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  • 10K Club Interview: Meet Ryan Rydalch of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The Bus LEGO Set

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    This week we're flying (virtually) to the USA where our next 10K Club member resides. Please welcome Ryan Rydalch, a.k.a Savath_Bunny, the multi-talented administrative assistant who created the marvelous and seemingly modular Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The Bus LEGO Set that, according to Ryan, would be the perfect plane for any spy mission, be that Marvel related or otherwise. It would turn out to be a tedious building challenge whereby the logistics of gathering all the bricks contributed to an even longer builder process. 

    Help us congratulate Ryan on becoming a part of the exclusive LEGO Ideas 10K Club!
     

     

    About Yourself

    1. Where are you from?
      Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

     

    1. How old are you?
      30.

     

    1. What do you study or do for a living?
      I’m an administrative assistant at a hospital.

     

    1. What hobbies do you have?
      I love LEGO bricks (obviously), but I also enjoy drawing and sketching. I’ve published two children’s books about little owls and I enjoy reading comics in my down time.

     

    1. How and when did your interest for LEGO come about?
      I enjoyed playing with LEGO sets as a child (the undersea exploration and Egyptian pyramid sets), however the fascination returned full force when the first Avengers film debuted. I saw the LEGO Marvel superhero sets and started buying them, and from there everything seemed like a must have. Now my entire office is a building ground for LEGO creations and new sets.

     

     

    1. What is your favourite official LEGO set? Why?
      I’ve really grown to love the new modular sets of the city buildings. Each set has its own unique story and hidden secrets, which I think makes them all the more fun to build. Currently the new Brick Bank is my favorite. The details in this model astound me and the “money laundering” trick is hilarious.

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO element? Why?
      I’ve always had a nostalgic love for the transparent 1x1 bricks. These bricks were always the treasures and magical stones that were the focus of my LEGO adventures. Even nowadays, I still use these little 1x1 bricks as my Infinity Gems or a Sorcerer’s Stone in my various photoshoots.

     

    1. Is there a LEGO designer (official LEGO designer or fan designer) who you are inspired by and look up to? Who and why?
      I look up to Jamie Berard for his contributions to the sets I enjoy the most (the modular builds), and he’s a great example of how one person can go from building for entertainment and then turning it into a career. Another LEGO enthusiast I have always admired is Tim Lydy on Flickr. Tim’s vision of constructing vignettes and character builds are the perfect balance of imagination and talent.

     

    1. Is there one or more particular LEGO related websites (not official LEGO websites) that you visit often and/or are inspired by?
      I often go to Flickr to find some beautiful examples of how people are using LEGO bricks for a variety of set ideas. There are thousands of photos that circulate through my feed and it’s so enjoyable to see what other people are creating on a daily basis.  

     

    About Your Project

    1. Where did your interest in this particular model come from?
      After watching the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, I loved how The Bus was filled with a variety of rooms of operations that could satisfy any team’s secret mission. With the aircraft housing a science lab, medical pod, holding cell, private office and lounge, it seemed to have it all. I thought this would be the best playground for any spy mission (Marvel themed or otherwise).

     

    1. What special challenges did you face creating the model? What was the most difficult part to recreate?
      Finding all those black bricks! After hunting on LEGO.com and various other sites for spare parts, I had LEGO bricks coming in by the pound every day to my house. Playing around with various building patterns was fun, but not being able to find 100+ of the same curved brick really limited my ability to create the perfect (round) aircraft.

     

    1. How long did it take to complete the model?
      It was about a 5 month span between sketching out the idea, ordering all the bricks and compiling the model. I probably only spent about one week figuring out the build after all the pieces arrived, however I had to sacrifice some aesthetic appeal with the lack of certain pieces being available.

     


    ^ Ryan spent plenty of time planning the details of his build that would eventually reach 10,000 supporters!

     

    1. How did it feel when you reached the magic 10,000 votes?
      It took a while to reach 10k, but when I started to see the number climb from 1,000 to 5,000 to 9,000… I started to get truly excited, especially with 5 days to go and 1,000 votes needed. I got some marvelous help when Clark Gregg and Ming-Na Wen retweeted my LEGO Ideas shout out. That had to be the greatest surprise of all when the actual Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. came to my aid when I needed it most.

     

    1. Approximately how many LEGO bricks did you use to create your model?
      I honestly lost count after 2,000. With my modifications having to be altered as my supply became limited, but I probably capped out at 3,000 pieces. I imagine that there are tricks to making smaller spaces and sleeker curved walls, but I’m happy with how the model looked when the last bricks fell into place.


