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Architecture round up

A few bits and pieces relating to the Architecture line to enjoy. The next set in the series is due out next month, and to celebrate the mini-version of the United Nations Headquarters, a huge version of the set has been built, with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon adding the final part. Lego posted the following image of the giant version on Facebook, along with a few other photos showing dignitaries enjoy the building:


And here are some images of the real 21018 United Nations Headquarters set. Despite not having the most exciting architecture to base the set on, I think this has translated into Lego beautifully; there are some really clever building techniques here, which I think makes this one of the best Architecture sets so far.


The most recent Architecture set was also quite an interesting one, continue after the jump for a look at that, as well as the latest excellent Architecture project from Cuusoo.

Released a couple of months ago at special Architecture events and on the US Lego shop, was 21050 Architecture Studio. A unique set in the architecture range, the studio consists of lots of white parts (and a few clear ones too), and no instructions, with the idea being you exercise your own creativity using the neutral pallet to build architectural forms.


The set isn't completely without inspiration, it comes with 272-page book, with contributions by several architects, looking at designing buildings, and using Lego to do it. On its own this looks like quite an interesting book, and thus makes the big white parts-pack rather more appealing. Here are a few sample pages (via The Wheat and the Chaff):


Finally, here's the latest Architecture inspired Cuusoo project I think deserves some love: A tiny version of the Angel of the North. This happens to be perhaps the best known piece by one of my favourite artists, Antony Gormley, but aside from that I think it's a really nice little build, particularly in the landscaping; the printed path on the dish element is ingenious, as are the assorted tiny trees. It's got a long journey to ten-thousand supporters to be considered for production, so please do go and add your support.


Super Heroes invade the Death Star

Check out this fantastic MOC of the 10188 Death Star set. Flickr user r5_n2 has taken the basic layout of the Death Star set, and filled it with super heroes (and SpongeBob SquarePants) getting up to their antics:



Here are my favourite locations from the build, but be sure to check out r5_n2's Flickr set for details of every part of this reimagined Death Star; it's full of jokes and quirky scenes:






Sherlock under Cuusoo review

Another Cuusoo project has got to the review stage, this time based on the brilliant BBC series Sherlock. The Sherlock project has zoomed to the ten-thousand mark in less than a month thanks to enthusiastic support from fans of the show.

As initially conceived the set would recreate Sherlock Holmes' consulting room in 221B Baker Street, complete with some impressively designed furniture (the small table I especially admire):


An expanded version of this idea has also been proposed, offered a bigger section of Sherlock's flat, and display case assemblage:


The designer has also posted minifigure designs for the series' major characters, though anticipates the smaller format set would come with Holmes, Watson, and maybe one other character.


While I admired this proposal from the first day it was posted, I never took the opportunity to support it, as I don't feel it has a very good chance of getting past the review; I just can't see Lego oking a series which is very much targeted at an adult audience. But I'd love to be proven wrong, so look forward to the outcome of this review!



Lego shop guy minifigure

Brick Owl have discovered a new promotional minifigure, the Lego store guy. They don't know when or how he'll be released to masses (or the not many, depending on that delivery method). Check him out:


I wonder if they'll do a Lego store girl too?



How to build the Sydney Opera House

Lego have released a new time-lapse video, showing the construction of the recently released Creator: Expert set 10234 Sydney Opera House, the latest release in Lego's occasional large scale landmark series:



This massive set is a vast improvement on the diddly impressionistic Architecture series rendition of the Opera House form last year. More pictures of the remarkably curvaceous build after the jump:






Macross becomes the first proposal in the Cuusoo winter review

The autumn review period only just closed on Cuusoo, so the latest project to pass the ten-thousand milestone becomes the first idea to get into the winter review. That proposal is the Macross VF-1 Valkyrie, a transforming mecha sort-of-thing based on an (apparently) classic Japanese animation. The project has been around for ages, gradually building support, but unlike other recent successful projects not relying on big spikes of social media support. The proposed set would be a transforming robot, that goes from humanoid form to partial aeroplane, along with two different sets of armour to give it different looks.


Having no familiarity with Macross I don't have any knowledge to consider the suitability of this project in terms of brand fit, but a mech design certainly wouldn't be alien to Lego. The winter review doesn't close until January, and we can expect to wait another year or so before we hear the outcome of this project and the others that join it.


Jurassic Park projects on Cuusoo go extinct

It was only a matter of time before this day came: The Lego Cuusoo team have announced they will be closing any Jurassic Park projects on the site, as another toy company has the rights to produce Jurassic Park construction toys - Specifically Hasbro's Kre-O range (which already snapped up another of my dream Lego themes, Star Trek, this year), which signed up to do Jurassic Park sets earlier this year, ready to release along side Jurassic Park 4 in the next few years.
 
As probably my favourite film, I've been a keen supporter of Jurassic Park projects on Cuusoo. Among them, one of my most recently supported projects, and one I've been following since the early days of Cuusoo are based on Jurassic Park, both featuring lovely brick-built T-Rexes:



Fortunately not all is lost, the brick-built dinosaur from the newer Jurassic Park project has also been put up separately, as a dinosaur UCS-style set. Without the trappings of Jurassic Park it wouldn't have to worry about any licensing issues if it is successful, and could set a very exciting precedent: If it sold well enough it could kick off a whole new range of detailed brick build dinosaur sets!


While we wait for that, we don't do too badly from Lego with dinosaurs anyway. They did indeed once produce Jurassic Park sets (just two slightly clunky Studios ones based on Jurassic Park 3), and regularly release dinosaur themes, the most recent, Dino, just last year. The Creator line also quite regularly has dinosaur based sets, which while not quite as anatomically accurate or sculptural as the above build, are still pretty pleasing!


Stan Lee Marvel Super Heroes trailer

Lego and Marvel have released another new trailer for the forthcoming Lego Marvel Super Heroes video game. This time they highlight Stan Lee, who is in the game as a playable charcater, complete with, it seems, all manner of super-powers. Including Stan Lee-Hulk!






We're off to see the wizard

The latest proposal to get to Cuusoo review is once again mining cinema history, this time heading back a few more decades than previous popular ideas, with an idea for a series of Wizard of Oz vignettes.


The set as proposed would include Dorothy and Toto, along with her companions the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, and the Scarecrow, as well as the Wicked Witch of the West.


The really neat bit is the three separate sections of yellow brick road and be reconfigured to display the journey in a couple of different ways.


This proposal gained support with impressive speed, and as far as brand fit and saleability goes it's got to be a winner. The only tricky bit is that some of the characters propose new molds, and there aren't many obvious ways round that.

Time will tell, the proposal passed the review stage just in time to get into the autumn line-up, alongside the female minifigure set, CERN's ATLAS experiment, Faster Than Light mini spaceships, Poptropica's Dr. Hare’s Lair, and two proposals for the Ghostbusters' car. With several other review periods still awaiting outcomes it will be some time until we hear how any of these projects do.


Pirates return!

...a little bit at least: A new minifigure pack has been released, so far available at Legoland in California. It uses the same style packaging as the Collectable Minifigure combi-packs, but draws more from the Pirates line than the Minifigures (which have only featured one pirate so far). Unlike those previous three-figure sets, the new pirates pack comes with four minifigures, and as a result has less other stuff to build; just a chest of treasure and a bit of greenery. Flickr user Miro78 posted this photo, along with many more showing off every element in the pack.


Hopefully Pirates will return in full force soon, it's been five years since the last wave of Pirates sets, although the the Pirates of the Caribbean sets have been and gone since, so it's not been forever since we've had a good dose of high sea adventure in the Lego world.