What would YOU ask a designer?

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Next week, Chris/CapnRex101 and I will be attending the annual Fan Media days in Billund, along with representatives from many other fan media sites. We will have the opportunity to interview designers from various franchises and we invite you to suggest questions that you'd like us to ask them.

Before you do so, bear in mind that they are unable to answer questions about future products and plans so we will not be embarrassing ourselves, and them, by asking.

Find out who we'll be talking to after the break and let us know your suggestions in the comments or, if you prefer, in this thread in the forum.

We'll be talking to designers from the following teams:

  • Creator Expert
  • Technic
  • Overwatch
  • Star Wars Boost
  • Jurassic World / Harry Potter
  • Speed Champions
  • Powered Up!
  • LEGO (digital) Games

We will record the interviews, transcribe them, and publish a series articles over the summer.

138 comments on this article

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By in Canada,

Bring back Islanders, Forestmen, and proper castle sets!

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By in United States,

Could you ask them if the are going to bring back the pirate theme any time soon?

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By in United States,

How many designers work on individual themes, for instance, how many designers made Hidden Side?

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By in United States,

I would like to know if I wanted to become a designer for Lego, what kind of degrees and things would I need, and basically how could I become a designer.

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By in United States,

@Kel, they just said not to ask about future plans. I don't think they can ask that.
As for me, I think creator designers should work on making a bigger variety of set types. They always build a vehicle, a cabin, and some city buildings. We should see if they can make them for other types. Perhaps even for main themes such as Star Wars, Ninjago and stuff like that.

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By in Bosnia And Herzegovina,

How hard was recreating the Star Wars droids with added power functions?

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By in United Kingdom,

Question for Creator Expert Designers:

Why include so many "play features" in the Modular Buildings?
Such as the car lift + the shutter door in 10264 Garage and the hidden vault entry in 10251 Brick Bank, it seems like a lot of space & bricks are being used up in a model that is primarily for display instead of play.

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By in United States,

How long does it take to make a show and sets for themes like Ninjago or Nexo Knights.

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By in United Kingdom,

Could they bring back themes/sets?
Monorail,space(classic) and powerminers !!

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By in United Kingdom,

How do you design sets? Do you use software like Lego Digital Designer etc? Or do you sketch? Or just design with bricks?

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By in Netherlands,

I have some questions:
- What do the Jurassic designers prefer, molded or brickbuilt dinosaurs?
- Why did the Harry Potter designers chose the Beauxbatons carriage over some of the more recognizable parts of Goblet of Fire, like the Second Task?
- What movie are the CMF versions of Harry, Ron and Hermione based on?

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By in United Kingdom,

Ask them what their favourite fancy building techniques are in any set.

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By in Ireland,

Ask them if they are aware of the "flesh colour on a dark colour" printing issue.

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By in United States,

I have an oddly specific question for the Speed Champions team. In September of 2018 I published my own model of a Speed Champions scale Senna. I used the same combination of pieces they used to mount the rear spoiler and I \ was curious if they had seen my model and used it is inspiration. If so that would be really cool! The two mounting parts were 31561 and 49753, connected to each other in the same exact way in both models. Here is a link to the published model.
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/qxv4Bx932dJ

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By in United Kingdom,

Are there any creative uses for bricks you’re really proud of? E.g. sausages for handrails, car doors for toilet paper...

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By in United States,

I don't know if this is too close to a "future products" question (if it is, please disregard) but for the LEGO Digital people, I'm wondering what exactly is going on with LDD? Are we still going to get parts updates, or would we be better off just trying to learn a new program like Stud.io? I love LDD, but I don't want to be held back in a program that is truly dead.

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By in Sweden,

I would 2nd the question about issues with minifig printing.

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By in United States,

I have a question- Where are the graphic designers when we need them? Lego seems to be slacking in the print department recently. They have the tools to do things like side printing and dual molding, yet they often neglect the minifigs that truly need them. And its disappointing in especially expensive sets, where there will be no arm or leg printing whatsoever. But then they can make CMFs crazy detailed? If they can print that kind of detail onto a $4 figure, why can't they do it for ones included in big sets?

That also reminds me, why stickers? Themes like ideas and Juniors have all printed pieces, whereas standard sets like Super Heroes and Star Wars have all these hard to apply stickers? Like with minifig printing: if they have the tools, they should utilize them. Print detail on any minifig when necessary. Get rid of stickers and use prints only.

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By in Germany,

I don't know if it falls into the "future plans" category, but I'd really like to know what is the current stance on electronic brick systems. Power functions and Mindstorms got a complete ecosystem which are now being either complemented or cannibalized by powered up and boost. Which one is the case? For example can we expect to have a servo motor for the powered up system?

