January 1, 2022 saw the release of LEGO Idea set #39, Sonic the Hedgehog Green Hill Zone (21331). This highly-anticipated item was based on the brainchild of Ideas contributor Viv Grannell, aka toastergrl. As with some previous Ideas sets, this final product features significant changes from its original version. It now depicts the original first level of “Sonic the Hedgehog” (1991) on the Sega Genesis. Grannell’s submission had been based on the updated Green Hill Zone from 2017’s “Sonic Mania” nostalgia title. This change, toastergrl doesn’t mind. In fact, she even has her own suggested alterations of the released product.
As The Brick Fan tells it, Viv “toastergrl” Grannell has provided alternate building instructions for LEGO Ideas 21331. These alternative steps can be downloaded on LEGO MOC platform Rebrickable. They involve designs for the brick-built Dr. Eggman/Robotnik figure. Grannell’s original ideas for the Eggman figure featured articulation, lost in the Ideas Sonic set for stability purposes. Thus, these MOC instructions add/change pieces to 21331’s Eggman figure to give him moveable arms and a bushier mustache. And indeed, the resulting alternative build looks more action figure-like, if somewhat less stable.
Grannell adds on her Rebrickable account that she has more alternative ideas for Sonic the Hedgehog (21331) coming up. So stay tuned there for possible Green Hill Zone layout rebuilds, and Badnik designs beyond the featured Moto-Bug and Crabmeat. The basic set was already customizable by connecting multiple copies end to end. Therefore, all these comes as a natural progression. And if you haven’t gotten LEGO Ideas Sonic the Hedgehog (21331) yet, then go fast! Why wait any more?