LEGO Ideas Review Results

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The results of the latest LEGO Ideas review have been confirmed. Nine brilliant projects qualified for this review period, along with another which returns from the previous review.

LEGO has announced three successful projects on this occasion!

You can view each model after the break...

The Pirate Bay by Bricky_Brick

123 Sesame Street by bulldoozer21

Playable LEGO Piano by SleepyCow

The announcement video provides some further information about these projects, including who will be designing each model. Discussion of the successful sets begins at 17:07.


Furthermore, the interesting Anatomini project by Stephanix remains under consideration. We will learn whether that has been successful during the next review results announcement.

Are you satisfied with these results? Let us know in the comments.

129 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Who else is watching this? THE PIRATE BAY!!!!!!!! Love the piano too.

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By in United Kingdom,

AND piano! That's nice.

The Pirate Bay will be the true treat, especially with the potential of a pirate ship B-model...

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By in Belgium,

Piratebay is cool, piano to! Couldn’t care less about sesame street. Aantomini would have made my day...

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By in Italy,

All three sets are useless to me.
Unless LEGO sees the Pirates' Bay properly, none of the three attracts me.

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By in Luxembourg,

Yes, erm and yes. Pirates and something completely new an weird and innovative. Good choice, LEGO.

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By in Canada,

Glad the Piano made it suspected so since it made it to a second round of choices...interesting to see what Lego came up with? Will they maintain the tension strings will it actually have sound

Kind of suspected pirate bay would make it due to it being related to a classic Lego theme.

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By in United States,

There is no way to actually make the LEGO piano have sounds so it's useless.

But two big sets are a surprised. Too bad Gravity Falls had to get removed over nothing.

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By in Turkey,

Wow, just wow! All three sets are going to be amazing...

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By in United States,

Sesame Street is a very welcome surprise! I would have loved The Office, though. Maybe someday...

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By in Australia,

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street!

Although I’m not too bothered about Pirate Bay, I wonder if they’ll give it a bit more of a classic Pirates ‘twist’ - might pique my interest.

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By in United States,

PIRATE BAY! PIRATE BAY! PIRATE BAY!

Besides that, it’s strange that they accepted three projects... I guess in 2020 they want to expand the Ideas line? Maybe? It also took them a long time to do this, so maybe that has to do with it?

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By in United States,

Excellent, I hoped they would find a way to make the piano work. It's the kind of amazingly creative thing Ideas is all about. I'm glad Pirates fans get something out of the line, and I think Sesame Street is a great fit for the Lego brand and the Ideas submission is nicely done. I wonder if Sesame Street Duplo is to follow in a few years?

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By in United States,

Anatomini though... I really wanted that one to pass...

The piano's an excellent consolation, though!

EDIT: Oh! I missed the note about Anatomini being reconsidered! *Hopes*...

EDIT 2: I actually think Anatomini has a good chance. I'm a bit surprised that the reasoning for being held back is simply "the model is too complex". I was expecting either "it's too large" or "some of the organ depictions don't fit the LEGO brand's values".
(Pleeeeeeeeeeease pass!)

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By in United Kingdom,

THE PIRATE BAY!!!!!!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

Pirate Bay looks great, but I'd prefer a big (non shipwrecked) pirate ship with that level of detail.

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By in Sweden,

Pirate Bay day one buy for me for the first time since I can't even remember.
Stunning set.

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By in Venezuela,

The Pirate Bay!!!! Awwwrrrr!!!

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By in Spain,

I think that they were the best 3 sets from the list!! Great day!!

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By in United States,

I'm surprised The Office wasn't chosen given its popularity, but it's nice to see some larger sets get through the review. I'll bet Sesame Street would fit in well among the modular buildings!

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By in United States,

I am so excited for that piano! That's almost certainly going to be a day one buy for me.

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By in United Kingdom,

PIRATE BAY LEGO PIRATES AT 30 SO I'M HAPPY!!
123 Sesame Street!! and Playable LEGO Piano!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

Delighted by Sesame Street and the piano!
Sad that Anatomini did not make it. Thought it would have been a great addition and market "segment".
Did not pay much attention to Pirate Bay. The Lego Idea is great, (sort of) like a Ninjago Dock but for/with pirates. A small ship inclusion would be nice. And a new (separate) Imperial Flagship would be even nicer... Maybe TLG is still licking the wounds left by the Silent Mary...

