any of these.

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By in Czech Republic,

Nothing interesting for me there.

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By in Australia,

I don't care much for any of those, although seeing a Lego version of Central Perk would be a thrill to my inner 90s teen.

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By in United Kingdom,

Out of all these I can imagine the Fiat 500 being the most likely to succeed. Whatever peoples opinions are on these models, there is no taking away that the designers have all done fabulously well to get there projects up to 10,000 votes so congratulations to all of them. I can only dream that one day my model will be sitting on a list like this. https://ideas.lego.com/projects/2a2ec583-9836-4868-8dc7-6b3bb0a2fe80

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By in Australia,

There's not much in the way of truly unique ideas here. All a bit dull and repetitive really.

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By in United States,

Huw’s comments are quite spot on. The problem with the Ideas system is that people vote for projects that are well made and look nice, not whether or not it would make a good set. The jet engine looks well crafted, but never would I buy it or suggest it get made. This is why projects like this get through to this stage.

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By in United States,

@grizbe LEGO recognizes the fact that there’s a market for it, but they’ve always let their own morals as a brand come first. The company doesn’t really want to be known for trying to flawlessly recreate an object or character from a series. They’re known for trying to engage people’s creativity and fostering a creative learning environment. That brand will always take priority over trying to simulate pop culture touchstones.

The fact that LEGO has ideals is what separates them from companies like megabloks. They’re not just making models of random stuff; they have a message that they want to send.

I respect your point that LEGO doesn’t make a ton to appeal directly to some of the adult fan base, but saying that they’ve “shot themselves in the foot” implies that they’re not doing well financially, which simply isn’t true.

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By in Australia,

I do have a desire for either of the SpaceX sets to succeed. Looking at the LEGO Ideas sets that I own, they are frighteningly all of the real world space themed sets, I even Bricklinked Hayabusa. I totally get that some find this subject matter of no interest, but I find real world space vehicles far more interesting than the fictional variety. I’m sure I will make my own down the track if it is likely not improved, but it would be far cheaper to buy an official set.
I think people just need to get out of the mindset that every Ideas set they don’t like is approved is robbing them of another set they would have liked being approved. It clearly does not work that way and it is just plain rude to those that are excited for the approved set.

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By in United States,

I really think Steamboat Willie has a strong chance. Not only is the anniversary going on, but there's also the fact Disney's Twitter even promoted this set to get its votes.

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By in United States,

One of the worst batch of sets ever, I hope none of them get past review

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By in Germany,

I bet 10€ that TLC will not consider any of the shown ideas here to be produced.
And to be honest, I would neither be disappointed nor would I care.

Better luck next time.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Aidypie: Thing is, if they know there is a market for it, not trying to tap into it to expand their profits, and their fanbase is shooting themselves in the foot.

You say they don't want to be "known for trying to flawlessly recreate an object or character from a series", then we get the Marvel and DC sets recreating scenes from movies, along with their other themed sets like Jurassic Park, Harry Potter and Star Wars that do just that.

We say Lego has morals... yet have made figures of anti-heroes and villains as far from those morals as possible like Deadpool and Lobo. That kinda says 'we stick to our morals when we want to' over anything else.

I get they're a toy company etc, but surely the balance has shifted towards AFOL's being the people who buy the most sets, rather then parents buying for their kids, so surely, they should make more sets to appeal to the masses? More appeal = more fans. More fans = greater demand. Greater demand means more production, which means lower costs, which means more money for development which means a wider and greater array of ranges for everyone to enjoy.

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By in United States,

@bigginsd How much of a king's ransom did you pay for that orange tail fin? Between the Bricklink costs and shipping to Oz I can only imagine....

I agree, I don't think any of these will pass review or are even relevant, honestly. The fact that these are the sets that hit 10k and there are other sets that didn't is kind of mind-blowing. I have to start to wonder if the Ideas platform has run its course. How many more vignettes based on popular TV shows are we going to see? Gilmour Girls, Friends, Golden Girls (which hit 10k in like a week), etc. It really has gotten stale. Still, some of the best sets in recent memory have been Ideas - the Saturn V, Fishing Store, and my personal favorite from the line, Birds.

