Ten thousand people want Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea in LEGO

Ten thousand people want Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea to be transformed into a LEGO Ideas set through the crowdsourcing platform.

It’s been a little while since any LEGO Ideas projects knocked through the 10,000-vote barrier to reach the review stage. In fact, Sebastien Esnault’s recreation of the Nautilus – the submarine featured in Jules Verne’s classic science-fiction novel – is the first to do so in two weeks, which feels like an age compared to the rate at which they were rolling through the gate before then.

That means the first 2022 review is unlikely to break any records at this point, especially given we’re just a few days away from the qualifying window closing for good. But there are still a hefty number of projects in contention, with the Nautilus bringing the total number to a respectable 39 – the second-most in any single review.

Originally described by French author Verne as ‘a very long cylinder with conical ends’ and ‘a masterpiece containing masterpieces’, the Nautilus was later realised for cinema screens in the 1954 movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Sebastien’s version is specifically inspired by the novel, however, and ‘attempts to faithfully capture the spirit of Jules Verne while allowing great playability’.

As well as the vessel itself – which has a fully accessible interior – Sebastien’s 1,753-piece pitch includes the story’s mysterious sea monster, and minifigures of Captain Nemo, Professor Aronnax, Ned Land, Conseil and the Nautilus’ First Mate. It now joins 38 other projects in the first 2022 review. Here’s the complete line-up:

Jules Verne’s Nautilus
LEGO Minerals
Ch-Ch-Ch-Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers 
Antique Cash Register
Living on the Edge
Satisfactory Constructor
Farm Life
Pneumatic Steam Locomotive
The Notting Hill Market
The Orient Express, a Legendary Train
Magical Village Over The Bridge
The Legend of the Sea Serpent
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)
The Opera
Polaroid OneStep SX-70
Hanging Flowers
Wuppertaler Schwebebahn/Wuppertal Suspension Railway
Adventure Box
Sherlock Holmes – 221B Baker Street
Boeing 747 Cockpit
LEGO Insects
The Polar Express 20th Anniversary
Mach Patrol
Santa’s Cottage
The Library
Tales of the Space Age
The Kit-Cat Clock
Steampunk Airship
Mini City Diorama: London with Underground Train Station!
The LEGO Toilet
LEGO Koala
Wild West Mine
The Legendary Concorde
The Forestmen Secret Inn

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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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