Review: 21103 Cuusoo Back to the Future DeLorean

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Earlier today at the San Diego Comic Con, the next LEGO Cuusoo model, 21103 Back to the Future DeLorean, was unveiled. It became a review qualifier in June 2012 and passed review in December. It's taken just over a year then to be turned into a retail set. In the interim, licenses have been acquired and legendary designer Steen Sig Andersen has turned the original submission into a model suitable for becoming a boxed LEGO set.

I am certain that the LEGO Cuusoo team would have liked today's unveiling to have been the first time the model was seen but unfortunately the LEGO marketing department had other ideas and published a photo on the July store calendar which found its way into the public domain a few weeks ago. Thus we have all had an opportunity to form an opinion on this set and unfortunately much of the talk has been negative. [Note that this review was written several weeks ago before the official images emerged earlier this week.]

Anyway before reviewing the set, let's remind ourselves what the model submitted to Cuusoo, and the car in the movies, looked like...

It captures the essence of the vehicle well, particularly the long shallow-sloped bonnet. It's a bit crude and blocky in places, and there are a few 'illegal moves' evident. It will be interesting to see then, (a) whether the model that made it to production improves on the original submission and (b) how much of the original model has survived.

Box and contents

For some reason, Cuusoo models are packaged in much higher-quality boxes than normal LEGO sets. It's about 25 x 19 cm and features a folding lid. The picture on the front is that which appeared in the store calendar.

21103 Cuusoo Back To The Future DeLorean

Interestingly, the French name of the film is printed on the side. Why not also the Spanish, German, Japanese, etc., I wonder?

21103 Cuusoo Back To The Future DeLorean

The back of the box reveals something that comes as a nice surprise: the model can be converted into three versions of the vehicle, as seen in all three parts of the trilogy.

21103 Cuusoo Back To The Future DeLorean

Once the plastic tabs are cut, the lid opens cleanly to reveal the contents....

21103 Cuusoo Back To The Future DeLorean

Five unnumbered bags of parts, a few loose plates (401 parts in total) and...

21103 Cuusoo Back To The Future DeLorean

A thick, 112-page, instruction manual, 20 x 12 cm. It's perfect bound and more like a book than a normal instruction booklet. The instructions inside are printed on a black background. One problem with the perfect binding is that it's impossible to lay it flat which is a problem when you're building the model, and also made it impossible to photograph the inside for you :-)

21103 Cuusoo Back To The Future DeLorean

Emptying the bags revealed no new pieces, or even pieces in new colours (as far as I could tell) but it was very pleasing to see that there are no stickers: all decorated parts are printed. Mind you, there's only four of them: the flux capacitor, the time machine control, a 1985 licence plate and a 2015 barcode licence plate, for the version of the car in the second two movies.

The more astute among you will notice that the time machine shows a date from 1958 and not 1955, which as far as the movies is concerned, is incorrect. January 28th, 1958 is however the date the LEGO brick was patented, which is a pretty neat touch.

The time machine control should show three dates but I guess that would have made them all too small and a 2 x 0.5 tile doesn't yet exist :-)

21103 Cuusoo Back To The Future DeLorean

Minifigures

It's great to see that despite initial fears when the picture appeared on the calendar sans-minifigs, the set does come with minifigure versions of Doc and Marty, and very nice they are too. Marty is wearing his sleeveless puffy-jacket from 1985 and Doc his lab coat. The legs are not printed which is a bit of a shame given that it's becoming commonplace these days.

21103 Cuusoo Back To The Future DeLorean

There's a skateboard for Marty, although for some reason the gravity-defying version from 2015 is missing from the set :-)

21103 Cuusoo Back To The Future DeLorean

The backs of their heads are printed with a shocked expression and the backs of their torsos are printed. I don't recall the Doc having such a prominent hazard symbol on his back but it looks cool anyway.

21103 Cuusoo Back To The Future DeLorean

Building

Building the model is very enjoyable. Unsurprisingly, you start at the bottom of the chassis and work your way up. The front and back of the construction look very similar in the early stages so, very helpfully, they've been colour coded with blue and red to avoid getting them mixed up. The way the wheels turn 90 degrees can be seen below.

21103 Cuusoo Back To The Future DeLorean

21103 Cuusoo Back To The Future DeLorean

The back manifolds (or whatever they are) look good.The time machine control attaches to the dashboard and...

21103 Cuusoo Back To The Future DeLorean

The flux capacitor is at the rear between the seats, where it should be. Seats? What seats? There are none, unfortunately. More on that later...

21103 Cuusoo Back To The Future DeLorean

The gull-wing doors fit perfectly although they are a bit fragile: the black 1 x 1 clip has a tendency to detach from the door when you open them.

21103 Cuusoo Back To The Future DeLorean

Gull-wing doors open...

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The finished model

Greebling, wheels and windscreen surrounds finish off the model. This is the 1985 version.

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View from the front.

21103 Cuusoo Back To The Future DeLorean

More views...

21103 Cuusoo Back To The Future DeLorean

21103 Cuusoo Back To The Future DeLorean

21103 Cuusoo Back To The Future DeLorean

Here's the 2015 version with wheels folded under and the fusion reactor mounted at the back. The wheels do fold the full 90 degrees, but I didn't fold them enough before taking this photo.

21103 Cuusoo Back To The Future DeLorean

It's a struggle to get one minifig in, and when in they do not sit naturally. There certainly isn't room for two.

21103 Cuusoo Back To The Future DeLorean

Here's the underside. Some transparent parts are provided to enable the car to 'float'.

21103 Cuusoo Back To The Future DeLorean

Here's the version from part 3. A set of red wheels is provided and one tile is removed from the bonnet to enable the orange greeble-heavy panel to be attached.

21103 Cuusoo Back To The Future DeLorean

Here's the back showing the fusion reactor and 2015 license plate.

