Earlier this year, a Sonic the Hedgehog Lego set was greenlit by the massive toy company through its Lego Ideas program. In this community, Lego builders from around the world can submit their creations—from brand tie-ins to custom models—to Lego Ideas, where other members can vote and show their support for the set ideas they like. Sets that reach 10,000 votes move on to a review phrase where Lego itself assesses whether it wants to make the set, potentially turning what was just an idea into a full-on product. Many other game pitches have gone through the Lego Ideas system to varying degrees of success, like Fall Guys and The Legend of Zelda.
An image of the Lego Sonic the Hedgehog set is here, giving fans a first-look at what the model will entail. NazoTheVengefulOne shared the image to the official Sonic subreddit, and right away, it is clear that Lego abandoned the Sonic Mania theme of the original pitch; the Hard-Boiled Heavies and the Death Egg Robot are no longer present in this new design.What remains is a clean depiction of Green Hill Zone, including a bridge with a Crabmeat robot, an iconic loop, a Motobug on a platform floating above it, Invincibility and Speed Shoes item boxes, and many other details. The most jarring detail of the set is probably Dr. Robotnik in his hovercraft, who's face looks a little strange due to the layering pieces.
While this is the first official Sonic the Hedgehog Lego set, the character has been around as an official Lego figure for many years now. Sonic the Hedgehog appeared in Lego Dimensions, the 2015 toys-to-life game, as a purchaseable character pack, receiving his own campaign and levels. Like how the Flash in Lego Batman or Quicksilver in Lego Marvel Super Heroes are faster than regular characters, Sonic was one of the fastest playable characters in Lego Dimensions. Minifigures of many other Sonic characters appeared during his campaign including Tails the Fox, Knuckles the Echidna, and of course, Big the Cat.
It is awesome to see Lego and Sega finally producing an official Sonic set after having the opportunity to do so for years. Nintendo in the last year has been pushing hard with Lego Mario products, like the Lego Super Mario 64 Item Block set, or the "playable" Super Mario Bros. NES set. One can't forget to mention that massive line of electronic Lego Mario sets, where players can build their own courses and have Mario react to them. It is unlikely that Sega will get the same sort of deal with Lego, but having an official Sonic the Hedgehog set is pretty incredible nonetheless.