There are Lego sets for many of the media world's biggest properties, including Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter - and, via Lego Dimensions, Sonic the Hedgehog.
Nintendo has thus far been reluctant to allow the Danish toy maker to leverage its IP, although it has allowed K'NEX Mario toys in the past. The chances of us seeing a Lego-made Zelda set are therefore quite slim, but that hasn't stopped attempts in the past - and now super-fan Jacob Mohler has produced a set based on Breath of the Wild.
This has now been submitted to Lego's Ideals portal, where fan-made concepts can be voted for by the public and - in some cases - get made into proper sets.
Here's what has to say about the sets:
The Legend of Zelda is a series of classic video games, each unique and iconic. This is best exemplified by the most recent entry, Breath of the Wild, which revolutionizes the Zelda formula. The exploration and creative thinking in Breath of the Wild are a perfect combination for Lego, and I propose a set based on the most memorable elements of the game.
My set is 281 bricks and includes three minifigures: the legendary hero, Link, the wise heroine, Zelda, and the benevolent King Rhoam (as well as a noble steed to tame!). The kit is made of five models, the Guardian ruins, Malice protecting a treasure chest, a log and cooking pot, and fully posable Stone Talus and Guardian figures. These varied models give the possibility to recreate gameplay familiar to Zelda fans new and old. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is critically acclaimed and beloved to many, and I truly believe it deserves to be immortalized as a Lego set. It is dangerous to go alone, but with your vote, we can make Lego Zelda a reality!
While the decision will ultimately be down to Nintendo itself, how awesome would it be to own Zelda Lego? Let us know if you'll be giving this your support.
This looks awesome Lego should pass it up and make an official set in collab with ninty
I'm not aware that Nintendo and LEGO ever worked together in any branding outside of games.
It would be great to see it happening.
The LEGO of Zelda: Brick of the Wild.
That looks cool.
I'd rather a set focus on something singular in higher detail like the Guardian. That would look amazing.
Really what I would want is a Nintendo Minifigures series.
On thing that bugs me is that Nintendo releases very few toys based on their products. The ones they do release are usually stuffed animals and retro "gear".
For example, my four year old son fell in love with the Guardians of BOTW. He calls them "walking-turning bad guys". He wanted a toy guardian for his birthday but Nintendo makes nothing except for the Amiibo. Of course that Amiibo is sold out everywhere in the US and I had to pay a scalper double the cost just to get it. Also, it has that plastic disc on the bottom. Now, my son LOVES that guardian and totes it around everywhere. Why doesn't Nintendo release real action figures? I'd buy those in a heartbeat.
The problem with getting a Zelda set through isn't the concept, several have gathered enough support, but Nintendo seems to shoot them down like swatting flies. The question is why? Something as popular as Lego would easily net them some more money.
Knowing Nintendo this may not happen. I do like Nintendo's games and such because of their unmatched quality, but they sure can be a bit too prideful at times, for lack of better words.
It would be so cool for the big N to give a thumbs up for this, alas that may never happen
I "supported" it. Don't know if it'll really help, since it only has 26 "supporters" (me included) of the 10,000 required for consideration as of me writing this right now, but still. It'd be awesome to see this come to fruition.
Nice effort, but these really do not convince me for lack of detail, I'm afraid. I'm not trying to discredit this, mind you. Might just be better to make only one figure/set, e.g. a guardian, but with greater attention to detail. The Lego Ideas Wind Waker set a while back on the other hand convinced me completely (looked very true to the game, and was playable with a small Isalnd that opened up to be a cave), and though that one gathered 10.000 supporters, it didn't pass the review phase by Lego unfortunately (my guess would be license problems, either Nintendo has no interest, or they want too much money, I could imagine both). Now that one would have been a no-brainer for me, and I'm sad it didn't make it...
It's my understanding that Lego was the one to shoot down the idea. Something about needing too many unique molds?
I feel thats bullcrap, considering their Minifigures “gacha“ bags have things like a Sultan, a Mariachi band player (complete with sombrero), and.... a guy in a banana suit.
Like, we can't make a floppy green hat, BUT BANANA MAN MUST BE MADE!
Nintendo sold out to Knex a while back, i doubt Lego will step on their toes.
Also I seem to remember something like this for WindWaker, but it got stopped. Not by Lego but by Nintendo.
Sadly I highly doubt it will happen. There have been numerous LoZ- and Mario-themed Lego Ideas projects, but Lego is always quick to reject them. My guess is Nintendo's connections with K'nex and such means they don't feel like working with a superior company like Lego.
