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It is, I think, a mistake on their part, but there might be reasons Gabe didn't want to do it.
In other news....Space Troopers NO!
Wizard of Oz minifigs would be interesting for the next review.
Unfortunately it appears that something's going to have to give in the way of complexity to bring the price down to anything approaching a reasonable level but as for me if Lego put that set into production with little to no alteration (or, heaven forbid, made it better) they could name their price.
Since this is an existing license, don't think this has a chance, but I thought all my fellow LoTR fans would like to see it. He has included Galadriel, which fills one of our minifig holes.
Lego models(especially Technic) must follow strict legal building laws to provide the consumer with a end product that is fail safe...
You are never going to see a motorized model from Lego with a transmission that doesn't automatically downshift itself so that the consumer doesn't try and drive it starting out in 5th gear and destroy the parts...
You are never going to see a large drivable vehicle with motors running through a transmission released from Lego using any of the current parts.. The driving rings are not made to take that kind of punishment and be placed under that type of torque... I've ruined driving rings in a simple 2 speed chassis with nowhere near the weight
And like I said Lego cannot trust the consumer to make certain that they change the gears properly... This model would have to have some type of automatic gear down feature to prevent damage...
There is a reason why we haven't seen any Power Functions motorized models other than the snail speed crawler and even slower 8043 Excavator...
I almost wonder if they could end up doing sets if they ever tried to reboot the original. I don't think they should remake it, but it wouldn't shock me if they are at least considering it.
Those 2 projects are really really great, but didn't Cuusoo already say that they didn't want projects based on existing themes..?
I was looking forward to a set of these: they were approved and said to be released in 2014, and it could still be, but am I curious how we have not seen or heard anything since the initial reveal. We have seen the Ghostbuster set now in pictures at the 2014 New York Toy Fair, the Exo Suit was approved be earlier has but nothing has been shown. I am curious to see if they have back tracked on this from any reason.
Have a read of the article, particularly the last bit as it should answer your question.
"Hey, umm, we know your model hasn't been announced as a winner yet, but, err, on the off chance it DOES get announced as a winner, would you, err, help us out? Hypothetically speaking, of course..."
Something tells me that would seem a little bit fishy.
There is no way in the world that a 99% complete model wasn't created, tested and fully evaluated by the Lego team well before it was announced as a winner. If they are seeking feedback now, it's probably just a courtesy to "make sure to get it just right."