LEGO Ideas, the platform where fan creations can be turned into retail LEGO sets, has concluded another round of reviews and announced that two new builds will be coming to shelves: Winnie-the-Pooh and a medieval blacksmith.
Let’s start with Winnie-the-Pooh as it’s the more recognisable of the two and the one based on an existing IP. The proposed set features a mix of minifigures and brick-built characters to represent the main figures from the stories, and Pooh’s house.
The build as it is looks relatively simplistic so that should mean a cheaper set once it arrives in stores.
Those unfamiliar with the Ideas process should note that, between now (the confirmation) and the production of the set, the build may change considerably, so the renders below may not represent what we’ll actually be able to buy in the future.
The second Ideas set and arguably the more interesting of the pair is a blacksmith’s home and workshop.
This proposed set is much larger, features distinct rooms and is separated into two floors with the first featuring the forge and the second being where the blacksmith lives.
It’s also unique from the other set as it comes with a decorated base featuring plants and animals.
The Winnie-the-Pooh and Medieval Blacksmith Ideas beat out nine other potential sets. These included Thunderbirds, NASA crafts and even a replica of the from, well, The Office.
We were really rooting for the Thunderbirds idea to make it as it was the most interesting of the lot in our opinion, but sometimes LEGO (in its internal review system) can’t acquire the licence or make the build feasible for consumer production.
The next round of Ideas reviews is undergoing and these 12 sets are being considered. The Futurama, Bionicle and typewriter are the standouts for us, but we’ll have to wait and see which ones make the cut.
Finally, it’s notable that LEGO has chosen to go with Winnie-the-Pooh given the fact that it’s banned in China. Aside from being a large market for the toy company, it panders to it by making a dedicated Chinese New Year line of sets especially for it.