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  • Introducing LEGO® Ideas 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V

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    The wait is over! After a year in development we're incredibly proud to unveil and present the first official images of the LEGO Ideas 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V designed by LEGO Ideas members Felix Stiessen (saabfan) and Valérie Roche (whatsuptoday).

    You'll be able to find the 1 meter high (approximately 1:110 scale) icon of space exploration in stores from the 1st of June, 2017 for a recommended retail price of just USD 119.99 / EURO 119.99 / GBP 109.99. With 1969 LEGO elements the 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V rockets its way into LEGO Ideas history as the tallest LEGO Ideas set, as well as the one containing most elements. 

     

     

    Here is the official description:

    Make history with the LEGO® NASA Apollo Saturn V, the first rocket to put people on the Moon! Build the 3 stages of this stunning meter-high rocket and display it on the stand or launch into orbit. Offload the S-IC and S-II sections, dock the lunar lander with the command service module, and complete a successful Moon landing mission!

    The set also includes 3 stands to display the model horizontally, 3 new-for-June-2017 astronaut microfigures for role-play recreations of the Moon landings, plus a booklet about the manned Apollo missions and the fan designers of this educational and inspirational LEGO Ideas set.


    Felix and Valérie's collaboration was guided by a shared passion for space exploration

    Despite never meeting in person, space and LEGO fans Felix Stiessen and Valérie Roche beat the odds with their wonderfully brick built version of the iconic Apollo rocket. It was a collaboration that tested their skills in numerous ways but, as it turns out, the long-distance collaboration also proved to be a significant benefit to their project, as Felix states "there were often times when one of us abandoned the project for a few weeks and came back to it later; however, thanks to the fact that it is a collaborative project, it was always the case that one of us continued making progress on the project and re-motivated the other".

    Felix and Valérie's collaborative spirit was tranferred to the LEGO design team as well, who took over the project once it was approved, in order to ensure it lived up to LEGO quality standards. Two designers, Michael Psiaki and Carl Thomas Mirriam, motivated by their enthusiasm for space, teamed up to bring the final model to life. "We were actually not asked. I was so excited when I heard that the project was potentially going to happen, and told Carl about it because I knew he was also a space fanatic. We decided it would be really cool to work together since it is such a big mode, so we approached the Ideas team about helping develop the product", Michael said. 

     

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  • 10K Club Interview: Meet Terry Fisher of Landrover 4 x 4

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    We're sticking around in the UK this week as we introduce yet another Englishman whose project hit the 10,000 supporter mark. Please say hi to Terry Fisher, a.k.a Dadandlad, whose love for classic cars led to the Landrover 4 x 4 project and it's numerous iterations. Terry and his family went on quite the wild journey as they promoted their project. Read on to find out more about their adventures! 

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

     

    About Yourself

    1. Where are you from?
      I am from near Chester, England.

     

    1. How old are you?
      I am 49, along with my son who has helped with the build and my wife who carried out all our social media and booked shows for us to attend.

     

    1. What do you study or do for a living?
      I work in engineering as a Senior Instrument Mechanic.

     

    1. What hobbies do you have?
      I am interested in photography as well as LEGO, an interest I share with my son. I also like classic cars.

     

    1. How and when did your interest for LEGO come about?
      I was interested in LEGO as a child. I used to build along with my two brothers from a big box of mixed LEGO bricks that I still have (no sets as it was all second hand), so I have always designed things from scratch.

      The interest died off, but then my son got the bug initially just building the sets or modifying them. This got me interested again, starting with building a scale model of our house and an extension I wanted to have built to show the builders. From this, it led my son and me to one day dismantling his models with the intent to clean them. Instead, with a big box of LEGO bricks in front of me and all the new elements now available I could not resist going back to my childhood and decided to build a V8 engine. My son wanted in on the act - after all it was his LEGO - wanting to build a vehicle to place the engine in.

