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 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: tEoS View Messages Posted By tEoS
 Posted: May 12, 2021 20:51
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I'm ready to preorder Castle in the Forest any day now. I will have pulled
out all my hair waiting for July 1st to come.

In NEWS, Admin writes:
  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.
 Author: flee747 View Messages Posted By flee747
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In LEGO, tEoS writes:
  I'm ready to preorder Castle in the Forest any day now. I will have pulled
out all my hair waiting for July 1st to come.

In NEWS, Admin writes:
  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.

## Feel you PAIN!! I was ready to Fund this set the day it was announced it was
in the running, DEF First Pickup for me ASAP
 Author: Errd View Messages Posted By Errd
 Posted: May 13, 2021 02:26
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Dear BrickLink Team.
Because you're making changes in Design Program I would like to ask if there's
a chance to remove the 5000 limit on the number of created sets.
I love everything about this initiative except the rat race factor that mentioned
limit creates.
I think some of those awesome sets will become very popular and they could run
out of stock very fast.
It would be a shame to miss the chance to order one of those wonderful builds
just because not being fast enough to purchase.
 Author: CE_Tanja View Messages Posted By CE_Tanja
 Posted: May 13, 2021 09:58
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In Buying, Errd writes:
  Dear BrickLink Team.
Because you're making changes in Design Program I would like to ask if there's
a chance to remove the 5000 limit on the number of created sets.
I love everything about this initiative except the rat race factor that mentioned
limit creates.
I think some of those awesome sets will become very popular and they could run
out of stock very fast.
It would be a shame to miss the chance to order one of those wonderful builds
just because not being fast enough to purchase.

Dear Errd,

What an absolutely lovely message! I am thrilled that you love the program and
I understand the frustrations with the limited availability.

We did double the number of sets produced from the pilot we did back in 2019,
hopefully this will mean enough for everyone interrested because we are not able
to expand further unfortunately.

Fingers crossed you will be able to get the sets you would like to have.

/Tanja
 Author: yorbrick View Messages Posted By yorbrick
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  Dear Errd,

What an absolutely lovely message! I am thrilled that you love the program and
I understand the frustrations with the limited availability.

We did double the number of sets produced from the pilot we did back in 2019,
hopefully this will mean enough for everyone interrested because we are not able
to expand further unfortunately.

Fingers crossed you will be able to get the sets you would like to have.

/Tanja

Limiting it to one of each set per person instead of 5 might help them spread
a little further instead of going straight into the hands of resellers.

After the first ADP they were not meant to be allowed to be resold on bricklink.
Whereas now, it seems LEGO want resellers to purchase by allowing five of each.
 Author: achimvw View Messages Posted By achimvw
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If the uptake is greater than the planned initial run (5000) will you reduce
the numbers that individuals can purchase down from the max of 5 so that all
participants can purchase at least one?
 Author: legokopen View Messages Posted By legokopen
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Dear Tanja,

I'd love to buy a few sets, and I feel many people would like to do so. Therefore,
I think it is very important to limit the number of sets one account (/person!)
may buy, preferably limited to one per set.
Looking at how fast even non-limited GWP's on www.lego.com are depleted,
or VIP exclusives, and the number of items that are sold on ebay or bricklink
by sellers who have multiple items, I believe that that will the most fair chance
to all of us. The instances where it would seem just for anyone to buy 5 out
of 5000 sets would seem very rare. There would be absolutely no reason to let
buyers have so much when the supply is so scarce.

Two other things: why not ship to any country worldwide? And please would you
provide printed instructions?

Best regards,

Jelle

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  In Buying, Errd writes:
  Dear BrickLink Team.
Because you're making changes in Design Program I would like to ask if there's
a chance to remove the 5000 limit on the number of created sets.
I love everything about this initiative except the rat race factor that mentioned
limit creates.
I think some of those awesome sets will become very popular and they could run
out of stock very fast.
It would be a shame to miss the chance to order one of those wonderful builds
just because not being fast enough to purchase.

Dear Errd,

What an absolutely lovely message! I am thrilled that you love the program and
I understand the frustrations with the limited availability.

We did double the number of sets produced from the pilot we did back in 2019,
hopefully this will mean enough for everyone interrested because we are not able
to expand further unfortunately.

Fingers crossed you will be able to get the sets you would like to have.

/Tanja
 Author: Marina108 View Messages Posted By Marina108
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When do you plan to correct the discrimination of not sending designer program
sets to all EU countries? I can understand that you might limit sending all over
the world, but you can have absolutely no valid explanation why just several
of EU countries are not included. For example, you are sending to Slovenia and
Austria but not to Croatia which is one hour drive from these countries. Same
goes for Romania and Bulgaria which are not included, but you send to Greece?
 Author: i_r_on View Messages Posted By i_r_on
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Any change in the eligible countries?
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Hi,

I am wondering About your announcement in the lego developer’s program. Does
this change mean that some of the projects that had to drop out might again be
available in the later rounds? Specifically I am hoping that the seafood restaurant
and the dive shop might become a possibility again.
 Author: tEoS View Messages Posted By tEoS
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Allegedly, that creator violated some rule, like having an agreement with a cloner
or selling instructions. It was featured on one of the popular Lego fan sites,
but I don't remember the specifics.

