Portal 2 Leaps to Lego

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Portal 2 Leaps to Lego

An effort to turn Portal 2 into a real-life Lego set is looking for help.

Are you familiar with Lego Cuusoo? It's kind of like Thunderdome for small plastic bricks, except that instead of two minifigs entering and one minifig leaving, budding Lego designers submit their ideas to the site to be voted on by the public. Cuusoo projects with at least 10,000 supporters are reviewed by Lego on a quarterly basis, with those passing muster having a chance to become official Lego products. That's how the Minecraft Lego ball got rolling, and now a four-man team of Lego fans is hoping that its Portal 2 concept will have the same sort of luck.

The Portal 2 Lego Cuusoo project features a GlaDOS Chamber set, complete with Chell and Wheatley minifigs, a potato and a fully-articulated GlaDOS, a configurable Modular Testing Chamber with three Sentry Turret minifigs and a hidden Ratman chamber, and the Portal Puzzle Board Game, which brings the challenge of solving Portal test chambers into the real world. The concepts for all three sets are great, particularly the turret minifigs, which look like they'd be worth the price of admission all by themselves.

The idea was originally rejected by the Lego people because it's based on an FPS, which presumably violates the company's insistence that all sets, regardless of their intended "age target," must also be suitable for its core audience of children aged 6 to 11. But after a more thorough review of the material, minds were changed and the project was allowed to be put up for consideration. It even earned a very Portal-like official congratulations from Lego for achieving 5000 supporters - half of the required total - in just a couple of days.

"You did a wonderful job of capturing the Portal environment and characters with your renderings in this project. We also like how you have presented several possible concepts for sets that capture the essence of the game," Lego wrote. "Note that as a part of our move to streamline the review process, we will not be producing concept models for projects before the review. However, at that time we will serve cake."

Hitting 10,000 supporters is all but inevitable, but that's no guarantee that the Portal 2 Lego set will be put into production. A Firefly design on Cuusoo hit the magic mark in May but Lego, despite calling it "a beautiful model and a skilled rendition of the beloved Serenity," took a pass because the source material isn't appropriate for kids. That probably doesn't bode well for the odds of this thing actually happening but if you'd like to throw your weight behind it anyway, you can give it some love at lego.cuusoo.com.

Thanks to Arkov for the tip.

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This was a-

Too obvious? Oh, alright then.

I could see this one maybe going all the way. Firefly was way too cult/teen-to-adult to ever get by, but Portal is pleasantly family friendly and non-violent.

*Picks up jaw from floor*

Yes please. If this ever becomes reality, I must have it.

I would buy this and play the crap out of it. Oh and I am 25 years old, not ashamed.

Yes please, and I'll take them all.

My love of Legos and Portal have finally come together, this is glorious.

Goofguy:
I would buy this and play the crap out of it. Oh and I am 25 years old, not ashamed.

That avatar pic of yours is familar. Where does it come from?

maninahat:

Goofguy:
I would buy this and play the crap out of it. Oh and I am 25 years old, not ashamed.

That avatar pic of yours is familar. Where does it come from?

Hand Banana from Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

Am I the only one that thought "OMG Chell and the turrets are just too cute I MUST HAVE THEM!"?

The rest is amazing, too, but I would gladly interrupt my 10-years long abstinance from Lego products just to buy those 2... O_O

Everything's getting lego'd apparently.
I'd much rather have proper replicas or turrets and cubes actually.

They better not stop this from happening because of the source material not being appropriate for kids. The game is E10+ and is a puzzle game. Star Wars: Episode III was more violent and kid inappropriate and got a PG-13 rating and had tons of LEGO sets. So did the first two Spider-Man movies. I'm going to be really pissed if they stop this for that reason. I haven't been into legos for years, this is what they would need to get me back into them.

Now you're thinking

...with legos

Th

MagmaMan:
They better not stop this from happening because of the source material not being appropriate for kids. The game is E10+ and is a puzzle game. Star Wars: Episode III was more violent and kid inappropriate and got a PG-13 rating and had tons of LEGO sets. So did the first two Spider-Man movies. I'm going to be really pissed if they stop this for that reason. I haven't been into legos for years, this is what they would need to get me back into them.

