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  • Twelve Projects Qualify for the Third 2016 LEGO Ideas Review

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    The Third 2016 LEGO Ideas Review qualifying period ended this Monday morning, January 9th at 12:00 a.m. Central European Time or GMT+1.

    It's once again exciting for us to celebrate the fact that TWELVE awesome projects have gathered 10,000 supporters between the months of September 2016 and early January 2017. It's a very impressive achievement seeing that so many projects have qualified and we wish to extend our congratulations to all members whose hard work has paid off in reaching this milestone.

    We are just as eager as you all are to see what the LEGO Review Board says now that these projects have qualified for the Third 2016 LEGO Ideas Review. We are also excited about learning more about the different members in the coming months through the LEGO Ideas 10K Club Interviews!

    Which is your favourite?

     

    Boat Repair Shop (by RobenAnne)

     

    Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. "The Bus" LEGO Set (by Savath_Bunny)

     

    Hulkbuster UCS (by Raychow)

     

    Lego Store Modular Version (by kashaka)

     

    Red Dwarf Lego (by Legobob32)

     

    Landrover 4 x 4 (by Dadandlad)

     

    Volkswagen Golf MK1 GTI (by hasskabal)

     

    Vintage Tram (by kevinszeto)

     

    1950's Diner (pix027)

     

    Ship In A Bottle, The Flagship Leviathan. (by JakeSadovich77)

     

    UCS Rey´s Speeder (by Robert Lundmark)

     

    The Iron Giant (by BrettCuv)

     

     

    Second 2016 LEGO Review Results Coming Up!

    The LEGO Review Board is hard at work wrapping up the Second 2016 LEGO Review and we look forward to sharing the news with you all as soon as they are ready. Below are the 12 fantastic projects that are currently being reviewed:

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  • Third 2016 LEGO Ideas Review Deadline – January 9, 2017

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    Happy New Year!

    With the new year comes the Third 2016 LEGO Ideas Review deadline that is fast approaching. Projects have until Monday January 9th at 12:00 midnight (Central European Time or GMT+1) to gather support if they want to be considered in the Third 2016 LEGO Ideas Review. Make sure you spread the word and help promote your favourite projects that you want reviewed as soon as possible!

    Projects that reach 10,000 supporters after midnight on Monday qualify for the First 2017 review period ending Monday, May 1, 2017.

    Following in the footsteps of the last review period, we've once again got 12 amazing projects have gathered the necessary 10,000 supporters. What a feat! Will a lucky 13th project make it before the deadline closes? 


    Second 2016 LEGO Review Results
    The LEGO Review Board is working tirelessly to finalise the results of the Second 2016 LEGO Review. As always, we know you're yearning to know the outcome of review results and we will of course share them as soon as they are ready.

     

    What is the LEGO Review?
    When a LEGO Ideas project reaches 10,000 supporters, it goes into the "LEGO Review". Our LEGO Review Board considers each project's potential as a LEGO set, using a process similar to the one used for our own LEGO products. For more info on the LEGO Review, check out the "What is a Project?" section of our Project Guildeines and House Rules.

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  • 10K Club Interview: Meet Aaron Fiskum of Star Wars UCS X34 Landspeeder

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    2017's first 10K Club member Aaron Fiskum, a.k.a. Psyence-, has a big passion for UCS scale sets, which motivated his first real attempt at a MOC from scratch. This was to become the Star Wars UCS X34 Landspeeder, a speeder that we're sure Luke would be proud of! Aaron, not content with his initial version, kept work and re-working his MOC to mimic the real deal as much as possible. The LEGO Ideas journey certainly also is a learning experience as Aaron shares tips about what he would do differently had he had the chance.

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

     

    About Yourself

    1. Where are you from?
      Des Moines IA area, United States.

     

    1. How old are you?
      42 years of age.

     

    1. What do you study or do for a living?
      I am employed at one of the leading information technology services companies in the United States, running our Client Engagement and Implementation areas within the IT Department. 

