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Greetings Stargate fans!
This is the LEGO Stargate Command project, a LEGO project on its way to possibly becoming a real LEGO set! This is made possible through LEGO Ideas, a Web site run by the LEGO Group which provides a pathway for anyone to submit product ideas to potentially become real LEGO sets.
But this isn’t a solo process. We need your help to make this set a reality!
As fans of Stargate already know Stargate Command (the S.G.C.) is the central operating hub on Earth for all matters pertaining to off-world activities through the Stargate. It was seen primarily in Stargate SG-1, but was also featured in a number of Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe episodes. The S.G.C. is a pillar of the Stargate franchise that serves as the backdrop for some of the greatest sci-fi ever created.
The LEGO Stargate Command project reproduces the S.G.C. in a realistic and faithfully detailed fashion, all while incorporating fun design elements that emulate its appearance on screen. It’s a perfect set for both play and display, created for children and adults alike!
How LEGO Ideas Works
How can fan-designed projects on LEGO Ideas become real LEGO sets? In order for an idea to be considered for mass production it first has to reach 10,000 supporters. This shows the LEGO Group that there is sufficient interest in a product idea to generate revenue. That’s where people like you come in! Simply by creating a free account and clicking SUPPORT on a project, you’re helping to bring that project one step closer to becoming a real LEGO set.
Once a project reaches 10,000 supporters it will enter into a review stage. Here it will be evaluated based on playability, overall display factor, and the building techniques that were used to create the set. Many projects do not make it past the review stage if the proposed idea is similar to a set that has already been released, or sometimes due to an intellectual property (IP) conflict. (A Stargate set, of course, would have to be officially licensed by MGM.)
If a project does make it past the review stage it will undergo final design changes by official LEGO designers, in collaboration with the original project designer, before moving to the production stage — where it will be mass-produced and sold on store shelves around the globe.
Who am I? Well, I’m a fellow Stargate fan, just like you! I also happen to be a massive sci-fi fan in general, having grown up with Star Wars, Star Trek, and of course Stargate. Science fiction is special to me because it explores the depths of humanity through the lens of possible futures, while still being grounded in the reality of today.
The philosophical, moral, and ethical dilemmas, as well as the action-packed nature of science fiction, all contribute lessons that we can learn from and apply to our own lives. Science fiction doesn’t always have to be set in the future, of course — but it’s the prospect of exploring humanity’s potential that makes sci-fi so endearing to me.
Along with my love of sci-fi, my love of LEGOs also began from a very young age. In fact, I’ve been building with LEGOs for as long as I can remember. I’ve always had a passion for creativity, invention, and building things. I even have an entire wall of my house dedicated to organizing all the various LEGO parts that I’ve collected over the years!
It was the fusion of these two passions that led to the creation of the LEGO Stargate Command project. When I first learned about the LEGO Ideas site I was excited by the prospect of having one of my own set ideas become a real LEGO set. So it was only natural that in an effort to combine my love of LEGO with my love of Stargate I would endeavor to create a LEGO rendition of the S.G.C.!
Creating the S.G.C.
I have actually created two versions of the S.G.C. — the one you see today, and an earlier version designed a few years ago. When I originally found out about LEGO Ideas I immediately went about creating the S.G.C. in LEGO form, taking weeks to design the set and ensure accuracy to the show. When it was finally ready, I rendered images of the set and submitted my Stargate Command product idea to LEGO Ideas … but to my dismay, my submission was denied because Stargate was not an approved intellectual property.
It turns out the LEGO Group is quite picky when it comes to deciding which IPs they want to associate themselves with.
I was disappointed that I would not be able to share my project through official LEGO channels, but that didn’t stop me from sourcing my own parts and building the set for myself. This was the first rendition of the S.G.C., which was quite a bit larger than the set you see today. But it was ultimately lacking in many of the intricate details that make the new version of the S.G.C. so special.
Fast-forward to 2021, when I found out that LEGO Ideas had recently approved Stargate as an accepted IP. This meant that, for the first time, LEGO Ideas would now accept product ideas based on the Stargate franchise.
Delightfully surprised, I dusted off my old files where I had designed the original S.G.C. and went about re-designing it from the ground up, with emphasis placed on playability, intricate details, and modular capabilities so the set could be configured to display any way you want it. The goal here was to make an accurate yet affordable Stargate set that incorporates fun play elements while also serving as an epic display piece.
These are exactly the features the LEGO Ideas team looks for when they evaluate an idea for final approval.
You can read more about the specifics of the set on the project page, but my version of Stargate Command is the highest quality and most accurate version of Stargate Command that has ever been produced, while also incorporating a lot of fun design and play elements.
