Lego & Animé/Manga
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In recent years, we are seeing more and more licensed Lego products. Thinks that industrious Lego fans once had to "home brew" are now real. Besides some tremendously fun elements introduced to the series in this manner, we also have seen the Lego video game series which, while they can get a bit repetitive and can seem overly easy (for some), are still widely viewed as "good" games. The following is not concerned (at least initially) with whether or not the nature of licenses would allow for what I am about to bring up.

I am almost surprised that thoughts about Legos and thoughts about animé and manga never bumped into each other before a few weeks ago, but it finally happened and I had to ask... what about licensed Lego products featuring your favorite animé or manga series? Both sets and video games... and perhaps even a few other products (the Lego Star Wars series has had some decent specials come out of it).

We have seen more than one series from Japan imported and gutted in order to make it "safe" for younger viewers to consume. This was an initial concern of mine. Some of the more mature elements would have to be scrubbed... just as they are for other licensees; Marvel and DC comic books have more than few "mature" themes and characters in them. The big deal breaker of violence, on the other hand, is intentionally made humorous in the Lego series. Lego Chewbacca will gleefully pop the arms out of the shoulders of an enemy in battle. Guys get shot or stabbed or whatever and eventually fall to pieces. For some series, the elements lost would indeed be too much to survive, but for many others I don't think it would be a problem.

This would not be meant to be the true adaptation of a series, so would it be a problem (for example) to have Lego One Piece, where even though Zoro's still slashing guys up left and right, they just go to pieces like any other Lego character instead of gushing blood. While I wouldn't expect certain aspects of the series to get sets (or at least sets released to non-specialty retailers and targeted towards children), getting a few of the more popular ships and islands as play sets, and of course the wide cast of characters as miniatures is appealing to me as a fan... and doesn't seem like a hard sell to actual children (a very important part of this!). A Lego video game using the Straw Hats doesn't seem overly problematic to me, either.

Many other series seem similar; they have enough general "kid appeal" and since it is clearly the Lego-ized form of the product, I don't see an issue with some of the more mature elements being left out. If you look I am sure you can find exceptions to this (namely any series discussing a real life tragic event), but for most I think it sounds fun.

TL;DR: If we could somehow get Lego versions of animé series, would you be interested in them? Think they would be a good idea or that they would be terrible (even if you yourself want them)?
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Omg. Lego Gintama. I think I my brain just exploded.
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would so love a lego mecha.
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If I recall Mega Bloks made a Gundam series awhile back. They've become even better since the addition of the Halo series in 2009 and the recent CoD series last year. If we have any kind of block building set for anime I think Mega Bloks would be better in terms of figures
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I would throw my money so hard if they made an Evangelion lego set
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Can't remember if it was Lego or Mega Block that brought out a basketball court at one point, but yeah, that would do the Kuroko deal lol. Seriously, I know they got the PoP license so it wouldn't be entirely that hard for them to make Magi sets. I would totally throw my money at them for any Sindrian or Alma Torran sets...
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onibrotonel wrote:

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I often don't get what you're saying onibrotonel... but not this time. This time your words are both true and totally on topic.

I specified Lego primarily because I like how they've handled the Lego Video games. I am more than open to other companies getting such licenses, as there are multiple companies like this anymore doing a great job with licensed products. I haven't gotten to try any of the Super Mario Bros. stuff from K'Nex. The Plants Vs. Zombies stuff also looks good, but again I am going by reviews. I finally got my hands on some Kreons and have heard a lot of good stuff about Kre-O. Granted, I am a Transformers fanboy, so I am totally biased in their favor. :sweatingbullets:

The big "loss" with not going Lego is that Traveller's Tales won't be making any video game adaptations, and they've done such a good job "adapting" more serious stories and settings to the goofiness of Lego, allowing my three young nephews (age 1 to 6) to enjoy stuff that they couldn't otherwise. I learned first hand that despite loving "Batman", my 6 year-old nephew... is still a 6 year-old. Lego Batman doesn't dwell on the tragic origins of characters, and that's okay because its Lego Batman, not Batman: Year One or any of the other wonderful, more serious treatments of the character. Sadly ol' uncle here forgot and loves to answer questions on back story. Eventually he got to more "tragic" characters and I quickly learned we skip those for now.

Also, if a single company gets a hold of all of these, there is crossover potential. So far, Lego hasn't done that at all except in the recent Movie... but fanboys are now closer to realizing a lot of crossovers that would be nigh impossible otherwise. C'mon Lego Marvel Vs DC!
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KamisamanoOtaku wrote:


onibrotonel wrote:

♪♫ Everything is Batman. Everything is cool when it's Batman. Everything is Batman. Coz' I am Batman. ♪♫


I often don't get what you're saying onibrotonel... but not this time. This time your words are both true and totally on topic.



You're stalking me?

When's the last time I made nonsense of myself?

Of course, Lego crossovers are possible.

If they can make a software to duplicate the construction-paper-cut-out effects of South Park, why can Lego not have the same thing?

That Lego Movie is made in a software program and they used stop-motion effect to make it look like it was made in stop-motion.
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I would totally play a Lego Naruto game
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Shingeki no Kyojin or Code Geass: Lelouch or the Rebellion.
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Whoa...

I just thought about what Attack on Titan would be like getting the usual "Lego" treatment. It would be both awesome and terrifying, yet in a different way than the actual series as adorable Lego people were eaten by creepy yet sillier looking Titans. Just think of how surreal it is having the horror elements of that series, reduced to Legos that don't bleed and that can just pull themselves back together. O_O
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Omg. Lego Gintama. I think I my brain just exploded.


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