First glimpse of the Cuusoo Back to the Future DeLorean

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BrickFanatics has scooped an exclusive today with this picture of the BTTF DeLorean, from the July store calendar. The set will be available in mid-July, apparently. There's no sign of any minifigures, and it's a little hard to form an opinion on the car from the picture, but from what I can tell, it looks pretty cool but quite different from the model submitted to Cuusoo. What's your opinion?

Update: UK retailer ModelZone is quoting a price of £34.99, and I believe the price in the US will be $34.99.

115 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Hope it comes with minifigure(s)!

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By in United States,

Yeah, I prefer the other one, even though this one has more details.

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By in United Kingdom,

I am unsure about this model, the initial design looked fantastic, and although certain building techniques were not entirely 'legal' and required some alterations, much of the design was perfect as it was, particularly that large ramp piece which formed the bonnet. I suppose with this bonnet constructed from multiple pieces, that means one could easily customise their DeLorean, either with the engine protruding from the bonnet or not as in the films. However, playability should never be placed before accuracy when a licensed model is being designed in my opinion, and thus this is a real shame.

Minifigures are a must though, I would be incredibly disappointed if they were omitted.

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By in Switzerland,

I really really REALLY dislike what they did with the hood of the car. It completely lost its elegance.

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By in Philippines,

The hood looks weird.

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By in United Kingdom,

Won't be bothering with this if it doesn't come with any figures!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

I want that so bad does anyone have the price.

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By in United Kingdom,

That's rubbish! Dear oh dear, what a botch job.

m.togami needs to be having a word with a lawyer*.

* This comment might not be 100% serious.

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By in United Kingdom,

what have they done to it?! If there are no minifigures that would truly seal the deal as a no-buy.

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By in United States,

ares those new tiles on the front?

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By in United Kingdom,

On balance I think I prefer this to the original, just! Surely it's going to be the cheapest cuusoo set released so far, maybe £20 with a couple of minifigures.

I'm more excited by the statement printed next to it in the July store calendar "Introducing Free Shipping Everyday on orders over £50 only at shop.LEGO.com". More money to spend on Lego has got to be a good thing and shows Lego are acting on our feedback.

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By in United Kingdom,

I think it is the light. The top set looks to be 2 x 2x4's and below that 1 x 1x2, 1 x 2x4 and 1 x 1x2.

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By in Canada,

What garbage, only CUUSOO set I want now is the Rover.

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By in United States,

That looks really bad.

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By in United States,

Really TLG? That's how you're gonna do us? Terrible...

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By in United Kingdom,

Perhaps the ramp piece which was very fitting is not currently in production? Im guessing they are using a similar technique to the spiderman Nick fury chase set with the folding wheels. It should definitely come with minifigures. Although i would prefer a different face print to the original design.

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By in United States,

I'm just glad they're doing this. Even if it looks mediocre.

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By in France,

I just hope ther will be at leat a sticker or better (lets dream) a piece with the logo DMC...
And lets prey it'll comes with marty and a doc!

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By in Germany,

It's sure different but I want to see some more pictures first before I judge.

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By in United Kingdom,

It looks okay but was expecting better tbh. Hopefully there will be a figure or two.

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By in Netherlands,

They should've made the original one, it looked WAY better. The only thing I didn't like were the eyes of the minifigures, they should be the traditional "black eyes with white dot" eyes. Because if you put a regular figure next to the blue-eyed figures it looks weird.

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By in United States,

I can overlook the flaws in the design if minifigs are included. Otherwise its a deal breaker. id already have to customize it so the doors open. I can patiently wait for an official announcement before being completely disappointed though.

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By in United States,

So... What's wrong with having Team Back to the Future making a slightly modified version of their original model and creating it in an LDD File and sending it to the Product Design Team?

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By in Belgium,

I wasn't a big fan of the original, but LEGO somehow managed to make the model worse.

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By in United States,

not buying that

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By in United States,

Do I spy a light-up brick inside the car? Maybe the Flux Capacitor will light up?

