The building instructions for the first five LEGO sets in the BrickLink Designer Program are now available for free online – even if you missed out on pre-orders.
That means you can assemble your own copy of Daniel Van Zonneveld’s 910001 The Castle in the Forest with your own part collection (or by buying the pieces you need from… BrickLink! Funny how that worked out), which is great news for those of us who weren’t able to snap it up before it almost immediately sold out in the summer.
Demand for that particular rejected LEGO Ideas project clearly outweighed not only the LEGO Group’s supply – even with the company selling twice its intended amount – but also the rest of the BrickLink Designer Program’s first round of crowdfunded sets. The LEGO Group has since doubled production capacity for the rest of its projects to an equal 10,000, and imposed a limit of one set per customer.
You’ll find the building instructions for 910001 The Castle in the Forest – along with the manuals for 910010 The Great Fishing Boat, 910016 Sheriff’s Safe, 910017 Kakapo and 910028 Pursuit of Flight – in PDF form over at BrickLink. They’re also available in the official LEGO Building Instructions app if you’d like a more interactive experience, with 3D images that can be rotated and inspected.
The instructions for the second batch of sets – pre-orders for which closed earlier this month – will go live once the products have shipped, which is currently slated to happen in the third quarter of 2022. Among those are Krisnow’s Modular LEGO Store and BlackQubit’s Venetian Houses, Alan Avila’s Retro Bowling Alley, Harry Finkel’s Mountain Windmill and Mark Smiley’s Clockwork Aquarium.
if you’re waiting on a delivery of any of the BrickLink Designer Program sets, whet your appetite with a closer look inside the physical boxes for the first round of products. The third and final round of crowdfunding will take place at some point in 2022, when nine more LEGO Ideas 10K projects will be given a second chance at entering production.
- 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.