OK LEGO fans, it’s time to bring this awesome new LEGO idea to life! A stunning new 2,360 piece Lego Art space poster entitled The Moon: Earth’s Companion is currently gathering supporters on the LEGO Ideas website. If it gets enough votes, LEGO will review and possibly build it.
This highly detailed retro-style stone map of the moon is not only beautiful, but also educational. When assembled, it shows the moon’s craters and terrain features and shows lunar geology and maria. It also includes geometric phases of the moon and a brick panorama showing Earth rising over the lunar landscape.
Unsurprisingly, the idea was selected as one of the LEGO Ideas Staff Picks, which celebrate “awesome projects that showcase something extraordinary”. In just a few weeks, the submission has already garnered over 8,800 backers and is on track to reach the 10,000 backer milestone required to be considered by Lego for production. Let’s do it, vote here!
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Another view of The Moon: Earth’s Companion on the LEGO Ideas website. Image courtesy of Marc Sloan.
It is approximately 40 cm wide and 51 cm high and can be hung on the wall.
The idea was submitted by Marc Sloan, aka @Sharky_Bricks, who said it took him over a year to design this piece.
“I wanted to find the right balance between artistic freedom and accuracy, especially with something as familiar as the moon,” he said via email. “I’m glad my hard work has paid off and I look forward to sharing my creation with the world.”
Sloan said his inspiration for this design came from his lifelong passion for space and astronomy.
“As a child I was fascinated by all things cosmos and I vividly remember visiting Cape Canaveral and being in awe of the Apollo rockets and spacecraft on display. In addition to the Apollo missions, I am also inspired by the upcoming Artemis missions, which aim to bring humans back to the moon.”
A detailed look at the design of The Moon: Earth’s Companion. Image courtesy of Marc Sloan.
Sloan said he’s submitted several other 3D card designs to Lego Ideas, so he has a lot of experience using Lego bricks to bring 2D images to life. However, this one remains the most popular to this day. Sloan said he also revised his design following feedback from the LEGO Ideas folks.
“My original design was based on the moon landings and featured a mini lunar module that could be placed on any Apollo landing sites,” he said, “but after some feedback from Lego Ideas I made it more generic, instead emphasizing the moons’ geology and topography.” and their relationship to the earth.”
An alternative idea for the design is to show a solar eclipse instead of the “Earthrise” panorama.
“I decided to use the Earthrise panorama in my final design after I shared a poll with my Lego Maps community on Facebook and voted for it,” Sloan told me. “But it’s entirely possible that Lego will incorporate alternative constructions into the final product as it goes through the selection process. Usually Lego changes the original design to improve it in the final product.”
A possible alternative to displaying “Earthrise” is a solar eclipse explainer. Image courtesy of Marc Sloan.
The description on the LEGO Ideas website states that this piece “celebrates the beauty and mystery of the moon” and is “designed in a cool retro style that would look great on any wall”.
If you agree that this beautiful and detailed map of the moon should become a reality, visit the LEGO Ideas website for The Moon: Earth’s Companion and vote!