Poptropica nears 10k, a request for some volunteers, plus links to sorted projects.

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It was always clear that Poptropica would make the review, but out of nowhere, Poptropica has started a sprint towards 10k.

I am not too familiar with Poptropica, other than knowing it is an MMO whose target age group is in line with that of LEGO, but a set with an evil mad scientist bunny with a giant rabbit mecha has a lot of charm, regardless of where it is from.

Poptropica does have two extreme qualities that set it apart from all other projects on Cuusoo. First, it has over 2 million views. The second most viewed active project only has 250,000 views. The second quality is much more infamous. It is the only active project on Cuusoo with its comments disabled. The stated reason is that the comments were too frequently off topic.

Update: With 75 support to go, Cuusoo has opened comments back up on Poptropica.

Update: It has now achieved 10,000 supporters!

Guinea pigs needed

So, I have a lot of data. Now I want to test to see how far I can take it. I am looking for people who have supported a few Cuusoo pojects: from 3 to 10, maybe 15. If you would like to participate, please use this link (use the blog option) and include your Cuusoo ID. I will see if I can program a system that will accurately suggest other projects you will like based on your current support patterns.

You won't get a response from me right away as a lot of coding needs to be done, but I would like to have a data set of users that can evaluate the results. Thanks in advance.

A Week of Cuusoo

I have selected Brick Queen's Jurassic Park project for my "Pick of the Week." There are some more masterful MOCs for Jurassic Park on Cuusoo but this one best matches a viable playset with great presentation. Other interesting recent projects are a DSLR Camera, the Taipei 101, the Goonies (yes, another 80's movie ;), and another spectacular mini-Shuttle build from Teazza.

I have also initiated a coding project to start organizing projects by type. I will follow this up with more organization but so far I have five main categories:

I am sure there are more than a few people who will disagree with how I have parsed the projects but it is an ever evolving process at the moment.

My review of these projects, a showcase of all the projects that came out in the last week and a few other ramblings about Cuusoo and crowd sourced / funded projects can be found here.

9 comments on this article

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By in United States,

My kids love Poptropica, so, I can see them getting excited about and playing with the set quite a bit. As for me, I have very little interest in the set. But, I am not the target audience for this, kids are.

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By in United States,

I would figure they would want to slow down to make the next group of projects to be judged. Let's be honest, Ghostbusters will be the winner in this crop.

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By in United States,

Pink bunny suit guy and bunny mech? I'm an adult and love the idea even if I don't know anything about the video game.

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By in United States,

^^^ Why wouldnt they? They produced (and are still producing) Minecraft. It's not much different than basing sets off of a tv show or movie.

^^ I don't think CUUSOO has a rule to pass only one project per review, so potentially Ghostbusters and Poptropica could both pass. They do seem to want at least one set to pass each review, though, hence the Portal project getting put on hold (which isnt their official reason, but it makes sense), which I imagine is because if they went a review and no sets passed, community response would be anywhere from disappointed to outraged.

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By in United States,

@legowomen1980p

Mojang did the exact same thing with LEGO Minecraft. They posted the project on CUUSOO and then advertised it on the Minecraft site. That is how it achieved 10,000 supporters in only 48 hours. Minecraft was a success, and if this passes, it could be a success as well.

The only difference is that Mojang didn't need to give out rewards to get people more motivated. But then Minecraft is played by adults and I believe that Poptropica has a max age of 16.

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By in Australia,

I agree with legowomen1980p that a lot of the so-called support is coming from people who never or rarely buy LEGO. I suspect many of the supporters are purely nominal and won't actually buy a finished LEGO set if the idea is approved. There's a big difference between someone who thinks it's a cool idea and someone who will actually pay money for it. At least this is a more appealing project than the hideous ATLAS particle accelerator.

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By in Australia,

The Jurassic Park idea is indiscernible from LEGO's own recent Dinosaur theme except for the new logo. I doubt anyone would be willing to pay the premium associated with a licensed theme just for a re-coloured version of a 2012 set.

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By in United States,

@Huey1. I would because I love dinosaurs and Jurassic park and you can do a lot with Jurassic park like the classic gate and a track with the electric cars or various other scenes and you can never get too many dinosaurs! Maybe not so soon after Dino but maybe next year or 2015

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