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  • 10K Club Interview: Meet Firas Abu-Jaber of Lamborghini Veneno Roadster

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    Over the past 3 months, we've been very fortunate to have heard fascinating stories from all 10K members from the Second 2016 LEGO Review. The insights and tips they've offered have been truly enriching and motivating and has given us all a better idea of the people behind the otherwise anonymous usernames. 

    The last 10K Club member of this Second 2016 LEGO Review period hails from Jordan, and his burning passion for cars is only outdone by his love for LEGO bricks! In fact he's well known in the LEGO community for his detailed LEGO supercars. Please welcome Firas Abu-Jaber, a.k.a Firas_supercar, whose mean looking Lamborghini Veneno Roadster won over the hearts of 10,000 car enthusiasts. 

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

     

     

    About Yourself

    1. Where are you from?
      I’m from Amman, the capital of Jordan.

     

    1. How old are you?
      I’m 36 years old.

     

    1. What do you study or do for a living?
      I work at my father's company. He owns a party and event organising company. 

     

    1. What hobbies do you have?
      Besides LEGO (obviously), I like sports in general and bodybuilding in particular. I used to be a gym trainer in the past.

     


    ^ Firas attended the STACK event in Dubai in 2016 to showcase his collection of car MOCs. Carl Greatrix, fan designer of the Caterham Seven 620R, also happened to be there exhibiting his models.

     

    1. How and when did your interest for LEGO come about?
      My parents used to bring me LEGO sets when I was a very young kid. I used to play with LEGO DUPLO sets when I was around the age of 2. Things became serious with my LEGO hobby at around the age of 10 when The LEGO Group released the great Model Team product line, at which point I became obsessed with LEGO. Before that, I was mainly a LEGO Space fan. I especially loved the M-Tron and Space Police sets.

     

    1. What is your favourite official LEGO set? Why?
      I should mention two sets here. The great Model Team set number 5590, that was responsible for my obsession with LEGO at my young age, and the great Ferrari FXX 8156 that was responsible for getting me out of my dark ages regarding my LEGO hobby.

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO element? Why?
      I'd consider any smooth slopped element. For example, the 1x2, 1x3, & 1x4 slope with no studs. My absolute favourite element is the cheese slope, 1x1x3/4 slopes, and 1x2x3/4 slopes. I think I need these in any of my car builds.

     

    1. Is there a LEGO designer (official LEGO designer or fan designer) who you are inspired by and look up to? Who and why?
      Honestly I don't know any names of official LEGO designers,  but if I had to choose one I'd go with the guy who designed the old Ferrari FXX 8156 official LEGO set,  because this set was the main inspiration for my supercar LEGO builds.

     

    1.  Is there one or more particular LEGO related websites (not official LEGO websites) that you visit often and/or are inspired by?
      I usually visit some sites that aren't official LEGO websites, but not particularly specific for sharing LEGO creations. These include Flickr (No. 1 for me), Facebook, Instagram, MOC Pages (that one is pure LEGO though).

      In addition, there are a few blogs, which I visit a lot. For example:
      The Brothers Brick
      The LEGO Car Blog 
      BrickNerd

     

    About Your Project

    1. Where did your interest in this particular model come from?
      In a short answer, I'd say "cars". I am a huge car fan. I love anything that runs on 4 wheels and this love came from a very young age. I love LEGO as much as I love cars, maybe even more. So I combined the love of the two and now use this combination to build my models. So these models are come from a passion - the passion of cars and LEGO. Since Lamborghini is my favourite automobile company, I decided to present this model as a project on LEGO Ideas.

     


    ^ Firas shows off a wide collection of LEGO supercars - from differet Lamborghini's to an AC Cobra

     

    1. What special challenges did you face creating the model? What was the most difficult part to recreate?
      I'd say the whole car was a big challenge. Before I started with this particular model, and when I was searching the web for pictures of the actual Lamborghini Veneno Roadster, I said to myself that it would be nearly impossible to translate this into LEGO. I started to study the car's angles and dimensions for a long time before starting with my build. Then I started from the front end of the model working my way to the rear end, and fortunately I proved myself wrong. There's absolutely nothing that’s impossible with LEGO bricks.  I should mention though that the headlights area was the toughest and most challenging.