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By in United States,

Okay, the rest are fair, but Steamboat Willie has a legitimate shot. Disney helped promote it, Mickey’s anniversary is coming up, and it’s the perfect size. As an animation connoisseur, I’d absolutely love if it were produced.

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By in United States,

I think the Black Knight has got this one - "None shall pass". I like the first 3, but would be more likely to make them from my own loose parts than buy as a set.

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By in United States,

Whatever happened to the SR-71?

That's the one I really wanted as an Ideas model.

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By in United States,

I believe the SR-71 is in the current crop of items being reviewed. It won't make it, I'm sure - a SkunkWorks Cold War spy plane isn't quite in line with their brand values - but I don't think it's simply vanished into thin air, so to speak. It's a shame; the Blackbird is a phenomenal piece of engineering, and to think it's a product of the 60s is incredible. Read a book about the development of the Blackbird and F-117 recently, and the history and development of both is really, really cool. Lego could do a nifty instruction booklet for it, for certain. I'd buy a Blackbird set in a heartbeat.

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By in United States,

@brobert : sorry but us "kids these days" don' care about how much of an iconic set it is as long as it has play value and this set certainly has. the background makes it much more desirable.

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By in United Kingdom,

Can someone please explain why the Rolls-Royce engine isn’t getting more praise? It’s a great display piece, an interesting build of some cutting edge technology, has the potential to be used for STEM activities and a sizeable market in the engineering community... it reached 10,000 votes in no time at all. It’d certainly make a good Technic set, so what am I missing?

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By in United States,

How is Steamboat Willie even included? I thought that sets based on current licenses were automatically excluded . . . and Disney is an active license . . . correct?

I'm a space geek so I want any of the three space sets . . . but I get it that others are tired of that genre.

And yes, the jet engine is ridiculous.

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By in United States,

The only ones in here that I feel are even a little interesting is the candy dispenser and the Steam Boat Willy

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By in Netherlands,

To me the only interesting build would be the candy dispenser, just for the mechanism. Don't see why there should be co-branding, make it a Brick dispenser or something. But, knowing Ideas, we'll probably get ISS.

@IJM86 those are all valid points but it's a toy manufacturer. The target audience might be too specific and old with that model. I don't think there'll be many children wanting to build it. Cars or rockets have a broader appeal.

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By in United Kingdom,

I would buy a Friends set and disagree about it not having much appeal. I think it has easily as much as Big Bang despite being older. However, I would much prefer Monica's apartment as it has more iconic detail and probably has more screen time than Central Perk (don't fact check me on that). Also, the ideas mock up is not that good. It doesn't include many inspired building techniques, it's too big and the figs need to be natural coloured. There are more suitable hair pieces for them too.

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By in Puerto Rico,

Other than the Chocolate dispenser I don't really like any other in this round.

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By in Canada,

I supported some of these ideas and they are all pretty good. I think we are going to see a 0 for 10 on these. I do like the monochrome Steamboat Willie though and the links between Lego and Disney are very strong...

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By in United States,

i like the ISS and the jet engine (a unique idea, certainly, and well executed) but agree with others, don't see any of these passing review.

maybe with so many not passing they should consider changing the time window. go with every other month instead of quarterly, clear out all those "unworthy" 10k submissions

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By in United States,

Even if a set based on the TV show Friends had a good business case I imagine LEGO would avoid it due to the inevitable brand confusing with their existing "LEGO Friends" products.

I think the ISS stands the best chance here. Space stations in general and the ISS specifically are an iconic subject that LEGO hasn't had a lot of in sets, it fits into the general category of science-related products that have been so popular on ideas without feeling as redundant as another rocket or Mars rover might, and the builder has managed to build it in real life (that version still might not meet LEGO's standards for stability, but even getting the MOC to support its own weight in the first place gives me more confidence that might be fixed with some tasteful redesigns).

