FOL CUUSOO Campaign

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A lot of FOLs are upset that the best built projects on Cuusoo don't get recognition while special interest projects achieve 10,000 support quickly like Purdue Pete and ATLAS.

If you would like to see AFOL inspired projects get more attention on Cuusoo, then here is your chance.

There are two fundamental truths behind the success of special interests projects on reaching 10,000.

First off, FOLs don't drive Cuusoo, Special Interest Groups do. 64% of every user supporting a project on Cuusoo only vote for the one project that interests them. 82% support three or less. These are people who really like a singular concept like Purdue Pete, ATLAS, Curiosity, or the Wizard of Oz or like a specific theme of projects like Real Space, Buses from Poland, and Batman. The idea that it is made out of LEGO is secondary to their love of the subject.

Secondly, FOLs also have special interests. Any FOL can appreciate a well made MOC, but they are really drawn to the builds that fit whatever niche sub-group they really like. Some FOLs are into accurate recreations, some into trains, others into sci-fi, some share their fascination equally between comic book heroes and LEGO. I know one AFOL that is singularly into building in the style of Classic Space! FOLs, as a community, share a love of the medium for creation, not the subjects created by it.

So that brings us here. I am under no illusions that FOLs will exceed the overall voting power of the special interest groups that come to Cuusoo in pursuit of their favorite subjects, but I would certainly like to see what we can accomplish.

What I have done here is create a survey listing the Cuusoo projects I have showcased on Brickset that emphasize the skill of the project creator while not having an extremely popular IP or organized audience to boost its ratings.

To show your support for great LEGO Crafters, despite any opinions you may have for Cuusoo, please vote for your favorite MOCs from the list. The project with the most votes in two weeks will be freely promoted on Brickset and my own site.

Now I also ask that we as a community support all these projects through Cuusoo as well as to help highlight great builds on Cuusoo and show solidarity for our fellow AFOLs who are trying to make their mark on the LEGO Group. Yes I know there are perfectly good reasons why these projects could fail the review, but let's give them the opportunity to get reviewed. Remember, supporting a project is not a declaration of intent to purchase so please don't be stingy. If you expect participating FOLs to support the projects you like, return the favor. This is also by no means an exhaustive list, as I said, it is just what I have written on to date.

If you have no other reason to support these projects other than to show this solitary within the AFOL community then please consider voting for the project and using the following feedback when Cuusoo asks "why you like this project?"

I am supporting this project because I want to see unique creations from the AFOL community get supported on Cuusoo.

If you want to make a stronger statement consider this alternative:

I am supporting this project because I want to see unique creations from the AFOL community get supported on Cuusoo and I am committed to purchasing any Cuusoo set that is inspired by AFOLs.

Will this bring any change to Cuusoo? That is really up to you. If 100 FOLs respond to this, no, just an unusual blip in Cuusoo usage. If 1000 FOLs, hmm... maybe. If 10,000 FOLs put these and every other cool, unique, FOL inspired build in the review box, how could it not? So please, help get the word out on this campaign: tell your local LUGs, post on forums, tweet to your followers, face your bookers, and red your its, or whatever other way you've got to spread a message.

For those of you complaining about Cuusoo to other FOLs on forums, I respect your opinion, but you are accomplishing very little other than ruffling the feathers of other FOLs. Supporting a movement on the other hand can potentially accomplish something very interesting! It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

Links to the Selected Projects

Each of these projects has an article on Brickset already but a gallery of the images can be found here.

Ambulance (Type 3 / Type III)

Medieval Travelling Theatre

LL1012-12 NCS-Speeder

Majestic Airship

Brick-Sorting Excavator

Medusa's Temple

Tiny Trucks

LEGO Mondrian

Red Squirrel

Turntable and Modular Roundhouse

Minifig Furniture - Living Room

Medieval Micro Modulars

Mini-Animals

Single Lens Reflex Camera

Labyrinth Marble Maze

Twist & Whirl

Food Truck

XS-SP33D Fireball

Select the projects you think deserve Special Recognition

 

 

A Week (or Four) of Cuusoo

I have been gone for a few weeks but there is plenty of stuff to show and tell.

