Japanese old style architecture approaching 10k

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Japanese old style architecture, by Taxon55, has less than 100 support to go to enter the review.

At 850 days, this is the longest, successful, journey to 10k to date.

Cuusoo has given the standard request at 5000 for this very open project concept to be made more specific but Taxon55 has been very quiet on the subject.

Update: This project has now reached 10,000 Supporters.

31 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Didn't another Legend of Zelda project reach 10k as well?

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By in United Kingdom,

glenbricker, Thanks I must have not been paying attention.
I hope the Bird project reaches 10k soon;)

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By in United States,

The birds isn't even in line for the next to 10k, it's Adventure Time, the birds still have a bit to go - 1342 votes to AT's 586.

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By in United States,

And if Brickset's horrible rules for Cuusoo went into place this would have never made it.

Now we just need to wait another year to hear a vague reason why the set will never be made. Followed shortly after by having a Japanese Architecture set.

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By in United States,

This better pass, this project has been going for 2 years.

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By in United Kingdom,

Meh

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By in Ukraine,

^^^ @GreenBrickGiant. No, that last part is way too pessimistic. More to the point, if you accuse them of doing it on purpose, then you are essentially hurling accusations of outright fraud. Is that really what you want to do?

Let's take a look at the numbers. So far, only two sets have ever been directly pre-empted by official sets:

1) Modular Western Town was pre-empted by Disney when they announced The Lone Ranger movie sets. That was a random surprise, but sometimes life and licensing are like that.

2) Space Troopers was essentially pre-empted by Galaxy Squad. That was not really a big surprise, since they are always developing new space themes that draw on pop cultural currents like video games about Space Marines, and they always start designing a new theme a few years ahead of time.

And we can't really call the Tumbler a pre-emption, since the original black Tumbler set came out way back in 2008.

So that is a total of 2 sets out of about 16 that have been reviewed so far. That is 12%. Looking at the sets that will likely hit in 2014, I don't think there will be any more pre-emptions, in part because people are thinking more about avoiding designing something that Lego already has in the works.

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By in United States,

What is to stop LEGO from saying they are going to release a Japanese temple in the Architecture theme right before this review?

And LEGO is a business, not a friend, remember that.

And look at all the sets they passed up in the last "review", they shot down countless sets.

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By in United States,

Supported. I love any architecture set, and any set with good display quality, so this would be something I'd get.

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By in United States,

Considering it takes a long time to reach the support quota anyway, why can't Lego review these as soon as they reach the quota of 10,000 supporters. This would certainly reduce the huge backlog of un-reviewed projects.

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By in United Kingdom,

I can't help this one right now.
I have been supporting it for about a year. :) :) :)

It would be good to get some castles and buildings that are not just western European in style.

If this project does not pass then Lego should do the Ancient world Roman / Greek project. Or maybe they should just do both....

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By in Ukraine,

^^^^^ @GreenBrickGiant.

Think about it for a moment... If Lego *really* wanted to steal ideas, then they could just simply take them off of MOCpages or any of the other MOC sites on the net. And do they do that?

No.

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By in United States,

"And LEGO is a business, not a friend, remember that."

You couldn't be more correct...

I also find it very very difficult to believe that designers for Lego don't view brickshelf and other AFOL websites and get inspiration from fan made models...

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By in United States,

The project just reached 10,000 votes!

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By in United States,

Great! I would totally buy this.

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By in Ukraine,

^^^ @GreenBrickGiant and PaulBoratko,

OK, well if you are going to accuse Lego of stealing, then you need to show your evidence for your accusations.

Go ahead and hit the internet and try to find any scrap of proof for all these veiled accusations.

In the meantime, back to the topic of lovely Japanese Architecture! =)

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By in United States,

I did not say they stole anything... Go re-read my post...

There is a big difference between inspiration and blatant theft...

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By in United States,

@The Green Brick Giant, Well you are just a pleasant human, aren't you?

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By in Ukraine,

^ Ah, yes that's a good example, although I definitely think that was just a one of those common cases where two people independently drew from the same general pop-cultural ideas. Essentially they are both drawing from the classic images you see on Halloween decorations, or the house on the famous old TV show The Munsters. In fact, I bet if you asked 10 people to each design a Haunted House without looking at each other's designs at all, they would probably all look very very similar to this... A run-down Old-Victorian-style mansion with gothic towers in faded green or grey.

