Fans of both Lego and The Beatles – so all people, basically – were rejoicing yesterday (October 12) when Lego announced that it had accepted an idea from its community ideas board, Lego Ideas, and will sell Lego versions of The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine just in time for Christmas. Lego Ideas is a forum a bit like the UK Parliament petition site, where to be considered for production by Lego, each suggestion must be supported by 10,000 people. It got us thinking: what other brilliant ideas are out there? Here are five more great music ideas on the forums.
Nostalgia factor: 8/10
Why we love it: Because it’s a Lego Moog, and that’s brilliant. The side panels on these vintage synthesizers may not look completely accurate at this scale, but the keyboards are ingeniously put together. This one’s also got pretty good timing – the Minimoog D was reissued this year and can be bought from various dealers around the UK.
Nostalgia factor: 2/10
Why we love it: It’s a working ukelele. If this reached production, you’d have to buy the strings yourself, because Lego Ideas’ rules don’t permit any non-Lego products – but once you’ve added the strings, this is a to-scale instrument that you can tune and play. As evidenced by its creator, Ben, who in the video below plays Counting Crows’ ‘Accidentally In Love’ with it. His description of the build suggests it’d be best for primary school kids: “A project like this would foster a love of Lego, a love of engineering, and a love of music,” he writes. “Tired of fighting your kids to practice an instrument? Get them emotionally invested in an instrument by having them build it first!”
Nostalgia factor: 4/10
Why we love it: As Jack Black’s School of Rock character Dewey Finn says, just because you’re not in the band doesn’t mean you’re not in the band. This tourbus has flight cases, tiny instruments, random paraphernalia, and a bus pizza. It is perfect.
Nostalgia factor: 4/10
Why we love it: No one ever makes stuff for drummers. This is a beautiful, extensive drum kit with a rockin’ dude at the stool.
The Beach Boys
Nostalgia factor: 10/10
Why we love it: This is the front cover of The Beach Boys’ 1962 album ‘Singing Safari’ recreated in all its plastic surfin’ grandeur. Apart from anything else, the car is a perfect model of the real thing, spare tyre and all.