Imagine a world where you could have Blanche, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia around all the time, just to play with? Lego, the company that makes those tiny little construction pieces that kill your feet when stepped on, has a fan site where loyalists can submit their ideas for prospective Lego sets. One entry currently gaining steam is an elaborate replication of the "Golden Girls," the popular TV show about four senior women living together in Florida that originally aired from 1985 to 1992 and lives on in syndication.
If a project reaches 10,000 supporters and is chosen to be made into an official Lego product, the creator receives 1 percent of the total net sales of the product (including third-party intellectual property rights for further development such as a game, TV show or movie). The creator, which in this case goes by the handle LostSleep, also gets five complimentary copies of his Lego idea set, as well as credit on the packaging.
But the first step toward the Lego brass ring is garnering 10,000 supporters, at which point a Lego review board will consider it. The "Golden Girls" set had more than 5,000 votes at the time of publication and the enthusiasm in the comments was palpable.
hillaryk722 wrote that she "would buy this in a heartbeat!" In fact, she created an account just to be able to vote for it.
"Here, just take my money! Best idea ever!" wrote oshea1222. And gabbygia1 asked "How can this not be made?! Huge mistake if it's not. I can not wait to get these."
Yarsian commented, "I love this idea and I would buy however many sets were created. I haven't bought Legos for myself in too long, but I would own this in a heart beat."
Idea projects that reach the magic goal of 10,000 supporters are reviewed by the company quarterly, said Amanda Santoro, Lego brand relations manager. She noted that anyone 13 or older may submit an idea and that, generally speaking, about a dozen ideas per quarter reach the review stage. To date, nine projects have been made into limited edition Lego sets, including the Ecto-1 from "Ghostbusters" and the DeLorean from "Back to the Future."
Licensing rights are an issue, noted Santoro, who added "but it absolutely can be done." As proof, she pointed to the Lego "Big Bang Theory" set.
So what else does an idea for a "Golden Girl" Lego set need to see the light of day? Maybe a tweet from Betty White.