The LEGO Ideas results are in!

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Watch the video announcement or read the results after the break:

It's the Tree House AND The Flintstones, which will be British designer Andrew Clark's second Ideas submission to make it into a set, the first being 21304 Doctor Who.

 

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By in United Kingdom,

Haha I'm so rubbish at predicting!

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow that's a surprise!

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By in United States,

Oh

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By in Netherlands,

Cool! Im really looking forward to the tree!

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By in United States,

Flintstones, too! Pumped!

Sad about no Stitch, though... at least there's the minifig.

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By in Costa Rica,

Fantastic! Especially looking forward to The Flintstones!!

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By in United Kingdom,

these guys are as good as Eurovision hosts

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By in United States,

I'm very pleasantly surprised that the treehouse is getting made, and I'll probably pick that one up (although I'm curious how much it will change from the original design, because 2643 pieces is massive for an Ideas set, even bigger than Voltron).

Flintstones I know I won't get, but that's just because I have no attachment to the show (I dont think I've ever actually seen it)

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By in United States,

Wow! For once they chose the sets that I would be most likely to buy! That treehouse is amazing and the Flinstones could make for a great Stone Age Family set :) It'll be interesting to see if future Hanna - Barbera creations come to fruition... The Jetsons could make for some great sets!

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By in Switzerland,

well, called the Flintstones, I am actually pleased - and so is my wife -; 2 easy passes for me.

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By in Norway,

Wow, cool with the tree house, will personally pass on rocks and misogynistic lolz.

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By in United States,

Two good projects I supported, let's see the cost and I hope Hanna Barabera fans buy this a lot, the house looks beautiful as well

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By in Sweden,

Now that is a surprise! First, they actually approved two sets at the same time (has that happened before?), and also they go with the tree house! If they don't screw it up completely, I'll surely get it. Not sure about the Flintstones though; yes I did watch them as a kid (quite a bit actually), but do I need them in Lego form? I really don't know...

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By in Serbia,

Buying both for sure!

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By in Australia,

Digging the Treehouse! I love that Ideas is so unpredictable. Since the Saturn V and Old Fishing Store got approved it feels like nobody knows anything anymore about the approval criteria, and it feels so good! We need randomness in this theme.

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By in Canada,

Surprised with the Treehouse but am happy with the results. I figured that it was just too big of set.

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By in Germany,

I love the Flintstones. Watched the show as a kid countless times and still enjoy the occasional episode now and then.
To be able to get them as an offical set is the first truly happy LEGO announcement in 2018 for me, after all the disappointments so far.

As for the treehouse, might get that, depending on size and price, but not terribly excited so far.

Would have loved the Blackbird, but knew from the getgo that there was zero chance of it being approved.

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By in United Kingdom,

Congrats to Andrew Clark for being the first person to have two sets made as the sole designer.

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By in United Kingdom,

@kfr First, they actually approved two sets at the same time (has that happened before?)

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Yes it has - Birds and Big Bang Theory. Doctor Who also came from that review, but at a later date.

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By in Belgium,

Wow, did not see that coming. The tree house is a great set but I didn't expect it to be picked up. And the Flintstones, awesome choice, very happy with that. Hope they don't bugger it up!

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By in Canada,

I think these will both sell quite well. The price and size may put off some in regards to the treehouse. I hope LEGO doesn't down size it a whole lot.

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By in United States,

WAIT FLINTSTONES WON TOO? YES!!

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By in United States,

I wonder what scale the tree house will end up? Flintstone's is pretty cool, I'll probably pick up both if they're well designed and decently priced.

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By in United States,

Yay, Flintstones! The one I really wanted! Very surprised and pleased about the treehouse, was almost sure it wouldn't pass.

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By in United States,

Looking at that Treehouse piececount, I'm braced to be massively underwhelmed by the real production model.

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By in United Kingdom,

Yabba Dabba doo!

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By in France,

Flintstones isn’t a surprise. But the treehouse? Just how much is that going to cost!
Or will it be downscaled to make it more “affordable”?

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By in Philippines,

treehouse....TREEHOUSE.....TREEHOUSE!!!

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By in United States,

Huw, thank you for the manner in which you made this post. I was able to watch the video without any spoilers. Well done!

And I am excited for the treehouse. I love the adventurer angle.

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By in United States,

My wallet is NOT happy about the Tree House getting approved.

