It’s not often that a fan’s LEGO design gets the greenlight from the Danish toymaker for commercial production and release worldwide, but it doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. Take Filipino designer Ivan Guerrero, for example, whose Sesame Street set is about to be sold worldwide.
Guerrero, who credits the show he grew up watching–and learned the ABCs and 123s from–for much of the creative inspiration he has now as a commercial director, is only the second Filipino to achieve this feat, after Malaysia-based software engineer Leandro Tayag’s Voltron set got the greenlight for his Voltron set back in 2017.
He first submitted his Sesame Street set design to LEGO Ideas, the toymaker’s community-based website which takes in suggestions and gives designers a chance to convert them into actual sets, back in 2017. The program requires a submitted design to earn 10,000 votes before it can be considered to undergo a selective review process.
His design eventually got the approval from the toy production giant and this year, on November 1st to be exact, the sets will be on the shelves of LEGO stores around the world.
The 1,367-piece Sesame Street set, based on the show which first aired in the 1960s, includes minifigures of series mainstays such as Bert, Ernie, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, and Elmo, along with Guerrero’s other proposed characters, all set around the apartment building often seen in the episodes.
At the back of the main apartment building, the interiors of Ernie and Bert’s room, as well as Elmo’s room, can be seen.
Another building, which LEGO later decided to add in the design, has character Abby’s secret garden and Cookie Monster’s apartment room.
Guerrero’s playset is also the first to have an original mold for the minifigures, too, as opposed to the standard design which includes a studded-head, body, and legs.
For many fans of the show, it’s a chance to relive memories of watching Sesame Street as a kid. For Guerrero, who spent months researching and designing the set, it’s also an opportunity to bring the long-running series’ most memorable episodes and the lessons that came with it.
Apart from Easter eggs and a UFO at the top of the roof in reference to The Martians called the Yip-yips, Guerrero has included a piece bearing a caricature of Mr. Hooper. It’s a nod to episode 1839, where the character, played by Will Lee, passes away after Lee’s demise, in an attempt to teach young viewers a lesson on death and grieving.
Though he initially hoped that it’d coincide with the show’s 50th anniversary last year, Guerrero says the set’s release, nevertheless, is a dream come true.
“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,” he says in a press release. “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.”
The Sesame Street LEGO set will be available in the Philippines this November 1 via LEGO Certified Store PH. The first 100 boxes to be sold will be autographed by Guerrero himself.
Meanwhile, the filmmaker has submitted a LEGO set based on James Cameron’s Avatar and it currently has about 9,500 votes. He’s hoping for it’s approval just in time for the movie’s sequel set for a 2022 theatrical release.
Featured image by Ariana Maralit
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