So the Dr. Hare’s Lair LEGO CUUSOO Project made it to 10,000 votes. Now what? Well, first it’s going to be put into review with 5 0ther projects that made it this summer – a record number for CUUSOO. A board of designers, managers, and critics will scrutinize the set from every possible angle, build concept models, check if there are any licensing conflicts (no problem with this one), and make their final decision as to which one will find itself on the shelves of toy stores worldwide.
The biggest problem with Dr. Hare’s Lair is that it’s supposed to be a playset for kids. Sure, that’s what most LEGO sets are supposed to be, but all of the CUUSOO projects that passed review so far have been marketed to a more grown-up audience. Sure, there are some kids who would love to by a DeLorean time machine or a Minecraft set, but these are all sold exclusively on LEGO Shop@Home and a select few stores, so it’s hard for kids to access them. I’m not sure if most AFOLs (Adult Fans of Lego) are going to be so excited about a giant robot bunny (I know I would, but then again, I’m a kid myself).
I am sure that the Dr. Hare’s Lair set would pass the review with flying colors if it wasn’t for the two Ghostbusters sets that also reached the 10,000 vote benchmark. It’s not as if they are better-designed projects, but CUUSOO is usually more interested in the concept that the model itself.
Of course, I’m hoping that the Poptropica project will win, but we will just have to wait and see.
P.S. Carrotene Island is now available to everyone. Experience Poptropica 2.0 in all its glitchy goodness.