LEGO CUUSOO is a fantastic site where users can share their own LEGO set concepts and, if they can gain enough support, have their product reviewed by LEGO for a chance to be made into an official product.
Since the site’s international launch last year, a total of three ideas have been adopted by LEGO into official sets: the Japanese “manned expedition diver” Shinkai 6500, the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa and most recently, LEGO Minecraft World, a set based on the popular indie game Minecraft.
As you may have gathered, we here in Japan love LEGO. Two of the three sets that made it to the product stage were originally submitted by Japanese users and cuusoo (which means “imagine” or “daydream” in Japanese) is actually the name of the Japanese design community that partnered with the LEGO Group to create the site.
What’s got us really excited is the set currently at the top of the “most supported projects” list, as it is a place close to both our hearts and ears: the Modular Apple Store.
According to the designer:
“Recreate all the action and excitement of Launch Day with this set.
At roughly 800 pieces, it packs a lot of details like Steve Jobs, customers, employees, iPhones, iPads, iPods, MacBooks, iMacs, a Mac Pro, a Genius Bar, shelves of accessories, and fanboys lined up outside for the new iPhone (note that the second in line is annoyed that he’s not first).”
A project must gather a total of 10,000 supporters to be considered for review by LEGO. The Apple Store design currently has around 1,400 supporters, which means it still has a ways to go, but we hope you agree with us that this is definitely a project worth casting a vote for!
If a project does get bricked, the idea owner will receive 1% of the total net sales of the product—not to mention ultimate bragging rights.
Below are a few other projects on the list we wouldn’t mind opening our wallets for. Be sure to check them out on the LEGO CUUSOO page and vote for the ones you like!
Source: LEGO CUUSOO
LEGO Back to the Future (Also a Japanese designer!)