Ideas Showcase

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In my latest Ideas Showcase article, I am promoting several projects which have come to my attention through the designers getting in touch with me.

There is a total of eleven Ideas projects in this article. Support level ranges from a couple of projects over the 5,000 supporter threshold, and there are a few projects that currently sit at a few hundred supports.

Read on as I describe these worthy Ideas projects. Please also consider clicking on the links and pledging your support. The whole support process has been made extremely easy: you won't need to answer any marketing questions anymore.

I am sure the designers would appreciate your support.

UCS Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

By Norders

This project takes me on a trip down memory lane.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was a musical adventure fantasy film released in 1968. Norders has faithfully recreated the magical car - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - so named for the unusual sound of its engine made.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is by far Norders' most popular project. It has been resubmitted and now has substantial support. It is less than 800 supporters from the next milestone: 5,000 supporters.


Measurements

By hackules

Measurements is one of three scientific instruments Ideas projects that hackules is currently gathering support.

There are four instruments in the Measurements project: a surveyor scope (theodolite), a sextant, weighing scale, and a sandglass.

This project appealed to me as I have used a theodolite and a sextant professionally: I was a survey draughtsman when I left school, and I have trained as a ship's navigator and have used sextants for celestial navigation.

There is just under a year left for Measurements to gather slightly over 400 new supporters for it to reach the 1,000 milestone.

Hackules' Navigation Sextant project has just the sextant by itself along with a micro-built sailing ship.


Temple of Hermit

By Brickfornia

Real Japanese pagodas have five stories inside and outside. Each floor has these meanings: Earth, Fire, Water, Wind and Sky.

This Temple of Hermit pagoda is three-storied from the exterior but five-storied from the interior due to the size and balance.

The Temple of Hermit is the only Ideas project that Brickfornia has submitted. There is solid support for this project. It has over 1,800 supporters with over a year-and-a-half to reach the next milestone: 5,000 supporters.


The Loud House

By Cherry-Rose

The Loud House is an American animated television series.

The Loud House became the top-rated children's animated series on American television within its first month on the air.

The project includes the twelve minifigures of the Loud family.

I like this model as it would make a realistic suburban house in a modular street scene.

Support for this Ideas project could do with a boost. It has nearly 400 supporters, and it has a year to reach the 1,000 supporters milestone.

This is the only Ideas project submitted by Cherry-Rose.


Steam Punk Pirate Outpost

By Lynk

Steam Punk Pirate Outpost is another Ideas project could do with a boost. It has nearly 400 supporters, and it has nine months to reach the 1,000 supporters milestone.

I like the steampunk theme, and this project would easily sit alongside Metalbeard's Sea Cow or Heavy Metal Motor Trike!

This is the only Ideas project submitted by Lynk.


Surf and Turf

By Sebastiaan Dietz

Surf and Turf has been designed for everybody who likes to make their beach area in the city a more beautiful place.

Support for this Ideas project could do with a boost. It has nearly 400 supporters, and it has over a year to reach the 1,000 supporters milestone.

Sebastiaan Dietz has three Ideas projects gathering support. I particularly like his Microscale Lego Trains Ideas project.


Lego Animals Advent Calendar

By DirectorWoollyPencil

This Ideas Project is something different in that it comprises twenty-four unique animals that you build and collect.

LEGO release themed advent calendars every year.

This Ideas project feels like a Creator themed advent calendar, which hasn't been seen before.

This is DirectorWoollyPencil's only Ideas project. It has 134 supporters with a year to reach the 1,000 milestone.


A Slice of New Zealand

By DovesBricks

I'm championing a young builder from New Zealand.

DovesBricks has created A Slice of New Zealand Ideas project. This is a theme known as Kiwiana: a bunch of items and icons from New Zealand's heritage.

This is DovesBricks's only Ideas project. It has over 200 supporters with over a year to reach the 1,000 milestone.


LEGO Insects: A Ladybug, Butterfly, & Dragonfly

By Railway Enthusiast

LEGO Insects: A Ladybug, Butterfly, and Dragonfly is another emerging Ideas project.

At just over 200 supporters, this is Railway Enthusiast's most successful Ideas project.

Let's see whether it will reach the 1,000 milestone. It has over a year to reach this target.


NASA: Mercury and Gemini

By Eiffleman

I watched the NASA: Mercury and Gemini Ideas project get to the 5,000 supporters milestone recently. This gives the project an extra six months extension.

The project has five months to get an extra 4,500 supporters for it to reach the coveted 10,000 supporters goal.

The Mercury and Gemini rockets have been made at the same scale as the 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V Ideas project.

Gemini's objective was the development of space travel techniques to support the Apollo mission to land astronauts on the Moon.

