Lego has given the green light to a set of the famous building bricks based on the world of the cult cyber-block game Minecraft. The idea came from fan submission site Lego Cuusoo, where users can suggest new creation kits. If these submissions gather sufficient interest among the site's visitors, the Danish toy maker takes note …
While I will admit I am a fan of Minecraft (except the written in Java part), and the licensing rights to Mojang will be a nice piece of pocket change for Notch. There is one problem with this whole Lego tie-in thing...
The Blocks aren't perfect squares! They are the same width and depth but the height isn't right!
... and you can't overlap blocks in Minecraft like you can in Lego (and like they have in the photo.)
(Leaving aside the important fact that blocks are free (as in beer) in Minecraft, but I very much not so in Lego.)
Probably more fun than minecraft, also how long before someone writes a script to output building instructions from minecraft?
Diggy diggy hole, diggy diggy hole ...
This seems rather pointless - a block / brick construction toy firm releases a kit to do what the block / brick construction kit they are emulating already does better.
They'd need to tweak the Lego figures for the Minecraft kits though.
Does the new set come with little green Lego men who blow your sh*t up?
Only 4 responses into the official post when someone incorrectly pluralises LEGO as "Legos".
Anyway great for Minecraft fans I guess....
What Minecraft needs is a 3D printer driver
Back to Basics
So LEGO have gone pretty much full circle -- from where you would creating things from your imagination using simple, standardised blocks, through that whole dumbing-down mess o' crap of later years -- whereby you get a toy which has the word LEGO on the box and contains a dozen or so pieces, around half of which are made specifically for the model you've got. And now they've gone all the way back to creating things from your imagination using simple, standardised blocks.
Bah fucking humbug, I say.
Re: Back to Basics
Lego's trend toward simplistic kits ended a decade or more ago.
Hard to say what the trend is now. Commercial tie-ins, I guess. The range of the available Lego kits is wonderful.
On a purely back to basics front, the two best things about the interspazz are:
1) It's easy to order individual lego parts.
2) Lego apps to design your own models which they then package (with your instructions) and post to people. Best birthday pressies, evah!
*Lego porn, obnov.
Until recently, I would have agreed with you. Having got back in to Lego, via my son, I now see that all the custom parts are just as useful as the regular bricks, and merely expand your building range.
It's as true as it's ever been that, as far as Lego is concerned, the only limit is your imagination (actually, this might be the slogan from something else). Have a look in The Lego Ideas Book, if you think Lego has gone stale.
You can still get lego kits
that are explicitly made with heaps of generic blocks to make dozens of different things from instructions (and infinitum from your mind). I agree, these are the best kits, though mixing in a few carefully selected specialised kits is good too. I don't keep the origional instructions - it all goes into a big plastic box for when my nieces and nephews come to visit.
Bleh Lego (and Minecraft) are toys! Real men use Meccano!
My twins will love this
They like Minecraft (OK obsessed) and Lego
So, how long until LEGO Minecraft?
So how long until we have a LEGO Minecraft game, along with LEGO Batman, LEGO Star Wars, etc?
And they've missed The Sims - obviously you need to be able to buy your Sims a Minecraft LEGO set.
And obviously they need to have a Sims Minecraft, with your Sims actually IN the Minecraft world.
Then a Sims LEGO Minecraft.
Excuse me - a man in a British Army uniform has just informed me I must stop, as I am getting too silly.
would like to see redstone and pistons working
What this story needs is...
...a Playmobil recreation.
I agree with David that a Minecraft-like game based on Lego would be an obvious step. Lego didn't have much success with its MMORPG, but something closer to Minecraft would have been both a lot closer to the original Lego philosophy and probably a bigger success. Now that Minecraft has that market more or less carved out, there may not be as much room for a Lego variant as would be the case if Lego had done something like it earlier. But it could still work.