LEGO BrickLink Designer Program crowdfunding starts today

The first round of crowdfunding for the BrickLink Designer Program kicks off later today, with seven rejected LEGO Ideas sets up for pre-order.

Each of the models in the running racked up enough votes to reach the LEGO Ideas review stage, but was ultimately turned down by the LEGO Group. The BrickLink Designer Program has now given them a second lease of life – but not all of the seven projects in this first round will go into production.

Only the first five sets to reach a minimum of 3,000 pre-orders will advance from the crowdfunding phase, which means two of these models won’t make the cut. If you’re desperate to see any of them realised as official sets, you’ll want to make sure you’re there as soon as crowdfunding starts.

There’s another reason to be timely about things, too: pre-orders max out at 5,000 per set, and each user can purchase up to five copies of each model. Supplies are therefore very limited, which means we could be in for another NASA Ulysses Space Probe debacle for the most popular projects.

An eighth model was originally planned to be in the mix for today’s round, but ThomasW’s Mountain View Observatory has been pushed back to a subsequent crowdfunding phase thanks to ‘unforeseen complexities’.

The first of those three crowdfunding rounds will start regardless at 4pm UK time today, July 1. Prices for each set are yet to be confirmed, but we’ll let you know as soon as we can. For a closer look at each of the models in this wave, hit the links below:

Castle of the Forest
BIONICLE Legends
Great Fishing Boat
Sheriff’s Safe
Pursuit of Flight
Particle Accelerator
Kakapo

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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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