After months of ready, Lego’s official Sonic the Hedgehog set is lastly right here: a $69.99, 1,125-piece recreation of the iconic Green Hill Zone stage, full with Lego-ized variations of the titular heroic hedgehog, a handful of basic Sonic villains, Dr. Eggman, and — in fact — the Chaos Emeralds.
Officially referred to as the Lego Ideas Sonic the Hedgehog Green Hill Zone set, the new package’s origins are in a crowdsourced Lego Ideas 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 Ideas program, Lego performed an official evaluate of the challenge in March 2020, and in February 2021, greenlit the proposal for growth into an actual set.
And the remaining set appears nice: the vibrant, blocky 8-bit design of the unique set interprets actually nicely to the related brick-based Lego design, and the particulars of the set (which embrace 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 remaining set is taking a little bit of a distinct route from Grannell’s unique proposed Idea set, which was extra explicitly targeted on Sonic Mania, with Lego variations of that sport’s villainous Hard Boiled Heavies, Egg Robot mech, and the Phantom Ruby.
The retail set, nonetheless, takes a much less title-specific strategy to recreating Green 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 Mobile ship.
The new Sonic set isn’t technically the first time that Sonic has appeared in Lego type. The character was a part of a Lego Dimensions tie-in set in 2016, though the 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, not like Lego’s different main current online game partnership with Nintendo on its Super Mario units, the Sonic units aren’t meant as an interactive play set. Sonic’s Lego debut is a purely brick-based creation, with no sensible sensors or companion apps. That mentioned, the set is meant to be considerably modular, permitting followers to purchase a number of copies (or maybe sooner or later, further Sonic-themed units) to increase the stage.
The Lego Ideas Sonic the Hedgehog Green Hill Zone set might be obtainable each in individual at Lego shops and at Lego’s web site for $69.99 beginning on New Year’s Day. But in case you’re seeking to snag a replica, you may wish to take a cue from Sonic himself and go… quick.