Thursday, March 28, 2013

Cuusoo Analytics: Days to 10k

The Librarian (Oook!)


I have completed the first of five intended Figure/Vignette pairs as part of my campaign to create an official Discworld Lego set: The Librarian.  This is based on an awesome image by Paul Kidby.  I hope you guys like it.

For those new to Cuusoo, If you would like to be able to get your own Librarian Vignette from Lego, then please go vote for the project.  It only needs 10,000 votes to get reviewed.

Also, The table at the bottom of the page is a list of the fastest growing projects on Cuusoo, in the order that they are progressing to 10,000.  These are the most popular projects Cuusoo has to offer.  So, if you are from Reddit, well, these are effectively the posts with the higher rating.

Cheers and thanks for checking it out!  

Approaching 1k Milestone

As expected no projects crossed the 1000 support milestone this week.  Two projects, Modular Apple Store, and Japanese old style architecture did cross 5k though and got their official comments.

Support Level: 993
Dragon Slayers
Support Level: 965


Deadline Review

The next review is June 3rd, 2013.  67 days from today.  Right now we are looking at a definite for Mini Shop Series and Batmobile Tumbler Minifig Scale.  The Legend of Zelda: Iron Knuckle Encounter enjoyed a media blitz but that has died down and it appears to be returning to its established growth pattern.  FTL similarly closed the gap but appears to be growing too slow for the deadline. 


Do you want to speed a project up?

Projects can get to 10k much faster than what is shown here with active fan support. This link has many examples of how fans can help out their favorite projects. 


Days to 10K

ProjectCreatorRate10k 1k
Mini Shop SeriesPekko53.14 21
Batmobile Tumbler Minifig ScaleBrentWaller30.19 50
FTL: Faster Than LightCrashSanders64.79 81
Poptropica: Dr. Hare's LairPopCreators50.84 123
Ghostbusters 30th AnniversaryBrentWaller49.56 169
BTTF - Jules Verne Trainm.togami38.63 214
Legend of Zelda: Iron Knuckle EncounterWesTalbott24.92 232
Japanese old style architecturetaxon5516.1 310
Macross VF-1 Valkyrie +Fast pack / Armored partsmaxvf111.07 332
GhostbustersTeeKay17.78 344
LEGO Bird SeriesDeTomaso8.72 532
BTTF - UCS DeLorean Time Machinem.togami10.54 537
Modular Apple Storegotoandbuild9.01 551
Ultimate Collectors Series Lightsabersscott3456710.64 679
MINECRAFT Microworld Add-Ons!dunc2379.54 870
Adventure Time! Tree Fortdunc2378.0 1108
Apollo 11 Lunar Missionsuzuki6.04 1140
DC Comics: Minifigures SeriesMarvel-boy8.39 115380
Batman: Killer Croc's LairBrickQueen6.33 1155
Train Turntable and modular RoundhouseFachmann7.57 122233
Lord of the Rings Set: Edoras/The Golden HallNujuMetru7.53 128186
Realistic treesPaultox5.46 1380
Micro Scale Star Wars Scenestoomuchcaffe5.46 1387
Minifig furniture - living roomBrixe6.85 138975
LEGO Architecture - Leaning Tower of Pisamoctown4.79 1394
RMS TitanicSsorg6.23 1427
Labyrinth Marble MazeTouthomme4.31 1440
- MegaMan Project -Alatariel5.8 1464
Douglas DC-3Ssorg5.27 1478
Lego Wall-E!!suzuki5.94 1499
Invisible HandLDiEgo4.17 1530
LEGO PokemonKevinhink5.32 1549
Corellian Defender (Star Wars the Old Republic)GlenBricker5.18 1632
The Muppets!jedikermit4.74 1646
BTTF - Biff Tannen's Fordm.togami5.51 167845
Female Minifigure SetAlatariel4.79 1694
The Glory of Romemminnitt3.98 1792
The Bat Risesvelociraptor4.31 1848
Batman: Man-Bat's LabBrickQueen4.17 1919
Legolympus (Mythology Theme with Mount Olympus Set)Kiffington4.41 1933
Western Town - Pif Paf Citykris_kelvin4.34 1934
UCS All Terrain Armoured TransportCavegod4.26 1958
Galaxy Commandreekardoo4.79 195879
PianoHidaka3.26 1981
Red SquirrelVuurzoon3.83 2038
The Adventures of Steamrod!Brickthing4.26 212411
Lego StoreRayC3.93 2158
Small YELLOWbrickartist3.4 2245
UCS Venator-Class Star Destroyerjourianbax4.07 224736
LEGO Mobile Designer for Nintendo 3DS & other devicesFrankie3.26 2274
Flying DutchmanSebeus3.55 2310
Majestic Airship!Ssorg3.59 2333
Disney MinifiguresKeTi3.88 2423104
Redemption - Nebulon-B escort frigateLDiEgo3.88 2425105
Wall-Elangemat4.01 2428184
Phineas and FerbAwesomeEthan3.11 2450
Lego Movie Chronicle Seriessuzuki3.64 2450
Iron Man Hall of Armorrustyj3.94 2468184
Marvel Avengers Board GamePekko3.55 256732
Legend of Zelda: King of Red Lionsflailx3.5 261544
BTTF - Hill Valley Courthousem.togami3.55 2637102
Galaxy Diner and Empire Theatersonicstar3.21 2658
Castle Crashersczar2.92 2665
BONSAI "Pine tree"AMKK3.31 274324
Ancient World Civilizationsmatija3.11 2754
Log Cabin - Two Seasons!Ssorg3.07 295220
Architecture : Space Shuttle crawler transporterTeazza2.83 3042
Modular Town Plan CinemaHinckley2.64 3052
Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavariat-brick3.11 3098204
Vampire GT SupercarCrowkillers2.35 3102
Modular Costume Store for Collectible MinifiguresBrentWaller2.78 3152
LOTR UCS ArgonathShayd_DeGrai2.97 3181150
The Amazing Spider Man Ultra Poseable Action Figuremmccooey2.73 335559
Hardsuitsiron_S2.44 3454
LEGO Star Wars Micro Chess Setavisolo2.44 3456
Pokemon: Gyaradosretinence2.35 3478
Barnes & Noble and Starbucks Storewooootles2.78 3506269
MacrofiguresCrashSanders2.49 36183
Avengers IRONMAN gantrymachine2.0choisanghun2.49 3731117
Corner Candy Modular Buildingwaltzking2.4 379141
Transforming Retro Video Game Accessoriesvonbrunk2.25 3796
LEGO Settlers of CatanMichael1.96 3870
Cinematic Minifigure Seriessgtdisney552.3 399481

