The Third 2021 LEGO® Ideas Review stage is complete. From September 2021 to January 10th, 2022 fans made their choice from a massive list of ongoing submissions. In total 36 projects have made it through to the next round with the necessary 10,000 votes. Since early 2020 the number of submissions reaching 10K in votes has increased. This is the second-highest total to date, but still well below the mind-boggling total of 57 projects that reached 10,000 supporters in the First 2021 Review. Despite the stellar increase in projects making the criteria, there are still only 1 or 2 selected per round. So the potential for disappointment and missed opportunities increases as well. It’s a bummer, but part of the game.
The usual suspects
There’s quite a few awesome projects in here. I’m always impressed with how creative the AFOL community is. By now, I think many a designer has figured out some key factors to getting through on votes:
- Find a pop culture property celebrating an anniversary
- Recreate a household object
- Everyone loves Modulars
- Pirates, spaceships and castles are your friends
Sadly these rules don’t fully apply once the final selections are made. The only sure-fire rule is DON’T DESIGN A MODULAR BUILDING. So far none have been selected (unless you count the Old Fishing Store). Which is a shame as there have some spectacular projects. However it makes sense given The LEGO® Group’s success with them as a theme. But you need only look at the recent releases such as Seinfeld, Home Alone, Typewriter and Grand Piano to see how the pattern holds 😉
We’re still waiting on the release of a few Ideas sets including Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night, The Earth Globe and The Motorized Lighthouse. The 2nd 2021 Results should be announced in February.
Below is the complete list of submissions with links to the LEGO® Ideas website.
1. Land Ahoy by Ralf Ranghaal
2. Great Coral Reef by kris_kelvin
3. Hyrule Castle 30th Anniversary by BrickGallery
4. Terrariums by Galaxy333
5. Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Avatar Returns by ky-e
6. Clockwork Solar System by ChrisOrchard & BrentWaller
7. The Dojo by SpaceBrick54
8. Hocus Pocus: The Sanderson Sister’ Cottage – Updated by TheAmbrinator
9. Naruto: Ichiraku Ramen Shop – 20th Anniversary by DadiTwins
10. Motorized Johnny 5 by RJ BrickBuilds
11. James Webb Space Telesceop (JWST) by tonysmyuncle
12. The LEGO Emergency Box by SzegoBalint16
13. LEGO Rubik’s Cube (Working) by puzzLEGO1
14 Brooklyn Nine Nine: 99th Precinct by BenFankhauser
15. Steampunk Explorers by Castor-Troy & Max Brich
16. Moominhouse ムーミン屋敷 by Bonefoot
17. Castle Outpost by xXgGhostXx
18. Downtown Records by HarrisBricks
20. Soyuz Rocket by The Half Blood Baron
21. LEGO Ghibli by yop1172.
22. Baba Yaga by Artem Biziaev
23. The Meeting Point by Lepralego
24. Pirate Tavern by Revan New
25. The Riverside Scholars by Hanwasyellowfirst
26. Union Pacific “Big Boy” by Lassehfl
27. Magic Bookends by Brick Dangerous
28. Asterix the Gaul by Ganpat the Celt
29. Stargate by CaptainMutant
30. McDonald’s Franchise 1955-1969 by adammark
31. The Three Investigators – The Headquarters by Valkon
32. NASA SR 71 Blackbird by BrickerBeard
33. Gremlins by bulldoozer
34. Sheriff’s Office – Wild West by llucky
35. It’s a Wonderful LEGO Life by twrt0es
36. The Garden and Greenhouse by kris_kelvin
Time to play the waiting game
I absolutely LOVE Brooklyn 99 and Hocus Pocus and see those having some potential. But again, there’s been so many TV & Film properties made into sets, that I wouldn’t mind a switch up. That being said – Team 99 all the way! My top 2 picks however are THE MAGIC BOOKENDS and the SHERIFF’S OFFICE. The bookends definitely seem like a prime LEGO® aesthetic, and there’s just enough interactive play to stand a chance. Make a creative diorama with a famous work and some minfigures and you’ve got a winner. And I love the look of the Sheriff’s Office. It’s reminiscent of The Medieval Blacksmith (a personal favourite set), and the Wild West theme has not been done in quite some time. Good luck to all the projects!
But what do you guys think? Did you vote in this latest round of projects? Did your picks make it through? And of the 36 projects, which one(s) are you rooting for the most? Please comment below and let us know. Thanks for reading and as always, keep on brickin’. 🧱
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