Cuusoo Pick of the Week: Super Hero Racers plus a little Minifig-themed Humor

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Okay, obviously I have cycled back to super heroes this week and I am going to go with Super Heroes Racers by Okay.

These little guys are creative and look like a lot of fun and don't tread all over "inevitable discovery."

First off, I want to take a moment to sink in that Okay has over 50 different cars here. Sure, some are pretty basic but each one is in a color scheme appropriate to the driver and most have elements of flair that reference the driver directly (Killer Croc's Gator-mobile and the Magnetic element on Magneto's being really stand out examples) or they reference the LEGO history of the character (Bane's drill machine and Hawkeye's S.H.E.I.L.D. car).

That is a lot of creative content and even though we would never see this actualized with so many characters it does quite effectively illustrate the viability of the concept. I hope that as this project approaches 10k that Okay will set up some kind of poll to decide which cars make the final cut.

 

A major reason I picked this project is, as I said earlier, because it does not fall into the category of inevitable discovery. So many of the projects that go into pre-existing licensing deals of LEGO are just slight variations on what LEGO has already done with the license and will continue to do for as long as it is profitable: A good guy, a bad guy, and one or two vehicles/locations.

The closest thing I can recall to a LEGO product like this was the McDonalds tie-in so long ago. Feel free to correct me on this one guys, I could be overlooking something, but the Super Heroes line has always been pretty serious for LEGO and these are obviously on the fun side... Now that I think about it, I do wonder if Hasbro has an exclusive license on character-themed cars. I guess we will learn about that in another 250 more votes.

This is also a great counter-response to the "Minifig Mystery Packs" that plague Cuusoo. Sure, in many ways this project is a request for some easy access Super Hero figures, but it a request with style.

 

My only serious problem with this project is that it straddles too many companies: Warner Brothers and Disney. I am pretty serious into comics personally and although I appreciate Marvel's 'D'istinguished 'C'ompetition, I am a Marvel Man through and through. I will pick up DC content, but if given the option, I will always go with Marvel. I know many fans who are much more galvanized than myself and even though as LEGO has proved, it can sell both teams at the same time, I doubt Cuusoo could package them both in the same box.

 

On a final note, I want to point out that Okay is not only creative with the brick but is also a very funny guy in general when it comes to Minifig-themed humor. Check out his Flickr page if you want a laugh that non-AFOLs will just not get. You might also need to be a fan of movies and comics.

 

Previous Pick

The previous pick for a Super Hero / Comic-themed project was Avengers: Iron Man Mark VII Armor by mmccooey.

It is another fine example of submission that stands apart from the standard LEGO m.o. with the theme, and is nearing the 1000 benchmark

 

A Week of Cuusoo

This week my pick for new projects was, obviously, the Brickasauri. As mentioned in a previous post, Jurassic Park was shut down but Senteosan has continued forward with the T-rex independent of the property, an easy transition for a dinosaur to make, unlike say, a pony with a mark on its rump or a time traveling dude in a phone box.

Now you don't have to be Sherlock to realize that the image over to the side is not a dinosaur but is in fact the BBC Sherlock, one of the other very impressive concepts that came out this week. I feel I have given the Brickasauri enough coverage on Brickset at this point and do not wish to further overdo it. Now Sherlock of course is likely a little too mature for LEGO, but any fan should still take a look at the project and appreciate the figure and set concept. Other fine offering from the last week of Cuusoo include a great rendition of the Soyuz Rocket and a version of the Kerbal Space Program with some very well implemented Kerbals. As usual, my review of these projects and varous other Cuusoo projects can be found here.



I will also take a moment for some blatant self promotion in this presentation of my latest Cuusoo project, "The Magic School Bus."

In designing the figures I realized that excluding one of the "ancient" headpieces, LEGO does not make any hairpieces that represent bunches (a very technical term) very well. One of the characters, Dorothy Ann, or "D A" most definitely has them... in the end I went with a Leia element. Just curious now as to what others in the community might have used, and I hope I am not overlooking something obvious.