      After thinking what vehicle it could go in, we realised there was no Land Rover. Once built, we decided to put it on LEGO Ideas and see what response we would get. We have continued with updates and also built our LEGO garage that also gets lots of attention at the shows.

     


    ^ The garage that was added later includes a handy lift and enough space for two cars

     

    1. What is your favourite official LEGO set? Why?
      I would have said the 10220 Volkswagen T1 Camper Van, as I had received it as a Christmas present from my son, which I proudly displayed in the window of our house. Interestingly, after building the Land Rover with a white roof, using the camper van for scale, I noticed how faded it became. This turned out to be a great talking point at shows as it made the camper look really authentic. I also now like the 21307 Caterham Seven 620R as I had a real one, in yellow/black just like the set, which I built after leaving school. The exception being that it had an older style engine (guess what I will be doing to my LEGO Caterham.

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO element? Why?
      Having started building with LEGO bricks as a child with a limited number of elements back then, I would say the 1X2 Brick is my favourite as you can build just about anything from it (I love to build buildings from them which include our garage for the Land Rover).

      One of the more recent elements would be the hinge base and top as you can create some interesting shapes/angles with these.

     


    ^ Terry gives Bear Grylls the tour of his Landrover 4x4 at a recent Land Rover event

     

    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 was not aware of any official LEGO designers’ names until I entered this process, so I will instead say Thomas Poulsom (who created the LEGO Birds set) because it is him that inspired us when he appeared on The Secret World of LEGO.

      Carl Greatrix was also an inspiration as his models are just amazing and inspire us to go even further. We have met him at shows and he is a great guy and always has fantastic models to show off.  I am looking forward to Christmas to build his Caterham Seven 620R as my wife got it (signed as well) for me for Christmas.

     

     


    ^ A smaller LEGO version of the already smaller LEGO version of the London Tower Bridge and new Land Rovers

    1. Is there one or more particular LEGO related websites (not official LEGO websites) that you visit often and/or are inspired by?
      There are a number of sites we visit to get our LEGO bricks from, as they are not available in the Pick A Brick. These include:
      Bricklink
      Brickowl

      I also love to see what others are up to on various Flickr LEGO pages.

      My wife has also pointed out a few great creations on the various Facebook LEGO group pages that she posted about our project on.

     

    About Your Project

    1. Where did your interest in this particular model come from?
      Me and my son have an interest in classic cars and, having built a V8 engine, the Land Rover 4 x 4 was on the list of vehicles identified to build to put it in. Then we came up with the idea for uploading it to LEGO Ideas, realising the LEGO Group don’t make a 4X4 in the Creator range.

     

    1. What special challenges did you face creating the model? What was the most difficult part to recreate?
      I don’t know if it was the most difficult part to recreate but the back bumper with the signature Land Rover mud flaps had its challenges but it was very rewarding when achieved in both the original design and the final design.

     

    1. How long did it take to complete the model?
      It took the school summer holiday to build the model using my sons LEGO collection (it originally was multi-coloured and I wish we still had that original one). It then took a further few weeks compiling and obtaining the bricks in the colours you see on Lego Ideas. Since then we have made quite a few alterations following feedback from shows we attended, as we wanted to get it just right. With a Land Rover there is always something you want to modify!

     


    ^ Dadandlad's Landrover was taken on tour to help promote it

     

    1. How did it feel when you reached the magic 10,000 votes and how long did it take?
      The feeling when we hit the 10,000 supporter mark was magical. I was late for work as it was in the morning and we were all watching it get to the 10,000 votes. I had to wait in a bit longer than I should just to see it get there before I left for work. The whole family were buzzing. Then to see the comments coming in from people on social media and forums was really good.

      It took us just over 1 year to get there and although it has taken over our lives we have thoroughly enjoyed it and seen a whole new world that LEGO has

     

    1. Approximately how many LEGO bricks did you use to create your model?
      Originally, we used between 1,000 and 1,100 LEGO bricks but have since modified the design with what we have picked up from Land Rover enthusiasts and LEGO enthusiasts and now have it down to around 800.

