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Review: 21313 Ship In A Bottle

LEGO fan Jake Sadovich had what many would consider a crazy idea – building a ship in a bottle out of LEGO. Not just the ship, but the bottle too.

Well that crazy idea eventually landed on the LEGO Ideas website and very quickly gained the 10,000 votes needed to become an official LEGO set.

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After extensive and polarising redesigns from the LEGO set designers the final set is now available to purchase.

Does the set capture the magic of a ship in a bottle? Have the design choices ruined the original idea? Read on to find out what I think of 21313 Ship In a Bottle.

Be sure to read to the end of the article for the extensive image gallery.

LEGO Ideas Ship In A Bottle Now Available

21313 Now Available

The latest LEGO Ideas set – 21313 Ship In a Bottle – is now officially available for purchase from the Australian online store.

The local price of the set is $119.99.

If you happen to spend over $200 you will also get the awesome 60th Anniversary set promotion.

Do you plan to pick up the set? I’ll be trying to get my hands on one to review.

You can purchase yours from https://shop.lego.com/en-AU/Ship-in-a-Bottle-21313

Here Are The Latest LEGO Ideas Review Results

The LEGO Ideas blog has overnight released the results of their review of projects in the second 2017 review period.

There were six different projects in this review: Gilmore Girls – Luke’s Diner, The Wonders of Peru, NF-158 Research Aircraft, I Am Your Father, NASA Space Shuttle (Saturn V Scale) and NASA Saturn V Launch Umbilical Tower.

And… none of them passed the review.

LEGO Ideas Second 2017 Review Results

It’s always unfortunate when no projects pass the review but I am not exactly shocked by the result. The good news is that they have hinted that one of these 6 sets happens to be very close to something they are already planning. Secondly they say the next review will lead to at least one new product. So at least one of the 7 in the picture below.

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You can see the announcement video and my take on why each project was rejected below.

Official Details of 21313 Ship In A Bottle

The latest LEGO Ideas product has officially been announced and I suspect that a lot of people are going to want this as a display piece.

Introducing 21313 Ship in a Bottle

21313 Ship in a Bottle

Based on the original idea by JakeSadovich77 the Ship in a Bottle set features a brick built ship named the Leviathan inside a wonderfully designed brick-built bottle. The set also features an impressive display stand.

There are a lot of fantastic details on this set, the cork in the bottle looks great, as does the compass on the display stand. Creating large clear structures is not something that is normally associated with LEGO bricks and I think the final design did an impressive job of creating the bottle. I love the wax seal element on the bottle too.

The ship itself features three sets off sails, all featuring a printed element with a representation of the Leviathan beast.

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To add to the overall aesthetic over 280 translucent-blue 1×1 round plates are included to represent water.

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My only real complaint about the set is that the fan model featured rigging created with string while the final model doesn’t. I think it added to the overall look of the ship and I would have liked to see it incorporated in the final model. It may be a case of it was to difficult to add that in to a retail model.

The set will be released February 1st (no VIP release) with an Australian RRP of $119.99.

You can read the press release and see the full image gallery below.

Latest LEGO Ideas Review Results – One New Set Passes

The latest LEGO Ideas review results are in and one project has made it through the review stage and will become an official product.

Tron Legacy Light Cycle is that successful project.

Tron Legacy LEGO Ideas Non Final

The review featured 11 finalists in total but unfortunately the other 10 didn’t make the grade. I am not a huge fan of the Tron franchise but the set itself looks quite nice. It will be interesting to see how well this particular set does.

No word on availability or pricing at this stage.

Special Mention – Surf Rescue

The Surf Rescue project was a passion project from Australian father and son team Damien and Aiden MacRae. Damien is suffering from stage 4 melanoma, and wanted to use the project to raise awareness of sun safety. While LEGO will not be making the surf rescue set they have stated a desire to work with the MacRae on some special projects to spread their message.

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You can see the results video and the rejected projects below.

LEGO Ideas Launches New Contests Feature

2018 marks 10 years since the LEGO Ideas platform originally launched in Japan (called Cuusoo at the time). In preparation of the milestone the Ideas team have unveiled a new beta feature of the site – building contests. The first contest is now live on the site…

Build your own LEGO Ideas logo

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The first competition requires you to build a LEGO Ideas logo out of bricks. Take the existing logo and make it your own, or change it completely. The best entries will be featured on the LEGO Ideas Facebook page to celebrate the anniversary, and there are also some awesome prizes on offer.

Grand Prize:

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The current LEGO Ideas assortment including: 21306 Yellow Submarine, 21307 Caterham Super Seven, 21308 Adventure Time, 21309 LEGO® NASA Apollo Saturn V, 21310 Old Fishing Store, all signed by their respective LEGO designers, and 21312 Women of NASA, signed by the LEGO designer and fan designer.

Two Runners Up each receive:

LEGO Ideas Build Logo Runnerup Prize

21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V signed by the LEGO designers, and 21312 Women of NASA, signed by both the LEGO designer and the fan designer.

