On April 28, 2012, The Back to the Future – DeLorean Time Machine set by Masashi Togami has achieved the 10,000 supporters needed for LEGO to consider it to be released as a commercial set. We here at The Brick Fan like to congratulate Masashi on a job well done! The set was put on LEGO CUUSOO on August 1, 2011 but patience has paid off. There’s still an issue with the licensing but I’m not surprised if The LEGO Group already has something set up already. Hopefully we’ll get to see this set in production in the near future. Below is the official LEGO CUUSOO statement.
Congrats on 10,000 Supporters, m.togami!
Slow and steady wins the race. You came out in front early on with the DeLorean model and you have done it thanks to hard work and persistence. The awesome LEGO model didn’t hurt, either. Congratulations!
As we’re approaching the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future, this project could not have come at a better time. Congratulations on achieving 10,000 supporters. We now officially advance this project to the Review phase.
What happens now?
This project moves from the Idea stage to the Review stage. A “LEGO Jury” composed of designers, product managers, and other key team members will examine the idea. We’ll build concept models and determine if the concept meets our high standards for what it takes to be a LEGO product, including playability, safety, and fit with the LEGO brand. Every LEGO product goes through a process like this and must meet the same standards.
Timing of the LEGO Review
From here forward, the LEGO Review will take place quarterly. The next review will be held starting in June and will include all projects that reach 10,000 between now and then. We’ll update the LEGO CUUSOO blog with additional details soon; this project crossed the threshhold before we were fully prepared to provide this update.
The review is a thorough process and from it’s start, it will take several weeks. When finished, we make a “go/no go” decision to develop and sell the DeLorean. Naturally before we can announce the results of the review, we will need to secure a license to produce this product. We will inform you of our decision, and if green-lighted, this project goes into the longest phase of the project; the Development phase. During this time, LEGO model designers refine the product and develop it for release, we create the product materials (box, instructions, marketing), and get everything ready for a production run. This takes several months.
We will post followup information and our decision here.
The LEGO CUUSOO Team