21103 Cuusoo Back To The Future DeLorean

Overall opinion

When I first saw the picture on the calendar I, along with many of you, was horrified. It looked terrible and nothing like the original Cuusoo submission which used the large slope piece for the bonnet to such good effect.

Now I've built it, what do I think? Let's go through the good and bad points:

+ The model retains the essence of the original and has kept many of its good features, such as the rotating wheels, the 'wiring' round the body and the opening gull-wing doors.

- The loss of the shallow slope for the bonnet is a major blow and changes the look of the car considerably. However, the design does allow for the attachment of the additional greebling for the part 3 model and when that's been fitted, the bonnet looks great.

+ Printed parts, no stickers.

+ The minifigures are superb and capture Doc and Marty perfectly. The submission had a cloth coat for the Doc which would have been nice but given nothing similar exists, it's unsurprising that there isn't one.

+ The addition of parts to enable the car to be converted into one of the three versions is a great touch.

- It's not possible to get both Doc and Marty inside. It's a struggle to get just one figure in. There are no seats.

- There's something not quite right with the windscreen surrounds and from some angles they look terrible. From the side, or the back, they look fine, but at a three-quarters angle, such as that on the calendar, or head on as seen above, they really don't work in my opinion. The top of the roof is just four studs wide (on the original it was six) so that doesn't help with the appearance of this area. However, I am sure that if there was a way to make it look better, Steen would have found it, and certainly my feeble efforts to try and improve it by changing the width of the roof and so on have been unsuccessful.

I can live with the figures not fitting and the change to the bonnet given the advantage it has, but the windscreen surround issue spoils the look of the vehicle, and thus my enjoyment of it, a lot. I am hopeful that someone out in the community will be able to find a 'solution' to this problem, perhaps using borderline-illegal methods, or obsolete parts, that Steen couldn't.

That said, there is certainly more to like about the set than there is to dislike and it's bound to be highly sought after. Whether it flies off the shelves like Minecraft remains to be seen, but I think it will sell well, particularly in the USA where I believe it'll be priced at $34.99. In the UK it's £34.99 which is still not too bad, I suppose.

Scores, out of 5:

  • Parts: 3 -- A lot of useful small pieces but nothing special other than the printed tiles.
  • Playability: 2 -- This is not a set with much playability, particularly given the minifigs don't fit inside.
  • Building experience: 3 -- Straightforward. The end result is a solid, (well, apart from the doors...) parts-dense model.
  • Value for money: USA: 4, rest of world: 3 -- not a bad price for 400 parts and 2 minifigs.
  • Overall: 3 -- A reasonable model, but one that, aesthetically, could have been so much better

122 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

I didn't notice it myself, but the flux capacitor printing has a spelling mistake, sheild should of course be shield. What a careless mistake...

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By in United States,

Great review, Huw! I can't wait for it to be available here in the States.

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By in United States,

I myself was one who do not like the new front, so it is part three for me. This will go to my: Look but do use; area along with Alduin from the Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Collectors edition.

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By in United States,

So can we buy this tomorrow, or do we have to wait until August 1?

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By in United States,

Seats? Where we're going, we don't need seats!

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By in United States,

Ha, I love Doc's "Great Scott" alternate expression! As far as new-colored parts, isn't his hair the first version of that piece in white?

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By in United States,

Aaah; I'll still be getting this set regardless (unless it were absolutely terrible, which it doesn't appear to be :P)... as I mentioned in the comment section of a previous article, it's always possible to modify the hood (in order to look more like the original project) for the BTTF 1 and 2 versions.

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By in United States,

It looks pretty good now that we have better pics of it unboxed. The hood makes sense now, because if they didn't do the crossover, it probably would look like the original. I will most likely leave it as the version with the red wheels.

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By in United States,

"You got to come back with me!" "Back where?" "Back... To the store. To buy more Lego DeLoreans" Love it!

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By in United States,

Huw, thanks for the review. I give your review a 5!

But the overall model to me is between a 2 and a 3.

I much prefer the future doc from the Cuusoo.

Also, how much more would it have cost, really, to add the hoverboard.

And finally, I don't like the way the top of the car looks.

I was so excited when I read that it was going to be made into a commercial set by LEGO.

But now the end result has me saying no.

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By in United States,

34.99

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By in Singapore,

@malachimusclerat
lol cant help but chuckle at that.

But would've been great if both Marty and Doc could fit in, oh well. And now we have to buy 3 sets, damn, damn damn damn!

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By in United States,

thanks for the review

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By in United States,

Definitely going to get this one! The typo on the the flux capacitor... I'm wondering if that was spelled like that in the movie. $34.99 is not too shabby for this exclusive set which the price per piece ratio falls right under $.09.

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By in United States,

Guys, I think the shallow slope for the bonnet was also removed so that the windscreen surrounds could be rotated to fit with the smaller roof. I don't think it would have been possible or as good-looking if the old shallow-sloped bonnet was used.

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By in United States,

My own initial thoughts somewhat reflect Huw's. I think the hood and the upper section are just horrible. The DeLorean is a low and sleek car. And while I understand that the hood had to be modified from the Cuusoo version to adapt the BTTF III parts, it still could have been done better. The steps are ugly.

And the windscreen and roof are also pretty bad. Again, the car should be low and sleek and broad. The roof is tiny, too high, and the windscreen is just the wrong shape. Also, the headlights are visible from above, also a detail that could have been fixed.

I'm usually impressed with the creativity and thoughtfulness TLG shows with its designs, but they sorely missed the mark here. I won't be buying this one.

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By in United States,

Yeah, I'm getting at least two: one to mod, one to save in box. I LOVE BTTF! So it's a passion sell for me. Great Review!

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By in United States,

Where can you buy this?

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By in United States,

I think since the pieces are bigger than Minecraft, this will sell a little better. Even though it says 10+, it's very likely an 8 year old can build it, given the medium piece count and little Technic in it (the only such pieces I see are those that are even in some City sets for 5/6-12).

