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(Written by William)

When I originally started writing about LEGO Ideas, it was for two major reasons. The first was to share some of my own creations with the larger fan community. The second was to document the LEGO Ideas process. I was hoping that, with each successive project, I could learn from my mistakes and run a better campaign to help others learn along the way.

Then I ran across a project that let me talk about an area of LEGO building I don’t always have a chance to cover in other articles, namely design theory. This is the idea of how you might go about planning a creation. In the last article, titled LEGO Projects – The Importance of Research, we talked about the value of researching a subject you are interested in, and how that research might manifest in your model. But what happens when the idea you’re trying to bring to life doesn’t exist in real life? Today, we will take a look at another LEGO Ideas project called Colide Spring – Concept Supercar by Mandylion777, that tackles such a subject.

WHAT IS THE COLIDE SPRING CONCEPT SUPERCAR?

Put simply, this is a car of the future. It’s Mandylion777’s envisioning of what that should look like. Generally, they wanted a fast car that could display the speed of today’s biggest and boldest muscle cars. However, unlike today’s beastly machines, their car would feature a much more responsible fuel system.

This, in an of itself, is an intriguing concept since models don’t actually use fuel. Additionally, just creating a tank and saying it has a blend of this or that is also not that interesting. So what they did instead was make it battery powered complete with removable batteries and a charging station.

Another fascinating feature is the modularity with the car’s motor and trunk. Having the ability to simply remove a motor like this can make repairs and fine tuning a much less daunting prospect. As for the trunk, any weight you can remove from a vehicle can increase its performance, provided it doesn’t affect the wind resistance of said vehicle. For that reason, removing the trunk is a fabulous way to design a car.

Finally, the model also features some glow-in-the-dark elements. This is more to give a sense of style and futurism to the overall appearance. Which, I must admit, is extremely important. In fact, Tesla made their name by making an environmental car look sleek and cool. Plus, I really enjoy seeing glow-in-the-dark pieces being used for something that is not hokey in some way.

HOW TO DESIGN SOMETHING THAT DOESN’T EXIST?

So now we know what the model is, what can we learn from it? Well, as stated before, this car does not exist. It is merely a concept from Mandylion777. This means there was very little to research, save aerodynamics of a car’s frame. So then how can someone build this and become better at making similar creations?

In one word, necessity. There is an old saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” This holds true today as it did when Plato said it all those years ago. And it is a great way to guide you in designing something brand new.

To start, ask yourself, “What do I need this thing to do or accomplish?” Once you figure that out, refining just becomes a matter of asking yourself, “Is this the best way to get that done?” You then keep asking yourself this question through every iteration until the answer is, “Yes, this is the best way to get that done.” Then you go get counseling since you’ve really been talking to yourself a lot recently!

But seriously, research will now pop its head back during this phase. While you are finding new and better ways to do whatever it is you are making, you need to make sure that your method is the best. For that to work properly, you must understand what the alternative method is. Many times, the difference is the trade off of this for that. For instance, you gain speed but loose carrying capacity. Ideally, you don’t want to trade anything away, if you can help it.

In the case of this model, you can take out your car’s trunk for additional speed. However, you are given the choice to put it back in to regain carrying capacity. The tradeoff still exists, but by making it a personal choice, all the options are still available. Thus, this becomes the best design possible.

FINAL THOUGHTS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I want to thank Mandylion777 for allowing me to use their project to showcase what I wanted to talk about today. If you like their project, visit their LEGO Ideas page and give it your vote for the potential of becoming an official LEGO set. And while you’re at it, check out my projects as well (I’m trying to be subtle here… ha-ha). And for the currently available LEGO sets that were originally submitted by fans, visit the LEGO Ideas section of the Online LEGO Shop.

In summary, preparing to bring to life in LEGO form non-existing subjects is a topic I hadn’t thought about doing until seeing projects like the Colide Sprint – Concept Supercar. I spend more of my time recreating or reimagining something that already exists rather than designing something entirely new. However, we must always remember that LEGO is a fantastic tool for dreaming up anything you can imagine. And dreams are a great way to envision and create the future.

What do you think? Do you research the projects you are working on? Are there any interesting discoveries that you have made? What do you do when you work on a project that doesn’t exist in real life? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below!

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June 2020 – New LEGO Sets & Promotions

It looks like LEGO decided that June is all about cars! In the June LEGO Store Calendar they feature the recently released #10271 LEGO Creator Fiat 500, the #76895 LEGO Speed Champions Ferrari F8 Tributo, and the #42111 LEGO Technic Dom’s Dodge Charger. Even the freebie set this month is a super nice Hot Rod! Details all what’s new this month are listed below.

➡ FREE LEGO HOT ROD: The #40409 LEGO Creator Hot Rod is free with purchases of $85 or more until June 21st. This is a fantastic minifig-scale replica of the #5541 LEGO Model Team Blue Fury from 1995. This is a fantastic little set, especially for a freebie! This offer is valid on all purchases at official LEGO stores and the Online LEGO Shop.

➡ LEGO TECHNIC LAMBORGHINI NOW AVAILABLE: The #42115 LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 is now available. We talked about this set previously (see press-release here: LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 Coming!). Prices are as follows: US $379.99 – CA $489.99 – DE €379.99 – UK £349.99 – FR €379.99 – DK 2899DKK (Euro pricing varies by country). To purchase this set, visit the LEGO Technic section of the Online LEGO Shop.

➡ LEGO CREATOR HAUNTED HOUSE AVAILABLE: The #10273 LEGO Creator Expert Haunted House is now available for everyone, not just LEGO VIP members. This set combines the spookiness of a haunted house with an awesome fairground ride. Find it at the LEGO Creator Expect section of the Online LEGO Shop.

➡ NEW LEGO MINECRAFT SETS AVAILABLE: Two new LEGO Minecraft sets have been added to the collection; the #21161 LEGO Minecraft Crafting Box 3.0, and the #21163 LEGO Minecraft the Redstone Battle. You can find them both at the LEGO Minecraft section of the Online LEGO Shop.

➡ LEGO HARRY POTTER SETS AVAILABLE OUTSIDE THE U.S.: The new LEGO Harry Potter sets are available in select countries. In the U.S., the sets will be available on August 1st. You can check them out at the LEGO Harry Potter section of the Online LEGO Shop.

➡ OTHER LEGO SUMMER SETS: There are a number of LEGO sets coming this summer and already listed at the  under the coming soon section. This includes LEGO Super Heroes, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Friends, LEGO Jurassic World, LEGO Hidden Side, and more, however no date has been given as far as their released. My guess is that they may be delayed due to the COVID-19 situation. However, you can already add them to your wanted list, so when they become available, you can purchase them at the Online LEGO Shop.

Also, as we discussed previously, (see links at the end of this post), many LEGO stores are now open or at least have curbside pickup available. Selection is limited and many restrictions have been put in place to keep visitors safe. If you have a LEGO store near you, I would suggest to give them a call to find out what are their current policies.

What do you think? What building projects are you working on this summer? Do you have any recently released favorite sets? Are you planning to get anything this month? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below!

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LEGO SHOP IN USA: Online LEGO Shop USA

LEGO SHOP IN CANADA: Online LEGO Shop Canada

LEGO SHOP IN UK: Online LEGO Shop UK

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