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It seems a bit pointless to me to allow a project that has obvious infractions against it to be allowed in the first place... Then tell the creator after he reaches the finish line that his/her idea was rejected due to molds which were known about 6 months prior by the creator and whomever moderated the project into publicity...
I never said the creator's model was plagiarized, I said that it was the same idea and it is using parts that never existed to make it more appealing...
Lego designers will change the model anyway. I don't mind seeing the odd part in a model that is not going to be possible, if it will probably be changed by the designers for something more appropriate later anyway. If the whole design relies on that part, then there is a problem. If it is just something to smooth a curve or something like that, it doesn't influence whether I'd vote for it.
For me, Cuusoo is more about ideas than the specific build, although clearly the build has to be thought out and relatively well designed. The first may not necessarily be the best, which is why "he copied my idea" doesn't really hold. Otherwise, you'd get loads of people submitted poorly thought out builds but good ideas, just to block the place holder for that idea.
Frankly, I'm looking forward to lots of moc'ing BTTF and TLR sets to recreate all sorts of scenes from BTTF 3!
On a side note, the Cuusoo moderators can't be expected to know every part that's in production any more than a LEGO fan can. Even this very forum has a "help identifying pieces" topic, after all. So a rule against new molds in general would be difficult to enforce-- as such, there is just a guideline advising builders not to create set proposals that depend on specialized new molds. The new Back to the Future project has a couple new molds but I'd hardly say it depends on them, especially since nobody's asking people to choose between this one and others that don't include new molds. You're perfectly welcome to support both, and I imagine supporting one would cause the other to show up in the suggestions of similar or related projects. You sort of answered your own question. Cuusoo products are one-off sets, not themes. And as such if the Back to the Future "DeLorean" time machine set is successful, it will show there's a market for that particular one-off set. It won't offer conclusive evidence of whether there's a market that can support additional BttF sets, so while TLG might decide to use this as an opportunity to consider a more expansive license, it's just as likely that it could take another successful project to get them to look into the viability of an additional, much larger product.
If Cuusoo couldn't be used to create things that share a common theme with already-revealed Cuusoo sets, then the same would apply to existing product lines, and about every LEGO Star Wars or Super Heroes Cuusoo project would be doomed to failure. But that's assuming that because TLG has considered the viability of a licensing agreement, they have also considered the viability of every possible set that could result from such a licensing agreement, and that's not a very reliable assumption.
Anyone see anything out there giving a release window or any updates to the review process?
Likely around four in the morning, PDT.
What do we think the price will be? Same as minecraft (£35) would seem about right and people would pay it
(An August release date from various sources) :-D
-It will be released on 18th July 2013 and cost £34.99 in the UK.
-It is a 3 in 1 model as the instructions give the builder the opportunity to add details to the car to modify into three different versions that represent the three different movies.
-It has movie like features like opening doors, folding wheels, the iconic rear of the DeLorean and the iconic screen that sets the time and date of the destination.
-Minifigures included are Marty McFly with skateboard/Hoverboard and Doc Brown.
There is already pre-release chat here: http://www.bricksetforum.com/discussion/comment/196653
No doubt there will be even more threads when it is available for purchase. It is so much better if it is all kept in one thread.
confirm these details on the set.
I don't doubt that the designer(s) had their reasons for making it look the way it does, but I'm disappointed all the same.
Still - £35 to spend on something else!
Anyone who has the Town Plan set knows that all it is missing is the Delorean. Seriously, it has the Town Hall and clock tower, gas station, movie theater . . . even a 1950s Studebaker style car!
I'll be shocked if any AFOL who grew up on these movies will be able to resist purchasing the set despite it's (minor) downfalls.
All I need now is that new Creator House and build Marty's black truck to put in the garage.