My pick from the last few weeks is the "Road to Oz." It showcases Dorothy's trip along the yellow brick road quite well with some great technique, high playability, and high displayability. The very enjoyable and clever Super Hero Racers and the well built Burj Al Arab came in as close seconds.

Since I last posted I have also made great strides in a new feature on the site. It is far from done, but it reveals patterns of cross-project support. Basically, it shows what other projects any given projects supports have also supported.

On a tangential note, Brent Waller, creator of the Tumbler, Ghostbusters, and Costume Store Modular has a Kickstarter for a game called Satellite Reign. Other than being AFOL driven, this is not LEGO but if you are a fan of Syndicate, it looks like it might be up your alley.

My review of these projects, a showcase of notables and some other ramblings can be found here.

48 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Happy to say I've now supported all of those outstanding projects! Let's do this, FOLs!

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By in Canada,

Hey guys, guess what? I was just on Cuusoo, and the Food truck, Mini animals, Ambulance (Type 3 / Type III), Medieval Micro Modulars, and Medusa's temple were the 5 projects under "Recently supported"! This campaign might work!

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By in United States,

If you ask me there are some great projects out their (tiny trucks) that really deserve recognition their are some really cool and nice stuff on cuusoo that doesn't really get recognized. I bet the lego company will produce all of these if it was possible

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By in United States,

If you ask me there are some great projects out their (tiny trucks) that really deserve recognition their are some really cool and nice stuff on cuusoo that doesn't really get recognized. I bet the lego company will produce all of these if it was possible

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By in United States,

If you ask me there are some great projects out their (tiny trucks) that really deserve recognition their are some really cool and nice stuff on cuusoo that doesn't really get recognized. I bet the lego company will produce all of these if it was possible

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By in Canada,

Done! Took the mass amount of 10 minutes to support the entire list! I very much look forward to seeing more Cuusoo success from within our community! Hope to see a follow up article soon detailing the results of our efforts! Time to step up boys and girls!

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By in United States,

I'm not supporting.....why, for the same reasons.

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By in United States,

I can not honestly say that I would purchase any of those.

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By in United States,

@ John Rhodes,

I actually have the perfect application for that: http://www.brick-hero.com/cdd.php

This logs all the support of all the projects every day, and showcases those with the largest support boost. It will roll over in a couple hours to the next day.

There is a weekly one too, and I need to get it up and running but there are also graphs like this one for more individual observation:

http://www.brick-hero.com/c_progress.php?id=23313

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By in United States,

Hey,

While I completely agree with the idea that we should promote great AFOL-driven builds, I disagree with a few of your premises -

First, AFAIK, those people whose projects have made it to 10,000 are AFOLs. Just for example, Stephen Pakbaz, builder of the Curiosity, is an active member of Wamalug. It's not like anyone who is not already a fan of LEGO can just make a great model because they like the IP it's based on.

Second, sadly, it's really hard for AFOL driven projects to get there based on us alone. The western town was heavily pushed by Brickset, Brothers Brick, and other sites, and it took a long time to get over the top. OTOH, when something that already has AFOL support gets tweeted or blogged or mentioned on Conan OBrian or some other vehicle that taps into a second community that's driven by interest in the IP, it gets to 10000 very quickly. I just don't think there are 10000 highly active AFOLs in the online community that are very focused on Cuusoo at all. I'm afraid the failure of the western town to become a set really took a lot of the steam out of concerted efforts by the community to push projects through Cuusoo.

Third, while I am in no way knocking the list of projects that you came up with, I wouldn't necessarily say they are the top ten best built AFOL creations on Cuusoo. Just to pick a few that already have a lot of support on Cuusoo - Detomaso's birds are amazing, and got a lot of AFOL attention when he posted the first couple, long before he put them on Cuusoo; Rod Gillies' micro Star Wars scenes are perfect microscale renditions, and again got a lot of recognition long before they were put on Cuusoo, also Rod is an extremely well-recognized builder in the community; Nathan Sawaya's smaller version of Yellow - Nathan is certainly the most recognized LEGO artist out there, and his smaller version of his Yellow sculpture is very well done. Those are just three examples of great MOCs by well known builders that have gotten a lot of recognition independently of Cuusoo. I'm sure we could come up with tons of other examples. Again with no knock implied on the list you came up with above, but I just think it's going to be next to impossible to get the whole AFOL community to agree that this or that project is the one that we should all support.

