"I'll never give up. If you choose to give up, I'll stick to the opposite more tightly."
- Naruto Uzumaki -
Welcome back to Konoha LEGO fans!
As Naruto says, we will not give up. We stand strong and we still think that Naruto has a lot of potential to become a great LEGO set. For that reason and in coincidence with the 25th anniversary of Naruto in 2024, we are in the perfect timing to re-launch this idea today. Please, join us in the celebration of Naruto's 25th anniversary with this special commemorative LEGO idea!
As you already may know, we are big fans of Naruto, one of the most popular and familiar manga and anime in the world. We are also huge LEGO fans, so we would love to see Naruto in an official LEGO set. That's the main reason we have worked so hard on this.
We could not think on a better location to commemorate Naruto's 25th anniversary than the Ichiraku Ramen Shop. It is a place that awakens happiness and makes you remember good and emotional moments of the saga. After every mission Naruto and his teammates went to Ichiraku Ramen Shop to have dinner. It is the place where Naruto received the encouragement from his academy teacher to start his Path of the Ninja, the beginning of an extraordinary adventure.
We have based our design in the version that takes place during the "Land of Waves" arc of Naruto's original series, just before the "Chunnin exams" arc. It is our favorite moment of the Naruto series too!
With around 1600 pieces, 8 minigures and a complete set of accessories, this set reproduces with an extraordinary level of detail Ichiraku Ramen Shop, one of the most iconic buildings of Konoha. The main floor contains the kitchen and the restaurant (just a bar with 4 seats). As the upper part of the building has been never shown in the anime, we have converted it in Teuchi's apartment, with a little bedroom and a bathroom. It can be accessed through the stairs at the back side of the building.
As a commemorative 25th anniversary set, we have decided to include the following minifigures:
- Naruto Uzumaki
- Sasuke Uchiha
- Sakura Haruno
- Hinata Hyuga
- Kakashi Hatake
- Teuchi Ichiraku
- Ayame Ichiraku
- Iruka Umino
All the minifigures have two faces with different expressions and all of them include personalized accessories and decals.
Naruto series is an extremely popularly worldwide manga (1999-2014) by Masashi Kishimoto that was adapted later into an anime television series (2002-2017). The saga includes 72 manga volumes and the anime is split in two parts: Naruto, with 220 episodes and Naruto Shippuden, a sequel to the original series with 500 episodes.
Naruto will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in September 2024, so we wanted to create a commemorative set for this loved manga and anime. The timing is just perfect!
If this is the first time you hear about Naruto, this LEGO Idea may help you to discover the incredible and epic adventure of Naruto, a young ninja who seeks to gain recognition from his peers and dreams of becoming the leader of his village. No matter what challenges life throws at him, he always finds the way to reach his dream. It is a story full of emotions, determination, friendship and encouragement. Naruto is the clear example of never giving up when facing problems and adversity.
Ramen is one of the key elements of the set. It is a Japanese soup of noddles dished up with meat or fish broth. It can be flavored with miso or soy sauce and is served with different toppings such as menma, egg, pork, nori, scallions and of course, naruto!
Nowadays ramen has become one of the most popular Japanese food around all the world, it has even surpassed sushi. Needless to say that it is the favorite Naruto's dining food!
There is not just one reason to make this set real, but hundreds of them! When we designed this set, we meditated a lot about it and the infinite possibilities it would bring. Here are some of the reasons that led us to create the project and why we think it should become a reality:
- This would be the first LEGO set based on a manga and anime EVER. There is a huge unexplored market by LEGO in here and this would be an amazing starting point. Manga and anime fans are growing at a dizzying pace day by day!
- The set is perfect for display but also to play with with it. You can recreate different scenes of the series with the minifigs and play with the accessories they include. There is no limit for the imagination and kids would love to revive epic adventures with their favorite heroes!
- Naruto is not only Ichiraku Ramen Shop, there are hundreds of locations, characters and an infinite universe around this IP. Who knows, it could be even be the start of a new playtheme!
- Naruto numbers are just overwhelming:
- 4th best-selling manga EVER with more than 250 million copies sold in 45 different countries
- 23 years of manga history (25th anniversary will be in 2024)
- 72 manga volumes
- 20 years of anime history
- 720 anime episodes
- 10 anime movies
- 1 real-action movie produced in Hollywood is on the way!
- An in progress sequel of the saga: Boruto
- Thousands of different merchandising products and a wide catalog of videogames
- Millions of fans around the world
- The 25th anniversary would be a key differentiation, and this idea would fit just in time!
- Ramen is the other key element of the set. We wanted to highlight it because, as for today, there is not any official LEGO set around this incredibly famous food (loved by millions of people around the world). Non Naruto fans may find this set interesting just because of the Ramen!
- The architecture of the set fits perfectly with other ninja related LEGO themes such as Ninjago and the new Monkie Kid. Also, it has the perfect size to be included in any LEGO city collection. Non Naruto fans may find it interesting just because of the building!
- We love Naruto and would absolutely buy it. We designed something that we would love to buy and have displayed in our shelf.
- Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura hairs have been chosen from the hairs catalog of Bricklink Studio tool. However, there could be other hairs not available in the tool that fit better for them (maybe from the new Overwatch, Hidden Side or Monkie Kid themes)
- Teuchi's hair are 2 separated pieces, the hat just lies on the hair. The set could include both pieces and use any of them indistinctly.
- Ayame's hair are 2 separated pieces, the white visor (making the role of the scarf) fits on the hair. If that is a problem, just remove the visor from the set.
- The clouds graphics used in some of the renders have been taken from Freepik with free attribution license: Design vector created by ilonitta - www.freepik.com