LEGO Ideas Sonic Set Pictures Leaked, We Break Down the Differences

Earlier this year, LEGO and SEGA officially revealed that Toastergrl’s Sonic Mania-themed LEGO Ideas set had been approved for production. Now, a number of Twitter accounts are posting leaked images of what is believed to be the final version of the set:

You probably noticed right away that the design has changed a fair bit from what was originally pitched on LEGO Ideas:

It’s quite common for a set to go through significant revisions between the Ideas version and the final released version. Often times, it is to follow the license holder’s suggestions or requirements, to fit within what is reasonable for LEGO to manufacture, or to ensure the design can be made and sold at a reasonable price. The LEGO Ideas Sesame Street set is a good example of this:

Left: Original Ideas pitch, 2945 pieces; Right: Final release, 1367 pieces

In the case of the Sonic Mania set, the most immediate difference is that it has dropped the Sonic Mania connection in favor of more generalized Sonic 1 branding, however it looks like several other tangible designs have been changed:

  • The retail version actually uses MORE bricks than the original pitch. Toastergrl’s design touts about 700 pieces, while the box states 1125 pieces.
  • Toastergrl’s design has slight dimensionality to it, but the retail design emulates the 2D level design of classic Sonic games. You can even see a Lives icon in the bottom left of the model.
  • There are no longer any Hard Boiled Heavy figures, flickys or the giant Eggman Robot.
  • There are, however, floating rings, the Eggman hovercraft, a Crabmeat, and a checkpoint post.
  • The Phantom Ruby is gone, but you do get a full set of Chaos Emeralds.
  • The Green Hill checkerboard pattern has been scaled down. The Ideas design builds each square 2-bricks wide, but the retail set reduces it to 1-brick wide (and possibly made of 1×1 tiles?). It also appears that the tall sides of the loop are either printed or stickered pieces.
  • The item boxes are slightly chunkier now, using 2×2 tiles to show the screen instead of printing it on 1×2 bricks.
  • The places where the grass transitions into the walls now do so using specially printed 1×4 tiles and quarter-circle tiles.
  • Instead of using pin-connected technic pieces, the bridge is now much more flat and solid. The log design is made of 1×1 round plates. The water underneath is now made of transparent bricks.
  • The spring has been made flatter. The back of the box seems to imply there’s still a mechanism to make it bounce though.
  • The sunflower has been redesigned with a little more detail.
  • Sonic’s minifig Looks much more like his LEGO Dimensions version, but without the green eyes. He has full-sized legs instead of the Toastergrl design’s short legs. He also appears to have a more traditional bright blue, instead of the slightly muted blue SEGA uses to differentiate classic and modern Sonic.
  • Motobug’s face is rather similar to the original design, but its body is now bigger with more round components and details. It also seems to have a secondary face to make it look angry.
  • Eggman’s body looks mostly unchanged, though his face has been altered in kind of a weird way. It uses plates sticking out at diagonals with wedges to make his mustache, and a nose sticking out front. This change makes it look a bit awkward, but it’s always possible LEGO doesn’t have a great process to print his nose on a 2×1 plate with handle bars like in the original design.

What hasn’t changed is that the set still appears to be modular, per the pins sticking out on the right side. While LEGO very rarely expands Ideas sets into full-blown themes, the ability to connect it to other sets does seem to suggest they may have further plans for Sonic. There’s no indication on the box that this set in itself breaks apart into level chunks.

Further stoking the speculation, rumors have surfaced this year that LEGO may be launching special “Gaming” branding for certain themes, such as their Overwatch line or the recently leaked Horizon: Zero Dawn Tallneck. They also continue to update their Minecraft and Super Mario themes, with new sets of each planned for early next year.

Thanks to many submitters, but particularly VisionaryofSUPER on our Discord News Tips channel.

Bits ‘N Bricks Podcast Highlights How LEGO Sonic Came to Be

Back in February, LEGO Ideas approved Viv Grannell’s Sonic Mania Green Hill Zone set featuring classic Sonic, the imposing Eggman Robot boss, the Hard Boiled Heavies, and modular chunks of Green Hill’s iconic landscape, and while we don’t have a release timetable for the set yet, it turns out we missed some small details back when Bits N’ Bricks, an official LEGO games podcast, did an episode on the Sonic Mania set and the LEGO Ideas process in February 2021.

