Cuusoo of the Week: LL1012-12 NCS-Speeder and No "Space Marines" technically
One of the points of these Cuusoo selections is to show the breadth of projects that are available. Also, LEGO fans all have their own theme preferences. So each week I am attempting to pick projects that are very different than what I have picked before.
First I showed a city theme set, then a castle theme so I guess the natural progression is space.
There are a lot of projects that claim to be "Neo-Classic" space but I think the LL1012-12 NCS-Speeder by T.Oechsner is one of the best examples of this style on Cuusoo.
One of the mainstays of LEGO space, since the space scooter in 1979 has been the one figure open seat space rocket.
It has certainly evolved over the years and they are even represented in Galaxy Squad, but when I think of Classic Space, it is one of the first things that comes to mind: A guy in a colorful space suit strapped onto some spindly seat with a rocket on it.
What I love about T.Oechsner's design is that even though it thematically embraces the old school rocket seat, it implements it with an eye towards the greebly touches that are used so often in fan built space designs.
As far as the actual design goes, I like how the forward fins match the X shape of the back wings and it looks like the floating nature of the back fins, utilizing a network of four droid arms, would allow for some nice adjustability.
The geometries of the paired 2512s is really clever especially with the opening that it presents in the back of the speeder. The exposed hinge elements on the back wings are a great final touch.
Like the other sets I have presented to date, this does not have any licensing issues and therefore it is really a question of popularity and connectivity.
By connectivity I mean its relevance to casual LEGO fans who find themselves on Cuusoo. Anyone might be interested in a ambulance for instance, but an homage to old school LEGO space with a new twist... that is a much smaller audience.
These quality homage to the old ways tend to build up a good chunk of supporters at first but as soon as they pass out of the "recent" category they tend to drop off to obscurity, so it will be a very hard climb for this one.
Greebling of course increases part count, which increases cost, which drives up the prices, which turns away casual LEGO fans. This is however another thing that makes this an ideal set for Cuusoo. A one off set targeted at people who don't mind or would even desire to pay for the extra parts, but not such a large build that the extra greebling cost becomes prohibitive to the target fans.
As for the survivability of the existing design, it does use the verboten "severed hand" technique (just ahead of the 1/2 technic pins on the forward rods) although I don't think the design would be lessened significantly by their removal.
Personally, I would really enjoy seeing what an official LEGO designer would come up with if they were instructed to greeble out a rocket seat.
The Next Cuusoo Deadline
The Winter deadline is over and the Spring one will conclude March 3rd. According to current support rates, the only "established" project with a shot at making the deadline is the Exo Suit. Technically, the Shuttle Crawler also has the support rates required, but projects do tend to slow down considerably after their first week.
"Space Marines" IS Trademarked.
Well it turns out that the term Space Marine is trademarked. I would not have thought it possible with it predating the existence of the current holders, but I never claim to fully understand trademark law.
The "former" Space Marine project has been taken down at the request of the trademark holders. Cuusoo will relaunch the project when Nick Royer can come up with a new title for his Marines of Space.