It might say Nintendo Life above the entrance to our magnificent office, but it's no secret that we're also massive Sega fans too. Well, the Sega of yesteryear... if you know what we mean!
Sega has been busy reliving its glorious past and working with M2 lately on excellent 3DS ports of After Burner II, Out Run (out this week in Europe and North America) and the soon-to-be released Thunder Blade... so if there was ever a time for someone to propose that these classic arcade cabinets should be forever immortalised in LEGO form - the time would be now.
The good folks at LEGO, always on the lookout for great ideas host a part of their website aptly called Lego Ideas, where an enterprising user by the name of SpacySmoke has proposed this very idea.
Let's have a look how the concept would turn out in Lego form:
Space Harrier (スペースハリア) - Released in 1985 and designed by Yu Suzuki, this was one of the first Sega games using their "Super Scaler" technology, allowing for ultra fast and smooth sprite scaling to create a 3D effect. This model is based on the deluxe arcade cabinet which could move according to the joystick input. This Lego model can move left and right, up and down, and can also tilt!
Out Run (アウト ラン) - Released in 1986 and also designed by Yu Suzuki, this landmark racing game allows you to choose a course from branching paths, making each game a new experience. It is also one of the first games that allowed you choose what music track you wanted to listen to. This model is based on the deluxe arcade cabinet which could move according to the steering wheel input. This Lego model can move left and right.
Thunder Blade (サンダーブレード) - Released in 1987, this game puts you in the cockpit of a futuristic helicopter and featured both 3D and overhead shooting views. This model is based on the deluxe arcade cabinet which had a seat that rotated according to the joystick input. This Lego model's seat can also rotate.
In SpacySmoke's proposal all models would feature interesting building techniques, detailed stickers/prints, multiple screen tiles/bricks to show different scenes from each game, and are scaled to LEGO minifigures as best as humanly possible.
Last but not least are mini figures of Yu Suzuki and generic male and female LEGO fans.
The project needs 10,000 supporters in order for The LEGO Group to evaluate it and decide to make it into a real set or not. So if you like what you see, you'd better click that Lego shaped 'like' button quickly!