The Golden Girls Lego Living Room and Kitchen Modular Set is the creation of lostsleep. It took this Lego Ideas project only a few weeks to obtain over 10,000 supporters. The show set is about as accurate to the classic television show as you could expect. It features the iconic round table, a foyer, and living room all set up like a live television show set. You just need to add your live audience, cameras, and production crew. The four main women are instantly recognizable. You have Dorothy, Rose, Sophia, and Blanche. This is such an awesome set, and I cannot wait to see what the official Lego response will be!
“This is a recreation of the Golden Girls House used in filming the popular 1980’s show that is still watched daily around the world. It is the Foyer, Living Room, and Kitchen built like a TV set, with one wall removed and a full view into the space. It comes with 5 minifigures including Dorothy, Rose, Sophia, Blanche, and Stanley. It has been meticulously recreated to have opening cupboards and fridge in the kitchen, Wicker Sofa and Chairs, a hallway backdrop, a storage closet in the kitchen, and an outdoor area with potted plants and a hose.
I have recreated many classic scenes from the show, including a visit from Burt Reynolds, Rose shooting Blanche’s Vase, Dorothy Playing “Grab That Dough” and Rose rescuing her Teddy Bear from a mean little girl.”
Go over to Lego Ideas to read more, or vote, for lostsleep’s The Golden Girls Lego Living Room and Kitchen Modular Set with Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, Sophia, and Stan: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/98263
The crazy imagination of the Adventure Time TV is a great match for Lego. That is why there have been so many great MOCs and Lego Idea projects (see here). One of the newest Lego Adventure Time projects is titled Brick-built Adventure Time Figures, created by aBetterMonkey. The project proposes 15 Brick-Build Figures that total up to 640 Lego pieces. A whole lot of Lego Ideas projects are way too large to ever be produced by Lego, but 640 pieces is a pretty good sweet spot. The idea is to create a set of toys rather than a display model, but these look awesome! Make sure to go vote for the Lego Idea.
A new Lego Ideas project is bringing one of the most famous novels to life. The Phantom of the Opera goes back to 1909 with a serialization written by Pierre Lafitte. It has since been adapted into almost every known media that it can, from theatre to film to television. A new version of The Phantom of the Opera has been proposed for Lego by user reekardoo. The project has been set up as a modular theatre with a stage, 6 individual balcony buildings, 1 royal balcony, and a set of house seats. It would be great to get a whole set, but based on what Lego has proven to release, just having the stage would be great. The backdrops incorporated into the stage are interchangeable and are only limited to your imagination and size. The symmetry and gold finishing touches are beautiful, and a set like this would probably be popular. With something like this you would be able to create your own plays.
The Lego Ideas Second 2014 Review has been released. Two new sets have been announced for the next releases. Wall-E made the cut, and from the last Lego Ideas Review, Doctor Who has been approved. Wall-E was originally designed and submitted by Angus MacLane, who actually worked on the original film as an animator and director. It sounds like this model was designed during production. Then years later submitted for review on Lego Ideas. We can now bombard Lego with EVE.
Doctor Who and Companions has also passed the review system. This might just be the most demanded Lego theme in the recent past. Originally created by AndrewClark2, his proposal had a whole lot of competition. The details on which Doctor Who and what companions was not revealed, but we can assume that the TARDIS will be there. Whenever this set is released it will probably be extremely hard to find.
Lego passed up a lot of interesting proposals. The Hubble Space Telescope seemed to be a favor for this review, but it didn’t pass. Science and space stuff has had great success in the past. The other proposals, the Invisible Hand, X-Men X Mansion, Lego Lightsabers, UCS AT-AT, Wayne Manor, and the Ghostbuster Headquarters were also passed on. These were all huge sets, and Lego seem to be most comfortable in the $30-50 range.
The next review will be coming in late spring. Look out for the results on Avenger Helicarrier, Labyrinth Marble Maze, F7A Hornet, The Goonies, The Natural History Museum, The Lord of the Rings Minas Tirith, Jurassic Park, Piano, and the Flying Dutchman. We can all guess at the status of the Helicarrier…
Check out the full review below, which has some fun Lego behind the scenes stuff worked into it:
Lego Science Adventures is a sort of pseudo sequel to the super popular Research Institute (21110). That set is famous for making it through the Lego Ideas (CUUSOO) system in record time and then completely selling out in its first week of release. The Research Institute featured a Paleontologist, Astronomer, and Chemist. The Science Adventures focuses on jobs in the great outdoors. Featuring a Biologist, Geologist, and Archaeologist. There are some super awesome details included in these tiny vignettes. Such as a cute and deadly Tiger, an ancient human skeleton buried with its treasure, and a hidden gold vein. These three Minifigures would make a fine addition to a Lego city setup.
“Geologist Dr. Coyman is examining an unusual rock formation. Some work with the rock hammer is needed to find out what is inside!
Biologist Dr. Miller is hiding behind a nearby bush when a thirsty Siberian tiger shows up to drink from a puddle of water. A perfect opportunity to study its behavior up-close!
Archaeologist Dr. Yates made an extremely interesting historical find of a fully preserved skeleton and real gold coins. Will this provide the final clue in understanding the ways of the ancient people who lived here?”
