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Minecraft toying with official LEGO sets

From blocks it came, and from blocks it may return. Minecraft developer Mojang is playing with ideas for official LEGO sets based upon the indie dig 'em up, vowing to donate any money it would earn from royalties to charity.

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From blocks it came, and from blocks it may return. Minecraft developer Mojang is playing with ideas for official LEGO sets based upon the indie dig 'em up, vowing to donate royalties to charity.

Mojang is raising support through LEGO's crowd-sourcing site Cuusoo, which lets users share their ideas for official sets. Projects which gain enough support are reviewed by LEGO to see if they're up to becoming official sets.

"The LEGO people asked us to do our own submission," Mojang explains on Facebook. "So now we are trying to work out everything with LEGO to make this happen."

Fans had previously submitted Minecraft ideas to Cuusoo, but this one's official. Mojang is collaborating with some of the folks behind unofficial Minecraft Cuusoo projects, "to shape the idea."

"Minecraft is about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine in the virtual world. You can build anything you imagine with LEGO bricks in the physical world," Mojang says. "Minecraft and LEGO were meant to be together."

With over four million copies of Minecraft sold, it's no surprise that Cuusoo was flooded with "unusually high traffic" following the announcement, and was taken offline for maintenance "to account for the volume." It's a fair bet that Minecraft LEGO will hit its supporter target, then, but do go support the project if you want to see it happen.

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    December 5, 2011 7:30 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Minecraft toying with official LEGO sets.

    From blocks it came, and from blocks it may return. Minecraft developer Mojang is playing with ideas for official LEGO sets based upon the indie dig 'em up, vowing to donate any money it would earn from royalties to charity.

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      December 5, 2011 8:21 AM

      I would more then likely buy a few sets.

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      December 5, 2011 8:40 AM

      I bought some magnets with the minecraft textures off Etsy or somewhere, and have them on my fridge. Would totally buy Lego sets.

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      December 5, 2011 8:50 AM

      that'd be a good lego set for a cube dweller decoration.

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      December 5, 2011 8:56 AM

      and from to blocks it may return

      C+, please see me after class

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        December 5, 2011 9:30 AM

        She's from Britain, they aren't good at English!

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      December 5, 2011 9:32 AM

      That would be pretty sweet.

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      December 5, 2011 9:58 AM

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=S33vL0zkT0s oh shit it WAS real!

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      December 5, 2011 11:58 AM

      I smell an unholy alliance. I've not been a fan of lego since they went from form building, to pre-molded constructs with a half a dozen actual lego pieces in them. Legos is no longer the block company every once knew and loved. They're now a conglomerate trying to cash in on as many areas in the business as possible... social sites to movies.

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        December 5, 2011 11:59 AM

        I don't think Mojang understands HE IS the new legos.

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        December 5, 2011 12:31 PM

        Seriously? I mean really are you being serious right now? They still sell tons of stuff that is not "branded" sets. I bought a fire engine set that is almost entirely bog-standard lego peices. And there are tons more where those come from.

        Not to mention, you can still purchase the classic bins of regular bricks - and even further, you can use their software to design your own stuff, and directly order all of the bricks needed to build it from them.

        They still sell bulk bricks of all types as well.

        Just because your local walmart only stocks ~75 % star wars and indiana jones does not mean their cool shit is dead.

        Do yourself a favor and take a look: http://www.lego.com/en-us/products/default.aspx Over half of the listed product lines are unique to Lego and not "branded" stuff with "pre-molded constructs".

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          December 5, 2011 12:35 PM

          Legosperg

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            December 5, 2011 4:46 PM

            i wish i had a spergin' atomic bomb to drop on you and your fake verb/adjective using friends

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            December 5, 2011 4:48 PM

            Bensam post

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          December 5, 2011 12:46 PM

          Go visit your Walmart and see what they're pushing. They'll always sell just blocks (at extremely inflated prices).

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            December 5, 2011 12:54 PM

            More likely Walmart is stocking what sells.

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            December 5, 2011 12:55 PM

            .... Like I said ....

            "Just because your local walmart only stocks ~75 % star wars and indiana jones does not mean their cool shit is dead. "

            If you rely on Walmart for all of your shopping needs, you already have FAR MORE serious issues. Walmart doesn't even stock a decent SHOE selection.

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              December 5, 2011 4:31 PM

              My point was there are always alternatives, but that's not Legos agenda... my original post wasn't about their entire line up you can find if you look for it, it's about what they're selling and how they present themselves. That 75% is closer to 100%. Try finding plane lego blocks at actual stores.

              It's not just walmart... look at the ads they put on TV.

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          December 5, 2011 7:08 PM

          it looks they are stopping the design by me stuff in January.

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            December 5, 2011 7:11 PM

            design by me was horribly overpriced since they have to pay people to actually go outside the highly automated sorting system and manually get the pieces for the box

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              December 5, 2011 7:13 PM

              You mean it's even more overpriced than standard legos?

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        December 5, 2011 4:51 PM

        I, for one, miss the old days of companies working for love rather than money.

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        December 5, 2011 7:10 PM

        lego has backed away from the specialized pieces for the most part

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        December 5, 2011 7:14 PM

        I agree with you for the most part. Way WAY too many custom pieces nowadays, you don't see shit like this now do you? :/
        http://images.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=975&bih=1036&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=lego+6980&oq=lego+6980&aq=f&aqi=g-S3&aql=&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=8200l8765l0l9062l4l4l0l0l0l0l286l829l0.2.2l4l0

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          December 5, 2011 8:53 PM

          Yup... instead you just make a majority of the construct out of one custom molded piece so they can't actually use it to build anything else and have to buy more legos. I'm sure they figured out they could sell more by doing it that way.

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      December 5, 2011 12:27 PM

      I will would give my left and right nuts both for this.

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      December 5, 2011 12:55 PM

      Mojang should do a minecraft: LEGO Edition that changes the character to LEGO people and adds a new color palette.

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      December 5, 2011 12:58 PM

      so is this going to be a Minecraft labeled box with generic Lego bricks inside? it's not like Minecraft has any kind of visual design going on.

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        December 5, 2011 4:54 PM

        Minecraft has an extremely recognizable visual design going on. It sounds like you've never actually played the game. Anyone who has played minecraft can typically recognize the textures from a mile away because you spend so much time staring at them at point blank

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          December 5, 2011 6:46 PM

          Lego blocks are not, as a rule, silkscreened very often. It's the exceptional piece, not the majority.

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      December 5, 2011 4:53 PM

      That's a pretty no-brainer partnership. I'd probably buy a set if I could build a tiny little scene like the one in this article and put it on my desk.

    • Ziz
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      December 5, 2011 6:16 PM

      The exploding blocks are gonna be a problem

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      December 5, 2011 7:52 PM

      GET IT?! THEY'RE TOYING!!!