Cuusoo Guidelines updated

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Cuusoo have just posted an update to their Guidelines, House Rules, and Terms of Service.

There is a lot to go through, and I will post with more details later, but for FOLs who have often complained about the type of projects allowed on Cuusoo, the highlights are these:

  • Brick Based Set Projects ONLY - Translation: No more parts, programs, apparel, tape measures, etc.
  • One Project = One Set - Translation: No more "this is a new series of LEGO sets" projects.
  • No Minifigure Series or "Battle Packs" - Translation: No more requests for Star Wars and Super Hero figures without sets!
  • No Company Logos or Team Mascots - Translation: No more Purdue Petes or Android Bugs.
  • Only Use Authentic LEGO Parts - Translation: No more custom minifig elements. (This could be very bad news for the Muppet project.)

Looks like Cuusoo is putting into practice some hard lessons it has learned. We will have to wait and see what happens to current projects that are in violation of these new restrictions. My guess is that Cuusoo will allow "series projects" to taper down and custom elements to be removed, but all the other concepts are too specific to be salvaged. These other projects may not get archived any time soon, but it is now clear, they will not make it to production.

Top Fifty Analysis

Looking at the top 50 projects based on support we can see the impact of these rules:

  • 12 projects are sets that demonstrate the use of custom elements.
  • 8-10 projects indicate a series of builds.
  • 1 project is for a "non-brick set" (LDD on the DS).
  • 0 new part proposals.
  • 0 minifigure only projects.
  • 0 logos.

56 comments on this article

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By in Germany,

Good thing. I have not checked Cuusoo for quite some time, there was just too much boring yet-another-IP-related stuff.

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By in Netherlands,

These extra rules certainly took a long time in coming.
As far as I'm concerned, I'd much prefer any and all licensed properties to be disqualified from Cuusoo.

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By in United Kingdom,

What would your advice be to DeTomaso about his birds? He violates point 2 above and I'd hate to see that as a reason for it to be rejected.

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By in United States,

Finally.

Maybe now we'll see some actual creativity instead of a bunch of ideas cloned from other IP. Seriously, for a medium that, at least on Flickr, is brimming with creativity, Cuusoo has a shocking lack of it.

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By in United States,

Wonderful news. I might give Cuusoo another shot now. As it was there was just too much garbage to sift through.

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By in United Kingdom,

I wonder how closely they'll follow the mascots guideline. It's obvious the Android was Google's Android mascot but what about say, a Mario Brothers set? Mario is one of Nintendo's mascots but it's also a theme in itself.

Hopefully they're fairly loose with these guidelines, only eliminating obvious mascots with no discernible background theme.

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By in United Kingdom,

@peterlmorris. I doubt we will see less ideas from other IP. These changes do not stop that at all. They just stop the minifigs only sets from those ideas.

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By in Greece,

Surely with the birds, LEGO just pick out however many of the models they think makes up a worthy set?

And why don't they simply state 'nothing that needs a new piece shape' - that would stop a lot of messing about.

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By in United States,

@ Huw,

Well, from all my experience with Cuusoo they are very forgiving and cooperative when they can be.

At the 1k and 5k comments they tell poeple when they feel the project in indicating a series rather than a set. For example, this is from the 5k Comment on DeTomaso's Bird project:

"Remember that LEGO CUUSOO is set up to produce individual sets. Since you suggest a “series” of products, you may want to consider which model is your priority for being produced. Otherwise we would like the liberty to choose the model from your list of suggested options. Check out #6 on the post Cheat Sheet: How to Pass the LEGO Review with Flying Colors."

This statement in the guidelines could just be a polite reiteration or it could mean that Cuusoo will be enforcing a pare down to a single set in the future. From everything I have seen in my experiences with Cuusoo though, I know that they are eager to work with project creators when there is confusion between the established rules and trying to push forward on new territory.

I would be very surprised if this case was treated any differently, other than perhaps the scale of the operation.

I think it will be much more difficult for projects like the Muppet one which has heavily utilized customized parts. Team BttF also demonstrates custom elements as well. In fact, a significant percentage of popular projects use custom elements.

