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Dr. Who set a near inevitability (Cuusoo)

Postby Bruce N H » Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:55 pm

Hey guys,

A couple of weeks ago LEGO announced that people could post Dr. Who proposals to Cuusoo. Apparently they had previously removed Dr. Who proposals since there was some licensing conflict. Anyway, in just 13 days GlenBricker and Fine Clonier's proposal hit 10,000.

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As I said in my comment on Jared's Flickr, I think that this is a nearly inevitable set - I think LEGO's invitation to post Dr. Who sets was essentially a signal that they had already worked out the licensing, and as soon as something good hit 10,000 they'd convert it into a set.

This, BTW, gets at one of the concerns I've raised about Cuusoo before. Let me diverge for just a moment. Several years ago MTV had a 'concert by request' with Billy Joel. You could call in, request a song, and Billy Joel would play it. But IMO it was obviously rigged. Billy Joel had a set of songs he planned on playing, pretty much his greatest hits. Then people called in from all around the country and left recorded messages asking for different songs, and the producers just played the recordings of people asking for songs that he'd already planned on performing. You can easily predict that if you ask BJ fans all around the country for requests, at least one will request Piano Man or whatever. So why bother with the subterfuge? Just to make the fans feel involved, essentially a marketing gimmick. To me it seems that the same thing is going on here. LEGO already knows they're going to make a Dr. Who set - they've already worked out the deal, and they probably already know roughly what they'll include in the set. But by running this up the Cuusoo flagpole, they get some free press, and they can talk about how popular this is that it got 10,000 votes in such a short time.

I'm sure the set that will ultimately be produced will largely resemble the Cuusoo proposal, but, c'mon, how many ways can you really build a Tardis? Jared's decals are superb, and he could easily design figs for TLC, so I'm sure the figs will be pretty true to the ones he made.

I'm not faulting these two builders, who are both great and also very active in the community. Good for them that they will get recognized in the set. I'm just saying that some times Cuusoo is much more a marketing gimmick for LEGO rather than a way for truly original ideas to rise to the top (though not always, see Pete Reid's exoskelton for the counterexample).

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Re: Dr. Who set a near inevitability (Cuusoo)

Postby Purple Wolf » Thu Mar 13, 2014 3:03 pm

13 days that is fast. I'm really am super excited about this new and will get it (if they make it). The only thing I wonder is which Doctor will they make? There are now twelve to chose from I'm guessing they would pick the newest doctor but you never know.

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Re: Dr. Who set a near inevitability (Cuusoo)

Postby Bruce N H » Thu Mar 13, 2014 3:08 pm

Hey,

I'm guessing they'll go with the most recent Dr. as well, but personally I'm old (see above where I note actually watching music on MTV), so I'd prefer they go with Tom Baker, along with Sarah Jane and K9.

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Re: Dr. Who set a near inevitability (Cuusoo)

Postby Sir Erathor » Thu Mar 13, 2014 4:08 pm

Well, I for one am excited about this! I love Doctor Who, and even if it was rigged I don't mind!
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Re: Dr. Who set a near inevitability (Cuusoo)

Postby Brickninja » Thu Mar 13, 2014 5:25 pm

I'm so excited! As Ieuan said, I'm a big Doctor Who fan,even though I'm American, and it is great to see a real Lego Doctor Who set,instead of those lame, cheap, "Character Building" knockoffs.
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Re: Dr. Who set a near inevitability (Cuusoo)

Postby Athos » Thu Mar 13, 2014 5:35 pm

I'd guess the Doctor they make will be Tennant. He's regularly ranked as near, if not, the best. Plus, with him you could throw in a lot of the recognizable characters: K9, Weeping Angels, River, the Master, Rose, Martha, Donna, Jack, Face of Boe, Sarah Jane, Ood, Daleks, Davros. You could even use him with Matt Smith, Clara and John Hurt.

Personally, though I'd rather see Amy Pond... :eyebrows:

I hope they do a couple of sets so we can get different Doctors and companions.

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Re: Dr. Who set a near inevitability (Cuusoo)

Postby rogue27 » Thu Mar 13, 2014 6:39 pm

I wish CUUSOO promoted artistic creativity rather than the crafting of movie replicas.

I can't get excited about buying two figures and a blue box. Anybody could build a Tardis, people will buy this for the figures. They should ban licensed stuff on CUUSOO and release licensed figure collections for popular themes like Ghostbusters, Dr. Who, etc. People can build their own Tardis, Ecto 1, and DeLorean if they wish.
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Re: Dr. Who set a near inevitability (Cuusoo)

Postby mpoh98 » Fri Mar 14, 2014 12:56 am

Ive never seen Doctor Who, but I've heard about it (mainly from Mr. Xenomurphy :D ). These sets look good though, looking forward to them! :) (if they are coming out with them)
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Re: Dr. Who set a near inevitability (Cuusoo)

Postby Elephant Knight » Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:12 am

Gimmick, smimmick, gimme Doctor Who Lego!

I was excited to see the Delorean, meh about the Ecto-1, pumped about Peter's Exo-suit, but I think this one is making me the most excited.

W(H)OOOOOO! (hehehehehe)

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Re: Dr. Who set a near inevitability (Cuusoo)

Postby athronieth » Sat Mar 29, 2014 4:13 pm

I am not a big Dr. Who fan myself, and doubt I would buy such a set, but I know lots of people who are fans and might make an impulse buy for themselves when out looking with the kids.
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