Portal 2 may be coming back to LEGO through Ideas

A test chamber from Portal 2 has cracked the 10K mark on LEGO Ideas, meaning the acclaimed video game could one day return to the LEGO line-up.

It wouldn’t be Portal 2’s first representation in LEGO bricks, but Angry4rtichoke’s Modular Portal Testing Chamber would be the most extensive recreation of the game we’ve seen in bricks to date. The last (and only) Portal 2-themed set came courtesy of LEGO Dimensions in 2015, packing in a Chell minifigure, a rebuildable sentry turret and a Companion Cube.

By contrast, Angry4rtichoke’s roughly-2,200-piece project builds into an enormous, modular testing chamber (as it says on the tin), which can be reconfigured into pretty much any portal test you like. It all revolves around a series of circular units that connect at right angles – both vertically and horizontally – to create the chamber’s frame.

The interior panels then replicate those in the game with incredible articulation, featuring ‘seven degrees of rotation and two points of extension’, according to the project page. You can find out more about Angry4rtichoke’s vision by checking out his full pitch in detail right here.

Whether this model will one day become reality now rests in the hands of the LEGO Ideas team, as it becomes the 42nd project in the record-breaking first 2021 review. It’s not the first time a build based on Portal 2 has made it this far, however, so chances are it will likely follow the others and fall at the final hurdle. Still, you never know…

Here’s the entire list of projects currently in contention in this review period:

Modular Portal Testing Chamber
Working Bowling Alley
LEGO Viking Longship
The Village Post Office
The Office
Succulent Garden
Ancient Greek Temple
SpaceX Starship and Super Heavy (BFR)
Steampunk Airship
VIA Rail Canada – The Canadian
Marine Life
A Map of Middle-earth
My LEGO Totoro
Jazz Quartet
The Trulli of Alberobello
The Polar Express
Train Bookends

The Nightmare Before Christmas
The King’s Castle
The Sewing Workshop
Forth Bridge
A Nice Day at the Farm
The Castle of Brickwood Forest
Baba Yaga
Claus Toys
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Paradise
NASA’s SLS & Artemis
LEGO bookends
Metroid: Samus Aran’s Gunship
Hyrule Castle (The Legend of Zelda)
The Karate Kid “Wax On, Wax Off”
Scania Next Generation S730 
4½-Litre 1927-31 Bentley ‘Blower’ 
Asterix and Obelix 
The Simpsons – The Krusty Burger
The House of Chocolate
The X-Files: I Want to Believe
Castle of Lord Afol and the Black Knights
Among Us: The Skeld Detailed Map
The Office
The Shire

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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