In an interview with LEGO Group designer Samuel Johnson, he notes that the Mania build is a bit simpler and geometric in structure than most Ideas sets, in line with the series itself. Johnson hopes that this relationship with SEGA does give way to more partnerships as it did with Ghostbusters and Minecraft. Although changes normally occur between the original Ideas pitch and the final released product, LEGO Group’s designers work with the original Ideas submitter (as well as license holders) to make sure it maintains the spirit that the designer originally pitched and was voted on. Later, the team interviews John Choon, SEGA’s Director of Marketing, who expressed interest in seeing other characters and worlds represented as Lego projects in the future.

While the podcast episode doesn’t reveal anything concrete about the set itself or any future plans, it does highlight the LEGO Ideas process and all of the parties that need to be involved to fully realize an Ideas set.

Source: The Chao Channel
Thanks to VisionaryofSUPER for the news tip!

The Sonic Mania LEGO Ideas Design Has Been Officially Approved!

LEGO Ideas has announced that the Sonic Mania – Green Hill design has been approved for development and will become an official LEGO set!

Designed by long-time Sonic fan Toastergrl (who we interviewed almost two years ago), the set reached the required 10,000 votes to be considered by LEGO’s internal review team for production on March 10th 2020. It ended up in the May 2020 round of submissions along with 25 other very impressive designs.

The results for that round were announced in September 2020…except for the Sonic Mania design, which required further review for the team to determine if it could be made or not. This meant an extra four months to wait to find out its fate.

Now the September 2020 results have been announced, and it has also been revealed that the Sonic Mania design has finally been approved! This means that it will go through LEGO’s own designers to see if there are any changes or improvements they want to make to the design before putting it in production, then it will hit store shelves where you can add LEGO Sonic to your collection (especially if you missed out on the LEGO Dimensions level pack way back in 2016).

A huge congratulations to Toastergrl, who I imagine must be chuffed about her idea being made a reality given her history with both Sonic and LEGO. Everyone else might want to leave some money aside to pick this up when this becomes available!

Please note that the final set design may differ from the LEGO Ideas submission. If you want a refresher on the original project, the LEGO Ideas page for it is still up on the site.

As of now, it is unknown when the finalised set will be revealed and released. But as soon as we get word from LEGO, we’ll be sure to let you know!

Sonic Mania LEGO Design Builds Its Path Towards Official Approval

Just as Sonic Mania itself is a fan labor of love made official, Toastergrl’s Sonic Mania LEGO design continues its trek towards becoming an officially licensed LEGO set. Today, 2020’s first period of LEGO Ideas crowd support ends, and Toastergrl’s design was among an unprecedented 26 designs to reach the 10,000 supporters needed for official consideration. LEGO Ideas will announce their final determinations this Fall.

The roughly 700-brick design features a classic take on the Lego Dimensions Sonic minifig facing off against brick-built Dr. Eggman with his Egg Robot mech and Hard Boiled Heavies, all complimenting several iconic Green Hill Zone level features.

The path for a LEGO Ideas design to become an official set is a long and difficult one, with only three to five approved each year. After achieving the required 10,000 supporters on ideas.lego.com, candidates must go through an internal review process to assess the feasibility and appropriateness of the project. Competition will be especially tight this year, as the number of successfully supported candidates is more than double compared to previous evaluation periods. Other licensed and unlicensed projects being considered include a 17th century-styled train station, the Gemini spacecraft, a micro-scale recreation of 4th century Rome, a 15 inch (39 cm) tall functional globe, the garden from Untitled Goose Game, a detailed model of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, an articulated model of The Iron Giant, and the Planet Express office and ship from Futurama.Details and additional renders of the design can be found on its LEGO Ideas page, and in TSS’s March 2019 interview with Toastergrl. With some luck, hope, and enthusiasm, perhaps we shall see Sonic Mania alongside other brilliant fan developed LEGO creations in 2021.

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