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Projects in the first 2016 LEGO Ideas review

A few days ago LEGO announced that the first 2016 LEGO Ideas Review qualifying period had ended, with nine candidates that gathered 10,000 supporters between the months of January and May. The nine projects are as follows: the Fossil Museum by whatpumpkin, the Gingerbread House by Swan Dutchman, the Star Wars Jedi High Council Chamber by lojaco, the Jurassic Park Visitor Center by LDiEgo, the Modular Train Station by LegoWolf, the Old Fishing Store by robenanne, the Particle Accelerator by JKBrickworks, the Star Wars Rolling BB-8 by mjsmiley and artbot138, and Johnny Five by PepaQuin. 🙂

LEGO Ideas Review Period 2016

It seems to me that from the lineup the Fossil Museum, the Gingerbread House and the Johnny Five model have the most chance of becoming an official LEGO sets. Although the Fossil Museum may be too close in design and subject to the #21110 LEGO Ideas Research Institute from 2014, and the Gingerbread House may be in competition with the regularly scheduled holiday sets. The Johnny Five model is also a good possibility, and while the character is from the 1980’s, the fact that it achieved 10,000 votes indicate that there is some interest. I think LEGO will decide based on their experience with the #21303 LEGO Ideas WALL-E.

LEGO Ideas Review Period Johnny 5

The other models in this review period are so big and part intensive (thus expensive), that I doubt LEGO will choose them. Although I have to say I really like the Old Fishing Store, and even if LEGO doesn’t choose it as an official LEGO set, a simpler version of it could be released in the LEGO Creator or LEGO City line.

LEGO Ideas Review Period Fishing Store

Anyhow, it will be interesting to see which of these project or projects LEGO chooses, or perhaps they will pass on all of them. Also, remember that the third 2015 LEGO Ideas Review results should be coming up soon! It includes: the Jurassic Park Explorer by senteosan, the 20.000 Leagues under the Sea NAUTILUS by OrionPax, the Toyota Landcruiser 40 Series by Matthew Inman, the Beatles Yellow Submarine by kevinszeto, the HMS Beagle by LuisPG, the Apollo 11 Saturn-V by saabfan, the Concorde Display Set by ABStract, the National Park Service Centennial Vignettes by LegoRanger16, and the Victorian London Christmas by jeffach1.

LEGO Ideas Review Period 2015

So what do you think? How do you like these LEGO Ideas projects? Which ones do you think have the best chance of becoming official LEGO sets? And which ones would you like to see made into an official set? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below! Also, if you haven’t done so already, you can see all the currently available fan submitted official LEGO sets under the LEGO Ideas section of the Online LEGO Shop. The #21305 LEGO Ideas Maze, the #21304 LEGO Ideas Doctor Who set, the #21108 LEGO Ideas Ghostbusters Ecto-1, and the #21303 LEGO Ideas WALL-E are particularly excellent.

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  • legostuff71 May 9, 2016, 11:45 AM

    I am hope it’s Johnny 5 , so, it can go with Wall-E. That seems to be LEGO theme .( television shows with television shows and robots with robots. Johnny 5 being the next robot).

    • admin May 9, 2016, 12:12 PM

      Yeah, it seems like that isn’t it? Television shows and robots. But yeah, Johnny 5 is a good candidate, though frankly I never heard of him until this announcement. But I like robots, so he would be welcome to my collection. 😀

  • Håkan May 9, 2016, 12:20 PM

    Few likely projects from the spring 2015 review as well… Most of them are just too big and / or bland… The Yellow Submarine might be most likely, if the rights would be cleared… The Beatles still carry both nostalgic interest and international appeal…

    • admin May 9, 2016, 1:34 PM

      Yeah, the Yellow Submarine may have a chance, but I don’t have much hope for any of those. They are either too big or just don’t really stand out as unique or interesting. LEGO Ideas need some fresh ideas that could actually work.

  • Zirondelle May 9, 2016, 8:34 PM

    I’d get the Yellow Submarine in a Blue Meanie heartbeat!

    • admin May 9, 2016, 8:38 PM

      You would? Okay, then I hope it becomes a real set to make you happy! 😀

      • Zirondelle May 10, 2016, 3:41 PM

        Certainly! We’re talking the BEATLES here!

  • David May 9, 2016, 9:20 PM

    I really hope the Yellow Submarine gets made…
    Not sure how it’d work in terms of rights, but Yellow Submarine paraphernalia is around albeit quite rare, so maybe it’s realistic.

    The Nautilus would be awesome, but probably too big.

    The other ones from that batch are quite uninteresting or unrealistic.

    I think Lego should change their rules for submitting projects: maximum size, not current series, etc.

    The new batch has interesting submissions, but as you said most of them are kinda too close to previous sets: Johnny Five and Wall-E, fossils and research institute, etc.

    My favorite is the fishing store, but it’s a bit too big, isn’t it?

    • admin May 9, 2016, 9:33 PM

      The fishing store is my favorite too, but yes it is too big in its current state. I’m hoping that even if LEGO doesn’t approve it, they get a hint and release a similar set in LEGO City or LEGO Creator. Or perhaps they are able to simplify the submission and approve it anyway.

      Okay, so it seems you guys like the Yellow Submarine. Plus it got 10,000 votes, so it was obviously popular enough to make it to the review period. It certainly would be an interesting set. My dad was really into the Beatles, and I remember he had the album with the sub at the front cover. 😀

  • Muguay May 11, 2016, 9:31 PM

    I am really hoping that the particle accelerator becomes a set because the videos of it were very neat and it looks like a good set.

    • admin May 12, 2016, 11:45 AM

      Yeah, those videos were great! 😀

  • Ray May 13, 2016, 2:40 PM

    Short Circuit are great films, and we know Lego Ideas has thrived on 80s geek nostalgia.

    I thought that Lego has specifically said not to do Ideas proposals involving licenses they already have? It seems like an awful lot of these Ideas things are Star Wards, Tolkien, etc. and they never get approved.

    • admin May 13, 2016, 4:48 PM

      Yeah, the ones with existing licenses are definitely not going to get approved. I don’t know why people keep insisting on posting them and voting for them. I think the reason why LEGO doesn’t just outright cancel these projects is because it helps them to gauge interest, and perhaps release a similar set in the future under their standard themes. The problem though is that these projects clutter up the site and it makes people lose interest in voting.

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