Cuusoo of the Week: Tiny Trucks by Robiwan and two clarifications on Cuusoo
These gorgeous "Tiny Trucks" by Robiwan are not only one of the best real world vehicles projects on Cuusoo but also one of my favorite LEGO builds, period.
Many of the builds even have a basic level of functionality: compartments, gates, tow elements, dumping trailers, etc.
To fully appreciate these builds though you need to check out Robiwan's flickr page. The following up close images are from the flickr account rather than the Cuusoo page.
Personally I think this is a very strong project for Cuusoo. Who doesn't love trucks? I know not only I, but my kids would be over the moon for these things.
The scale of these trucks would prevent competition with the trucks of the City line, and their fine detailing and high part count distinguishes them from the smaller builds of the Creator series.
Robiwan does however appear to have used real world vehicles in this project. That could lead to possible licensing issues.
For those looking to put a little more LEGO on their desktop, you might want to check out Robiwan's clever, classic, desktop woodpecker.
Note: I was quite astonished to see that of all the projects on Cuusoo, this project was also the Cuusoo staff pick of the day. I can assure you this was a coincidence as I plan my picks a few weeks ahead.
There are two aspects of Cuusoo that have come to my attention as needing some clarification:
Why do some projects under review have less than 10,000 votes?
This is because Cuusoo is constantly on the lookout for invalid accounts. Underage votes and double voters, and people that break the code of conduct have their accounts deleted and the votes they gave go with them. Therefore, sometimes the support for a project will go down. This usually goes unnoticed, however the projects that archived 10k, usually include at least a few of these accounts. So they drop below 10k as the accounts are removed.
"Purdue Pete won't get made because it is up against Space Troopers"
This is a misconception, independent of whether or not LEGO will produce either set. Some people are lead to believe that projects under review have only two fates: Production or Rejection, and given that only one project can get produced in a given review, that means even a great project won't get made if it is in review with a better one.
This is not inherently true as there is a third possibility, a Pass. A project that is Passed is moved to the next review. Now based on the last review, it is obvious that it is very difficult to get a Pass, I will grant you, but If LEGO chooses to do so, it can keep a project for future review.
Last week Poptropica came onto the stage and has been gathering support quite fiercely. Many AFOLS have no idea what that is, and that is understandable because it is effectively an MMO targeted at the very young. Other notable projects are the mini builds based on the Creator House line and a series of Star Wars themed Marble Runs. My review of these projects and a showcase of all the projects that came out in the last week can be found here.
- Why do some projects under review have less than 10,000 votes?