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By in United States,

Frankly I'm glad they're adding more strict guidelines. I can hardly go on there without seeing something concerning ONLY minifigures - which TLC can't do due to not having the rights, and I don't think that many of the people posting on there have figured that out. I will say, though, the rule about no new series' is kind of misleading since the minecraft set (as altered from the original as it was) has spawned it's own mini-series and could potentially produce more. although, I do believe that is a call for TLC to make, not us. I mean ya, we have to want to buy it, but they have to see the money in order to make sets.

All in all, I hope these new guidelines will help filter out the poor quality sets. As mean as that may sound, TLC is looking to make a profit and we're looking for interesting standalone sets.

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By in United States,

Thank goodness. The no series is long over due and the no mascots should have come right after Purdue Pete meteoric rise and fall. I can't say I've seen any brickless projects, but this should be built in from the start and is baffling lack of forward sight. As for the mini-figure based projects there were a few good non-licensed ones floating around, but given the failure of the Dark Bucket and shear amount of Star Wars and super hero battle pack good riddance.

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By in United States,

I am glad to see these updates. Usually new parts were only recommended by more serious projects and just are not possible. But themes, battlepacks, and logos were rampant.

I would still love to see an ax on all submissions that suggest ideas for already existing LEGO IPs. (ie, no more star wars, super heroes, lord of the rings, etc...)

I'd also love to see them eliminate low voted projects. They could easily set up a threshold such as: projects need an average of 5 votes per month. (So, project that may get 10 votes one month but 2 votes the following month are safe since they still average 5+ per month) Let's face it, if a project gets less then 5 votes per month, it'll take over 166 years to make it to 10,000.

I'd also like to point out that Cuusoo is reaching out to project creators getting feedback on their entire process.

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By in Germany,

These rules should have been in place from day one.

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By in United States,

So so long as a set of figures has something that can be constructed it is okay. Thank for the no more license mascots anymore guideline, should have happened from the start.

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By in United States,

This will be a nice change. The sheer number of battle packs proposed to the site was getting ridiculous. In terms of already existing licensed IPs though, I have seen several SW projects based on EU or more obscure vehicles that were very well done, and I think there should be a place for projects of that nature. I was, however, getting annoyed by the number of (I hate to say it) lower quality projects whilst looking for the gems, licensed IP or otherwise. I hope these guidelines keep down the clutter and allow the creative projects to rise towards the positions they deserve.

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By in United States,

Glenbricker I have to completely disagree with your interpretation of the authentic parts rule. On the Cuusoo blog they say "Please do not include non-LEGO brand bricks in your projects, whether from competing brands or after-market customizers." Nowhere do I see them saying you can't have an idea for a project that might include new molds or designs. Just because the Muppet project is based on heavily modified minifigs overmolded with clay and such doesn't mean they couldn't ok the series using existing parts & printed minifigs if they felt the business model was there.

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By in United States,

Glad that they're explaining a lot of things (such as reasons why some projects were denied in the Review) but I'm highly disappointed that a lot of quality projects will either have to change, or in some cases, be left to their inevitable doom. Sure, there are a lot of low-quality projects violating these rules which are basically just taking up space, but there were some good ideas (such as some of the new parts projects) which are now just being archived/deleted.

P.S. I still want LDD for my 3DS XL!

@murphquake
The "Only brick-based projects" rule seemed to me to condemn all new parts featured in projects on CUUSOO. To quote CUUSOO's blog: "Please only create projects suggesting standard LEGO sets and not new parts."
Also: "Please do not include non-LEGO brand bricks in your projects, whether from competing brands or after-market customizers."

Muppets (and similar projects) will totally be able to swap out many of the custom parts and focus on a single set idea, but it loses one of its main attractions of the project with the custom pieces.

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By in United States,

@murphquake:

Lego has made it clear that they don't want to see customized elements in the projects.

This does not mean that Lego will not produce a Muppet set when Muppets reaches 10,000.

The difficulty I am referencing is the "hard sell" JediKermit and others like him will have at getting to 10,000 at a speedy rate if they must do away with their custom element presentations.

Currently JediKermit uses 30+ customized elements and they have served him quite well on getting as far as he has. I remember when the project concept was a sketch of Kermit on a log.

As long as JediKermit wishes to continue, this is not the end of Muppets, only a rougher road to travel.

