Space Marines vs the Deadline! and what is taking so Long anyway?

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Space Marines vs The Review Deadline!

Update: Space Marines Achieved!

The number one project on Cuusoo right now is "Space Marines." Will it get to 10k, Yes of course, no question. So why am I wasting your time talking about it instead of some overlooked gem, like the Calamity Jane 2 (see what I did there). The reason is that the current review deadline is this Monday.

Any project that does not reach 10k by Monday will have to wait three more months to even start the review process.

Space Marines accrued 179 votes last week, second only to Female Minifig Set. Unfortunately Space Marines needs to get that many votes in the next four days to beat the deadline.

So, if you have been to Cuusoo you have probably already voted for Space Marines or CHOSEN not too. For those of you who decided not to, please reconsider. These guys are definitely going to get there, it is simply a question of how many days.

If a simple argument for pushing up the review date does not work on you...I have got a few more to throw your direction:

Vote for the project as a thank you to Nick Royer for his contribution to the Lego Community. You might not know this but Nick has made his minifig models freely available. That's a really cool blender model! All you need to do is learn how to use Blender...

Or Vote as a favor to your fellow Lego fans. 9800 of your compatriots want this to get reviewed. Be a pal and toss the project a vote. It will only take a few minutes...maybe 30 seconds given you already have an account, but it could shave 3 months off their wait.

Its chances?

In the absence of Galaxy Patrol, a Space Marines Cuusoo product would have been a sure thing.

There is no pre-existing IP, there is no concern about Brand Fit or Licensing. Is there a market? Lego has known for decades that Lego and Sci-Fi Space are an awesome combination and will sell. The fact of the times though is that Galaxy Patrol DOES exist. Galaxy Patrol is a very similar concept. Similar enough that it they are "substitutes" and no company wants to compete against itself with substitutes. What does this mean for Space Marines?

Well, this will only be the second totally original project to reach 10k. Lego cannot ignore such an accomplishment completely, so I think they will release something. However, given that Galaxy Patrol will either be in full swing or perhaps even concluding by the time this gets produced, the market will be saturated and the masses will not be clamoring for more combat ready space Lego, so the resulting set will probably be one of the more conservative vehicles presented in the project.

As for the Ugokins, their fabrication is unlikely, at least as they are presented. Lego representatives have made it clear that it is unlikely that even one new part will be produced for Cuusoo sets and the Ugokins require at least two, arguably three. We may get some hybrid though...anyting with four legs would make me ecstatic but chances are low.

Then again, there have only ever been three Cuusoo products ever made so there is not much of a foundation for any of this speculation to stand on.

On the subject of Reviews....

What is taking the Review process so Long?

So, I often hear people commenting on how long the review is taking. If you look at the summary of the Review process, the steps that the Lego Group has control over take no more than 8 weeks. Lego cannot however predict or control the amount of time that Licensing agreements take.

Usually people are not privy to this aspect of product creation. This all happens behind the hushed veils of NDAs and only after the dust is settled do product lines get announced. Star Wars came out in 1977 and the first Star Wars Lego set was 1999. Who knows how long that negotiation took?

Working out contracts can take forever and Licensing situations can get really crazy. Eve online openly supported the project so in all likelihood they are on board even if they haggled for a while. Zelda is a bit of an unknown quantity. Perhaps Nintendo is negotiating towards a product that will line up with a 2014 Zelda Wii U release. The largest possible issue however is Back to the Future. I have no idea what the original or existing licenses are but looking at the set there are many potential players in this negotiation.

The two obvious players are the Lego Group and the owners of Back to the Future, Universal Studios. Then there is Marty and Doc, who are played by Michael J.Fox and Christopher Lloyd. Actors get paid for their likenesses. What were their original contracts with Universal? Do they apply to Minifigs? Do they get a cut? I am sure their Lawyers would want to argue that they do. Then there is the DeLorean...Does John DeLorean (or whoever owns the likeness of the DeLorean) get a cut? Even beyond that is the Logo! John DeLorean sold the DMC logo to Stephen Wynne, who has an aftermarket DeLorean company...so does he get a cut too? So, that is at least six possible chairs at the negotiating table. Everyone with a stake in the game, or the lawyers to make the argument that they do, have to come to a resolution and that could take...well months.

