I may not know ART but I know what I like: 21333 LEGO® IDEAS The Starry Night Revealed

The Latest LEGO® Ideas set – The Starry Night, based on LEGO Truman’s submission to LEGO Ideas has been unveiled, and will be available by the end of the month.The set has 2,316 pieces and measures 38 cm wide x 28cm high x 21 cm deep. It will be priced at £149.99 / €169.99 / $169.99 USD / 259.99 AUD / 219.99 CAD when it goes on sale at LEGO Branded retail channels, as well as the Museum of Modern Art gift shop, on May 25th.

In 1889, while staying at the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum in Saint-Rémy, Southern France, Vincent Van Gogh created the Starry Night. The landscape was based, in part on the view he had from the room where he was staying, although, as is the nature of impressionism, perhaps some things are not exactly as they appeared. But without a doubt, with his swirling use of colours – in the foothills, the foreboding cypress tree and the sky itself, Van Gogh created one of his most enduring pieces of art. The original is now on display in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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LEGO® IDEAS 21332 The Globe Announced

Is the desk or book shelf in your home library looking dull, lifeless, and missing that exciting talking point with that classic, yet contemporary feel? Check out the new LEGO Ideas Globe 21332, announced today by the LEGO group.

Based on Disneybrick55’s submission on the LEGO Ideas Platform, it was approved in September 2020.

Available on 1st February 2022 from LEGO Branded retailers, the set has 2585 pieces and will be priced at €199.99 / $199.99 USD / £174.99 / 319.99 AUD / 269.99 CAD. The globe is nearly 40 cm tall, and spins.

There are added details inclding printed tiles, including a fleur de lys/compass rose, as well as some classic Olde Worlde details such as ships at sea.

It features printed, glow in the dark tiles naming the continents and oceans.

The construction appear intriguing, styrethcing over 16 panels: not quite the standard meridians we are used to, but it works for providing an appropriate approximation with the materials available.


Explorers, get set for adventure! The LEGO Group has revealed the LEGO® Ideas The Globe, sure to spark fans’ imaginations of traveling around the world, exploring new places and building new memories.  

The 2585-piece set beautifully shows a realistic, customizable vintage brick-built earth globe, with printed names of the continents and oceans that glow in the dark so you can display and see the world at every moment. In addition, once built the set spins, a first for a LEGO globe at this scale. 

The set was designed as part of the LEGO Ideas® platform, a LEGO initiative that takes new ideas that have been imagined and voted for by fans and turns them into reality.  France-based LEGO fan, Guillaume Roussel, was responsible for creating the concept for the LEGO Ideas The Globe – having been inspired by the tales of Jules Verne.  Talking about how he approached the design, Guillaume said: “When approaching the design, I asked myself ‘what could be creative, educational and touch most of the world?’ And the answer was just ‘the world itself’”. 

Federico Begher, LEGO Group Head of Global Marketing for Adults added: “What is so wonderful about this set is that, with a little imagination, it allows fans to discover the world through LEGO bricks. The globe is a symbol of dreams and aspirations of travel to come for all who are seeking a bit of adventure or for those looking to learn about our world.  When reviewing Guillaume’s’ set we could see the passion he had for travel and adventure, but also for inspiring building fans everywhere.  Our designers also relished the challenge of making this set spin.”  

I am impressed with the look of the globe, which I suspect has become a less common article in the home compared to ‘back when I was a boy’. I know, however, that no child in its vicinity would be able to resist spinning it until it falls over and rolls out the door, so I am curious to see how the final model shapes up, as far as general robustness is concerned.

If I were to compare this with a ‘serious’ globe of similar size (wood and brass stand), such models typically retail for between 200-300AUD, with a greater level of detail. This does, however fit in nicely with the notion ofReal World Life Size Objects, which seems to becoming its own subtheme in LEGO Sets, but includes the IDEAS Typewriter as well as the Ship in the Bottle, Adidas Superstar and the Botanical Series. You might even include the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Icons.

I can see this probably becoming a go to set for non-AFOLs over the next couple of years. I’d love to know what you think of this set: An easy purchase? Wait and See? Leave your comments below, and until next time,

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From Players to Builders:  The new LEGO® Ideas Sonic the Hedgehog™Green Hill Zone set offers fans a fun run of nostalgia

It has been almost 2 years now, since Sonic Mania – The Green Hill Zone reached 10000 supporters on LEGO Ideas, and now the set is almost ready to roll as Sonic the Hedgehog Green Hill Zone, due for release on January 1 2022. The set has been reframed to take in the 30-year history of Sonic the Hedgehog, where the Green Hill Zone has been a part of the landscape in multiple iterations of the game.

