As one of the most prolific toy companies in the world, LEGO has expanded its brick building empire in partnership with several popular media properties from Disney to Star Wars to Harry Potter and more. With licensing partnerships, LEGO can occasionally dip into the gaming scene as well for inspiration. LEGO has partnered with Sega to create a Sonic Mania set, and the company has developed multiple sets around Minecraft.
After decades of successful video game properties, Nintendo has finally decided to seek a partnership with the toy brick company. With a LEGO version of the NES, and multiple sets inspired by Super Mario, Nintendo and LEGO fans were able to come together in 2020. Now that the LEGO Super Mario sets have become one of LEGO's most successful launches, Nintendo should be able to see that there is a huge audience for official Nintendo LEGO products. Looking to the future, there are multiple Nintendo IPs that the company should have turned into LEGO sets next.
It's no surprise that a Legend of Zelda LEGO product line is at the top of the list, as fans have been hoping for it for years. With the Zelda series celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2021, this would be a perfect time for Nintendo to finally make fans' dreams a reality. LEGO sets can often range in size, as there are smaller affordable sets, all the way up to huge, thousand-plus piece products. The Legend of Zelda would be a great addition that could have both small and premium LEGO creations.
There are numerous iconic locations from across the franchise that could be transformed into LEGOs, such as Hyrule Castle, Lon Lon Ranch, Zora's Domain, and more. There could even be a LEGO Temple of Time, which a fan's concept demonstrates, since the important location appears in multiple games. As LEGO Super Mario received multiple expansions, the same could be done for a LEGO Legend of Zelda, too.
While fans will be getting more news of the sequel to Breath of the Wild later this year, there is already so much content in Breath of the Wild and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity that Nintendo could push for an entire collection based on this part of the timeline. How cool would it be to be able to build various Shrines, a corrupted version of Hyrule Castle, or even Divine Beasts like Vah Ruta? Each of the Divine Beasts could compare in size to the Star Wars AT-AT set. With The Legend of Zelda, Nintendo and LEGO could hit a gold mine.
For one of Nintendo's newer properties, the Splatoon series has quickly turned into a popular franchise with high potential. Soon, fans will even get another installment in the series with Splatoon 3. Ideas for LEGO Splatoon sets could include versions of some of the game's stages, like Urchin Underpass or Hammerhead Bridge. The bright, neon colors that come from ink around the fields could also make for an eye-catching set. While Splatoon might not be the best choice for huge sprawling LEGO sets like The Legend of Zelda might, LEGO could still make some worthwhile products.