Now everything really is awesome!
With the ban lifted on Doctor Who submissions LEGO CUUSOO has been inundated with ideas by fans wishing to see beloved characters, props and scenes rendered in glorious, blocky detail. LEGO CUUSOO is an initiative by the company where potential Master Builders can submit homemade designs, have supporters vote on them and, if they are lucky enough to drum up 10,000 supporters, their hard work is rewarded by having LEGO consider them for mass production every quarter – with one percent of the revenue generated by sales going back to the designer.
And the really cool thing is – the immediate leading project, Doctor Who, designed by GlenBricker, has achieved its goal of 10,000 supporters and is now going into review! The set looks to include 5-7 Minifigures, K-9, and 3 Brick Build Daleks – with a poll to see which figures fans want to see in an initial pitch to LEGO having just concluded with the majority of votes going to NuWho characters including the Ninth, Tenth and Eleven Doctors, Rose Tyler, Amy Pond and Captain Jack Harkness.
So what’s next? LEGO said:
“We’re looking forward to considering this project in the LEGO Review, but for now excuse us while we go make an electroshock device … just in case this really IS a Nestene plot to take over the world via a toy factory! We now officially advance this project to the Review phase.
What happens now?
This project moves from the Idea stage to the Review stage. A “LEGO Review Board” composed of designers, product managers, and other key team members will examine the idea. We’ll build concept models and determine if the concept meets our high standards for what it takes to be a LEGO product. This includes factors such as playability, safety, and fit with the LEGO brand. Every potential LEGO product goes through a process like this and must meet the same standards.
This project qualifies for the Second 2014 Review beginning in May and ending in September.
The review is a thorough process and from its start, and can take several months. When finished, we make a “go/no go” decision to develop and sell a product based on the Doctor Who concept.
When the review is complete, we will inform you of our decision. If green-lit, this project goes into the longest phase of the project; the Development phase. During this time, LEGO model designers refine the product and develop it for release, we create the product materials (box, instructions, marketing), and get everything ready for a production run. This also takes several months.”
Sounds very promising – everyone keep their finger’s crossed. Even you. Yeah, you at the back, with the tentacles.
Also vying for review status is Doctor Who and Companions, designed by Andrew Clarke, which has received over 1,700 supporters.
His 500 piece set includes a fabulous interior and exterior TARDIS set – which is probably the best TARDIS design of all the submissions – two Doctors (one classic and one from nuWho although, if you have a preference for which you would like to see with a yellow head, drop Andrew a direct message!) two companions, K9 and a Dalek.
Other Doctor Who projects to land on CUUSOO include ones based on Doctor Who Vs The Daleks (also by Andrew Clarke), a set featuring Minifigures from throughout the entire series and one based on the Ninth and Tenth Doctor’s TARDIS console room (which you can see above).