I posted these on Facebook and Twitter earlier today, and they got such a positive reception I thought I’d post them here (sorry If I’m spamming you with this).
One thing that is new: for the ‘Spaceman’ jersey I added shoulder patches that pay tribute to NASA’s famous Space Shuttle program logo. I was very happy to incorporate my favorite LEGO set of all time in the place of the NASA Shuttle.
No plans to release the red LEGO hockey jersey, but the blue Spaceman design is definitely a candidate for an offer down the road – minus the LEGO logo on the back (I can put something else there easily enough). Please like, tweet, and comment to help sway me into making it available.
Just like how video killed the radio star, video games have killed table hockey (at least here in North America, it’s a national pastime in Sweden). One factor is that hockey video games continue to evolve, while table hockey has remained essentially unchanged since it debuted in the 1930’s.
I still have fond memories of playing table hockey, having owned a Wayne Gretzky’s Overtime table in the early 90’s, with a bunch of extra teams and add-ons (like a Zamboni). That table saw many games. Nowadays very few people I know are interested in playing the game. Breaks me heart.
With that said, I’d like to offer up a series of ideas that will shake things up for ye olde table hockey game. Today we start things off with the key component of the game, the hockey players themselves. Read the rest of this entry
Above: Tim Thomas (left) and Alexander Ovechkin. I chose Thomas because he always appears to be smiling like that.
As you know I love LEGO about as much as I love hockey. Oddly enough, I only have one LEGO item in my possession: a hockey player minifig from a few years back. As you can see, that figure looks more like a football player, with the cage mask and shoulder pads.
LEGO could’ve done better with that minifig. It just needed a simple helmet and clear plastic visor, like LEGOvechkin up there. It would be like a car racer or astronaut helmet sans chin strap. In LEGO’s defense, they probably felt compelled to add accessories, hence the football shoulder pads.
Saying that, I feel a line of minifigs based on NHL players would be awesome. Of all the sports, hockey would translate best to LEGO. Because at a passing glance, a minifig with a helmet and stick is so readily identifiable as a hockey player.
I’m sure you are currently saying something along the lines “What are you rambling on for, Dave? WANT. Gimme gimme gimme!” I would love nothing more than to make these toys a reality for you. While you could probably make a skater easily enough with existing parts, a goalie would require many unique parts:
Unique hand pieces, stick, helmet, and pads. So LEGO or a third party company would have to make these molds.
One thing I should mention, is that actual LEGO NHL minifigs wouldn’t look this detailed. They usually just apply a decal to the front and back of the torso, and that’s it. No wraparound graphics. At least you’d have the team logo on the front, and name/number on the back. Additional decals could be added to the arms and legs.
Also if you check out that goalie stick, I made a bend so the hand can grasp it. An actual NHL goalie did this as well (just 2 bends not 3, looked like this), which was genius because he didn’t have to turn his wrist to hold onto the stick. This was an 80’s/90’s goalie. Anyone recall who?
So how can we get these made? Write a letter to LEGO? The NHL? The NHLPA? I’d say none of the above. I believe the answer is McDonald’s Canada, which has done many promotions with LEGO toys and released numerous NHL collectibles over the years. Sadly they don’t have an e-mail contact but you can call them or send snail-mail. Details here.
Here is hoping these see the light of day eventually.