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Hyperborea CUUSOO Project

We were having a look at some of the latest projects on CUUSOO and came across Hyperborea which looks amazing and deserves as much support as possible.

Hyperborea follows the adventures of an expedition sent to explore the newly-discovered hollow world inside Earth, Hyperborea chronicles a variety of eccentric adventurers in an alternate-history, steampunk world. They face a variety of challenges and mysteries, including the sightless dinosaurs of Lower Hyperborea, and the powerful and mystifying Illuminati, an ancient organization obsessed with building pyramids.

The characters which look great as minifigures are as follows:

Dr. Archibald Thunder: A cheerful (but unlucky) archaeologist with a specialty in symbols.
Sister Helen Potter, a cyborg nun with, quite literally, a heart of gold.
Lieutenant Jack Hamilton, the disturbingly cheerful head of expedition security.
Professor Charlotte Raines: An unconventional but effective cryptozoologist.
Lord Lewis Wotheringham-Smythe XII: A fitfully lucid expert in “unusual occurrences.

With an assortment of gadgets, vehicles, and contraptions, Hyperborea promises to be a hit with clever constructions, playable vehicles and locations.

Give Hyperborea your support now!

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LEGO Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover CUUSOO

The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover is the latest CUUSOO project to hit 10,000 votes built by Stephen Pakbaz.

Interest in this project was fueled by the current mission on Mars to investigate the past and current habitability of the Red Planet. On August 5, 2012, Curiosity Rover touched down at Gale Crater, near the equator.

Robots have been to Mars before but Curiosity is the first one which can take samples of the rocks and soil and send the information back to Earth.

This LEGO model has a fully articulated arm, deployable mast, and a working rocker-bogie suspension system that allows the rover to climb over large rocks and keep all six of its wheels on the ground.

We will have to wait now until the beginning of September for the Review process to begin which will also include all the other projects that reach 10,000 between now and September 2012. There is no licensing issue with this project, and with LEGO keen to build learning sets for children this project has a very good chance of going all the way.

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The UCS Sandcrawler is the latest CUUSOO project to hit 10,000 votes which will delight LEGO Star Wars fans, however will if get past the Review stage?

The Sandcrawler was originally used in his earlier days for mining purpose and was long time abandoned before the Jawas rediscovered it as their new mobile headquarters, and this fantastic model is in excess of 10,000 LEGO pieces.

There is no licensing issue with this project, however the main potential problem is the size and cost of it. Rather than this project being rejected we are sure many fans would be quite happy with a much smaller part count 2000 to 4000.

We will have to wait now until the beginning of September for the Review process to begin which will also include all the other projects that reach 10,000 between now and September 2012.

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The Bat Rises CUUSOO

Photo courtesy of Jp_velociraptor

With the announcement of some new LEGO Superheros DC Universe Minifigures for 2013 the big question is will there be a The Dark Knight Rises LEGO set?

In the movie The Dark Knight Rises, an all new generation of Batwing named “The Bat” makes its debut and this MOC(My own Creation) is very realistic and now on CUUSOO. CUUSOO is an online site that lets you share your ideas for LEGO set concepts, get others to vote for your idea, and you might see your idea produced as a real LEGO product!

The main features of the set include landing gear that can packed up when flying, 2 propellers that provide the main thrust of The Bat, and 2 minifigures can sit inside.

Vote for The Bat Rises at CUUSOO now.

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The Story Behind LEGO CUUSOO

LEGO CUUSOO is a site that originated in Japan but is now in a worldwide public beta phase, where you can share LEGO set concepts you would like the whole world to enjoy and aim for their eventual release as real products.

Ideas that are supported by 10,000 votes have a chance of being selected to become a LEGO product sold in LEGO Brand retail stores and the LEGO online shop. If your idea is chosen will earn 1% of the total net sales of the product CUUSOO, which means ‘imagination’ or sometimes ‘wish’ in Japanese.

If a project hits the magic 10,000 votes then it moves from the Idea stage to the Review stage. A “LEGO Jury” composed of designers, product managers, and other key team members will examine the idea. They will build concept models and determine if the project meets their high standards for what it takes to be a LEGO product, including playability, safety, and fit with the LEGO brand.

Minecraft Micro World was the first project outside of Japan to chosen and it only took 48 hours to gather votes from 10,000 fans from around the world.

One project that did reach 10,000 but failed the Review Stage was The Winchester – Shaun of The Dead. LEGO posted this statement, “…we have decided that – good though the model is – the film Shaun of the Dead contains content that is not appropriate for our core target audience of children ages 6-11.”

Although every Star Wars LEGO fan would have loved this Star Wars Darth Bucket featuring 1 Darth Vader and 99 Stormtroopers it was also rejected at the Review Stage due to a license conflict.

The Cuusoo team has posted some tips on Passing the Review Process:
1. A good LEGO model helps, but it’s not required.
2. Your model can actually be too good for CUUSOO.
3. Consider your model size and potential cost.
4. Models should not depend on new LEGO element molds.
5. Go wide. Projects that feature new ideas and new categories have greater potential.
6. Think in terms of individual sets, since play themes are planned well in advance.
7. Keep your concept kid-appropriate.
8. Suggesting a new license introduces factors outside of our control.

We look forward to reviewing some of the ideas as they grow closer to the 10,000 votes!

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