Let's face it. At one point or another, we've all been tricked. Usually, being tricked is not fun. However, there are a few funny instances where we can actually enjoy being tricked. A great example of this is Rickrolling. For those of you who are lucky enough to never have been Rickrolled before, it is a joke where you are given a link pretending to send you somewhere, but it instead sends you to Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" music video. This joke began around 2007, in the early days of internet memes. The song, however, was released in 1987. I have gone through the original video many times (freeze-framing it at key points) to try and make this set as accurate as possible. Now, enough backstory. Let's jump right in!
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As you may have guessed by now, this set is three of the most prominent scenes from the music video for "Never Gonna Give You Up". It features the three appearances of Rick Astley himself, the two ladies that dance on the stage with him, and the bartender. I had a lot of fun using different pieces to try and recreate the scenes. The tables in the center scene have to be my favorite. We can see in the music video that there are some tables with chairs on top of them in the main indoor scene. The only hard part about making them is that they have a tablecloth on them, which is kind of hard to represent in Lego. I ended up using cone 2 x 2 x 3 pieces to get the desired effect. The bartender's table was fun to make, with all the little details to add. I know the arches may seem a tad bit small in the bridge scene. The reason is that I wanted to make the arches accurate, yes, but they aren't the primary focus of that scene. I wanted them to be in the background, represented, and give the scene more life than a plain brick wall would. It still looks fine and even makes it seem as if the arches are a little distance away (if you view it from the correct angle). I added some smooth rounded 2 x 2's on the bottom of the set to make it sit nicer, and also helps hold some of the larger plates together. Which brings us to an important point. This set can either be a display piece, or a playable one. I feel that most who buy this will use it as a display piece, so I focused more on that aspect. I may add some play-features somewhere down the road, but I haven't figured anything out yet. This set can 'fold' in on itself. You can rotate the two sides on hinges to either be in front, next to, or behind the main center area. It is made so that you can either fold it to one side, so you can have your favorite scene on display, or have it all the way open, to view all scenes at once. The hinges allow you to position the sides for it to fit just right on your shelf or display area. You can see some different display configurations in the images above.
(Yes, I am fully aware the minifigs appear to be levitating in the one image! Let's just ignore that, shall we?)
I came up with this idea after revisiting the original video and listening to the song on a whim. The song was stuck in my head for a little while, and even while I was building with my Legos for another MOC. This caused the two thoughts to merge in my head and I began to think of the possibilities. Fast forward a day later and I had begun work on this project. It took a little while to try and make it look nice, but it wasn't too hard. I have added 1 update as of now, and it took me a couple of days to rework the whole thing and make it look nicer. I was pleasantly surprised to find that not many people had thought of this before. Of course, many Lego animation parodies of the original video exist, but there are very few submissions here on Lego Ideas.
I can now officially say that this song is stuck in my head every hour of the day. It's a small price to pay, considering that the song is pretty good by itself anyway.
I believe this would be an amazing official Lego set. Think about it. The ability to physically Rickroll your friends via your favorite building toy. The meme and collectability value. The hilarity of having Rick Astley in Lego form on display in your house. It would be insanely popular. I'm sure many Youtubers and people involved in memes would buy it out. But, to get there, we all have to work together and achieve 10,000 supporters. If we look at the original video for "Never Gonna Give You Up", we can see that there are over 800 million people that have watched this. And we only need about 0.00125% of those people to support this project to get it made into a set. That's a lot less than 1 percent! I'm sure it will be no time at all before this is posted on many Lego fan websites and shared over and over. To get there, I need your help. Yes, you! You must be the kindling that continues the fire by spreading this idea to your friends. Once we get going, I am confident we can keep it up and get to 10,000 in no time. In fact, to promote this idea why don't we come up with a special term? "Brickrolling"? So go and Brickroll your friends by sharing this Idea with them!
Let me know in the comments section if you have any suggestions or ideas for improvements. I'm always open to constructive criticism!
I wish you a great day and success with your own Lego creations!
Here's Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" music video: