It takes a lot to design a great LEGO spaceship and even more to build a swooshable one. Now, once the new 10283 NASA Space Shuttle Discovery is revealed, let’s look into the eyes of brave LEGO designers behind the latest exclusive set. Meet Milan Madge, Mani Zamani, and Nico Vas, three courageous designers telling us more about how the LEGO version of the Discovery space shuttle was created.
The team from LEGO shares a favourite video feature of ours by hearing directly from the designers involved in the creation of the LEGO Ideas 21326 Winnie The Pooh set. Featuring (L-R, image below) lead LEGO Model designer Ilia Gotlib, Simon Wilson (LEGO Element Designer), Felipe Silva Telles (LEGO Element Designer) and Ashwin Visser (LEGO Graphic Designer)
The McLaren Tech Club visited LEGO to learn of the details first hand and we hear some of the insights shared by the designer Aurélien Rouge himself. The first principles of Technic LEGO building are about both authenticity and functionality and how they’re integrated as shared in the video showcase.
Behind every great LEGO set, there are always at least two or three talented designers ready to share all the new product’s secrets. The new LEGO 10295 Porsche 911 Turbo & 911 Targa revealed earlier today is no exception. In the latest designer video, Mike Psiaki shares his favorite things about the new model, while Carl Merriam explains how a side-project can become a retail product. Also, element designer Yoel Mazur shows the new elements created for the new Porsche.
Designer videos provide insights that you may miss during the build and shares background information that you’ll never get anywhere else. Check out snippets and behind the scenes details of the LEGO 71741 Ninjago City Gardens celebrating the 10th year anniversary since the beloved theme was introduced in 2011.
LEGO has released a video showing off the new LEGO Ideas 21323 Grand Piano. In the video, LEGO Designer Chee Woon Tze tickles the ivory, so to speak, to show off how the piano is constructed and how it plays music. The video has constant piano music in the background but unfortunately does not include what the piano music created by the app will sound like. However, seeing the completed set next to the designer shows how massive the model is in context.
LEGO Ideas 21323 Grand Piano comes with 3,662 pieces to build the playable piano for US $349.99 | CA $449.99 | UK £319.99 with global availability beginning August 1st. Make sure to read our announcement and interview with the LEGO Ideas design team about the design effort that went into it.
LEGO Designer Pierre Normandin is no stranger to trains–he grew up loving them and has designed many of the LEGO City trains available the past few years. He recently shifted within LEGO to the Creator Expert team and had the chance to flex some building muscles by designing the recent Fiat 500 and now an even more detailed train! In this designer video, Pierre talks about his love of trains, why the Crocodile Locomotive is so iconic, and how the set started off larger and eventually grew to be 7 studs wide to include more detail.
10277 Crocodile Locomotive set comes with 1,271 pieces used to create the brown electric locomotive, a buildable display base, an informational placard, and two conductor minifigures. It is now available from LEGO for US $99.99 | CAN $149.99 | UK £89.99. Make sure to read our interview with LEGO Design Lead Jamie Berard about the creation of this LEGO train and the design effort that went into it.
An adoring army of adventuring LEGO designers have donned their disguises to discuss the droves of delightful secrets hidden within the exhilarating new 10273 Haunted House.
In the video, they exude their love for the original Adventurers product line, show details from past LEGO sets that made it into Manor Von Barron, and make the free-fall ride nearly as tall as a person to see if it will still work.
Take a sneak-peek at the newly announced LEGO Star Wars UCS 75275 A-wing Starfighter hosted by the designer who created it, Hans Schlömer. He gives us a tour of one of the fastest ships in the Star Wars galaxy and talks about the scale of the model, color choice, and minifigure design.
The 1,673 piece set is the first LEGO Star Wars UCS model of an A-wing and features pivoting laser cannons, a new cockpit element, and a new pilot minifigure. The set will retail for US $199.99 | CAN $259.99 | UK £179.99 starting May 1st, just in time for May the Fourth celebrations.
Ahoy, ye mateys and join the hearty crew of Barracuda Bay! The most recently revealed LEGO Ideas set, 21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay, was officially revealed last week and we’ve already published our hands-on review and an interview with the design team. Today, LEGO designers Sam Johnson and Austin Carlson give us a tour of the massive shipwrecked island and show off some of the hidden secrets of the set.
The 2,545-piece set features a shipwreck island teeming with eight minifigures and can be re-built into a fully working pirate ship. 21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay will retail for US $199.99 | CAN $259.99 | UK £179.99 starting April 1st.
Last weekend, LEGO revealed the latest addition to the LEGO Creator Expert garage — an adorable 10271 Fiat 500 set. Although it is the smallest model in the line-up of large scale vehicles, don’t let its modest dimensions and piece count fool you. There is more to this lovely car than meets the eye, and there’s no better way to learn all the secrets and inspirations rather than shared by the model’s designer Pierre Normandin.
In the most recent LEGO Designer Video, he speaks about the challenges of designing such an unusual car, reveals the meaning of the number plate, and shows his favorite part of the model.