Rejected LEGO Ideas set shelved at the last minute

One of the eight rejected LEGO Ideas sets planned for the first crowdfunding phase of the BrickLink Designer Program has been shelved at the very last minute.

Pre-orders for ThomasW’s Mountain View Observatory were supposed to kick off tomorrow, July 1, alongside seven other models in the first of three crowdfunding phases in the BrickLink Designer Program. However, the secondary marketplace has now confirmed that the model will not be part of that initial batch of sets.

“Over the past weeks, we’ve been working hard to finish the details for the BrickLink Designer Program projects alongside the fan designers,” BrickLink shared on Instagram. “Unfortunately, we didn’t quite get there with Mountain View Observatory due to unforeseen complexities. This has caused us to have to change things a bit.

“We’re sorry to share that Mountain View Observatory won’t be available for pre-order in Round 1 of crowdfunding after all.”

BrickLink Designer Program Mountain View Observatory

Instead, ThomasW’s model – which has already been reworked substantially from the design he submitted to LEGO Ideas in February 2016, to better accommodate the 2021 part library – will be available ‘in a later round of crowdfunding’. Whether that’s the second or third round will be confirmed when the next one opens on September 1.

The first round, meanwhile, will commence as planned from tomorrow – only with seven projects, instead of the originally-planned eight. That includes EdouardClo’s Great Fishing Boat, which has finally moved from the ‘Test Building’ phase to ‘Production Ready’.

At the moment, BrickLink states five projects from this round will still go into production, despite the smaller pool to choose from. That means only two (rather than three) sets won’t make it past this part of the process. The five successful projects will be determined by which concepts are the first to reach a minimum of 3,000 backers, with pre-orders topping out at 5,000 per set.

For a closer look at each of the seven remaining projects in this crowdfunding round, hit the links below:

Castle of the Forest
Great Fishing Boat
Sheriff’s Safe
Pursuit of Flight
Particle Accelerator

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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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