But I also wouldn't be too surprised if nothing here made it through.

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By in United States,

I'm a total sucker for space stuff, but I'm not all that impressed with either of the Space X models. The ISS, translated by the designers at LEGO seems really interesting to me though.

My favorite among these, though, is the Steamboat Willie set. It's so striking, with its monochrome presentation, and I think with Mickey's 90th birthday, it's a good fit. I hope it wins.

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By in United States,

I haven't voted on the Ideas platform in ages now. I just have gotten into the habit of "if it looks good I buy it" with Ideas sets. Wall-E, Tron, Fishing Store and the Saturn V are all great sets I got because I thought they looked good.

I just wish the guys who submitted the Lego Western town back when it was Cuusoo would reconsider submitting that. If I heard that project was back up I'd return to Ideas to vote for it!

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By in United Kingdom,

Don't like any of them :-/

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By in United States,

Candy Dispenser for me, but for some reason, I feel it won't make the cut.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ ZootyCutie - I noticed that Disney support for Steamboat Willie too! If that was my model, even if it doesn't get made, what an honour! It's definitely my favourite among all of these, however I agree with lots of other people above, I have a feeling none will be picked.

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By in United States,

Would love to see the Mexico City set made, whether it's as a result of this Ideas batch or an already-planned release by LEGO; there's no Architecture sets for any of Latin America, which is quite disappointing, and this is an excellent representation of some very iconic buildings.

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By in Belgium,

I like the RR engine a lot, the 205 as well (definitely iconic!) but I don't think they'll pass :-(

@SinKiller Nick: I don't think "Disney" as such is a license. :-)

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By in United States,

Speaking of off-brand for LEGO, the SpaceX designs might be off the table given Musk’s recent antics. A year ago maybe would’ve been fine, but his brand is somewhat tainted of late and SpaceX is his brainchild.

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By in United States,

Not only is Disney pushing the anniversary, but there are Steamboat Willie figurines for sale at Target right now. They've got an entire line of Mickey through the ages, including the Sorcerer's Apprentice and the Band Concert conductor.

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By in United Kingdom,

A friend of mine and me are making a Lego ideas set that we will be posting soon over the next few months!

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By in United States,

I just looked over a list of current active licenses on the Ideas website and it does specifically mention Mickey Mouse. I guess that would be from the Disney CMF line, Mickey being in the Disney Castle set, as well as the Duplo sets that feature him. It seems that would be an all encompassing "No" to any Ideas set that includes any property from any active license according to their rules. Any thoughts?

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By in United States,

I would like the ISS personally, I think it could go great with the Saturn V.

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By in United Kingdom,

@GrizBe
LEGO is a toy. Similar situation to Cloud City, all products are aimed at kids. LEGO is something that adults have found enjoyable, and that's fine, but all sets are aimed at kids, the primary demographic. Which is also why the Friends set won't be made. And think of the confusion between that and LEGO Friends!

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By in France,

Even as a space conquest fan, and even if the ISS selected is amazing, I would not buy any other related sets since I have Saturn V I have to say that I really like the black and white rendition of this famous Mickey Mouse (Steamboat Willy) first cartoon which has become so popular and famous over the years. I like the rally 205 too, and these two last seems the best to convert into a lego set which could hit its audience. Central Perk looks good, I have appreciated Friends TV show for years, but would not be sure to buy it if it was chosen. The Roll's ultra fan is such a master piece of design, but I am surprised it found its way to the pre-select milestone. Such a "niche" display set which represents a part of a pretty unknown engine... It's odd to me. In fact, I now wait to see if Idea's Stitch will be in the next selection. I like it. And my daughter even more! Really hope it will reach the shelves one day.

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By in Germany,

Steamboat Willie...

So November 18th marks its 90th birthday...
And how long again does Lego need to pronounce the (if any) winner of the Ideas review? And from then on, how long does it take to actually buy the set? The birthday will be long gone when we could buy Willie, so this is no argument in my oopinion why it could pass the review.
It's nice-looking and maybe, just maybe, I see myself buying it, but the 90th birthday argument is no real argument... ;-)

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By in United States,

My guess is that none of these pass review.