Ultimately the length of time it takes for these negotiations to get done show the Lego Groups dedication to getting these projects for the fans. If the Lego Group wasn't they could just walk away from the negotiating table and we would have our answers already. In the meantime there are plenty of great sets to keep us happy while we wait, like those new Hobbit ones.

Cheers,

Glenbricker

....By the way, for those that want a better idea of when projects are going to mature to 10k, here is my weekly report on the project support rates.

53 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Cuusoo is a complete waste of time reporting on, and a waste of space on this website.

It started off as a great idea, but the only things that get 10,000 votes are lame properties that Lego will never make.

LEGO realized this and started coming up with these silly rules. Sure, some of them make sense, but having sets fall into quarters is lame. By the time a Cuusoo set gets approved it will be months and months later. The way it is now even if Space Marines get's 10,000 votes right this second Lego seems to just be dragging their feet on Cuusoo and won't make a choice on what they will do for so many month that by the time they do the fun of Cuusoo will be gone and very few will care. it's been around for at least a year and so far we only have two sets from it. Cuusoo is a failure, I think Lego realizes that and just sticks it on the back burner to die a slow death.

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By in United States,

Cuusoo - great concept, terrible execution.

With Galaxy Squad hitting the shelves, Space Marines has a 0.0% chance of getting produced, especially since it's a call for a theme rather than a one-off set, which is what Cuusoo keeps telling everyone they should be submitting, to no avail.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great article Glenbricker, I certainly appreciate your efforts to write it and enjoy hearing your thoughts and insights into Cuusoo.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've voted, only 163 more needed, maybe it's a waste of time but if we don't vote we definitely won't get.
I still have my fingers crossed for the portal set, that's about as likely as Half Life 3.

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By in United Kingdom,

Voted, might as well get it into this review period!

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By in United Kingdom,

Yeah, well done Glenbricker it was an interesting article to me and you got my vote. I was always impressed but just did not like the dominant red. It does not matter if a project fails to pass, so long as we tried our hardest.
The only thing I find a waste of space on this website is negativity. We can't all like everything within the hobby.

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By in United States,

Sometimes patience is a virtue.

If this were to come into being though... I'd certainly get these Space Marines. .-D

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By in United Kingdom,

Voted for this long ago - it's one of the best non-licensed submissions on Cuusoo in terms of it's presentation, so much so that there are already bands of fanboys making up characters for the storyline and other contributers tagging along adding ships, etc.

The problems here were always going to be narrowing the focus down from a theme to a single set, getting past the issue of producing new moulds for the Ugokin and the potential clash with Galaxy squad (which no-one outside of Lego could have known about). I would love to think it generates a good set to justify Nick's efforts.

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By in United States,

Cuusoo was a great idea (and in many ways, still is), but with the groups of reviews, it has become just a mindless game of waiting...

I feel as if, what Cuusoo needs, among other things, is a whole bunch of people who will STAY on the site and be active. They also need to try and speed up the review process a little, lest they get bogged down by dozens of projects. =P

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By in United Kingdom,

^^^^ The irony of your penultimate comment is incredible.

But the negative post was largely correct - Lego have contrived to turn a good idea into a fairly large joke. They've been involved in enough licence agreements to have a good idea how long this process might take - given that, they should have had a better plan rather than letting everyone wait for 6 months on the result of a review panel.

Its also worth noting that the negative comment was about Cuusoo not the writing of the article or anything else, it was a valid point which i tend to agree with. Until we see some actual progess from TLG with regard to Cuusoo everything about it seems a waste of time.

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By in United Kingdom,

I think the release of Galaxy Squad put the final rivet in the Space Marine's funeral capsule. Whilst I'd prefer these design over TLGs official space stuff, I just don't see it happening. No matter how soon, or how many votes it gets.

