New Part Projects on Cuusoo for the New Year (and New Zelda and New Reports)
Although no where near as popular as the MOCs, Cuusoo does allow users to submit a concept for a new part.
Other than the rule stating you can submit parts and a statement that the creator would receive an appropriately sized one time lump sum for their idea, there is very little information on how this would actually work.
Even more so than the unusual MOC project, part projects just can't seem to get any traction with support. This makes sense when you consider that non-hard-core LEGO fans are not likely to see the inherent value in these kinds of projects.
Based on the lack of overall information on the part review process and the difficulties they face, I have decided to just make one showcase of some of the more interesting parts rather than occasionally writing an article about one at a time.
In other news:
For the Zelda fans, there is a new Zelda project: Legend of Zelda: Iron Knuckle Encounter that has received nearly 200 support in less than two days.
And finally, for those obsessed with numbers, I have added a new reporting feature to my blog. The right sidebar includes daily support values for several projects with links to most projects. This reporting feature is still in beta so give me a note if you notice something wonky please.
This is probably my favorite pair of parts on Cuusoo. They are simple but they introduce a lot of novel building opportunities. The one on the left allows for single plate SNOT design and the through hole allows for interfacing with rods or string. The curved edges also allow for a variety of orientations as well.
Like many parts projects, it has several designs for accomplishing a similar goal, this one being to facilitate SNOTing. The concept is well thought out. A big part of me would really love to have these parts. A smaller part of me thinks that having these would be cheating.
Everyone taking the time to read this article probably knows how to curve a wall: a 1 x 2 brick combined with 1 x 1 rounds. Its part intensive and time consuming. This element is supposed to address that need and perhaps help out on a few others.
Additionally, only having one stud of connection would allow for some play in the parts, allowing for some rotation.
This project also proposes a variety of tiles, so if you support the project, make sure to express in the comments which parts you are really interested in.
However, a great difficulty in their manufacture is that they must be thin enough to allow for adhesion between torso and leg elements but thick enough that they won't break.
I have attempted this a few times personally with varying levels of success. I originally assumed LEGO would not consider producing something like this but then I saw something very similar in the Monster Fighter concept art. (Is this the point where someone tells me the art is a hoax?)
That is all I have to say about this one.
Although not too useful for "City" figs this is a perfect element for any super powered fig that could, for instance, have a Repulsor in their palm.
I am actually surprised that these did not show up on Cuusoo on the first day as anyone with a minimal skill with photoshop could generate them. Also, I don't know anyone who has seen those stubby legs and at one point didn't think "I really wish these could bend."
In the end I imagine it is an issue of utility vs complexity (i.e. cost). Short figs just are not that common and in any theme where children dominate (Harry Potter), they just make the kids "Adult" scale. This design however triples the number of parts, moving none the less, and they need to be assembled in the factory on top of that.
The real nail in the coffin of this project is that LEGO did not make them for the Hobbit theme. I am sure the idea did not just slip their mind. This more than any other time would have been an excuse to introduce bendable short legs, and they didn't. But who knows, if 10,000 people request it, maybe they will reconsider.
This is my own part set so I won't spend much time on the subject other than to say, I think that these would allow for some interesting building opportunities and they share many of the advantages of the 2-way pieces.
So, when you place one of these on a plate it is flush with the studs rather than covering them.
It is an interesting concept and Dagsbricks presents a few examples in the project.
Technically these parts are missing the "teeth" marks to allow for studs but the images get the basic concept across, rounded plates. LEGO has finally introduced the 4 x 4 round with a 2 x 2 hole but personally I have always wanted the plate all the way on the left.