Latest LEGO Ideas review champions second chances as Clockwork Solar System qualifies again

LEGO Ideas veteran Brent Waller and Chris Orchard’s Clockwork Solar System has cracked 10K again, cementing the second 2022 review as one of second (and third) chances.

Hot on the heels of Thomas Carlier’s Ratatouille: Let’s Open The Doors – which is the builder’s third attempt at getting his Pixar-inspired build on to shelves – comes the Clockwork Solar System, as the 44th project in the second LEGO Ideas 2022 review. The mechanical model originally cracked 10,000 votes in October last year, joining the longlist of builds in the third 2021 review.

Unfortunately for Waller – the builder behind 21328 Seinfeld and 21108 Ghostbusters Ecto-1 – and Orchard, it didn’t get the green light when the results of that review were announced earlier this year. But timing is everything on LEGO Ideas, and so the dynamic duo re-uploaded their submission on July 13 – and it’s already racked up enough votes to reach the review stage for a second time.

“We both believe strongly that this model would be a great addition to the LEGO product line, and as such we have resubmitted this idea to be considered again,” the builders explained on the project page. Unlike Carlier’s revised Ratatouille designs, nothing about the Clockwork Solar System has changed since the first time round: the orbital timing of its planets is still ‘99.8% accurate’, and there’s a battery box and motor in the base.

“At just under 3000 pieces, the Clockwork Solar System would be an exciting, informative and ultimately rewarding build for those who love Creator Expert or Technic themes, as well as lovers of astronomy, science and engineering,” Waller and Orchard wrote last year.

Given the clockwork model has taken roughly a month to reach 10K on both occasions, it seems there’s definitely an appetite out there to see it come to life on shelves. Whether it does is up to the LEGO Ideas review board, though, who will have to weigh it up against at least 43 other projects in the second 2022 review. Here’s the complete list of builds in contention so far:

Clockwork Solar System
Ratatouille: Let’s Open The Doors
Sea Turtle
Mata Nui Rises [BIONICLE Tribute Set]
Working Log Flume – Fairground Water Coaster
Ed and Edna’s Scrap Junkyard
Armada Port
Garfield – 2-in-1
Medieval Watchtower
Heartstopper Charlie’s Room
The Treasury – Petra
The A-Team: I Love it When a Plan Comes Together
Golden Trumpet Tree With Park Bench
Sony Walkman
Chinese Gardens
Gravity Falls – The Mystery Shack
The Great Wave off Kanagawa 
The Old Train Engine Shed
Witch House
Red London Telephone Box
Ski Chalet
Medieval Guarded Inn
Sikorsky S-70i Firehawk Cal Fire Edition
Viking Village
The Krusty Krab – Spongebob Squarepants
Traditional Japanese Village
Tuscan Villa
University of Brickester
The Art Center
The World of Civil Engineering: Types of Bridges
LEGO Mushroom House
Working Polaroid Sun 600 LMS
Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Escher Room
Working Orrery
Medieval Alchemist
Lisbon Tram (Elétrico De Lisboa)
Fishing in the Muddy Waters
Escape Game: Carter’s Secret
Auto Repair Garage 1930s
Motorized Steampunk Ship
Indiana Jones, Raiders Of The Lost Ark – 40th Anniversary
Lilo & Stitch: Beach House

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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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