Off Screen: Lego Gains Rights to Make 'Lord of the Rings' Play Sets; Can a Lego 'LotR' Video Game Series be Far Behind?

Off Screen: Lego Gains Rights to Make 'Lord of the Rings' Play Sets; Can a Lego 'LotR' Video Game Series be Far Behind?

Dec 16, 2011

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Peter Jackson and company are still in New Zealand, hard at work making the first installment in his two part adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s classic fantasy novel, The Hobbit, but we’ve got some cool news about off screen events that should have Middle Earth maniacs totally excited.

Warner Bros. has announced that they’ve awarded Lego the exclusive rights to create “build-and-play” construction sets based on the Lords of the Rings universe – including the two upcoming Hobbit films. Yes, that’s right – there could very well be a Helm’s Deep or Balrog made of Legos in your future.

The multi-year deal gives Lego access to all of the characters, settings, and stories in The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit universe, with the first release planned for June of 2012.

“Only LEGO, with their expertise in the construction category, is capable of doing justice to the incredibly imaginative environments depicted in the world of The Lord of the Rings and the two films based on The Hobbit," said Karen McTier, executive vice president, domestic licensing and worldwide marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. "These films give life to amazing worlds and characters and we are thrilled to bring fans these products that deliver an imaginative play experience befitting of these beloved properties." 

While that’s exciting, what’s even more interesting is that this would seemingly open the door for a series of Lego video games set in Middle Earth. Lego has long teamed with developer Traveller’s Tales to create entertaining games based on popular film licenses. Lego Star Wars, Batman, Indiana Jones, and other titles have managed to capture what was enduring about the films while presenting them in a Lego-fied world that appealed to gamers young and old.

Tolkien’s stories have been converted to games on multiple occasions -- including spin-offs and Lord of the Rings Online, a massively multiplayer role-playing game set in Middle Earth – but most of them have been disappointing. Perhaps Lego and Traveller’s Tales can find a way to change all that.

While no games have been officially announced yet – making this pure speculation on our part – we will definitely be getting Lego play sets based on Tolkien’s Middle Earth next year. Does the prospect of Lego Lord of the Rings sets and maybe some video games excite you as much as it does us? Let us know in the comment section. 

[via Topless Robot]

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