     

    1. How long did it take to complete the model?
      Usually my car builds take me between 2 weeks to two months or so. Even if I finish my models earlier, I keep looking and updating it until I'm fully satisfied with it before sharing it online. This particular model took me about 3 weeks, without the black coupe version of course.

     

    1. How did it feel when you reached the magic 10,000 votes?
      To be honest, it felt better than when I got my Master’s degree! Just to see how much love came from the LEGO related community and car enthusiast websites and blogs is just amazing. I'll take this opportunity to say: big thanks to all who supported and helped spread the word for my project, it's really very appreciated.

     


    ^ We've never actually seen a physical 10K finish line built, but Firas' Lambo certainly did cross it!

     

    1. Approximately how many LEGO bricks did you use to create your model?
      It's somewhere between 700 and 800 pieces, considering the differences between the roadster and the coupe versions.

     

    About LEGO Ideas

    1. Do you have any useful advice about creating a successful LEGO Ideas project?
      First of all, I'd say the best advice is to believe in yourself and the things you can do. Focus on details, even the smallest details can make a big difference. Sometimes I add something as simple as a licence plate on my car and it makes the whole front look better. Also, don't present your idea as soon as you finish it, keep looking and ask more people to look at your work, and keep updating your model over and over again before you post it. Almost none of my builds were released before they got at least one update after it they were done.

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO Ideas project (besides your own of course)?
      Fortunately, my favorite LEGO Ideas project was released as an official LEGO set. It's the great Caterham Seven 620R by Carl Greatrix. And, fortunately again, I have a signed copy from the original designer.

     

    1. What is it about the platform that attracts you? What tips would you give to anyone who is thinking about uploading an idea?

      Just thinking of the idea that my work would be seen by LEGO themselves is great, and more than enough for me to consider this site one of the best ever!

      Since any idea depends mainly on the votes to reach the official LEGO Review stage, when you intend to present a potential project, try to think of something that would grab the attention of audiences that aren't only LEGO fans and builders. This is because a lot of support would come from non-LEGO related sites. In my case, for example, I decided to build a very popular car that would interest a lot of car enthusiasts and car related websites - and there are a lot. I mean, the LEGO community is VERY important and it is what we aim for when presenting a project, but the votes will stop at some point of the project lifetime. Therefore,  you have to find more audiences for your project outside of the community itself.

     


    ^ Firas' "trophy" cabinet is filled up with his MOCs. Can you identify all the different cars?

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  • The LEGO Ideas Test Lab goes live!

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    What’s that now? LEGO Ideas Test Lab?

    LEGO Ideas Test LabToday we’re launching LEGO Ideas Test Lab, a test version of an updated LEGO Ideas software platform. We’ve emailed invitations to 5,000 of the most active LEGO Ideas and LEGO Rebrick members. Please help us test the new platform between January 18th and April 14th. If you didn’t get an email invite, you’re still welcome! The test is limited to 7,500 people. Head over to LEGO Ideas Test Lab to sign up.

    On LEGO Ideas Test Lab we'll be running a new kind of challenge during this period, which differs from the standard LEGO Ideas and slightly from the LEGO Rebrick experience that you're used to, but don't worry - neither of these two classic experiences are going away. On LEGO Ideas Test Lab, you can participate in an exclusive Fourth Build Challenge, that's about expanding upon given LEGO Creator 3in1 sets. You can also join in small activities along the way and socialize in the Community Café.

    We can't wait to get started and are very excited about what we'll learn from testing this platform together with many of you. We're looking forward to how LEGO Ideas Test Lab will shape the future of LEGO Ideas. 

    If you've got any questions, then we'd be happy to answer them in the comments.

