Pick of the MonthThe Phantom of the Opera
This time around I decided to celebrate one of the cornerstones of the Ideas Community: Reekardoo. Many FOLs fail to realize this but Reekardoo is one of Ideas most influential members and with over 50 quality projects they are also one of the most prolific as well.
I picked this specific project above all the others in the last six weeks because, even though it is extremely large, it shows a lot of out of the box thinking about what an Ideas project can be while still providing an excellent display model.
I do think this model suffers a bit from that fact that the primary display elements, that being the stage and the balconies would be facing each-other rather than most viewers, but this kind of build is rather hard to accomplish otherwise.
This is a very clever approach to the vignette concept and the ship concept...adding them together to get the ship AND a story to sell the model. Well done!
The Large Hadron Collider
This project is really doing a bang up job on campaigning. They even have some great, dedicated pages for the project. The build is detailed enough to showcase teachable elements of the collider but simple enough to keep the part count down.
I think this project really did itself a disservice though by not rendering...of course, with the right community support, you don't need renders, but it is really going to impact the social sharing.
I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of the subject matter of this build, but the point is, you don't have to be to see respect the quality of the design and the techniques that are applied.
It is a little hard to process the details though. I might have done some cut-away views to get a better idea of the internals.
Hover Scout and Recharge Dock
Bringing in the Ideas Green Spacemen is a clever choice as well.
I do with the Recharge Doc had some enhanced play value though...like a brick build robot or perhaps some mechanical gimmick, something to kick the build up a notch.
Gorgeous details and a beautiful roofing technique! Not to mention, a bakery is a pretty good idea for a modular.
The Imperial Probe Droid
updates show how all the little details of the source material are recreated in this LEGO model.
The Secret of Monkey Island
A classic image from a classic game very well modeled.
by JiHyun Joo
Ok, I love dark red, gold, and black together so this was an easy sell for me. A fantastic design for a novel subject with a great rendering. Great use of figures to bring out the quality of the model as well.
Penguins of Madagascar
Not a huge fan of the Penguins of Madagascar but my son is a fan of both them and penguins in general. The great thing this project does is takes this general form and make the penguins distinct enough that fans can name each character. Well Done!
Homeworld Scout Ship
I am not very familiar with Homewold but this looks like a very well done ship with lots of character. The asymmetrical build and complex geometries bring out a lot great techniques. I really like the brick integrated numbers as well.
Golden Spike Ceremony
A fun way to get two trains, and a story into a LEGO build. Very well done title image as well that makes clear what the project is based on.
The IT Crowd
I considered doing an IT Crowd project myself. It is a fun show and popular with likely a decent overlap of fans of the show and fans of LEGO.
Besides being extremely busy, the main "project" reason I have not moved forward on an IT Crowd is Moss. His hair is not well represented by an afro. There is a HUGE chunk missing from the hair. Nothing In LEGO represents this well. Although it makes for a fun t-shirt.
Alice in Wonderland (Chapter Five – Advice from
This is brilliant part use with the opening flower made from the hot air balloon and the Lord Garmadon torso for the caterpillar.
Lego Mecha: Caliburn
There area lot of Mecha on Ideas but it is always refreshing to see one that is well designed AND presented. I think the legs could be a little more interesting but I really like the posability of this one.
NotablesStar Wars UCS X34 Landspeeder
This is beautiful and extremely detailed, but UCS Star Wars is such an established concept I have an extremely hard time getting behind any such project. I would love to be proven wrong though.
I would appreciate it if at least one of the images showed what specifically is being proposed in the set without the "setting" LEGO. In contradiction to this, many of the photos emphasize, or indeed, only display, elements that are not intended to be included in the offering, such as a cave or lit waterfalls.
To be certain I am fine that a setting is included, but I am extremely uncertain as to what the proposed set is intended to include.
Most important I would get rid of the desk and chair. Sitting minifigs are always to be avoided if possible. 1) Minifigs can stand indefinitely and 2) they have not knees!
A sitting minifig is only slightly shorter than a standing one, and they don't have knees, so they look like toddlers. There is an impulse to get the figure's leg's under desks which always make the desks over tall, and usually two plates thick so you end up with something
The strange device on the left appears quite specific. I am going to assume it is the Scanning Electron Microscope referenced in the projects. Googling for such things I could not find anything to the scale. Perhaps this is incredibly accurate, but we have no way of knowing without a picture of the source material. If the audience is likely to be unfamiliar with the subject, I always recommend including images.
Perhaps I am being a bit overcritical since Science Adventures also has a geologist finding minerals, I also tend to be critical of projects that use baseplates without having a strong excuse for it and a desk, box and chair don't really qualify in my book...
In summary...I want to like this idea, which is why I have written so much about it, ...but it is hitting on a lot of my pet peeves...It has done a fantastic job with promotion though and maintaining engaging updates.
That being said, I can never quite understand the attraction for this kind of project, where the intent is to recreate something "functional" but to do so in LEGO. I just can't grock it as a product.
Sure, the functionality of this is limited, it is an Oscar, but an Oscar is an award that looks like a guy with a sword that fits in a person's hand...so, yeah, it functions just like the subject.
I am not saying there is anything inherently wrong with this kind of project, just saying its pretty much the one theme of Ideas projects I have a hard time understanding...for some reason I am cool with the Light Sabers....I guess that is due to the inherent association between LEGO and Star Wars...
This project however is looking for the cross section of people who like the Academy awards enough to want a fake Oscar and Love LEGO enough to want a fake Oscar made of LEGO.
by simonw333Research Geology project. This is out of scale with minifigs and as I am unfamiliar with NMR Spectrometers, and no photo is included, I can't determine the accuracy of the build.
You really need to emphasize your branding if you are using a licensed project to make sure it gets the attention of its fans.
Jack is however a twig! The minifig template just does not do him justice. He can be made of LEGO, quite well in fact, but the minifig is just to stout for my tastes.