Yesterday, the LEGO Group and Queer Eye revealed a fabulous set to celebrate creative expression and promote positivity. Queer Eye is known as the eight Emmy Award-winning Netflix show that changes lives, embraces differences, and evokes smiles around the world. Now fans of the show can pay homage with the #10291 LEGO Queer Eye – The Fab 5 Loft set, featuring a model of the apartment that serves as the group’s base in the show.
The set was created in partnership with Queer Eye creators Scout Productions in a partnership conceived by the show’s licensing agency IMG, and will be available globally from October 1st at official LEGO stores, select retail partners, and the Online LEGO Shop.
Matthew Ashton, Vice President of Design at the LEGO Group and lead designer of the new set, worked closely with the Fab Five and is proud of the collaboration and what it stands for. He said:
“Queer Eye has had such a positive impact on so many people’s lives which is why we are excited about this collaboration. It reminds us that we need to take time to celebrate kindness and help build each other up. In this set, we’ve captured themes central to both the LEGO Group and the show – caring, creativity, learning, and fun. While the Fab Five rebuild people’s lives, we are on a mission to inspire people to get creative and help rebuild a more positive world.”
AUTHENTIC DETAILS AND FABULOUS HAIR
The set recreates the original loft from Season 1 and 2 of the show, where Bobby Berk, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Karamo Brown, and Jonathan Van Ness first assembled as the Fab Five to embark on a mission to change people’s lives for the better.
Bobby Berk, the group’s interior designer said: “LEGO bricks played such an important part in my childhood. Clicking those little bricks together really sparked my imagination and creativity. Collaborating with the LEGO team was an absolute dream come true! It would be any kid’s dream and now it’s my reality.”
The set, created for adult fans who love stylish, modern design and elegant architecture, features 974 pieces and measures over 3.5 in. (9 cm) high, 13.5 in. (35 cm) wide, and 8.5 in. (21 cm) deep. It is packed with authentic details – including the iconic ‘STYLE, TASTE, CLASS’ sign – and accessories to highlight each of the Fab Five’s talents.
The set also features seven minifigures and fan favorite, Bruley the dog, and comes with a coffee-table-style instruction booklet which gives an insight into how LEGO designers and the Fab Five collaborated on developing the set.
“It’s been an honor to work with the Queer Eye team and everything they represent. Our design team has really enjoyed recreating the Fab Five as LEGO minifigs; Tan was the biggest challenge. We didn’t have an element that did his gorgeous hair justice, so we had to make an entirely new wig element – in shimmering silver of course! The team has also had fun packing the loft with Easter eggs, including a ‘Yaaas Queen’ print for the kitchen, which if you look closely, features ‘FAB 5’ in the unique brush-stroke art,” Ashton added.
BUILDING PEOPLE UP
Each Queer Eye show features a ‘Hero’, a person who learns different skills and perspectives from each of the Fab Five which helps rebuild their confidence and has a positive, lasting impact on their lives. The LEGO set aims to showcase each of the stars’ skills and celebrate their artistry and individuality.
Food and wine specialist, Antoni, has a kitchen island from where he can help ‘Heroes’ learn new culinary skills and express themselves through food. Style guru Tan has a clothing rack where he can plan outfits to suit every personality and shape to make people feel great about what they wear.
Karamo is a life coach and therapist. He supports ‘Heroes’ on their personal journeys, helping them to make sense of their pasts and chart a way forward. He has a couch and scrapbook which he uses to shape the conversations and tools he shares with participants. Jonathan, the grooming consultant, has a salon area complete with a swiveling barber’s chair. He is expert in helping people take care of how they look and seeing their true inner beauty.
And as for interior designer, Bobby? The set itself captures his style as well as featuring his laptop and the ideas board he uses to develop concepts to help ‘Heroes’ transform their living or workspaces.
The set also features one of the show’s most memorable makeovers – Kathi Dooley, Jonathan’s beloved High School teacher. The episode celebrated the positive influence Kathi had on Jonathan and reinforced the importance of children receiving genuine support from the adults in their lives as they work to find their true, awesome selves. The apartment features a transformation chamber – and before and after minifigures – to recreate Kathi’s emotional reveal.
The fab LEGO team behind the set are: Matthew Ashton – Vice President of Design, Ruth Kelly – Senior Element Designer, Diego Lopez Sancho – Senior Graphic Designer, and Eloise Bradley – Senior Licensing Manager.
As mentioned above, the #10291 LEGO Queer Eye – The Fab 5 Loft set will be available globally from October 1st at official LEGO stores, select retail partners, and the Online LEGO Shop for $99.99. Visit the Adults Welcome section of the Online LEGO Shop.
What do you think? How do you like the LEGO Queer Eye set? And what do you think of the minifigures? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below!
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I’m conflicted. I find the show incredibly cheesy and contrived, and some of these guys weird, but the set looks nice. I like all those extra torsos.
This set confuses me. I understood Friends, Big Bang Theory, and Seinfeld as they were Ideas sets, then another Friends set because the Ideas one sold super well. Both those shows had around 30m viewers per episode (Big Bang had around 16M) and I can’t even find the rating of this show, I’ve never heard of it before either. You’d think they’d go with HIMYM, Cheers, or another iconic hyper-popular show.
As for a LEGO set side, I don’t understand how it has over 900 parts and costs $100. It doesn’t look much bigger than BBT and parts wise it’s similar to Central Perk, but with an extra $40 tagged on.
