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10 Fan-Designed LEGO Sets That You Can Help Get Made

Are you a LEGO fan who has moved beyond the red, blue, and yellow blocks of your youth? Do you want something a little more … interesting? Then stretch your clicking finger and head over to LEGO Ideas, where you can throw your support behind independent designers with dreams of LEGO glory.

If a design gets 10,000 supporters (just sign up for an account and click a button), it moves to the LEGO Review phase, where a panel of LEGO designers and marketing representatives may hand-pick it to go into production. We’ve shared some popular LEGO Idea sets with you before, but a lot of those have since gotten to 10,000 supporters, and now there’s a whole new set of hopefuls vying for your support. Here are 10 LEGO sets we'd love to see happen.

1. THE BLUES MOBILE

Designer eini1971 offers up for your approval a LEGO version of The Blues Mobile from the classic John Landis comedy The Blues Brothers. The design includes two microphones and matching stands, plus minifigs of Jake and Elwood Blues. And then there’s the car itself, with an inside dash design featuring a speedometer, a radio, and a cigarette lighter. (The cigarette lighter doesn’t work, though.)

2. AMELIA EARHART

Made up of a mere 186 parts, this Amelia Earhart set—a collaboration between Ellen Kooijman and Brad Meltzer—is less intricate than a lot of what you’ll find on LEGO Ideas. (LEGO fans don’t do things halfway.) But that makes it all the better for younger LEGO enthusiasts looking for a little dose of history and adventure with their building block fun.

3. “I AM YOUR FATHER”

There are a lot of Star Wars-themed sets on LEGO Ideas. Seriously. A very, very, very, very, very large amount. But fans of the original trilogy will gravitate toward The Empire Strikes Back Cloud City set, I Am Your Father, which focuses on the iconic duel between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. You know. “Luke, I am your father.” (Except that’s not the actual line.)

4. BOAT REPAIR SHOP

With more than 9600 supporters and counting, RobenAnne’s Boat Repair Shop set is, as of this writing, the most popular set on LEGO Ideas. The set is made up of 2460 parts, including a boat ramp, a crane, a work floor, and storage attic. And because it’s all about the detail, there’s even a fuel pump.

5. HULKBUSTER ARMOR

Hulk better not smash this LEGO version of Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armor—as seen in this summer’s Captain America: Civil War—or there will be red and gold LEGO pieces all over the place. About 800 of them, in fact. Be careful where you step.

6. VINTAGE TRAM

Clang, clang, clang went the trolley. Ding, ding, ding went the bell. This vintage tram design is from Kevin Szeto, designer of The Beatles Yellow Submarine set—which, incidentally, reached 10,000 supporters and has been approved, though per the LEGO powers that be its “final design, pricing and release date are still being worked out." Will Szeto have the same luck with this set, inspired by the vintage trams of Porto, Portugal? Get it to 10,000 supporters, and we’ll see how things go.

7. 1950'S DINER

Your LEGO minifigs can have a night on the town with this retro, 1950s-style diner, featuring a jukebox, a (“small but detailed”) kitchen, a gas pump and a vintage car. And there are the smaller details, like a sign reading “Tips welcome, advice is not.” Sounds cool, daddy-o.

8. M&M DISPENSER

A pair of 17-year-old foodies designed this M&M Dispenser, a (much) smaller DIY version of the “Color Wall” at M&M’s World stores. The LEGO version has room for four colors and dispenses several M&Ms at a time. It should help with your candy cravings. Or not.

9. HUMAN SKULL

There’s still over a month to go until Halloween, but there’s nothing to say you can’t support this life-size human skull set at any time of the year. Designer RichterMat envisions a whole anatomy series, similar to LEGO’s Architecture series. Bonus: The 1228-piece model has a movable jaw.

10. LEGO STORE

LEGO gets meta with this LEGO Store design, based on a real-life retail location in New York City. Designer kashaka didn’t skimp on attention to detail; look around the back of the set, and there’s even a small storage room where the minifig employees receive shipments and (maybe?) take their lunch breaks.

 All images courtesy of LEGO Ideas.

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Make Your Own Ship in a Bottle With a New LEGO Set
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Building a ship in a bottle doesn’t need to be a stodgy affair, as LEGO’s latest release proves. LEGO Ideas is coming out with a new, 962-piece set called Ship in a Bottle based on the design of an Idaho-based fan named Jake Sadovich.

Sadovich spent three weeks designing his own version of a ship in a bottle using 1400 LEGO bricks before uploading images of the finished result to the LEGO Ideas site in November 2016. His project received the 10,000 supporters it needed to garner a review from the LEGO team in less than two months, and in August 2017, LEGO green-lit plans to build and sell an official set based on his design.

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Placed inside a bottle made of transparent bricks, the miniature ship boasts an outsize number of features for its 5-inch-long size, including three sails, six cannons, a crow’s nest, a compass (sorry, it isn’t a working one), and a flag. There's a wax-sealed cork built out of LEGO bricks, too, as well as small LEGO pieces designed to serve as the water beneath the ship.

“There was room to do some crazy building techniques and sneak in some elements in cool colors,” LEGO designer Tiago Catarino told the LEGO Ideas blog, so we expect the set to be a delight to put together. Hopefully, it won’t take you three weeks to build, though.

Some of the other fan-submitted LEGO Ideas projects the company has brought to life include a Women of NASA set, a LEGO version of the Beatles' Yellow Submarine, and a design for a fishing store.

The Ship in a Bottle set goes on sale February 1 and will cost $70.

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Airbnb is Giving Away a One-Night Stay in Denmark's LEGO House
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The LEGO toy company opened its 130,000-square-foot LEGO house in Billund, Denmark, at the end of September. The attraction, which contains 25 million interlocking bricks used to make everything from furniture to dinosaurs, is a LEGO-lover’s fantasy. Now fans of the toy brand can enter for a chance to spend the night there.

For one night only, one lucky family will be invited to stay at the LEGO house after hours as part of a collaboration with Airbnb. The vacation begins with superstar LEGO set designer Jamie Berard greeting the guests upon arrival. Later, the family heads to the dining room to construct their food orders out of LEGO bricks. After the plastic requests are sent to the kitchen, edible versions of the meals are served by robot waiters.

The rest of the day consists of exploring the house’s galleries and experience zones. Guests can appreciate life-sized LEGO sculptures, browse iconic sets, or assemble their own one-of-a-kind creations. But the highlight of the trip has to be the suite where the family spends the night. The armchairs, books, alarm clocks, television, and pet cat are all constructed out of LEGO bricks. One of the only features that isn’t made of blocky plastic is the bed, which is nestled in a pool of bricks beneath a rainbow LEGO waterfall.

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“This really is a dream come true for any family with a passion for LEGO,” James McClure, Airbnb’s General Manager for Northern Europe, said in a statement. “I doubt there will be much sleeping as there is so much to enjoy in this incredible space.”

To enter, candidates must answer the question, “If you and your family had an infinite supply of LEGO bricks, what would you build?” in 50 to 550 characters. Submissions are open through November 16 and the winner and up to three guests will be flown to Denmark to commence their stay on November 24. The chosen visitors should be prepared to follow the house rules: LEGO-proof slippers are recommended, play is mandatory, and diving in the LEGO pool in search of that “one rare brick” is forbidden.

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