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Published on March 3rd, 2014 | by Christian Cawley

Is This The End for Character Building?

Doctor Who fans have been calling for a deal with Lego for many years. Back in 2010 we got Character Building, a similar block-building system, but it never felt quite like the real thing, for obvious reasons.

However, something has happened over the past few days which may have put an end to the wait. The Lego Cuusoo site – which handles fan builds and product requests – has a special feedback area, which explains itself thus:

Sometimes we have to turn down project submissions that refer to specific brands or licensed properties. We do this to avoid getting your hopes up for something we know we aren’t able to make. In these cases, we already know the LEGO Group can’t secure licensing rights to produce construction toys based on a particular brand or property, due to a conflicting interest with a third party.

Last week, the self-same site published an update:

Resolved Past Licensing Conflicts

We now welcome projects based on the following licenses that used to have conflicts:
  • Doctor Who – February 2014
Last updated February 25, 2014

Now, you may have seen this news since it was announced. We decided to hold back a few days to see if anything formal was announced by Lego, BBC Worldwide or – more crucially – Character. After all, their Character Building range has been supplying fans with building-block Doctor Who toys. Has it’s license for this type of toy come to an end?

All we have to go on is the Lego Cuusoo announcement, but either way it is pretty intriguing, and very exciting for any fans who have been holding out for genuine Lego Doctor Who sets. Head over to to register and upload your suggestions to perhaps one day see Dalek playsets, TARDIS interiors and even the Captain’s bridge from The Pirate Planet!

So, what do you think? Has the Character Building range come to an end where Doctor Who is concerned? And if that particular license has been lost, what might be on the cards for Character following their controversial switch to the 3.5″ figures?

(With thanks to Gareth | Image credit Shadowman)


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

6 Responses to Is This The End for Character Building?

  1. Well…why can’t we have both Lego and Character Options?

  2. avatar rickjlundeen says:

    I didn’t get any of the character builder stuff but it seemed pretty much indistinguishable from Lego. You might just end up paying more for the Lego name.

  3. avatar Laz says:

    Being an AFOL I’ve always been bothered that there couldn’t be any official Doctor Who LEGO sets because a clone owned the rights. No matter how good the clone is (and Character Building is good), it’s stil a clone.

    I hope a CUUSOO set will soon become a reality and that it will just be the start of an actual line (as it happened for Minecraft).

    • avatar n says:

      I’ve been thinking exactly that, and non Lego fans don’t always seem to understand! Character Building is probably the best clone out there, but Lego Doctor Who would have more potential.

  4. avatar Ian Scales says:

    Grief, the character options stuff was very much inferior to Lego as a brand. Am hoping Lego take over. Character options did a fair job, but they didn’t pull out all the stops. If i was a rival, I would have exceeded my main competitor by leaps and bounds.

  5. avatar Andrew says:

    Lego Dr Who sets would be overpriced and rarely on sale, unlike CB stuff. I’ll pass, the same as I do for 99% of the Marvel/DC/Star Wars sets even if I do REALLY want them. My son wanted the TMNT figures, but you needed to buy three separate sets to get all 4 turtles! Lego bricks are cool, but the way the company tries to screw money out of people sucks.

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