Vote for the kakapo Lego set

Kakapos (Strigops habroptila), as you should know by now, are the world’s only flightless parrot, and as such—and being residents of once-predator-free New Zealand—are highly endangered, and have been moved to predator-free islands to try to keep the species going. They are also adorable, as well as being horny. Here is perhaps the most popular video of any parrot: Sirocco, the “spokesparrot” for kakapos.

As Heather Hastie points out in her latest post, there’s a campaign afoot to have Lego create a Kakapo Kit, which will produce moveable bird replicas that look like this:

and this:

I’m pretty sure that if Lego builds this thing, part of the proceeds will be used to save this wonderful bird. They need 10,000 votes to get Lego to put it up for serious consideration, and they already have 2209 votes with 600 days to go (see the proposal here).

You can join and register to vote simply by giving your name and a password, which you can do here. Let’s put the kakapo set over the top!

Heather called this to my attention, and I’m on board with her campaign. Remember, our votes helped get the new Monopoly set to adopt a cat token, and I’m hoping we can get Lego to make a kakapo set. Think of how much it will teach kids about nature and conservation!

17 Comments

  1. freiner
    Posted June 18, 2018 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Done! Site read 2255 supporters when I signed out.

  2. Liz
    Posted June 18, 2018 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Completed. Neat claw pieces.

  3. Posted June 18, 2018 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    This is a fabulous idea, and Heather’s own idea of this being a launch pad for a series of lego indigenous New Zealand birds is both a logical and an excellent extension 🙂

  4. Dave
    Posted June 18, 2018 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    A minor nit-pick: until the arrival of humans, New Zealand had no terrestrial mammals, but it was never “predator-free”. Its bird fauna included several species of raptors and owls, including the world’s largest known eagle:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haast%27s_eagle

    Unlike today, the kakapos in old New Zealand never had to worry about four-footed predators creeping through the undergrowth, but they would certainly have had to keep an eye out for danger overhead.

  5. Heather Hastie
    Posted June 18, 2018 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for the support Jerry! I appreciate it very much!

  6. Christopher
    Posted June 18, 2018 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Whatever happened to the LEGO HMS Beagle that we voted on a few years ago? I never found out if it got the votes or not.

    • Mark R.
      Posted June 18, 2018 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

      It got the 10,000 votes, but hasn’t been approved.

      https://ideas.lego.com/projects/7a2318bf-367f-4bf9-bbfd-1d4d93189a45

      As Heather pointed out on her site, the Beagle kit is huge and would probably be expensive, so maybe that’s a factor. This Kakapo is smaller and more affordable and perhaps has a better chance of being mass produced.

  7. W.Benson
    Posted June 18, 2018 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    What ever became of the Charles Darwin and H.M.S. Beagle Lego set?

    • Mark R.
      Posted June 18, 2018 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

      Answer above.

  8. BJ
    Posted June 18, 2018 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    “Shagged by a rare parrot” is even funnier than I remembered.

  9. KiwiInOz
    Posted June 18, 2018 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    NZ was not predator free. The predators on land just happened to be birds and invertebrates, rather than mammals (even more correct if you count bats as birds).

    Consequently NZ birds like kakapo avoid aerial predators by freezing. This is not such a good strategy when dealing with introduced mustelids, rodents, dogs, and cats.

  10. Posted June 18, 2018 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on The Logical Place and commented:
    The video is hilarious!

  11. Posted June 19, 2018 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    I have a friend who works with the Kakapo population. I’m sure she will love this

  12. Posted June 19, 2018 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    More LEGO! Cool. A friend just bought a LEGO spindle (she does fabric arts) and there’s a LEGO art show at a museum here I want to get to …

  13. Leigh
    Posted June 19, 2018 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    I did support the project, but I won’t get too excited.

    I supported the HMS Beagle and was disappointed when it was not approved. One problem with LEGO Ideas is that they never explain why some projects are approved and others rejected. We can speculate about the reasons, but it would be nice if LEGO told us. The HMS Beagle could have been modified to reduce the number of blocks required. The designer suggested fabric sails be used in the final product. I suspect LEGO rejected the project because it did not want to embrace Darwin and evolution.

    Very few of the projects I supported reached 10,000; of those that did most were not approved. Women of NASA did make it through the review process, but I was disappointed with the final product. I thought it did not do justice to the original design. I’m waiting to see how the Pop-Up Book will fare. It was the only 1 of 7 projects approved in the most recent review.

    I hope the Kakapo gets 10,000 votes and is approved. It is a beautiful design. I’ll buy a set if it does.

  14. Posted August 15, 2018 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Only 6,440 votes left to go! This sounds like a great idea and it would help raise awareness for our feathered friend. It would also look glorious on my windowsill.


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