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By in United Kingdom,

LEGO Cuusoo should work with the winners, so they get a final say on the final product... they can assist with the design, since it's their idea that got picked to be made into a set in the first place...

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By in United Kingdom,

I don't know what to say. I've been excited about this since I saw it last year and hoped that it would be improved and DEFINITELY include Minifigs. This photo looks pretty poor to me. I feel incredibly disappointed. I will hold judgement until an official announcement and see what they say. Like everyone else, if they haven't included Minifigs then Lego might have just shot themselves in the foot.
I shall wait and see...

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By in Germany,

As many said, the Minifigures will as always decide the outcome of this set.
But for people who buy sets for the actual build, this is pretty disappointing.
I like the idea of a BTTF set, so maybe I will get it for the bricks and use it as a base to mod it into something good to look at.

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By in United Kingdom,

Looking at the picture I am 99% certain that the doors will open. If you look closely there is a black 4x1 tile under the door and there are opposing grey slopes at the back of the door, the only reason to do this would be if the door does indeed open. You can also see the hinge arrangement at the top of the door.

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By in Poland,

Looks very bad. It's a minecraft set all over again. We wanted a nice small set with Steve and Creeper minifigures/builds - we get overpriced minis.

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By in United States,

Amazed at how quickly it went from 'must buy' to 'won't buy' for me. I'm usually guilty of liking way too much of what LEGO produces. This does not fit that flaw of mine though.

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By in United Kingdom,

I dislike the bonnet and prefer the original model, but I figure that with a few 2X8 tiles and the original ramp part then I could make It better. I also hope it includes minifigures, and I hope that they are similar to the brilliant ones by Sakuretsu.

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By in United Kingdom,

I was so excited for this but looks like lego have saved me some money for a change! a bad reworking of the original design and there was me thinking they might improve on it, you know being professional designers and all. To omit the minifigs (if they actually have) in addition to the poor design is the nail in the coffin for me. I like the rear but the bonnet, windshield and front in general are simply awful.

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By in Ireland,

Awful. Just awful.
Nevermind that slope piece for the hood, the proportions are all wrong.

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By in United Kingdom,

The one on Ichiban toys is much better, the few shows I've done, I've taken it with me and probably gets photographed the most and it has all the features including opening doors and a nicer looking bonnet/hood!
I think I paid £10-ish for the download.
The proportions are much better aswell.
Plus, easily obtainable parts.

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By in Slovenia,

If Togami's model would look like this one, he wouldn't get 10 000 supporters ... Minifigs are one of the best things and if that set won't include them, I think that, that won't make this set popular ...

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By in Ireland,

The front doesn't look like a Delorean at all. Why did they add that protruding bumper? With the hood like that and no minifigures, this is definitely a no.

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By in United States,

If this is how Cuusoo projects come, then I do not want it. Hopefully this is fake.

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By in Sweden,

Well that's money saved. Can't believe they made it at the same all-too-small scale as the submission.

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By in United States,

Where did they find the picture of this? I look at the lego downloadable calendar but it doesn't have it on there.

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By in United Kingdom,

the coolest thing about the DeLorean back in the 1980's, was the fact that the doors opened upwards,
These doors don't look like they even open! Very disappointing model.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Zelda85 & @Lordmoral sad to say that this isn't a fake. The link to the original story on Brick Fanatics says that this is taken from the latest In-store Newsletter. The original source thinks that the Newsletter was put out on display early.

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By in United States,

I really hope this includes minifigures, otherwise it's a no-buy from me. :-/

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By in United States,

I'm a little surprised at the build... not as good as it could have been, but there are some decent things about it (such as the folding wheels). Also, I doubt they would leave the minifigures out... that would be strange if they did. I'm still going to get it, I think. Every set bought proves to LEGO that they should invest more in CUUSOO. Plus, I'd rather have one official Back to the Future set than none, even if it's not perfect.