     

    1. What hobbies do you have?
      I've always been a gamer and very much into sports and fitness. I loved to draw when I was a child and was very much into music – vocal, played piano, trombone and still hack on the guitar here and there. Most recently (the last 2 years), I building/design seriously with LEGO bricks. Due to time constraints, I am hoping to build at least one large model a year based on my current pace. I already have the next one designed.

     

    1. How and when did your interest for LEGO come about?
      I started building around the age of 4 with a couple of small sets. On my 5th birthday my parents bought me, what I believe, would be a labeled as a “LEGO City” set. At the time, minifigures didn’t have moveable arms or legs. I acquired a few LEGO Space and Castle sets over the course of the 1980s (I still have them). I stopped building just after the age of 12 and picked it up again at age 39 after seeing the new Tie Fighter and Millennium Falcon sets. At that point, I started buying many sets and was most interested in the UCS versions. After building a number of the UCS sets, it was then when I started looking around online at what others were doing - I was introduced to a culture I had no idea existed. This piqued my interest in MOC-ing and my first shot at building anything with serious intention (planning and design) was the Landspeeder.

     

    ^ Aaron works on the display stand for his UCS sizes X34 Landspeeder

     

    1. What is your favourite official LEGO set? Why?
      LEGO 497 Galaxy Explorer. I remember drooling over it in stores when I was young. I received it as a gift and still have it.

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO element? Why?
      Hinge plates – they allow me to make round structures from square bricks.

     

    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 inspired by Pete Brookdale initially due to his AT-AT (another ideas project) and other Star Wars MOCs. In fact, I built a replica of his AT-AT just for the challenge due to it being such a beautiful model. This is what really inspired me to build something of my own, hence the Landspeeder.

     

    1.  Is there one or more particular LEGO related websites (not official LEGO websites) that you visit often and/or are inspired by?
      BrickNerd and The Brothers Brick mostly. I also frequent many Facebook Groups and now keep my eye out on Flickr.

     

    About Your Project

    1. Where did your interest in this particular model come from?
      After seeing the UCS sets that had been released and researching MOCs from other builders out in the world, I wanted to do something no one had really tried before. I had acquired most of the new and historical UCS sets over 2014 and I wanted to take a chance at doing something that was well-known and at a UCS scale. The Landspeeder just made sense, as anyone that loves Star Wars knows what it is. Up until that point, most of the UCS sets that had been released by LEGO had been aerial/space vehicles, so this to me made it even more unique in my mind being it was land-based.

     

    1. What special challenges did you face creating the model? What was the most difficult part to recreate?
      This was my first real attempt at a MOC from scratch and I was a novice. I didn’t know the LEGO library of parts well when I set out to design the Landspeeder. Trying to stay true to the original vehicle in scale and shape (specifically round objects) made it a challenge for me. The most difficult part for me to create on the model was the windscreen due to the way it is shaped on the original vehicle. My first attempt was to use three separate windscreens but that option wasn’t good enough. I tried a number of variations to recreate the windscreen using all kinds of brick. The final revision you see on the model today seemed to mimic the original vehicle best.

     

    1. How long did it take to complete the model?
      The model took about 2-3 months to design using LDD and about a month to acquire the pieces and build. There were a number of revisions after submission that are chronicled on the LEGO Ideas project page.

     

    ^ Aaron plans his designs in LDD before sourcing parts specifically for his MOC.

     

    1. How did it feel when you reached the magic 10,000 votes?
      Admittedly, it was a bit of a surreal moment. Understanding that my model is Star Wars (an existing property) and UCS (a rather exclusive line), I didn’t know how well the model would be received. There are builders out in the community that are very critical of such a project for LEGO Ideas and feel that UCS should only be designed and built by LEGO. Regardless, I think the LEGO public, as well as Star Wars fans, have spoken in seeing this project to 10K. I received a plethora of positive and supportive comments all over social media (“take my money”, “I want one”, “sell me the plans”, “LEGO needs to make this”). The model also won “Best Land Vehicle” at Brickworld Chicago 2015, was featured in Brick Journal November 2015 Star Wars edition, as well as being blogged by numerous LEGO Fan sites - BrickNerd, The Brothers Brick, Brick Fanatics, io9 on Gizmodo, The Awesomer Media, The Escapist Magazine, Eurobricks and others.