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By in United States,

I have absolutely no idea what the Flintstones is (something about cavemen?), and while the tree house looks cool, probably not something I'd be interested in buying, depending on how much foilage it comes with. Nice that people seem pleased though.

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By in Australia,

There have been a few rounds of Ideas where my wallet has breathed a sigh of relief, but those are two definites for me. The Flintstones seems to translate pretty well into a conventional set, but the final design of the treehouse is going to be interesting when it's unveiled.

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By in United Kingdom,

Treehouse - yay - I thought it wouldn't get picked as it is large - guess it is relatively cheap as there is no additional IP to deal with..... but I love trees - Ewok Village and Tree of creativity are two of my favourite sets...

Flintstones is meh unless the price point is right as it may be OK as a figures plus part pack...

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By in United States,

Very happy that the Flintstones made it. I'm indifferent towards the treehouse, but that will probably change when the set images show up. I was hoping for the SR-71 Blackbird, but I didn't really expect it to pass.

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By in United States,

For those not aware of the Flintstones cartoon due to being far to young to have seen it... They are the guys on the Fruity Pebbles box. :P

Between the two I'd probably get the Treehouse. I know who the Flintstones are and had seen some of their re-runs as a kid, but I don't really care for them enough to justify buying anything. Sure they are an important mark in animation history for being one of the first prime time animated TV shows... But that doesn't mean I really care for it.

Treehouse though sounds like it has potential display and play features. A good model to mix into a Lego town perhaps?

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow, that treehouse is awesome! Can't wait to pick one up!

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By in United States,

I love large trees in Lego so I’m happily surprised.

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By in United States,

That treehouse looks great. Hopefully TLG doesn't downsize or radically change it too much.

As for the Flintstones set, I used to watch it a lot as a kid but I'm unsure if I'm that enthused to pay and get one. I do think this might be a great gateway to possibly getting the Jetsons or other Hanna Barbera licenses, though.

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By in Australia,

I completely discounted the treehouse making it through because of it's size, but it's really good it's made it through! The Flinstones will go along well with the Scooby Doo sets too :)

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By in United States,

I wasn't really that interested in the tree house set and was disappointed at the very moment that I read that it made it through until I read on and saw that the Flintstones set is being made too! It's a must buy for me. I'm looking forward to it.

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By in Canada,

I'm actually very surprised they went with such a large model in the Tree House. Pleasantly surprised, of course, but yeah, wasn't expecting that.

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By in Canada,

That's a pass and a pass for me

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By in United Kingdom,

Awesome, great to see these two epic projects get approved! Congratulations to the designers!

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By in United States,

Very surprised by both . . . like most I thought the treehouse was too big.
And as for the Flintstones . . . not sure why they are doing this one. Are there dedicated/hardcore Flintstones fans out there that I don't know about? Whatever the case, they are purely trying to appeal to AFOLS with the Flintstones . . . my kids are 10, 8 and 5 and they have no concept of who the Flintstones are.

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By in United States,

Surprised at the tree house since they've been mostly sticking to small fan boy sets. Another large, original design is very nice to see.

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By in United States,

Flintstones!! Really excited about this.

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By in Sweden,

Pleasantly surprised.

Gotta wonder just how much smaller the treehouse set will be as an official set though, can't imagine them wanting to make a 3,000 piece set for that.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm well chuffed about the tree house being chosen. I really hope the translation into a product keeps it true to the original as I would love to add that one to my collection!

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By in United States,

The Flintstones project was of impeccable quality, and demonstrated that the builder has a lot of strengths at reconciling the qualities that make a strong LEGO playset with authenticity to the source material. They also did an amazing job recreating the characters and scene using existing molds. I suspect that Dino (included in one of the updates) will be either omitted or substantially redesigned due to their heavy use of new recolors and prints, but overall I can see this making a very good final product.

That said, as a child of the 90s my nostalgia for the Flintstones is fairly limited. It was a cartoon I saw sometimes (including reruns of the Jetsons crossover special), but the family sitcom style storytelling didn't resonate with me on the same level as the more preposterous scenarios and exaggerated action in other classic cartoons like Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, or Scooby-Doo. They are certainly recognizable and iconic, but for me at least, not beloved.