I also want the flux capacitor piece. I bet it's a sticker, but that's cool. :P

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By in Germany,

Whereas the original model instantly said "I'm a DeLorean", this says "I'm something that's supposed to represent a DeLorean". :P

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks like there's something lurking inside the car. So there's some hope for minifigs, as long as it *has*minifigs. Because you can always modify the set if you dislike it.

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By in Netherlands,

The slope piece isn't out of production, set 9464-1 (the Vampyre hearse) from 2012 still uses it. It appears that LEGO wanted to make the car shorter.

I hope the set won't be too expensive. Hopefully it won't cost more than 30 euro.

I still can't believe LEGO is making a back to the future set, it's just so cool!

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By in United States,

It seems to use the same chassis as the Shield Flying Car, which is a great design in fact. I'm guessing that the desire to build on that proven (playability, durability etc) platform drove the design decisions that ended up making the De Lorean look like crap. The hood problem must derive from some decision not to use hinges. Because almost all lego slope pieces have curves, to get flat slopes you need hinges, and then you have to deal with gapping problems. at the edges. For some reason the big flat awning slope used in the original model hood must not have worked with the flying car chassis. And that's where all the problems begin.

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By in France,

If we click on picture we have also Set (10234) Sydney Opera House pic and video.
It look amazing! Oo

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By in United States,

I guess that they all can't be winners...

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By in United States,

I'm surprised at the negative turnout. I think it looks like a decent model. Yeah, the hood is not as good, but I'm impressed that they managed to keep the grebble and angles and other things. (Maybe I just had lower expectations than most.) I do hope it comes with minifigures, but the model still doesn't seem that bad. I'll probably get it.

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By in Australia,

I love back to the future so this is going to be a good set

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By in United Kingdom,

It's a Delorean, it is meant to look rubbish! Great Scott!

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By in United States,

The initial set looks much better in my opinion, even though this looks more complex. But sometimes the simplest is the best.

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By in United States,

I've seen many LEGO DeLorean models and designed a few myself so I knew that if TLG put their mind to it, they would create something really fantastic, especially if they drew from Masashi's design. This picture is just... bizarre. Hopefully we'll see more info very soon.

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By in Australia,

im pretty relieved as now I will not feel guilty at all for not buying it. Looks pretty terrible IMO

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By in United States,

that looks awful

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By in United States,

Very simple equation for me: no minifigures = no sale.

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By in United States,

Jesus.

We wait 9 months on a review and they pick the most throwaway set, then proceed to ruin the last set they picked.

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By in United States,

Being a huge BTTF fan, I was really looking forward to this set. I must say I am am very, very disappointed. I really hope this has minifigures, but considering that would be a major selling point and they didn't include them in their own advertisement, minifigures seem highly unlikely at this point. Unfortunately this set will sell on name alone, so I guess Lego decided they didn't have to put any effort into it. I don't even think I'll buy this set at this point.

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By in United States,

I'm no Back to the Future enthusiast, but the car is a, hands-down, no-questions asked, cultural icon. Everyone knows that car! That car in the picture is most definitely NOT the DeLorean from those movies.

I own the Cuusoo Hayabusa. It's a satellite. IT comes with a mini-fig that nobody, outside of probably only the Japanese space program folks and its fans, has ever heard of. If something that obscure can come with an arguably even more obscure mini-fig, surely Lego will include will include Doc and McFly with their "Back to the Future DeLorean."

Why? Why take such an obviously popular and easily marketable idea and then proceed to make every mistake possible in executing the product? Who's running the show over there? Because they need to get demoted.

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By in United States,

Of all the changes, why did they flip the two binocular pieces form the original model?

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By in United Kingdom,

@ApolloVI
Yes I also spy the flux capacitor, probably lighting up. I could envisage this as possibly worthwhile for customisation. I thought of all the things they change, that they might incorporate a windscreen somehow but no.

I used to live near a DeLorean, here they have definitely covered it in the gear and gizmos and taken away its shape and line. Hmm, that bonnet just does not make sense.

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By in United Kingdom,

Lets hope someone from TLG is reading these comments, most of which are negative, and realise they have got it wrong.

