ATLAS model reaches 10k in 19 Days.

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In 19 days the ATLAS model has gone from publication to 10k.

What is ATLAS? Well, I think this excerpt from its homepage sums up its purpose quite well:

ATLAS is a particle physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The ATLAS detector is searching for new discoveries in the head-on collisions of protons of extraordinarily high energy. ATLAS will learn about the basic forces that have shaped our Universe since the beginning of time and that will determine its fate. Among the possible unknowns are the origin of mass, extra dimensions of space, unification of fundamental forces, and evidence for dark matter candidates in the Universe.

The project has enjoyed a lot of support since its publication on Cuusoo. That is to be expected for a subject that has over 3000 people working on it. The real key to its success though was the project getting a link from one of my favorite websites, I f***ing love science. The resulting swarm of support actually, apparently brought down Cuusoo. Another fine example of the importance of social media on getting projects to the review phase.

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By in United States,

"Another fine example of the importance of social media on getting projects to the review phase."

You mean another fine example of how a less-than-deserving model gets insane support while other models wallow in the dust.

Really? Another science thing? (and I really DO love science)

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By in Australia,

^ Totally agree...

Cant wait to have this Lego model of a fancy portable trash compactor on display in the privacy of your own home... :)

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By in Canada,

What a piece of crap.

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By in United States,

I hope the final product looks nothing like that. Lots of tiles would make it slightly enticing for me as a parts set.
This Cuusoo Atlas doesn't have any playability and isn't very nice as a display piece in the current state.
The 1970's called and they want their LEGO model back.

The large scale LEGO version of ATLAS looks great.
http://www.coepp.org.au/files/coepp/ATLAS-4-sm.jpg

The question for this one is how many of those 10,000k voters will buy it if it's made.

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By in United States,

Don't get me wrong, I think it's cool that the science-related models are popular. But this looks extremely boring.... :-P

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By in United States,

I have nothing nice to say.

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By in United States,

Models that would be more interesting:

A big guy holding up the Earth
The former super-villain known as Goliath from the Thunderbolts
A parallel-staging rocket
A mech from BattleTech
An Airbus A400M
A huge beetle
A book of maps

But sure, why not another piece of scientific equipment :P

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By in United States,

It's amazing how some models can gain support so easily...

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By in Australia,

I agree with The_Chosen_1 and a few other people; this model is extremely bland and boring. Nobody would care about it at all unless they knew and understood what it was and even then they wouldn't be impressed.

I've lost faith in CUUSOO after hearing that a basic and ugly model like this has achieved the 10,000 quota.

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By in United States,

I definitely like the idea of having a real LEGO particle collider--it's highly unusual and uber-geeky. (And it would go well with The Living Brick's Stephen Hawking set, for those of you who ordered it!)

However, although I supported it, I'm really hoping TLG either goes with the larger model or at least re-designs it significantly. This one is just not terribly attractive.

It'll also have to get past Alatariel's Female Minifigure Sets, the final concept of which is a grouping of three science-based vignettes. The summer review's certainly going to be science-y.

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By in United States,

Like the idea, but horrible model. Hopefully it will get the major redesign like the Minecraft one got before production.

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By in United States,

They don't have to accept it just because it got 10k votes. I'd be shocked if they went with something so lame.

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By in United States,

As I read further I realized that the voting was for the small version. I don't see how this could have obtained 10 votes let alone 10k votes.

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By in New Zealand,

Seems like just about everyone here hates this thing - me included. Super boring...just look at all the great CUUSOO projects out there (that sometimes get shown off on Brickset) that don't get enough support and then just look at this piece of junk. Really? I'm all for scientific stuff and all that, but this is just plain crap. No offense to the creator or anything. I would rather buy a Galidor set. That's how bad this is. :-O

@Huey1 It's not CUUSOO's fault that people are voting for this stuff....:P

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By in United States,

If there was a vote for the worst model to receive 10K votes....this will be the one.

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By in United States,

Boooooo. This is a crap project, I hope this really isn't put into production.

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By in United States,

a glaring example of much that is wrong with Cuusoo, and more generically, poorly thought out crowd-sourcing implementations.

I'm anxiously awaiting the inevitable major Cuusoo policy changes, at which point maybe the concept will be redeemable. up to this point I think it's fair to say Cuusoo is a major disappointment, at least to AFOLs

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By in United Kingdom,

A lot of science projects have been passing the review stage, but I hope that this one does not (no offence) but it just looks boring.

