It’s the collaboration we didn’t know we needed. Lego has dropped a very detailed set featuring the full Queer Eye quintet (sounds better than Fab Five, right?) in their signature loft.
The Atlanta loft is kitted out with the big TV where the team watch on as their human projects swan into beauty and confidence, and a kitchen, living room, and grooming station for Jonathan.
The loft also contains little Lego tributes to each of the Fab Five’s special talents. There’s a clothes rack for Tan of course, and Jonathan’s iconic swivel salon chair, along with Karamo’s deep-meaningful-chats sofa and a scrapbook. And apparently Bobby helped to design the Lego interior of the loft himself. Oh, and Antoni has avocados because it’s Antoni.
“Queer Eye has had such a positive impact on so many people’s lives which is why we are excited for this collaboration," said Matthew Ashton, lead designer on the set. “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.”
Interior designer Bobby reminisces how Lego bricks played “such an important part” in his childhood and sparked his “imagination and creativity”. So to collaborate with the Lego team was a dream come true for him. “It would be any kid’s dream and now it’s my reality.”
There’s also Bruley the dog – the fan-favourite French bulldog who sadly passed away in 2019 and is resurrected in Lego form – and a whopping 947 pieces, all created by the design team Ruth Kelly, the senior element designer, and Diego Lopez Sancho, senior graphic designer, alongside Ashton. But the best addition by far has to be Kathi Dooley, Jonathan’s old music teacher from series four and one of the most iconic transformations on the show. There’s even a “transformation chamber” where you can recreate Kathi’s before and after reveals.
Time to convince myself this definitely isn’t a waste of money. And to re-watch Kathi Dooley’s makeover before the new series hits our screens soon.
GalleryLego: Queer Eye – The Fab 5 Loft (Copyright © Lego Group, 2021)
Lego: Queer Eye – The Fab 5 Loft (Copyright © Lego Group, 2021)
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