16 April 2020

Contest: Switch My Lantern Up

This contest is now closed. See the amazing entries here!
Time to see what you readers can build; yes it's a new LEGO® building competition!


We're asking you to make an amazing creation using a new piece; we want you to "switch up" the lantern element from the DC Comics CMFs by building something completely different with it. Don't use the lantern as a lantern – instead, impress us with your imagination and ingenuity!

LEGO prizes to be won!

There will be five equal first prizes, sent to the builders who we judge to have made the best builds.

© 2020 The LEGO Group
The five winners will each receive one copy of LEGO® Creator Expert 10271 Fiat 500 which has 960 parts (more than 370 of those are in Cool Yellow/ Bright Light Yellow!) which is worth £74.99 / US$89.99 / 79.99€. (Read our parts review here).


How to enter this competition

  • You must be over 18 – sorry!
  • We cannot ship prizes to mainland China
  • We cannot ship prizes to PO Boxes anywhere in the world
  • You must build a model using LEGO parts containing at least one of the seed part (see below) in an imaginative way. Don't use it as a lantern!
  • You can build with real LEGO bricks or digital LEGO bricks
  • You may only send us a maximum of TWO images per entry. We recommend that one picture shows the best angle for the model, and the optional second picture shows the best angle for seeing how the seed part was used.
  • You may enter as many times as you wish
  • Read the full Terms and Conditions here
  • Closing date is 11:59pm British Summer Time on Sunday 31 May 2020 

The Seed Part

© 2020 The LEGO Group

You can build with real LEGO bricks or digital LEGO bricks, but the part which you must include is the new round lantern, as held by Green Lantern and Sinestro in 71026 LEGO Minifigures - DC Comics. You can use more than one in your build.

Here is how the various sites refer to it:

It is not available at Bricks & Pieces and so is not yet listed on Brickset.

Its Design ID is 65581 and it comes in Bright Green (Element ID 6286458) and Bright Yellow/ Yellow (6287990). If you are building digitally, you're welcome to choose any colour. Here is where and how to build digitally with it:

  • Mecabricks, the online LEGO CAD and rendering software.
  • For LDraw, although it is not yet within a parts release, it can be used by downloading the file for 65581, and connectivity at LDcad exists.
  • For Studio you can add the LDraw part (see link above). The path on Windows is at ... /AppData/Local/Stud.io/CustomParts – if the directory doesn’t exit, create it. The downside is that there is no connectivity, so you need to position parts manually, which is rather tedious.

Closing date is 11:59pm GMT on Sunday 31 May 2020 

The contest is run by New Elementary with support from The LEGO Group. New Elementary is not associated with The LEGO Group. LEGO® is a trademark of The LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.




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26 comments:

  1. Cool contest! Is using the lantern as a different kind of light allowed, like headlights for example?

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  2. I've downloaded the file and put it in the /AppData/Local/Stud.io/CustomParts path. The filename is 65581.dat. But where can I find it in Stud.io?

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    1. It was really tricky, but I have it now! First off, you need to download Parts Designer. Then I actually ended up exporting the OBJ-file från Mecabricks, importing it into PartsDesigner, adding connection points, then importing it in Stud.io. Phew!

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  3. To be clear, if building digitally, I can make it any color I want?

    Hypothetically, if I'm building with real bricks, can I then also paint it whatever color I want?

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    1. Digital builds can use any colour. If you are building 'in the brick' for real then the Lantern element can only be Green or Yellow - no paint thanks, hypothetically you might be struck by lightening or arrested by the LEGO Police!

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  4. Sorry, the above was meant as a standalone comment, not a reply to oOger.

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  5. Is it weird that the very first thing that popped into my mind when looking at the CGI models is that the truncated cones at top and bottom of the one on the right have too much taper to their sides? There's no connection points that are affected by this, so it probably won't matter.

    Also, that is one of the most bizarre seed parts I've ever seen, but I've already got a couple ideas kicking around. Who picked it?

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    1. Markus suggested using an element from the CMF line and Tim picked the lantern. I thought it was a great idea.

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    2. We discuss possible parts as a team but in the end there are very few suitable ones, as they need to be new but hopefully already in peoples hands, and not have already been explored by builders on New E

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  6. TimAndJoshBricks20 Apr 2020, 02:31:00

    This is such a fun contest! Currently I have nothing popping up in my mind! Such a hard, but fun challenge!

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    1. Great! -- good luck, I'm sure inspiration will hit. Do you have the part in physical form?

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    2. TimAndJoshBricks24 Apr 2020, 14:03:00

      Sadly, I don't have the part, and normally build on Stud.io... Trying to figure out how to add connectivity in the part-designer right now... Might be quicker to start using MecaBricks... :(

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    3. I got the part done in Parts designer. Wasn't easy but it works now. PM me and I'll send it over :)

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    4. TimAndJoshBricks27 Apr 2020, 08:22:00

      Thanks, I managed to do it too! Now I feel like I know how to use the PartsDesigner!!

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  7. Once submitted can we publish our entries on social media elsewhere or do we need to wait for the entry to be published by New Elementary?
    Mine is almost ready and should be submitted tomorrow. This was a lot of fun.

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    1. So glad you had fun! I don't stop people posting on social.

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  8. This is super fun, but I'll stop uploading, because I don't want to spam :)

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  9. We are allowed to use the seed part in any color if we build digitally. My question would be are we allowed to use any part in any color if we build digitally?

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  10. Can someone help me out, who has the lantern part physically? Can you fit a 3,18mm bar into the rectangle hole on the bottom?

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    1. Unfortunately, you can't, Just tested.

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  11. Couldn't find this in the terms. Can we use Photoshop, like to put in a background?

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