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Friends doesn't stand a chance because of recent high-profile criticism of the show regards homophobia, racism, sexism etc. A shame, because I could imagine a shelf full of nice TV show dioramas.
Friends is the next likely, will depend on licensing. Hits the adult nostalgia button.
Steamboat I would be very surprised about. Is Disney really going to share profits with the designer on its most iconic figure. We may see a similar set, but it won’t be an ideas set.
And the rest, too similar to existing themes and sets or just not interesting enough.
The Friends Ideas submission looks an absolute mess to me, I've seen much better models of the same thing, and it really bothers me that dispite being a digital render the creator has done all yellow faces and one fleshie.
I could imagine Steamboat Willie passing but I'd imagine the boat would need major redesign if it did.
The space stuff is anyone's guess, although if space stuff keeps getting through review you have to ask what's the point of it being Ideas and not a full theme.
The M&Ms dispenser I'd imagine would have had a better chance if it was just called Candy Dispenser - I can't imagine LEGO packaging the set with M&Ms included, and people will likely get annoyed if it doesn't come with any included.
But all speculation at this point is a long way off the final decision anyway.
I think Ideas has to be more careful overall, as they've had pretty bipolar results: even though the Saturn V and Fishing Store flying off shelves, once the initial run on Women of Nasa subsided, there were plenty that just sat on the shelves for weeks upon weeks on end. And don't get me started on Adventure Time or the Maze.
I also think Friends is too similar to BBT, except its a 20+ year old tv show and not a current pop culture megalith. And it's an overrated one at that - I watch the occasional rerun and am not any more of a fan now than when the show was on in the 90s. I'll take Seinfeld any day over Friends.
I just don't understand how these were the selections that made it to the 10k threshold.
I like the idea of a sweet dispenser. But given the sweets that would fit in it are roughly small Lego brick sized and equally brightly coloured, the choking hazard that creates will rule the idea out.
The maze and sets like it are practically the reason LEGO ideas exists in the first place. There are very few sets in that theme that capture the versatility of the medium better than the maze. That's just my opinion of course, but I think JK Brickworks is producing some of the most creative designs out there right now. I agree about adventure Time though.
Might be up for buying that Blackbird if that gets approved though!
But let's put it this way - I would not miss any of these sets if they didn't pass.
I got really excited when I saw that LHC model a few reviews ago - hope they revive it but extremely unlikely at this point.