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By in United Kingdom,

I am really disappointed with this since ive been waiting for it to come out for such a long time with lots of other cuusoo watchers. I think Lego should not remake this set as it does have its simple Lego quirkiness to the set and i think the book and the box look awesome. However this has caused lots of people hoping for a perfect set to see that since its so small of a canvas they are working on you cant have perfectness. I do believe that if Lego will want the respect of its fans who want that perfectness to continue they should think of bringing out a larger version with lots more detail for display.

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By in United States,

The word shield on the flux capacitor is not misspelled in the movie, so the misspelling on the piece was not done for realism, it is just really embarrassing. I am hoping that HUW's set was an early production run and that it was corrected for wide release.

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By in United States,

"Interestingly, the French name of the film is printed on the side. Why not also the Spanish, German, Japanese, etc., I wonder?"

It appears that they sent you the North American version of the box, with the weird mix of English, Spanish, and French all over (and the listed piece count, which I understand does not appear on the European boxes).

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By in Ireland,

For me, this set is a dream come true, I love the movies, and for the DeLorean to be officially produced in LEGO is simply wonderful. Sure it's not perfect, I would have preferred it to fit 2 figures comfortably (or 3, with Einstein or Jennifer thrown in for good measure), but I still like the design, and sure we can always just build a slightly bigger version of it, given a small measure of creativity. ;) My favourite version is definitely the 3rd one, I love the fact that they've got instructions for the 3 variants.

Out of curiosity, how did LEGO acquire the licence for Back to the Future anyway? I thought it was owned by Universal Studios, and that it'd take all kinds of wrangling to actually produce the set? Or is it because of TellTale Games having the video game rights and their connection with LEGO video games, giving LEGO an "automatic" licence? Mmm I wonder is there a chance they'll make more sets for the 30th anniversary in 2015? (They'll probably have their hands full with Star Wars Episode 7, but here's hoping!).

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By in Australia,

Thank you for the in-depth review. It looks like a well-designed set and I'm sure it's going to do well, but between this and the other sets they've been discussing at Comic-Con, I'm beginning to get a little tired of licensed sets. We could have had minifig-scale Heroica or Fantasy Castle or even Vikings II instead of Lord of the Rings; we could have had more sets along the lines of Galaxy Squad instead of Star Wars. Of course none of those would have been as easy and guaranteed money, but they would have asked for creativity and originality and even more design ingenuity. (Again, I'm not saying that the licensed sets had none of these, because they did.) I'm thinking of taking a break from Lego for a while and seeing what they do in terms of non-licensed sets.

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By in United States,

I don't think Lego could have butchered this any worse than this if they tried. I would rather do without these barely-attached doors and grotesque roof-line and have a properly sleek hood instead of this abomination. It looks like a 5 year-old's attempt at making a DeLorean and in that case, it would have been impressive. What a mess. That said, I'll still be buying this (all that matters to Lego) for the figures and to heavily mod this so it looks like something more like the real car and less like this blocky nightmare.

An that misspelled "Shield"? What a laughably poor example of quality control. The printed part is ruined. They better include a replacement part or, failing that, at least provide a sticker with the proper spelling.

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By in Canada,

If it's not more than $50 canadian, I'll buy it. If $35 USD is accurate that sounds right...

so, can we walk into a LEGO store tomorrow and buy it? Not on shop@home as of yet... it's technically the 18th! ^^

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By in United Kingdom,

@Lukeskywalker TellTale made the BTTF game. Traveller's Tales make the Lego games. Easily confused (I've done it myself), but different developers.

I expect the licensing negotiations weren't too problematic. I suspect Universal are happy to bring in some money and keep up awareness in the run up to the 30th anniversary of the first film.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great set but what a rip off, once again, many small parts have been used to give a false sense of value...

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By in Denmark,

Thank you for sharing!

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By in United Kingdom,

I think it's a pretty decent set overall which needs a little modification. The back of the car is great! Shame about the typo though. Will definitely buy.

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By in Germany,

In Germany this set will be available in Lego Stores by today July 18th - I heard from a Lego Store employe yesterday.

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By in United States,

It stuns me the number of people here who are COMPLETELY FINE with the set being mangled for the sole reason of "Well I can just mod it/fix it at home!". So people are willing to buy the set, shell out way too much money (due to an overabundance of small pieces seemingly added to jack up the price), and then have to "fix" what they bought.

This isn't a garage sale fixer-upper, it's supposed to be a high-quality Lego set. And it isn't. I don't know what drunken monkey decided on the changes from the original (the misspelling of "shield" on the final product is just unacceptable), but for Lego to have taken OVER A YEAR to bring this set to us, and then for this to be what they expect us to buy is downright insulting.

I'd rather not own the set, despite my love for Back to the Future and Lego, than reward these lazy idiots for what they did here.

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By in Italy,

How on earth did anyone at LEGO think _that_ bonnet looked better than the original Cuusoo design? Can't wait to see all the modded versions of this :-)

(Edit - Kalking beat me to it! ^ )

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By in Italy,

Thanks a lot, a really penetrating and honest review, I quote it all... and yes, for me it's a no for now, even if I had a bit struggled with myself about. Here I'm going to put my trust in fan designers to improve it: show me it could be done and yes, I could give it another chance.

Such a shame, though.... I was expecting this set really a lot, uff.

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By in France,

@ Kalking : You may have noticed that, in this hobby, disappointment does not prevent FOLs to buy sets. Whatever the box contain, as long as it has the LEGO logo on it people tend to forget any criticism judgement and compulsively buy it. Thus TLC is not really encouraged to improve that much.
Add to this that major FOLs web sites / blogs are now provided a copy of the set directly by TLC to ensure favorable reviews and you understand how a good marketing plan can largely compensate for product failures ...

