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It’s not an official announcement, but here is a little more information on the upcoming LEGO Cuusoo Exo Suit set.
Tim Johnson from New Elementary, a blog which usually focuses on new LEGO parts, has been involved in a team helping LEGO finalise the design and packaging of this upcoming set. The post is full of really interesting insights into the way LEGO is working with the community on this project. We still don’t have the final design, but we do have an awesome logo…
We love that the logo features such a prominent reference to the classic space sets.
You can check out the full story over on New Elementary. It’s a fascinating look into LEGO’s process for this set. http://www.newelementary.com/2014/04/cuusoo-exo-suit-logo.html
The first Doctor Who Cuusoo project, simply called “Doctor Who”, has made it review.
After the recent announcement that Cuusoo would start accepting Doctor Who projects the question was never if one would reach review, but when.
This project’s review is going to be an interesting situation. If LEGO decides not to produce a set based on the project then there are going to be a lot of very confused fans out there. When LEGO explicitly said they were now allowing Doctor Who projects many people took this as confirmation that they had already secured the license. While this does seem plausible, it also isn’t confirmed.
One thing going against this project is that it isn’t quite as focused as other Cuusoo projects have been. There is no clear indication of what exactly is being proposed, with the project creator organising a poll for which characters people would like to see. With 13 different incarnations of The Doctor, at least 5 different companions (just in the modern series) and countless villains it is unlikely that everybody is going to be happy with the final set.
Interesting times ahead for fans of The Doctor.
Since the Cuusoo concept was first unveiled The Doctor has been a popular subject for submissions. Unfortunately they were all rejected on the grounds of License Conflicts – an existing range of Doctor Who building toys was produced by a company called Character Building.
The news this morning is that LEGO has been able to resolve the conflict for Doctor Who projects. While the wording makes the exact situation a little vague, what is clear is that we are about to see an influx of TARDISs and Sonic Screwdrivers. We can’t wait!
Has LEGO already secured an exclusive deal for Doctor Who construction toys? It’s possible, but makes it a little confusing that they would announce this via Cuusoo. It doesn’t seem like the smartest business decision to secure the rights and then wait months for projects to reach 10,000 votes.
There is also the possibility that LEGO Doctor Who sets already in the design faze and this is a just a teaser. LEGO may be looking for fan designs to complement the existing planned themes.
Unfortunately, without access to the TARDIS, we are just going to have to wait and see what happens.
Sometimes we have to turn down project submissions that refer to specific brands or licensed properties. We do this to avoid getting your hopes up for something we know we aren’t able to make. In these cases, we already know the LEGO Group can’t secure licensing rights to produce construction toys based on a particular brand or property, due to a conflicting interest with a third party.If such a conflict goes away, we’ll then be able to accept projects based on a particular brand or license.
The Fine Print:
If your project was previously turned down, archived, or deleted due to a licensing conflict that is now resolved, you may re-submit it as a new project. Supporters from past projects cannot be applied to a future project.
Resolved Past Licensing ConflictsWe now welcome projects based on the following licenses that used to have conflicts:
- Doctor Who – February 2014Last updated February 25, 2014
We knew it was coming, and now we have official details and a final design for the Ghostbusters Cuusoo set.
21108 LEGO Ghostbusters will be available for purchase in June 2014 for $49.99 US, which makes this the most expensive of the currently available Cuusoo sets. As usual we don’t have an official Australian price but we predict this will be at least $79.99.
We asked the Brisbane based brains behind the project, Brent Waller, what he thought of the final design:
I was very excited to see the final model revealed. Marcos Bessa has absolutely nailed the look of Ecto-1 even better than I did, all while adding an accessible interior! I can’t wait to see people enjoying it when it’s released come June
Here is the set description from the LEGO Cuusoo blog
This fun and iconic vehicle from the blockbusting ‘80s movie is fully loaded with all the paranormal detection equipment needed to track down those ghastly ghosts. It also features cool Ghostbusters logo decoration, removable roof, tracking computer and seats for 3 minifigures.
This morning we got news about the latest product to come from the LEGO Cuusoo website, but that news was particularly exciting for one Brisbane LEGO fan. Brent Waller is the man behind the project, and he has spoken to Bricking Around about his creation.
The official LEGO CUUSOO blog has just released a video with a detailed overview of the latest review. This was the largest review yet, and while some people may be disappointed that some things didn’t pass we do have a new set to look forward to!
LEGO Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary has passed the review and will become a product
When this project first hit 10,000 votes we said that this would have a high chance of passing review and we are really excited to see what the final product will be.
