From bricks to beetles: insects project reaches LEGO Ideas review stage

A LEGO Ideas project pitching five brick-built insects has passed the 10,000-supporter mark on the crowdsourcing platform, and is now in contention to become an official product.

LEGO Insects by YouTuber hachiroku24 includes a butterfly, two beetles, a honey bee and a praying mantis. Together, they’re a colourful collection of creatures that aren’t quite to scale with each other – only the Hercules Beetle and Blue Morpho Butterfly are life-size, while the rest are much bigger than in reality – but still make for a fascinating mix of builds.

It’s taken nearly a year to the day for LEGO Insects to rack up the necessary support to proceed to the review stage, having originally been submitted to LEGO Ideas on February 8, 2021. It’s been a long journey for a project that hachiroku24 says took a ‘few days’ to assemble, but it doesn’t end here: in fact, this is just the beginning.

That’s because the project now lies in the hands of the LEGO Ideas review board, which will decide as part of the first 2022 review whether to produce LEGO Insects as an official set. There’s certainly precedent for this kind of build in 2015’s 21301 Birds, but it’s always tricky to predict exactly what the LEGO Group will go for in any particular review.

This is the 14th project in the first 2022 review. Check out the full list of ideas in the running below.

LEGO Insects
The Polar Express 20th Anniversary
Mach Patrol
Santa’s Cottage
The Library
Tales of the Space Age 
The Kit-Cat Clock
Steampunk Airship
Mini City Diorama: London with Underground Train Station!
The LEGO Toilet
LEGO Koala
Wild West Mine
The Legendary Concorde
The Forestmen Secret Inn

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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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