Lego designer seeks support for potential kākāpō set

The designer says the Lego kākāpō could be great for both conservation and conversation.
The designer says the Lego kākāpō could be great for both conservation and conversation. Photo credit: Lego Ideas

New Zealand's iconic kākāpō has been given its own Lego design, but the creator needs your support to have it come to life. 

"I chose to design and build a kākāpō as I am passionate about New Zealand and its unique wildlife," the creator wrote on the Lego Ideas website, which allows users to submit ideas for Lego products to be turned into potential sets available commercially. 

Designers whose creations are chosen by Lego receive one percent of the royalties. 

The kākāpō is an iconic flightless, nocturnal parrot native to New Zealand. The birds are threatened by predators, disease and infertility, and have become critically endangered with a population of only 149. 

To raise awareness of the birds, the Lego designer who goes by the username FlancrestEnterprises, has created a Lego kākāpō set weighing 251 grams, built up of 473 parts and measuring 10cm x 22cm x 9cm. The wings of the Lego bird would be extendable and the model would be free-standing. 

The Lego design has received support from the Twitter account of Sirocco the kākāpō who came to fame following an incident on the BBC television series Last Chance to See in which he attempted to mate with zoologist Mark Carwardine.  

For the Lego design to be commercialised by the company, it needs to get 10,000 supporters. So far the campaign has received 431 supporters and there are 423 days left. 

"I love the beautiful design of the parrot's feathering, so I gladly supported this guy!" one person wrote in the comment section. 

"Can you imagine how awesome it would be to get a whole range of native species?" another wrote. 

The designer says the Lego kākāpō could be great for both conservation and conversation.  

Mate: "Hey bro, what's that thing?"

You: "Lego kākāpō."

Mate: "Sweet as."

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