A couple of days ago LEGO announced the chosen projects from the third 2015 LEGO Ideas review. There were nine qualified projects in this review-period that reached 10,000 votes between September 2015 and early January 2016. The results are quite interesting. Below is the video-announcement and some other details. 🙂
The LEGO The Beatles Yellow Submarine is by amateur musician and songwriter, Kevin Szeto. He wanted to show his affection for The Beatles through a LEGO tribute to the iconic British rock band. He really brought it to life in vibrant and fun colors, and even included the whole band as LEGO minifigures. The submarine in its current state is just a bit over 400 pieces, which is in line with other LEGO Ideas sets. It features a functioning propeller and rudder, as well as a set of periscopes that can rotate to different angular positions. The top cover of the chassis is removable to reveal a cockpit that fits all four minifigs. This is a great display-piece for Beatles fans, plus we will get the entire band in minifig form!
The LEGO Apollo 11 Saturn V is by LEGO fans saabfan and whatsuptoday is the second project that was approved in this round. The whole rocket is about 1 meter or 130 studs long, and consists of 1179 LEGO elements. If LEGO stays true to the original submission, this is going to the largest set released under LEGO Ideas, and could open the door for other larger projects. The rocket is actually quite complex with a modular design. It features a removable 1st rocket-stage with the main rocket engine, a removable 2nd rocket-stage with rocket engine, and a removable 3rd rocket-stage with the Apollo spacecraft. The Apollo spacecraft includes the “Eagle” Lunar Lander and the Lunar Orbiter. And there is also a rescue rocket on top of the whole spacecraft. The set comes with two minifigure astronauts. This is not just a beautiful LEGO model, but it is also educational and a testament to human exploration.
Below is the announcement video with more details:
LEGO is still working out the final design, pricing, and availably for both the LEGO Beatles Yellow Submarine and the LEGO Apollo 11 Saturn V, but they should be available towards the end of this year and/or early next year. At the same time the next batch of LEGO Ideas projects that reached 10,000 supporters between January and May 2016 are already in review. The results will be announced later this fall.
I think LEGO made a good choice with both projects. I’m particularly excited about the LEGO Apollo 11 Saturn V. This will be the third space exploration related LEGO Ideas set after the #21101 LEGO Ideas Hayabusa, and the #21104 LEGO Ideas NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover – both excellent sets. If you would like to check out the currently available sets originally designed and submitted by LEGO fans, check out the LEGO Ideas section of the Online LEGO Shop.
So what do you think? How do you like the two projects LEGO has chosen? Are you excited about either of them? Or both? Were you hoping that some of the other projects get approved instead? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉
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