Pete Reid's (Legoloverman) Exo-Suit to be the next Cuusoo set!

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The results of THREE Cuusoo review panels have just been announced: to cut to the chase, Pete Reid's Exo-Suit will be the next Cuusoo model (after the Mars Rover), and will be available mid-2014. The Landrover is still being evaluated. Portals 2, Purdue Pete, Zelda, the Tumbler, Andy the Android, Space Troopers, mini shops and others have all been rejected.

Congratulations Pete: to fight off all that competition is fantastic -- and with a non-licensed model too! I hope the 'professional designers' do it justice!

 

Here's Tim Courtney explaining the process and revealing the results:

And here's what's been rejected:

Thanks to Mark A for alerting me!

136 comments on this article

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By in United States,

This design doesn't do anything for me. Pass.

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By in United States,

Nice. Personally, it doesn't do much for me, but its a cool model.

Is this the first fully non-licensed set that's made it?

Steve

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By in United Kingdom,

Great news Pete. Richly deserved!

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By in United Kingdom,

Cracking result, well done Cuusoo review panel and well done Pete.

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By in United States,

I would be nice if they explained why certain sets did not pass the review. Instead they just give out some ambiguous statement that doesn't do much in the way of an explanation. I'm glad one got through and I'm interested to see the final design. May or may not get it. Congratulations to Pete.

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By in Netherlands,

I for one am really happy with it :) a new classic space set :D

by the way, did anyone else notice this one is actually in the first lego adventure book? with the turtles?

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By in United Kingdom,

^This. I would like to know why the Space Troopers and Zelda didn't pass. Well done Pete, will definitely pick up an Exo Suit.

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By in United Kingdom,

So pleased this model won the review stage, making it the first original project to win Cuusoo.

Shame though the shops got rejected but will be interesting to see what happens with the land rover project.

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By in United Kingdom,

I suspect LEGO is reluctant to publicly say that 'Nindendo would not grant a license' or whatever.

Here's my take on why they were rejected, feel free to disagree:

Space Troopers: Too similar to Galaxy Squad.
Portals: Too obscure
Purdue Pete: Very limited appeal
Zelda: It's been rejected before
Mini-shops: Would compete with modulars for sales
Tumbler: Existing license, Cuusoo rejects all such projects
League of Legends: Too obscure
Bugdroid: Not sure about this, it would have been a perfect 'geek/LEGO' fit. Maybe they did not want to alienate Apple fanboys.

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By in Taiwan,

UH.... no matter what, I think it's very boring to see so many projects get rejected which wasted seventy thousand votes, even though some pojects are obviously not suitable. For those who seemed to be an okay one at first, I think TLC are just adding more restrictions.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ huw agree 100% that is my take on it.

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow they dealt with three reviews in one go, that's a surprise.

I see we're already getting complaints about 'why did they reject X project?!"

I'll have a few guesses:

Portals 2: Either a bad business case, couldn't get the license, or lack of playability.
Purdue Pete: Bad business case.
Space Troopers: Conflicts with current Galaxy Squad line.
Andy the Android: Either a bad business case, couldn't get the license, or lack of playability.
Legend of Zelda: Either it needed new parts or they couldn't get the license.
Mini Shop Series: Either a bad business case, or couldn't get the license(s).
Batmobile Tumbler: Don't they do one of these already?
Legends of Lego: Bad business case.

As for the Exo-suit, I'll see what it turns out like. I wasn't all that bothered about the project personally, but congratulations to Pete anyway! I'm sure people will buy loads of them to strap their minifigs into!

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By in Germany,

Nooo, they rejected Portal AND Zelda!
Damn, my hopes were really with those projects.
I'll see how this will turn out, it seems a little interesting, being a visibly mechanical suit.
Anyone remember what's before this? Wasn't it the Curiosity? How is that going?

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By in United Kingdom,

i wonder if the land rover one is waiting on a licensing deal?

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By in United Kingdom,

I agree with Huw!

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By in United Kingdom,

I think your reasoning is spot-on there Huw. Very pleased to see Pete's Exo-suit pass review and I will actually be interested in buying a Cuusoo set for once! Now, Lego set designers, here's how NOT to mess up the design:

Leave it alone. Please.

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By in United Kingdom,

I am so pleased for Pete, he is an excellent builder and all-round lovely chap. His designs are brilliant and he totally deserves his success!!

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By in United States,

Congratulations to Pete! i'm interested to see how TLG will keep all that amazing detail though...

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By in Taiwan,

> Mini Shop Series: Either a bad business case, or couldn't get the license(s).
I wonder if they didn't took a wise and longtermview on it. They don't need to get the difficult brands, but they can utilize this idea to make the brand stores TLC already cooperated with at least. It's the most dissapointing one to me.

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By in Venezuela,

congratulation to Pete Reid, but I´m very sad for the tumbler )-;

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By in United Kingdom,

Personally I love the design! Hopefully TLG wont oversimplify it too much...

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By in Bolivia,

Being honest (I didn't want to say this while it was up to vote / review) I really dislike this Exo-suit, its color scheme (or lack of) is dull-looking and the overall set does not please me aesthetically. It is also obvious that once it becomes simplified to be a set nobody will like it. If they had to butcher the Delorean that much this mech will really suffer.

Then I look at the list of rejects, and this news bit is a total bummer.

No seriously, marines? Portal? Andy? This is a massacre. Cuusoo has proven to be totally useless. If such a good idea as the space marines can't go through then what's the point of Cuusoo?

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By in Taiwan,

> I suspect LEGO is reluctant to publicly say that 'Nindendo would not grant a license' or whatever.
Since Nindendo had already given toy licenses to others like K'Nex, it's either that Nintendo doesn't have good chemistry with TLC, or TLC doesn't want to focus on video game characters at all. I'm just worried about the upcoming new Zelda project.
> Maybe they did not want to alienate Apple fanboys.
If such kind of license isn't acceptible, future projects doing with Apple/Android would be rejected for the same reason.