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By in Poland,

Could you please ask them whether or not there are plans for releasing Pirates related sets in a near future?

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By in United States,

Will you be talking to any graphic designers?

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By in Canada,

What are their thoughts on sets beginning to be a bit more like moc builds ( i love that of course!) such as the small starkiller base that just came out, ninjago city, ninjago city docks, the 2019 20th anniversary gwp of star wars and the recently released Cloud City? Airjitzu temple would also qualify . To be more clear by moc , i mean sets that are mostly like a complete scene instead of buildings only like Batman movie Arkham asylum, mechs , the big City sets where the different builds are separated , and mots of Lego sets.

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By in Netherlands,

My question to any designer would be:
'If you could design a new (or modern if you will) version of any set in 'your' theme, what would it be?

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By in United States,

What is the overall process like of designing a set? i.e How does one create the actual set model

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By in United Kingdom,

Although Star Wars is not on that list, I would be interested to know why Lego made the decision to start including named characters in battle packs rather than them being generic troopers as they always used to be?

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By in United Kingdom,

My question, especially on the larger sets, is do you start with the outside, so the overall external design and then work out the interior and/or structural design, or start with a solid structure and size and add on until it meets the external design?

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By in Malaysia,

If they could introduce a new element, what would it be and why?

It'd be interesting to see the range of responses, and it's not specifically asking about future stuff, so hopefully will be fine!

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By in Ireland,

For the Creator Expert designers:
- Why have you abandoned the tradition of only using standard smiley minifigs in the Modular series?
- Why are some high end, collectable sets like the Mustang have boxes with thumb-tags rather than seals that allow you to keep the box undamaged?
- Can you please bring back goats? Their price on Bricklink is insane (starting at €30)!
For Speed Champions:
- Why do I sometimes get a printed chequered flag and sometimes a plain one with stickers?
For Technic:
- From a structural point of view, where do you see the upper limit of Technic set size?
- What is your personal view on Technic Colour Barf (blue pins, red and yellow axles etc)?
- Can you please put the 3L axle/pin connector (42003) in a set in white? After 17 years it still doesn't exist in that colour...

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By in Netherlands,

How much time of the designing process do you spend working with modeling software vs building with actual bricks?

When you are determining the size of the model, do you do that in terms of number of pieces or physical size?

Do teams form different themes work together very often and if yes, which theme-team do you ask for help or advice the most?

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By in United Kingdom,

Personally, I'd like to know what the official reasoning is for allowing some themes while others get rejected?

Ie, Stranger things which is 15 rated got approved, but they won't touch many other 'adult themes' as it goes against their principles.

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By in United Kingdom,

@GrizBe maybe the price point reduces the chances of children buying them? But then the Lego movies all got crazy expensive sets...hmm...

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By in United States,

Ask about the new Lego Star Wars Video Game!!!!

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By in United States,

Do you have engineering tools and models that you use for designing and analyzing structural integrity for larger sets such as 42009 MK II Crane, or sets with lots of moving parts or joints such as 75974 Bastion?

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By in United States,

I'd be really interested to hear how Easter eggs come to be hidden in sets, like logos and advertisements from old themes in the Ninjago City sets. Did the same design teams work on both, or did the current designers grow up loving those legacy themes like many of us on here? Do the designers anticipate things like that being noticed, and are there any Easter eggs they've put out that haven't been yet?

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By in United States,

When you are designing a set with moving parts, do you ever use CAD / animation tools to check the motion for e.g. fit, clearance, etc.?

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By in United States,

What is a theme/subtheme that doesn't exist that they would like to make? What past themes (or subthemes) would they like to revisit if they could? Is there a most popular theme at LEGO in general? Is there a potential theme that a large number of designers are interested in?

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By in United States,

Can we get 6 wide windshields without side windows for Speed Champion cars?

And is there a term for a part that has multiple connections to be used for different purposes? It seems like some parts are overdesigned for their current use and get used in creative ways in the future. Or is this unintentional?

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By in United States,

Ask them their personal favorite set, piece, and minifigure. It would be also great to get to know their individual personalities so ask questions that would reveal that.

Also ask what their credit card numbers are, social security, bank account number, AND most importantly, where they keep their Lego collection.

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By in United States,

Could I be a designer?

kidding. Don´t want to upset my future bosses.
Real Questions:
Creator Expert- Why release so few sets per year?
Harry Potter- What was the decision to make Hogwarts into multiple parts?

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By in United States,

To piggy-back on TereMedia's question above, is the concept of a set with moveable parts developed before considering the practical physics of the moving elements, or are they developed in tandem?

