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 Author: Admin View Messages Posted By Admin
 Posted: Dec 17, 2020 11:59
 Subject: The return of the Designer Program
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Dear BrickLink members,

Back in 2018, we launched a pilot program with the LEGO Group to celebrate 60 years of the LEGO® brick and help realize unique fan designs with original themes. Thirteen fan designs were successfully crowdfunded through the pilot, and we have received many questions about its potential return since then. Is there going to be a second iteration? If so, when? You won’t have to wait much longer because we can happily reveal that the Designer Program will make its return in 2021!


Are there any changes to the program?

While the core part of the program remains unchanged, there is one important difference. According to a recent survey, an overwhelming number of you showed enthusiasm and support in leveraging the Designer Program to realize LEGO Ideas fan designs that were not selected for production (see chart below).

Above: Percentage of approval or disapproval of realizing LEGO Ideas projects not produced

Above: Direct quotes related to realizing LEGO Ideas projects not produced


With this information, we decided to officially move forward with realizing designs from LEGO Ideas that many of you already appreciate. We will work closely with the LEGO Ideas team to bring as many great designs into the world as possible!


Who will be invited?

Select designers whose project(s) acquired 10,000 votes on LEGO Ideas, but were not approved for production, will be invited to participate in this Designer Program. Unfortunately, IP-based designs will not be eligible for the Designer Program, in addition to a few other projects that we know we unfortunately can’t realize. The LEGO Ideas team will first contact the designers from January, and then the BrickLink team will proceed with the onboarding process for participating designers.


What will happen to the original AFOL Designer Program?

We understand that there are some AFOL designers and fans who anticipated a new intake of original projects. Our intention is to host annual Designer Programs that best reflect voices of the AFOL communities. Depending on preferences, we may return to the original format of the open contest in 2022. But rest assure, that no matter how designs are submitted to the program, we will continue to celebrate fan creativity by realizing your dream sets through crowdfunding.


When can I get more information?

The official program title and detailed timeline have yet to be confirmed, but you can expect to get more information in early 2021. At the same time, we will also unveil all participating designers and their projects.

We are pleased to continue this journey with you! Thank you again for contributing to the success of the 2018 pilot and for your ever-growing support of fan designs. If you haven’t already, please take a moment to browse the Studio Gallery page to view more designs created by members of the AFOL community.


Stay vigilant and happy holidays!
The BrickLink Team


 Author: jamesvickery View Messages Posted By jamesvickery
 Posted: Dec 17, 2020 12:02
 Subject: Re: The return of the Designer Program
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cant wait!
 Author: wahiggin View Messages Posted By wahiggin
 Posted: Dec 17, 2020 12:15
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 Author: yorbrick View Messages Posted By yorbrick
 Posted: Dec 17, 2020 13:13
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This sounds great. Although if this is BL run rather than done in house at LEGO,
then are LEGO/BL going to be hiring more staff to manually pick the parts or
will it be all-hands-on-deck with all staff concentrating on picking instead
of other roles.

And will it be a wholly US based operation again, or will there be European distribution
sites too?

And will it be limited parts again or are recolours going to be allowed?
 Author: StarBrick View Messages Posted By StarBrick
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Great! That's some good news for the new year to come already!!!
 Author: hjos View Messages Posted By hjos
 Posted: Dec 17, 2020 16:52
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It will be great to have a new designer program and, just to clarify, the crowdfunding
for the last one it was in 2019, not in 2018.


In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

Back in 2018, we launched a pilot program with the LEGO Group to celebrate 60 years of the LEGO® brick and help realize unique fan designs with original themes. Thirteen fan designs were successfully crowdfunded through the pilot, and we have received many questions about its potential return since then. Is there going to be a second iteration? If so, when? You won’t have to wait much longer because we can happily reveal that the Designer Program will make its return in 2021!
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 Author: povoq View Messages Posted By povoq
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The Castle in the Forest is ready to enter the competition. May the best castle
win
 Author: yorbrick View Messages Posted By yorbrick
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In Events, povoq writes:
  The Castle in the Forest is ready to enter the competition. May the best castle
win

Is it a competition. I read it as that 10K club have already passed and it is
up to the designers if they want to proceed.
 Author: SylvainLS View Messages Posted By SylvainLS
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In Events, yorbrick writes:
  In Events, povoq writes:
  The Castle in the Forest is ready to enter the competition. May the best castle
win

Is it a competition. I read it as that 10K club have already passed and it is
up to the designers if they want to proceed.

