The Macross VF-1 Valkyrie +Fast pack / Armored parts by maxvf1 is the latest project to reach 10,000 supporters on LEGO CUUSOO. The VF-1 Valkyrie is based on the variable fighter from the Japanese anime, The Super Dimension Fortress Macross. First submitted on October 1, 2011, it shows that slow and steady can also win the race and in this case, the race to 10,000 supporters. The Valkyrie becomes the very first “transforming” set to reach the review stage on CUUSOO and as well as the first set to qualify for the Winter Review stage. Since LEGO encourages creativity and imagination, it would be cool to see something like the Valkyrie with it’s transforming feature become an official set but we’ll see if LEGO can get a licensing deal done with Harmony Gold which has a pretty strict licensing policy.

Congratulations to maxvf1 for getting enough supporters for his Macross project! The Japanese Old Style Architecture project by taxon55 becomes the highest supported project on CUUSOO.

Congratulations on 10,000 supporters, maxvf1!

You did it! What a fantastic build and a great way to celebrate an iconic robot from Japanese animation in LEGO Bricks. As you say, combining construction play with the Valkyrie adds a new level of understanding of how to build transforming models.

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 January. 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 “Macross VF-1 Valkyrie +Fast pack / Armored parts” 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.

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