Ben Alder is absolutely prolific across LEGO Ideas, with a storied history of product ideas, contest submissions and activity entries attached to his profile. Until now, however, only one of those product ideas has actually gathered the necessary 10,000 votes to reach the review stage – and it made the cut at the first time of asking, eventually materialising as 21326 Winnie the Pooh.
That’s all changed today, as Ben’s latest project, Farm Life, has now secured the support required to advance to the next phase of the crowdsourcing process. His previous farm-themed build, a goat truck, stalled at just 1,429 supporters in 2020 – but his revised attempt (which includes that truck among it) has rocketed to the first 2022 review in just over two months.
He’s seemingly abandoned any and all hope of seeing the highly-coveted goat included in this project, however, instead populating his barn build with chickens, pigs, a cow, a bird and a family of farmer minifigures. Alongside the barn and truck, the project also includes a tractor and trailer, silo and chicken coop.
It’s a far more fleshed-out scene than his initial farm-themed pitch, but it may face a major obstacle in this summer’s rumoured LEGO CITY sets, which are already said to be turning their attentions to farm life. Whether the LEGO Ideas team can make Ben’s build work on shelves alongside those remains to be seen, but Farm Life will now join 32 other projects in the first 2022 review regardless.
Here’s the full list of projects in this round so far:
Pneumatic Steam Locomotive
The Notting Hill Market
The Orient Express, a Legendary Train
Magical Village Over The Bridge
The Legend of the Sea Serpent
Air Jordan 1
The Market Village
Aladdin: Friend Like Me (30th Anniversary Special)
Gilmore Girls House
The Castle of Brickwood Forest
Lancia Delta Integrale 16v Rally Car (1990)
Polaroid OneStep SX-70
Wuppertaler Schwebebahn/Wuppertal Suspension Railway
Sherlock Holmes – 221B Baker Street
Boeing 747 Cockpit
The Polar Express 20th Anniversary
Tales of the Space Age
The Kit-Cat Clock
Mini City Diorama: London with Underground Train Station!
The LEGO Toilet
Wild West Mine
The Legendary Concorde
The Forestmen Secret Inn
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