LEGO Lines I’d love to see that’ll NEVER get made
After two posts of sheer redundancy, I’ve decided to follow them up with a special treat: MORE REDUNDANCY! I think that should be the running theme of my entries.
Still, the two posts I’ve already written have been entertaining to at least a small number of site visitors, so I guess my writing isn’t entirely redundant.
Now I love LEGO. I still love it as an 18 year old who’s at University and should really be above such triviality, but I’m going to cling onto one last piece of my childhood dammit! Who’s gonna stop me? Go on, I dare you.
As I was saying, I love LEGO. And what I love most is when LEGO make a line of products based on an existing art form. Whether it be Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman, Pirates of the Carribean, or even Avatar: The Last Airbender, nothing is more thrilling than seeing your childhood heroes rendered in glorious plastic minifigure form.
So with, all those lines based on movies, comics and TV shows, you’d think LEGO would have all bases covered in terms of appealing to the target demographic: i.e. boys ranging from 6 to their early teens. And in all truthfulness, they do, but sometimes its fun to think about which LEGO lines might exist beyond fan-made MOCs (awesome as said MOCs may be) and simple imagination, some of which no LEGO executive in their wildest dreams would even consider producing.
Well I’m one of those people who wonder what could be and I want to see just how many people are with me in terms of which LEGO lines we’d like to see. So I present to you my complete, uncut list of some LEGO lines I’d like to see produced, but will never be produced. So sit back, relax and let the madness unfold.
I’m a real newcomer to Bioshock, having recently purchased the second game in the series for only £4.98 in a sale. At first I found the game pretty frustrating and after about an hour’s worth of being slaughtered by rampaging splicers I finally threw down my controller in sheer frustration.
But then, after coming back and really getting into the game I began to like it. A lot. And before I knew it I was hooked like a splicer on ADAM (see what I did there?… See?… Ah, forget it…)
Naturally, whenever I get hooked on something that I consider cool enough, one of the first thoughts that enters my brain is: wouldn’t this be awesome in LEGO?
Sadly this is something that will never come to pass, no matter how many thumbs up a creation might get on Cuusoo. You see, Bioshock is a series that carries the big red “18” sticker on the cover. Who in their right mind would gear a popular toy product aimed at young boys towards a game which involves shoving a massive drill in someone’s face?
This isn’t to say that if you’re under 18 you haven’t played Bioshock. That age rating is more of a guideline than an actual enforcement for the ultra savvy youth of today who’ll resort to the old trick of standing on each other’s shoulders with a large coat drawn around them to make themselves look bigger. Or at least that’s what I did when I wanted to buy something restricted and it seemed to work.
So you may think I’m crazy for even proposing this, but admit it: if you’ve ever played Bioshock, or at least seen the cover of the game, deep down you want a minifigure of a Big Daddy.
The dark underwater city of Rapture, with its various traps, broken floors and crazy occupants would practically beg to be rendered in LEGO if it weren’t for all the gloriously gruesome scenes of violence that take place in its Art Deco corridors.
Well, for now at least we’ll just have to make do with this awesome MOC of Rapture. Seriously, I want one. NOW!
GEARS OF WAR
Gears of War is another series I’m new to, and to be perfectly honest I’ve only played the third instalment. I’ve completed the Campaign on Normal and Brutal difficulty and am trying to psych myself up to play it on Insane difficulty, though I fear my screams of rage when I’m constantly killed will result in my finally being consigned to a home for the criminally insane.
However, after playing through the campaign twice, I’m convinced that, were it not for the “18” certificate and the fact LEGO rarely touches video games unless they’re based on a pre-existing line of products, Gears of War is a series ripe to become the latest LEGO cash cow.
With a myriad of military bases and environments populated by awesome heavy weapons tech, a fantastic array of vehicles and hulking alien invaders, there is a wide variety of possibilities when it comes to developing set ideas.
I for one would gladly fork over £11.99 for a Locust Battle Pack (containing two Drones, a Kantus and a Boomer), and the final boss battle location from Gears of War 3 is practically crying out for a (rather expensive) set to be based on it.
Sadly, like with Bioshock, a world where a revving chainsaw is met with a screaming, bloody death rather than the victim simply shattering into LEGO studs is not going to cut it with those executive types. Sorry kids. We won’t be seeing a LEGO Berserker anytime soon.
