Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Weekly Crowd

News

Jurassic Park Closed Down

As expected, Senteosan's Jurassic Park project has been archived because "another company has the construction toy license for this IP."   Make sure to check out their Bricksauria below though to see to it that this great content continues forward.

SpaceySmoke's Food Truck Reaches 1k

Food Truck
Since my earliest days on Cuusoo, SpaceySmoke has been one of my favorite builders.  They have a really efficient style and are able to pack so much content into minimal space.

I am happy to report that following picture updates on all their projects SpaceySmoke has reached the 1k milestone with their amazing Food Truck.  It you are not familiar with the project, you seriously need to do yourself a favor and check it out.  It is a masterful design of minifigure scale building that is pro-content and playability.

I would really love to get one of these and Line up the Avengers right next to it.  Maybe make a Shawarma Food Truck.

While you are there make sure to check out the Ambulance updates as well.

Personal Project: Magic School Bus

Netflix has been just acquired all 52 episodes of the Magic School Bus for instant viewing.  I have really enjoyed watching them with my kids.  I can't watch something for too long before I get the Lego version of the Tootsie roll song stuck in my head..."Everything it is I think I see becomes Lego Bricks to me," and thus, my latest Cuusoo project was born: The Magic School Bus.  

I had a lot of fun with it.  Yes, the fig count is over the top but sometimes you just have to go with it. Have you ever tried to create 9 unique figures?  It is quite difficult.  Some figures just naturally assemble, but some are just bet fist.  DA, the one with the pink bag, has two buns...kind of like bunny ears...there is just not a good headpiece for that...so that is how she ends up with Princess Leia hair.    the Since my earliest days on Cuusoo, SpaceySmoke has been one of my favorite builders.  Then of course both Kesha (the one with the bright blue stripe) and Miss Frizzle both have a "ball" of hair on top of their heads.  Went through ever hair piece until deciding on these as best fits.  and have a really efficient style and are able to pack so much content into minimal space.  Oh man, I am monologging...sorry guys. 

Pick of the Week

Bricksauria

The FOL community has responded in strong support of Senteosan taking his T-rex on a dual path to 10k and I am included in that number.  The journey without the IP is certainly less assured but it does help that the dinosaurs are fan favorites through and through and the general concept is one that Lego can get behind.  Some builders buy a simple Lego house and others buy Modulars.  Some will buy the 5 piece dino figures and others would love to have this big guy on display.

The knees are of course an issue.  It may very well stand on its own but I know from talking with the designers that a Lego build has to last for two years on display without straining the bricks.  (They use an oven to simulate age) and that is asking a lot from those joints.  But, this is not a production model but a proposal.  I would be Thrilled to have a build that looked like this but with perhaps some support.

Update: As expected, Senteosan's Jurassic Park project has been archived because "another company has the construction toy license for this IP"

Honorable Mentions


Kerbal Space Program
This project was almost my pick of the week.  I am still a bit uncertain but, geez, just looks at that T-rex.  Ok, back on point though.  OverTheHill has a really strong idea here and the concept for the Kerbals is just fantastic.  This allows for a lot of characters without a lot of minifigs and you can pack three in a rocket without requiring a huge build.

It is an elegant proposal that is sure to please Kerbal fans, Lego fans, and Rocket fans. 

Sherlock
by flailx
Sherlock is a fantastic modernized take on Sherlock Holmes (of course).  It might be a little too mature for Lego but there is no denying that these proposed figures look fantastic and the set is a great example of building out rooms with minifigs in mind. 

Soyuz Rocket
by Kei_Kei

I really appreciate the subtle complexity of this design.  For that alone is deserves more support than it is getting.  Very well done! 

Notables

Mini Modular: Ghostbusters HQ
Very cute, and a great way to get the Ghostbusters HQ on the cheep.
Home Alone - Kevin's Mad House Fiasco!
A great playset based on the movie.  Very clever implementation of the scenes from the movie.
LEGO Friends' Gyro
I have got to admit I am biased towards the dynamic projects.  This is a great combination of Friends and Technic though.  See the video and decide for yourself.