Cuusoo of the Week: Medusa's Temple by Strider

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Update: Thanks to generous Brickset fans Medusa's Temple only needs 200 more support to reach 1000. Cheers -GB

It is rather difficult to come up with a good subject for a Cuusoo project. If you go with something really popular it is likely licensed and you have that going against you or LEGO might just already have it in the works. If you make something totally original then it is hard to find a vein of supporters that will carry it to 10k.

This makes ancient history and mythology a good source for material. LEGO has been flirting with it for a while with their minifig series line, and arguably Pharaohs Quest and elements of Atlantis, but they have not pursued dedicated sets.

Myths are old enough, obviously, to be in the public domain and wide spread enough that people can identify with the concepts you are trying to evoke. On top of that, there is enough leeway in the stories to allow the builder to still have a lot of creative input. Thus we find several projects on Cuusoo dedicated to mythology. My favorite of these is Medusa's Temple by Strider.

Without even touching the source material, first off, I applaud this project for being an ideal set. As Strider says:

"A small building, a vehicle, enough minifigures to tell a complete story, and reasonable size make this an appealing and reasonable creation that could be turned into a LEGO set."

This is a Cuusoo set that, though on the large side, does not overdo it with scale or figure count. It is just enough for playability and presentation without going overboard. We all have our own minifigs and bricks to expand this out if we wanted to.

Minifigs

The minifigs are great line up: Perseus, Medusa, and a Petrified Warrior.

Perseus is of course the warrior of Legend that slays the Medusa. Re-made famous in modern culture by the Class of the Titans franchise.

Medusa: We all know that a medusa minifig is coming out shortly, but I see this as promising for the chances of this set rather than a setback. Sure, this one features a hairpiece that can be held by a minifig, which is a very cool but I would be happy to have the set without the feature if need be. I do doubt that a minifig series Medusa will have a snake body though, and the thought of one really appeals to me.

Petrified Warrior: This is one of my favorite parts of the set. Although the world is full of statues, LEGO only seldom grants us statue minifigs. There is the space one, one in Harry Potter, the Statue of Liberty....am I forgetting any others? Regardless, a Petrified Warrior would been be a Golem in my hands.

Temple

Some might argue that this is a little too similar to 7985 City of Atlantis. I can't really disagree with that too strongly but I would argue that both sets are striving to capture what the modern, popular opinion is of Greek Architecture, so there are bound to be similarities.

The stone work is great, the golden serpents are a nice touch, and the rugged sparse plants look very appropriate on a rocky island coming out of the ocean. I do like the vines as well but I could do without the snakes coming out of the roof.

Trireme (the Ship)

Every few months someone puts a Trireme (or a similar ship) on Cuusoo. Some are quite lovely but they all tend to be full scale and many come with a ridiculous number of figures. This ship has just enough scale to get the feel of the Trireme down but still keep it down to a scale that you can keep it on a shelf. It is also big enough that you can add a few minifigs from your collection but not so large that Perseus would look absurd in it by himself.

Custom Parts

This set proposes two parts, a Medusa headpiece and a vase, which the creative team actually manufactured with 3D printing.

The creation of any piece for a set is unlikely and since LEGO is apparently in the works on a Medusa headpiece, the creation of one which is hold-able is near impossible.

The vase is a bit of a wild card. LEGO has made some rather dedicated parts before but I cannot immediately recall one this large (outside of Duplo that is). I could certainly see this part getting a lot of use though in museums, stores, and homes or with a slightly greebly application in starships and mecha. Regardless, whereas the Medusa headpiece is critical for this set, the vase is a nice touch but ultimately unnecessary.

Its Chances

This set has a lot of promise as a product. It has a lot of viable playability and without having the need for a license, the subject is well known with even some education aspects. I do not however see the vase making it into the final product. I would recommend that Evan Anderson, the part designer of the Strider team, submit the vase as an independent project and see how far he can get with it.

Project Updates

The Medieval Travelling Theatre has been updated to add a bit more flair to the non-stage side of the Travelling Theatre. This adds some nice details making the build more appealing from a variety of angles.

 

Pick from the New Batch

My favorite project published last week was Police Patrol VTOL Valkyria by RuiQuintas. My review of that, my other picks, and an overview of the most supported project published in the last week can be found here.

