Brick-built violin fiddles its way to 10K on LEGO Ideas

The LEGO Ideas theme’s growing orchestra may be about to add another string to its bow, as a brick-built violin has just played its way to 10,000 supporters.

You’ve got to feel for the LEGO Ideas team at the moment. Samuel Ho’s Violin is the 40th project in the first 2021 review, which is now sailing far, far away from the previous record of 35 models in a single review (set midway through 2020), and shows no signs of slowing down.

It’s going to make whittling down the longlist very tricky – especially when the projects are consistently hitting the calibre of Ho’s 1,029-piece violin, which the builder originally designed for his daughter before uploading to LEGO Ideas. The fan community then propelled it to the review stage in just over two months.

Between 21323 Grand Piano and the upcoming Fender Stratocaster, the LEGO Ideas theme is no stranger to music at the moment, and the LEGO Group’s Chief Marketing Officer Julia Goldin promises there’s more to come from the company in that arena. That means the stage could well be set for Ho’s life-size violin to join that burgeoning band of instruments.

We’ll have to wait for the review results to find out for sure, but either way, we really don’t envy the Ideas team at the moment. Just check out the full list of all 40 models to see why the theme may need to expand its output in the years ahead:

LEGO Viking Longship
The Village Post Office
The Office
Succulent Garden
Ancient Greek Temple
SpaceX Starship and Super Heavy (BFR)
Steampunk Airship
VIA Rail Canada – The Canadian
Marine Life
A Map of Middle-earth
My LEGO Totoro
Jazz Quartet
The Trulli of Alberobello
The Polar Express
Train Bookends

The Nightmare Before Christmas
The King’s Castle
The Sewing Workshop
Forth Bridge
A Nice Day at the Farm
The Castle of Brickwood Forest
Baba Yaga
Claus Toys
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Paradise
NASA’s SLS & Artemis
LEGO bookends
Metroid: Samus Aran’s Gunship
Hyrule Castle (The Legend of Zelda)
The Karate Kid “Wax On, Wax Off”
Scania Next Generation S730 
4½-Litre 1927-31 Bentley ‘Blower’ 
Asterix and Obelix 
The Simpsons – The Krusty Burger
The House of Chocolate
The X-Files: I Want to Believe
Castle of Lord Afol and the Black Knights
Among Us: The Skeld Detailed Map
The Office
The Shire

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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