I just want to say that if they're allergic to certain licenses, TLC should declare to prevent more projects from being achieved and wasting our time (and theirs too).

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By in United States,

Congrats Pete. I hope they don't butcher your design. You always manage to make amazingly intricate designs involving mind-bogglingly complicated building techniques. I think trying to build your sets in LDD would cause the system to give up! Unfortunately, I fear that they will WAY oversimplify your design and use bley. You should submit some of your robot designs to Cuusoo next. I have always enjoyed your small creations like your blips and turtles.

Neo Classic Space FTW!

I am disappointed by Zelda and Space Troopers getting rejected. I guess that Zelda is stuck in Licensing #&!!, but I still can't quite grasp why space troopers was rejected. Galaxy Squad seems to be on the way out anyway, unless 2014 is bringing more sets that we have not heard about yet. We have ANOTHER Zelda project coming up, so let's hope its 3rd time's the charm instead of 3 strikes you are out.

There was a lot of good material in those designs, but at least one of the most famous AFOL MOCers shall go down in history as a Lego set designer. Congratulations again Pete, and keep up the great work!

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By in United Kingdom,

As said, Space Marines hugely conflicts with Galaxy Squad, and to a lesser extent Star Wars, so it was always highly unlikely that they'd pass it.

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By in Norway,

So No-Go... Shame on Cuusoo, useless concept. They should pick out 4-6 ideas that have reached over 10.000 votes and then let people like us vote on the final winner..

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By in Taiwan,

> They should pick out 4-6 ideas then let people like us vote on the final winner
No, it's not that working. In theory, when all projects are suitable, they can all become products at the same time and there is nothing called "final"or"only". The only question is indeed we can't see multiple chosen projects in each review season.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ That doesn't really help, since the one with the larger fan base wins. Not necessarily the one people will buy.

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By in United States,

I'm not sure why people are whining so much about the failure of licensed projects. LEGO could love the designs to death but if the other party refuses to work with them then they can't do anything about it. It would be bad business practice for LEGO to explicitly say "we love it but X refused to license it to us" (badmouthing a company that *might* work with them in the future just burns bridges unnecessarily) so they just have to stay silent.

Don't say CUUSOO is useless if people keep insisting on supporting long-shot outside licenses.

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By in Bolivia,

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"As said, Space Marines hugely conflicts with Galaxy Squad, and to a lesser extent Star Wars, so it was always highly unlikely that they'd pass it."
Would it? It is hard to imagine a limited-production, LEGO store exclusive set would really cause so much trouble selling Star Wars or that unexistent* theme called Galaxy Squad. Also, this exo-suit also conflicts with that kind of taste in sets.

* They didn't ship it to my country. So, that theme does not exist for me.

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"Don't say CUUSOO is useless if people keep insisting on supporting long-shot outside licenses."

CUUSOO is useless precisely because of this. The licensed ideas attract all the votes. The good unlicensed ideas are unlikely to get many votes. Votes that go to licensed ideas makes review board waste time on sets that are likely not to be produced anyway.

There is no excuse for Space troopers though.

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By in United Kingdom,

Freaking awesome news. Very sorry for so many projects to be rejected, but over the moon for Pete. And next week sees the release of his and Tim Goddard's LEGO Space book, which features the Exo Suit... I like October 2013, it's nice.

Naturally the design will be simplified, it's full of all kinds of illegal, but I think TLG recognise the importance of staying true to the original as best they can.

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By in Taiwan,

> "Don't say CUUSOO is useless if people keep insisting on supporting long-shot outside licenses."
When it comes to non-license things, no excuse for sure. I agree that both fans and TLC could feel helpless when ideal license owners don't agree with Cuusoo projects at all. We don't know how many active and popular companies want to cooperate TLC or supoport Cuusoo.
> Space Troopers: Conflicts with current Galaxy Squad line.
Did anyone ask TLC to produce them together? They can just try to import that idea in the current/another space theme. Unless TLC have other reasons.

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By in United Kingdom,


If the Exo suit makes it into production "as is" then I will buy it.
If they turn it into a "legal lego" build then it will probably be too compromised to look good.
If they turn it into a "bionicle style" suit then I have no interest what so ever.

Still too early to say whether the set will be worth buying. I'm hopeful, but not /that/ hopeful :(

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By in United States,

It wouldn't surprise me if the possibility of Games Workshop taking legal action against LEGO figured into the decision against the project formerly known as Space Marines.

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By in United States,

I like how the Land Rover is still in progress. Maybe there is still hope, but I do like the mech too :) Finally no licensed set.

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By in Ukraine,

Ah, remember, it's not just a question of whether the people who make the game or the show want to work with Lego... I know that most current video games and TV shows already have an existing deal with a different company to make toys and/or action figures and/or fan collectible shelf figurines. (For example, if you look on Amazon, you will see that the toy company called "NECA" owns the license to make action figures of Portal, and a toy company called "7 Weapons" has the license to make figurines of League of Legends. If you are unhappy, then those are the people you should be upset with!) Basically, even if Lego is 100% eager, and the people who make the game or show are 100% eager, then Lego still has to cut some sort of deal with that *COMPETING* toy company, or else it's a no-go!

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By in Norway,

Congratulations to winner but to all the finalists as well. I liked your projects. And with exo-suit - I am looking forward very much to the final version and I believe this might be the one I going to buy from the Cuusoo serie. I hope there will be the space classic logo present.

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By in United States,

Why did they have to reject Space Marines? Oh, why...

I do like that Exo Suit, though, and will definitely buy it. Congrats to Pete!

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By in Taiwan,

> most current video games and TV shows already have an existing deal with a different company to make toys and/or action figures and/or fan collectible shelf figurines... So even if the people are 100% eager
That means they can finish that previous deal unless they can't. Also most of the rejected projects are not in this case.

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By in United States,

Very glad to see a fan inspired creation make it to production. Very interested in what Lego will produce though....

I would like to know why Lego specifically rejected the other projects but I can accept that it is very difficult to express such things in ways that don't result in misinterpretations or that clearly list all the issue that might have been encountered.

