Announcing the Next LEGO® CUUSOO Set, and Fall 2013 LEGO Review Results

As promised in our review deadline post, here are the results of the Fall 2013 LEGO® Review! We’ve looked closely at each of the seven projects in this review period, and here is what we have decided:

LEGO CUUSOO #007: Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary

We’re thrilled to take the ECTO-1 and minifigure characters from BrentWaller’s Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary project and release them as the next LEGO CUUSOO set. This is an amazing model, and the set will be a fantastic representation of the cult classic film. Supporters know that Brent put a lot of love into this, and the final model, which we can’t reveal quite yet, will be largely based on his original car design. The final design, pricing and availability are still being worked out, and the set will be released later this year, so stay tuned!

Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary

We’re still evaluating the Female Minifigure Set

The LEGO Review Board is still evaluating the Female Minifigure Set project by Alatariel, and we’ll let you know when we have a decision.

All other projects in the Fall 2013 Review periods will not be produced

The LEGO Review Board has evaluated each project according to our decision criteria. We’ve decided that all other concepts in the Fall 2013 review periods (including the Land-Rover Defender 110 project from the Spring 2012 period) will unfortunately not be produced as LEGO sets. However, this decision doesn’t take away from the amazing talent put into these projects or the passion supporters have shown.

Fall 2013 LEGO Review Results

What happened to the other Ghostbusters Project?

We had a special case during this review period: two projects based on the movie Ghostbusters reached 10,000 supporters within the same review period. At the time, we hadn’t fully considered a case like this. Our team looked both at both the immediate choice at hand and also at the precedent our decision sets for the future of the LEGO CUUSOO community.

Ultimately we chose to base this LEGO CUUSOO set on the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary project for two reasons; this project reached 10,000 supporters first, and our designers decided to base our upcoming set on BrentWaller’s car model. To clarify future cases, we’ve added a Guideline that states if two projects are based on a similar concept, we will consider the project that reaches 10,000 supporters first. See our FAQ for more information on this decision.

How do we make these decisions?

We know you work hard to gain 10,000 votes on a project, but that is really just the beginning of your project’s journey. Once a project reaches that 10,000 milestone, it moves from the Idea Stage onto the Review Stage.

During the Review Stage, a team of specialists within The LEGO Group – including LEGO set designers, marketing and business representatives, and other relevant team members – evaluate the project to determine its potential as a LEGO set. This involves analyzing the votes and information you give us about your project as well as factors such as a project’s playability, safety, and fit within the LEGO brand. This can take months, although exact timing varies due to all the factors involved. Every potential LEGO product, including those developed internally, goes through a process like this and must meet the same standards.

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

Winter 2014 LEGO Review Results coming Mid-2014

Now that we’re on our new Review schedule, the Winter 2014 LEGO Review is well underway, and you can expect results late Spring. This will be the last of the quarterly reviews and future periods will be labelled “First,” “Second,” and “Third” each year as described in our last post. We’re really looking forward to bringing you the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary set and considering more of your projects as they reach 10,000 supporters and qualify for review.

Happy building!

Congratulations to the SEVEN Qualifying Projects in the Fall 2013 Review!

That’s right, seven! Over the last three months we’ve seen the largest batch of projects qualify for the LEGO® Review to date, including several projects that rose in the ranks quickly after spreading via social media.  Here’s a list of the projects that qualify:

  • Female Minifigure Set – Alatariel saw a surge in support for her project in early June, after her concept featuring vignettes of women LEGO Minifigures in science and technology careers took off. After over a year online, it grew from 2,000 to 10,000 supporters in just under a week!
  • ATLAS Mini Model – Education Outreach Project – This project rocketed to 10,000 supporters in just a few days thanks to the support from a popular Facebook community (of people who really, really love science). Congratulations, SaMe!
  • FTL – Faster Than Light – CrashSanders and GlenBricker created this project that depicts spaceships from an indie game where players command a starships’s systems. Imagine owning your favorite micro-scale ship from this fun game!
  • Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary – Can you believe it’s been almost 30 years since Ghostbusters came out? BrentWaller artfully re-created the fire station, ECTO-1, and characters from the classic film. Ghostbusters fans online caught on and rallied support for this fantastic project.
  • Poptropica: Dr. Hare’s Lair – The creators of popular childrens’ game Poptropica are trying to hatch an “evil plan” by proposing this concept for consideration as a LEGO set. Dr. Hare’s Lair captures the essence of the hit online game in LEGO bricks. Will they succeed?
  • Ghostbusters – Another Ghostbusters project? We hear you loud and clear! Ghostbusters fans also voted up this great project that offers another take on the ECTO-1 and characters from the film.  Congratulations, TeeKay!
  • The Road to OZ – The road to OZ might be fraught with peril, but JeremiahKC, the road to 10,000 supporters was a breeze! And with his perfect capture of such a beloved story, it’s easy to see why. Nicely done!

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What is the Fall Review?
We take projects that reach have reached 10,000 supporters by September 2nd and put them into a batch called a “LEGO Review.” From there, we decide which projects will move on to become official LEGO sets. These review batches have a rolling deadline and happen once per quarter.

Check out these three posts for more information on that process: Projects Reaching 10,000 Supporters Will Now Be Reviewed QuarterlyThe Quarterly LEGO Review: How does it work?, and Cheat Sheet: How to Pass the LEGO Review with Flying Colors.

What about the other past Reviews? When will those results be published?
Our team is working on the past several review batches. Yes, there’s a lot of work to be done, and you can look forward to news coming in the not-so-distant future (Unfortunately we cannot say exactly when). For more on why these reviews take so long, check out check out the end of this article.

LEGO Review Batches in Progress

The Winter Review Deadline is December January 6th
We’re shifting the review deadline by a month to better align with our internal calendar at the LEGO Group. For us, it makes more sense to begin a review cycle when we’re freshly back in the office after the holidays, than it does leading up to a busy December holiday season.

As a result, you get another month to qualify this time! If your project didn’t quite make this deadline, you can still qualify for the Winter Review if you gain 10,000 votes by 12:00 a.m. GMT January 6th. That’s still only four months away, so get to it!