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LEGO Ideas Music to Our Ears! – Contest

LEGO Ideas is running an interesting new contest, related to music! How would you show off your love of music using LEGO bricks? Note that this contest Note that this contest is different from previous LEGO Ideas contests in several ways, so make sure you read the information below and on the LEGO Ideas contest entry page. The main difference is that in addition to the regular contest prizes, LEGO Ideas is piloting a new type of contest prize and process. What this means is that all entries that reach the fan vote phase (described below), will also be included into a special review by the LEGO Ideas review board and will stand a chance of becoming an official LEGO Ideas set.

Because contest entries have a potential of becoming an official LEGO set, the rules are stricter than usual. All entries must follow the LEGO Ideas Product Ideas Guidelines with minor exceptions or additions. Some of the important details are as follows; 1.) Submissions must be between 50 and 3000 LEGO elements. 2.) Entries must be new creations and not previously posted online or submitted to any other contest. 3.) Entries which are too heavily linked with the concept of the LEGO Playable Piano project (in terms of size and functionality), which is currently in development, will not be considered for the Product Idea consideration part of this contest. 4.) You are allowed to use any official LEGO element in your entry, but they should not cut, glued, or otherwise modified. 5.) If you are submitting a contest entry based on a third party intellectual property (i.e. a music band or instrument manufacturer), then please use the intellectual property verification tool to determine whether the submission is allowed. (If an intellectual property is not in the database, then you’re welcome to ask a moderator in the comments of the contest announcement blog post or simply submit your contest entry for review.)

Another different from previous contests is that this contest will consist of six phases: 1.) Submission Phase – Build and submit your entry before April 20th, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. EST. 2.) Judging Phase – LEGO Ideas judges review the entries and choose 10 entries for a fan vote.  3.) Fan Vote Phase – The fan vote will determine the winners of the grand prize and runner up prizes and will run from 27th of April to 11th of May 2020. 4.) Review Phase – The entries that have been selected to be a part of the fan vote will also be reviewed by the LEGO Ideas review board, for the potential of being turned into an official LEGO Ideas set. 5.) Winners Announcement Phase - The grand prize winner and three runner up winners will be announced on LEGO Ideas no later than May 25th, 2020.  6.) Contest Product Review Phase – And finally, in the next review results announcement (date to be announced later), the LEGO Ideas team will also announce the results of this special review, and whether or not one of the contest entries was determined to have sufficient product potential. (Judging for this phase will be based on current products on shelves, new products currently in development, licensing possibilities, production capacity, build quality, feasibility, playability, expected demand, and brand fit.)

The grand prize winner of the contest’s Fan Vote Phase will win the following: a custom LEGO trophy, a LEGO Ideas tote bag, and one of each of the #21104 LEGO Ideas NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover, the #21306 LEGO Ideas The Beatles Yellow Submarine, the #21301 LEGO Ideas Birds, the #21109 LEGO Ideas Exo Suit, the #21309 LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn V, the #21313 LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle, the #21311 LEGO Ideas Voltron the #21321 LEGO Ideas International Space Station, and the next LEGO Ideas set to launch (to be revealed later). Three runner up winners will each receive the following: a custom LEGO build to commemorate their achievement, a LEGO Ideas tote bag, a copy of the #21321 International Space Station, and the next LEGO Ideas set to launch. In addition, if the LEGO Ideas review board decides to approve one of the contest entries as a LEGO Ideas product, the winning fan will be compensated as a Product Idea prize winner as outlined in the Product Idea Guidelines and Terms of Service. In summary, this means that they will receive the following: 1% of the total net sales of the product, 10 complimentary copies of their LEGO Ideas set, and credit and bio in set materials as the LEGO Ideas fan designer.

If you’re interested to enter this contest, here are the steps to do so: 1.) 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. 2.) Take up to ten photos of your creation and submit them to the contest. Make sure to show off all angles and any features or functions of your creation. 3.) Add a title and short description.  4.) Upload your entry to the contest using the blue Submit Your Entry button on the contest entry page.

The usual LEGO Ideas house rules, terms of service, and fine print also applies to this contest. This includes that you must be at least 13 years of age to participate and enter. You may submit multiple entries to the contest, but only one entry per person will be considered when fan vote winners are selected. This means you cannot win as a runner-up and as the grand prize winner with two different entries. You can however win a prize in the fan vote and potentially also have your set be approved as an official LEGO Ideas set, therefore winning twice. You can read the rest of the rules on the contest entry page.

What do you think? How do you like this LEGO Ideas contest? Are you planning to enter? What would you build? And are you excited about the prizes and the possibility of one of the entries becoming an official LEGO set? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below!

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  • kingcobra March 16, 2020, 12:09 PM

    It’s hard to tell what they are looking for. Brickbuilt musical instruments? Minifig-scale builds like a stage and music concert? Or something else?

    • hushpuppy March 16, 2020, 12:51 PM

      Some of the contests have been open for interpretation like this. It allows more creativity. Check the entries in a few days to get an idea.

      • Henry March 16, 2020, 9:09 PM

        There are already a bunch of entries. I agree, check them out. There are some really good ones (and some crappy ones too).

  • j.j. March 16, 2020, 12:29 PM

    Wow. So they are planning to do more music-related sets besides the piano? That’s interesting.

  • Nofakebricks March 16, 2020, 1:19 PM

    I might give this contest a try. We have to stay inside anyway because of the virus. I have some ideas. 😀

  • Grim March 16, 2020, 3:50 PM

    Negative Nancy here again,
    Lego should stay away from adding electronics to their sets. I am a huge supporter of the fine arts but musical Lego is unnecessary and takes away from the imagination aspect of Lego. I don’t want noisy Lego. I have Lego from the nineties that never had the batteries installed because of the sound effects device in the set.
    We have mouths to make mouth noises when playing. Adding electronics takes away from that which hinders imagination. I hope they are just looking for MOCs of instruments.

    • lifelibertylego March 16, 2020, 5:58 PM

      It doesn’t say anywhere in the contest that we supposed to include electronics. And look at the current entries. I don’t see electronics in any of them.

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