Besides, Lego can only make it's decisions based on present conditions. The reasons for rejection today might not be valid down the road. By keeping quiet they are not painting anyone into a corner.

Basically, there is no solid gain for them in expressing the reasons for rejection but a lot of potential fallout so I respect their decision as a canny one.

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By in Ukraine,

^^@Dorayaki, Ah, well it was definitely a factor for Portal and League of Legends. I added a bit to my comment to clarify that.

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By in United Kingdom,

I just hope Lego don't change it so much that it looks really bad and nothing like the original model. Well done to him anyway!

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By in United States,

Andy the Android, the Batmobile, and Space Troopers being rejected is sad, but expected. I for one am completely thrilled that the Exo-Suit is getting made! :D

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By in United States,

I was REALLY hoping for the mini shops to make it through the review, but I can understand that licensing issues were probably a factor there.

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By in United States,

Congratulations to Peter Reid! Provided the actual LEGO set still looks almost as good as the original model, this may well be the first Cuusoo set I'll actually purchase. :D

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By in United Kingdom,

Many congratulations Pete, very well deserved! I look forward to seeing how the designers adapt the model.

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By in United States,

I can't say I'm thrilled with the results, but I do think the Exo-Suit will be the first Cuusoo model I'll buy, and, assuming it's well designed, probably in multiples. It's a great model; I'll be interested in how dramatically its appearance changes when TLG's designers attempt to "legalize" it.

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By in United Kingdom,

Well done for getting through but Exosuit looks like a pile of Technic bits..... Does nothing for me. Could do with some colour variation at a minimum.

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By in United Kingdom,

I was interested to read all the comments above; for me most of the decisions taken during this review were pretty easy to predict I would have thought EXCEPT perhaps Portals which I was fairly sure would make it. Did anyone really believe, for instance, that Space Troopers would get the thumbs up given the similarities to Galaxy Squad ?!

Fantastic news to see that Pete Reid's Exo Suit has been greenlit - it's a wonderful reward for a passionate, talented and much admired member of our community and I can't wait to see LEGO's interpretation of his design.

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By in United Kingdom,

Excellent news on the exo suit. I'm a big fan of it.

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By in Germany,

I'm glad that the Exo-Suit is getting produced. Good design, and not licensed, too!

I was hoping that the Mini-Shops and the Space Troopers would make it as well. I didn't think the others had much of a chance, except for maybe the Land Rover.

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By in Germany,

Pete, Concratulations! Looking forward for "your" set!

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By in United States,

My take on those rejected. I think Huw is pretty spot on with a few other mitigating factors.

Portal 2, probably just could not make the business case work either not enough measurable market, or that suggested new structural part was deemed unworkable.

Space Troopers, they already had received a C&D letter from Games Workshop when this was called Space Marines. The risk of triggering a legal fight with GW was possibly viewed as not worth it over a CuuSoo project. Especially one that did have some similarity to a current product theme.

Andy the Android, I'm betting this comes down to unacceptable licensing terms. Basically this thing is essentially an advertisement for Android. Any proposal that involved TLG to pay money to advertise someone else's product would probably fail the business case.

Legend of Zelda, the same new parts and business case issues that drove the rejection of the first one still apply to this. Plus after the first project hit you just know that K'nex or KreO or similar started talking to Nintendo about the license. So the license may be in an unannounced state of flux, and not be available.

Batman Tumbler, Lego has one on the store shelves now. They are well into developing this license. Chances are the review will never approve a project that is "what you have on store shelves now... Only better!"

Purdue Pete, ummm yeah. This was never going to happen. Total failure of business case.

League of legends, either failed for business case, having the numbers issues that most video games have, or it failed on brand appropriateness of the source material. I'm thinking that MOBA's will be treated much the same as FPS's

Just my 2c.

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By in Canada,

Sad about bugdroid.

I like Exo-Suit but I probably wont buy it because of the price.

Couldn't care less about Land Rover.

I like the Ghostbusters movies but I would never buy lego of them. Especially not 2 sets.

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By in United Kingdom,

Is the Exo suit not from the 'alien' film franchise?

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By in Canada,

@suedeapple
It doesn't look like forklift-overalls, so no.

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Nothing like a CUUSOO announcement (any CUUSOO announcement) to bring out the bellyachers.

It's a great concept. Congratulations to Pete. Complex construction is fine. Fiddly fragile construction is a pain. I am sure any changes LEGO designers make will be for the best. I wonder what sort of minifig will be included.

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By in United Kingdom,

Well done to Pete Reid. His model's great, but many people are afraid how this will be re-interpreted by TLG. So how about a Flickr building competition - to make a LEGAL SUIT, i.e. a legal-moves version of Pete's EXO SUIT. We can see who gets close enough to the finished product. And who doesn't manage to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

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By in United States,

Finally a CUUSOO set that I am actually interested in! I'll be happy to purchase one to show support. It will look great amongst the rest of my sci-fi LEGO. :]

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By in Canada,

A big congratulations to Pete for his Exo Suit design! I saw it last year at the Lego Steam show and really liked it. So I will be happy to own one when its produced. I really hope that the Lego designers try to keep with the spirit of the original.

I pretty much agree with the assessments already in previous posts. My thoughts on the rejections of the other projects boils down to licensing and limited appeal. (I'm really thankful that Purdue Pete was rejected. That project was an eye-sore.) Frankly Lego has to be able to acquire a cheap licensing agreement with these various companies to make the product worthwhile to produce it. Huw was spot on for some being too obscure. The Exo Suit makes perfect sense from a licensing perspective. This is also why I think the Defender 110 will be produced as well once it clears.

As for the next crop of submissions, if they can secure the license I would think they will produce a ghost busters set. It is a very iconic movie. The wizard of Oz I would think has potential too considering Lego already has a licensing agreement with Disney Studios.

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By in United States,

Another factor against Space Troopers is that at its core the project is 'Hey Lego, make a cool space theme!'. They do not need help to come up with an idea they have had for 30+ years. Meanwhile, the Exo-suit is more what Cuusoo is about 'Hey Lego, here is an awesome sci-fi model you haven't made before!'.

