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Sonic Lego set based on Greenlit fan design for production

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Lego has announced a new set featuring Sega’s iconic mascot Sonic the Hedgehog. The set was born from a fan design submission on the Lego Ideas platform, an initiative that takes the ideas of fans and allows the Lego community to vote to transform them into real sets. This design comes to us via a 24 year old Sonic and Lego fan named Viv Grannell.

Inspired by Sonic Mania 2017, the Lego set design features the hedgehog itself, as well as branded environmental elements from the iconic Green Hill area, including a Loop, Rings, Water, Tree, Spring, and Flickies. Additionally, builders can install Dr. Eggman and his Egg Robot, as well as two bosses from Sonic Mania, the Hard-Boiled Heavies. According to original pitch design, the set would include around 700 pieces with eight new prints and a sticker sheet. However, every part of the pitch is subject to change before the final product is unveiled.

A design image submitted by Grannell on the Lego Ideas page as part of the pitch

Grannell submitted the design in 2019 and quickly gained attention and support on the Lego Ideas site. In January 2020, Grannell added the Hard-Boiled Heavies and an upgraded Egg Robot to the set. Shortly after, in March 2020, the set reached the milestone of 10,000 supporters, the minimum threshold for Lego to officially consider it as a physical set. Today, the Lego Group publicly announced its decision to give the green light to the production project.

“I’ve been invested in the world of Sonic for most of my life, and it’s such a perfect fit for the Lego system that I’ve spent about a year rallying support for it to happen,” said Grannell in a press release. “Having 10,000 people back, my design was already pretty overwhelming, even with my friends and family behind me, but getting it selected for further development was the most exciting secret I’ve ever had to keep!”

A design image submitted by Grannell on the Lego Ideas page as part of the pitch

This won’t be Blue Blur’s first foray into the world of Lego. Sega, Warner Bros. and Lego have collaborated to release a Sonic the Hedgehog Pack for Lego Dimensions 2015. This new pack appears to be folded in the Sega mascot 30th anniversary celebration, which also includes a new animated series on Netflix. At E3 2019, responsible for Sonic Team Takashi Iizuka told us that 2021 would be a “big year” for the Sonic brandSo we look forward to more announcements as Sonic the Hedgehog’s 30th anniversary approaches in June.

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