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By in United Kingdom,

Just called the Lego Store in Milton Keynes UK and they have the set on sale from today (18 July 2013) at a UK price of £35.00.

This probably means the set is on sale in all the UK stores.

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By in Ireland,

@ereiamjh oops my mistake on the developers! thanks for clearing that up for me, makes sense. :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Hmm, with more pictures available it looks better than I thought it would. For me the strangest thing is that the photo on the box uses an angle of view at which the car looks at its most ugly. It's at that angle, together with the lighting used, that the flaws/compromises are most glaring.

So better than I thought but I'll probably pass.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks for the comprehensive review, Huw.

Wow, some really polarised comments regarding this one.

Despite some dubious design choices and the overall reduced aesthetics compared with the original Cuusoo submission, this still looks a pretty interesting set. The minifigures are great and the ability to re-create three different variants is a big plus. Shame there's no Hoverboard, but I guess you can't have it all!

As for spelling "shield" incorrectly... *shakes head* - shame on you Lego! Fingers crossed that they correct this for later production runs (or supply a replacement part via Customer Services)... who knows, maybe the variant could be worth something to collectors!

We all know these will fly off the shelves faster than you can say "88 miles per hour" so I'll be picking mine up as soon as I can. No sign of this being available on S@H just yet... but if I'm lucky it'll be on there before the current "Hot Dog Cart" promo ends and I can justify the order!

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By in Ireland,

I'll be buying this set for 3 main reasons:
1. This is the first ever official Back to the Future set made in LEGO
2. I think it's a pretty faithful interpretation of the DeLorean vehicle, given the piece count and price
3. The Marty and Doc minifigures look great

I realize it's not an absolute movie-accurate scale replica of the time-machine, but that doesn't bother me, because it's LEGO, it's not supposed to be a scale replica. I like the fact that it looks a bit blocky, because guess what, LEGO is made up of bricks and blocks, it wouldn't look very LEGO-y otherwise. ;) If I wanted a movie-accurate version, I'd attempt to design and build it myself, in a larger scale. People seem to be forgetting that that's what LEGO is all about, using your own creativity and imagination to create your own vision. The popularity of sets is great with instructions to help you how to build, but you don't have to live your life according to these instructions. We all have a choice to buy sets we like, but there's no need to make scathing attacks on the designers of these sets if you don't like certain aspects of said set designs. I just think some people seem to be getting overly-critical about the design of the set to the point of arrogance, but if you take a step back, it's going a bit overboard - at the end of the day, it's a model toy.

Sorry for the rant, I don't do it too often and don't want to cause further arguments or conflict, but I had to get that off my chest. :)

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By in United Kingdom,

yvo said: "Add to this that major FOLs web sites / blogs are now provided a copy of the set directly by TLC to ensure favorable reviews and you understand how a good marketing plan can largely compensate for product failures ..."

This is wrong. Huw's review did not skim over the flaws of the set, and from what I hear, FBTB's review is incredibly scathing (maybe too much so). I myself have written a lukewarm review for this site on a Friends set that was provided by TLG for review. Our reviews are written with integrity and honesty.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Thanks for this, but boo!!

Anyone know is we're in for any promos in August?

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By in Spain,

Nice review, despite the flaws, the model looks a lot better than expected. I really want this set now.

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By in United Kingdom,

I was hitting F5 on the cuusoo page of the shop all morning hopping to get it. My wife's in Manchester on Saturday so she's going to pick me up a set then hopefully.

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By in Canada,

I'm gonna buy it for the minifigs and special printed bricks, I can always modify the build.

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By in United Kingdom,

Will be buying this and most of the lone ranger sets so I have a good back drop for the part 3 version of this set
In my opinion this looks like a well designed set which Although has its flaws is recognisable and accurate enough to the movies. And also the minfigs Looking absolutely brilliant

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By in United States,

There's definitely a direct relation between how high profile and anticipated a set is versus the vitriol that emerges when it's released...I don't recall such toxic venom being spewed when Huw reviewed the Coast Guard sets. ;D

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By in United Kingdom,

I just picked up mine from the Lego Store Westfield Stratford City. After I picked up mine a lady picked up the last two on the shelve!!

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By in Netherlands,

Value for money: USA: 4, rest of world: 3 -- not a bad price for 400 parts and 2 minifigs.

This I don't agree on, for the following reason:
Lego Shop at Home UK: 34,99 Pound,
Lego Shop at Home Germany, Spain, Portugal: 39,99 Euro,
Lego Shop at Home France: 41,99 Euro,
Lego Shop at Home the Netherlands (Or Belgium) 49,99 Euro...

I know we get ripped off in almost every store here in The Netherlands (Which is why I buy almost everything online or abroad.) but this is just ridiculous. So...

Value for money: The Netherlands/Belgium 2, (I'm so disgusted I could go for a 1, But that's just being negative.) Too expensive for 400 parts and two Minifigs.

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By in Australia,

Well, it'll be a definite buy for me. Whether it lives in my display cabinet or gets thoroughly played with remains to be seen...!

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By in United Kingdom,

I was sitting on the fence on this one, but having seen it...

...I think I'll pass. A bit too clunky for my liking.

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By in United Kingdom,

They've got the DeLorean on the shelves in the Manchester Lego store, shame there isn't one built for display. But they have a wonderful display of The Lone Ranger sets! They are fantastic! Have to save my pennies! :)

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By in United States,

Great review Huw! Though I agree with you, Lego really blew the opportunity for this set, and therefore I won't be getting it. lets just hope that if the Mini Shop Series makes it to product stage Lego doesn't change that a lot...

Oh and they probably could have used the CMF Judges 'coat' piece for Doc.

