LEGO has announced the latest set in the Ideas theme – and it’s a brick-built recreation of one of the most iconic video game levels ever – the Green Hills Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog. Conceived by Viv Grannell and packed with details and Easter eggs, the LEGO Ideas 21331 Sonic the Hedgehog Green Hill Zone comes with will 1125 pieces. It be available on the 1st of January 2022 for US $69.99 | CAN $89.99 | UK £59.99.
The Green Hill Zone appeared as the first level of Sonic’s debut in 1991. It’s had many incarnations over the years, but this is the first time it’s appeared as an official LEGO set.
LEGO Designer Sam Johnson converted Viv Grannell’s concept into the official set. Sam describes the set as “just as colourful and fun as the in-game version of The Green Hill Zone” and “[Filled] with lots of easter eggs and even prizes to help fans enjoy some of their most beloved gaming icons in a brand-new way.”
This 1125 piece set incorporates play features like a Technic lever that can catapult Sonic into the air and prizes that can be claimed.
A Sonic minifigure previously appeared in 2016’s 71244 LEGO Dimensions Level Pack, but this set features an completely revised design with new side-printing on the legs, a new face print, and an updated torso.
Joining Sonic are three brick built characters – Crabmeat, Moto Bug (with two facial expressions), and Dr. Eggman. The Phantom Ruby will also be making an appearance, as are 10 boxes of golden-colored Rings to help set the stage.
21331 LEGO Ideas Sonic the Hedgehog Green Hill Zone will be available for purchase starting January 1, 2022 for US $69.99 | CAN $89.99 | UK £59.99. The full press release from LEGO as well as an expanded photo gallery is included below.
From Players to Builders: The new LEGO® Ideas Sonic the Hedgehog™
Green Hill Zone set offers fans a fun run of nostalgia
28th December 2021: Today, the LEGO Group announces the new LEGO® Ideas Sonic the Hedgehog™ Green Hill Zone set; a detailed LEGO brick representation of one of the most iconic video game levels ever. Conceived by 24-year-old, UK based LEGO superfan Viv Grannell, through the LEGO Ideas platform, this new analog version of the Green Hill Zone gives fans the chance to build and display a piece of gaming history.
Sonic the Hedgehog™ blasted onto the screens of gamers worldwide in 1991, racing to grab gold rings as he ran through the first level of the game — the now-iconic Green Hill Zone — a bright-green landscape with a look inspired by the California hills. Sonic has kept up the tradition of featuring the much-loved Green Hill Zone in many new versions of the game over the past 30 years — and now the zone can be tackled in a new way; a “real life” LEGO version, designed to be built by fans, arriving in LEGO Stores and https://LEGO.com/Sonic on New Year’s Day.
Lots of fun details and easter eggs have been incorporated into 1,125-piece set including five minifigures – an updated version of Sonic, Crabmeat, Moto Bug, Dr. Eggman and the Phantom Ruby. Also included are 10 boxes of golden-coloured Rings and a Technic lever to spring Sonic and friends into the air. And just like in the game, you can earn a gem reward as you build the set! This fun-filled LEGO build results in a dynamic display set or one that can be played with by any Sonic or LEGO fan for years to come.
LEGO fan Viv Grannell is a passionate Sonic enthusiast and saw an opportunity to create a dedicated LEGO set. They submitted their design to the LEGO Ideas® platform, a LEGO initiative that allows fans to create designs which are then voted on by the wider LEGO fan community. The submission reached the required 10,000 votes to be considered by the LEGO team to be made into reality.
Taking on the challenge of turning the concept into a LEGO set was LEGO Designer Sam Johnson. Talking about the set, Sam said; “Just about anyone who has enjoyed video games on any level in the last 30 years, knows and loves Sonic — and has probably sped through the unforgettable Green Hill Zone with him. We have designed this set to be just as colourful and fun as the in-game version of The Green Hill Zone, then filled it with lots of easter eggs and even prizes to help fans enjoy some of their most beloved gaming icons in a brand-new way.”
The LEGO Sonic the Hedgehog Green Hill Zone set is available from 1st January 2022 via LEGO Stores and https://LEGO.com/Sonic, at the recommended retail price of $69.99 / £59.99 / €69.99.
“Ten boxes of rings” is really throwing me for a loop. Pun intended.