Charlie and the Chocolate Factory finds the golden ticket to 10K on LEGO Ideas

A LEGO Ideas project based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has found the golden ticket to gathering support, and will now progress to a very bloated review stage.

Italian builders Roberto Ceruti and Jody Padulano will be hoping the LEGO Ideas team has a particularly sweet tooth when the first review of 2021 comes to pass, as their roughly-2,500-piece model takes its inspiration from Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The dynamic duo’s diorama recreates the novel’s memorable chocolate waterfall scene, which has also played out twice on the silver screen – first in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in 1971, then again in Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2005.

According to the project description, the waterfall genuinely works, and can even be motorised by adding Power Functions (or, presumably, the new Powered Up system). Ceruti and Padulano – who met through LEGO events in Italy – have also pitched eight minifigures for the model, including Willy Wonka, Charlie Bucket, Veruca Salt, Augustus Gloop, Mike Teevee, Violet Beauregarde and two Oompa-Loompas.

Their project now joins 51 others in the record-breaking first Ideas review of 2021, which may be a double-edged sword – standing out next to that many proposals won’t be easy. Here’s the current list in full:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Chitty Flies Again!
Modular Expansion Pack
Medieval Marketplace
Winter Snow Globes
The Lisbon Tram
The Princess Bride: The Guilder Frontier
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Retro Arcade
Modular Portal Testing Chamber
Working Bowling Alley
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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