Second 2021 Ideas Review Results

The second 2021 Ideas review results are in! 34 sets surpassed 10,000 supporters between May and September 2021. Now, two more sets join the five that are already in production. In case you have forgotten, LEGO® Ideas is currently developing a motorized lighthouse, a set based on the Office TV show, a jazz quartet, a foosball table, and Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Today, they announced the addition of the A-Frame Cabin and BTS’ Dynamite to the lineup.

The A-Frame Cabin is probably my favorite set that is currently in development. I like Minifigure scale buildings, and am especially keen on interesting new build techniques in those buildings. The A-Frame looks like it checks both those boxes. For example, take a closer look at the brick work supporting the building. That looks like a whole lot of hammers arranged to look like stones. I had never thought of doing that (though I doubt I have enough hammers either). The trees look great too. Of course, the image we have is the fan design and not the final product. Consequently, we have to wait and see what the final set will be in terms of design, brick count, and price. You can find out more about this set concept at the official LEGO® Ideas site.

This set earns an A for design 😉

Second 2021 Ideas review A-Frame Cabin
Fan design for the A-Frame Cabin by Andrea Lattanzino. ©2022 The LEGO® Group.

BT who?

The second set to make it through the review was BTS’ Dynamite. If like me, you look at this and wonder, BTS is a K-Pop boyband. The set design takes inspiration from their single Dynamite. Perhaps I am living under a rock… but I had to look this up. Apparently, the group is quite popular. Interestingly, Wikipedia informed me they are signed to Universal… the same label the LEGO® Group signed a deal with back in 2020. Incidentally, we also learned of Spice Girls BrickHeadz recently. The Spice Girls were signed to Virgin Records, also owned by the Universal Music Group, but I digress… Sadly, the BTS set is a hard pass for me. However, I am sure swarms of K-Pop fans shall squeal with delight, and I remain happy for them. You can learn more about this idea at the official LEGO® Ideas site as well.

BTS' Dynamite selected in the second 2021 Ideas review.
Fan design for BTS’ Dynamite by Josh Bretz and Jacob. ©2022 The LEGO® Group.

And in a presumed effort to not reinforce stereotypes…

Along with the second 2021 Ideas review announcements, we also learn the fate of the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs concept. This idea was included with the first 2021 Ideas review results back in October 2021. You might recall that the LEGO® Ideas review team labelled this design as requiring “further review”. Today, we learned that the set will not enter the development phase. LEGO® Ideas gave no official reason. However, Disney is creating a live action version of the 1937 animated film. The company recently expressed in the news that they are trying not to “reinforce stereotypes” from the original movie. While I cannot say for sure, my guess is Disney is trying to distance itself from the classic film since they have a new, woke version on the horizon.

Snow White set nixed in the second 2021 Ideas review.
Cancelled Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs fan design by Harry Finkel. ©2022 The LEGO® Group.

With 34 sets to review, the LEGO® Ideas team certainly had their work cut out for them. Sadly many stellar designs were nixed. If we’re lucky, we may see a few in future waves of the Bricklink Designer Program. However, there is no confirmation that the program will continue after its current iteration. Personally, I wanted the medieval and pirate themed sets from this wave. With the exception of Pirates of Barracuda Bay, those rarely make it through though. Did your favorites cross the finish line? Let us know in the comments below or reach out on social media.

Until next time,

-Tom

Fan designs from the second 2021 Ideas review.
All ideas from the second 2021 Ideas review. ©2022 The LEGO® Group.

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