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 Author: Admin View Messages Posted By Admin
 Posted: Dec 9, 2022 15:17
 Subject: The BrickLink Designer Program Continues with Series 1
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Dear BrickLink Members,

We’re proud to share that the BrickLink Designer Program will live on! We’ve learned from the BDP 2021 Invitational, and the program is here to stay. Series 1 is the first in the new, permanent program. We’ll continue learning and adjusting to make each future Series better.

How Series 1 will work

Series 1 will span 2023 and early 2024, with these milestones:


Create Your Designs: December 9, 2022—February 2023
We invite all LEGO enthusiasts 18 and older to design your models in Studio.
Open Submission: February 1—28, 2023
Submit your models during a 4-week window to be considered before the deadline on February 28, 2023 at noon Pacific US time.
Crowd Validation: March 7—March 31
We invite all BrickLink members to vote for their favorite submissions. This crowd vote weighs in alongside the BDP’s internal selection criteria and influences the designs chosen for crowdfunding.
Review: April—May 2023
Our team checks every design for building experience, brand fit, and crowd favorites.
5 Designs Announced: Late May 2023
We’ll reveal the five Series 1 designs. Then we’ll collaborate with fan designers to prepare them for production.
Crowdfunding: February 2024
BrickLink members will be invited to pre-order their favorite designs, with a limit of 2 of each set per household. All designs that receive over 3,000 pre-orders will be produced. We will manufacture up to 20,000 of each set on a limited production run.
Production and Shipping: Summer/Fall 2024
We produce the sets in the factory. Orders will be ready to ship approximately 6 months after crowdfunding. Actual dates and shipping times may vary.


What calling it “Series 1” says about the Program’s future
We’re committed to helping you realize your ideas through the BrickLink Designer Program. By calling this iteration Series 1, we’re indicating the BrickLink Designer Program has matured from the one-off 2021 Invitational into a program we can sustain over time. With this and each future Series, we’ll issue a fresh brief and Submission Guidelines. This way, the program can evolve as we learn from experience during each series.

Next Steps for aspiring Fan Designers

Check out the BrickLink Designer Program homepage for the overview and detailed timeline.
Before you start building, Review the Submission Guidelines, which all submissions must follow.
Download the latest version of BrickLink Studio, which includes the BDP Series 1 Palette.
Register for our live webinar December 14th at 8am Pacific / 5pm CET to learn more about the Submission Guidelines. Can’t join live? We’ll make a video available after the session.
Ask any questions in the new BrickLink Designer Program forum, where we will monitor and respond.


We’re looking forward to your submissions!
The BrickLink Team


 Author: Admin View Messages Posted By Admin
 Posted: May 10, 2022 10:19
 Subject: BrickLink Designer Program third and final round opens May 17th
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We’re pleased to announce the third round of crowdfunding for the BrickLink Designer Program will open May 17th at 10:00am Pacific / 7:00pm CET / 6:00pm UTC. We invite LEGO fans to pre-order their favorites among nine fan projects on the BrickLink Designer Program page.
The first five projects to reach the goal of 3,000 pre-orders will be produced as a limited edition set. Up to 10,000 of each will be produced based on pre-orders received from registered BrickLink members. Round 3 crowdfunding will close at 10:00am Pacific on June 21.
Here are the candidates for the third and final round of crowdfunding, along with their prices:

Mountain View Observatory by ThomasW_BL for $319.99
Space Troopers by nickroyer for $199.99
1950s Diner by pix027 for $129.99
Studgate Train Station by BrickyBricks82 for $399.99
Working Waterfall by TheKingOfLego for $229.99
Steam Powered Science by EndlessAges for $299.99
Winter Chalet by sdrnet for $199.99
Modular Construction Site by ryantaggart for $319.99
Brickwest Studios by BrickyBricks82 for $349.99

Round 1 of crowdfunding was held during the summer of 2021 and Round 2 in fall 2021. This third and final round of crowdfunding concludes the BrickLink Designer Program invitational where up to 15 out of 26 projects will ultimately be realized across the three rounds.
Designer Program sets will feature digital building instructions provided by the LEGO Building Instructions mobile app. Digital instructions help us fulfill our Planet Promise by using less paper and saving on shipping weight, which in turn reduces emissions while delivering your set to you. The app lets you zoom, rotate, and view your model in 3D and ghost view mode to see how far you’ve come and what part you’re in the process of building. The LEGO Building Instructions app is great at keeping track of complex builds and makes it easy to save your building steps online so you can recycle instruction books.
PDF building instructions will also be made publicly available when sets begin shipping.
Sincerely,

The BrickLink Designer Program Team
 Author: Admin View Messages Posted By Admin
 Posted: Oct 20, 2021 12:49
 Subject: Second round of crowdfunding for the BrickLink Designer Program opens November 9th featuring these nine LEGO® IDEAS 10k Club Projects!
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We’re pleased to announce the second round of crowdfunding for the BrickLink Designer Program will open November 9th at 12:00pm Pacific / 9:00pm CET / 8:00pm UTC. We invite LEGO fans to pre-order their favorites among nine fan projects on the BrickLink Designer Program page.


