Monday 18 January 2016

"And the Gimme LEGO Readers' Choice Award for Best Set of 2015 goes to...."

….Set 70751 Temple of Airjitzu.

I must admit that I'd expected the Readers' Choice poll to be fairly close, with the Temple of Airjitzu, Slave I and the Detective's Office slugging it out to the death. After just a couple of hours of voting, however, it was already evident that there was only going to be one winner. The Temple of Airjitzu opened up a big early lead, and that lead was never meaningfully troubled. Slave I managed to erode the lead a little during the last few days of voting, but it was too little, too late. So Set 70751 Temple of Airjitzu wins the Readers' Choice award, having already bagged the Gimme LEGO Best Non-Licensed Set award a couple of weeks earlier. You can see a couple of the set designers, Adrian and Tom, talking about the set in the LEGO Designer Video below.

The final Readers' Choice rankings are shown below, together with the number of votes polled by each of the sets. With 29.7% of your votes, the Temple of Airjitzu ended up amassing 104 votes more than its closest challenger, Set 75060 Slave I. In third place was Set 10246 Detective's Office with 14% of the votes, and Set 21303 Wall-E finished a distant fourth with only 8.4%. A second LEGO Ideas set, 21304 Doctor Who, finished a respectable seventh in the poll with 5.5% of the vote, highlighting the popularity of the Ideas theme in 2015. Set 10247 Ferris Wheel, which barely got a mention in the 2015 Gimme LEGO Awards, picked up 69 votes to finish in fifth place. Only 3.6% of voters favoured a set outside of the eleven choices presented in the poll; Chris Pearce, better known as CapnRex101 from Brickset, led the calls for Set 75103 First Order Transporter, a.k.a. the big grey box, while a couple of other folks nominated Set 76042 SHIELD Helicarrier as their top pick of 2015.

Voter numbers were marginally up on the 2014 poll. As ever, however, only around 10% of those who viewed the 2015 Gimme LEGO Awards posting actually placed a vote; this low 'conversion rate' is pretty typical for online surveys of this kind. Thanks are therefore due to Chris Pearce (Brickset), Mark Guest (Bricks and Bricks Culture), Jeff Maciorowski (BrickPicker) and Tim Johnson (New Elementary) for helping to publicise the 2015 Gimme LEGO Awards and the readers' poll; without their help there would undoubtedly have been fewer votes cast and a less representative result. Thanks also to all of you who took the time to vote - it's much appreciated!

So that's 2015 finally done and dusted, then, and with the new year only a couple of weeks old we've already had a couple of early contenders for 2016 awards so this should hopefully be another good year for LEGO fans. Happy New Year to all Gimme LEGO readers, and play well!

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