After watching the latest LEGO® Designer Video for the upcoming LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils set, it got me thinking about past videos. They have changed quite a lot over the years, long gone is the catchy opening theme song and jostling LEGO Designers. Although they still follow a similar format, with one or more members of the LEGO Design Team discussing the creation of a set and its various features, elements and Minifigures. More recent videos have also started to delve a little more behind the scenes, with concept models and artwork also shown. What better way to showcase some of my favourite Designer Videos than with a good old Top 10 countdown. Do you have a favourite Designer Video? Share them in the comments.
10 – 79003: LEGO The Hobbit An Unexpected Gathering
I have to include this set has it was the first ‘expensive’ LEGO set I purchased once getting back into building. It was also the first set I purchased from LEGO.com. This video played a part in that, it may not be a large scale set but it was portrayed nicely in this video.
9 – Inside LEGO Bionicle
Bionicle has a dedicated fanbase, so much so that the theme returned a few years ago. What I like about this Designer Video is that it highlights the impressive work which went into creating a story driven world for the sets to inhabit. I’m always fascinated with concept art and how it leaps from paper to the final product.
8 – 75192: LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon
As one of the biggest and most expensive LEGO sets created, the Ultimate Collectors Series Millennium Falcon has to be seen to be believed. If you can’t see it in person then these videos are a great way to get a sense of its scale. In the video designers Hans and Matty talk through the sets high level of detail and some of the elements used to create it.
7 – 70840: The LEGO Movie 2 Welcome To Apocalypseburg
One of the most impressive sets to be released this year was the inspired by the second LEGO Movie and if Justin Ramsden is involved you can be sure there will be a crazy outfit worn at some point. This video is a great a perfect example of being able to show off all the little bits of detail, which aren’t always conveyed with images alone.
6 – 10255: LEGO Creator Expert Assembly Square
One of the most detailed range of LEGO sets are the annual LEGO Creator Expert modular buildings. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the range a special set was released in 2016. This had plenty of nods to past modular sets, all of which are shown off by Creator Expert Design Manager Jamie Berard.
5 – 70620: The LEGO NINJAGO Movie NINJAGO City
This is another one of the one of the sets packed with amazing details. NINJAGO City remains one of the best things to come out of The LEGO NINJAGO Movie. The set is perfectly shown off in its Designer Video where the Design Team highlight new elements, fun build techniques and little easter eggs.
4 – 71043: LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle
Justin has only been at the LEGO Group for a few years now, but he’s created a number of amazing sets. The biggest of which is the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle. The set is massive, this video is a great way to get a sense of its size and impressive detail. Graphic Designer Crystal also talks through some of the fun nods they added to the set for fans of the books and films to find.
3 – 70425: LEGO Hidden Side Newbury Haunted High School
I love the Hidden Side sets and this particular video goes beyond just showing off the sets various details. It also shows off some of the concept models, which were created during the sets development. It’s rather interesting to see how the set evolved.
2 – 21320: LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils
One of the best LEGO Designer Videos to be released in a long time. But the star of the video isn’t the set, it’s the LEGO Designer behind it – Niels. He’s the inspiration behind Johnny Thunder, an archaeologist and builds life-sized dinosaur fossils in his spare time. He’s the perfect man to bring this set to life and learning how he and Sam Johnson created it, is genuinely interesting.
1 – 75810: LEGO Stranger Things Upside Down
Most LEGO Designer Video follow a similar format but for the Stranger Things set, things got a little retro. Designer Justin appeared in a sort of late night 80s talk show, complete with cheesy host, where he discusses the set and it’s features. It’s a fun take of the familiar format and very fitting for the set, which is inspired by love letter to the 8os, Stranger Things.