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By in United States,

Yup, even LEGO fandom is not exempt from anger and nastiness. It's a shame. These are toys, folks. I understand a design disappointing you. But the strong language, the adversarial combative attitude, yes the apparent anger at a change in a few pieces of a brick-building playset...it just disappoints me. LEGO, like all toys, is supposed to be fun. I understand not liking a set. I don't understand the bad attitudes. You're choosing to take the joy out of your hobby. You are. Not TLG. Not LEGO fan websites. You. I just don't get it.

As for the set itself, like most I wasn't initially a fan of replacing the sloped piece with more of a layered tile look. And the roof is a bit narrow for my tastes. But in other ways I feel like this design is an improvement on the original submission. Plus, the printed pieces (even the one with the typo that, in fact, doesn't ruin anything) and the Doc and Marty minifigures are sweet.

I'm going to buy the set, as I'd rather have it and enjoy it than not and 'send TLG a message.' Since it is LEGO, if I want to attempt to tweak the design (in ways that the designer may have also preferred but couldn't incorporate into the official build), I can do so. But for $35 I'll get most of the pieces needed to build a minifig scale DeLorean, plus one-of-a-kind printed pieces and minifigures. And, if for some reason sales of the set are through the roof and TLG decides to reverse its decision and makes BTTF into an actual product line (like they're doing with Minecraft), I'll be glad to know that I helped make that happen.

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By in United Kingdom,

Just got back from Brighton Lego store so I'll make my mind up about it in a bit when I build it.

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By in United States,

Can't find it on Shop at Home :(

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By in United States,

Is there a place where you can attach a pole with a hook easily on the back? Town Hall, some string or wire, a couple lamp posts, and a pole with a hook and you can recreate the end is BTTF1.

The BTTF 3 version does look the best of the 3.

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By in United Kingdom,

Well i got mine earlier and built it and I disagree with this and the other reviews I find them all over critical but each to their own. Also I easily got both minifigs in car without much effort.

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By in United States,

If you are wondering about the release dates, it won't be released worldwide until August 1st. Select European LEGO stores will have it today.

More details about the set can be found here: http://blog.lego.cuusoo.com/2013/07/17/lego-back-to-the-future/

I also noticed the "SHEILD" mistake.... unfortunate. At least all the parts are printed rather than stickers. :)

As for why French is on the side of the box, I've seen that on several LEGO Games boxes; I think it's because Canada has two official languages and they sell the same versions of sets in both US and Canada. You must have one from San Diego.

I'll probably end up getting this set... it's an official LEGO Back to the Future set, and it has great minifigures. The hood still looks sorta awkward, but I think it's that way so you could easily change it to the version from the third film.

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By in United States,

Looks pretty good...

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By in Canada,

no fair!!!!
i thought it was for sale today :(

wonderful looking set!

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By in Denmark,

I too, like @HokieJoe99, was wondering if there was a place where you could attach a pole - and YES! There is!
The back of the car (which is very well-designed, and should get some more positive reviews than the front) has a 2x2 round plate where you would usually put the plutonium-sticks (a 1x1 round plate is either a piece of plutonium, or the cover) - pick of the cover, and insert the lightning rod - see https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_xdPR-86u9NMVdkMUhpVERLN0k/edit?usp=sharing for an example.

For later models, you place Mr. Fusion on the same spot.

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By in United States,

I'm definitely going to get that when it comes out.

I figured out a way to get two people to sit in it and have them sit right:
Swap out the floor plates with 1x2 jumper plates, remove all the 1x2 black cheese slopes, and attach regular minifig seats to the jumper plate studs (the roof may have to be raised).
If that's done, then maybe some time circuits and a stick shift could fit between the seats by attaching a plate to another jumper right below the middle of the dashboard.

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By in United States,

One thing missing from the original design and the released design is larger rear wheels and a slight forward tilt. For me that would have helped make the car look more like it's built for speed rather than a gingerly Sunday drive. Maybe they should've brought in the Racers team to help and throw in a pull-back motor and watch this baby fly! Ah well...

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By in United Kingdom,

- There's something not quite right with the windscreen surrounds and from some angles they look terrible. From the side, or the back, they look fine, but at a three-quarters angle, such as that on the calendar, or head on as seen above, they really don't work in my opinion. The top of the roof is just four studs wide (on the original it was six) so that doesn't help with the appearance of this area. However, I am sure that if there was a way to make it look better, Steen would have found it, and certainly my feeble efforts to try and improve it by changing the width of the roof and so on have been unsuccessful.

I think the original would have looked peculiar from some angles too.

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By in Canada,

@mkrey, the hoverboard is not a matter of cost, the Marty in the set is the 1985 version, so a hoverboard just wouldn't make any sense.

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By in United States,

I was a little upset when I drove to my Lego store and found out that they don't have them. I was VERY upset when the employee I asked was blatantly rude to me about it. Oh well.... I'll go back on the first I guess.

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By in United Kingdom,

@SuperDKong.......... there is no French on my box.

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By in United States,

@Wallace

Did you get the European one, then? Huw's is probably the version released in Comic-Con, as I said. But I can't be
sure, as I have neither copies.

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By in United States,

Good review. Definitely much better than the FBTB review, which has minimal detail and reads like a laundry list of "things I hate" more than a proper analysis of the set, though not quite as good as Rufus's Eurobricks review (http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=84806), which has been my favorite so far. That review had no shortage of detail, providing plenty of images of all stages of the build, images of the original movie prop for comparison, and most impressively, comparison shots between the finished model and the originally-proposed version from all angles. Based on that review I think I can say without question that I prefer the final official model to the original MOC. That was the review that changed my opinion of this set from "quite nice set design with some unfortunate sacrifices" to "masterful piece of design work and a must-have".

This isn't to say that the final model is flawless. The black stripe on the side has been interrupted to the point that it ends right where the door meets the front of the vehicle. It does not appear that this was at all a necessary sacrifice — the 4x8 plate built into the hood could have been swapped with a black one to continue that stripe without at all diminishing the look of the model's exterior. This is the most glaring inaccuracy IMO, because even without a photographic memory of the original vehicle it's based on, the abrupt end of that black stripe stands out.

