Thursday, January 30, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Clarifying Cuusoo's New Logo RulesI have been seeing a lot of confusion in Cuusoo's comments based on the new Guidelines barring Logo projects from Cuusoo. What is worse is that people are spreading very inaccurate interpretations of the ban, so please allow me to clarify.
The bar against Logo/Mascot projects is very simply stated:
"No submissions with only company or team logos or mascots. Ideas containing a logo or mascot must be in the context of a meaningful LEGO model."
Now, it is open for interpretation what a "meaningful LEGO model" technically is but if it has more than 100 support, and is still on Cuusoo, it is probably a "meaningful LEGO model."
An example of this is the Number one project on Cuusoo right now: The Modular Apple Store.
Yes it has a giant Apple Logo on it, but it is certainly a high enough support level to be on Cuusoo's radar and Lego did not delete it on "M-day". The logo is obviously an aspect of the set, not THE set.
A project that DID get deleted however was a build just depicting a giant "MARVEL" logo made with white and red bricks.
In summary: Using a (non-Lego) Logo/Mascot is 100% ok, but BEING a Logo/Mascot is not.
Wayne Manor Reaches the Top 10!Assault on Wayne Manor: Finalizing, and displaying the final character proposals (Ra, Red Hood, and Firefly), A surge of over 1000 support, and now entering the top 10 most supported projects on Cuusoo!
Though I am very happy with the new character designs they are not responsible for the surge. To that I can only say that Mark Waid's (Yes THAT Mark Waid's) tweet and the project's subsequent pick up by The Comics Alliance were the source of the crowds.
Pick of the WeekDa Vinci Flying Machine
Cuusoo has these tiny little thumbnail images that give you a tiny little look at what a project might contain. Much like books and covers, these thumbnails are often quite deceptive. And that is certainly the case with this build.
When I saw the tag line "Da Vinci Flying Machine" I immediately though (from the thumbnail) a build this big for the flyer should really be much more accurate to the famous artwork.
Upon clicking through through I was quite pleasantly surprised, morose in fact, this is quite frankly one of my favorite Lego builds of all time and moments before I was expecting some hum drum project.
First off, do yourself a favor and watch this video. This embodies what they mean by "poetry in motion."
Simply put, brilliant. The motion is so effortless, smooth, and dynamic, with a multitude of dimensionality.
Even discounting the motion, the build itself is much more refined than the thumbnail give credit for. The build of the person for instant is top notch and reminds me ever so slightly of Wallace (of Wallace and Grommet. I especially like how the goggles were implemented.
Even more fun, this project happens to be one of my favorite Cuusoo project creators. This is only "Touthomme's" second entry, but their first is the Labyrinth Marble Maze which is currently Cuusoo's forth most supported project!
Bricksauria | Stegosaurus
Last August, Senteosan uploaded an amazing Jurassic Park project to Cuusoo. Since then, Jurassic Park was barred from Cuusoo (due to a licensing conflict) but Senteosan relaunched his T-rex as a "generic" dinosaur project.
This Stegosaurus is a fine addition to the series of dinosaurs.
I know people are a bit on the fence on the head, especially with how dramatic the T-rex is, but I think it is a case of the best brick for the scale.
This has caught on big time in Lego subReddit right now with 1200+ likes.
This is another build where the video show a deeper story so, here you go:
If you like the dragon fly, make sure to support it here. I have it on good authority that the catepillar/inch worm will be making an appearance on Cuusoo soon.
NotablesATLAS particle detector (medium size)
by Andrijan94ATLAS that got to 10,000.
As far as Lego is concerned I imagine the original's rocket to 10k is a much bigger factor on their production decision than the quality of the design.
Who knows though, if this gets to 10k, maybe Lego will change their minds. Part of Cuusoo is about asking Lego to consider new ideas.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Pick of the Weekminiature 6285 Black Sea Baraccuda
I love Pirates. I love homages. I love well orchestrated builds that showcase a smaller building scale. I love Lego sets that can double as desk art. What is not to Love about this? Well, your opinions on Lego might vary from mine...but dude! This is awesome.
Honorable MentionsAmerican Diner
This was very nearly my pick of the week, it certainly deserves it. But, The miniature 6285 Black Sea Baraccuda just hit me up on too many of my personal Lego draws.
This looks pretty freaking fantastic on the outside, but where this diner truly excels (and distinguishes itself from the other diners on Cuusoo) is the internals. Check it out:
The jukebox alone is a work of art: If I am not mistaken that is a space console in the jukebox. The chrome and rainbow 1x1 round arrangement is phenomenal.
Beyond ht you have the checker pattern floors and counter and full array of kitchen elements would would find in any true diner. Even a vent hood!
I love the chairs but they do have a slight problem of being un-sittable to minifigs.
Old West Gold Mine
Mines are pretty common in Lego but I always love seeing them. There was the Lone Ranger mine, the City Mine, and the Dwarf mine...interestingly enough I don't think there has been a mine in the actual mining theme. This one is a great representation of something a little more realistic. I really like the use of the mops to hold up the run.
