I’ve been asked many times how someone can purchase a set from the Lego Design By Me Gallery. It’s a little tricky to be sure. So, I’ve decided to write-up a step by step guide. If you ever run into problems, call the Lego company’s great support at 1800-838-9647.
First a little background on the Design By Me service and Gallery.
A while ago the Lego company created a wonderful service where anyone who had a computer and Internet access could create a virtual Lego set, upload it and if they wanted to, purchase it! This is the heart of the Design By Me service. The software that allows one to create the virtual sets is called Lego Digital Designer.
To download, go here http://designbyme.lego.com/en-us/Default.aspx and click on the big blue download button! As far as I can tell, you have to download and install the software to purchase the sets. If you can’t or are unwilling to, please call the 1-800 and see if they can help!
After you’ve installed the LDD, go to the Design By Me Gallery page here: http://designbyme.lego.com/en-US/Gallery/default.aspx
You can now browse and download whatever model you wish to purchase.
Example: Let’s say you want to purchase the “Last Flight” Space Shuttle Atlantis set. Enter the model’s name (if you know it) in the Creation Name text box and then click on the green arrow. (see image below)
After you have clicked on the arrow, the models matching your search criteria should show up, like in the image above.
You’ll note that two models have been found. The one you probably are looking for is on the left. You can click on it for more details to make sure first though!
At this point you’ll be able to download the model by clicking on the blue download bar underneath the model’s thumbnail image. This will download the .LXF file.
Open the file using LDD after the download is complete. The actual .LXF file size is generally very small so downloading should be fairly quick!
Once the file is open, you should see two buttons in the upper right hand corner of the screen: Check Price and Buy.
Clicking the Check Price Button is always a good idea for several reasons. First, you can find out how expensive a set is! and second, you can see if the parts for the set are still available! Sometimes this has been a problem for my sets as certain pieces come in and out of Lego’s inventory. The software can sometimes actually walk you through finding substitute parts/colors that are missing (VERY COOL!!).
Once you’ve checked the price and are OK with spending $1376.49 for the “Last Flight” set, you’ll be asked to upload the model and purchase it.
THIS MAY BE CONFUSING.
Upload it? After I just downloaded it? YES!!!
You see one of the greatest aspects of the Design By Me service is that other builders can literally build on your idea! Make them their own! It’s a good thing!
After you upload the model, you’ll be sent back to the Lego.com eCommerce website to checkout and…
DESIGN YOU OWN CUSTOM BOX!
I can’t tell you how awesome this feature is until you try it. The final product looks just like something you would buy at your local toy store! After that it’s between you and your credit card.
Please comment if you have any experiences to add or any tips!