Thinking With Portals Hits 10,000 Votes

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The next Cuusoo project to hit 10,000 votes and enter the review stage is Thinking With Portals! by Brickthing. Based on the videogame Portal 2, it's taken just a little over two weeks to hit the magic number which is pretty impressive given that there hasn't been much noticeable hype about it on the internet that I've been aware of.

The project was no doubt helped along by a very high level of presentation and seems to be well thought out. Whether it passes all of the Cuusoo team's criteria remains to be seen and we won't find out for quite some time given that the next review is not scheduled until October (I think).

Let us know what you think, do you think Portal would make a good LEGO product, does it fit with their brand values, would they want to consider yet another licenced set?

69 comments on this article

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By in Canada,

I didn't know about this project, but I think it could work. Especially that LEGO Games version. The creator did a nice job designing these.

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By in United States,

When will the announcements for the Modular Western Town, BTTF, and so on be announced? Any news on that?

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By in United States,

im not sure that this theme will work they might be able to sell a few sets maybe?

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ nothing yet, they're certainly taking their time to review those.

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By in United States,

The quality of renders is top notch! Cool concept. A custom minifig would interest me but other than that it's a meh for the set since I don't get into the licensed themes too much unless they have more than a few sets to collect.
I am looking forward to BTF. I would love to see those in a series.

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By in United States,

Let's see.
Videogame rating E10+ (good)

Sets: From what I saw: Few or no new pieces being needed

Price: One looks like $25, a amount that would be a just fine with fans.

Pass or Fail: Pass, with mostly flying colors.

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By in United States,

@Isabella and Lego Liker the only potential snag would be licensing with the Portal 2 publisher.

I have never played the game so I can't comment on anything other than that.

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By in United States,

I thought it was a great idea, glad to see it get to 1000! I also think Valve will approve since they posted this on their FB

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By in United States,

Definitely going to pass. If the publisher spread the word about this, they approve of licencing. Everything else could pass about it (look at @Isabella and Lego Liker for details). Good job, Brickthing! You've done it!

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By in New Zealand,

I would love for this to happen, but I don't think that it will. Too many custom parts required, at the very least the Portal device. Although looking at it now, the portal device is the same as the turrets, so that's quite clever. But still, isn't it one of the rules not to have new pieces created?

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By in United States,

^^^ Portal is one of the most popular franchises in the games industry today, Minecraft is ALMOST on the level that portal is.

Not that one is better than the other, but Portal is in no way some small, insignificant, thing that Lego fans seem to think it is...

Glad to see this get the votes. Pretty sure that this will go through since Valve is usually supportive about these things.

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By in United States,

@thomsedavi LEGO states that the project should not rely solely on new molds. (I'm looking at you Wild Encounters) Since this requires a minimum of one new mold (for the Portal gun and Turret) I'm sure it will pass. But if that's a deal breaker, then I'm sure LEGO can create a brick built version, sure it wouldn't be as cool, but it would work.

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By in United States,

I have no idea what Portal is, but those designs look nice...This should pass...

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By in United States,

@Tilius If I recall, the Minecraft set reached 10,000 in two days.

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By in United States,

I've seen (and built myself) Lego portal gun designs that use regular pieces, but not in "legal" ways. I'm really excited about this idea though, and I hope it passes. I think it would come down to the parts issue, as I imagine Valve would (if they don't already) avidly support the idea.

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By in United States,

There is no cake!!

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By in United States,

I've never heard of Portal, so I can't really comment too much on it. As quickly as it gained support, I would have to think it would be successful if it passes review.

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By in United States,

Oh this got exposure on Steam. It popped up in the news feed. The original stories were from PC Gamer and Rock Paper Shotgun. I don't think Valve will have a problem with this; I don't see IP rights being an issue for this release.

http://store.steampowered.com/news/?appids=620

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By in United States,

This did get a lot of notice on the internet. I voted for it myself, and I think that there is no way that this theme/set won't pass review. It better!

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By in United States,

Wow, this project actually has a decent chance of passing. Exciting few days for LEGO news.

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By in United States,

The next review cycle starts September 3rd.

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks awesome I'm going to buy it if it gets approved. But my only question is where's a Lego atlas and pbody?? It shows pbody behind chell in that picture.

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By in United Kingdom,

Wait I just realized that's Glados.

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By in United States,

This is the greatest Cuusoo set I've yet to see! Portal 2 is one of my favorite video games, and adding in LEGO with special pieces is incredible! I really think this will pass the review, if Valve gives them the rights. Plus, they were smart to use both the legs of the turrets and the portal gun as the same piece, so LEGO wouldn't have to make too many pieces. Also, the turret head and portal gun body are the same piece! I really can't wait to see if this passes review! But LEGO, just go ahead and take my money!

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By in United States,

I never imagined a Lego Portal theme, The game Portal isn't that fun, but okay

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By in United States,

^ exactly i agree.

