LEGO BrickLink Designer Program first round sets fully funded

Five of the seven sets in the first round of crowdfunding for the BrickLink Designer Program have reached 3,000 backers, confirming the two LEGO models that won’t go into production.

Neither 910007 BIONICLE Legends nor 910025 Particle Accelerator received enough support to meet their funding goals in time, which means their BrickLink Designer Program journey ends here. A minimum of 3,000 pre-orders were necessary to enter production, and only the first five models to hit that target would become official sets.

That means this initial assortment consists of 910001 The Castle in the Forest, 910010 The Great Fishing Boat, 910016 Sheriff’s Safe, 910028 Pursuit of Flight and 910017 Kakapo. The first three of those models have already sold out – there’s a limit of 5,000 pre-orders per product – but the latter two are still available in certain regions.

910028 Pursuit of Flight has sold out in the UK and Europe, for instance, but is still available in the US. 910017 Kakapo can still be purchased in the majority of the 30 countries that the BrickLink Designer Program serves, though the Australia and New Zealand allocation of that 5,000 limit has already been snapped up (perhaps unsurprisingly, given the parrot is native to New Zealand).

For the designers behind the five successful projects, this is the culmination of a journey that originally began through LEGO Ideas. All of the models gathered enough support on the crowdsourcing platform to reach the review stage, but were ultimately turned down by the LEGO Group. Thanks to the BrickLink Designer Program, they’re finally being realised as officially-produced sets.

The next round of crowdfunding begins on September 1, but we don’t yet know which of the remaining 19 projects will be in the mix. Whatever happens, let’s hope BrickLink is a little better prepared for the volume of traffic that will no doubt hit the website when crowdfunding begins.

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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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