LEGO idea user LegoRanger16 has come up with a great LEGO Idea project – United States National Parks. He has made representations of 3 (of the currently 59) National Parks.
- Everglades, located in Florida, known for their alligators and vast wetlands
- Katmai, located in the southern part of Alaska, the famous Brown Bears catching spawning salmon at a waterfall takes place in this park
- Saguaro, located in Arizona, what you would call the traditional Cactus grows in this park
His choice of parks is weird, they’re not what the average person would think of. Normally I think of The Big Three, The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, & Yosemite. While those aren’t necessarily the first three National Parks, they are the most widely known, at least in my opinion. However, part of the LEGO Idea is to educate the public about the vast lands set aside for their unique natural beauty, and choosing some of the lesser known parks does a good job at that.
The sets themselves are very simple, and I think that’s what helps them alot. There’s no over-complication to it, just the single most famous thing that this park is known for. I like it. I think there might be a problem representing the other 56 parks though. They all have famous scenes, and amazing vistas, but how can you do The Grand Canyon justice when you’re limited to a 10×16 base plate?
- Yellowstone would be easy, – Old Faithful erupting, with a Bison, this is pretty much a given
- Joshua Tree could/should/would be similar to Saguaro above
- Hot Springs you could do a pool like thing
- Arches would be self explanatory, probably Delicate Arch
- Bryce Canyon, The Hoodoos
But what about the remaining 51? Wind Cave, The aforementioned Grand Canyon, Gates of the Arctic? Those will all be difficult to represent in LEGO form. But I guess, maybe with professionals, and 10,000 other people thinking about it, it could get done.
This is all done in preparation of The Centennial celebration of the National Park Service next year. In 1916, the Organic Act created the National Park Service, since then the Service has grown to over 400 individual units of various different designations ranging from Memorials, to Monuments, to the most prestigious, the National Park.
This LEGO Idea project needs to hit 10,000 votes in order for The LEGO Group to take alook at it and consider it for widespread production. It’s kind of like Kickstarter, but for LEGO sets, and official. There’s still a year left to go, hopefully it will get the over 9,000 votes it still needs.