Last week I had the pleasure of reviewing Lego Jurassic World, and it got me thinking as to what franchise Traveller’s Tales should attempt a Lego revision of next. The only rules that I set for myself were that the IP has to have had an official Lego set made of it and it has to be family-friendly (nothing above a PG-13).
Back To The Future has serious cult status. I would dare say that it is far more popular than Jurassic Park (although I think that game had more to do with the fact that there was a new film coming out) and probably about as popular as the Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit films. The films are so iconic that most people remember the set-pieces from the films. I can already imagine Lego-fied versions of some of them. You could have the car park scene where the DeLorean time-travels for the first time, before the terrorists come and shoot the whole thing up. Then there’s the first creation of the skateboard as Marty tries to escape Biff and his crew, this could even be a chase scene like the dinosaur escape sequences in Lego Jurassic World. Then the levels from the first film would culminate with the town square where Doc Brown has to connect the cables on the clock-tower before the lightning strikes. All of these are just from the first film; you could come up with similar amounts for both of the other films as well.
While Doctor Who doesn’t have the specific iconic scenes that something like Back To The Future has, it does have a similar cult following. I would imagine a Lego version of Doctor Who to be a bit more like the way Traveller’s Tales have handled the Lego Batman games. Create a new storyline and include as many classic characters as the story allows. Doctor Who has such a rich catalogue of characters that would make this work. Aside from the obvious enemies in the Daleks, there’s The Master, Cybermen, The Silence, Sontarans, Weeping Angels, Ood, and a whole rogues gallery. The game could also have greatly differing locales from London to the Tardis and numerous planets and time periods.
Ghostbusters is in the middle of a revival in a big way right now. As well as the female version of Ghostbusters coming soon that stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, there’s also talk of a reboot of the original film with Channing Tatum rumoured to star. Ghostbusters’ blend of action and comedy would work really well in a Lego game. The characters are well defined enough that the Lego versions would be easily distinguishable, as would Ecto-1 and the old fire station turned Ghostbusters headquarters. Just like the Back To The Future films, the Ghostbusters films also have enough memorable set-pieces to really make a game work. But that’s nothing compared to . . .
The longest running franchise in movie history, the series has lasted more than half a century, spanning 24 films (if you include this year’s Spectre). The issue with making a Lego game based on James Bond wouldn’t be which scenes could be made into a level, but which ones would you have to leave out as you’re so spoiled for choice. Alongside the cast of the different people who have played Bond, M, Q, Moneypenny, and others, there’s also a massive catalogue of classic villains to choose from. There are even a whole bunch of memorable locations and cars from which to cherry-pick. There has only ever been one decent game based on the Bond franchise and that was almost two decades ago; maybe a Lego version is the game that would buck that trend.
This could be one of the most meta games ever: a construction toy game about toys that know that they’re toys. Traveller’s Tales have such a light touch with comedy, I’d love to see what they could do here. Toy Story is in a similar position to the Jurassic Park films in that there is a classic trilogy already in place and a new film is on the way. This would make 2017 a brilliant time to bring out a Lego game based on the franchise. Pixar really knew what they were doing when they designed the characters for the first Toy Story movie and there are many iconic characters that the game could utilise.
Well that’s my five choices. Do you agree or disagree? Feel free to have your say in the comments section below.