Just a few months ago, LEGO Ideas announced that it would be evaluating ten different crowd-funded builds to see which would have the honor of becoming full-blown kits. Even though there’s been a fair number of releases lately, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the decision. Today, LEGO has finally announced its next Ideas kit. But luckily for us, we’re getting not just one, but two all-new releases.
Making their first brick-built debut, The Flintstones will be staring in the next LEGO Ideas set. There’s also a detailed treehouse kit in the works as well. Head below for all the details.
This isn’t the first time LEGO has opted to approve two of the considered Ideas builds. Last year’s fall announcement also brought two different ideas kits, both Voltron and the Ship in a Bottle. Today’s news brings two sets in a similar fashion: one that channels a nostalgic series and one that LEGO has more creative license over.
LEGO first announced that KevinTreeHouse’s Treehouse build was chosen to become a set. Kevin assembled the 2,600-piece set around the idea that after being lost, a family of adventurers had to survive with the materials around them. The build fits in nicely with many of the existing City and Creator sets, so it was almost a no-brainer for LEGO. Depending on its final part-count, I expect this kit to retail in the $150-$200 range.
Now for the real crowd-pleaser, The Flintstones. This build absolutely nails the prehistoric family. It includes tons of details straight from the TV show like a Dino-powered lawnmower, a record player made from a bird and more. Centered around the Flintstones home in Bedrock, it of course includes the whole family as well as the Rubbles. At around 700 pieces right now, I can see it selling for $100 or so.
Expect to see some differences between where each of the models currently stand and their future release. Both builds have a LEGO designer who will be recreating the set to be sturdier, add in features and make other improvements. The treehouse will most likely be getting an early spring release of 2019. On the other hand, expect to see the Flintstones sometime in the summer next year.
I’m a little surprised that LEGO turned down releasing the Stitch figure. There is a lot that goes into deciding which builds get the go ahead, be it licensing, which pieces are in LEGO’s current circulation or just fitting into the rest of the lineup.
I can’t say that I’m as excited about these two kits as I was about the Ideas releases we’ve seen throughout 2018. I loved the Ship in a Bottle and found Voltron to be equally as impressive. Though I’m sure for many, being able to add brick-built versions of The Flintstones to their collection is going to be warmly welcomed.
I’m most looking forward to assembling the treehouse. Which of today’s new kits are you looking forward to getting your hands on? Let us know in the comments below or over on Twitter at 9to5Toys!