Just when you thought Animal Crossing couldn't invade your reality any more than it already has, prepare yourself for impact. Nintendo's announced the birth of Lego Animal Crossing, catapulting the cosy, virtual world of New Horizons into the land of plastic bricks. The real kicker? They might just include a Raymond minifigure. You remember Raymond, right? That suave, monocled feline that held fans hostage by their heartstrings, spurring a fur-ocious bidding war over his virtual existence. Comical? Absolutely. Stress-inducing? You bet.
October 5th saw the internet buzzing with speculation, hilarities, and a healthy dash of dread as Nintendo released a teaser trailer for the upcoming Lego line, leaving us playing guessing games about what mini versions of our beloved characters are to come. Are we going to build Isabelle? Stack up Tom Nook? Or screw together...wait for it...Raymond.
Last time around, Raymond was like Banksy's shredded artwork, alternatively read your metaphorical Dutch tulip bulb of the 21st century: a premium valued entity reduced to its extortionate trading potential. In a world where money losing value is the hot new trend, nothing screams inflation like shelling out hundreds just for a glance at this digital sophisticated feline. You would think we were talking about the mona Lisa, not a pixellated character.
We're talking about a situation where people charged fellow players for having a peek at Raymond. Not a chitchat, mind you. Just a silent stare fest. The thought that you might accidentally entice him to move to your island was a big, fat NO. An engaging social life was the only thing beyond Raymond's purview.
Given Raymond's earth-shattering popularity, its pretty bonkers that Nintendo/Lego club hasn't sandwiched him between Tom Nook and Isabelle already in its character line-up. Meanwhile, fans are endlessly dissecting, theorizing, and cracking wise about the likely chaos that may storm the fandom if Raymond makes his Lego minifigure debut. A pre-emptive bidding war on toys before they even exist, anyone?
Turns out the thrills are far from over post-Raymond: Fans have already got their wishlists sorted for their dream characters from Animal Crossing. From Nook's Cranny to the celebrities of Resident Services, no request seems too outlandish. Some hope for Zucker, others for Kidd and Ankha. As for me, a bit of wishful thinking - a Resetti minifigure.
So, here we are, awaiting the dawn of a new day in the Animal Crossing universe. Whether that includes a Lego Raymond or not, one thing's for certain: Buckle up. It's going to be a wild, Lego-filled ride!
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