Reflex Camera by Suzuki, also Mini Shops Series approaching 10k

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When I started writing these reviews I wanted to showcase the breadth of project content on Cuusoo (for those crazy enough to dig around) and I decided to do it by selecting a wildly different type of project each week before revisiting a subject. Nearly 20 reviews later and I'm almost done with this task.

This week I bring to you my favorite "recreation" from Cuusoo. A project intending to recreate an everyday object in LEGO, other than architecture and vehicles, of course. In this category there is little that can hold a candle to Suzuki's Single Lens Reflex Camera.

Additionally, Cuusoo should have its next 10,000 supported project in the next few days: Mini Shop Series. It is 160 support away at the time of this publication.

Update: Mini Shops has achieved 10,000 supporters.

This build always astonishes me with its accuracy. From a few feet away it would be indistinguishable from a real camera. It has all the buttons, levers, wheels, and clips one would expect. The only things it is missing is a label and a lens cap.

 

I mean, check this out, the back even pops open for the film!

Here is the craziest thing about this project though. Like most of Suzuki's work, this is one of the oldest projects on Cuusoo. It was posted nearly 4.5 years ago and only has 177 support. That is about 1 support for every 10 days it has been published.

 

A Week of Cuusoo

This week, my favorite new project was the Grand Prix Race Cars from 1934. Vintage cars of any make are an untapped resource by LEGO, in my opinion.

There was also strong support for Zelda Skyward Sword and another Batman Tumbler (the 16th?), but my favorites included a balcony apartment and a micro-scale New England Fishing Village.

My review of these projects, a showcase of all the projects that came out in the last week and a few other ramblings about Cuusoo and crowd sourced / funded projects can be found here.

20 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

The camera model is stunning... but who would actually buy it? It's an incredibly accurate rendering but would you consider it a display piece? I wouldn't. And it's not a play set either, so I don't think there's a market for it. If it were to get to 10,000 supporters I think it's extremely unlikely to get made.

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By in United States,

@LostInTranslation:

Just curious, why don't you consider this a display piece?

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By in United States,

The SLR is lovely. It'll never make 10,000 but I'd love to make one to display with my camera collection. It makes you wonder why some people don't release their instructions for small cost or as donate ware - they'd probably make something out of their (let's face it, particularly niche) models that way.

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By in United States,

Maybe some things are not destined to be popular or relevant to a large amount of people.

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By in New Zealand,

Just added my vote to the shops, only 118 away now.

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By in United States,

Votes added for a few.

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By in United States,

The shops are awesome. I like the camera too but I really enjoy putting together the buildings.

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By in United States,

Added my vote for the shops! Would love for it to happen!!

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By in United States,

Personally, I would love either Dunkin' Donuts, McDonald's or 7-Eleven. Although Dunkin' Donuts would be the one that I like the most. But, if LEGO says only one can be chosen, how will it be decided on which one to make?

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By in United States,

I put my support in for the shops and if only one of the shops makes it, hopefully it will be the Lego store. They all look good though so I'd probably buy any one of them (or all of them if they are all released).

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By in United States,

I wish the Cuusoo team would just start taking down submissions that call for a theme or series, rather than a single set. This would add a lot of clarity to what is actually being supported and ensure that the final product, if it comes to that, would be as close to the submission as possible. Combining a series of things into a single Cuusoo listing is a blatant attempt to try to get to 10,000 what you wouldn't otherwise be able to do individually. Proposing a "theme" is more like laziness or lack of focus. Pick a set and promote that - you aren't going to get a whole theme. And people would then know they are voting for specific set A, not an entire theme. This might force submitters to actually work a bit harder to come up with concepts that are viable within the Cuusoo terms, and that would appeal to enough people.

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By in United States,

I would say McDonald's for the shop, since they made one from the 90's (see the lego book that shows most 1950's-2008 sets and you'll know what I mean....).

Also, 26 more for the shops.

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By in United States,

I voted and now it's 10001 -- hooray!
The status just switched to "Review" for the Mini Shops Series.

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By in United States,

I like my Lego sets to take me away from the mundane part of life like chain stores. This will be a pass for me.

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By in United States,

I am sorry but I miss the days when everything wasnt so commercial. I used like knock off stores or spoof stores like Octan. And to be frank and honest the sets are cute but I hate starbucks and McDoh! But with LEGO moving more to China perhaps they will sell out as well...Sad

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By in Australia,

Smash the corporations! Boo!

Just kidding. The colour scheme on that Dunkin' Donuts store is lovely and vibrant. I've already voted for them when they were previously featured, so I hope they pass.

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By in United Kingdom,

Love the shops - voted for them ages ago
I understand what people are saying about the corporations but I would be more than happy even if they made their "own brand" alternatives instead of the real chains
That said, I do have a toys r us shop and a shell station in my city....

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm not into the City theme, but those Mini Shops are really cute. If they released a Burger King one, I'd get it. I'd just have to add a horse to make it complete!

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By in United Kingdom,

Hopefully we will get some pink with mcdonalds
(1 cookie for whoever gets the joke)

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By in United States,

Mmm Pink slime it's whats for dinner!

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