LEGO The Nightmare Before Christmas squeezes into second LEGO Ideas 2022 review

A LEGO Ideas project based on The Nightmare Before Christmas has just squeezed into the second 2022 review, giving yet another build a second chance at getting the green light.

The story of this review is one of second chances, with multiple rejected projects racking up 10,000 votes again – and the latest (and last) is Simon Scott’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, which originally qualified for review in February 2021. It was then rejected alongside 55 other builds in the record-breaking first 2021 review, from which only a single project was given the green light.

It’s facing similarly stiff competition this time around, given it’s one of a total 51 projects in the second 2022 review (the qualifying window for which closed last night). But there’s clearly demand out there for a full set based on Tim Burton’s 1993 film (following minifigures of Jack Skellington and Sally Stitches in 71024 Disney Series 2), as Simon’s revised build has crossed the threshold in just over a month.

The British builder has retooled the model following a tour around UK LEGO shows, increasing its size – most obviously with the addition of the town hall on the right – and adding new features for improved playability. The finished build contains approximately 2,000 pieces, along with eight minifigures – including Jack, Sally, Dr. Finkelstein, Lock, Shock, Barrel, Santa and Jack as Sandy Claws.

“The movie combining two favourite times of year is so well known and loved by all ages,” Scott explains on the project page. “Adults who watched it nearly 30 years ago are still watching it with their own children – myself included! I still believe this cross-generation appeal of such a unique movie deserves to have its own set immortalised in LEGO.”

We’ll find out whether the LEGO Group agrees when it announces the results of the second 2022 review, which will likely be in February 2023. Here’s the full and final list of projects in this round:

The Nightmare Before Christmas
Thomas the Tank Engine
The Goonies 360
Night at the Museum – Re-Open the Doors
Ancient Greek Temple
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.

One thought on “LEGO The Nightmare Before Christmas squeezes into second LEGO Ideas 2022 review

  • 12/09/2022 at 13:06

    I thiught dracupas Castle was in the running this time around, I’m disappointed to not see it in the final cut. the nightmare before Christmas one looks amazing though!


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