NYLON – A SUNY Geneseo graduate and his daughter are quickly building support to make their original Lego set of the house from ‘A Christmas Story’ an official set.
Jason Middaugh and his 8-year-old daughter, Jane, built this exact replica of the house from scratch, just for fun. Once his wife, Tina, mentioned that they really might have something here, Jason started looking into how he can apply to make their Lego creation an official set.
“Jane’s my ‘designated player’ because Legos are really sort of a toy,” said Jason Middaugh. “She makes all of the choices. If we make something that she enjoys playing with, I figure that’s a good sign, and she loves this set.”
Jason and Jane discovered that the public needs to vote in favor of the project online for Lego to even consider it. The bar is set at a daunting 10,000 votes, but fortunately the project seems to be a hit. You can cast your vote in favor of the project here.
“I figured might be slow and steady or if you get into the right crowd, who knows? It might be over before it begins,” said Jason Middaugh. “There’s a Facebook page for ‘Christmas Story’ fans with over a million members. The popularity of the movie seems to be growing, not shrinking.”
Jason’s research also found that a wealthy fan purchased the original ‘Christmas Story’ house and converted it into a museum. Thousands of people visit the museum every year, especially around Christmas. ‘A Christmas Story’ is also now a musical written by Joseph Robinette, and of course Jason and Jane had to bring their set to a show for fans to see and support.
“This weekend we took the set in person from our house in Syrause to the show in Utica,” said Jason. “Even if we don’t make it it’s been an unforgettable experience. My daughter got to see the musical twice and meet the cast. Everyone is having fun with this.”
For Jason, one of their set’s greatest strengths is that it contains no custom pieces, unlike other more complex sets. Every piece for the leg lamp, the radio, the door under the sink, the Lifebouy soap, the Bumpus dogs…even the box marked ‘fragile’ can be found in stores.
“I always liked Legos as a kid and even into young adulthood I still got sets,” said Jason. “When I went to college in Geneseo all of my legos were put in boxes, but when Jane came around I figured I’d open them back up since it might make a nice father-daughter thing. Then we started designing our own sets. This one took a couple weeks to design and about 6 months to gather all the pieces, tinker with it and enhance it.”
The project currently has 1,679 votes and 549 days to reach 10,000. Cast your vote here!