Of course, the response could be that we should just support them all, and while I agree with that in principle, I'm not sure how many people put that much focus on Cuusoo. I'm pretty hard core involved in the online community (maintain multiple blogs and am an admin on Classic-Castle), and I hardly ever get to Cuusoo. I'm not sure if I'm that out of the mainstream of active AFOLs in this. We've just got so much going on already on Flickr, or Eurobricks, or Brickset, or our local LUGs, or whatever, and we're not going to skip all of that and focus our time and effort on Cuusoo.

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By in United States,

@bruce n h

In response to your statement:
First, AFAIK, those people whose projects have made it to 10,000 are AFOLs. Just for example, Stephen Pakbaz, builder of the Curiosity, is an active member of Wamalug. It's not like anyone who is not already a fan of LEGO can just make a great model because they like the IP it's based on.

My response:
As stated this is a campaign to assist projects that do not have an"extremely popular IP or organized audience ." The best projects on Cuusoo with and without IP are by great AFOLs and I am thrilled for their success and this campaign in no way diminishes them. This campaign is for the projects that do not have the kind f direct access to potential supporters that other subjects might.

In response to your statement:
Second, sadly, it's really hard for AFOL driven projects to get there based on us alone. The western town was heavily pushed by Brickset, Brothers Brick, and other sites, and it took a long time to get over the top. OTOH, when something that already has AFOL support gets tweeted or blogged or mentioned on Conan OBrian or some other vehicle that taps into a second community that's driven by interest in the IP, it gets to 10000 very quickly. I just don't think there are 10000 highly active AFOLs in the online community that are very focused on Cuusoo at all. I'm afraid the failure of the western town to become a set really took a lot of the steam out of concerted efforts by the community to push projects through Cuusoo.

My response:
Yes, I know, this is exactly what I am talking about. But just because the community is not huge does not mean I am not going to try. In my opinion this has already been a success, FOLs are voting for the projects. Even if 5 guys vote for any of there projects I will be happy. Certainly, I would like it to be 5000, but we will take what we can get.

In response to your statement:
Third, while I am in no way knocking the list of projects that you came up with, I wouldn't necessarily say they are the top ten best built AFOL creations on Cuusoo.

My response:
I never said these were the "top projects", I said these were the ones I had written about on Brickset. I had to draw the line somewhere, If I put down every project I think deserves this attention, then people wouldn't even bother, as is I am certian I am pushing it. Besides, Birds is the 5th most supported project on Cuusoo, soon to be 4th, and there is no "deadline" for them to get to 10k because Birds are not a fad and the set is certainly not set up for "inevitable discovery" like an architectural project might be. Star Wars is unarguably an "extremely popular IP", Sawaya has not only an organized fanbase but media access being one of the most famous Lego Builders to the general public. You will note that the list I posted is not a complete list of projects I have discussed on Brickset. I removed any projects that I reviewed that I felt had strong IPs despite my affection for them.

The point of this campaign is to galvanize support for great MOCs that don't have a chance without FOL backing and to give a voice to those in the FOL community who feel that Cuusoo is ignoring them.

Cheers!

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By in United States,

Hey Glenbricker,

Sorry if I misread your original post as implying that those builders behind successful projects weren't true AFOLs. My second and third points were basically me being negative. I am (sadly) pretty sure that your project won't be fruitful because there are 1) not enough of us (or at least not enough of us focused on Cuusoo) and 2) I don't see the community coalescing around a single Cuusoo submission very easily (too much dilution)

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By in United Kingdom,

There is one thing that strikes me, which is that the "skill of the project creator" is actually meaningless to Cuusoo.

It doesn't matter how well or poorly a model is built in the idea stage, because if it gets through the voting and eventual selection process it's going to be redesigned by TLG to fit with their style. I think the difference between the original design and eventual model of the BTTF Delorean shows that.

Models that are brilliant ideas or I just like are going to get my support regardless of how well its built by the creator*. Likewise, something can be a wonderful model, but if it's not something I would actually want as a model (or there is no other reason, such as supporting a friend because), then I'm not going to support it.