With the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's moon landing looming, let's see whether we can get this worthy Ideas project to the 10,000 supporters target.


Vostok 1 - The First Manned Spaceflight

By Graupensuppe

Vostok 1 (Russian: East or Orient 1) was the rocket program that enabled the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin to enter outer space and orbit Earth.

Let's not forget that during the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Soviet space program was leading the Space Race during the height of the Cold War.

Vostok 1 - The First Manned Spaceflight Ideas project has over 1,400 supporters with over a year to reach the 5,000 supporters milestone.


I am always interested in your thoughts. Which projects do you like? Do you agree with my selections?

I can be reached by the contact feature on my Brickset profile if you would like your Ideas project featured at Brickset.

Feel free to leave feedback and links to your favourite Ideas.

56 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Just pointing out that Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was a book (by Ian Fleming, no less) before it was a movie.

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By in Netherlands,

I think only Chitty Chitty Bang Bang meets the standards, but I doubt they'd want to release another UCS car for a while.

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By in Australia,

I gotta be honest, none of them really catch my eye.

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By in Poland,

Nothing about my Wardrobe?

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By in United Kingdom,

I like the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, none of the others is that exciting. The instruments look very over designed.

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By in United States,

These all look pretty interesting but I doubt we’ll see another large spacecraft for a while given that the Saturn V is still on the market and doing quite well, presumably. One of my current favorites on Ideas is a modular building called Bricks and Blooms, it’s among the best modulars I’ve seen and looks great next to Parisian Restaurant.

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By in United Kingdom,

The animals advent calendar is brilliant - not the first time anyone has built creator-style animals but I would gladly pay for it!

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By in United Kingdom,

The Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang car is clearly an incredible work of art but apart from the fans at the front and back you wouldn't even know it was built out of Lego from the picture.

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By in United Kingdom,

Interesting ideas, some of which I’m familiar with, but I do think that overall Lego Ideas is pretty weak at the moment. When you look through the projects that are over half way to the magic 10,000 votes there’s very little that’s likely to become a real set.
The quality of submissions is so low currently that it’s become an MOC site for young teens.
I wouldn’t say the sites days are numbered, but something needs to change.

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By in United Kingdom,

None of these really jump out at me.

Hold the phone..... a wardrobe, you say?
;)

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By in Germany,

Like the car, even though I have never seen the film up to now.
Love the connection of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang movie with the team that brought us the classic James Bond films.

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By in Poland,

@FlagsNZ
Thanks! I started to worry that you don't like it anymore!

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By in United Kingdom,

Gotta go with the concensus here that the only really good set here with a chance is the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang set. Very well built and designed, but its not a set I'd want to own unfortunately.

I think the problem with Ideas is how restrictive they are on what sets your allowed to submit. Not allowing sets for existing themes, ie. Star Wars, immediately removes a huge portion of the MOC builders out there. As does the 'no adult themes' rule. Something shown with the likes of the Shaun of the Dead Winchester pub getting 10,000 support very quickly, but then being rejected due to its themes. Something very stupid when Lego themselves have produced ghosts and zombies sets, along with bars and other sets attached to shows with adult themes like Friends for instance.

Said for ages that Lego should produce an 'Adult' range where you can have the sets with more questionable content that people obviously want to buy and there is a demand for.

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By in United Kingdom,

I love the temple of hermit but some of the bits may not hold up so well with actual bricks; i'm thinking mainly of the curved roof tips here.

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By in Ireland,

@stratiformus Garbagewoman gets my vote!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

Nothing there that catches my interest at all, I think Ideas peaked with Old Fishing Store (the only one I've bought) most others seem lacklustre. Voltron was quite nice but not enough to open my wallet.

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By in Turkey,

Lose the wings and stuff, the car looks so good as a plane old car. Other than that, only Temple of Hermit catches my eye. But with all the NinjaGo sets, we may not even need that. Better luck next time.

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By in United Kingdom,

Most of them look fine so to all the creators good luck and i hope one or two of them get made into sets.. But i really want to see several other things in lego form:
Thunderbird 2, The SPV from captain scarlet, K. I. T. T and Dick Dastardly, s car..

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By in United States,

The showcase is always the weirdest sets.

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By in United States,

Honestly, these are all pretty meh looking. Good news for my wallet I guess. Can’t wait for the treehouse and Steamboat Willie.

Wait, they removed the marketing questions?! Those were always so fun to fill in, even if I had to repeat 90% of the answers for multiple ideas.

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By in United States,

I love both rocket sets.

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By in United States,

The only thing that I'm a little interested in is the animals advent calendar. I've always loved brick-built animals, and I think the ones in the submission are really well done. I get a little tired of so many space themed things making it. I enjoy the space themes, and the models shown are always pretty good. But Ideas starts to seem like mostly space type sets with a few misc. projects mixed in.