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By in United States,

@DaftArcher20968 I'd have to respectfully disagree. It may be a toy, but it has so many other applications and interpretations that is moves beyond just being a child's plaything. I would argue that the Tumbler, UCS Falcon, Saturn V, and some of the big Technic flagship sets, just to name a few, are as much about a subjective experience as they are a plaything. Beyond just being incredible display pieces, those halo sets seek to prove that Lego is much, much more than clicking bricks together. Look no further than Brothers Brick for incredible MOCs that cross the bridge from being Lego creations to what can actually be described as art. That's why I maintain that Birds is the ultimate Ideas set in terms of its blend of builds, display, simple elegance, and concept. I feel that Ideas sets, more than others, offer the experience of people saying "You can do that with Lego?" I don't feel any of the sets in this review meet that standard, nebulous though it may be.

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By in United Kingdom,

The Lego store in Leicester Square is right across the pavement from the M&Ms brand store. I don't really know how M&Ms manages to inspire such brand loyalty.. but I bet there are loads of people who visit both stores. There must be some sort of marketing opportunity there like a store exclusive or something.

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By in United States,

Your assessments are correct but I do wish you were sometimes more detailed in your responses. I would genuinely love to know more about LEGO disassociating itself from unhealthy products. I also agree about Friends being outside LEGO's demographic but if I were a young Brickset member I could easily see why someone might be confused or misunderstand such an explanation -- a lot of people only understand bits and pieces of how demographic issues work or why they matter.

I don't think any of your assessments are incorrect, they're all spot on. :)

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By in United States,

I think back to all the non-IP projects that did not get approved in the past that were much more appealing than these projects. I wish they could be resubmitted.

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By in United Kingdom,

Seeing that 3 space related projects made the cut and that the Saturn V sold like hot cakes might be an indicator of the demand...

I for one would buy one of the space x set in an instant...

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By in United Kingdom,

@DaftArcher20958 and @ MrJackson: MrJackson made the point I was gonna raise with that. The UCS sets are aimed at adults. Its why they've brought in the 'Master Build' series with Cloud City to differentiate between models and play sets.

But on the point of MOCS, they show the wide variety of ideas that people want and Lego haven't done because they're 'out of their moral guidelines'. Which, circles back to my point Lego is shooting itself in the foot being so restrictive. Many people ask for moc instructions so they can build their own of them.

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By in United States,

I just wish Discworld had made it a few years back.

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks like ideas is becoming stale.

I would love to see someone build Concorde especially as next year is 50th anniversary of first flight. Either in BA/Air France prototype colours that had their livery each side or the Concorde prototype colours with blue tail band and redcheatline.
Not sure if that clashes with any previous ideas?

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By in Singapore,

M-I-C-K-E-Y Mouse... has the greatest shot. IMO. This Ideas model is basic. Though I love the Black & White concept! Given the LEGO touch, a few more minifigures, to complete the toon’s story and we’ve got a winner. Think beyond LEGO shops, Disney loves merchandise to move at their Theme Parks. Speaking of, I wish they’d make a Star Tours > Star Speeder set...this would have sold well, last year, for the attraction’s Anniversary! Perhaps it would make for a great nostalgia set for Galaxy’s Edge, when we will be remembering Star Tours (likely will be retired by 2025) in the years to come.

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By in United States,

I randomly stumbled upon a preview image of The Old Fishing Store a couple years back & that's what brought me out of my most recent (nearly 8 year) Dark Age.. I know RobenAnne's other designs are somewhat similar stylistically, but to be honest I'd buy ALL of them. And this is nothing against any other designers anywhere, but lately I just haven't seen a whole lot of new sets (Ideas or not) that I feel a *need* to get.

