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!

Congratulations to our three Summer Review Qualifiers!

As of 12:00 a.m. this morning, we have two three new qualifiers for the LEGO CUUSOO Summer Review. That’s right, the “League of Legends of LEGO” project reached 10k with just a couple hours to spare! Here are the projects that qualify this time:

  • Mini Shop Series – After crushing the 5,000 benchmark in late January, this project was able to reach 10,000 by April – only 19 days before this project turned one year old! This is truly an inspiration for other project creators, both in terms of design and promotion. Great work, Pekko!
  • Batmobile Tumbler Minifig Scale – BrentWaller was so inspired by the idea of a LEGO® Batmobile Tumbler that he actually painstakingly hand painted and dyed bricks to create a camouflage version to accompany the original model you’ve got to admire that kind of determination! This is truly a slick, beautiful model, and it’s just an added bonus that a LEGO Minifigure Batman can actually ride around in it.
  • League of Legends of LEGO – The Raid on Baron Nashor – Addam did an excellent job sharing concepts for LEGO sets based on the popular League of Legends game. When we asked him to focus his idea on a single concept, he rallied support and concluded with presenting the Raid on Baron Nashor as an iconic LoL scene to consider.

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But wait, what’s the Summer Review?
If you’ve missed the blog articles mentioning the review process, you should go back and focus on these three educational posts: Projects Reaching 10,000 Supporters Will Now Be Reviewed Quarterly, The Quarterly LEGO Review: How does it work?, and Cheat Sheet: How to Pass the LEGO Review with Flying Colors.

What about the other Reviews? When Will Those Results be Published?
We are currently working on the results of the Fall, Winter, and Spring Reviews. Be patient Grasshopper, and read the end of this article if you want more information on why these reviews take so long.

LEGO Review Batches in Progress

The 2013 Fall Review Deadline is September 1st
If your project didn’t quite make it this time, you can qualify if you gain 10,000 votes by 12:00 a.m. GMT September 1st. That’s just three months away, so get to it!

Just 6 Days to Qualify for the Summer 2013 LEGO Review

There are just six more days to qualify for the Summer 2013 LEGO® Review. Projects that reach 10,000 supporters by midnight (GMT) on June 3 will earn a place in this review period, alongside Mini Shop Series and Batmobile Tumbler™ Minifig Scale, to be considered as potential future LEGO sets.

How can you help your favorite project reach 10,000 supporters by June 3? Share with your friends via social networks, LEGO fan forums, and to others who can help spread the word too. Make sure you ask them to sign up and support, as that’s what will put your favorite project over the top!

Who has a shot at 10k?
Well, as the LEGO Minecraft™ and Purdue Pete™ concepts showed us, anything can happen. But here are the top 5 projects who are closest to the goal. Will one or more of them reach 10,000 in time?

  1. League of Legends of LEGO
  2. FTL: Faster Than Light
  3. Macross VF-1 Valkyrie
  4. Poptropica: Dr. Hare’s Lair
  5. LEGO Bird Series

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LEGO Review batches begin on a quarterly basis, so projects that don’t make this cut may qualify before September 1 for the next LEGO Review.

But what about the Fall LEGO Review … you know, from last year?
While you’ve been anxiously awaiting the results of the Fall 2012 LEGO Review (and subsequent reviews, let’s be honest), our team has been considering the  UCS Sandcrawler, Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover, and Thinking with Portals! projects as potential LEGO products.

The Winter and Spring LEGO Review periods are also in progress, though they’re naturally in earlier stages. Here’s a snapshot of all of the projects that have achieved 10,000 supporters and are awaiting a review decision:

LEGO Review Batches in Progress - May 28, 2013

Why does it take so long?
Since we began quarterly review batches last year, we’ve been learning that it’s difficult to give definite timeframes to expect results. Our posts on the review process present a nice framework for how we consider a project for production–but it is by no means an easy process. Ultimately, the products we release must fit our brand and strategy, have a strong business case, and a final model must fit our design, buildability, and playability standards. These factors are compounded when working with license partners, each of whom has their own terms and standards.

Projects in each quarterly review are considered in batches, so we announce the results for each project simultaneously. All three projects in the Fall 2012 review period require that we negotiate and collaborate with license partners and this adds complexity to the process. Especially in cases where we are negotiating with third parties, we won’t share news about some projects earlier than others.

We’re anxious to share the exciting news about the Fall 2012 and subsequent LEGO Review groups, and will do so when the time is right. Thanks again for your patience through the process, and stay tuned!

Check out the LEGO® CUUSOO Spring Review Qualifiers

As of 12:00 a.m. GMT on March 4th 2013, the Spring Review Deadline has come to a close. This time around, the qualifying projects have a long-standing history on LEGO CUUSOO, with a determined and loyal fan base. The LEGO CUUSOO team extends congratulations to our four qualifiers:

  • Exo Suit – After close to a year on LEGO CUUSOO, the Exo Suit has crossed the 10,000 milestone. Pending the review, LEGO Minfigures everywhere may yet be able to protect themselves in style!
  • Andy/ Bugdroid the Android by Google – Google™ Android™ and LEGO fans have united to support this project. And who could blame them, this model is adorable!
  • The Legend of Zelda Project – Legend of Zelda™ lovers have rallied together once again to back this fantastic project. Let those of us who spend many painstaking hours blowing into our old gaming systems rejoice!
  • Land-Rover Defender 110 – This supercar just barely made it in time to qualify for the review! If you haven’t seen this baby in action, check out the video link shared in the project’s description, you won’t be disappointed!

What’s the Spring Review Exactly?

On that lucky day when a LEGO CUUSOO project reaches 10,000 supporters, they enter into the “LEGO Review”, where we as a company look at their potential as a LEGO product. For further details, read: Projects Reaching 10,000 Supporters Will Now Be Reviewed Quarterly, The Quarterly LEGO Review: How does it work?, and Cheat Sheet: How to Pass the LEGO Review with Flying Colors.

What about the Fall and Winter Reviews?
It’s hard to gauge how long a review process will take since there are so many factors at play, so we’re not yet ready to communicate a timeframe for the results. Please be patient with us!

Next Review Deadline: June 3rd
Didn’t quite reach that 10,000 milestone this time around? Well, you have three months to get there to quality for the Summer Review. The deadline is June 3rd at midnight, GMT. Get out there and gain support for your project now!

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!

 

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.

New LEGO CUUSOO Knowledge Base

We’re excited to announce the first version of our Knowledge Base. There you can find answers to common questions about how LEGO CUUSOO works and about creating your projects. With this, we are moving our support from Get Satisfaction (the Feedback tab on the right hand side) to UserVoice, and will be retiring our Get Satisfaction account. We appreciate all of the suggestions and recommendations you’ve given us there, and we’ll refer to them when working on our future roadmap and improvements.

Our goal is to address some of your most common questions about the LEGO CUUSOO process, the site, and the community. There are some questions we won’t answer, though, especially specifics about how decisions are made in the LEGO Review beyond what we have explained on the blog to date.

Special thanks goes to community members GlenBricker, lizardman, mopeydecker, and TheNerd, who who helped us pick the most important questions to include from the beginning, and also volunteered their time editing and proofing the articles!

What you see today is the first version, and we’ll be improving the articles over time and adding more as we see fit. Enjoy!