The actual proposal is available on the LEGO CUUSOO website, and that's where you can go to vote for the proposal, showing LEGO that there are Muppet fans out there who would buy these toys. More on that later.
So far, there have been three stages to what's being shown on the Muppet LEGO Proposal site: the first stage was hand-drawn sketches of things we might see, and a lot of those are on the site. I'm a doodler, and that's where most of my ideas start. Some of the sketches were drawn without a Muppet reference or an idea of LEGO scale, but it got the ideas on paper.
The third stage for my development of the Muppet LEGO Proposal has been the most challenging--learning to use the LEGO Digital Designer software. This is a program that lets you design virtual LEGO models. I didn't have experience in that area, so learning to design a Muppet Theater and Swedish Chef's Kitchen and Muppet Labs and other playsets and vehicles has been at times difficult, but ultimately rewarding.
Muppet Labs, where Dr. Honeydew's cloning machine has a frog in its throat.
Here on The Muppet Mindset, I'm debuting the next part of the Muppet LEGO Proposal, and that's the first pictures of the Veterinarian's Hospital team, an LDD model of what the Veterinarian's Hospital Ambulance could look like, and some of the weirder performers from The Muppet Show.
The ambulance itself would be pretty straightforward; a modern vehicle or an old-timey one, either would work. A stretcher and unfortunate victim/patient would need to fit in the back of it. Removable equipment would help our heroes operate on the guy (in this case, he looks like Crazy Harry) with tools like a big hammer, chainsaw, dynamite (Crazy Harry obviously needs something removed), etc.
Some other new characters I made in this same batch:
So. Here's what it comes down to you. If you think you'd like to see LEGO make Muppet toys, this is how you make it happen. It's a simple three step process, with two extra steps for those of you that are extra-crazy/weird/enthusiastic/really REALLY want to get Muppet LEGO made.
STEP 1: Go to the Muppet LEGO Proposal. If you're in the mood, you can look at the other pictures there, and read everything I wrote there. The smallest set would just have Kermit and his banjo in the swamp, and they'd get bigger and more expensive until you get to something like The Muppet Theater.
STEP 2: Click on "Support" and register as a new member of CUUSOO. You can do that with your Facebook, Twitter, or your email. Several people have asked me if they'd get spammed from LEGO CUUSOO if they registered, and as a longtime member, and someone with a proposal on the site, I've never received an email from them. They don't seem to be in the spamming business, so you should be safe.
STEP 3: Vote for the Muppets! As of now, there are 1,433 supporters. Which isn't bad. There are many projects with less than a hundred supporters, most have less than a thousand. The magic number is 10,000. The Muppets need your vote. When you vote, there's a question asking "How much would you spend on this product." This just gives LEGO an idea of what you might spend. If you think you'd just buy the little Kermit the Frog set, put $8. If you think you'd buy every Muppet thing that LEGO puts out, say $200. Or whatever you think you'd spend. It's not like a school fundraiser where they'll rough you up if you don't pay for that candy bar you bought from the marching band. Those band geeks are vicious!
STEP 4: Tell other people about it! I'm reminded of the song "Just One Person"... and what it means for the Muppets. Tell your family, tell your friends, tell people who you don't think are likely Muppet or LEGO fans--because there are a lot of people out there who like either one or the other. Post it on your Facebook wall, Tweet it, get it tattooed on... well, that's up to you--just encourage people to VOTE.
STEP 5: Keep visiting the LEGO CUUSOO proposal, and comment there. If you have ideas that you think would be good, or characters you'd like to see as LEGO minifigures, tell me there. The LEGO CUUSOO team keeps track of the proposals with active comment sections, and if you like what's happening, or would rather see something else, talk about it there.
Then what? Then... we wait until it reaches the magic number. How likely is it that Muppets LEGO will get made? Well, a lot of the obstacles are already out of the way. The Muppets are owned by Disney, and LEGO has the Disney license. The Muppets have a hit under their belt, and another movie soon to be in production. The Muppets are considered an "evergreen" property that have an appeal to kids, teens, and adults--which is something that LEGO considers. The chances... aren't terrible.
LEGO reviews the CUUSOO proposals at key points--the Muppets proposal passed its first review, with encouragement to keep on plugging away. So I am. We are. I've also heard from some people behind the scenes at LEGO that the designers really like the idea, and would love to see it get made. So vote! There will be more updates coming over the coming weeks and months--keep checking in to see what's happening. The point of this is to have fun, and share the love of the Muppets and of LEGO with the world. It's a world I love, and I'm having a lot of fun in it.
The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier, firstname.lastname@example.org