Hallo an die Community.
Vielen Dank für euere Feedback von den Photos.
Hier 2 Bilder des Artikels über die Burg aus dem Blocks magazine vom Mai 2020 (Ausgabe 67).
Den erhofften Stimmenschub hat es aber nicht gegeben, der Effekt war 0. Nun gut, war trotzdem eine nette Erfahrung, auch wenn der Aufwand eher gross war (Photos). Ich habe mir trotzdem 2 Kopien des Magazins gesichert, die kamen aber auch erst Mitte Juni an. Nun habe ich aber eine nette dokumentierte Erinnerung an das Projekt.
Hier noch das Original Interview das ich eingeschickt hatte, es wurde dann nachher stark gekürzt, wohl aus Platzmanagel.
June’s Castle - Interview Blocks Magazine
1. What inspired you to build Princess June's Castle?
The inspiration to build this castle came from my 5 year old daughter June: one day, when playing together with her LEGO collection, she asked me to help her to build a castle. We finished in a colorful small castle mostly built with her Disney and Friends parts. And we used a similar mechanism to open the closed walls with hinge bricks as it was implemented in the old yellow castle. In the evening, when June fell asleep, I looked for the instructions of the 375 Yellow Castle on the web and rebuilt it virtually in Bricklink Studio in a grey / brown / black color scheme. This was the go-ahead for June’s Castle.
2. How did you balance keeping the model faithful to the original Yellow Castle, while also adding new, modernised elements?
When I started to replace the rare parts (for example the doors of the back gate) my main rule was to avoid changing the ground plans and symmetry of the walls and the 2 gates. Moving or even dropping the 3 towers was also never an option. For me, now, but also when I was a child, the design of the castle including its open mechanism was nearly perfect. So I replaced and added parts and objects around the base elements of the castle, the skeleton of the yellow castle is still more than present. Many basic bricks are still in the same position as they have been in the yellow caste. In the end I just added some decoration. The creator of the Castle is Daniel August Krentz, I’m just the guy that painted the walls and put in some flowers.
3. You mention on the project page that you've only built in Star Wars up until now. How did you find the process of building in a medieval setting? Were there any specific difficulties or challenges that arose?
As a greeble freak, breaking the monotony of the castle walls was the part I loved the most. As I have a long living Star Wars Hangar project, I had a bit experience in ameliorating large bleak walls with small details. Playing with the different colors like sandblue or olivegreen and different non basic parts to enhance the castle walls was really cool, it felt a bit like mocing a structure for the Star Wars Rebel fraction. The wooden objects and structures have however been a challenge as this was a new experience for me. The effort to avoid rare parts resulted in many visits on the Bricklink Website in order to check their parts catalogue. In the end I was surprised that there is such a huge LEGO castle community, all the wonderful MOCs you can admire on the web were a real accelerator of the building process.
4. This is your first Ideas submission. How have you found the whole process so far?
Until now, the process is really smooth. Here LEGO really did a good job, the submission process is very clear, straight and well explained with FAQs and documentation, even the more difficult IP part is well handled (There’s however one exception: the famous first image bug ). Additionally the interviews with the 10K Members on the LEGO Ideas Blog have been really helpful for the submission process but also for promotion later on.
5. If the project is approved, are there any compromises or changes you think the LEGO designers might have to make?
I guess Lego would surely change 2 aspects: First point is the number and choice of minifigs and animals. To be honest, the number of minifigs and animals is too high, in addition the pig is a mold that’s not used any more. The release of the LEGO IDEAS Set Medieval Blacksmith will give us a hint how LEGO will deal with the animals. By the way, the presence of June’s brown cat is not negotiable at all with June. *laugh*
Another aspect of course will be the tiled castle's courtyard. It’s really part intensive and this strategy of a ‘closed’ floor has been abandoned by LEGO since a long time. I think the yard of the castle would completely disappear. But I really could not resist making a floor composed of only round plates.
A third significant change could also be the use of the grey larger wall elements.
6. What channels have you used to promote your project? Which of these do you think has been most successful?
Until now I’ve mainly used the social media channels to promote the project. I think that Facebook and Instagram seem to be the most successful.
With the support of our local RLUG Embassador Gilbert I’m also sharing building instructions of other MOCs on our platform http://www.afol.lu. These instructions include promotion and reference to my IDEAS Project. This spontaneous idea is in my opinion also an efficient way to spread promotion over a long time. This is even more true as I designed some add-ons for the castle like a carriage (https://bit.ly/junescarriage ) or a siege tower (https://bit.ly/junessiegetower ). A nice additional effect is that these instructions will create a brand for June’s Castle over the long time.
The castle itself should have been shown on some LEGO events during the next months, but due to the Covid 19 Crisis these will probably und unfortunately not take place. With our local LEGO Store LToys I’ve an agreement that I may show the castle in their sales room in the future.
Actually I’m investigating how to promote the project in non-Lego communities like regional or medieval communities and I’m also trying to get the foot into the door of the local press and tv media.
7. What kind of feedback have you had from users so far? Are you planning any updates/modifications based on that feedback?
I was really surprised that I got so much constructive feedback and great ideas from the users among all the channels. Yes, I’ve actually a huge list of updates and improvements I want to try out, and in this list there are also some user feedback. My 3 favourites here are a) the castle needs more flowers, plants and a tree b) the castle population needs a wizard and c) the whole design needs additional friendly and bright colors. By the way, my daughter June completely agrees with me.
Viel Spass beim Lesen.