Cuusoo: Scorpion's Soul by Hasskabal plus "something completely different."
This time around we are showcasing a pick from one of the LEGO reoccurring themes: Pirates with the ginormous "Scorpion's Soul."
At 100 cm in length, this vessel dwarfs even the Imperial Flagship but it uses that scale to showcase a lot of great features.
Also, Monty Python and the Holy Grail is on a quest to achieve production through Cuusoo.
First in that line is a solid and distinct theme: Scorpions. They are all over the place. The name, sails, the hull, the windows, even the captain is sporting one. Though I like the figurehead (more images here), I would have liked to see it also carry forward the scorpion motif.
You might not care for scorpions but you have to admit it helps give the ship a solid character. Most LEGO ships are distinguished only by a color combination and perhaps a sail pattern so this really helps to bring the ship together.
One example is the floating railing. Ships are so rarely as straight as LEGO often demands and though it takes a few extra parts and height, floating rails is a great way to add some realistic angles to any vessel.
BTW, the stacking telescopes is one of those things that is so obvious when you see it but for some reason never occurred to me. A very nice little feature.
This however is my favorite aspect of the ship: swiveling side walls.
The core concepts of modular and decked ships, with removable layers is fantastic but also, kind of obnoxious at the same time. I really enjoy knowing that the figures inside my builds are "being productive" and that there is this AWESOME mini-build in there where they are doing something related to the build: watching a movie, piloting a ship, making dinner, etc... But ultimately a high quality piece is to be displayed and that display state is almost always, fully assembled. So ultimately, we end up with "Schrödinger's minifigs." The vignettes are seen so rarely they are more of a theoretical thought exercise than a display. (This is the most frustrating at Cons when people are like: Yeah, it looks great on the outside, but you should really see the inside, that is where all the phenomenal stuff is...)
We end up making these great display pieces and vignettes that are hard to get to (that's a fact). In the Scorpion's Soul, Hasskabal displays a great alternative to the disassemble-to-show methodology which is to have hinged walls that can be opened to showcase the vignettes inside. Simple and elegant. Obviously this will kill a lot of the structural integrity of the build, but we are not talking about action pieces here that are swooshing around the room. We are talking about a classy display piece.
For those FOLs who love to see fan conceived creations make it big, this is a no brainer. The project is currently floating at 775. If a little over 200 Brickset readers support this project, this will cross 1000 and get the "milestone bump" that comes with Cuusoo posting about the project.
One More Pirate Build
Okay, now I know that most of us are not going to give a second look to a Cuusoo project that does not look freaking amazing right out of the gate, but the fact is that Cuusoo projects are really supposed to be about the concept more than the build, so I wanted to throw in this project with that thought in mind.
Modular System: Pirate Isle by MA1983 is a fundamentally awesome product idea: A pirate base built into a skull shaped island. How much more pulpy pirate action can you get. Sure, the presentation could use some work, and as far as a literal translation goes, there is way too much "wall brick" in the build for an actual product, but for my fellow pirate fans out there, if you look past these minor details at the core of the concept, I think you will find it quite appealing.
A Week of Cuusoo
In my latest weekly pick I had a very easy choice to make, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This project sports several examples of fully actualized sets honoring the classic historical recreation... unfortunately, there is no love for the "three questions" sketch.
If the Grail is someone you want to see, please consider sending a tweet to one of the cast, any one of which could crush Cuusoo like some kind of giant foot from the sky with but a single tweet (John Cleese has 2.7 Million followers).
Other great projects (or MOCs depending on your viewpoint) from Cuusoo include a Horus themed mecha, a gorgeous autumn landscape, and a clever series of vignettes celebrating backyard astronomy.