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  • 10K Club Interview: Meet Adrien Sutter of Plum Creek - The Little House on the Prairie

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    This week's 10K Club member comes from Paris, France and is a little bit younger than most 10K Club members we've had the pleasure of welcoming so far. Say hi to Adrien Sutter, a.k.a. SeigneurFett, the 17 year old creator of the Plum Creek - The Little House on the Prairie project. We know what you're thinking! How does a 17 year old come across the idea of building a project based on a TV show that had its heyday before he was even born? We were curious as well! Luckily, Adrien shares a little insight into what motivated him to create this project and tells more about his passion for LEGO as well!

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

     

     

    About Yourself

    1. Where are you from?
      I’m from Paris, in France.

     

    1. How old are you?
      I’m 17.

     

    1. What do you study or do for a living?
      I study mathematics and physics. 

     

    1. What hobbies do you have?
      Although I haven’t much time besides my studies, I enjoy playing the piano, and sometimes playing tennis or swimming. Obviously, I like watching TV series, such as Little House on the Prairie, but also Gotham or Homeland. I’m really fascinated by sciences.

     

    1. How and when did your interest for LEGO come about?
      I think I started playing with LEGO when I was 3. My first set was one of the final duel sets (7200 or 7201). I also remember that I spent hours playing with the 7103 Jedi Duel set. These sets are the reason for my passion for LEGO bricks.

     

    1. What is your favourite official LEGO set? Why?
      Well, there are alot of sets that I love! But my favourite is the 76023 UCS Tumbler. This reproduction of my favourite Batmobile looks so close to the real car, that I can only adore it.

     

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO element? Why?
      A modified 1x1 brick with one stud on one side. This brick is very useful. I cannot build something without using it (there are a lot of these bricks in my Little House project).

     

    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 really love Marcos Bessa’s work on official LEGO sets. He uses a lot of very interesting building techniques that I sometimes use for my creations.

      I want also to talk of a french fan designer who makes me dream with his creations, and who is very sympathic: Jimmy Fortel (6kyubi6). He built within various themes and uses a lot of special building techniques. His work is always a source of inspiration for me.

     

    1.  Is there one or more particular LEGO related websites (not official LEGO websites) that you visit often and/or are inspired by?
      I am a member of the French forum BrickPirate. I visit and take part in discussions on the forum daily.

     

    About Your Project

    1. Where did your interest in this particular model come from?
      4 years ago, I discover the TV show Little House on the Prairie on French TV. As I became a big fan of the show, I wanted to create the most famous place of the story using LEGO bricks: Plum Creek, where the Ingalls have their house!

     

     

    1. What special challenges did you face creating the model? What was the most difficult part to recreate?
      The real house is made of wooden planks. It was quite difficult to find a good way to have this ‘planks’ effect on the house, with only smooth bricks or tiles. My brother finally told me about the SNOT technique that I ended up using, after which the house was quite easy to build. The carriage was also a challenge for me. I wanted to do something new, especially for the tarpaulin, without cloth or curved bricks. I decided to use a flex hose on which I fixed tiles.

     

    1. How long did it take to complete the model?
      It took me about two years to finish since I started thinking of it. I first made a basic LDD version of the house and the barn. Then I left it aside, and made other things. I started building it with real bricks in January 2014, then left it aside for 6 months again. I built the barn in August 2014, and finally finished it in April 2015 for an exhibition in France.

     

    1. How did it feel when you reached the magic 10,000 votes?
      I was so happy and so excited! I was not expecting it, when I submitted it in the summer of 2015! It took a bit more than a year to reach the incredible 10,000 votes. The project reached 1,000 votes quite quickly, but then during the next 6 months it only received about 300 new supports. I was quite disappointed, and I thought that the Little House project would never make it. Then some people, notably the Little House on the Prairie Facebook page, shared my project. It boosted the project. A lot of people saw it, some supported it, and with a lot of effort, the project reached the 10k milestone.

