If you’re younger than, say, 32, you might not remember Mr. Benn. But for those of us over a certain age, we fondly remember this short-lived cartoon about a man obsessed with a fancy dress shop. And so, when we spotted this set concept recently submitted to LEGO Ideas, we were instantly in love.
The Mr. Benn set has been submitted to LEGO Ideas just today by Roger Schembri, who goes by username Lego CustardKid. It features a familiar row of colourful terraced houses, and of course the iconic costume shop. There’s also a Mr. Benn minifigure, because you can’t have a Mr. Benn-themed set without the man himself.
The costume shop is fitted with lots of wonderful details. It’s filled to the brim with lots of costumes, of course – some of which you’ll remember Mr. Benn wearing. There’s also a rotating section of wall to allow the shopkeeper to appear “as if by magic”.
The row of houses where Mr. Benn lives – Festive Road, you may recall – has been brilliantly put together, too. They resemble many a British terraced street and have merit by themselves, even without the Mr. Benn theme. The detailing on the windows, roof and chimneys is just sublime.
Schembri is no stranger to LEGO ideas. He’s currently got several designs in the voting stage, including this gorgeous safe inspired by The Room, a popular video game. His Mr. Benn set has 60 days to amass 100 supporters before it will move on to the next stage. Ultimately, it needs to receive 10,000 votes before it can be considered by LEGO for creation.
We’re not sure if Mr. Benn is a bit too niche for LEGO to bring it to live, but we’d absolutely love to have this set on our shelves. Show your support by voting for the set here.