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By in United States,

My three favorite sets all made! I feel like they are saving The Office for next round since they choose 3 huge sets this round.

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By in United States,

Holy cow! all three are spectacular! Coming on the heels of the treehouse Ideas finally has me excited!

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By in United States,

I love the Pirate Bay and the Piano! I wonder which one comes first? When the Dino one come?

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By in United States,

The only one I'm really glad is the Pirate Bay. Otherwise it's all pretty meh. I couldn't care less for Sesame Street and the Piano is interesting but I doubt the final version will be playable.

And it's a travesty that The Addams Family didn't make it again.

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By in Ireland,

Really delighted with these, especially Sesame Street. Voted for that and the Muppets set by the same designer but never thought they'd even get to the review stage.

I hope these sets keep the look and the piece count of the originals, even though my wallet doesn't.

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By in Switzerland,

The Pirate Bay will be sold out on LEGO.com the day of its release ...

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By in France,

I'm not surprised The Pirate Bay got chosen, it will be a fantastic set. No interest in Sesame Street, and mixed feelings on the piano - very clever, but if it doesn't make a musical sound then is it really playable?

And I'm thrilled Anatomini is still in with a chance.

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By in United States,

All of these are incredible! But they will all likely be to expensive requiring me to only get Pirate Bay

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By in United States,

The Pirate Bay is exciting, and I may have to pick it up to finally give my treasured Black Seas Barracuda somewhere to dock. I imagine they'd have to make some pretty substantial changes, but who knows? Maybe we'll see a special reintroduction of the raised baseplate.

However, what I'm even more excited for is 123 Sesame Street! My wife and I grew up watching Sesame Street, and we have three kids ages six and under who all love it, as well. I wonder what minifigures they'll choose. I could see them replacing Biff and Sully with a couple more recent (and more popular) characters, but I can't see them getting rid of Ernie, Bert, Big Bird, Grover, Cookie Monster, Elmo, or Oscar. Perhaps they'd replace Prairie Dawn with Abby, but I hope the Count isn't on the chopping block. I also hope they use some of the human characters--at least Bob, Gordon, and Maria.

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By in France,

Wow. That pirate Bay will be a great sale for sure

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By in Poland,

Well, time to prepare for bankruptcy... Mine bankruptcy, of course.

I'm still hoping for Anatomini!

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By in Netherlands,

Way to go, Lego! I hope anatomini will make it as well.

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By in Australia,

I'm really surprised that Sesame Street made it through, I wasn't expecting that at all. I might actually pick that up.

Unless it's prohibitively expensive. But what are the odds of that, guffaw guffaw.

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By in United States,

3 model! That’s got to be some sort of Ideas Review record. All these models look great!

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By in United States,

Lol, I just found out that another "The Office" set is in the next round of 10K sets as well.

Good luck with that one, dude...

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By in United States,

I'm so glad Pirate Bay made it. The Piano is very interesting and fits the product line but it's not something I would buy. Sesame Street would have been 3rd on my list after Addams Family Mansion. I'll definitely be getting Pirate Bay but as Sesame Street was after my childhood there will probably be other sets I'd rather be spending my $ on instead.

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By in United States,

Happy happy joy joy!! Crap, now I need more LEGO money!

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By in Canada,

Three best entries! I have next to zero budget for Lego these days, but I'll keep an eye out for sure.

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By in Norway,

Mind.
Blown.

Both the pirate and piano?
And Sesame as a side dish?
My wallet sure hopes they spread out the launches a bit.

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By in United States,

I'm so glad that the piano made it!

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By in United States,

Couldn't care less about Pirate Bay, but it looks cool (and expensive). Not surprised that "The Office" didn't make it. They're still trying to keep up with demand for the other NBC sitcom IDEAS set.
Player Piano looks really cool. I'd probably keep that sealed, like Ship in a Bottle and the Pop-Up Book. I'm actually pretty excited for Sesame Street--for the Minifigs, if nothing else.