That being said, technically JediKermit could just post an actual photo of the "Muppets" and say "these is Lego" and that would be valid, even with the new guidelines. It has been my observation however that without a model the journey is a slow one, but if you can find a driven audience to get you to 10k, you really don't need the model to back you up.

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By in United States,

I don't like the changes. I never agreed with all the people who said CUUSOO is "broken"... it seems to be fantastically successful to me. By clamping down this way, they are just going to stifle creativity. Who's to say that the Android bug would not be a successful set. Or, say, a set of an Olympic mascot might sell tens of thousands.

But what really pisses me off is the no new parts. To me, this degrades CUUSOO from a genuine engagement with the fan community to nothing more than a troll of the market for popular IP: crowd-sourced market-research. That's a very clever thing for LEGO still, but it downgrades their receptivity to the full range of what AFOLs, in particular, might want. It's a little insulting.

I have been a huge backer of CUUSOO against the critics. This is the first thing they've done that really stuck in my craw, and no surprise, all the CUUSOO haters love it.

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By in United States,

^

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By in Germany,

@ninjagoyo: I have that weird feeling they are simply after a faster turnover rate. By the time LDD for DS gets to 10000 supporters, DS will be dead. By the time any of the parts projects get to 10000, *we all* will be dead.

I'm not even jesting — the longer a project takes, the likelier it is that the very first people to support it won't even remember it anymore, or will have long moved on from LEGO, or will have indeed been hit by a semi. What TLG really wants to see is if there are 10k buyers in the market right now, not if there were 10k potential supporters in the entire history of mankind.

Additionally, when projects linger around forever, the site as a whole appears to be deader than it really is.

But yeah, other than that, you pretty much took the words right out of my mouth.

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By in United States,

They probably just want to limit their wasted time reviewing projects that will NEVER get any consideration. Saves them time and saves the builder's time building something that ain't gonna happen.

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By in Greece,

glenbricker:

Sorry, have to side with murphquake here. LEGO have NOT made it clear 'that they don't want to see customized elements in the projects' - though I think they should. Could someone ask them for clarity?

What they have said is:
"Please only create projects suggesting standard LEGO sets and not new parts, software, websites, apps, or non-LEGO brick based products (backpacks, mugs, etc)."
They originally invited selections along all these extended lines, including ideas purely for new shaped bricks. This refers to projects where the whole point is a new part; it does not say "do not create sets that include new parts".

It also says:
"Please do not include non-LEGO brand bricks in your projects, whether from competing brands or after-market customizers."
Again, this does not rule out suggested new parts, only those that others are already making.

I agree it makes sense for them to rule out new shapes if that's not within the remit of the Cuusoo team, just as it's not within the remit of the LEGO Direct set designers, but if that's the case, then they need to say so explicitly, and they have not done so.

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By in United States,

Good job LEGO, you managed to ruin the one thing people have gotten really excited about. Way to disappoint your fans to a point where it would have been better to have never done this.

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By in United Kingdom,

I massively prefer projects that exist, in brick form.

And I'm getting bored of Lego [insert popular tv show here]

The no new parts just makes economic sense. A new mould costs up to a quarter of a million dollars. Colours, and printing, are different matters.

Cuusoo is interesting and has delivered some great sets. Hopefully these changes will allow the good projects rise to the top.

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By in United States,

I am a bit disappointed by some of these things (the "no non-brick-based projects" rule would rule out two of my favorite projects, the "LDD for Nintendo DS and mobile devices" project and the "LEGO Tape Measure" project), but overall, it's better to have these things codified ahead of time than to have to learn of them through trial and error, as with some earlier projects that failed review for reasons the creators could not fully anticipate.

If these things truly are enough to make a project infeasible, then I'm glad that they are being written into the rules rather than simply used to rule out projects behind the scenes during review. So overall I think these changes to the guidelines are a step in the right direction.

I think the notion that these changes are "long overdue" is a little bit unfair. The LEGO Group couldn't, at the beginning, fully anticipate what the platform could and couldn't do, or what challenges inherent to certain projects would be insurmountable. So I think it was right for the platform to start out fairly open-ended and narrow in scope as the LEGO Group learned to better understand both the process and the userbase.

