While we’re waiting for me to get a working beta of Project Swapfig going, I thought I’d mention a similar but very different project in the works, called Thebrickstop.com. It landed in my Twitter account yesterday, so I thought I’d take a look.
Hopefully the video above does a good job of explaining what it is, but all I’m going to say is that I think it’s a great idea. Especially considering my experience with sites like Etsy, it would be infinitely helpful to have a site where LEGO creations could be sold, as well as to obtain instructions for building other models. as any MOCer can probably attest, people can be incredibly stingy with their tips and building techniques.
Unlike Project Swapfig they have more than one person on the team, all of whom are (allegedly :P) experienced in web development. That should mean we should see an excellent finished product, and a reasonable turnaround time for bugs and issues.
I’ve just backed the project on Kickstarter (and I’m somewhat peeved that I’ve only just found out it allows UK-based projects), and especially with its lofty funding goal I would encourage my fellow MOCers to do the same.
Good luck to the folks behind Thebrickstop.com, and now I’m wondering whether I should do a similar thing for Project Swapfig… a dedicated server wouldn’t be a bad idea.