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Robert Pearlman
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Fan-designed LEGO space shuttle stacks up to Saturn V rocket set

Could NASA's space shuttle be the next real-life launch vehicle to enter the LEGO universe?

A fan-designed model of the reusable winged spacecraft has soared to more than 6,500 votes on the LEGO Ideas crowdsourcing website since lifting off less than a month ago. The space shuttle needs 10,000 votes to be considered for production by the Denmark-based toy company.

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posted 08-09-2017 04:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAngel   Click Here to Email SpaceAngel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thought Lego was discontinuing any related space shuttle productions after the program came an end in 2011; also, is this item considered a limited time offer, i.e. not sold in stores?

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posted 08-09-2017 05:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As mentioned in the article, this is a LEGO Ideas project; it is not yet a set selected for production. But in general, sets that emerge from the LEGO Ideas website are sold in stores but are of a limited production run.

As far as the space shuttle as a theme, since the end of the program, LEGO has released at least three different sets based on the orbiter. The most recent, part of its Creator 3-in-1 line, is still on store shelves now.

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The NASA Space Shuttle (Saturn V Scale) has qualified for the next LEGO Review (beginning in September), having received 10,000 votes.

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LEGO reviewing fan-created space shuttle, Saturn V launch tower for production

Fan-designed LEGO models of NASA's Saturn V launch tower and a space shuttle scaled to match the towering moon rocket are now under review to possibly become official LEGO toy sets.

The "NASA Saturn-V Launch Umbilical Tower," created by Valerie Roche and Emmanuel Urquieta, from Paris, France and Houston, Texas, and "NASA Space Shuttle (Saturn V Scale)" by Andrew Harkins from Burbank, California, each gathered 10,000 supporters on the LEGO Ideas website, qualifying the projects for the toy company's review.

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What are the chances of these items being selected by Lego?

Robert Pearlman
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There is really no telling. Reportedly, the popularity and success of the Saturn V surprised LEGO, outperforming their expectations. Both of these models play off the Saturn V and both achieved 10,000 supporters in quick fashion.

If I had to guess, I would think the space shuttle has a slight edge, as from a playability viewpoint, it is more of a standalone set. And, by the time the shuttle would be ready for release, it will be about a decade since LEGO released its prior full stack space shuttle (and it would be right around the time the California Science Center will be debuting the full stack display of space shuttle Endeavour).

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posted 09-09-2017 02:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe, and really just maybe, declining sales in the U.S. and Europe and recently announced 8% job cut will push LEGO into producing sets that have a bigger chance of selling well, like the Apollo set Robert mentioned.

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Being an AFoL (Adult Fan of LEGO), and having watched LEGO trends for years, here are my thoughts.

The Shuttle has a decent chance. It's riding on the success of the Saturn V, it's the same scale, and it's been many years since the last large-scale, full-stack Shuttle that LEGO made.

However, much as I'd love a LUT for my Saturn, I think it has little chance, because it cannot stand on its own merits as a separate set. Certainly LEGO makes themes of sets, but each set in a theme stands on its own as a separate set, without requiring a customer to buy anything else in the theme. The LUT fails that test, since it needs the Saturn V to complete it. As such, it will only appeal to a subset of Saturn V builders. My gut guess is that only 10% of Saturn buyers would spend another few hundred dollars on the LUT.

Having said that, I fervently hope I'm wrong!

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Originally posted by PeterO:
However, much as I'd love a LUT for my Saturn, I think it has little chance, because it cannot stand on its own merits as a separate set.
I agree. However LEGO can reissue the Saturn V with the LUT for the upcoming 50th anniversaries of Apollo 8 and 11. My two cents.

And LEGO could also add a MLP while we're at it.

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The LUT, as proposed, includes the MLP. I think you mean the crawler transporter?

As wonderful a set as that might be (the Saturn V, LUT and crawler) it would likely be far too many pieces and too high a price point for a LEGO Ideas set. With just the Saturn V and the LUT, it is already more than 3,000 pieces...

