Lego Says No To Amazing Hyrule Castle Playset

Lego Says No To Amazing Hyrule Castle Playset

Lego Ideas, the platform where fans can design Lego sets then see them licensed and sold in stores, has given us some fantastic builds over the years. Sadly, this big Hyrule Castle set won’t be one of them.

There are a few hurdles a project has to clear before being signed off by Lego. The first is that it needs to get over 10,000 votes from members of the community. Then it has to be selected by judges from a pool of all the games that managed to hit that threshold. Then it needs to actually be given the licensing green light, which loads of Ideas winners have in the past (from Ghostbusters to Friends).

Artem Biziaev’s Hyrule Castle got the 10,000 votes part, but it wasn’t among the winners announced in Lego’s blog post from last week. It’s unclear at which subsequent hurdle it fell over at, but given the quality of the build it’s doesn’t seem outrageous to me to guess that the issue was licensing, with Nintendo’s current Lego partnership resulting in sets that, while unique in their own ways, aren’t as traditional as this.

Which is a damn shame! I’m really not a fan of any of the existing Nintendo x Lego sets, as — call me old-fashioned here — all I wanted from the deal was traditional Lego playsets. Locations and characters we all love, recreated in that trademark Lego style. I was thinking a Peach’s Castle playset, an Animal Crossing village, a big … well, Hyrule Castle, all of them populated with lil’ Nintendo minifigs.

Since that’s not happening, then, all we’ve got are Biziaev’s images to go on, revealing his plans for everything from hidden treasures to a full-blown transformation after Ganon’s Ocarina of Time takeover.

While we’re on the subject, the latest round of Ideas announcements also showed that Lego and/or Nintendo also passed on sets based on Animal Crossing and Metroid, while an Among Us build also missed out.


  • I really doubt it has all that much to do with Nintendo or else LEGO would add them to the list of IPs that they will not accept suggestions on (as they know they cannot license).
    The more likely cause is simply that this round was the biggest ever (57 ideas that had reached 10k votes) and they only ever approve one or two at a time so they can actually release them all on schedule. Lately they also haven’t been picking many games/film/TV-based Ideas at all (other than TV sets like Friends, Seinfeld and The Office), instead going for art pieces.

  • With official Mario LEGO out, I’d say there’s every chance that the problem here is that there’s official Zelda sets on the way already.

  • Honestly if it wasn’t for the crest on the flags and maybe the Link minifig, I’d struggle to identify that this was a Zelda set unless I was told. It’s a bit generic to me and there’s probably some more iconic sets or scenes that could be used. You’d likely need to nano scale it, but I think some of the islands from Windwaker or maybe the Link to the Past map could make more recognisable sets.

    The Metroid and Animal Crossing sets I thought did a much better job of capturing the IP they were based on.

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