17 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

"Now you don't have to be Sherlock to realize that the image to the right is not a dinosaur..."
...I don't have to be Sherlock to figure out that picture is...to the left.

Otherwise, great article and summary as always, @glenbricker ;)

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By in United States,

^ Arg! CSS you have foiled me again!

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By in United Kingdom,

Another excellent roundup, @glenbricker. I agree, there's no chance that all, or even most, of the Super Hero Racers would be created, but perhaps 2 sets (DC, Marvel) of 2-3 racers might conceivably be possible - to potentially be expanded (a la Minecraft) if they prove popular. If I might make a plea to the Power That Be, however - PLEASE don't give us yet another Batman figure as one of the choices! :-/

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By in United States,

Since the racers would primarily appeal to people who are already into (LEGO) Superheroes, perhaps they could just release the cars as sets sans Minifigs?

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By in Puerto Rico,

Ah, the Magic School Bus. Good times where those.

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By in United States,

Wow, thanks for the spotlight! I really appreciate it. I did create a poll on Eurobricks for each theme to determine which racers are the most popular, so if there should be an issue with the volume of minifigs/racers those would give us an idea of which ones should be produced:
DC: http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=83691
Marvel: http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=84901
Toy Story: http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=45838

As for the licensing issue, as I said on Cuusoo, if they can't put Marvel and DC in the same set, they could sell them separately. And I certainly hope that Hasbro wont try to meddle with this.

Yes, this is definitely a throwback to the 4-wide cars of the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s and the licensed racers we got back then, like the Nesquick Rabbit Racer. And yes, my humor is rather nerdy. :)

By the way, the link to my Cuusoo profile seems to be broken.

Thanks again!

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By in United States,

^ Hi Okay, someone might have fixed it before I got to it but it works for me. I send everyone to the projects profile is that is the issue as I assume most creators would rather people see the content they create.

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By in United States,

I like the Super Hero racers, though it doesn't seem like something that LEGO would make seeing as a lot of those figures they intended to keep exclusive.

As for the 'Magic School Bus', I can certainly see LEGO making it as a set if it reaches the 10K mark.

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By in United States,

LOL.Those comics were hillarious.

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By in United States,

To me the Magic School Bus is too old to be a popular theme (it's from the '90s)

If LEGO wants to modify the Super Hero racers, the new pullback motor would make it much more playable (and a good idea, since the Shell racers have not been seen in the US, and LEGO likes to re-use parts)

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By in United States,

The racers remind me of Mario Kart... hmmm... another idea?

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By in Taiwan,

My kids just got the Magic Schoolbus DVD set a month ago and love it. It may be a bit old, but it still holds up well. It has my vote.

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By in Taiwan,

> To me the Magic School Bus is too old to be a popular theme (it's from the '90s
Did you go to the BTTF and GB premiere this summer?

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By in United States,

"Since the racers would primarily appeal to people who are already into (LEGO) Superheroes, perhaps they could just release the cars as sets sans Minifigs?"

Uh, that's kinda the point isn't it? To GET the minifigs. I mean, I'd much rather get them this way--those cars are cool, plus there are a lot of hard to find figures included. One thing that's irritated me about the licensed sets is that you need to spend $50, $80, or $100+ to get some basic in-universe characters. Hulk, for instance, was only ever available in the Helicarrier set, which retails for $50--to get one of Marvel's most prominent characters!

Though some are obvious, I'm not sure I'd make the connection between all the cars and their corresponding characters without the minifigures. Guessing a lot of others are in the same boat (I could be wrong).

No, I'd rather collect this entire set--and buy a few more for my kid and nephew.

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By in United States,

I love the themed racers concept and it inspires me to do my own custom things with licensed or known characters. The creator's (sorry cant remember the name right now) Flickr stream was also fun to look through and it was hilarious with his comic Minifigure setups. He also had a couple more inspirational models like a multilevel Joker funhouse, a space station looking thing, a buzz lightyear and a Zurg pod racer, and other things that people should really check out.

BTW: I'm only 16 and I've seen a lot of the magic school bus, as it was always my favorite show and is still kinda close to me... I'd definitely buy the set.

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice racers! Made me laugh :D

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