The Land Rover Defender Cuusoo project is an amazing technical achievement.
The Spring Deadline approaches and it needs your support, or it will just have to wait another three months.
Plus hard numbers in a high level overview on what kinds of projects are actually on Cuusoo.
The Defender is not what I had planned to talk about this week, but it is really in its final sprint and the current deadline is so close. Please help cut the wait for a response on this Technic marvel.
For those unfamiliar with the project, the Defender has lots of over the top features:
- 5+R speeds, sequential gearbox with auto clutch
- 2-speeds transfer case
- RWD and AWD modes
- all wheels disc brakes
- both live axles with long-travel suspension
- working steering wheel
- working gear indicator
For the fans of Technic that don't care for Jeeps, the design allows for the removal of the entire frame, leaving all the fun technical stuff in one piece to easily integrate into anything you want.
For those who need to see this kind of stuff in video to fully appreciate it, well here you go:
Now, a few months ago I asked you guys to help Space Marines get to 10k ahead of the deadline. Well this is a much bigger push, but that is what I am asking for this time around too. The Defender is closing as the deadline approaches. Technically it does not need your vote, the defender will certainly have the votes by the Summer deadline. I am simply asking you to give this a push so Sheepo does not need to sit around for another three months.
There are plenty of reasons too support it though.
- Support it if you want it.
- Support it because you think Sheepo did a great job.
- Support it because you want to tell LEGO that you want to see even more complexity in their Technic line.
- Support it for the karma.
- Support it because you are sure LEGO won't produce it and you want to be proven right. ;)
- Support it to get the Valkyrie in the top three spot on Cuusoo.
- Support it because you want more answers from Cuusoo on what they WILL and WILL NOT produce.
To be sure at 5k, LEGO said "our design team will need to address the piece count and complexity of this build, and see if it is feasible to maintain the essence of the model while ensuring it uses legal building techniques, is cost effective, buildable, and playable" and Sheepo has done nothing to address these issues, so yes, if you support this it will likely not get produced or it will be very much toned down. That does not mean you should not support it.
If you support it and LEGO produces something so watered down that it does not live up to what you wanted, just don't buy it, all you lost was the two minutes it took to support the project.
Break down on what is on Cuusoo
In early January I started a project to see just what is really on Cuusoo. People have lots of opinions on the matter but I am the type of person that likes to see hard facts. So I took a snapshot of what was on Cuusoo and cataloged every project with at least 17 support which was 1812 projects at the time and almost 50% of the total.
Here is, in broad terms is what I found:
Broad categories of projects on Cuusoo:
|Bellow 17 support||1833||50.3%||
Various projects but all with 16 support or less.
|Fictional IP||757||20.8%||These are projects that contain "popular" IP for fictional concepts such as Star Wars.|
|No IP||755||20.7%||Projects that are the creation of the submitter or model natural subjects (like birds).|
|Real IP||242||6.6%||These are projects that contain IP based on properties that exist in the real world such as architecture, specific vehicles, individuals, and corporations.|
|Lego's IP||58||1.6%||These are projects based on IP created and owned by LEGO such as Ninjago and Bionicle.|
I have further break downs of each category presented above depicted here. I will do a more thorough write up and explanation at some point in the future but I wanted to start getting the data out there before it got really out of date.
I think it is significant to point out that at the time this data was collected, "quality" Fictional IP and No IP projects were nearly equal in count. That would appear to counter the argument that many make that Cuusoo is "just" pop culture IP projects. Sure, the projects with identifiable IPs do tend to get the most support, but there are plenty of crazy projects on Cuusoo that are the sole creations of AFOLs for those who don't mind doing a little digging.
I will throw in another factoid from my research. Of the quality projects (at least 17 support), here are the top 5 most common subjects for Cuusoo projects:
- Star Wars (242 projects)
- Comic Books (140 projects)
- Made up Vehicles (119 projects)
- Based on Video Games (117 projects)
- Parts (82 projects)
A Week of Cuusoo
My favorite new project this week is the Custom Hot Rod Pickup Truck. It has a lot of great details and it is a subject that has not been touched by the Creator line in over a decade. Others favorites include Creator Dump truck, Mother Brain, and Submarine.
My review of these projects, and a showcase of all the projects that came out in the last week, and a few more graphs breaking out the content on Cuusoo can be found here.