As you probably know already, LEGO Ideas (formerly LEGO CUUSOO) is a platform where LEGO fans can submit their own ideas for future LEGO sets. If and when a project receives at least 10,000 public votes, LEGO’s own designers will look at it carefully according to their own guidelines, and if they think it is a good idea they will release it as an official LEGO set in the near future. 🙂
There are several wonderful LEGO sets that came out of the LEGO Ideas platform (you can find the currently available sets in the LEGO Ideas category of the Online LEGO Shop). We have talked about these many times before, along with LEGO Ideas projects that we thought were great and were still gathering support (see links at the end of this post).
While most LEGO fans will have one, or maybe two, project that they consider submitting to LEGO Ideas as a potential LEGO set, there are also those who have dozens of them. I call these ultra creative LEGO fans “serial submitters”. Today I would like to introduce you to one such person who goes by the name Reekardoo, with 45 projects posted on LEGO Ideas at the time of this article. He got everything: spaceships, mechs, castles, chess-sets, and a lot more. All really excellent and beautiful models.
Reekardoo’s latest project is called LEGO The Legend of Zorro. In case you are not familiar with the character, Zorro was created in 1919 by New York–based pulp writer Johnston McCulley. He has been featured in numerous books, films, television series, and other media. Zorro (Spanish for “fox”) is the secret identity of Don Diego de la Vega, a nobleman living in Los Angeles during the era of Spanish rule. The character has undergone changes through the years, but the typical image of him is a dashing black-clad masked outlaw who defends the people of the land against tyrannical officials and other villains. Not only is he too cunning and fox-like for the bumbling authorities to catch, but also delights in publicly humiliating them. (If you are interested, you can read more about Zorro on Wikipedia.)
As you can see, the LEGO The Legend of Zorro model is huge. It basically features the governor’s mansion where Zorro is about to break in. The mansion is full of interesting details, especially very well designed furniture. This was designed to be a play-set with most of the walls hinged to open so you can look and play inside.
Frankly, I don’t think that LEGO will ever approve such a large set, however if a project like this does make it to 10,000 votes, LEGO will know that there is demand. They may ask the original submitter to redesign the set to a more acceptable level, and LEGO’s own designers can also help.
In general, if you consider submitting your own model to LEGO Ideas, it is best to consider all aspects of the project: design, presentation, marketing, compatibility with LEGO’s core beliefs and values, piece-count, price, and the possibility of having to acquire licensing. This way you give your project the best chance to succeed. However if you are uber-creative like Reekardoo, you may just put up all your ideas and hope that one of them will succeed. Or at least you will have a very impressive portfolio in case you’re looking for a job as a designer.
If you like the LEGO The Legend of Zorro project you can see more pictures and support it here: VOTE FOR LEGO LEGEND OF ZORRO. And you can also check out Reekardoo’s other submissions on his LEGO Ideas page – you may find something that you would really like to see as an official LEGO set. If you would like to vote for any of the project just sign in to LEGO Ideas with your regular LEGO ID (the same one you use for shopping, using the LEGO Message Board, etc.) And you can also check out the currently available LEGO Ideas sets at the Online LEGO Shop.
So what do you think? How do you like the LEGO The Legend of Zorro project? Is this something you would be interested in? Or do you like some of the other submissions better? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉
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