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By in United Kingdom,

Congratulations to Peter Reid, I also saw this at STEAM and I think any Classic Space related products are fantastic. His and the other Neo Classic Space projects I saw were very inspiring!

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By in United States,

I really don't think LoL could have been rejected on business case for being "obscure". I'm not even a gamer, and I am well aware of the massive phenomenon it is. In some countries it is the number one media/pastime OF ANY KIND among young males. And they do not have an existing licensee for building toys. Instead, my guess on that one is that LEGO was uncomfortable with the high degree of cheesecake/fan service in a lot of the designs of the female champions. I would group this with that zombie movie rejection, and the firefly one, and after all the backlash on those, the company is keeping mum this time to avoid flak about hypocrisy vis a vis their big licenses (eg, are the female champions of LoL actually more scantily clad than Slave Leia?)

As for the exo-suit, congrats to the builder although it's not my cup of tea. I agree it will be interesting to see how LEGO modifies it for production... for one thing, I bet they will add color. As much as we complain about official sets (Star Wars, I'm looking at you) that dump out on the building table as mainly a pile of gray, there are at least keyed color highlights. This set is excessively monotone from a marketing perspective, it needs something to pop visually on the shelf. The DeLorean was probably right at the limit of gray boringness, but it has a huge fanbase that won't care about that.

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By in United States,

I would have liked the Mini Shops, as I don't really need a big building, as I plan to start a small town, not a city, and these buildings would be at just the right size for what I need and not too expensive. I think that the 7-11 would have been a perfect fit in a small town setting, as even unincorporated towns in my area have a convenience store.

I don't know about how well the Exo-Suit will sell. Plus, it looks weird to me.

The Land Rover I like, but it is too big and would likely be one of the (if not the) largest LEGO set ever made.

I think the Bugdroid would have been the biggest seller here, as there are many Android users, and if they wanted to, the Apple Store mini shop could have been released in addition to the 7-11 to keep the Apple users happy.

Perdue Pete, would probably not sell too well. in stores around here all you can find is WVU and VT collegiate items, as these are the two largest universities in my area. Again, the Perdue Pete would probably only have appeal in the area of Perdue University. A clone brand might try this as "fan gear", but I don't see it fit where Lego could try something like this.

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By in United States,

Disappointing. I was so excited for Portal.

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By in United States,

Very glad for the Exo-Suit but not so much for: Space Marines(¿?), Zelda (Lego should just come out loud and say they do not work with Nintendo), Portals (Valve thought it was Portals 3 and cancelled it). I am hoping for the female set to pass.

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By in Australia,

Well, congratulations to the winner, but mechs don't really interest me, and I was really hoping for the Mini Shops series to pull through.

Interesting that a majority of Cuusoo sets are science/sci-fi themed (the submarine, satellite, Mars rover, and now the mech suit).

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By in Poland,

Space troopers failed?
Cusso. I am SO dissapointed. This theme could be one of the best space themes.

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By in United States,

I'm not a LoL player and I think the LoL design is good and would have bought it. I think 'obscure' is a terrible way to dismiss a project. You don't get more obscure then an original idea. I mean, LoL already has a fan base PLUS it is trying to woo the rest of the LEGO buyers. Whereas an original idea has NO existing fan base and therefore is only trying to woo the rest of the LEGO buyers. So, even an obscure IP has more fans then NO IP. To put it in algebra terms:

Obscure IP project purchases = existing fans purchases + LEGO fans purchases.
Original project purchases = LEGO fans purchases.

See the difference?

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By in United States,

I have to say I am not happy with the constant sudden Cuusoo rule changes. 3 months equals a review group. It was explained that a project from that group would be chosen. Now they change the guidelines again and pick one project from 10 that were from 3 review groups over 9 months???

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By in Sweden,

It'll be very interesting to see how LEGO will adapt this design into something that'll actually be buildable by most people. The original design seemed to lean VERY heavily on AFOL building techniques that LEGO would never use in any official sets, so I would have to assume the final design will be quite different.

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By in Canada,

There's no way the final product will be anywhere near to that greebletastic monster.

And while that's bad news for those who like the design, it's great news for those who don't.

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By in United Kingdom,

Been a fan of Peter Reid's stuff for a while over on the Neo-Classic Space site... and, fingers crossed, I'm getting the No Starch Press book for Christmas. The man KNOWS how to Greeble, then adds more :oD

Disappointed the Space Marines didn't make it, because I'm pretty sure Marc Millar (the guy who created Traveller for GDW) would be okay with it, and he was using the phrase in works Games Workshop only published under license back in the 70s, a decade before Warty Kay.

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By in United States,

@Huw, Portal is obscure? The game has one of the biggest fan bases, and I'm pretty sure all of them would be glad to have a Lego Glados. Well, at least 1 good project finally got accepted.

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By in United States,

Glad to see this one made it, and I'm also glad to see the land rover is still under review. I would've liked the mini shops, but too many licenses, and as Huw said, competition for the modulars.

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By in Germany,

@Bustin no rule changes whatsoever. It was never "explained that a project from that group would be chosen". That never happened. You are clearly misremembering. What they did say, over and over and over again, is that there could be any number of winners per review. Including zero. And including all.

In fact no sane person would promise that a project from a random and unpredictable group will be chosen. You'd be painting yourself into a corner. What if there's only one project and you don't get the license? You will produce the sets anyway? And what if there's only one project and it's complete rubbish? You will go with that one? Yeah right.

In fact that's precisely what happened here. They got two meh projects in the Winter 2012 review, and these were not going to pass. They tried to save it by pulling Portals over from the review before that. But for some reason that one failed as well so they were left with 3 no-goes out of 3. Now picture everyone's reaction to that, if that'd be all of today's news. And then rinse and repeat for the Summer 2013 review. 3 no-goes out of 3 *again*. Picture everyone's reaction to *that*.

TLG were well-advised to do just what they did: group the results together such that there's still a winner. And lo and behold, most comments so far, on this page and in the forum, are positive.