In the end, Lego is an amazingly generous company that gives millions to charity each year, and they obviously make a true effort to never "steal" anyone's designs.

I don't know how people get that idea into their heads!

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By in United States,

It's not unusual for Billion dollar companies to give away Millions of dollars to charities... While it's wonderful for the charity, it's also a great marketing and advertisement tool for the company...

You can take out a $1,000 ad for your company in the local paper and get a small 2" x 3" spot, but if you donate that same $1,000 to a charity you get a front page article...

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By in Ukraine,

^ Pfft, Wow, I really didn't expect this topic to descend into bitterness and accusations... But I guess so, huh?!

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By in United States,

@thereallindy

I am just giving perspectives from a business point of view... I am not sure why it seems shocking, but Lego is just like any other business and their first primary goal is turning a profit...

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By in United States,

@Venunder

I'm about 99% certain there will be a Greek/Roman series within the next few years. They made new molds in the Collectable Minifigures line for

a Spartan Warrior
a Gladiator
a Minotaur
a Roman Soldier
an Ocean King
a Roman Emperor
a Cyclops
a Roman Commander
Medusa

Considering they won't make new molds for Cuusoo projects like Zelda, which would sell like hot cakes even during a syrup drought, but make NINE new molded minifigs for a Greek/Roman theme (granted, its easy fodder for new minifig designs, but still). They just HAVE to be working on a Greek/Roman theme.

Which makes me feel bad for the current Cuusoo projects like the Medusa Temple. It'll also spark the conspiracy theorists' tin foil hats that Lego is just stealing ideas. Sorry to be so off topic

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By in United States,

^

I would really love to see that as a theme...

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By in United States,

DanRSL really hit on one of the issues we sometimes miss. Look at the Space Troopers project. It was a great project. But the entire project was inspired by and based around using a new mold that TLG had created for the CMF's. That Galaxy Patrol chest piece (and matching helmet). The Project was a great concept for using the molds. But it quietly tiptoed around the concept that in making the expensive mold, TLG may already have internal plans and uses for it. In much the same way that the Monster Fighters theme essentially evolved from a grouping of CMF's. As you point out, they have made a fairly large number of classical and mythological parts for CMF's now. There is a good chance they will sneak in a one and done late summer theme to take advantage of them at some point. And sadly no it probably will not be a historically accurate theme. It will be some sort of Adventurers theme ala Atlantis or MF. With a group of named characters searching for mythological treasure and fighting legendary beasts.

As far as the Japanese style architecture. I suspect it will hit a problem in that the creator sort of disappeared and never modified or reduced the project to bring it more in line with an actual production set. What is there is gorgeous, but disjointed. Not architecture but minifig scale. One is a religious site, which they will certainly never do in minifig or system. I think it might have some rough spots in review. Which is a shame. I would really love to diplay one in my office.

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By in Ukraine,

^^^ @DanRSL, Venunder, et al,

Yes, absolutely! At this point, it's essentially a lock that we will get a nice small Ancient World theme very soon. It might be designed directly by Lego, or through various Cuusoo projects, or as a combination of all of the above...

If Lego is working on it, then they will undoubtedly announce it soon, and I'll be excited to see it. If they are not working on it, then there are lots of talented projects on Cuusoo that will make it happen, one way or another...

Go search for keywords like "archaeology", etc, and vote for them all! =D

And congratulations to Japanese Architecture here! Remember that they have done a number of Shinto-Style-Temples and Torii Gates as part of the Ninjago sets recently, even though those are symbols associated with a small but currently active religion. Plus they have two other wonderful totally non-religious options to choose from. They have the power to choose which one is made, and they have the power to smooth out any rough edges. They have the power to make it fit more with the modulars, or more as a minifig playset. Remember how horribly rough the original Cuusoo submission for MineCraft was, and so they just fixed it up, and it lo and behold, it has spawned two distinct new sub-themes. This project will pass with trumpets and fanfare, it will pave the way for larger Cuusoo set submissions, and it will pave the way for more cool history-themed sets!

Again, Congratulations to Taxon55! Excellent work!

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By in Taiwan,

These are good buildings that don't have worry about license or current themes. However, they seem to big and don't ensure to be profitable. If TLC aceptc this project and redesign them, they could be smaller and use the abit more amount of pieces than modular buildings.

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By in Ukraine,

The second pic does show ninjas, so I am guessing they will add in some nice new minifigs, like they do with the modular buildings.

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