LEGO Ideas UCS Sea Turtle combines nature with a galaxy far, far away

The latest LEGO Ideas 10K project combines the Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series format with a sea turtle – and the results are most impressive.

Ideas user LEGOverwatch’s Sea Turtle sits on a seabed stand adorned with a plaque inspired by the LEGO Star Wars UCS sets, which includes details like the reptile’s conservation status, scientific name, maximum size and age. Designed in BrickLink Studio, the build consists of 1,744 pieces and a custom sticker for the information plaque.

“I have always loved turtles, they are such amazing animals and I really wanted to make one,” LEGOverwatch explains on the project page. “The shell of the turtle was really hard to make. I tried to match the turtle shell to the ones I saw in the images and had to find all the proportions of the shell and calculate the angle to make the turtle work.

“It took a lot of time, but I think it turned out pretty good! The rest of the turtle is made with slope curves to make it a smooth, round effect. The bottom of the turtle has a small hole to connect the turtle to the stand.”

The turtle joins 41 other projects in the second 2022 review, which means its fate now lies in the hands of the LEGO Ideas review board. If they choose to give it the green light, you’ll one day be able to buy your own version of LEGOverwatch’s Sea Turtle from the LEGO Store.

With the addition of the sea turtle, we’re now just 16 submissions away from a new record for the most builds in a single round. The qualifying period for this review phase is open for another few weeks yet, so there’s every chance it could happen. Here’s the full list of LEGO Ideas projects in this round:

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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