The Deadline 10000 Trend, a Zoo, LEGO SXSW Panel, King Kong, and "UCS JP"
Is there more to come? Macross just hit the 9000 support point and TeeKay's Ghostbusters is set to cross that milestone in the next 24 hours. Depending on your time zone, the deadline for the Fall 2013 review is 10 to 11 days away, so not much time. But to date, no project with more than 9000 support going into the final week of the review has failed to reach 10k before the deadline. Granted, there have not been many examples, but a deadline is something that really focuses support, moves people to action, and gets the internet all a buzz.
Update: As expected, Ghostbusters has indeed crossed the 9000 milestone and is moments away from overtaking the lumbering Macross project, and Oz is indeed stepping on the gas with the official facebook page again posting the project..
Now, with all due respect, and gee willikers do I love the Macross project, if any two projects could break the deadline beating trend, these would be the two to do it.
With Macross you have the problem that hard core Macross fans have enjoyed transforming display quality models of their favorite transforming jets for decades and a known licensing fiasco which has plagued U.S. fans for years. When it reaches 10k it will also be the slowest project to do so. It is a lethargic lumbering beast of a project that has slipped into and out of the top three time and time again, showing up on the weekly top ten during any slow week, but steadily moving upward as unstoppable as the Daedalus Maneuver!
TeeKay's Ghostbusters on the other hand has a much different problem. With it following so closely in the wake of BrentWaller's it has to deal with signal confusion as potential supporters getting the message that there is a LEGO Ghostbuster project that needs votes, may think they already supported it and not click through.
If these projects do hit 10k before the deadline it will clear the field on Cuusoo for a while. No other current projects are pacing to even cross the 8000 milestone for a while yet, unless Oz steps on the the gas again. Of course, if that happens we could end up with eight projects in the Fall review.
Cuusoo Pick of the Week: The Ultimate Animal Collection
Back to the weekly showcases! This time around we are back to "cute" and for that I am going with The Ultimate Animal Collection. Schwallex has a great combination of brick-built animals each with character and clever but not overcomplicated design. I could see my kids really falling in love with these critters and learning a lot about how to bend the brick at the same time.
I think the walrus is the most genius for accuracy but my favorite is either the very expressive hippo or the very toothy alligator.
For those of you following along, the last project to get the "cute" project spot was "cuddly" mini animals project.
Lego SXSW Panel: Online LEGO Fans and the People who Love Them
Around this time last year I mentioned a SXSW panel on Cuusoo. Well, LEGO likes to attend such things so now they are going to talk about "one of the most enthusiastic online fan communities in existence" that being YOU GUYS (so meta right now, you are reading about a panel about online LEGO Fan communities online at a LEGO Fan community website).
At the panel we will discuss such topics as:
- What is an “online fan community ecosystem?” As with biology, the greater the fan culture, the more interacting organisms the system has to support in order for an ecosystem to stay intact. So how does a fan culture ecosystem avoid getting polluted? Especially when fans speak with their own voice, and sometimes loudly…
- What constitutes a fan? Do you need to sleep outside a store for three days in the rain to buy the newest product to be considered a fan? Fans come in all shapes and sizes, especially in the LEGO community, so what are the different types of LEGO fans?
- Do fans have co-ownership of a brand? When fans take to a subject they often expand the original idea with creations, fan fiction, fan movies etc. So how can a company such as the LEGO Group cater to their fan community and still keep a business strategy and core values intact?
- What happens when fans combine two different brands/themes which don’t fit? In the hands of adult fans, LEGO bricks are often the medium for creations which don’t align with LEGO brand values – think adult situations, i.e., drug use, sexuality, violence (not exactly what you’d want a toy advertised with). How do companies support the fans and their creations without showing support for such depictions?
- A lot of LEGO fans know more about the products than the company’s own employees do. They’re highly skilled at creating custom models and modifying parts (in fact, some of them have been building with LEGO bricks seriously their entire lives). So is it even possible for the LEGO Group to facilitate an online fan community, when the fans themselves are experts?
SXSW works a little like Cuusoo. People post panels and the panels that get the most votes, get to happen. So, please give your support to the panel.
Also please feel free to give me your two 2 x 2 round plates on the topics above. The distinguished David Robertson will be there, but since I am both local to the event and online, they went ahead and roped me in as well.
A Week of Cuusoo
This week, my pick of the new projects was "King Kong." I have been thinking of doing one of my own for a while but this one is simply marvelous. Scaled properly and well articulated, the inverted dome at 45 degrees makes for a fantastic lower jaw. There is also this terrific arctic explorer vehicle based on some crazy real world prototype, a new Jurassic Park build, a clever Morgan three wheeler, and a promising pirate skull island.
One Last Thing...
Look what just showed up on Cuusoo...