Not on the List? First, I tend to cut off projects after a certain day count, usually 10k. Additionally, I only monitor projects that have at least 200. Projects less than that are a little too volatile for proper assessment. Finally, I track several weeks worth of data to get these numbers, so you might not show up until your project has been post 200 for a few weeks.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Weekly Cuusoo

Get your Build in the Lego Movie

Rebrick is having a little video competition.  If you win, you get a chance to have your build in the Lego Movie (and a trip and a few other things).

The idea is a fun one too.  You basically start your short video with one Lego build and at least one minifig.  Then the Minifig, upon hearing the call to adventure, breaks down the build and creates just the thing...for ADVENTURE!  In no more than 30 seconds though. 

So...something like this:

Your build does not need to be your own MOC; the start, finish, or both can be official Lego builds or your own creations, but they can't be based on IP not owned by Ninjago Good, Star Wars Bad.  Also, they are looking for traditional Lego minifigs, so no Friends figures, the rules don't specifically say you can't but I asked out of curiosity.  

The more specific instructions, rules, and regulations can be found here.

I got a few ideas myself but getting it done in 30 seconds is no small feat!

What is Rebrick?

Even some of the people crazy enough about Lego to be reading this don't know what Rebrick is.  Whereas Cuusoo is the Lego Kickstarter meets Mocpages, Rebrick is the Lego Reddit by way of Pintrest...or is that the other way around...

Basically anyone can go to Rebirck and "bookmark" as site.  When you bookmark the site, Rebrick will scan the page for all its images.  You can then select one of the images and then catalog it with a category,  tags, and a gallery.  When you complete the process you have a bookmark like this one right here.  (This is the Pintrest part.)

The site then catalogs these images as you described and then ranks them according to likes and views.  (This is the Reddit part)

You can post anyones Lego, the bookmark goes back to the site of origin so there is no plagiarism.  Like Reddit you are posting for the shear love of sharing Lego builds you find on the internet. 

These builds there are also not as limited in subject matter as those on Cuusoo.  Sure, profane stuff is taken down but as these are just links to images, instead of product concepts, there is a lot more leniency on what you can find there.

For those of you just posting to Cuusoo to "get your stuff seen,"  Rebrick is really a much more appropriate venue for you. 

Recused from the Pick


Ok, so I know that many of you will call me silly for this but I am going to go ahead and not include my Discworld build in selections for pick of the week.

I can honestly say that any decent Discworld set would have a very high chance of being my pick of the week, just from my love of Terry Pratchett novels alone, but I feel absurd evaluting my own project.

So Instead I will say this:

The Discworld (or a sea turtle, some tiny elephants, and a blue pizza)
by Glenbricker

Support Level: 319

Here is my Discworld project.  I hope you like it.  Please check it out.

Pick of the Week


Emotions: Japan
by Bigboy99899

Support Level: 86

I am absolutely in love with this project.  Bigboy99899 came on the stage of Cuusoo last week and they have been putting up a consistent stream of quality projects but this is, in my opinion, the best.

The set is a combination of very angular  rigid structures, very much like Lego, juxtaposed with the chaotic and organic cherry blossom trees which have been pulled off artfully with a clever combination of hinged elements, tiles, and flowers.

