UNDERATED for LEGO Ideas: October 2017

Welcome to October’s edition of UNDERATED for LEGO Ideas, exclusively on SilentMode.tv.

Hopefully you folks have had an eventful and enjoyable Hallowe’en, however you chose to celebrate it. My plans for a Hallowe’en costume – or even a scary costume – were cut short because of my workload.

If you haven’t seen it yet, please check out my video on some UV-reactive “pumpkin” heads I’d made for Hallowe’en. Even after being featured by Smooth-On themselves on Twitter, they’ve been almost completely ignored.

Preamble

One thing that certainly hasn’t been ignored is the Women of NASA LEGO Ideas set, which had its official release at LEGO retail stores today. Even before it hit the shelves, the Internet was ablaze with post after post about its announcement.

I’ve never seen so much fuss made about a LEGO Ideas set, since the infamous Research Institute. It’s not surprising when you read the politically charged comments, whether they’re making a case for feminism and “equality”, or making accusations of misandry.

I’ve no doubt that the majority of the 10,000 supporters were driven by feminism or gynocentrism (i.e. it had nothing to do with inspiring girls or young women). However, I’m not as hard on the Women of NASA set as I was with the Research Institute. At least it depicts real females in a so-called male-dominated field, who’ve accomplished significant, documented things.

The real issue is that Women of NASA shouldn’t have even qualified for LEGO Ideas, according to their own rules. LEGO did a great job of turning it into a viable set, but it was initially promoted as a minifigure collection (and you could argue as a series).

Before the feminists misconstrue my words again and launch another attack, let’s get to October’s selection.

The Beach Huts by PlasticBrick888

Why the sudden widespread interest in coastal architecture? Because of the Old Fishing Store, that’s why. As with most of the winning projects, copycats have sprung up all over LEGO Ideas – even to the point of trying to duplicate the project.

These beach houses were designed in a very similar fashion to the Old Fishing Store, from the landscape right down to the use of tiles to simulate planks of wood. Though they clearly use a less uniform palette, they could easily be adapted to match the store.

So why is this particular project featured in this month’s UNDERATED? Because it’s one of the more original variations of the aforementioned set. If you’re tired of the beach, this could work as a series of very small lakeside houses in a forest.

There are 260 supporters at the time of writing for these beach houses, so feel free to join them.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by ThomasW

The most I know about The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is probably what most people know: 42. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say it was heavily inspired by Doctor Who. Or vice versa.

That might be a good reason as to why this shouldn’t be made into an official set, given that Doctor Who has made its presence known. However, this would be a great way to introduce a new generation – including myself – to a cult classic.

As for my interest in this project: I’m very keen on the overall set design, which looks a lot more involved than anything I’ve seen in a released Ideas set to date. Something particularly special would have to be done with the figures to pique my interest.

I’d imagine there would be plenty of interest in this over time, but now there are 143 supporters. Which is 101 more than 42.

Hatsune Miku by Mr_Neko

Last but not least is this large-scale model of Hatsune Miku: a very famous character and the face of computer-generated vocals. This character was one of the “People’s Choices” for a project I did last year that doesn’t actually exist.

Although the model only exists as a render, and there are lots of seemingly fragile connections, the description insists this is an articulated model. The style is reminiscent of a lot of Asian MOCs; I’m always in awe at how differently they use LEGO compared to in Europe or the States.

I think it would be great to put Asia back on the LEGO Ideas map, and this might be the project to do it with. Despite Hatsune Miku’s popularity with weabos and afficionados, it only has 152 supporters.


That’s all for the October edition. I’ll be back next month with another selection of projects for UNDERATED for LEGO Ideas, all with 500 supporters or less at the time of writing.

In the meantime, prepare yourself for another wave of projects with only females in them…