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Which trilogy would you suggest LEGO® to base their next licensed theme on?

edited May 2012 in Collecting
The "THE LORD OF THE RINGS" trilogy
The "MATRIX" trilogy
The "GODFATHER" trilogy
The "TRANSFORMERS" trilogy
The "BOURNE" trilogy
The "BACK TO THE FUTURE" trilogy
The "MISSION IMPOSSIBLE" trilogy
The "OCEAN'S" trilogy
The "JURASSIC PARK" trilogy
The "ICE AGE" trilogy

...or?

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  • edited April 2011
    I'd love a LLord of the rings theme, Transformers on the other hand.. it would probably be like the Ben 10 theme, i Probably wouldn't like them,
    Jurassic park would be nice aswell, i liked the 2 JP3 sets in the studios theme
  • Lord of the Rings would be great, and with The Hobbit-films coming out it could happen. Back to the Future would be ok, but not great. Probably won't happen though.

    But... The greatest trilogy of all would be: The Man with No Name-trilogy! We've had classic Western, now we need a reneissance in the form of Spaghetti Western LEGO, as a licensed theme, or just as a Western remake.
  • I have always wanted LOTR...it's just that LEGO (R) already has a castle theme.

    By the way, isn't there an anniversarry celebration for that? How long has it been since the release of the movies?
  • edited April 2011
    About Lord of the Rings, we did get a kind-of Legolas in the Series 3, and something like Gimli is coming in Series 5... if we are lucky we get Aragon in Series 7, and if they keep up that pace we the whole set of main characters by Series 35. Which would be somewhere around April 2021! :-) :-) :-)

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  • Lord of the Rings, of course.
  • I have always wanted LOTR...it's just that LEGO (R) already has a castle theme.
    Yes, but that didn't stop them releasing POTC, so maybe there's hope. Whilst I can't deny LOTR would be great, I think Back to The Future may be more interesting.

  • About Lord of the Rings, we did get a kind-of Legolas in the Series 3,
    The hair is not long enough. :-) And what's better than Legolas for me? Numenorean archers with their helms (and those nasty, cool swords)! The problem is they'll have to make new moulds!

    I bet the characters can be just as wide as those of Star Wars! But of course, everything at this point is wishful thinking.
  • edited April 2011
    It's not unlikely that they are working on getting LOTR licence now the Hobbit is comming. They'd sure sell plenty of sets among the AFOL!

    Starwars also first released around when the 4th movie was being released! And with two hobbit movies there's quite a hype-wave to surf on!
  • I think it should be a theme that has enough potential in both vehicles/characters and settings/buildings. LOTR would be my favorite, but The Matrix or Jurassic Park would be really cool too. LEGO Transformers would do a good job as well, but I think that would be mainly for the characters/vehicles.

    Other suggestions for licenced themes (I know, not all trilogies): Terminator, Asterix & Obelix, Blade, Shrek, Resident Evil, The Simpsons, The Flintstones, The Mummy (however, this may resemble to Pharoa's Quest too much), The Neverending Story, Alien vs Predator, Stargate, X Men.
  • I think K'NEX have snagged the licence for Transformers, could be wrong though.

  • edited April 2011
    I think K'NEX have snagged the licence for Transformers, could be wrong though.
    Exclusively? Sometimes Megablocks and Lego have licence to the same theme, ex. Disney Cars.
  • edited April 2011
    I think K'NEX have snagged the licence for Transformers, could be wrong though.
    It seems that, though Hasbro has had working partnerships with K'NEX in the past (mainly with the Lincoln Log brand), Hasbro themselves are producing the TF construction sets, under a new brand name 'Kre-O':
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41561886/ns/business-consumer_news/
  • I would love a Lord of the Rings theme.
  • I would love to see a LOTR theme, but I doubt that's going to happen. I think a Jurassic Park theme would also have been cool. A Matrix theme would be down-right awesome; but again, LEGO sponsoring an R-rated film? That's a no-no. As a side note, I think a Men in Black theme would have been a great idea: despite the fact that Will Smith was in it, I didn't like MIB very much and it was pretty violent, but I could see LEGO toying with the idea.

