This might have gotten lost in the flurry of LEGO Summer 2022 set releases, but the Bricklink Designer Program Round 3 pre-orders will open soon, on 17 May 2022!
Nine previously rejected LEGO Ideas sets will get a second lease of life through the program, with the first 5 sets from Round 3 that successfully receive 3,000 pre-orders making it through as an official LEGO Bricklink Designer Program set.
Round 3 pre-orders open on 17 May 2022 at 10:00am Pacific / 7:00pm CET / 3:00am AEST (18 May). Use this Time Check to confirm in your local time zone.
Here’s a look at all the sets vying to make it out of the Bricklink Designer Program Round 3!
- Space Troopers! (2,670 pieces) – US$199.99/ AU$279.99
- 1950s Diner (1,377 pieces) – US$129.99/ AU$179.99
- Train Station: Studgate (4,062 pieces) – US$399.99/ AU$549.99
- Working Waterfall (2,399 pieces) – US$229.99/ AU$299.99
- Steam Powered Science (3,403 pieces) – US$299.99/ AU$399.99
- Winter Chalet (2,705 pieces) – US$199.99/ AU$279.99
- Modular Construction Site (3,371 pieces) – US$319.99/ AU$449.99
- Mountain View Observatory (3,889 pieces) – US$319.99/ AU$449.99
- Brickwest Studios (3,928 pieces) – US$349.99/ AU$449.99
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First impressions and what I’m ordering
First impressions with Round 3, wow! The prices of these are astounding, with the cheapest option being a US$129.99 / AU$179.99 1950s Diner, and over half of the options coming in at over AU$400.
With so many Summer 2022 sets on the way, this will further put pressure on budgets, but at the very least you won’t be charged till the Spring of 2023.
As this is the 3rd and final round of this beta program, I can see why LEGO chose the largest, and most expensive models, to really see just how far they can push the envelope when it comes to highly detailed, adult-targeted sets.
Personally, unlike previous rounds, I think it’ll take a while to get to the first 5 sets to be successfully pre-ordered, due to the price and varied nature of it.
My picks are Brickwest Studios because Western has been neglected by LEGO, Mountain View Observatory because it’s such an awesome model that would fit in any LEGO City, Winter Chalet for my LEGO Winter Village, and Steam Powered Science because the steampunk design looks awesome.
My problem is… those sets total AU$1,580 if I were to pre-order them all, which is just an insane amount of money when you tally it all up like that. I could pay my mortgage with that!
I’m still deciding on what to get, but will likely narrow it down to the Observatory and maybe Steam Powered Science.
A reminder of how the program works
There will be purchase limits in place, where you can only pre-order one of each set.
Shipping is free on all orders. You will earn VIP points but not qualify for gift with purchases (GWP)
Your credit card will only be charged when the sets are shipped
Bricklink Designer Program Round 3 sets will be shipped in Spring (Northern Hemisphere) 2023.
There will be regional caps in place once again, so if you are unlucky enough to be in Singapore, or countries in Asia without an official LEGO.com Online Store, you’re out of luck once again.
Space Troopers! (2,670 pieces) – US$199.99/ AU$279.99
A from-the-ground-up rebuild of the original “Bulwark” gunship design of the Space Troopers project, the spaceship you see here is chock full of the developments of a decade’s worth of building, yet remains sturdy and with a chunky simplicity that reminds me of what I’d have loved to play with as a boy. From the rear’s double cargo doors ready to discharge rovers, troops, or scientists on an expedition, to the inner hatch and gunner’s console with its cramped ladder allowing access to the cockpit, the hold is packed with scenes ripe for customization and exploration. Crew bunks and a tiny galley round out the hull, and the off-center cockpit rises up between a sensor array and two massive engines that can rotate up or down for flight.
1950s Diner (1,377 pieces) – US$129.99/ AU$179.99
The classic 50s style retro diner is recreated in detail as a playable display set! The idea was to create a diner with the classy build quality of the modular building series, but keeping the set small enough to be affordable.
The diner itself consists of around 900 pieces, is packed with as much details as possible, and includes lots of iconic features. This includes a jukebox, small but detailed kitchen, retro styled stools tables and chairs, a mini gas pump outside, a classic oversize sign complete with a 3D burger and fries on the roof, plus lots of other little details if you look closely! Topping it off is the stylish pink automobile, the ultimate symbol of 50’s cool!
Train Station: Studgate (4,062 pieces) – US$399.99/ AU$549.99
Welcome to Studgate, the main station of the city with the largest number of visitors where thousands of Minifigures pass through this station every day.
This set is a 19th century concept station with new modern acquisitions, large glazing to gain more light, and computer systems for ticket access.
The station has three heights. At its base, there is access to the first floor or terrace, along with an accessible entrance for people in wheelchairs that leads to the platform. Once there, the platform allows access through the footbridge. For wheelchairs there is a level crossing on the right side of the station for better access to the platform.
Working Waterfall (2,399 pieces) – US$229.99/ AU$299.99
A unique mechanism simulates the flow of a real-life waterfall through a lake, cave, mine and mountain! Prepare for adventure and get ready to explore its secrets…
Inspired by regions such as the Rocky Mountains and the Alps, this natural wonder comes to life as you turn the handle on the side to activate the functional waterfall mechanism concealed within!
Steam Powered Science (3,403 pieces) – US$299.99/ AU$399.99
The Steam Powered Science (previously known as the Exploratorium) is a Steam-Punk themed research facility whose mission is to delve into the mysteries of the universe. One half of the facility is dedicated to researching celestial motion while the other is dedicated to traversing the ocean’s depths. The set was designed as part of the Flight Works Series, a group of Steam-Punk themed submissions on LEGO Ideas.
Winter Chalet (2,705 pieces) – US$199.99/ AU$279.99
Modular Construction Site (3,371 pieces) – US$319.99/ AU$449.99
Mountain View Observatory (3,889 pieces) – US$319.99/ AU$449.99
The new “Mountain View” Observatory has 3 levels and the shape of the original version.
- The basement contains: a computer room, an engine room and a sleeping/relaxing area.
- The visitors level contains: a small exhibition about space, drinks & snacks, some books and a relaxing area and a desk with a happy member of the observatory.
- The visitors platform contains: a small housing with details, a telescope, a great view, the dome contains a huge telescope a computer area and lots of details.
- The dome has 2 sliding doors that can hide or release the telescope.
- The complete Observatory can be opened. I also put some light bricks inside to illuminate the levels.
- The nature surroundings received more details and 2 trees.
Brickwest Studios (3,928 pieces) – US$349.99/ AU$449.99
Welcome to Brickwest Studios, a place to physically recreate 1000 and one stories about the Wild West.
Brickwest is equipped with the necessary elements to film many scenes such as the water tank, the windmill, or the outhouse. The studio can be adapted to the needs of the shoot:
Brickwest includes many elements such as spotlights, camera with tripod, microphone, a moving dressing room for the movie star, chairs, tables, piano, bar counter, barrels, safe etc.
Note: Brickwest Studios was moved from Round 2 to Round 3 due to the Rust shooting tragedy, and LEGO wanted to avoid any connection to it for sensitivity reasons.
Are there any projects from Round 3 that appeal to you? Which sets will you be preordering?
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