It’s the start of another Review stage – number three, and we’ve got a cracker of a project to kick it off! It’s one of my all time favourite LEGO Ideas projects – Pop-Up Book by Grant Davis and Jason Allemann.
Not only have I written something about this project before, but I loved this project so much, I modified it and made three of my own! If you want to check them out yourself, I’ll be displaying them at Bricktober Perth 2017. It’s my first exhibition (as an exhibitor), and I’m very excited! I’ll also be writing a post about my process, along with some decent photos, after the show is over.
I’m so glad this one got through. It’s got plenty of potential for some amazing versions from fans, and is incredibly clever. Here’s the blurb from the project page:
The book features a simple and reliable mechanism that pops up a structure when the book opens, and pulls it back in when the book closes. The main scene and surrounding details can be completely customized to tell any story you can imagine, – a cottage in the woods, jungle ruins, medieval castle, wild west building, space station, pirate ship – the possibilities are endless.
There is also room to store Minifigs and other accessories inside the book, and it features a locking clasp to keep everything securely inside when it is closed.
We suggest the set include enough pieces to build at least two core scenes and include anywhere from 3 to 5 Minifigs. A selection of extra Minifig parts could also be included so the actors can be outfitted for different roles, making them more suited to tell a variety of stories.
Thanks for your support!
If you want to check out more from this amazing project, there’s also a video available on the project page.
Not only did the Pop-Up Book make it through, but in the second 2017 review stage, NASA Space Shuttle (Saturn V Scale) by KingsKnight has recently reached the 10,000 supporters mark on LEGO Ideas – sorry, a bit behind everyone else on this one!
Featuring a very nicely detailed version of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, as well as the rocket boosters and external tank, this project would look excellent alongside the Saturn V. I think this model looks excellent, although I honestly can’t see it going very far. I have a feeling that because there’s been so many renditions of space shuttles, as well as the recent release of the Saturn V and Women of NASA, that LEGO Ideas will give the space stuff a rest for a while.
I may be pleasantly surprised though – it looks really good, and would look amazing next to the Saturn V. The full description for the project can be found below, with more photos available on the project’s page.
Icon of a generation, the historic Space Shuttle did so much for connecting the world, exploring deep space, and conducting groundbreaking research. This set is built to the same scale as the Lego Saturn V, and would make the perfect companion piece!
In 2019, the California Science Center will finish construction on an unprecedented display of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, setting it in its vertical full stack configuration, with Orbiter, External Tank, and Solid Rocket Boosters as if ready for liftoff. What better way to celebrate this achievement by remembering this iconic ship in Lego!
Since the launch of the first Space Shuttle 36 years ago, it has brought…
…the first American woman in space, Sally Ride, who will soon be honored in the Women of NASA set!
…the first African-American man in space, Guion Bluford.
…the first African-American woman in space, Mae Jemison, who will soon be honored in the Women of NASA set!
…the invaluable Great Observatories: Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and Compton Gamma Ray Observatory into orbit.
…the interplanetary probes Magellan (to study Venus), and Galileo (to study Jupiter).
…countless communication and research satellites into orbit.
…research and countless invaluable experiments that have changed our world.
- Large cargo bay with functional bay doors, featuring an Orbital Docking System, Canadarm, and satellite.
- Separating Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs)
- Separating External Tank (ET)
- Canadarm robotic arm (SRMS -Shuttle Remote Manipulator System) which was responsible for cargo, astronauts, hull examination, and the deployment and capture of satellites
- Functional wing flaps/elevons, body flap, and split tail rudder
- Same scale as the Lego Saturn V (Approx 1:111)
Over half a meter tall, this Space Shuttle is in scale to the Lego Saturn V, and would make the perfect companion piece.
Please share and let others know about this project to make this a reality that you can bring home and build!
All in all, there’s six projects that have made it through to the Second stage for 2017. You can read more about them at the LEGO Ideas Blog.
We’ve got to wait until early next year for these results, but I’m honestly not very hopeful for any of them. I don’t think these ones will get very far. What do you think will happen? Let me know in a comment below.