PHOTOS: Proposed LEGO Sets Bring Emporium, Typhoon Lagoon, and More Disney Locales to Life in Brick
The LEGO Ideas program gives fans a way to connect with each other and the company. Whether it’s with Activities like Quick Build challenges for beginners or Contests to show off custom-built models as experienced builders, there are a number of options and opportunities for enthusiasts of all ages.
But for those real dedicated fans who fancy themselves Master Builders, there is another opportunity. Fan-built models can be submitted on the Product Ideas page to be considered for new kits by LEGO. Other fans can then browse the Ideas posted and choose to support the model. Once the model attains 100 supporters, it will remain on the site for 12 more months. Within that time, it must hit 1000 supporters to get a six month extension and then 5000 supporters for an additional six month extension. If the model attains 10,000 supporters before the clock runs out, it will be reviewed by LEGO Experts. If it passes muster, the model is approved for production and will be heading to store shelves.
Some of these fan designs get incredibly creative. And here at WDWNT, a few Disney-centric models have caught our eye. Take a look at some of these cool models below, a few of which will be heading for store shelves soon after approval.
Magic Kingdom Emporium
This proposed model of the Emporium from Magic Kingdom has 6,682 supporters and 153 days left to reach its 10K goal. While the outside is very complex with its many columns, the inside is equally complex.
The inside houses a miniature scene from “Pirates of the Caribbean” on the second floor. The scene comes complete with a boat, guests riding, and pirates on the shore.
Inside on the ground floor are product shelves and a Mickey Mouse wall decoration.
It is one modular building that can be combined with a proposed Main Street USA set.
Ratatouille: ReOpen the Doors!
This “Ratatouille”-themed set features Gusteau’s inside and out, complete with minifigs of Colette, Linguini, Skinner, and Anton Ego.
There is both a dining room and a kitchen inside, allowing for multiple play areas.
There is also a super cute stop-motion animated short that goes along with the submission. The project has already hit the 10K club and is currently under review.
Monsters University — Oozma Kappa Fraternity House
This “Monsters University” set features blocky characters for the monsters rather than minifigs, and has the whole cast. This model currently has 594 supporters with 415 days left to attain the 10K club.
House from “Up”
Carl and Ellie’s house is all set for their balloon trip to Paradise Falls. This proposed LEGO set has achieved the 10K club and is currently under review.
The attention to detail extends even to the split pipe on the back of the house.
The Carl minifig has a rotating head as he goes from curmudgeon to kindly by the end of the film.
And the minifig of Russel is loaded down in more gadgets than he needs, even for exploring.
Typhoon Lagoon’s Miss Tilly
Miss Tilly, the shipwrecked icon of Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon waterpark, is a shrimp boat perched atop Mount Mayday. This model has 864 supporters with only five days left to go before being dropped from the site. If this is a set you want to see come to life, head over to the page and vote to keep it around.