In my second Ideas Showcase article that features a project that has reached more than 5,000 supporters, I would like to give a project a boost so that it reaches the 10,000 supporters target soon.
Read on as I describe, in detail, this wonderful project as it nears its Achieved Support status.
Who is Anatomini?
Anatomini is a brick-built minifigure assembled at a scale of 10:1. The minifigure's anatomy is built on the inside.
Designed by Stephan Niks - Stephanix on LEGO Ideas - Anatomini has been on LEGO Ideas for a while. Anatomini is just 400 supporters away from that elusive 10K target. Huw featured Anatomini in a news article in July 2017.
The project started on the initiative of Stephan's son: "One day he had a biology lesson at school and it was suggested that he build a skeleton." Stephan thought it was a weird idea, but also a challenge. Stephan's objective was, "to design a realistic, though fun looking, skeleton."
As Stephan wanted the model to stand by itself, he used LEGO Technic parts for the skeleton. "The 3x5 Technic L-beam seemed to be ideal as the ribs and they defined the scale of the build."
After the model was finished, Stephan checked to see whether it was worth submitting it to LEGO Ideas. During his investigation, he came up with the idea to hide the skeleton inside a brick-built minifigure. That proved to be quite a challenge. Stephan's doctor was enthusiastic and he highlighted the educational value of the model.
Stephan really started to believe in Anatomini's potential after he placed all the brick-built organs in the model.
The path to 10,000 supporters
Anatomini reached 2,000 votes in the first three weeks after it was submitted to LEGO Ideas. Stephan's friends urged him to make a real model and display it at brick shows and other LEGO events. The model travelled to many events and exhibitions. It received lots of feedback with promises of support.
In reality, it is hard to get those new supporters: everybody likes Anatomini, but he is not a car, modular building or a rocket. Instead, he is the most incredible machine: YOU.
The project has just passed 9,600 supporters and has only 400 supporters to reach the Achieved Support Product Ideas phase!
Most LEGO Ideas projects have updates.
One of first the updates was making a virtual reality version of Anatomini.
Followed by further design updates, and based on feedback received at brick shows, Anatomini, like us humans, has evolved. This is not only important in nature: it is necessary for most projects on LEGO Ideas.
Anatomini 2.0: Premiere at Brickset.
Brickset gets the premiere of the Anatomini animation. The 2.0 update is the most elaborate version of the model and has been completed just as Anatomini nears the
Version 2.0 is more playable and therefore even more educational. It is now possible to remove all organs in one go and start plastic surgery. The model is stronger, has new hair, adjustable arms, can be picked up and has a cool opening mechanism.
Enjoy the video.
So, who is Stephan Niks?
Stephan Niks is 48 years young from Gouda, The Netherlands. He is a visualisation artist of airports, ports, shipyards and other big things. He got back into LEGO fifteen years ago. He now collects and designs trains and modular buildings but has been ‘distracted’ by LEGO Ideas for five years.
He also collects LEGO Ideas sets to show what the LEGO Ideas concept is all about when he exhibits at events.
On his free Wednesday mornings, he teaches LEGO building techniques, including LEGO Technic, to groups of 8-12-year-old students.
Anatomini reminds me of the LEGO Mini-Figure released in 2000.
With a better parts selection, and all the educational features built into Anatomini's anatomy, I believe this Product Idea will be a popular, modern version of this rare - and sought after - brick-built model.
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Please get in touch with me, using the contact link on my profile, if you would like your Ideas project featured at Brickset in one of my Ideas Showcase articles.
Additionally, if your project has reached 5,000 supporters then I will write a feature article. I will ask that you send me some high-resolution images and a short write-up describing your project.