Cuusoo of the Week: Corellian Defender by Glenbricker
Star Wars makes up over 13% of projects over 17* support making it the most "popular" subject for Cuusoo project creators. Not to mention the astounding UCS Sandcrawler currently under review.
This week I eschew my usually humble nature to show you my favorite Star Wars project, the Corellian Defender.
Additionally I have some advice for Cuusoo project creators that I hope will be taken to heart.
Yes, go ahead and call me biased but my favorite Star Wars project on Cuusoo is my very own "doomed" Corellian Defender. I hope you don't mind as I wax on about it for a while. Obviously since I have a first person perspective on this project this article is a little different than the others I have posted. Here goes:
My friends assumed there would never be actual real world models of the ship so I set out to make one.
I based my design on the 3-D models available on The Old Republic Holonet (warning, resource intensive), in game observations, and the core ship art (presented left).
I scaled the ship based on affordability, available parts for the ship geometry, and in synch with the very small statuette piece. Interestingly enough this just so happened to be in exact scale with the Fury when that was released a few months later.
I submitted the project and many supporters requested figures to go with the ship, regardless of the intended scale. Given that the Fury has received a similar overhaul, I succumbed to the wisdom of my supporters and picked three characters to go with my design: Satele Shan, Qyzen Fess, and C2-N2.
I don't expect most of Brickset readers to be familiar with these characters, except perhaps Satele from the 9497 Republic Striker Starfighter. Qyzen and C2-N2 simply put, are companion characters associated with the vessel in the game.
Following the inclusion of figures, well, I had to update the design to support them. Sacrificing some of the accuracy allowed me to put in a hinged canopy to fit two of the figures. The third figure, C2-N2, is stored in a pod that slides out the side, a technique I am rather happy to have come upon, though it requires a bit more work.
So, as I mentioned earlier, this project is "doomed." What do I mean by that? When I started this project, there were no Star Wars the Old Republic ships and I assumed that LEGO would not pursue the property. I have promoted the project to the best of my ability and was satisfied that some day, it would eventually reach 10k, regardless of how long that took. My best estimate puts it about three years out.
Well, it is not official from LEGO yet but Brickset has reported that LEGO intends to release a Jedi Defender Class Cruiser this coming June. I have no reason to doubt that this is true. Many people have asked if this upsets me but really my goal was to get this ship I really like produced, and it is apparently going to happen. My only problem is that they are not very likely to include a trans-blue statuette in the set. I think this is a real shame because they would make for some really awesome Star Wars "Holograms." Also, I have grown rather attached to the Trandosian Qyzen Fess...
That being said, if you like what I have done with this Corellian Defender project, I would very much appreciate your support, even with the rumors that abound.
As I said in the last Cuusoo posting, if you come up with something totally original it is going to be really hard to get the support you need. If you recreate an existing IP, well, it will be much easier to get the support but your project has to live down not only the worst aspects of the property, but the very intelligent people at LEGO are likely coming up with the same ideas. If your project lives by the sword it can very well die by the sword.
This has happened with the Rancor, it has happened with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and it has even happened with random buildings like the Villa Savoye. In the future I assume this will be the case for the Mos Eisley Cantina. and most definitely the case for all the Tie Fighter variants that have incorporated the newest LEGO Tie Fighter design elements.
So here is my advice to all those people thinking of starting a Cuusoo project based on existing IPs:
According to my best estimates, the top 50 projects with the highest support rate, are still averaging over 3 years to reach 10k not to mention any review or production time that adds on top of that. Sure, your project might be one of those rare gems that skyrockets all the way to 10k, but statistically speaking, it is much more likely going to take years. A lot can happen in three to four years. Your really cool project for 2013 might be unsellable in 2017. Someone might come along with practically your same idea only they get the votes you don't. Perhaps LEGO might produce a set so similar that there is no reason for them to produce your vision when it comes up for review.
For these reasons, I recommend you build for your project for yourself and your love of LEGO, have fun trying to get people to support your vision, relish each milestone, hope for the best, and expect the worst. The fact of the matter though is that the worst here is really not that bad. Even if the project gets archived I have been able to share my Corellian Defender with thousands of people and I got a lot of great feedback that I never would have gotten otherwise.
If you absolutely want to get to 10k using an IP and want to reduce the chance that LEGO won't be producing it before you get to 10k, then you really need to radically reinterpret the role of LEGO in its execution, for example :
scott34567's life size LEGO Lightsabers or,
on the completely other end of the spectrum, toomuchcaffe's Micro Scale Star Wars Scenes
Last week Cuusoo received three very strong projects: Bonsai Tree, Train Turntable and modular Roadhouse, and LEGO Spice Girls. My review of these projects and a showcase of all the projects that came out in the last week can be found here.
* Why 17 support? Seem a bit random?... Well, I actually did a quick review documenting the concepts of projects so I could come up with stats like 13% for Star Wars. Starting at the most supported projects and working my way down, I stopped at 18 support.