Lego isn’t finished with your video game nostalgia yet. After nearly a year of development, the company has announced that its Sonic the Hedgehog Green Hill Zone set will be available for $70 (£60) on January 1st, 2022, online and in Lego shops. Minifigs for Sonic, Dr. Eggman (aka Dr. Robotnik), two animals, and the Phantom Ruby are included in the brick-based reproduction of the game’s most famous region.
Unfortunately, Sonic will not dart around loops, but there is a Technic lever to launch him (or any other characters), as well as the usual rings and powerups.
The set is the finished version of Viv Grannell’s submission to the Lego Ideas platform as a Sonic enthusiast. Their concept set received the requisite 10,000 votes to be considered for a full set. In February, Lego officially began construction.
There aren’t likely to be many more Lego sets based on video games in the near future. Other game-related Lego Ideas for Legend of Zelda, Metroid, and other classics haven’t even come close to hitting the 10,000-vote barrier.
However, this demonstrates the power of crowdsourcing, which is great news for youngsters who grew up with a Sega Genesis (or Mega Drive) in their living room.
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