I think it's silly how much vitriol there still is within certain sectors of the AFOL community against license-based projects, which all things considered, are no less creative than projects based on real-life subject matter. Thankfully, these updates to the guidelines do NOT rule out anything and everything that might require a license agreement — rather, it just rules out logos or mascots like "Andy/Bugdroid" or "Purdue Pete" that represent not just a character or creation of an organization but the organization itself.

I think projects based explicitly on characters or creations like Mario, Cinderella's Castle, Mickey Mouse, etc. should still be alright as long as they are based on an intellectual property, not just on company iconography. But I guess we'll find out for sure once some of these new guidelines start to be visibly enforced.

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By in United States,

I will say that the no new parts rule for any reason (I know that it has bee around a bit) is a kicker. By all means, there are some projects that were intended to be sets that were almost entirely new parts, and I'm glad there out. But there are a good deal of projects that are currently in review/ near 10,000 or even just ones I would like to see get made that only require one to two new parts, but without those parts (usually a minifig element) it just wouldn't look very good. I understand LEGO's hesitance to commit to making a new mold, especially for something that they may only use once, but for a few projects, it really makes it look significantly better.

As for the minifigure series stuff: By no means am I surprised by this, and if LEGO was never going to make them, I'm glad there is a rule prohibiting them. However, especially when it comes to DC Super Heroes, if LEGO would actually make super hero figures that weren't almost exclusively Batman in DC, there would be less demand to see something like this happen. LEGO Cuusoo was meant to be a way to see what consumers wanted in a sense. If LEGO made, say, products with Portal, Zelda, Superhereo CMFs or anything else they rejected, independently of Cuusoo, most of us who wanted those projects would be fine and would buy them anyways. I know that I wanted to see the Brick built Rancor Reach 10,000 votes, up until LEGO finally made one of their own. I'd still buy a brick built rancor, but LEGO was able to satisfy the main reason I wanted the project without having to go through Cuusoo. I wish that Cuusoo would work more like that. I really don't care how LEGO decides to make the Justice League (I understand if the can't do Justice League CMS), but I do want them to know I want them to make more Justice League and not just "Batman and friends". However, I know that Cuusoo is not meant to work like this. It is meant to be a platform to launch ideas. Still, with as many stipulations as LEGO has put on it (even if many are justified) it is understandable why people are frustrated with it.

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By in United States,

@ Joefish

I don't see what more clarity you are looking for than the statement: "Only Use Authentic LEGO Parts"

This is totally in synch with what they stated in the review of Zelda (http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/14886):

"While we cannot create new specific LEGO elements within the operational framework of LEGO CUUSOO, we will consider this concept in earnest in the Spring 2013 LEGO Review period."

That being said, I always appreciate greater clarification and assume we will see some from Cuusoo as these new guidelines mature.

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By in United States,

Let's face it, there is a lot of junk out there on Cuusoo that would barely hit 1000 supporters, let alone 10,000. The new rules help to cut the chaff and hopefully let some other sets actually make it to 10,000.

One set I particularly like is the Medieval Travelling Theatre. A complete concept, non-series set that would fit in with the existing Castle/Kingdoms themes and that has a decent piece count and good playability.

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By in United States,

It seems like Cuusoo wants to kill off some of its projects. :P

I mean, I can understand most of these guidelines, but they do get rid of a majority of its appeal to many people (especially the "Brick Based Set Projects" and "One Project = One Set" rules, which I think may restrict what can be done and what is done on Cuusoo).

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By in United States,

@ninjagoyo, I think everything on that list is pretty expected. Who's to say that the Android bug wouldn't be succesful? Well TLG's business case evaluation. But the roots of the no corporate logos rule is pretty clear. Lego gains no benefits and wastes precious production resources when providing free advertising materials to a third party. No company would do this. There is a difference between using a companies Logo's as part of a project, and having the project be another companies logo. Anyone with any knowledge of product licensing and development could tell that the Bugdroid, the Redit thingy etc were doomed. TLG's marketing and legal groups would never allow them. Purdue Pete as a Sports Mascot was a little greyer but still unlikely as a CuuSoo product.

