LEGO is developing minifig-scale Minecraft sets

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Hot off the press: 15 minutes ago on the LEGO Minecraft Facebook page LEGO announced that it is developing a range of minifig scale Minecraft sets, and it wants your input.

The description of the accompanying video on YouTube, below, says "We're excited to announce that we are launching a new line of LEGO Minecraft sets in minifigure scale. Right now we are in the middle of the development of these and would love your input. Check out www.facebook.com/LEGOMineCraft."

It sounds like we'll have the opportunity to provide feedback on the Facebook page. Five minutes ago, a post was made asking what style of Creeper we liked best.

This is an interesting development, isn't it, and wow, isn't this a busy day for news...

Thanks to adzbadboy for the news.

47 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow. When the first minecraft set came out last year I thought it would fail completely: now look what's happened! I'm not sure if minifigure scale will work, but we'll see.

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By in United Kingdom,

I would have preferred them continuing the Micro Worlds, but I guess they will have more play features and details than the original Micro Worlds. I really hope they also produce more Micro World sets on the side as well.

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By in United Kingdom,

Designing Minecraft sets must be one of the easiest jobs at LEGO right now :o) I am not particularly interested in the theme but I am certainly surprised by this turn of events.

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By in United States,

If they simply don't modify the minifigure for this range, that along may bring on the downfall of this.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm not at all into Minecraft, but that's fantastic news that TLG want to develop the products this way.
It really makes sense when you consider that the identity of the final product will be probably seem more Minecraft than Lego, and with Minecraft having such a huge and strong online community this could add so much value into the product.

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By in United States,

-facepalm-

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By in United Kingdom,

Just pause at 40s though. Maybe not new but some nice colour pieces/parts to come.

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By in United States,

Starting to feel like "license overload". We've got Disney Princesses, The Simpsons, and now Minecraft coming out next year, alongside the existing Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Marvel, DC, etc.

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By in Canada,

I hate Minecraft.

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By in United States,

This is gonna be pretty cool, I just cant imagine Minecraft characters turned to to minifigs unless they make a completely new mold for the torso, arms and legs.

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By in United States,

:O I H-8 Minecraft, but it may improve (albeit however so slightly) with a minifig version. After all, at that scale, it's bound to have lots of good bricks to use.

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By in United States,

This is good news, but not for my wallet :P

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By in United States,

^I agree. When looking at the prices of the current sets, I wonder what this could result into.

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By in United States,

I like the idea of more useful bricks. I don't particularly care for Minecraft. I had never heard of it until the CUUSOO announcement, so I never followed the game. I did buy the first set just for novelty reasons, but I haven't purchased the others. The village set does have some great pieces in it though. The 1x1 dark green and dark tan tiles are only included in that set (unless they have come out in something since then). So I may pick it up just for the pieces alone.

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By in United States,

This is so big for Lego.

I do not buy the micro sets, despite my kids Minecraft love.
They are not worth the price for a microset to play with for young kids.

A minifig sized set..... Yah, my 6 year old will be utterly drawn in, along with my girls.
This is so completely gender neutral of a line, so they really hit everyone.
If they do this right, and hit the correct release window, this can be a huge.

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By in United States,

I know some adults aren't into minecraft, but I seriously do not know a child at our school that does not know what minecraft is or have some sort of fascination/love of it.

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By in France,

y u do dis legoz.

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By in United States,

This is awesome. Some people did not like the other sets for being micro, but this... if done right, it could be big for LEGO.

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By in United Kingdom,

It will be massive, I think we can be sure of that. LEGO wouldn't be doing this if they didn't think so.

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By in United States,

Hm....if Lego is willing to solicit feedback and help from Minecraft fans for these sets, why aren't they doing it for themes like Star Wars, Marvel, or DC??

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By in United States,

Just before I saw this, I was playing the new Minecraft update and thinking how Minecraft kind of fulfills my need to build blocky things at a much cheaper price than Lego and plus, there is a lot more to do with my Minecraft creations after I build them. All my lego creations just sit on a shelf taking up space after I build them. I know this will not be a popular opinion on a Lego site. I still love Lego but they are just getting so expensive that I start thinking how much value I actually get out of them and thinking of better ways to spend my money. 1 Minecraft micro world set cost me $35 and gave me about 1 hour of enjoyment building it. (Maybe I will use the parts again for something else some day, but probably not.) Minecraft the game cost me $26 a few years ago and I am still playing it and getting free game updates to this day. I certainly think children get more value out of Lego sets than I do because they can be amused with "swooshing" a ship around for hours after it is built and Lego is made for kids. Still it is way too expensive though. I guess the prices will keep rising as long as people keep buying them and they certainly are.

Oh yeah, more Minecraft sets are a great idea. I hope the figures are done in a more blocky style.

