Two Wall-Es and the duplication of subjects on Cuusoo.

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Movies are very popular on Cuusoo, but there is some difficulty finding the movies that meet the brand fit and translate well to brick though. Not surprisingly, with no fewer than nine projects, many people find that the angular hero from Pixar's Wall-E is a perfect match for Cuusoo.

Suzuki's version is my favorite but Langemati has some nice features to offer in their project as well.

Suzuki is one of the most supported creators on Cuusoo, and it is easy to see why with this build.

This Wall-E is adorable! Those eyes have so much character. On top of that, the brilliantly crafted hands are very posable.

To add even more to this impressive package, a full suite of props from the movie are included, including another robotic buddy.

 

One of the reasons I am showcasing the project though is to emphasize an unusual characteristic of Cuusoo. Nobody has control over a subject (excepting for cases of plagiarism). So anyone can post any Wall-E to Cuusoo. People "reposting" subjects makes a lot of sense when the previous incarnations are poorly executed or supported, but the prevalence of Wall-Es repostings has always confused me given that Suzuki's came out long ago and has always had a significant support count, not to mention that these repostings don't have a quality on par with Suzuki's.

Additionally, people seem to forget that LEGO makes the final build. So if a reposter's build does not have a significant conceptual difference from an existing one, then the resulting Official set would likely be identical.

That is where Langemati's build comes in. Langemati's Wall-E is quite a bit bigger. This scale not only allows for greater movie accuracy, but also allows for the inclusion of power functions for powering the treads. Here is the video, but take note, the motion is not demonstrated until almost the end. Of course, all this leads to the need for more display space and a bigger hit to the wallet.

 

So, which project to support? Well, if the specific features of one project is really what you are interested in, there is your answer. However if all you want is an official Wall-E set, and the details don't matter, support every Wall-E project. I assume if Wall-E collectively has 20,000 support scattered over a handful of projects when the "big one" reaches 10,000, LEGO will be much more interested in producing the project. It is effectively a system that lets you vote for a project more than once. We can see this effect right now with all the Zelda projects. There is collectively almost 26000 support for Zelda. Unless Nintendo stands in the way, I am certain there will eventually be a Zelda set.

For creators I recommend one of two things.

If you are dead set on reproducing a subject on Cuusoo, try to bring something new to the table that differentiates your project from the others. The Zelda projects have done a good job of this. They are all Zelda, but they all have extreme variation in their content. The example above increases the scale and integrates motors.

What I would rather see happen a lot more though is creators working together rather than against each-other. There are currently three significant Ghostbusters sets for example (TeeKay, BrentWaller, and C3brix) and six or so minor sets. TeeKay had over 3000 supporters when BrentWaller posted his project. BrentWaller has very successfully promoted his project though and has quickly acquired 1500 supporters. Now, BrentWaller is still going strong but I assume he is going to start slowing down and start to stagnate at some point (just like the Android did), It would have been cool if they would have worked together from the beginning but that was not the case. Competition is great for most things, case in point, TeeKay has really improved the quality of their project since BrentWaller showed up, but it is ultimately a bit pointless. LEGO designers are going to make the final product. If these guys could iron out their differences (namely the scale of Ecto-1) they could work rather well together if their ultimate goal is to bring LEGO Ghostbusters into the world.

We have seen similar effects with the Back to the Future Trains (Gruusoo and Team BttF), and now Lightsabers (scott34567 and darthnguyen ) not to mention a wide variety of Batman Tumblers, Bats, and Batbods and Star Wars Cantinas.

I think it would be extremely cool if Cuusoo eventually develops a tool that allows project creators to consolidate similar projects and add their (unique) support together as that will enhance opportunities for teamwork while removing redundancy.

 

A Week of Cuusoo

This week, my own Discworld project was the top supported new project (which I excuse myself from evaluating but I am not above showing you this pic ;) ). The voters third most supported project, "Emotion," however, blows me away. It is easily one of my favorite projects to be published to Cuusoo. Its creator, bigboy99899 only just arrived on Cuusoo but they have already published six very impressive projects. In addition to those, and perhaps of great interest to Brickset's "local" readership, user Dansquier has published a very impressive recreation of the BBC Television Centre.

 

My review of these projects, a showcase of all the projects that came out in the last week and a brief on the new Rebrick competition can be found here.

4 comments on this article

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By in United States,

That turtle would look great in a Zelda Majora's Mask set

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By in United States,

Why can't people just vote for all the "duplicates" they like? I don't see any major issues with "duplicates" as long as they aren't direct copies. If this ever becomes a big enough issue Cuusoo will address it. I think not allowing duplicates would be a bigger issue as a really bad entry if it was first wouldn't not allow for better ones to come later.

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@xj550,

I don't understand your comment. Is it in response to my article? If that is the case then I really don't understand because I make all the points that you do.

'Why can't people just vote for all the "duplicates" they like?' ->

However if all you want is an official Wall-E set, and the details don't matter, support every Wall-E project.

' I don't see any major issues with "duplicates" as long as they aren't direct copies.' ->

Nobody has control over a subject (excepting for cases of plagiarism).

' I think not allowing duplicates would be a bigger issue as a really bad entry if it was first wouldn't not allow for better ones to come later.' ->

People "reposting" subjects makes a lot of sense when the previous incarnations are poorly executed or
supported.

xj550,

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