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By in Australia,

On a non-Lego related note, how have the non-Danish designers who live in Billund enjoyed Danish culture? Alternatively how do Danes they live around enjoy having a diverse group of multi-national designers in their community? I have Danish friends and have always enjoyed their unique slightly non-PC sense of humour and welcoming attitude.

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By in United States,

What happened to chrome pieces?

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By in United States,

Ask how they decide which speed champions cars to make

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By in Canada,

If you could add one colour to the official LEGO palette, what would it be and why?

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By in United States,

Why are BrickHeadz still being made?

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By in United States,

Why are Space and Castle "Evergreen" themes but we haven't had them since 2013?

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By in United States,

Is GBC popular among LEGO designers, and do they ever design sets/parts/ etc with GBC in mind?

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By in Indonesia,

I have two questions:
Who or what did you aspire to that inspired you to work for Lego?
What is the model are you the proudest / happiest of, as of today?

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By in United States,

For the Star Wars designers, what is their typical process, when they're designing a set, and do they get to come up with their own ideas for a set?

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By in Romania,

Please ask them why I'm not their colleague yet. Thank you !

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By in United States,

Ask several designers how they became designers. have them outline some critical steps one might need to take to become a LEGO designer. if they say "keep playing with LEGO bricks" please press on for a more detailed answer.

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By in United Kingdom,

How do you design a set with a core piece that doesn’t exist yet? Designing the new piece etc.

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By in Canada,

What tools (physical and software) do you use?

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By in United States,

Overall, Lego sets have a consistent style, both structurally and aesthetically. How much training goes into acclimating new (already skilled) designers to the brand's existing "house style"? Are there standards that are actively enforced, or do designers carry on (and evolve) the mutual style in a more organic way?

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By in Netherlands,

Could you maybe ask every designer as a starter question how they have come to work at the LEGO group in the designer team? That would definitely produce some interesting answers!

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By in United States,

My questions: why hasn't LEGO mined the first three movies from the Jurassic Park rather than continue coming up with side projects? Are there more videogame themes coming (Monster Hunter World)? What does it take to become a Lego designer and why did you chose your line of work?

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By in United States,

I have five questions:
-Why did LEGO choose Overwatch as a theme? I know the founder of LEGO did not like war themes so there were no bad guys in the classic castle or space themes. Overwatch is a first-person shooter game so I am not sure why they made it.
-Do they have a solution to fix the face printing on characters like Captain America or Mercy?
-With Hidden Side, why does the theme focus on smartphones?
-Will they include more printed pieces in Speed Champions where the stickers are difficult?
-Why did they choose Stranger Things to make into a set? Isn't it for teenagers and adults?

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By in United States,

Why do they keep replacing perfectly good systems like the old IR Power Functions with app-based ones? Not everybody has a smart device! (I personally have a Kyocera DuraXV LTE which works fine for what I need it to do.) I'm just annoyed that they keep replacing perfectly good systems with more expensive ones.

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By in United States,

I have a question that you should probably rephrase when asking it: Why can't the graphic designers be on their game and print the mini figures and other decals more realistically?? All of the new face and torso printing as well as all the new stickers for detail look so babyish. I really don't like it at all and I think they should try to change it.

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By in Germany,

Jesus Christ, people, reading comprehension. They explicitly tell you not to ask about future products, and that's all half of you can say.

Now then, questions:
I'd be interest how they approach the design of a fairly large and complex model (e.g. a Creator Expert car). Very rough sketch models that get more refined and more detailed? Building small sections and details and then putting them together?

What have been the most fun and game-changing new elements?

Do they ever use a specific part in a set to save it from being retired?

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By in Brazil,

- What are the possible career paths for a Lego designer?

- How the recommended age for a set is specified? Are there test groups that evaluate the difficulty to build a set before its release?

- When developing the very first concept of a new set, do you use a software tool, make a sketch on a paper, or just start building with real bricks?

- If Lego gives you the honor to pick one (and only one) set from the Lego vault as a prize for being, let's say, the "designer of the year", what set would you choose to take home with you and why?

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By in United States,

For the digital game designers-
What goes into choosing what characters make it into a game and what is the inspiration for the stories of the games?

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By in United States,

I'd like to know some tips on becoming a Lego designer, and more detailed that some of the stereotypical answers you sometimes hear. Also, I just want to say that I think it is really nice of you to listen to your readers and ask them what they would like to hear. This is such a great website and so often I take it for granted, so I just want to thank the whole Brickset team for their great work!

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By in United States,

Do Lego designers ever look to non lego toys or action figures as part of the design process? How much input do movie studios have with licensed sets?

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By in United States,

Do designers get to work on lines that they want to work on, or do they get assigned to what's available and have to wait their turn?