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By in Italy,

I kept on crashing when logging in to cuusoo, but now it works. with this reminding post, I voted too.

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By in United States,

I never voted becasue Lego has had a different space theme every two yeasr since 2008. Space Police III, Alien Conquest, now Galaxy Squad. So many themes Lego is coming out with either have too much story or not enough story to keep interest. This whole Chima thing is going to be too much for kids. Ninjago worked, even though I thought it was a little far fetched, but they had something that could go for them there. It's the story that made people love BIONICLE so much. It had a huge story, but like Star Wars, it had different stories that go on that don't need to be known for the main story, and those were for the fans that wanted to get more involved. Space Marines has a story, but given the current record of the space themes, it wouldn't be mush of a hit. As a one set special, like it's supposed to be anyway, perhaps it could work. I just am not much of a fan of it though.

I completely agree with you about everything being liscensed. It is just causing too many problems, that's why I try and stray from them, but the Star Wars stuff can always have a shot as it is still popular, it's still ongoing, and nearly all of the work has been done dealing with the contracting. I think I also didn't support the Back to the Future model for the reasons of me just not seeing myself buying one, and also that Back to the Future, as iconic as it is, will not be as popular with Today's kids. The only reason Minecraft made it was because of the fanbase with kids, and the fact that the company that owned Minecraft posted the idea. Now, if the owners of Zelda, Portal, that EVE thing, and every other IP thing posted the ideas, life would be easier for the Cuusooo team and we can get more work done.

Unfortunately, as popular as liscensed stuff is, they are also just very short lived, with the exception of Star Wars. Star Wars only came to be because of the beginning of the Prequels starting up in 1999, not because it took 20 years like you may be implying. That's been the pattern for just about every liscensed theme dealing with movies recently. Think about it, the beginning of Lord of the Rings stuff is because of The Hobbit being released soon. Pirates of the Carribean; fourth movie came out in 2011. Indiana Jones; those movies were products of the 80's, but because of the fourth movie being released in 2008, it came to be. Toy Story; Toy Story 3 came out in 2010. Cars; Cars 2 came out in 2011. Those are all pretty much over now, no new sets are being made except for the J. R. R. Tolkien stuff as it's new. Star Wars is just so huge that had it only been the Saga and that was all, it probably would have died, but because there is so much stuff in the movies, the expanded universe, and the clone wars, there is always a fanbase, and they can reproduce the same type of model because of the all different generations getting involved at different times but still being entertained by the same things.

My rant is through now.

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By in United States,

While the term "space marines" is generic, I can see it having IP issues with Games Workshop. Games Workshop produces a tabletop miniature game called warhammer 40,000, in which one of the armies is named space marines. The LEGO version is roughly the same size, the same color as the blood angels (one of the most popular space marine armies), both similar in that they are humanoid armies in space... Games Workshop is also quite established with video games, the afore mentioned tabletop miniature game and proportedly movies in the works, all of would be in direct competition with LEGO's strategy of video games, LEGO models and (now) movies.

For example from the Cuusoo description:
"An exciting new theme or mini-theme for Lego Space: the Space Marines! Taking place in the distant future, long after initial human-alien contact, the Space Marines theme follows our intrepid band of Space Marines across the galaxy as they fight evil aliens and explore treacherous terrain."

That paragraph can be summed up in the warhammer 40k slogan "In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war".

I think there are significant IP/copyright issues with this theme which is why I havent voted for it. *shrugs* I guess we'll find out the answer come the review but I just dont see it passsing with this and the other issues already mentioned above.

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By in United Kingdom,

@cheshirecat
Thats fair, I might have backed up the posters certainly valid points made about the issues of CUUSOO projects , the review process and late introduction of rules but I meant negativity towards the posting of the article at all and what justifies worthy use of the website. Even if Cuusoo is not running smoothly and this project is a dead duck, I'd still wish success for those that want it to work. Its not harming anyone.