The set has 1125 pieces, and when set up measures 36 cm from end to end, while only 6cm deep. It is priced at $69.90 USD9 / £59.99 / €69.99 / 119.9 AUD / 89.99 CAD.

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Home Alone Arrives in Time for the Holidays…

The holidays are coming: borders are opening up, family gatherings back on the agenda and it’s time to start rolling out the holiday season movies. While it is unlikely that Die Hard II will ever be immortalised in LEGO form, another holiday film from 1990 has been, thanks to the LEGO Ideas submission Home Alone. Not based on the slightly pretty reasonable Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), and not the lack lustre Home Alone 3(1997). Especially not the direct to video Home Alone 4 (2002) or Home Alone: Holiday Heist(2012). For Goodness sake, it is not even based on the new version – Home Sweet Home Alone, coming to Disney+ in November 2021.

No – this set is based on the original, 1990, Macauley Culkin stranded at home, written by John Hughes and directed by Chris Colombus.

The way it should be.

Based on the LEGO Ideas Submission from 28-year-old Alex Storozhuk, this 3955 piece set is the largest LEGO Ideas set to date. With 3955 pieces, and priced at €249.99 / $USD249.99 / £249.99/ $AUD399.99/$CAD349.99, the set will be released on November 1st, 2021.

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Tune up and turn your amp up to 11 as the LEGO Group reveals the new LEGO® Ideas Fender® Stratocaster® set

The development of the electric guitar certainly resulted in defining the sound of a generation or two in the twentieth century. The Fender Stratocaster first appeared in 1954, and continues to be one of the most recognisable guiltar shapes in the world. Today, the LEGO Group announces a new Ideas set, not sourced through the standard Submission/10000 votes pathway, but rather as an entry in last year’s LEGO Ideas ‘Music to Our Ears’ contest.

The model brings us a small scale version of the iconic Fender Stratocaster, as well as a fender Princetone Amplifier. There are elements to allow you to construct the body of the guitar in either black or red, as well as 6 string elements, and a Fender-LEGO Print fabric element. I love the way that the designers have replicated the silhouette of the instrument, while including details such as the tremolo arm, tuning pegs and pickups. Likewise, the use of grill tiles captures the texture of the cloth on the front of the amplifier. All packed into a model 31cm long, and 11cm wide.

The LEGO Ideas Fender Stratocaster set will be available from the 1st October 2021 from LEGO Stores and www.LEGO.com/Fender. It has 1074 pieces and has a recommended retail price of $99 / £99 / €99 / 159.99 AUD / 139.99 CAD.

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21328 LEGO IDEAS Seinfeld Announced. Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That.

Today marks the anniversary of the first episode of Seinfeld going to air in 1989. This show about nothing in particular set the standard for sitcoms in the 1990’s, although, like Friends, it has dated, but maintains a loyal following.

The set, based on Brent Waller’s LEGO Ideas submission will be released later this month to VIPs, and essentially incorporates the studio set for Jerry’s Apartment, as well as the stage of the comedy club where the iconic opening and closing monologues took place.

Set 21328 has 1326 pieces, 5 minifigures and is priced at €79.99 / $USD79.99 / £69.99/ 129.99 AUD/ 109.99 CAD

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21327 LEGO Ideas Typewriter Announced. Q&A with the Ideas Design Team.

After a tease earlier in the week, the LEGO Group today announce the forthcoming release of the LEGO Ideas typewriter. Set 21327 has 2079 Pieces, and measures 27cmx26cmx12cm. It is based on the design by Steve Guinness, who has been involved in the process with the Ideas Design Team.

The set will cost $AUD329 USD199.99 €199.99 $CAD 269.99. It will be available from June 16 to via VIP early access from July 1 through LEGO branded retail channels.

A stalwart of many offices in Days Gone By, this model is based on machines of a certain vintage, and is sure to have appeal for a wide audience, but especially those to whom a vintage aesthetic appeals.

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21326 LEGO® Ideas Winnie the Pooh Announced. Tiddely Pom.

Two years ago, tiddely pom,

Many a heart skipped a beat, Tiddely pom,

As we all discovered, Tiddely pom,

That the world of Winnie the Pooh was going to become a set with LEGO Ideas. Tiddely pom, tiddely pom.

A model of trees, Tiddely pom

Filled up with bees, tiddely pom

A place that Pooh sees, to call home.

The whimsical, wistful poems of AA Milne were amongst the first that I ever heard, and I learned to operate a record player at the age of 5, in order to play the Disney Audio book of ‘Now We Are Six.’ It was a little longer before I came to discover the House at Pooh corner, and the quest for hefferlumps and hunny.

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Unity x LEGO Game Jam: Ideas Edition Feb 13th 2021

A couple of months ago, we mentioned the new Unity x LEGO microgame platform, now online. Lining up nicely with the 25th Anniversary of LEGO Games, there is now a LEGO Ideas contest in pregress for creators of these games.

