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Really appreciate the kind words from everyone, on here, Flickr and Ideas.
I would like to hear your thoughts about it?
Do you consider this a viable product?
Let me know!
It went live this morning so if anyone could vote on it next time they are logged in that would be great.
I need 10.000 support, one year is the limitation of time. Please, help me to support this project, help me to spread this, because now it's time to ride the (LEGO) tube!!
It's time to #RideTheTube #objective10000 #surf #Lego
There is also a twitter account: https://twitter.com/Federico_Reds/status/590215379638714368
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SurfingWaveLegoIdeas
Your project is not based on an existing IP. Sure, it's marvel, but it's a different ip than avengers or thor. The only conflict may be if they decide that could cut the sales of avengers sets.
10,000 supporters might be enough to tell LEGO that an idea is popular, but when it fits into a wider range that they already KNOW is popular with far more than 10,000 people, it doesn't give them a lot of new information to work with. On the other hand, if something's based on an IP they've never held or an inactive IP (or a project not tied to any IP at all), that gives them a new direction to expand their market, not just an opportunity for the new project to piggyback off of a market they already have secured.
I think its unlikely we'll see an existing IP Ideas project pass review but not impossible.
At least they do the license check at 1k now.
In regards to the IP, I'm honestly not bothered they don't encourage existing IP's. Afterall those are sets that may eventually happen anyway; I'd rather see sets like Ghostbusters and Big Bang come out of this, which would most likely never happen otherwise.
also, if the project gets approved, they have to send 5 boxes to its author. maybe they don't want to send 100.000 free bricks to the author of the helicarrier.
what I'm wondering, if they already planned to release a sandcrawler / helicarrier, why allow those projects to even show on the site?
This is a cool one: National Park Service Centennial Vignettes! Vote for it here: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/96402 There are additional NPS vignette concepts on its Updates page.
Vote for my Golden Spike Ceremony Lego Ideas project here: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/95531
The Golden Spike Ceremony was an event in 1869 in the US state of Utah (a territory at the time) where the Transcontinental Railroad was completed, linking the rail networks on the East and West Coasts for the very first time. The ceremonial last railroad spike driven was made of solid gold, hence the name of the event. In summary, it's the most important historical milestone in American rail history. The set is meant to replicate a famous picture taken at the event showing two steam locomotives facing each other from the two railroad companies constructing the railroad (they started from opposite ends of the route and met in the middle). If you open any American history textbook and turn to the chapter about the 19th Century, this picture has a very strong likelihood of being on the first page.
If there were, as an example, a British National Trust Vignette set, I and many others would be interested in that regardless of the fact that we might not live in Britain. I don't think most people are going to discard a Lego set just because its based around something in a foreign country.
I think a possible problem with lego ideas, is that if Alatariel's idea never reached the stores, I guess that we would see far less vignettes sets, but people saw it works, and also probably that it looks easier to design than modular building (which also look rather popular). Not that I have a problem with vignettes of course.
well, it's not just lego ideas, that's what happens when you rank by popularity, the most popular drives the crowd. now, fortunately, the ideas that are in the spotlight often change. because lego makes them change.
I remember the far cry 2 custom map database in particular. I think without ubi intervention to make 5 maps or so official ranked maps, there would have been no major changes in the most popular maps from the beggining to the end of the lifetime of the game.
well, here's my project :
Cemetery for lego city. I don't remember lego doing one. I mean a regular non-horror one.
They are also a little too boring for me.
Regarding it being regional, wasn't the very first Ideas set a Japanese exclusive?
Now I feel like I need to explain myself a bit more. Like CCC said, it means that I had never heard of that ceremony and don't care too much for it, just like nobody but Quebeckers care about the Battle on the Plains of Abrahams.
If people won't value the Golden Spike Ceremony set for the historical event on which it is based, they may still be interested in it due to its Wild West theme. This moment in history may not have reached the ears of many people outside the US, but almost everyone knows about the American Wild West. Plus, Lego has had Wild West sets in the past, most recently with the Disney Lone Ranger series. The primary difference with my set compared to past Lego Wild West sets is that it is a non-fictional interpretation of the theme.
On a different note, I looked up the Battle on the Plains of Abraham and after reading it, I was already picturing in my head potential, sellable interpretations of it in Lego form. Actually, if that is promoted right, it could get a ton of votes in Quebec and Canada. Personally, I love history, and learning about historical things I never knew about before fascinates me.
All I'm saying is that, even though I already own the LR train, I would still be interested by the red train from the "Golden Spike Ceremony" set because I think it's gorgeous. I'm just not sure I would get it at the price of a 2k+ set. Maybe I would, but I would have to think twice about it. However, I'd buy the red train alone without second thoughts. ;)
If it means the difference between Lego producing and not producing it, I would accept only having one locomotive in the set instead of two. It's better than nothing, and yes the price point would be more attractive. I like the look of the red locomotive better, too.
The best way to get a ton of votes is to get it published. It can be a newspaper, radio station, TV station, digital news site, whatever. They just need to have an online presence where a direct link to your Lego Ideas page can be placed. The easiest way to get it published is to contact these types of places that are based where you live. These folks love publishing stories about local people. Also, the best way to contact them is messaging their Facebook pages. They are a million times more likely to respond to a Facebook message than a traditional e-mail.
Lastly, the #1 easiest way to get votes (though it will only be a small number at a time) is to get other Lego Ideas members to vote for it. Obviously, you can't ask them outright to vote for your project as that is against the rules. Instead, vote, follow, and comment on their projects. They will see your activity and may return the favor.