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As we mentioned in our blog post early this month, we were running a little behind schedule as we were still finalising the results of the Second 2016 Review Results. But the wait is officially over! 

Over the past several months, the LEGO Review Board has carefully reviewed 12 fascinating projects that reached 10,000 supporters between May and September 2016, our second review qualification period of 2016. Lise, our Marketing Manager, shares the results:

 

Women of NASA
A big congratulations to 20tauri on becoming the next official LEGO Ideas fan designer! As a science editor and writer, with a strong personal interest for space exploration as well as the history of women in science and engineering, Maia Weinstock’s Women of NASA project was a way for her to celebrate accomplished women in the STEM professions. In particular those who’ve made a big impact through their work at NASA.

We’re really excited to be able to introduce Maia’s Women of NASA set for its inspirational value as well as build and play experience.

 

 

Design, pricing, and availability

We’re still working out the final product design, pricing and availably for the Women of NASA set, so check back on LEGO Ideas in late 2017 or early 2018 for more details.

 

Still considering Voltron - Defender of the Universe

The LEGO Review Board is still considering the Voltron - Defender of the Universe project by len_d69. Our final decision will take a little extra time, and we’ll share an update in the Third 2016 Review Results announcement.

 

 

Next Review Results Summer 2017

The next batch of LEGO Ideas projects are already in review. We’re considering these projects that reached 10,000 supporters between September 2016 and January 2017 as possible future LEGO sets. We’ll share results of the Third 2016 LEGO review period in the summer of 2017.

 

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donna.mee.77

3 weeks ago

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My congratulations to Maia (20tauri) for the Women of NASA set.
I was disappointed I missed getting to cast a vote for the set as it went through too quickly for me but all good now.
I look forward to blending them into my classic space display.
I was slow on ordering the Research Institute and nearly missed it entirely so I will be pre-ordering at least 1 for myself and 1 for my daughter as soon as possible.
As for the boys complaining, sorry dudes it's not just a boy's toy any more :)

qwakoo

3 weeks ago

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We are not complaining about that!! We are upset because this set was chosen over much more qualified submissions, and that this set has NO real building experience, we are NOT idiots, alright?? We respect and love the minifigures in this now to be set, very creative and a GREAT idea, but chosen over better stuff?? Really??

loz8fair

3 weeks ago

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I support VOLTRON, I don't complain because there are women minifigs, I will complain if there are only men minifigs too. I complain because the building experience of VOLTRON (or other projects) is better that five minifigs. That's is the point. The point is not if there are women or men.

fstkfstk_3980

3 weeks ago

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I don't get a lot of these comments. A lot of the other ideas overlap existing products, require specific licenses, or huge numbers of pieces. Big surprise --> sets like that have been getting panned since day one. Sure the "build" portion of the NASA women could be more interesting, and it would have been nice to honor a few men, but this set was the most distinct. The Women of Science set sold out online almost instantly and I'm glad science enthusiasts will have a second chance at that sort of set.

qwakoo

3 weeks ago

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We didn't want a minifigure only set, where's the meat and potatoes of this set?? The Lego Ideas guidelines even say NO minifigure only stuff!!

Blondie-Wan

1 week ago

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Though the minifigures are certainly the core focus of the set, it's not a minifigure-only set. It has several small builds plus the frame, which distinguishes it from something like the Dark Bucket project, which was for just minifigures.

HUN_Sector

3 weeks ago

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This "set" could only been considered as a promotional set.
But giving money for this as an ideas set... no way.

It has no place between real sets. DISAPPOINTED.

KjerstenH

3 weeks ago

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I'm psyched to get this set for my son who loves NASA and loves history. Thanks lego and congrats to the builder! Fun idea! I'm sympathetic to those who wish for more complicated builds but at the same time I'm happy to see a set that will probably be less expensive added to idea family. It's nice to have a range. And I love the idea of having unusual mini-figs with smaller sets. I would have LOVED to have this set as a kid (I collected the space legos and loved all things NASA). The comments here are disappointingly negative, which is kind of a bummer. Come on guys... it's not as if only girls can look up to girls and boys can look up to boys. What century are we living in? These are awesome scientists who have been less recognized and the set is timely with Hidden Figures having been popular this year. My son and I will love this because we both love space and loved that movie.

Meanwhile... Hey Lego! Please make more ideas sets! We love them! It's sad to see things we've rooted for not make it. But thanks for this one!

KjerstenH

3 weeks ago

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Full disclosure I was rooting for the Addams Family Mansion. That looks so fun to build.

