Lego’s Official Sonic the Hedgehog Set Mimics the Perfect Green Hill Zone
After months of waiting, Lego’s official Sonic the Hedgehog set is finally here: a $69.99, 1,125-piece recreation of the iconic Green Hill Zone stage, complete with Lego versions of the titular Heroic Hedgehog, a handful of classic Sonic villains , dr. Eggman, and – of course – the Chaos Emeralds.
Officially called the Lego Ideas Sonic the Hedgehog Green Hill Zone set, the origins of the new kit lie in a crowdsourced Lego Ideas set proposed in early 2019 by Lego and Sonic fan Viv Grannell. After the set reached 10,000 votes through the Ideas program, Lego conducted an official assessment of the project in March 2020, and green-lit the proposal for development into a real set in February 2021.
And the final set looks great: the clear, blocky 8-bit design of the original set translates to real good for the similar brick-based Lego design, and the set’s details (including a checkpoint marker, Technic-powered spring to launch Sonic, power-up crates, and a perfect loop) all feel straight out of the Genesis original.
The final set takes a bit of a different direction from Grannell’s original proposed Idea set, which was more explicitly focused on Sonic Mania, featuring Lego versions of that game’s evil Hard Boiled Heavies, Egg Robot mech, and the Phantom Ruby.
However, the retail set takes a less title-specific approach to recreating Green Hill Zone in Lego form, featuring the stage’s Crabmeat and Moto Bug enemies and the Dr. Eggman boss (all three of which are built from bricks, rather than the more traditional minifigure design), along with Eggman’s Egg Mobile ship.
The new Sonic set isn’t technically the first time Sonic has appeared in Lego form. The character was part of a Lego Dimensions couple set in 2016, although the new minifigure version of Sonic has an updated design with additional details (such as Sonic’s sneaker buckles printed on the minifigure’s feet).
It’s important to note that unlike Lego’s other significant recent video game partnership with Nintendo, super mario sets, the Sonic sets are not intended to be interactive play sets. Sonic’s Lego debut is a purely brick-based creation, with no smart sensors or accompanying apps. That said, the set is intended to be somewhat modular, allowing fans to purchase multiple copies (or perhaps additional Sonic-themed sets someday) to expand the level.
The Lego Ideas Sonic the Hedgehog Green Hill Zone set will be available in person starting New Years Day both in Lego stores and on Lego’s website for $69.99. But if you’re in the market for a copy, you might want to take a cue from Sonic itself and go…quickly.