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Even if you don’t have time to participate in LEGO Ideas contests, it is a good mental exercise to spend a few minutes thinking about what you would build for each of the challenges. Then, when the contests are over, and the winners are announced, you can go back to the contest page to see all the wonderfully creative builds.

You will learn a lot by seeing how others approached the task, what they built, and what the judges thought of the entries. This is especially true when you had a hard time coming up with ideas for a particular contest, and it also prepares you for participating in contests in the future.

The recent LEGO Ideas Manchester United Contest was a particularly interesting challenge, because the guidelines were so vague. It’s often easier to come up with ideas when you are given specific confinements, as you have something to start with.

The LEGO Ideas Manchester United Contest was celebrating the release of the #10272 LEGO Creator Old Trafford – Manchester United set, and it challenged LEGO fans to build something else that’s related to Manchester United. The LEGO Ideas team gave some suggestions of what could be built (goal recreations, brick-built badges, player statues, etc.), but other than that it was up to the contestants to build whatever they wanted.

There were 275 entries to the contest, including some really excellent and creative builds. You can check them out at the contest page. What I wanted to focus on here are the three winning entries; United with Manchester by Bluestar13 was the grand prize winner, and The Bicycle 2-1 Winning Kick by Stevenhoward27 and Watching the Football Game by Hb3 were the two runner-ups.

It’s interesting to note how differently the three contestants approached the subject in subject, size, and building style. Bluestar13 focused on the fact that the Manchester United football club and the Old Trafford Stadium has been part of the city’s culture for a very long time and has become a symbol of Manchester. Thus, he recreated Old Trafford and the surrounding city in a huge micro-scale cityscape using Google Maps and aerial images (around 16,500 pieces were used).

Stevenhoward27 focused on a single historic event. On February 12, 2011, in the 78th minute of the game against the Manchester City team, Wayne Rooney defies all odds and scores a winning goal for Manchester United with a kick forever written into sports history. This build uses two view points with forced perspective. The players are depicted with large brick-built figures and the crowds in the back are built using minifigures in one view and small brick built figures in the other. There are over 28,000 pieces to this build. The dynamic nature of this entry is fantastic! You can even see Wayne kicking up clumps of grass and dirt!

The second runner-up winner focuses on the legendary goalie of Manchester United, David de Gea Quintana, regarded to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world. This project also uses forced perspective techniques, but in a different way. From the front, it looks like you are viewing a football match on a television screen, but it’s actually just a frame with a whole scene built behind it.

What do you think? Did you enter the LEGO Ideas Manchester United Contest? Or were you thinking about entering? What did you build? Or what were you planning to build? And how do you like the winning entries? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! And if you haven’t done so already, you can check out the new the #10272 LEGO Creator Old Trafford – Manchester United set at the LEGO Creator section of the Online LEGO Shop.

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April 2020 – New LEGO Sets & Promotions

March has been a tough month for the entire world, and we are still watching as the situation with the current virus is unfolding. As everyone is advised to practice social distancing and stay at home as much as possible, many LEGO fans are turning to their favorite hobby to take their mind of worrisome events. Official LEGO stores are closed, and it’s not advisable to visit local stores unless shopping for essentials, so LEGO is suggesting to make purchases at the Online LEGO Shop.

Fortunately, LEGO has been good at keeping sets in stock, and even those items that are temporarily on backorder ship out pretty fast. There are some freebies available this month, along with several new sets, so if you are yearning for something new, take a look around the Online LEGO Shop.

FREE LEGO EASTER SETS: The two freebie offers that started last month are continuing until April 13th. You will get the #30550 LEGO Easter Bunny with purchases of $30 or more and the #40371 LEGO Easter Egg with purchases of $50 or more. These two are stackable offers, so if your order is $50 or more, you will get both items. This offer is valid on all purchases at the Online LEGO Shop.

FREE LEGO TROLLS SET: April 10-26, you can get a free #30555 LEGO Trolls Poppy’s Carriage set with purchases of $35 or more. It’s a nice introduction to the new LEGO Trolls sets, if you haven’t tried them out yet. This offer is valid on all purchases at the Online LEGO Shop.

LEGO IDEAS PIRATES OF BARRACUDA BAY: The recently announced #21322 LEGO Ideas Pirates of Barracuda Bay set is now available! This set is a loving homage to classic LEGO Pirates sets and the entire LEGO Pirate fan community. You can read the full press-release here, but to recap, the set features a small island with a repurposed shipwreck, where the legendary pirate Redbeard and his gang retired after their adventures. The shipwreck can be reconfigured into a fully functioning pirate ship, inspired by the Black Seas Barracuda, one of the most famous LEGO Pirate ships from 1989. An incredibly well designed and executed set that would delight all LEGO Pirate fans. You can find it at the LEGO Ideas section of the Online LEGO Shop.

LEGO STAR WARS HELMETS COMING SOON: The three LEGO Star Wars Helmets we talked about previously (see links at the end of this post) are going to be available on April 19th. The #75274 LEGO Star Wars TIE Fighter Pilot Helmet, #75276 LEGO Star Wars Stormtrooper Helmet, and #75277 LEGO Star Wars Boba Fett Helmet are already listed at the LEGO Star Wars section of the Online LEGO Shop.

LEGO FAST & FURIOUS DODGE CHARGER AVAILABLE: The #42111 LEGO Technic Dom’s Dodge Charger from Fast & Furious that was announced a couple of days ago is already available for pre-order and will ship on April 27th. For more details, visit the LEGO Technic section of the Online LEGO Shop.

LEGO MINIONS SETS COMING SOON: The new LEGO Minions collection will be available on April 27th. Most of the sets are in the LEGO 4+ range to accommodate younger kids, but they can be interesting to adult collectors as well. Sets include the #75546 LEGO Minions in Gru’s Lab, the #75547 LEGO Minions Pilot in Training, the #75549 LEGO Minions Unstoppable Bike Chase, the #75550 LEGO Minions Kung Fu Battle, and the #75551 LEGO Brick-Built Minions and Their Lair. You can find them at the LEGO Minions section of the Online LEGO Shop.

LEGO FRIENDS PLAY CUBES SERIES 2 AVAILABLE: When we reviewed the LEGO Friends Play Cubes (see links at the end of this post), we mentioned that the instructions showed that there will be a second series coming in the near future. That second series is now available. Just like in the first series, there are five sets, one for each of the friends; Andrea, Stephanie, Olivia, Mia, and Emma. Each set contains a small scene, accessories, and a surprise pet. Instead of the glitter-trans-purple of the previous series, here the lids of the boxes are glitter-trans-pink. The boxes can be used to quarantine your mini-dolls, or as storage containers, or for sorting parts, or to make a nice display case when connected together. I love these little sets and highly recommend them. They are available at the LEGO Friends section of the Online LEGO Shop.

And that rounds up all the new LEGO sets and promotions we know about at this point. Please note that it’s possible that LEGO will throw in some extra promotions, just like they have done with the special Double VIP Points period last month. The virus situation is hard on everyone, and businesses are trying to adapt to changes as well as the needs of their customers. Make sure you also check the clearance section of the Online LEGO Shop where you can find older sets 20%-50% off.

What do you think? How do you like the new LEGO sets and promotions this month? Are you planning to get anything? What projects are you working on while trying to stay healthy? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below!

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