I am reposting this because with all my heart …
As you may have read last week, I did a couple of posts here to help spread the news about BrickQueen’s Jurassic Park projects on LEGO CUUSOO, the Jungle Explorer T-Rex Encounter and the Triceratops Encounter. Besides the Jurassic Park projects, she also had a couple of Super Heroes sets that were doing pretty good as well such as her Killer Croc’s Lair project which was about to hit 5,000 supporters. Well I have some sad news to report. It appears that her account has been banned/suspended and all the projects were deleted and it wasn’t something she has done wrong. She has released a video (below) explaining what happened. Apparently another user, who I will not name here, recently posted another Jurassic Park project and has been flagging BrickQueen’s projects and also rallying his “supporters” to flag her projects as well.
We’ve had many projects that had the similar concepts and ideas going on simultaneously on CUUSOO before but we’ve never seen this happen. The video also goes on to explain that she has gotten personal messages from various individuals saying terrible things and it absolutely sickens me that people would go that far to ruin someone else’s hopes and dreams. You can hear the pain in her voice as she tries to explain the situation. The pain of something that you worked very hard on and it going down the drain by forces not of your control. We are all LEGO fans here, are we not? We’re here to support the creators and their designs, not to send people nasty messages and bringing people down. I’m not sure what The LEGO CUUSOO team will be doing, if anything, to resolve this issue but hopefully BrickQueen gets her account back soon. Please help spread the word to help Kristine and also letting people know that something like this shouldn’t be tolerated.
Update: Since yesterday, there’s been much speculation on what actually happened and what lead up to BrickQueen’s account being banned. You can read more about that at various outlets in the LEGO community. I will not be adding any more commentary until there’s some official news, if any, about the issue.
– See more at: http://www.thebrickfan.com/turmoil-and-drama-on-lego-cuusoo/#sthash.efEmPYiL.dpuf
So what do you think?
For me, on one hand here is the first Cuusoo model I’m actually interested in picking up. On the other… I’ve seen many better Delorean models…
I am very happily surprised though that the powers that be managed to play well and get through the licensing to make this happen. It gives hope for lots of neat other projects down the road!
Are these the first Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd minifigs?
There’s a bunch of Technic freaks in my lug who are losing it over all the new sets. They really do look amazing, the sets the past couple of years have looked like they are right out of a fan convention.
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42008 Service Truck
The Lego Architecture line is coming out with the Leaning Tower of Pisa
I wonder if they will give any kickback to this Cuusoo idea?
I’m curiously not going out of my gourd about Galaxy Squad, I really should be. This set looks good, it has some bizarre looking eggs
70709 Galactic Titan
I am however fascinated with this Lone Ranger set, 79109 Stagecoach Escape. Most of the Lone Ranger sets look wonderful but this one is now in the budget
Cuusoo has posted on their blog that they are going to announce the results of their summer review on thursday with a video message.
Its been over 6 months since they entered review, So I am glad to see an update
just as a recap, the projects are, Modular Western Town, The Legend of Zelda, BTTF DeLorean Time machine, and EVE Online – Rifter.
So what do you guys think the results will be?
official Cuusoo blog.
I have been meaning to post about this for a couple of days, but just had a good conversation with a couple of my lugmates, John and Ted, about it. This is kind of the sum of our conversation, it reflects my opinions and I don’t speak for them but these points were thrown about by all of us and don’t want to take credit for all of it.
I’m not surprised that Cuusoo didn’t approve the Shaun of the Dead Winchester Pub. What I am surprised is that they did the drawn out song and dance of pretending to even consider it. They even said that Greg approached them early on in the design phaze and they still gave him the impression that they would possibly back a comedy/horror the likes of Shaun of the Dead. Of course Lego wouldn’t stand behind that kind of franchise.
It’s not like they haven’t done monsters, and zombies at that, before and there was plenty heap spooky with an underlying current of violence in those smiling little figs. Lego could have taken the teeth out of this set by calling it Zombie Pub, having the figs sort of match the movie and made a product placement deal with BrickArms to release a Shaun with necessary gear.
What Cuusoo needs to do if they want to be taken seriously is follow through. What’s the point in having fans vote on proposals if nothing comes of it? The whole service they offer is devalued and hollow if they keep this up.
It’s like how Hasbro occasionally will give a list of 20 StarWars action figures ideas for fans to pick from and the top 3 will be made into production. They make the 3 to much hoofara and huzzahs, then over the course of the year… the rest of the 20 figs are also rolled out. It’s just the illusion of choice. Minecraft was not a brave and bold maneuver, it was an easy and safe pairing. Making the Winchester would have been boss and fans would have loved it. Imagine the possibilities, isn’t that the idea Lego?
*apologies for the typos in the first draft you might have got in your email, I wrote this cooking in the kitchen on my phone/role out rubber keyboard
I actually signed up to Cuusoo to support this one. It’s by the Reverend Brendan Powell Smith who is infamous for his Brick Testament project: http://www.thebricktestament.com/
His work is consistently amazing and entertaining as well as he’s proven to be a viable success with his many books, a couple of which are on my shelf.
It’s a tricky sell since there are religious undertones to his work but I think he picked a great piece for a project since it’s a classic masterpiece. I could see a whole line of painting recreations, similar to the architecture series.
It’s the promised land! Lego separated at birth! I’ve ragged on MC before here, but I honestly have nothing against the game at all. I am happy for it’s success and have been following it for years, tried it but found it wasn’t quite for me.
What is interesting right now is how it’s toted as the obvious alternative to LU. Is your construction based mmog closing? Why not Zoidberg? It really is not the same and neither have the same exact appeal.
Now Cuusoo is releasing a Minecraft set and I’m apprehensive about what we’re going to see. If you get a box of basic bricks don’t you have a Minecraft set right there? I don’t really understand the point except to bundle otherwise cheap bricks in an expensive box. I doubt whether there will be any unique bricks or colours, which is a driving force in whether I pick up a set or not. Maybe the target audience doesn’t care about that sort of thing. I’m also curious if they will have minifigs or brick built figs.
I hope the line succeeds because it will be good for innovation and the independent game community but can’t see myself having anything to do with it. How about you?