Probably need a stadium to display it, but hey, who's to say Nintendo can't do that
surely it will only be a matter of time before someone creates BOTW in the Minecraft (Switch of course once out...)
I don't think Nintendo doesn't want to work with Lego, their deal with K'nex probably prevents it. It's possible at the time Lego wasn't interested in this license or K'nex offered more money than them, or were the only ones to come to the table.
I'm all for Nintendo Lego, but they'll never go for a set which is 75% grey.
@Drummertist The World of Nintendo line has plenty of toys, including a variety of Zelda figures. They're usually inexpensive as well.
@Drummertist They closest they've got to that are Nenderoids/Figmas, which are only for a select few franchises and characters and run for $30/$60.
The last one that gained enough support required no new molds at all and yet it was shot down. So...
Looks nice, but like the last Zelda lego set submitted to them, it seems a bit too complex.
The mockups/ pitches made on Ideas don't just get “copied“ as is (in whole, at least) when they are chosen. Lego usually refines or improves the design before selling it. This may require special bricks.
That said, they don't seem THAT adverse to making unique molds, so.... yeah, no reason I can see that would prevent making Nintendo-themed sets. Bar one or both companies just being weird.
Maybe Nintendo doesn't like Lego as an outlet for their ips; as in, not wanting people to recognize, &/or associate Nintendo's ips with Lego, for some reason(s)? Maybe Lego doesn't like the investments:returns ratio, or hard numbers? Could be, as a couple here have said, Nintendo's licensing with K'nex?
Legos are fun, & enjoyable. I enjoyed 'em when I was little, & I still do. I've still gotta put together an awesome Surfer Shack I got for Christmas.
Thank you so much, Nintendo Life! Hopefully the publicity will grow interest in the project. 😃
Also, if anyone has critiques, feel free to share, because I can update the set. Every vote counts! 😉
Didn't Lego try to sue Nintendo when they were making Lego like bricks back in the day?
Maybe this is the reason there are no Nintendo Lego sets.
Anyone who is supporting this: while you do check out the Monument Valley set that is being considered. They need just a bit of support to get to 5,000 and get the extension for the push to 10,000.
I really hope this isn't shot down due to the "too many custom molds" argument. I've seen many wacky Lego sets, and this doesn't look hard to pull off.
As someone who has been following LEGO Ideas for years, I can just tell you all right here right now that there is literally no chance of this set releasing, other Zelda inspired sets have been posted to LEGO Ideas before and quite a few actually made it to the 10,000 supporter point, aka, where it goes into review, and every last one failed, this for sure will be no different
I might be wrong, but don't guardians have six legs?
This is such an ugly Lego set! There have been so many other (and way better) Zelda idea sets in the past if this was the one that got released I would actually be dissapointed.
The guardian looks so lifeless and Link isnt even blonde! Thumbs down from me.
The first Zelda ideas set was knocked back because of how many new moulds it would have needed. The person was basically suggesting a hug portion of items from across all the games should be included in the set:
"Along with a set representing an iconic moment of the series, I feel it is also necessary to include multiple swords, shields and items as they play such a large and important role in the series."
The second Zelda Ideas set, the "Iron Knuckle Encounter" set, would have needed 1 - 3 new moulds. The creator was willing to surrender his 1% share of the profits so that the moulds could be created, but it still didn't pan out for unknown reasons.
So I have no doubt this Ideas set won't be passed.
those minifigures are just
Right, I should've payed attention to when I bought my Doctor Who one that it's different from the original.
I don't like this. It's really bland. If it was one giant Guardian or something I could get behind that. I used to build HUGE Star Wars sets as a teenager, I have Yoda, Star Destroyer, AT-AT Walker, and so forth. Something not as big as the Star Destroyer but maybe on the size and complexity as Yoda for the Guardian would be perfect.
For how often stables pop up in the game, I'm surprised the guy didn't try to make a LEGO set out of them. Besides, I want minifigures of Kass and Beedle!
There are over a dozen different Zelda sets asking for votes on the Lego site, most don't look great though. I seem to remember in the past one good potential set was proposed but fell down at feasibility when too many new brick components would have been required (Lego are loathe to create new pieces unless absolutely necessary).
The set mentioned above only has 97 supporters with just 58 days left - it needs a minimum of 10,000 supporters so unlikely to proceed. More interesting on the site is a Link statue, which has 762 supporters with 200 days left. There is a general Zelda set which has over 1790 with 2 months left
NL readers should head onto the site and vote on those they like - if none get to 10000 they don't get looked at further.
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