     

    1. Approximately how many LEGO bricks did you use to create your model?
      The whole model (with bases) counts about 4,000 bricks. I built it for myself, so I had no limits of bricks. But the house only (without its base and the barn) is made of 1,400 LEGO bricks. I used 200 bricks to build the carriage.

     

     


    About LEGO Ideas

    1. Do you have any useful advice about creating a successful LEGO Ideas project?
      I think you should build something that others would like, but most importantly, you must still have fun building it! You should take nice photos, with a neutral background (white is the best I think).

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO Ideas project (besides your own of course)?
      A project of Riskjockey: the Interstellar Ranger. I loved the movie of Christopher Nolan, and this project is so well executed! I’m sad that it hasn’t gathered a lot of supports. But I’m still hoping it will reach 10,000 votes and become a LEGO set.

     

    1. What is it about the platform that attracts you? What tips would you give to anyone who is thinking about uploading an idea?
      LEGO Ideas allows you to share your LEGO creations with people from all over the world. I like the concept of gathering support and you can discuss with people that you would not have met otherwise. This platform is very convivial.

      You have to share your project on as many webpages as you can! You should also share your project with people who aren’t LEGO fans. They could be interested in your project though. If you build something based on a film or a TV series like I did, try to contact actors or producers, they could help you on the promotion of your project

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  • What time is it? It's Contest Time!

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    That's right! Once again you can call upon your LEGO building talents, as LEGO Ideas and LEGO Rebrick are back with another exciting contest!

    As you very well might know, there are many fascinating characters and creatures within the Land of Ooo…craft your favorite or create your own as a brick-built figure and show it off in this contest. One lucky grand prize winner will receive a limited-edition Adventure Time electric guitar featuring exclusive artwork signed by members of the Adventure Time™ cast! You can of course also win signed Adventure Time sets. Mathematical!

    Check out all the contest details and submit your entry on LEGO Rebrick.

    Time to get building!

    Entry closes on the 10th of February 2017 at 10:00 a.m. EST.

    UPDATE: Entry has been extended until the 13th of February at 10:00 a.m. EST.

     

     

    Check out some of the wacky entries that have already been submitted!

    Earl Of Lemongrab by yop1172

    Ricardio The Heart Guy by CuldeeFan

     

    Ole The Brick Wizard by Starik5

     

     

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  • 10K Club Interview: Meet Stewart Cromar of Lovelace and Babbage

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    Say hi to Stewart Cromar, a.k.a. stubot, creator of the Lovelace and Babbage project and this week's 10K Club member. Stewart's monochrome project celebrates the achievements of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, computer pioneers, in what is a detailed and educational design. Stewart shares lots of insightful thoughts about his journey to the 10K mark as well as plenty of great advice for any budding LEGO Ideas member with a great idea..

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

     

    About Yourself

    1. Where are you from?
      Edinburgh (aka Auld Reekie), Scotland.

     

    1. How old are you?
      41 (and a stereotypical Capricorn).

     

    1. What do you study or do for a living?
      Interactive Content Manager - I manage a small creative team that designs and builds interactive web content for the University of Edinburgh. For almost 20 years I have been developing e-learning materials (animations, videos, quizzes) for students all-around the world. In my eyes, it's the perfect career for pursuing artistic endeavours, technical innovations and fruitful collaborations. 

     

    1. What hobbies do you have?
      I'm a budding mixed media artist who loves to paint with acrylics, charcoal, pencils and paper scraps. I've even been known to use LEGO building instructions in my collages (photocopies of course!). It's quite a messy hobby, but getting your hands dirty is great fun and a nice distraction from the digital world.

     

    1. How and when did your interest for LEGO come about?
      My affection for LEGO goes back to my childhood when my parents first bought me LEGO Fabuland. The highlight of every birthday and Christmas was a new LEGO set for me to build with my dad's help.

     

     

    1. What is your favourite official LEGO set? Why?
      It has to be 1982's Town House / Villa (set 6372-1). As an 80's child the patio doors, garden umbrella and American style post-box was very aspirational. It even had two cute alternative builds for a barbecue and bungalow.