    About LEGO Ideas

    1. Do you have any useful advice about creating a successful LEGO Ideas project?
      ​If you really want to have an idea take flight on LEGO Ideas it all stands upon two important pillars (or bricks): clever creations and community involvement. Great ideas get noticed, but not always. After you post your project don’t stop there. I recommend engaging with other community members by voting, commenting on projects and following others on other networks like Flickr or Twitter. There is a wonderful community out there who loves LEGO just as much as you do. After that, I suggest you start posting fun creations where others can enjoy them. The more you post the more people will start to wonder what you’re building next.

     


    ^ This bus has even got space for Lola!

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO Ideas project (besides your own of course)?
      I really enjoyed the LEGO Research Institute set. Each character had their own personality and every vignette had such fun details to really inspire the imagination. I still have that set standing in my office today as inspiration to keep learning and keep building.

     

    1. What is it about the platform that attracts you? What tips would you give to anyone who is thinking about uploading an idea?I would definitely build up a fun collection of bricks so you have some variety. Not having the perfect pieces can sometimes hinder your next step forward (but not always). On the flip side, I also encourage others to dabble in the unknown. I always enjoy seeing how a saw blade can suddenly become a beautiful piece of architecture, or how an ordinary hinge can make the perfect set of jaws for the creature in your story

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  • 10K Club Interview: Meet Robert Bontenbal of Boat Repair Shop

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    The Third 2016 LEGO Ideas Review is underway and again 12 impressive creations reached the necessasry 10K milestone in early January, when the qualification round closed. This earns them a spot in the LEGO Ideas 10K Club. We're excited to share that we were able to interview all twelve 10K Club members, and we'll be sharing these over the next few months. 

    The first member to be interviewed should need no introduction to many of you, as he was in fact already featured in the first edition of the 10K Club Interviews for his Old Fishing Store project, which ended up getting selected for production. Please say "Goededag" to Robert Bontenbal, a.k.a. RobenAnne, the talented Dutch fan designer behind the charming Boat Repair Shop

    Help us congratulate Robert on becoming a part of the LEGO Ideas 10K Club -yet again!
     

     

    About Yourself

    1. Where are you from?
      The Netherlands.

     

    1. How old are you?
      I am 52 years young.

     

    1. What do you study or do for a living?
      Architectural drafter.

     

    1. What hobbies do you have?
      I like fishing, photography and LEGO bricks.

     

    1. How and when did your interest for LEGO come about?
      When I was young, I loved to play with LEGO bricks and I remember that my first set was the Firetruck (336 pcs: 77 1968-1970). After getting my two sons, my interest rekindled and we enjoyed playing together with LEGO. Our spare room has been turned into a LEGO room.

     

    1. What is your favourite official LEGO set? Why?
      The Ultimate Millennium falcon 10179. I enjoy building the big sets and this set has a lot of details and is not simple to build.

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO element? Why?
      That’s a hard question. I think the 2x4 LEGO brick, which is one of the older LEGO bricks and can be the basis for a lot of designs.

     

    1. Is there a LEGO designer (official LEGO designer or fan designer) who you are inspired by and look up to? Who and why?
      Probably Angus MacLane who designed Wall.E (set 21303). His set was really fun to build.

     


    ^ Robert poses in his LEGO room with Wall-E, the sneeky robot, making his way into the photo

     

    1.  Is there one or more particular LEGO related websites (not official LEGO websites) that you visit often and/or are inspired by?
      Brick Link (www.bricklink.com), MOCpages (www.MOC-pages.com) and others.  

     

    About Your Project

    1. Where did your interest in this particular model come from?
      Fishing has always been my hobby and I got my inspiration from the HO train model houses, the LEGO christmas houses and sea villages. I started to develop my own LEGO Sea front Village, where the Boat repair Shop is a part of it.

     

    1. What special challenges did you face creating the model? What was the most difficult part to recreate?
      I think the roof and the wall siding. It took some time to figure out the technique for the wall panels to make them look authentic.

     

    1. How long did it take to complete the model?
      It was a complicated model and it took some time to design it. After the design was finished, I started building the model and made some adjustments. It probably took me a couple of months to get it exactly as I wanted.

     


    ^ Robert's Boat Repair Shop after it got the real LEGO bricks treatment

     

    1. How did it feel when you reached the magic 10,000 votes?
      I was totally excited in the morning when I checked the results and saw that the Boat Repair Shop had made the 10,000 votes - in 8 months! It was also a lot of fun to read the comments and to read that people were interested in the model and started inquiring about the Sea Front Village.

