LEGO and Doctor Who

When LEGO announced in February that it would begin considering Doctor Who sets in its LEGO Cuusoo program, Whovians across the globe began submitting ideas.  One of these ideas has made it to the official review stage after obtaining over 10,000 votes of support. Please note this is not yet an official set, all images are design ideas and proposals.

The proposed design includes an exterior view of the Tardis which can actually open and be paired with the interior view (complete with console)!

Proposed exterior scene
Proposed interior scene of console and how Tardis looks when opened and paired with console.
This proposal is not just meant to look awesome in your LEGO room!  It has exceptional play-ability.  If a Dalek should ever get into the Tardis, or if you crash land in someone's backyard, the console tilts and tips!  This design also allows the console to be completely removed from the base in order to provide a minimalist version for play.  You can see a video of how the Tardis transforms and its play-ability here. 

Whovian designer Andrew Clark has submitted a proposal which he built at home and enhanced with Photoshop for submission.  The idea that this is already "build-able" makes us think this is a great contender for LEGO production!

Original LEGO model built by Andrew
Photoshop additions to original photo (above).

 Don't worry about Minifigs!  Andrew's design proposes both an "old" and "new" Doctor with their appropriate companion.  This ensures that all ages of Whovians will have a Doctor to connect with!

Proposed Minifigs

What Happens Now? 
A "LEGO Review Board" composed of designers, product managers, and other key team members will examine the idea. They build concept models and determine if the concept meets 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
This project qualifies for the Second 2014 Review beginning in May and ending in September. 

The review is a thorough process and from its start, and can take several months. When finished, LEGO will make a "go/no go" decision to develop and sell a product based on the Doctor Who and Companions concept.

If green-lit, this project goes into the longest phase of the project; the Development phase. During this time, LEGO model designers refine the product and develop it for release, create the product materials (box, instructions, marketing), and get everything ready for a production run. This also takes several months.

The Proposed Set will Include:

Tardis (exterior/interior walls)
Interior Console
Street Base
K-9 (18 parts)
1 Dalek in red or grey (25 parts)
Minifigs (mostly in dual faces - happy and surprised)
      "Old" Doctor
      "New" Doctor
      2 Companions
      Weeping Angel
      Sound Brick for Tardis Sound
**Proposal exists to make this two sets; one for interior and one for street.

Proposed Box Design:
Box design has been proposed to take the image of the LEGO Tardis directly on the box so that you are looking at the doors.  Shoppers will be able to open the "doors" to the Tardis to see additional detail photos of the set before purchase.

I know that we're excited about this and we will keep you updated!

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