Sonic the Hedgehog is finally getting his first official lego set, thanks to a popular fan design on the Lego Ideas website.
The lego set design was submitted in 2019 by Viv Grannell, a 24-year-old Sonic fan based in the U.K. Called “Sonic Mania – Green Hill Zone,” the lego set is based upon the 2017 game Sonic Mania.
In March 2020, the design achieved the required 10,000 fan votes to be considered by Lego for production. Now, the Lego Group has decided to turn the design into reality.
“I’ve been invested in the world of Sonic for almost my entire life, and it’s such a perfect fit for the LEGO system that I spent about a year rallying support for it to happen,” Grannell said in a press release. “Having 10,000 people back my design was overwhelming enough, even with friends and family behind me, but having it be selected for further development was the most exciting secret I have ever had to keep!”
In 2016, a Sonic the Hedgehog Level Pack set for Lego Dimensions was released, consisting of a Sonic mini-figure, a Tornado plane, and a Sonic Speedster car. But this is the first time a full Lego set featuring the character will be made.
Sonic Mania – Green Hill Zone will go into a product development phase before the design is finalized. Grannell’s original design calls for roughly 700 pieces, a Sonic minifigure, seven brick-built figures including Dr. Eggman, Green Hill Zone modules including a palm tree, spring, bridge and loop, and more.
“At SEGA, we’ve always encouraged fans to take part in the legacy of the Sonic franchise through their own creations and it’s wonderful to see the tradition continued through the Lego Ideas program,” said Jason Rice, Director of Brand Licensing, SEGA Europe Ltd. “We’re thrilled to partner with Viv and the Lego Group, and hope to inspire fans to continue creating their own unique Sonic the Hedgehog experiences for generations to come.”
No release date has been announced yet, but the set will be available worldwide upon release.
This is the latest of several Sonic the Hedgehog announcements made so far this year for the 30th anniversary of the franchise. Earlier this week, a new Sonic the Hedgehog animated series was announced for Netflix.