LEGO CUUSOO has now officially become LEGO Ideas and the site has gone live today. With new branding, new design and new guidelines (most notably opening project submission up to anyone of at least 13 years of age), the successful platform is ready to embark on a new era of fan-created LEGO sets. You may remember over the last year or so, me advertising my project known as “LEGO Club Penguin”, or on social media as #LEGOCP.
In the fall of 2008, CUUSOO Systems and the LEGO Group teamed up to launch the LEGO CUUSOO crowdsourcing experiment. Initially, the site was only available in Japanese. But the promising results from the pilot led to the launch of the international LEGO CUUSOO beta site in the fall of 2011. CUUSOO worked with the LEGO Group to produce community supported sets. If an idea submitted to the website gains 10,000 (originally 1,000) supporters, it standed a chance of being produced as an official LEGO product. Once a project acquired the 10,000 supporter amount, it would be put in the LEGO Review, and the company would determine whether it would be a product or not. Quite a few models have been made into reality, such as Minecraft, Back to the Future, and the Mars Curiosity Rover.
It’s been one month, plus a few days since I reviewed the Cloud Cuckoo Palace, the second of the three sets from the theme based on The LEGO Movie that I had purchased. During this period of time, I have been working on this review, plus working on #LEGOCP, so I’ve been busy. I also have more reviews in the pipeline, so I wanted this done as soon as possible, especially with the film releasing in merely two days. Anyway, enough apologizing. Here’s my review of 70807 MetalBeard’s Duel!
Well, this is an interesting breaking story, and I am sure it will intrigue many of you. Although it was known for months now before the official announcement, LEGO and 20th Century Fox have issued a press release about an all new theme based on the hit comedy animated series The Simpsons, in honor of the show’s 25th anniversary. As well as a television special in May 2014, there will be a brick version of the iconic house sold and a special series of Collectible Minifigures based on characters from the show. Interested? Read the official press release and product description below! Also please do comment! I love to hear what you think.
It’s 2014, and The LEGO Movie sets and all other sets LEGO has planned for a January release should be available from shop.lego.com, LEGO brand stores, and other retail stores. What better way to celebrate the start of the New Year than a review of the most colorful and fun set from the first wave of The LEGO Movie, 70803 Cloud Cuckoo Palace?
I know what you’re thinking, this is a Club Penguin blog. And you are right (cue booing from penguins because I altered a quote from The LEGO Movie trailer for use as the opening for this post). However, in my defense I am totally looking forward to The LEGO Movie, which will release in theaters on February 7, 2014. Not long! I have decided to review three of the sets from the theme to get you guys excited for it and possibly become fans yourselves. Since I have no other place to do it, I’ll just do it here.
The main premise of the film is not too overly complex. In the LEGO universe, an ordinary minifigure named Emmet is mistaken as being the Special—the last living Master Builder—who can save the LEGO universe. With the help of an old mystic named Vitruvius, a tough young lady named Wyldstyle, and Batman along with a small troupe of LEGO DC Heroes, Emmet will have to unlearn everything he saw in the instructions and learn the power of imagination to defeat the evil tyrant Lord Business, who is bent on destroying the nature of LEGO universe and recreating it as he sees fit by gluing it together.
Check out the (epic) trailer below!
As you can see, this movie looks super fun. And from personal experience, so are the sets. I present to you, 70800 Getaway Glider!