As we wind up the year, LEGO fans are now beginning to turn their attention towards 2022, and LEGO’s VP of Design, Matthew Ashton has dropped a pretty huge teaser and clue for LEGO’s Collectible Minifigures in 2022!
Matthew of course recently designed the Everyone is Awesome set, and oversees a large number of LEGO’s core themes such as LEGO City, Friends, Creator, Classic, Technic, Speed Champions, Monkie Kid, Ninjago and Collectible Minifigures.
In a recent Instagram Q&A, Matthew was asked about his “dream” LEGO Minifigure license – where he remarked that one of his dream licenses is actually on the way for 2022, but he couldn’t say more for obvious reasons.
Instagram Stories disappear after 24 hours, but I’ve saved the relevant video above.
Oh, and for something a little more recent, Matthew has also teased a new set, featuring these white masonry bricks which will be revealed very, very soon!
It’s time to start speculating feverishly, but it’s safe to infer that this is a new license from LEGO, and something they’ve never done in the LEGO Collectible Minifigures series, if this is his “dream license”.
My predictions? If I had to pick 3 predictions it would be… a Muppets or Sesame Street-themed series. It’s no secret that Matthew Ashton loves all classic pop culture, and LEGO have already invested heavily in head moulds from 2020’s excellent Sesame Street set.
Coupled with the insane variety and quality of moulds that we saw in 2021’s Looney Tunes series, I could definitely see LEGO introducing more Sesame Street or go full Muppets.
2022 is going to be a massive year for Sesame Street, as there is meant to be a star-studded live action adaption in development (which has gone quiet), so I can absolutely see LEGO seizing the timing and opportunity to release a Sesame Street series, which would be immensely popular.
I mean, what better way to introduce characters that were missing from the Ideas set such as The Count, Abby, Grover, Kermit and more?
I’m super excited as LEGO have really upped the ante with the LEGO Collectible Minifigures series in 2021, with the recent Marvel Studios Series, and Looney Tunes breaking new ground for what can be expected from the long-running LEGO Minifigures theme – I never thought we’d see a Marvel series, but here we are.
To learn more about the design process behind the LEGO Minifigures Series, be sure to check out my interview with Astrid Graabæk and Graphics Designer Mark Tranter from earlier this year.
What do you think we’ll see in 2022 from LEGO Minifigures, and what do you think the licensed series will be?
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Raymond Weber says
Hi, I love to receive updates on when and what collectible Minifigures will come out the ones that come in the blind bags. My favorite was the Simpsons series 1 and 2, and have been hoping for a 3rd series. My other favorite is the DC and marvel superheroes line and the blind bag ones.
As far as I have understood, Lego will give up the blind bag distribution completely, alas…
I guess you would just have to bite the bullet and buy the figures pre-sorted, if you don’t want the gambling aspect.
It’s so obvious to see the Jinkies T-shirt as a clue, but it might be a coincidence, with Matthew Ashton just picking a “dykonic” T-shirt..
The Mystery Machine and Velma go for very high prices on Bricklink, though, so there seems to be an obvious demand.
There’s been some speculation about a Hanna-Barbera series, but considering their ubiquitousness on Saturday Morning Cartoons for decades, many of the classic characters, except for Scooby Doo and Tom and Jerry seem very little known by people under 30. Powerpuff Girls would technically be a Hanna-Barbera series, although it’s probably more considered a Cartoon Network series today.
I think it’ll be scooby doi
Scooby Doo I am going to bet!
Paul Castle says
Been done: https://brickset.com/sets/theme-Scooby-Doo
Jon-Paul Hansen says
Probably a coincidence or due to Sesame Street, but my Muppet Busts Ideas submission was rejected a few weeks back with the standard “IP conflict” form reply. It fact I received the same rejection letter with no further comments a 2nd time when I tried to make a case for it not being a conflict with Sesame Street IP.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe would be mine dream licence set.
Paul Castle says
Or a theme based around another Jim Henson creation — the movie Labyrinth.
Paul Castle says
I’d love to see a Fraggle Rock licence, which has scope for both dioramas and collectable mini figures.
Jeff Roffey says
The new minifigure series will be Peanuts. Featuring Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Pig Pen, Peppermint Pattie, Snoopy etc.