I’m thrilled to be able to let you know that my LEGO Ideas project, RuPaul’s Brick Race, is the latest LEGO Ideas project to reach the 10,000 supporter threshold required to progress to an official review stage! Woooo hoooo!

My project is based on RuPaul’s Drag Race, a television series that seeks out “America’s next Drag Superstar.” The 10th full season of this increasingly popular, Emmy-award winning TV program will be broadcast in 2018.

RuPaul’s Brick Race joins five projects progressing to the next official LEGO review, to be conducted in early 2018.

The other ideas progressing to an official review are Boat House Diner, The Dive Shop and The Lighthouse (all by prolific and previously successful LEGO Ideas fan designer RobenAnne) as well as the whimsical Pop-Up Book by designer JKBrickworks and Jaguar E-Type Roadster by Ozzyeatingbats. Other projects are also closing in on the votes needed to progress to an official review in the same round.

Not without detractors, the project was propelled by a motivated fan base, and by supporters within the LGBTQI and LEGO communities. Thank you to you all!

The project was promoted online by the RuPaul’s Drag Race producers, by people depicted as minifigures in the proposed model and also received significant media coverage, appearing on the websites of the Huffington Post, NBC News, Mashable and many more.

Why does RuPaul’s Brick Race matter?

I’m thrilled RuPaul’s Brick Race has been heartily supported by passionate fans from around the globe.

I have been amazed that there has been such a strong showing of support for an admittedly off-beat concept. I love both RuPaul’s Drag Race and LEGO. I’m delighted others have also recognised something fun, playful and inclusive in the overlapping of the two.

The LEGO Ideas platform is a place for all kinds of ideas. Many great, fun, clever ideas have previously received 10,000 votes and then not been selected for production. They can’t all be winners but that doesn’t detract from this special milestone.

The LEGO Group is progressive, inclusive and has made great progress in recent years in diversifying their product range. While RuPaul’s Brick Race might be an idea ahead of its time, being able to lead a campaign that’s demonstrated a clear interest in even more diverse LEGO products is as rewarding a prize as I could ever hope for.

You can see the full proposed model on the LEGO Ideas website, here.