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By in Belgium,

Wasn't LEGO supposed to make the model better? This is worse, especially the bonnet.

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By in United Kingdom,

I don't like BttF and I don't like CUUSOO, so I think I'm the real winner here

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By in Australia,

Got a very strong feeling this won't come with any minifigures.

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By in Denmark,


As far as I can see, I think the LEGO version of the set is a great improvement. :-) Well done!

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By in France,

@BJMdotLEGO:
I haven't saw this new.

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By in Netherlands,

The bonnet's worse, the rest is better IMO. It looks like it has an appropriate scale for minifigs, but if this set doesn't come with any, I think I'll pass on this one. Is that a flux capacitor behind the seats?

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By in United Kingdom,


Does the fact that in the article, the name ' Delorean Time Machine ' doesn't have a little TM after it, like things normally do, mean that Lego could use the car without paying licensing fees and therefore why it doesn't include the figures?

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By in United States,

Disappointed; I much preferred the one submitted. If this had been the model proposed I don't think I would have voted for it, especially if there are no Doc and Marty minifigs.

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By in United States,

I actually think the doors open in gull-wing fashion- if you look closely the back "strut" holding the roof up seems to be hinged.

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By in United States,

It goes to show how pointless the public review and support is. The 10,000 supporters I am sure were thinking it would at least come with some sort of modified figure/s. To totally nix the figs and completely change the main vehicle proves the review round pointless. What actually gets made is pretty much based on on theme of something that someone decided to mention in a public forum.

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By in United States,

I didn't vote for this set and I don't know yet if I will purchase it, but I am a lego fan. It seems the online lego community isn't big enough to have sets reach 10000 votes. I don't think the CUUSOO strategy is really aimed at us as buyers. We are the initial concept people. If social media can draw in 10000 people to vote in a short amount of time, odds are that some of those fans are new to lego products and might now become fans. It's a great marketing scheme to get new ideas that might sell. The Minecraft set was in high demand in December and was going for 3 times its retail price on ebay before Christmas. That means the demand exceeded TLG's expectations. Most of you who post here could build your own Delorean Time Machine based on the photos provided. It was stated in a CUUSOO discussion somewhere that new molds would not be made for CUUSOO sets so I would have been surprised if minifigs would have been included but even if they were they would probably be a combination of existing minifigs - and there would be rants about that too.

The bottomline is that TLG is involving the lego community in future designs and ideas. They are expanding their market which is great for the future of lego. Put your energy into creating instructions for the Delorean machine you wish had been built or modifications to the one being marketed. I'd love to see what you CAN do instead of hearing what TLG didn't do for you.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ This. Absolutely this. I think a lot of people forget that TLG doesn't run their company for the sole benefit of us AFoLs.

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By in United Kingdom,

Am i the only one who prefers the new version to the original? I feel the original is too simplistic

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By in United States,

^ @brix I thought the same thing when I saw the side by side pics. The original looks simplistic and plain. The new version shows great detailing. I like it.

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By in United States,

I think Michael J. Fox (Marty McFly) and the Michael J. Fox Foundation need to approve any likeness of the actor before it can be produced. I understand that this would have cost more money, but I personally think it would be a worthy investment. Seeing as the original project had three different versions of the McFly, and Doc Brown, and how iconic the characters are, this feels like a huge letdown to not include them, especially since the 1% of profits the creator would make was going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

I'll judge the model as a whole once we get better images. I can't say I really like it now, but some of my problems with it might be mitigated if you can make it look like the three different versions like the original project proposed.

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By in Germany,

^^ and ^^^: yes, the original model was simplistic, but have you *seen* a DeLorean? It is itself simplistic as hell. The bonnet is just a couple straight lines. That is the whole point. It's *the* single defining feature of the design, and they threw it right out of the window.

You get the bonnet wrong, you get the whole model wrong. And no amount of gull-wing doors, flux capacitors, or minifigs are gonna fix it; only distract from it, at best.

