I’ve talked a lot about LEGO CUUSOO since starting this weblog, but there’s not much else I can add to the world of LEGO news at the moment! I have no insider information, just observations and pictures.
Anyway, last night the Firefly Serenity project on CUUSOO was the latest to reach 10,000 supporters – again helped by the backing of one of the show’s actors. It joins The Legend of Zelda, which also reached 10,000 supporters, to become the sixth project that achieved the milestone since the site was made global. All of these projects are also licenses.
I’ve said, since Minecraft’s project became successful, that I’m hoping for the day when a grassroots project (one not based on a licence, and I should honestly say not heavily pushed) reaches 10,000 supporters, and it would be interesting to see what it is. That said, I know that it’s not going to be easy to find that many supporters without some kind of outside endorsement, and it may be the case that only licensed set ideas will be able to make 10,000. Even then, we can’t guarantee that it will happen overnight. We can’t guarantee that LEGO will accept the project. And we certainly can’t guarantee that people/fanboys/supporters will actually buy the set if they do.
As a side note: although the Modular Western Town (currently at 9,025 supporters) is unlicensed, and I have supported it, I wouldn’t count it.
My prediction, as you’ll have seen on Twitter, is that the EVE Rifter project will be the only one approved by LEGO – although funnily enough you can’t currently see it on the home page’s carousel, along with the Back to the Future project. I know nothing about EVE the game, but of the sets that have made it only the EVE project seems likely to me to be accepted. The Legend of Zelda project, while feasible, will fall for one of two reasons: securing the licence, or the number of custom elements – such as the sword(s) and minifigure parts – that might have to be made as a result. And as someone else had pointed out (I can’t remember who): the Back to the Future project will depend on two licences: one for the movie and one for the car.
Other people are suggesting that Firefly won’t be accepted as the TV series is PG-13; a similar fate happened with the Shaun of the Dead project, where the film depicted “modern combat”. Although I have seen Firefly, I don’t have an opinion on it or the project.
That’s my call, and I’m pretty sure I’ll get flamed for it either way. But as I always say, let’s see what happens.