I like LEGO. Though my memory of playing with this multi-colored bricks and mini figures is a bit faint, I always pass by Build City, a store in a local mall that carries LEGO, Duplo and other collectibles. I think construction toys like LEGO are great toys that help enhance a child’s creativity and stimulate their imagination. I’m not even sure if I have my own set when I was a kid but I made a note to myself to get Little TP a set or two. I think LEGO makes great gifts as well. I’ve given a few sets like Bionicle, Hero Factory and Hero Recon Team for Christmas or birthdays. Now I’m eyeing Duplo for Little TP and LEGO Architecture and Star Wars for myself.
Yesterday I stumbled upon Star Wars Dark Bucket (cover photo) and I thought it’s a cool LEGO set to recreate Star Wars scenes. You get 100 Storm Troopers and 1 Darth Vader minifigures in one bucket. Then I saw that it’s not actually available for sale – yet. It’s still in the Idea Stage in LEGO Cuusoo.
LEGO Cuusoo is actually a partnership between LEGO and Cuusoo Social Creation Platform as a way for (initially) the Japanese market to suggest new LEGO sets for development and sale in that region11>.
This project led to the creation of two Cuusoo models, the Shinkai, a submersible that can dive up to the depth of 6,500m and has the greatest depth range of any manned research vehicle in the world and the Hayabusa, the unmanned spacecraft developed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
Then in October 2011, Cuusoo (beta) became available to anyone who wants to contribute ideas and possibly make their dream LEGO model a reality. Some sites mentioned Cuusoo means to imagine or wonder, maybe it’s the same as kousou (構想) which means idea or conception.
I think it’s nice that there’s a platform like this where LEGO fans and enthusiasts can post their ideas. Of course you can still build any model you desire if you have the creativity. I’ve once featured an artist who creates LEGO Transformers but don’t you think it’s pretty neat to have that idea of yours go into production and you’ll get to share it to the world.
Here’s a quick video about LEGO Cuusoo.
I created an account just to see how it works. I have a few ideas but I’m not sure how to start yet. I think great images will help get support for your ideas. For now I’m a supporter of the LEGO Star Wars Dark Bucket. I’ll probably support contributors who will come up with architectural pieces like Japan Temples or maybe even Todai. Knightmare frames and Tachikomas are also interesting to see. ^^
This Minecraft model looks fantastic! It has achieved 10,000 supporters and is already in the Product (sic) stage.
How about you, what would you like to see LEGO-fied?
Images via lego.cuusoo.com, brickset.com and plamoya.com