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By in Australia,

will we get any sets containing the standardized PTO system introduced in 42054

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By in United States,

Looks like I’m a little late, but the one question I have always wanted a Lego designer to answer is how much say the designer gets in what price, piece count, and minifigures a particular set gets, and how much of that is assigned to them.

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By in Puerto Rico,

Is it difficult not to use "illegal" building techniques? How often do you have to make compromises?

What's the process like for creating brand new pieces? Is this something an individual designer can request while working on a specific project or are these kinds of decisions made by committee?

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By in United Kingdom,

Ask all the designers you meet (if possible) what single unusual element or colour they try to sneak into every set they design as their signature? I heard about it on my inside tour but only know of one or two designer’s admissions of doing it.

I think new elements more often get created because a licensor wants something more accurate in their Lego merchandise, but that doesn’t mean to say they leave behind more ‘regular’ elements. It would be good to hear which elements were new in the latest publicly released sets from the themes and whether the designers requested them or were just given them.

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By in United States,

I have a few questions.

1:How are new Lego elwments made? Can designers ask for them on demand or is there a maximum limit of new elements every year? I mean lego did almost go out of business because of to many pieces.

2:How do you become a Lego designer? Are there such a thing as job openings for Lego designers? Or dose Lego handpick them at brick fairs and such?

3:How does Lego go about choosing new Licensed themes? Do they go by what is popular at the time? Or do they just get a brainstorm of an idea?

4:How does Lego go about dreaming up new unlicensed themes?

5:When producing new themes licensed and unlicensed, does Lego go by public demand?

And
6:How can I go about becoming a Lego designer and Master Builder?

I also have something which if it is possible I would be very appreciative if you could say it to to the designers. It is this"Lego is doing sucha heartwarming thing in creating Braille Lego bricks. I am not blind but I think it would be very disappointing as a child not to be able to play as much as other children. Just amagine a blind child being able to play a gamle of scrabble, for instance, or some other game with his friends or family even though he cannot see. It is just such a wonderful thing Lego is doing and it touches my heart. Thank you Lego for everything you have done.

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By in United States,

I would like to know why it seems lego sets are increasing the piece counts with smaller elements but the quality of the set is decreasing all while the prices are reaching very high levels?

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By in United States,

I would ask the technic designers or the people who take pictures, why the technic wheels are always installed inside out in the promotional pictures? They're showing the ugly side instead of the side that looks like a regular rim

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By in United States,

I would ask the Ninjago designers where they get inspiration for the character designs in the Ninjago world.

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By in United States,

Why no 501st Battle Pack?

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By in Croatia,

1. Why not design something like f1fanvoice, where you could get direct input from the community on what they want/don't want? It seems like it would be mutually beneficial.

2. Why insist on play features in sets for older fans? That compromise often turns two potentially great versions of a product into one that is neither here nor there.

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By in Singapore,

@TheBeefThief: Some play features allow you to create dynamic scenes that otherwise wouldn't be possible without modifying the build. For example the garage door was made to 1) showcase an unorthodox technique (which is what Creator Expert customers want, right?) for building something that's otherwise common in LEGO City sets, and 2) provide a way to display the model with it open, e.g. so a vehicle can be displayed entering or exiting the garage. Not so sure about the Brick Bank one, maybe they just got too carried away with the whole "money laundering" thing.

@Colby_Customs: I'm guessing at two factors that far outweigh the cost savings of stickers in 4+ sets: 1) the sets being far fewer in number and thus volume, and 2) stickers interfering far too much in the easy building process for the target age range compared to regular sets. Not to mention stickers are pretty much impossible for kids that age (sure, you need an adult to open the box and the parts bags, but that's before the build process, not during it).

@Duq: Jamie has already discussed minifig faces in an interview: https://brickset.com/article/39927

I'd also like to know why push tabs are used over tape seals in some boxes, not just the more expensive ones but any set at all, and what determines which type of box is made. I've also noticed that boxes with push tabs are packed differently, so it might just be down to where the box is made and the set is packed...

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By in Singapore,

My questions:

1. Why is Creator Expert so-called? Is it just because the designers originally came from the Creator team? The theme itself does not explicitly encourage creative building in any way except maybe for the parts list on many of the boxes, so I find it a little strange, although I understand that part of the reason for not including alternate builds anywhere anymore is the time and resources needed to R&D one, and I've heard about customers not being very bright in the past.

2. For the Star Wars Boost team, do you consider the theme to be a spiritual successor to the Star Wars Mindstorms sets of yore?

3. At the risk of sounding like a "future plans" or speculative question, will LEGO Games ever consider doing single-player games that don't follow the Tt formula again, or is there no longer a sustainable market for those types of games?

