How to Get LEGO to Make You the LEGO Set of Your Dreams
Ten years ago, LEGO decided that as successful as its sets were, it should turn to those who know LEGO best for ideas. Over the years, LEGO has made no fewer than 22 sets based on ideas it has gotten from its fans. The Women of NASA set that sold out almost immediately upon release is part of LEGO's Ideas line and was submitted to LEGO's online platform.
Other ideas that have been made into LEGO sets include Voltron, Ghostbusters, Wall-E, a ship in a bottle, and a working maze. While LEGO has the final say on which sets eventually get made, LEGO fans can vote on their favorite ideas to make sure the set they want gets LEGO's attention. Current ideas include M16 Headquarters, a player piano, The Polar Express, many Harry Potter themed sets, as well as a bookstore, cottage, and various models of airplanes.
The newest LEGO Idea set released to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the LEGO Idea program is the LEGO Pop-Up Book with enough pieces to make scenes from Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk. Check out the successful proposal for the Pop-Up Book here.
If you have a great idea, there are a few guidelines to keep in mind.
- Your idea must be for one LEGO set only, not an entire series.
- Suggestions for licensed characters are accepted, but each set can only include one license or concept. So, a proposal of Batman vs. Darth Vader won't be accepted.
- No LEGO Ideas sets will be made based on currently licensed LEGO products. So, you should not submit an idea for a new LEGO Friends or Ninjago sets.
- Sets can't be too big. LEGO Ideas sets are limited to 3,000 bricks or fewer. You don't need to know the exact number of bricks before you submit an idea, but know that any enormous idea is likely to be rejected.
- Get support for your idea early! Ideas that reach 100 supporters in the first 60 days after they submit their idea survive to the next round. After that, you have two years to reach 10,000 supporters.
- Once you reach 10,000 supporters your idea goes before a LEGO review board and they decide whether or not to produce your set.
If you or your child has ever said “I think LEGO should make …” this is your chance to get LEGO's attention and try your luck at making your idea into reality.
Here is a video showing all previous 22 LEGO Ideas Sets for inspiration:
Here is a video detailing how to submit your ideas to LEGO:
What are your best ideas for a LEGO set?