Which Movies And TV Shows Should Lego Make Next?
Posted on Tuesday February 4, 2014, 16:47 by Ben Kirby in Empire States
The much-anticipated Lego Movie is finally being released this month, complete with a plethora of film-related characters. But if seeing Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman together onscreen isn’t enough to satisfy your plastic dreams, you can always head down to your local internet high street. Here you’ll find a huge range of bizarre and brilliant fan-made concepts, all a far cry from Toys R Us. And while Lego's own stuff can be pretty cool, and they've started to look at fan concepts for other properties, we're impatient to see a few less-likely films make the cut.
I’m sure we’re all familiar with the ever-growing family of official Lego film tie-ins. It began somewhat ignominiously back in 1999 with Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Sets included a little Liam Neeson (complete with glorious, shiny plastic hair), a dinky Darth Maul and a miniature Jar Jar Binks (whose bizarre appearance was faithfully reproduced in nightmarish plastic).
Since then, the brand has become all-conquering in movieland, with Lego sets of Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit, Pirates Of The Caribbean, The Lone Ranger, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Indiana Jones and Harry Potter – to name just a few. Some of the sets have been remarkably niche (you can get a Lego version of the Mouth of Sauron, previously seen only in the Extended Edition of Return Of The King), while others have left something to be desired (Lego Spongebob Squarepants is, frankly, creepy and terrifying).
But despite the undeniable pleasure to be gained from completing your enormous, lounge-conquering Super Star Destroyer (currently retailing at a cool £349.99), there are far greater treasures that lie beyond Lego’s giant yellow claw. Thanks to their fairly lenient “Fair Play” policy, the brick behemoth tolerates unofficial Lego-compatible merchandise, which has led to some genuinely amazing plastic products.
Perhaps the most notorious recent example was a Breaking Bad-inspired meth superlab, sanctioned neither by Lego (you mean they don’t want their children’s brand to be associated with the hijinks of Walt and Jesse?), nor by show creator Vince Gilligan. The drug emporium comes complete with toxic barrels, security cameras, and Gustavo Fring (or “Chicken Enthusiast”), whose head is reversible, if you prefer your drug lords with half a face. There’s also a version of the infamous RV, with an ominous plume of plastic smoke emerging from the vents. These drug-filled playsets even managed to outrage the Daily Mail, so you know they must have been pretty good.
The company behind these unofficial tie-ins is Citizen Brick, who recently expanded their collection to include the “Albuquerque Action Squad!”, a non-copyright-infringing version of Mike, Jesse and Saul. But the company doesn’t just dabble in this stuff: they’ve got a big – and most definitely adult – store full of unsanctioned yellow men. Even at $500 a pop, their meth superlabs sold out pretty fast, but you can still get your illicit plastic kicks in other forms. Their collection offers everything from Pulp Fiction-esque gimps to stoners (or “Botany Enthusiast[s]”), from Juggalos to zombies.
However, if you prefer your toy sets free from crystalised methamphetamine, there are other options. BrickForge offer a few, all of which are, again, unofficial. There’s a World War II-era Captain America (or “WW2 Super Soldier”), as well as a Ghostbusters homage. If there’s something strange in the neighbourhood, who you gonna call? Ghost Hunters, apparently. Until later this year, that is, when Brent Waller’s fan version of Ghostbusters gets the official makeover to mark the film’s 30th anniversary.
Unfortunately, not every fan’s vision has been made so widely available. For your eyes (not hands) only is Monty Python And The Holy Grail in Lego form, which includes the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch and the Black Knight (with all limbs intact). Skyrim fan Marcin Micha has even crafted Lego versions of Alduin the dragon and a Dwarven Sphere. In the same gaming vein, Mark Kelso has spent four years constructing his Lego version of the Spirit of Fire ship from Halo.
Staying in space (where copyright definitely doesn’t apply), Thomas Lockwood spent an ungodly number of hours crafting a Lego version of the titular ship from Serenity (and Firefly). It was all for a competition to become an official Lego-branded product, and Browncoats flocked to vote for Mal Reynolds and the crew. Unfortunately, though it gained more than enough votes, it never made it to production. You’ll just have to look at the photographs longingly.
However, if you have a spare 21 months and are less concerned with everyday marketability, you could consider building a seven foot version of the spaceship. That’s what Adrian Drake did. It took him 475 hours to produce an insanely detailed model of Serenity, complete with a detachable shuttle for when Inara fancies a bit of companionship. Shiny.
All this brilliance deserves more recognition from its Danish overlords. So, Lego, I’m begging: sit up and take notice of these fantastic, fan-made designs. Yes, there’s the admirable Lego CUUSOO, where enthusiasts post their designs, the public vote on their favourites, and the company occasionally approves of a select few to become reality (that’s how the upcoming Ghostbusters set came about, as well as a Back To The Future DeLorean). But it’s not enough! There’s so much potential in these little yellow people and their brick-filled world.