The effect is enhanced greatly by the ground elements which are somewhere in-between.  The walk way is very linear with patterns of rectangular and rounded tile but the "stones" that make it up are not uniform in color.  Meanwhile the sand is totally uniform in color, broken up by intriguing shaped "rocks" that are surrounded by patterned sand.  This build is completed with a pond (hiding in the very back of the title image) that continues the perfected broken pattern of the piece. 

 This is not just my pick of the week, but one of my favorite builds that has graced Cuusoo. 

Honorable Mentions


LEGO Architecture - BBC Television Centre
by Dansquier

Support Level: 33

This gets points for originality and well, just being a cool building.  I am a sucker for projects that curve Lego.  This makes me curious as to whether Character Builder has a licenses for all BBC products or just Doctor Who.

This picture demonstrates the accuracy with which Dansquier has recreated the very dynamic structure.

Ancient Wonder: The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
by Bigboy99899

Support Level: 50

So much going on but it all fits together so very well!  Very impressive stunt to pull off.  

Ancient Wonder: The Temple of Artemis
by Bigboy99899

Support Level: 62

Like I said before, Bigboy99899 is coming to Cuusoo in a strong way.  I love all of these Ancient Wonders they have produced.

Origami Crane 折り鶴
by Bricksben

Support Level: 20

I have been a fan of origami all my life.  This is a really fun take on it.  Bricksben appears to be another new and rising star on Cuusoo.   If you missed their typewriter, make sure you give it a second look (here).

Idea Image

Vintage Taxi
by Paulus03217

Support Level: 13

Vintage cars are, in my opinions, an untapped goldmine for Lego.  This is a perfect scale for it too.  


General Hospital
by Mmcclelland

Support Level: 36

For some reason a hospital modular makes me uncomfortable.  The idea of a hospital sharing a wall with a cinema I guess...but the medical content in the build is rather clever.

Exposed Lightsabers Replica Series
by Darthnguyen

Support Level: 56

While I can appreciate the extensive work that has gone on in this project, I don't see it offering much more than the existing project that is 25% of the way to review.  It certainly showcases more variations, and has a sliding open action but I don't see that as a significant draw.  That being said, If you want a Lego lightsaber then vote for every one of them.  
 Torre de Belém
by Afolfx

Support Level: 18

This could use a bit of work but it looks like a fun subject for Lego architecture.

Operation Steam Knights: Lady Kay
by Pittstop

Support Level: 14

This might be my favorite Steam Knight from Pittstop.

-Detective Conan-
by Marvel-boy

Support Level: 13

It is my understanding that Detective Conan is very popular in Japan.  I know the localized version did not do well in the U.S. but I enjoyed it while it was available.  I am a bit doubtful that Lego would consider producing a set based on a series where someone gets murdered in every story, but then again, the Japanese government has used Detective Conan in public awareness you never know.  All that being said, I think the vehicle in this project is quite attractive.  Marvel-boy is really burying the lead with this one, I am certain they would get more than 13 support with a project based just on the car.  Fewer licensing / brand fit issues too!

Cars Ywing Gold leader
by Rzepka.eric

Support Level: 11

I don't usually go for the extreme variations on established Licensees, but this one brought a smile to my that Disney owns both...who knows?

Week of Cuusoo

The Discworld (or a sea turtle, some tiny elephants, and a blue pizza)
by Glenbricker

Support Level: 319


Polish City Bus
by Mwawrowski

Support Level: 114

Like Mwawrowski offering last week, I just don't see the potential of this set for Cuusoo,  at least not relative to its current support level.  At its core though, this is what Cuusoo is really about.  If 10,000 people sign up for a tiny bus, then Lego will design a version and evaluate it for production 

Now, I do love tiny vehicles, like the Tiny Trucks project.  Based on the scale of this project though and the common nature of the parts, I would recommend this set more for an event kit.

Emotions: Japan
by Bigboy99899

Support Level: 86

see above

Coca Cola Delivery Truck
Support Level: 47
General Hospital
Support Level: 36

Support Level: 32
The Destruction of The Ring
Support Level: 30

MineCraft Skyblock Challenge
Support Level: 23

Ranger's Retreat
Support Level: 20
Origami Crane 折り鶴
Support Level: 20
Howl's Moving Castle
Support Level: 20

Torre de Belém
Support Level: 18
Asterix & Obelix
Support Level: 17

Support Level: 16

Spider-man Mask Mosaic
Support Level: 13
-Detective Conan-
Support Level: 13
Vintage Taxi
Support Level: 13

Cars Ywing Gold leader
Support Level: 11
OWLS Intel Station
Support Level: 10
New Theme: Micro City
Support Level: 9

Hover Bikes
Support Level: 9
Support Level: 8
Support Level: 8

Garden Gang
Support Level: 6

Firing cup
Support Level: 5
Milk Tanker
Support Level: 5

The Black Battle-Box 12x
Support Level: 4
Mega Man X Ultrabuild Figure
Support Level: 3

Fashion Catwalk
Support Level: 3
Pokemon legendary Birds
Support Level: 2
sky breacher-150
Support Level: 1