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LEGO CUUSOO Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover Next Official Set

The results of the Fall LEGO Review has been announced and the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover by Perijove will be the next offical LEGO CUUSOO set. On November 25, 2011, NASA sent the rover to Mars to study the planet. Perijove is a mechanical engineer that worked on the actual Curiosity Rover at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He created the CUUSOO set to further the educational outreach of the Rover’s mission to the Red Planet.

The Curiosity Rover went up against the UCS Sandcrawler by mb_bricks and Thinking with Portals! by Brickthing and Team Jigsaw. The product development is still in progress so there’s no pricing or availability as of this time however, Joe Meno from BrickJoural is at Brickworld Chicago 2013 and he notes that the set will be available in January 2014. The Curiosity Rover will be the fifth official LEGO CUUSOO set.

For Portal fans, The LEGO Jury is still looking into the possibility of also releasing the set. This is the first time that LEGO CUUSOO may release two sets from the same seasonal review session. There’s no decision yet on if Thinking with Portals will pass the review or not.

Results of the Fall 2012 LEGO® Review

We’re excited to share the results of the Fall LEGO® Review. In September, three LEGO CUUSOO projects entered the second quarterly review period for projects that successfully reach 10,000 supporters. These three projects—the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover, UCS Sandcrawler™, and Thinking with Portals!™—have been being considered for production by the LEGO Review


LEGO CUUSOO Summer Review Updates

LEGO has given a little teaser on their blog on the statuses for the LEGO CUUSOO projects that reached 10000 supporters earlier in the year which includes: Eve Online Ships – Rifter, Back To The Future DeLorean Time Machine, The Legend of Zelda, and the Modular Western Town.

The LEGO Review board is still working on some of the final details of the Summer Review, which must be complete before we are able to announce any of the results. Projects in each quarterly review happen in batches, so we announce the results for each project at the same time. We’re sorry that we cannot yet commit to a date where we will share the news.

The Fall reviews have now started and The LEGO Jury will take a look at the most recent CUUSOO projects which have also achieved 10000 supporters. These sets include Thinking With Portals, the UCS Sandcrawler, and the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity.


LEGO CUUSOO Thinking With Portals! Achieves 10000 Supporters

A week ago, I did a post describing the LEGO CUUSOO project, Thinking With Portals! by Team Jigsaw. Today, the project has achieved 10000 supporters with the help of LEGO as well as Portal fans. The project also got a push from readers of Joystiq. The project has now reached the Review phase and we wait until September 3 for the next quarterly review. Congratulations for this amazing achievement! Below is the official statement from LEGO:

Congrats on 10,000 Supporters, Brickthing and Team Jigsaw!


Again, great work with this project, with presenting several viable Portal 2 product concepts, and effectively connecting with an audience that wants to see a LEGO set based on Portal 2 happen.

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, put them in our test chamber, bake them, 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 September
This project qualifies for the quarterly review beginning in September, which will also include all projects that reach 10,000 between now and September 3. For more information


LEGO and Portal

Team Jigsaw has come up with different concept sets on LEGO CUUSOO that lets creators relive the world of Portal and Portal 2. With the help of Joystiq, the Thinking with Portals! project has already halfway passed the goal of 10000 supporters needed. There are three ideas that Team Jigsaw has come up with: GLaDOS’ Chamber, Modular Testing Chamber, and Portal Puzzle Board Game. Head over to LEGO CUUSOO and give your support for this nice looking project.

GLaDOS’ Chamber

Primary Designer: Evan

Chell is trapped in the Aperture Science complex!
Lead through test after test by GLaDOS, Chell has finally found the psychotic robot’s lair!
Will she succeed in destroying her nemesis? The final battle and the fate of Aperture lies in your hands!

Includes three minifigures, Chell, Wheatley, and the famous potato.
Features battle platform, portal gun, and GLaDOS
GLaDOS can swing a full 360 degrees and is able to rotate her head in all directions
Perform a core transfer with Wheatley and GLaDOS!
Battle platform is over 5″ (15cm) long
GLaDOS is over 9″ (22cm) wide, and over 12″ (30cm) high
Parts count: 499+

Modular Testing Chamber

Primary Designer: Nick

Make your very own Test Chamber out of LEGO, in any way that you want! First build the modular frame to the dimensions you choose, and then fill the walls and floor with tiles, platforms, buttons and more! Finally, add accessories such as turrets, cubes, small buttons, signs, cameras and most importantly, test subjects!

Includes four minifigures, Chell and 3 Aperture Science


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