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By in United Kingdom,

At first glance i did not like it but when you compare the Lego groups version to the original the Lego release does have alot more details and therefore parts.
I do not think this will come with minifigs as that would prob mean more licence fees for the characters as Delorean and Universal will prob want a share and this would put the price up.
Hopefully i am wrong as the characters would make this a must have but even if they do not come with this model i will still be buying it as i love the car and the films anyway.

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By in United States,

Really disappointed on how this turned out. Everything except the hood looks fine, and no minifigures? Obviously the royalties for the actors was too high and they couldn't come to an a agreement. Since they aren't including minifigures, why didn't they make the set slightly larger to get the proportions right? Did I mention the hood looks terrible? As a huge fan of Back to the Future, I will NOT be buying this.

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By in United States,

Ah, come on guys, I am sure there are minifigures, it's just that they didn't show them there.

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By in United States,

I'm annoyed that it has a Mr. Fusion. Lame! =-)

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By in United States,

I don't really like it. It barely looks like a Delorean...

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By in Italy,

As many others here, for the little I can see, also I don't like this (presumable) final version of the DeLorean. TLG could have keep the original basic idea in terms of project's design making a good, classic Technic model. Maybe it would have been more appreciated by both kids and adults.

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By in United States,

The older model actually looked like a Delorean, this looks so messy. I was expecting more out of LEGO for this project. I am still going to buy this no doubt.

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By in United States,

Well said, StrykerCat.

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By in United Kingdom,

I agree with StrykerCat .. but would you (anyone reading this who voted) actually have voted straight away if you saw the model which has been created here.

I might not have. As already said t doesn't look the same or have the same nice touches with the Minifigs, which are maybe half the attraction.

So the 10,000 votes needed, might not just have come so quickly and readily.

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By in United States,

34.99 for that, with no minifigs!? I'm really disappointed......

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By in United States,

If there truly are no minifigs, it would be an utterly baffling decision. Doc and Marty are two iconic characters in the history of cinema and LEGO opts to not represent them in a BttF set?

I feel genuine sorrow.

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By in United States,

I have to agree; I like the set except for the bonnet/hood (and lack of minifigures...). If you look at a DeLorean, you can easily observe that the front is slanted in a way that this model fails to capture!

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By in United States,

I'm disappointed by the clutter of the rear and the lack of simplicity and sleekness of the hood. I like the functioning hover conversion and gull-wing doors, though. I'm thankful the set is happening, and I'd like to thank StrykerCat for making me feel better about it... I already have a MOCed Delorean, so I have no real reason to be upset. It's also a grainy picture of a less-than-great picture of a less-than-optimal angle... maybe it's better than it looks.
It's also just a promotional picture for an advertisement, and a posed action shot... I see no reason to assume this is the official set image, or that the final set won't have minifigures. The flux capacitor sticker only gives me more hope.

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By in United Kingdom,

Now confirmed WITH Marty & Doc minifigures!!!
http://www.bricknews.co.uk/NewsArticle.aspx?NewsID=354

This looks like a Cuusoo press release to me (or something similar). It does confirm that the instructions show how to modify the DeLorean into three different versions (one for each film).
“Instructions give the opportunity to add details to the car to modify it into 3 different versions, that represent the 3 different movies”
It does NOT actually say that the parts are included though.....am I just being paranoid now?

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By in Netherlands,

Great that it comes with minifigures. The inside looks pretty cool too, and it's great that you can be able to create the three different movie versions.

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By in United States,

100th comment!
Phew, not the worse minifigs but could be better. Also, not the worse price (34.99$)

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By in United Kingdom,

Much better faces on the minifigures than the original IMO. Suppose I'll have to reserve judgement until more pics that there are several models to build. This was going to be the one set I'd buy this year and nothing has changed for me. I really hope those are printed tiles with the time/date on. Although I'm disappointed the hoverboard has wheels and doesn't hover, apparently toy manufacturers have been making them for years!