'wastes of time' can turn out to be a successes. Its an experiment, currently the results are not great,
thats all : )

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By in United Kingdom,

^Agree with you. I'd love for cuusoo to work as i think its a great idea but i think we should just leave TLG to it until they sort it out. Given the huge popularity of the Minecraft set which must have some knock on benefit to the rest of their range I suspect they will sort it out because it will make financial sense to. I just didn't see the need for the negativity comment. Warranted negativity is far preferable to me than the meaningless fanboyism we see so often here.

As for the space marine project - take away the aliens because lego likely wont produce any new moulds, as was said above, and you're left with a bunch of s7 galaxy patrol running around. Hardly inspirational or novel especially when considered as a single set and even more so in the context of the galaxy squad range being released.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Hobie819, if you read any further down the description on Cuusoo the 'Space Marine' name issue is addressed in relation to Games Workshop and the countless other properties that use that generic term. Out of the 10000+ comments on the post, someone will ask that question dozens of times and it's got a bit of an old joke now. Nick even lists a selection of alternative names for the submission in the description.

Any similarities between this project and Warhammer 40K could be drawn with a great swathe of other sci-fi properties too. Any actual knowledge of the source material will tell you that the Space Marine chapters of Warhammer 40K (a faction within a massive universe of background material and different races) bear little real resemblance to the Cuusoo project beyond 'armoured human army in space battles' and that could be said of HALO, Star Wars, Starship Troopers, etc.

Rubbish reason not to vote for it.

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By in United States,

Only need 108 more supporters!

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By in United States,

Turns out I never supported it, even though I remember seeing it way back when it was first posted. I'm sort of of the same mind that this feels... somewhat redundant, because it is something LEGO is fully capable and likely to make themselves anyways [the new Space set + a handful of the CMF Space guys basically equal this idea] but it's a tight package with some good, LEGOy designs, and I gotta move with the community. And anything for a little positive CUUSOO karma. I gotta figure out how this project developed such a rabid Commenting community...

Anyway, Supported. Best of luck!

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By in United States,

I have to say, I disagree with the bit about Star Wars. While the original Star Wars came out in 1977, Star Wars Episode I came out in 1999.

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By in United States,

I supported the space marines project a while ago. And, despite the incredible length of time the June review is taking, I'm still hopeful. I'm hopeful that once we see a set from the June review, we'll start seeing an actual release every quarter. If the June 2012 quarter sees a release by June 2013, then that would mean that the September 2012 release would be released in September 2013 and then hopefully starting in June 2013 we'll start seeing the releases come steadily from the previous year which would cause a steady release of Cuusoo products. .... Hopefully.

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By in Germany,

I could write exactly the same like IAmWillGibson.

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By in Canada,

I supported it. I was surprised to see that I hadn't before. I do remember seeing it before. Only 81 to go.

Its' pretty unbelievable that it has more comments than votes...

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By in United States,

@Delatron: It's true that the project no longer closely resembles Warhammer 40k. But in the early stages, the aliens were essentially identical to Tyranid genestealers in all but color.

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By in United States,

@delatron I can see your point but if 1/10 people see the project and immediately relate it to another companies IP, I think it would be a valid lawsuit for games workshop to file. Do you really think LEGO will want to fight that battle? Especially since it already has a space theme? The project is doomed not JUST because of the questionable IP battle, but because all of the issues added up probably make it not worth LEGOs time and effort. Youre tired of fighting the claims and you're not even doing legal battles...

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By in United States,

The main problem I have with Space Marines is Nick ripped off the Ugokin concept wholesale from Nate Nielson. It's one thing if he got Marilyn's permission or blessing, but it seems extremely crass to swipe the whole idea, including the name Ugokin, and not credit Nate on the Cuusoo page. Even then, he seems to have missed the part where the Ugokin are sentient, mobile plants.