      I published the model on the 14th January, 2015 and it hit 10,000 on the morning of the 21st August, 2016. Even with the initial landslide of votes and online media coverage the model received early on, it certainly took time to get there. I worked for it and took a grass roots approach to gaining support, ordering business cards featuring the model to hand out at events, attending Brickworld Chicago twice (2015 and 2016), attending KC ComiCon (thanks to the KC LUG for inviting me) and working with my local LUG (IA LUG) during events and showing the model. The extension of time for LEGO Ideas projects was obviously helpful.

     

    ^ Aaron brought his Star Wars UCS X34 Landspeeder to several LEGO events and even created business cards featuring his model to further market his project. Clever!

     

    1. Approximately how many LEGO bricks did you use to create your model?
      2858 bricks.


    About LEGO Ideas

    1. Do you have any useful advice about creating a successful LEGO Ideas project?
      An idea should be something that no one has built before, it must be well-known or have a large fan base. If it isn’t something being reproduced in likeness to something that already exists, it must be completely original and able to acquire popularity on its own. The latter is far more difficult being it is most likely not mainstream.

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO Ideas project (besides your own of course)?
      Of those I know about (because there are so many), Voltron by len_d69 is beautifully done and hit 10K it what seemed to be record time. To me, this is a no brainer assuming The LEGO Group can acquire license to make 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?

      What attracts me:
      The base concept of Ideas. I don’t know of another business that allows their consumers the ability to help create a new product in their line-up. 

      Tips:
      - If you truly believe in your idea, take the time and invest in excellent photography – present those pictures on your project page. 
      - Make certain your model is as finished as it can possibly be.

      I have two regrets:
      - Not having foresight in knowing how many updates I may make – meaning completely finishing the model before publishing it. Although I was building this as a personal goal, I hadn’t intended to share it with the world, however I submitted it based on initial interest I received.
      - Not having formal photos of the idea on the project page as you can’t change them. Formal photos after the fact with updates to the model drew a lot of attention.

      Exposure is everything:
      - If you build and submit a model as an idea, take it to LEGO conventions and shows if they allow it.
      - Post the idea on as many social media platforms as you can (Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, etc.).
      - Repost any articles, blogs, etc. that have written about or hae found interest in your idea.
      - Join a LUG near you and attend LUG events/shows with your idea.
      - While attending events, talk to the public about LEGO Ideas and spread the word about your project for more support

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  • LEGO® Ideas 21308 Adventure Time - Available Today!

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    We know we said that the fantastic crew of the 21308 Adventure Time set would make their way to shelves on the 1st of January, 2017, but we simply couldn't wait. 

    Initially proposed by Ludovic Piraud (aBetterMonkey), you can now build LEGO® brick versions of eight of your favorite Adventure Time™ characters and role-play scenes from the awesome Cartoon Network show. This set includes Finn, Jake, Princess Bubblegum, Lady Rainicorn, Marceline, BMO, Gunter and Ice King. Use the included accessory elements to create your own stories and make every day a fun adventure!

    Get your colourful Adventure Time set and create your own adventures with Finn, Jake and the rest of the Adventure Time gang. Head over to the LEGO Shop today and get yours for a recommended retail price of USD 49.99 / EUR 49,99 / GBP 44.99!

    Ludovic Piraud's Brick-built Adventure Time figures started their journey on LEGO Ideas in February of 2015 and it didn't take long for it to gain a following and eventually earn the magical 10,000 votes. "It felt unreal. I didn't think at first that what started as a fun little challenging pet project would receive so much support so fast" explained Ludovic about how he felt when his project hit this milestone. Ludovic continues "The appeal for adult viewers like me I think comes from how it taps into the nostalgia of childhood play fantasies where imagination goes wild. As does playing with LEGO bricks, as a matter of fact".  

