DREAMZzz has been announced as a massive new original story-driven LEGO theme that will take fans into the fantastical world of creative dreaming. Find out everything you need to know ready for this epic new range!
The first thing to know is that fans will have to be patient for the actual physical LEGO sets; they’re coming in August. Those sets are amazing mash-ups of different concepts that the core characters create using their imaginations in the dream world.
Because those sets are so wild and out there though, the LEGO Group first wants to present the story and world to children. On May 15, LEGO DREAMZzz will show up on streaming channels (in the UK, this will include Netflix, ITVX, YouTube and Amazon Prime).
Story and streaming
There will be 10 episodes that will introduce children to the core characters and their journey into the dream world. Mateo and Izzie are brother and sister, who one night go to sleep and find themselves together in the dream world. What’s more, Mateo has the power to dreamcraft – create new things in the dream world. For example, his adorable comic book character Z-Blob comes to life when he’s asleep.
Things aren’t idyllic in the dream world though, with the Nightmare King and his hoards looking to harness the imaginations of sleeping children to turn the dream world into a nightmare world… and ultimately cross over into the waking world. Mateo and Izzy will need the help of Zoey, Cooper, Logan, Professor Oz and other characters they meet along the way to stop the Nightmare King’s evil plans.
For three years, the LEGO DREAMZzz team has been developing this story-driven theme and you can read the full story of how they did it, illustrated with beautiful concept art and sketch models, in Issue 103 of Blocks, the monthly LEGO magazine, which is available to order now and will be in UK stores on May 4.
Creativity and LEGO bricks
That development time allowed the team of design experts to really create a rich world and a full story that would make sense of it. Using the storytelling know-how developed on BIONICLE, NINJAGO and other themes, the characters will feel fully fleshed out from the beginning.
But this time, the story is a gateway to encouraging creativity; children will be inspired by LEGO DREAMZzz to dreamcraft themselves and create their own builds. To help facilitate this, each of the LEGO sets in the theme will build a base model – then, a story point in the instruction book asks children to choose what dream version of the model they’ll build. Will 71456 Mrs. Castillo’s Turtle Van travel by walking or by flying?
This combination of different things – such as a turtle and a food truck – is intended to encourage children to really embrace the dream world and imagine what they would do within it. As a result, fans are going to be able to buy some of the most fantastical LEGO sets in years.
Here are the sets that will launch in August:
71453 Izzie and Bunchu the Bunny
71454 Mateo and Z-Blob the Robot
71455 Grimkeeper the Cage Monster
71456 Mrs. Castillo’s Turtle Van
71457 Pegasus Flying Horse
71458 Crocodile Car
71459 Stable of Dream Creatures
71460 Mr. Oz’s Spacebus
71461 Fantastical Tree House
71469 Nightmare Shark Ship
Don’t forget to order Issue 103 of Blocks, the monthly LEGO magazine, to get the full inside story on this ambitious new theme that combines story and creativity.