Record-breaking LEGO Ideas first 2022 review results revealed

The LEGO Group has revealed the results of the first LEGO Ideas 2022 review, and a record number of submissions have been given the green light.

Four of a possible 39 different Ideas projects will now enter production, which is the most in a single round – and nearly doubles the number of LEGO Ideas sets currently in the works. In contention this time were a healthy mix of licensed submissions, including The Polar Express and Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers; medieval builds; vehicles; modular buildings; and original concepts, like the Steampunk Airship and The Legend of the Sea Serpent.

That variety has been well and truly captured in the four builds approved in this review, which run the gamut from brick-built creatures to real-world objects. Here’s a rundown of every LEGO Ideas project given the green light as part of the first 2022 review.

LEGO Insects

LEGO Ideas LEGO Insects featured

Conceived by LEGO YouTuber José María, better known as hachiroku24, LEGO Insects feels like a spiritual successor to 21301 Birds. Its five brick-built insects caught the eye of the Ideas team, who said: “[María] has captured the colours, shapes and overall details so well that it’s hard to tell they are brick-built! We think they will be a great way to bring a piece of nature into your home without bugging you.”

The Orient Express, a Legendary Train

LEGO Ideas Orient Express featured

LEGO Ideas’ first train will roll into the station at some point in the next few years, in the form of the legendary Orient Express, designed by Thomas Lajon (known as LEt.sGO on LEGO Ideas). “We’re so excited to finally give our fans a train set!” the LEGO Ideas team said. “Thomas has poured a lot of love into capturing the details, from the locomotive and coal car to the restaurant car, to make sure this is the perfect tribute to such a legendary train.”

Tales of the Space Age

LEGO Ideas Tales of the Space Age featured

In what looks certain to be one of the smallest (and therefore most affordable) standard LEGO Ideas sets in years, Polish fan designer Jan Woznica’s space-inspired vignettes offer something very different for the crowdsourcing theme. “Jan’s three-piece product idea intrigued our review board and we’re certain it also caught the fascination of the community overall,” added the LEGO Ideas team.

Polaroid OneStep SX-70

LEGO Ideas Polaroid OneStep SX 70 featured

The final LEGO Ideas project approved in this review is another that shouldn’t break the bank, capturing a retro Polaroid camera in bricks. “Using his mechanical engineering background, Marc [Minibrick Productions] not only made this creation look flawless but also added hidden functionality that mimics the development of film as it slides out of the camera,” said the LEGO Ideas team. “We can’t wait to see the memories created with this Polaroid camera.”

There’s no word yet on when these LEGO Ideas sets will arrive on shelves, but sometime between late 2023 and early to mid-2024 feels like a safe estimate. For now, here’s a quick snapshot of every LEGO Ideas set currently in production.

LEGO Ideas setFan designer(s)Date approved
A-Frame CabinAndrea LattanzioFebruary 22, 2022
BTS “Dynamite”JBBrickFanatic and BangtanBricksFebruary 22, 2022
Tribute to Galileo GalileiFirecracker_June 20, 2022
Hocus Pocus – The Sanderson Sisters’ CottageAmber VeytJuly 12, 2022
Viking VillageBrickHammerAugust 17, 2022
LEGO InsectsJosé MaríaOctober 25, 2022
The Orient Express, a Legendary TrainThomas LajonOctober 25, 2022
Tales of the Space AgeJan WoznicaOctober 25, 2022
Polaroid OneStep SX-70Marc (Minibrick Productions)October 25, 2022

The results of the second 2022 review will be announced in early 2023. A total of 51 LEGO Ideas projects are in the running, so there’s potential for another high pass rate. And it makes sense, given how quickly the theme has been churning out sets lately: this year has seen a record-breaking eight products roll out of Billund, with 21336 The Office and 21337 Table Football rounding out the pack.

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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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