And everyone’s a winner! Well, Every participant will receive a custom, limited edition, Unity Minifigure.

But, that has been in progress for a few weeks now. Why the excitement today?

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LEGO IDEAS® Confirms A Supersonic Fan Design Creation: SONIC MANIA™ GREEN HILL ZONE

Sometimes, LEGO Ideas feels like a simple process: a collection of sets reach 10000 votes, and they enter the review process. After 3-4 months, one or two get announced as proceeding towards development as a set. And a year or so later, they appear, in a slightly altered form on the shop floor.

But sometimes we are asked to wait. And so it was last September: the first review results for 2020 were in and, after four months of consideration, the Earth Globe was announced.

But one other Idea was declared to be ‘Still Under Consideration’: Sonic Mania: Green Hill Zone, by toastergrl. Today, four months after that original announcement, the LEGO IDEAS team have announced that this submission is now being developed for release as a set.

Typically, an Ideas submission is released around 12 months after the announcement. However, with Sonic’s 30th Anniversary coming up in June 2021, I find myself wondering if it might arrive a little sooner than early 2022.

Sonic the Hedgehog, a property of SEGA, was previously produced as a minifigure in a level pack for LEGO Dimensions, so the mold for Sonic is already in existence (important to consider, since LEGO Ideas is generally not in the business of handing out fresh molds for successful submissions. Since the LEGO Group have had a previous relationship with SEGA, this may well have made developing the set a little more simple than might be seen for other third party intellectual properties.

Steamboat Willie went from Confirmed to released in 6 weeks.Could Sonic also be on a rapid development cycle?

The previous record for development from announcement of approval to pre release announcement occurred in 2019, when 21317 Steamboat Willie was announced as approved on February 18, and then the final model announced on March 19 – for an April release. I suspect that project was well underway by the time that they announced its approval. Could this be the case here? We may (or may not) find out in the next couple of months.

So the actual news here is that the SONIC MANIA: Green Hill Zone will be made into a set, but at this point WE DO NOT KNOW WHEN IT IS LIKELY TO BE RELEASED. In the spirit of rampant speculation, I would like to imagine that it will be around the middle of the year, but I have no evidence of that, other that the fact that the world will be celebrating 30 years of Sonic the Hedgehog that month.


4th February 2021: LEGO Ideas® today announced they will be bringing SEGA’s® legendary speedster, Sonic the Hedgehog™, to brick form, thanks to a concept design submitted by 24 year-old, UK based, LEGO® superfan Viv Grannell. Viv, also a passionate Sonic fan, created her design as a submission to the LEGO Ideas® platform, a LEGO initiative that takes new ideas that have been imagined and voted for by fans and turns them into reality.

Viv’s design was inspired by SEGA’s critically acclaimed 2017 platformer experience Sonic Mania™, and features iconic characters and environments from the game’s Green Hill Zone level. Once the design was completed, it achieved the prerequisite 10,000 votes from LEGO fans worldwide – before being greenlit to go into production by the LEGO Group.

Talking about the winning idea, Viv Grannell said; “I’ve been invested in the world of Sonic for almost my entire life, and it’s such a perfect fit for the LEGO system that I spent about a year rallying support for it to happen. Having 10,000 people back my design was overwhelming enough, even with friends and family behind me, but having it be selected for further development was the most exciting secret I have ever had to keep!”

The Sonic Mania Green Hill Zone LEGO Ideas® design will now go into the product development phase, in partnership with SEGA® and once finalised will be available worldwide. Talking about the collaboration, Jason Rice, Director of Brand Licensing, SEGA® Europe Ltd, said; “At SEGA, we’ve always encouraged fans to take part in the legacy of the Sonic franchise through their own creations and it’s wonderful to see the tradition continued through the LEGO Ideas® program. We’re thrilled to partner with Viv and the LEGO Group, and hope to inspire fans to continue creating their own unique Sonic the Hedgehog™ experiences for generations to come.”

The Sonic Mania Green Hill Zone LEGO Ideas® design is the ultimate embodiment of Sonic the Hedgehog’s™ past and future as the franchise celebrates its 30th anniversary this June. Featuring a wide variety of elements inspired by Classic Sonic, the set will provide LEGO collectors and Sonic fans alike a truly supersonic LEGO experience.

Hopefully it wont be too long before we see what the finished product was like. Like Mario, Sonic is a character that so many people have grown up with, and unlike Mario, this has the potential to see a collection of favorite video game characters produced in minifigure form.

What do you think of the idea of a LEGO IDEAS Sonic the Hedgehog set? Why not leave your comments below, and until next time,

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