Lego have revealed the Lego Minecraft Set at their conference in Copenhagen.
The set is the latest design to receive 10000 votes of support on the Lego Cuusoo site and will no doubt enthral legions of Minecraft fans.
How it is received outside of the Minecraft fan-base remains to be seen 🙂
Lego Minecraft Set Press Release
LEGO® Minecraft™ Micro World details unveiled, available for pre-order
BILLUND, Denmark –The LEGO Group and Mojang have released purchase details and pictures of the LEGO® Minecraft™ Micro World today.
The new set, which was the first to receive 10,000 votes of support from users on the global LEGO CUUSOO idea collection platform, will be available for purchase in summer 2012, but can be pre-ordered from today, exclusively through Mojang retail partner Jinx.com for $34.95 €34.95 at http://www.jinx.com/LEGOMinecraft. The sets will also be sold in select LEGO brand retail stores and the LEGO online shop from summer 2012.
“LEGO Minecraft Micro World is designed to celebrate the essence of the LEGO concept and the Minecraft gaming experience,” said Paal Smith-Meyer, Head of the LEGO New Business Group. Each set features four cubic modular vignettes that can be connected to recreate the Minecraft experience in LEGO bricks. One Minecraft block is represented as one 1×1 LEGO plate with a tile on top – not a perfect cube, but the best approximation at the chosen scale.
LEGO Minecraft Micro World includes two of Minecraft’s most iconic characters, Steve and a Creeper, represented as “Micro Mobs.” The model presents a standard for building a Minecraft world that can be configured any way the builder likes.
The surface of the modules comes off to reveal mines and hidden resources beneath. Fans can build their own landscapes, stack cubes on top of each other, to build the world of Minecraft as they wish.
The product was developed in collaboration with four LEGO fans: Chris Malloy, Michael Thomas, Kyle Tingey, and Bjarne Panduro Tveskov. These fans developed concepts alongside LEGO designers and helped shape the product into its final version.
Upon seeing the physical model the first time, Mojang founder Markus “Notch” Persson exclaimed: “Woohoo!”
LEGO CUUSOO is a website where LEGO fans can submit their ideas for new LEGO products and collect votes to make their ideas become a reality. They can also vote for other users’ ideas. It can be found at http://lego.cuusoo.com.
Ideas that are supported by 10,000 votes have a chance of being selected to become part of the LEGO Group’s product portfolio. Consumers who have their ideas chosen will earn 1% of the total net sales of the product.
Mojang will donate the 1% proceeds from LEGO CUUSOO to charity.
For more on the co-creation process for LEGO Minecraft Micro World, see the LEGO CUUSOO blog at http://legocuusoo.posterous.com.
Lego Minecraft Set Gallery
The Lego Mincraft Set is an example of the strengths of Lego Cuusoo and if you fancy yourself as a Lego Designer and haven’t checked the site out yet you really need to get over there now!
Just curious. What are your thoughts on the Minecraft line? As this is a fan selected line (via Cuusoo), I respect and understand the importance of it and I hope it sells very well so that Lego will continue to entertain fan developed sets. However, as this is a series based on a brick building video game, I personally don’t really understand it. The point of Minecraft is that you can build whatever you’d like with the bricks. With that in mind, aren’t all Lego sets “Minecraft” sets?
Much like you, I agree with the concept rather than the set.
I am so pleased Lego is giving fans the opportunity to design sets for others to vote on.
I’m not a Minecraft fan and did not “support” this set on Cuusoo. Neither will I buy the set now that it is made.
I do hope all those who supported the set to get it over the 10,000 line now put their money where their bricks are and actually buy the set so the Cuusoo process is honored.
If they don’t then I feel Lego will be less inclined to do this in future.