New map of the Moon built from Legos just got one step closer to reality

Legos are a great way to express creativity and build something cool, and now thanks to backers through the LEGO Idea program, a beautiful new Moon map just might be the company's next big thing.
John Loeffler
A prototype of the 2,360-piece Lego Moon Map
A prototype of the 2,360-piece Lego Moon Map

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A new Moon map proposal has captured the attention of LEGO fans on the internet this week as a proposal for a new LEGO poster based on Earth's natural satellite has achieved the required support to move on to the next stage of consideration by the beloved toy maker.

The Moon map, a 2,360-piece Lego Art poster project isn't a reality just yet, but it has reached a critical milestone of achieving 10,000 backers through Lego Ideas, bringing it a critical step forward from the prototype stage to market.

Lego Ideas is something akin to a company crowdfunding program where the company can propose new sets or projects to the public and solicit support directly to gauge whether there is enough interest to make the required investments to bring the project to market.

"For thousands of years, people have looked up into the night sky and have been fascinated by Earth's natural satellite and closest neighbor, the Moon," the Lego Ideas page for the project reads. "This 2360-piece Lego Art space poster 'The Moon: Earth's Companion', celebrates the beauty and mystery of the Moon. At its center is a highly detailed, brick-built Moon, complete with unique craters and terrain features that showcase the Moon's striking geology."

The proposal, brought forward by a Lego Ideas 10K Club Member who goes by Sharky_Bricks on Twitter, will now advance to the Review phase of the program where the company will look into the project and determine if it will indeed become an official Lego set.

"A 'LEGO Review Board' composed of designers, product managers, and other key team members will examine the idea," a note left by the company on the project page says. "We'll build concept models and determine if the concept meets our high standards for what it takes to be a LEGO product. This includes factors such as playability, safety, and fit with the LEGO brand. Every potential LEGO product goes through a process like this and must meet the same standards."

In other words, it's not a done deal yet, but given the elegance and undeniable "cool" factor of the project, we can't see why this project wouldn't move on to production. At least that's our hope anyway.

In addition to a detailed map of the Moon's surface (or as detailed as Legos can be anyway), the set would also include phases of the Moon underneath, as well as a tiny Earth, symbolizing how our planet looks from the Moon's surface.

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