From its unique new item to how many people have tested it, here are six things you might not have known about LEGO Ideas 21337 Table Football.
At the green light following the LEGO Ideas ‘We Love Sports’ competition, Donát Fehérvári table football underwent a difficult development process that led to its almost complete cancellation – and the design team was surprisingly straightforward.
In doing so, they have shared more than ever about the dangers of green lighting for a digitally designed group, and provided unique insights into how the 21337 Foosball ultimately integrates. Here are only six.
6 – LEGO was already working on table football
When LEGO Ideas gave the green light to Fehérvári’s design, they apparently did so unaware that the company’s branding team had already made plans for a LEGO foosball table, with the express intent of using the figurines to expand the representation.
“Our brand team aims to drive diversity and inclusion, and when we worked with them, we knew they were also planning to create a foosball table when that was in the works,” Jordan Scott, LEGO Ideas director of design, told Jay’s Brick Blog. “So instead of developing two groups, we brought the two forces together and found this was the perfect opportunity to showcase diversity and inclusion.”
5- More than 300 people participated in the tests
LEGO designer Samuel Johnson called the 21337 Foosball, ‘probably the most tested LEGO set ever’. That’s thanks to the usual rigorous machine and heat testing, but also manual testing—in fact, Ragged Brick reports that more than 300 people have been involved in pushing prototypes off the table to their limits. This speaks to the extensive development process of the range, which would have seen no fewer than six or seven initial designs “completely destroyed”.
4 – LEGO didn’t want to wait for new parts…
One obvious solution to the LEGO Ideas team’s design issues – which focuses on the current set of cross-axles for bending and breaking – is the introduction of stronger, purpose-built parts. Monica Pedersen, Senior Director of Marketing, agrees that it would have helped, but not so soon: “We might have been able to make it work with new items, but then we’ll launch it in 2025.”
3 – …but it includes a new part
Timelines for creating new items are supposed to vary, as 21337 Foosball apparently includes one brand new piece. According to Rambling Brick, the ball in the kit is a new weighted version of the existing item — a relatively minor modification to the existing piece, which might be enough to speed up its timely redesign for the 21337 Foosball.
2 – LEGO considered the use of monochrome miniatures
The 21337 soccer ball features 44 different heads, 43 different hairpieces, 22 torsos, and 22 pairs of legs, allowing soccer fans to create two teams of 11 players at once (even if the stadium can only handle two teams of 11 players). This was ultimately done in favor of “representation, diversity, and inclusion,” but Johnson says the team initially considered “solid red and blue” characters. “When you see football today it is very diverse and everyone has their own style so we wanted to capture that,” he added.
1 – The timing of its release is completely intentional
Reinforcing the LEGO Ideas team’s claim that their successful projects are “about timing,” 21337 Foosball hits shelves the same month as the 2022 World Cup kicks off in Qatar – and that’s no coincidence. “We really wanted to present this package to the world at this specific time of the year when football is absolutely the best,” Johnson explained.
The 21337 Football Table will be available for purchase from 1 November for £214.99 / $249.99 / €249.99.
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