The LEGO Group has confirmed US and EU prices for the BrickLink Designer Program’s third round of crowdfunding, and it’s shaping up to be the most expensive yet.
Nine fan-designed sets will be in contention for the third and final round of crowdfunding, but as per previous rounds, only the first five to reach 3,000 backers will go into production. A total of 10,000 copies of each successful set will then be available to pre-order.
While we still don’t have a specific date for when the third round will begin – at least beyond ‘2022’ – it looks like things are finally in motion, so it can’t be too far away now. And that means it’s time to start saving: only one of these nine rejected LEGO Ideas 10K projects comes in at under $199.99, with the rest topping out at an eye-watering $399.99 in the US.
That positions the third round as the most expensive yet, so it’ll be interesting to see how quickly any of these sets reaches its funding goal. Given the higher entry costs, it could be that none of them fly to 3,000 backers as quickly as in previous rounds, potentially leading to a much tighter race.
At the moment, only one of these projects – Brickwest Studios – is listed as ‘production ready’ on BrickLink, and that model was delayed from Round 2 following the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust, an upcoming western movie. The rest are either in the ‘test building’ or ‘digital modelling’ phase, though are presumably not far off being production ready if they have prices.
Here’s the full rundown of US and EU prices for each of the sets in Round 3. We’ll confirm UK prices as soon as they’re available on BrickLink.
Space Troopers! – $199.99 / €169.99
1950s Diner – $129.99 / €109.99
Train Station: Studgate – $399.99 / €339.99
Working Waterfall – $229.99 / €189.99
Exploratorium – $299.99 / €249.99
Winter Chalet – $199.99 / €169.99
Modular Construction Site – $319.99 / €269.99
Mountain View Observatory – $319.99 / €269.99
Brickwest Studios – $349.99 / €289.99