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Back to the Future Cuusoo Set

BustinBustin Member Posts: 286
edited June 2013 in Collecting
The leading supported project on Cuusoo, Back to the Future was just given the go ahead to have an official Lego concept model made. The designer is Steen Sig Andersen, the same guy who built the Shinkai 6500 and LEGO Minecraft Micro World.

Here is the link.
http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/96

There was a great surge of support for the western set when BrickSet and EuroBricks gave their nod. The western modular theme gained nearly 4k supports after that coverage. If those numbers held remotely the same then this Back to the Future set is almost a guarantee.
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  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    ^ what happened about the Western set?
  • BustinBustin Member Posts: 286
    Lego commented on the Lego system before the surge of support from Cuusoo. It is just shy of 5,000 supporters otherwise it would have received a second Lego comment this morning.
  • atkinsaratkinsar Member Posts: 4,272
    I had no idea that they started working on a concept at the halfway stage, very interesting. Only 4 votes to go before they do likewise for the Western set then.
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,332
    I suspect that they realised that 10,000 is pretty unrealistic - the western set proved that. Although I guess it does give Lego a little wriggle room between ideas they like and don't like.
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    edited March 2012
    Two votes to go on the western set ....
    You could be the person who gets it up to 5000 - Cast your votes now!
    http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/1787
  • DuchessaDuchessa Member Posts: 287
    I already voted for the Modular Wester buildings, and I hope that they can reach 10.000 votes! For those of you who haven't voted yet - do it!

    The Western theme and the Modular Buildings are two of my favourite themes. Merging them together like this would be awsome :)
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    Its just hit 5004 votes :)
  • madplanetmadplanet Member Posts: 29
    Now Back to the Future sets is what I can get behind supporting. Plus they could combine the interest with the western town, and do BTTF 3 western set.
  • BustinBustin Member Posts: 286
    The designer has made three variants to the delorean, one is of the western from the third movie.

    He is also working on two variants of the time travel train from the third movie. The western steam version, and the future flying version that comes at the end of the movie.
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,270
    Would love a BTTF train. That would be a great addition to the train collection.
  • BustinBustin Member Posts: 286
    M.togami the designer for the delorean project said he would gladly direct his attention towards a BTTF train once this project had reached its goal. He does a lot of advertising and has had mention from the Michael J Fox foundation already for his efforts.

    So if you want that train support the delorean first ;)
  • OldfanOldfan Chicagoland, IL, USAMember Posts: 672
    And I just saw a BTTF Delorean Hot Wheels car in the store the other day, so whoever owns the copyright seems to be interested in licensing the property for toys, so it's not a completely Quixotic quest either.
  • effalconeffalcon Member Posts: 71
    this is a theme i'd buy everything from lol
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,270
    ^ ditto.
  • andheandhe UKMember Posts: 3,426
    I love BTTTF, and the delorean is iconic, but the last thing I want is more licensed sets. I already own a (non-lego) model of the Delorean. To me the fun comes from seeing what movie fans can build from existing pieces, not just build a pre-packaged movie model that become another piece of geek memorabilia.

    However, if cuusoo is about expanding into other markets, I guess the film memorabilia one is something that would tie-in well. I could see a lego set like this on sale at film conventions and 'forbidden planet' stores. Though isn't this basically what 'Kubricks' do at the moment?
  • sidersddsidersdd USAMember Posts: 2,432
    (scratches head) I don't get all the interest in this one. I realize Back to the Future is a classic movie, but I had no idea it had such a cult following. Didn't the 2nd and 3rd movies bomb? I remember trying to watch the 2nd one and fell asleep about half way through it. Not my thing I guess.
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129
    they did pretty well at the box office actually. not as good as the first one, but well enough for a sequel. I agree with you though - while I enjoyed the first movie greatly, and the third was entertaining (the second was just a mess), I didn't realize it had such a huge cult following either.
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,829
    edited March 2012
    ^^ No no no, that's Jurrasic Park you're thinking about for the second and third movies. These are the ones with the flying car and the hover boards. Classics all day long. :-) My favourite trilogy. Yes, even moreso than SW!

    Can't wait. Has been a long time since I've been as excited about licensed Lego sets as this.
  • sidersddsidersdd USAMember Posts: 2,432
    ^ Seriously? Hmm... I remember those things, but I can't say those are the first items which come to mind when thinking of what would look sweet as a Lego model.

