One more project squeaks by for the summer review period as JeremiahKC’s The Road to Oz becomes the seventh to achieve the needed votes. The project actually revolves around the much better known The Wizard Of Oz, which has been public domain for over 50 years, so licensing should not be a huge obstacle on this one at least. If Ghostbusters is considered a classic geek film then The Wizard Of Oz would have to be the godfather of pop culture. Any fan of FBTB should have no trouble seeing how far it’s influenced has spread and I can’t remember a time when it wasn’t popping up in at least one medium. I still have nightmares about the old Canadian made Tales of the Wizard of Oz cartoon that plagued the airways of the CBC when I was a kid, but I’ve still always liked the original subject matter. I wish JeremiahKC luck in the upcoming review and it will be interesting to see how the older property will fair in consideration with all the newer kids on the block.
So who’s in for an Oz themed set? Would you be likely to buy one or would you just stick with your existing LEGO robot, Laval, witch and scarecrow (take your pick) figs and call it a pass?
Two new Minecraft sets are now available: 21105 Micro World – The Village and 21106 Micro World – The Nether. Both cost the same as the original 21102 Minecraft set, $34.99. They each come with over 460 pieces and feature the same quad design as the original where the final model is made up of four separate sections. All of the sections from all of the models can be linked together at the base creating an expanding Minecraft world.
I haven’t seen it popup on Amazon or any other retailer yet but we’ll post once they do.
Update: The Nether is available from Amazon. No sign of The Village yet.
If you’re still jonesing for a DeLorean set, Amazon’s got your back as they’ve restocked 21103 once again. Price is $34.99, with no tax to most states, and the item ships for free! And in case you’re wondering, LEGO Shop@Home has this set listed as “Temporarily out of stock” with no date indicated on when it will restock.
The second Ghostbuster themed project to achieve 10,000 votes is actually the first of the two, posted over a year before Brent Waller’s 30th Anniversary that hit 10,000 a couple weeks ago. TeeKay’s project means that this will not only be the largest review sample so far, but the first time a single theme has had two separate projects in the same review. It could potentially be the last time too for all we know. All I know is that if 20,000 fans (admittedly that could be the same 10,000 fans voting for the same theme twice) doesn’t prove to LEGO that we want a Ghostbusters set, I’m going to be very disappointed. Let’s hope the recent toy releases mean the rights to this property will prove easy for LEGO to secure. I really have to say though, I find it odd that in both projects Ray looks more like Karl Urban then Dan Aykroyd. Does Elwood really look that generic?
If you’re like me, your first reaction was “What the heck is Poptropica?”. It sounds like some carbonated fruit drink, but it is apparently an online game for kids. Well, it has achieved the 10,000 needed votes to enter a future review (the next scheduled review covers projects from the first quarter of 2013, so I doubt this will be looked at before 2014), but I have reservations about this one that are different from previous licensed properties.
This project was submitted by the games creator just like Minecraft, but in that case if I remember correctly the company was willing to forego their cut of the proceeds just to get it made. Makes sense right? Anyone who would design a game like Minecraft is probably a LEGO fan already. In the case of the Popcreators, I’m left to wonder if it was more of a publicity stunt. If the set gets made, you have product on the shelves backed by a huge toy juggernaut and it cost you pretty much squat. If not, you still stand to get some publicity from the whole thing. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with that per se as it seems like a great business idea, but I wonder how many of the fans would actually buy the product. A set aimed specifically at kids seems like a no brainer, but CUUSOO is a different animal. Limited hand packed runs of special edition sets, only carried by a handful of retailers doesn’t seem like the best option for a set aimed primarily at kids. Previous CUUSOO sets had a far higher appeal to an older fanbase, but I could be way off here and there could be tonnes of teens and adults who love this too and if so that bodes well for both LEGO and Poptropica.
Again though, the vote numbers could be skewed because the pre-existing game users were given actual in game rewards as the project achieved certain plateaus. This Kickstarter like perk system is hardly new on CUUSOO, but I don’t think it’s ever given such a large group outside the LEGO community instant gratification as a project progressed. So how many voters came just for the promise of nifty in game costumes, etc? If I was just to go by the comments on the CUUSOO project, I could assume quite a few. Afterall, the project was started in January, but took seven months to amass 10,000 votes even though it has over 2 million views. CUUSOO will have a lot to take into consideration on this one as always, but at least the hurdle of getting licence approval from the creator is less of an issue. That could put it one step ahead of the Ghostbusters in the upcoming review.
All that aside, would I pay $40 for a pink bunny suited figure? If the parts were interesting enough and/or in the right quantity to offset the price, probably. If the set is too small or uninteresting, then no pink bunny. That’s what it comes down to for me. What are your thoughts?
It would seem that the 80′s are alive and well on CUUSOO and another classic property has achieved status due to a pre-existing niche fan base. Brent Waller’s Ghostbuster’s 30th Anniversary reached 10,000 votes last evening and you might remember that name from his Tumbler that achieved support back in May and still awaits review.
With the Back To The Future set successfully being produced, I’m sure that there is more hope for other licensed properties to go into production as well. If this set does get made, I would gladly grab an Ecto-1 and the gang to keep my DeLorean company, but I think the firehouse is another pipe dream that doesn’t jive with CUUSOO’s established set size. As seems to be the case with CUUSOO, there is another Ghostbuster idea coming up fast behind this one and has a chance of achieving status long before Brent’s gets into review. For the record IF this does end up being produced, I want a Knight Industries Two Thousand and an ’83 GMC Vandura in black and grey, so make it happen CUUSOO.
I don’t know why LEGO had to go and change the name from when it was, Back to the Future Time Machine, announced in the CUUSOO blog post, to what it is now, The DeLorean Time Machine. The first version sounds so much better.
Anyways, still jonesing for a set and don’t want to wait 30 days for LEGO Shop@Home to ship? You can now order from Target.com with no quantity limits. Price is $34.99 plus applicable sales tax. Got a REDCard? You can save 5% and net free shipping if you are.
The hotly anticipated 21103 The DeLorean Time Machine is now available through Amazon and LEGO Shop@Home. There is a quantity limit of 5 per customer when ordering from Amazon and 2 per customer from LEGO Shop@Home. I haven’t seen it on any of the other major online retailers but will update this post if that changes. Price is $34.99 and all royalties normally paid to the designer will be donated to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
Hopefully this info will help someone out as they are changing the process on how to purchase the two retail exclusives.
Last year, it was pretty much first come first serve. You get in line and wait for the booth to start selling the exclusives. It was a waste of time and not very efficient since they would wait about an hour and a half after the exhibit hall opens to start selling. This year they are handling things a little differently. They will be handing out tickets to the first few hundred people that show up on a first come first serve basis. Once you get a ticket, you are eligible to purchase any combination of up to two retail exclusives, the JEK-14 MINI Stealth Starfighter and/or Microscale Bag end. Only those who have a ticket may purchase the sets. There are a total of 1,000 of each set made, and they will be selling 200 each day including today, preview night. You must purchase your set(s) before 4:00pm else they will be for sale to the general public. The price for each set is $39.99.
On a side note, they are also selling the 21103 Back to the Future Time Machine set as an early bird sale exclusively at the LEGO booth here at San Diego Comic Con. Price is $34.99. The official worldwide release date is expected to be August 1.