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By in Germany,

this looks like the kinda thing my 5 year old son makes.......

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By in United States,

so yesterday i was on skype with my friend and lugmate C3Brix when I went on the Cuusoo main page and saw the Atlas set had only 18 votes to go... i told him and we both voted for it at the same time... when i opened the page for the set it said 9997 and when I actually voted it said 10,001, so I like to think that out concurrent votes are the ones that pushed it over the limit. Felt like a cool Cuusoo milestone for me, now i just need to be the first supporter of something that makes it to 10k =-)

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By in Canada,

I agree with the majority: it's rubbish. It's a bad model of something that nobody recognises and has no playability whatsoever so I would say it's highly unlikely to pass review.

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By in Philippines,

The first time I saw this, I thought it was a Satellite from the early space exploration days...so I was awfully wrong! But maybe they could rename it as such? Reading about what it does is appealing and all, but that hardly translates into something good on bricks with this, ehhh... model?

But looking on the brighter side, this just gave me some optimism about putting something on Cuusoo, if something like this gets supported...really!

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By in France,

Another scientist here, and another lego lover that thinks this is a pile of crap.

In fact, maybe that is what is needed. A big pile of reddish and dark brown bricks, and all lego fans that want to see changes to cuusoo to vote for it.

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By in Germany,

It's better that I don't comment. Should let my lawyers handle a comment on this / on Cuusoo / on social media.

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By in United Kingdom,

As another scientist, this kind of crap does lego loving scientists a disservice. I actually think the for the sake of brickset the news article should be changed to add more commentry, otherwise it might seem like the site is itself supporting the project.

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By in United States,

How did this project even get to ten thousand? Few people know what it is, and even fewer would even want it. I vaguely know what the Large Hadron Collider is, but until reading the article, I did not know what this ATLAS was. Atlas rocket, I would have supported and probably have bought, this thing, nope

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By in United States,

Is this thing supposed to spin or something? What does the model do? How come it's not for the larger version that would at least be more interesting?

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By in United States,

so they are gonna sell this hunk of garbage, but the god like and sweet looking UCS sandcrawler is being nixed - even though they already have the license?????

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By in Germany,

Folks. I'm so thankful I'm not alone. All your comments here are giving me hope. I thought I was losing my mind already. I never realized science was not exempt from blind fanboism.

@miket: it wasn't the work of that one user (and in fact Reddit is notoriously bad at getting projects actual supporters, it will only get you tens of thousands of views, and hundreds of Reddit comments that go "meh, they asked me to register, screw them"). It was the work of the "I f*cking love science" Facebook group, to which it got posted twice within four days, getting it from 632 to about 7500 votes in the first burst, and then from 8k to 10k in the second. Going by the date of that Reddit post, it came along after the second burst was all but over. Still, thanks for linking to it, as it beautifully demonstrates a staggering amount of ignorance and misunderstanding, starting with its very title. Reading through the comments there is really like looking at a horrible car accident. I sure hope someone at CUUSOO will be reading it as well.

@CCC: perhaps not as drastic, but certainly it should be possible to create (or find) a Facebook group titled "I f*cking love soup", and submit a model of a bowl of soup.

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By in United States,

I hate to say it, but I would have never voted for this if I had heard about it in time. You can't even tell what it is! There is 0 play value and I doubt it will pass review... Great job for achieving so much support, but this just doesn't really fit LEGO. :(

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By in United States,

@Schwallex: Interesting. Only assumed it was reddit when I saw the comments and the number of post. It's still canvassing, but guess it's up to Cuusoo to decide if they want that.

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By in United States,

I too feel this is an utter garbage but it brings to light one other problem with cuusoo: proposal to reality. The Shinkai and the Minecraft are drastically different from their original builds on Cuusoo but were accepted as ideas. Whereas the Hayabusa and BttF Delorean have only minor adjustments and toted as great designs. That being said, there is a conflict of rules on cuusoo. On the one hand, some projects are rejected because the build is too large or too complex or too simple, whereas other projects have the privilege of being completely redesigned. When its convenient, this rule is used or excused.

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By in United States,

@CCC -- start the project. I'll support it :D

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By in Germany,

@jasor: it won't get through their initial review. They do manually check all submissions before putting them up on CUUSOO. (In fact it's quite tricky to get past that step, as they will only provide generic boilerplate reasons when rejecting, saying that your photo "is too dark, too light, grainy, or blurry" or that you have to work on "your images or text". So you have no choice but to make a bunch of random changes based on wild guesses, then resubmit, rinse repeat.)