     

    1. Approximately how many LEGO bricks did you use to create your model?
      The building consists of roughly 2460 bricks. However, after building it myself, I reduced the amount of bricks by using some different building techniques in the wall posts and roof plates.


    About LEGO Ideas

    1. Do you have any useful advice about creating a successful LEGO Ideas project?
      ​I like to combine my view on architecture and creativity in realistic LEGO designs. My tips for people who are considering uploading an idea - for starters: just do it! Use your creativity and have fun. Even the more simple models get votes. And who knows what happens.

     

    1. What is it about the LEGO Ideas platform that attracts you and makes you want to keep posting new projects? 
      When you start out, the fun part is the idea that your model might be chosen to be developed as an official LEGO set. But the process of submitting my projects to the platform, the waiting, the comments from other LEGO Ideas community members and checking out how your model is doing is very exciting. I check regularly on how my projects are doing, but also to see what other cool designs are submitted to the platform.

     

    1. Are you already planning further projects?
      Yes, after the Boat Repair Shop, I submitted the Boat House Diner, The Dive Shop and The Light House. But I still have some more on the shelf. But I am also working on another sea front theme that is coming soon

     


    ^ A lot of planning goes into Robert's models. From sketches to colour palettes!

     

    1. Your Old Fishing Store project was selected as the next LEGO Ideas set back in September. A big day for you no doubt. Can you run us through your feelings when you got the news?
      When I received the news that my project the Old Fishing Store had passed the review and will become an official LEGO Ideas set, I was very happy and grateful to the fans and support I had from the LEGO Ideas community and other supporters. And we had a family diner to celebrate the big day.
       

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  • Top 10 Finalists Selected in the LEGO Ideas Test Lab Fourth Build Challenge

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    Over the last few weeks the LEGO Ideas Test Lab "Fourth Build" Challenge has progressed with over 570 entries received before the deadline closed. Fast forward a couple of weeks and the entries just went through an Expert Panel review, which consisted of LEGO Creator representatives selecting a Top 10 from the remaining 40 entries that were left after the early voting phase.  

    Today the challenge moved into one of the final stages, consisting of the "Brick Vote" in which users can use the "Bricks" they've earnt to support their favourite build. The Brick Vote will help determine the Fan's Choice winner.  

    We've been incredibly impressed by the sheer creativity and quality that has been shown by all the entries, which has really demonstrated the endless possibilities of the LEGO brick. Congratulations to all who have participated with their wonderful entries!

    If you haven't already seen the Top 10 finalists then make sure to check out the great builds below.

     

    Scary Scorpion! by rjhanson36

     

    Mighty Dinosaurs - Green Ankylosaurus by Lord_Mithrandir

     

    Aquatic bird by James Zhan

     

    Waterside Animals by deviltanaka

     

    ChameLéon by Madhok

     

    Mighty Dragonfly by BuildFiend

     

    Dino Island Recon Plane by jjrailton

     

    Parrot by TMunz

     

    Mountain Goats and Vulture by JKBrickworks

     

    Locust / Grasshopper by autoreverse

     

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  • Announcing the winner of LEGO Rebrick Build Your Favorite Adventure Time™ Character Contest!

    What time is it? Winner time! LEGO Rebrick recently held a contest to build your favorite Adventure Time™ character that’s missing from the LEGO Ideas 21308 Adventure Time set. We received a whopping 203 entries … totes sweet! Now it’s time to show you the winners.

    Grand Prize Winner: APTWE By pix027
    Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant cannot be controlled, he must let you have control.

    Runner Up: Island Lady by L-DI-EGO
    “This island doesn’t have a lady… This island IS a lady!” From “The Party’s Over, Isla de Señorita” (s5, ep22). I have downsized (6.38cm tall x 17.56 cm wide) the scale of this unusual character to fit with the contest rules.

    Runner Up: Huntress Wizard by Scarlet_fantastic
    "Exceptional beasts like us cannot fall in love—that is the secret of ordinary people.” Huntress Wizard appears here in her daytime, forest colourway. With her antlered hood, jagged-edged cape and a quiver full of magic she’ll never cease to be extraordinary.

    Check out the winning entries on LEGO Rebrick, and be sure to congratulate Grand Prize winner pix027 on their awesome Adventure Time guitar, signed by the cast!

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  • LEGO Ideas Second 2016 Review Results

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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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