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By in United States,

If TLG gives Pirate Bay the Hidden Side treatment like 70425 (Newbury Haunted High School), meaning it has pop-up and transformation features, that could be really cool. That ideas set looks great.

I'm not interested in Sesame Street. It's way too detailed and complex for anyone who is interested in the show. And it's too strange of a subject matter for anyone interested in that level of construction complexity and detail.

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By in United States,

Sesame Street and Pirate Bay are really nice sets, but I would rather have The Office

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By in Canada,

Pirate Bay: YAAAAAAAAAS!!!
Sesame Street: ...Why? This is another of those "odd" choices. Usually these odd choices come with a rejection of the model everyone REALLY wants, though thankfully not this time.
Piano: Interesting, but since it can't actually work like a real piano, it'll really just be a display model. Kinda feels superfluous. Did we seriously need 3 from this review? Why couldn't they have chosen 3 from other reviews!? The list of Horrible Ideas Decisions goes on...
– Stitch, should've been chosen, everybody wanted it.
– Food Stand Diners, I mean those were awesome. Couldn't we have gotten those?
– SR-71A Final Flight, everyone who had the rocket (or even if they didn't yet) wanted this to display alongside.
– Queen Victoria Cruise Ship, by our very own FlagsNZ, was, yes, a huge model, but most of us here would have undoubtedly spent $300 for it. (Cheaper than Star Wars).
– Iron Giant, so well designed, classic, and in the color everyone already has so much of. What's a few more bley pieces among friends?
After years of that, I now look upon Ideas Review Results with dread, for it is absolutely certain they will choose all the wrong models.

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By in United States,

I Will buy the pirate bay no matter how expensive. I still wish lego the office could happen.

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By in United States,

Sadly, my dark ages lasted from the late 80s until 2018, aside from a few sets about 5 years ago. So I haven't ever had a LEGO pirate set. Can't wait to see what is produced from the Pirate Bay and it is at the top of my list.

Sesame Steet looks great for a city and it was a part of my childhood. Jumping in line for that as well.

I have no use for the piano, but seeing as it's coveted by many here, I am happy for the crowd...

EDIT: In the next round I'm looking forward to Medieval Blacksmith!

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By in United States,

HECK YEAH!! oh wait, if I know LEGO, they are gonna charge $400 for playable piano

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By in United States,

I'm surprised Sesame Street made it.

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By in United States,

Addams Family passed over again :( I’m super excited for the Pirate Bay!! Pleasantly surprised by Sesame Street!

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By in United States,

hope pirate bay is affordable (like, under US$200)

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By in United States,

Great selection, too bad my wallet cannot handle pirate bay, (ever) most likely.

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By in United States,

I believe The Office wasn’t approved either because Lego doesn’t have the capacity to meet the demand if they are to already produce 3 additional Ideas sets, 2 of which are 2000+ pieces, or because they wanted to avoid saturating the Ideas line with sitcoms. In any case, there’s another one coming up in the next review session. I’m personally excited for the Pirate Bay and am hoping for a minimal change to the aesthetic and playability of the original model. Sesame Street looks interesting, but I still have my reservations regarding that model due to various reasons. As for the piano not having sound, it seems likely that will be the case unless Lego creates a new specialized sound brick that can play a prolonged loop. But for those who like modifying their models, Jason Allenmann’s video on his modified Saturn V is a good place to look for inspiration. Lastly, I’m curious how Anatomini would fit with the Lego brand due to nature of the set and if/how it will be released in the Chinese market.

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By in United States,

So all three will become sets?

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By in Italy,

I like the pirate bay. I hope the design will not change too much. I think the price will be quite high, >200€

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By in Ireland,

Nostalgia galore! I love Pirates Bay. Really want it. I wonder how long it will take to deliver the final version. Looks big on piece count so will be expensive!

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By in Netherlands,

For those of you crying about Anatomini, it sounds more like 'it will be produced unless', rather than it being eliminated. The same is happening to it as happened to the piano. Lego seems to like the idea, everybody seems to be on board, the issue is whether it is technically feasible to produce a set that meets Lego design standards as far as for instance sturdiness is concerned.

