LEGO® Ideas – Dinosaur Fossils

Dinosaur Fossils

I inherited my older brother’s LEGO® collection when I was very young, and since then, I haven’t stopped buying and building LEGO sets.

Meet the maker…

Jonathan Brunn is a graphic and web designer, working in a creative agency in Perpignan, France. He is also a massive science and dinosaur geek, into space, searching for fossils and everything related to dinosaurs… and of course, he’s a big LEGO® fan.

I’m really into space and would like to own every single NASA-related set, so my favorite sets would either be the 10231 Shuttle Expedition or the 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V. I own both of these sets and they are displayed on my desk at work. My clients are always amazed by them when they come to the office.

When I was little, my passion for dinosaurs was almost obsessional.
Dinosaurs were the most incredible thing ever for me, so I made this project to please my inner child! I would have loved it as a kid, and I think every kid who loves dinosaurs and science would agree with me.

It took me 2 years to be pretty happy with the result. I kept improving the models in the updates. Everything was computer-made, which made these models difficult to imagine in real life.

The biggest challenge was to recreate the “animal architecture.” Dinosaurs were living animals with real body parts. I needed to use a lot of documentation and pictures as references.
The trick then was to keep some consistency in the build, using the same LEGO® parts to keep the same “design line.” That was really challenging because a Triceratops body is not the same as a Stegosaurus.

I didn’t sleep all night when I heard that the LEGO Ideas team wanted to talk to me on Skype! When they told me that my project had qualified for production, my joy turned into euphoria. From the moment I posted the project on the LEGO Ideas platform to the 10,000-vote milestone, I didn’t imagine that my dinosaurs would be accepted, and that the LEGO Ideas team would be so excited to work on it! It was an unforgettable moment; few people have the chance to see a childhood dream come true.

What I love about LEGO Ideas is that everyone, young or old, can submit an idea. This is really a beautiful platform where people are kind and encourage you. The criticism is constructive, and the team is awesome.

My advice for other fan designers is: never stop believing in it! If you really think your idea is worth it, keep showing it to others! Don’t hesitate to contact people who can make some publicity (for example, I wrote to all the biggest natural history museums in the world). Use social media, communicate the potential of your idea, and people will come naturally. Also, the pictures of your project need to be attractive and aesthetic, to gain attention.

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