License Conflicts and Resolutions

Sometimes we have to turn down project submissions that refer to specific brands or licensed properties. We do this to avoid getting your hopes up for something we know we aren't able to make. 

In some cases, we already know that the LEGO Group can't secure licensing rights to produce construction toys based on a particular brand or property, due to a conflicting interest with a third party. 

More recently, we have also changed our guidelines to no longer accept projects based on third party licenses, which are currently produced or announced as official LEGO sets such as Star Wars, Super Heroes, Volkswagen and many more. For a full list of currently active licenses that we no longer accept please refer to the list below titled “Active Licenses.” This list will be updated on a rolling basis. 

If a known conflict goes away or a particular third party license is retired from the LEGO Group’s product portfolio, we'll then be able to accept projects based on a particular brand or license. 

In addition to the above, we no longer accept projects based on licenses that have been commercialized as official LEGO Ideas sets, even if the license is retired from the LEGO Group’s product portfolio. Please refer to the list “Restricted IP from LEGO Ideas” below.

The Fine Print:

If your project was previously turned down, archived, or deleted due to a licensing conflict that is now resolved or third party license that has been retired, you may re-submit it as a new project. Supporters from past projects cannot be applied to a future project.

Active Licenses:

Entertainment

Star Wars, MARVEL Super Heroes, DC Super Heroes & Super Hero Girls, Teen Titans Go, The LEGO Batman Movie, The LEGO NINJAGO Movie, Unikitty: The Movie, Disney characters (Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, Tinker Bell), Snow White, Moana, Frozen, The Little Mermaid, Rapunzel, Cars, The Incredibles, Angry Birds, Pirates of the Caribbean, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Mulan, Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit, Mission Impossible, Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts, The Goonies, Beetlejuice, The Power Puff Girls, "Jurassic" franchise (Jurassic World/Jurassic Park), The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Simpsons, Overwatch & James Bond.


Automotive brands

Volkswagen, Ferrari, MINI, Porsche, BMW, CLAAS, Volvo, Mack Trucks, Mercedes, Ford, Bugatti, Chevrolet, McLaren & Aston Martin.


Architecture

Stand alone buildings/structures (Big Ben/Palace of Westminster, London Tower Bridge, US Capitol Building, Louvre, Buckingham Palace, Burj Khalifa, Taj Mahal, Eiffel Tower, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Great Wall of China & Arc de Triomphe).

Buildings contained in the skylines (London, Sydney, Chicago, Venice, Berlin, Shanghai & New York).

Restricted IP from LEGO Ideas:

  • Shinkai 6500
  •  Hayabusa
  • Minecraft
  • Back to the Future
  • Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover
  • Ghostbusters
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • WALL•E
  • Doctor Who
  • The Beatles
  • Caterham
  •  Adventure Time
  • Apollo program
  • Women of NASA concept (including Space Shuttle)
  • Ship in a Bottle concept
  • Voltron
  • Tron
  • Pop-Up Book concept
  • The Flintstones
  • Treehouse concept
Last updated November 6, 2018
 

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