This also sounds like a very expensive wave of ideas sets.... which IMHO is a shame (and has made my wallet tremble in fear).

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By in United States,

I'm super bummed about the Addams Family Mansion not making it through. I really wanted to be able to add that set to my Halloween display. Oh well.

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By in Singapore,

Disappointed that the Kakapo didn't make it given its background, and while Sesame Street has a small place in my heart, given recent developments I'm not exactly sure what my attitude towards the show (or those in charge) should be right now. Nevertheless, the model looks good and I look forward to seeing what the final product will look like. I'm not worried about the minifigures — I have faith LEGO will produce new and fairly accurate molds where necessary and appropriate.

The Playable Piano would make an excellent novelty piece, even if it doesn't play actual music. If I were enough of a music buff to buy it, I'd definitely still be able to enjoy its moving parts very much.

My very first LEGO System set, and my only Pirates set ever, was 6254-1 Rocky Reef. I loved it just as a self-contained pirate playset with all the bare essentials, but I moved to FreeStyle and Rock Raiders immediately after that and haven't owned any other Pirates set since. I can't really relate to the Pirate Bay beyond that.

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By in United States,

@DutchFlyer that's my train of thought as well - delayed approvals usually end up passing anyways, and are usually less "we don't know if this is a good idea" and more "this will probably work, but we have to iron out a few things first".

Plus, with how trigger-happy the team usually is with failed approvals, it's a miracle that it hasn't been shot down yet.

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By in United States,

I like the playability of the piano, but I'll probably pass it unless its a good ppp. Anatomini sounds good though!!

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By in United Kingdom,

Not surprised about Sesame Street, it’s the most marketable and ticks all of TLGs brand values.
I wonder whether the ‘other’ Office in the next round will pass?
Maybe TLG prefer that one?
Maybe they’re not interested in the Office?
Maybe they’ll pass that one as the rights will have expired with the knock off version?

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By in Sweden,

Sesame Street is odd considering it's not really famous worldwide (at least not in the sense that people outside of the U.S. grew up watching it), and those outside of the U.S. only know it for it's connections with The Muppets and Jim Henson.

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By in France,

Cool choices. Not fussed about Sesame Street but it fits well into LEGO’s education value system.

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By in Netherlands,

While the Pirate set is great, I hope it doesn't get in the way of actual new Pirates sets, but rather gives us a new Pirates wave if this sells well.

As for the other 2 sets, personally not interested for now until seeing final versions.

Piano isn't my type of set.

Sesame Street building maybe if it were smaller, Sesame Street is very different in NL with it's localized version.

But I am not everybody, and having 3 sets approved is still nice for the overall LEGO community.

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By in Canada,

Thrilled that the Pirate Bay made it. It checks off everything that many AFOLs desire in a set- aesthetics, playability, design, size, and nostalgia.

I really hope that this set sells well and that TLG takes notice. Maybe then we will get a revitalization of other classic themes again- especially Castle! Medieval Blacksmith is up next!

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By in United Kingdom,

@Greysmith.
Not international? Really?
According to Wikipedia (so it must be true).

In 2001, there were over 120 million viewers of various international versions of Sesame Street, and by the show's 40th anniversary in 2009, it was broadcast in more than 140 countries.

That’s a huge market potential!

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By in Poland,

NOOOOOO!! How did they not chose The Office????
I would guess it is more popular than Friends and also in the age group of kids 14+ and young adults - 25, who would be more interested in building a Lego set than a 40 year old Friends fan.

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By in United States,

For once I really don’t have anything negative to say about the review selections. I’m most excited for Sesame Street but they all seem like they’d be great.

Sesame Street is pretty popular world wide actually and is shown in many countries.

I don’t want the Office to make it because then Ideas will have become a platform to produce sitcom sets, which I think moves away from what it should be. I think Big Bang Theory was decent since Legos have been in the show before, and it seems like a decent fit. I also don’t want people to then start making a set from every show under the sun simply because they’ve been approved in the past. Same with Space. I enjoy space sets immensely, but Ideas was starting to become a space-centric platform.

