Back in August, I mentioned that I was a beta tester for an exciting new platform that was developed by the LEGO Group in partnership with Tongal, called LEGO World Builder. You can read more about the platform in the previous article (see: Introducing LEGO World Builder Powered by Tongal), but to recap, LEGO World Builder is somewhat like LEGO Ideas, but instead of submitting ideas for potential future LEGO sets, it’s for submitting ideas for new LEGO entertainment content (i.e. web series, TV series, and maybe even the next LEGO movie). And just like on LEGO Ideas, creators with accepted submissions share profits with the LEGO Group. There is quite a bit of great content on the platform already, so if you want to check them out, visit WorldBuilder.Tongal.com.
As a thank you for beta testers who participated in the development of LEGO World Builder, LEGO’s own designers created a cool little custom model that was shipped out to beta testers recently. I thought to show you all what it looks like. The custom model came with an accompanying thank you note:
Thanks for helping us bring LEGO World Builder to life! Inside this box is a special gift designed just for you – our amazing beta tester – to commemorate all the cool and imaginative worlds you created and collaborated on. We included some graphics on the basics of the build, but use your imagination for the rest! We’d love to see what you make with your custom LEGO set, so snap some pictures and tag us on Instagram @ legoworldbuilder – then keep on creating over at WorldBuilder.Tongal.com. The next big LEGO world starts with you!
The Bricks in this box contain enough elements to build any of these three worlds. But of course what you build is up to you and the possibilities (especially with a few more bricks) are endless. Thanks again on behalf of The LEGO Group and Tongal!
The custom model came partially built and placed in a Plexiglas cube that can be opened. The model itself is 12 studs wide, 12 studs long, and just short of 10 bricks tall. The pieces that make up the studded light-gray walls are glued. The office desk and chair are glued as well, but they can be removed from the floor. The pieces that make up the floor (plates and tiles) are not glued. I suppose the model is partially glued to make sure it doesn’t fall apart in transportation.
Besides the base model, two bags are included with about 300 additional elements, as well as an all-red minifig. These allow finishing the base model in at least three different ways, depicting three different imaginative worlds; a castle interior, outer space, and adventures at sea. There are also two specialty parts made just for this set; a LEGO World Builder sticker that can be applied to the case, and a printed 2×3 tile with the LEGO World Builder logo.
When I volunteered as a beta tester, I wasn’t expecting to receive anything, especially anything so cool. But it’s always nice to get something special from LEGO. I will definitely play around with the base model, and of course put all the parts to good use. Again, if you’re interested to check out what LEGO Word Builder is about, visit their website at WorldBuilder.Tongal.com. It might inspire you to submit your own ideas which may turn into a whole new LEGO world in the future.
If you have any questions or comments about LEGO world, feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below. And you might also like to check out the following related post: