10 LEGO Sets That You Can Help Make Happen

LEGO Ideas is the place where aspiring designers can pitch concepts in the hope that their brick-lined dreams become a buyable reality. Ideas are driven by crowd support, with 10,000 supporters required to move a proposed LEGO set to the next phase of the process—the LEGO Review—where a board considers the prospects, and selects a lucky few to go into production. Supporting a project is as easy as clicking your mouse, so here are a few to consider backing. Your vote might be the one to push it over the edge.


Hold onto your butts: this Jurassic Park Explorer comes complete with Doctors Ian Malcolm, Alan Grant, and Ellie Sattler, so you can play out all your T-Rex adventures with the whole gang. The top-supported proposal has more than 9300 backers with more than a year remaining to cast your vote. And if the success of this summer’s Jurassic World is any indicator, this set would surely be a hit on store shelves.


Go off-road with the Toyota Land Cruiser, which is one of those vehicles that you definitely know even if you don’t know it by name. The iconic boxy shape of the four-wheel-drive cruiser lends itself well to LEGO design and the model has all the features of the BJ42 series, achieved through its whopping 1700 pieces.


This diorama of the classic television kitchen comes with minifigures of Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, Sophia, and Stan, as well as a fully stocked kitchen, which is good because they’ll need a lot of eats (and plenty of cheesecake) to stay fueled during long gabfests and the various hijinks of everyone’s favorite 50-plus women. There are 15 days left to support this one, so hop to it.


The survey ship HMS Beagle traveled around the world from 1831 to 1836 with the intent of mapping the southern tip of South America. The exploration became so much more than that though with Charles Darwin aboard. The LEGO model contains the ship itself; three vignettes featuring key scientific moments in Argentina, Chile, and the Galapagos Islands; and a full crew that includes Darwin and Captain Robert FitzRoy.


Inspired by the 1954 Disney film adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic book, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the Nautilus and its accompanying crew are just what you need to cook up some underwater, crazy captain schemes ... maybe even with the HMS Beagle for some cross-genre seafaring whale tales.


The creator of the Fossil Museum project (a user called whatpumpkin) has one of the more genuinely inspiring descriptions for the set: “Towering skeletons of ancient giants, some with long necks arcing overhead, others shaking their plates at the ceiling, and still others grinning hungrily as they eye their next meal. It is truly an awesome experience to be among the fossilized bones of ancient creatures.” The Mesozoic world is brought to LEGO life with four dinosaurs skeletons and one pterosaur skeleton, along with a paleontologist and family of three, as well as plaques to recreate the full museum experience.


An homage to the 1968 film, this set has a functioning propeller and rudder, as well as a set of rotating periscopes and a cockpit that can fit all of the Fab Four minifigures, who are rendered just as they were in the movie. Sky of blue and sea of green not included.


The third dino-related set on this list is the first to actually include the real thing (well, as real as it gets in LEGOLAND). This brick-built stegosaurus has tail spikes and plates, and is a companion to the Tyrannosaurus rex that’s currently in the review stage of the Ideas process.


No one wants to hear this, but it’s never too early to start your holiday shopping. As you make your list and check it twice, don’t let a fear of wayward frosting and errant gumdrops stop you from pursuing gingerbread house dreams for the holiday seasons. The LEGO Gingerbread House has all the fun and none of the mess, and could accompany other Christmas-themed sets like Santa’s workshop. As the creator notes, you can put a light inside, which will help brighten the mood when you’re wishing you could take a bite out of it.


The Large Hadron Collider gets the brick treatment with this model of a “working” particle accelerator that sends a LEGO ball around the ring with a set of spinning wheels. You can set the balls on a collision course, just like scientists at CERN do when they’re smashing particles. There's also a control room with a couple of scientists monitoring the action.


The 11th most supported project is too awesome not to share. The National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary next year, and the Centennial Vignettes pays tribute to the organization that protects so many of America’s most beautiful and historically significant places. It has park rangers in Everglades National Park in Florida, Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska, and Saguaro National Park in Arizona. I mean, how could you possibly deny this LEGO bear?

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Fictional Place Names Are Popping Up On Road Signs in Didcot, England

Driving along the highway in Didcot, England, you may notice something strange: the road signs point the way to places like Neverland and Middle-earth.

The names of these and other fictional locales from literature were seamlessly added to road signs by an artist/prankster using Transport Medium, the official font of British road signs.

After some sleuthing, BBC News found the man responsible, who spoke to the outlet on the condition of anonymity. He told the BBC that he's been orchestrating "creative interventions" all over England for about 20 years under different pseudonyms, and that this project was a reaction to Didcot being labeled "the most normal town in England" in 2017, which rubbed him the wrong way. "To me there's nowhere that's normal, there's no such thing, but I thought I'd have a go at changing people's perceptions of Didcot," he said of the town, which he describes as a "fun" and "funky" place.

Oxfordshire County Council isn't laughing; it told the BBC that although the signs were "on the surface amusing," they were "vandalism" and potentially dangerous, since it would be hard for a driver who spotted one not to do a double take while their eyes were supposed to be on the road. Even so, thanks to routine council matters, the signs are safe—at least for now—as the Council says that it is prioritizing fixing potholes at the moment.

Jackie Billington, Didcot's mayor, recognizes that the signs have an upside. "If you speak to the majority of people in Didcot they're of the same opinion: it's put Didcot on the map again," he told BBC News. "Hopefully they'll be up for a couple of weeks."

There are five altered signs in total. If you fancy a visit to the Emerald City, you're pointed toward Sutton Courtenay. Narnia neighbors a power station. And Gotham City is on the same route as Oxford and Newbury (and not, apparently, in New Jersey, as DC Comics would have you believe). If you want to go see the signs for yourself before they disappear, you'll find them along the A4130 to Wallingford.

See the signs here and in the video below.

[h/t BBC News]

Prepare to Be Stumped By This Math Problem Meant for Fifth Graders

Math is hard. Just ask Mumsnet user PeerieBreeks, who posted a ‘simple’ math riddle meant for fifth graders to the parenting website, and ended up with more than 500 comments—many of them from adults struggling to come up with the correct answer. Here’s the riddle:

For the most part, the problem-solvers who shared their answers all believed that the man made a profit, but whether it was $10, $20, or $30 seemed to be in hot dispute. Can you figure it out? (Scroll down for the answer. We’ll give you a minute …)






The wording of the riddle, not the math, seems to be what’s throwing most people off. Because the transactions in question relate to the same horse, people are looking at it as a single, four-part transaction—buys, sells, buys, sells. But the correct way to look at the problem, and figure out the answer, is to look at it as just two transactions: a man bought a horse and sold a horse. A man bought a horse and sold a horse. (The man could just as easily have bought and sold a dog in one of those transactions and it wouldn’t change the outcome.)

All of which is to say that the correct answer is: The man made a $20 profit.


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