I never heard of this show before, so I looked up if I find any episodes or trailers on youtube. Man, it’s WEIRD!!! But based on the comments, it has a loyal following. I suppose Lego knows what they are doing.
The show has an unusually high rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but I can’t find information on how many people really watch it. I’m either too old to related to this, or there is a plot to push such media. Lego did a great job though. The minifigs look exactly like their real world counterparts. They are the only interesting part for me.
I can’t believe that show has only one negative review on rotten tomatoes. As you said it’s unusual. I tried watching an episode on youtube, and noped out of there real fast.
I will only comment on the set, not the show. It appears to be one of the simplest of all the sitcom/tv show sets. I don’t see any section that has a wow factor. I don’t know if the carpet is printed or stickered, but if it is printed, that’s a big plus. The 1×2 masonry bricks are welcome, and so are the printed torsos. But those should be available on bricks and pieces. All the minifigs are nice. But the set has no memorable features. I suppose this set was not designed to appeal to seasoned afols, but for fans of the show. Everything seems simple enough so anyone can build it. Of course, then the question is, why the 18+ mark. I’m glad though that the box is not black.
The 18+ mark is mostly a marketing ploy to have the sets appear as ‘kits’, ‘collectibles’ or ‘conversation pieces’ rather than ‘toys’. It has never indicated a set’s complexity level, per se…
Is that dude wearing heels?! I know nothing about this show, but at least the set gives us some great minifigs and skin colors. The price is high, as The Brick Lot pointed out. This should be an 80-90 set the most. I guess Lego is counting on fans of the show buying it for whatever price.
Heels, yeah. Tacones lejanos! It’s called “Queer Eye” for a reason. It’s a statement…
The show is meant to be positive and uplifting. It’s about helping ordinary people feel better about themselves. I believe the problem is that the hosts are sometimes trying too hard and end up alienating those who might otherwise enjoy the show. By the way, you can watch some of the episodes on youtube to get a feel for it. I know it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s not as bad as some of the promotional pictures make it seem.
So here we are again. Lego chooses some fringe show from the nineties and tries to make it something it’s obviously not. After some research, I found they never got rid of this silly show and reimagined it for this century. I never heard of it until the Lego set was announced. I’m bisexual and never heard of it. It is part of the reality tv farcedom. Not real at all. This is Lego’s biggest looser idea of the century. So does anyone actually watch commercial television anymore? I don’t have cable and rarely even sit in front of a tv screen for over the air broadcasts. Just so you know I send my posts from your page to Lego. Somebody needs to step up and bash Lego’s bad ideas. Lego seems to be getting a millennial style ego. They don’t care and produce only niche items.
1st, there are some misspellings in the title: (“Fab” as “fav” and “loft” as “lot”).
2nd, I’ve seen a few episodes and was fairly entertained, but I’m not a super-fan of the show, Considering my limited space and funds, It’s not enough here for me to buy this set in itself, but hopefully some of the more interesting parts could show up on Lego Bricks and Pieces or BrickLink. First and foremost, I’m looking for more natural skintone heads and modern torsos to use as custom or background characters for Marvel Moc:s currently.
Thank you, Hakan. I have been sick with a splitting headache and blurry vision, so your sharp eyes are appreciated. 🙂
I liked Central Perk because it was colorful with many great builds and accessories, but the rest all look the same. The new parts and torsos are great though. And is Lego really suggesting that we remove and replace the hands? I thought they considered that an illegal technique.
According to Brickset “They are displayed without hands on the packaging, but not in the instructions.”, so it’s up for interpretation…
Never heard of this show. And it seems it’s better that it stays that way. By the way, it seems this is the first time we are getting a minifig with heels!
From what I understand, the show is appreciated by the LGBTQ community and those who support them. Lego continues to make a strong statement even though they got a lot of flack from conservative parents after the Everyone is Awesome set. At least we can admire their commitment to stand up for something they believe in.
The show is for the millennial twitter and reddit crowd. If you don’t belong to either, don’t think about it too much. The set is fine, and the designers did a great job recreating the studio with a space for each of the hosts. I love the outfits! Some of the most detailed civilian printing I have seen. And we even get extras! The hairpieces are great too. And the faces. And skin colors. There is a lot to like here even if you don’t care for the show.
I watched some of the episodes and the hosts are really talented. Bobby (design) and Tan (fashion) are my favorites. Bobby’s skill in reimagining a space is especially impressive. I know they are a little over the top at times, but they have a good heart and do good work. I will buy the set, even with the slightly higher than normal price. It’s a good representation of the show.
Nobody is talking about the puppy? Isn’t it new?
It was featured with the “Connoisseur” (Stereotypical Smug Frenchman) in the CMF Series 17, and I believe it might also have been distributed among the Lego Store BAM parts. This seems to be exactly the same print, but this is the first time it’s featured in a regular set.
(A white – with grey circle round the right eye – variant was featured with the “Dog Sitter” in the CMF Series 19.)
The minifigs look better than the real dudes. Just sayin’…. 😀
It seems like these sitcom and reality tv sets are doing well enough for Lego to add more. I only care for them for the parts, but hey, if they bring more fans to the hobby, all the better.
P.S.: I’m glad the black box is gone. I hope this is a sign that other 18+ set will also ditch them. Sometimes they worked, but most of the time they didn’t. Sesame Street and Winnie the Pooh are the two saddest examples. They deserved colorful boxes!