LEGO is one of the most iconic toy brands around, beloved by men, women, and children worldwide for its focus on creativity. In recent years, however, the company has taken to using outside properties, and with great effect. Some have even branched out into the world of video games, with the likes of LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Batman achieving great success.
Indeed, LEGO’s relationship with the world of video games seems to be going from strength to strength. Marvel’s superhero team The Avengers will receive a LEGO video game in January, whilst a number of the company’s favorite brand spin-offs will join forces in LEGO Dimensions, with Doctor Who recently receiving a trailer for his role in the title. Meanwhile, LEGO’s own games have also proved successful, including LEGO City: Undercover.
It’s also been made perfectly clear that these LEGO and video game roles can be quite easily reversed, with video games influencing real-life creations. Nowhere is this more apparent than in a fantastic fan-made build from LEGO enthusiast Joseph Zawada. Zawada spent countless hours recreating The Legend of Zelda’s iconic Hyrule Castle from scratch, revealing the immense project at LEGO convention BrickFair Virginia 2015 last week.
The impressive feat of LEGO engineering was revealed by LEGO aficionados Beyond The Brick, who spoke with Zawada about the project. Apparently taking over two and a half years to complete, Zawada put particular effort into the curved roof design of the castle. Zawada also focused on the vegetation around the side of the castle, trying to make it seem as natural as possible.
Zawada was influenced by Hyrule Castle from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess in particular, which he explained is his favorite game in the much-loved Nintendo franchise. Because of the sheer size of the castle in the game, Zawada had to bump up the scale of the project multiple times, using as many base plates as he could get his hands on. Thankfully, the castle still has plenty of little details, with Zelda and Link sitting pretty at the top of the castle’s main tower.
Of course, it’s unlikely that we’ll see an official The Legend of Zelda LEGO set any time soon, but that’s not likely to stop fans from recreating their favorite locations and items from the series. Zelda players have already build Link’s famous Hylian Shield using LEGO, and The Legend of Zelda is not the only game to see fan builds. Indeed, one Plants vs. Zombies fan even put forward a set based on the tower defense game to be made into an official LEGO release. We can only wonder at what gaming-based LEGO project will see the light of day next.