I should add that it still needs to be a well thought out proposal on Cuusoo -- use the space you have available well, explain clearly what your idea is etc.

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By in Germany,

I stopped voting on CUUSOO. There are fantastic projects, but why vote when the special interest projects get 10,000 votes in no time? The concept is broken. Imo this should be for non-special interest MOCs only, perhaps introduce a second CUUSOO for all those videogame-movie-whatever projects.

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By in Australia,

Supported..although I had already supported a few before. I'd really love to see some get up and over 10,000 as a result of your campaign.

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By in Portugal,

Voted here (and supported on CUUSOO) for 6 of the recommended projects. Hope it helps.

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By in Germany,

> There are fantastic projects, but why vote when the special interest projects get 10,000 votes in no time?

You'd vote precisely to ensure that the special interest projects are *not* the only ones to get 10,000 votes in no time.

By not participating we only aggravate the very problems we are complaining about.

The time it takes you to type "X is a fantastic project" here, you might as well spend on clicking the Support button on said fantastic project. The former won't make a difference. The latter will.

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By in United Kingdom,

I really wish people didn't support projects just because of the IP.

There are some other fantastic projects out there, like the Mechanical Aquarium by Midori. But some just don't get enough support.

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By in Germany,

^ @Nightwing20. We must not forget that that is pretty much the whole point of CUUSOO: getting TLG all-new customers who really couldn't care less about LEGO but drool over brand X or game Y or mascot Z. We might not like it, but that's how it is. We don't care for these projects, but that's the thing: why don't we plain ignore them, then? If some nonsense is going to reach 10k anyway, then it's going to reach 10k *anyway*. Let's move on and use the system to our advantage instead.

I don't like brand X, so I don't vote for the project, and I won't be buying the set. Excellent. I've taken my stance and made my point. But why stop there? Why don't I also take a stance on the projects I *do* like, and support them? That's the only logical thing to do.

If we collectively drop out of voting for non-IP projects, then only IP projects will ever reach the review, and that will only make people post *even more* IP projects. It's a vicious circle. A slippery slope. A self-fulfilling prophecy.

The best way to express our disdain for a system is not by capitulating to it, but by circumventing it. Beating it at its own game. Just imagine if the next review were literally flooded with all the above projects reaching 10k at once, out of nowhere. Nobody would even talk about third-party IPs anymore. Including, for once, ourselves.

TL;DR: we care too much for the stuff we allegedly don't care about at all, and care too little for the stuff we allegedly care about deeply.

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By in United States,

Best blog in a while.

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By in Hungary,

I'm so glad to see Majestic Airship in the lead. For a moment I was considering to vote only for that one and not on my other favourites to give it a slight bump in the race.

The Airship is my absolute favourite project on CUUSOO and I think it would be a great candidate to be the "official" AFOL-supported project. Would have a lot better chances than the nice but overly huge Western Modular Town to make it through the review. It has lots of things going for it:

- Very unique build and a quite unique model, too
- Swooshability
- Several other play functions and options to modify
- Because of the above two points probably would appeal to some kids as well, not only to adults
- Not too big, just inside the size and potential price that I think has a chance of going successfully through the review
- Works as a standalone set but at the same time would nicely complement Adventurers, Pharaoh's Quest and other similar collections
- Extremely low chance that it would clash with a licence

I see only one weak point:
- The covers needed for the balloon

So, go Airship!

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By in United States,

Sorry, but can someone explain to me the seemingly overwhelming support of Medusas' Temple. I consider this totally unworthy of a CUUSOO model. Most with a reasonable collection could reasonably reproduce the model in a couple hours. I desire something that is building technique unique and/or complicated, OR has specialty parts.

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By in United States,

I can't say I particularly empathize with people who feel "special interest" projects get an unfair amount of attention. LEGO Cuusoo isn't a rating system for MOCs, it's about supporting models and ideas you'd like to be able to buy as sets. I don't discriminate based on why it is that I want to buy a specific model; I support it if I can legitimately picture myself paying money for such a product. And often, that can be a matter of it being a good representation of a familiar and well-loved franchise.