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By in United States,

This result further pushes the concept of CUUSOO into the very poor category (a joke basically). For me The Exo-suit was the least interesting of all the projects that were reviewed, I still can't believe it passed.

My guesses as to why all the others got rejected:

Zelda: License and new molds
Portals: License, new molds, weak set concept
Space Troopers: Galaxy Squad is finished so that isn't the reason, most likely TLG was scared of Space Marines coming after them for stolen IP. They had already told LEGO to stop using "Space Marines" as the title and changed it to Space Troopers. Also probably because the suggested set had new molds in it, weapons, aliens etc.
Mini Shops: Too many licenses to acquire I guess and too lazy to try.
Tumbler: Current DC license and a tumbler already out there, like mentioned all current license are going to get rejected most likely.
League of Legends: Too obscure for market
Android: Not a good concept for a LEGO product
Purdue Pete: same as above

So yeah, all the reasons sound logical from a business standpoint because of CUUSOO limited production runs and all the licenses that needed to be negotiated. But if TLG truly wanted to make any of those, I feel they could have. CUUSOO is more less about what fans want, but what TLG wants.

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By in United States,

What's done is done, and I never had much interest in any of these things. I would be willing to support Pete Reid if the model is good. I think it will change quite a bit though, unfortunately. I am however very interested in the results of the next review.

Female Minifigs is a great idea, while I don't think I supported it, or any of the ones in review right now, I think getting more female figs from more than just a collectible series will be good business. It's original, and multiset possible.

I don't see that Atlas thing making it. Even at a larger scale, I wouldn't know what it was.

The FTL series seems like a fun microscale thing but liscense issues may come into play.

Ghostbusters should be a go, either idea or even a combination would be great. While the DeLorean was butchered a bit, the success shows that a 30 year old film can still do well as a LEGO set. There is still the liscensing to be concerned about, but come on, with the exception of perhaps one scene in the movie being a little graphic, it should be good. It's not an R rated movie, if it was, then I'd be skeptical.

Poptropica, don't have a clue what it is. Kids seem to know and if it is being pitched by the actual company, like Minecraft was, I don't see a complication.

Wizard of Oz, a 75 year old movie still being popular and having references be made to this day means that it is highly likely. It is a fun movie and nothing wrong with it. The best part is that its liscensing can also be easily obtained. The LEGO Movie is being partly produced by WarnerBros. The Wizard of Oz, despite the bulk of Oz related junk being owned by Disney, they never had anything to do with and still do not own the rights to the first movie made, which means that all The LEGO Group has to do is make a phone call and have a few papers signed and we're good.

Now, with so many potential sets being put on the table, we will finally see if there really is a one set only rule or if they have to push sets back for each review announcement just so that there are not 3 or 4 sets made at the same time for Cuusoo. Previous answers will finally be given validity, and we will finally know how well Cuusoo really works.

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By in Belgium,

Don't like it.. Really want them to make a Zelda set but i guess this will never ever happen.

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By in United States,

Why am I not surprised that they went with the one submission that isn't licensed?

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By in United Kingdom,

Fantastic news about the ExoSuit. *Fabulous* news, for several different reasons.

I think Lego will do a good job with their interpretation; there's still a lot of love for Classic Space in the design team at Billund, and they will do the best they can. I expect I'll be buying multiples :-)

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By in United States,

I add my disappointment to the other comments that the modular shops didn't make it through. It's also kind of sad that only one out of the whole group was selected. Lego Cuusoo seems like it has become a COMPETITION instead of supporting individual creativity and Lego community requests.

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By in United States,

@jpw150: my thought exactly.

I find it to be a rather boring set to boot.

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By in United States,

Wizard of Oz is one of the most well known movies of ALL TIME. If BTTF can be a good seller, then Wizard of Oz certainly can be.

I also think Ghostbusters has about as much of a shot at getting made as BTTF did. TLG will likely give both BrentWaller and Teekay equal credit on a Ghostbusters set though. In terms of licensing, Ghostbusters was made by Columbia, which is now owned by Sony. I have no idea what this means for the set, but If Nintendo won't work with Lego, maybe Sony will due to the long-standing Nintendo-PlayStation Rivalry. Just a thought...

Though there was Lego/Universal precedence with the old Jurassic Park Studios sets...

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By in United Kingdom,

Great news - definately the best of the 10 ideas in the review. Congrats to Pete. Here's hoping the 'professional designers' don't mess it up.

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By in United States,

Congratulations, Pete! I knew this set would pass and I look forward to adding it to my CUUSOO collection!

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By in United States,

Anyone else fear the set lego puts out will be unrecognizable? It's an impressive model, make no mistake, but I doubt TLC would be willing to use some of the techniques that Pete used and the part he used to achieve them. I'm just concerned that his hard work will be distilled down to the point of it no longer capturing the essence of his original project.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm a big fan of Valve's Portal game - however the lego version struck me as problematic: It's impossible to make a 'Portal' with Lego since they defy the laws of physics and geometry, so you're left with a female minifig in a square room with some boxes. No amount of flick-fires is gonna make that playable. (However, that didn't stop them making the Minecraft sets I guess). By contrast, the Exo suit screams coolness and playability.

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By in United States,

@that guy from that show, there are indeed several techniques that would be considered "illegal" by LEGO. In fact, the model uses pieces that haven't been in production for over a decade. I am confident that the LEGO designers will do it justice. There is certainly more than one way to build an awesome exo-suit like this out of LEGO.

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By in Ukraine,

OK, I'll do a rundown too. I definitely agree with HUW et al, but with a few important added points:

I. Competing Licensing Toy Companies:
Portals: The license to make figurines for Portal is owned by the competing toy company called "NECA".
League of Legends: The license to make figures is owned by the competing toy company called "7/Weapons"
Zelda: Definitely a new mold issue, and it's possible that Nintendo sees Lego as one of their biggest competitors.