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO element? Why?
      Kind of random, but I've always treasured the LEGO baguette (aka White Bread). There was a Fabuland minifig called Rufus Rabbit who had two little loafs in his backpack.

     

    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'm a big fan of Jason Allemann. I stumbled across his "Sisyphus Kinetic Sculpture" video last year and it blew my mind. The beauty of his models in motion is next level. I had no idea LEGO was capable of such things.

     

    1.  Is there one or more particular LEGO related websites (not official LEGO websites) that you visit often and/or are inspired by?
      I'd have to say JANGBRiCKS (aka Bamidele Shangobunmi), I truly value his passion and opinion on LEGO product reviews. He has such a calming voice and this alone sets him apart from most video bloggers! - http://www.jangbricks.com/.

     

    About Your Project

    1. Where did your interest in this particular model come from?
      It goes all back to a videogame I loved playing in 2008 called LittleBigPlanet. This game featured a number of historical figures including Genghis Khan, Boudica, Mozart and Ada Lovelace. This was my introduction to Ada, the first published computer programmer. My obsession just grew arms and legs from there!

     

     

    1. What special challenges did you face creating the model? What was the most difficult part to recreate?
      Limiting myself to a black and white palette was pretty tricky. But I was determined to try and achieve a different aesthetic for this project that would help make it memorable.

      Charles’ proposed dimensions for the Analytical Engine were bigger than those of a steam locomotive (it was drawn up in detail, but never built). Trying to capture this vast mechanical computer in LEGO form at a scale that’s fun to play with and economical to manufacture was an exciting challenge.

     

    1. How long did it take to complete the model?
      It took me a few weeks to gather all the monochrome bricks. Most were from my childhood collection, but some came via new LEGO Architecture purchases. The actual build was a freestyle affair and was completed in one weekend.

     

    1. How did it feel when you reached the magic 10,000 votes?
      It was genuinely overwhelming and my initial response was tears. Having dedicated this project to my late father, it brought a lot of mixed emotions to the surface. However, later that day I was able to truly celebrate with my friends online and IRL.

      It took 471 days in total to reach 10k. Some days you’d be chuffed with 10 votes and then the next day you’d get over 1,000.

     

    1. Approximately how many LEGO bricks did you use to create your model?
      My best guesstimate would be 500 LEGO bricks. One day I should really do a legitimate piece count, but I’m a bit reluctant to take any of it apart.


    About LEGO Ideas

    1. Do you have any useful advice about creating a successful LEGO Ideas project?
      Choose an idea that you have an emotional connection with, whether it’s related to your pet, hobby or favourite book. People respond well to a personal choice and this will help you stand out from the crowd.

      - It may sound obvious, but fully embrace all social media networks and not just your favourite platform. Whilst you may only use Twitter, did you know Facebook has 5 times the number of users and potential voters!

      - Try and be courteous to everyone, manners go a long way with online campaigns. It can be challenging when people are overtly critical about your idea, but try to find a polite way to placate them.

      - Definitely ask your friends for help. I can honestly say involving my family, friends and colleagues made this project one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life.

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO Ideas project (besides your own of course)?
      The “LEGO Bird Project” by Thomas Poulsom is my absolute favourite. When you get to the end of the Robin build and stick his wee tummy on, it’s just the best feeling.

     

    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 honestly can’t think of another website where anyone has the opportunity to design something they love and have it potentially manufactured and sold around the world.

      - Choose a relatively short name for your project, longer titles can often get truncated on different websites and could become meaningless.

      - Similarly, be sure to embed your project name within the main image. This will help tremendously when other people copy and paste your photo into social media posts.

      - Don’t be afraid to ask for people’s opinions – it’s never too late to make minor changes or additions to your idea based on community feedback.

      - When trying to build momentum or establish a social media presence post regular updates and thank people personally. Every vote counts and you never know who they might share your project with!

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