With that said, I'm already supporting the Red Squirrel and the Majestic Airship, not because I think they're the best MOCs of this bunch or because I want to show some kind of AFOL solidarity, but because I like steampunk and I like squirrels, and both of those MOCs are really good renditions of those particular things. No loftier a reason than the reason I supported the Mecha-Tank from "The Legend of Korra", the Back to the Future Time Machine, or the Legend of Zelda Heroica boards.

Meanwhile, there are dozens of brilliant MOCs on LEGO Cuusoo, but that alone won't net them my support. Not unless I can actually imagine paying for those models for my own collection. Doesn't mean they'd make BAD products. Some of them would be AMAZING products. Just not products I'd actually buy for myself or a friend, so they don't get my support.

I think it often does a disservice to certain "fandom" projects to suggest they only reached the threshold because of that fandom. Frankly, just because people aren't AFOLs doesn't mean they're sheep. Either the model itself speaks to people in that fandom on a certain level, or the concept itself is something they can easily visualize as a quality product. If all it took was a familiar and beloved brand-name to get supporters pouring in, there wouldn't be nearly so many projects based on beloved franchises that hover at less than a thousand supporters each.

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By in United States,

Ugh. I was upset when ATLAS reached 10,00 votes in like a day also. Do not take me wrong on what I am about to say.

None of these suggested Cuusoo projects are really marketable or worth the time for TLG. Sure there are some neat Ideas and concepts, but most just look like a AFOL parts bin wish list made into a set.

Think about how much the Minecraft set has sold and how much the BTTF set will sell. Now just imagine one of these as a follow up. Pathetic really.

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/17901 -Nice Ambulance,would be great for a city but it has limited appeal.

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/23313 - Parts bin for a Castle FOL

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/6461 - Classic space is not coming back stop trying to make it a thing. Looks like a grey parts bin.

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/17123 - Most of this thing is not even made of Lego. Steampunk fans only.

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/22356 - Finally a good Idea. Make it look friendlier and I could see it as a set.

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/24916 - I could see this as a theme some day. for the most part this set is just filled with rarer pieces someone wants.

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/17818 - Cool idea. Could be like those small creator sets except marked expert. Not a parts collection (except the silver tanker). Only problem is TLG target audience wants trucks mini figures fit in. Not a big seller.

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/4301 - Lol what?

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/7162 - Tail looks like it has some illegal usage of parts. The real model would not look as good.

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/33485 - Only Train AFOL with deep pockets or all out LUGS could afford this set. The Price would be outrageous for what it really is plus its overrall size is going to be a big turn off to most parents who are tired of lego taking up so much room in their house already.

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/12226 - Cute but no appeal. Just better to let TLG put these ideas in a modular someday then a set on their own.

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/14081 - Parts bin. Small appeal.

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/16971 - Cute Idea could be huge if done right.

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/22 - What is the point? Once its built it will quickly get broken down for parts.

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/14605 - Cool idea little appeal, Fun game.

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/18203 - So a remake of the carousel?

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/937 - Tiny appeal. could become a watered down city set.

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/1780 - Nice ship, no story. No story no appeal.

Instead of trying to get these to pass, why not just build projects with strong IPs and get the votes?

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By in United Kingdom,

i think that projects like galaxy commend and dragon slayers need more support.
i hope the bird series can also get some more support.

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By in Greece,

The recent Technic challenge is a testimony that LEGO realizes that Cuusoo in its current incarnation is not a platforms that can provide a fair proving ground to all AFOLs. Kudos to the Technic team for mounting their own competition and producing 41999 which blows all of the Cuusoo products out of the water.

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By in United Kingdom,

I like the idea of CUUSOO, but the site is saturated with so much rubbish too. There's so many designs that rely on licensing being established and 'desperate' people that 'design' sets or have 'ideas' that essentially would just make it easier for them to buy licensed minifigures in bulk....as much as I like Star Wars I wish people would just accept that Hasbro have the action figure licence and Lego have the construction toy licence, Lego will never be able to sell just one figure or a bucket full of Stormtroopers. Any such items should simply be removed from the outset - it would make browsing for the good stuff so much easier.

