Doctor Who: LEGO CUUSOO Lifts Ban, Whovians UniteBy: Mike Tuttle - February 27, 2014
Since 1949, LEGO has provided entertainment for both the young and old alike all over the world with their colorful interlocking plastic bricks, gears, and minifigures. Their set ideas range from their own original characters to movie or television-related themes such as Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Harry Potter. As of 2013, over 560 billion Lego parts had been produced.
In addition, LEGO created LEGO CUUSOO, a community-based website that has been going on since 2008. Users can submit potential projects for future LEGO sets. Projects are reviewed and accepted after reaching 10,000 supporters – for example, the Back to the Future DeLorean and the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Set. Others, like Jurassic Park, are reviewed and rejected.
This was the case for Doctor Who-themed ideas. Any time users (ahem, Whovians) would submit a Doctor Who idea, licensing issues would come into play and everything would come to a halt.
According to Den of Geek, there has recently been an update to the License Conflicts And Resolutions section of LEGO CUUSOO’s help page. The site now reads:
If your project was previously turned down, archived, or deleted due to a licensing conflict that is now resolved, you may re-submit it as a new project. Supporters from past projects cannot be applied to a future project.
Resolved Past Licensing Conflicts
We now welcome projects based on the following licenses that used to have conflicts:
• Doctor Who – February 2014
In the past 24 hours, six ideas (mainly of TARDIS) have already popped up on the website.
Users can support a project(s) by signing up for a free account and answering a few questions about why they think this project would be successful. If the project reaches 10,000 supporters, it will be considered.
Doctor Who enthusiasts, such as Natalie Cummins of Lexington, KY, would be thrilled to see some of these ideas come to fruition.
“First off, I would love to see a nice model of the interior of the TARDIS, complete with a moving rotor on the console,” said Cummins. “Second, it would be great to have a full-size sonic screwdriver model. Finally, I’d love to see a nice exterior TARDIS model, something along the lines of the models in the LEGO Architectural Series.”
Of course, none of this means that LEGO will choose to license Doctor Who products, but at least now the possibility is there. After all, CUUSOO means “wish” in Japanese – and many Whovians have been wishing for this possibility for a while now.
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