Fan-made ‘Shaun of the Dead’ tribute could be next Lego theme


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Bored with Batman? Tired of Toy Story? Had enough of Harry Potter? Here's a sneak peek at what could be Lego's next movie-licensed set -- and it's hungry for tasty, tasty brrraaaainssss.

As any horror fan will tell you, this is a lovingly accurate Lego replica of the "Winchester" pub from hit zombie comedy 'Shaun of the Dead'. It's three stories of zombie-infested watering hole, complete with customized minifigure replicas of the movie's cast, authentic props, and a small horde of zombies.

The Winchester replica began life as a fan project on Lego's crowd-sourced design site Cuusoo, where amateur Lego builders can submit their own ideas for consideration. The most popular designs stand a chance of being made into official Lego sets, a goal that's already been achieved by three models.

This one had something of an unfair advantage, however: a slot on prime-time television. To be precise, Shaun star Simon Pegg dropped its name during an interview on Conan O'Brien's Tonight Show, urging fans to vote for the design. Predictably, it had no difficulty in rocketing to the 10,000-fan mark over the weekend.

That's more than just a nice round number: it's enough support to send the Winchester to the next stage of the Cuusoo process, an official review by Lego to determine if it meets their corporate standards. Thanks to the movie's decidedly adult theme, it may have a hard time passing muster, as Lego has already hinted.

"There would need to be some significant internal discussion for us to agree to produce this as a product," a company rep posted on the project's homepage. "Please understand that this discussion has yet to take place, and while we appreciate your work and celebrate this big success with you, we are not guaranteeing production."

Its chances are hard to predict. In its favor, Lego sets based on violent movies aren't unprecedented, and there's already a shovel-wielding, brains-loving official zombie minifigure. But Shaun of the Dead's particular brand of gleeful, George Romero-esque bloodletting might prove a little too much for execs to stomach. We'll find out when the review process completes in a few months.

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