“Animal Crossing” could be the next huge Lego sets released by the fame company.
The Danish toy giant is evaluating 35 fan-designed sets for its Lego Ideas project, which enables users to propose their own designs and vote for ones they like.
The best can become real Lego items. Successful concepts to come through the plan since its 2011 launch consist of sets for “friends,” “Ghostbusters,” and NASA.
The latest batch of ideas range from TV show-inspired sets to a Vincent Van Gogh painting and a junk food outlet.
The set motivated by “Animal Crossing,” Nintendo’s hit video game, includes a Lego version of Nook’s Cranny, the in-game shop, as well as figures of the entrepreneurial raccoons Timmy and Tommy. The inside of the shop is relatively plain, but it consists of a cash register and pickaxe along with a plaque with the shop’s logo design.
Lego hasn’t said when it will choose which sets to make, but the evaluation process typically takes several months– and production takes even longer.
To propose a concept, users design a new set with physical bricks or software and send it to the Lego Concepts site. Other fans view these and vote for their favorites– and when a style has 10,000 fans, Lego’s designers and item managers officially evaluate it for production. This includes structure concept designs, and evaluating both its safety and “in shape” with the Lego brand.
Lego evaluates products occasionally throughout the year, and in the latest batch, from May to September, 35 products reached the 10,000 goal– the greatest overall so far.
Lego is increasingly collaborating with other brand names and franchises. The plastic brick company is known for its sets including “Star Wars,” “Harry Potter,” and Disney characters– and earlier this month it teased a collaboration with denim brand Levi’s on its Instagram account, though it didn’t expose any information.
Last month, Lego revealed its collaboration with Swedish furnishings giant IKEA– a series of white storage boxes referred to as Bygglek.