The project I was most rooting for here, Stitch, did not get through — probably more on account of Stitch already being a recently active license as of the Disney Series minifigures, so not one that brings as much novelty to the LEGO brand. As a big fan of buildable characters and creatures, especially ones as cute and posable as Stitch, I can't say I'm not disappointed. Even more so because Lilo and Stitch was such an iconic animated movie for MY generation.

The treehouse getting through is good news for people who don't want Ideas becoming too licensing-driven, I suppose, but it doesn't really appeal to me. My interest in LEGO treehouses skews towards those like in the Friends, Creator, and Elves themes that are fun, colorful, playful, whimsical, and integrated with the beauty of nature. Here, the natural scenery feels stark and unforgiving, and the dingy earth tones of the house's exterior are not much better. The inside is a little more charming with its colored floor patterns, but even those feel unnecessarily subdued.

The most playful element of the set is a swing, but that feels strangely out-of-place in the survival genre context the creator has built the model around. And anyhow, for how little play value the set offers it seems far larger than it needs to be. While it seems as though the designer was trying to scale the tree and house to minifigures as it might be to a person, in general that tends to be rather excessive whether for licensed or non-licensed houses/buildings.

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By in United States,

Scooby-Doo and now Flintstones...

The Jetsons seems like a reality any day now.

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By in Canada,

I think these two sets were my favorite among the finalists. I'm glad they're gonna get made!

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By in United States,

I'm definitely going to get the treehouse! Awesome!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

Cool, wasn't expecting the Treehouse to get through, but after the Fishing Store, I'm excited to see what TLG do with it!
The Flintstones feels fairly predictable, but for a good reason. Probably won't pick it up, the Flintstones wasn't really a part of my childhood, but still a nice inclusion and build from Andrew Clark.

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By in United States,

YES!!!!! For some weird reason I didn't think LEGO would be willing to make the Flintstones into a Ideas set, despite knowing they still probably had the license from when it appeared in LEGO Dimensions. I just figured that it was too old a cartoon and probably not known by many kids from this generation, so it wouldn't be made from a marketing standpoint. I really hope however I couldn't be further from the truth and that this set does exceptionally well when it does finally come to market. I will be getting this set day one, when it comes out! As for the tree house, it looks really cool and if I can, I will try to pick it up at some point.

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By in United States,

@lippidp
I've seen my fair share of comments that were accidentally run through the duplicator, but that has to be a record.

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By in Ireland,

That Treehouse is amazing, awesome stuff. I'm disappointed that Stitch didn't make it.

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By in Netherlands,

I'm not even that big of a Flintstones fan but that set looked awesome, I'm glad it got in.

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By in United States,

Man. That treehouse is huge! Biggest ideas set yet? I did like the idea of steamboat willie, though.

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By in United Kingdom,

^^^^ the treehouse is awesome though, and I am also definitely going to get it!!!

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By in United States,

Looking at the selections for the next upcoming round, I don't see anything that would pass at all. So it's possible that they did two from this batch to compensate for likely nothing released in the next one.

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By in New Zealand,

Gutted it wasnt yet another space themed set....

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By in United States,

So we're getting Swiss Family Robinsons in a generalized lego form, cool

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By in United Kingdom,

Might get The Flintstones set depending on final price but I'm not WOW ed by either really.

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By in Germany,

Haha! Woohoo! I almost yelped out of surprise when the Treehouse was announced. It's so freakin' gorgeous! The first pleasant Ideas surprise for me since the Old Fishing Store, although I wonder how this relates to Disney holding the rights to the Swiss Family Robinson. I just visited their treehouse in Disneyland Paris, and the set feels "inspired" by it, even if it's not actually branded as such.
Don't really care about Flintstones, but one out of two is fine.
Also, is it me, or are these videos getting creepier?
Lastly, @ lippidp: are you going to get the treehouse? I'm not really clear on that. :)

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By in United States,

Congrats to the two designers! Both sets are very cool indeed and they will be day 1 release buys for me.
I'm especially excited for the tree house. The film Swiss Family Robinson (the Disney one, not any of those hack knock-offs) was one of my favorite movies as a young child. I watched it so much, I think I wore out the VHS. The creativity and ingenuity into the movie's tree house was so amazing along with their wild pets and colorful landscape, I just couldn't get enough of it. Plus, I will be incorporating an ostrich race scene to accompany the tree house set when I get it :) It was my favorite scene of the movie. Wow, just writing this post is causing a ton of memories to come flooding back. I probably haven't seen the movie in 30 years... Time flies... I must see it again! AMAZON!! (click) Streaming video only????? NOOOOOO!