But overall, the set is every bit as detailed as we'd expect of any LEGO set, and for that matter as detailed as we'd expect of a typical AFOL-oriented set. It uses clever building techniques, such as how the front of the vehicle narrows to seven studs wide rather than just looking like an eight-stud-wide block. It says a lot that I can't find a single view of the two models where the original looks superior in a side-by-side comparison. The final model has a much more interesting shape to it and I can't wait to build it myself.

All things considered, I find the complaints about the hood quite ironic, since any other part the size of that 8x6 slope used on the original would likely be decried as "juniorized". Take, for example, some AFOLs' complaints about the 1x6x5 tiles in Heartlake High or various LEGO Friends and LEGO City buildings. Never mind that most of these sets have fewer wall panels per piece than castle sets from as long ago as 1984; it's lazy and childish to use a larger piece where five to ten smaller pieces could have been used instead. Somehow, this set seems to have reversed that. Carefully sculpted detail is suddenly treated as "something a five-year-old would have done" (a kind of criticism that always strikes a nerve with me as it implies the designers are either amateurs or not putting in enough effort, rather than professionals with decades of experience whose work is a meaningful emotional investment), whereas a larger and more specialized hood slope is treated as "a perfect fit".

Overall, I can't wait to have this set in my possession to build for myself (well, I say for myself, but realistically my two siblings will almost certainly be helping me). Congrats to Steen Sig Andersen for designing this beauty and to Masashi Togami and Sakuretsu for showing The LEGO Group that there was a market for this kind of set!

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By in Denmark,

@WedgeW I guess it's a rule in every fandom: there will always be whining people who set thier expections too high. From these comments, it sounds like that nobody likes the cars in miniland, because thier bonnets are layered. May I remind you guys that being blocky was how LEGO used to be.

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By in United States,

@Aanchir: bravo and exceptionally well-said. There's nothing more I can possibly add to that.

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By in United Kingdom,

This is the most commented review on Brickset :D

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By in United States,

This is what I don't understand about the whole thing: We can make a Lamborghini set with proper sloping for $60 that looks fantastic (http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=8169-1), but this is our DeLorean? On this one, I think they should have honored the idea and desire of people for the car and the figs (which look good) and pushed for an authentic DeLorean first, then 'adjusted' it for the BTTF car and upped the price $10-15. Neither car looks too much like a DeLorean. Plus, no seats, nor room for both figs, which makes reinacting the movie scenes with car a little bit frustrating, reducing the playability factor.

Edit: For the price point, I think it is a decent set, and it looks okay for what it is; I just hoped they would veer from the proposed set a bit more toward a good looking DeLorean.

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By in United Kingdom,

I think the set is pretty good considering size and price, will pick it up for sure, shame it does not include a hover board but other than that I am fine with it, it's bound to sell well and be very collectable.

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By in United States,

Great review, but I have to agree with @Aanchir that the best review I've seen is the Eurobricks one becaues that review has side by side comparisons of the Cuuso proposal with the final model. While I still don't like the hood, I must say that the overall shape of the the final version is better.

I know I'll pick one up when I see it, the build looks interesting, the minifigs are nice, and the price per piece is excellent. Plus, the Cuusoo designer's cut is being donated to charity, so everything about this is great except that hood, and I know eventually someone will figure out a better design that doesn't sacrifice the shape like the Cuusoo proposal did.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm a bit shocked about the mercilessly negative reactions, but even more so at the FBTB review!
I'm with @Aanchir all the way on the fuss about the brick-built bonnet/hood being ironic. Wouldn't we be moaning about simplistic and lazy design if it this weren't a Cuusoo project and TLG had done it with one huge 6x8 piece?
And wouldn't we be geeking out about TLG putting the pieces that make the windscreen surrounds at an angle? Perspective anyone?

The FBTB bit that made the rantfest absurd though was the moaning about the dates. Unlike Huw's measured view that the piece was too small for three dates they moan that there's only two. But they also castigate TLG for being narcissistic and making the past date all about themselves. Ridiculous!
The way I see it, the date could not exist printed on an object before that object itself exists, so the Lego car can only go back as far as 1958, the earliest point at which it could exist. I think it's a lovely little touch, as if the set itself is trying very hard to be the actual DeLorean but deep down knows it's only really made out of Lego. I'm find it quite delightfully charming!

Even if it is a self-serving move they at least included one Lego date and one BTTF date, combining the two... which is what the set is, isn't it? What's to moan about?

(They also rip into TLG for making the front bumper white... when the Cuusoo model made it white. FBTB: Get a grip!)

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By in Canada,

Huw, not sure if you acquired the review set at BrickFete, but I gather you did and being as its in Canada you probably got the Canadian packaging which is why there is French Title....Everything has to be in English/French in Canada.

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By in United Kingdom,

On reflection, and having read Aanchir's excellent comment above, I'm coming round to this set. To my surprise I may well be buying it.

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By in United States,

The set was supposed to be released today, but at the Lego store in Orlando, they said it would be released on August 1st.

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By in Ireland,

Huw, the Brickset database still says you don't have an image for this set...

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By in United Kingdom,

"But would've been great if both Marty and Doc could fit in, oh well. And now we have to buy 3 sets, damn, damn damn damn!"

I think he meant 4, one to keep mint in box and three to make the 3 versions. :)

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ I'm on vacation at the moment so updating the database isn't a priority :-) I'll see to it when I return...

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By in United States,

@Aanchir - The review on EuroBricks is AMAZING! Thanks for pointing it out. I'm really excited to get one and start making my own modifications on an already well put-together model. Now the question is how many I end up buying...

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By in United States,

Pretty nice, might pick it up someday.

