Retro Bowling Alley by Astronaut Avlia became the eighth project to qualify for the First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review, achieving 10,000 supporters with just weeks left to spare. This beautiful re-creation of a 1950s style bowling alley comes complete with 4 bowling lanes and ball returns, a full kitchen and eating counter,
The exterior is decorated with large bowling pillars, an intricate “BOWL” sign, and several custom tiles.
You may remember Astronaut Avila from a previous project that also achieved 10,000 supporters, the Modular Arcade. Modular Arcade was a beautiful modular-style building that unfortunately was not approved for production as an official LEGO set. It remains a fan-favorite among LEGO Ideas proposals that were not approved for production.
Having spent my teenage years at bowling alleys in and around my home town in Maryland, I’ve been a huge fan of the Retro Bowling Alley since I first cast my vote to support it. The colors and the styling of Retro Bowling Alley are a spot-on match to the alleys where I learned to bowl. This design brings back many fond memories for me, but it faces an impressive group of sets that have already qualified for the same review. You can see all the other qualifying entries on the Ideas page in our blog, as well as the 12 sets that are currently under review and will be announced later this summer.
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