Lego will release a Sonic the Hedgehog brick set, after more than 10,000 fans voted for it to be produced as part of its Ideas initiative.
Lego Ideas allows fans to create their own dream brick sets and submit them onto the Lego website for approval. If their set receives more than 10,000 votes, it will then be considered for release as a real product.
On Thursday, Lego confirmed its review board had given 24-year-old fan Viv Grannell’s Sonic Mania – Green Hill Zone set the green light.
“We’re excited to collaborate with Sega and Viv to bring one of the most iconic game characters and brands to life via Lego bricks on the basis of Viv’s colourful and fun creation,” it said.
Lego said it was still working out the final product design, pricing and availability for the Sonic set and would share more details in the future.
The original Ideas design includes over 700 pieces and scenery inspired by Sonic’s Green Hill Zone, as well as an Egg Robot Mech and Badniks from the Sega series.
Talking about the winning idea, Viv Grannell said: “I’ve been invested in the world of Sonic for almost my entire life, and it’s such a perfect fit for the Lego system that I spent about a year rallying support for it to happen.
“Having 10,000 people back my design was overwhelming enough, even with friends and family behind me, but having it be selected for further development was the most exciting secret I have ever had to keep!”
Jason Rice, Sega of Europe’s director of brand licensing, added: “At Sega, we’ve always encouraged fans to take part in the legacy of the Sonic franchise through their own creations and it’s wonderful to see the tradition continued through the Lego Ideas program.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Viv and the LEGO Group, and hope to inspire fans to continue creating their own unique Sonic the Hedgehog™ experiences for generations to come.”
Sonic the Hedgehog’s 30th anniversary will be marked with the release of new games and some major announcements in 2021, according to Sega.