Everyone has cool ideas for custom LEGO sets, and thankfully since 2008 these concepts have had a chance of becoming reality thanks to LEGO CUUSOO.
An official partner of The LEGO Group, CUUSOO's objective is to produce community-supported LEGO sets. Ideas are submitted via a website and members of the public vote for the best ones - if an idea gains 10,000 supporters, it is reviewed by LEGO and could be manufactured as a retail product.
LEGO recently announced its review of potential CUUSOO projects, with the eventual winner being the awesome Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine. Sadly, this descision meant that the equally amazing Legend of Zelda set was denied the green light.
LEGO has posted the following comment on the project page:
First and foremost, congratulations again to MINGLES for reaching 10,000 supporters on LEGO CUUSOO, and toward everyone for all of the support of the Legend of Zelda project! The Summer LEGO Review has concluded and the LEGO Review Board has arrived at its decision about the four projects in review.
The Legend of Zelda project shows broad support among gaming enthusiasts. This project has provided great inspiration and concept work for what could be a very nice product.
However, multiple new element molds would be required to create the minifigures for such a product, and the expense of these molds means that the Legend of Zelda project unfortunately does not pass the LEGO Review on the basis of the business case.
MINGLES has been a pleasure to work with throughout this process and has shown a lot of passion and enthusiasm for his idea and LEGO bricks. We also recognize the intense interest of all of you who supported this project, and we are sorry to deliver this disappointing news.
LEGO-loving Zelda fans need not depair, however - another Zelda-themed project is in the works and currently has over 6,600 supporters. There's chance we may see a yellow-faced Link yet.