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By in United Kingdom,

@binaryeye and hobie819 - valid points both of you and if i'm really honest I probably wrote this project off a while ago based on arguments of that nature and those in my first post, BUT I do still think it's worth supporting even on the slim chance it gets made in a somewhat altered version. It'll only take a minute :)

I used to play a lot of GW tabletop games - Blood Bowl, Space Hulk, 40K, and love the imagery and depth of the world creation that they have put in over 20+ years but it's a much darker place than Lego space. Still, yes there will be people confused about the property and from what I have heard GW are no longer the 'few nerd blokes making games in Nottingham' that I used to follow and more 'Large company aggresively protecting our properties' instead so maybe a name change should be the first port of call. I've no experience with legalese and confusion over similarly named products but I can imagine it would be a simple choice for Lego to side-step any issues altogether rather than fight over the use of a name for a single set.

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By in United States,

Not trying to offend or anything but honestly they're just halo Legos and they who must not be named has that license already. I like the new insectoids because they are a refreshing original design. The space marines even have vehicles that look exactly like the halo ones. This is not a genuine creative idea. Insectoids are.

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By in United Kingdom,

It looks to me as though it will make it, only 44 more votes required at 6:20pm in the UK. But I fear it will all be in vain with the release of Galaxy Squad as you say, I cannot see Lego producing it.

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By in United States,

First I'd like to thank glenbricker for his Cuusoo reports!

I am (was?) a big fan of Cuusoo, but don't visit as often as I used to, and glenbrickers reports are a nice way to keep up with happenings over there.

That said & done I have my own opinions about both the Cuusoo site, and the Space Marines project.

I'll try to keep my opinion about Cuusoo short and brief. Cuusoo worked on a small scale when it was limited to Japan, but once it opened to the rest of the world it became an epic failure flooded with projects that would mire the entire Cuusoo project.. I think part of this failure is due to the cultural differences between Japan and the West. I feel the early Cuusoo worked better because of these cultural differences.

In regards to Space Marines... LEGO already knows space themes are popular, and that is why they keep producing them. I like space themes, but never voted for Space Marines because of the name... so I never looked further into it. I automatically assumed it was in reference to the GW Space Marines, and thus figured failure due to IP as well as the fact LEGO already has their own space themes. The Space Marines name should have been changed from the onstart, but then would it have gotten the votes it did? Who knows... But the ideas behind the Space Marines are still neat, and it would be nice to see some ideas/designs incorporated into LEGO's own space themes.

Just my 2 cents worth.

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By in New Zealand,

28 more votes to go!

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By in United States,

Wow a lot of excellent discussion! What a pleasure.

For anyone wondering I don't think there is the slightest chance that any Cuusoo project will officially result in a Theme or even a mini-theme. I accept this so completely I didn't even consider commenting on it. I think all we will see coming out of Cuusoo is one set per project.

Actually my favorite vehicle from Space Marines is not even on the project page anymore. It is the Ugoken Ambush with APC. (still viewable in the flickr)

I think one of the biggest problems on Cuusoo is allowing for the demonstration of a series of radically different things. In my opinion, the projects that could not be legitimately stuffed into one set should just split up. For instance, Nick could have split up his project in several so that people had a better idea of what they are actually supporting.

At least in this case they are all in the same IP though. The worst offender in my opinion is the Store project: http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/15229 . It has six radically different stores....so does it really have 3500 supporters or 583? I doubt the guy supporting the Mac Store build would be just as happy if it ends up being a McDonald's.

So, with Space marines there is really no telling what we are voting for other than the Minifig Series space marine with a red motif.

As far as the term Space Marines go, well I think there is a lot of evidence that it is a generic term: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_marine. Its usage certainly predates Warhammer 40k.

For those who say they are not voting for this for X or Y....well, that argument does not actually work on popular projects.

Sure, projects that are "broken" and unpopular that works just fine. Projects with low votes just drift off into the basement of Cuusoo.

For popular projects, your vote is not going to keep if from getting to review status. Ironically your lack of voting will make the project linger longer while your actual support can get RID of it.