For example.. I'm a big fan of original Star Wars, Harry Potter etc, but how many X-Wing & Quidditch redesigns does a person really need? Not to mention dropping $400-$800 on one (1) Lego set too big to display is an easy pass.

So anyway.. Modulars, YES! I'll buy the new one every year.
Speed Champions, YES! (even though IRL I don't care about cars or racing at all..)
Pirate ship/ viking/ islander big boat sorta things, YES! (If the hull doesn't look like a rib cage..)
City utility vehicles/ industrial/ construction stuff (minifig scale), yes yes yes!

But other than that I'm tempted to turn off the light and take a nap for a while.

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By in Netherlands,

"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."

Correct me if I'm wrong but couldn't the same be said about the Yellow Submarine? Even moreso?

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By in United States,

Personally, I’m not thrilled with this batch. It’s too much of the same old same old we’ve gotten before. At most I’d like to see the Mickey Mouse one go through because it looks cool. I personally want to see some new ideas come from the Lego Ideas line.

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By in United Kingdom,

@MrJackson and GrizBe
I value your points and see where you are coming from, but even the large Ucs sets I am sure would be fine for 11-14 year olds. As for Technic... I think it's just for the build process (that is still not fun) as it doesn't even look good on display compared to the large Creator Expert vehicles.

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By in United Kingdom,

Also why does the Falcon have Porgs then?

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By in United Kingdom,

It doesn't necessarily have to be a toy with play features. I reckon many kids will enjoy a Saturn V that looks really cool. Point 2: I got the Helicarrier aged 11.
'drop mic'

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By in United States,

@DaftArcher20968 Of my two display shelves, both 12' long, the top shelf is the Technic Cargo Plane, Heavy Lift Helicopter, CLAAS, AROCS, 24 Hour Racer, Drag Racer, Airport Fire Truck, and 6x6 Heavy Tow Truck, with room for the Porsche if I ever get around to building it. The bottom shelf is all the Expert Vehicles including the Tumbler and BatPod on the left, with my UCS sets on the right. They work very well on display complimenting each other, or at least until I move the Expert vehicles onto the eventual entertainment center thereby freeing up room for my Super Star Destroyer :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

Think the Friends set is actually pretty good, characters instantly recognisable, set also. Could be a good seller based on popularity. The 205 looks pretty good as well, great job getting the shape spot on and the scenery actually complements the dynamics. But, wait a minute, did somebody mention Discworld?

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By in United States,

There's no way the Friends set would make it. Big Bang was much more viable, not only because it's still on the air but because the demographics are similar. Not to mention the Lego Death Star II was featured in an episode even. If they made a Friends set people would say "why did they make that?" It just doesn't make sense.

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By in United States,

I think I have to agree with you Huw that most likely none of these will pass. But I do love that Peugeot 205 scene! I would totally get that! And Steamboat Willie is a cool piece of history that would make an interesting display piece.

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By in Canada,

I'd honestly be up for another space themed set. Lego loves them too by the looks of it from all the past sets they have made.

I get that maybe others are tired of them though.

I kind of agree with your thoughts that nothing may make it through which saddens me a little as I always look forward to the new Ideas sets.

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By in Germany,

Steamboat Willie all the way. Love the black & white concept. I'd buy that one in a heartbeat.

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By in Australia,

@MrJackson the orange tail fin was in the earlier Shinkai 6500 Submarine set and not in Hayabusa. Nothing was particularly rare in Hayabusa, including the Minifigure which was made of common parts. I even got a reproduction of the sticker sheet off a guy in Australia who sold them on eBay. I also Bricklinked the Curiosity Rover.
It is getting less the case, but for most of the themes life Ideas has been a good area for Bricklinking because the sets only used common parts in the early years. The Shinkai tail fin is obviously still the exception, I believe it has still only appeared in that one set in that colour which was only sold in Japan in small quantities. No wonder it is expensive.

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By in Sweden,

I think you're underestimating the Steamboat Willie submission. LEGO has an existing relationship with Disney, they already have the Mickey head mold, and it's a reasonably sized set too. The fact that it'd be in black and white would be a selling point, something that makes it unique and stand out against everything else. "The first-ever LEGO set using only black and white pieces!" etc.

