I built Sonic the Hedgehog from Lego and I love how the detail is like the games

If you’re a Sonic the Hedgehog fan and a Lego fan, this kit – called Lego Ideas Sonic The Hedgehog Green Hill Zone – will blow your mind.

It certainly made mine, when the larger than expected box showed up on my doorstep. I was looking forward to building it over a weekend – and it took a while, as this 18+ rated set contains 1,125 pieces in total.

The finished set measures approximately 35cm long, 18cm high and 6cm deep if you count the protrusions. I haven’t decided exactly where to keep it yet, but because the detail is so amazing, it won’t be hidden.

Here is a selection of photos I took while building the Lego Sonic set. Enjoy!

Lego Sonic and all the villains to build

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Lego Ideas Sonic The Hedgehog Green Hill Area Building

Sonic the Hedghog with a ring in his hand, which can be removed if you prefer. It is composed of three parts like any Minifig: head, torso, legs.

(Image credit: Future/Mike Lowe)

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Lego Ideas Sonic The Hedgehog Green Hill Area Building

Sonic the Hedghog with a ring in his hand, which can be removed if you prefer. It is composed of three parts like any Minifig: head, torso, legs.

(Image credit: Future/Mike Lowe)

Sonic is a standard minifig build, consisting of a three-piece head, body, and legs – the ring is optional, as it’s so massive I left it out of Sonic’s hand.

Building the various mecha villains was one of my favorite things, especially since their use of Lego reference pieces is so fun. See the hands of the minifigs and the megaphones used as arms and exhausts? Awesome.

Dr. Robotnik is pretty massive, but his sheer scale across video games over the years has always been confusing. His head is made up of a special piece, as are his hands, but that doesn’t take away from a very Lego look overall. He can stand up freely, if you’d rather not fly him – but I rather appreciate his hovering contraption.

Along with lots of classic Lego bricks, there’s a bunch of stickers you’ll need to carefully add – I’m notoriously poor at this – to give this loop a full Green Hill Zone texture.

Lego Sonic: it’s interactive once built

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Lego Ideas Sonic The Hedgehog Green Hill Area Building

I haven’t finished building this plan, but you can see how the trigger triggers the launch pad

(Image credit: Future/Mike Lowe)

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Lego Ideas Sonic The Hedgehog Green Hill Area Building

I haven’t finished building this plan, but you can see how the trigger triggers the launch pad

(Image credit: Future/Mike Lowe)

I wasn’t expecting this to be a feature, but even during the build process it becomes clear that there are moving parts: mainly this big red launch pad, which hides a small trigger behind it, the idea being that you can throw Sonic (or whatever) to ‘catch’ those three rings above. It doesn’t work particularly well, but it’s still fun.

Those are the other details I appreciate the most, especially as a longtime Sonic fan who’s been playing games since the 1990s. Those TVs with 10 ringtones and Fast Boot? Yes, you can change the faces of these – the set also includes Sonic extra life, invincibility and a shield. Just remove the panel and change to your liking.

Even the bug-like villain has two face options: I left it dark, but there’s an angry face option instead.

What if you don’t want Sonic in the Green Hill area, uh, area? There’s a Chaos Crystals stand that’s part of the set, so you can hang it above all seven of them instead.

Even the manual is the perfect homage to Sonic games

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Lego Ideas Sonic The Hedgehog Green Hill Area Building

The manual took me back to the 90s – the cover, with its 16-bit quality, really took me back to the first game

(Image credit: Future/Mike Lowe)

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Lego Ideas Sonic The Hedgehog Green Hill Area Building

The manual took me back to the 90s – the cover, with its 16-bit quality, really took me back to the first game

(Image credit: Future/Mike Lowe)

The manual isn’t typical Lego – when I first saw it in the box it took me back to the first game of the Megadrive era (read Genesis, my American friends). Yes, I played there in 1991 – yes, I’m old.

There are also some spectacular little details in the manual. From the Sonic progress bar at the bottom, where he occasionally gets hit by a bad guy and loses his rings, to the foreword about how this whole set came about.

Flip the textbook over and that’s it: Dr. Robotnik is there overwriting the end credits.

But I don’t think that’s the last we’ll see of Lego Ideas Sonic sets, not by a long shot, because the end of the set has two open clips which, well, will surely spell an attachment possibility for a future set Marble Zone?

I would totally buy it (although, really, Sonic 2‘s Chemical Plant Zone has always been my favorite just for the music alone).

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