A LEGO fan who also happens to love classic ’80s sitcom The Golden Girls recently petitioned the toy manufacturer to create a brick-and-minifig representation of the beloved show for the LEGO Ideas Lab, where fans can submit their ideas for future sets, and if they receive enough votes, the company can consider them for actual manufacture and sale. This LEGO fan, who goes by the name of LostSleep, recreated a spot-on version of the sitcom’s set, complete with Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sofia (with Dorothy’s smarmy ex-hubbie Stan thrown in for good measure.) And while you might think there wasn’t that big of an overlap of LEGO fans and Golden Girls fans, the idea received the over 10,000 votes it needed, and so the famous Danish toymaker responded right away:
Thank you for being a friend… and a LEGO Ideas member! Wow, this project got hotter than Betty White’s career resurgence, and quickly reached 10,000 supporters! Now you just need to endure the Miami heat (and Sophia’s wisecracks from the sofa) as you wait for the LEGO Review.’Golden Girls’ is a beloved American sitcom and your project shows how passionate its fans remain almost 23 years after its last episode! With references to so many classic episodes, it’s clear why there was such a rally for support. While we don’t know yet if we can produce this as a LEGO product, we’re happy to advance your project to the Review phase.
What happens now? 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 LEGO Review Begins in May.
Ok, so maybe LEGO can’t produce this for the mass market…it’s hard to see these flying off the shelves at Target and the LEGO store. But maybe an online exclusive? C’mon LEGO, there are plenty of older gay dudes who watch endless re-runs of The Golden Girls late at night on the LoGo network while eating bowls of ice cream who are just dying to buy this. I know, because I’m one of them. For the love of Bea Arthur, make it happen.
Check out our gallery of LostSleep’s Golden Girls LEGO prototypes below. And as always, we here at the Nerdist thank you for being a friend.