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Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-15-2011 12:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Editor's note: LEGO CUUSOO is a website where people can share and vote for fan-created LEGO sets. If 10,000 people or more support a particular model, LEGO may choose to produce it as a commercial product.

The second model to receive enough votes and be chosen by LEGO to be sold recreates JAXA's Hayabusa asteroid sample return probe.

Many LEGO fans have been inspired by space history. This thread is dedicated to those models seeking votes on CUUSOO.

Brian Ramos
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posted 12-15-2011 12:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brian Ramos     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've recently designed a model version of NASA's Deep Space Habitat Project. Please check it out — I would appreciate any thoughts/advice, and vote if you like it!

cspg
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posted 12-15-2011 01:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
The second model to receive enough votes and be chosen by LEGO to be sold recreates JAXA's Hayabusa asteroid sample return probe.
What was the first one?

alexbaja
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posted 12-15-2011 02:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cspg:
What was the first one?

I think it is the Shinkai 6500. I think that Cuusoo are following Bandai's footsteps as these two models were created by Bandai.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-15-2011 02:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, it was the Shinkai 6500 deep sea submersible.

alexbaja
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posted 12-15-2011 02:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Could it be that Lego is also targeting the Japanese market? It seems that the Japanese market on these kind of models is enormous.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-15-2011 02:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When CUUSOO first debuted, and when the first two models were voted on and chosen for production, it was for Japan only (the Shinkai 6500 was for sale only in Japan).

CUUSOO has now been expanded worldwide, such that its most popular models are more broad in scope (the latest model to reach 10,000 votes was based on the popular video game Minecraft).

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-01-2014 12:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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LEGO launches Mars Curiosity; Plus! Five toy brick spacecraft awaiting liftoff

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has landed in LEGO's toy catalog and is now available for order.

The fifth in a line of fan-created, LEGO-produced building kits, the six-wheeled science laboratory could be followed by the now Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft, Hubble Space Telescope, or other space-themed kits, if the public votes for them online...

Now a new fleet of LEGO spacecraft models are rising up the CUUSOO ranks, vying for votes alongside pop culture and sports-inspired ideas. Here are five such favorites that could launch to the top this new year.

cspg
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posted 01-01-2014 07:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just voted for Hubble. There are several Shuttle models, even one with the Rotating Service Structure. I'm going back to voting!

And voted for Skylab, Soyuz rocket, Apollo 11 (CSM and LM), Voyager, Cassini, and shutle models.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-01-2014 10:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The space shuttle Architecture series is really wonderfully executed. The crawler transporter is leading in votes but the launch complex would be fantastic, too.

I thought the Hubble Space Telescope was also really well done. For as iconic as the Hubble is, it surprisingly has inspired very few toys or products.

I have the Apollo Lunar Lander that was a limited release as part of the Discovery series. I think it does a better job than the CUUSOO Apollo 11 Lunar Mission set, but LEGO could improve it if chosen.

The New Horizons set would be a wonderful way to commemorate the 2015 Pluto flyby.

cspg
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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
I thought the Hubble Space Telescope was also really well done. For as iconic as the Hubble is, it surprisingly has inspired very few toys or products.
I agree and also very surprised. A Bandai-type model would be neat.
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I have the Apollo Lunar Lander that was a limited release as part of the Discovery series.
I had this one.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-02-2014 10:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's another Apollo command, service and lunar module set, Apollo Mission - Scale Model - Lunar Orbit. This one includes some really great details, including being able to open a panel on the service module and a Minifigure-sized command module crew cabin!

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posted 01-02-2014 01:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I voted for this one precisely for its rather stunning details for a LEGO model.

johnmknight
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posted 01-03-2014 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for johnmknight   Click Here to Email johnmknight     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi all! I'm the designer of several space themed Cuusoo projects and I would really appreciate your feedback on my sets (here or through the Cuusoo site! Your insight and appreciation for detail and historical accuracy is truly appreciated!

For most of my designs I've tried to balance accuracy, level of detail and "playability" — after all these are Lego sets! I have tried to also stick to Lego minifig scale for most manned vehicle which tends to make them more fun but also a challenge for accuracy.

Here's a list of some of my space related projects. I hope you check them out! You can download instructions for some of them from the Lego Design By Me Gallery and search on username 'johnmknight'.

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posted 01-03-2014 01:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I voted for the Apollo mission design.

I certainly like the idea of observatories in LEGO (the VLT would be cool but when comes to playability, I wonder...)

SpaceX spacecraft, sure why not. But since there's no ISS "to play with"... I don't know. ATV and HTV vehicles would be nice.

Regarding the Space Shuttle Atlantis, isn't the payload bay way too long?

johnmknight
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Thank you for your vote! Yes, I just went back to the model's plans and overlayed an image of the shuttle - you are correct!! The payload bay is a wee bit longer than it should be!

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 01-03-2014 06:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Or not. If you accept the current minifig scale of 1 stud = 1 foot, I count the payload bay door as being 37 studs long. For true scale with the minifigs, the payload bay should be 60 studs long by 15 studs wide.

Someone else can figure out if the shuttle is in scale (ignoring the minifigs) of HO/Matchbox cars (as when they first came out) or the just-before-the-current-minifigs era, when cars were four studs wide rather than six.

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