II: Too Much Product Placement:
Bugdroid: Doing this set would be creating other corporation's logo and mascot. Too much "product placement".
Mini-shops: Here again, you have four other corporations' logos. Too much "product placement" for Lego's tastes.

III: Too Regional:
Purdue Pete: It can only be sold regionally, on a small scale. I'm sure they explored the possibility, but said no.

IV: Pre-Empted:
Tumbler: Pre-empted by the official set. It's also possible that they won't do a Cuusoo set for an active license.
Space Troopers: Yep, just pre-empted by Galaxy Squad... But they did choose the Exo-Suit, which is similar! =)

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By in United States,

I've lost all faith in Cuusoo. I've deleted my account.

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By in Ukraine,

^ If people delete their accounts, do their votes also disappear?

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By in Taiwan,

> Too many licenses to acquire I guess and too lazy to try
> Here again, you have four other corporations' logos. Too much "product placement"

As I knew, the creator of mini shops mentioned the possibility that only one shop can be used if TLG doesn't want to make a subtheme. If they did compromise, they can choose the most popular or easiest license. So perhaps it's not the reason.

Results of the Fall 2013 Review prediction:
ATLAS Mini Model : Absolutely the most tedious but only passed project. (no offense)
Female Minifigure Set : Conflicts with current line.
FTL – Faster Than Light : Conflicts with current line.
Ghostbusters x2 : Either a bad business case, or couldn't get the license(s).
The Road to OZ : Either a bad business case, or couldn't get the license(s).
Poptropica : Too obscure game license.

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By in Ukraine,

^Hmm, Well I am sure that any of these five companies (Google, Apple, McDonald's, Starbucks, and Dunkin' Donuts) would have been totally thrilled at the chance to get to be a real Lego set, just to get their brand name in front of kids, so if the idea was rejected, then it must have been because Lego simply decided not to go there...

I mean, you can imagine that if they did one corporation's mascot or logo as a set, then every corporation in the world would start abusing Cuusoo as a free advertising platform!

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By in United States,

And another three rounds of LEGO Cuusoo failure.

Just end it already, it's just a joke.

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By in United States,

@ that guy from that show -

Before the BTTF DeLorean, I wouldn't have been concerned about TLG messing up the final design. Now I'm terrified of it. A dumbed-down Exo-Suit isn't an Exo-Suit at all...at least not the one we wanted.

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By in United States,

@therealindy: Google and Apple probably would not want to be seen in the same theme together...

There has also already been a McDonalds set in the past (3438).

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By in Taiwan,

> There has also already been a McDonalds set in the past (3438).
Nobody says we can't get a renewal. However, since Happy Meals don't inculde Lego after 2010, we don't know if Lego and McDonald are willing to cooperate again..

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By in Ukraine,

^Ah, I see, well the McDonald's set was cute as a cross-promo (or a Happy Meal toy?) in 1999, but I'm sure they would be wary of turning Cuusoo into a platform for free corporate advertising.

In a way, I feel like that's what PopTropica was doing!

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By in United States,

It seems like Lego is only willing to pick up a licensed Cuusoo project if they can get the license cheap AND it requires very few (or no) new expensive molds. For these reasons I am guessing major brands like Zelda, Portals, and League of Legends are going to be out of the running pretty much right away because they are still current and fairly popular so the cost to obtain the license would be significantly higher than say the Back to the Future license. BttF is pretty old and nothing else is currently being created for it, plus it didnt require any new parts. Minecraft was probably a fairly cheap license to obtain too and it had the bonus of requiring no new molds at all.

Most of the other sets that didnt get chosen also would or required a license or didnt seem to have much appeal. The Android Robot and Perdue Pete? Really? Lego is not going to spend the money to obtain a license and make new expensive molds just to make a single set based of the material. It's no wonder a non-license project got picked with so many licensed ones in the review. Lego doesnt have to pay another company anything to produce the Exp Suit set.

I think of all the projects the Space Troopers and Exp Suit had the best chance of getting made as they are interesting, original ideas. I am guessing Space Troopers was just too similar to existing space sets as others have said, plus it looked to require quite a few new molds and the creator wanted to make several sets out of it and make it into a full fledged theme.

Like others I would love to hear the official reason why each set didnt pass. We can make educated guesses but who knows if they are really the reason or not. At any rate I am just glad the Perdue Pete project didnt get picked, it would of been a shame to see that be chosen when most the people who voted for it only did so because they go to the college and were told to, NOT because they would actually buy the set if it got made.

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By in United States,

Congrats to Pete! I look forward to buying the Exo-Suit next year! I wasn't as familiar with some of the other sets. I know some didn't like Purdue Pete, but I liked it (even though I'm a Notre Dame fan) and thought it was a neat design.

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By in United States,

What excuse did they give for rejecting Zelda this time...

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By in Taiwan,

> still current and fairly popular
The licenses are popular so the projects achieve. Money is the part where most of us are helpless, but endless loops are meaningless too. Most Lego licenses are not good-old-things.

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By in United States,

@ Deathleech: That means Ghostbusters may have a shot, but Wizard of Oz may be considered relevant due to "Oz the Great and Powerful".

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By in {Unknown country},

The copy-paste message LEGO gave to all rejected projects shows how much the Company doesn't care CUUSOO at all; they are just too lazy to even write _different_ explanation to the designers: don't want to pay for license, too many new molds, not popular enough. And the poor awesomeness-ratio to the previous accepted project - half good project (the misdesigned DeLorean) and three ultra-boring - doesn't show a bright future to this. But good luck, Exo-suit designer, you have 12.5% chance to see a good product at the end!

What does obscure mean: dark? unknown? hidden? scary?

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By in United Kingdom,

Actually somewhat surprised if Zelda was rejected because Nintendo wouldn't grant a license so I'm not sure that is the reason, I'd wager Zelda as popular as it is in gaming circles just isn't well known enough outside that.

The reason I'd be surprised if it was Nintendo is because Lego City Undercover is one of only about 2 or 3 games that has sold their WiiU - a Zelda Lego + Lego Zelda game tie in is the sort of thing that could reverse their fortunes further because right now their console is still struggling having been out nearly a year and still having less games than the upcoming Microsoft/Sony consoles will have on release.

