CUUSOO Spring Review Deadline: Now March 4th

Sometimes math, even simple math, can get the better of us. The CUUSOO Team was looking ahead to the next Review Deadline, when we realized we had made a little mistake; in our previous post, we announced the deadline would be February 4th, when really, it should be March 4th. Each review period is three months, so a deadline of February would be much too soon and not give users enough time to qualify.

This means all projects have an “extra” month to qualify, yay! No other review deadlines will be changing, and we’ll be editing old posts to reflect the correct date.

Congrats to the LEGO® CUUSOO Winter Review Qualifiers

Midnight last night, December 3rd 2012, marked the end of the Winter Review Deadline. The team here at LEGO CUUSOO extends congratulations to our two qualifiers:

  • Purdee Pete – This project had a strong start out the gate with 500 supporters in its first week, but really took off when word spread on the Purdue campus and it gained the rest of the 10,000 needed in a 36-hour sprint to the finish!
  • Space Troopers!* – Another reminder of how “slow and steady wins the race.” Space Troopers has been a long time favorite and an entirely original idea, reached 10,000 just days before the deadline.
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But wait, what is the LEGO Review?
After LEGO CUUSOO projects reach 10,000 supporters, they enter the “LEGO Review,” where the LEGO Company evaluates their potential as an actual LEGO product. The fastest way to come up to speed on the review process is to read our three part blog series: Projects Reaching 10,000 Supporters Will Now Be Reviewed QuarterlyThe Quarterly LEGO Review: How does it work?, and finally  Cheat Sheet: How to Pass the LEGO Review with Flying Colors.

Why don’t we know the results of the Summer Review yet?
Yes, the Summer Review has been going on for many months now, and we’re just as impatient to share the details as you are to hear them. We’re wrapping up the last details of this, so please bear with us.

Next Review Deadline: March 3rd 4th
If your project didn’t reach 10,000 this quarter, don’t be discouraged – you have another four months to reach the 10,000 votes needed to qualify for the Spring Review.  The deadline is March 3rd 4th at midnight, GMT, so start rallying your supporters now!

* The project was re-named from its original, user-submitted name, as it originally mentioned a trademark owned by another company, who  requested we cease using the trademark. For more information, see this blog post.

A Closer Look at Our Top 6 Most Supported Projects

Here at LEGO® CUUSOO, we don’t really know how to slow down. The Fall Review Deadline may have passed (and yes, we know we owe you an update on the Summer review – believe us when we say, we’ll announce the results as soon as we can), but already we’re looking ahead to the winter deadline (December 3rd), and you should too. We have a handful of builds that are very close to that 10,000 mark – what will make the cut?

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Space Troopers!*
8,600+ Supporters!

It’s hard to believe this project has been in the “idea stage” for almost a year now! This project sports a number of ideas for new minifigs, and the creators are quick to point out the many possibilities for other themes that could be incorporated, as well as an advanced storyline for fans of all ages. One interesting thing to note on this build is that it has collected nearly as many comments as it has supporters. Truly a build which inspires conversation!

Exo Suit
7,500+ Supporters!

Sticking with the sci-fi theme, the Exo Suit seems to be a must have for any adventurous LEGO space ‘fig. After this build became his most popular model on Flickr, Peter Reid decided to create it as a project so others could have a chance to own it. With enough supporters, no LEGO Minifigure will have to go into the great unknown of space unprepared again…

Andy/Bugdroid the Android by Google
7,000+ Supporters!

Whether you use an iPhone, Android, Blackberry, or even a vintage flip phone, it’s hard not to appreciate Andy. With fully rotating arms and head, this model is more than just a show piece. Having received a number of media mentions, including on Brickset and Geek.com, Andy has managed to climb to the top of the most supported list in less than two months – not an easy task!

Land-Rover Defender 110
5,700+ Supporters!

To fully appreciate this build, you have to see it in action. I remember back when this was featured as in the Most Popular Bookmarks of the Week on ReBrick…how time flies! With around 2,800 parts, 7 motors, and 3 IR receivers, this supercar looks and sounds more impressive than my real-life car.

 

Correction: We made an oops – sorry we missed including The Legend of Zelda Project in the previous version! This blog post wouldn’t be complete without mentioning this totally awesome project. 

- The Legend of Zelda Project –
5,000+ supporters!

It’s clear from the Legend of Zelda project currently in review and this one that CUUSOO fans are crazy about Legend of Zelda! This project has a strong focus on LEGO Minifigures, especially a high quality Link figure as he appeared in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.  It also showcases some high quality possible sets (my personal favorite is “The Temple of Time”).

Macross VF-1 Valkyrie +Fast Pack / Armored Parts
4,300+ Supporters! 

Whether you followed the various Macross TV shows and movies on from the 1980s, or just happen to be a fan of mecha, this is the project for you. Although the model pictured is from the show, “Space Fortress Macross”, the builder points out that the build and re-build aspect of LEGO bricks will give this model endless possibilities for customization. It’s also a project that will excite Japanese animation fans across the globe!

These are just five six of the top supported builds on LEGO CUUSOO, browse the Discover page to find more fantastic creations needing your support. Also keep in mind that just because a project isn’t in the Top Supported Projects list now doesn’t mean it won’t come up from behind and qualify for the Winter Review. Your support and sharing can aid any project’s quest for 10,000 supporters, so please pass them along to your friends and spread the word far and wide!

* The project was re-named from its original, user-submitted name, as it originally mentioned a trademark owned by another company, who  requested we cease using the trademark. For more information, see this blog post.

Fall Review Deadline: You’re Running Out of Time!

Did you know that the fall LEGO Review deadline is just around the corner? How summer has flown by! Congratulations to the projects that have qualified to date: Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover, the UCS Sandcrawler, and of course, Thinking with Portals. What other projects will make the cut? Maybe yours?

Now is the time to promote, promote promote! Tell your friends to go and support your project, share it on your networks, send an email blast to colleagues, even stop and tell people on the street about it – spread the word the best you can! Past projects (think Minecraft) have shown that sometimes the votes can come in practically overnight once these projects are shared within the right groups. Just remember the House Rules; please don’t promote your project in the comments on LEGO CUUSOO itself, it’s way spammy, and you don’t want to be that guy.

The fall deadline is 12:59 p.m. GMT September 3rd, 2012. Projects that reach 10,000 supporters before this deadline will be considered for production in the Fall LEGO Review. For details on the quarterly review process, read this.

Stay tuned for an official announcement September 4th to congratulate the Fall LEGO Review qualifiers.

But wait…what about the Summer Review?!
We know you’re at the edge of your seats to find out which projects will pass the Summer LEGO Review. We’re just as eager to share the news as you are to hear it. Like we’ve said before (and maybe you’re sick of hearing it), this process involves factors outside of our control, so it can take some time. However, I can tell you that an official announcement will occur in a matter of weeks, not months, and we’ll update you on the exact timeframe when we know ourselves.

Lastly, if you’re wondering who I am…

My name is Sara, and you’ll be seeing me around LEGO CUUSOO from time to time. Many of you know me from ReBrick, but check out my profile to learn more.