Over the years, we've seen LEGO worked with several pop culture brands and properties to create silhouettes that became instant classics.
Remember the Nintendo collaboration that saw LEGO releasing several 'Super Mario' playsets, including the gorgeous LEGO NES set
While we love those playsets to bits, this one, however, has gotta be our most favourite collaboration of all: the LEGO x adidas Originals Superstar
The Danish toy production company and the German apparel manufacturer have come together once again to wow their fans with a one-of-a-kind playset.
This time, LEGO reimagines one of the most iconic sneakers in history in brick format: the adidas Originals Superstar.
A fan favourite since 1969, the Superstar -- also known as the 'Shelltoe' -- was the first low-top basketball shoe to feature an all-leather upper and the now famous rubber shelltoe.
The Superstar soon graduated to become part of youth fashion culture and they are now worn regularly as casual footwear, as evident by the sales numbers: in 2015, adidas reportedly sold a whopping 15 million pairs
of the Superstar.
Fast forward 52 years later, LEGO has decided to present a bold new take on the classic Superstar silhouette, and give sneakerheads the opportunity to add this amazing pair of kicks to their sneaker collection.
Here are five things we love about the adidas Originals Superstar LEGO playset:
#1 It's a relatively easy build
If you're a real fan of LEGO, you'll understand just how painstakingly hard it is sometimes to build a LEGO set. Thankfully, the LEGO adidas Originals Superstar is not a very hard build.
This awesome playset boasts 731 pieces, and it comes in just seven bags (six, to be exact, considering the seventh bag cosists of extra pieces).
On top of that, there are no big moving parts, and the LEGO pieces are generally medium to big in size, so you don't have to worry about losing any of the pieces when you accidentally drop them on the floor (ugh, don't you just hate that when it happens?).
Overall, it took us plus-minus two hours to completely build the set, which is shorter than our usual nap time.
#2 Amazing attention to detail
One look at the finished product and you'll notice just how far LEGO went to make the playset look like the real thing.
First off, you'll be building the left side of the shoe, which is actually a 1:1 replica of an adult-sized UK7 shoe.
To make it looks as authentic as possible, you'll get the iconic gold 'Superstar' sneaker wording on the side of the shoe, the shell-toe shape, the trefoil logo in black and gold and of course, the recognisable 3-Stripes mark.
Not only that, you'll also get the same exact shoelace to lace up your LEGO adidas Superstar.
Our favourite detail though?
It has got to be the unmistakable blue adidas Originals shoe box the LEGO set comes in, which mimics the box that a real pair of adidas Originals Superstar comes in.
We absolutely love it!
#3 It is highly customisable
Once you're done with the build, you'll notice that LEGO has included studs in several sections of the shoe. That wasn't done by mistake though.
The studs are there so that you, a LEGO master builder, can customise the shoe however you want. Recognising that shoe customisation is becoming a huge thing in the sneaker culture, LEGO wants their fans to tap into their creativity to design a shoe that's uniquely theirs.
The studs on the shoes are designed to be compatible with any LEGO brick, so yes; you can actually use any LEGO bricks from any LEGO playsets you have lying around at home to customise your adidas Originals Superstar sneaker.
You wanna stick your favourite LEGO Batman minifig on the shoe? Go for it. You wanna snap a piece of wheel from your LEGO Speed collection? Why not? It's really up to you how you want to customise your own shoe.
Speaking of customisation, here's our attempt at customising our LEGO Superstar during a media event recently:
What do you guys think? Pass or not? Let us know in the comment section below.
#4 It's pretty enough to be a center of attention
There are no two ways about it: the LEGO adidas Originals Superstar is one gorgeous playset...and LEGO knows it!
The brick sneaker comes with a stand and a plaque so that you can display it wherever you want and marvel at it.
In fact, you know how this writer knows that it's pretty enough to be a center of attention? The playset got a seal of approval from this writer's S/O, who 1) generally doesn't like LEGO playsets and 2) forbids this writer from displaying any toys in the bedroom.
So, for this writer's S/O to say OK to displaying this playset in the room (it is now permanently residing on a dresser), it means it's worthy enough.
If you want to get yourself one, you can now buy the LEGO adidas Originals Superstar playset exclusively at LEGO Certified Stores as it was officially launched on 1 July.
If you're a slow poke and you miss out because it's sold out (trust us, it will sell out!), you can still purchase it when it's made available on the adidas Malaysia online store
on 30 July.
It will then go on sale on the LEGO Official Store on Lazada
, as well as major retailers and department stores in Malaysia, in September.
The LEGO adidas Originals Superstar retails for RM449.90
, so there's plenty of time for you to save up.