Yeah, think of all the movie IP's that have been Lego'd, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Batman... "Not child friendly" isn't an excuse. I can see their point a little bit with Firefly, as well as really not having the biggest market if we're being honest with ourselves. Portal is a perfect fit though.

Problem: How will the Aperture Science Handheld Portal device work? Did they create actual dimensional gates for our toys to leap through?

They already shut down the Serenity and Shaun of the Dead sets that already got enough support. I bet lego will think of some bullshit excuse to not make this either.

I like the concept of lego cusoo, but lego doesn't take it seriously.

Lego, how could Portal not be for kids?

It is only about a girl trying to dodge acid pits, bullet spewing turrets, and many other hazards set up by a psycho computer who literally is getting high from your suffering. :D

Quaxar:
Everything's getting lego'd apparently.
I'd much rather have proper replicas or turrets and cubes actually.

You can actually make that happen for $300.

It's been years since I've had my eyes gawk at a Lego set but now...
I MUST HAVE THE GLaDOS SET!

why does it have to be apropriate for kids? mable adults like lego too

Vault101:
why does it have to be apropriate for kids? mable adults like lego too

I highly doubt that LEGO is still releasing new sets from the original Star Wars trilogy solely for kids.
Me thinks particularly nerdy adults probably make up a large portion of LEGO's audience. Especially when it comes to sets based off of "geek" properties like Star Wars or DC and Marvel.

Yeah, I think a Portal set would fit in just fine in LEGO's stable.

Even though I grew up loving Lego, this Lego-fication of everything is just getting insane. What ever happened to plain old Lego bricks? Why does everything have to be themed?

Also, why is there any need to raise funds to produce Lego products? The company sells cheap plastic for insanely high prices. It's a very profitable company - so why does anybody feel the need to make donations?

Vault101:
why does it have to be apropriate for kids? mable adults like lego too

Yeah, but it's always been a family thing. They probably don't want to have to separate the toys for adults and the ones for children.

saintdane05:
Problem: How will the Aperture Science Handheld Portal device work? Did they create actual dimensional gates for our toys to leap through?

You use your imagination, that's how. :^)

Yes, please. I'd buy that in a heartbeat.

See, the thing with the Lego Minecraft thing was this: I really wanted it. I pictured myself building some sort of blueprint for my in-game project. But then I realized I wouldn't have enough pieces to make at least a small-sized house. So then I realized that all Lego sets WERE Minecraft sets (Yeah, I know. I barely figured it out). So I wasn't attracted to it anymore.

But this. Now this has potential.

Not G. Ivingname:
Lego, how could Portal not be for kids?

It is only about a girl trying to dodge acid pits, bullet spewing turrets, and many other hazards set up by a psycho computer who literally is getting high from your suffering. :D

Right? I would take that over Justin Bieber any day of the week.

Today's childhood is a troubled one.

uneek:

Vault101:
why does it have to be apropriate for kids? mable adults like lego too

Yeah, but it's always been a family thing. They probably don't want to have to separate the toys for adults and the ones for children.

Because Lord of the Rings is a good family friendly movie for all ages.

Because kids would assemble the 10,000 plus piece lego sets like the Star Destroyer replica.

Because kids are exceptional at programming robots like the Mindstorm kits.

They aim shit at adults too, they just like to pull a fast one when we actually speak up and demand something.

Portal and lego... A match made in heaven.

Will wait and see, but this is a purchase for me, the first lego set since I was 9.

I WANNA COME BACK, LEGO! LET ME COME BACK TO YOU.

As much as we would like it to happen, it probably won't...

We might as well just...
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Lego...

Andy Chalk:

The idea was originally rejected by the Lego people because it's based on an FPS,

My nephew has official Halo lego, and he's 8 years old, and Halo is an FPS... come on people of Lego.

the Pelican is almost the size of my dog. (takes four hours to build one wing too, kids break stuff, most of my Saturday afternoons are spent building the bloody thing)

Andy Chalk:

because the source material isn't appropriate for kids.

Since when is Halo for kids mr Lego mens?, I mean the Alien weapons look like they were designed by Fischer Price but the ends of them deal out searing hot pain.

Don Savik:
They already shut down the Serenity and Shaun of the Dead sets that already got enough support. I bet lego will think of some bullshit excuse to not make this either.

I like the concept of lego cusoo, but lego doesn't take it seriously.

