Shaun of the Dead Lego set is officially dead


Bad news, everyone. Remember the Yatkuu’s fan-made Shaun of the Dead Winchester Lego set we mentioned way back when? Well, even though he got 10,000 supporters for the Winchester set, the project has been reviewed and will not be produced. The official review of the set took place on April 26th, so apologies for only following up on the story just now.

It’s a real bummer given the work put into the piece and the amount of support it garnered. But buck up, buckaroos, it’ll be okay. The official statement from Lego is after cut, as is something to cheer you up.

[Via Very Aware, Yatkuu’s Cuusoo page]

From Yatkuu’s Cuusoo page:

Results of the LEGO Review for the Winchester – Shaun of the Dead

The LEGO Jury has completed the review of the Winchester – Shaun of the Dead project that hit 10,000 supporters on LEGO CUUSOO on March 31, 2012.

LEGO CUUSOO gives the opportunity to submit product ideas, however all LEGO products, regardless of age target, must be content appropriate for our core audience. With this in mind we have decided that — good though the model is — the film Shaun of the Dead contains content that is not appropriate for our core target audience of children ages 6-11.

Long before the Winchester received mainstream media attention, Greg (Yatkuu) contacted us in earnest to see if his project was acceptable. We recognized the potential conflict, but didn’t see a reason to remove the project. The model was presented tastefully and we thought it deserved fair consideration. With 10,000 supporters, the Winchester earned the opportunity to receive the full LEGO Review.

Greg has been a pleasure to work with throughout this process. We’re impressed by his model, grateful for his constructive approach with us, and we are sad to disappoint such a devoted LEGO fan.

Opening ourselves to new product suggestions invites popular ideas that don’t always fit our brand. This is the first time we’ve felt that we should turn a LEGO CUUSOO idea down, but we’re grateful for the spirit behind projects like the Winchester and for the opportunity to be challenged. It keeps us sharp and looking toward the future of the LEGO brick.

We appreciate the passion exhibited for new product ideas on LEGO CUUSOO.


Now, now. There, there. Let’s try to cheer up a little…

Hubert Vigilla
Brooklyn-based fiction writer, film critic, and long-time editor and contributor for Flixist. A booster of all things passionate and idiosyncratic.