Robert Bontenbal had three other designs in the line-up of Ideas projects getting a second chance through the program, which will allow BrickLink users to crowdfund models that meet the LEGO Group’s requirements and pass the pre-production phase.
The designer’s Dive Shop, Boat House Diner and Boat Repair Shop all follow the same aesthetic of the incredibly popular 21310 Old Fishing Store, so it’s not hard to imagine that they’d likely have been among the fastest models to reach the required 3,000 sales to enter production.
Unfortunately, we’ll never get the chance to find out, as all three of Bontenbal’s designs have now been archived by BrickLink. According to a statement from the secondary marketplace, the Ideas builder was forced to withdraw from the program ‘due to other obligations’.
That’s a real shame for fans of 21310 Old Fishing Store hoping to grow their city’s docks with more Bontenbal designs, but it doesn’t mean we’ll never see another set in the vein of the original LEGO Ideas release. 2019’s 21319 Central Perk is rumoured to be getting a follow-up this year, while one of the earliest Ideas sets sparked an entire evergreen theme in Minecraft.
Fortunately, there are still 28 other projects in the BrickLink Designer Program’s pre-production phase, so we’ll all have plenty to spend our money on come the crowdfunding stage in June. Click here to see the entire list of Ideas projects getting a second chance, or head here to learn more about the BrickLink Designer Program.
- 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.