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pantenkindpantenkind Member Posts: 258
edited February 2012 in Collecting


  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas Member Posts: 8,404
    As a general rule, I don't click on random links on the Interwebs... :)
  • nodnarb162nodnarb162 Member Posts: 58
    LEGO CUUSOO has been getting a lot of traffic with the Minecraft idea, Mojang himself has made a lego minecraft project on CUUSOO, and its already almost cought up to the 5,000 votes that the other has recieved. This may be totally legit

    here is a link the Mojangs CUUSOO project:
  • nodnarb162nodnarb162 Member Posts: 58
    @legofantexas, dont worry, I clicked it for viruses :P
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Administrator, Moderator Posts: 5,234
    I think we should ixnay on the rypticay thread titles. :o)
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas Member Posts: 8,404
    @Yellowcastle - I agree completely, I find such cryptic titles and posts to be very annoying.

    I want to know what I'm clicking on before I view a thread.

    Just my 2 cents worth. :)
  • dougtsdougts Member Posts: 4,110
    so, I'm just confused about what a minecraft LEGO set would actually look like - what would it contain? what would it build? I'm looking at the pictures in the cuusoo link, and it looks to me like a collection of VERY basic bricks? why would I buy that as a "set"? I already have a collection of basic bricks. I can buy brick boxes, like the recent XXL one that was so popular on black friday. What is better/cooler/unique about building something that looks like something you would build out of generic bricks/blocks, just because you bought it as a "set" and probably seriously overpaid for it compared to just rounding up the basic blocks to begin with?

    maybe i just don't get it at all
  • nodnarb162nodnarb162 Member Posts: 58
    ^ well that was kind of my thought too, I dont even play minecraft, i only supported it because im curious to see how lego produces this. who knows...maybe they will make actual square bricks with various printings on them...either way the pics are just to convey the idea...that is by no means what the product might be.
  • pantenkindpantenkind Member Posts: 258
    Ok, Sorry for the cryptic post, I was in a hurry and wanted to get it up. I try to be descriptive in my other posts. My thoughts were with others in the fact that even if they did this what would be in a set? It looks to me like very basic blocks and honestly lego is alot like minecraft anyways.
  • maybertsmayberts Member Posts: 68
    edited January 2012
    Do we have any minecarft fans here? I can't wait for this to be released.
  • andheandhe Member Posts: 3,940
    This was also reported on the front page...

    It will be interesting to see what this becomes. It has to be more than a box of bricks, so I'm wondering if it will combine some sort of computer element (I'm thinking like the Life of George app), or being able to transfer the stuff you build 'in real life' into the minecraft game (I've never played it, so don't know how this would work).
  • jwsmartjwsmart Member Posts: 298
    I have a feeling that a lot of people voted for this without actually thinking about it.
  • princedravenprincedraven Member Posts: 3,764
    I have a feeling this is going to be the biggest failure for TLG for some considerable time.
    Unless I am seriously missing something...

    Actually @mayberts maybe you can shed a bit of light on the uneducated here.
    Could you explain what you feel the appeal of minecraft is and how you feel this will transfer to the medium of Lego? Having never played it, its a mystery to me.
  • vwong19vwong19 Member Posts: 1,191
    What is mindcraft? I will google it now?
  • maybertsmayberts Member Posts: 68
    Minecraft is like a colt, I enjoy mining for materials and then creating objects to my wildest imagination.

    I just thought i would look cool sat on my desk, now i have read some of your views I'm not so sure how Lego can pull this off.
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,331
    edited January 2012
    @princedraven It is almost impossible to explain the appeal of minecraft. At its heart is the very simple truth that (for most sensible people) gameplay > graphics. It's simple, its unlimiting in what you can do but its about more than just building things from blocks. You've also got the standard MMO themes of progression and community and seemingly some fun it the mix too.

    There are so many untruths on the front page brickset article its unbelieveable - a perfect example of a little knowledge being a bad thing. Minecraft is absolutely not lego in a video game form - I suspect those that said that saw little more than a screenshot.

    Although I've tried to stay away from Minecraft because I know I'ld get sucked in, most of the people I know that love it are other modders from games like Battlefield 2 - not kids and certainly not lazy. These guys are generally incredibly talented, creative, and driven individuals that spend days, weeks and months lovingly creating things purely for the love of the challenge and finished product - its that outlook that minecraft caters for.