As with many Ideas submissions, the models themselves are designed well, but wouldn't necessarily make good sets for wide release.

@GrizBe, I think making a specific adult theme would get away from their identity and what they're trying to be. There's nothing stopping you from making your own adult theme after all. The issue they'd run into is that ultimately, you're still making adult themes out of what is primarily a child's toy. Children will buy the sets, and Lego wants to limit the exposure of these themes. Ghosts and zombies like they make are quite different than the adult themes that you're advocating for.

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By in United States,

@stratiformus Thank you. The Automated Trash Truck is amazing. I just added my vote for it. I would make a great addition to anyone's City.

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By in United States,

The only thing here that I find interesting is the temple, nothing else really appeals to me.
-The Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang car is well built but just totally irrelevant nowadays, it’s probably not doing great because most people have never heard of it.
-The rocket thing also needs to stop. We got a Saturn V and that’s probably going to be it. Time to move on.
-The rest of these seem to be way too fringe interest, like the Steampunk Pirate set. It’s not a theme that the masses have particularly embraced.
-The brick built animals and insects look like another Creator parts pack.
-I have an 8-yr old and have NEVER heard of “Loud House” until now.
-The measurements look way too fragile to even display.
-Surf and Turf is cool but probably too big to make it.
-Lastly, as the New Zealand thing goes; it’s not that it’s a bad idea it’s just that I don’t think that a lot of people look at the country with any great interest beyond TLOTR movies.

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By in United States,

That's so nice of you!

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By in United States,

I really like the Temple of Hermit. It's beautifully done, I think. The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car doesn't even look like it's LEGO, excepting the wings.

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By in United States,

Honestly, none of these will probably be approved by LEGO, even in the rare chance they get 10,000 supporters. The only one I would to see (but doubt it) is the temple one, otherwise I’m not interested

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By in United Kingdom,

I know getting it approved post-Saturn V is almost impossible, but I'm all up for Vostok 1...

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By in United States,

That animal one is adorable, and the most likely I'd buy from this collection, but knowing LEGO It'd probably end up a creative box and not an Advent Calendar.

I binged The Loud House a few years ago. It's not the greatest children's show on air right now (that's gotta be SU) and I wouldn't really recommend it, but if you decide to watch it on your own you'll probably enjoy it. The kids all have pretty interesting designs so it might be fun to see them LEGO-fied.

Steam Punk Pirates is a neat idea, and with a little retooling you might even be able to make it compatible with Ninjago City Docks (Ninjago and MetalBeard are both in the LCU so it wouldn't be that huge a stretch!)

The roof on the Surf & Turf is fantastic. I don't buy a lot of big LEGO buildings so I probably won't get it, but it's really nice and would go well with any beachside collection.

That Insect Set reminds me a lot of the Bird set that came out a few years ago.

I usually prefer Sci-Fi craft over real life spaceships, but Vostok 1 would be great. We've pretty much only gotten American craft made into space sets, it'd be nice to give Russia some love.

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By in Netherlands,

The temple is probably too close to Ninjago in style, I don't think TLC would approve it even though it is a beautiful model.

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By in United States,

I was already supporting quite a few of these. Thanks for bringing a few more to my attention!

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By in United States,

My thoughts:

I am a big space nerd, and I am especially happy with the Saturn V now so expertly done in Lego. But part of the Saturn V's appeal is its massive size and detail. At 1:110 scale there is no way to get that same sense of detail in the much smaller Redstone and Titan rockets used on the Mercury and Gemini programs respectively. Simply put, I think most of us could build those models using pieces off the local Pick-A-Brick wall and some Bricklink orders, and due to how small they have to be to scale up with the Saturn V there is no way to make them any more detailed than they already are!

Vohstok is a lot more interesting, if only because a Soviet rocket is a solid break from the American style spacecraft that have long dominated Lego sets. The R-7 Rocket family is a solid choice for MOC building to, since it won't take to much effort to expand the set to model the modern Soyuz launch family.

But the question remains, does the non-space enthusiast Lego fan care about rockets outside of the more recognizable Saturn V? The Apollo program had extensive media coverage with countless films, TV airings of the launches, etc. The Saturn V etched its way into the pop-culture psyche of the western world. Vohstok despite being the first manned orbital flight really suffered under the Soviet Union's drive for secrecy as far as 'media image' goes. I have seen a few grainy videos of the launch and that's about it... Sure the Vohstok launched on a rocket that is very similar to the modern Soyuz launcher which is much more publicized now in the post-Soviet era; but how many non-space fans can even recognize that? I'd argue the most recognizable rockets outside of the Saturn V are the Space Shuttle which we have already had several times in Lego and the SpaceX Falcon Heavy with its famous self landing boosters... but that just happens to be the type of rocket rejected in the last Lego Ideas review!

