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Vintage Lego Topographical Map

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Vintage Lego Topographical Map IRL

When I set out to design this map, it was so that I could build it for real to display in my home to add to my collection of maps. I designed it digitally so that I could try lots of ideas out quickly before committing to buying the bricks to build it for real.

Along the way, I decided that it might be something others would also like to own, so I submitted it to Lego Ideas. But promoting the submission ended up taking so much time that I had to put building it for real on hold!

So earlier this year I started to work on building a real-life version of the map and here it is!


You may notice that it has a slightly different look to the Lego Ideas submission. Many of the colours and pieces I used in my digital design were unavailable on Bricklink, so I had to change things a bit to make it possible to build. I've tried to stay as true as possible to the original design though.

I'm really pleased with the results and really enjoyed building it. I'm just waiting for a custom name plate for the 'United Kingdom' and then I'll hang it up in my house :)

Thanks for everyone's support so far, if you'd like to own a map like this one day please continue to share with your friends and family!

Here are some close up photos of the build:


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Happy Valentine's Day!

Thanks for all of your support so far :)


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Happy Chinese New Year!

While I've had many requests to make a LEGO map of China, I didn't have time to get one designed in time for the Chinese New Year, so I hope this re-imagining of the UK map in the style of Chinese New Year will do instead :) 



新年快乐 / 新年快樂


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2000 Supporters! Follow on social media to see the latest designs

Thank you for helping the Vintage LEGO Topographical Map reach 2000 supporters! 

In my last update, I mentioned that I was thinking about adding new map designs to this submission. I have since received a huge number of suggestions for new maps I could add. So many in fact, that I started a LEGO Maps Facebook group to track suggestions and share LEGO map ideas. 

If you'd like to join and add your own suggestion, just click here

The good news is that I have already started to work on the next map design. If you'd like to see a sneak preview, you can follow my progress on Instagram and Twitter

If you already follow me on social media, you'll also know that I like to post fun rebuilds of the LEGO map in different styles. Here's a winter map I made when it recently snowed across the UK.

I have more designs like this that I'll be releasing soon, including for the upcoming Chinese New Year and 6 Nations rugby tournament. Keep an eye out on social media and I'll also be updating this submission more regularly. 

Thanks once again for all of your support so far. And please remember to share this as much as you can to help get it to 10,000 supporters and having a chance at becoming a real LEGO set. 

 - SharkyBricks
 


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1000 Supporters! Which Map Should I Make Next?

We've just reached 1000 supporters! 

Thanks to everyone who has supported, shared and left comments, I'm pleased to see that there are so many other LEGO map fans :) 
We're 10% of the way there, so please do share with anyone you think would be interested in helping us get to 10k!

I have two major updates planned for 2021. The first is that I will be building the map for real using Bricklink, I'll keep everyone posted on how that goes. 

The second is that I've been reading everyone's feedback, and the most popular suggestion is to to build maps for different places (like other countries or even fictional maps), not just the UK. 

So I'm thinking of updating the submission in future to make it more of a 'map building kit', where the map of the UK would be one of the different builds that could be made. But before I can do that, I need to know what the other maps should be, and I want to hear what YOU think.  

What other maps would you like to see included as part of a 'map building kit'? Your home country? A fictional map? 

Let me know in the comments section and I'll use your feedback to plan my next map, which I'll update here :)