LEGO Ideas MINDSTORMS contest winners delayed

LEGO Ideas has been forced to postpone announcing the winners of its MINDSTORMS contest due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’.

Navigating to any page on the LEGO Ideas website currently flashes up the unfortunate news, which doesn’t specify what exactly those circumstances are. There’s also no word on how long the delay will last, but here’s hoping it doesn’t run into 2021. (Hasn’t 2020 punished us enough already?)

LEGO IdeasMINDSTORMS contest launched on November 3, and tasked users with designing a sixth model for the fourth generation of the programmable LEGO technology, 5-in-1 set 51515 Robot Inventor. These concepts could be presented using bricks or simply pen and paper, lowering the entry barrier for budding engineers.

LEGO Ideas Pet Bot MINDSTORMS concept

We’re now itching to find out which of the 232 submissions has come out on top. Will it be this hilarious candy cane catapult, this concept for a programmable pet bot (with independent leg movement and ultrasonic eyes), this inventive mash-up of pirates, trains and robotics, or something else entirely?

The two best concepts – as chosen by a LEGO MINDSTORMS designer and two expert fans – will take home a copy of 51515 Robot Inventor and 40413 Mini Robots. Two runners-up and two randomly-chosen winners will also receive a copy of 51515 Robot Inventor, which retails for £329.99.

We’ll keep you posted on the winners as soon as the LEGO Ideas team reveals them.

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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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