    Two of my absolute favorite movie trilogies are the Bourne series and the Ocean series (George Clooney? Brad Pitt? Matt Damon? Julia Roberts? All in LEGO!? Uh, yes please!) However, it wouldn't make sense for LEGO to make any sets based off of them: they don't really have any cool vehicles or big, mechanized, and "action" scenes. Plus, they are not really kid-friendly. Still, a guy can dream, right?
  • Another one for consideration would be the 'His Dark Materials' trilogy, although only The Golden Compass (The Northern Lights) has been released as a film to date and the sequel movies are on hold.
  • It's not a trilogy but I think the BBC TV Series 'Merlin' would make good Lego sets. I already made a (fail of) an attempt at recreating it using the Castle Fantasy Era sets but I think it would work really well if LEGO designers were on the case.
  • Well, Transformers can be a nice add-on. I guess that a UCS Optimus Prime would be very nice...
  • edited April 2011
    It seems that, though Hasbro has had working partnerships with K'NEX in the past (mainly with the Lincoln Log brand), Hasbro themselves are producing the TF construction sets, under a new brand name 'Kre-O':
    Yes, that's what I was thinking of, thanks. I would think that makes a LEGO Transformers licence even less likely then.
  • edited April 2011
    Well, Transformers can be a nice add-on. I guess that a UCS Optimus Prime would be very nice...
    Transformers will never be produced by LEGO, as the property is owned by Hasbro, a rival toy company. This is completely different than other properties like Marvel Comics or the like, where the merchandising rights can be acquired from the owner of the characters. Hasbro owns both the property AND the merchandising rights. They could, theoretically, grant LEGO merchandising rights... but that wouldn't make any sense, since they're in direct competition with each other, essentially,
  • I know Avatar is not a trilogy, yet, but there are plans for 2 more movies that will surely be made due to the huge success of the first one. It might be good to get in on the ground floor of what is sure to be a succesful trilogy. Plus with all the vehicles and scene possibilites it would be a nearly endless source of set ideas.
  • LOTR is my instinctive reaction, and it would be great.

    Ice age would also be really good, if only because of the great characters and all the trans blue and white - the sets would look awesome and a darn sight more cheerful that LOTR. Actually, maybe it'd be better as a DUPLO set?
  • edited April 2011
    The "THE LORD OF THE RINGS" trilogy
    The "MATRIX" trilogy
    The "GODFATHER" trilogy
    The "TRANSFORMERS" trilogy
    The "BOURNE" trilogy
    The "BACK TO THE FUTURE" trilogy
    The "MISSION IMPOSSIBLE" trilogy
    The "OCEAN'S" trilogy
    The "JURASSIC PARK" trilogy
    The "ICE AGE" trilogy
    They already did Jurassic Park sets and as there won't likely be any further films (plans for Jurassic Park 4 were cancelled after Crichton's death, citing his passing as reason to "put the series to rest"). The Matrix is dead (not just over but stained by the horrible final film) and the Bourne trilogy is over. The Godfather is not only boring for children but on the whole of a nature most parents would find unsuitable for a childrens' toy. The Ocean's films are likewise not really meant for children and on the whole lacking potential for profitable sets. Mission Impossible is also too action oriented without broad fan support that could translate into a profitable line. Transformers is already licensed elsewhere (though that didn't stop Lego from later getting POTC, I doubt the Transformers series will continue that much longer given the ridiculously poor quality of the films). Ice Age? I doubt it has the marketability to attract suitable interest from Lego.

    That leaves LOTR which has a chance but I wouldn't hold your breath on it. The upcoming release of the Hobbit might give Lego the impetus to go for it but the closer we move toward that film being released the less likely. If a release date is named and there's no Lego license, consider the theme a dead end without hope of every coming into being.
  • edited April 2011
    ^ I agree with every word, Prof.... People can throw around all the ideas they like, but the vast majority suggested on this thread haven't a snowball's chance in hell of ever seeing the light of day.

    Expect more Disney properties due to the tie-in, but beyond that there's really nothing obvious on the horizon apart from the Hobbit which is a vague possibility. I'd love LotR but it's probably long past it's sell-by date as the movies are done and dusted with no ancillary activity (e.g. like Clone Wars with Star Wars).

    Apart from LotR I'd love stuff like Dr. Who, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek and Thunderbirds but just can't see any of these ever becoming reality.

