Doctor Who Lego

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 its 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)

Christian Cawley

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+.

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