LEGO Fan Talk live: Felix Stiessen und sein LEGO Fiat 500

Ab 20.15 Uhr gehen wir heute Abend live "auf Sendung". Dieses Mal mit einem tollen Studiogast und zwei Moderatoren für den YouTube-Chat.

LEGO Ideas Fiat 500
LEGO Ideas Fiat 500 (Foto: Felix Stiessen)

Am Wochenende wurde der LEGO Creator Expert Fiat 500 (10271) offiziell vorgestellt. Seit Sonntag ist der gelbe Italo-Klassiker bereits im LEGO Online-Shop sowie in den Brand Stores für 79,99 Euro erhältlich. Nach dem Ärger mit der LEGO Ghostbusters Feuerwehrwache (die Details dazu sind verlinkt) ist es wieder passiert: Ein LEGO Ideas Fan-Entwurf, in diesem Fall von Felix Stiessen (der Mit-Designer der LEGO Ideas Saturn V) und Gabrielle Zanotti, wurde nach Erreichen der 10.000 Unterstützer-Marke vom LEGO Ideas Team abgelehnt. Und LEGO präsentiert wenig später ein offizielles Set. Mehr dazu heute Abend ab 20.15 Uhr im LEGO Fan Talk live – „Das Original“ mit Henry und mir. Zwei Moderationen sorgen übrigens dafür, dass die Spammer dieses Mal außen vor bleiben.

LEGO Statement zum Fiat 500 Fan-Entwurf

Die Aufregung bei den Fans war und ist wieder groß. Und das LEGO Ideas Team sah sich erneut dazu veranlasst, hierzu ein Statement zu veröffentlichen, um die Gemüter zu beruhigen:

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and concerns about the newly released 10271 LEGO Creator Expert Fiat 500 and the LEGO Ideas submission Fiat 500F by Felix Stiessen and Gabriele Zannotti, which was previously turned down in the LEGO Ideas Review. Please note we have reached out to the both of them.

The LEGO Group has a profound respect for the immense talent, passion and trust of the LEGO fan community who continue to demonstrate the unlimited potential of the LEGO brick. This is something that we have no intention of compromising by producing fan creations without fair compensation and acknowledgement. It is for this exact reason that LEGO Ideas exists – in order to ensure a formal and legally correct way through which we celebrate and bring to life fan creations as official LEGO sets, specifically as LEGO Ideas sets.

LEGO Ideas has historically been a very open platform that allows members to submit proposals for new LEGO Ideas sets across a wide range of licensed and non-licensed sets. Over the years we’ve learnt more about what we can and can’t do, including ways of avoiding potential overlaps with LEGO sets we’re developing internally. For this reason, we’ve also implemented certain guidelines to prevent submissions based on licensed models that the LEGO Group publicly has in production, since we already have talented design teams working on future models. However, these guidelines can’t cover all potential overlaps that could come about, especially since we also try to give our members a certain degree of freedom to submit builds on as broad an array of third-party licenses or original ideas as possible, even when those original ideas are inspired by existing LEGO themes and the scale/expression within which they are based. We do this because we believe that there’s a sliver of a chance of something that fits into an existing theme that might just wow us that much and differentiate itself enough, such as the Caterham Seven 620R that was turned into an official LEGO Ideas set a few years ago, despite it thematically sitting within the realm of what the Creator Expert team would do.

As the LEGO Group’s partnerships with new license holders continues to evolve, we run into unintentional overlaps between our own confidential product development pipeline, including the evolution of existing themes, and the creative models that LEGO fans build and submit to LEGO Ideas.

In the particular case of the Fiat 500, the LEGO Creator Expert team has continued its longstanding history of producing LEGO cars in this scale, expression and price range that celebrate some of the most iconic and classic vehicles that have graced the roads – from the Mini Cooper to the Ford Mustang, the VW Beetle to the Ferrari F40.

It’s important for us to reiterate that when basing ones designs on existing intellectual properties (vehicles, buildings, movies, etc.) or other objects in existence in the real world, the likelihood of someone else around the world, including in this case a LEGO Designer/Design team, having thought of a similar idea has the potential to exist. Such is the nature of a creative medium such as the LEGO building system and such is this instance, where the LEGO Creator Expert team has developed the set independently.“

Soweit das Statement des LEGO Ideas Teams. Felix und sein Co-Designer wurden auch nochmals persönlich angeschrieben. Ob das Thema damit aus der Welt ist, wird uns Felix heute Abend im LEGO Fan Talk live verraten.

LEGO Fan Talk live: Eure Fragen und Anmerkungen

Wir freuen uns, wenn ihr heute Abend wieder dabei seid! Ab 20.15 Uhr sind wir live „auf Sendung“. Fragen und Anmerkungen gerne wieder hier vorab in den Kommentaren.