Second LEGO Ideas 90th anniversary microscale contest now live

The second in LEGO Ideas’ new series of 90th anniversary microscale contests is now live, accepting submissions of tiny Castle-themed builds.

In the run-up to August 10 – the LEGO Group’s 90th birthday – the crowdsourcing platform is hosting weekly contests, each of which will be open for submissions for only two weeks. The first kicked off last week, inviting users to recreate their favourite LEGO sets of all time in microscale, and has so far received more than 500 submissions.

That’s not too surprising given both the accessibility of the parameters – microscale builds aren’t especially part-intensive, or time-consuming to construct – and the prizes on offer. The grand prize winner will take home all of the LEGO Group’s 90th anniversary sets, including 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle, 10497 Galaxy Explorer, 11021 90 Years of Play, 30510 90 Years of Cars and 40567 Forest Hideout.

LEGO Ideas 90th anniversary contest prizes

You’ve got more than one chance to get your hands on that prize bundle, though, as the LEGO Ideas team will be launching a total of five mini-contests throughout July. The second of those is now live, with submissions open until July 14. The focus is once again on microscale models, only this time solely within the umbrella of LEGO Castle.

The submissions from each of the five contests will be judged simultaneously on August 4, and the winners will then be revealed on August 10. It’s not entirely clear from the wording of the blog posts on the Ideas platform, but at the moment it does sound like there will be five separate bundles of 90th anniversary sets up for grabs – one for each contest.

If you’ve already submitted a Castle-themed microscale model for the first open-ended contest in this series, you’ll have to come up with a second one for this competition, as all entries ‘must be new creations and not previously posted online or submitted to any other contest’, according to the rules on LEGO Ideas.

Based on the theme of this contest, it’s relatively safe to assume the other three will call for microscale models anchored around particular themes, too. Space seems likely for one, given it was also selected as a winner of last year’s 90th anniversary vote, while Pirates and BIONICLE – as finalists in that poll – could also be strong contenders.

Check back next week for news on the next 90th anniversary contest, and head over to LEGO Ideas for the full contest rules (and to submit your entry).

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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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