I'd also love to see a classic Fiat 500 as an official LEGO set, one of my favourites.

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By in United States,

That Steamboat Willie is cute, clever, the right size, has mass appeal, and Lego already has a good working relationship with Disney. That's an easy one and I'd buy it if it happened. I love how the primitive parts complement the style of the original film. And the black and white palette adds to the charm. Retro is in right now--Nintendo is clearly capitalizing on it, but so has Lego, where Benny (and his Spaceship) emerged as an easy fan favorite.

Several of these are well done but I more or less agree with the author's opinion on them. I'm not sure how Friends even made the list--brand confusion alone could even torpedo that one. But Steamboat Willie is a clear winner to me.

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By in United States,

Only set I have any interest in is the Friends set. Despite the fact the show didn’t have any new episodes when I became of age to understand what was in TV (meaning I wasn’t just a baby sitting and watching some silly program without a clue as to what the deal is), I still love it. My family and I love to sit down and watch it on weekends. So I would 100% purchase this afterwards.

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By in United States,

Good god I am so tired of NASA space rocket whatever models hitting 10k. They're so unbelieveably boring and they all look the same. I hope they get removed from the acceptable submissions list

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By in Norway,

My favorite would definitely be Steamboat Willie, love the B/W concept. The things I'd wish for is a more substantial boat (the one in the updates is closer to the mark) ideally with a mechanism to make the chimneys go up and down when you turned the wheel, and inclusion of more characters (Minnie, Pete, the goat, the parrot and the cow). All-B/W box artwork could definitely make this set stand out, we have the 90-year anniversary and not to mention it's soon time for Disney to extend copyright terms again to prevent this movie from going into public domain.

The candy dispenser is also an interesting and unique idea, I don't think it needs the M&M branding. There's lots of other candies that would work with it without making a sticky mess, of the top of my head I can think of Smarties and the Norwegian variants Non-Stop and "m" (which are different from M&M's). Lego really needs to get a grip with the "no unhealthy stuff" policy here, I mean if it had been a cigarette vending machine I could almost have understood it but I really think they're painting themselves into a corner with today's attitude.

I'm rather "meh" about the space sets, they're all great but as others have said it's been a bit much of them. They illustrates a problem with the Ideas system, when one project succeeds a lot of others submits similar ideas, leading to too many similar projects reaching 10k. I voted for LuisPG's (now expired) Soyuz project a while ago, partly for its interesting colors (sand green) but mostly cause I think it's time for the Russian space program to get some recognition too.

I'm also rather skeptical about the rest of the projects - the RR jet engine is both too large and too niche to have any real appeal, the Friends Central Perk set is too large, too dated and too similar to BBT to make it, and both the Peugeot 205, the Fiat 500 and Mexico City seems to clash with existing themes.

Edit: As Larsnelson mentions, Lego should really put more projects in a "maybe later" category, so good projects pushed out by even better ones at the time still has a chance and we get less risk of the "none of the above" review rounds we have seen too often lately.

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By in Czech Republic,

Nothing would be picked-up.. it happened the last time.. and I cant see anything really "standing out" here.. too bad that the creator of Old Fishing Store got so pissxx-off by the reluctance of LEGO to deliberately decline all of his coastline buildings, that he didnt submit this time anything.. good job, LEGO! His creations would really sell well - compared to these ..

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By in United States,

None here really interest me, but I think steamboat willie and the ISS have a good shot.

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By in United States,

The Mickey Mouse Protection Act of 1998 establishes a current expiration date of 2023 for Disney's copyright on Mickey Mouse, though that has been contested with claims that improper copyright notice means that it fell into public domain ages ago. Disney could have lost it under the original copyright laws as early as 1956, but have kept lobbying Congress to keep increasing the duration of the copyright. They'd absolutely do anything they could to secure whatever means of protection they can for The Mouse, and this would allow them to slap a special logo on it and try to claim trademark on the Steamboat Willie look.

