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Price? I reckon $40 / £30.
Jokes aside, if they have left the sloped one piece bonnet out to save a few quid then that is silly. The slope is from a SW set is it not? I'll be buying a few from BL and modding accordingly.
Like I said, the Cuusoo team doesn't know what it is doing, or doesn't care. This is a AFOL set if there ever was one, BTTF came out in 1985 for Pete's sake.
It's disappointing that there seem to be so many people throwing their toys out of the pram on the basis of one small image, though. You'd have thought people would know better by now. Let's wait for the full info (including some decent pictures) and then we can provide an informed opinion. We don't even know if the actual model will come with minifigs or not yet, for a start, so damning it just because there are no minifigs in the one picture released so far is premature I think.
Will it sell? Of course it will as the fans of BTTF will go nuts, mini figures included or not.
Will people be disappointed when they build it? Maybe but I doubt to when they have it in the flesh.
Will I buy one? Who knows. Highly probable as I love the films.
I am sure I saw a bigger scaled version LEGO created recently in the back of the VW beetle instruction manual. That looked pretty wicked and as big as the VW Beetle.
If this is the final design I am even more pissed because they know the original creators are donating their entire proceeds to the MJF Foundation and this heap is just not going to sell well. I have a very hard time believing TLG put forward their best efforts on this one.
As for the BTTF, and these are just my thoughts. It went from ugly to fugly. Like I said before, I was disappointed when it was announced. Will I purchase it? Yes, that's the completist in me. I have the others and will continue the trend. This set, along with the others more than like will never see the seals broken. Either will be passed onto my son or will become trade bait in the future.
I hope that Lego starts to look more to the creative side and reward that, opposed to the copies out there.
As for the BTTF movies itself, I really wish that Biff had "Ka Powed" Marty McSquid into the Past. Never liked the movies, too much of a whinney character for me. Loved George though!
Once again, just my thoughts.
This will get posted at sites like Gizmodo at launch and get a little traction from the nerd community, and will then wallow in obscurity. I hope TLG didn't make a bazillion of these things expecting minecraft-like sales...
The primary goal of CUUSOO is not to produce fan-designed sets.
Will I buy the "official" set/s, of course!
Is the bonnet/hood hideous on the final Model, yes!, but it still won't stop me getting a couple.
I've taken this to a few shows and it always gets recognised by young and old alike. Plus you can put a Marty McFly-esque fig in there with a hazmat suit!
If so, then fair enough...
I always thought it was to introduce new ideas that they normally wouldn't try on their own, and to provide an outlet for the AFOL fan community to express what they want to LEGO, and to actually get some of those sets built from time to time.
But that's just me. :)
Minecraft is a bit of an odd-duck, it has done really well of course, but then Minecraft and LEGO were rather made for each other. Minecraft is also a current IP and massively popular among kids today.
BTTF? It is nearly 30 years old at this point, nothing new has been done for a very long time, unless you count the game, which is pretty cool and worth checking out for fans, but otherwise, that's it.
This kit? Garbage, complete and utter garbage... That is my opinion, I'm comfortable with it, I stand by it, you're welcome to disagree. :)
Time will tell if the sales numbers do well or not, we shall see. I might well be in the minority, or I might well be spot on the money. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding... :)
Note the wording Instructions give the opportunity to add details to the car to modify it into 3 different versions, that represent the 3 different movies.
Oh and it'll apparently be £34.99. I can't quite make out the piece count on the box, but I'm going to guess at 346.
While it doesn't completely make up for the rough look of the model, I do like that it can be converted/modified out of the box.
Also, I'm really hoping those tiles (flux capacitor and date readout) are printed.
Moral of the story (for me at least) is to only pay attention to official news.
So if they're doing all 3 versions, does that mean we'll be getting white-walled tires?
Also, I'm not understanding the 1958 year on the time circuits on the dashboard in the photo. All the 1950's events of the movies occurred in 1955. Biff turned 21 and won the big horse race to become a millionaire in 1958, but nothing canon happened with the DeLorean during that year.
Indeed - http://aboutus.lego.com/en-us/lego-group/the_lego_history/
Other than that, I still don't like the model (though I hate it less), and it's way too expensive.
Ahh who am I kidding? It says 1958.
Ok, that's actually kinda cool they tied that in.
Useless side note - 1958 was also the year George and Lorraine got married.
Of course, I imagine a lot of the people buying this won't be LEGO fans, and will react just as you did.
It won't get built and sit in the cupboard until it finally becomes an heirloom and no one remember the films.
I've spent money on worse to fulfil my geek-quota...
But I don't care too much, I'll get anyway. Especially now that the figures look quite promising.