Everyone here on Chief Delphi knows that FIRST changes lives. Designed by an alumni, volunteer, and mentor and a current student from my team, this LEGO Idea is a scale model of half of the field for FIRST STRONGHOLD.
This set includes: all 9 possible defenses, 1 mock robot of the Blue Alliance— based on the game reveal video, 2 opposing Red Alliance robots, 9 Boulders, and… Dean Kamen! A similar stand-alone set, FIRST STRONGHOLD: Red Alliance, along with its awesome minifigure, has been submitted for the other half of the field and is awaiting approval.
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Hopefully we will see our goal of having the stronghold set made. It would be really cool if we can do this yearly, and even get older games made. This is not only good for strategy, but it’s also nice to have to remember a year in robotics.
Thanks for your question, Calvin. No offense is taken, and we appreciate that you care enough about the idea to ask. I knew this was definitely something that’s been hard thought over on the end of the designers, Matt and Emily. I reached out to Matt, and he had this to say:
First of all, in the interest of disclosure, I am not in the LEGO community. I’d never seen the two words in conjunction until today.
If the marketing on this product is limited to the existing LEGO community, it is almost certainly doomed to fail. The key question here is whether there are enough FIRST people who would buy it. This is a chance to **expand **the LEGO community, not **exploit **the existing one.
A key point to getting anything close to an accurate read would be to include intended price points. If a half field were $20 or less, I’d likely buy both sides. If it were in the $20-40 range, probably one side. If more than $50, not interested. I may or may not be typical.
For previous years, I’d recommend going back one year each year - six months out of cycle with the “current” offers. Eventually, the “back year” interest would fade below viability, or not.
Lego products generally cost 0.10 USD per piece* (i.e. a $30.00 lego product would contain between ~250 and 350 pieces). If a part count were provided, one could use that to get a rough idea of what the cost would be, but I was unable to find that metric listed.
*licensing fees tend to increase this by a non-trivial amount (~$5.00 for a typical product)
Ideas kits have historically fallen within this rule of thumb. From a brief look, the lowest price per piece was 0.073 USD with the highest being $0.135. Looks like the kits average to the normal 10 cents, though.
The project met the 10000 voters needed by the January 2015 deadline. Project deadlines occur about 3 times a year. This way the projects that cross the threshold are grouped together for evaluation.
The project was approved in May 2015. Many good projects were rejected, including a Goonies set celebrating the movie’s 30th anniversary, and a reasonably scaled Minis Tirith from Lord of the Rings. Both of these projects have a large following from outside the “LEGO community”, but neither advanced beyond the review stage. This could be because of licensing terms, or a market evaluation to determine interest. LEGO does not release the details on why a project is rejected.
Official product images of the Marble Maze were released in March 2016 with the official launch in April 2016.
This means from the project reaching 10000 votes to the project becoming an official event took 16 months. Following this timeline, LEGO FIRST Stronghold would be released in January 2018.
Just some food for thought. How can this be marketed in such a way to make it relevant a season and a half from now?