Cuusoo: Tolkien Week Showcase (and some E.T. thrown in for good measure)

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Well, it's that time of year again, Tolkien Week. Yeah it's a thing, been around since 1978 even, so not one of those flash in the pan weeks.

In observance of this event, I now share with you these fine projects based on Tolkien's works.

First up is one of the most awesomely freaky beasts I have ever seen sculpted in LEGO, Nazgul on Fell Beast by captainsmog

LOTR UCS Argonath by Shayd_DeGrai

This would make for a really excellent display piece for any hard core LEGO LotR fan.

 

Lord of the Rings Set: Edoras/The Golden Hall by NujuMetru

This is the most "traditional" sets presented in the showcase and is just plain gorgeous.

This one is also just 25 support short of 1K so let's see if we can't get this to the Cuusoo bump point!

 

LOTR: Minas Tirith Microbuild by Shayd_DeGrai

While I love the Fell Beast, this is probably my favorite LotR project on Cuusoo based on quality, footprint, divergence from traditional LEGO products. Also I just love miniature castles for some reason.

Really everybody, please check this piece out. There is a lot of fantastic variation in this build. There is almost no repetition, which is pretty hard to accomplish at this scale.

 

Gandalf’s Glamdring Sword – UCS – Lord of The Rings by Est.1949

I am not one for movie props usually (I admire them sure, I just don't fork over the cash), but I could certainly make an exception for a movie prop made of LEGO.

Thanks to Brickset user Telcontar for brining Tolkien Week to my attention.

 

A Week of Cuusoo

This week for new projects, I selected the Ford GT that I shared with you all last week. In light of that, not wanting to repeat myself, I figured I would show you the runner up for the week: E.T.

This is another project by the Tjspencer1 of recent Jurassic Park "fame" and I am glad to see that the events surrounding their first weeks on Cuusoo did not scare them off. The set concept is pretty inspired but unless I miss my guess, the Ninjago skull is modified to make E.T.'s head. I could definitely see some of the more adventurous types repeating this methodology in real life though, grinding off the lower jaw to get a near perfect E.T. head.

Besides this project and the GT, there was an excellent Maersk crane themed set that came out this week and even a Magnum, P.I. project. I also talk a little bit about LUGs which makes me curious about how many of Brickset's readers are members of LUGs. Well, you can read more on that here.

19 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

The Tolkein ideas are nice, but will never happen for an existing range. Edoras in particular is lovely, although I spy a couple of brickforge pieces in there!

I don't see the point of the sword though. If you cannot pick it up and wield it, it is useless.

ET would fit in with the seemingly endless old movie tie-in ideas on cuusoo. Although this one looks pretty good and has playability.

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By in United Kingdom,

That fell beast is brilliantly designed! I just supported it on Cuusoo. I really hope it gets enough votes and approved by TLG. It's an iconic creature from LotR, but, along with the balrog, hasn't been done by TLG.

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By in Germany,

As CCC says, the sword has no play value. I will add that as a display piece it only has value to the most die-hard fan. I for one couldn't tell this sword from just some random sword. It's not recognizable as a LotR item to me.

As to the other four projects, as glenbricker has explained on so many occasions better than I could, they all fall straight into the "inevitable discovery" category. So either they will get made anyway, in which case Cuusoo is not part of the picture, or they *won't* get made anyway, in which case Cuusoo is only part of the picture insofar as to ensure that 10000 more people are annoyed and angry.

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By in United States,

This sets are great, specially the Rohan Hall and the Fell Beast. Oh the memories of ET.

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By in United Kingdom,

LOTR sets are very nice, but I doubt they'd make production due to established licensing, and whilst the Rohan hall is well done, it's a 'bit bland' for a set focus....not 'iconic' enough.

Without the ET minifigure, it's just a house and white van....yet another 'please produce my movie related design because I want the minifigs' set... too many of them already, getting boring :-(

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By in United States,

Thanks for showcasing these glenbricker! The creator of Meduseld (The Golden Hall), NujuMetru, has an amazing Minas Tirith project that also deserves a lot of merit: http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/36275

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By in United States,

Really like the Golden Hall and Nazgul projects - and the Minas Tirith Telcontar mentioned is amazing.

