After months of ready, Lego’s official Sonic the Hedgehog set is lastly right here: a $69.99, 1,125-piece recreation of the enduring Inexperienced Hill Zone stage, full with Lego-ized variations of the titular heroic hedgehog, a handful of basic Sonic villains, Dr. Eggman, and — after all — the Chaos Emeralds.
Formally known as the Lego Concepts Sonic the Hedgehog Inexperienced Hill Zone set, the brand new package’s origins are in a crowdsourced Lego Concepts set that was recommended by Lego and Sonic fan Viv Grannell in early 2019. After the set reached 10,000 votes by means of the Concepts program, Lego carried out an official overview of the challenge in March 2020, and in February 2021, greenlit the proposal for improvement into an actual set.
And the ultimate set seems to be nice: the brilliant, blocky 8-bit design of the unique set interprets actually properly to the same brick-based Lego design, and the main points of the set (which embody a checkpoint marker, a Technic-powered spring to launch Sonic, power-up crates, and a picture-perfect loop) all really feel ripped proper out of the Genesis unique.
The ultimate set is taking a little bit of a special path from Grannell’s unique proposed Thought set, which was extra explicitly targeted on Sonic Mania, with Lego variations of that recreation’s villainous Exhausting Boiled Heavies, Egg Robotic mech, and the Phantom Ruby.
The retail set, nevertheless, takes a much less title-specific method to recreating Inexperienced Hill Zone in Lego type, with the stage’s Crabmeat and Moto Bug enemies and Dr. Eggman boss (all three of that are constructed out of bricks, as an alternative of the extra conventional minifigure design), together with Eggman’s Egg Cellular ship.
The brand new Sonic set isn’t technically the primary time that Sonic has appeared in Lego type. The character was a part of a Lego Dimensions tie-in set in 2016, though the brand new minifigure model of Sonic has an up to date design with further particulars (like Sonic’s sneaker buckles printed on the minifigure’s ft).
It’s vital to notice that, in contrast to Lego’s different main current online game partnership with Nintendo on its Tremendous Mario units, the Sonic units aren’t supposed as an interactive play set. Sonic’s Lego debut is a purely brick-based creation, with no good sensors or companion apps. That stated, the set is meant to be considerably modular, permitting followers to purchase a number of copies (or maybe in the future, further Sonic-themed units) to increase the extent.
The Lego Concepts Sonic the Hedgehog Inexperienced Hill Zone set might be out there each in individual at Lego shops and at Lego’s website for $69.99 beginning on New Yr’s Day. However for those who’re seeking to snag a duplicate, you would possibly wish to take a cue from Sonic himself and go… quick.