Steampunk comes to Cuusoo, Zelda and Bugdroid duking it out in their final Days!

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Team Jigsaw, the team that brought you the amazingly presented Thinking with Portals project, that reached 10k in a few days, is at it again with Steam Rod. This time treating us with a high quality Steampunk set that many LEGO fans have been looking for for years.

Update: Team Jigsaw's Gallery is now online with more pics.

I don't usually write about new Cuusoo projects here. I usually wait for them to mature a bit and slow down. But I saw this one and just had to share it with you all.

I am a bit saddened to say I was hoping on entering my own steampunk train on Cuusoo, but I am thrilled to see an awesome design worthy of production (and better than anything I had in the works by far).

 

Team Jigsaw is making it clear in the project that they intend for the project to result in a single very large set with everything shown:

A full train for the four good guys and a large aircraft, a motorcycle, and a personal flying rig for the three "baddies."

The description also comes complete with mini bios of each character.

Whether or not LEGO will take them up on such a large scale build remains to be seen, but if support level are as high and fast as their last project, LEGO might just give them the green light.

 

I am additionally elated (can you tell) to see Team Jigsaw using their professionalism and talent on a creator generated IP, so that their project cannot be rejected on any pre-existing brand issue conflicts.

I am equally happy to see that this time around it appears that Team Jigsaw has no new parts. I must admit I was stumped by the hero's neck gear but user "tkatt" pointed out that it is actually Cad Bane's neckpiece.

If you don't like Steampunk, please support this project as a favor to the many, many LEGO fans that do!

 

Bugdroid and Zelda swapping leads to 10k.

Bugdroid and have swapped back and forth a few times on the Lead, but the Bugdroid currently has less thank 250 support left to go and Zelda around 300.

For those who have not checked out the Zelda project in a while, I recommend that you do so.

Ragaru is using these final days to pair down the various sets he proposed to a single set with some creatively built opponents (pictured below).

In addition Ragaru has included a link to his magnificent "idealized" design which can be found here.

22 comments on this article

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By in Puerto Rico,

Supporting right now.

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By in United States,

This looks like it would make a great playset, but I'd be surprised if LEGO took a chance on such a large set.

Also, it should be noted that there aren't actually any new parts, just parts used in new colors or with printing.

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By in United States,

Very nice. Supported! It also would never have known about (nor probably voted for) this. Brickset is my first click of the day, and very rarely do I just check out cuusoo. Thanks for the article. Brickset does it again!

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By in United States,

A true steampunk Lego set is long overdue. I'd have preferred a dirigible-type craft rather than a plane, but I'll take what I can get.

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By in United States,

I'm guessing LEGO would like it if it does not have custom or new part types (cheaper to not have new part types) OR come up with those solutions themselves.

That being said I can see this being a type of line.. Why not? They just did the Monster hunters and my all accounts that seems to be doing well.
This really does match LEGO's need for unique line IMO.
I'm guessing the scale of the sets would be brought down a tad.

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By in United Kingdom,

Love it, love it, love it! Supported on Cuusoo and as I put in my comments there, I love the humour and quirkiness of the set and think it will work for adults and kids alike - go Team Jigsaw!

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By in United States,

Instantly supported Steam punk! By the way, how is Cuusoo pronounced? I always thought it was Koo-skOH, like the Incan captial, but I'm probably wrong. Any clarification?

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By in United States,

I believe I found the part used for those neck pieces Part ID# 4646782. Cad Banes head gear.

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By in United States,

AH! That is right! Thanks tkatt!

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By in United Kingdom,

Supported both- I thought from the preview the Zelda effort would just be largely recycled or a copy, but it's wildly different, and dare I say it, I prefer it to the first version that came under review. Hopefully we get somewhere with these ideas this time!

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By in United States,

The Bugdroid has now surged ahead of Zelda and is a little over 200 supports away from 10,000.

@Brickcreator - I thought it was pronounced Koo-Soh

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By in United States,

Wow, you're right! only 269 more to go for bug droid. It's like a race that is benifiting both. Steamrod surged to 156!

Thanks for your thought, Modok.

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By in United States,

That project looks just like the Monster fighters ghost train. It has the train and a plane.

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By in United Kingdom,

The Steampunk project looks fantastic, that is what Monster Fighters should have been more like in my opinion.

Out of interest, have you entered any projects on Cuusoo before Huw?

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By in United States,

I'll buy the Steam Rod set right now, I just think sets of these would look and be absolutely fantastic!!! I absolutely hope LEGO makes an entire theme out of this idea, I just think the good side should be a little more amped up sort of speak.

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By in United States,

Fantastic MOC. truly wondrous. Unfortunately, at 2100+ pieces, this would fall in the $180+ range, which is pretty rarefied air to begin with, and probably well beyond any internal limits on the Cuusoo line.

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By in United States,

@ doubts: Cuusoo and Lego staff have stated repeatedly that at this time there is no set cap on the price of a potential Cuusoo set. The only question regarding scale and pricing inherently is that they must be able to sell it an make a profit at the scales of interest.

If the feedback shows that people are willing to pay what this set costs, they will give it its due consideration. So maybe yes maybe no.

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By in United States,

The bugdroid already made it to 10k!

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By in United States,

@glenbricker What they say publicly and what they actually set as parameters for Cuusoo internally may well be two different things.

Cuusoo production sets are produced in smaller numbers and not widely distributed. This means that their price per unit costs are going to be higher in general and they would be unlikely to make up for that in volume sales, given the supply chain limitations. As it also seems Cuusoo sets carry a premium to them as it is, it's hard to imagine this being under $200. How many are they going to move at that price? Steampunk, while a highly popular niche, is not mainstream, and the set doesn't have an existing IP fanbase ready to snap them up either. I'd be curious what people voting for it say they would be willing to pay. If it averages $100, then no way LEGO is going to produce this at double the price. I'm sure LEGO looks at that number across the 10,000 - heck it could well be that the average price people were willing to pay on the MWT was far lower than what it would actually cost, and that could have played a hand in it's demise as well.

I'm still convinced that it is far too early in Cuusoo's existence for anything large to make it past review. i'd guess 700-800 pieces is as high as they are willing to go. This may not be an explicit hard cap, it just may be that that number is the tipping point between voters willingness to pay and profitability. So something large that does hit 10,000 would have to be scaled down considerably, and then voters aren't really getting what they voted for - something LEGO Cuusoo has publicly said they do not want to do.

In the end, I am a realist. As fantastic as this design is, I think it is extremely unlikely to be produced. But like I said - fantastic MOC.

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By in United States,

/\ I agree completely and the only way I think this will make it is if they split it into 2-3 sets which is unlikely but that is what I think they would have to do.

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