In less than 36 hours (35 hours and change), the Purdue Pete project by Sandra San Miguel, SanDSanM, on LEGO CUUSOO has achieved 10000 supporters to be considered to be an official LEGO set. With extensive campaigning by Purdue students, faculty, and staff, the number of supporters quickly rose. If I’m not mistaken, I believe that Purdue Pete is the fastest LEGO CUUSOO set to gain 10000 supporters, even beating out the LEGO Minecraft set which took 48 hours to gain that amount of supporters.
Just some quick info on the set, Purdue Pete is 16 inches tall about took about 900 bricks to create. The Boilermaker icon is the first college/university related set to hit the magical number of supporters which is a little different from the other sets that have already achieved consideration and under review. The set will now go to the review stage during the Winter Review quarter. If Purdue Pete becomes an official LEGO set, Sandra will get 1 percent of all the sales and the proceeds will be donated to the PVM Bound scholarship fund, according to the Purdue News Service. Congratulations to Sandra and Purdue University for reaching this great achievement! Below is the official comment from LEGO:
Congratulations on 10,000 Supporters, SanDSanM!
Boiler up! Wow, did the supporters for this project ever roll in quickly. You’ve made a very nice sculpture of Purdue Pete, and as your fellow classmates and alumni have shown, it looks like he’d would find a nice home on quite a number of desks and shelves!
More than anything, the success you achieved with this projects shows us what can happen when passionate, niche communities connect around a shared dream of potentially having their own LEGO product. Further it is inspiring to read your story in the Purdue Exponent about how the LEGO brick has become your artistic medium of choice.
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 Review Board” 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. This includes factors such as playability, safety, and fit with the LEGO brand. Every potential LEGO product goes through a process like this and must meet the same standards.
The LEGO Review Begins in December
This project qualifies for the quarterly review beginning in December, which will also include all other projects that reach 10,000 between now and December 3. For more information about the quarterly review process, see this blog post.
The review is a thorough process and from its start, and can take several months. When finished, we make a “go/no go” decision to develop and sell a product based on the Purdue Pete concept.
When the review is complete, we will inform you of our decision. If green-lit, 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 also takes several months.
We will post follow-up information and our decision here.
The LEGO CUUSOO Team