Many of you know about LEGO’s Cuusoo web-site. On one level, it’s a neat way of crowd-sourcing product ideas; separating out the “wants” from a few individuals, from ideas that are potentially in demand. The down-side to it: people’s taste are fickle and most of the current ideas proposed are more licensed products (not very many original ideas). But there have been projects that I do support, for instance the Palette Buckets (a similar idea I had many years ago when I was looking to build larger castle structures), the Buket ‘o Plate idea (because honestly who has enough plates?), and LEGO Phineas and Ferb (’cause I like the show).
The Minecraft Cuusoo project reaching it’s goal of 10K supporters, really didn’t surprise me; I’ve been playing the game and following it on reddit
for some time. I see how much of a fan following it has, and one word from Notch can make/break a web-site; so by Notch tweeting the project, I knew there would be no problems hitting that goal. I was a little surprised by the Shaun of the Dead project; other than Simon Pegg
mentioning it on Conan, I didn’t realize it had a cult following that big. 🙂 Don’t get me wrong, I like Simon Pegg and Nick Frost films and TV shows, but wow… that’s amazing!
On another topic, our LUG had been approached about doing a large scale model; turns out that finding funding to start building the model has been difficult to secure. One of the ideas I had back in October was to find funding via Kickstarter
— I hope to post more details later if we decide to take this route. But in general, I think this is a great venue for raising money to help fund future LEGO projects — in theory, I’d hope they be charitable in nature, but I can see helping out the occasional ‘starving artist’. But I can also see it help fund art projects that a small group of people couldn’t accomplish alone… assuming other people believe in the idea and pledge their support.