There’s no doubting that Valve’s Portal franchise is a bona fide cultural behemoth. A game that has the simplest and most straightforward premise on its face has come to embody perfectly executed narrative within video games and spectacular character development despite the series’ voiceless protagonist. There are currently few things that gamers wish to replicate more than the ability to create inter-spatial portals between two planes, evidenced by the fact that 5,000 portal gun replicas, each priced at $140, sold out in less than 30 minutes. If you’re still kicking yourself over missing out on the previous opportunity to own a representation of the closest you’ll ever get to actually transporting yourself across the room, you may soon get a chance at redemption.
What initially started out as a fan initiated campaign to get an official LEGO Portal set produced is now up for review by LEGO’s judicial board. The sets, designed by four LEGO enthusiasts known as “Team Jigsaw” began the project with the help of LEGO Cuusoo – a platform by which community users can design and gain support for LEGO projects they’d like to see officially produced. The Portal initiative has now reached the required 10,000 supporters, and thus can now move on to a “jury board” of LEGO executives to be considered for production.
The project’s official site details just some of the possibilities that would arise from a LEGO-Valve partnership. In addition to LEGO Chell, GLaDOS, and Wheatley, should the concept be approved, the team promises a fully functional Portal test chamber set that will allow builders to alter the modular frame to any dimensions of their choosing as well as implement hazards, turrets, and of course, adorable Companion Cubes.
What’s the next step in making this gamer fantasy a reality? The Portal concept will now be judged by a “LEGO jury” who will collectively examine the idea, building models and exploring factors such as playability. The project will go up for review sometime in September, though LEGO notes that this particular process can take several months before moving on to the even longer cycle of development.
We reached out to Valve for comment, but did not receive a reply. If the project were to be approved, Valve would first have to sign-off on it as they of course own the creative license for Portal. Check out some screens for the ingenious LEGO Portal design below (courtesy of Lego Junkie), and for the full set, head over to the project’s official site.