I suspect the no new parts is more a matter of internal resources. There have been some postings here and over at EB by some Lego design people that have shed some light onto what is involved in part development. And also reveals that there is a fixed restriction on the active library of parts or elements in use by TLG at any given time. So chances are that CuuSoo's resources are not well served in spending a long time on part evaluation when there is no chance of their limited run specialty product nature gaining those slots. Remember D2C sets typically do not get new parts either. Mark Staffords comments in the monorail thread on these forums give a pretty good breakdown regarding parts and tooling.

The no "non brick" projects also makes sense when you think about it. What they are essentially saying is CuuSoo is limited to internal or in house production. Things like Software or Clothing TLG contracts out to third party partners. That certainly would increase the complexity of CuuSoo, and is probably not something that CuuSoo is setup to even evaluate. I mean the CuuSoo review team is mainly Lego design people. I'm sure they can all agree that a new piece of software would be a great idea. But they probably can't evaluate it. Write specs for it. Perform as project management for its development or code it. They design and evaluate Lego sets.

The only use original Lego parts probably exists for two reasons. One is to act as a wall against requests for unique competitors parts, and avoiding any potential conflicts there. This insures that every element proposed is something they have a 100% conflict free right to use. That greatly simplifies any review. It is also a back handed way of reminding us that no CuuSoo does not have the volume to support new tooling. And yes they really do mean that.

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By in United Kingdom,

I have to say I think this is an excellent, essential update and would urge everyone to remember what I would say is what the core of LEGO is about - inspiration, fresh, new imagination; not randomly copying other IP beyond those that already exist - push and stretch imaginations and boundaries, I'm already bored of seeing another 80's movie rendered in LEGO - forget that now and please move on to something fresh and new...

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By in United States,

I would also encourage everyone to go in and read the actual new house rules and guidelines document, instead of just the blog summary, before despairing. It is much clearer and more reasonable than the summary.

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By in United States,

It's too bad CUUSOO has had to crack down like this. I've enjoyed looking at hundreds of different projects with potential that break two or more of the rules posted above. Seems CUUSOO is going down the drains.

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By in United States,

These 'guidelines' should have been in place from day one, IMHO.

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By in Bolivia,

lol, no guideline against licensed ideas?

Nope, they have learned NOTHING.

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By in United States,

^Yep, and next thing you know we could see a lot of Lego (insert Disney theme (e.g. Planes, Gravity Falls, Doc McStuffins, etc.) here) on there.

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By in United States,

Both the BTTF DeLorean and the Minecraft set were licensed and they turned out fine. Prohibiting licenses on Cusoo, I think, would be a bad idea. Just because you make a project inspired by a series of books, a TV show or a film does not mean it lacks creativity. If projects based on an existing IP are not creative, then the Curiosity rover, the Hubble Telescope model and the Land Rover are not creative, because they are based on existing ideas. Creativity depends on the model in question, and not what it is based on. There are many great licensed projects on Cuusoo now, like the Discworld Project, the Invisible Hand model and the BTTF train, along with multiple good TIE fighter variants. Many of these projects, though, are crowded out by CMF proposals and pointless battle packs that need new molds to work. I think that this is a good effort to help clean up the system and make it easier to find and support good projects, licensed or otherwise.

I agree with all of these new guidelines, and trust hope that they will help keep good ideas coming. I am sorry about DeTomaso's birds though, since he was working at that project for months and produced many beautiful models... he and/or TLG are going to have a hard time picking a set when the project reaches 10,000. I am hoping for a 3 or 4 pack myself... that might make things easier.

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By in United States,

The majority of this list of updates seems like common sense that most people just seemed to ignore from the start and had to finally be spelled out for them... Supporters argued that a few new parts being used to promote projects were "OK" even though the Cuusoo staff had said time after time that they were not... You cannot offer something to gain support that is impossible to fulfill...

