Earlier this morning (12:00 a.m. GMT to be exact) the deadline passed for projects to qualify for the Winter 2014 LEGO Review. The last four months has brought us six new qualifying projects, and several fan favorites. Congratulations to everyone who qualified! During the upcoming Winter LEGO Review period, we will consider:
- Sherlock – This project has everything you need to act out your favorite scenes from 221B Baker Street, including a consulting criminal and a gaggle of characters for Sherlock to coyly insult.
- Macross VF-1 Valkyrie +Fast pack / Armored parts – A model of the iconic mecha that you can build and transform.
- Legend of Zelda: Iron Knuckle Encounter – The third project to reach 10,000 supporters based on the Legend of Zelda; this proposal features the Iron Knuckle in an interactive playset.
- Japanese Old Style Architecture – A proposal for classic Japanese buildings in LEGO Bricks.
- The Adventure Time Project – Mathematical! 10,000 Candy People have voted for the Tree Fort from the Land of Ooo to potentially become a LEGO set.
- BTTF – UCS DeLorean Time Machine – A beautifully detailed large-scale Back to the Future DeLorean, designed for use with Power Functions.
What is the Winter LEGO Review?
We take the projects that have reached 10,000 supporters by January 6th and put them into a batch called a “LEGO Review.” From there, we decide which projects will move on to become official LEGO sets, and which are not possible to produce. These review batches have a rolling deadline and now happen three times each year. Check out this Knowledge Base article for more information: What is the “LEGO Review” and what is the current status of projects in review?
Reviews Now Three Times Each Year
The LEGO Review schedule is shifting from a quarterly schedule to three times each year. While reviews will happen less often, this shift aligns the review schedule with the rest of the LEGO Group’s internal processes in a way that allows us to release results more regularly. Review deadlines will now be early May (First Review), September (Second Review), and January (Third Review) each year.
Our goal is to deliver results for qualified projects from the previous period as (or soon after) each new period begins. This means instead of waiting up to nine months for review results like in the past, you’ll see results approximately four months after a review period begins.
From Passing Review to “Box in Your Hands”
The most intense part of the process comes after we announce review results. During the Production stage, our professional model designers finalize the design, while others create the graphics and building instructions, produce the sets in the factory, and ship them to distribution centers (warehouses) around the world so they’re available to buy. We’re working to shorten production times for you, but we’re still bound by the laws of physics. We don’t have replicators, teleportation, or delivery drones just yet!
Fall 2013 LEGO Review Results Coming Soon
Now that we’re back from the holidays, the LEGO Review Board is finishing up the results of the Fall 2013 LEGO Review. Look forward to these results over the next several weeks.
The First 2014 LEGO Review Deadline is May 5th
Projects that reach 10,000 supporters by 12:00 a.m. GMT May 5th will be included in the First 2014 LEGO Review. You have four months to help your favorite project reach 10k to be reviewed as a potential future LEGO set, so get busy and good luck!