Cuusoo of the Week : "Medieval Travelling Theatre" by Bobsy

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Being a fan of fantasy novels and old school RPG, I have always been a fan of the Traveling Performer Troupe. That being the case, I am a huge fan of Bobsy's Medieval Travelling Theatre (*).

So right off, great concept and one that has not been investigated by LEGO (that I know of). Also, this design has just the right level of details to make it at home in any number of scenes. I could see this wagon parked outside/inside any LEGO Castle, entertaining royals at the Kingdoms Joust or the common folk of the Castle Medieval Market Village, or even perhaps with one of AlexP's masterworks.


Ambulance InsideThe nature of this set just breathes playability and story. You can create a multitude of scenes with the provided figures and elements. When you are done playing, you can leave it locked in your favorite scene for a great vignette.

The value of this set of course grows with the collectable minifig series which seems to expand on historical figures with each set released. Shakespeare, the Pirate, and the Conquistador would all work well with this build.

I think, play wise, the only way this set could be improved would be to design the set dressing wall to slip out easily, perhaps with a pop-off roof. This way, the castle stage could be swapped out with a variety of user designed backgrounds.


Like many sets on Cuusoo, this one comes with more accessories and minifig elements than would be found in standard sets. Unlike the majority of such projects though, this one actually has a justifiable reason for it.

Its Chances?

Given the lack of disqualifying IP, high playability, and viable scale, this set's biggest challenge is getting the necessary supporters, and to some extent proof of marketability.

I could easily see it getting a massive overhaul with the official design. There is no telling what the LEGO Group's response to so many minifig elements in one set would be, but a significant collection of elements is effectively required for the core concept of the set. The only set I know of with a similar situation would be the wedding cake topper set which has three hairpieces for the bride (to match hair color). I could also see the wagon getting a bit of a redesign and assume that LEGO is sticking with the new horse for all future sets.

* Many people are familiar with "Theatre" & "Theater" being two spellings of the same word. But many might not know that Travelling & Traveling are localized variations as well. Just another one of those quaint British/American spelling variations (according to the internet).

If you care to upvote (or downvote) this project on Reddit you can find it here.

 

My review of the last week of Cuusoo can be found here. The most supported new projects were the Hammerhead Dropship, a Suburban Home, and (another) Batpod.

14 comments on this article

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By in France,

Very nice - perfect for a Lego version of Bergman's "Seventh Seal"

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By in Denmark,

This is really an original idea! Got my support!

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By in United States,

This is a perfect example of Cuusoo Projects that need more public attention! I hope to see more cool articles highlighting the hidden gems on the site. Thanks!

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By in United Kingdom,

Brilliant - love it! A perfect LEGO set. I think this ticks every LEGO box. : )

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By in United Kingdom,

A lovely set - for anyone who wants to recreate "Rosencrantz and Guildenstein are dead" - certainly with the series 8 Actor and the series 9 fortune teller!

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By in United States,

This is both unique and original in it's own setting. I wish there were other variations of this and a whole "sub-theme" could be created within the castle realm. My props go out to you, I will head over to the site and support the project! Happy Building everyone.

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By in United Kingdom,

A great set, but at just over 200 votes it's got a long way to go!

Also putting "their spelling" implies that the project title is spelt incorrectly, which it isn't. It's just the english spelling of theatre/theater.

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By in United States,

Fantastic and original set! Seems very approachable in terms of size and price. I really hope it gets more votes soon.

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By in United States,

@ Andhe

Thanks for the feedback, I did not mean to imply that it was incorrect. It was not actually the "Theater" / "Theatre" that I was getting at as much as the Travelling / Traveling. I hope my update has clarified the issue.

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By in United States,

This is *exactly* the type of design the Cuusoo should be all about:
1) one-off set, not trying to start an entire new theme
2) piece count and likely price are in the right range, not 1000+ part fantasies
3) original & creative
4) is easily extended by one's own current and future parts/sets/figures collection
5) no third party IP

I voted for this one months ago and would continue to support other submissions meeting my above criteria.

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By in United States,

ABSOLUTELY love this! Supporter #300 am I! I could actually see this becoming a whole castle sub-theme. Make a small actors battle pack size set, or one of the new "accessory sets" with 3 figs and a few bricks like the monster fighters/beach/rock band ones, then a small stage show, with a couple actors and an audience. This would especially tie in well with the Lego Master Builder Academy Level 3 Story Building theme.

@dougts is 100% right in his 5 points, as I thought of them all when I checked the page.

@glenbricker I'd like to see a little feedback from the designers of the sets you feature, when possible, perhaps you could invite them to the review thread before you post it. I'm sure Bobsy would be thrilled to know how much many of us enjoy his great creation.

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By in United States,

@doughts- EXACTLY right on those points, especially the one-off set. The reason I am not a huge fan on Cuusoo is because WAY WAY WAYYY too many people are trying to start these themes that will clearly never happen. Same with the 1000+ part fantasies.

But on another note, this set needs more supporters/

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By in United States,

Brilliant!

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