16 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I'll bet Cuusoo builders are glad for posts like these because I voted for Medusa's Temple and probably wouldn't have because I don't spend much time on the Cuusoo site. This set looks spectacular though, especially for those who have missed the opportunity to get some CMF.

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By in United States,

Ahhh! If the wrong people begin exploring literary ideas in the public domain, we could end up with Lego Pride & Prejudice. Worse still, Wuthering Heights!

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By in United States,

I love the Perseaus/Medusa set and supported it a while back. I'm really glad you're doing posts like this on sets that don't get much attention. This one in particular is great because besides being very well designed and a great theme, it's totally attainable.!

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By in United States,

This looks like a superb project, but superb enough for two identical posts?

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By in United Kingdom,

@Maxximus: NOOOOOOO!!!!!!

On topic again...this really does have potential, I think. It's scale/size/piece-/minifig-count and even look is very similar to real Lego set (reminiscent, perhaps of Atlantis sets) and what with the CMF Medusa, no new pieces are absolutely necessary. I would definitely like to see this set made (a whole theme would be nice, but that might be too much to ask for).

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By in United States,

All it needs is a minifigure of Charon, the ferryman and a gold coin. Love Greek mythology

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By in United Kingdom,

I am very interested in the Ancient World and this set looks like a great recreation of the famous myth so would be a must have for me if it were to be released. I am still holding out on an entire theme devoted to the Classical World, which seems plausible given the numerous helmets, swords and shields which have been made for the Collectable Minifigures.

@mulitplex - While I agree any Classical Minifigures would be great, I do not think Charon would fit in with this set very well, as far as I am aware he never had much to do with Perseus.

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By in United Kingdom,

The thing with this is that lego will not make in into a stand alone set. a set of this size would have to made as part of a theme because lego doesn't just make a random set like that. i certainly wouldn't object to a whole theme of this though... its a brilliant idea :)

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By in United States,

@brix: Why would this need to be part of a theme? You could just as well argue that the Minecraft set should have been part of a larger theme, but LEGO had no problem producing that as a single set.

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By in United States,

^^ Actually, if it's a Cuusoo project it HAS to be a standalone set. LEGO's specifically stated that Cuusoo is not for themes. But yes, I would love a whole mythology theme, too. There actually is one on Cuusoo already:

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/17341

Of course, I don't know what the final product would be in light of the "no themes" rule. But still, Legolympus is a great project worth supporting.

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By in United States,

I supported both Legolympus and medusa sets.

I have been wanting sets like this for a long time.

I was really hoping Lego would have gone for the Perry Jackson and the lightening thief books

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By in United Kingdom,

I would love to see some more big "buildings" sets similar to Taj Mahal, Eifel Tower and Tower Bridge. I can only dream of sets such as Abu Simbel and Angkor Wat. I was excited when news of a Sydney Opera House came out, until it became apparent that it was to be the small scale model....

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By in Netherlands,

I like the ancient sets/ideas. All the Lego I collect myself is a good example of it.
So, this set can pass.

Anyway, surfing around Cusoo I found this set also. Maybe it'll need also a bit more support.

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/15401

I particularly like the size of the sets. It's a nice give away and a cool way to fill your city.

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By in United States,

I do hope that more mythos style sets get made. LEGO still has never done a proper Greco/Roman theme, and I am still upset that, despite being called "Atlantis" the theme was focused was on silly red submarines. I personally don't think either of the new elements proposed are critical for the set, and would look find without them. Personally, I would like for them to have put in another warrior turned to stone, but I'd certainly buy it as is.

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By in United States,

Hi - Strider here.
First, thanks to everyone who saw this and supported it!
Second, a big thanks glenbricker for your excellent write up. I agree that the vase is entirely optional as is the big blue baseplate, and the reveal of Lego's own Medusa head only increases the chances of this set being made.

Here's to hoping for some yellow minifigures out of Cuusoo! :)

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By in United States,

The vase isn't needed, I can see it being replaced with e trophy if this makes it to 10,000 and passes LEGO's ever changing BS of Cuusoo rules.

This set is really nice, and looks just like how I would see a real LEGO them turning out.

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