Minecraft is essentially LEGO for computer geniuses, so it was just a matter of time and lawyers before the two block building properties officially linked up in one form or another. Right on cue, Mojang Studios announced this weekend it is in the middle of striking a deal with the toy brick juggernaut to develop Minecraft themed kits, and it's calling on fans for design ideas.
“Minecraft is about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine in the virtual world. You can build anything you imagine with LEGO bricks in the physical world. Minecraft and LEGO were meant to be together,” wrote Mojang on its project page at Cuusoo, a LEGO sponsored site which allows brick builders a chance to submit their creations for an opportunity to becoming genuine products.
As with all Cuusoo submissions, Mojang needs over 10,000 supporter in order to considered by LEGO. Regardless, Mojang's business rep Daniel Kaplan indicated the studio is already in official licensing talks with LEGO to produce the Minecraft themed kits, making its Cuusoo entry more of a venue for fans to vote on which design they'd prefer to see on store shelves.
“We’ve invited a couple of the LEGO fans behind the earlier LEGO Minecraft projects, suparMacho and koalaexpert, to collaborate with us to shape the idea,” explained Mojang, adding, “We’re also interested in your ideas, and will select the best LEGO Minecraft models to also join our efforts.”
If the Minecraft kits become a reality, Mojang says it will donate all of the profit it receives from the 1% of its LEGO Cuusoo money to charity. Check them out to show your support, or just gawk over a few of the proposed concepts.