It seems like such an obvious choice, but the people at LEGO are finally getting around to releasing a Back to the Future LEGO set. Although there are many unofficial BTTF LEGO creations out there (including this amazing locomotive time machine set from Back to the Future Part III), the LEGO DeLorean time machine is the first official set released by those purveyors of connectable blocks.
According to Brick Fanatics, LEGO used their own crowd-sourcing website LEGO Cuusoo to approve and release the Back to the Future set. The way it works is, if a fan submits designs for a LEGO set and 10,000 fans endorse it, LEGO takes a look at the project and considers whether there might be a larger market for it. Needless to say, the prospect of a LEGO DeLorean didn’t take long before it hit the 10,000 fans mark.
One of the best things about the LEGO Cuusoo program is that the approved designers will get 1% of the profits for the LEGO set’s worldwide sales. Now 1% doesn’t seem like much, but considering that LEGO is one of the most popular toy manufacturers in the world, 1% could be nothing to scoff at. The Back to the Future design team, led by Mashahi Togami, will donate the 1% of their entire earnings to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Check out an ad from BrickNews for the LEGO set below:
The Back to the Future LEGO set will come with instructions on how to assemble the DeLorean time machine from each of the three movies (original, hover-converted, and railroad), Marty McFly and Doc Brown mini-figures, and a booklet that will contain production photos from the trilogy.
The Back to the Future LEGO set will hit toy shelves on July 18. As of this post, pricing is not yet available. Watch the LEGO Cuusoo announcement below: