GENESEO – An unexpected nationwide media and public support explosion for a SUNY Geneseo alumn and his young daughter has landed their ‘Christmas Story’ house firmly in LEGO’s lap for consideration as an official LEGO set.
Jason Middaugh and his 9-year-old daughter, Jane, built this exact replica of the house from scratch, just for fun. His wife, Tina, mentioned that they really might have something here, and Jason started looking into how he can apply to make their Lego creation an official set.
“Going into last week our family LEGO project had nearly 90% of the 10K supporters that it needed to go to official LEGO product review and then the Associated Press picked up a local story on it,” said Jason Middaugh. “The next thing I knew, it was in The NY Times, LA Times, Washington Post, and bunch of others!”
The press blitz spread the word and let thousands of supporters learn about and back the project.
‘We blew through the remaining supporters and hit 10K last Friday. NBC national even picked up an interview and I had friends from all over the country reaching out to me to tell me that they saw me on TV. This has been pretty surreal.”
This has been the family’s dream for some time now, as the online petition has been open since last year. Jason’s research 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 last year for fans to see and support.
You can track their project’s progress at the link here.