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Legend of Zelda LEGO rejected at final stage

After months of planning, 10,000 votes of support and weeks of consideration, LEGO has decided the fate of the proposed Legend of Zelda themed set... and turned it down, adding the rather blunt line "This project has been reviewed and is not being considered for production" to the project's proposal page. The reason? The bespoke molds needed to make the minifigures would be too expensive.

The company did issue a full, more friendly-worded statement, which reads as follows:

Results of the LEGO Review for The Legend of Zelda

2012.12.20

First and foremost, congratulations again to MINGLES for reaching 10,000 supporters on LEGO CUUSOO, and toward everyone for all of the support of the Legend of Zelda project! The Summer LEGO Review has concluded and the LEGO Review Board has arrived at its decision about the four projects in review.

The Legend of Zelda project shows broad support among gaming enthusiasts. This project has provided great inspiration and concept work for what could be a very nice  product.

However, multiple new element molds would be required to create the minifigures for such a product, and the expense of these molds means that the Legend of Zelda project unfortunately does not pass the LEGO Review on the basis of the business case.

MINGLES has been a pleasure to work with throughout this process and has shown a lot of passion and enthusiasm for his idea and LEGO bricks. We also recognize the intense interest of all of you who supported this project, and we are sorry to deliver this disappointing news.

For further details on the results of the LEGO Review visit the LEGO CUUSOO blog at http://legocuusoo.posterous.com

The LEGO CUUSOO Team

The project that did get the go-ahead was for a LEGO DeLorean car based on the iconic time-travelling automobile from Back to the Future. Which is still cool, but we do feel disappointed that we'll never get to play with... sorry, buy a real LEGO Link.

13 comments

  • g1rldraco7 - January 18, 2013 8:18 a.m.

    BS MAN!!!! Greedy arses didn't want to spend one cent of the millions they harvested from their other lego games?! This would have made them even more, I mean LEGO Zelda, I want it!!!!
  • nintendo365 - December 21, 2012 4:19 p.m.

    I bet they couldve gotten Nintendo to pay for the molds if they tried. You know how much money this could get both companies? Not to mention, expanding their demographic to almost EVERYONE. I havent had Legos since like 04, but I would rush out and get this ASAP, they could probably even get it to be sold in GameStop and more retailers carrying your product= more profit. And the part that pisses me off about it is that they can afford to shell out for those dead ass Bionicle toy molds, but not for simple ones like these. Seriously, it wouldve paid for itself. Bad move Lego corp.
  • slimjim441 - December 21, 2012 2:45 p.m.

    I was never going to get my hopes up for something like this, but it still makes me sad...
  • Mathead - December 21, 2012 12:37 p.m.

    I'm a total Lego nerd who spent most of his time playing with the colourful plastic bricks as a kid and the embraced video games as soon as they hit the market, so, basically, I'm a Lego and a Nintendo fan and, well, I'm glad it didn't happen. Not that I would have cared much, but to me, Lego was always all about using your own imagination to create your very own game worlds while Nintendo was all about veturing into other people's imagination. Total different thing. I know, Lego changed a lot since I was a kid and nowadays, it's mostly about buing this Star War set and that Hobbit set but I always regretted the fact, that it was more and more like a poor man's model kit. I think there is still an invisible barrier between the video game world and that of plastic bricks and that it's good and that both are good that way, amen ;)
  • NotBraze - December 21, 2012 11:56 a.m.

    I also have a bit of a sneaking suspicion that Nintendo's famous reluctance for licensing their characters might have come into play here. In fact, when this got the votes it needed to be submitted for consideration I would have put money on it not getting approved for that very reason. The mold excuse could be a smoke screen.
  • ObliqueZombie - December 21, 2012 11:38 a.m.

    Somehow I think LEGO has enough money. And that thousands of people whould've bought these.
  • Balaska - December 21, 2012 10:48 a.m.

    I would have bought the shit out of lego Zelda, oh well.
  • silax - December 21, 2012 10:42 a.m.

    actually knowing how fragile the molds are and how they have to be made, it makes perfect sense for them to decline a project due to cost. its not a matter of greed, a company shouldnt be blamed for not wanting to venture into something that will lose the company more money
  • MolokoVeck - December 21, 2012 9:36 a.m.

    Hey F U LEGO! Basically LEGO only creates new sets if they can repurpose existing molds? Man they could have created so many dungeon sets and made them modular so that you could construct your own dungeons room-by-room and recreate dungeons from LoZ and Link to the Past. Cheap jerks.
  • Elgyem - December 21, 2012 6:18 a.m.

    Lego has been getting absurdly cheap as of late. Some of their sets are selling for more than twice the amount they would've a decade ago. Must be because ABS plastic is getting more expensive, but that does not justify the psychotic inflation. It felt good to get that off my chest.
  • AuthorityFigure - December 21, 2012 5:50 a.m.

    For a moment I thought this was going to be a LEGO game of Zelda, and I was about to commit seppuku at the very thought of it...
  • jackthemenace - December 22, 2012 2:59 a.m.

    I also thought that upon reading the headline, but hey, that could be pretty fun. Imagine the ocarina having different powers, like different versions of the force from Lego Star Wars? And you could have different versions of Link- like, Ocarina Link, Wind Waker Link, Spirit Tracks Link, Link with Masks, all that kinda stuff? I'd buy it.
  • Hobogonigal - December 21, 2012 5:08 a.m.

    That's a real shame. They looked so cool. I guess it just begs the question as to how much a new molding costs. I never realised that it costed that much to create a few extra bits and bobs. And also, first!

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