BrickLink AFOL Designer Program packaging revealed

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There are now just six days in which to place a pre-order for the AFOL Designer Program sets at BrickLink. Of the 12 sets, all but three have reached their funding target so will be produced.

BrickLink has now revealed pictures of the packaging from which we can see that not only are they very well packaged, but also that the outer part of the box can be flattened and used as a backdrop for display.

It seems as if everyone is attempting to look at the pictures on BrickLink at the moment because the site won't load for me so I can't download them myself. I've therefore included them here, embedded from TheBrickFan's flickr stream:

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View image at flickr

Have you ordered yet? Are you looking forward to receiving them?

We are hoping to receive a couple of review samples which will not now arrive until after the pre-order stage has ended, but I believe the sets will still be available after it ends, but without free postage.

42 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I am so excited to get that Saloon! Will these be added to the Brickset database?

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By in United States,

I'm glad I waited to order! The packaging is leagues beyond what I was expecting. Definitely going to order Lowenstein Castle and the Science Tower now.

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ They aren't LEGO sets, so they shouldn't be added.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Correct.

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By in United States,

Seems the site isn't working at the moment, will have to check back later.

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By in United States,

They are almost official Lego sets, and surely far more closely associated with TLG than are all the books by No Starch Press in the database.

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By in Canada,

can't wait... wonder if they will have Lego set numbers...will be interesting to see how this program works and if there will be a second program...

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By in New Zealand,

Their website's completely stuffed. Oh well, I guess that's plenty of cash saved instead....

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By in United States,

I backed the HotShot Carnival, It will be a nice addition to my amusement park theme!

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By in United States,

Dose anyone know if these sets will be released in brand stores or if they will only be available online through Brick Link?

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By in United States,

i've pre-ordered the "bikes!" one, a great addition to my town ^_^

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By in United States,

I would love to order the castle, but $200 is a little out of my price range right now.

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By in Netherlands,

Got the shooting gallery as addition to my carnival, and the Bikes! as a Dutchie. These pics of the packaging make me want them even more!

(Really also want the Castle, but including EU-taxes it might prove a little to much for me...)

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By in United States,

I love that this exists. Ideas is so bogged down by unwritten rules and sitcom sets, I love that there's an outlet that basically provides the same but without the red tape. Ideas was a great, but other than a very few exceptions (I'm looking at you, Apollo Rocket!) it frankly hasn't been interesting since the days of the ExoSuit.

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By in United States,

It's annoying that they aren't considered Lego sets despite TLG's direct involvement.

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By in United States,

@Captain Brick Kid they will only be available on Bricklink and only 2500 will be made.

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By in Serbia,

I like the box designs, they have that nice "premium" touch. :) @Huw: there are 16 finalists, not 12. ;) Can't wait to see, or read your reviews!

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By in United Kingdom,

I guess there's no official LEGO logo on the boxes either?

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By in United States,

I’m excited, this is such a great idea.

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By in Italy,

Backed the saloon and the monorail. Ready to pay a lot of (unfair) EU taxes, but it's going to be worth it. Oh, and the packaging!... All in all, great idea Bricklink!

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By in Canada,

This is such a fantastic idea! The positive reaction from people certainly shows how successful this will be, now and for the foreseeable future I imagine. I have to agree with those who a wondered if it will go into the database. Perhaps it should. Maybe a special category, a lot of "unofficial" Lego sets out there, built with Lego's blessings.

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By in United States,

Talk about brand confusion. I didn't know until now that these were not "official" LEGO sets, despite having backed the castle after seeing that TLG was involved in the program.

What was the extent of LEGO Group's involvement if these are not official?

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By in Germany,

Dear Huw, considering the success of this AFOL Designer Program, I am sure you can make a small exception and include these few sets in the database (for our OCD's sake aka collection management accuracy) if you allow Clikits and 287 books which mostly show MOC's and other non-official LEGO ideas. Also since the sets are produced under LEGO license (the round metallic print on the package and the 60 year LEGO brick logo) containing 100% LEGO elements, I am confident TLG would accept this if you ask. Does it really matter if the box and packaging did not happen in a LEGO factoty? Otherwise we will make a petition and vote on it. :D

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By in United States,

Can they at least be categorized as gear, if not sets?

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By in United States,

I guess I don't see the big deal about having to classify these as "official" sets. It's okay with me if they aren't in the databases.

