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LEGO Ideas changes & updates

A few days ago LEGO Ideas – the website where LEGO fans can submit their own projects for the possibility to become official LEGO sets – announced some major changes. As you know, projects submitted to LEGO Ideas had 1 year (365 days) to reach the minimum number of 10,000 votes to be considered by LEGO for future production. The deadline has now been extended if the project reaches certain milestones. If you have been supporting a project on LEGO Ideas, or you have your own project listed there, this is excellent news! Below are the details. 🙂


Here is the official announcement from LEGO Ideas: “When we launched LEGO Ideas last year, we set a one year time limit for all projects to reach 10,000 supporters. Over time we learned that wasn’t quite long enough, even for some of the best projects. So for our first birthday, we devised a way to save the projects that show big potential, while still cleaning up old, abandoned projects and those that haven’t gathered large followings over time. Now, LEGO Ideas will give projects an initial one year (365) days, and will award more time to projects that reach two supporter milestones: Projects that reach 1,000 supporters within one year will receive an additional 6 months (182 days). And projects that reach 5,000 supporters before they expire will receive a second extension of 6 months (182 days).”

LEGO Ideas Timeline

What does this mean for your LEGO project? Going forward, if your project reaches 1,000 supporters within its first year, it’ll have 182 days added to its “days left” clock. If your project continues growing and reaches 5,000 supporters, it’ll receive a second boost of 182 days. This means, projects that reach these supporter milestones in time now have a maximum of two years (729 days) to reach 10,000 supporters. Your project must still reach at least 1,000 supporters within its first 365 days to continue; if you don’t hit that milestone, your project will still expire. At that time you’re welcome to re-submit your project and start over. Existing projects that are less than two years old as of April 30th also benefit. If on April 30th, your existing project is less than two years old and has reached at least one of the key milestones (1k, 5k) within the required time, you’ll have time left to reach 10,000 supporters. If your project is two years old or older, it will still expire.

LEGo Ideas Approved Projects

I believe this change to the deadline is very reasonable. It allows projects that are popular and have good momentum to gather the last votes they need. All project still have at least one year to gather votes, which is plenty of time to ascertain if it has any potential. In the future it might even be a good idea to weed out really poorly made projects at an earlier stage as it seems LEGO Ideas is flooded with them. However the filtering system on their website is quite good, so you can browse projects without having to go through a bunch of weak submissions. You can sort results by most supported, most comments, most recent, recently updated, most followed and ending soon. It is a good idea to check the site once a month of so to find project that you would like LEGO to make into an official LEGO set. And if you are really enthusiastic about an idea you can also share it with friends and family and via social-media, to make sure it gets the required number of votes.

LEGO Ideas Changes

LEGO Ideas also posted a helpful chart that can help in understanding how the process works for a project that did acquire the minimum number of votes by the deadline. There are three review-periods per year, in January, May and September. And the result of the review is announced a few months later (see chart below). When the set gets released however can vary quite a bit though even after a project is approved. Just like currently we are waiting for the release of the LEGO Big Bang Theory, LEGO WALL-E and LEGO Doctor Who sets. We know they will be made, but when they will be released is unknown at this point (although according to some rumors they should be available sometime in the summer/fall of this year).

Shop LEGO Ideas Exo Suit

Also, remember that the #21109 LEGO Ideas Exo Suit set is getting retired, so if you wanted this set, or wanted extras, don’t delay. I have three myself and I love them! Other currently available LEGO Ideas sets are the #21108 LEGO Ideas Ghostbusters Ecto-1, and the #21301 LEGO Ideas Birds – both are excellent sets that I highly recommend. You can find all LEGO Ideas sets at the Online LEGO Shop.

Shop 2015 LEGO Ideas

So what do you think? How do you like the changes to the LEGO Ideas platform? Are there any projects you are supporting that benefits from the extension? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below! 😉

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  • jabber-baby-wocky April 21, 2015, 11:29 AM

    Interesting changes. I agree though that some of the crappy creations that look like were submitted by a five year old should be eliminated much faster. They clutter the site and make it look bad. But giving extra time to some of the best submissions was a good idea.

    • admin April 21, 2015, 1:06 PM

      I remember reading somewhere some suggestions to also have like a 6 months deadline; like reach a few hundred supporters in 6 months or something. This would be a good way to weed out the worst submissions faster. The site does have an age limit to upload, but it is easy to get around.

  • David Tennant Lover April 21, 2015, 4:52 PM

    Lego Ideas Back to the Future is the best Ideas set. It’s really cool for a Back to the Future fan like me! Lego Birds looks more like it’s for an office because your not going to be playing with Lego Birds! It’s really cool! Ghostbusters Lego set is cool to!

    • Håkan April 21, 2015, 4:59 PM

      ‘Playing’ with Lego? What an idea…

    • admin April 22, 2015, 1:23 PM

      I think with Birds what you are really getting is the education to build realistic creatures. It is actually pretty interesting, and some people may choose to expand on the series with more brick-built birds. Once you build them though they are pretty static. While the other tow sets you mentioned; BTTF and Ecto-1 are definitely play sets. But LEGO always had these two aspects; play and education. 🙂

  • Roberta May 20, 2015, 4:44 PM

    Hello again! Finally I saw some news from the Lego Ideas team about the Big Bang Theory Set (Yes, I can hardly wait!). I’m sure you’ve seen what they said, “Just over the horizon we’ll share news of upcoming set The Big Bang Theory”. Have you any further clues, or have you heard any additional rumors? Thanks!

    • admin May 20, 2015, 7:56 PM

      Roberta, we are just waiting for he official announcement. 😉

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