Zelda about to reach 10k for the 3rd time.

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Legend of Zelda: Iron Knuckle Encounter by WesTalbott is less than 200 support away from 10k making this the third time that Zelda has reached 10k on Cuusoo.

LEGO recently rejected the second Zelda themed project, but they had this comment about future Zelda projects:

Each project that enters the LEGO Review is thoroughly considered for release as a set on its own merits. If another Legend of Zelda set qualifies for review, we will happily consider producing a LEGO set based on that project.

The contributing reasons to a decision on one project do not affect future decisions for any other projects, either positively or negatively. This means that each project related to the Legend of Zelda would be considered independently on its own merits.

Update: Legend of Zelda: Iron Knuckle Encounter has achieved 10k

22 comments on this article

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By in United States,

And because TLG doesn't provide any reasons for rejection now, there's no way to tell what sunk the previous project, whether this one has the same problems, or how it can be fixed for future projects. Perhaps there are legal reasons they need to do this, but it's just really lousy treatment of the project creators and supporters to keep them so completely in the dark.

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By in United Kingdom,

Or maybe creators and supporters just need to wake up and smell the coffee ? Honestly, if this particular licence has already been rejected twice then you'd hope people might get the message and quit clogging Cuusoo up with more of the same. No chance of that, of course, but we can hope....

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By in United States,

@DrDaveWatford- I'm not saying that's not the case, but LEGO did explicitly pull Doctor Who, Mario, and a few other licences before they were able to get 10,000 votes because LEGO felt that licence would not work out (usually due to another Brick group already having the licence). If LEGO will not do Zelda because of exterior reasons, then they would have probably specifically pulled this project. I personally hope that a concept getting 10,000 votes three times over shows LEGO that there is a market for this, and that other factors hopefully will work out to allow LEGO to make a Zelda project. But I'm not holding my breath...

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By in United States,

So if we submit another 2 Portal projects, we'll finally get a set!

:P

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By in United States,

Also, every Zelda project I have seen has at least one new piece, which I seem to remember LEGO saying they would not do. However, of interesting note is how the project intends to help deal with this. From the project itself: "Due to the fact that I believe it is absolutely necessary for a single new mold to be created for Link's Hat/Hair/Ears I have decided to donate the 1% of profit should this set be created, back to LEGO Cuusoo, to help pay for the new mold." I don't know if this will save the project, and if LEGO will need to make specific rules about this in the future, but it is an interesting way to try and deal with this issue. I will say that, for a one singular set, which LEGO seems to look for in Cuusso projects, this one seems to fit the bill better than the other two rejected projects.

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By in United States,

The fan base for Zelda is too strong to be let down, not to mention, what would be so bad about having a Legend of Zelda set. Alright, some molds would need to be dropped, but look on how well it would sell. Video game themes are almost as popular as original ones, such as Star Wars, City, and Creator. However, I'm just going to assume it conflicts with current Lego sets because of the "Lenged of" part.

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By in United States,

I'm wondering if Lego isn't planning to give in and do this eventually. The Xmas elf from Series 11 is almost perfect for a Link.

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By in United States,

@DrDaveWatford: "quit clogging CUUSOO up"? Please, you can't be serious. What happens when you apply that logic to other areas of life? Think of the things we wouldn't have if people gave up after being rejected, especially when LEGO themselves still gave a glimpse of hope. Besides, have you been to CUUSOO recently? Another attempt at a Zelda set is hardly clogging anything up. Look at all of the junk with a couple hundred votes or less just sitting there while nearly 10k supporters have tried to get Zelda through for a third time. Your opinion is a touch dismissive for my tastes, and I am not even a Zelda fan.

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By in United States,

I don't think Lego fully grasps how much twenty-somethings, like myself, would be willing to shell out for an official Zelda theme. I'd give up buying food for a week...

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By in Belgium,

As long as Nintendo disagrees to give the rights of Zelda to Lego it won't happen.

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By in United Kingdom,

Well, I love Zelda, I love it, I hope a third 10k achieved will show all concerned that this should be pursued and whatever the issue was that stopped previous sets will be overcome, and I don't like coffee or its smell. ;)

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By in United States,

"This means that each project related to the Legend of Zelda would be considered independently on its own merits."

This means Lego will find another way to say NO.

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By in United States,

The only issue I can see would be licencing from Nintendo since they are already partnered up with K'nex.

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By in United States,

@mkrey

I was going to make a similar comment, but why would I when you have already stated it so wonderfully?

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By in United Kingdom,

If I were Lego, I'd take note of the popularity, and negotiate a full-blown theme. Perhaps they already have, and that's why the projects get declined.

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By in United Kingdom,

" "This means that each project related to the Legend of Zelda would be considered independently on its own merits."
This means Lego will find another way to say NO."

They don't need to. All they need to do is say "Didn't pass review".

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By in United States,

@richselby I want to believe...

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By in United States,

32,000+ supporters for LEGO Zelda on CUUSOO already... when will LEGO realize that we need this?

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By in United Kingdom,

^Or 11,000 persistent ones... which is still a pretty good thing!!

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By in United States,

The very first comment has it right--sadly, we're no longer being given any explanation for rejections. I would hope they would pull the project early if they knew ahead of time that it wouldn't work out. And I'd really hope they wouldn't send those encouraging 1000 and 5000 vote messages on the way to rejecting it.

The fact is, Zelda could easily be an entire theme. It has a rich story, engaging characters, a unique environment, and plenty of room for an expanded universe of new stories and characters. Not to mention the love of and entire generation of kids who grew up with the games. Lego and Nintendo have collaborated plenty of times with Lego Star Wars, Indiana Jones, etc... If we have Lego video games, why not video game Lego? I could go on--other themes have had far less going for them and yet made it to production.

As for special molds, I just don't buy it--they make dozens of new "special molds" a year for the collectible minifigs. Economically, Zelda would be popular enough for even a few molds to pay for themselves. I think Cuusoo is just growing up too quickly and they're not sure what to do with it, so they're playing it safe and keeping it reigned in. Cuusoo has the potential to become a real driving force for the future of their product line.

I guess we'll know one way or another soon enough. We're now at 10,001 votes.

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By in United Kingdom,

Nintendo has already licensed Mario Kart to K'Nex. There could easily be restrictions in place relating to additional IP, or either of Lego or Nintendo may not want another building blocks deal in that mix. If Lego wanted to go ahead with Zelda they would have done so by now. We have already seen that they are happy to vastly alter set design if needed, talk of special parts is irrelevant as they would just be dropped if needed. This set is looking highly unlikely!

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