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By in New Zealand,

I sense some festering "Internet outrage" about these not getting into the Brickset database. Seriously, if there's so much guff included under the gear and books then I can't see why these sets don't qualify, particularly when you bear in mind that although they're not official LEGO sets, they do have official LEGO involvement.

C'mon, Huw! Bow to the will of The People!!!

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By in United States,

Items are only added to the database if they are sold on shop.lego.com or are official lego branding. As far as books being added, that’s because they are (or were) for sale on Lego.com.

As far as I know.

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By in Netherlands,

Add them to the database please

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By in Turkey,

I've always wanted to build a western saloon or something, because I've never get to buy an official western set. Over time, I have managed to gather some cowboy figures and some brown pieces. I was holding this project back because I didn't have the swinging doors. This set showed me how to solve this problem.

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By in United Kingdom,

LEGO licenses so many other items - and they are allowed to use the logo so they are more official than the BL sets - so if these are added, everything with a LEGO logo should be allowed. Yes, all the tat. Plus all the certified professional sets, that are produced in a similar way to BL's sets.

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By in Netherlands,

Ordered the Science Tower, Löwenstein Castle and The LEGO Story today. Hope you guys change your mind and add these awesome sets to the database.

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By in Italy,

i like the Löwenstein Castle, the monorail and the saloon. But i can buy only one. 99% Löwenstein Castle. (i think price will be 220€ vat included for shipping to italy- i don't know the cost of customs duties)

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By in Italy,

@fede0184
The price is pretty much what you're expecting. My experience all along has been 22% VAT (IVA) added by our beloved Customs and requested on delivery by the mailman at your doorstep.

PS I'd put my money either on the Castle or the Saloon: but they are all great creative sets!

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By in United States,

I thought all the other tat WAS in the database, marked as "Gear".

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By in Hungary,

@iwybs That's tat sold on [email protected]

If these sets are added to the database, the thousands of LCP sets would be just as deserving to be added.
Huw is using clear criteria for what gets added to the database, and I'm happy for those criteria
to remain the same. Even when that means I cannot add my LCP sets to my owned list (nor the 2 ADP sets I ordered).

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By in Italy,

@dingbat591
Yes, they are all fantastic sets. My "problem" is that I've already spent more than € 400 in Lego sets since January! I'm a little exaggerating, so i think this will be my last set for this year.

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By in United Kingdom,

I am the final arbiter of what goes in the database and what doesn't. I am sure I have documented my rules somewhere but I can't find them at the moment.

If I were to abide by them to the letter then these sets would not be included. However, I can see a case for making an exception given they will be widely owned and there is clearly demand from the site's users to include them, so I am leaning towards adding them. After all, what harm can it do as long as they are clearly indicated as being unofficial?

It could potentially make it more difficult to reject requests to add other non-official sets, like LCP designed ones, but I see those at completely different to these given LEGO's involvement and support of the initiative.

And, in reply to @ccc, "if these are added, everything with a LEGO logo should be allowed". The main reason they are not is that there is no way to definitively catalogue such items and the effort of trying to do so is not worth expending given the limited interest in them. That said, if someone wants to have a go and take the time to do so, then get in touch.

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By in United States,

Using the box as a backdrop is a great idea! Maybe TLG will pick up on it for some of their official sets, given how involved they have been in producing these.

As for inclusion at Brickset, I agree these shouldn't be in the same category as "normal" Lego sets, and they also don't belong in any of the other current categories. At the same time, they're certainly more than simply MOCs. Perhaps there could be a new category for these and LCP sets such as the fabulous Cathedral series from the UK and the Paris Hilton set? But of course that would require finding someone to do the work of establishing and maintaining that section of the database.

And money is definitely becoming a problem--I'd love to get the Saloon, but may have to limit myself to that scrumptious Roadster! There's just too much goodness out there these days!

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By in Netherlands,

Most of these are laughably overpriced.

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By in United States,

Based on that set of rules, the ADP sets fall in the tricky gray area between the third and fourth bullets:

"
3 - If it's a product of great interest to the AFOL community, is licenced by LEGO, and likely to warrant having reviews written here, it goes in (e.g. other DK books)
4 - If it's a product carrying a LEGO logo but not made by LEGO and not sold by them it does not go in (e.g. the minifig torches, brick-shaped storage boxes etc.)
"

Hmm. Well, whether the ADP sets end up in the database or not, they're fine kits, and this is a fine web site. Thanks for all your hard work running Brickset, Huw.

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