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Announcing the Next LEGO Ideas Set, and Winter 2014 LEGO Review Results
Yup, you’ve got it! This is the results of the Winter 2014 LEGO® Review. Six projects from the Winter Review and one still under consideration from the Fall 2013 LEGO Review have been considered from every angle. Here’s what we have decided:
LEGO Ideas #008: Research Institute
We’re very excited to release Ellen Kooijman’s Female Minifigure set, featuring 3 scientists, now entitled “Research Institute” as our next LEGO Ideas set. This awesome model is an inspiring set that offers a lot for kids as well as adults. The final design, pricing and availability are still being worked out, but it’s on track to be released August 2014, so keep an eye out!
All other projects from the Winter 2014 Review periods will not be produced
The LEGO Review Board has evaluated each project according to our decision criteria. We’ve decided that all other concepts in the winter 2014 review period will unfortunately not be produced as LEGO sets. This decision, however, does in no way take away from the incredible talent put into these projects or the passion supporters have shown.
How do we make these decisions?
Getting 10,000 votes for on a project is a huge accomplishment in and of itself. But it is really just the beginning of the project’s journey, because the 10,000 supporter milestone means the project enters the LEGO Review Stage.
During the LEGO Review, a team of specialists within The LEGO Group – including LEGO set designers, marketing and business representatives, and other relevant team members – investigate and evaluate the project to determine its potential as a LEGO set. This involves analyzing the votes and information you give us about your project as well as looking at things like playability, safety, and fit within the LEGO brand. This takes a while and the timing varies because of all the different factors involved in the decision process. Every potential LEGO product, including those developed internally, goes through a process like this and must meet the same standards.
The LEGO Review Board makes all final decisions on which new sets the LEGO Group will release based on LEGO Ideas projects.
First 2014 LEGO Review Results Coming Late Summer/Early Fall-2014
The first 2014 LEGO Review is well underway, and you can expect results late summer/early fall. Remember we have updated our review schedule to three times per year. We’re very excited about bringing you the Research Institute set and look forward to considering more of the amazing projects reaching 10,000 supporters and thereby qualifying for the LEGO Review.
From LEGO CUUSOO to LEGO Ideas
As you may have noticed, LEGO CUUSOO changed its name to LEGO Ideas. We are grateful for the many years of collaboration and experimentation between our two companies and wish CUUSOO Systems continued success, building CUUSOO as an open crowdsourcing platform for brands to connect with their fans on cuusoo.com.
But the name is not the only change! We introduced a new and improved website, complete with responsive design and the possibility of embedding videos into your project. We’ve also changed a few rules… For instance project creators now can be 13+ rather than 18+. We’re excited to see what the younger audience will bring of fresh new ideas and great builds. Also, a project is now only given year to reach 10,000 supporters. This means that you (yes, you) need to start campaigning in order to make the deadline. A worthy challenge!
We hope you are as excited about the new LEGO Ideas as we are. And while we know that some transition time is required, we know that LEGO Ideas will be an even better community with more amazing projects than before!
As the sun sets slowly in the west, we wish you happy building!