If you know something is not going to get approved, like say the Hasbro property Transformers, and you are tired of seeing those projects, then vote to get one to 1k. Project viability is only reviewed at 1k and 10k. A Mario project made it to 1k and Lego said No Mario and all the Mario went away. A similar thing happened to Doctor Who. It reached 1k got reviewed and, although they have not removed all the doctors they have not allowed the publication of more...

As for those who don't support project simply because you don't think will pass review. Why not just vote for them anyway and let Lego deal with the consequences. The fact that you didn't vote for a project that got rejected is not some magical badge of "I'm right." that you get to spend at the Lego Store. All it shows is that you are a pessimist to the point of inaction. (It's ok, I can say that, I am half-pessimist on my father's side.)

For those complaining about Junk all over Cuusoo in general. Well, I hope to help remedy that. One way, very much in thanks to Brickset is to Post a weekly presentation here of a great and worthy Project. People obviously responded well to the Ambulance Type III and I have a whole list of others gems I can't wait to share. Another way you can view Cuusoo without digging through garbage is through my weekly Cuusoo round-up. Here is my latest: http://blog.brick-hero.com/2012/11/cuusoo-of-week-november-19th.html. In them I collect all the projects submitted in the last week and show them to you in order of support. I discuss that top three in length as well as a pick my favorite from the group and any others that I think deserve merit. I try to post that every Monday morning though sometimes it can slide to Tuesday. I hope that format casts Cuusoo in a better light for some of you.

Cheers everyone,

For those that supported Thanks for getting this project to the finish line under the gun (forgone conclusion with 25 Support left and more than 3 days to get there). For those that didn't, Thanks for reading!

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By in United Kingdom,

Here's an idea - design your own models and build them and stop waiting / voting for sets someone else has designed! Cuusoo goes against the old Lego motto of 'Just Imagine', as no one has to do this anymore when the sets are designed for them.

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By in United Kingdom,

3 more

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By in United Kingdom,

2 more

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By in United Kingdom,

1 MORE TO GO

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By in United Kingdom,

And we're there! It is a shame that this project seems less than likely to pass review with Galaxy Squad soon to be released though. If these were to be released I would snap them up in a heartbeat.

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By in United States,

Really? No one has declared it yet? Well I will do the honors then... EDIT: CapnRex, you did it while I was typing! :P

IT'S REACHED 10,000! Wooooo!

Now, other points. For anyone mentioning that this won't get produced due to Galaxy Squad, that is probably THE MOST TIRESOME ARGUMENT ABOUT THIS PROJECT. Sure, they both involve space, and characters in space, and enemies, but that's where the similarity ends. And what about Star Wars? Apparently it and Galaxy Squad can live happily together. Now deep down I am thinking this just may not make it... But that won't be due to similarity to anything else. It's a very original new idea. And I know that it's pretty guaranteed to not become a theme, but I think a single set is very likely to make it.

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By in United States,

And it helps that the single set is good enough that we can just use it!

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By in United States,

BOO YAH!! 10,000 Baby.
I think this will pass for one set as Gandalf1 said. (I have seen you posting on Cuuso Gandalf1) Anyway a theme is very unlikely because of galaxy squad. I hope that set he just posted on flicker is made!

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By in United States,

Yes! Lego could actually incorportate the amazing ideas for this theme into one or two of the later Galaxy Squad Sets as well. I would love to see his style of space marines and vehicles made. So, for the epic review showdown... it is SPACE MARINES!!! vs. Perdue Pete. I have nothing against the Perdue pete model, but I think its market is far too limited, so I hope space Marines wins.

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By in United Kingdom,

An excellent article, Glen, and an interesting discussion. Thanks everyone. The brickset effect pushed the project to the threshold, which is great, even if it is ultimately doomed to failure.

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By in United Kingdom,

I turned up when there were three votes to go, and figured I'd add mine just to push it past the line, but then when the box asking me what I liked about this idea came up it made me think. Truth be told I DON'T much like this idea! There's nothing wrong with the presentation, it's just a bit too familiar for me.