The first five projects to reach the goal of 3,000 pre-orders will be produced as a limited edition set. Up to 10,000 of each will be produced based on pre-orders received from registered BrickLink members. Round 2 crowdfunding will close at 12:00pm Pacific on December 14th.


Here are the candidates for the second round of crowdfunding, along with their prices:

Mountain Windmill by Hanwas for $179.99
Modular LEGO Store by Krisnow for $179.99
Seasons in Time Calendar by BrentWaller for $249.99
Retro Bowling Alley by avila for $229.99
Brickwest Studios by BrickyBricks82 for $279.99
Ruined House by Kirteem for $299.99
Clockwork Aquarium by Farquar for $64.99
Quest Builder by legobouwer for $259.99
Science Adventures by Alatariel for $35.99

Round 1 of crowdfunding was held during the summer of 2021, and a third and final round of crowdfunding will follow in 2022. Up to 15 out of 26 projects will ultimately be realized as a part of the program.


Designer Program sets will feature digital building instructions provided by the LEGO Building Instructions mobile app. Digital instructions help us fulfil our Planet Promise by using less paper and saving on shipping weight, which in turn reduces emissions while delivering your set to you. The app lets you zoom, rotate, and view your model in 3D and ghost view mode to see how far you’ve come and what part you’re in the process of building. The LEGO Building Instructions app is great at keeping track of complex builds and makes it easy to save your building steps online so you can recycle instruction books.


PDF building instructions will also be made publicly available when sets begin shipping.


Thank you,
The BDP Team
 Author: Admin View Messages Posted By Admin
 Posted: Aug 31, 2021 16:58
 Subject: Announcing Round 2 Projects
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Dear Members,


We're excited to announce the projects for Round 2 of Crowdfunding in the BrickLink Designer Program! They are:

Mountain Windmill
Modular LEGO Store
Seasons in Time: Calendar
Retro Bowling Alley
Brickwest Studios
Ruined House
Clockwork Aquarium
Quest Builder
Science Adventures






Round 2 Crowdfunding will open in November.


Update on Anatomini


Due to the complexity of revising Anatomini to meet BrickLink Designer Program requirements, we are very sorry to have to withdraw the project. We hope that we will be able to work with the designer again in the future!


What about Round 3?


While it might seem obvious which projects remain, we’re waiting to officially name Round 3 projects until all of them have passed feasibility tests during test building.


For more questions on the BrickLink Designer Program, visit the FAQ page.


Thank you,
The BrickLink Team
 Author: Admin View Messages Posted By Admin
 Posted: May 12, 2021 19:43
 Subject: We are extending the BrickLink Designer Program
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Dear BrickLink members,

Based on your feedback to the structure of the BrickLink Designer Program, as well as challenges related to the current Covid situation, we decided to extend the Designer program and postpone the crowdfunding start a bit. This change aims to accommodate for equal opportunities for the designers and maximize the number of designs that can achieve crowdfunding.

What is the new structure?

Instead of one round of crowdfunding, there will be three rounds. For each round, eight to ten projects will be chosen based on feasibility and part availability. The first five of these designs that are successfully crowdfunded will then go into production.

In the illustration below, you can see the difference between the old and new structure.

Will the projects I can crowdfund remain the same?

The designers are currently working hard to make sure that their projects can reach crowdfunding, and we are rooting for all of them to make it, no worries, they are well on their way! The projects available for crowdfunding will still be the ones currently in the BrickLink Designer Program.

The downside to the new structure is that some designs will be available 3-6 months later than with the old structure. On the other hand, that might make it possible for you to support all the projects you like!

When can I start pre-ordering?

Pre-ordering begins July 1st with the first round of crowdfunding. Rounds 2 and 3 will begin in September and November respectively. To see which projects will be ready for the first round of crowdfunding, please visit the BrickLink Designer Program landing page.



You can also visit the FAQ page for more information about the program.


Thank you,
The BrickLink Team

 Author: Admin View Messages Posted By Admin
 Posted: Mar 17, 2021 16:03
 Subject: Kicking off the BrickLink Designer Program 2021
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Dear BrickLink members,

Since we announced the BrickLink Designer Program back in December 2020, we have been very busy behind the scenes. Today, we are so happy to finally be ready to kick off the program and to start sharing with all of you.

The BrickLink Designer Program: 2021 Invitational is officially kicked off!

What has happened since December?

A total of 31 designs have been selected, and the LEGO Ideas 10K Club designers have been onboarded to the program.

Right now, the designers are working on the digital render of their projects, revising their designs to meet the program requirements in order to pass test building before May 31st.

Meet the LEGO Ideas 10K Club Projects in pre-production

Visit the BrickLink Designer Program landing page for your chance to see all the projects that have been entered into the program, and to follow the progress of your favorite designs from digital modeling to test building and ready for production.

Time to start the count down!

On the landing page, you can find the overall timeline for the program as well as an FAQ page that can hopefully assist you with answers to your questions. The BrickLink team will also be available to answer your questions below this post.

Follow BrickLink on Social media for more program updates!

Thank you,
The BrickLink Team