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posted 09-18-2017 10:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ELinder   Click Here to Email ELinder     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Too many pieces? Lego sets are becoming progressively bigger. Check out this Millennium Falcon kit: 7,500 pieces and $800. I could definitely see a Saturn V/LUT/crawler kit for a significant flight anniversary.

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posted 09-18-2017 10:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
The LUT, as proposed, includes the MLP. I think you mean the crawler transporter?

Oops, I forgot that the LUT is on the MLP (oh well). But the crawler would be a nice addition.

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Originally posted by ELinder:
Check out this Millennium Falcon kit: 7,500 pieces and $800.
That kit is part of LEGO's main line of products, not LEGO Ideas, which the company holds separate and to different rules.

Don't get me wrong; I agree that an anniversary set would be great, but thus far, no LEGO Ideas sets have crossed over into the main line, not have any been reissued. Of course that could change, but it would be a departure for LEGO Ideas.

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LEGO scrubs fan-created Saturn V launch tower, space shuttle in review

LEGO won't be launching a fan's model of the space shuttle, nor will it be offering a launch pad for its popular Saturn V rocket set after rejecting both during a recent review.

The toy company on Monday (Jan. 22) announced it was passing on the space-themed projects as it reported on its review of sets that recruited 10,000 votes of support on the LEGO Ideas website between May and September 2017.

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This really sucks...

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I'm not terribly surprised that the launch umbilical tower didn't pass review. As cool as it is, it really doesn't work as a standalone set, and the amount of people who would buy it would be a small fraction of those who bought the Saturn V, I would imagine.

I am somewhat disappointed that the shuttle didn't get approved, though. It would seem that with the apparent success of the Saturn V, the shuttle would have been fairly likely to pass, but perhaps Lego already had something of their own in the works. I guess time will tell.

Personally, I'd rather see other MGA launch vehicles than the shuttle, but I still would have bought the shuttle had it gone into production.

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Originally posted by SpaceAngel:
This really sucks...
Multiplied by 10,000+ LEGO customers...

And I wonder how many Millenium Falcon at $800 a piece LEGO will sell — to rule out pricing as a decision not to go with the shuttle.

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Now that Lego has said no, are the original designers allowed to release their original plans and parts lists? Or does Lego own the rights to those designs as a condition of their submission for consideration?

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Per LEGO Ideas' rules, users may share photos and building instructions, so long as they are provided free of charge.

(Once a project is posted to LEGO Ideas, LEGO owns all rights to the user's content, but extends a limited, revocable license to the user for non-commercial uses.)

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Can someone produce a "knock-off" LEGO type kit?

The reason I ask is that there appears to be a Chinese based company that did for the Saturn V and was selling them around a $120 on eBay. Just a thought, not suggesting copyright infringement issues.

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Originally posted by sev8n:
Now that Lego has said no, are the original designers allowed to release their original plans and parts lists?
The designer of the LUT submission has said that she would post building instructions if the project was not approved.

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The files are now posted here.

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SpaceX rockets, space station among fan ideas for future LEGO sets

Two different takes on a SpaceX rocket and a second try at the space station have made it into LEGO's latest review of fan-proposed toy sets.

Monday (Sept. 3) marked the deadline for projects on the LEGO Ideas website to receive 10,000 votes, qualifying them to be part of the second production review of the year.

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LEGO has passed on producing either of the two SpaceX-themed projects and, for the second time, the International Space Station, as part of its second 2018 review.

The next review, for projects that reached 10,000 supporters between September 2018 and early January 2019, does not include any space-themed ideas.

Robert Pearlman
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Two space exploration-themed projects have qualified for the second LEGO Ideas review period of 2019 that ended on Monday (Sept. 2).

The LEGO Review Board is working to wrap up the first 2019 LEGO Ideas review, which included SpaceX BFR / Starship & Super Heavy 1:110 Scale by Albinolan, Whatsuptoday & Matthew Nolan.


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