After R2-D2 and C-3PO but long before Wall-E, a robot named Johnny Five appeared on the big screen in the 1986 film Short Circuit. As one LEGO builder learned recently, there are quite a few people who remember the character fondly, and they have helped get his Johnny Five MOC to the next level on the LEGO Ideas platform.

According to Popular Mechanics, the 300-piece sculpture by PepaQuin recently hit the highly coveted 10,000 supporters milestone, which means that it is in the running to become an official LEGO product release in the future. In a public letter to the creator, LEGO wrote that PepaQuin's creation "captured [the robot's] quirky and youthful demeanour wonderfully through fun details such as his eye-brows." LEGO also explained the next step, which is a review process by product managers and designers to determine which of the projects is worthy of mass production.


Three hundred pieces is pretty modest for an official LEGO set, which may work in the builder's favor. To compare it to other projects, the recently unveiled LEGO Minecraft "The Village" set is 1600 pieces, the highly detailed LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS is 2704 pieces, and the previously approved and released LEGO Ideas Wall-E is 676 pieces.

According to The Brick Fan, other projects up for review this season include a rolling BB-8 figure, the Jurassic Park Visitor Center, a gingerbread house, and a modular train station. The reviews, which begin in May, can take "several months" before a winner is chosen, according to LEGO Ideas. In the meantime, eager builders can study the images and try to build the model on their own.

[h/t Popular Mechanics]

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