On a side note, I'm a little disappointed for the SR-71. I knew it was a long shot, but I love everything space and space related.

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By in Germany,

Reading comments by people not knowing what the Flintstones are makes me realize how old I am!
;-)

For those not in the know: there was a time when the Flintstones were what the Simpsons were in the 90s.

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By in United States,

No one’s gonna read this comment, but I love the tree house, flinstones is a ‘meh’ for me

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By in United Kingdom,

Phew, no interest again in either on this occasion. One has to wonder if this concept costs TLG more money than they make from it (perhaps Saturn 5 excluded), would be fun to see the stats ??????

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By in France,

love the treehouse. Very pleasantly surprised it won, but delighted that an original idea not based on a license has won through

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By in United States,

Very happy with the picks this time!

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By in Canada,

Flintstones, yes!! I just hope they do the minifigures heads as modified heads, similar to what they did for ET, Powerpuff Girls, etc.

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By in United Kingdom,

Well pleased
Called both of those
Happy days

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By in United States,

@ bricksforeveryone: The Flintstones won't have molded heads, since Ideas sets dont't allow new molds to be created for them. I expect minifigures very similar to the proposal.

I used to be a fan of the Flintstones as a kid, so I might possibly pick it up for personal nostalgia. The final set will tell me.

I'm not personally interested in the tree house, but I'm curious to see what LEGO will do, given its size. I imagine it'll get similar treatment to the Ship in a Bottle: the same idea, but smaller.

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By in United States,

Aw, I'm disappointed Stitch didn't get picked - I would have bought him for sure. I also can't say I'm surprised, since I know Lego already holds the Lilo & Stitch license from the Collectible Minifigures wave, but... I'd been hoping.

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By in Puerto Rico,

THE MAD LADS ACTUALLY DID IT

WE'RE GETTING LEGO FLEENSTONES

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By in United States,

I'm a bit surprised Earhart and Stitch didn't make it. I knew there was no way either of the planes would pass muster, though, being modern military planes. The Acclamator and arcade step on the toes of current themes, so those were easy calls as well. MST3K did a great job of recreating the opening door sequence...but it's a fairly large set built primarily around a single gimmick that lasts all of a few seconds. The BMW was a tough call, as it appears the BMW license has not been touched by Speed Champions, but the Caterham car is still available (as are other large vehicle models from other themes) which feels like it could have caused cross-cannibalization of each others' sales.

The treehouse, for those who didn't catch it in the fan designer video, is based on the Swiss Family Robinson book (c1812) by Johann David Wyss. The book is out of copyright, and while Disney owns the rights to their own movie, they are by far not the only company to take a crack at it (the most recent live-action version was produced for Hallmark Channel in 2002, preceded in 1998 by two unrelated TV movies in 1998 (one of which spun off to a TV series that lasted one season starring Richard "John-Boy Walton" Thomas). As long as they don't model the minifigs or the specific layout of the tree off the Disney version (or worse, the Disney park attraction), licensing is _not_ an issue here. It'll probably be big, to be sure, but they've proven that big can work (it helps that most of these sets are one-and-done properties so the buy-in is a limited quantity). It's unusual in the grand scheme of things, which could attract buyers, and it looks like it will be an impressive parts pack for tree components. For people who do public displays, it could be worked into anything from Castle/Pirates to modern Town.

Flintstones I was very uncertain about. Interested, absolutely, but looking at the model submission it looked like it would rely on a massive amount of Q elements, and possibly need some new molds. It seemed like the longest of long shots (barring those that were certain to be rejected), but we'll have to wait and see what they can do with it. As with some of the other Ideas sets and submissions based on Hollywood productions, it may see a steep drop-off in popularity outside of the US and North American in general. And due to the age of the TV series, it appears there might be some issues with the iPhone generations not really even being aware that the show exists (psst: it was the first animated series to be broadcast in primetime, like The Simpsons, but when Matt Groening was only 12). But I don't care. I've had designing the car somewhere in my "when I get to it" pile since around the time CMF S5 came out. Maybe I still will, maybe I'll just build it stock, or maybe I'll tweak it a bit.

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By in United States,

I wanted Space X:The Ultimate Collection, but I'm glad Tree House made it.

