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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.

1. JURASSIC PARK EXPLORER

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.

2. TOYOTA LAND CRUISER 40 SERIES


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.

3. THE GOLDEN GIRLS KITCHEN

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.

4. HMS BEAGLE

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.

5. NAUTILUS

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.

6. FOSSIL MUSEUM


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.

7. THE BEATLES’S YELLOW SUBMARINE


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.

8. BRICKSAURIA STEGOSAURUS

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.

9. GINGERBREAD HOUSE


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.

10. PARTICLE ACCELERATOR


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.


HONORABLE MENTION:

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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A New Roller Coaster is Whizzing Through Colorado's Rocky Mountains
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There are plenty of ways to explore the majestic Rocky Mountains, but few offer the adrenaline rush of the Rocky Mountain Coaster, a brand-new roller coaster that sends riders soaring along the range’s natural twists and turns.

As Urban Daddy reports, the Rocky Mountain Coaster recently opened at Copper Mountain, a mountain and ski resort that’s located near the tiny town of Frisco, about 75 miles west of Denver. Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the vacation spot is ideal for hikers, skiers, and mountain bikers. Now, visitors looking to enjoy the surrounding scenery without breaking a sweat can cruise for roughly a mile down to the resort’s high alpine Center Village.

The ride’s raised track “runs along the natural curvature of the mountain, with zigs, zags, dips, and 360-degree turns for guaranteed thrills,” according to a press release. Each personal car is equipped with manual hand brakes to control the ride’s pace, but the coaster does feature a 430-foot drop, so be careful with your phones while Instagramming the view.

The Rocky Mountain Coaster is open-year round, though it will initially mostly only be open on weekends. Solo rides cost $25, and a two-ride pass can be purchased for $35. (Resort guests get an exclusive discount.)

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How to Perform the Star Wars Theme—On Calculators
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The iconic Star Wars theme has been recreated with glass harps, theremins, and even cat meows. Now, Laughing Squid reports that the team over at YouTube channel It’s a small world have created a version that can be played on calculators.

The channel’s math-related music videos feature covers of popular songs like Luis Fonsi’s "Despacito," Ed Sheeran’s "Shape of You," and the Pirates of the Caribbean theme, all of which are performed on two or more calculators. The Star Wars theme, though, is played across five devices, positioned together into a makeshift keyboard of sorts.

The video begins with a math-musician who transcribes number combinations into notes. Then, they break into an elaborate practice chord sequence on two, and then four, calculators. Once they’re all warmed up, they begin playing the epic opening song we all know and love, which you can hear for yourself in all its electronic glory below.

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