Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Curiosity Rover hits 10,000 Votes on LEGO Cuusoo

Name of Model: Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover
Created by: Apojove Stephen Pakbaz
Found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/65402716@N07/sets/72157627997956311/ (flickr) and http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/3431 (cuusoo)
Details: One of the biggest news events of the past few weeks was the successful landing of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover on Mars. Naturally, it was a matter of time before a decent LEGO version found its way into the world - fortunately, it was before the actual landing, with plenty of time to be displayed at BrickFair (a kit of this model was donated to the convention's charity auction). This model also features realistic working suspension.

Perhaps more noteworthy is the fact that this model has met the 10,000 vote threshold on LEGO Cuusoo. Cuusoo is a recent project by LEGO that allow anyone to send in a design for a future set. Designs that hit 10,000 votes get reviewed to become an official kit. Many of the popular projects have involved elusive movie licenses or unusually high price points, which have made it difficult for most of them to be made into kits. In this case, it's quite likely that this will actually be offered by LEGO in the future, since they've had success with similar NASA-licensed toys in the past.

The builder has a full write-up of this model on the Cuusoo site.

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