LEGO Ideas celebrated its 10th birthday on November 8th. It all started in 2008, through a partnership with Cuusoo System in Japan, as an opportunity to make LEGO fans’ ideas a reality. Fast forward to today, LEGO Ideas has over 1 million members, over 26,000 submitted ideas, almost 200 ideas with 10,000 supporters, and 23 official LEGO sets. Moreover, earlier this year, contests for teen and adult LEGO fans migrated from LEGO ReBrick to LEGO Ideas, bringing even more activity to the platform. LEGO designer Mark Stafford shared on Twitter a photo of the birthday cake the LEGO Ideas team had to celebrate the event. Check out that awesome frosting! Yum! 🙂
Currently, there are three contests on LEGO Ideas, two of which we already talked about before: the LEGO James Bond Contest with an entry deadline of November 27th, and the LEGO Creator Build An Add-On Contest with an entry deadline of December 4th (see links at the end of this post for more details). In addition to those two, a third contest was added recently for LEGO Harry Potter fans. Since we haven’t talked about this contest yet, I’m including the details below.
➡ LEGO HARRY POTTER CONTEST – OVERVIEW: It’s time to do your magic! Have you ever imagined being a part of the Wizarding World? The LEGO Ideas team invites you into the LEGO world of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, but be aware that you need to use your magical, creative powers to enter. If you are a fan of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, you probably have considered how cool it would be to have your own wand, broomstick or suitcase filled with magical creatures. Now is your chance! Let out your magical building powers to bring your favorite item or creature from the Wizarding World to life in LEGO bricks!
➡ LEGO HARRY POTTER CONTEST – HOW TO ENTER: You can enter this magical contest by building within one of the following categories: 1.) Creatures from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, and 2.) Hogwarts items and icons. In your entry headline, the first word must state which category you have chosen to build within. If you have chosen to build within category 1, please include “Creatures” as the first word in your headline, and if you have chosen to build within category 2, please include “Hogwarts” as the first word in your headline. Submissions may be in either physical bricks or by using a digital building tool such as LEGO Digital Designer. You’re welcome to use image editing tools, such as Photoshop, to enhance your photos/presentation. Take up to five photos of your creation and submit them to the contest. Make sure to show off your model from all angles and any particular features or functions of your creation. Add a title and a short description. Upload your entry to the contest using the blue Submit Your Entry button on this page.
➡ LEGO HARRY POTTER CONTEST – RULES: Entries must only contain LEGO system elements (no LEGO DUPLO or LEGO Technic elements). These LEGO elements must be genuine (not cut, glued, drawn on or otherwise modified). Entries should relate to the Harry Potter or Fantastic Beasts Wizarding World and not consist of or contain copies of any other existing third party work or creation or infringements of any third party intellectual property right. This means all entries containing third party IPs, such as printed parts or minifigures accessories from Marvel and DC Comics Super Heroes, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, etc. will not be eligible for the contest – this also includes The LEGO Movie. Please don’t use any minifigures in your entry. No custom artwork (stickers/prints). Entries may only contain official LEGO-made stickers or printed elements from non-licensed sets, with the exception of Harry Potter or Fantastic Beasts. You must be the original creator of all creative work you submit (the model, images, photographs, description text, etc.) and you must have the exclusive right to submit your model to this LEGO Ideas contest. You may not submit a model made by, or on behalf of, someone else. Entries must be new creations and not previously posted online or submitted to any other contest. You must be at least 13 years old to participate and enter. Please note that there are other rules and restrictions, so make sure you read through the contest page carefully.
➡ LEGO HARRY POTTER CONTEST – DEADLINE: You must submit your entry by November 29th, 2018 at 6:00 a.m. EST. You can use an online time-zone converter to make sure you don’t miss the deadline.
➡ LEGO HARRY POTTER CONTEST – JUDGES: A panel of judges consisting of members from the LEGO Harry Potter team will choose a grand prize winner and two runner ups based on: overall coolness and originality – 25%, most inspired details – 25%, relevance to contest theme, 25%, and best use of LEGO elements – 25%. In addition, one bonus prize winner will be randomly selected from a bonus pool of high-quality contest submissions.
➡ LEGO HARRY POTTER CONTEST – PRIZES: One grand prize winner will receive the following: the #71043 Hogwarts Castle, and the full 2018 portfolio of LEGO Harry Potter and LEGO Fantastic Beasts sets (#75950, #75951, #75952, #75953, #75954, #75955, #75956). Two runner up winners and a bonus winner will each receive the following: the #71043 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle.
➡ LEGO CONTEST – WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT: Potential winners will be contacted via the entrant’s email address after December 13th, 2018. Winners will be announced on LEGO Ideas when all winners have returned the signed Winner’s Certification Documents. A winner who does not return their Winner’s Certification Document within one week (5 days) of receiving it will be disqualified, and a new winner will be selected.
I was really hoping that LEGO is going to run a contest for Harry Potter fans, as there is so much talent in the LEGO Harry Potter fan community! It’s a great chance to build your own magical creatures, items and icons. I’m certain that this contest is going to have some great entries! If you would like to get some inspiration, you can take a look at the LEGO Harry Potter and LEGO Fantastic Beasts sets at the Online LEGO Shop.
What do you think? How do you like the three contests currently running on LEGO Ideas? And, which one is your favorite LEGO Ideas set so far? Are there any projects you are currently supporting? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below! 😉
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