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By in United States,

Overwatch question -
I pre-ordered the small and large Overwatch spaceships (75970, 75975) before they were released because they looked like really fun spaceships for a near-future space exploration theme, then bought a few extra minifigures secondhand so that they could have a set of proper astronauts and workers in safety vests for flight crew and ground crew. I recently learned that this year's City space people pack has more than enough astronauts and technicians to staff the Overwatch space sets, had I waited. Did the Overwatch design team, Mark Stafford in particular, compare notes with the City design team to make sure that there would be a way to get a proper crew for the Overwatch ships while they were still on shelves? If so, it worked out well. If not, it worked out well anyway.

Overwatch question - When the Overwatch spaceships came out, some people on the forums wondered if a set for Horizon Lunar Base would come in a later wave, to go with Space Winston and the spaceships from the Gibraltar map. Instead, the City space line comes with a lunar base, which will go very well with the Overwatch sets. Was this synergy between the Overwatch and City lines intentional?

Technic question - Do Lego designers have access to a program that can simulate motion of Technic mechanisms, short of modeling everything in a full engineering CAD package like SolidWorks? I would like to build digital prototypes for Technic MOCs the way I build digital prototypes for System MOCs, but I have neither the mechanical intuition for the patience to move Technic mechanisms in LDD, Studio, or LeoCAD.

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By in United States,

You should ask the Jurassic World designers what Jurassic movie they'd like to make more sets for.

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By in United States,

Q:
Did the designer cookie ban ever lift?

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By in United Kingdom,

For speed champions, do the designers pick what cars get made, or is it dictated by the manufacturers?

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By in United Kingdom,

How do you design a previously unseen brick and what is the process?

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By in Netherlands,

How do the designers choose what internal colours to use?

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By in United Kingdom,

- How difficult is it to request a new piece be tooled?

- Do you honestly think we need fire and police sets over and over and over and over and over and over again?

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm interested in what kind of degrees and experience you need to become a designer.

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By in Australia,

What's the process and difficulty in designing the expert modular sets?

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By in United States,

1, for the digital game team, bring back "The Quest for R2-D2" or make a game like it but better, and make some awesome Star Wars games, like the old ones.

2, for the Star Wars Boost team, make a droideka if possible. That would be absolutely awesome, though it might be expensive. And Luke's Landspeeder would also be great, and classic.

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By in United Kingdom,

Please ask any designers if there is any set that slipped through the net.. A set conceived or built that they loved that wasn't given the green light. Cheers.

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By in Netherlands,

I've been saying this for a year or two now: I would love to see an interview with someone who creates building instructions. I create building instructions myself (for other people's MOCs) and I would love to hear some things about their process. I know first-hand how much (or little :P) work can go into good building instructions and I think the people at Lego that do that are kind of under-appreciated. Over the years we've had interviews with tons of model designers, minifigure designers, about the production of sets, bricks, box design, part design, everything. But what about the instructions? I never read anything about those...

Maybe they automated most of the work and it's very boring (I personally actually would think that's even more interesting though haha), but even then one could ask about what the software does and what's (still) manual? How do they test instructions? How many iterations do they need? Difference between themes? etc. etc.

A long time ago I wrote down a bunch of questions I'd ask an instruction designer, but I think I lose those.

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By in United Kingdom,

How about these.....

How and when do you make a decision on whether, and how many stickers to use rather than printed pieces - Is it purely financial?

When designing a set, do they have a piece limit, or do they try to limit the amount of pieces?

How do they feel about the environmental impact that a product such as Lego may have, do they wish that more pieces could be made from recycled or reclaimed materials?

Is there a theme that they wish they could have been / be involved in, but can't due to licence restrictions?

What is the ultimate challenge when designing a set - Cost, Number of pieces, Aesthetics, Playability or something else?

How are the designers chosen for a particular set?

And finally, why oh why was Steam Boat Willie selected, and why was it turned around so quickly?!

:-)

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By in United States,

Do you have a particular element which you just love?

How about one you hate, (f’n stud shooters, I’m looking at you)?

What criteria do you use to aim for a balance between fidelity and detail in a set versus that set’s ability to not fall apart if so much as looked at?

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By in Spain,

My question: How can I be a LEGO Designer? Where must I submit my CV? Any preferred degree?

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By in France,

Solving design/building problems... any "Eureka" moments / anecdotes to recount???

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By in New Zealand,

1. What pre 2000 set would you most like to update now? and why?
2. What was your best idea to never see production?
3. Do you ever wish you were working on one of the other themes? if so what and why?

