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Ken Robichaud | June 3rd, 2014 | LEGO CUUSOO, News

First Project Under LEGO Ideas Banner Has Been Chosen

No shock here. The set chosen from the winter review is Ellen Kooijman’s Female Minifigure set, now entitled “Research Institute”. The only set held over from the previous review was the one chosen for this group and if you look at the contenders, it isn’t hard to see why. The video says the product is under development, but I have a feeling this decision was made some time ago and the set is done. How else would they have it finalized, produced and ready to ship for August? Hey, they have to keep some mystique about the process, build anticipation and hope. What is the point of this endeavour if not to raise public profile and see what people would be interested in?

Congratulations to Ellen Kooijman, you’ll be getting a cut of a couple of these sets from me. I’m looking forward to buying my first CUUSOO/Ideas set, not based on a beloved movie from my childhood and also looking forward to WHOever gets picked in the next review, due late summer to early fall.

Ace Kim | June 1st, 2014 | LEGO CUUSOO, Sales News

21103 The DeLorean Time Machine Discounted 20%

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Several retailers have discounted the LEGO CUUSOO Back to the Future set 21103 The DeLorean Time Machine. Amazon, Walmart, and Target are all discounting the set by 20% bringing the $34.99 set down to $27.99 before any tax or shipping. Methinks they are trying to make space for more copies of the vastly superior Ghostbusters set.

Ace Kim | May 31st, 2014 | LEGO CUUSOO, Sales News

LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Now Available

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Update: Amazon is now selling 21108 Ghostbusters Ecto-1 for the same price, $49.99.

According to my clock, it’s June 1 on the Eastern Seaboard and that means that the highly anticipated LEGO Ideas 21108 Ghostbusters Ecto-1 is now available for sale. Cost is $49.99, comes with minifigures of Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler and Winston Zeddemore, each with a proton pack, and of course, the Ecto-1.

Ken Robichaud | May 29th, 2014 | LEGO CUUSOO, News

The First Three Projects To Achieve Support On LEGO Ideas

Since LEGO CUUSOO evolved(?) into LEGO Ideas, three projects have hit the 10,000 mark and two come from the same designer. First up was Assault on Wayne Manor by DarthKy. A huge build filled with lots of great details for the Batman fans, including a Batcave base filled with the Dark Knight’s bizarre keepsakes. As an oversized modular that swings open instead of stacking it certainly looks like a lot of fun to play with.

The second project was General Grievous’ flagship, The Invisible Hand by LDiEgo. Presented as in the UCS format and made like the Death Star play set with areas for each scene aboard the ship. It would include 18 minifigures as well as some smaller ships and measure nearly a meter long with over 2500 pieces. It’s also the oldest project of the three, having been posted in December of 2011.

The third again comes from DarthKy in the form of the X-Men: X-Mansion. Another large modular build that makes it seem like these two could be neighbors. The Batcave has been swapped out for Cerebro and the danger room and all the other little touches X-fans would expect are there as well. Personally, my favourite part of the build is Beast. Love that guy.

While all three are great builds and seem like they’d have a lot to offer in the play department, I don’t see any of the three getting approved. All three are based on existing licenses, have far too many minifigures (even if The two comic based sets have whittled the numbers down through voting) and they are far bigger then the established size CUSSOO/Ideas is working with.

Regardless, I wish them good luck. For me, while I don’t believe sets like these are what LEGO Ideas is about, I think at the very least it gives LEGO a bit of an idea on whether sets like these would be something of interest down the line.

Ken Robichaud | May 2nd, 2014 | LEGO CUUSOO, Sales News

21108 LEGO Ghostbusters: A Comparisson By Brent Waller

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On Brent Waller’s unofficial LEGO Ghostbusters Facebook page where he shares all things related to LEGO ghost bustin’, he has posted a side by side comparison of the new official set sent to him and his original project submission. I’ve reposted a couple of the pics here, but by all means go check out his page to see the rest. I’ll just say it again for the record, regardless of the nitpicking of some, I can’t wait to get this set and since it is set to be released next month, I won’t have to wait much longer.

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Ken Robichaud | April 17th, 2014 | LEGO CUUSOO, News

CUUSOO Exo Suit Gets Official Logo

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Are you anxiously awaiting a look at the finished product that has spawned from Peter Reid’s extremely popular Exo Suit MOC turned CUUSOO project? Well, you’ll still be waiting a while, but The New Elementary has a nice article on the evolution of the set and it includes the unveiling of this official logo. Hopefully, it will tide you over for a bit as the release date for this set isn’t until August, but with any luck we’ll get a peek at the final design soon.

