You might remember, back in April, we reported on the Lego process for submission of ideas that requires at least 10,000 supporters before an idea will be considered. Needless to say, the concept of a Lego Winchester Pub from the British zombie invasion film, Shaun of the Dead was well received. The ‘Make the Winchester project’ was the brainchild of Pixel Fox, a 3D artist in Cape Town, and Yatkuu, a Data Manager for pharmaceutical company in Belguim, who both proudly shared a long-time common passion for the brick.
Sadly, there will be no Lego version of the Winchester Pub from the brilliant mind palaces of Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright as, not long after it garnered the necessary support, the ‘official’ Lego statement was that as good as the model was, the film Shaun of the Dead, “…contained content that is not appropriate for our core target audience of children ages 6-11. Pout not, British zombie invasion flick fans. As amazingly cool as it might have been to have the Lego model of everyone’s favorite zombie local, we bring you Shaun of the Dead paper people for your enjoyment.
For those few on the planet not familiar with Shaun of the Dead, Shaun (Simon Pegg) is a salesman whose life has no direction. His younger colleagues show him no respect, he has a rocky relationship with his stepfather, Phillip, a tense relationship with his housemate, Pete, because of Ed (Nick Frost), Shaun’s crude best friend who lives on their couch and deals marijuana. His girlfriend, Liz, is dissatisfied with their social life, as it consists primarily of spending every evening at the Winchester, Shaun and Ed’s favorite pub. They never do anything alone together – Shaun always brings Ed, and Liz brings her flatmates, David and Dianne.
The next morning, after a miserable day at work, an uprising of zombies has overwhelmed the town, but Shaun is too busy dealing with his problems and too hungover to notice. He and Ed become aware of what is happening after watching reports on TV, as zombies attack their house. After fighting back with weapons from the shed, they decide they need to go somewhere safe. Shaun and Ed decide that the safest place they know is the Winchester, and they plan to collect Shaun’s mother, Barbara, Phillip, Liz, and her flatmates. Everyone takes refuge inside the pub, and Shaun joins them after giving the zombies the slip.
Six months after the outbreak, the uninfected have returned to daily life, while the remaining zombies, retaining their instincts, are used as cheap labor and entertainment. Liz and Shaun have moved in together in Shaun’s house, and Shaun is keeping Ed, who is now a zombie, tethered in the shed and playing video games.
The paper crafts are designed by ‘sally’ and you can download for hours of endless entertainment. Unfortunately, it won’t bring back the Lego Winchester, but it will pass the time until Sherlock 3 or Downton Abbey 4. Who knows, maybe a little mash-up with your Dowager Countess and Doc Martin paper dolls might be the next great YouTube video waiting to happen.