How the LEGO brick road paved the way for LEGO The Wizard of Oz

The LEGO Buy at Buy at Buy at Buy at Group is teasing a return to the world of the Wizard of Oz but a LEGO Buy at Buy at Buy at Buy at Wicked theme wouldn’t be the first foray down the yellow brick road.

With Universal Pictures’ Wicked on the way later this year and a fresh trailer debuting during the Super Bowl, the LEGO Group has started teasing a potential green-themed collaboration, with all signs pointing at a series of Wicked sets. While this would be the first time that a full set has been based on characters from the Wizard of Oz and associated spin-offs, characters have already appeared in sets and a Collectible Minifigure series – and some that you wouldn’t necessarily expect.

That includes a couple of appearances from the green-skinned Wicked Witch of the West aka the main character of Wicked, Elphaba. Read on for a full history of the franchise’s first entry into the LEGO system, from start to possible future.

Dorothy and co. fall into a new Dimension

Fittingly, the very first character from The Wizard of Oz was the Wicked Witch of the West herself, along with one of her flying monkey minions
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, both of whom play key roles in Wicked. The pair appeared in LEGO Dimensions 71221 Wicked Witch Fun Pack, each standing on its own translucent stand. The highlight of the Wicked Witch’s minifigure is sure to be her green-skinned features, topped off with her signature broom and hat. It’s a decently detailed minifigure for a fun pack, and the monkey is very creatively built, using a cheese sloped for a face and topping it off (literally) with a cone element.

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Being part of LEGO Dimensions, the purpose of these figures was for them to appear in the associated game, with the Wicked Witch bringing special skills like Silver LEGO Blow-up, Flying, Magic, Illumination, Mind Control, and Magical Shield. The Winged Monkey could also transform into a Battle Monkey and Commander Monkey for upgraded powers.

The crossover we needed, not the one we deserve

Where LEGO Dimensions spawned physical sets to be translated into a digital game, the next appearance of the Wicked Witch came via an animated movie that resulted in a physical set. In The LEGO Batman Movie, the Wicked Witch appears in the Phantom Zone, where all the worst villains live. She teams up with the Joker to attack Gotham City, as depicted in the associated LEGO set, 70917 The Ultimate Batmobile.

Once again, the Witch is joined by her flying monkeys, this time with two in minifigure form. Each one had its own faceprint, one with bared teeth and one smiling. The Witch herself is the very same minifigure we got two years earlier in LEGO Dimensions. In fact, this is the only minifigure design we’ve ever had for the wickedest witch there ever was.

A core cast of Collectible Minifigures

Despite The Wizard of Oz being technically about Dorothy and the Wizard, the Wicked Witch of the West has dominated the LEGO system so far – but not for long. In 2019, we finally got the pig-tailed Dorothy and her yellow-brick-traversing gang, making their debuts in the Collectible Minifigure series, 71023 The LEGO Movie 2. As the name would suggest, the series focused on characters from The LEGO Movie 2, including Dorothy (and Toto as an accessory), the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man. Each comes with its own accessory and an impressive amount of detail, including some arm printing for Dorothy and the Tin Man.

Dorothy is perhaps the most impressive design, down to the sparkling red shoes on her feet – a neat touch executed well. Special mention also goes to the Scarecrow’s face as well, with a unique print that picks out his sack-like skin.

Is the LEGO Group about to try defying gravity?

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As you can see, the path of The Wizard of Oz in LEGO form has been pretty limited to minifigures alone – but seemingly not for long. With the LEGO Group dropping hints about a possible Wicked collaboration and rumours of a dedicated theme of sets, we could be getting as many as four sets based on the Oz spin-off.

This would mean that the Wicked Witch would be front and centre once again. For those who don’t know, Wicked is a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, telling the story of Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda the Good while they were at school together. Other familiar faces from the original story appear as well, highlighting how all the characters got to the point where Dorothy met them.

With the possibility of four LEGO sets on the way, priced between $29.99 and $89.99, we can likely expect much more than mere minifigures. A brick-built version of Shiz University, the Wizard’s mechanical head, Elphaba’s climactic flight from the city
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of Oz, and much more could provide inspiration for the rumoured sets.

What we can deduce is that the sets will likely be based on the first act of the stage play that the film depicts, with 2024’s movie being just part one of the wider story. Warning: spoilers ahead. This would therefore include anything from Elphaba and Glinda’s time at Shiz University up until the point they’re invited to Oz and Elphaba stages her gravity-defying escape.

For now, there are no further details even in the world of rumours for what the sets could depict. However, with two teases from the LEGO Group coming in the space of 24 hours, this could mean a reveal is flying towards us faster than even a winged monkey could manage.

Every LEGO Wicked set rumoured for 2024

LEGO setPricePiecesRelease date
75681 TBC$29.99TBCOctober 1, 2024
75682 TBC$49.99TBCOctober 1, 2024
75683 TBC$59.99TBCOctober 1, 2024
75684 TBC$89.99TBCOctober 1, 2024

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Rachael Davies
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I write about all the very best fandoms – and that means LEGO, of course. Spending so much time looking at and talking about LEGO sets is dangerous for my bank balance, but the LEGO shelves are thriving. You win some, you lose some.

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I write about all the very best fandoms – and that means LEGO, of course. Spending so much time looking at and talking about LEGO sets is dangerous for my bank balance, but the LEGO shelves are thriving. You win some, you lose some.

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