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Lego Cuusoo is a website that challenges brick builders to create sets that could potentially be turned into official Lego products. This process consists of three steps:
Video game-inspired sets fare quite well with the Lego community. Last year, a fan-made Minecraft set passed approvals and was put into production. This year, sets based on The Legend of Zelda and Eve Online both made it to the review process.
Neither set was selected for production. They both lost out to the time-traveling DeLorean from the Back to the Future films. This is a tough loss for Link and Zelda fans, but I gotta say, that Back to the Future set looks awesome. I wouldn't mind adding it to my collection.
You can view Lego Cuusoo's winner selection in the video below.
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I think that it's great that LEGO is allowing its fans to submit ideas for sets. But I also think that it's going to limit creativity on the part of the creator. I mean, when I was smaller, there were no licensed LEGOs, and I had to create my own sets and adventure from scratch. Disassembling and creating sets unique to you, using what came in the box as a fun exercise but overall just inspiration for the greater project; that is what I feel LEGO should be about. Now I think that this Cuusoo is limiting creativity because people are only ever going to vote for things they recognize, like video games or movies, while sets that are as recognizable yet still as cool are left in the dust. I believe that a good set is not static, is not set as a license, but dynamic and meant to be taken apart; made with potential for so much more. Yes, the DeLoean is cool, but once it's made do you think that someone is going to take it apart? Probably not.
i feel it's still a win
If portal gets the next one, I will buy it
The Zelda one is so awesome though!
I feel that there is already too much in terms of merchandise for Back to the Future.
There is hardly anything for Zelda though. I am disappointed.
Zelda so should have won. Hands down.
A tough call, but the more memorable idea comes out the winner this time. Link wasn't as popular as Canada's original nerd teen in the 80's.
Well darn, he tried.
I wonder how much licensing was a factor in which set Lego chose. If a big factor, that could be why Lego chose to make a set from Back to the Future which is owned by Universal rather than Zelda which is owned by Nintendo who is nowadays notoriously stingy with what they allow to get licensed (as opposed to the late 80's-early 90's when they licensed everything and got mostly crap in return).
I think what Marty told his future dad, George, in BttF is apropos:
"Remember, George, if you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything." LOL!
That's awesome that the winners of Team Back to the Future are taking that 1% royalty and donating it to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's disease foundation. Class act ;)