What do a Lego store, a beautiful abandoned windmill, a retro bowling alley, a miniature aquarium, and a pair of Venetian houses have in common? They’ve all just become incredibly limited edition Lego sets that you can preorder from the Lego company itself.
They started out as candidates for Lego’s Ideas program, got rejected, and now, they’ve been crowdfunded back to life by fans like you through a separate competition called the BrickLink Designer Program that gives creators 10 percent of the proceeds for their work. That means you have a short window of opportunity to snap up these unofficial official sets for yourself.
And if you’ll allow me to indulge myself, they are glorious.
Atop this post, you’ll spot the $179.99 Modular Lego Store, originally submitted to Lego’s Ideas program way back in 2016 and nearly sold out as I write these words.
Each set is limited to 10,000 preorders.
A caution: BrickLink (which is owned by Lego as of 2019) only ships to 30 countries; it warns that the “final product may vary from image” for each of these sets; and they won’t include paper instruction manuals like the Lego sets you buy at retail. It’s also not clear what their boxes might look like — the company’s FAQ lists the countries it ships to, but doesn’t address whether they’ll have official Lego boxes at all.
And all of these sets have reached 3,000 preorders and are considered “fully funded,” so they should be good to go. BrickLink estimates each of them should ship around the third quarter of 2022.
There’ll be a third round of voting for different sets later this year.