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10226, 10225, 10224, 10223, 10230
with 3 more to come (10227,10228, new holiday set)
Add in the AFOL sets from previous years still available:
10222,10221,10220,10219,10218,10217,10216,10214,10231,10211,10197,10193,10188 and you are up to 21 items. Throw in the larger scale technic items as well as pretty much all of the architecture line (ok, maybe these are more for non-LEGO fans than AFOLs), as well as crossover appeal of Creator houses, etc, and that's a pretty broad offering to adults.
At some point, and I'm sure LEGO has studied this, adding more AFOL-based items has diminishing returns as far as increased sales, and it just becomes spreading out the existing dollars spent among more total products. This is not smart business, nor possible or practical given design, production, and storage capacity.
There has never been a better time in the history of LEGO to be an AFOL, and it gets better every year.
Please let me know what you think about my idea and also don't forget to support my Formula 1 and my Power Rangers projecty on LEGO CUUSOO as well:
Power Rangers project: http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/18193
Formula 1 project: http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/18192
As far as I remember, they don't really spin around much in the films either. They turn around occasionally, but they don't spin around and around.
I also cannot see them releasing key SW figures like Vader in tiny sets.
^@GIR3691 has it right, the Gundam kits (Master Grade & Perfect Grade) are very intricate and require a great amount of skills & experience, just same as Lego MOC'ing. But to get the proper detail, such as the head, the Lego version would need to be very large to do it justice. I would love to have a few suits myself, but know it would need to be >3000 pieces to translate well. But this Cuusoo entry has been the best example I've seen of any Mecha so far. However, the low vote support in relation to the high amount of views (>100,000) does speak volumes of its interest to the mass audience.
That is of course why the project needed to be changed at the 5,000 vote level, Lego said that given the support was for the 100 minifigs, they didn't want to change the project in review to the extent required to make it work, so they passed.
Contract limitations - again, I'm not sure Lego can or would want to say what they can and cannot do under license. If they are allowed X figures and need to have Y bricks per figure then there will be lots of ideas appearing with X figures and X*Y bricks.
Viable part counts - people need to use their common sense. How many parts do Lego produce for similar sets? Use that as a guide.
Also whose time is wasted? I doubt Lego care too much about people that upload to cuusoo wasting their time if they cannot do a bit of basic research first. And in a sense, it is really wasted? If you like the model you are proposing then you have not wasted your time building it. That is what Lego is, a building toy to have fun with. If you are not having fun building it, and think it is a waste of time building it and showing it to the world if Lego will not produce it, then it's just as well it will not be made. If you didn't enjoy it, then no-one else will.
I like how the scene is set up and wouldn't at all mind displaying this one.
I don't think it is meant to be played with. It looks more like a UCS model.
EDIT: It seems like the other three projects "in review" have also been approved and are at the "product stage". So, good news all around for fans of the Western Modular Town, Legend of Zelda, and the Eve Rifter! Personally, the BttF Time Machine has me the most excited.
UCS indeed... I'd buy a several thousand part ultimate kit of that car in a heartbeat...
BTTF came out in 1985, the sequels came out in 1990... Anyone old enough to watch them in the theater (I was), is now in their mid-30s...
These are just my thoughts... But $200 for a 2,000 part kit is not out of the question, I'd be all over that... :)
The Legend of Zelda though comes as a complete shock to me considering that Nintendo and K'Nex has a license for Mario Kart already. I would have expected that relationship to interfere with a Nintendo/Lego collaboration.
I wouldn't put to much importance on the 'product' title. The modular western had it for a number of days after it got to 10,000. Also TLG clearly stated that only one product would be released from each quarterly review didn't they. Plus I'd be amazed if Zelda got made. But time will tell I suppose.
So long as lego haven't decided to add in another public vote - any products that don't fail at review go into a vote off with the winner being made. That would be awful.
It also sounds like you have slightly unrealistic expectations with regards to how quickly you can get a project to review; a couple of blog plugs and a few people saying they'd buy it won't quite cut it. Look at something as detailed as the Modular Western Town: despite the entire LEGO community being behind it, it took a number of months (and seemed to labour at times) to get to review stage.
The idea really lends itself to a successful outcome; it fits perfectly with the LEGO brand, there is an existing relationship with the IP holders, and the film was hugely successful which means there are thousands of fans out there that would get behind it. The model just doesn't cut the mustard IMO.
Your idea (proposal) is good, but your sample and "marketing", as well as your expectations for a quick rise in popularity are off by a longshot.
This goes to show that even something that might be a great idea, doesn't stand a chance if not executed properly. See Huw's tips on the topic.... http://www.brickset.com/news/article/?ID=3464
Its partly unfortunate that you've picked that building because due to its nature of different colours etc, unless done incredibly well, its not going to look good. Instead it looks more like what my 6 year old does when building things with complete disregard for brick colour. Thats not meant to be harsh - my 6 year old couldn't do what you have, im just saying that the nature of the design makes it look like that - which is unappealing. Add in the fact that its done in LDD and it looks even worse.
If you really care about the idea, get on bricklink or something and get the pieces you need to build it. Build it in the flesh and 1) it will look a whole lot better 2) You'll likely see ways to improve on it further 3) even if it never reaches 10,000 you'll still have it.
Remember, TLG have said they'll only produce 1 set per quarter. Thats 4 a year. Lets say CUUSOO can run for 5 years - thats 20 sets. Its going to be tough for even a brilliant design to make it.
Now I don't partake in social networking, places like Twitter and Facebook leave me cold. So if anyone here likes them, and feels like spreading the good word, then by all means feel free :).