So while I think Vohstok has potential, I am in the camp that suspects Lego is putting the brakes on future space related Ideas until probably at least Saturn V and Women of NASA have run their course and left the market.

As for the other ideas... Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has a solid chance. I don't know what its appeal is worldwide, but I grew up watching it on VHS tape when I was a kid so its a film that strikes a nostalgic chord for me.

Still, I am curious to see if Bricklink's AFOL Designer Program can start putting some serious competition to Lego Ideas... I can tell you those fan designed sets on Bricklink seem to have a lot of the appeal some of the current Ideas batch is lacking in.

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By in United States,

Chitty looks great, but I'll eat my hat if Lego ever actually produces chrome parts like that again. (Full disclosure, I don't have a hat.)

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By in United States,

@Phathead..

They came. They saw. They conchord.

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By in United States,

I might be a bit biased, but my favorites in the running are currently:

Coraline's House: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/e923271e-078a-4e21-8847-906d0453875d
Coraline's Garden: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/75a476b6-8614-4916-aa1f-421288204494
I guess you'd have to be into stop-motion, pop culture, or architecture/town&train to appreciate those.

I also like functional projects like:
Piano (In Review): https://ideas.lego.com/projects/a4e4413f-8488-4551-ac9d-9e7f8c35154e
Typewriter: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/075a31a1-7b54-4206-857c-7a9009405cc4
Sewing Machine: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/f4291879-a315-4471-9bac-f3580f5cd612

and pretty much anything JKBrickworks submits. Currently gathering support:
Pursuit of Flight: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/9f20e63f-79a7-4625-bb09-1b51a7b17842

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By in United States,

There have been, like, millions of calendars filled with small Lego builds like the promotional one last year or the christmas build up. Why are people forgetting this?

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By in United States,

@parsom, I think your wardrobe is neat, but you’ve promoted it a ton here, and not just in this article. But at least this is an article about Ideas submissions.

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By in Poland,

@monkyby87 Thanks for liking my project and following my brickset activity!

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By in United States,

@parsom I admire your persistence. I know how much work and determination it takes to promote these Ideas projects. It just so happens I'm already supporting your Wardrobe, but didn't mention it since it was so thoroughly covered in this forum. Yeah, you can only spam the LEGO community so much before people express their annoyance. My advice would be, if you haven't already, to also reach out to other areas where your Idea might find the right audience, like book stores, libraries, schools etc. Good luck!

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By in New Zealand,

Thanks, everyone, for your supportive comments.

Nearly all the projects featured in this article appear here because the designers made contact with me.

I added a few selections as well.

I believe the new, simplified support process will help as the previous process of asking marketing questions was intimidating to non-LEGO fans.

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By in United States,

Thank you @FlagsNZ for choosing to showcase my Insect project! Since this post went live I have already had an extra 20 supporters. For everyone who supported I greatly appreciate your time and effort! Suggestions are always welcome!

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By in United States,

Love the rockets! They would look great next to my Apollo II

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By in United States,

I think my favorite is Lego Animals Advent Calendar as LEEGO really needs to change up the calendars.

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By in United States,

I don't even think they could have sold the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 45 years ago, when it was closer to being relevant.

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By in Puerto Rico,

That Temple would be a great fit for Doctor Strange to relax, it just needs Wong.

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By in United States,

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is my favorite out of these, but I'd be truly shocked if Lego would make so many plated parts.

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By in United States,

Like the advent calendar and the Vostok 1. Would have been a bit better if it too was to scale with the Saturn V, but I like the colors and the design.

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By in Netherlands,

Hi FlagsNZ, the link to the Flickr picture isn't working. Just directs you back to the mainpage of brickset...

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By in Canada,

I would like to thank @FlagsNZ for featuring my Lego Animals Advent Calendar idea.
Special thanks to @Crankine, @MataNui2009, @David1985, @monkyby87, @SeekerBear for their kind words in the comments.

Also I would like to wish to all LEGO idea participants, masterbuilders : don’t give up, keep creating and good luck! It is hard to build something new, original without any instructions, pictures, all you have is your imagination and plain blocks.

And thank you for your support!

Look for a clever way to use LEGO pieces and create something beautiful.

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By in Germany,

Well, that advent calendar would be an instant buy from me!! :)
I loved last years friends calendar with those ornaments.

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By in {Unknown country},

The Chitty car is incredible but I don't think Lego will produce all those golden and chrome plated bling bling bricks. There would be a run on the parts tho.

If they do there should be no excuse anymore to release a full chrome Star Wars J-type 327 Nubian Royal Starship ;)

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