    As for whether it will work with lego or not - not sure and I guess no one is (after all no-one has seen any images of the proposed set(s)). What I can say is that the idea of a challenge and finished product is probably more aligned with the MOC community rather than the Collecting community which may explain some of the attitudes here. But lego have little to loose, sets will be basic with very little design time required, parts will probably be very standard with some printed tiles. There's probably enough existing support to prevent the set being a complete failure even if not a success. And on the upside? If it is a success they might just chip out a new market. I suspect for lego its much less of a risk than the exisitng Cuusoo sets.
  • princedravenprincedraven Member Posts: 3,764
    ^ + ^^ Thanks for the info.
    If as you say @cheshirecat it is possibly more aligned to the MOC community I would guess that the big challenge then for TLG is how to make it something they can't just MOC now on their own with their existing Lego.
    Will be really interesting to see what this turns into...
  • yys4uyys4u Member Posts: 1,093
    @cheshirecat I agree. People are really badmouthing lego for taking this project and I say why not? It's simple, and has an assured market already, there's not a lot of risk for them. Also, imagine if LEGO had decided NOT to do it? People would accuse Cuusoo of being rigged...
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,331
    ^ Indeed - the risk in in starting Cuusoo in the first place which Lego have already done - if you're going to let people vote then its a brave move not to follow up without a good reason - licencing, parts, price etc.

    With out meaning to get too far off topic, I notice 2200 logged in members have visited brickset in the last 24 hours. With those numbers (+ the non-logged in visitors) with a determined effort Brickset could surely get a community developed Cuusoo item to market! Even just the 2200 supporters would put it straight into second place behind the the Back to the future DeLorean. Of course, agreeing on a subject would probably result in the most almighty fight!
  • skherbeckskherbeck Member Posts: 33
    While I'm not looking forward to this line based on the concept, we should all welcome the possibility of new printed tiles/bricks! On a side note, check out the "Western Town Modulars" on Cuusooo... now that would be fantastic if we could push it through!
  • maybertsmayberts Member Posts: 68
    ^ agreed that dose look good, it has my vote.
  • princedravenprincedraven Member Posts: 3,764
    ^^ Voted, Western Town is very nice.
  • VorpalVorpal Member Posts: 11
    Minecraft is fun, but I don't see how you are going to make lego sets out of it.

    I a way EVERY lego set is ALREADY Minecraft. By default.

    Minecraft has a large emphasis on building immense structures out of blocks. That's what lego is. You don't need special bricks for it.

    There are also emphasis on mining for new ores to craft new weapons, planting wheat to get food, harvesting trees for lumbers to build worktables, bows, arrows, etc, create gunpowder operated cannons that shoot cows across the entire continent, etc. There's a very complicated and involved crafting chain.

    Oh and you can do dungeon exploring to find loot in treasure chests.

    You wouldn't really need any extra printing at all to recreate a Mincraft scene with lego bricks though, so any expenses on LEGO's part may be minimal.
  • princedravenprincedraven Member Posts: 3,764
    ^ see that is where I see problems.
    You can't mine ore, craft weapons, plant wheat, get food, harvest trees, build bows, arrows, hunt for treasure etc, etc... in a Lego model. Or at least I cant imagine how.
    Again will be interesting to hear just what TLG intend to actually propose.
  • maybertsmayberts Member Posts: 68
    ^ you're right, but you can't fly your millennium falcon in space. I would use my imagination and pretend I that i was mining for ore. It would be so cool to have Lego bricks that look like iron ore and Lego creeper minifigs
  • princedravenprincedraven Member Posts: 3,764
    ^ but how would that work?? You would have to put the ore in there in the first place :)
    So you chuck a bunch of bricks together randomly and then pull them apart 'dig' until you get a grey brick which you consider ore?

    One option would be to reverse the Lego process and give you a complete model, that you disect, but surely that only works once...
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,331
    I imagine it would be more a homage (sp?) to Minecraft that would sit on a desk rather than necessarily a play thing. But until we see the set(s) designs who knows.
  • mr_bennmr_benn Member Posts: 943
  • richoricho Member Posts: 3,830
    edited January 2012
    This holds no interest at all for me. Why didn't people vote for something like Tudor England, or The Romans, or Spies or the hundreds of other great ideas for sets!
  • dougtsdougts Member Posts: 4,110
    ^ because the vast Minecraft rabid fanbase stuffed the ballot box in a viral voting campaign. While not technically in violation of the rules of CUUSO, in my mind it clearly violates the spirit of site and the intent behind how the process is supposed to work.
  • brickmaticbrickmatic Member Posts: 1,071
    I think it's worth a shot and withholding judgement on the set until we see an actual set design.
  • aplbomr79aplbomr79 Member Posts: 159
    If Minecraft pumps more money into TLG's coffers, I am all for it. I am not a huge SW LEGO fan - really don't care for them - but I appreciate what SW has done for TLG, and the rest of the LEGO fan base.

    If Minecraft can accomplish a bit of SW success, then yes, I am for it. TLG has some making-up to do with the flop of Universe... and we all know that hurt the bottom line.

