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This remarkable picture comes courtesy of Belgian Lego fan (and Shaun Of The Dead enthusiast) Gregory Coquelz, who goes by the online name Yatkuu. He made a three-floor model of the Winchester pub, the scene of the final showdown between Shaun’s gang and the zombie hordes, including minifigs of Simon Pegg as Shaun – complete with bloodied cricket bat – Nick Frost, and a whole bunch of the undead.
His mission is to try and get his model manufactured by Lego as piece of genuine Shaun of the Dead merchandise, but in order to do this, you have to submit your ideas to the Lego website, and then gather 10,000 votes of support. This then means it has to go before a production panel for consideration.
Here’s Yatkuu’s application.
And then, thanks to Twitter support from Simon Pegg himself, and this recent appearance on the Conan O’Brien show, things started to really take off:
Now Yatkuu has managed to get his 10,000 votes, which means Lego have to discuss turning his ideas into reality. “I’m over the moon,” he told the Guardian, “Conan was the trigger. I lived through it online – watching these votes pouring down on the page from all over the world.”
For their part, Lego, who already have one zombie model in production, added this sobering comment to his application:
“Wow! Congratulations on a great run to 10,000 supporters this week, fueled by actor Simon Pegg’s mentions on Conan and Twitter! We admire your passion and enthusiasm for the film Shaun of the Dead, and your desire to see a LEGO set of the Winchester.
“In our previous message, we noted that due to the themes behind Shaun of the Dead, there would need to be some significant internal discussion for us to agree to produce this as a product. Please understand that this discussion has yet to take place, and while we appreciate your work and celebrate this big success with you, we are not guaranteeing production.”
Let’s hope they don’t do too much to (ahem) block Yatkuu’s dream.
Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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