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By in France,

Is the price point ever a consideration when designing a set? In the Lego movie 2 sets for example the average price is around £50. Is this putting a lot of themes out of reach of kids? ‘Pocket money’ sets seem to be very rare these days. I know there are polybags around but they’re mostly give aways and rarely available here in the U.K.

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By in United Kingdom,

Do you have any talented colleagues? They seem to be few and far between. Is that because they are paid close or at minimum wage?

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By in South Africa,

For the Overwatch designers: how difficult was it to turn the game into sets?
And for the Creator Expert designers: How do you come up with ideas for sets?

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By in United States,

To whomever you may interview, here are a few broader questions that you could ask to any designer and/or design team, regardless of which theme or product line they are assigned to:

- How well acquainted are you with the work of set designers and/or design teams assigned to the development of other themes and product lines? Is each design team's work-in-development kept confidential from other design teams?
- Did you ever work with Warner Brothers during the pre-production of any of their three cinematic Lego Movies released so far? Are you working with them currently on the pre-production of any upcoming entries into Lego's cinematic franchise?
- Like the recently resurrected Dark Turquoise, are there any discontinued colors you hope or wish to see revived? Furthermore, do you feel that there are any gaps in the spectrum of Lego's color palette?
- Are there any particular Lego parts you wished you had, or feel you could've used at times recently?
- Is there a type of set you'd hope to design someday?
- How are kids (and adults) selected for test groups in the development of new products? Are they randomly selected, or are they perhaps selected by survey?

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By in United States,

Can you guys make new Western sets?

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By in Netherlands,

Question for the Technic team: why are Technic models always vehicles (cars, planes, boats, ...)?

It seems to me (and the large variety of GBC's out there prove it!) that Technic elements lend themselves particularly well for recreating all kinds of 'machines' that can be very educational and fun!

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By in Netherlands,

Oh, and one for the Speed Champions team: why are the proportions of SC-cars often 'off'? I mean, I understand the limitations of building with bricks at minifig scale but still, a lot of SC-models are to narrow for their length (or too long for their width).

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By in Denmark,

Being a sucker for MINIFIGURES I would love to know how minifigs print are designed. Is it a different department that design them or is it a par of the set-designers process?.

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By in United Kingdom,

Badgers are cool right? Don't you agree? I'm talking Mele badgers so European, Asian and Japanese badgers, but others badgers are still cool. Would you like to design a lego badger model? Do you think we cold see a new badger part? How many lego designers do you work with? Do any of them like badgers?

Do you ever buy sets that you've designed? Or that you saw designed? Is that kinda weird? Is it cool?

Do you intentionally make models (e.g. star wars starfighters etc) Bigger than they should be to fit a certain price point or vice versa?

Can I have a job? Please :)

I should've asked less questions abut badgers if I wanted to be taken more seriously but I think badgers are cool.

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By in Spain,

Quite a generic question from my side:

"Do you ever look back at sets you've designed and think: "I should have done that differently" ?. If so, could you give any examples?". Of course, this means using the pieces available when that set was designed.

And tied in with the first one, "Do you see new pieces and new colours and think "That would have been great for a set that has already been released" ? Could you give examples if that were the case"

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By in United States,

For the very expensive ($99.99 +) sets........ would you consider better boxes that last longer?

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By in United States,

Before start a new design...... are you somehow influenced by some design from the "lego Ideas"?

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By in United States,

The use of a old or discontinued part is considered before or after the design?

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By in Netherlands,

Thanks for asking! I would be interested whether they could leak anything about sets that were designed but never released, e.g. additional Lord of the Rings sets.

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By in United States,

For any of the teams: Why haven't sets had building ideas in the instructions? What made LEGO stop putting them in their booklets?

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By in Latvia,

How do they decide which LEGO Creator Expert Car and/or Modular building to make?

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By in Latvia,

Why did LEGO choose to make the 3 droids in the Droid commander set (why not others?)? And why there are 3 droids, not more, not less?

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By in Australia,

Not sure if it would be the right question to ask designers but: What steps are LEGO making to reduce their plastic waste? I know they were making the trees/ plants out of natural/ plant material, Is this going to start happening with all bricks? Can the numbered bags become numbered boxes/ or can those bags be more recyclable friendly? Thanks.

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By in United States,

When will we see the Farm theme brought back?

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By in United States,

I have a question about colors: I feel we heard a while back that LEGO had set a fixed number of colors they were going to produce, and no new colors would be released unless an old color was retired. Yet recently we have seen new colors introduced or re-released without any old colors seeming to disappear. Does this mean the color limit is no longer in effect?

And more general information on color development would be interesting: What can they share about the process of choosing to produce a color like the new coral?

