A few birthdays back, The Kid was gifted with a book of LEGO creations made by regular fans titled The LEGO Ideas Book: Unlock Your Imagination.
He’ll spend a few minutes thumbing through to find inspiration for his creation.
Somewhere in the text, there’s mention that fans and brick enthusiasts submitted the creations. The book also makes mention that if LEGO likes a production enough, there’s a possibility of turning the submission into an actual LEGO set.
LEGO hosts a website dedicated to ideas from fans called LEGO IDEAS.
It’s a fun and fascinating website, broken down into categories highlighting all the submitted ideas, the staff favorites, the submissions with the most support, and even the LEGO submissions eventually turned into real, purchasable sets.
Some of the fan-submitted sets now manufactured by the company include the LEGO Pop-Up Book, LEGO Voltron, the Ship in a Bottle LEGO set, and the awesome Women of NASA creation.
Still, no word on that Titanic LEGO set, though.
Since reading this line, The Kid is hellbent on making a LEGO set to submit.
All of his ideas are amazing, and I love his creativity, but, well, let’s just say they’re not going to hit store shelves any time soon.
Here’s a photo of just a few of his ideas and creations.
They’re all awesome in their own way, but…
You see what I’m getting at here.
I mean, look at some of the creations submitted to the LEGO website.
That’s a playable piano! His half-built planned nicknamed The Turdler – because he’s on a toilet humor kick – isn’t going to be considered. I don’t need to be in the toy biz to know this for a fact.
The Kid went so far as to ask to borrow my phone, snapped a bunch of shots of the prototypes, and asked me to submit the ideas for consideration.
Every day, he’d ask if the LEGO people called. Every day he’d ask if I checked my email and went through all the mail. He even forced me to answer every unknown number on my cell phone.
No, it wasn’t LEGO but were getting all-new aluminum siding. It doesn’t matter how the condo association will feel about this fact, THE DEAL WAS TOO GOOD TO PASS UP!
It was time to take matters into my own hands, not waiting for the LEGO people to break his little brick-building heart.
I really wasn’t going to wait around because I never submitted the ideas but, whatever, all semantics at this point.
I drafted this semi-official looking letter, stuffed it into an envelope, slapped on a stamp, and put it in the mailbox at his mom’s house because I don’t trust the mail.
My Fake LEGO Submission Response Letter
“On behalf of everyone at The LEGO Group, we would like to thank you for your recent photo submissions and ideas for new LEGO playsets.
Your ideas and creations were amazing, and some of our favorite submissions.
Unfortunately, we can not turn any of your ideas into an official LEGO set. We already have too many new LEGO sets in production in the coming year.
Please don’t let this news discourage you. Pay attention in school, concentrate on your homework, ask questions in class, and continue to create new vehicles and mini-figures using your vivid imagination!
Maybe someday YOU may become an official LEGO set creator!
Best of luck!”
I was lucky enough to be in the room when he read the letter. His reaction was everything I hoped.
He ran to his room and shut the door.
Every day, he’s showing me another new, more significant, and honest, better creation than the previous LEGO idea.
I felt that I had to warn him that he probably won’t get a letter with every LEGO idea submission.
Especially since I’m out of printer ink, and I’m too lazy to go to the store.
“I know and don’t care if I get another letter,” he responded. “I just want to build better stuff.
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