     

     


     

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  • 10K Club Interview: Meet Maia Weinstock of Women of NASA

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    This week's 10K Club member is none other than Maia Weinstock, a.k.a 20tauri, whose Women of NASA took LEGO Ideas by storm in the summer of 2016 - a blistering 15 days is all it took for her project to reach 10,000 supporters. Maia crafted a fun vignette series that all came together through a meticulously planned campaign to drive the supporters necessary to see this project move into the LEGO Ideas Review.

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

     

     

    About Yourself

    1. Where are you from?
      I grew up in Pound Ridge, New York, and currently live in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

     

    1. How old are you?
      I’m 39 years old.

     

    1. What do you study or do for a living?
      I’m a science editor and writer. I currently work as the deputy editor of MIT News, the news office of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

     

    1. What hobbies do you have?
      Aside from my addiction to designing custom minifigures, I enjoy photography, cycling, making music mixes (yes, people still do that!), participating in the Wikipedia community, reading, and watching films — especially documentaries.

     

     

    1. How and when did your interest for LEGO come about?
      I played with LEGO as a child in the 1980s, but my connection to it faded as I grew older. I became interested again in late 2009, when I thought to make a custom minifigure of a friend who is a scientist. I subsequently decided to design more of these for other scientists, and to photograph them and put them online. I also began trying to meet up with scientists and engineers after I make a minifigure of them, and it’s always amusing to see their reaction. I’ve said before, and it’s really true, that I feel like Santa Claus when this happens, because even the most well-regarded, world-renowned scientists and engineers light up like a kid on Christmas when they see their minifig in person.

     

    1. What is your favourite official LEGO set? Why?
      It’s hard to pick just one! As a space nut, I certainly enjoy the Spaceport and Space Starter kits. I also really appreciate the Deep Sea Submarine and Volcano Crawler for highlighting other adventurous science-based careers. Most recently, I was happy to see the Fun in the Park set: It’s no secret that minifigs are my thing, so getting a set with 15 minifigs — including a baby and a person with a disability, both firsts as far as I am aware — was a real treat. Finally, I’d give a shout out to Olivia’s Exploration Car in the LEGO Friends line, which features not only the “I love science” tile that I gave Sally Ride in my “Women of NASA” set, but also a lovely astronomical observatory with which Olivia can explore the cosmos.

     

    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’d say there are two in particular:

      Stuart Cromar (Stubot on LEGO Ideas) created a really smart set featuring Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, but more than the set itself, Stuart is extremely supportive of others, and certainly has been of me and my various projects. Thank you, Stuart!

      Another designer I admire is ThomasW, also on LEGO Ideas. Thomas has lots of projects on the platform, and while I have my favorites, they are all very professional and lovely, especially those in the space and astronomy realms. Thomas is also one of the most active members on LEGO Ideas, and I appreciate his support of pretty much everyone on the site.

     

    1.  Is there one or more particular LEGO related websites (not official LEGO websites) that you visit often and/or are inspired by?
      I don’t frequent any particular LEGO blogs, but I do follow certain LEGO designers on Flickr. The individual I am always amazed by is Lynn, a.k.a. DigiNik13, whose photos of minifigure vignettes are always flawless. Lynn has a keen eye for detail and also highlights female minifigures quite a bit, which I really appreciate. And she’s very supportive of other LEGO photographers on Flickr as well!

     

    About Your Project

    1. Where did your interest in this particular model come from?
      This set combines several of my personal passions: space exploration, the history of women in science and engineering, and, of course, LEGO. In 2014, I curated an art exhibit featuring portraits of women in science, and for my part of the exhibit I mounted and framed individual minifigures of real-life scientists that I’d previously designed. They were a huge hit. So the frame part of the model stems from that idea, as I thought people might like to build their own display featuring minifigs of accomplished women in the STEM professions. The vignettes came second, and for those I wanted to contextualize each person in terms of her contribution to NASA history.

