CUUSOO Happenings

LEGO CUUSOO had a busy day, with a new model reaching 10,000 votes and one being rejected.

First, the Shaun of the Dead Winchester MOC that reached 10,000 last month has been officially turned down by LEGO. It’s a great model, but LEGO ultimately decided that a violent, R-rated movie wasn’t appropriate for its target market. You can read the press release here. Nevertheless, LEGO was very complimentary towards Greg, the model’s designer, praising his dedication and constructive attitude. Hopefully he’ll be back with a great new model in the future!

Second, this EVE Online Rifter has reached the 10,000 votes needed to enter production. Unfortunately, it’s just not very well done. My eyes hurt just looking at all those studs! Hopefully LEGO will rebuild the model in a sleeker design, as their comments might suggest. At least, as LEGO points out, they have a history of crafting impressive spaceships.

Once again, CUUSOO has been discovered by the Internet, where MMORPG games, zombie movies, and Minecraft are bigger than life. This time, Joystiq and Kotaku featured the MOC, helping to boost the numbers with massive traffic. I’m still skeptical that niche licensed themes like this can attract enough customers to make CUUSOO profitable for LEGO. Only time will tell, but I hope the success stories aren’t limited to video games.

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