Red Dwarf-themed Lego sets seeking your support!
1 July, 2016
Is there anyone who doesn't like Lego? The all-conquering Danish toy marque has grown and grown in popularity in recent years, taking over almost the entirety of pop culture one studded brick at a time. And amid the scores of licensed sets based around the likes of Star Wars, The Simpsons and Marvel Comics, the special Lego Ideas sub-brand offers the opportunity for fans to tell Lego exactly what they'd like to see produced.
There have already been Ideas sets issued based on Doctor Who, Ghostbusters and Back to the Future; so it was really only a matter of time before somebody decided to try and pitch a Red Dwarf set. In fact, there have already been a few submitted to the application process - but one project in particular has attracted a lot of attention in recent weeks, and might be the first to stand a chance of actually moving on to the next stage.
The latest Red Dwarf themed project to hit the site comes from brick-maker "Bob's Vintage Lego", and is based around the current-style bunkroom - but with several touches from the past, including a wall-mounted Holly tile, an early-series Skutter, and aside from the four main crew, bonus figures of Ace Rimmer and Duane Dibbley. Oh, and there's also a walking Blue Midget model, for good measure.
So how does it work? Well, anyone can submit a project idea - they simply have to present pictures either of an actual physical model, or computer renders of how it's expected to look - and then it's down to the fans to show their support. Any project that attracts 10,000 votes will go to the Lego board for review - and if they like it enough, then they'll try their darndest to get the set licensed and, ultimately, produced.
Bob's set is fast generating support in the media, with outlets including Gizmodo and Den of Geek showing enthusiasm for it, and as such is now a little over a third of the way towards its goal - with over 3,500 fans having supported the idea so far. There's still some way to go, but if it can reach 10,000 within the next year, then it could well be chosen to go on to the next step of the process. Of course, that doesn't guarantee that the set will ever be produced - not least because it would have to be licensed first - but if there's enough demand for it, then we'd certainly like to see it or something like it become a reality!
... and a more retro-themed bunkroom idea:
Who knows, before long we could see the Dwarfers taking their rightful place on the shelves alongside the Doctor and Marty McFly...
See all submissions over at the Lego Ideas website!
Please note that while we are fully supportive of fan creations, Grant Naylor Productions does not officially authorise or endorse any merchandise or projects unless they are formally licensed.