Back in June crowd support began for the BrickLink Designer Program’s second 2023 Series with nine pirate-themed submissions eligible for voting.
Throughout July and August the Bricklink Designer Team counted the votes and reviewed the submissions for their suitability to be produced as something you, the LEGO Pirate fan can buy.
Well, the votes have been counted and the review is over! On August 23 it was announced “Ominous Isle” by Jazlecraz has been selected to commence crowdfunding in June 2024.
The Official Announcement
The official Bricklink Designer Program website states:
5 Designs Announced
We’ll reveal the five Series 2 designs. Then we’ll collaborate with fan designers to prepare them for production.
Stay tuned because from September 2023 to May 2024 the builder will be working with The LEGO Group’s internal design teams to ensure the creation is suitable for production. Then during June 2024 YOU will have the opportunity to order one! And you may even get one providing 2,999 other LEGO Pirate fans feel the set is worthy of purchase.
Details About Ominous Isle
Based on the skull harbour concept with some generous enhancements, the design consists of 2,773 parts and 43 colours.
Now that the imperials finally have a modern fortress, it’s time for the pirates to retaliate! Introducing ‘Ominous Isle’ – the dreaded base of operations for the fearsome Captain Mutton Chops and his motley crew.
This model is a submission in Series 2 of the Bricklink Designer Program. If you like the idea, please follow the link and give it a vote!
No information has been provided regarding the building process but the Ominous Isle submission webpage offers a fictional backstory:
Ominous Isle is the dreaded base of operations for the fearsome Captain Mutton Chops and his motley crew. The signature skull is the final warning to foolish travellers that they have ventured too far into dangerous waters and are about to have their first and final encounter with the legendary pirate captain.
The isle is surrounded in mystery. There are rumours of secret treasure, fierce sea monsters and ancient ruins from a lost civilization. However, the pirate crew is quite at home here, with strong defences, a luxurious captain’s quarters, a well-stocked kitchen and an overflowing treasure store.
The isle’s real surprise though, is that it never appears the same way twice. The surrounding islets seem to constantly rearrange themselves, linked by numerous bridges and crossings. This makes it impossible to accurately describe Mutton Chops’ hideout because every witness has seen a different version.
The sheer verticality of the isle is also incredibly intimidating, giving the landmark true presence. It is a significant trek to get from the landing jetty to the top of the ancient lookout tower, gradually climbing the many surrounding islets. But for those on the crew, there is a grand shortcut. The barred gate in the mouth of the skull is mechanised to open on demand and grant direct access to the core of the base.
Truly, Ominous Isle is a stronghold befitting of the great Captain Mutton Chops!
Captain Mutton Chops, ay? Do you think that name will be used in the version of the design goes into production? Ray the Castaway anyone?
About the Builder…
Jazlecraz might be the first AFOL in history to submit a creation to the Bricklink Designer Program and have it produced as an official set. Might be! We’re not there yet so he still needs your support… especially during June 2024 when 3,000 cashed up crowfunders are required.
In the meantime, you should keep up with his creations on Instagram and Flickr, or grab some popcorn and kick back on his YouTube channel for video overviews of his creations. Like to support on LEGO Ideas? He’s dabbled in that as well. And if dinosaurs (of the intact fossil variety) appeal to your better nature, building instructions for some of your prehistoric favourites are available on ReBrickable.
What Do Yer Think?
Is Ominous Isle a suitable choice to release as a set, or be there another Series 2 submission you would have preferred?
And when it’s available for crowdfunding, will you pledge your hard earned gold to acquire one?