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By in Germany,

Wow, one Cuusoo idea is leading to this.
Who would have thought it? :P

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By in United States,

^ I think Lego+Minecraft was inevitable, Cuusoo or not. I'm sure Lego was very aware of Minecraft considering that they have been trying to make a successful digital block building experience for years. Plus they are located relatively close to each other, if that matters in this day and age.

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By in United Kingdom,

This has made me soooo happy. I never bothered with the micro sets, I just can't see them having any playability. But this will definitely bring the playability factor into it and as a massive minecraft fan, I'm much more than pleased.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm curious, in what way are the Minecraft figures different to Lego minifigures? Would the taller Woody torso from the Toy story sets work, or could/should Lego think about making them entirely brick-built?

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By in United States,

What a epic fail on LEGO's part. Horrible idea for sets. Minecraft ripped LEGO's building system concept off.

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By in Norway,

Sounds cool.. I`m not _that_ into Minecraft but have two of the Cuusoo-sets. These minifig-scale Minecraft sets could be good parts-packs tho.

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By in United States,

Nooooooooo!!!

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By in United States,

WHY

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By in United Kingdom,

I am not bothered about the Minecraft sets but I am surprised how far the theme has gone. It will be good to see how these will turn out to be and the price of them.

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By in Philippines,

I was trying to find out if there are other things/new sets in the background... Anyway,judging from the size of the trees, that much bricks won't fit my budget.

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By in United States,

Yes!!!! When the original minecraft sets was announced, i was hoping for minifig scale sets, so I was disapointed. Now, I am very excited. I hope for great sets in the future.

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By in United States,

Very interesting news- could be some good parts packs sets, so I'm all for it. :P

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By in United States,

whatever brings in the money.

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By in United States,

My son is a HUGE Minecraft fan and he likes Legos. But he has no interest in the microsets, as in his words "they are too small".

Now this? This I can see him going crazy over.

And dad will have to get another job to pay for this.

Lego I love you and hate you. It's complicated.

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By in United States,

Meh, personally I don't care for video games generally, but this development has me excited because it means that TLC is really valuing feedback from its customers. The whole Minecraft theme started off from a fan-supported Cuusoo project, and now they are asking for even more direct input, *before* production.

Instead of asking "how did you like your recent purchase", they are asking, "how do you want your next one?" Very good sign of things to come, and we can only hope it will spill over into other themes.

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By in United Kingdom,

Lego use these as inspiration: http://imgur.com/a/EcBGW

Or you could just make new Minecraft type Minifigures with rectangular arms and legs as they could be very fragile for kids to play with if they were brick-built. Please don't use the regular minifigure torso and legs as it takes away from the game and wont be as recognisable.

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By in Taiwan,

I'm not sure it's a welcome news or not, as licensed scene based on Cuusoo projects. It's nice for Minecraft fans, but would be weird for other Cuusoo project supportors who like BTTF or other rejected (or not) licesnes while they also want to see more of them.

Even though Cuusoo team never mean to reject some license because of its expense or difficulty. However, if they're willing to favor a certain license much more than any other fan-favorites, it would show imbalance of opinions between customers and the executors.

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By in United States,

I don't really get it.. I mean isn't this what Lego has always been...?

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By in United States,

^^ I don't think it's a matter of Lego favoring one license over another, it's a matter of Lego favoring profit. The Minecraft Cuusoo set sold so fast that it was hard to find for quite awhile. Minecraft is way more popular among Lego's young demographic than some movie that their parents watched long before they were even born. Still, who knows, we could see more BTTF if it sells enough.

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By in United States,

I hate minecraft, but I wonder how the prices for these sets are gonna be since they are mostly small pieces.

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By in United States,

I hope everything is in proportion. The blocks should be 2x2x5 studs and the creeper better have the same head mold as Steve. Everything should be a cube and some of the prototypes weren't. I'm a little concerned with how they made the trees and the giant creeper, as they were not in proportion and the creeper face isn't made right. The tees are also WAY smaller and different in shape. I hope they do this right...

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By in United States,

This is a fascinating development in the Minecraft+LEGO relationship! I've enjoyed the microworlds to varying degrees, and see a lot of opportunities for more of that type -- minifigure scale kits are going to be challenging to package, as the expansive scale of features in the Minecraft game will be challenging to capture effectively in an affordable LEGO kit. Could be fun!

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By in United States,

Although I always thought LEGO and MineCraft to be kind of the same thing (one real and the other virtual), I'm surprised that a full theme from the looks of it is being made out of MineCraft. I'm really looking forward to what they will produce; the blockiness of MineCraft [hopefully] has potential for some new parts for LEGO. I just hope I can earn enough money quick enough to grab some of the existing sets...

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