Other results are contained in the video below.
The LEGO Online store has been updated, and 21104 NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover is now available.
The Australian price is $49.99, compared to $29.99 US. When looking at a straight conversion of the US price (add 10% tax, convert to $AU) that is a markup of around $13. While not the most over the top markup it is higher than some of the other sets.
The set can be purchased from http://shop.lego.com/en-AU/NASA-Mars-Science-Laboratory-Curiosity-Rover-21104
The latest LEGO Cuusoo product to make it to market is 21104 LEGO® NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover.
The set looks great, and perfectly captures the rover in question. As is typical of Cuusoo sets the actual model appears to be fairly small, but should look great on any desk.
As big fans of NASA’s Mars missions, Bricking Around can’t wait to get hold of one of these.
The set will be available January 1st from the online LEGO Store for $29.99 US. At this stage there is no Australian pricing available, but we have made enquiries and will update if we learn anything new.
Hailed by NASA as a “miracle of engineering” when it landed on Mars in August, 2012, we’re thrilled to present a LEGO set based on this historic spacecraft. The fifth LEGO CUUSOO set, 21104 NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover, will be available in the LEGO Shop online for $29.99 from January 1st, 2014.
Stephen Pakbaz (“Perijove“), a Mechanical Engineer who worked on the actual Curiosity rover at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, designed and submitted the rover project to LEGO CUUSOO in late 2011, to further the educational outreach of the Mars Curiosity rover’s mission, and to encourage greater public support for space exploration. His project reached 10,000 supporters within two weeks of the landing in August 2012, and was selected for production by the LEGO Review Board this June.
This LEGO version of the highly advanced mobile laboratory features lots of great details, such as 6-wheel rocker-bogie suspension, articulated robotic arm and multiple camera sets, plus a display plate complete with LEGO brick Martian rocks – perfect for testing out the rover’s go-anywhere suspension! Similar to other LEGO CUUSOO sets, the building instruction booklet also includes background information about the fan builder, the history of Mars exploration, and the real Curiosity Rover.
The latest LEGO Cuusoo project to hit the 10,000 vote mark is simply titled Sherlock, and based on the BBC hit starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. The project gained a rapid influx of votes after Sherlock fan sites sent their viewers to the Cuusoo site.
This project now moves to the review stage, with the next review set to take place in January.
How likely is this project to pass review? Let’s have a look at some of the assessment criteria:
Brand Fit - The show does deal with quite a few adult themes including murder. I believe that LEGO could go either way with this. They might be willing to approve it because it is going to be a limited production set. Back To The Future also has it’s share of adult themes.
Licencing - This project focuses on a specific incarnation of the Sherlock Holmes character, which is going to make licencing a little trickier. The original Sherlock Holmes stories are now public domain, but being based on the TV show an agreement would need to be made with the BBC. From my research there doesn’t seem to have ever been any licencing agreements between the BBC and LEGO. We do know that there is an existing agreement for Doctor Who sets to be produced by Character Building. Without knowing how far this agreement extends there is no way to know if a licence is even possible.
The Actual Set - There doesn’t seem to be any immediate issues with the actual set design. It is quite modest in terms of part count, and doesn’t require the creation of new one-off molds. The proposed set could easily be created with stickers or printed bricks. The included minifigures all look reasonably simple too, and the number could easily be scaled back from all of the characters to just Sherlock and Watson.
Conclusion - Sherlock is a great show that deservedly has quite a following, but it seems unlikely that this project is going to pass review.
When people talk about classic movies from the 1980′s that now have a cult following there are two names that really stand out. The first is Back To The Future and the second is Ghostbusters.
Marty McFly has already made the leap from the silver screen to the LEGO world, and he could soon be joined by Peter Venkman and his ghost busting colleagues. BrentWaller’s Ghostbusters project recently hit the required 10,000 votes and we think it stands a pretty good chance of passing review.
Ghostbusters has a very similar vibe to the Back To The Future project – they are both classic films that are fun and fairly inoffensive. The most difficult part of the process will be negotiating the required rights.
So what would a potential Ghostbusters set look like? The project featured a great MOC of the team’s converted firehouse office. LEGO is unlikely to produce such a large set for a Cuusoo project. History has shown that they tend to favour smaller sets. The set that is more likely is a recreation of the ECTO-1 and a minifigure lineup of the main characters. BrentWaller gives us a great example of what this would look like.
You can see more photos and official LEGO comment on the project at the Cuusoo page. http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/36088