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By in Taiwan,

If Nintendo want to keep on Toon Link games, Lego Zelda doesn't seem necessary. Only the shows without any mascot art fit in Lego media.

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By in United States,

@Yooha: Obscure in this sense is the opposite of famous, so unknown is probably the best definition.

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By in United Kingdom,

I like it, well done Pete. I think another interesting point will be what minifig LEGO include, I wonder if it will be Classic Space or maybe they'll blend the model into Galaxy Squad branding?

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By in United States,

therealindy: a license to make action figures is not the same as a license to make building sets. In fact, LEGO makes tons of building sets for properties licensed to other toy companies for figures (SW, PotC, TMNT, I could go on and on). So as far as LoL goes, your point is invalid. It is most likely, as I said, that there is too much fan service in the LoL champion designs for LEGO's comfort.

Also, on what basis is everyone claiming that "cheap" licenses are the only viable ones? No one has any idea what LEGO paid, or would pay... it all comes down to the business case. Now with several licensed sets out the chute, including Minecraft which launched a whole line, they may very well be willing to pay more... it is far more likely that lack of brand fit (LoL) or rejection by the counterparty (Zelda) torpedoed licensed ones. In the past when LEGO was more forthcoming about the reasons for rejection, cost of license was never cited.

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By in Philippines,

Kudos to Pete Reid. I admire the mech, but I hope TLG doesn't remove the knee joints and replace other parts with slopes.

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By in United States,

In the big Lego books, they have that creation in the section with the MOCs. I guess they'll have to change that in the next edition...
I hope they change the minifigure a little, though.
Kind of a shame too, I liked Space Troopers.

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By in Ukraine,

^^^ It depends entirely on the wording of the licensing contracts, and the desires of the parties involved.

My real point was to get people to stop blaming Lego, and to stop calling them cheap, or short-sighted, or dream-killers, as if it's Lego's fault that the other companies did not want to play ball. The Cuusoo Team warned everyone very clearly from the start that licences for popular characters can be notoriously difficult to negotiate.

If a competing toy company has the exclusive rights to make action figures of a character, then that can prevent Lego from making minifigures in a lot of cases. Essentially, a minifigure is a mini action figure. On the other hand, if the contract is worded to allow it, or if the competing toy company allows it, then they can totally do it.

In the case of League of Legends, just searching quickly again on Amazon.com, it looks like that one company called 7/Weapons holds all the exclusive rights to make action figures and figurines for it. But yes, there are also several other various companies making accessories and everything else imaginable, so I admit it's not 100% clear.

But I totally see what you're saying about the female character's costumes being a bit too risque for Lego.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm really annoyed and hugely disappointed that Lego are not going to make the mini-shop series. Their reason is that they'll be too similar to the modular sets, but not everyone can afford to buy the modulars as they are over £100.00 Lego didn't need to get the licences in order to make these shops, they could've made up their own names for them, like they did with Octan.

Yet, they make the Back to the future car, what more sets can Lego possibly produce and sell with regards to this? They cannot bring out the Town Hall, already been done. So all we are going to have is 3 cars and nothing else.

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By in Sweden,

Portal is definitely not obscure, but I think the project should've been a large-scale LEGO replica of the Portal gun instead of a minifigure playset. A large-scale Portal gun could easily have been as popular as the Minecraft sets among non-AFOL gamers.

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By in United States,

Yuck, another mech. I don't understand why these things are popular right now. That's nice for Pete, but I wish they'd pick one of the fun looking sets.

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By in United States,

@Huw League of Legends isn't obscure, it's one of the most popular video games in the world, and the most played if you're going by hours played per month. :)

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By in United States,

I'm disappointed that the Portal set was not picked as I'm a huge fan of the franchise bit I'm glad the Mech got picked. I just really hope they keep it as close to the original design as possible.

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By in United States,

I don't see how Cuusoo is a failure. It brought Minecraft to the Lego scence, got BTTF made into a set, produced two beautifully designed models that are more detailed than some MODEL KITS I have seen, and now one of the most famous of all AFOLs, whose work most of us are at least aquainted with, is going down in history as having designed a Lego set based on his favorite theme - Classic Space. Just because a license or idea you like does not get picked does not mean the system is a failure. I liked some of the liscenced projects that have been rejected by TLG, but I realize that in many cases it is not realistic to expect certain ideas to get made. I am greatly looking forward both to this set and the Mars Rover, and I am hopeful about the next review.

I also hope the mech is maintained as a classic space revival set. Who knows, this may start a Classic Space Revival trend on Cuusoo. Some of the stuff on the Neo-Classic space website that Pete contributed to is more than ready for posting directly to Cuusoo after all...

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By in United Kingdom,

@Bion, I've never heard of it. Maybe it's only popular in the USA? Another reason might be that LEGO consider sets based on online MMOGs as 'done' now that they are producing Minecraft sets and don't need/want to do more.

I believe LEGO will keep it as 'close to the original design as possible' and one reason they'll be able to do that using more stable/legal means than Pete could is that there are new ball/socket joints out in next year's sets, as seen in the Mixels, http://www.brickset.com/news/article/?ID=7128.

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By in United States,

I am a little surprised about the results, only because I wasn't expecting this exo suit to be made. Granted, Space Troopers was the only one I thought would be picked out of that list, if any at all. But I can understand they wouldn't want another review period with no winners. People would probably quit submitting/voting if they kept turning them down.

Some of the greebles with the minifig arms/hands will have to be changed, so we'll see what happens.

I had never heard of Poptropica or Portals or League of Legends or FTL before CUUSOO had submissions. But I've also never played Zelda before, even though I've had basically every gaming console since the atari.

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By in United States,

I seriously doubt that the model will be in light grey though. It will probably be bley. I still hope that it will include classic space or classic space inspired minifigs (such as the CMF S1 spaceman...)

I hope the joints in those Mixels are sturdy like the Bionicle based Ball-and Socket system. If they are then I certainly hope they become standards.