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By in United States,

Excellent picks! That Piano is going on the list! Sesame Street is not my thing, but also fine. As for the Pirate Bay (aside from the slight surprise that it passed with that name given the connotations it carries), all I have to say is: Yarrrrr!

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By in United States,

Pirate Bay instabuy. :) Don't really care for the Sesame Street or Piano models (Though my wife may like the Piano).

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By in United States,

If they improve the minifigures with the Sesame Street set, I will buy it. Otherwise, pass.

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By in Germany,

Made my day. I was prepared for another "we haven't chosen any of them" farce, but this is excellent.

Like I said in the earlier thread, I just hope they don't have to change the Pirate Bay design too much.
In that respect I loved how they did the Old Fishing Store.

The piano was my second favorite, so yay here as well.

As for Sesame Street, while I hated the show guts and still do, I fully understand why TLG thinks it fits in their target demographic and brand values. Not that I have to agree with them, but time will tell how well they can sell this set. Outside the US it has a mighty good chance to become another Voltron. ;-)

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By in United States,

I... declare... BANKRUPTCY!

Or I would have, if Lego had made The Office :(

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By in United States,

I suspect the pirate bay design will need to change significantly, because it uses a molded raised baseplate (51542) that hasn't appeared in a set since 2011. It also uses a significant number of the large molded boat hull pieces that haven't been used in a set since the mid 2000's. It will be interesting to see if they resurrect any of those parts, or shrink the design significantly to keep the part count down.

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By in Switzerland,

Not sure I will buy the piano, but for sure I need the Sesame Street and the Pirate Bay.

I would have like to have the Addams Family Modular.
Not fan of the Office
Pro and contra for the Anatomini, let see if it will pass the 2nd review.

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By in Poland,

Wha' a wonderful choice! Awwrrrr!

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By in United States,

Speaking as someone who was there, I think the best part of the announcements was when the designers of Pirate Bay were introduced, took the stage dressed like pirates and shared their excitement at designing the set - in pirate speak!

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By in United Kingdom,

Rooting for the pirate bay!

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By in United States,

I'm glad they managed to accept some non-licensed sets this time. I'm interested in pirate bay, though, given how lego has degraded their site in the latest redesign, I'm put off buying anything from them at all.

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By in United States,

Our family is 1000 percent in on the Pirate Bay and SESAME STREET!!! Our children LOVE Elmo, Big Bird and the gang, and they are just now phasing into "big person" LEGO. The only thing that could be a bigger hit would be an official Peppa Pig set....

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By in United States,

Really looking forward to the Pirate Bay. Very pleased that was approved!

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By in United Kingdom,

Hopefully they can somehow break the rules to squeeze a few new moulds into the Sesame Street budget for heads.

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By in United States,

Pirate Bay is insta-buy!
Piano looks cool, too. May pick that one up as well.

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By in Canada,

Love the piano. Will buy that in multiples (my mom is a piano teacher, and I already made a LEGO piano for her, but this one will blow it out of the water).

Pirate bay looks good. I think it will go well with the LEGO treehouse I am currently building. Never liked Sesame Street - it felt like brainwashing.

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By in Netherlands,

I was hoping the pirate bay would pass, and i'll buy the piano too

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By in United States,

Happy to see that 123 Sesame Street got chosen. Hoping it stays closer to the submission than the Flintstones set did.

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By in Hungary,

Time for the long and inevitable excessive nitpicky gestation period on how unpiratey the retail pirate set will be...

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By in United States,

Let's start with how I would have ranked these:

Museo Nacional- This has minimal appeal outside of Brazil and the design needed some work. The former factor is much more significant than the latter. Verdict: Reject
Anatomini: This is a highly memorable design, but it's a bit freaky. The absence of musculature is odd and the anatomy is not really representative of human anatomy. I have to ask myself the question "Who would buy this"? It's a great MOC, but is it a great set? Verdict: Reject
The Office: IPs focused at adults and older teens are a key focus of the Ideas theme and TV shows are the type of IP that people would buy. However, I'm not sure I like the scope of this set. If you were going to make an Office set, you would logically make the Dunder Mifflin office, but this isn't really displayable in the same way Central Perk is. It needs to be reworked so it can look better on a shelf. Verdict: Reject
Kakapo: A (somewhat) iconic animal almost certainly facing extinction. The Kakapo is a smaller set and this has overlapping appeal for KFOLs. My biggest concern with this is whether this would be better suited as a Creator set than Ideas at retail, and if a more brightly colored parrot (a macaw, perhaps) would sell better. A LEGO parrot is actually a great idea since a lot of people want a parrot despite the high cost of upkeep. Verdict: Accept
SpaceX: The Saturn V was a popular design and space exploration is frequently a theme of Lego. This particular iteration is under-designed and the aesthetics are underwhelming. The IP is thematically appropriate but I want a build in line with modern standards. Verdict: Reject
Addams Family: This is just a larger, uglier version of the Monster Fighters haunted house (which is highly desirable on the secondary market). The IP doesn't resonate with modern audiences (unless the new movie takes off, at which point we revisit). Ideas is not Creator Expert. Verdict: Reject
Machu Picchu: Machu Picchu is very iconic and will be made into a set at some point. However, Ideas is also not Architecture. The build is pretty good. Do we know if Lego is popular in Peru? Verdict: Reject
Pirate Bay: I am a pretty big Lego Pirates fan and have a lot of the classic sets. The pirates never really had a well-designed base fit for an AFOL display. This has overlapping aesthetics with Old Fishing Store and Treehouse, almost to the point where I feel like whoever designed these is either the same person or they are all communicating with each other. Can we make it a little bit less brown so the geometry pops a bit more? Verdict: Accept
Piano: This is a great design and the Technic features will give it some appeal. It is absolutely thematically appropriate for Ideas. It is very ambitious and the string will probably break at some point, which isn't really what Lego is about. I think this is where we want to be. Verdict: Accept
Sesame Street: The build is absolutely beautiful and it has cross-sectional appeal with Creator Expert buildings. This is a fantastic, top-tier MOC. However, Sesame Street is not an IP I would pick for a MOC because parents will buy it for young children. The IP also does not resonate with the "young AFOL" demographic (someone around 22 who just graduated from college and is getting back into Lego). Verdict: Reject

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By in United States,

So happy The Office didn’t make it. Not a fan of the emerging “Lego Random Sitcom” theme.

Chosen sets all look fantastic.

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By in Canada,

Pirate Bay is a day 1!

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By in United States,

Great choices but there really wasn't anything that interested me in this line, hope Classic Pirate fans are satisfied.

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By in United States,

Sad the Kakapo didn’t make it but am beyond thrilled to see Pirate Bay was picked!

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By in United Kingdom,

Definitely getting the pirate bay, not caring for the others.

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By in United States,

From my understanding, the piano is just a motion model (press key and hammer inside touches the "string") and does not actually create sound. It's still a day one purchase though.

I don't think Lego expects to make much money off of the 123 Sesame Street. I do think that they expect to make dump truck loads of money off of all the Sesame Street Duplo sets we're likely to see in the next few years thanks to their new licensing agreement.

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By in United States,

I think these are great selections from the finalists chosen. Sesame Street will be a definite for me, but I can also see myself possibly getting the other two (pending sufficient funds while they're out). I would have loved to see the Office make it but after seeing that NBC had already given the rights to a gross knock-off brand I knew it wouldn't happen. Here's to hoping they don't also screw up Seinfeld for us.

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By in United States,

If they manage to do The Pirate Bay without cheaping out on parts count, minifigs, or features, it will be the first proper Pirates playset since the original and a great counterbase to El Dorado. :)

Here's hoping they do it justice!

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By in Australia,

Im really sick of this new direction of only doing fairly large Ideas sets. Ive long since run out of space for these larger sets and honestly none of these interest me int he slightest. Deeply disappointing that the Kakapo didn't win, both because it was a great cause and because it would have been a much needed smaller ideas set.

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By in United States,

Stoked that Playable Piano made it! That will be a day-one purchase. And 'playable' means it functions like the real thing, not that it needs to play sounds. Absolutely fantastic and precisely the sort of design that epitomizes Lego Ideas!

