Cuusoo Pick: The Twist and Whirl Carnival Ride, Batman Tumbler approaches 10k.

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This week we have returned to Dynamic projects, ones that use technical elements to animate the proposed set in some fashion. DerekMedina's Twist & Whirl is an excellent example of this.

 

Additionally, BrentWaller's Batman Tumbler is crawling to 10,000. At this point it is about 50 support away but it is taking its time. If I had to guess, I would say that a big reason for this slow progression is that three Tumblers have already been produced, one of which is currently available. Regardless, the Tumbler will get to 10,000 well before the June deadline for this review period.

This build replicates a carnival ride, and quite well indeed. As a minifig scaled carnival ride, this set is thematically somewhat similar to 10196: The Grand Carousel and would make a great addition to a presentation including it.

The mechanics of the build is accomplished by rotating a large plate around a central axis. This accomplishes the primary rotation of the seats.

 

The individual seats are rotated by a series of gears mounted under the rotating plate. These gears are forced to spin though their connection to a stationary gear mounted to the baseplate.

 

Previous Pick

The Last dynamic project to be picked was the Brick Sorting Excavator. This ingenious design grips a row of bricks and drops said bricks into piles based on their size.

 

A Week of Cuusoo

This week, my favorite new project was Star Wars Bounty Hunter Busts. This is one of the rare LEGO Cuusoo Star Wars projects that steers clear of well established Star Wars builds.

On top of that, this project manages to get a surprising amount of character out of the brick!

Other projects of note were the Old Bangle (a vintage car), Tractor with Butterfly Grass Mower, and Milwaukee Art Museum.

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.

18 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

No matter how nice it is, surely the tumbler is dead in the water given one is currently for sale.

I love the twist and twirl - good use of basic cogs and so on. Although for a cuusoo set? Probably too big, meaning too little interest for purchasing once costed up. Lego could of course shrink it down, but then it wouldn't look anywhere near as good.

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By in United States,

^I agree...

Meh.

The Tumbler is cool, but has no chance;
And the merry-go-round is too big, no elaborate, too non-Lego building techniques.

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By in United States,

The tumbler has no chance. Why even consider it.

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By in United States,

Slight spelling error in the title. The 'L' in Tumbler was left out.

I agree that the Tumbler doesn't have any chance at all. There is no way LEGO would have two Tumblers out at the same time.

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By in United Kingdom,

although the tumbler has little chance, if it reaches 10,000 supporters LEGO may realize that people want a batman tumbler not just a bane tumbler

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By in France,

I think is far better than the Carroussel!

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By in United States,

I love the Twist and Whirl Ride and have been supporting it since soon after it was posted on Cuusoo. It's fun, happy and workable. What's not to like? The design aesthetics could use some sprucing up, but that's something TLG would handle anyway.

I've always thought TLG should make more carnival rides to accompany the lonely Grand Carousel (the Ferris Wheel isn't minifig scale and is more Technic-style in its appearance). I'm sure a lot of kids and AFOLs would like to put together their own little LEGO carnival.

By the way, there's also a cool rollercoaster on Cuusoo with over 1,300 supports. Again, the aesthetics aren't great, but the thing actually works!
http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/2201

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By in Canada,

Personally:

Lego grand carousel (10196) takes the cake for a ride like the twist and whirl.

The Tumbler Jokers Ice Cream Surprise (7888) also has a superior tumbler.

Both I would be VERY surprised to even be considered. However 10000 votes does say something.

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By in United Kingdom,

The tumbler has achieved 10,001 supporters, now just waiting for the official comment.

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By in Puerto Rico,

^I helped with my blog on GameInformer.

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By in Norway,

It's a black... tank! Loved how the official LEGO comment quoted Batman Begins. They might want to do a more detailed, black Tumbler, but I guess the chance is slim. I'll probably just get the set that's out now, as it can easily be made black and it has a Gordon minifig.

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By in United Kingdom,

Real shame if the Tumbler does not make it; built it last year (as near as i could) using the parts list published on mocpages and ordered through Lego online. Makes a nicely sized and detailed model which i have on display, and I am really happy with. I will have to hope for Brent's Ghostbusters projects as i would love a similarly sized and detailed Ecto 1.

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By in United States,

Did you hear? Cuusoo has changed the most commented section to the most viewed section. This may not sound like much, but as you know, projects like Galaxy Command depend (or rather, depended) on comments for visibility.

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By in United States,

I love that Tumbler. It is too bad it won't get made (speculation of course). It would seem silly to have a significantly better looking tumbler out at the same time as what they put out in the Bane set. I like the scale of the Bane set, but this Tumbler blows that out of the water as far as aesthetics. I should probably just try to build it myself too.

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By in United States,

I think there's still a chance for the Tumbler to become a set. They are selling one now, but will they be selling it two years from now? We're still waiting for the results from the Fall Review of last year. And when we get those results, we still have to receive the results from the Winter Review and the Spring Review before they start officially Reviewing the period which contains this Tumbler. So I estimate that, at best, it will be sometime in 2014 (probably later in the year) when this will be Reviewed, and we would not get results until early 2015. On top of that, it would have to wait for all projects approved before it to be released, were it accepted. The model may still be produced, considering the timing of the Reviews. :)

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By in Netherlands,

So the tumbler crawled to 10,001 (and not one higher since the 9th)... Agreed with several posters above me that it doesn't seem likely Lego wil make this into a set, despite it looks better than the current one.

For the Twist and Whirl: more details would give it a bigger chance than it has now, although the carnival/theme park idea is someting I'd really like to see in Lego City. Seen several carnival rides with pre-Y2K Lego, but those sets would be far too big for Lego to succesfully market.

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By in United States,

nice sets good job.

I like the carousel. oh and why did you only put one lego fig in there?

you should put more. but still cool :D

I like the detail in the bounty hunters. but you say there your favorite. THERE LIKE THE ONLY ONES . lol

but any way nice job. :)

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