The best thing about the set is … the Stargate rotates! Yes, you read that right — simply by turning a gear on the side of the set, you can dial the gate and re-enact classic scenes from the show. I have a prototype of this built in real life and it works perfectly!
If that wasn’t exciting enough, the set has a number of other awesome features:
- The set is modular in nature, so its components can be easily separated and placed back together. There are multiple separation points and easily removable walls, including two levels that can be separated and reattached effortlessly. These modular features grant the ability to configure the set for various modes of display, while also giving open access to the different compartments of the set for play. There are also two storage drawers integrated into the base of the set, as well as removable blast doors for the Gate Room!
- The set features multiple rooms that incorporate the major sections of the S.G.C., represented with extraordinary detail. The set includes: the Gate Room, the Control Room, the Briefing Room, the General’s Office, the Infirmary, and the Astrophysics Lab.
- The details are accurate to the real S.G.C., while not going overboard on the part count. (The more parts in a set, the more expensive it is.) From the pictures, you can see there is a lot of detail packed into each of the rooms:
- General Hammond’s office has his famous red telephone sitting on his desk, a direct line to the President when the situation calls for it!
- The Briefing Room overlooks the Gate Room and has the familiar briefing table, as well as the S.G.C. logo that sits at the back of the room.
- The Astrophysics Lab has some alien technology that SG-1 has recovered over their many adventures, including an Ancient Communications Device and Arthur’s Mantle. The Astrophysics Lab also houses a Naquadah Generator and a Mobile Analytic Laboratory Probe (M.A.L.P.), which fits through the Gate Room doors, up the Stargate ramp, and through the Stargate to the off-world location! The M.A.L.P. can hold one minifigure on the back, and also has a movable grapple arm.
- The Infirmary contains a medical bed along with a monitor, some surgical instruments, and an IV stand.
- You might even notice that every light on the walls of the S.G.C. has simulated electrical line running to it to replicate that “raw” military base feeling.
- Dial the Gate! The set’s most attractive feature is the original Stargate design that perfectly resembles the Stargate from the show, while also incorporating a genius innovation: dialing the gate! Simply by turning the gear on the side of the Stargate platform’s base, you can rotate the Stargate and re-enact classic scenes from the show.
- An off-world location that attaches to the other side of the Stargate is also included, along with a Dial-Home Device (D.H.D.). The modular nature of the set allows builders to build their own off-world locations, allowing for endless variations of play and display!
- The set was designed primarily with user experience in mind. It features a unique and enjoyable build with a sound structure and sturdy design that allows for play without the set falling apart. Once built, the set functions as an amazing display piece!
- The set also features the most prominent characters from throughout the Stargate SG-1 series, accurately portrayed in minifigure form. Included (from left to right) are: Samantha Carter, Daniel Jackson, General George Hammond, Dr. Janet Fraiser, Teal’c, Jack O’Neill
I freely admit that there are a few inaccuracies that are inherent in the design of the set, but it comes with the territory. The rooms are fairly compact and don’t fully encompass all of the features of the various rooms as seen in the real S.G.C. Many of these design decisions were made to reduce the part count of the set, while still retaining the playability factor and overall look. LEGO Ideas isn’t looking for a gigantic set that encompasses every detail; they’re looking for what makes a good LEGO set.
Additionally, the Stargate only has eight chevrons instead of nine (sorry, Destiny!). This is because, for this particular Stargate design, having any more than eight chevrons compromises the design and integrity of the Stargate. It ends up not being a perfect circle, and would not rotate properly. The best alternative is to have seven visible chevrons, which encompasses most of the dialing sequences you would want anyway.
What You Can Do to Help
This set would make an exceptional addition to any LEGO collection – for both Stargate fans and newcomers alike! With rumors of a new Stargate series possibly on the horizon, this set would make an excellent re-introduction to the entire Stargate franchise.
We can’t make it to the 10,000 supporters mark without your help! Simply by taking 30 seconds to create a free account on LEGO Ideas and clicking the SUPPORT button on the Stargate Command project page, we’ll be one step closer to making this set a reality. That’s all you need to do! It’s completely free, and only takes a moment of your time.
Beyond that, sharing the project’s URL on social media and spreading the word to friends and family are great ways to encourage others to join in and support the project. There’s only so much I can do myself to promote this project, I’m relying on you guys to help fuel the support!
I have no doubts that this project will reach 10,000 supporters. It’s a fairly easy mark to hit for a project of this caliber, especially when infused with the passion, enthusiasm, and support of Stargate fans from around the world. Today the project has more than 2,500 supporters, so we’re already a quarter of the way there!
Regardless of whether LEGO approves the Stargate Command project for set production, it will be an honor of its own to have achieved 10,000 supporters. And I am grateful to each and every one of you that helps us get there!