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By in United States,

YES! Finally! I think this fits all of Lego's categories. Granted it is somewhat of a dark game, but it's E10. All the kids in my Boy Scout troop who play video games play and or know about Portal, and half of those own and collect Lego's. I think this will do very well if it's accepted. Also it fits with Lego's 'learning can be fun' aspect, as Portal has a lot to do with accomplishing tough puzzles using physics.
P.S. I don't think getting Valve's license will be hard, they're not a 'stuck up' company, so to speak.

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By in United States,

If Lego does make a Portal set, this will be lego's golden year.Too bad Team Fortress 2 is rated M, because if we got a TF2 set there's nothing more I could ask for.

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By in Norway,

I can see this set having the same popularity as the minecraft set. but Not really much appeal for the general lego fan.

Presumably it would be a vignette set mainly for display.

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By in United States,

Portal 1 and 2 are actually very popular games in America. They involve quick thinking logic puzzles, involving "portals", to move from one level to the next. Did you all notice that that idea was posted on 6-28-12 and it took hardly any time at all to get 10,000 supporters? That is pretty phenomenal. I think that these sets will be very popular if they do approve them and if they are able to get the licensing. :) Personally, I am more excited for the Old Western Town, but since my family is a fan of LEGO and the portal games, if this is approved, we will be picking some of these Portal sets up too.

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By in Germany,

Please no. No more videogame adaptions.

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By in United States,

Good call Micki

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By in Hong Kong,

Huw, you will know all the hype about it if you go on reddit.

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By in United States,

If I were to guess right now, this project has a good chance to pass review. Valve is a very energetic and open company, and like Mojang, I think that they would enjoy partnering with LEGO even for a single set.

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By in United States,

^^^^What's wrong with video game adaptions? I mean, you don't have to buy them.

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By in United Kingdom,

I am not in to the game at all, but the model looks to be well designed by the maker! I will be passing on this one if it is approved for sale however in favour of something a little more Star Wars-ish.

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By in United States,

This is uninteresting to me, but if it makes Lego tons of money so they can continue making my favorite themes then I am all for it.

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By in Bolivia,

I think that in this case, the key factor would be whether Valve want to do it or not.

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By in United Kingdom,

Easy answer - DONT go there, we truly should stop all this nonsense before it drags TLG down again, these weird ideas Space Skulls, and the far more recent Minecraft which largely nobody is interested in post lauch - no disrespect to the submitter of this and I'm sure alot of work has gone into it but to be fair and as I'm sure I've read on another comments link, I feel we should look forward to TLG's *own* imagination.

*Uninteresting*, *no flare*, I'd like to see and welcome back some classic space, castle, building fun and adventure back in a new product range...

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By in United Kingdom,

boring, no relevance and not interested - please folks stand tall

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By in Bolivia,

jamzee44: Minecraft sold quite well.

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By in {Unknown country},

I agree with jamzee44. A 'digital' rendering of computer games into blocks is totally uninspiring and it serve no purpose of being a Lego except for making sales and reaching to wider audience.

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By in United States,

Sets seem kinda boring. It's more like a display piece than a play set.

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By in United Kingdom,

Haters gonna hate. I for one love both Minecraft and Portal and if some AFOLs have grown out of videogames, sucks to be them. I'm not a kid, but kids worldwide love these two games like I do, and that's why the Minecraft Micro World set has sold so well and I expect Portal to pass. AFOLS are not LEGO's target audience so you don't really have a right to moan about it anyway.

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By in United States,

I usually judge how "popular" or "well-known" a video game is on whether or not my non-gaming family has heard of it - my family ranges from ages 10 through 65 - none of them play video games and none of them have heard of Portal or Minecraft - I even own Portal 2 and play it a lot - so I believe both games are pretty obscure in the average American household (IMO)

I consider myself a pretty classic gamer - born in the 80s - grew up on Mario and Nintendo - owned (and still own) an NES, Sega Genesis, SNES, N64, Gamecube, Playstation, Wii, Xbox 360, PS3 and a few gameboys - so when it comes to games - I've usually heard of it or played it - I of course have heard of Portal 2 and I love the game - it's the first game that really challenged my brain and my girlfriend loves the co-op mode - the voice acting is the best I've seen in a video game and the story is pretty top-notch - it's no wonder it has a pretty big cult following - just look at all the items sold on thinkgeek.com for proof

As far as minecraft is concerned - I had heard very little about it until I saw it on Cuusoo and decided to research it - I'm not big into PC titles so that's probably why it doesn't interest me - games that take over your life are not for me - I already have LEGO for that :} - I could see how some people would like it, but I still believe Portal is a better game for the average person to enjoy - I also believe it is more popular here in the states

Needless to say - I am very excited about this set and hope to Christ that it is made - I already own 4 Minecraft sets and I'm sure I would buy 10 of these!!

Forgot to mention that I also own a virtual boy (oh yeah!!)

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By in United Kingdom,

/\ You have my respect, fellow Virtual Boy owner!

Portal is amazing, and it has little to no violent content, so it should pass. I voted for this, and am very happy it got 10,000. Licensing from Valve, though? Maybe not.

DOTA 2 sets would be awesome, though.

The cake is a lie.