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By in United States,

A lot of people making good points here, even if I disagree.
But here's the bottom line: LEGO is saying up front that NO amount of demand or enthusiasm from the fanbase/market could induce them to make a new mold.
That is an objectively unwise decision, even if their intention is just to use CUUSOO as a crowdsourced market research platform.
The MOC-o-sphere already proves that more talent for designing LEGO creations exists outside TLG than inside it, and that is no slight to TLG... you can only hire so many smart, gifted people who love LEGO; most smart gifted people who love LEGO have other ambitions/situations in life that would preclude them from ever working for the company full time.
The exact same applies to pieces, especially in this age of 3D printers. Without a doubt, the AFOL community contains, collectively, MORE expertise on 3D design and injection molding and what have you than TLG does, again, that is not a knock on TLG, it's just a statistical truth based on the demographics of their market, which is huge and encompasses many technical and scientific people.
If you are going to tap the wisdom of crowds, why would you exclude one of the most potent domains of potential innovation in your line of business? It doesn't make business sense. If LEGO's "new mold" policies are that rigid, then they are too rigid. And indeed, you could argue that they themselves make mistakes on those decisions... there are plenty of pieces we could all name that probably didn't need to be made or have an obvious design flaw. And plenty of pieces that are clearly possible with broad applicability, yet not made.
This sounds more critical than I mean it to be, I'm sure. CUUSOO is a fantastic, fresh, bold business idea. That's why it is strange to see that spirit arbitrarily circumscribed in certain ways.

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By in United States,

@ninjagoyo

We all like to think that we are better designers that the ones at Lego, but that is just not true... I've built some fairly popular models, but I know in my heart that Lego's team could do far better... Lego designers have rules and budgets that need to be followed while MOCers do not...

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the designers at Lego can build things not only as good, but far better than any of the best AFOL builders out there can, not to mention they have far more resources than we do... We just don't get to see it because the end product that we do see are built with children in mind first and Adults not even in the equation...

We never get to see the prototype models that the designers come up with that are rejected do to cost along with also being practically designed...

The fact that Lego is even letting anyone make a contribution to their company in the form of the Cuusoo system is something that we should consider ourselves lucky that we even have... And yet people are complaining over an idea getting axed yet again because of expensive new molds that they knew were not allowed in the first place...

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By in United Kingdom,

@ninjagoyo "Who's to say that the Android bug would not be a successful set. Or, say, a set of an Olympic mascot might sell tens of thousands."

No-one is saying that they would not be successful sets. Lego is saying that they do not want them suggested through cuusoo. If they want to sell a licensed product like a mascot, then lego will no doubt approach the company (or vice versa).

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By in United Kingdom,

@ Paul Boratko "We just don't get to see it because the end product that we do see are built with children in mind first and Adults not even in the equation... "

I reckon it is price point first, and children second.

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By in United States,

Yes, a lot of these rules have been in their Official Guidelines for a while, but most people just didn't see it, or didn't read it.

It's great that they're clarifying things now, and I'm glad that they are starting to enforce the rules with the threat of deletion!

Personally, I'll gladly update my project, and even delete things if necessary, if it means that everyone has to follow the rules! =)

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By in United States,

^ This. I already thought there was the guideline that one project = one Set. A project was not a new piece, not a series of sets, not a theme, but a single set.

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By in United States,

Obvious long overdue changes that should have been in place from day one.

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By in United States,

I think a good compromise on the licensing front would be to prohibit submissions for licenses that LEGO already has but allow them for licenses that LEGO doesn't already have. I would be shocked if Cuusoo ever approved a project in an existing license. Why would they?

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By in United States,

Finally! I'm tired of the "make this battle pack" and "make another one of these, except with these characters" and "make my favorite tv show/movie/game/other toy brand characters, except in LEGO form!" These projects are the very antithesis of what CUUSOO is all about.

Can't wait for the sweepers to go through all the old projects and give the truly creative projects a chance to shine!

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By in Canada,

Three people have so far said the same identical phrase: "should have been in place from day one". And that's all they said. What's the point? LEGO doesn't own a time machine, so it sounds like useless griping to me - there's no way to address it.

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By in United States,

@CCC "I reckon it is price point first, and children second."

Probably not in the ways we think, beyond the obvious the Lego Designers are charged with hitting a very specific price point or series of price points in their design budgeting. It's one of the limitations they work under.

But probably the biggest difference between what the actual Lego designers create, and a MOC is it must be something that can be converted to an easily followed set of instructions. This is harder than we often realize. Not only creating a good design, but creating one that any Lego fan from 6'ish up can easily follow the steps and duplicate. Anyone with a high budget can design complex and spectacular. But making simple well is a true talent.