But there’ll be a crowdfunding period to know which to produce, no?
 Author: yorbrick View Messages Posted By yorbrick
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In Events, SylvainLS writes:
  In Events, yorbrick writes:
  In Events, povoq writes:
  The Castle in the Forest is ready to enter the competition. May the best castle
win

Is it a competition. I read it as that 10K club have already passed and it is
up to the designers if they want to proceed.

But there’ll be a crowdfunding period to know which to produce, no?

Yes, but that is not a competition with a defined winner. Surely all designs
that meet whatever thresholds are necessary will presumably pass, so there is
no actual winner. Just those with enough cash behind them to produce and those
without.
 Author: ChokyIsMe View Messages Posted By ChokyIsMe
 Posted: Dec 1, 2021 03:11
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In Events, povoq writes:
  The Castle in the Forest is ready to enter the competition. May the best castle
win

Hello Povoq, nous sommes apparemment "voisins" en Rhône-Alpes-Auvergne. Dans
le cqs d'une vente du château ici ou sur eBay, serait-il possible d'être
informé de la mise en vente? Et peut-être de remise en mains propres? (Selon
la proximité au sein de la région) merci d'avance
 Author: MatthewRC View Messages Posted By MatthewRC
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Will Sokoda’s Bionicle 20th Anniversary project be eligible for this? I mean,
Bionicle is an original IP owned by LEGO.
 Author: ms.g.tx View Messages Posted By ms.g.tx
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Thank you!
This will be great.
 Author: BricxaLot View Messages Posted By BricxaLot
 Posted: Jan 28, 2021 14:26
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It is great that the Designer Program will return soon. It is such a wonderful
contest.

On the other hand, I am not sure about the participation rule as "Select designers
whose project(s) acquired 10,000 votes on LEGO Ideas". I would like to learn
the logic behind such limitation.

I believe everybody should join regardless off previously acquiring 10,000 voes.
Limiting the entry will crush the LEGO spirit. What about new designers?

It is only fair to allow everybody to participate but vote them based on their
designs not based on their previour success...
 Author: zedsmith12 View Messages Posted By zedsmith12
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I'm checking in every day waiting for an update on this. Can we get some
news LEGO?
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In Events, zedsmith12 writes:
  I'm checking in every day waiting for an update on this. Can we get some
news LEGO?

News on this will be coming shortly.
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Any news?

In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

Back in 2018, we launched a pilot program with the LEGO Group to celebrate 60 years of the LEGO® brick and help realize unique fan designs with original themes. Thirteen fan designs were successfully crowdfunded through the pilot, and we have received many questions about its potential return since then. Is there going to be a second iteration? If so, when? You won’t have to wait much longer because we can happily reveal that the Designer Program will make its return in 2021!


Are there any changes to the program?

While the core part of the program remains unchanged, there is one important difference. According to a recent survey, an overwhelming number of you showed enthusiasm and support in leveraging the Designer Program to realize LEGO Ideas fan designs that were not selected for production (see chart below).

Above: Percentage of approval or disapproval of realizing LEGO Ideas projects not produced

Above: Direct quotes related to realizing LEGO Ideas projects not produced


With this information, we decided to officially move forward with realizing designs from LEGO Ideas that many of you already appreciate. We will work closely with the LEGO Ideas team to bring as many great designs into the world as possible!


Who will be invited?

Select designers whose project(s) acquired 10,000 votes on LEGO Ideas, but were not approved for production, will be invited to participate in this Designer Program. Unfortunately, IP-based designs will not be eligible for the Designer Program, in addition to a few other projects that we know we unfortunately can’t realize. The LEGO Ideas team will first contact the designers from January, and then the BrickLink team will proceed with the onboarding process for participating designers.


What will happen to the original AFOL Designer Program?

We understand that there are some AFOL designers and fans who anticipated a new intake of original projects. Our intention is to host annual Designer Programs that best reflect voices of the AFOL communities. Depending on preferences, we may return to the original format of the open contest in 2022. But rest assure, that no matter how designs are submitted to the program, we will continue to celebrate fan creativity by realizing your dream sets through crowdfunding.


When can I get more information?

The official program title and detailed timeline have yet to be confirmed, but you can expect to get more information in early 2021. At the same time, we will also unveil all participating designers and their projects.

We are pleased to continue this journey with you! Thank you again for contributing to the success of the 2018 pilot and for your ever-growing support of fan designs. If you haven’t already, please take a moment to browse the Studio Gallery page to view more designs created by members of the AFOL community.


Stay vigilant and happy holidays!
The BrickLink Team