A LEGO set based upon a scene in the comedy-horror film – Shaun of the Dead – and designed by an enthusiast will not go into production, despite rapidly gaining 10,000 votes of approval.
The proposed set was shown on the LEGO Cuusoo website (a place where fans can upload pictures and descriptions of their own ideas, and vote for others) and on 31st March 2012 it had received 10,000 votes from visitors that wanted to see the design go into production.
As promised, a LEGO Jury deliberated over whether it should be released, however, today it decided that it was unsuitable because “…good though the model is – the film Shaun of the Dead contains content that is not appropriate for our core target audience of children ages 6-11.”
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LEGO Cuusoo also stated: “Long before the Winchester received mainstream media attention, Greg (Yatkuu) contacted us in earnest to see if his project was acceptable. We recognized the potential conflict, but didn’t see a reason to remove the project. The model was presented tastefully and we thought it deserved fair consideration. With 10,000 supporters, the Winchester earned the opportunity to receive the full LEGO Review.
“Greg has been a pleasure to work with throughout this process. We’re impressed by his model, grateful for his constructive approach with us, and we are sad to disappoint such a devoted LEGO fan.”
Whist many may feel that the Danish company’s decision is zombiefied, it has been predicted by The Toy Detectives and others that a construction toy based upon such a gory movie was unlikely to be brought to life.
A fight on their hands : it was always going to be difficult to convince LEGO to make a horror movie toy.