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Jeep Wrangler JK LEGO Model Submitted to the LEGO Ideas Project

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The LEGO Jeep Wrangler JK project Photo: LEGO Ideas

The LEGO Jeep Wrangler JK project
Photo: LEGO Ideas

Definitely high up on the list of most common dream jobs is “Professional LEGO Designer.” Many people, both young and old, would cherish the opportunity to create official LEGO sets. Honestly, who wouldn’t love to be paid for playing with LEGO bricks every day?

Of course, with the position of LEGO Designer being such a sought-after job, most people will unfortunately never have the opportunity to work for LEGO. However, there is a way for anyone with a spark of inspiration to help design LEGO sets, and that is through the LEGO Ideas theme.

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LEGO Ideas was a project initiated by the LEGO Group in 2008 that allows for LEGO enthusiasts to design and submit their own custom sets for LEGO to review. If a submitted project receives enough supporters, and if LEGO’s team of designers approve of the project, then the set is produced and released to the public.

Since the LEGO Ideas theme was first launched, many of the sets released through the series have adopted an automotive theme, from the Ecto-1 to the Caterham Seven 620R. A Jeep Wrangler Rubicon model was even submitted a few months ago.

Jeep vehicles seem to be a popular choice for the LEGO Ideas brand, as a LEGO Jeep Wrangler JK project was recently submitted.

The LEGO Jeep Wrangler JK model is the work of LEGO and Jeep enthusiast Rommel Reyes. Reyes drew inspiration for the model from his own Jeep Wrangler JK Sahara vehicle.

The LEGO Jeep Wrangler JK has everything that you might expect from an actual Wrangler vehicle, just on a smaller and blockier scale.  The exterior of the model closely resembles the original vehicle that inspired it. Reyes even included a removable hardtop.

The removable hardtop for the LEGO WranglerPhoto: LEGO Ideas

The removable hardtop for the LEGO Wrangler
Photo: LEGO Ideas

Inside, the model places a precise emphasis on even the smallest of details, including cup holders and a glove compartment. Overall, the entire model is made up of 1,730 LEGO bricks.

Over time, Reyes has updated the project with added accessories, such as a LED bar and winches for the front of the model.

“I wanted to build my Jeep in LEGO,” Reyes states on his submission page for the project. “As a jeep owner, [it] was easy to think on the details, what was needed and how everything could be done.”

A look inside the LEGO Jeep Wrangler JKPhoto: LEGO Ideas

A look inside the LEGO Jeep Wrangler JK
Photo: LEGO Ideas

Reyes submitted the design to the LEGO Ideas team last year on December 3. By December 9, his project had more than 100 supporters. LEGO Ideas projects have an initial 60 days to reach a goal of 100 backers. Once submissions receive that initial backing, LEGO extends the window to one year to receive 1,000 supporters. Ultimately, projects need 10,000 supporters in order to be officially reviewed by the LEGO design team.

Currently, Reyes’ LEGO Jeep Wrangler JK has 348 supporters with 350 days left to reach the 1,000-supporter goal.

The LEGO Jeep Wrangler JK with added accessories Photo: LEGO Ideas

The LEGO Jeep Wrangler JK with added accessories
Photo: LEGO Ideas

If you want to learn more about Rommel Reyes’ LEGO Jeep Wrangler JK, then you can visit his project’s page at the LEGO Ideas website. Once you are there, you can also discover any of the projects, automotive or otherwise, that are currently on their way to joining official LEGO sets on store shelves.

Source: LEGO Ideas