I would totally volunteer to start a soup project, though. One day, as time permits. Because in point of fact I do f*cking love soup. And not many people can cook soup, so the model would be very educational as well. I'm an outreacher.

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By in United States,

I think a lot of the posts here are quite rude. I don't think this would be a very fun set at all (the other science-based projects, being mobile by nature, at least have swooshability and an exotic environment for display to their advantage), and I think that's going to cripple its chances of passing review.

But at the same time, it's far from "garbage". It's a quite neat model using quite neat building techniques to achieve what I can only assume is a very authentic likeness of the source material. These scathing posts are an insult to the builder.

Complain all you want about the LEGO Cuusoo process and its reliance on social media, but don't for a minute start taking it out on the model itself. It wouldn't make a good set for most people, sure, but that's true of the grand majority of AFOL MOCs, many of which would garner positive feedback for these kinds of building techniques even if they are not especially exciting to look at.

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By in United States,

I am relieved to see that there are many others who share my opinion about this project. After it rocketed to 10,000, I thought there was something I was missing.

This project has almost zero playability. That fact in and of itself doesn't condemn it, as the same can be said about most of the Architecture theme sets. However, this project is ugly and is a pretty poor representation of the real thing, which makes it next to worthless. The designer's original model, with almost 10,000 pieces, didn't have those problems, but at that size, it wasn't viable as a Cuusoo idea.

If The LEGO Company thinks they can turn a profit by productizing this idea, more power to them, but I would bet against it heavily, as most of those who supported it are likely to vanish when the product hits the stores.

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By in United States,

I feel like the big version could have been great to take and renovate into a module of a deep-space exploration ship, maybe like Discovery One from "2001." But while I can see some resemblance between the two, it needs more detail than "hey, it's stacks of rounds inside white plates" - detail the big one has, but is sorely missing from a set that would run at least $50-60. Worst part: the plates on the end almost look like an afterthought. If TLG were to do it, it would need a major overhaul or it wouldn't be worth the plates it was made of. In my opinion, at least. And I like that science/research projects can hold their own against licensed products with fanbases from outside Lego. But I agree, swamping the system from reddit kind of defeats the purpose of CUUSOO. (I shudder to think what would happen if CNET or Engadget decided to endorse a CUUSOO model!)

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By in United States,

I think it's pretty much the same case as Purdue Pete. Lego wants projects that have broad worldwide support, not projects that can get 10k votes on a web survey.

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By in United States,

*Facepalm*

Seriously... when we could have any number of far more worthy projects reach 10K, this passes? I'm sorry, but the model is only passable, we already have 3 science-based projects for sets and... well, that sums up my grievances.

Additionally, as @SenatorBlutarsky has pointed out, most of those who supported it may well "vanish" if it is actually released. That, I think, is the problem with these "viral projects." When they are blogged about, they may attract large quantities of support, but little of it is necessarily from the LEGO fan community who will actually be reliable about purchasing those sets.

This may have attracted a lot of support from the scientific community, but I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that sales will not be all that great, provided it passes. Sorry. :/ Besides that, I'm still waiting for an excellent, original model (like Peter Reid's Exo Suit) to actually be made into a set.

EDIT: @smackfu: Exactly, hit the nail on the head.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm sorry to say that very few AFOL's will like this model.

I think the Lego group might agree that the model has no playability and very little merit as a Lego item.

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By in United States,

@murphquake

I was watching the project as it hit 10,000, and you were #10,000; C3Brix was 10,001. :)
It's interesting that you mention the #1 milestone, because I was the first supporter for the project... :P

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By in United Kingdom,

Now I know what Cuusoo is missing: The option to DOWNVOTE a model. It would be worth signing up just to downvote this POS and that awful 'Queef Free' women's lib thing that hit 10K last week. Oh - and all the useless, obscure computer game tie-in's aswell.

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By in United States,

LOL... I actually voted for that "Queef Free" project back before it went viral, but I cannot stop laughing at your comment... Gold... Reminds me of a certain episode of South Park...

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By in Australia,

What the... Just what... WHY?!? Another science themed project? How original... I'm not buying this... I'm also starting to get sick of Lego Cuusoo.

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By in United Kingdom,

What's next? ....Lego vomit?!

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By in United Kingdom,

Starwarsgeek500, I like the minifigure belt - supported!

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By in United States,

Yick…

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