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  Hi,

I am wondering About your announcement in the lego developer’s program. Does
this change mean that some of the projects that had to drop out might again be
available in the later rounds? Specifically I am hoping that the seafood restaurant
and the dive shop might become a possibility again.
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Here's the article:
https://www.thebrickfan.com/former-bricklink-design-program-projects-sold-by-clone-company/

In Announce, tEoS writes:
  Allegedly, that creator violated some rule, like having an agreement with a cloner
or selling instructions. It was featured on one of the popular Lego fan sites,
but I don't remember the specifics.

In Announce, kpierce8 writes:
  Hi,

I am wondering About your announcement in the lego developer’s program. Does
this change mean that some of the projects that had to drop out might again be
available in the later rounds? Specifically I am hoping that the seafood restaurant
and the dive shop might become a possibility again.
 Author: CE_Tanja View Messages Posted By CE_Tanja
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In Announce, kpierce8 writes:
  Hi,

I am wondering About your announcement in the lego developer’s program. Does
this change mean that some of the projects that had to drop out might again be
available in the later rounds? Specifically I am hoping that the seafood restaurant
and the dive shop might become a possibility again.

Hi kpierce8,

No, I am afraid not, the projects you mention had to leave the Designer program
due to other obligations. For some projects though, it will allow the designers
a bit more time to adjust their designs to ensure that they are able to make
it to crowdfunding.

/Tanja
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How about an announcement rescinding the stupid idea to not produce physical
instructions to go with the BrickLink Designer Program sets?!
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In Suggestions, shanefreeman84 writes:
  How about an announcement rescinding the stupid idea to not produce physical
instructions to go with the BrickLink Designer Program sets?!


I am also disappointed that there will only be digital instructions. How do
you get the instructions and will you be able to pass the instructions on if
you decide to give your set to another person? I have built them and then passed
them on to a special needs child for them to build. I may not buy this time
around. It is just not the same.
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Will these sets be added to the Catalog, as the ADP sets were?
https://www.bricklink.com/catalogList.asp?catType=S&catString=1056
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In Catalog, DeLuca writes:
  Will these sets be added to the Catalog, as the ADP sets were?
https://www.bricklink.com/catalogList.asp?catType=S&catString=1056

I have not heard anything about them not being added, so I would assume they
will be.
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I don't think I'll be buying any due to this fact, no printed instructions.

In Announce, FlyingGarlic writes:
Hi,

I haven't been following all this carefully, but have been reading and looking
at the designs. I recently read the full FAQ and am quite disappointed to learn
that all of the new products will not contain printed instructions, only digital.

This is a huge disappointment to me as its one of the strengths of a "real Lego
set".
I believe all of the previous batches of this program did contain printed instructions,
do others know if this is true? I have watched some unboxing videos of last years
batch and they all contained printed instructions.

Are other as disappointed as I am to learn about this quiet and important change
to these products? I am guessing this change was made to reduce costs (&/or improve
profit) but it significantly reduces the value I see in the products.

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has there already been a lot of discussion about this?
Where in the forums do I look to see discussion related to the Designer Program
?

thanks!

FG

In Announce, macebobo writes:
  I don't think I'll be buying any due to this fact, no printed instructions.

In Announce, FlyingGarlic writes:
Hi,

I haven't been following all this carefully, but have been reading and looking
at the designs. I recently read the full FAQ and am quite disappointed to learn
that all of the new products will not contain printed instructions, only digital.

This is a huge disappointment to me as its one of the strengths of a "real Lego
set".
I believe all of the previous batches of this program did contain printed instructions,
do others know if this is true? I have watched some unboxing videos of last years
batch and they all contained printed instructions.

Are other as disappointed as I am to learn about this quiet and important change
to these products? I am guessing this change was made to reduce costs (&/or improve
profit) but it significantly reduces the value I see in the products.

BlueOrange
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Yes. Very disappointed.
Does Bricklink understand its customers on this?

It would be good to at least to do a Poll: "Would you buy this set with digital
instructions? Yes/No ".

My answer is NO. And perhaps Bricklink wants to understand why people really
appreciate printed instructions.





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  I don't think I'll be buying any due to this fact, no printed instructions.

In Announce, FlyingGarlic writes:
Hi,

I haven't been following all this carefully, but have been reading and looking
at the designs. I recently read the full FAQ and am quite disappointed to learn
that all of the new products will not contain printed instructions, only digital.

This is a huge disappointment to me as its one of the strengths of a "real Lego
set".
I believe all of the previous batches of this program did contain printed instructions,
do others know if this is true? I have watched some unboxing videos of last years
batch and they all contained printed instructions.