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By in United States,

I just noticed the bit about "classic space"... really, was that the designer's intention? I mean, the exo-suit is a nice greebly mech, but it doesn't look anything like the aesthetic of classic space to me. It would be cool if lego's redesign took the direction of making it more of that look, which aside from the change in shade of gray, can I'm sure be done... it needs some blue, some trans-yellow, and some cone-shaped parts and antennas, at a bare minimum. Those are the hallmarks of classic space. I don't know if the molds for those classic circular strut pieces are long gone, but they could be used as limb segments. I totally associate those pieces with that era too.

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By in Denmark,

@Huw
Exactly what I'm thinking. Mini Ball Joints, can be used to make this set stable. The "T-piece in two cross-holes" joint in the leg can be replaced with two parallel ball joints. This sould be able to carry the load in the knee.
Erland, Part Design

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By in United States,

Thanks for the link, Glen. I understand the value of remaining purposely vaghe when it comes to the rejections, but it's a kick in the butt to the creators and supporters who'll never know why the project fell short or what could've been done differently.

I worry that TLG's realized releasing one Cuusoo project per quarter will be impossible, and reviews of multiple quarters at a time will be the new norm. Considering how much creative energy and potential there is in Cuusoo, it would be a shame if it's relegated to just one or two products per year.

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By in United States,

I still don't get why Lego doesn't try to get a video game theme. Look at all the other companies, they had really poor quality, but since they picked up major themes, they are now competing with Lego. Also, I'd love to see on how Lego f***s up the mech.

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By in United States,

Well Lego already kind of has their own video game theme going on with their own product...

I highly doubt Lego will not do this mech justice.. From what I can see from the pictures of it, while it is a very beautiful model, it contains quite a lot of build techniques that are very questionable...

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By in United States,

I think the Exo Suit will be a great set, and I am really looking forward to it! Congratulations Peter Reid!

Other than that, I am completely disappointed with the results. 10 projects, all with some merit to them, were Reviewed, and only one was chosen, with one still awaiting results. I was hoping for at least half of them to get produced. :/

To me, LEGO seems to be trying to end all the speculating about how exactly CUUSOO works. They want to be unpredictable. If their decisions are unpredictable, they no longer have to deal with all the popular but misguided theories that they've had to respond to (such as "LEGO has to make one project per Review, no more and no fewer" and "LEGO can't make any sets based off licenses they currently have"). Their vague rejections of the projects, with no explanations as to "why?", I see as evidence of their wish to keep users from "gaming the system."

On a more positive note, I do think that combining results from different Review periods means that Reviews won't take so long. Also, they haven't archived active Zelda projects, meaning that they don't have a definite no for the Zelda license (to those of you suggesting that LEGO and Nintendo are completely at odds due to K'nex's Mario theme, I would like to remind you of the LEGO CITY: Undercover games, which are considered second-party Nintendo games and are only available on Nintendo consoles). There are still high-quality Zelda projects which have good chances of reaching 10k.

Anyway, seeing as there are so many good ideas on CUUSOO (which LEGO rejects), I really think LEGO needs to invest more in CUUSOO. One set out of 10 projects? Not the greatest outcome.

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By in Taiwan,

> Cuusoo has posted a Q&A about the latest review.

The answers are still very vague and unpredictable, where we worry about that it could cause more future projects reject for the same reasons. The possible good information is they don't show to reject any future project related to specific license (Zelda, chain store logos), so hope that they comply with this answer in the future and don't do anything with "license payment""competitor concern".

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By in United Kingdom,

Were they not supposed to make one model from each review? /\ I also think it's not very good for 1 set from ten ideas. Some-what sadly surprised at portals. Expecting to get through, like they had already agreed on the license with Valve, they just preferred to produce something from it's first review. I think it's (probably) much more of a "gamers game" unlike minecraft which seems to be a public domain, if I am using the right words here. But, it proves that LEGO are willing to produce unlicensed Cuusoo sets, which is always good.

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By in Bolivia,

"It wouldn't surprise me if the possibility of Games Workshop taking legal action against LEGO figured into the decision against the project formerly known as Space Marines."

Nah. Games Workship owns only the name "Space Marine". If there were legal grounds to sue anything that looks like a space soldier but doesn't use that name they would have had already thusands of opportunities to sue someone.

The popularity of League of Legends is often wildly over estimated.

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By in United States,

I feel bad for the rest of the projects, but at least one of them made it.

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By in United States,

The problem with "Space Troopers" (definitely not marines) is that it's really a reworking of their "space" lineup. And TLG seems to want "marketable" properties for a "space" line rather than going back to a generic lineup like City. Frankly, they should wipe the board of the current "space junk" and go back to a more classic Lego Space lineup. Plenty of countries have REAL space programs in the works (other than the USA) that they could do some neat stuff based on actual space stuff. Then every once in a while slip in the odd UFO or Troopers. But that's not how MARKETING works... they want a set of each size product on shelves, coloring books, comic books, etc, etc....

That's probably the issue with some of the "mini sets" as well. Lego probably already has brands in mind or other projects in the works and they'd just be duplicating effort with "this guy's" sets. For instance I'm surprised they have the "Wizard of Oz" set up as they are obviously already sneaking it in via the CMCs. It seems like Lego getting a Wizard's of Oz license would be a shoe-in... but when would they SELL IT? They're already piled up with Castle and TWO more Hobbit movie in the queue. Lego's big corporate resellers like pretty little lineups of different sized boxes, not "ones" and "twos".

I REALLY hope they do the Exo Suit properly. The POINT of Cuusoo is to be "out of the box" and a SUPER HARD collector set would really do well. IN fact making it MORE expensive might just get the point that it's not for "kids" (and stop the phone calls when 8-year olds can't build it) I'm sure they would still need to fix it for "playability" if the creator has it "too fragile" but they should really leave it alone. They probably want to spruce up the colors too... (while marketing completely misses point....)

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By in United States,

I love that it's Grey and has an old school looking lego space guy, Super cool!!!!

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