My Chemical Romance guitarist propels LEGO Ideas project to 10K

My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero has helped a LEGO Ideas project based on the band reach 10,000 votes in just 11 days.

VNMBricks’ Welcome to the Black Parade will now advance to the review stage just days after Aurelien Franssens’ Stadium Tour – based on Rammstein’s current European show – achieved the same feat, suggesting there’s a real demand for a more specific crossover between LEGO and certain artists than VIDIYO provides.

And just like Rammstein sharing Franssens’ project on their official Facebook page helped propel that model to 10K in only seven days, VNMBricks likely has My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero to thank for how quickly their proposal reached the first 2021 review.

The musician shared the project – which recreates a parade float from the band’s Welcome to the Black Parade music video, and includes minifigures of all five members – with an enthusiastic call to action on his Instagram page yesterday. Just 24 hours later, it’s now sailed past the 10,000-vote mark.

The moral of the story is that if you want your Ideas project to get the recognition it deserves, you just need someone famous to share it with its intended fanbase. Easier said than done, but as Franssens and VNMBricks have proved, it totally works.

Welcome to the Black Parade takes the total number of Ideas projects in the current review to 55. The LEGO Ideas team has already acknowledged changes may need to be made to the platform to deal with the exponential rise in proposals reaching 10K, and that now looks likelier than ever.

Here’s the full list of projects in the record-breaking first review of 2021:

Welcome to the Black Parade
Stadium Tour
LEGO DNA Double Helix Discovery
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Chitty Flies Again!
Modular Expansion Pack
Medieval Marketplace
Winter Snow Globes
The Lisbon Tram
The Princess Bride: The Guilder Frontier
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Retro Arcade
Modular Portal Testing Chamber
Working Bowling Alley
LEGO Viking Longship
The Village Post Office
The Office
Succulent Garden
Ancient Greek Temple
SpaceX Starship and Super Heavy (BFR)
Steampunk Airship
VIA Rail Canada – The Canadian
Marine Life
A Map of Middle-earth
My LEGO Totoro
Jazz Quartet
The Trulli of Alberobello
The Polar Express
Train Bookends

The Nightmare Before Christmas
The King’s Castle
The Sewing Workshop
Forth Bridge
A Nice Day at the Farm
The Castle of Brickwood Forest
Baba Yaga
Claus Toys
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Paradise
NASA’s SLS & Artemis
LEGO bookends
Metroid: Samus Aran’s Gunship
Hyrule Castle (The Legend of Zelda)
The Karate Kid “Wax On, Wax Off”
Scania Next Generation S730 
4½-Litre 1927-31 Bentley ‘Blower’ 
Asterix and Obelix 
The Simpsons – The Krusty Burger
The House of Chocolate
The X-Files: I Want to Believe
Castle of Lord Afol and the Black Knights
Among Us: The Skeld Detailed Map
The Office
The Shire

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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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