LEGO Ideas 90th anniversary contest closes with almost 1,000 submissions

The submission window for the first of five LEGO Ideas 90th anniversary contests has just closed – with almost 1,000 microscale models in the running.

That’s a huge number of entries vying for a chance to win a substantial prize haul, which includes every LEGO set released (or releasing) to celebrate the company’s 90th birthday. To recap, that’s: 11021 90 Years of Play, 30510 90 Years of Cars, 40567 Forest Hideout, 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle and 10497 Galaxy Explorer.

With such a brilliant bundle of sets up for grabs, it’s no wonder LEGO fans turned out in numbers for this contest – particularly as the entry barrier was relatively low. The only criteria was to create a microscale version of your favourite LEGO set, and while building in microscale isn’t easy, it doesn’t typically require that many pieces.

Digital entries were also allowed, opening up the contest to an even wider number of fans – and resulting in an astonishing 982 entries. You can check them all out over on the contest page, but to give you a snapshot, they span everything from retro Castle and Pirates sets to modern-day legends like 21325 Medieval Blacksmith and 71741 NINJAGO City Gardens.

Don’t worry if you missed out this time, as there are still four more chances to get your hands on the full spread of 90th anniversary sets. The second of those is live now, and calls specifically for microscale renditions of Classic Castle sets. You’ve got another week to get your entries in for that one, while the third weekly contest will likely go live later today.

The results of all five contests will be announced simultaneously on August 10. If you’re not among the winners, you’ll be able to pick up both of the flagship 90th anniversary sets – 10497 Galaxy Explorer and 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle – from from August 1.

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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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