    :-(
  • edited April 2011
    All the trilogies LEGO has picked so far has been trilogies everyone loves. All films(yes, even World's End(even though they're not making sets from that one) has more than seven stars on IMDb. Most of the films you list here has not.

    The potential film series are:

    Batman, return, 2012-linked to The Dark Knight Rises

    Indiana Jones, return, 2012-linked to, sigh... Indiana Jones 5

    The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings, new, 2012, 2013-linked to the upcoming The Hobbit films, could have a batch of new Hobbit sets as well as "classic" Lord of the Rings sets.

    Sherlock Holmes, new, 2011-linked to the upcoming Sherlock Holmes-A Game of Shadows, PG-13, I would say it's rather likely, after all we're getting a "classic" Sherlock Holmes figure this Summer.

    Ghostbusters, new, 2012-linked to the upcoming Ghostbusters III, I hope not, but it's possible.

    Tintin, new, 2011(guess it would have been announced(or leaked) by now, but one can hope...)-linked to the upcoming Tintin-trilogy.

    Monsters Inc., new, 2012-linked to Monsters University, all the other PIXAR films that has become franchises has become LEGO, so it could happen.

    Mad Max, new, 2012-linked to the upcoming Fury Road-highly unprobable, due to R rating.

  • LOTR would be amazing, it might even become almost as big as Star Wars. The fanbase is huge and with the hobbit movie coming soon, it's a guaranteed succes!
    In fact, I would be really surprised if they didn't make a series about it...
  • edited April 2011
    Well, Transformers can be a nice add-on. I guess that a UCS Optimus Prime would be very nice...
    Transformers will never be produced by LEGO, as the property is
    owned by Hasbro, a rival toy company. This is completely different than other properties like Marvel Comics or the like, where the merchandising rights can be acquired from the owner of the characters. Hasbro owns both the property AND the merchandising rights. They could, theoretically, grant LEGO merchandising rights... but that wouldn't make any sense, since they're in direct competition with each other, essentially,
    I wasn't aware of that, but you're right, it will never happen. It's sad, cause it would be very cool to see a huge LEGO Optimus.
  • edited April 2011
    it would be very cool to see a huge LEGO Optimus.
    C'mon, you know the answer to that one - build it! ;)
  • Not to get anyone too excited, but TLG abruptly ended the return of Pirates in prep for POTC. If you ask me, the recent Fantasy / Castle era being replaced by Kingdoms has that same sort of feel. Could LOTR truly be in the works?
  • LOTR definitely. All the bits are already there - Gondorian soldiers and Dwarves from the Castle theme, Elves from Minigs Series 3, Orcs also from Castle, and riders from Rohan from the Viking theme. All that's needed is to buy the licensing. And imagine the sets that could be involved - The Tower of Isengaard, Rivendell, Helm's Deep, Minas Tirith/Morgul, Osgiliath..... the list goes on and on.....

    I'd love a transformers theme as well, but this may be a little bit more difficult......
  • it would be very cool to see a huge LEGO Optimus.
    C'mon, you know the answer to that one - build it! ;)
    LOL, once again, you're right. I'm not such an experienced Lego builder yet, but who knows, maybe in a near future.

  • Apart from LotR I'd love stuff like Dr. Who, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek and Thunderbirds but just can't see any of these ever becoming reality.
    They definitely have my support for those! But then I'm afraid I would have to agree with you dr.
    Tintin, new, 2011(guess it would have been announced(or leaked) by now, but one can hope...)-linked to the upcoming Tintin-trilogy.
    I'm hoping with you. Would be nice...

  • Lord of the Rings, hands down. I agree with many of the comments & suggestions already discussed. I think that a LOTR license (if attainable) would be a low-risk, high reward scenario for The LEGO Group. I believe the fan-base is well-established and the demand is there. There are plenty of LOTR's MOC's out there now and I can only imagine how many more would flourish as a result of a LOTR official theme.

    On a personal level, Castle is my favorite theme by a country mile. Castle is in a bit of a "lull" right now, so I'm waiting for the next big theme to rejuvenate me. The possibility of integrating sets and minifigures from the Castle line with LOTR is tantalizing. I sincerely hope this becomes a reality as soon as possible!
  • edited April 2011
    Not trilogies, but James Bond? Maybe too adult for the kids though...

