'Sherlock' Lego set: 221B Baker St. tribute in bricks
Sherlock Holmes and his cohorts may one day make fine Lego minifigs. Lego is reviewing the possibility, along with six other Winter Lego Review qualifiers.
The consulting detective Sherlock Holmes and his friends, family, colleagues, and enemies -- as well as the legendary locale of their home at 221B Baker St. -- might end up a legitimate Lego set.
The "Sherlock" Lego set, created by a Lego enthusiast who goes by the name "Flailx," is one of six Winter Lego Review qualifiers -- along with sets for Macross VF-1 Valkyrie; Legend of Zelda: Iron Knuckle Encounter; The Adventure Time Project; the "Back to the Future" DeLorean; and Japanese Old Style Architecture -- submitted on the Lego CUUSOO site, where Lego fans share their concepts for a chance at seeing them created.
The suggested "Sherlock" minifigs include Sherlock Holmes, his best friend Dr. Watson, their landlady Mrs. Hudson, D.I. Greg Lestrade, forensic pathologist Molly Hooper, Sherlock's brother Mycroft Holmes, and villain Jim Moriarty.
"The set was designed with the adult collector and fan of the show in mind, and so accuracy in matching the set was a priority," Flailx wrote in the description. "There are a number of building techniques employed throughout the set, and I believe it would be an enjoyable build."
The set has two possible different styles. The smaller version of the 221B Baker St. consulting room includes Watson and Sherlock's comfy chairs, a fireplace with a skull on the mantle, Sherlock's desk, the quintessential teapot, and a hat rack with the famous deerstalker hat. There's even the bison skull mounted to the wall with headphones hanging from it.
A more expanded version of the consulting room includes everything in the smaller version, with the addition of Sherlock's couch, Union Jack pillow, lamps, a coffee table, an end table, a bowl of fruit, the iconic fleur de lys motif wallpaper (in sticker form), and a skull art print by John Pinkerton. The full set would use 450 Lego pieces.
Since the "Sherlock" Lego set gained more than 10,000 supporters, the project moves into the review stage, where a board comprised of Lego designers, product managers, and other key team members will examine the design. The team then builds concept models to decide if the design meets the high standards it takes to make a Lego product, such as playability, safety, and fit with the company brand.
"The review is a thorough process from its start and can take several months," the Lego CUUSOO team page stated. "When finished, we make a 'go/no go' decision to develop and sell a product based on the 'Sherlock' concept."
Here's hoping the "Sherlock" Lego set becomes a real set and isn't destined to only become a fan dream to store away in our Mind Palace.