UNDERATED for LEGO Ideas: March 2017

It’s that time of the month again… UNDERATED for LEGO Ideas is here! It’s more of the same, as we try to promote some deserving LEGO Ideas projects.


I’ve finally given up on Fakebook and deactivated my account, although I’m still using its messenger. I’ve wanted to leave for a while, with the only thing keeping me there being the Swapfig group. In short, I found myself surrounded by snakes, backstabbers and other derogatory adjectives.

In relation to this year’s misattribution theme: a favourite tactic is to pretend your project doesn’t exist, usually by not talking about it. You’ll know this is the case when someone else puts out a similar idea, and not only is that project talked about, but it’s highly praised. You might even find forum dwellers posting face-rubbing comments.

One thing that can help is to reach out and cross-promote your project with others having similar ideas. It might be a long shot, because everybody wants to be the person to get 10,000 supporters. However, if it’s more about the idea than the person behind them, cross-promotion will hopefully draw attention to your project as well as theirs.

With enough traction, at least one person’s idea will go through, and the idea itself will be chosen. Look at what happened with the review phases of the successful Ghostbusters and Doctor Who sets.

As for this month’s selection: let’s go!

ZEN – Desktop Garden by JanYap

Eventually someone was going to submit this kind of project, and thankfully this is one that is realistic yet elegant. Fitting in with the zen concept, this minimalist project makes economic use of parts and space to create a beautiful model.

While you could go off and make something like this yourself, wouldn’t it be great to have a more affordable Ideas set on the shelves? In any case, I’m going to be joining 92 supporters after I’m done writing this post.

Hydroponics by matoli

Stolen from Wikipedia:

Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture, the method of growing plants without soil, using mineral nutrientsolutions in a water solvent.

We’ve seen Lego Ideas sets that were supposedly about encouraging people to enter certain fields. Why not one to encourage people to investigate hydroponics? Whatever happened to the trend of being “green” and hugging trees? I guess it was too incompatible with soy lattes and startups.

So UNDERATED encourages you, o trend hopper, to support this interesting looking project. Let’s make hydroponics hype-droponics. Or not. Currently we have 61 supporters.

Zip Line! by CTDpower

For those who prefer larger Ideas projects, why not have something practical as well as aesthetically pleasing?

Here we return to the concept of zip lines: an activity I wish I could have done when younger, but have never done so. For those in the same boat, some consolation can be found by living vicariously through minifigures.

What’s great about this project is that there’s two zip lines, instead of just one long one, and they connect two individual towers. For the less adventurous, there’s a river to cross, stepping stones and all manner of flora.

We have 90 supporters for this project, but we can do better than that.

Once again, the horizontal line means that’s all we have for this month. Be sure to return at the end of this month for the next exciting episode of UNDERATED for LEGO Ideas.