My wife and I have been playing a lot of Lego video games lately. It's pretty much all we have played over the past couple of months. We worked our way through Lego Batman and Lego Lord of the Rings, we started on Star Wars II (The Original Trilogy), but now we're into Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, with Lego Pirates of the Caribbean waiting for us (even though we're not huge fans of the franchise, we'll give it a shot) and a bit of time to track down the two Lego Harry Potter and Lego Indiana Jones games. It feels kind of silly to enjoy them so much, but it's a lot of fun to play them together and to discover all of the hidden secrets, along with the catharsis of destroying almost everything on the screen. I'm sure we'll pick up Lego Marvel Heroes sometime next year after it releases later in 2013, but it got me thinking about what pop culture properties I would enjoy having turned into Lego games. Here are my top 5, preceded by a couple of honourable mentions (ie. the two most likely possibilities that I felt the need to include so this post was not completely ridiculous).
a. Toy Story. Disney has already allowed the Pirates franchise to be Lego-ized, so why not Toy Story? I think it would be so much fun to play through episodes from each of the movies, and there are more than enough characters to make it work. Another possibility would be other Pixar properties - just imagine Wall-E or The Incredibles as Lego. Of course, knowing the marketability, Cars will be the first greenlit of any Pixar property.
b. Iron Man. It wasn't the greatest movie trilogy ever, but it was mostly enjoyable, and it had some great characters and scenes that could be easily Legofied. I think that the three movies would break down well into episodes, and it would be really fun if they could use actual voice clips like they did for LOTR.
And now for my actual Top 5 (well, 6. I couldn't leave one out):
5T. 80s Transformers. How cool would it look to have Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots in Lego form, not to mention the Decepticons? Dinobots, Constructicons, Shockwave and his animals - it would be incredible! You could easily have the story told from two perspectives, and the 1986 movie alone would make for a great part of the game. Think of Lego Unicron (just checked - it has not been satisfactorily done yet) and Lego Junkbots. As long as it's not based on the Michael Bay version...[shudder]...
5T. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. How has this not happened yet - the Lego already exists! Sure, it's based on the new animated reboot, but as if every child who was born in the '80s would not love this. They could use the plots from the original TV series, or the movie trilogy, or even from the new series - just give me some Lego Cowabunga!
4. Arrested Development. It's not nearly widely enough approved, nor anywhere near kid friendly, but just imagine the possibilities of scenes from the first season: Michael and George Michael trying to rebuild the banana stand; Gob trying to bust out of prison; Michael, Gob, and Buster fighting on the steps of the courthouse. And then the characters: Lego never-nude Tobias; Lego Carl Weathers; Lego Annyong; Lego J. Walter Weatherman (with a removable arm, of course). If Lego ever decides to pursue a more mature audience, look no further than AD.
3. Firefly/Serenity. The second most unlikely entry on this list, but it would be so much fun to play out some of the stories from the short-lived Joss Whedon series. Just thinking of the Jayne toque in Lego form makes me smile, and wouldn't Lego Reavers be the most terrifying villains ever? It has already been started, as someone has created Lego Serenity. You can't take the sky from me...
2. Futurama. I don't think a Lego Simpsons game would really work (though it has been rumoured for next year), but Futurama would be a lot of fun. They would not even have to replicate material that already exists; they could write an entirely new story, much like they did for the Xbox/PS2 Futurama game over a decade ago. And with production on the series stopped after this year, the creative team - including all of the voice actors - would love to have a way to continue the Futurama legacy. C'mon - Lego Planet Express would be amazing, and all of the extra characters in the universe would make it a really fun game.
1. Star Trek. Just imagine the different ways this game could be: each of the original six movies having a couple of episodes. Episodes from the original series summarized in Lego form. Even doing TNG episodes or movies or the new stream of movies - the possibilities are endless, and the tone of the games would suit Star Trek well. Please, Paramount, make this happen!
So which properties did I miss? Which franchises would you love to see Lego-ized? Game of Thrones? Breaking Bad? Terminator? Mushroom Kingdom? Discuss!