The idea is so popular among the LEGO fanbase that fan-made SPARTAN armour has been available on the internet for years now, and BrickArms have long been offering custom moulded Halo weapons that are compatible with your minifigures. Fake screenshots for a LEGO Halo game done in the style of the hugely popular LEGO Star Wars were even released online, along with a fully rendered opening cinematic.
This extreme fan support for a LEGO Halo line has not gone unnoticed by the company, and Traveler’s Tales have even gone on record to say they will never make a LEGO Halo game, since the series is too adult for LEGO collectors.
Now I know this list is titled: LEGO lines I’d love to see that’ll never get made, but Halo is the one I honestly think has the greatest chance of being produced. At least in theory.
An additional speed bump for LEGO in developing a Halo line is that Mega Bloks are already making Halo construction kits. But I say to this: firstly, it’s Mega Bloks, no-one cares, secondly: Mega Bloks “doing something first” has not stopped LEGO in the past. For example, Mega Bloks made a Pirates of the Carribean line of products way back in 2006. Granted, LEGO did give people enough time to completely forget about that product line before making their own, but if LEGO have already trodden on covered ground with Pirates of the Carribean, is it unreasonable they might do the same with Halo?
But what about Halo being too adult for LEGO collectors? Well last time I checked Halo was rated 16+, which, granted, is not the ideal rating for something LEGO want to base a product line on, but when you also consider that some of the larger LEGO sets available are aimed at that precise age group, suddenly the age rating doesn’t seem so unreasonable anymore (especially since the Halo games aren’t anywhere near as horrifically violent as most games people play today). Additionally, LEGO are currently developing sets based on The Old Republic which is also rated 16+. What gives?
Still, the game contains some pretty adult themes and I understand some parents don’t want their kids exposed to that kind of thing at a young age. So I guess Mega Bloks just doesn’t care about that. Figures.
Yet with a fine encyclopaedia of vehicles, characters, weapons and locales, Halo is yet another video game gunning for a place in the LEGO family.
Being a show that revolves around a futuristic, fantastical science fiction Universe, there are many great possibilities for sets to be created. But again, Futurama contains some fairly crude humour which may not sit well with parents, so the chances of it spawning a LEGO line are fairly limited.
Unlike with the other proposed lines on this list, I’m not asking for a sprawling line of sets, maybe just one or two like with The Last Airbender. Hell, I’d be happy with a model of the Planet Express building and Planet Express ship (complete with minifigures of course). Though this incredible MOC of New New York is just mind-blowing.
I love Doctor Who. It’s probably my favourite TV show of all time. It’s cool, engaging and boasts some impressive science fiction storytelling, especially for something usually classed as a “children’s show”.
With a sprawling Universe of Planets, Characters and Monsters, LEGO could theoretically go on producing Doctor Who sets forever and never run out of ideas. And that’s not even counting all the inevitable remakes and repackagings. Seems fertile ground to begin developing sets right? Well, I can kind of see the logic behind why I still don’t own a TARDIS LEGO set.
For one thing, Doctor Who’s HUGE. It’s one of the longest running shows ever to hit television screens. With 11 different Doctors, not to mention the various iterations of the TARDIS, the Daleks and the Cybermen over the years, beginning a Doctor Who line would be a fairly daunting task for designers, unless they chose to focus exclusively on the currently-airing series.
For another thing, Doctor Who is as much a British institution as Fish and Chips. While the new series has been exported to the US with a great degree of success, I can understand LEGO being wary that the sets won’t hit hardest in their prime marketing region.
Also, what with the Character Building line of construction sets (which is about the closest thing we’ll ever get to LEGO Doctor Who), it’s even more unlikely LEGO will bother going through the effort when someone else is already doing more or less the same thing as them.
I for one though, really hope LEGO gives Doctor Who a shot one day. I would happily empty my bank account on even the smallest, most pathetic set they could create based on the show. Seriously, who wouldn’t want a minifigure-scaled Dalek?
So there you have it: LEGO lines I’d love to see get made. If you really like any of these ideas, then please tell which ones you’d like to see the most. And if any of you are particularly good MOC builders, start making sets based on these ideas and post them to Cuusoo. And who knows? Maybe one day we’ll see some of these after all.
For my part I still doubt any of them will get made, but Lord of the Rings has now become a LEGO line, which is something I thought I’d never see. And anyway, a man can always dream…