I remember the "Shaun of the Dead" set getting a lot of votes after Simon Pegg appeared on a chat show....Lego isn't just for AFOLs...although I'm sure Mr Pegg is a fan ;-)

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By in Germany,

@Charger113 honest question, though: what is wrong with parts bins? Mixels will be a parts bin. Friends is a parts bin. About 70% of the sets I own are parts bins. Same for pretty much every AFOL I know. Heck, TLG specifically makes sure that *every* set is a parts bin to one extent or another. That's why it's insanely hard to get a 100% on a new set on Rebrickable, no matter how many parts you already own.

Besides, most of those are physical models, so obviously their creators already *have* the parts, and in fact more than enough of them, as they had to spare some for the model.

Forget the individual parts. You are not looking at the final model anyway.

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By in Romania,

I am supporting a lot of projects at cuusoo and the one that I want to see happen more than any is the vampire gt supercar. This is one of the best technic models ever made. technic gets no love at cuusoo I think because most AFOL are intimidated by technic or simply do not respect it. The vampire gt has 3,000 supports and the fact that it isn't on your list is strange when 1/2 of the models you selected are not very good ideas. http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/13666 it is so hard to find parts to built this model because so many people want to build it and have bought up the parts and now sellers are charging crazy money for ones that are needed because someone they don't know made a model that requires them. People want $250 for a set because it has 2 pieces that are needed. Crazy.

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By in United States,

I don't think it's fair to say that Cuusoo is 'broken'. I think rather Cuusoo was never really meant to be what many of us wanted it to be when we first heard of it. What we'd love is for it to be a vehicle to turn the cool MOCs we see on Flickr or at AFOL cons into sets we can buy, and maybe just get our own MOCs made into sets one day. Really the whole point of a crowdsourcing site like Cuusoo is to provide LEGO with some quick and easy market research, to identify sets that will sell. As such, they don't really care who buys the sets, whether it is the AFOL 'insiders' or whether it is people who happen to love a particular IP. And if they can sell more sets to people who love that IP (a group that will include both AFOLs and those outside the hobby) than it can to just AFOLs alone, it seems a pretty no-brainer to me. And it seems to work. They wouldn't be releasing two new Minecraft sets if they didn't make a lot of money selling out the first set. Also, as Schwallex says above, bringing in non-AFOLs who love the IP may often create new AFOL customers for LEGO. Let's all take ourselves back to 1999. When the SW theme came out, a it brought in a TON of people that had been in dark ages for a decade or more. And a lot of those people didn't just buy SW sets. Once they got into buying SW LEGO, they bought other themes as well. Why do you think the SW license has gotten renewed a couple of times beyond the initial seven year run? It's not just because they sell a good number of SW sets, but also because the IP becomes a gateway to get people interested in the brand as a whole. We haven't had the Superheroes theme long enough to see, but I'll bet the same is true of those sets as well. I'm not as convinced about sets around an IP that comes and goes in a flash (e.g. the Lone Ranger - that film came out less than a month ago and it seems to have already dropped off the radar).
I should make clear that I'm not arguing against non-IP projects. I love lots of them (DeTomaso's birds is my favorite among the pending projects with a relatively large amount of support, and I'm waiting to buy my Mars rover) (I realize that NASA is an IP, but it's in a little different class than those based on TV/movies/video games). I just don't think that IP-based projects on Cuusoo are in any way illegitimate.

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By in United States,

Please add the golry of rome project to the list

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By in United States,

@ Schwallex The problem with parts pin sets on Cuusoo is that's not the point of Cuusoo. The Cuusoo sets should be unique enough to be bought on their own merit. Not because the parts inside the set.

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/16897 - Nice set, Idea easily marketable, and most people would buy them just because how nice they look.

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/1319 - This Titanic is excellent. Easily marketable, definitely would be a seller, and it is recognizable.

Cuusso needs to be unique things that people would actually buy to have not just buy to break down.

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By in United States,

Didn't support all of them because some just didn't seem all that great in my opinion. And a bunch I have already supported... but I did see a few new ones and gave them my vote. I approve the idea of the AFOL community coming together to vote for some of the better projects out there. I hope this produces some results.

