LEGO Ideas Selects Female Researchers Set As Next Release

imageLEGO’s announce­ment of the latest LEGO Ideas (formerly CUUSOO) prod­uct is good news in many ways, but it also reveals that a lot of the fans and the builders who submit these designs aren’t think­ing things through prop­erly.

The good news is that this set of female minifig­ures engaged in scien­tific jobs will now get made under the title Research Insti­tute. And it’s a prod­uct that will directly address one of the more glar­ing gaps in LEGO’s offer­ings. And it’s a very prac­ti­cal set that will work with lots of other sets as well. So that’s a great thing. In fact it’s pretty clear that LEGO really wanted to figure out a way to make this one happen since they held it over from the previ­ous round of reviews.

While there’s a certain amount of inevitable grous­ing by fans of one of the other designs who were hoping they would get picket, the Research Insti­tute defi­nitely deserves to be released and LEGO insist that each set is eval­u­ated and accepted or rejected on it’s own merits. So theo­ret­i­cally the others could had been made if they had been suit­able.

LEGO don’t say why they rejected the other 6 sets under consid­er­a­tion, but it’s not that hard to figure it out when you look at them. The major­ity are licensed sets which presents some major obsta­cles to manu­fac­tur­ing. There’s no guar­an­tee you can get a license and even if you can… it may be cost prohib­i­tive.

One of them is essen­tially a retread because LEGO have already produced and released a Back To The Future Delorean set. And then there’s size. While some of these submis­sions are amaz­ingly designed, the scale makes them utterly imprac­ti­cal to actu­ally sell and an afford­able price. So they’re not going to happen. I’m as guilty of ignor­ing that as anyone when I post pictures and suggest we support them.

Source: LEGO Ideas Blog — Announc­ing the Next LEGO Ideas Set, and Winter 2014 LEGO Review Results

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