“It started with a conversation between my girlfriend and the owner of our local LEGO retailer at The Brick Shack. They were discussing their favorite movie being Jaws, but sadly LEGO had never designed a Jaws themed set.
I went to college for 3D design and I had dabbled in LEGO Studio a little before that so I thought I would give making a Jaws LEGO set a shot! I started working on the design about a year ago and worked on it here and there in my spare time. With a full time job and family responsibilities, it took a while. I started with the Orca, then made the Shark but I wanted to make it a little more adult oriented for us to display like a collectors item, so I designed a base for it to stand on.
While I was nearing the completion of the original design, I found out about Lego Ideas and started to get excited to submit it when it was completed because I thought an official LEGO Jaws set would be amazing and very well received… Sadly, when I finally finished it and tried to submit it to Lego, it was denied.
LEGO had decided that Jaws was not an appropriate intellectual property for the Ideas line. I was crushed because I had worked so hard and so long on it.
My girlfriend and I decided that we would at least build one for ourselves so I made a few changes so that all of the parts were currently available parts that we could buy online from Bricklink or LEGO directly and set about ordering all of them a few at a time. It took a few months to get them all and I am still missing 4 parts that are currently in the mail.
While we were waiting for the parts to get here, LEGO posted a vote for the 150th Brickheadz design and one of the options was Jaws! So of course I voted for it and thought nothing more about it but a friend from work who had seen my progress in the design had messaged me to ask if my set was on Lego Ideas yet because he had seen a Jaws themed set on it that morning!
I immediately jumped on my computer when I got home and began the submission process and sure enough, Jaws was now an acceptable IP!
That is where we stand now. I currently have just over 1000 support votes on my set at the time of this writing after only 8 days (at the original time of writing) but I need to hit 10000 to be reviewed by LEGO!”
If you’re a Jaws fan, you can support the project on LEGO Ideas here.