It was only a few weeks ago that Yatkuu’s LEGO CUUSOO submission “The Winchester – Shaun of the Dead” reached 10,000 votes and entered the review process. Now we have word straight from LEGO it has been rejected. LEGO states:
LEGO CUUSOO gives the opportunity to submit product ideas, however all LEGO products, regardless of age target, must be content appropriate for our core audience. With this in mind we have decided that – good though the model is – the film Shaun of the Dead contains content that is not appropriate for our core target audience of children ages 6-11.
It makes sense, given Shaun of the Dead is a bloody, R-rated film, but it would have been fascinating to see the evolution of the project from MOC to official LEGO product. Still, we have the next potential product to look forward to, as pointed out on Brickset, EVE Online Ships reached the goal for LEGO review.
I have to admit, I have little enthusiasm about this particular entry. It’s not that it bad, it’s quite the opposite. Each of the selected models have been wonderful in their own ways. The problem is, it’s another “licensed” model, following in the footsteps of Minecraft and Shaun. Where’s the love for models not tied to any specific brand, be it video game, TV show, or movie? LEGO Back to the Future would be awesome, as would LEGO The Legend of Zelda, but going through LEGO CUUSOO doesn’t seem to be the right avenue for properties that must be licensed (i.e. have additional costs) in order to be produced. Models such as Modular Western Town or simply western themed sets, for example, make more sense.
Or does nostalgia and pop culture rule?