Do you have fond memories of Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Zaxxon, and Street Fighter 2? BreaksBricks does, and has created an amazingly rad Lego Arcade over on Lego Ideas. Their Lego “Arcade Machines 1980!” contains all the pieces to create your own Arcade. These would also fit in at any Pizzeria or Movie Theater. These Coin-Ops even include a money changer and gumball machine. These machines have been created for maximum nostalgia but an interesting proposal makes them sticker friendly. Meaning you could create your own stickers to transform these cabinets into your favorite games. Surprisingly Lego and the classic Arcade Machines go together pretty well. There are many different creations out there.
Lego Arcade Machines 1980 includes:
Stand up arcade machine with joystick control
Stand up arcade machine with driving wheel control
Cocktail arcade machine with stools for seated playing
Classic change machine with dollar slot and coin tray
Classic gumball machine filled with 1×1 round plate gumballs!
“These machines would really stand out on display shelves and attract a lot of attention from Lego enthusiasts of all ages. Many Lego builders like myself grew up obsessed with video games and would naturally gravitate towards kits that feature nostalgic arcade machines from their childhood.”
Lego has recently announced the results of their 2014 Lego Ideas Review. During the video they mentioned that a Lego Birds set would be released in 2015. Just a few weeks later and we now have official images. The Lego Birds will feature 3 of the most common birds. A Blue Jay, Hummingbird and Red Robin. The whole set features 580 pieces and will be released in January 2015. The whole package will retail for about $44.99, not a common price point for Lego. The price to piece ratio is looking really good here. Just a little under 8¢ a piece.
Interestingly, Lego has posted an interview with the project’s creator, Tom Poulsom. The interview has some interesting comments about the design and marketing of this Lego Ideas project. Lets see if Lego will publish more of these interviews on future projects.
“TC: What inspired you to build this model and put it on LEGO Ideas?
TP: The majority of my creations have been replicas of man-made objects (cars, trucks and spaceships) I wanted to build something different, creating something to look organic seemed like a nice challenge. I have always loved nature and being a tree surgeon and gardener I get a lot of inspiration from my job. I was digging a vegetable patch one day and during a quick break I noticed a Robin land on my fork handle. This was the inspiration behind “Bobby the Robin”. I built him that evening and enjoyed building this bird so much that I decided to build some of my favorite birds from Europe. Once I had built seven birds I posted one a day on Flickr. They were a hit! I couldn’t believe the attention I received. A follower suggested I add the birds to LEGO Ideas and here I am now with an official LEGO set containing my Idea.” — Lego Ideas
Lego has made at least two versions of the Star Wars AT-ST and each has their own unique problems. The AT-ST (7657) is a Minifigure scale walker that is just plain ugly. Lego has also released an Ultimate Collector’s Imperial AT-ST (10174) which looks great but is much larger then previous AT-ST. It is way too large to display with Lego Minifigures. There is a great demand to have an accurate representation of the AT-ST that is appropriately sized to the Star Wars Minifigs. Over on Lego Ideas, user hobocamp has proposed a project for a fully posable AT-ST. The walker has a surprisingly large range of motion, thanks to its ball jointed legs, and is sturdy enough to stand on its own.
Over on Lego Ideas a Lego Gee Bee Z Super Sportster airplane has landed. This iconic plane features a yellow and black paint job that is instantly recognizable. The sleek fuselage and clean lines proved to be a challenge for the designer, buggyirk, to replicate in Lego. The Lego Gee Bee Z achieved its final shape with only 521 Lego pieces, and a wingspan of 34 studs. You might recognize the Gee Bee from the film “The Rocketeer” but it has a much more interesting history.
“This iconic plane was originally designed in the golden age of air racing, 1931 by Granville Brothers Aircraft of Springfield, Massachusetts USA. The name “Gee Bee” is short for the (G)ranville (B)rothers name. Designed in the middle of the Great Depression with money from investors, it was dubbed the “City of Springfield”. The Gee Bee Z won every race it had entered including the prestigious Thompson Trophy race. Shortly after the Thompson Trophy win, one of the pilots of the Gee Bee Z, Lowell Bayles, would beat the world speed record of 278.48 mph(448.17 km/h). He beat the record with 4 passes by going an average of 281.75 mph(453.43km/h). Unfortunately, in order to officially beat the record, the airplane had to go 4.97 mph(8 km/h) faster than the previous record. Bayles made his final attempt to beat the record on December 5, 1931. This final attempt would end in disaster. The plane crashed, ending Bayles’s life. On January 14, 1932, Lowell Bayles was posthumously awarded the world speed record of 281.75 mph(453.43 km/h) from his previous attempt.” — buggyirk
Lego has finally posted the results of the first 2014 Lego Ideas review. For all the projects that didn’t pass (Lego Apple Store, Back to the Future Train), Lego said nothing. The good news is that one of the best Lego Ideas (Cuusoo) projects has been approved. The Lego Birds will be an official Lego set. These little guys are super cute, and are a great way to introduce the spherical building techniques. to new Lego builders. It is interesting to see Lego go back and forth with licensed sets and original ideas.
Lego also announced another winner for this review. In a surprising announcement Lego revealed that the Big Bang Theory will be an official set. This opens up a whole new theme in Lego Ideas. Current television properties. This could be the beginning of a tidal wave of projects based on popular culture. The proposed Big Bang Theory project has a whole lot of references to science fiction, and comic books. Lets hope that these details make into the final product.
Not only did Lego announce two winners in the first 2014 review, but they also teased us with two projects that are still pending. The Doctor Who projects are still being considered. Since Lego announced that the license is available, it seems that these have a good chance at approval. The biggest problem is probably figuring out what direction to take the project and who to credit for the idea.