The results of the LEGO Ideas 90th Anniversary fan vote are in and there’s a huge twist!
After tabulating over 77,000 votes, the Top 3 themes from the first round are…
Update: Surprised that Bionicle won by such a huge margin? Check out my interview with BZPower to learn more about the Bionicle fan community, and why the fans deserve some respect.
With a monumental amount of support, you can see the full numbers for each theme below:
- Bionicle – 24799
- Classic Space – 18171
- Pirates – 15884
- Trains – 14855
- Adventurers – 13988
- Classic Castle -12603
- Forestmen – 8056
- Lion Knights – 7117
- Imperials – 7012
- Town – 6610
- Black Knights – 6427
- Model Team – 6397
- Dragon Knights – 6334
- Space Police – 5738
- Rock Raiders – 5298
- Studios – 5179
- Blacktron – 5088
- Ice Planet – 4503
- Black Falcons – 4244
- Aquazone – 4051
- M-Tron – 3555
- Alpha Team – 2807
- Paradisa – 2584
- Time Cruisers – 2234
- Wolfpack – 2111
- Exploriens – 1695
- Arctic – 1620
- Divers – 1424
But there’s a special surprise, as a 4th theme will be included in the Final Round:
However, we’ve seen an absolutely huge amount of support for Castle and each of the subthemes of Castle. We believe that we have made a mistake in not having all the Castle themes as just the one option to vote on in the first round. Even if you combine ‘Classic Castle’ and ‘Forestmen’ and not all of the other Castle subthemes, it pushes the number of votes up and Castle would be in the top three. This is what the results would look like if we consolidated the sub-themes of Castle:
If we add up every user that cast either 1, 2, or 3 votes for Castle, that’s 33489 users (more than double the necessary votes to make the top three).
If we add up all of the non-fantasy castle themes, excluding Classic Castle (Lion Knights, Black Falcons, Black Knights, Forestmen, and Wolfpack) there are 20821 users who cast a vote for at least one of these themes
If we add up Forestmen, Lion Knights, and Black Nights, (the three themes to succeed the Classic Yellow Castle) there are16030 users who cast a vote, again enough to take the 3rd place position from Pirates.
We realize and take full responsibility, that we made the mistake of splitting the Castle vote. So we are going to have our second vote, increase from three options to four to include Castle. As to not push out Pirates.
This will mean that the second fan vote will kick off with the following options:
If we consolidated any other subthemes together, for example ‘Classic Space’ and ‘Space Police’ or any other subtheme, it wouldn’t change the top three, and the winners. The only exception is Castle!
We hope you understand why we’re changing the rules slightly, and that you’re excited to cast your final vote to help us decide which themed set to launch in 2022!
I think the rationale is perfectly acceptable, given that LEGO deliberately tried to split the Castle vote across different themes, and it really ups the stakes in the final round.
I’m also here to claim maximum bragging rights for correctly calling the results of the first round. I had written this and prepared it prior to the themes being released, so I somehow, by a dumb stroke of luck, got Castle as a bracket umbrella theme right as well.
I also wasn’t sure about the mechanics, but I’m still standing behind my prediction, that Bionicle will beat Classic Space in the finals.
Voting for the final round has opened and will close on February 10th at 11AM CEST 2021.
Remember, that it’s up to LEGO to determine which theme becomes the subject of the 90th Anniversary set, and are really using this to gauge the popularity of these themes.
Let me know in the comments which of the 4 you’ll be voting for, and if you’re surprised with the results and positions of any themes! Personally, I’m surprised to see such strong support for Adventurers and Forestmen!
Also, deeply disappointed that my #VOTEICEPLANET campaign didn’t work, but hey, it was a ton of fun campaigning, and putting together a Retro Review of the Deep Freeze Defender