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
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.