    ^^ didn't they film the 2nd and 3rd ones concurrently (ala LotR)?
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,270
    I think a modular series based on the 1955 and 2015 hill valley towns would be awesome. The cafe, town hall, gas station and movie theater would all be pretty cool to make a BTTF scene. Mentioned it in another thread as well.
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129
    ^ wouldn't that be something done much better as a moc? official sets/series will never satisfy the cult following who will want a much higher piece count than LEGO could justify doing, leaving everyone disappointed.
  • sidersddsidersdd USAMember Posts: 2,432
    ^ yep, like LotR (minus the minifigs)
  • Lego_Lord_MayorcaLego_Lord_Mayorca H-Town, USAMember Posts: 594
    Heck yes! I'm so stoked to find out the BttF concept is pushing through to Lego. Maybe one day (October 21, 2015?) I will have an official Lego De Lorean time machine to go along with my (presumed) real-life one!
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    I have actually looked into buying a real Delorean and making it look like the one in the movies... (yea, I'm nuts, I know).

    A few issues I ran into:

    First, other people have already done this and you can buy them for about $40K already done.

    Second, the great engine sound from the movie is just that, a sound effect. I didn't know until recently that the Delorean has a high pitched V6 in it, not the throaty V8 sound effect they used in the movie. Putting a big block V8 into that car would not be cheap.

    Finally, beyond the "cool" factor, there is a reason DMC went out of business, the Delorean sucked as a sports car back in 1982, it sucks even more in 2012 as any kind of car.

    If I could get one for $15K, I'd own it in a heartbeat, but $40K is beyond my budget for a "fun" car...

    Oh well... :)
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,270
    ^ The other issue with them that I've heard is that parts are impossible to get in any form so most of the people I've seen that own one have at least 1 or 2 more to use as parts cars.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Not true actually, a few years ago someone bought up the old DMC inventory, started a new company called Delorean Motor Company (no relation to the old one) and actually can still build you a brand new Delorean out of brand new parts if you want one...

    http://delorean.com/sales/

    http://store.delorean.com/
  • OdinduskOdindusk Member Posts: 763
    ^ I just learned that the other day from an episode of "American Pickers"
  • BustinBustin Member Posts: 286
    There are some real good ideas on that site. Unfortunately the site is plagued with useless junk.
  • AvengerDrAvengerDr Member Posts: 453
    edited March 2012
    Right.. that UCS sandcrawler looks really awesome! Wink wink! :D
  • DiggydoesDiggydoes Cologne/GermanyMember Posts: 1,079
    When i first heard from Cuusoo i thought it's a great thing to bring some of these awesome Moc's to life that's been posted on several pages,but somehow it seems like only those ideas get votes that have a huge fanbase outside of LEGO (like Minecraft) i just saw today on facebook that a few people were posting a link to a Cuusoo project that displays a Apple-computer store! Those people posting have no interest in LEGO but support it cause it displays Apple (when i saw it today it had over 1000+votes already)that is so frustrating,there are so many nice Moc's/ideas on Cuusoo that could make awesome official sets like the Western Modulars or the mentioned UCS Sandcrawler from Marshall Banana!
    Seems like the LEGO-community don't really stick together and supports each other!
  • caperberrycaperberry LondonMember Posts: 2,226
    ^I'm really puzzled too and totally agree, @Diggydoes, and feel like having a big ol' rant about it, but this probably isn't the place! I love BTTF and wouldn't want to do anyone out of owning an official version, but I think @andhe got it spot on earlier in this thread. Much cooler when it's not official imho.
  • VenunderVenunder Nottingham, UK.Member Posts: 2,565
    I supported the BTTF and the Western town.
  • BustinBustin Member Posts: 286
    edited March 2012
    I am supporting BTTF mostly for the awesome minifigs. I am not a fan of minifig accessories from non Lego companies, so MOCing BTTF isn't an option for me.
  • ChrisJThunderChrisJThunder United StatesMember Posts: 115
    Just voted!
  • richoricho Member Posts: 3,830
    I will be giving a vote for bttf. I am not really that comfortable on the way there seems to be a three line whip on the western set by the Lego community. bttf is also potentially a set that could appeal to kids and Afols alike.
  • piratemania7piratemania7 New EnglandMember Posts: 2,144
    yes 100% true!
  • ThegoThego UKMember Posts: 264
    I'd forgotten about this. Any idea when we are likely to see this set?
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,877
    This year, is all Tim would tell me last week.
  • PicopiratePicopirate Member Posts: 318
    Here is another BTTF set that could be possible with a licensing deal already in place.
    http://gizmodo.com/5986859/the-lego-back-to-the-future-time-machine-train-is-a-must-have
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409

