A few months ago, the LEGO Ideas program stopped accepting submissions based on The Legend of Zelda due to a so-called “License Conflict.” Indeed, no Zelda-based submissions have made their way onto the program since November; but that doesn’t mean that the few dozen Zelda ideas submitted before the above decision have not continued to move through the LEGO Ideas process. In fact, a set based on Breath of the Wild‘s Temple of Time has qualified for an official review by LEGO Ideas.

This Breath of the Wild set, submitted by user LEGOverwatch in July 2022, qualified for LEGO Ideas’ third 2022 official review back in September by reaching the milestone of 10,000 supporters. The set, alongside the other LEGO Ideas submissions that qualified for an official review between September 2022 and early January 2023, will enter the program’s Review Phase later this month.


Here’s how LEGO Ideas describes its review process:

This project moves from the Idea stage to the Review stage. A “LEGO Review Board” composed of designers, product managers, and other key team members will examine the idea. We’ll build concept models and determine if the concept meets our high standards for what it takes to be a LEGO product. This includes factors such as playability, safety, and fit with the LEGO brand. Every potential LEGO product goes through a process like this and must meet the same standards.

The official review may take several months. Once the review has concluded, LEGO Ideas will announce which submissions have been green-lit for development as an official LEGO product and which submissions have been rejected.

Quite a few Zelda-inspired submissions have entered LEGO Ideas’ Review Phase over the years — including sets based on Breath of the Wild‘s Hyrule Castle and Ocarina of Time‘s Hyrule Castle — but all have been rejected. The program’s decision to bar future Zelda-based submissions based on a “License Conflict” has led some to speculate that LEGO has partnered with Nintendo directly to develop official Zelda products, a possibility that would very likely doom the chances of any LEGO Ideas submissions based on the property.

Time will tell if the above Breath of the Wild Temple of Time set, or any other remaining Zelda Ideas submissions, will enter the program’s Development Phase. And time will tell if Nintendo and LEGO are actually working together on official Zelda products. What is your dream scenario? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: LEGO Ideas (via Nintendo Life)

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