Bricklink Announces AFOL Designer Program

Last week, online marketplace Bricklink hinted at a forthcoming collaboration with the LEGO Group, as part of the 60th Anniversary of the LEGO Brick celebrations.

Further details have been released this morning:

The AFOL [Adult Fan of LEGO] Designer Program is an opportunity of AFOLs to submit and original design for a Set, using Bricklink’s digital design software, Stud.io. The software will provide a restricted ‘competition’ palette for entries.

Entries can be submitted between September 18th and November 18th, 2018.

There will be twenty finalists, selected by the LEGO Design Group, who then pass on to the crowdfunding stage.

Sets will be sold exclusively through Bricklink, next year. designers will be paid 10% of the sales from their set.

As well as the ‘contest palette’, a new Stud.io release will feature a stability tester as well as an updated instruction generator.

For further details, refer to the Bricklink website.

This appears to be an exciting opportunity- it is also interesting to see the engagement of the LEGO Group with one of the most significant websites used by AFOLs. Although perhaps not surprising, when we consider how Bricklink has made it possible for LEGO Fans to build amazing creations.

Is this for you? Why not leave a comment below. I look forward to seeing what comes forward in the crowd funding phase next year.

Until next time,

Play Well.

Your design can become a limited edition 60 Years Anniversary set!

We begin accepting entries on September 18th

by BrickLink Team | Sep 12, 2018 14:05 EST

After we posted a teaser about the AFOL Designer Program, we closely monitored the conversation surrounding it. It was fun to read what you all thought this program would be. So what is it exactly? In case you missed it, BrickLink and the LEGO Group are celebrating 60 years of the LEGO® brick with the AFOL community by realizing unique designs with truly original themes. Through this program, your design can become a limited edition 60 Years Anniversary set!

How does the AFOL Designer Program work?

The program will have three main phases:

Accepting entries – To give you some time to think about what you’d like to design, we will begin accepting entries on September 18th until November 18th. Your designs will not be displayed publicly during this time. The LEGO design team will review your submissions made with Studio 2.0, and up to 20 finalists will be selected.

Crowdfunding – Selected designs will be announced and displayed for crowdfunding beginning February 2019. You will be able to pre-order designs at this time.

Release – Successfully crowdfunded designs will become a limited edition 60 Years Anniversary set exclusively available on BrickLink. We will begin shipping orders April 2019.

Why should I submit my designs?

Besides being able to share your designs with the AFOL community, designs that are selected for realization will also be reviewed and produced as limited edition box sets. On top of that, BrickLink will pay 10% of total sales revenue to designers for all successfully crowdfunded AFOL designs including pre-order. You will retain full IP rights for non-selected designs, meaning you can freely use your original designs for any other purpose after the event.

Even if you aren’t a designer, we’d still love everyone to get involved! You can share your ideas with the AFOL community in the Studio 2.0 forum.

Ready to get started?

The AFOL Designer Program requires that your designs are submitted with Studio 2.0, which has improved functionality and new features for this program (new features will be available Sep 18th). A building palette made specifically for the AFOL Designer Program will be included so that you are able to focus more on the design itself. Next, check if your design is stable with the all-new stability check because we want to fall for designs, not have them fall apart. Then you can export breathtaking images and even create building instructions for your designs!

Stability check feature in Studio 2.0

Go here for more details about design requirements or FAQs, or go here to download or learn more about Studio 2.0.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Thank you,

BrickLink Team

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