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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 | December 21st, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars, MOC Spotlight, Off Topic

Bricking The Halls! – Part 2 (The Tree Topper)

Trimming the TreeChristmas Tree Topper 2012
2011 & 2012

Well now you’ve decorated your tree. As you stand there basking in the glory of all the ornaments you built, you start to think that perhaps the angel that’s been in your family for the last five generations just isn’t going to cut it this year amongst all the beautiful ABS that adorns your tree. Maybe it’s time to build your own tree topper out of LEGO and that’s where I found myself three years ago.

I’ve never been one much for angels as tree toppers, but I’ve always loved stars. Even though, the one my wife and I bought our first Christmas together had lost its luster and we were ready for something new. Everything I saw in stores was ‘meh’ at best and then my wife suggested I build one with LEGO. Challenge accepted! The first year I went for something more classic and it was a big hit with everyone, so it was decided (by my wife) that it would be a yearly occurrence. Last year I found myself under the gun and hastily threw together my gaudy Death Star topper that was influenced by the flashy Death Stars from Futurama: Bender’s Big Score. I was happy with the garish attempt regardless of the rush job.

The plan for this year was to make a dragon, inspired by Smaug, perched atop the tree with a long tail that wound down around the tree like garland. I wanted it to be red with a golden underbelly, but as the time approached I was disinterested with doing it this year. In part due to not enjoying the first Hobbit movie, but mostly due to it being the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.

TARDIS Tree Topper 2013
2013

The idea of a TARDIS on top of the tree was a big hit with the family and away I went. I had to make some creative sacrifices to ensure sturdiness and I didn’t have certain parts in blue, but I’m still pleased with the results. I picked up a string of LED lights that had a “phasing” (actual setting on the battery box) feature and threw on some much needed decals against my purist urges.

I wanted to share these because in making them, I have had more then a few other people mention that they’ve done the same thing and yet, I haven’t seen any pictures. So let’s see them people. Let your geek flag fly and trick out the tops of your trees with some wicked LEGO creations. Your friends and family already think you’re crazy anyway.