    Here is another BTTF set that could be possible with a licensing deal already in place.
    http://gizmodo.com/5986859/the-lego-back-to-the-future-time-machine-train-is-a-must-have

    Wow... I would SO buy that! :)
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,270
    ^ me too
  • SirBenSirBen In the Hall of the Mountain KingMember Posts: 585
    The BTTF train is also on Cuusoo at http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/35422. 9,700+ more supporters and you may get the chance to buy it.
  • CrowkillersCrowkillers Member Posts: 757
    I have noticed that there are starting to be many similar projects on Cuusoo.. If someone has an idea first, and then someone else comes along with the same idea, that same idea should probably not be accepted... From the looks of this new BTTF project it is using new mold designs.. I thought that was something that was supposed to not be allowed...?

    Of course you can argue and say "Well this project is better because of how it is designed" Which may be true, but the reality is that the entire thing is going to be changed in the end anyways, so it seems a bit unfair to me to add new parts and pieces to your project to attract attention and raise hopes, when in fact what you have done is broke rules which are going to lead to your project's demise anyways...
  • samiam391samiam391 A log cabin in PA, United StatesMember Posts: 4,374
    ^Agreed... the new project needs to be at LEAST an improvement on the previous. If anything, one idea, if built to perfection, should be supported by other members instead of someone basically copy-catting it, but raising more support because they are more well known.

    I'll find it a shame if "team BTTF"'s train gets to 10k, mostly because of the following:

    http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/13443

    Team BTTF's looks almost exactly the same, with a few variations. It looks like it was practically copied by team BTTF, except team BTTF seems to use a lot of new molds that make it appear "slicker".
  • chrisdojochrisdojo Member Posts: 169
    The train has less appeal than the car. Plus, LEGO would probably pull the "competes with other released product" or whatever they did with the western modulars :D
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,645

    I have noticed that there are starting to be many similar projects on Cuusoo.. If someone has an idea first, and then someone else comes along with the same idea, that same idea should probably not be accepted...

    I'm not so sure about that.

    The accepted BTTF DeLorean was not the first one on cuusoo. Should it have been disqualified as it was not the first?

    If someone poorly executes something (especially if it is a license rather than an original idea) and someone else does a much better job, you'd want the better job disallowed?

    Plus the first was a car, now a train. And one disallows another?

    If that happened, only the first SW project could be accepted, the first BTTF, the first train, the first car, ...


    Plus isn't this the same person that designed the DeLorean anyway?
  • CrowkillersCrowkillers Member Posts: 757
    That is a good point, but I am saying now there are multiples of the same thing.. It is much worse than it was a year ago... And I don't mean just these 2 ideas here...

    In the end, it is the idea that may make it into production, not the actual model presented... I guess my main point is why are people allowed to use images of parts that do not exist to enhance their idea when they know that these ideas that they are using are never going to go into production, but yet those ideas are helping to gain support..

    Is it fair to someone who follows the rules of Cuusoo who submits a nice project that someone else comes along and submits the same thing but uses parts that do not exist to enhance their idea over the original one..?

    I can forsee a whole lot of sadness in the future...

  • AanchirAanchir United StatesMember Posts: 2,921

    That is a good point, but I am saying now there are multiples of the same thing.. It is much worse than it was a year ago... And I don't mean just these 2 ideas here...

    In the end, it is the idea that may make it into production, not the actual model presented... I guess my main point is why are people allowed to use images of parts that do not exist to enhance their idea when they know that these ideas that they are using are never going to go into production, but yet those ideas are helping to gain support..

    Is it fair to someone who follows the rules of Cuusoo who submits a nice project that someone else comes along and submits the same thing but uses parts that do not exist to enhance their idea over the original one..?

    I can forsee a whole lot of sadness in the future...

    So what do you suggest? Prohibit new molds from project concepts entirely? That's taking responsibility away from TLG's designers and putting it in the hands of project creators, and it's creating a sort of false hierarchy-- since a project that includes a hypothetical new mold would be rejected, but projects that include things that are just as infeasible, like obsolete/discontinued molds or colors, would not.

    While it's a bit unfair that a project that includes new molds might be likely to reach 10,000 before one that does not, it also might be rejected during review for the same reason. It's a bit of a gamble that way. And I don't think any changes in the project submission rules will really help too much.

    Meanwhile, the Team BTTF version of the train is not in any way plagiarizing the idea from the earlier project, since it has a lot of traits that suggest it was designed from the ground up without copying any techniques. It is at a much better scale, for one.
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