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By in Netherlands,

@legowomen1980p You should just be glad that they made a BTTF set, they didn't have to..: Absolutely right. How cool is it that a toymanufacturer let's you HELP create a product! And of course there is something to whine about, well, it's LEGO, just change it.
The only thing imo that isn't really fair is the comparable price difference: $34,99 USA, Eur. 49,99 in The Netherlands! That's $65,65... We're paying almost double... I guess because we, along with Germany and Scandinavia, made LEGO the big brand it is today!

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By in Germany,

Oh, man! This is heavy!

This set could have been a dream come true, but ...!

(Sorry that I have to begin with the Cons, some (few) Pros left for later:)

Firstly, I have this very personal thing with misspelling/typos: Right after Cuusoo published their Twitter message with pictures linked to this thing that goddamn atrocious *sheild* mistake on the Flux Capacitor (the German version of BTTF taught us wrongly it was a *Compensator*) popped straight into my eyes ... and it did very annoyingly so!

For a second I hoped for this to be a detail I didn't catch in the movies, but obviously it isn't. This is plain awful! How careless can one be? If they can't get this straight in quality control at LEGO why hasn't the licencee (Universal) to check before publishing? ARE THEY ALL GODDAMN BLIND?

The model: I like it as long as I can -- ahem! -- stare at its behind! I think it looks great from the rear side, but the rest? Not that great. (The wheels standing out like that look really awkward, i.m.o..)

The figures/accessories: They could/should have included an Einstein fig! I'm not too familiar with the variations on minifig dog moulds, but basically any dog mould that looks half-way like Einstein would have done fine. Plus: Video camera, anyone? Even more than the skateboard Marty's video camera is the key/story-driving tool in BTTF (at least in part 1).

The first good part may be the instructions: As far as I know they've added some content regarding the movies into them. That's a plus.

2nd pro: I agree: It's a miracle that we (as consumers) can actually get stuff from LEGO we wished for. In that respect we're totally spoiled and should appreciate that fact instead of complaining too much (still, that *sheild* error -- atrocious!)

3rd sort-of-pro: Considering the effort of getting a new licence from Universal Pictures to do this, I seriously expected that LEGO would totally milk us on this one and even ask for 10 Dollars/Euros more. But regarding the shortcomings of the model any higher price would be a true bummer.

The bottom line: I was really amazed about the prospect of getting an original LEGO BTTF set and was ready to buy on release day. But this hasn't happened, yet I'm really undecided about it.

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By in Australia,

I so wanted this set until I saw the,price for Australian fans $69.95, double that of the US price. I only really want the Minifigures as I have had to abandon my hobby of Lego because of the massive price differences and now only collect Minifigures. Hopefully they will be on Bricklink at a more reasonable price. Why does Lego have so much contempt for Australian Lego fans???

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By in United Kingdom,

It should be a larger and slightly more expensive set. The size causes too many design compromises and overall, the car looks terrible.

I have no problem with the dates on the time circuits, I agree with zipsforbananas, it's a very cool touch but they've butchered the overall aesthetics of the car.

I'm a massive BTTF fan but I can't see myself buying that set.

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By in France,

@ LostInTranslation : I did not intend to accuse anyone, just to say the facts: TLC is not nice or cool or our friend, this is a company that seeks to make profits. So they do not send sets aimlessly. If you think the reviews are honest and impartial then that's ok (although the personal perspective of one who writes necessarily influences ...) but there is the legal term "conflict of interest" that you know for sure. One makes you a gift, are you sure it does not influence your judgment, even unconsciously ?
Anyway, be sure that if TLC sends sets they necessarily gain something in a way or another.

@ People who can't stand negative opinions : think critically does not mean you miss the fun. I, for one, see the negative sides of this hobby but still enjoy it a lot. And as I said, TLC is not nice or cool, but the bricks they produce are for sure ! ;-)

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By in Canada,

I dig this set enough to buy two of it, possibly, but I'll get one for sure when I can. I've always been partial to the look of the car from movie 2 and it seems that won't dissapoint too much. Also, it'll be great fun adding Marty and the Doc to a Mini-Fig display of Gandalf, Harry Potter, Han Solo, Indiana Jones, Darth Vader, Prince Dastan, Woody and Buzz, The Lone Ranger, Tonto and any number of other licensed characters.

People complain a lot apparently about the differences between the official product and the cusoo attempt, personally I don't see why, it still looks to be a fun LEGO set with full playability. And most LEGO cars rarely fit more than one driver anyway. And the real fun of LEGO is improvisation, we're all capable of MOCing something using the existing parts of this set to better reflect what we desire the vehicle to look like. Why blame LEGO for having to make the product appeal to all age ranges and functionalities? LEGO is the ultimate customizeable toy, just because an official model doesn't match what your ideal vision holds doesn't mean it's a bad toy.

And this way we have new printed elements based on the design, it's just a shame Universal retired the BttF The Ride attraction, this would have made a great cross-promotional sell at Universal Studios. (Plus give LEGO an excuse to make an exclusive BttF The Ride box.)

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By in United States,

@yvo your argument is not correct in two ways. First, a presupposition you argue from is that a company that looks to make a profit is therefore not "nice or cool or our friend". Putting the anthropomorphisms aside, the idea that all companies in policy or attitude are out to swindle or be mean (or not nice) to their customer base is simply false. Some companies are out to take advantage of people, some are out to "make an honest buck", there are even some who love their craft and 'bend over backwards' to do all they can for their customers. Are they looking to make a profit? Sure. But equating business with just one attitude is not logically supportable.

Second, the rule about "conflict of interest" does not mean, therefore, that bias occurs. In law they use it as a safeguard in case bias occurs, but gift and bias do not necessarily correlate. Corallary to this point, Brickset is a website for LEGO fans. We ought to expect that the review is coming from someone who already wants to like what they are reviewing. This is not a scientific assessment of the set, it is a review, which necessitates a personal opinion. The fact that Huw is often as even-handed as he is (like in this review) is a testament to the site's attempts to judge the work on its own merit.