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By in United States,

@ninjagoyo "A lot of people making good points here, even if I disagree.
But here's the bottom line: LEGO is saying up front that NO amount of demand or enthusiasm from the fanbase/market could induce them to make a new mold.
That is an objectively unwise decision, even if their intention is just to use CUUSOO as a crowdsourced market research platform. "

The no new pieces isn't an arbitrary decision, it's a pure economic one. It's a matter of simple math. The production runs of CuuSoo sets do not currently come anywhere close to being able to amortize the costs of new tooling for such a set. At least not without making said new part 20-30% of the retail price of the set. Which is understandably outside their business case. CuuSoo isn't alone in this. Most of the Creator Expert sets such as the Modulars face the same restrictions. Regular Retail sets and CMF's can support new tooling because the economics of those products are different from the more exclusive, smaller run D2C stuff.

And this may eventually change. Remember originally the Modular buildings were not only limited to no new parts. They were also limited to only parts available in the warehouse. No IP production time, no new colors, no new printing. As the line has grown and succeeded those restrictions have fallen away. The same may eventually happen with CuuSoo. But for today the economics don't allow new parts. CuuSoo actually starts with an advantage. The set proposals do not have any color, printing, or sticker restrictions. And many of the released CuuSoo sets have had unique colored elements or custom printing.

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By in Germany,

Interesting, the full project list at http://lego.cuusoo.com/all/1 is already down to 286 pages, from 305 yesterday. That means they've already nuked around 342 projects. That's some swift implementation.

And it's across the board, too, not just the long tail. My own project jumped up from the end of page 10 to the end of page 9 just like that, so around 16 projects ahead of it must have been deleted. Sixteen projects out of the top 180.

That's not something you do off the cuff on a Friday afternoon. They must have had a readily compiled list handy.

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By in United States,

^ Yes, for starters, all of the "new part proposals" are being deleted now, although I do not think that any of them were on the top few pages...

What other ones have been axed? I am sure that GlenBricker will be able to tell us...

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By in Taiwan,

I'm not sure it's correct to remove minifigure projects. Some projects do have low quality, but in a negative sense, it's resulted in that only TLC can decide which license can be collectible minifigure bilnd bags (Simpsons) but Cuusoo members can't (Disney, Muppets, original themes etc). Though the project owners can still make actual buildable things with the minifigures, some minifigures only fit in blind bags more than traditional sets.

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By in Germany,

^^ @therealindy: Wild Encounters (http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/16735) was on page five I think. It got deleted at 1509 supporters. That was the project with a whole range of pre-mold animals (http://cuusoo.wikia.com/wiki/Wild_Encounters).

Likewise, Mini Animals is gone (http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/16971), though with 469 supporters it must have been only on page 14. But it's a project that got promoted here on Brickset on at least two different occasions (http://www.brickset.com/news/article/?ID=6183, http://www.brickset.com/news/article/?ID=7184), so perhaps worth mentioning.

It's interesting to note that the two project pages now say slightly different things. Only the one for Wild Encounters explicitly states "removed for not following the guidelines". So I suppose that one was deemed unsalvageable and got nuked for good, but Car_mp, the creator of Mini Animals, will be contacted and given a chance to edit his project such that it's clearly a single set rather than a line, and it will be reactivated if he does.

I mean, they did say on the blog post that "projects under 1,000 are asked to make the necessary changes before they reach 1,000 supporters". So I suppose a whole bunch of the projects that have been "deleted" have really just been "put on hold" pending action from their creators.

At the same time, a couple projects on the first ten pages are still up that are quite questionable under the new guidelines. Though I'm not going to point fingers, obviously, as enough damage is being done as is. Plus, the blog post also said "projects with over 1,000 supporters will have until December 31 to make the necessary changes", so I am actually surprised they are already cleaning those up at all, even if it's not hard deletion but a mere putting-on-hold.

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By in United States,

^ @ Schwallex, I got the impression that the projects that are currently over 1000 votes need to start following the rules by the end of this month, or they will simply be deleted at that point! They have already been firm in deleting a large number that seemed unfixable... I am sure we will know more in a few days when GlenBricker does a report!

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