KjerstenH

3 weeks ago

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That Apollo 11 set is definitely on our list. Can't wait for that one.

jdinnis

3 weeks ago

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No Addams Family Mansion? No Ada Lovelace? Boo! Why don't any of the really cool ideas ever get selected?

emceeswells

3 weeks ago

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People are getting defensive and assuming that many of us are upset about the fact that there are women in the set. That is far from most people's issue with the set. The problem is that this offers nothing for us to build. If you want to inspire my daughter, she needs to create a real set, not just put minifigures together. Please give us an actual set to build!!!

ElijahMize

3 weeks ago

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Really, I would be so mad right now if I were the builder of the Veneno or the Landspeeder or the observatory. I'm increasingly disappointed with TLG prioritizing political correctness over creativity. I almost don't want to bother submitting set ideas here just for something like this to get chosen instead.

wgrubbs (Inactive)

3 weeks ago

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My thoughts exactly.

hanleybrand

3 weeks ago

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Looking over the other candidates, I can see reasons other than 'political correctness' for why the NASA set won.

Partly, it's the overall cost of most of the other candidates - it looks like the norm was 1.5K-4K pieces, which puts the cost of those sets in the $US75-350 range (depending on additional licensing costs, which would increase the price of half of the sets).

Then you have to look at marketability of the large sets -- how many people would really buy them? -- while simulataneously trying to place each of the sets in a Lego product slot. The UCS speeder was probably one of the easier ones to fit in a slot, maybe along with the modular construction site.

The ones that were coolest (in my opinion) -- the Addams Fam Manse, the Merchants House, Mountain View, Plum Creek -- to various degrees they represent MOC aesthetics that have evolved outside of Lego, Inc. and don't represent the kind of sets they publish in general (Lego sets favor charming abstraction over rich foliage, layered roof techniques, hypertextured walls, etc.) and my guess is that part of their review process is to have a designer redo the build in the company style, and some of the sets just didn't seem that interesting once all the cool building techniques were stripped away.

Plus, to turn your critique of 'political correctness' around to another angle: which sets in the cohort would be most likely to catch the eye of a non-AFOL news editor when they get the press release? Which sets are potential buyers going to hear about from a non-Lego news source and say "oh that's a good gift for [x]"?

When I look at it from that angle, the Women of NASA set is a slam dunk for Lego, Inc. I actually heard this news first from NPR, not from brothers brick, etc - and that's exactly one of the reasons why this set got chosen, not some amorphous "political correctness" on the part of Lego, Inc.

GrimbleLego

3 weeks ago

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Sigh.
I like the idea and would like to have more of this - but what disappoints me is that this is at the expense of a 'real' Lego set.

I think it's really neat to have minifigs commemorating real individual people. I am not sure whether this has ever been done before (I only know of the Beatles and even they have been minifig-ed as their cartoon representations - not that this makes a difference for the way a minifig looks, but I hope you understand what I mean), but I am sure someone here can enlighten me on this.

I would be very happy if Lego has some kind of project where they release one 'person of the month' as some sort of subscription model - I'd definitely would subscribe to that. I would love to have am official Einstein minifig, Shakespeare minifig or Mary Shelley minifig. Though it would be cool to have it a bit like Google Doodles - going for slightly obscure and often overlooked persons and not doing the 'big names'. (And the women of NASA would fit that group perfectly.)

But that should be separate from the set ideas.

The mini-sets planned for 'Women of NASA' do nothing for me (I will buy the set, but will probably not use the 'dioramas' - and the presentation case looks too much like one of the things people used to pin their butterfly collection into) and I'd rather would have liked the five minifigs (as stand-alone) and some full set(s) as a results of this review, instead of (at the moment) just this 'presentation set'.

So, yes, happy but disappointed...

wgrubbs (Inactive)

3 weeks ago

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There is actually a Shakespeare minifig. It came in the LEGO Movie minifigure series. Abraham Lincoln was also in that series.

brucenh

3 weeks ago

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There have been quite a few in addition to some historical figures in the Collectible lines as noted by wgrubbs. There have been various sports figures, like in the NBA line several years ago, and there were some for the World Cup a few years back. Also in the "Steven Spielberg Moviemaker" set there is a fig named "Director" who looks awfully familiar. The Beatles as you mentioned. Also of course there are all of the characters from various movie franchises, where the figs are patterned after the actor who plays that character. Probably others.

AnimE7702

3 weeks ago

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Who knows, maybe the LEGO Ideas going redesign by add more parts for mini builts like the computers in stead of picture on a flat tiles or little more to the space shuttle?