If you consider yourself a Lego fan, you should read this story and visit this website before Tuesday, May 17 at 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET. That’s because Lego will officially launch its third and possibly final batch unofficially Sets on sale, and that’s the time to vote with your dollars for the five fan-made creations that are becoming a reality.
These Lego sets were designed by fans, not the Danish brick maker itself, and Lego originally rejected each and every one. But now, Lego’s Bricklink Designer Program will give a gorgeous 1950s diner, working waterfall, giant train station, steampunk science lab and more a second shot at official Lego glory.
The sets will be assembled and shipped by Lego itself, with 10 percent of the proceeds going back to the creators for their work, and each of the five winners will be capped at 10,000 units. Since most of them are over the $200 mark, they are expensive and Lego only ships them to 31 countries, but favorites may sell out quickly! Last time, an official unofficial Lego Store set was the quickest to disappear.
Here are the glorious creations vying for your attention this time.
First, the $129.99 1950s diner, the original version of which was submitted back in March 2016:
The $199.99 Winter Chalet originally submitted in October 2017:
The $199.99 Space Troopers with a modular spaceship concept from 2011:
The $229.99 Working Waterfall, with some notable improvements (sorry, I couldn’t help it) over its December 2019 submission:
The $299.99 Steam Powered Science Laboratory originally submitted as “Exploratorium” in January 2020:
The $319.99 Mountain View Observatory with its tier-by-tier detachable levels submitted back in February 2016:
The $319.99 modular construction site, also from 2016:
The $399.99 Train Station: Studgate, originally submitted May 2019:
And finally, the $349.99 Brickwest Studios, originally submitted in April 2020.
While they’re technically crowdfunded, there’s little chance they won’t ship — again, Lego is behind this whole thing. When there was an error in the ordering process for the first round Castle in the Forest, Lego fulfilled those orders and made more of them. But Lego only ships to those 31 countries, and it might be quite a while before you see them either: this batch won’t ship until Spring 2023.
Here’s our story about the previous series of prize sets:
https://www.theverge.com/2022/5/13/23071236/lego-ideas-bricklink-designer-program-sale-round-3 Lego’s next batch of official unofficial sets goes on sale on May 17th, and you better be quick