Sven Franic reviews LEGO® 21316 The Flintstones for us today but will it be a yabba dabba doo or a yabba dabba don't? The set is available to VIPs this Wednesday 20 February 2019 with 748 pieces, four minifigures and retails for US$59.99/ CA$79.99/ 59.99€/ £54.99/ 549DKK/ AU$99.99.
As a concept idea, The Flintstones might have caught your eye as one of those meticulously finished Ideas projects. Andrew created his own graphic designs that mimic a recognizable style we know from official sets and he managed to portray the otherwise heavily caricatured Flintstones characters using existing elements. Not that this is any guarantee for success, but doing all the extra work, utilizing all your artistic talents and your presentational skills surely helps the LEGO Ideas team better visualise if a project could plausibly become a set.
LEGO designer Ricardo Silva and the now-regular graphic designer on Ideas, Crystal Fontan, took over from Andrew’s polished concept and gave it the final sparkle before it could be packed up in a box.
ElementsIdeas sets are not afforded the luxury of getting new moulds developed for them, but as Design Manager Specialist Jamie Berard revealed, there is a tiny loophole in this rule allowing foam and cloth elements to be custom tailored since they technically don’t require a mould. This makes the only new element in the set a white cloth piece used to cover the roof of Fred’s car (Element ID 6266291).
- Cylinder Half 2 x 4 x 4 in Brick Yellow / Tan (Design ID 20430|Element ID 6232142), previously only available in 71043 Hogwarts Castle and LEGO Games 3862 Harry Potter Hogwarts
- Tile, Modified 3 x 5 Cloud in White (35470|6223667)
- Brick, Modified 1 x 2 x 1 No Studs, Curved Top in White (37352|6248827)
- Plant Plate, Round 1 x 1 with 3 Leaves in Medium Lavender (32607|6210460)
- 1x1 open stud in Bright Red [TLG] / Red [BL] (20430|6223427) and Dark Stone Grey [TLG] / Dark Bluish Gray [BL] (20430|6231765) Element Separator in Bright Bluish Green [TLG] / Dark Turquoise [BL] (20430|6254100), also seen in some other 2019 sets.
Decorated elementsOne of the perks of Ideas sets is they tend to print all the elements rather than use stickers.
Wilma is wearing an older hair piece which conveniently suits her character, recoloured in Bright Orange [TLG] / Orange [BL] (6267065).
Final thoughtsMaybe it is time to mention the pink dinosaur in the room. Considering The Flintstones’ short list of main characters and the likelihood of this being the last we see of the theme, it comes as a surprise that Bamm-Bamm, Pebbles and Dino were left out of the final set. A brick-built version of Dino was added to the fan submission in a later update, but he didn’t live through TLG’s rigorous design standards. A likely reason could also be the lack of available parts in Bright Reddish Violet [TLG] / Magenta [BL] and Medium Lavender, both of which would have worked in theory for the vibrant Snorkasaurus.
I tried to re-create a version of Dino with the limited available Magenta pieces I had on hand, but I don’t think he would fit through the door.
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