A mysterious reference to LEGO Ideas 21336 stumped the office community – until the set’s fan designer jumped in to solve the puzzle.
The latest LEGO Ideas set (at least until the 21337 Table Football launches tomorrow, November 1) is packed with references to its source material – more than 100 in total – across its minifigures, stickers and even buildable details. While many are obvious, some are a little more subtle (and therefore easier to miss). But at least one reference to The Office at 21336 had Reddit fans completely stumped.
Each of the 15 minifigures in 21336 includes at least one accessory in the office, often referencing specific moments from the show or specific character traits. For example, Stanley arrives carrying a pretzel – referring to Pretzel Day, his favorite day of the year, at the start of season 3 – and a white window element stickered with a crossword, reflecting the salesman’s interest in solving puzzles.
As Reddit user Bogey7319 points out, even that crossword has a reference through its negative space, which clearly spells out the letter ‘DLC’. It’s not immediately clear exactly what those initials stand for, however – leading to some wild theories being thrown around on the r/lego subreddit. The original poster thinks this could be a hint towards future expansions to 21336 Office, for example, ‘DLC’ usually refers to downloadable content for a video game.
Other less serious ideas include LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Jim Solo and Pames Leia, anyone?); The sticker acts as a QR code… something; And, simply, ‘dinosaurs like chocolate’. (Our favorite, if you ask.) Reddit user Pikes_Pompadour then suggested that it could be a reference to one of the set’s models or graphic designers, just like the initials of fan designer Zaizai Lewis that includes its ‘Certificate of Credentials’ tile above the reception area.
Finally, Luis himself confirmed that ‘DLC’ actually refers to the Lego designers responsible for turning his submission into an official set: graphic designer Diego Sancho, and husband-and-wife model designer duo Laura Perron and Chris Perron.
“Laura and Chris are also married, [and] This design is tag-teamed,” Lewis wrote. “I jokingly refer to them as Jim and Pam of Lego. Seriously though they are super cute. All three of them are incredibly talented and kind people! I loved when Diego snuck that reference.”
Click here for five more references to 21336 The Office you may have missed, and for a detailed review of the latest LEGO Ideas set. It is now available for purchase from LEGO.com (while on back order or out of stock – your mileage may vary).
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