     


    About LEGO Ideas

    1. Do you have any useful advice about creating a successful LEGO Ideas project?
      I would say that the model not only has be something that would appeal to others but it also has to be something that you have a real passion for that would hopefully come out in the model and help with all the hard work to get it to 10,000 supporters.

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO Ideas project (besides your own of course)?
      Carl's Caterham Seven 620R, as the first time I saw it on LEGO Ideas we just thought WOW.

     

    1. What is it about the platform that attracts you? What tips would you give to anyone who is thinking about uploading an idea?
      The attraction is that there is a chance (although small) of your idea becoming a reality. For me this is the chance to walk into a LEGO shop with my son and say we did that together. A lasting memory of time we spent together and as I tell everyone - something money can’t buy.

      Tips I would give are be prepared for some hard work, but hopefully it will open up a different world of LEGO that you may not have been aware of as it did for us.

      We went to various LEGO/Land Rover shows over the past year and it was really good for people to see the models in real life as they said it was good to see them close up and see what they can do. Children (big and small) just wanted to open the doors, bonnet, take the roof off, etc. That is what LEGO is all about. It has been a great family project for us, as the three of us attended most of the shows together (except when school/work got in the way!). My son even took the Land Rover into school and talked about it during an assembly. It has given him much more confidence being involved in this together.

     

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  • 10K Club Interview: Meet Robert Turner of Red Dwarf LEGO

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    Sci-fi buffs - rejoice! This week's 10K Club member has got your sci-fi cravings covered! Please say hi to Robert Turner, a.k.a Legobob32, whose passion for the cult TV show led to the 7 month long build journey of the Red Dwarf Lego project that gained the 10,000 supporters even quicker than the time it took to build. 

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

     

    About Yourself

    1. Where are you from?
      Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK.

     

    1. How old are you?
      34.

     

    1. What do you study or do for a living?
      I am a Sales Manager for an Architectural Ironmonger.

     

    1. What hobbies do you have?
      In my spare time, I like to restore vintage LEGO sets as well as building sets of my own of course.

     

    1. How and when did your interest for LEGO come about?
      I’ve been building LEGO since I was 5 years old. My father bought me the vintage 7720 Diesel Freight Train set which I still have.

     

    1. What is your favourite official LEGO set? Why?
      It has to be 21103 DeLorean Time Machine (Back to the Future) as I’m nostalgic for all things 80’s, even though I still do not own the set itself.

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO element? Why?
      It has to be 87087 1x1 brick with stud, without this handy brick the Red Dwarf Lego project would not be the set it is.

     


    ^ Can you spot Robert's favourite brick - 87087 - in his comprehensive parts list?

     

    1. Is there a LEGO designer (official LEGO designer or fan designer) who you are inspired by and look up to? Who and why?
      Some of the design methods and builds I’ve seen, for instance Brent Waller’s Ghostbuster Ecto-1 21108 and the LEGO Millennium Falcon 75105 have truly impressed me and I would have never thought of them unless I’d seen the instructions to these.

     

    1. Is there one or more particular LEGO related websites (not official LEGO websites) that you visit often and/or are inspired by?
      I visit Brickowl and Bricklink most days as their catalogue of parts are amazing and they make ordering a wide variety of different parts very easy.  

     

    About Your Project

    1. Where did your interest in this particular model come from?
      I am a massive fan of sci-fi and in particular Red Dwarf. I noticed that not many ideas from the show had been pitched, so I decided I’d create one myself.

     

    1. What special challenges did you face creating the model? What was the most difficult part to recreate?
      The sliding door in the crew quarters and also the booster section of the Blue Midget, which both went through several changes to ensure they remained accurate to the TV show. Sourcing all the dark red and dark blue parts needed, was also a challenge in itself.

