LEGO Ideas A-Team model cracks 10K, could become reality

A LEGO Ideas project based on the A-Team has reached the second 2021 review, and could become the next retro licence tackled by the crowdsourced theme.

The A-Team: Van and Crew is Henk van der Linde’s second Ideas project to hit 10,000 votes in this review period, following another nostalgia-fuelled build in Knight Rider: KITT and the FLAG Mobile Command Unit. In fact, Henk says he was originally inspired to put together his van while designing KITT, slipping into an ‘80s wormhole that presumably also involved listening to a-ha and playing Tetris.

There have been plenty of A-Team submissions to LEGO Ideas over the years, but Henk’s looks the most polished of the lot – which explains why it’s the first to finally crack the magic 10K mark. The eight-stud-wide van comes in at 470 pieces, includes the entire A-Team – BA Baracus, Hannibal, Face and Howling Mad Murdock – and took just under two months to reach its goal.

The A-Team has already popped up once before in LEGO Dimensions, so licensing presumably won’t be an obstacle for the LEGO Ideas team: the only real hurdles might be deciding whether it can find an audience for a full set, and the solution it can find for the van’s distinctive red stripe. Aligning stickers across all those pieces doesn’t look like fun.

Either way, it’s now in the hands of the LEGO Ideas review board, which has another set of tough choices on its hands in the second 2021 review. There are only a few days left in this review period – the next one kicks off on September 6 – so it’s probably not going to surpass the first 2021 review’s record 57 projects, but 33 is still a hefty number to sift through. Here’s the full list:

The A-Team: Van and Crew
House of Time
The Medieval Fortress
The Apartment 
Minas Tirith 
The Nanny 
Carl’s House 
John’s Medieval Watermill 
Basement & Storage 
Nyhavn – Copenhagen, Denmark 
Knight Rider: KITT and the FLAG Mobile Command Unit 
Outer Solar System Explorers 
Traditional German Cottage 
GameStop Classic Shop 
Airport Firetruck Rosenbauer Panther 8×8 
Aircraft Engine Workshop 
Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine 
Floating Island 
Medieval Harbour 
Brick Walk 
Working Mini Golf Course 
Women of Computing 
The Tavern Under the Snow 
Medieval Tavern  
Boston Dynamics Spot 1:4 Scale Motorized Model  
BTS “Dynamite”  
The Costume Store  
A-frame Cabin   
Lifeguard Shack    
Movie Set    
Imperial Island Fort 

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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.

One thought on “LEGO Ideas A-Team model cracks 10K, could become reality

  • 06/09/2021 at 16:06

    Biggest problem I see with this set is that Playmobil have JUST Licenced an ATeam Playset…so this is very unlikely


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