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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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2000-Piece Fishing Store Set From LEGO Ideas Is Now Available to Buy
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Not every concept that fans submit to LEGO Ideas makes it to the production line. Many designs don’t receive the 10,000 online votes required to move on to the review stage, and even when they do, that’s no guarantee they won’t be shot down by LEGO bigwigs. But the Old Fishing Store, one of the most ambitious sets that’s appeared on the site, is now available for builders to purchase.

Designed by Dutch LEGO fan Robert Bontenbal, the seaside building consists of about 2000 pieces, making it the largest LEGO Ideas set to date. It includes four human minifigures as well as animals like seagulls and a cat hanging around the bait shop.

Bontenbal, who works as an architectural draftsman, originally designed the set for his own enjoyment. “I liked it myself, and it looked so good so I decided to submit it to LEGO Ideas to see how the rest of the LEGO community liked it," he said in an interview with LEGO Ideas.

When he uploaded the fishing store set in December 2015, it took just six weeks to attract the 10,000 supporters needed to advance. Customers can purchase the real thing today through the LEGO shop for $150.

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Stop-Motion Artists Make LEGOs for Breakfast
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LEGO bricks are made from plastic, but a clever stop-motion video makes the toys look tasty enough to eat. The filmmakers behind BrickBrosProductions—a LEGO-focused YouTube channel featuring stop-motion animations, tutorials, reviews, and more—created the film below, which follows a chef as he whips up a home-cooked breakfast using unorthodox ingredients: LEGO pieces crafted to look like butter, eggs, milk, bread, and jam.

The video took three days to film and was shot at a rate of 15 frames per second, Matthew—one half of the filmmaking team—told Ireland's The Independent. “The total amount of pictures taken for the brick film was 1500," he added.

Video edits took around two days to complete, and the filmmakers also added sound effects, including the real sounds of breaking eggs and pouring eggs. Hungry LEGO fans can watch the final product below:

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