     


    ^ Pictured to the left is the neat sliding door for the crew quarters

     

    1. How long did it take to complete the model?
      The set was all created in my spare time and took approximately 7 months to complete, this included designing, sourcing parts and building.

     

    1. How did it feel when you reached the magic 10,000 votes and how long did it take?
      The project achieved 10K in 165 days, I was absolutely thrilled at the speed it got there and the support I had from Red Dwarf’s cast and crew as well as many other media outlets.

     


    ^ Robert poses with Chris Barrie who played Arnold J. Rimmer in the Red Dwarf series

     

    1. Approximately how many LEGO bricks did you use to create your model?
      Approximately 900.

     


    ^ A few of the 900 bricks Robert used all neatly bagged and pinned for an optimised work space. Lots of inspirational photos as well!


    About LEGO Ideas

    1. Do you have any useful advice about creating a successful LEGO Ideas project?
      I probably spent more hours promoting the project online and in magazines than I did creating the set, so once you upload your project don’t simply sit back and wait for the supporters to appear.

     


    ^ Robert attended conventions to display and gather support for his Red Dwarf Lego project! 

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO Ideas project (besides your own of course)?
      I think the Ship In A Bottle, The Flagship Leviathan project is a truly amazing build and I voted for the project as soon as I saw it.

     

    1. What is it about the platform that attracts you? What tips would you give to anyone who is thinking about uploading an idea?
      Don’t be afraid to ask the LEGO Ideas team direct, any questions you may have on creating and promoting your project. I received lots of help from the team relating to the use of stickers, modifications and other things I was not sure on.

     

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  • LEGO Ideas Test Lab has gone offline.

    From mid-January through mid-April, LEGO Ideas members were invited to help us test a new version of our software platform called LEGO Ideas Test Lab. Test Lab has gone offline today as planned. Thanks to those of you who joined in our little experiment, including new features and a new Challenge format.

    Introducing the Test Labber Badge

    As a small token of our appreciation for you being here, every active Test Lab member* who is also a member of LEGO Ideas will receive the Test Labber badge today. Special thanks to member THUURART for encouraging us to commemroate Test Lab with a badge.

    * The fine print: To receive the Test Labber badge, you must have been a LEGO Ideas Test Lab member with an account prior to April 6th and participated by voting, commenting, or submitting an activity or Fourth Build on LEGO Ideas Test Lab (sorry, lurkers!).

    What's next for LEGO Ideas?

    Toward the end of May, we'll upgrade the LEGO Ideas platform. You'll see some small changes, but most of this upgrade is behind the scenes. Think of this step like putting a stronger foundation under our building, so we can build higher in the future. If you were active on Test Lab, note that you will not see features like Community Cafe, Challenges, or Activities on LEGO Ideas ... at least for now. Most importantly, your Projects will continue to work as they always haveWe're also continuing to work on our roadmap to make LEGO Ideas even better in the months and years to come. In the future, we may introduce features similar to ones we've evaluated in Test Lab. We'll communicate about those when the time is right.

     

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  • LEGO Ideas Test Lab Winners

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    Over the last few months we had the pleasure to host a Fourth Build challenge on the LEGO Ideas Test Lab platform and were astounded by the creativity and results that poured out of the community. All 572 Fourth Builds were impressive in their own way, but as the challenge progressed, the Fourth Builds were narrowed down in various stages until just 10 were left. From these a Kids Vote recently determined the Top 3 winners, whilst a Brick Vote determined a fan's choice winner. Check out all the winners below.

    Congrats once again to all winners and all participants!

     

    First Place - Scary Scorpion! by rjhanson36  

     

    Second Place - Dino Island Recon Plane by jjrailton

     

    Third Place - Mighty Dinosaurs - Green Ankylosaurus by Lord_Mithrandir

     

    Brick Vote Winner - Locust/Grasshopper by autoreverse

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