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Designer insight: Woon Tze Chee

Many LEGO set designers use our BrickLists feature to maintain a list of the sets they've worked on and often provide interesting insights about their involvement.

Once a week we publish an entry from one of their lists on the home page to increase awareness of this information and to encourage more designers to create them.

Woon Tze Chee wrote this about their work on 75551 Brick-built Minions and their Lair:

27 April 2020 Release

When we started the concept phase, our Marketing Lead Helene Desprets shared her idea of a brick build Minion that will also function as a playset so that children will be able to bring it with them and have fun anywhere they go. The next day I showed her Kevin and she was elated, saying "this is exactly what I had in mind". The following day I added Stuart and Bob, our design lead liked what he saw and the model stayed pretty much they way it was with some adjustment for stability.

As much as we tried, we could not find any existing element that is suitable to be used as Stuart's monocle since it is slightly larger than Kevin's and Bob's. We ended up making a new 5x5 round element for it. We also made the new 3x3 1/4 circle with cutout to help build the model with better stability. There is also the new 4x4 round brick for Kevin's and Bob's goggles to keep consistency and to better resemble the reference material. There should be quite a few existing elements now available in blue or yellow where they previously were not.

I manage to bring the model to quite a late stage before I was needed in a different project. The model then landed in the good hands of Justin Ramsden and he made it even better by adding more features such as the rotating eyes and finalizing the interior fittings. This is why I absolutely love working in LEGO, teamwork that aims to deliver the best possible toy.

This was definitely a fun build for me, and to be able to hit the mark so early in the project is extremely motivating.

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