    The great thing, there isn't a lot of money behind the venture, so if it falls flat (which many are expecting it to), TLG should not be too ravaged by loss.
  • rasmustalirasmustali Member Posts: 85
    edited February 2012
  • andheandhe Member Posts: 3,940
    The official announcement says its available to pre-order on the mojang website. Any idea if this is to gauge actual purchasing interest and how may they should make?
  • JasenJasen Member Posts: 283
    Couldn't you just buy a few of these and make it?
  • chrisdojochrisdojo Member Posts: 169
    it looks better that i was thinking it would... but $34.99 is a NO for me.
  • forumreaderforumreader Member Posts: 97
    I like it. The modular idea is nice. The small scale will also make it easy for people to make new creations and additions fairly inexpensively. I didn't vote for it, and have never played Minecraft, but I'm going to get it as an introduction to microscale building.
  • dougtsdougts Member Posts: 4,110
    looks sharp - but what's the point? looks like something a minecraft fan would just display on their desk or something. I supposed they could reconfigure it into other similar items. I'm still struggling to find the audience. Minecraft fans would find it too limiting compared to the game, non-Minecraft LEGO fans are just going to look at it as an architecutre set, minus the famous landmark.

    Though I supposed minecraft people will buy it up in droves just because it's got Minecraft stamped on it - and maybe that is the point.
  • andheandhe Member Posts: 3,940
    edited February 2012
    I'm going to go out on a limb and say... This is EXACTLY the sort of thing Lego were hoping for in the Cuusoo project.

    If it was something that current lego fans/AFOLs were interested in, then they wouldn't be expanding their market.

    However minecraft fans or those within the gaming community now see this set think "that would look cool on my shelf... Wow look at all the cool stuff lego now make" and are slowly but surely pulled into the web of lego collecting.... mwahahahahahaha!

    I think they problem that most of us/AFOLs have with this is that -
    1. It's not aimed at us, but at broadening TLGs market. We feel TLG is cheating on us.
    2. Minecraft fans achieved something in 2 days the we haven't (as Lego fans tend to have a theme they favour - Star Wars, Castle building, Trains etc so the fanbase/voting is less focussed).
  • littletokilittletoki Member Posts: 519
    ^ I think @andhe hit in the head.

    Minecraft has a very rabid following - this game was initially developed/coded by a single person, "Notch". As an aside, his story is quite interesting - accepted all payments for his indie game via PayPal. When it went viral, PayPal froze his account with over $500k in deposits until he could prove he was a legitimate business.

    I've played this game and spent hours digging and building; it's all about MOCing. Add the fact that you can "build" circuitry, make machines and things get crazy impressive. Personally, I like that you can blow sh*t up. ;)

    Anyways, I imagine that LEGO's Minecraft set will appeal to most of the million+ fans and expand TLG's current audience - which would be one of the primary goals of Cuusoo. Minecraft also held its first convention - Minecon - just last year in Vegas which sold out fairly quickly. So yes, their fan base will buy this set to sit on their desks/shelves etc.

    My first impression when I saw the Cuusoo Minecraft Micro World was identical to most everyone else's - "I can build that right now with my own bricks".

    Until I saw the Creeper brick. Now I have to buy it for the Creeper face. That SOB is in for some payback.
  • legoDadlegoDad Member Posts: 529
    edited February 2012
    Minecraft fans are quite a cult so this will do well with them.
    My kid plays and the whole appeal is to dig, chop, build, explore and then you have a time limit till it turns night and then the Creepers and other baddies are about. You need to gather resources to build a pick axe, weapons, armor and such. It's fun for the building and gathering aspect.

    I see these as display models and build your own model based off of what you did in the game for fun to sit by your computer.

    I think it would've been better to have large cube with various a cross section to see the mines, creepers, different resources, etc.

    Perhaps they'll make this into a game with a timer to mimic the 10 minutes of night and day in the game and you have to gather your resources to build something within a time limit. Just thinkin' out loud...

    Oh, also...with this Minecraft, besides Steve and the Creeper they should've had one animal. I think either a pig or sheep (?) is a essential part of the Minecraft World...?
    Gotta' ask my son.

  • legoDadlegoDad Member Posts: 529

    Until I saw the Creeper brick. Now I have to buy it for the Creeper face. That SOB is in for some payback.

  • littletokilittletoki Member Posts: 519
    ^^ Definitely. Pig for pork/food. Sheep for wool. Though since it's a micro build, maybe that's why it was omitted. Too bad!
  • andheandhe Member Posts: 3,940
    ^ a micro (scale) pig would work great as a system sized piglet! Though making nee mould for a one-off set is probably asking too much and too costly.
  • wertyjjwertyjj Member Posts: 64
    I don't really like Lego Cuuscoo Minecraft, though the Western Town Model does look cool.
  • noblebricknoblebrick Member Posts: 19
    edited April 2012
    I believe this is the first ever published Lego Minecraft image. image
    Is anyone that excited for Minecraft?
  • jocappyjocappy Member Posts: 207
    I like the idea of this getting produced.
  • andheandhe Member Posts: 3,940
    @noblebrick I think minecraft fans are. It looks like a nice novelty square box, so undoubtedly will appeal to many current lego fans as well.
  • weinnerweinner Banned Posts: 148
    Ok, I've read the tread, kinda get what minecraft is but, I still dont see what you do with it. Kinda seems dumb.
  • The_Brick_BuilderThe_Brick_Builder Member Posts: 658
    edited May 2012

    Nothing very fancy IMO, but I'm sure some people are very exited. ;)
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