Minecraft LEGO gets the green light

January 26, 2012 // 12:50 p.m.

Tags: #lego #lego-cuusoo #minecraft #mojang #notch

Everyone's favourite real-world block-based toy, LEGO, has officially announced a partnership with everyone's favourite virtual-world block-based game, Minecraft, on a project that will see official LEGO Minecraft packs sold in stores.

Part of the CUUSOO project - LEGO's project to provide those with ideas for new LEGO products a platform to drum up support and see them turned into a reality - the proposal to make Minecraft LEGO sets has gained over 10,000 supporters. As a result, it's officially going to go through review with a view to creating a commercial realisation of Mojang's dream.

'Until now, the project has been in the LEGO Review — a stage before product development begins where a LEGO Jury evaluates the idea’s feasibility as a product and makes a decision,' the company confirmed.

'We're happy to announce that the Minecraft project on LEGO CUUSOO has passed the LEGO review and we are now developing a concept that celebrates the best aspects of building with the LEGO system and in Minecraft.'

The news has been welcomed by the game's many fans, but neither LEGO nor Mojang are ready to share full details at this time. 'We can't wait to show it to you — but it isn't ready just yet,' a LEGO spokesperson told fans. 'These things take time, so we appreciate your patience. More details are to come.'

For each LEGO CUUSOO project created, the originator gets a one per cent royalty; not much, to be sure, but on a popular set it could soon add up to serious cash. That money won't be going to Minecraft creator Mojang, though: the company has confirmed that it will be donating its royalty payments directly to charity.

Looking forward to seeing Minecraft enter the real world, or should LEGO stick to hospitals and fire stations? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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