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By in United States,

My 4 and 6-year old will be so excited, they both realize that maybe you'll find someone else to help you, maybe Black Mesa; that was a joke, ha ha, fat chance.*

This opens up another interesting possibility: a "LEGO Portal" game, similar to the partnership that created LEGO Rock Band. A simplified version of the Portal game, maybe, to help hone the puzzle-solving and spatial-awareness skills of kids? My daughter would love that...as long as GlaDOS is in it.

For those who said these ideas are more of a display item than a "play" set...isn't that what all of Cuusoo is? I can't see too many kids playing with a Hayabusa set...any more than a UCS model, the old Darth Maul bust and Yoda statues, or the mini-modular set.

* From the song "Still Alive" that runs during the end credits of Portal, part of the charm of a game that has entertained millions.

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By in United States,



what is portal 2.

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By in United States,

I believe Portal and most puzzle games are boring, but i'd buy the Lego set!

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By in United Kingdom,

I just noticed the potato. Lol that's awesome.

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By in Taiwan,

Wow! Hadn't been to Cuusoo in a while so I didn't even know this was out there. All I can say is: Dear Lego, just tell me where to send my money.

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By in United Kingdom,

@pstrickler27 - very nice collection, but you could do with a Sega master system and an Atari 2600 too like mine ;) My friend's collection is even better - Neo Geo, PC Engine Turbo Grafx, Bandai Wonderswan. Just need time to play them all!

Back on topic, I don't actually play the Portal games but I understand the popularity and the quality of the Cuusoo submission was superb. I agree with lippidp above, if it makes money for Lego so they can keep churning out Monster Fighters and so on them i'm happy. Good parts and a reasonable price might even see me buy the set if released, but it's not a must buy for me. Now Zelda, that would make me interested.....

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By in United States,

Both games are utterly boring. Doesn't mean the legos can't look cool . . .

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By in Germany,

@legoguy2805 - stupid interwebs slogans are not going to help, since this is not an issue of AFOL nerd rage. I am just A LOT more interested in other sets - and not because I have outgrown my videogames - but just the opposite. I'd rather prefer my hobbies not to mix in this kind of way (I don't play the Lego-games either). I own more consoles than Lego sets, but not quite as many games as blocks.

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By in United Kingdom,

Im quite supriesed there isn't more video games projects on Cuusoo, as a lot of communitys usually know straight away if there are project regarding their franchise and support it immediately, e.g Portal/Minecraft.
A few future projects spring to mind:
Sonic
Mario
Zelda
Pokemon
Final Fantasy?
Halo ? (M***B**** already has this)

Hey! at this pace of projects reaching 10,000 maybe we will even get Warhammer 40k Lego?!?! :D

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By in Bolivia,

If you don't want your hobbies to mix, just don't play portal or don't buy the portal sets. I mean, really. This project got 10000 votes, there are people interested on it, and that's how CUUSOO works, it not only allows you to get the new sets you want, it allows other people to get the sets they want.

"interweb" is a stupid interweb slogan by itself...

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By in United States,

The game idea looked cool. I Don't know much about the series, but the turrets and figs looked cool!

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By in United States,

Valve doesn't release sales numbers, but current estimates are that they have sold 7 million copies of the Portal games worldwide. It seems perfectly reasonable that 10,000 of them are Lego fans as well.

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By in United States,

To the people who are saying "you don't have to buy it:" this kind of statement completely misses the point of the discussion here. Everyone knows that there's no compulsory purchases (literally, at least. Some of us come close to true addictions, though). What we're talking about are philosophical differences about what "Lego" is and what it should be.

I'm waffling back-and-forth on this Portal entry. For one thing, it looks like the creator is promoting more of a "theme" than a single specific set and I'm fairly certain that other projects have been dismissed for this before. There's the question of the new mold, but the limited number and flexible use seems to give this one more credit. The subject matter itself seems to be all right, certainly no more violent than PoTC.

I'm curious what everyone here thought the first time they saw the Halo sets from M*** B***** in the aisles. And now the collectible "minifigs" for them. Was your first reaction that it was cool and you wish Lego had done it? Mine was more of an eyeroll. It felt gimmicky and like reaching to get a license. I still don't like the idea and would be truly disappointed if I saw Lego take that license over. Halo has a huge audience, way bigger than Portal without question. The size of the audience or the prominence of a IP in pop culture shouldn't be what decides whether it's okay to build it as a set, though.

I know Portal is a great game, but I hope Lego passes on this. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I don't think this is what Cuusoo is for. Show me some more imagination there! I liked the Modular Western because it has a lot of playability and lots of room for imagination for all ages 6-60. Why can't we see more in that spirit rather than just more "Hey, let's make a Lego version of my favorite movie/game!"

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By in United States,

I love Portal, but I don't know that it agrees with LEGO's values, what with the homicidal AI and all. That said, if the Portal set was approved, I would definitely buy it.

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By in Canada,

As much as I love this theme, I don't think LEGO will release it because of "Violence".

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By in United States,

@Diedye: Lego wants the things geared to be 6-12. The game is E10+, right in the middle for the passing.

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By in United States,

I'd rather see a Legend of Zelda theme than a Portal theme.

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