While the latest LEGO Ideas set to hit shelves contains an incredible 15 minifigures, covering nearly every main cast member from the US sitcom’s first season, there are plenty of gaps to fill from both those early episodes and later seasons. Chief among them are Andy Bernard and Erin Hannon, probably the two biggest omissions from the show’s regular cast (across the entire series).
If you’ve already put together the 1,164-piece set – and taken in its very many references – you’ll know that while there are no specific nods to Erin, there is an obvious allusion to Andy. Through smart use of a 1×2 Technic brick, there’s a very deliberately placed hole in the wall between Michael’s office and the conference room, intended to represent the moment Andy punched through it in Season 3’s ‘The Return’.
Andy himself, though, is entirely missing from 21336 The Office – and according to the LEGO design team responsible for turning fan designer Jaijai Lewis’s submission into an official model, the reason is tied very closely to that reference. “[The LEGO Group’s] official response is that he’s off to anger management because he punched a hole in the wall,” Ashnflash reports.
It makes sense, but it’s not going to be much reassurance for those of us hoping for an official take on Andy Bernard. Fingers crossed the LEGO Group has an expansion set up its sleeve somewhere down the line – the fan community has already shown there’s plenty of potential for it, after all…