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By in Poland,

How will the creator expert line evolve?

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By in United States,

Here are just a few questions I have for the Creator Expert design team:

- How did the Creator Expert subtheme come to be? What were the motivations and reasons behind the rebranding of the "Advanced" line as a subtheme of Creator back in 2013?
- Given the broadly encompassing nature of the Creator theme, understandably, both the Three-In-One and Expert subthemes can cover a wide range of subjects as the basis for its sets. But, is there any theme or subject that the Creator theme couldn't or wouldn't possibly ever cover? If so, why?
- Have 16×32 "half-width" modular buildings ever been considered before in the past?
- Why was the Creator Expert theme's last train set (2013's Horizon Express) chosen to be modeled after a European TVG high speed train? Were there any other candidates for inspiration strongly considered at the time when contemplating the next Creator Expert train set?
- Is there a particular architectural style you're fond of or perhaps have taken a liking to that you wish/hope to see adopted by the modular building line in the future?
- How do new subthemes within the Creator Expert theme come to be?
- Did 2018's Downtown Diner signal any sort of new direction for the future of the Modular Building subtheme, for the next ten years that is?
- How easy is it to approve of new parts for Creator Expert sets compared to other themes?
- What advice could be given to AFOLs who are creating architecturally-based LEGO Ideas projects, particularly regarding on how to keep minifig-scaled submissions from clashing with Creator Expert's Modular Building line?

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By in United States,

What’s the hardest model you have had to design?

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By in Spain,

I have TOO MANY questions!

To be honest, I don’t know if any of these has been already answered in the past, but I will feel honored if at least 1 of them is finally asked by the Brickset interviewers.

GENERAL
1. Why current products don’t show alternate models as inspiration at the back of the boxes, like the older ones from twenty years ago?
2. Which is the current status of the classic theme trio pirates/castle/space?
3. Which is the current status of the constraction themes?
4. What happened with the raised baseplates? Were they problematic, or there are chances to see them back?
5. What happened with those old special boxes with folding up cardboard and plastic trays to showcase their most remarkable elements? Are they so costly to produce even for “premium” collector/adult sets?
6. Unpopular question… many fans idealize your job at an exaggerated level. Can you please be honest and confess something NOT so cool after becoming a LEGO designer (it could be about your job, or your daily life in Denmark, for example)?

CREATOR
7. The first creator/designer sets had an undetermined number of alternate models (4894, for example, was “8 in 1”). Why are current sets locked to just 3 models?
8. Also, why is the “Expert” series branded as “CREATOR” despite the lack of alternate models, which is a highlight of this theme?

STAR WARS
9. Can you provide any info concerning the whole issue with the Finch Dallow minifigure included in some copies of the set 75188?

JURASSIC WORLD
10. Why was the Jurassic theme´ budget shared with the Harry Potter one?
11. Why was the dilophosaurus mold redone as a scaled-down version in 2019, instead of other more obvious choices like a scaled-down raptor, a dilophosaurus with removable neck frill, or even just a new dino?
12. Considering the expense invested to redo an already released dino (the aforementioned dilophosaurus)… why does the new baryonix just simply cut cost by recycling the indoraptor legs, despite their inaccurate retractable claws?

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By in United States,

Does working in a different country (Denmark) cause any problems for you such as learning a new language or being far away from your family?

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By in United States,

Here are a few more questions I have for Creator Expert's design team:

- Does the Creator Expert theme have the same access to automobile licenses which the Speed Champions theme has? Are there any particular automobiles brands that are off-limits to the theme that aren't to other set lines?
- Do you feel that fan-favorite Classic themes like Space, Pirates, and Castle would be better suited for the "Three-In-One" line of Creator sets as opposed to the Expert line?
- Were there any particular reasons for 2016's Volkswagen Beetle being built in Dark Azure?
- Is Art Nouveau too difficult of an architectural style for the Modular Building subtheme to ever capture in Lego bricks?

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By in Australia,

Why did LEGO discontinue the small City "starter sets"? (sets like the Arctic Exploration Team, Mining Team, Mountain Fugitives, Police Starter Set and Jungle Starter Set)

Why did the Creator sets shift from large houses such as 2013's Family House to the smaller house sets like the Family Villa?

How does the Star Wars team (or the marketing department or whatever) decide whether a Star Wars set gets the "Ultimate Collector Series" badging or not?

Without giving away any future set plans, how do the designers decide what subject matter to use in the City sets? (either whole lines like Police or Fire or Space or individual items like the harvester and truck from this year or the red and yellow rescue helicopter from 2018).

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By in Romania,

Please ask them why they don't care about in-house themes anymore and all they do is just give us unnecessary licenses that nobody ever asked for. In other words, ask them why there are so many licensed thems over in-house themes.

