Legos have presented nerds and geeks alike unique opportunities to interact directly with their fandoms. LEGO Harry Potter, LEGO Spider-Man, LEGO Batman…the list goes on and on. The Lego Group has even entered into a partnership with Cuusoo.com to allow fan-submitted set ideas the possibility of actual, official production. However, The Lego Group can only produce sets that don’t introduce any licensing conflicts with the brand or license holders.
Sometimes we have to turn down project submissions that refer to specific brands or licensed properties. We do this to avoid getting your hopes up for something we know we aren’t able to make. In these cases, we already know the LEGO Group can’t secure licensing rights to produce construction toys based on a particular brand or property, due to a conflicting interest with a third party.If such a conflict goes away, we’ll then be able to accept projects based on a particular brand or license.– LegoCuusoo.com Licensing Conflicts and Resolutions Disclaimer
This unfortunately included sets referring to or containing any reference to the globally popular BBC show Doctor Who.
Until recently, that is.
A few days ago LegoCuusoo.com updated their License Conflicts and Resolutions page, confirming that there is no longer a licensing conflict with Doctor Who.
So what exactly does this mean for the future of time-travelling Legos?
Well, we probably won’t get a Lego Doctor Who set immediately. But fans are now allowed to submit project ideas for Doctor Who Lego sets, and they can now go under official review. If the submitted sets receive enough supporters, then The Lego Group will review the set and decide whether or not to move it to production.
There are factors other than licensing that will go into this decision, so just getting the required 10,000 supporters doesn’t guarantee a Doctor Who Lego set. A set featuring the Serenity, a ship from the cult favorite sci-fi TV show Firefly, was rejected because the reviewers didn’t feel that the content of Firefly was appropriate for their core age group of ages 6-11.
I have a hard time believing a Doctor Who set will get rejected for the same reasons, so I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed and watching the shelves for that magical blue box.