Whenever you think of LEGO, you probably think of static models, playsets with some movement for kids or even teaching tools. Now, the company is making a set which promises to focus squarely on interactivity in the form of the LEGO Ideas Maze Set 21305, a fully buildable and customisable ball and labyrinth game.
This set started life as a passion project for LEGO enthusiast Jason Alleman, also known as mad LEGO scientist JK Brickworks. He submitted the project to the Ideas platform – a forum in which fans of the brick can submit concepts that can eventually be turned into fully licensed sets.
To date, this project has churned out some frankly wonderful ideas we thought would never get the LEGO treatment. Because of it, you can buy sets featuring Wall-E, Doctor Who, the DeLorean from Back to the Future and even the Ecto-1 from the original Ghostbusters.
With the set close to a public release on April 1st (overseas, at least), we’re starting to see the nitty-gritty of this inventive toy. And who better to give the tour than Alleman himself?
Alleman really does a great job of showing why this toy works so well in this unique medium. Not only is it a blast to see how the complex mechanism works, but also to see how it comes together so easily, and how you can do almost anything to it. Change the colours, make the mechanics better, heck, you could even completely redesign it if that takes your fancy.
Top of the list, however, is the fact that you can make your own mazes. The playing area of the game is based on a single baseplate which you can remove and customise to your hearts content. While the set comes with two variants, the included booklet gives ideas for more and after that you can start making your own.
If you want a great desk toy for the executive in your life or a regular toy toy for anyone else, expect it to be released in South Africa shortly after the overseas date. The RRP is $69.99 in the US, and we’re estimating a price around R1 200 based on local pricing of similar sets.
We’re already dreaming of playing the thing; are you going to pick one up as well?