The LEGO BrickLink team just announced the return of the (AFOL) Designer Program! This time it won't be the same as in 2018-2019, but I think many of you will be really happy if you'll read these news… So make sure to continue reading the article!

From the LEGO BrickLink team:

"Select designers whose project(s) acquired 10,000 votes on LEGO Ideas, but were not approved for production, will be invited to participate in this Designer Program. Unfortunately, IP-based designs will not be eligible for the Designer Program, in addition to a few other projects that we know we unfortunately can’t realize. The LEGO Ideas team will first contact the designers from January, and then the BrickLink team will proceed with the onboarding process for participating designers."

They've asked the community for some feedback on the AFOL Designer Program a couple of weeks ago. One of the questions was related to realizing rejected LEGO Ideas project. Here are some quotes about this idea from LEGO fans:

Realizing rejected LEGO Ideas projects - Quotes (Source: BrickLink.com)

It seems like that most of us would like to see these projects on the shelves, so it isn't a big surprise that the feedback was so positive. But what happened to the original AFOL Designer Program? - you might ask. Well, for now, the BrickLink team will focus on producing only rejected LEGO Ideas projects, but they might also host another type of programs in the future:

"We understand that there are some AFOL designers and fans who anticipated a new intake of original projects. Our intention is to host annual Designer Programs that best reflect voices of the AFOL communities. Depending on preferences, we may return to the original format of the open contest in 2022. But rest assure, that no matter how designs are submitted to the program, we will continue to celebrate fan creativity by realizing your dream sets through crowdfunding."

You can read the full announcement on BrickLink.com. What do you think about this new "Designer Program"? Which LEGO sets would you like to see realized by the BrickLink team? Comment below! ;)