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That's just my opinion.
I just feel really bad for the FIRST LEGO Cuusoo project that was made in January and isn't getting any credit whatsoever, just because their presentation wasn't as clean.
Meanwhile, the other project, while somewhat un-attractive no doubt, is all and real LEGO. I just hope that person gets the credit they deserve. If not for the sets, at least for the idea. No doubt "Brickthing" copied off of him for the idea, saw it was popular, and then just made it more presentable. But I could just be over-assuming.
As for the modular lego store that's just scary. Lego buying lego....its like the final scene in men in black. We could all just be minifigures.
Not sure why the bother with minifig postures - Lego do it all the time on every bit of marketing I've seen over the last few months. The Olympic minifigs being just one recent example.
I think I have some spare acoustic and electric ones somewhere if we do another trade at some stage.
Or maybe make one from other parts ...
Hell, stick Spinal Tap in there, and you would probably get to 10000 from their fans, although this obviously changes the focus of the submission.
No comment from the CUUSOO team yet.
Amazing, really. ;)
Now it has vanished.
Anyone hear anything about this?
As a significant backer, I am just wondering what happened... I thought it was a great project.
If you spend enough time studying the projects there, you will quickly see that the best, most mind blowing MOCs usually have 347 votes. And then things like these little Portal ideas hit 10,000 in a week.
Cuusoo may be a marketing success from Lego's perspective as it does seem like many of the successful projects are catching the attention of non-Lego types.
But as a way of getting really cool Lego sets made for Lego fans, it stinks! I think this Portal set will have a great shot at being made. And then all of the officially made sets will be universally boring, small, and "who cares" type creations.
All while some brilliant stuff sits around at 266 votes.
Cuussoo simply proves what herd animals people are! If you build something associated with the right theme, and do an acceptable job of it, you will get the herd of fans to rally round and vote.
It is precisely these same voters, however, who will not buy these sets once they are released! Mark my words. They will leave Lego high and dry every time.
And I'm a huge Portal 2 fan! Just finished the game a few months ago and thought it was brilliant.
These sets are "ok" but not brilliant Lego creations. So the voting power of "the herd of non-Lego fans" outweighs the creative power of some brilliant MOCs made by Lego fans at cuusoo...again.
I don't like that.
Maybe that is precisely what Lego wanted with Cuusoo...a way to bring in non-Lego people. As a Lego person however, this make me lose interest in the whole Cuusoo thing rather quickly.
For the record, I have every intention of buying the Portal sets when released, the presentation was really well done and Portal is one of the best games released in the past 10 years.
As for Portal 2 I won't buy the set if it makes it! Presentation isn't all. The game is phenomenal but not everything can be turned to LEGO and still be smart. I'd be disappointed with a LEGO portal 2 set despite how great a design it might be.
There are so many fantastic things on CUUSOO and most people don't bother to check the projects over the 5th discover page. Now that's a shame. They should make random publications in the front page so everybody could get some exposure and they should trim some projects down as they clearly demonstrate no viability and even conflict with LEGO and CUUSOO prerrogatives.
I'm also running a poll for a specific (fictional) band or act to be in the set, so go and vote and/or make some more suggestions.
I had thought about using the Brickforge guitars (I have two of them somewhere) and perhaps drumsticks, but I didn't want to "cheat" by using non-LEGO parts in the project - although some may be able to get away with it.
The project hasn't done too badly gathering support considering it is mostly an educational model and is not based on a popular video game or other license. It does, however, boast plenty of working features that make the play experience out of this world! I am a Mechanical Engineer who worked on the real Curiosity rover at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which helped me to create as accurate of a model as possible .
As an added treat, I've just updated the CUUSOO page with links to a LEGO Digital Designer file along with step-by-step .pdf instructions that I created myself for any fans or educators who are interested in the model and can't wait for it to get enough support.
Portal is a great video game. That doesn't make it a great Lego set. I like what this guy at Cuusoo did with it; it represents the game well. But it's just a small display piece devoid of playability/functionality. It looks like something Cuusoo creators would have commissioned from Lego to present to their corporate clients as a polished little display piece.
It just doesn't do anything for me, nor does it represent clever/sophisticated Lego building. It's just a corporate gift being ram-rodded through the system by marketing and the video game's widespread appeal. As Lego enthusiast, that process or system doesn't really help me!
If so, that is indeed nice and all, it seems like some thought was put into it. But that would take, what, 10 minutes to put together and cost $20?
Is it fine and all, but it isn't anything put a curious thing.
Give me a 1,000 part version that is 2 feet tall, and I'll be more impressed. But then that is what I have found I really like about Lego, the really big display sets. The small stuff, less so.
The one great exception to this is the Architecture line, my wife has been building those and indeed they are cute. Don't really interest me, but I can see why they are of interest to some people, and we have a shelf of them on display.
She just built the Big Ben set, nice considering the small number of parts, but I'd prefer a Tower Bridge sized version of Big Ben, that one I'll build.
My 2.3 cents worth.
to me, this is exactly what Cuusoo should be about: interesting, unique, original designs in a size/price point that is realistic for production. The vast amount of things on Cuusoo are either licensed or massive 10,000 piecs MOCs. The former don't interest me, for reasons discussed previously, and the latter are completely unrealistic for production/sales reasons.
I suppose my point is that "success" at Cuusoo is seemingly defined by getting a small army of voters behind a concept, based not on the concept itself as a Lego creation, but the underlying IP and the success/popularity of that.
It should be precisely the opposite: the stuff that gets 10,000 votes and made by Lego should be unbelievably clever, interesting pieces of Lego design. If they happen to jive with pre-existing interest in some movie or video game, so be it.
The wrong dynamic is pushing the successful projects through Cuusoo at the moment.
Off-topic, but I also find the architecture kits confusing. Some are more clever/impressive than others. I currently own Brandenburger Tor (built and on display) and Big Ben (still in box waiting to open).
I think it took me 15 minutes to build Brandenburger Tor, and afterward, was left with a somewhat hollow, unfulfilled feeling. I was kind of like "What's the point here excactly?"
They are just too small with too few pieces to warrant real interest on my part, even if a multitude of them on display does look pretty cool. They definitely make more sense displayed in a group of 5 than they do on their own.
If you have questions about the set or idea, or even have an idea for another iconic movie scene that I could create, please let me know! I love to hear feedback and always want to try to improve my project towards the best wishes of the LEGO community!
Lord of the Rings
Need I say more? Truth be told, TLG breaks this rule when there is enough money on the table, and Street Fighter isn't it.
Interesting side note: Sanrio, another company with a clean, fun-first image, recently partnered with Capcom for a Hello Kitty X Street Fighter merchandise line.
I think this would have done superbly as a cuusoo exclusive; it's one of the most iconic franchise in the video game world. But whatever Lego.