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LEGO recently uploaded the designer video for the new #10290 LEGO Creator Expert Pickup Truck. This set didn’t get a special press-release, but it actually has some really nice features. So I thought that we should talk about it in a bit more detail, and I also included the designer video below.

The #10290 LEGO Creator Expert Pickup Truck is not a licensed set, but it recreates the general classic pickup truck shape of the 1950s with rounded lines and wooden side planks. It features lots of authentic details and play-features like a stepside bed, opening doors, opening hood and tailgate, a detailed engine, working front steering, adjustable mirrors, and removable wooden side railings.

The set comes with three new printed elements; the V8 logo centered on the front grill (the grill is made of claws!), the gage cluster, and the classic LEGO logo on the tailgate. The rest of the decorated elements you see are stickers.

Another nice feature of the set is that it comes with a bunch of accessories so you can create a seasonal display. There’s a wheelbarrow with flowers and a watering can for spring. For summer, there are two wooden crates, tomatoes, carrots (first time in white!), and a milk pail. Autumn brings a crate with pumpkins, while for winter there is a wreath and a festive gift.

The vehicle measures over 5.5 in. (14 cm) high, 13 in. (33 cm) long, and 5.5 in. (14 cm) wide, so it makes a sizable display similar to the other buildable vehicles in the LEGO Creator Expert collection. I also like the choice of dark-red, which gives the pickup truck a vintage look. LEGO usually has some trouble making a consistent shade of dark-red, but for an old truck, the variation is suitable.

In the video below, LEGO designer Pierre Normandin will show you all the special features in detail. Pierre worked on some of the most well known and popular vehicles in the past 15 years, like most of the LEGO City and LEGO Creator Expert Trains, many LEGO City cars, helicopters, and construction vehicles, as well as the #10271 LEGO Creator Expert Fiat 500 from last year. You can see the list of the sets he worked on at this featured bricklist at Brickset.com. He knows how to build vehicles very well!

The #10290 LEGO Creator Expert Pickup Truck makes a perfect Christmas present. It’s great for those enthusiastic about vintage trucks, but it is also a nice holiday decoration, and I like that the model remains interactive through the year with all those farm accessories. The set comes with 1,677 pieces for the price of $129.99, which is very reasonable for such a large and detailed display model. If you want to check it out, it’s available at the LEGO Creator Expert section of the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think? How do you like the LEGO Creator Expert Pickup Truck? Do you like the color, play-features, and accessories? Are you planning to add it to your holiday shopping list? Or do you have it already? Feel free to share your thoughts and own reviews in the comment section below!

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Selected LEGO Ideas Projects & Upcoming Sets

Over the weekend, the LEGO Ideas team revealed the results of their last review session, in which they evaluated a record-shattering 57 product ideas that reached 10,000 supporters between January and May of this year. This time, the LEGO Ideas team picked two projects that will become official LEGO sets in the near future, with one more still under review. Below are the details.

The LEGO Ideas team stated: “There’s no doubt that with 57 projects reaching the review stage our review board had their work cut out for them and making a decision was more challenging than ever before. At the end of the day, we can only produce so many sets through LEGO Ideas and the number of sets produced is not proportionate to the number of submissions entering review, as much as we would love to produce many more fan-created product ideas. For this reason, we continue to look at different ways of realizing and celebrating fan creativity. That being said we’ve also never had so many product ideas in development as we have right now! We now have eight fan creations that are in progress and all awaiting their day to shine and we can’t wait to celebrate all those when the time comes!”

The first approved project is the Jazz Quartet by Hsinwei Chi. This submission already caught the attention of the LEGO Ideas team as part of the ‘Music to our Ears’ contest due to the dynamic and the very different design expression. Furthermore, Jazz music has been through a revival in the last few years. So the LEGO Ideas team sees this project as a fantastic tribute to a music genre that has a long history and strong roots. If you’d like to learn more about Hsinwei then make sure to check out his 10K Club Interview.

The second approved project is The Office by Jaijai Lewis. The popular television show and its characters are accurately captured in this creation, and the project continues the very popular line of sitcom and television show based sets. If you’d like to learn more about Jaijai then make sure to check out his 10K Club Interview.

There is also a third project, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Harry Finkel, that requires further review. An update will be shared in the next review result announcement in early 2022.

As usual, the final product design for these projects, as well as pricing and availability are still worked out and will be announced as the sets get closer to launch. Sadly, the other projects in this review period won’t be made into official LEGO sets. However, the next batch of LEGO Ideas projects is already in review. 34 projects have earned their spot in the review, by reaching 10,000 supporters between May and September of this year. Results will be shared in early 2022.

Also, remember that several already approved projects are yet to be released. This includes Home Alone – McCallister’s House by adwind, Sonic Mania – Green Hill Zone by toestergrl, Earth Globe by Disneybrick55, Vincent Van Gogh – The Starry Night by legotruman, and the Motorized Lighthouse by Roses Must Build. And of course, you can also check out the currently available LEGO Ideas sets already submitted by LEGO fans at the LEGO Ideas section of the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think? How do you like the projects picked by the LEGO Ideas team? Do you agree with their choices? And what projects would you like to see from the next round of submissions? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below!

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