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By in United States,

Just to be clear, I'm gonna get the treehouse. ;)

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By in Canada,

Excellent choices. I'll buy both. And I would have bought the motorcycle too. The others did not interest. First time I really agreed with their choices. I worry that LEGO will simplify the Treehouse the way they (unfortunately) simplified the ship in a bottle.

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By in United States,

Good picks here, although I was partial to the Modular Arcade. The treehouse is definitely something that resonates with today's master builders at TLG- they did approve stuff like Old Fishing Store. You can't take an overly cynical view and assume that only small things will get made under the Ideas label.

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By in Australia,

I wonder if the tree house will include Parts from Plants to drive sales. That would be a wise move of Lego.

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By in Belgium,

Two excellent choices by Lego! I admire the treehouse and am curious what compromises Lego will do to give the set a reasonable pricetag.

The Flinstones set captures the cartoon wonderfully. The minifigs looks great and will be a welcome addition to my collection of film and television related minifigs. To the Norwegian sparrow nest guy thinking this set resembles misogynistic lolz: you are a funny man.

This was a tough round to chose from. Nearly all of them were high quality designs, very creative. Looking forward to the next!

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By in Belgium,

Very happy with both projects being approved!
Now when will the pop-up book be released/revealed? (I’ve seen some leaked minifigures for that one on instagram)

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By in Austria,

Just hope they don't butcher the tree house as they did with the ship in the bottle.

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By in United States,

I'm not exactly the biggest can of The Flintstones, (or licensed sets in general) however I am thrilled to see them get a set. Now that The Flintstones are getting a set do you think we might get a new round of Scooby-Doo sets?

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By in Germany,

Was hoping for Stitch..

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By in United States,

I have to admit, I am super excited for the tree house. Swiss Family Robinson is my wife's favorite movie, and I had been sourcing parts for a long time in the hopes of creating a LEGO version.

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By in United States,

Treehouse looks awesome, but I will hold judgement until I see what Lego does to inevitably downsize it.

No interest in a Flintstones set so I'll be skipping it.

Why was the Blackbird doomed from the start?

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes!!! The Treehouse is amazing!

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By in Canada,

How long is it usually between the announcement and the product release? Like, will these be next summer's releases (it seems that Ideas sets come in the summer)?

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By in United States,

Well... this was a disappointing experience for me. All the waiting, the fan (and cast) support, and it was a huge build-up for nothing. Oh well.
Mystery Science Theater is an admittedly niche program, so I understand well why The Flintstones, o Amelia Earhart, or Stitch is more likely to make it. The only reasons I had to hope my idea would make it are another season being on the horizon, and the creators being extremely appreciative. Compared to the market and name recognition that the others possess, it was always slim.
Thank you to any and all of you who supported my project, I'm happy that I had the chance at all, and that two sets got to be made this go around. I was worried that nobody would get passed like a few reviews ago, but I guess that just makes the sting a little worse.

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By in United Kingdom,

That treehouse is going to be a pain to dust

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By in Germany,

I am so sad that I won't get the SR-71 Blackbird :-(

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By in United States,

@theguru1974:
The Super-Tucano is a Brazilian fighter jet, and the SR-71 is an American military spy plane. Both are modern military, which they almost universally shy away from. I say almost because the old rule under Kjeld Kirk was that they didn't make any 20th Century weapons. That rule first got broken with LEGO Direct's Sopwith Camel and Red Baron triplane. After that came LEGO Batman and the first tommy gun and semi-auto pistol. LEGO Indiana Jones made a few WWII era German military planes but notably shied away from releasing the Last Crusade tank (even though it was based on a US/UK WWI tank) Lastly, there were another pair of Sopwith Camels (one large, one micro) released at the same time. As far as I know, that's really all they've done that's based on actual 20th Century weapons.

The LEGO Company stands on rare ground in this instance. Denmark was invaded during WWII, so it's understandable that they wouldn't want to glorify warfare. On the other hand, as Simon Liu once told me, they were the only toy company that was willing to conduct business in post-WWII Germany, which shows a remarkably forgiving attitude all things considered.

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By in United States,

Wow, the treehouse is really amazing! I'm looking forward to getting that - what a cool addition to my city. The Flintstones set is not my thing really, but it is really cute and I can see why it got accepted. Nice! Glad TLG are producing some great fan sets.

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