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By in United States,

Breaking news- Lego has just realized that there is a misspelling on the Flux Capacitor piece. It spells "SHEILD EYES FROM LIGHT" instead of "SHIELD EYES FROM LIGHT". They're trying to resolve it now. Here's the link: legocuusoo.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/226962-information-about-the-back-to-the-future-set-flux

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By in United States,

are the sdcc ones going to be worth more owing to their misprint?

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By in United States,

100th Comment!

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By in United States,

Nice price, but not a very good model representation in my opinion.

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By in United States,

Thanks to lego613master for LEGO's update on the the spelling error. They say they are "currently investigating the best way to resolve the error". There's no need to investigate now, just correct the typo. Sheesh. Then, from this moment forward the piece will be correct. Now, to rectify the sets that are boxed already with the error, that's a more difficult matter.

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By in United Kingdom,

^Er, I imagine how to correct the sets they've already shipped is exactly what "currently investigating the best way to resolve the error" means. Maybe I'm just being generous in my interpretation... or sensible!

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By in France,

@ sonsofsceva : maybe I misstated my thoughts, but I do not accuse BS / Huw / any fan in particular.
What I am saying is that TLC does nothing for free. And I even do not accuse them for this, because taking actions that induce profits is the way a company should work. But please stop thinking they act to make us happy or not, or because they love us or not.
A small shopkeeper in your street may have for 1st goal to make its customers happy even if that means he'll get less profit. But not an international giant in a competitive market like TLC. The primary purpose of TLC is to make money. This is not to be nice or be bad to their customers. If they can make more money by being nice they will be nice. But, trust me, if they can make more money by acting badly, they will. As a proof, just consider the sad reports about SDCC exclusive minifigs.

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By in United States,

@yvo: I agree with that - I think we were just talking past each other a bit. Cheers!

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By in United States,

I wouldn't doubt it if they spelled Shield incorrectly on purpose as a marketing tactic... Now you'll have everyone buying multiples of them to get the original variant which will most definitely be worth more money down the road...

Not only is the piece printed wrong, but it is printed wrong in the pictures on the box as well....

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By in United Kingdom,

They should just reprint the piece correctly and give it out as a replacement part to anyone who asks for it!!

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By in Germany,

Misspellings on parts as a marketing scam to blow up media presence and prices in secondary markets?

That would make the people at LEGO evil geniuses. I'd really rather stick to considering them being creative geniuses.

They seem to take their *damage control* seriously, though: That dreadful Flux Capacitator tile has already vanished from the photo gallery at the online LEGO Store (at least on the German webpage).

Oh, yes -- one unsolved fan mystery: Why the panicky secondary faces on the heads of Marty and Doc? Can we expect an addtl. mini set of a Volkswagen bus featuring grim Libyan terrorists minifigures? That would be quite evil, but genius!

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By in United Kingdom,

^@reactivated_nerd - a mini VW camper with Libyan terrorists? That's a genius idea! Someone should get on Cuusoo straight away with it! 10220 could do with a little brother, and with the recent preposterous hagia sophia/Jabba's palace fuss wouldn't it be hilarious for TLG to release film-based Libyan terrorist minifigures! :P

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By in United States,

@reactivated_nerd and zipsforbananas

I do say, that is a wonderful idea (I hope :P)!

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By in United Kingdom,

My wife managed to get me one from Manchester, apparently they only got half the stock they were expecting and had run out by 11 on Saturday. Built it last night and I was impressed with it.

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By in United States,

This set is very nice, but I would rather keep this in the box than building it since it's more of a collectors item. For 34.99 it's a bit steep, but that's how most Cuusoo sets are priced. I'll surely use my 20$ worth of VIP points to buy this instead of paying full price.

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By in United Kingdom,

Dear Lego,
Just go back in time and fix this spelling error!!

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By in United States,

This may not be the perfect set but it is BEAST! Will the set be available at toys r us?
Also a 4x6 plate with 12 knobs would work good for a bonnet too, still allowing the bttf 3 features to attach.

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By in United States,

The Lego store in Garden City, NY has the set, I just picked mine up. I guess the USA Lego stores are starting to get them in. I thought I have to wait till August. Start checking your stores.

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By in Australia,

I'm definitely getting this and using it with my Custom Doctor Who Minifigs

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By in Poland,

I'm a big BTTF fan and also lego - mainly old technic. I like this set, because of the mini figs. The delorean itself - well it doesnt look like one :( But at this scale I don't think I would invent anything better. Hovewer I'm still waiting for my dream to come true - a lego technic supercar - Delorean, with pneumatic gulf wings, rotating (as in BTTF II), drivable wheels with full suspension and fiberoptic along both sides (the old technic had ones, like the ones in space shuttle) and also some light's inside + a a flux capacitor made as a one, exclusive element with separate lightning...

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By in United States,

I love that Lego is releasing new sets from old movies due to LEGO Cuusoo! The DeLorean was a great idea! Have you seen the new idea that is gaining traction very quickly? It's an awesome Wizard of Oz set. I don't think it will take very long to gain 10,000 votes! http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/43978

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By in United Kingdom,

I just built this set. It's terrible - the bonnet is too 'blocky'.

It was the packaging that got me to buy. Lovely, lovely packaging.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've seen this built today (and handled it) in the Sheffield Meadowhall LEGO shop. The car looks great... from the midsection onwards... but the bonnet is just terrible. The flux capacitor still has the spelling mistake too! I gather it falls apart quite easily too from what the greeter there said.

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By in United States,

@BastianK

Drat! You beat me to it! :P I have a version that I just uploaded to Brickshelf (an LDD file; of course, it's not visible yet, having just submitted it). I assume it's similar to yours, except the front cable is attached in a different way.

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