Firefly wasn't because the show is more of a teen focus, with the raping pillaging plundering reavers.

Then you have portal; I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream's AM (look up the short story) combined with homicidal turrets.

Although the game's difficulty rating is in the 6-11 range for sure.

Putting aside the fact that older people, who enjoy the Portal games, would buy this, there is precedent of toy manufacturers making/distributing toys aimed at a customer base significantly younger than the IP its portraying.

Aardvaarkman:
Even though I grew up loving Lego, this Lego-fication of everything is just getting insane. What ever happened to plain old Lego bricks? Why does everything have to be themed?

I recall the days of just having a big tub of lego blocks - 2x4s, 4x4s, 2x8s etc - and creating all sorts of cool things. Imagination admittedly played a big part in it and some of my creations took a lot of persuasion ("No, look, if you hold it like this it does kind of look like a pirate ship, see?") but I was happy.
These days it seems Lego is more about following preset instructions, doesn't seem to be as fun from initial glances. :(

DigitalSushi:

Andy Chalk:

The idea was originally rejected by the Lego people because it's based on an FPS,

My nephew has official Halo lego, and he's 8 years old, and Halo is an FPS... come on people of Lego.

the Pelican is almost the size of my dog. (takes four hours to build one wing too, kids break stuff, most of my Saturday afternoons are spent building the bloody thing)

Andy Chalk:

because the source material isn't appropriate for kids.

Since when is Halo for kids mr Lego mens?, I mean the Alien weapons look like they were designed by Fischer Price but the ends of them deal out searing hot pain.

There are no official LEGO Halo. it's a competitor that makes Halo building sets and they are eager to get it mentioned as LEGO even though it is certainly not.

Not gonna happen. So far I have seen them reject everything that would require them to obtain a license from some other company. Makes sense but I wish they would just stop making up excuses and admit it.

... which presumably violates the company's insistence that all sets, regardless of their intended "age target," must also be suitable for its core audience of children aged 6 to 11.

You know, just like their new Lord of the Rings sets! And Pirates of the Caribbean sets!

DigitalSushi:

Andy Chalk:

The idea was originally rejected by the Lego people because it's based on an FPS,

My nephew has official Halo lego, and he's 8 years old, and Halo is an FPS... come on people of Lego.

the Pelican is almost the size of my dog. (takes four hours to build one wing too, kids break stuff, most of my Saturday afternoons are spent building the bloody thing)

Andy Chalk:

because the source material isn't appropriate for kids.

Since when is Halo for kids mr Lego mens?, I mean the Alien weapons look like they were designed by Fischer Price but the ends of them deal out searing hot pain.

I've seen Halo "Lego-sets" myself, however, it wasn't Lego, it was megabloks. Have a look: http://www.megabloks.com/Shop/MEGA_Bloks/Halo/?&sortby=avail_date&sortdir=DESC&agecat=&page=1 .

Frank Pedersen:

DigitalSushi:

Andy Chalk:

The idea was originally rejected by the Lego people because it's based on an FPS,

My nephew has official Halo lego, and he's 8 years old, and Halo is an FPS... come on people of Lego.

the Pelican is almost the size of my dog. (takes four hours to build one wing too, kids break stuff, most of my Saturday afternoons are spent building the bloody thing)

Andy Chalk:

because the source material isn't appropriate for kids.

Since when is Halo for kids mr Lego mens?, I mean the Alien weapons look like they were designed by Fischer Price but the ends of them deal out searing hot pain.

There are no official LEGO Halo. it's a competitor that makes Halo building sets and they are eager to get it mentioned as LEGO even though it is certainly not.

Cool, I didn't know that, thanks!
It was bloody expensive, certainly looks like LEGO too!.

Auninteligentname:

I've seen Halo "Lego-sets" myself, however, it wasn't Lego, it was megabloks. Have a look: http://www.megabloks.com/Shop/MEGA_Bloks/Halo/?&sortby=avail_date&sortdir=DESC&agecat=&page=1 .

Cheer buddy, now I know where to get more from for him!

BOOM, THE PELICAN!
http://www.megabloks.com/Shop/MEGA_Bloks/Halo/Halo_UNSC_Pelican_Dropship_96824/

Well why don't Megabloks do a Portal set if the LEGO deal falls through?!

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