The ISS _may_ get approved, but the Space Shuttle hanging from the side has to go. That's on the permanent restricted list due to Women of NASA.

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By in New Zealand,

Most of these sets lack any creativity or inspiration - they are not good, particularly the dreadful Friends set, which (as per the BBT and other sitcom room based Ideas), completely misses the point of Lego.

The Fiat is well executed, but again, its just a copy of an existing Lego product line. Nothing inspirational or that exciting about it.

The Ideas platform needs to be re-thought, as these sets should not have got through to this level.

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By in United States,

I don't like the Friends set very much, but I think you're completely wrong about its chances. Friends has incredible appeal to kids now that it's on Netflix - almost every teen I know loves Friends. Really, it's the perfect IP for an Ideas set, because it appeals to a large section of the core demographic, the teens, and in addition it appeals to an entirely new group of people, the people who watched Friends when it was new in the '90s. It doesn't appeal much to 6 to 10 year olds, but it appeals to everyone else.

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By in United States,

I don't quite fancy any of these choices. The closest would be the Peugeot 205. While an iconic rally car of the past, it certainly isn't my favorite.

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By in United States,

"Unlike The Big Bang Theory, which did of course spawn an Ideas set, Friends has no appeal or relevance to LEGO's core demographic"

I didn't know TBBT had any "appeal or relevance" either.

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By in United Kingdom,

3 more space sets.
A licensed Disney set despite the fact that they aren't allowed.
A couple of cars.
A big bang theory clone.
A generic Lego architecture skyline.

Gosh, they should rename it to "Lego ran out of Ideas"

The jet engine looks cool but would be too niche and expensive. So my hopes lie on the candy machine that will never happen.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Aanchir Even if a set based on the TV show Friends had a good business case I imagine LEGO would avoid it due to the inevitable brand confusing with their existing "LEGO Friends" products.
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That is really dumbing down the audience for LEGO. A picture of the six characters and probably some real life stills on the box, they could even catalogue it as F.R.I.E.N.D.S, call it Classic TV Friends, etc.

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By in United Kingdom,

@kinto For example.. I'm a big fan of original Star Wars, Harry Potter etc, but how many X-Wing & Quidditch redesigns does a person really need?

Most kids require one to be on the shelf of a retail store, at the time they want to buy it. The fact that kids five years or ten years older were able to buy them is no comfort if they cannot.

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By in Australia,

I can't fathom why people waste their time putting in submissions that will NEVER get accepted, no matter how many votes??? Crazy. Clogging up the system with this stuff just makes it harder for the actually plausible suggestions to get through...

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By in United Kingdom,

I feel like the big problem with Ideas is that most people have less imagination than a rock.

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By in United States,

@CCC...

I hear you & not disagreeing at all. They're in the business to sell stuff & I'm a fan who's been alive long enough for repetition with slight variance to become kinda boring.

Not trying to disrespect anybody. I've loved Lego since my first set as a kid in the 70's, just wishing for some sets that really light my eyes up again.

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By in Canada,

Yep, I think the correct answer is:
e) None of the above.

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By in Canada,

It used to be, if you got your 10,000 votes, the set was made. Period. Then, one day, very early on in Ideas history, a "breaking bad" set made the grade, and LEGO said "over our dead bodies will this set be produced", and that is when LEGO changed the rules, taking away many great ideas. I am in the middle of creating a " sex, drugs and rock and roll" cannabis themed LEGO city and would love to submit my Sencimilla Street SkyTrain Station set. With the rules in place however, I couldn't be bothered, because even if I were to get my 10,000 votes, it would still never be approved by LEGO.

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By in United Kingdom,

@ggfile: Hence why I've said Lego needs to do an adult range since theres clearly a market for more adult sets.

The same thing happen with a Shaun of the Dead Winchester Pub set that was dismissed for 'adult themes'. I'd have bought that set.

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By in United States,

I'm predicting none of these get made.

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