The second round of crowdfunding in the LEGO BrickLink Designer Program has closed, with the third and final round set to begin in 2022.
Only two of the five successfully-funded rejected LEGO Ideas projects in the second round sold out, but the rest came pretty close. Regardless, the window to snap up any of Alan Avila’s Retro Bowling Alley, Harry Finkel’s Mountain Windmill and Mark Smiley’s Clockwork Aquarium has now closed permanently, so you’re out of luck if you were angling for any of those three sets.
All pre-ordered BrickLink Designer Program sets from the second round will begin shipping in the third quarter of 2022, which is a little ways off yet, but you can get a good idea of what to expect from their packaging by taking a look at the recently-revealed first-round sets. The plain white packaging pulls focus to the models in much the same way as the LEGO Group’s black 18+ boxes.
The third (and last) round of crowdfunding will kick off sometime in 2022, though BrickLink hasn’t provided a more concrete date than that yet. We at least know which projects will be in the running (pending any more last-minute removals), with nine sets – all of which racked up 10,000 votes on LEGO Ideas, only to be rejected at the review stage – available to pre-order:
As in previous rounds, only the first five of these sets to reach 3,000 backers will enter production, while pre-orders will be capped at 10,000 for each successful project. We’ll keep you posted on the start date for the third crowdfunding round.