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LEGO CUUSOO Back to the Future – DeLorean Time Machine Achieved!!

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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!

2012.04.29
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

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LEGO CUUSOO The Winchester – Shaun of the Dead Results

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Even with all the support The Winchester – Shaun of the Dead had on LEGO CUUSOO, The LEGO jury has declined the set. Below is the statement LEGO gave on the LEGO CUUSOO Blog:

The LEGO Jury has completed the review of the Winchester – Shaun of the Dead project that hit 10,000 supporters on LEGO CUUSOO on March 31, 2012.

LEGO CUUSOO gives the opportunity to submit product ideas, however all LEGO products, regardless of age target, must be content appropriate for our core audience. With this in mind we have decided that – good though the model is – the film Shaun of the Dead contains content that is not appropriate for our core target audience of children ages 6-11.

Long before the Winchester received mainstream media attention, Greg (Yatkuu) contacted us in earnest to see if his project was acceptable. We recognized the potential conflict, but didn’t see a reason to remove the project. The model was presented tastefully and we thought it deserved fair consideration. With 10,000 supporters, the Winchester earned the opportunity to receive the full LEGO Review.

Greg has been a pleasure to work with throughout this process. We’re impressed by his model, grateful for his constructive approach with us, and we are sad to disappoint such a devoted LEGO fan.

We appreciate the passion exhibited for new product ideas on LEGO CUUSOO. Opening ourselves to new product suggestions invites popular ideas that don’t always fit our brand. This is the first time we’ve felt that we should turn a LEGO CUUSOO idea down, but we’re grateful for the spirit behind projects like the Winchester and for the opportunity to be challenged. It keeps us sharp and looking toward the future of the LEGO brick.

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Loki’s Cosmic Cube Escape (6867) Review

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Continuing with the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes series and the Avengers theme, this time we get Loki’s Cosmic Cube Escape (6867). This set contains 181 pieces and retails for $19.99 for a $0.11/piece ratio. Similar to the other Super Heroes set, this one is minifigure dependent. The set has two unnumbered, one instruction booklet, and comic #2.

Loki's Cosmic Cube Escape Loki's Cosmic Cube Escape

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Captain America’s Avenging Cycle (6865) Review

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Although the smallest set of the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes sets as well as the Super Heroes line so far in 2012, Captain America’s Avenging Cycle doesn’t disappoint. This set supposedly recreates a scene in the new Avengers movie. It contains 72 pieces and retails for $12.99. The set has a $0.18/piece ratio but you do get three minifigures. There are two unnumbered bags and a small instruction booklet.

Captain America's Avenging Cycle Captain America's Avenging Cycle

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Wolverine’s Chopper Showdown (6866) Review

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In the only X-Men set of the 2012 LEGO Marvel Super Heroes so far, we get Wolverine’s Chopper Showdown (6866). This contains 201 pieces and retails for $19.99, which comes out to about $0.10/piece. The set includes three unnumbered bags, one instruction booklet, and the first comic book in the Super Heroes series. Once thing that stands out when looking at the box is the mountain and forest. I’m assuming the setting is in Canada where Wolverine resides.

Wolverine's Chopper Showdown (6866) Wolverine's Chopper Showdown (6866)

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LEGO DC Super Heroes Movie Maker App

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You may have seen some amazing LEGO stop-motion animations on YouTube and probably wanted to make your own videos but usually they take an extremely long time to film and edit. But now if you have an Apple iPhone, you can easily create your own with the LEGO DC Super Heroes Movie Maker!

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Sets Now Available on Amazon

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If you’ve been waiting for the new LEGO Marvel Super Heroes sets to be available on Amazon.com, then your wait is over. You can now purchase these sets with FREE 2-day shipping if you have Amazon Prime. They are at the same prices as you will find at LEGO or other retail stores but with no taxes, which is always better for us consumers. Thank you to FBTB for this breaking news.

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Captain America’s Avenging Cycle (6865)
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Wolverine’s Chopper Showdown (6866)
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Loki’s Cosmic Cube Escape (6867)
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Hulk’s Helicarrier Breakout (6868)
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Quinjet Aerial Battle (6869)

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