    Sesame Street?
    Nintendo?
    Robocop?
  • Absolutely, Nintendo is a great idea!
  • Surprised no one has suggested the potential awesome that would be a Mass Effect licensed theme >.> Small sets with Shep vs Geth or Mercs and the potential for some UCS sexiness like Sovereign or SR-1/2 Normandy ships.
  • edited April 2011
    SapmiSatan - "... Tintin ..."

    I would love to see a Tintin theme, tied to the new movie or based on the books. I feel LEGO & Tintin are a good fit for each other. I know LEGO were looking into a license to produce toys off the film, but there are a lot of factors involved ... I guess they decided against it or weren't successful, otherwise we would probably have heard by now :-(
  • I agree, LOTR just seems so plausable.

    Someone mentioned it before, but I want to deepen that proposal: how about a Simpsons theme?

    Sets ideas are truly endless:
    - several dozen locations, if not way more
    - dozen to hundreds of well-known mini-figs, imho even surpassing SW (collectible! think of Homer in dozen of different looks!)

    About the chance of being a success, I think there are pros and cons. Although I believe the franchise has left its popularity peak behind (which I presume being the summer when the movie came out), it is still a daily-present series going strong on the child demographic and maybe, to a somewhat lesser extent these days as the series really lost much of its appeal, to adults.

    I think it's not going to happen though, as the perfect moment passed by with the Simpsons movie. But I often wondered why - did TLG have problems negotiating with FOX? Then again, the Simpsons have a long history of being merchandised in every thinkable way... Maybe plans for toys collided/still collide with the collectible 'action figure' range floating around.

    Any insight/remarks on this highly appreciated.
  • Plus, as someone mentioned before, I think the 'vehicle factor' is something that should not be underestimated. What exactly made SW so popular, despite the huge fanbase? It's the spaceships, basically all vehicle stuff. If I'm not totally wrong, locations are way less valued. That might be a general point throughout theme success; vehicles, vehicles, vehicles. LOTR, regarding that matter, has a lack of vehicles. It is characters with/without horses the most time (save for trees and that war machineries) - might that be a problem? Not enough vehicles? I see the same problem in a Simpsons theme.

    (sorry, for some reason it wouldn't let me edit my post)
  • http://thelordoftherings.lego.com/en-us/default.aspx

    Dec 16, 2011:

    Warner Bros. Consumer Products and The LEGO Group announced today a partnership that awards the world’s leading construction toy brand exclusive rights to develop build-and-play construction sets based on THE LORD OF THE RINGS™ trilogy and the two films based on THE HOBBIT™. The multi-year licensing agreement grants access to the library of characters, settings, and stories for THE LORD OF THE RINGS property, as well as films The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

    LEGO® THE LORD OF THE RINGS construction sets are slated for a rolling global launch beginning in June 2012 in the United States, with LEGO THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY scheduled for later in the year.

    http://aboutus.lego.com/en-US/PressRoom/CorporateNews/article/380673.aspx
  • @soldeed: please see the thread below regarding the Lego LOTR announcement and subsequent reaction:
    http://www.bricksetforum.com/discussion/2515/lego-lotr-in-june
  • Though it is not really a movie line, and the three tv series have ended, I always wanted to see a Stargate SG1/Atlantis/Universe theme.

    Great characters. A military element. Wonderful spaceships. An array of different sized sets available... including impulse sets; and an endless array of themes available due to the historical/mythological dimension of the various series!
  • ^ Any license probably has to be more mainstream...
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy might be useful to find out the exact % of AFOL's...
  • Haha. Do not see that with your parents!
  • I really want a Doctor Who theme.
  • @HuskerDont, I think the Dr. Who people have stepped up and are now offering some minifigs with brickplates that look more like megablock styling. Got a glimpse of toy Daleks during a BBC America commercial the other day that looked to have a 6x8 plate behind them?! Here is a vid of someone putting them together:

    So, the existence of these Daleks might suggest that TLG has missed out on this licensing line.
  • How about the Narnia series?
  • How big is Dr. Who, anyway? It has a small but loyal following in the States. I know it is immensely popular in the UK, but what about in the rest of Europe, Australia, and other?
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