Ken Robichaud | April 8th, 2014 | LEGO CUUSOO, News

Second Doctor Who Project Makes It To Review Stage

When CUUSOO announced they would be accepting Doctor Who submissions, I knew the flood gates were opened. After the first Who project made it through to the review stage, I figured it wouldn’t be long before more joined it and here we are. While the first project had great ideas for a multitude of figures, I don’t think it came together well as a cohesive set. Too many things were still up in the air when it achieved 10,000 votes and the set idea seemed rushed and not well thought out.

This set has a much tighter feel and AndrewClark2 did a really good job addressing some of the details that I have little doubt kill many projects at the review stage. He’s provided a couple of different minifigure options and made it clear he is fine with LEGO making the choice as to which are included. The concept sits at just over 500 pieces and that is with the full consul and Totters Lane base. He has suggested that the lower section of the TARDIS consul could be scrapped to bring down the parts count and I say the Totters Lane part could also be stripped to reduce cost. If I had to choose which one to keep, it would be the street scene of course. The suggestion that many fans may buy two sets to be able to display in both configurations is a nice touch. Keeping the figure count low and basically admitting multiple concessions to appease many potential issues LEGO may have are very realistic and well thought out and I personally like the design of the TARDIS in this one. It opening to become the backdrop for the consul works really well and I can honestly say that I would buy this one. It is the front runner for me even over the BTTF train, which I still maintain is just far too obscure.

Congratulations Andrew! Well played and we’ll see how this all pans out in the next review stage. Still time for more Who to make it through.

Ken Robichaud | March 13th, 2014 | LEGO CUUSOO, News

First Doctor Who Project Reaches 10,000 Votes On CUUSOO

When CUUSOO made the announcement a couple of weeks ago that they would now be accepting projects themed around Doctor Who, it felt like there was a massive disturbance in the force. As though a million nerds cried out in joy and we’ll never here the end of it. I say the first, because the floodgates have opened and there are no less then 30 other projects on CUUSOO at the moment all focusing on one aspect of the Who-niverse or another.

The honour of the first to the finish line goes to Brickset resident and CUUSOO enthusiast, GlenBricker. The real shine on this project is the minifigures, provided by our very own Kaminoan. Voting for which figures will actually appear in the set is STILL open here, if you want to help pick what figures would be in the set. It’s not only one of the fastest projects to achieve 10,000 votes (it was started just two weeks ago and was at 9880 votes when I went to bed at 1 last night), but I think it’s the first to achieve that launched without having, what I would consider, a fully realized project.

I wish Kam and GlenBricker luck in the next phase of their projects journey. As always, they will certainly need it from this point on. It’s in the hands of the CUUSOO gods now.

Ken Robichaud | February 27th, 2014 | LEGO CUUSOO, News

Team BTTF’s Jules Verne Train Reaches 10,000 On CUUSOO

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Team BTTF has done it again over on CUUSOO, with this fully achieved entry based on the time travelling hover train from the final moments of Back to the Future III. This model and its figures were designed by team member Sakuretsu and I have to admit I’ve liked it since it was originally posted. Certainly not as iconic as the DeLorean, I think it will be a harder sell based on its size and how much more obscure it is within the franchise. It’s always been a favourite of mine in the time travelling genre, but then again I’m a huge fan of The Time Tunnel and yet I don’t think that would be a good idea for a LEGO set. If this set does get produced (and I think it has a far better chance then the PF UCS version) I would certainly consider getting it, but it isn’t a sure thing for me like the DeLorean or Ecto-1 set and wouldn’t be considered for permanent display like those two (as soon as I find just the right display cases… and get the Ecto-1). I find the look on the Verne fig’s face is funny, considering what he’s become known for over the years.

Good luck to Team BTTF on the next review and with luck we should hear something about this in the fall.

Ken Robichaud | February 21st, 2014 | LEGO CUUSOO, News

Build Brent Waller’s Ghostbusters HQ Now!

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I walk away from a frustrating build with the intention of finishing up an article, so of course I end up surfing Facebook and Flickr. At least if they fail to inspire me to overcome my builder’s block, they intrigue me in other ways. For those that were disappointed (even if you shouldn’t have been surprised) that the fire house was not part of the latest CUUSOO set, Brent Waller has made the LDD file available so you can build your HQ now and have it ready for 21108 LEGO Ghostbusters when it’s released in June.

I’m glad Brent’s project made it through and I’m glad it ended up the way it did, but it was still really nice of him to release the fire house plans for those that want to take it one step further. You can download the file from him here.

June is still too far away for my taste.