The current record for the most projects in a single review belongs to the first 2021 review, which saw an overwhelming 57 projects advance to the next phase of the crowdsourcing process. Of those, only two were given the green light: Hsinwei Chi’s Jazz Quartet and Jaijai Lewis’s The Office. Harry Finkel’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs remained in review, but was ultimately rejected earlier this year.
It means that the record for the most number of projects rejected in a single review also belongs to the first 2021 review – but both of its titles could theoretically be snatched away by the first 2022 review, which looks on course to at least come close to featuring a similar number of projects. At the moment, a total of 27 different builds have qualified for the review stage in this window.
That’s still some way off the first 2021 review, but we’ve also only roughly halfway through the qualifying period for the first 2022 review. If we were to expect the same number of projects to qualify again, that would take the total number to 54 – just three shy of the record. But how likely is that to happen, and could it actually go beyond even that number?
A quick glance at the ‘most supported’ page on LEGO Ideas reveals that 24 projects currently have more than 7,500 supporters. And while some of those were submitted as far back as 2020, there’s nothing to say they won’t reach their goal within the next couple of months – just as happened earlier this week with The Market Village, which was originally uploaded nearly two years ago.
Six of those projects have amassed more than 9,000 supporters, meanwhile, and are all but certain to progress to the next stage within this qualifying window. If we’re generous and assume that all 24 of those with 7,500 or more votes will make it in this round, that brings us up to 51 projects in total. But it’s not just older projects slowly making their way to the top that fill out each round.
In fact, plenty of LEGO Ideas projects have managed to gather the required support in a matter of weeks or even days, with one niche model famously racking up 10,000 votes in less than 24 hours. If we account for a few of those surprise breakaway ideas, the odds of the first 2022 review setting a new record for the number of projects in a single review start to look increasingly favourable.
Of course, it’s tricky to say for sure at this stage that this review round will surpass the first 2021 review. But if it does, the community may once again start asking questions around the format of the platform, and whether changes need to be implemented to restrict the number of projects making it through to the next phase – if only so that so many of them aren’t then rejected.
Earlier this year, however, LEGO Ideas Design Manager Sam Johnson ruled out simply raising the required number of votes, telling Brick Fanatics: “We don’t want to just bump it up to 100,000 votes. That’s not the right thing to do, because we want everything to be accessible for people.” For now, the requirements to send a LEGO Ideas project into review remain the same: 10,000 votes, no more, no less.
Click through the links below to check out all 27 LEGO Ideas projects in the first 2022 review so far. The next is likely to be jackotrebel’s The Legend of the Sea Serpent, which at the time of writing needs only 147 more supporters to advance to the review phase.
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