Cuusoo: Scorpion's Soul by Hasskabal plus "something completely different."

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This time around we are showcasing a pick from one of the LEGO reoccurring themes: Pirates with the ginormous "Scorpion's Soul."

At 100 cm in length, this vessel dwarfs even the Imperial Flagship but it uses that scale to showcase a lot of great features.

Also, Monty Python and the Holy Grail is on a quest to achieve production through Cuusoo.

Okay, yes, this thing is huge, and I know that its scale is very unlikely to crossover into a product so lets just set that aside and concentrate on what this ship does have going for it.

First in that line is a solid and distinct theme: Scorpions. They are all over the place. The name, sails, the hull, the windows, even the captain is sporting one. Though I like the figurehead (more images here), I would have liked to see it also carry forward the scorpion motif.

You might not care for scorpions but you have to admit it helps give the ship a solid character. Most LEGO ships are distinguished only by a color combination and perhaps a sail pattern so this really helps to bring the ship together.

 

The second thing I like about this ship is that it sports a lot of great techniques. Even if they don't translate into a Cuusoo product, it's inspirational to look at.

One example is the floating railing. Ships are so rarely as straight as LEGO often demands and though it takes a few extra parts and height, floating rails is a great way to add some realistic angles to any vessel.

BTW, the stacking telescopes is one of those things that is so obvious when you see it but for some reason never occurred to me. A very nice little feature.

 

This however is my favorite aspect of the ship: swiveling side walls.

The core concepts of modular and decked ships, with removable layers is fantastic but also, kind of obnoxious at the same time. I really enjoy knowing that the figures inside my builds are "being productive" and that there is this AWESOME mini-build in there where they are doing something related to the build: watching a movie, piloting a ship, making dinner, etc... But ultimately a high quality piece is to be displayed and that display state is almost always, fully assembled. So ultimately, we end up with "Schrödinger's minifigs." The vignettes are seen so rarely they are more of a theoretical thought exercise than a display. (This is the most frustrating at Cons when people are like: Yeah, it looks great on the outside, but you should really see the inside, that is where all the phenomenal stuff is...)

We end up making these great display pieces and vignettes that are hard to get to (that's a fact). In the Scorpion's Soul, Hasskabal displays a great alternative to the disassemble-to-show methodology which is to have hinged walls that can be opened to showcase the vignettes inside. Simple and elegant. Obviously this will kill a lot of the structural integrity of the build, but we are not talking about action pieces here that are swooshing around the room. We are talking about a classy display piece.

 

For those FOLs who love to see fan conceived creations make it big, this is a no brainer. The project is currently floating at 775. If a little over 200 Brickset readers support this project, this will cross 1000 and get the "milestone bump" that comes with Cuusoo posting about the project.

 

One More Pirate Build

Okay, now I know that most of us are not going to give a second look to a Cuusoo project that does not look freaking amazing right out of the gate, but the fact is that Cuusoo projects are really supposed to be about the concept more than the build, so I wanted to throw in this project with that thought in mind.

Modular System: Pirate Isle by MA1983 is a fundamentally awesome product idea: A pirate base built into a skull shaped island. How much more pulpy pirate action can you get. Sure, the presentation could use some work, and as far as a literal translation goes, there is way too much "wall brick" in the build for an actual product, but for my fellow pirate fans out there, if you look past these minor details at the core of the concept, I think you will find it quite appealing.

 

A Week of Cuusoo

In my latest weekly pick I had a very easy choice to make, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This project sports several examples of fully actualized sets honoring the classic historical recreation... unfortunately, there is no love for the "three questions" sketch.

If the Grail is someone you want to see, please consider sending a tweet to one of the cast, any one of which could crush Cuusoo like some kind of giant foot from the sky with but a single tweet (John Cleese has 2.7 Million followers).

Other great projects (or MOCs depending on your viewpoint) from Cuusoo include a Horus themed mecha, a gorgeous autumn landscape, and a clever series of vignettes celebrating backyard astronomy.

My review of these projects and a few more tidbits can be found here.

11 comments on this article

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By in Slovenia,

Outstanding ship, evryone support it.

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By in United States,

It's definitely a fantastic looking ship. Saw it on ebay and entertained the thought of buying it but it just cost too much with shipping. That being said while it is beautiful what is the point of submitting something like this to Cuusoo? Even if it reaches 10,000 and Lego approve it and trim it down to say a Black Pearl piece count, it will still be too big as a Cuusoo product. We had the Shinkai at 412 parts, Hayabusa at 369, Minecrafts at around 480 and the latest Delorean at 401. Keep in mind many of these pieces are small, not big hull and mast type pieces necessary for a ship.

It's a wonderful moc but it will never see the light of day as a retail product.

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By in United States,

Awesome, I've sent this cuusoo idea to Huw a looong time ago, and posted it in the cuusoo corner as well, but this project never seems to get the support it deserves. Hopefully this will change that now. I've been supporting this project for over a year now. It's by far the most impressive pirate ship I've ever seen.

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By in United States,

Fits with the talk like a Pirate day on the 19th (silly).

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By in United States,

I love and would buy it in a heart beat. But it's too big to be made. Even if it hits 10,000 Lego won't let it pass review because of it's size. It would likely cost around $550 to $600. Won't happen.

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By in United States,

Love the ship,Pirates should make a comeback.

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By in United States,

WOW! That is the coolest pirate ship ever! Just stating the obvious :P

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By in United States,

LusiferSam

I agree, something that size would never be made, but I'm hoping that LEGO takes the style, color scheme, and theme and just down sizes it to a $100 set, or if possible, make it larger like the Imperial Flagship and charge 170-180

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By in United States,

I love the idea of the Monty Python and the Holy Grail sets.

Like "why didn't I think of that"?

The Rabbit of Caerbannog needs a Holy Handgranade accessory.

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By in United States,

O.o That is one cool ship, but I VERY highly doubt that they will let a CUUSOO set be the largest official set that they've made. So if it does make it and it passes the review they'll probably size it down MASSIVELY, taking away all that detail and just plain coolness, that makes this MOC the coolest LEGO pirate ship I've ever seen.

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By in United Kingdom,

That ship is awesome i wonder how long is would take to build it.
also the Horus knight is great and i wish there was more projects like it.

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