LEGO has officially unveiled the next set from LEGO Ideas – 21324 123 Sesame Street.
The television icon and staple for so many homes around the world (including both my childhood and that of my children) is now immortalised in LEGO, thanks to fan designer Ivan Guerrero. While the black box doesn’t really suit the set, it does make the colours absolutely pop.
Consisting of 1,367 pieces, retailing at US $119.99 / DE €119.99 / UK £109.99 / AU $199.99, this set will be available from 1st November, 2020.
This looks like a really fun set. It’s just a shame it’s diverted so much from the original submission. The cutaway section of Hooper’s Store just looks off to me.
The minifigures include Elmo, Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster, and Big Bird. They look great. Big Bird from front on looks a little odd, but the image further up gives a good look at him from the side and it looks excellent.
Oscar also looks a little odd, but they’ve done quite well with the restrictions in the medium.
There’s plenty of detail in the interiors – from Cookie monster’s living room (I love the classic Sesame Street streetlight!)…
Bert playing with his pet pigeon Bernice…
Elmo’s room with plenty of toys (is Elmo a fan of Tintin? That looks suspiciously like Tintin’s rocket…)
And Bert and Ernie’s bedroom, which also has a bath. That Ernie is in. Fully clothed. While Bert is reading him a book. About Cooking with Oatmeal. Weird.
I get that the bath absolutely needed to be included, but at least try to wall it off…
Anyway, the exterior also looks well detailed, with Oscar perched in his bin looking perfectly grumpy.
I’m really excited to see what this set is like. I’ll make sure I review it next year (I’ve got some fun sets to come still!)
The full press release is below, with some more images.
STEP UP TO THE BRAND-NEW LEGO® IDEAS 123 SESAME STREET Imagined by a keen LEGO builder and seasoned Sesame Street fan, the first-ever Sesame Street product from the LEGO Group will be available from 1st November from LEGO.com and LEGO Stores.
Voted for by LEGO brick lovers all over the world, a wonderfully nostalgic new LEGO Ideas set has been brought to life after being envisioned by an avid builder. The brand-new LEGO® Ideas 123 Sesame Street set is the latest product from the LEGO Ideas collection, which conceptualises and produces the creative wonders imagined and voted for by LEGO brick fans themselves.
Created with all the delightful elements of 123 Sesame Street, the new set is packed with authentic details from the famous New York City neighbourhood. From Bert and Ernie’s apartment, in which Bert famously pleaded with Ernie to remove a banana from his ear so he could hear better, to Big Bird’s nest, where the grown-ups finally met Mr. Snuffleupagus in person – builders will marvel in Sesame Street’s most memorable moments.
As they embark on their immersive build journey of LEGO® Ideas 123 Sesame Street, seasoned LEGO fans and younger builders alike can take a trip down memory lane, passing by Hooper’s Store, Oscar the Grouch’s trash can, and many more quintessential Sesame Street locations, making it the perfect set to enjoy on your own or together as a family. Fans can even bring their favourite characters and show moments to life with the brand new and exclusive buildable minifigures which have been moulded specifically for the set, including characters such as Cookie Monster, Elmo and Big Bird.
The new LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street set is part of the LEGO Ideas collection, which offers fans the opportunity to submit their own brick creations with the chance to have their concept brought to life with the help of LEGO master designers and a share of the profits. Other recent LEGO Ideas sets inspired by LEGO fans, include the LEGO Ideas Grand Piano and the LEGO Ideas Friends Central Perk.
Created by Sesame Street fan and LEGO enthusiast Ivan Guerrero, this set brings together the magic of the iconic New York City street with the mindful and creative building experience of LEGO bricks to create an instant classic.
Speaking about the creative journey, Ivan Guerrero said: “As a long-time fan of the LEGO Group and Sesame Street, it has been a dream come true to be able to merge my two passions into a memorable set for fellow builders to enjoy. LEGO bricks and Sesame Street shaped both my childhood and adult years, and the opportunity to work with the LEGO Ideas team to bring this quintessential New York street to life has been thrilling.”
Federico Begher, VP of Global Marketing at The LEGO Group added: “We were instantly drawn to Ivan’s idea, as we had never created an official LEGO product with Sesame Street before. It was clear from the submission that Ivan is passionate about Sesame Street and he really brought it to life with the wide array of characters and bright, classic colours. For the first time in the history of LEGO Ideas, we also had the opportunity to create brand new minifigures for a set – bringing something new and exciting to our LEGO fans.
Knowing the impact Sesame Street has had on the world for decades, sharing similar values with generations past and present, this felt like an exciting way to blend novelty with nostalgia, and pay homage to the truly iconic 123 Sesame Street through LEGO Ideas.”
“Your imagination and creativity can take you places—and with the help of LEGO Ideas, it’s now transporting fans to Sesame Street where you’re never too old for a playdate,” said Gabriela Arenas, Sesame Workshop’s Vice President of Licensing, North America.
Once built, the 1,367-piece LEGO® 123 Sesame Street is sure to bring excitement and nostalgia into any space, measuring 9” (24cm) high, 13.5” (35cm) wide and 8.2” (21cm) deep.
The new LEGO® Ideas 123 Sesame Street set is the latest example of how the LEGO Group aims to inspire builders of all ages to build, rebuild and get excited by the process of creation.
LEGO® 123 Sesame Street will be available directly via LEGO.com and LEGO Stores from 1st November