Micro builds are a popular subject on Cuusoo. It makes a lot of sense actually. The very popular Minecraft set was a micro build, the small form factors are ideal for having a lot of narrative content while keeping the costs down, and relatively small quantities of micro builds in the standard LEGO line keeps it novel.
T-brick's Medieval Micro Modulars are one of my favorite examples of the "theme" as its specific subject matter distinguishes it from the rest of Cuusoo mini builds, and it goes beyond the architecture and actually models a bustling street.
In addition to my regular posting, I have a few statements from Tim Courtney, LEGO Cuusoo Community Manager, who I was able to interview at SXSW Interactive.
First to clear up this "Modular" business, of course there are no Medieval Modulars in production (though that would be cool). The "Modular" in the name of this project is stated to show the correlation between this project's concept and the Modern Mini Modulars set 10230. Each of these five buildings is designed to stand alone, or fit together in various arrangements, just like the 10230's.
One aspect of this project that really appeals to me is that even though the scale greatly limits T-brick's building options, each of the five buildings is truly unique with minimal repetition of technique
I must say, this donkey and cart is one of the finest minimalist mini builds I have ever seen.
T-brick does seem to be drawn to extremes though. If you like their miniature builds you should check out their 4000+ piece Neuschwanstein Castle
Interview with Tim Courtney
Tim Courtney is the Community Manager of LEGO Cuusoo. That means he does a little bit of everything: moderation, pre-publication review, short and long term strategy planning, and is for most intents and purposes the public face of Cuusoo.
You take a lot of pride in the models you create, it’s what we at the LEGO Group call “Pride of Creation”, and it’s part of our Play Promise. So, it is natural to us that you want to see your own work immortalized as a LEGO set. However all products released by LEGO CUUSOO must follow the LEGO Group’s design standards, so it isn’t possible to release a model exactly as you design it. We see a lot of comments from fans worried about the model submitted and how it will be interpreted in the LEGO Review.
What is the biggest misconception about Cuusoo that you would like to clear up?
There's no way to game the system and guarantee a positive outcome by building a model a certain way. Also, while we try to be consistent (and try to make forward-looking decisions), past precedent doesn't guarantee a similar decision in the future. My community management team makes all decisions about the Guidelines and House Rules, and the LEGO Review board makes all final decisions about what gets produced as a LEGO CUUSOO set.
I'd like to be able to share more with everyone about the limits of what is possible. For example, people frequently ask if there's a size/price point limit (there is none, but model size does affect the business case). As we refine our processes through the beta, I hope we can more transparently define the scope of what we can make, to help you submit more effective projects.
A week of Cuusoo
This week, my favorite new project was the C.C.S. Gryphon followed closely by a Totoro homage and a uniquely scaled typewriter. A very impressive U.C.S. T.M.N.T. was also published that is certainly worth a look for any fan.
My review of these projects, a showcase of most of the projects that came out in the last week, the rest of my interview with Tim Courtney, and a few images of my latest personal project, The Discworld, can be found here.
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