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By in Netherlands,

Why do builds sometimes use up more parts than needed, e.g. two 1x2 plates instead of one 2x2? This always feels to me like artificial inflation of the parts count. Or does it have to do with rigidity or something?

(not refering to 3-in-1 sets, by the way)

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By in United States,

Wow, a few people seem to be approaching these questions starting with bold assertions that Lego and its designers are doing their job wrong. As somebody who has worked in the press, it's usually a good idea NOT to antagonize or belittle the people who have granted you an interview, especially when they are easily capable of not inviting you back in subsequent years.

There's nothing wrong with asking for explanations for perceived shortcomings or confusing decisions in Lego design, but asking leading, accusatory questions that presume ill intent, ignorance, or incompetence on the part of the people you are interviewing is not a good way to get the answers you seek.

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By in Netherlands,

- Are new colours deliberately chosen for existing moulds to fill the void, or is it really just coincidential?

- Why are instructions often so (albeit fool-proof) really long nowadays? In the past, a technic car like 853 used to have full instructions on a double sided A3 sized like leaflet, and it worked. It makes it more challenging and saves a lot of paper, and sometimes also time because of continuously not needing to turn pages. Not for City or Juniors, but for something like the Expert line or Architecture it would seem appropriate.

- Are stickers more durable than they were around 15 years ago? Stickers from the seventies and eighties are virtually indestructible. Is there an environmental reason why the same substance is not to be used anymore? Would it make sense to make old sticker sets available again?

- Would you please suggest a "corner" cheese slope (like part 13548 or 3045 without the stud in size 1 x 1 x 2/3), so that two perpendicular rows of cheese slopes may be nicely connected?

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By in United Kingdom,

Which LEGO designer designed the 12V trains. Were they all designed by one person? Also who designed the first 9V trains?

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By in United States,

What influences minifigure distribution, like how one minifigure/character might appear in several sets while another might only be in one or two?

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By in Australia,

How do new parts get comissioned?
- Do the designers ask for something specific?
- Is there a separate 'parts team' that designed new parts and challenges designers to incorporate them into builds?
- Do they get 3D printed first before a mould gets made?
- If so, How was this process done before 3D printing?

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By in United States,

Why they refuse to release double-sided studded plates and the opposite (even though we knew they made and produced a mold for them in around 2000 and made a limited run of 2x4 ones at least internally...)

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By in Australia,

Do the set designers ever go and look at parts that are highly desired (e.g. parts used in older high-demand sets like the older modulars or the like) and consider trying to fit them into new sets?

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By in United States,

In general, for any or all LEGO themes, what are some of the hardest challenges or design decisions about LEGO product design that LEGO fans don't know about or are the toughest to consider?

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By in United States,

what all do they tend to use when making prototype parts?

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By in Ireland,

I have a question for the Overwatch team and the Speed Champions team, if that's alright.

For Overwatch, I'm very excited about the prospect of getting the full cast of minifigs in the same scale, and the only reason I didn't get the big Bastion set was because he wasn't minifig scale. Would you consider releasing a small version of bastion in a set that maybe doesn't transform? For the sake of completing every character in that way.

And for Speed Champions, I noticed that you've never done a Lamborghini. Considering how popular the brand is, it's surprising. Were there issues when it came to licensing or have you guys decided not to do them yourselves?

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By in Philippines,

I have some question for the designers of the licensed themes such as Jurassic World/Harry Potter/Overwatch/or Star Wars

-for their reference do they use concept art or they watch/play/read the film/game/book.

-what is the hardest part of making the set?

-how much time and effort is being put on the product?

-And finally , what licensed IP would you personally want to be a new lego theme

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By in Belgium,

Can a lego designer create an original theme with it's own story and an animated series?

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By in Netherlands,

Questions for the Creator Expert team:
1) What does the pathway of designing a new set look like?
2) How did the 21310 Old Fishing Store inspire the designers? In what way can we see this inspiration? (I expected a new free-standing-building series next to the modulars)

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By in Poland,

Creator Expert.
Why can't you design and offer official lighting sets for Experts? LED technology is currently so cheep and avialable. It would be better to buy lighting parts from LEGO instead China manufacures.

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By in United Kingdom,

When are the designers going to make a proper puff of steam for train sets? At the moment for a small train the ice cream cone tends to get used (item 6254). I've just used a white flame (item 64647) which I think looks better although not a proper puff of steam.

Boxes - Can Lego consider making the boxes fit the contents? For example the box for set 41101 measures 57 x 37 x 9 cms but the contents occupy half that space. This would cut down on the amount of cardboard used.

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