Over to you – what movies should be given the Lego treatment? Should we get a plastic Ripley and Alien set? Or perhaps a tiny replica of the house from Up? Personally, I’m holding out for a Wolf Of Wall Street tie-in. Orgies and dwarf-tossing would be so much better in adorable Lego form…
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Posted on Thursday February 6, 2014, 11:22
PREDATOR, ROBOCOP, THE THING, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET....THE LIST COULD GO ON.....
Posted on Thursday February 6, 2014, 11:46
Breaking Bad is to mature for Lego. FYI.
Posted on Thursday February 6, 2014, 14:09
THE GOONIES - The pirate ship would bee the main big playset. Then you would have mini playsets in the line. The Bone Piano, The water schutes, the booby trap boulders dropping etc. Each play set would include exclusive Goonies characters! Should I be telling you this or should I be contacting Lego/Warner Bros for the rights? Caaching!
Posted on Thursday February 6, 2014, 16:32
Bond. James Bond.
Posted on Thursday February 6, 2014, 17:06
Posted on Thursday February 6, 2014, 17:24
Problem is the sets that people REALLY want will almost always be produced by unofficial fan groups. LEGO Cuusoo has proven itself to be completely ineffective at giving the fans what they want.
The BTTF Delorian being a prime example with the majority of backers saying the finished product was ugly and inferior compared to the original design. Including it's designer, in comments that were quickly hushed up.
They've had Zelda sets rejected for 'needing too many new parts'... even after being resubmitted using all existing bricks. A Star Wars Sandcrawler rejected for 'infringing on current lines'. Gee, They have the licence and you can't suggest other sets for it? Along with many other excellent projects that have been rejected for pretty pointless reasons including 'they don't match our family friendly image' such as a Shaun of the Dead set. Lego has zombies in its Monster hunters range and Shaun of the dead zombies don't cut it?
Unless LEGO is paid off by a studio, or they think they'll make a fortune without spending anything on it, the vast majority of thing people want will never get made.
That said, I'd quite like to see some sets based on popular animes. LEGO Gundam... An Akira set... Lego Attack on Titan. It'd be awesome.
Posted on Thursday February 6, 2014, 22:59
Posted on Thursday February 6, 2014, 23:32
If only lego would do a few comic stories like batman and swamp thing crossover from the eighties that would be fun some great one liners in it and a cool story
Posted on Friday February 7, 2014, 11:15
I'm kinda surprised they've not done a Star Trek set. It seems tailor-made for Lego-isation: lots of characters, most of whom are more-or-less human in form (maybe Klingons could have pasty-shaped hair pieces to give them the trademark knobbly foreheads); lots of intriguing and different-looking vehicles and sets; and a wide universe offering many different characters, interpretations, vehicles, etc.
Also, I've heard that Lego are quite sensitive to issues of violence and such, despite soldiers appearing in a few lines; apparently that's why Halo went with Mega Blox, who don't mind heavily-armed characters lugging guns around. So that might preclude more violence-themed ranges.
Posted on Friday February 7, 2014, 11:39
That's what makes me accuse LEGO of double standards. They're doing a Simpsons set, famous for scenes of child strangulation and itchy and scratchy. They did Pirates of the Caribean, with a drunken syphallitic star where we saw various people stabbed to death amoungst other things... and so on.
They claim they are family friendly, yet a lot of the things they supposedly don't want they already have or have done before.
Posted on Friday February 7, 2014, 13:46
Game of Thrones? It would have to come with plenty of spare heads though...
Posted on Saturday February 8, 2014, 14:58
If we are talking Family based, with amazing vehicles there is only one place to go - Tracey Island and the Thunderbirds. If you add the vehicles they had in the magazine as well there is a HUGH range. And while we are in 'Fanderson Land' there is also UFO (especially those submarines!) and of course the indestructible “Captain Scarlet” – who would not want a ‘Cloud Base’ with all the Angels (go on name them all without resort to Wikipedia!)
Posted on Saturday February 8, 2014, 17:23
Posted on Sunday February 9, 2014, 12:40
DREDD ! ;)
Posted on Monday February 10, 2014, 03:40
the Raid would love to see a lego tower block of violence
Posted on Monday February 10, 2014, 21:12
Absolutely none, these films are absolutely pathetic, how on earth hollywood pays to make crap like this i'll never know.
Why not STOP copying old films (not just animations)
and start writing new material.
I mean gawd why on earth would 18 years old people plus want to go and see shite like this???
Posted on Tuesday February 11, 2014, 12:50
Think you might have the wrong thread there bambii1.
This is about LEGO.
Would love to see some Watchmen sets, go back to source as well, and give me a giant fake space suid.
Posted on Friday February 28, 2014, 12:52
I was overcome with happiness at seeing a Lego ghost amongst the master builders! I had one when I was a tyke and it was THE BEST figure ever. Still got the spectral little fella, unfortunately he no longer glows :(
Back on topic the obvious answer is Gremlins, you know it is!!