Results of the Winter, Spring, and Summer LEGO® Reviews

It’s been a busy summer for us. We’re finally able to share the results of not one but three review periods: Winter 2012, Spring, and Summer 2013. We’ve looked closely at each of the ten projects in this these review periods, and here is what we have decided:

LEGO CUUSOO #006: Exo Suit

We’re thrilled to take Peter Reid’s original Exo Suit concept and create a LEGO® set based on it. The set is now in development, which means professional LEGO designers are creating the final version that will become the LEGO CUUSOO set. Final design, pricing, and availability are still being determined, and we’ll reveal the final product leading up to its release in 2014.

Exo Suit - Fan Submission, Not Final Product

We’re still evaluating the Land-Rover Defender 110

We’re still in the process of evaluating the Land-Rover Defender 110 by Sheepo. We’ll let you know once we have a decision on whether it will be released as a set!

All other projects in the Winter 2012, Spring and Summer 2013 Review periods will not be produced.

The LEGO Review Board has evaluated each project these three review periods according to our decision criteria. We’ve decided that all other concepts in the Winter 2012, Spring, and Summer 2013 periods (including the Thinking with Portals! project from the Fall 2012 period) will unfortunately not be produced as LEGO sets. Sometimes our best hopes and plans end up not working out. After a thorough evaluation, the LEGO Review Board has determined that we will not release a set based on any of these projects. We realize this is disappointing to some, so please know that this decision does not take away from the beauty and effort put into these projects by each talented LEGO fan.

Winter, Spring, & Summer LEGO Review Results

How do we make these decisions?

We know how hard you work, vote, and spread the word to see your favorite concepts become reality. Once a project reaches 10,000 supporters, our team is then responsible for deciding what sets LEGO CUUSOO will produce according to our criteria and business model.

By gaining 10,000 supporters, a fan-submitted project moves from the Idea Stage to the Review Stage, where it earns the opportunity to be considered as a future LEGO® set in a quarterly process called the “LEGO Review.” Gaining 10,000 Supporters is just the first step in this process.

During the LEGO Review, we take your vote and the the information you give us in the brief support survey into consideration. This contributes to the Review Board’s analysis of a project’s potential as a LEGO set.

The “LEGO Review Board” composed of LEGO set designers, marketing and business representatives, and other relevant team members across the LEGO Group examines each qualified project. They evaluate concept models and determine if the concept meets our high standards for what it takes to be a LEGO product; including factors such as playability, safety, and fit with the LEGO brand.

Every potential LEGO product, including those developed internally, goes through a process like this and must meet the same standards. The amount of time this takes varies due to all the factors involved, however, know that every set must be fully evaluated before we make a decision about its viability as a set.

The LEGO Review Board makes all final decisions on which new sets the LEGO Group will release based on CUUSOO projects.

Fall LEGO Review Results Coming Early 2014

The Fall 2013 Review results will be available in early 2014

We’ve already started our review of the seven projects from the Fall 2013 period, and we’ll share the results in early 2014. Our team is looking forward to bringing you the Exo Suit and considering more of your projects as they reach 10,000 supporters and qualify for review.

Happy building!

11 thoughts on “Results of the Winter, Spring, and Summer LEGO® Reviews

  1. I’m so sad the “Thinking with portals!” project did not pass the review :((
    It really had great potential.
    But since the Exo-suit is also mentioned in the official Lego book, it isn’t that surprising that it will be the next set…

  2. Thinking with portals not passing is simply outrageous. Shocked it’s gonna take at least a 3rd Zelda project to finally get Zelda. Exosuit is quite nice though but overall very disappointing that every review there’s so many sets and only 1 gets picked. I swear if Ghostbusters doesn’t get made next time with 2 projects in one review I’m giving up on Cuusoo. Thanks for Minecraft. Thanks for Back To The Future. But there’s obviously something very restricting about the review process. Also I have a bad feeling the exo suit will look completely different to the concept design when it’s produced and not for the better.

    Cuusoo can be great with more communication and a clearer insight into the review process. Wish we could get some reasons why the other projects didn’t pass.

  3. Can I be the first to say that it gives me immense displeasure to see that a template has been drawn for all rejected projects, a far step down from the older, more personal notices, that under the heading of “Why this didn’t pass” actually SAID why it didn’t pass?!?!

  4. In the past the reason a project was declined was listed, but it seems like in this last batch they just had a generic statement saying they weren’t making the various sets. It would be nice to know why they aren’t being made so if nothing else, guidance on what to submit in the future is clearer. I’d especially like to know why the Space Troopers didn’t make it.

  5. Each of these projects gained support from 10,000 people, and the answer is no more detailed than a flat “No”. It’s delivered very politely, but whether it’s on the front page of CUUSOO, the individual project page, the YouTube video, or this blog, there’s no more detail on *why* a project wasn’t accepted.

    How can anyone change their approach unless feedback is given to the community about what didn’t work?

    Too many pieces? Custom molds? Illegal techniques? Not cost effective? Won’t sell enough? Licensing not available? Educate us, please!

    I guess you don’t want to have the argument about brand fit again, but honestly the result of this information black hole is that I for one now have only a shred of interest left in CUUSOO – why get excited about supporting a project when it’s just going to get a “No” and nothing else?

    The only rule I can derive from the projects accepted so far is “under 500 pieces, under $50″ – why not save us all some disappointment and simply ban everything that doesn’t meet that guideline from being on the site in the first place?

  6. Any chance we could get a bit of a reason for the various non-approved sets? Even something as simple as ‘couldn’t secure intellectual property rights’ or ‘design too complex’ would be helpful to designers of future Cuusoo builders.

  7. I feel really disappointed that only one project was passed. In the past, for each seasonal vote, there has been one submitted project for one seasonal application period. And yet, one project was approved for three seasonal application periods. What honestly happened? Why were these projects cancelled? If we could get a simple reason why each project was cancelled, maybe I could take it in with ease. But with no reasons why, I’m utterly baffled and wondering if I should continue supporting these projects.

  8. Agree with the above comments, we really need at least some sentences to explain why this or that set didn’t make it. When a project’s gotten 10.000 supporters out there, both the creator and fans deserve a reason for it not passing the review.

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