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The Legend of Zelda LEGO fails to get approval

Wednesday, 4th June 2014 10:34 GMT By Dave Cook

The Legend of Zelda was so close to getting the official LEGO treatment after a highly-successful campaign on the LEGO Ideas crowd-voting site, but ultimately, the project failed.

It was the brainchild of creator Wes Talbott, who managed to get his kit through the 10,000 vote qualifying stage. The pack concept sees Link fighting an Iron Knuckle in a dungeon, complete with Master Shield and sword.

In the end, the kit lost out to the Female Minifigure Set, which shows professional lady LEGO characters engaging in scientific, geological and palaeontological pursuits. It’s a neat kit with a great message to be fair.

Still, here’s a glimpse of what could have been, although we feel Nintendo’s lawyers would have nuked this from orbit had it won. It’s the only way to be sure:

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It was even going to come with this poster in the box:

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Via Nintendo Life.

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13 Comments

  1. locus2k1

    *insert Vader ‘NOOOOOOOOOOOO!’ gif here*

    #1 3 months ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @locus2k1 Totally man. I would have been all over that.

    #2 3 months ago
  3. f1r3storm

    “Still, here’s a glimpse of what could have been, although we feel Nintendo’s lawyers would have nuked this from orbit had it won. It’s the only way to be sure.”

    So why would they do that? Of course LEGO talks to license holders before they announce a chosen project if there’s any license involved.

    #3 3 months ago
  4. locus2k1

    @3 I believe lego cuusoo (now called lego ideas) works slightly differently to how lego normally works. Design ideas are proposed and voted by the public, once they hit 10k votes it’s then up to lego to see if it is even possible to complete (from both a licensing and lego pieces point of view). If then everything is ok then a product is then announced as officially being part of the range every quarterly.

    Some licensing has been easier to get than others – Back to the Future, Ghostbusters and even minecraft have been successful, looks like Nintendo are still rather protective of their IP… Shame, mcdonalds can use it but lego couldn’t, perhaps to expensive

    #4 3 months ago
  5. Ekona

    Sexist.

    #5 3 months ago
  6. Doc Robotnik

    Nice Aliens reference Dave.

    #6 3 months ago
  7. The_Red

    A question:
    Why didn’t Nintendo sanction an exclusive Zelda LEGO game a la LEGO City instead of a Zelda Warriors game? The former could have been much more fun and would have had a bigger commercial appeal.

    #7 3 months ago
  8. fihar

    @The_Red
    Shit man, that’s a brilliant idea.
    And it fits with the image Nintendo wants to be seen.

    #8 3 months ago
  9. Dave Cook

    @Doc Robotnik Thanks, I’m glad someone noticed it :P

    #9 3 months ago
  10. Musou Tensei

    @The_Red
    Hyrule Warriors, or Zelda Musou in japan, is made mainly with the japanese audience in mind, and pre-order numbers give them right, japan loves Dynasty Warriors games like no one else and it will definitely sell some consoles over there.

    @News
    Feminism, the reason we can’t have nice things, bet the fucking SJWs are fapping all over this. I’m not mad that it won in general, but let’s be honest here, it only won because of feminism, not because it’s a cool and fun playset (I mean come on, compare the pics of the winner with the Zelda one, which looks more fun to play with? And this is what toys are about, fun, not some fucking message.), and that is wrong on so many levels because here not the best contender won, but the one who gives the best publicity, that is just another for of sexism really and has nothing to do with equalllity (I know, feminsim has nothing to do with equality).

    Disclaimer: English is not my main language, if you found a typo you can keep it, enjoy.

    #10 3 months ago
  11. jon_

    Ehmm I remember reading this exact news a year ago. Or maybe it’s just me and my time travel powers.

    #11 3 months ago
  12. YoungZer0

    Nintendo showing once again that they are assholes.

    #12 3 months ago
  13. FBSKing

    Well a man can dream, but in the meantime you must play mario kart 8 and see things with a similar style: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTYM2I6Ut2g and wait for the best to come.

    #13 3 months ago

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