     

     

    1. What special challenges did you face creating the model? What was the most difficult part to recreate?
      The model isn’t particularly difficult to physically build, but I had some challenges finding the ideal parts for it. The globe, for instance, is a rather rare LEGO piece that’s hard to find. I considered adding a hanger to the coat rack in the Margaret Hamilton vignette — which stems from a famous photograph of Margaret next to her Apollo software — but none of the pieces I tried for that worked. Parts of the minifigures aren’t perfect — such as Margaret not having shoes — but I think they turned out pretty well considering what was available.

     

    1. How long did it take to complete the model?
      The model itself didn’t take long to create once I had the pieces, but determining and finding the perfect parts took a while. Whenever I make new vignettes I scavenge for pieces from my (fairly modest) collection, even if they’re the wrong color, just to see how they’ll fit together. So I did that here as a scaffold. Then it was just a matter of finding and obtaining the parts I didn’t have yet. I did, however, make a number of additional tweaks to the set over several months, such as making sure each minifigure holds a utensil, which I didn’t have in the original version.

     

    ^ Maia ensured she got great photos of her project by using a seemless and neutral white background

     

    1. How did it feel when you reached the magic 10,000 votes?
      I was absolutely elated when the project reached 10,000 supporters! I certainly hoped it would do well, but it was a wonderful surprise to see the votes pour in so quickly. The set clearly touched and inspired many, as it reached 10,000 supporters in just 15 days. The night on which it appeared we’d reach 10K I stayed up until something like 4:30 or 5 in the morning so that I could watch the 10,000th vote come in and announce it on social media right away. I didn’t get much sleep that day, but it was thrilling! I told my supervisor I’d be a little late to work that morning, and by the time I arrived, I had missed half of a meeting. When I walked into our conference room, meeting well underway, everyone immediately stopped talking and started clapping for me, which was very sweet.

     

    1. Approximately how many LEGO bricks did you use to create your model?
      291 if you include 10 minifigures, as pictured in the “full” set. If you include only five minifigures, it’s 270.


    About LEGO Ideas

    1. Do you have any useful advice about creating a successful LEGO Ideas project?
      For a set to achieve 10,000 supporters, I’d say in addition to the overall idea, you need to think a lot about your audience. Where will you reach out to find those supporters? Because after the first week or two on LEGO Ideas, a set can sit around and not be seen, if you’re not actively promoting it. So you really do have to plan to be proactive about getting the word out. To that end, I’d also say: Be sure your lead image is strong and conveys not only what the bricks look like but what the branding of such a product might look like. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it should have a compelling design. Finally, take the time to plan your media and social media strategy. Make a list of all of the relevant outlets that might help you support your project, and write out the copy and select images to suggest for them to use. Create social accounts on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Instagram. And then put your project out there.

     

    ^ Maia shows how she meticulously planned her project 

    1. What is your favourite LEGO Ideas project (besides your own of course)?
      There are so many creative sets to choose from. But certainly the one I was happiest to find on LEGO Ideas was the Female Minifigure Set — later renamed Research Institute — since I consider myself a champion of women in the sciences. I was a heavy promoter of Ellen Kooijman (Alatariel)’s design, and I was absolutely thrilled for her when it was selected to become a real product. That set, as well as the Series 11 Scientist collectible minifigure, which I also wrote about, really helped to influence how the public sees women in the LEGO universe.

     

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

      It is incredibly rare for a company — much less a global powerhouse like LEGO — to crowdsource ideas from fans/customers/potential customers. I give LEGO Ideas a ton of credit for pushing the envelope in terms of giving the public a say in what ultimately becomes available in stores. I also value LEGO Ideas for simply being a platform where non-traditional set ideas can be seen and appreciated for what they are. I’ve seen on LEGO Ideas some absolutely brilliant designs, many of which could very well have been successful in stores.

      For those considering uploading an idea, I’d say: Give it a go! Even if your set doesn’t ultimately obtain 10,000 supporters, it’s a nice way to display your work to the community 

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