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By in Canada,

Pirate Bay and the Piano are both really good, but Sesame Street...it HAD to happen:
1) It a HUUUGE anniversary year for them (the big Five-O), and...
2) I don't there really many people on Earth that haven't seen or least heard of it or variant. And we're talking childhoods to adult usually via parenting.

For me:
a)Cookie Monster will always go down as one of the coolest characters created (esp. with him playing 'Casey McPhee':D), and
b) This set's so eerily mirrors what Fisher Price so many decades ago...

My only wish would be: Common TLG, improve on the submission: Moulded Heads and such...

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By in United States,

Remember that the “Sesame Street” playlet is indeed geared toward adults who grew up watching the show.

Why, when it’s “Sesame Street” does it necessarily have to be for kids? Or any Lego toy have to necessarily be with kids in mind?

If you want a “Sesame Street” Lego set did kuds, market one specifically for kids.

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By in Australia,

Pirate Bay is awesome, now I want an awesome stunning ship (in the style of the Imperial to go with it !). This is a definite purchase.
Piano looks amazing, but will watch a few reviews before making a decision on a purchase.
Sesame street is a kids show and therefore a great Lego choice. I grew up with it and Play School - and I loved them both.

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By in United States,

Yes! Playable Piano made it! Now my life is back to normal...
But it does help to remember, the point of the piano is so that you can use it to explain and teach to students how the piano works, not to actually make sound.

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By in United States,

This is the single greatest LEGO day of my life.

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By in Hungary,

I love the result, Piano and Pirate Bay will be day 1 purchase for sure. I don't know much about Sesame Street, as others have also commented, it was not a huge thing in Europe. But could be interesting if the minifigs are well made.
I have to add that the announcement was surprisingly low quality work - the level of a team building activity at a university party. :) Lego is such a professional company from all aspects, this was painful and embarrassing to watch.

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By in Hungary,

Collectibg money for the treehouse is not a project anymore.
New task started: collecting money for the pirate bay.
Harrr!

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By in Netherlands,

@leviness
Sesame Street, and especially Bert and Ernie, were, and I believe still are immensely popular in the Netherlands. In the UK and Germany for sure the set will sell well too. I don't know about other countries, but I assume it will have a wide appeal.

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By in Germany,

@Wrecknbuild: I am not so sure about the possible success in Germany. Remember, over here Sesame Street was a local adaptation. For example we didn't have the proposed bulding as a setting, so no kid would associate this Ideas set with what they know as Sesame Street. Might cause more confusion than excitement.

It will depend on the minifigs I guess. Then again, I would wager to guess that LEGO would include the US ones, which are also mostly unknown here. Plus, the characters have varied widely over the years. In my time it was Samson and Tiffy, nowadays it is probably mainly Ernie and Bert.
I am really curious as to how well this set will do over here.

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By in Austria,

I grew up watching Austrian and German TV stations and I don't recall seeing a single episode of Sesame Street.

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By in United States,

No Kakapo, boo. Although I am somewhat cynically happy that the Office set didn't pass. Watch another show.

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By in United States,

Sesame Street? Yeeeeeeesssssssssss...

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By in Germany,

@Spike730: if you grew up in the Seventies or Eighties watching the Bavarian Regional TV (BR), which sounds reasonable if you were watching in Austria at the time, you wouldn't have seen an episode, because BR boycotted Sesame Street for various reasons and replaced it during its scheduled timeslots with its own kids program (Das feuerrote Spielmobil).

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By in Italy,

Pirate Bay - Yahrrr! It's going to be a nice background for my Barracuda!
The piano - not interested, but I'm curious to see how they made it.
Sesame Street - Am I the only one who had no idea what that was until I saw this?!? I knew the Muppets, but I never liked them, I didn't know they had a TV series.
You - nice to see somebody is actually reading comment no. 115!

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By in Spain,

The Pirate Bay is an excellent choice, I’m really hoping to see them put some easter eggs and references to the old pirates sets in it.

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By in United States,

Arrrr! A Pirate's Bay fer me, and a Piano fer me wifey!

