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NOW Everything Is Awesome – LEGO Announces Doctor Who Set!

By: Tom Gardiner
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Who doesn’t love LEGOs?  Well, at least until you step on one barefoot.  Soon, Doctor Who fans around the world will be able to step on Gallifreyan-themed LEGOs as the company has announced they’ll be making an official set to be released later this year.

Here’s the official announcement video from LEGO.  In addition to the Doctor Who set, they also give details about a WALL-E set designed by a Pixar animator who actually worked on the film.  The Doctor Who set announcement starts at about the 2:45 mark, if you’re impatient.

The set will be based around an idea submitted by fellow Whovian Andrew Clark.  Andrew’s submission goes by the humble, yet appropriate, title of Doctor Who and Companions.  The image below is (obviously) only a fan model as submitted by Clark and (obviously) not the final product as evidenced by the obviously obvious watermark.  Obviously …

Image courtesy LEGO

Andrew’s video submission showing his LEGO TARDIS (Man, that’s a lotta caps!), the TARDIS console, and a Dalek shows off some really great work.  He’s got all the details just right and this thing looks like it came right out of a branded box.  It’s easy to see why he won.

Just a thought, but this opens up the possibility that the TARDIS could appear in the second LEGO Movie.  Please, universe, make it happen.

LEGO is a company that is such a fan of their customers they’ve got their LEGO® IDEAS website where anyone can submit an idea for a new line of brick-based fun.  Other fans can vote on the idea submissions and the ones that receive 10,000 votes or more are given serious consideration by the company.  This idea is, to use an overused, but appropriate word – Awesome!

Excuse me while I submit my idea based on the TV show Supertrain.  (Look it up, punks.)

From the official press release:

LEGO®Doctor Who set to materialize later this year

Doctor Who and LEGO® fans around the world received exciting news today as The LEGO Group announced that it would be producing a LEGO Doctor Who set.

The concept for a Doctor Who set came from the LEGO® IDEAS website where fans can submit ideas for a set and vote for their favorite idea to be produced.

Doctor Who began in 1963 on BBC Television and is the world’s longest running sci-fi drama. Starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman as his companion, the hit BBC One show has become a global phenomenon with a loyal and passionate fan base.

The Doctor Who concept from fan Andrew Clark received the 10,000 votes requisite for The LEGO Group to consider it for production.

A licensing agreement between BBC Worldwide and The LEGO Group will see the new set available in all of The LEGO Group’s key markets before the end of the year.

Andrew’s winning design featured a range of Doctors, companions and monsters across the show’s history, but fans will have to wait until later this year to discover what will be produced.

Marcus Arthur, MD of BBC Worldwide UK said, “Both Doctor Who and LEGO enjoy a particularly close relationship with their fans and I can’t wait to see what LEGO produce.”

Emma Owen, UK spokesperson for LEGO Ideas commented:

“We’re extremely excited to announce that a Doctor Who and a WALL-E set will be released as our next LEGO Ideas fan based sets, congratulations to the designers Andrew Clark and Angus MacLane!

“After receiving over 10,000 votes from the online community and having gone through rigorous toy testing from our expert panel, these awesome sets are on track to be on shelves later this year. The final set designs, pricing and availability are being worked out as we speak, so watch this space for the final details!”

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