There are some rules that you need to follow for your submission, but you can find out everything you need here. Entries need to be submitted by December 15th.

Australian Price Confirmed For 21312 Women of NASA

21312 Women of NASA AU Price

LEGO have updated their online store with a product page for the recently announced Women of NASA set, which means that we now know the Australian price.

The set will cost $49.99 locally, which is unfortunately higher than most people were expecting/hoping.

With a US price of $24.99 and a UK price £19.99 the Australian price seems high.

While US prices don’t include tax, adding 10% tax and converting to Australian dollars works out to $35.05 AU. Even adding a 20% markup on that would be around $42.

The UK price of £19.99 works out to $33.51 AU. Again with a 20% markup that is around $40.

It feels like LEGO could have easily made this set $39.99. Hopefully it comes to local retail and we can get it on sale.

Via https://shop.lego.com/en-AU/Women-of-NASA-21312

21312 Women of NASA Officially Announced

Back in 2014 LEGO released 21110 Research Institute, a LEGO Ideas project that featured a trio of female scientists. The set proved incredibly popular with young girls passionate about science as well as the wider LEGO community.

Now a new Ideas project is hitting the shelves that will also pay tribute to women in STEM – this time real women who did remarkable things… Introducing 21312 Women of NASA.

21312 Women of NASA Product

The set features 4 minifigures across three vignettes that represent the various work of people represented.

Here is the official product description;

Follow in the footsteps of 4 pioneering women of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration—America’s space agency) with this fun and inspiring LEGO® set. Build the Hubble Space Telescope and learn astronomy with the ‘Mother of Hubble’ Nancy Grace Roman. Develop the software for space missions with computer scientist Margaret Hamilton. And launch the space shuttle with Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, and Mae Jemison, the world’s first woman of color in space. Build, play, learn and one day you too could become a science, technology, engineering or mathematics superstar!

The set will officially be released on November 1st. Currently the Australian RRP is unavailable but hopefully the product page will be online soon.

Additional images and descriptions below.

Review: 21309 LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn V

On July 21st 1969 millions of people watched Neil Armstrong take a giant leap for mankind, but you may not know that Australians saw it before the rest of the world.

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The combination of a decision by Neil Armstrong and the time it took to put on the spacesuits meant that two Australian locations were in the perfect position to receive the signal from the moon – The Parkes Radio Telescope and the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station outside Canberra. As Neil took the first steps the signal was received by Honeysuckle Creek, sent to Sydney and split – one feed going to the ABC and the other to Houston. The international transmission introduced a 3 millisecond delay to the broadcast, which means that Australian audiences saw man walk on the moon before anybody else on Earth. After switching to the Parkes feed NASA felt it was so good that they stayed with that for the remainder of the 2.5 hour broadcast.

The Apollo program is one of the most fascinating achievements of the human race, and that crazy dream of going to the moon has now been immortalised in one of the most impressive LEGO sets I have built in a long time.

This is my review of 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V.

Be sure to read on for my exclusive photos of 21309 at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, and a huge gallery of photos at the end of the article.

Construction

The box for the Saturn V is huge, at least on par with a modular for size. This is a standard box rather than the thicker cardboard used for other ideas sets. For the part count it’s not a surprise that they went with a standard box.

As we’ve all come to expect from Ideas sets the instructions include a heap of additional information. There is a great blurb about the Apollo program with some fantastic black and white photos; information about the Saturn V itself including a breakdown of the various stages and again some real-world photos; a timeline of the journey to the moon, and interviews with the fan designers and LEGO designers. Even if you never get the set I suggest downloading a PDF copy of the instructions and having a read.

The set features 1969 pieces (a deliberate reference to the year Apollo 11 launched) across twelve numbered bags. The build follows the bags sequentially so you don’t need to sort out all of the pieces at once.

From pictures the set may look like a boring build, with it’s essentially monochromatic colour scheme, but it is actually satisfying and complex. By step 3 of the build you are already using brackets and SNOT techniques. The inner build is also surprisingly colourful.

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The early build features curved panels and I naively assumed that they were going to set the scale – only to discover that they simply form an inner core. The set itself is, for lack of a better word, thicker than I thought it would be.

Latest LEGO Ideas Review Results – Two New Sets!

The latest LEGO Ideas review results are in, and there is one successful set from the review and an older project that is finally becoming a reality. For anybody that likes to watch the announcements first, here is the video…

Firstly the set that passed in this review…

Ship In A Bottle, The Flagship Leviathan

LEGO Ideas Ship In a Bottle

This project is the sort of thing I love to see from LEGO Ideas – an innovative idea that is something you may not expect as a retail LEGO set. It will be fascinating to see how the LEGO designers refine the bottle part of the build.

Next is a project from the previous review that is finally getting the go-ahead…

Voltron – Defender of the Universe

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There were a lot of people frustrated when this set was left with a question mark, but now it is finally coming. This looks like it will be another high part count set.

Both of these projects are still in the LEGO design phase and won’t become official products until 2018. You can see the full lineup of projects that didn’t make the cut below.