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Better than it was. http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/14603 Built it again from scratch.
I agree with @atkinsar in that the house is pretty plain, what makes it interesting is the 500 odd balloons which IMO is pretty much impossible to represent with Lego.
As for putting it on Cuusoo with a view to getting LEGO to produce it, however, I'm afraid it's a case of trying to run before you can even crawl - best to concentrate on enjoying building something for your own pleasure rather than the pursuit of fame and glory I'd suggest...
That said using @Modeltrainman as an example the one good thing that seems to be coming from Cuusoo is that it is encouraging people to try and build something they have a passion for and hopefully it will spur them on to greater and bigger builds as people learn what looks good and what does not, what works and doesnt work, new techniques etc.
There you go :)
No, as much as I'd love to see Star Trek done in Lego, I won't bother voting for any licensed stuff on Cuusoo. Licensed products involve Lego and the licensee holder, not fan suggestions (at least not early on). I still hope some day that Lego acquires the Star Trek license because I believe it has potential but Cuusoo should be focused on builders' creativity, not the business potential of licenses.
Out of the recent projects that reached 10,000, I am very excited for the Back to the Future set. Who cares if it is "old"; why even consider that if you think it's awesome? I did not grow up on those movies, but I loved them once I saw them later in life. The same can be said for kids today. Plus, I love the DeLorean, and I own a few die-cast models in various sizes of the car. A Lego version would complete the range of models I have of this retro-awesome car!
OH I thought that it was the chrome prune face that would have sealed it. Maybe ill put that on Cussoo.
^I dont think that it is old but the fact that most of the sets that have reached the required votes are all licsence sets and not really peoples imagination.
Sure just puttin up a picture from a film isn't but thats not what most of the achieved projects are. Im also not sure that theres a huge difference in the imagination used between a licensed project or a non licensed project based on a well known theme, western modular, space marines etc.
Its starting to doing a lot like MOC snobbery.
Here's a nifty one:
That would bypass the "is a 5000 piece set realistic?" blah blah blah debate... one new mold that would be spread across many future sets is realistic, and the Sopwith designer comment shows LEGO cares somewhat about delivering new parts people want.
They might be making money right now, but today's kids grow up into tomorrow's adults, you need to give them something to grow into to. This may or may not be that item, but if you forever say "kids only", you might find yourself more limited than you want to be.
So far we have a bizarre submarine thing which will definately not appeal to their "6-11 year old market"
Followed by an equally bizarre satellite thing which quite frankly I am suprised would appeal to anyone, but certainly not their "6-11 year old market".
Followed by a cash in on a popular game.
Followed by 2 rejects based upon not being targetted to their 6-11 year old market.
So the question really is, if they are only interested in sets that target 6-11year olds, who on earth are they expecting to put sets up on Cuusoo??
6-11 year olds (with the greatest respect) are unlikely to have the ability required to create something stunning and then market it in the correct manner to gain the required votes.
Adults are always going to be more interested in creating sets that are of interest to themselves, not kids.
I think they should put the whole thing on hold, have a complete re-think on it, work out what they want to get out of it and then relaunch it with a more specific aim.
The whole thing about the Winchester (I liked but understand the decision) and the Serenity (not that bothered about) is starting to make me feel like TLG do not value the Adult market, so if they continue rejecting all the things the adults vote for I feel it is going to create a fair amount of negativity towards Cuusoo/TLG.
That said, I rarely bother to look at cuusoo any more. There is some good stuff on there, but it is not worth the bother of voting any more unless things change.
Also, that whole issue aside, they obviously are no problem at all on the grounds that Winchester and Serenity were rejected, so they aren't really relevant to the current wailing and gnashing of teeth over the purported debasement of CUUSOO.
My concern is that Cuusoo could have a reverse effect on the Adult community if they keep rejecting anything that is not aimed at 6-11 year olds.
In theory there are 10,000 people out there who were thinking, 'cool, Lego Shaun of the dead' only to be deflated. And now 10,000 people who thought 'awesome, Lego Serenity' again to feel let down.
That HAS to be seen as bad press.
If Shaun of the Dead, Serenity and a lot of the stuff still getting votes on Cuusoo are not suitable, say so VERY quickly and get them off the site, don't let them get huge support or they are risking regative publicity.
There is absolutely no need to wait until a project has worked up a head of steam and garnered 10,000 votes to kill it for this reason. In fact I'd go so far as to say it's disrespectful to those that design and vote for such models, not to mention just plain stupid and bad PR...
I've suggested on the CUUSOO forum that the target for piece designs be lowered. I think 'new piece designs' was a bit of an afterthought for LEGO when they saw people were doing it. The system really doesn't support it e.g. the 'price I would pay' field has US$1 as a minimum which is too much for a single part.
I agree that non-starter projects should be nipped in the bud at a very early stage. I guess TLG have to weigh up the negative PR around letting an idea reach 10k and then being rejected vs. the good publicity of being talked about by celebrities on major TV shows and social networks like Twitter. The negative PR is probably less far reaching than the good PR, so really it all comes back to what are the primary aims of Cuusoo, is it really to get ideas to make sets, or is it all just a marketing trick?
I've been thinking about the recent AFOL survey they conducted as well. They did ask about online profiles etc. Maybe this is so they can try to track who's voting for what on CUUSOO, to aid their review process. If a project is getting too many votes from within the community it may be harder to pass. Lego may see CUUSOO as an opportunity to bring in new fans. Also, votes from people who vote for 'everything' or put in unrealistic price points may not be weighted as highly as votes from people logging on for one specific project. Or it might be the opposite! Lego asks for quite a bit of data when you cast your vote. They'd be foolish not to use it.
BTW: I seem to remember something about a Delorean being a choice during the vote that came up with the VW Beetle. Maybe that'll help it get made. They could add a customiser pack so you can turn it into a BTTF Delorean.