In less than a week, another set has reached the 10000 supporters needed for LEGO CUUSOO to consider it for production. The latest set to get this achievement is The Legend of Zelda. We here at The Brick Fan like to congratulate Mingles for this accomplishment. Now the project will continue to the review phase in which the LEGO Jury will decide if they will decide if the set is viable set for the public. One obstacle is the licencing because The Legend of Zelda is a Nintendo product and Nintendo already has an agreement with another “building” company, K’Nex. We will see in the upcoming months if this set will pass review and be produced worldwide. This set has the potential to be the parent of other sets due to the vast world of The Legend of Zelda and the possibilities it provides.
We’ve keenly watched the support for this project from fans of the legendary video game series. You’ve made it at last, thanks to the broader community of Legend of Zelda fans. Congratulations!
Also, you built a very nice set design for the finale from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. It’s a great response to our request from the comment we made for 5,000 supporters. This gives the concept some focus and something from which our team can work.
What happens now?
This project moves from the Idea stage to the Review stage. A “LEGO Jury” composed of designers, product managers, and other key team members will examine the idea. We’ll build concept models and determine if the concept meets our high standards for what it takes to be a LEGO product, including playability, safety, and fit with the LEGO brand. Every LEGO product goes through a process like this and must meet the same standards.
Timing of the LEGO Review
From here forward, the LEGO Review will take place quarterly. The next review will be held starting in June and will include all projects that reach 10,000 between now and then. We’ll update the LEGO CUUSOO blog with additional details soon; this project crossed the threshold before we were fully prepared to provide this update.
The review is a thorough process and from its start, it will take several weeks. When finished, we make a “go/no go” decision to develop and sell a LEGO product based on the Legend of Zelda. Naturally before we can announce the results of the review, we will need to secure a license to produce this product–and we can’t give an estimate on how long that will take. We will inform you of our decision, and if green-lighted, this project goes into the longest phase of the project; the Development phase. During this time, LEGO model designers refine the product and develop it for release, we create the product materials (box, instructions, marketing), and get everything ready for a production run. This takes several months.
We will post follow-up information and our decision here.
The LEGO CUUSOO Team