The new LEGO Winnie the Pooh set includes two subtle nods to its fan designer

21326 Winnie the Pooh follows in the footsteps of LEGO Ideas sets before it by including two very specific references to its fan designer.

Ben Alder is the man behind the successful LEGO Ideas project that’s led to the newly-revealed 21326 Winnie the Pooh. He published his original proposal to the crowdsourcing platform in March 2019, and by August had racked up the 10,000 votes necessary to advance to the review stage.

Six months later, the LEGO Group announced that Alder’s concept had been given the green light to become a future Ideas set, alongside Clemens Fiedler’s 21325 Medieval Blacksmith. And just like that set included a couple of nods to Fiedler, so too does 21326 Winnie the Pooh tip its hat to its original creator.

The LEGO designer responsible for transforming Alder’s pitch into an official set has now revealed both of those references in a new video over at the official LEGO YouTube channel. You’ll find the first on the inside cover of a book of Winnie the Pooh stories, which uses a sticker inscribed with ‘Ben A.’

The second, meanwhile, can be found inside Pooh’s home. According to LEGO designer Ilia Gotlib, the painting of two bees (a sticker applied to a 2×2 round tile) is a direct reference to Alder’s two children. The fan designer told the Ideas team last year that he built the model so that his kids could ‘bring to life our bedtime stories’, so he’ll no doubt be happy to see them recognised in the official set.

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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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