Lego Launches Impressive Lighthouse (And Fans Are Not Happy)

Introducing the LEGO Ideas 21335 Motorized Lighthouse, an impressive new set with a hefty price tag to say the least.

The new LEGO sets fly around you. Not only the designs from the Danish brand’s designers end up on the shelves, but also the best constructions of super fans.

The dream of fans comes true

For example, LEGO announced earlier this week that an impressive Viking village with a fan will be released as a real set. You can read more about that in this article. It’s a design posted by a fan on Ideas, a platform where consumers can share their own builds.

Then others can vote on it, and once in a while LEGO selects a set that really comes out as an official set. After all, often with some adjustments, the company makes high demands on its models, but this should not spoil the pleasure.

LEGO Ideas 21335 Motorized Lighthouse

Introducing the LEGO Ideas 21335 Motorized Lighthouse, another example of such a fan-designed set. While we have to wait a little longer for the final design and the price tag of the Viking village, the lighthouse is ready prime time.

The Motorized Lighthouse will be released on September 1st. For 299.99 euros you get 2065 bricks with which you can build a 54 centimeter tall lighthouse. A tower that also stands on its own island, with a cabin for the lighthouse keeper on it.

LEGO Ideas 21335 Motorized Lighthouse
(Image: LEGO)
LEGO Ideas 21335 Motorized Lighthouse
(Image: LEGO)

20 year old designer

However, don’t forget the word ‘Motorized’ in the name of this new set. There is a motor built into the lamp, so the lamp really gives light and rotates. At least the lamp’s lens rotates, giving you an authentic lighthouse effect.

The official kit is based on a design by Sandro Quattrini, a 20-year-old superfan. When LEGO chose his design, the Canadian fan explained that his mother encouraged him to make a lighthouse: “My mother loves lighthouses and she had been telling me to build one for years.”

Both mother and son probably did not see that this incentive would have such great consequences.

LEGO Ideas 21335 Motorized Lighthouse
(Image: LEGO)

Fans balk at the price tag

Something LEGO fans didn’t see coming, however, is the price tag on the impressive set.

At 299.99 euros, the LEGO Ideas 21335 Motorized Lighthouse is quite expensive. Even for a kit that comes with a motor. LEGO recently announced price increases for a number of sets due to rising raw materials and general inflation.

The lighthouse makes it painfully clear that this was not a one-off operation. Fans on the LEGO subreddit aren’t exactly thrilled with the set’s price. They expected a price tag between 200 and 250 euros, not 300 euros.

50 percent

“299.99 euros for 2,000 bricks is absurd. Normally it would be around 199 euros before the prices went up. It always seemed like it was $100 for every thousand pebbles,” said one Redditor.

Others confirm this sentiment: “It seems like a fifty percent increase from how prices worked before.”

LEGO has always been an expensive toy, but it seems that the lighthouse crosses a line for even the most die-hard fans.

“I remember when I bought the Parisian restaurant for about $169 and that set had about 2,600 pieces. And that was just a few years ago. This set here is almost twice the price for less pebbles. I really like Lego , but that’s basically the price of a game console for any big set. This has become a toy line for rich people,” one Redditor aptly sums it up.

LEGO Ideas 21335 Motorized Lighthouse
(Image: LEGO)
LEGO Ideas 21335 Motorized Lighthouse
(Image: LEGO)

LEGO helps you save money

Fortunately, some can still laugh about it: “They help me save money by making their kits so ridiculously expensive that I finally started buying less!”

You can now order the LEGO Ideas 21335 Motorized Lighthouse in the LEGO Store. We are still waiting for an offer…

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