Today I learned that anyone can submit their ideas to Lego and, if they get enough traction, they can be approved and put in the real Lego lineup. All you have to do is come up with a brilliant Lego build, go to the LEGO Ideas site, create a profile, and then submit your entry! How cool is that?

Take this Lego MKI GTI for example. To car fans, this build is damn near true to the original Volkswagen car. It has the shape, the engine, the interior, the steering wheel, and, my favorite part, the red line around the headlights cleverly made with a rubber band. I would buy this today if it were on shelves. But it’s not exactly as easy as having a good idea.

According to Lego’s site, after your idea is submitted you need to have 10,000 votes before they will even consider it. Following that, the idea moves to the “Lego Idea Board” and there they will build a concept model, determine if it meets their high standards, and determine if people will actually buy the thing; that happens in January 2017. If the GTI gets the green light (no pun intended), it will go into the development stage and we will hopefully see it in stores by May!

While we’re waiting for this Lego Volkswagen MKI GTI to become a reality, here are some fast facts about the build:

  • 1278 pieces
  • Doors, hood, and hatch open
  • The steering wheel and red interior accents are true to the real car
  • Size is comparable to the Mini Cooper and Volkswagen Beetle Lego models

 

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