Fixes to the Image Uploader

For several months there have been issues with uploading images when creating a project. This was especially noticeable with projects created using LEGO Digital Designer as jagged edges would appear on the models in many of the images.

Unfortunately the images with jagged edges did not meet our quality standards and we could not post them, even though the edges were not the user’s fault. This wasn’t fair to you, and we apologize for the poor experience.

Our technical team has found and fixed the problem by changing the module that the site uses to process your image uploads. There is no visible difference; the fix is behind the scenes. When uploading, you might experience a slight delay as the site processes the image you upload, but this normal.

If you have had difficulty before with your LDD image submissions being rejected, we encourage you to try again now that the problem has been addressed.

 

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.

Results of the Summer LEGO® Review

At long last, we’re thrilled to announce the results of the Summer LEGO® Review in a video message to all of you. In June, four LEGO CUUSOO projects entered the first of what will be regular quarterly reviews of projects that successfully reach 10,000 supporters. These four projects— Back to the Future™ DeLorean™ Time Machine, EVE Online™ Ships – Rifter, The Legend of Zelda™, and the Modular Western Town—have gone through a lengthy review process.

21103 Back to the Future™ Time Machine
It is with great pleasure we reveal that the next LEGO CUUSOO set will be the Back to the Future Time Machine, based upon the LEGO CUUSOO project by m.togami and Sakuretsu. As one of the earliest projects on the site’s global open beta, headlines of a potential Back to the Future LEGO set was seen on popular sites including Gizmodo and Brothers Brick, helping LEGO CUUSOO gain massive appeal.

The final product is still in development in coordination with our license partner, Universal Partnerships & Licensing. We’ll show the final model and you’ll be able to order your own copy when it becomes available in mid-2013 (exact dates and pricing to be determined).

What does the review process look like?
The review process goes through four distinct stages; Brand Fit Analysis, Business Case Development (including License Agreements if applicable), Model Design, and then a Final Review, where the findings of all prior stages are reviewed together. Check out this blog post for more detailed description of the review process.

How did we arrive at our decisions?
We know you are interested in more information about the decision process, and what has happened with each project. Though we cannot share all details of our business decisions, here is what we have decided to share about each project:

Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine
by m.togami* and Sakuretsu
After analyzing the supporters of the Back to the Future project, we learned that this product has a broad, worldwide appeal. The model presented in this project is built very closely to the LEGO Group’s design standards and has therefore provided a strong base to design the final product. It has a high play value and it fits well with supporters’ price expectations.

For these reasons, the Back to the Future project has passed the LEGO Review, and has been selected for production as the next LEGO CUUSOO set. The final product, pricing, and release dates are still being determined.

EVE Online Ships – Rifter
by czar
The supporters we received for the EVE Online Ships – Rifter project allowed us to examine the feasibility of another gaming-related product. However the Rifter presented a more challenging business case when considered alongside other potential products in this Review period. Therefore, the LEGO Review Board has decided that this project does not meet the requirements for the business case.

Modular Western Town
by mb_bricks
The Modular Western Town project conflicts with an ongoing project at the LEGO Group. As a result, the project does not meet the business case requirements and has not passed the LEGO Review.

The Legend of Zelda
by MINGLES
The Legend of Zelda project shows broad support among gaming enthusiasts . This project has provided great inspiration and concept work for what could be a very nice product.

However, multiple new element moulds would be required to create the minifigures for such a product, and the expense of these moulds means that the Legend of Zelda project does not pass the LEGO Review on the basis of the business case.

Please note: If a project does not pass the LEGO Review please do not interpret that as an indication that we will not consider similar projects in the future.

Fall Review in Progress
The Fall Review is currently in progress, and the Winter Review period has started as of Monday, December 3. The next review deadline is Monday, February March 4, 2013. Best of luck on your own projects’ journeys to 10,000!

Back to the Future Films are trademarks and copyrights of Universal Studios and U-Drive Joint Venture. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLC. All Rights Reserved.

* Disclosure: The BTTF project was one of the first projects on the global version of LEGO CUUSOO, beginning during the closed alpha version of the site in the summer of 2011. One of the collaborators on this project, Masashi Togami, is a part-time contractor of CUUSOO System, our partner company that operates the LEGO CUUSOO platform. Masashi will donate his 1% royalty to the Michael J. Fox foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

What happened to those space guys?

Update: We agreed with the project creator, NickRoyer, to re-name the project “Space Troopers.” It is now back online, and will continue to participate in the LEGO Review. For background information, see the post below. -TC 12/11/2012

Hi LEGO Fans. You’re probably wondering what happened to those awesome-looking space military guys on LEGO CUUSOO; you know, the ones that reached 10,000 supporters just before the Winter Review deadline. Well, the name of the project used by the fan builder is actually a trademark owned by another company, and they requested we stop using it on our site.

While we let you submit projects that refer to trademarks owned by others, we don’t enforce others’ trademarks ourselves. However we are legally obligated to comply when we receive a request from a rights holder to remove their trademarks.

Since all of you voted the project to 10,000, and since the artwork is original and based on LEGO elements, it’s our opinion that the only trademark infringement here is the use of the name. So, we’re in contact with NickRoyer to pick a new name and continue to consider the project in the Winter Review. We hope to have it back online soon with the new name.

Sorry about the surprise, and happy building!

 

LEGO Minecraft Micro World Availability

Hi LEGO and Minecraft fans! We’ve received word that a limited supply of LEGO® Minecraft Micro World sets will be available online from the LEGO Shop soon, however we can’t guarantee when it will be in stock or for how long the stock will last. The set is proving to be very popular, so we recommend you place your order as soon as you find the set available.

Our online retail partners, including the official Minecraft store at J!NX and Amazon.com are receiving stock as well, so you may also want to check those sources to secure your copy.

Please know that we’re doing everything possible to get this popular set back in stock as soon as we can. For updates, please keep an eye on the LEGO Shop at Home listing for the product.

 

Minecraft

 

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.