Friends, the other day while I was killing some time on Facebook I came across this LEGO Ideas proposal for a set based on the Escher room scene from Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. I was very much a fan of the film on first catching it on a Saturday matinee after it’s release on June 27th of 1986. As I have admitted in other articles over the years, I was and still am a devotee of the work of Jim Henson and the studio he founded, I think the overall design by Brian Froud really raised the bar on Labyrinth. In addition it didn’t hurt that the screenplay was handled by the late and great Terry Jones of Monty Python fame, from a story by both Henson as well as Dennis Lee (Fraggle Rock).
Of course having said all of that, I would be criminally remiss if I didn’t point out the fact that both Jennifer Connelly (The Rocketeer) and David Bowie deliver the goods with their performances, especially considering they are surrounded by all manner of puppets and creature effects throughout the film. The latter also helped elevate the picture with 5 original songs, to say nothing of the sweeping and beautiful score by the iconic Trevor Jones (Excalibur, The Last of the Mohicans).
Sadly the truth of the matter is that the Henson directed Labyrinth failed to initially find the audience it needed to become a box office success. On a budget of 25 million dollars it only managed to secure half of it’s cost back, at least from the take here in the States. As the years passed it has managed to obtain a cult following, you can probably find T-Shirts and other collectibles at your local Hot Topic store these days. The truth of the matter is that even with new comic book series and graphic novels, a smattering of action figures and even a board game, all of us fans of the 1986 film still want so much more.
Thanks to the amazing work of LEGO enthusiast Colonel Attentive Candy who submitted this LEGO Labyrinth set to LEGO Ideas, we have the opportunity to help push the project into a reality. If 10,000 votes are collected for the project, which is made up of 3,000 LEGO pieces, the set will be reviewed officially by experts. Which then of course means that someday in the near future we might be seeing this particular LEGO set on store shelves, which as I understand it is how we got LEGO versions of Voltron, The Flintstones, and even the Disney Steamboat Willie set!
At the time of writing this article, the project has already received 3,000 votes, so only 7,000 more are needed to push the project over the finish line. Not an impossible task by any means, especially if it is shared on social media. But why not take about 30 minutes out of your busy schedule and let the creator discuss the project with Joshua Hanlon of Beyond the Brick?