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By in United States,

Five incredible LOTR creations that belong on MocPages or Brickshelf, but not Cuusoo.

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By in United States,

wow captain smog I would pay you in a min to build me those set's or if you can make directions for them you should and sell them if lego can't get the hint on those 3 set's there missing out.

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By in United States,

Also saw a minas tirith set that was so playable like helms deep on cuusoo that was great

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By in United States,

Some excellent projects! I had actually seen the Nazgul on Fell Beast the other day while browsing Cuusoo.

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By in United Kingdom,

The Nazgul on Fell Beast looks awesome.

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By in United States,

I love this post. Tolkien is awesome.

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By in United States,

I think these are all great and well done. The LOTR has zero chance of happen because Lego is already making LOTR sets. Personally I supported E.T. because it was very well done and has a high chance of being made. What worries me is E.T.'s head. It's a new element and specialized one. I'm guessing that makes it DOA if it makes to 10,000.

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By in Canada,

Yeah! thats what i'm Tolkien about. Awesome models :-)

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By in United States,

^^LusiferSam LEGO might already be making these sets, but in case they aren't CUUSOO could be a good way to make sure we get scenes that are important to us [the fans].

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By in United States,

As was stated with Star Wars in the Knowledge Base:

"Does the UCS Sandcrawler rejection mean you won’t accept Star Wars submissions on CUUSOO? What about other licenses the LEGO Group has? Why not remove those projects?
? The LEGO Review
We give each LEGO CUUSOO project that enters the LEGO Review a thorough and fair analysis of whether it is possible to release. This was the first opportunity we had to seriously consider a project based on Star Wars, an existing LEGO license. So, we're applying what we've learned from this case.

The Fall Review decision on the UCS Sandcrawler specifically applies to this project. As long as other projects meet the requirements of the Guidelines and House Rules, we will allow them to be considered on LEGO CUUSOO."

Simply being a licensed subject to Lego currently does not automatically disqualify projects.

I do however subscribe, with minimal evidence to go on, to the "theory of inevitable discovery" http://blog.brick-hero.com/p/cuusoo-users-guide-part-7-what-makes.html

basically, if a project reaches review being a subject that Lego is currently licensing, and is suggesting a product very similar in style to something Lego is actively doing with the license, then it can be assumed that, Lego has already considered the idea and shelved it, or are already planning on doing so in the future.

For example: Lego makes at least one UCS Star Wars vessel each year. It can be assumed they have ideas for the next five in hand with possible variations in the line up based on new Star Wars content coming to light. Someone suggesting a change in that line up without an overnight 10,000 is going to have a pretty hard time going up against Lego's forward looking plans.

So, while I view the Fell Beast, Argonath, and Golden Hall as having the best chances of the five of reaching 10k in any kind of viable time span, their chances of production are much less, in my opinion than the new concepts presented by the Minas Tirith microbuild and Glamdring build based on their originality and divergence from "business as usual" from Lego.

Of course, the slowness with which Minas Tirith microbuild and Glamdring approach 10k is arguably reflective of a week demand for such products which is likely their greatest hurdle to production, not the existence of a LotR License.

Also, although I expect the LotR/Lego relationship to continue until some time after the Hobbit movies have concluded (early 2015 at the earliest), be careful not to judge the market on projects well before the project reaches 10,000. This is the most common mistake I have seen with both project creators and people commenting about the viability of a Cuusoo project to reach production. I am not saying they are inaccurate in their predication of production, but most Cuusoo projects take years to reach 10k and, based on current rates, will be another year before production.

So, based on the support rates to 10k (http://www.brick-hero.com/c_days10k.php) the LotR argument is strong for the Fell Beast but rather weaker, as a blanket argument, for all the others.

Argonath for instance, at current rate is likely a 2018 release if it was to be produced. Assuming the current license expires end of 2015 that will be a good two years without a LotR set.

Will this play out this way? Who knows. But based on existing time tables and expected LotR mass media productions, this is a much fairer view than basing opinions on production of the Argonath as if it were to be reviewed in Winter 2013.

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