The Krusty Krab returns to the LEGO Ideas Review

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Delivered today. For the past few weeks, the Ideas community has been busy voting for the draft “The Krusty Krab – SpongeBob SquarePants”. Now the idea cracked the magic mark of 10,000 votes and will be presented as the 18th draft of the current review round in Billund. Beginning in September, LEGO will begin testing and deciding whether SpongeBob will be one of the next Ideas sets. We present you the details.

SpongeBob’s workplace has been reimagined by Lanko. Unfortunately, we can’t report anything about the person, so let’s take a look directly at the Ideas bio: The account was opened in September 2019 and has not shown any activity so far.

That changed on April 13, 2022, when the first draft was unlocked and visible to the community. The adventures of the underwater world quickly caught on and after just over a week the idea already had 1,000 votes. It took about five weeks until the half-time mark of 5,000 votes was cracked and the journey to the review took place 58 days claim. Lanko can now look forward to the first entry in the “10k Member Club”.

Now let’s turn to the model: Lanko took “The Krusty Krab”, the legendary fast food restaurant from the SpongeBob series, and designed a game landscape that 2,999 parts consists. 6 minifigures should ensure interaction according to his plans. Of course, SpongeBob and his best friend Patrick as well as the grumpy Squidward and the restaurant owner Mr. Krabs are part of the party. The cast is rounded off with Sandy and Fred

The restaurant is set up in a large dining room with plenty of space and lots of decoration. Guests can relax and enjoy their food at the four tables. These are accepted in the boat – just like in the series. Mr. Krabs’ cash register is also indicated there.

Separated from the guest room are the premises, the kitchen and Mr. Krabs’ office. In the kitchen, SpongeBob prepares the food for the hungry guests. He can draw on a well-equipped kitchen that leaves nothing to be desired. In the office we see Mr. Krabs’ money counter and a table full of bills and coins. The secret formula for the tasty crab burgers is kept in the vault. The restaurant roof is removable so that you can easily use all areas.

The model also includes a number of accessories. These include the iconic sign, the dumpster and the popular boat mobile. The panels should be printed according to Lanko’s specifications. Whether Ideas will follow this requirement in the event of a commitment is likely to be very uncertain. Based on the pictures, we estimate the basic dimensions to be approx. 30×20 cm.

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The animated series SpongeBob SquarePants was developed in the USA in 1998 by marine biologist and animation producer Stephen Hillenburg and premiered on May 1, 1999. The format has been running regularly on TV there since July 17, 1999. In Germany, the underwater world first flickered across the screens on August 23, 2002 on Super RTL and later switched to Nickelodeon.

The SpongeBob adventures currently include a total of 13 seasons and are divided into 272 episodes. In addition, three feature films were produced. One indicator of the popularity of the animated series is the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. From 2003 to 2017, the format won the award in this category every year without interruption.

You can see more pictures in our gallery:

All drafts of the 2nd review 2022 at a glance:

I have to admit that large parts of the series passed me by and I never found access to them. So I can’t rate too much content. Nevertheless, I believe that a lot of heart and soul went into this model. In my opinion, it can be deduced from the description text that Lanko attached great importance to details. The design seems round to me and shouldn’t have forgotten anything essential. The design is appealing and playability has also been considered. Since I’m not a SpongeBob fan, I wouldn’t buy the set if it were implemented.

How might LEGO rate this idea? We hope to find a first clue in the Ideas archive. In fact, it doesn’t take long before we come across the draft “Spongebob Squarepants – The Krusty Krab” submitted for review at 1st Review 2020 in Billund. Ideas gave preference to other ideas and refused to implement them. In the last 10 years, the community has been able to vote on a few models, but only these two interpretations managed to get more than 5,000 votes.

One reason for the sparse presence on Ideas can be found in the main LEGO range: from June 2006 to the end of 2007, the official 295-piece LEGO set 3825 Krusty Krab was on store shelves. LEGO even used the SpongeBob license until the end of 2013. The Ideas guidelines regulate such cases as follows:

Don’t submit product ideas requesting we re-release or “bring back” discontinued LEGO products or themes in their original form….”.

Remake via Ideas is not allowed. It’s not entirely clear whether this is actually a remake. On the one hand, the number of parts differs significantly and, on the other hand, LEGO itself has provided a remake in the Ideas series with the LEGO Ideas 21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay.

The licensed theme “SpongeBob” is still very popular after more than 20 years. Search queries on Google are spread all over the world and are even slightly ahead of the US sitcom FRIENDS. According to a description of a license marketer, the SpongeBob target group should be children from 7 to 11 years and trendsetters or super fans between 16 and 34 years.

If Ideas takes its own set of rules seriously, this model shouldn’t stand a chance and shouldn’t have been included in the voting. But sometimes Ideas “extends” the interpretation of its own guidelines. Despite this glimmer of hope for SpongeBob fans, I orientate myself on the general conditions and assess the implementation as very unlikely.

Now it’s your turn. Are you bothered by the rules or would you still be happy about a SpongeBob set? How do you like the design? Are all the important characters included? Do you like the building and the interior design or do you have criticisms? Is the model a display or play set for you? How do you rate the chances? Write us your opinion in the comments.