Huzzah!!!

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By in United States,

Arrrrgh!!! Me be looking forward to Pirate Bay!

YAY!! and Sesame Street too!

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By in United Kingdom,

Added a long message giving a huge wave of praise over these results yesterday only for my comment to disappear.... annoying but that aside I'll simply say this an awesome review results. All these are great and I'd love to get them!

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By in United States,

Man that Pirate Bay looks fantastic! I hope the final model stays true to this beauty

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By in United States,

@Graysmith:
Honestly, I'm not sure it matters how successful something is outside the US. I'm not trying to be dismissive of other cultures here, but there's been a massive shift in their core market over the last 20 years. In 1998, Germany was still the largest consumer-nation of LEGO product, which goes back to the fact that immediately post-WWII this was the only toy company that was willing to sell product to Germany (which no longer had the ability to produce toys of their own). In 1999, with the release of the Star Wars line, the US finally passed them to take the top spot. Popularity has only grown in the US, especially with the bulk of their licensed themes being tied to Hollywood IPs.

We really don't know what the global sales numbers are, or how they break down by region, but take a good long look at the stuff that has been released since the Cuusoo line got started. The first two sets came from a time when the program was restricted to Japan, so it's not surprising that they both honor Japanese achievements. Since then, there have been 30 more sets that have cleared review (25 of which have actually been released). Here's a breakdown of those 30 sets:

11 sets have wide, general appeal that required no licensing (Exo Suit, Research Institute, Birds, Marble Maze, Old Fishing Store, Leviathan, Pop-Up Book, Treehouse, Dino Fossils, Pirate Bay, & Playable Piano).
11 sets are based on Hollywood IP (BttF, Ghostbusters, TBBT, Wall-E, Adventure Time, Voltron*, Tron, Flintstones, Steamboat Willie, Friends, & Sesame Street).
4 sets are based on NASA missions or co-ventures (Curiosity, Apollo 11, Women of NASA, & ISS).
1 set is based on a US-based game (Minecraft).

That leaves three other sets, all of which are based on British properties, and all of which have moderate to strong appeal in the North American market (Doctor Who, Beatles, & Caterham 7). We have yet to see a single Ideas set clear the review process that isn't familiar to US customers, and I'll be very surprised when they eventually do announce one. I suspect it _will_ happen someday, but if it's a flop, that may spell the end of seeing a more international flavor under the Ideas banner.

* The animation from the old Voltron show originally came from a Japanese show, but it was licensed, along with two other shows, by an American company to produce the Voltron series with the use of new dialogue. Therefore, the IP is American.

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By in Hungary,

@Purple Dave: Nice overview, mate!

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By in Canada,

Darn! I really wanted the Office. Congrats to the winners though.

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By in United States,

Looks like my two favorites for this round were approved!! Plus Sesame Street!

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By in Germany,

@Purple Dave: an addition to your excellent analysis. The German LEGO market has also decreased over the last few years, I am sure in part due to the fact that TLG has also shifted its focus away from European (and German) tastes over the years. I mean it makes commercial sense of course.
Ever since the US has become their largest market, they also cater for that market more. The good thing for us German brick fans at least is that nowadays we don't have to make do solely with LEGO if we want to build with bricks. There are plenty of viable alternatives available that do cater for the German and European market and tastes far more than TLG does. You can also see this in shops, where shelf space for LEGO has been decreasing for years with no signs of that trend slowing down. There's even toy shops that have stopped selling LEGO alltogether.

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By in United States,

I really could care less for some TV show set. The Friends set is more than enough IMO. I'm glad the Pirate Bay passed as pirates were a great theme back then. The Sesame Street was a unexpected surprise... I hope it sells well.... Piano seems interesting, but I'll have to see the final product to make a decision.

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By in Austria,

@AustinPowers: Mostly watched Tele 5 and RTL in the 80s/90s. That's where all the cartoons ran.

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By in United Kingdom,

looking forward to purchasing the Pirate Bay set and converting it into a themed restaurant to go on my beach near the old fishing store

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By in Germany,

Ohh boy, that will be a very expensive LEGO-Winterseason...

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