Although it seems to be exactly what Lego want judging by a majority of their themes over the past few years, do we need another theme based around armed conflict? You can argue that space has always been like this, with Blacktrons picking on Futurons then getting rounded up by the Space Police, but the sets were not designed around combat. They weren't bristling with what are overtly and unmistakably missiles. Sure some of them had forward facing antennae which could be interpreted as a weapon, but it could just as easily be a communications array or sensor or... whatever you wanted it to be!

Nothing would make me happier than seeing a space theme like the Exploriens or the M:Tron. Doubly so since a lack of armed combat would probably stop them shoe horning two models into one box. There have been some decent double packs, don't get me wrong, but I prefer seeing all of the brick going towards one big awesome vehicle with more interesting features.

With regard the "overlooked" Calamity Jane 2... it looks like a beautiful model for sure, but that's just about the least effort I've seen put into a project page! Letting the model speak for itself is a valid tactic, I guess, but at the very least it needs some more pictures.

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By in United States,

And now LEGO will come out and say "Congrads!" and it will be 8-12 months before we hear anything about it again, and by then the excitement over the 10,000 votes would have died down to nothing.

For the record, I'm attacking the horrible way LEGO is handing Cuusoo and not the wonder sets that are on the site, or this great Brickset article. :)

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By in United States,

@ stevoltean

I am on a bit of an obnoxious interface so apologies in advance. You got me pegged on the Calamity Jane...I am a big believer in helping where help in proportion to the work.

The Calamity Jane is gorgious and the image is excellently executed, but the project does not even have tags. I figured it did not deserve a full write up, but was perfect for tossing in as an unpictured asside to a request to move up the Space Marine timeline.

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By in United States,

Would I buy Space Marines? YES

So now it's up to LEGO to decide whether or not they want my $.

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By in United States,

@ glen

I've said it elsewhere and I'll say it here; I've become a real fan of your perspective on Cuusoo, and I love what you're trying to do with it. As a community-based project, it needs a community. And that community needs a means of communicating beyond the comments sections on individual projects. I like your blog, and how it's acting as a newsletter of sorts. There needs to be more cross-project promotion and such.

As for the Marines, cool it's in and I have little doubt this will produce an actual set, although I still feel it's a bit unnecessary in the grand scheme of LEGO themes. I gotta say, though, I am amazed [jealous?] at the level of dedication some of the commentors on the project had. They're a real chatty bunch.

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By in Norway,

If the modular western town and the Spaces Marines will be produced, I don't know what to go for. Maybe both? Congratulations!

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By in United States,

@IAmWillGibson,

Thanks, I do what I can.

You are totally right. Its a bit weird. There are at least 100 active Cuusoo users. They could do some very interesting things if they worked together. For instance, the reddits for Cuusoo tend to be 10 or less. Also, people always complain about the poor quality of projects on Cuusoo. If the general users supported ANY project of quality instead of just what they want in their collection, that would seriously help to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Perhaps I should do more of my "approaching 100, 250, 500, 1k reports. So far I am very encouraged by the response I have gotten from the Brickset community (positive and negative). I will try to make sure I only showcase the best and most deserving of projects. Of course if people support my stuff in the process, I can't say I would mind ;)

That all being said, I have my next pick chosen and can't wait to post it. Waiting for Monday though.

Cheers,

Glen

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By in United States,

I happen to like Cuusoo. For my sons birthday he received the Minecraft set I think it's a well put together set and he seems to really enjoy it. Also having a few projects I feel you get some more honest reaction to your builds there.

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By in United States,

I also like cuusoo. I would buy the space marines. They r very interesting and would be fun. I remember supporting it when it only had 50 supporters. I just thought it was a great idea grime the very beginning. It wasn't as "developed" as now but I knew it would be a great idea. I really hope it becomes a theme or at least a set or two.

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By in Hong Kong,

Well done Brickset and glenbricker for getting the project to 10,000!

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By in United States,

@robbiew

Thank you ,

To be sure all credit for getting it to 10k really goes to Nick Royer.

What we did was get it there in time for the current review (with time to spare!).

Cheers!

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