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There other examples out there as well and i am sure most will end up on cuusoo in the coming weeks.
With that in mind then any winning entry that includes a Tardis would have to be minifig scaled and have 'playability' to match and since the Tardis is the single most iconic 'vehicle' in the show then it really is the only choice to add into the set.
Vote if you like it.
It's more likely that Cuusoo is just being viewed as a compromise deal that allows Doctor Who projects on it, something which simply increases visibility for the brand and thus helps Character Options sales as well.
If there is more to it, say if Lego were acquiring the company, that's probably bad news because it would mean the end of the Character Options line and Doctor Who doesn't have the visibility in the U.S. that might sustain a license with Lego for very long (that could always change though). Instead of Lego-designed sets we might just get the pathetic offerings of Cuusoo.
I also suspect the Big Bang Theory project will not be too far behind, if both make the next review that might be interesting, two huge TV show based sets in the mix.
(at least one is actually an acronym)
While it's not perfect, this one was probably the best I have seen yet in terms of using actual elements to build a fairly well detailed project.
Also the reason I mentioned Big Bang before is that if that project hits 10,000 lego will effectively have to chose between 2 TV show set pices and I can't see them green lighting both and for me the work on the Big Bang project is far better, not least because it is there in the brick. But then again there might be room for both, that would be fun as 1 off sets.
I can see that the Cuusoo set looks good, but it's nothing but a display piece, not in any way a Lego set with all a Lego set should be. Maybe it could work as the first of a "favourite sitcoms dioramas" sets... actually... nah! It just seems really silly!
Doctor Who is tame by comparison. It's at its heart an adventure story, and any "adult" references tend to be brief and subtle enough that they might go right over the head of younger viewers (much like those in other LEGO-approved licenses like Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean).
A lot of people were outraged when The Simpsons became a LEGO theme, but you have to recognize that a lot of the controversy over its content stems from its origins, which from a media perspective took place in a more innocent time. And some of that perception is further colored by the biases of that time, since it was the first adult-oriented animated show to really become mainstream. Cartoons and comics were in the past perceived as a "kids' pastime", a perception that afflicts those media as well as video games today. So it's no surprise that a cartoon aimed at adults would be seen as an insidious threat to childhood innocence. Nowadays, compared to shows like South Park and Family Guy that range from irreverent to downright iconoclastic, The Simpsons stands out as much more of a "family program".
The Big Bang Theory, and a lot of other modern prime-time sitcoms, push the envelope much further when it comes to their content. So I think The LEGO Group is bound to tread lightly with proposals based on those kinds of franchises.
As for it being only a display set... all Cuusoo sets are meant to be display sets.
From the pricing and current content of the Cuusoo sets, the majority of sets must be bought for display, I think that the minecraft set is the one most likely to be bought for play, and surprise suprise TLG took it up and made more sets. They state that the playability of the set is part of the review, but the Delorean doesn't fit both Minifigures properly and the Ghostbusters Ecto 1 is only going to fit 3 just seems bizzare that in terms of playability they wouldn't use a better minifigure fit design.
I also think the voting system is flawed, I get that they need quantifiable data but I think the what price would you pay and how many sets would you buy are a bit misleading. Asking what you'd expect rrp (for the set as is pictured in the project), what price you would most likely pay for a set based on but not nessisarily the same as featured in the project and if it was a theme how many sets of that theme would you buy would be much better questions to get some real data. They haven't changed the questions since stating that each project should relate to one set and not a theme, but the questions seem more about projects as themes.
That said it is a great place for Lego fans to showcase ideas and show TLG what the community wants, and I love it for giving me an official Doc Brown minifigure if nothing else!
I think a big flaw in Cuusoo is the "how much would you pay for this?" question. Can't answer it because I don't know approximately how may parts are in it. Doesn't matter if Lego will redesign it. Designers should have to give us as much info as possible to make an informed decision. That's the only way I can answer... how much I would pay for it.
How about the 'Ideas Intersection'?
If a bunch of people support a massive project but say they would pay a pitifully low price, that suggests that either the project has to be significantly scaled down or, alternatively, that it's not a good business case in the first place. On the other hand, if a lot of people give a HIGH price for a model that doesn't necessarily need one, then that tells the designers both that demand for the product is high and that they can probably afford to make substantial improvements without pushing the model outside most people's price range.
Keep in mind also that there's a difference between "a fair price" and "what people are willing to pay", even among AFOLs. When this year's #75059 Sandcrawler model was revealed, a number of people acknowledged that it was a fair value for money but still said they weren't willing to pay $300 for it, and that they would have preferred a cheaper set even if it meant the model would be smaller and less detailed.
Likewise, there are some smaller models that people don't want to buy because they feel the subject ought to be represented at a larger scale, and they would rather pay a higher price for a larger model than a lower price for a model they consider sub-par. #79007 Battle at the Black Gate is a good example of this. Its price-per-piece isn't bad (over 650 pieces for $60, which is good even by non-licensed standards), and it's a great likeness of the subject, but a lot of people wish that the gate and eagles alike were larger.
Basically, not asking this question would be ignoring the potential for creators and supporters alike to misjudge the expected cost of a concept model. Not every builder can be expected to keep count of how many pieces went into their best models or accurately guess the production cost of a set based on which parts it uses. Nor can every supporter or potential buyer be expected to expertly analyze a project to determine if the project creator's estimated cost is actually realistic. If all project creators and supporters were somehow held to these high standards, then the LEGO Cuusoo userbase might no longer be indicative of the actual buying audience, because not all LEGO fans would think so carefully about the production cost of the final set once it's actually on store shelves and they have to decide whether it's worth their money.
A large model would be harder, but not too difficult to count.
Although it might put some people off the model, if it was above 1500 parts.
Depending on the subject.
An average cost of 5p per part would be good to great value.
More than 10p per part is getting expensive, no matter what they are or what they make.