Doctor Who and WALL-E to enter the Lego universe
After reviewing eight projects that garnered 10,000 votes on its website in recent months, Lego chose two new themes to add to its collection.
The Lego Ideas Review Board released a YouTube video announcement of its final decision on which fan ideas will become real sets.
“Lego set designers, marketing and business representatives, and other relevant team members – investigate and evaluate the project to determine its potential as a Lego set. This involves analyzing the votes and information you give us about your project as well as looking at things like playability, safety, and fit within the Lego brand,” according to the company’s website.
Angus MacLane “created this blocky version of everyone’s favorite hopelessly romantic robot,” according to the video.
MacLane is a Pixar animator and director, who worked on the WALL-E film.
While there were two “Doctor Who”-themed projects in the running, the Lego Review Board chose the “Doctor Who and Companions” project by Andy Clark, an artist at a gaming company.
The Dr. Who set may be one of the most versatile the company has ever produced since both those who prefer prefabs and the master builders win.
In fact, those who wish to replicate any one of the past 50 years’ worth of Dr. Who episodes using the blocks will probably have to draw on a broad variety of themes.
Fans of Wall-E and Doctor who, some of whom have been posting their own do-it-yourself versions, rejoiced on Twitter.
In addition to pleasing fans, the Wall-E selection plays into the next Lego League challenge Trash Trek theme for Fall, according to Haley Dunn, spokesperson for First Lego League which introduces young people, to the competition side of brick building and Lego Mindstorms robotics and technology.
Lego League will challenge 290,000 children ages 9 to 16 from over 80 countries to solve the world’s mounting trash issues, “From collection, to sorting, to smart production and reuse, there is more to your trash than meets the eye.”
“While all the teams use the same component sets, we always encourage creativity,” Ms. Dunn says. “This season we saw a video of one team making a Lego robotic hand to teach sign language. So who knows, we might just see Wall-E solving some trash challenges this Fall.”