Cuusoo Pick of the Week: Super Hero Racers plus a little Minifig-themed Humor
These little guys are creative and look like a lot of fun and don't tread all over "inevitable discovery."
First off, I want to take a moment to sink in that Okay has over 50 different cars here. Sure, some are pretty basic but each one is in a color scheme appropriate to the driver and most have elements of flair that reference the driver directly (Killer Croc's Gator-mobile and the Magnetic element on Magneto's being really stand out examples) or they reference the LEGO history of the character (Bane's drill machine and Hawkeye's S.H.E.I.L.D. car).
That is a lot of creative content and even though we would never see this actualized with so many characters it does quite effectively illustrate the viability of the concept. I hope that as this project approaches 10k that Okay will set up some kind of poll to decide which cars make the final cut.
A major reason I picked this project is, as I said earlier, because it does not fall into the category of inevitable discovery. So many of the projects that go into pre-existing licensing deals of LEGO are just slight variations on what LEGO has already done with the license and will continue to do for as long as it is profitable: A good guy, a bad guy, and one or two vehicles/locations.
The closest thing I can recall to a LEGO product like this was the McDonalds tie-in so long ago. Feel free to correct me on this one guys, I could be overlooking something, but the Super Heroes line has always been pretty serious for LEGO and these are obviously on the fun side... Now that I think about it, I do wonder if Hasbro has an exclusive license on character-themed cars. I guess we will learn about that in another 250 more votes.
This is also a great counter-response to the "Minifig Mystery Packs" that plague Cuusoo. Sure, in many ways this project is a request for some easy access Super Hero figures, but it a request with style.
My only serious problem with this project is that it straddles too many companies: Warner Brothers and Disney. I am pretty serious into comics personally and although I appreciate Marvel's 'D'istinguished 'C'ompetition, I am a Marvel Man through and through. I will pick up DC content, but if given the option, I will always go with Marvel. I know many fans who are much more galvanized than myself and even though as LEGO has proved, it can sell both teams at the same time, I doubt Cuusoo could package them both in the same box.
On a final note, I want to point out that Okay is not only creative with the brick but is also a very funny guy in general when it comes to Minifig-themed humor. Check out his Flickr page if you want a laugh that non-AFOLs will just not get. You might also need to be a fan of movies and comics.
It is another fine example of submission that stands apart from the standard LEGO m.o. with the theme, and is nearing the 1000 benchmark
A Week of Cuusoo
This week my pick for new projects was, obviously, the Brickasauri. As mentioned in a previous post, Jurassic Park was shut down but Senteosan has continued forward with the T-rex independent of the property, an easy transition for a dinosaur to make, unlike say, a pony with a mark on its rump or a time traveling dude in a phone box.
Now you don't have to be Sherlock to realize that the image over to the side is not a dinosaur but is in fact the BBC Sherlock, one of the other very impressive concepts that came out this week. I feel I have given the Brickasauri enough coverage on Brickset at this point and do not wish to further overdo it. Now Sherlock of course is likely a little too mature for LEGO, but any fan should still take a look at the project and appreciate the figure and set concept. Other fine offering from the last week of Cuusoo include a great rendition of the Soyuz Rocket and a version of the Kerbal Space Program with some very well implemented Kerbals. As usual, my review of these projects and varous other Cuusoo projects can be found here.
I will also take a moment for some blatant self promotion in this presentation of my latest Cuusoo project, "The Magic School Bus."
In designing the figures I realized that excluding one of the "ancient" headpieces, LEGO does not make any hairpieces that represent bunches (a very technical term) very well. One of the characters, Dorothy Ann, or "D A" most definitely has them... in the end I went with a Leia element. Just curious now as to what others in the community might have used, and I hope I am not overlooking something obvious.