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By in United States,

@Charger113 - Says who? Why can't people buy it to break down? I don't think LEGO cares what you do after you've bought it, and I'm quite certain they know that some people who buy these are buying them for the parts. That's probably why they keep the price down, because they know if the sets are priced too highly then they'll lose that segment of potential customers.

I plan to buy the BTTF set, although I hated the original Cuusoo design, hate the LEGO version even more, but it's got nice minifigs, nice parts, and some day I may want to MOC a BTTF Delorean or copy someone else's design, so the printed pieces will be good to have. Sorry if that doesn't live up to your idea of what I should do with a set I buy.

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By in United States,

@ Meyerc13 says the fact that all the sets so far have been released because of their own merit and aren't just parts bin sets for collectors and MOC builders. Honestly Lego cares less what happens after you buy it. Their issue is selling it. The majority of people are going to buy the BTTF set to have a BTTF set. Without the Cuusoo Project it may not have existed.

Like I stated before that means Cuusoo Projects with strong IP's will get more votes, better reception from the public, and a better chance of making the cut into production.

I'm sorry that some AFOL's can't see that and continue to push for projects that simply have no chance.

Oooh you built a starship from your own imagination? That's nice. But lil Billy over here does not know where that came from. Mom and dad don't know either. It looks nice but meh. They'll buy Chima or Minecraft or Star Wars. something familiar.

Ever since the Minecraft Cuusoo, I am surprised more people have not realized that to get your models out there they have to be connected to something relate-able and cool.

Your parts bin wishlist or mini-figure "battle packs" aren't going to happen.

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By in Hungary,

@Charger 113: ' http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/17123 - Most of this thing is not even made of Lego. Steampunk fans only. '

Excuse me? You are probably not a fan of pirate ships either then as a very important part of them is not even made of Lego. Btw how can you say that most of the Airship is not Lego?:o And btw I'm not a steampunk fan and it's still my favourite.

I think that your point against parts packs is also moot. The Minecraft sets are essentially parts packs of small plates and bricks to build Minecraft scenery with.

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By in Ireland,

As much as I appreciate the idea behind this campaign I won't be voting. The Western town already proved the point; it takes all AFOL sites to support a project and then it's still touch and go to make 10k votes.
LEGO have stated themselves that Cuusoo is aimed at exploring new markets, it's not a reward system for great builders. Maybe in future there will be a different programme for that.
LEGO of course already have a way of rewarding the best builders: they hire them as product designers...

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By in United States,

"it's not a reward system for great builders. Maybe in future there will be a different programme for that."

They've already had this here and there:
-The MOC sets of the Blacksmith Shop and Santa Fe train cars
-Space Skulls and Star Justice
-Skyline and the other micro Factory sets
-AFOL involvement in the design of the NXT
-weren't AFOLs involved in the development of the new train system?
-the Technic set listed above
-Market Street
-the competitions they had for Legoland master builders
-as Duq said, hiring people like Mark Stafford, MrZumbi, others
I think you could argue that purely FOL-driven sets appear about as frequently as Cuusoo sets, although this is not a transparent process.

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By in United States,

Out of that list, I voted for the medieval stage and Medusa's temple. Although the other projects were built well, they were not themes I'm interested in. I also supported the OZ and Ghostbusters projects because classic OZ is a theme I would definitely want to buy from Lego and although I think Ghostbusters was a little adult for a Lego set, it was built well and I love the Bill Murray minifigure! I voted to help do something positive for Cuusoo instead of all the negativity it gets and I still think its a good concept that needs some sort of "totally crap" filter.

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By in United States,

So it seems like most AFOLs would rather spend 10 minutes bitching about why they won't vote, than spend one minute voting.
There's your problem in a nutshell. What, you couldn't bear to have it on your conscience if a Cuusoo project you voted for but don't actually like gets to 10,000 and gets made? Oh, the humanity!

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By in United States,

I supported many projects that I would never actually buy, but I do know that many people would, however they probably will never see them on Cuusoo because they do not know about it...

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By in Israel,

So many people here are so pessimistic. Please.

I supported most of the sets (wasn't a fan of a couple of them)!

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By in United States,

This may be off topic but the cuusoo project, FTL has reached 10k votes...

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