This project relies quite heavily on, hm, not sure what to call the method of construction were clip elements are holding onto other Lego elements at illegal angles. I never really care for that type of build, but it is used to excellent effect in this presentation.
I do wonder if the publication of this project is a re-opening of Western Lego sets. I am not sure if Cuusoo actually stopped allowing the publication of western themed projects but for a time they were being archived as if the "license" was locked down. Obviously this was a special case based on Lone Ranger.
by AccelerandoAccelerando has taken the new "no series" rules to heart and has broken up their mini-mecha project into four projects.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
After 20 months the LEGO Bird Project is nearly complete.
Lego Birds will be the first project to reach 10,000 which is based on a natural phenomenon.
Not withstanding a massive surge of support for another project, this will also be the first project entering the May 2014 review. If Lego keeps to their newly proposed schedule we will be learning the fate of Lego birds in about seven months.
Lego Birds also has a rare distinction of being one of the most commented projects on Cuusoo with nearly 7000 comments. The "flock" at Lego Birds is certainly one of the most verbose groups on Cuusoo. When comments shut down on this project I wonder if they will migrate to DeTomaso's other projects.
Cuusoo's earliest, and one of its most expansive creator's has left Cuusoo. We don't know why, but when a project is deleted by Cuusoo it indicates as such by saying "This project has been removed for not following the Guidelines." As Suzuki's projects do not have this statement we can assume they self deleted. At the time the projects were deleted, Suzuki had the third most supported project on Cuusoo, The Apollo Lunar Landing. Other favorites included the most supported Wall-E project and very lifelike SLR Camera.
A Gallery of Suzuki's work can be found here.
Pick of the WeekAntigravity Armored Raider
One of the fun things about Cuusoo is every now and then I learn a learn something about the vast "geek" culture that is out there. This project is inspired by the series Maschinenkrieger ZbV 3000. Turns out I have been a fan of Maschinenkrieger ZbV 3000 for a long time but I had not idea what it was. I had scene the art before on the internet but I had not realized it was a cohesive storyline.
Independent of that, I really like this design. It is a classic theme for Lego, some kind of single piloted sci-fi vehicle but this one takes some new approaches. There are some sleek geometries inter-playing curves with sharp edges. I really like the how the sleekness of the craft is counterpoised with the extreme greeble at the rear of the vehicle.
ITER Fusion Reactor Segment
Of the high-end science models, a relatively popular Cuusoo subject, this is probably my favorite to date. Well, I should add "immobile" to that descriptor. The Curiosity is of course a technical marvel, but I am really thinking of the "instalations" here.
I like this one so much because there is a lot of technique to appreciate. Additionally, this is an interesting and compelling structure.
I also applaud AndrewClark2's creativity in presentation. Every now and then you see some new trick on Cuusoo and Andrew certainly has a great one. Many project creators have difficulty dealing with the image quality limitations on Cuusoo, Andrew basically divided one "tall" image into three stacked images. Looks great, works great!
The Dark Crystal - Journey of Jen
Wow, if you know Dark Crystal, this is a really impressive piece. Well scaled, great content, impressive recreations of key characters...I immediately shared this with my puppet loving friends. Unfortunately, Dark Crystal does not have the fan base or recognition of the Muppets.
Radagast’s Rhosgobel Rabbits
Certainly one of the more unique approaches to LotR. This is even more unique in that there is an accompanying animation, quite fun with great production value.
Personally I love the rabbits. Reading the comments many however do not share my opinion. Under the new restrictions preventing project creators from suggesting new elements, there is not much to be done about this, unless you want to go with the Friend's bunnies.
This is certainly my favorite to date.
The HUNTER - Galaxy Command
That being said, even if I loved Hunger Games I cannot see Lego making this set. There are sets that emphasise a vehicle or creature. There are sets that establish a undefined conflict. There are some sets that evoke a specific but loosely bordered event. The movie/book based sets however usually are intended to either present, or even role play a specific scene...Well, here is the scene this project concept is intending to recreate:
A child is in a tree and a group of other children, who have trained for years to kill other children, have hunted her down with the explicit intent to kill her. Unable to kill their victim outright the children set up camp at the base of the tree. Thankfully the hero finds a hive of lethal insects in the tree and, while her enemies are sleeping, she attacks her would be murderers with the killer wasps, killing two of the children out-right and causing the others to flee. Unfortunately, our hero is stung as well and suffers from intense pain and hallucinations. Yay! What a fun scene to immortalize in Lego! And don't forget, this is all a sport, for the amusement of the watching public!
There is nothing inherently wrong with the fiction of Hunger Games...this is a very old story in fact...Hero gets trapped and the Hero not only finds a way to escape but even turns the tables on their would be assailants.
I know I just explained I don't have an interest in Hunger Games but to make sure to put this into perspective, I love comic books, but I would be aghast to see on Cuusoo just projects as "The Wayne's Alley Detour", "The Flying Grayson's Final Flight", or "Uncle Ben's Last Lesson." Sure, these events all have huge importance in well known comic book characters, but that does not mean there needs to be a Lego set in which you can re-enact the moment in which Bruce Wayne becomes an orphan.
Literary value or not, I just can't imagine this scene becoming an official Lego set.