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By in United States,

With the Minifigures, and three different ways to build the set, while I still have a few issues with it, I think I can actually say I recommend the set now. Just hope they keep production up on it, as interest for it will likely be highest in 2015 (BttF's 30th anniversary).

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By in United States,

I still think the car is ugly. I didn't like the original model either though. But since this has been revealed and I've done some research, there are a lot of other incredible MOCs of this car. I may have to try my hand at one of them. And I think the other one on CUUSOO looks amazing, but obviously won't happen now.

Even with the ugly car, they nailed the figures. I'm glad to see they are included. I'm hoping the 35 translates to US dollars too (or cheaper).
Marty is spot on with the vest.

I think I will end up picking one up because 1) It's BTTF!, 2) the figures look great, 3) I'm sure I can mod it somehow.

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By in United States,

Okay, seeing the minifigs things are looking up now. Any gripes over the design of the Time Machine are easily fixed through some simple MOCing. It would be nice if the hoverboard got a sticker design to make it more screen accurate. I like that the Time Circuits are on the dash also.

Now that it mentions additional instructions for alter the DeLorean to fit the different movie, the hood is probably designed the way it is to easily add in the hood pieces that are there during BTTF3.

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By in United Kingdom,

This set comes with two minifigs check out from bricks to bothan! :-)

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By in United States,

OK, I'm sold on this (as if I wasn't already!)

Now that some more things have been clarified, I have to say that I love the box design and the minifigures look great. I really hope that both have some back printing and at least Doc has a double-sided head (preferably with a surprised or scared expression), as the goofy grin just doesn't seem like him; I would have preferred a closed mouth smile.

Also, as ytjedi said, I wish the hoverboard had a sticker, but also that it was pink instead of purple; I'm pretty sure that's how it was in the movies. The wheels are fine because you can remove them if you wish, and add some clear bricks or plates under the board. Heck, you could even slice off the wheel bearings if you want.

As for the model, I understand what they're going for with modifications, glad that part is present in the set. Hope it looks a little better when we get to see more angles.

UPDATE: With regards to the "hoverboard, I'm now wondering if LEGO skipped that and just went with a normal skateboard, as Marty is seen riding at the beginning of the first BTTF movie. Still not the best without a sticker.
See skateboard prop pics here: http://www.yourprops.com/Marty-McFly-Valterra-Madrid-Skateboard-replica-movie-prop-Back-To-The-Future-1985-YP48514.html

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By in United States,

Now that I've seen the minifigs, I'm sure I will end up getting it... the build could be better but now that it has minifigures confirmed it's definitely worth buying. :)

Also, if you look closely at the Brick News pic you can see that the time is set from what appears to be October 26th, 1985, to go back to... not thirty years before as in the movie but a different date: January 28th, 1958. That's the date the LEGO Brick was patented. :D

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By in Taiwan,

Doesn't mean that I fully believe Cuusoo team, but removing minifigures would be a weird thing, because they could also have "accepted" other rejected projects by removing the difficult parts. If not, major parts of each project should be entirely retained.

But the official minifigures would be a little dissapointing compared with the fanmade version. It does look commercial like other lisenced minifigures, but not a really sophiscated design.

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By in New Zealand,

Absolutely hate the front bonnet...might still buy though, it is a collectors item after all...:P

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By in United States,

Awesome. I would like to see a pic of the boot.

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By in Malaysia,

The back looks good so far but the front is horrible. The overall aesthetics seemed to scream "hey I'm an authentic 1985 LEGO futuristic car thingy!" rather than a 2013 product of a "1985 futuristic car"

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By in United States,

Interesting that the July 18 release date coincides with the first day of Comic Con in San Diego. Wonder if there will be any exclusives associated with it at the show? I cannot stand waiting to hear what the LEGO exclusives will be!

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By in United States,

I agree with other commentors--the hood is a mess! Won't be getting it now. :(

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By in United States,

I found the piece that's used for the hood in the original project, so if I get this set, I might alter the structure of the front a bit, if possible...

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By in Germany,

Heard from a German Lego store employe that it will be available in German Lego Stores by today July 18th.

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