Are other as disappointed as I am to learn about this quiet and important change
to these products? I am guessing this change was made to reduce costs (&/or improve
profit) but it significantly reduces the value I see in the products.

BlueOrange
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In Announce, bwes writes:
  Yes. Very disappointed.
Does Bricklink understand its customers on this?

It would be good to at least to do a Poll: "Would you buy this set with digital
instructions? Yes/No ".

My answer is NO. And perhaps Bricklink wants to understand why people really
appreciate printed instructions.

What about the question “Would you pay X% more and wait N more months for printed
instructions?”
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In Announce, SylvainLS writes:
  In Announce, bwes writes:
  Yes. Very disappointed.
Does Bricklink understand its customers on this?

It would be good to at least to do a Poll: "Would you buy this set with digital
instructions? Yes/No ".

My answer is NO. And perhaps Bricklink wants to understand why people really
appreciate printed instructions.

What about the question “Would you pay X% more and wait N more months for printed
instructions?”

Yes, and yes! I am on the computer or device most of the day, when I assemble
Lego, I do it to relax and escape from my day, I don't want to go back on
the computer!
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I can imagine that the reason why there will be no printed instructions is that
it's less interesting for resellers... But to my opinion it would be better
to limit only one copy per set per person/ account.

In Announce, macebobo writes:
  I don't think I'll be buying any due to this fact, no printed instructions.

In Announce, FlyingGarlic writes:
Hi,

I haven't been following all this carefully, but have been reading and looking
at the designs. I recently read the full FAQ and am quite disappointed to learn
that all of the new products will not contain printed instructions, only digital.

This is a huge disappointment to me as its one of the strengths of a "real Lego
set".
I believe all of the previous batches of this program did contain printed instructions,
do others know if this is true? I have watched some unboxing videos of last years
batch and they all contained printed instructions.

Are other as disappointed as I am to learn about this quiet and important change
to these products? I am guessing this change was made to reduce costs (&/or improve
profit) but it significantly reduces the value I see in the products.

BlueOrange
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Hi,

I haven't been following all this carefully, but have been reading and looking
at the designs. I recently read the full FAQ and am quite disappointed to learn
that all of the new products will not contain printed instructions, only digital.

This is a huge disappointment to me as its one of the strengths of a "real Lego
set".
I believe all of the previous batches of this program did contain printed instructions,
do others know if this is true? I have watched some unboxing videos of last years
batch and they all contained printed instructions.

Are other as disappointed as I am to learn about this quiet and important change
to these products? I am guessing this change was made to reduce costs (&/or improve
profit) but it significantly reduces the value I see in the products.

Thanks




In NEWS, Admin writes:
  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: rvsrvs View Messages Posted By rvsrvs
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I seem to remember that there was a question in the faqs stating that if a design
would not make it to the minimum of 3000 sold sets, you could still buy the instructions.
This question is gone though, but would that still be possible?
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Is there an official "time zone" start for the July 1st pre-order?
 Author: legoslen View Messages Posted By legoslen
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In NEWS, Admin writes:
  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
can you tell us the specific directions on where to click etc on how to order these sets when they become available? I am hoping to get a few of them but one in particular would have some sentimental value. Don’t want to miss the opportunity because I couldn’t figure out how to place the order. Yes I am that bad with on line stuff. Thanks
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In Buying, legoslen writes:

  can you tell us the specific directions on where to click etc on how to order these sets when they become available? I am hoping to get a few of them but one in particular would have some sentimental value. Don’t want to miss the opportunity because I couldn’t figure out how to place the order. Yes I am that bad with on line stuff. Thanks


This should be announced before July. It's still early. Right now they're
busy getting the sets tested and production ready. Just keep watching the site.
Last time (afol designer program) it was very easy to navigate. I wouldn't
worry about it now.
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Dear Admins,
Can you tell us the exact time (UTC) when we can start preordering on July 1st?

Thank you

In NEWS, Admin writes:
  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: bwes View Messages Posted By bwes
 Posted: May 29, 2021 13:18
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Why was it decided to go for digital instructions for the 2nd AFOL Program. This
is AFOL right...? Many of us are buying these sets because Box, Instructions
and Limited Editions.

What will the next program be, just buying a digital design with instructions
to build ourselves in studio??

Is there any chance this will be reconsidered?
 Author: FlyingGarlic View Messages Posted By FlyingGarlic
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WHY NO PRINTED INSTRUCTIONS?

Has this already been discussed a lot?
Has it already received an answer from Lego?
Since we don't know the prices yet on the new designers sets we dont yet
know if this will be accounted for in the prices.

Has Lego said anything about the new sets not having printed instructions?
I am among a significant number of customers that are very disappointed by this.

thanks





In NEWS, Admin writes:
  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: ModulusBrick View Messages Posted By ModulusBrick
 Posted: May 31, 2021 09:14
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The FAQ Page for the Designer Program does not say anything about payment methods.
It would be nice to know how you can pay, before crowdfunding goes live.