Lego Cuusoo “Back To The Future” DeLorean

The Lego Cuusoo "Back To The Future" DeLorean

The Lego Cuusoo “Back To The Future” DeLorean

Lego began their Cuusoo program in 2008.  Roughly translated from Japanese, Cuusoo means “wish”, and that’s kind of what Lego hopes to grant to some of their most ingenious fans.  If you are unfamiliar, think of Cuusoo as a Kickstarter-for-Lego-models, but where you don’t have to put down any money.  You can create, and submit, or just vote on, designs for a new Lego models and, if enough of the community votes-you-up, your model can be picked for production by Lego.  Oh, and there’s a 1% royalty, which is kind of a nice deal.  Sometimes people forget just how massively huge Lego is, they are the biggest toy company in the world now!  I bet Ole Kirk Christiansen would be stunned.

The Cuusoo project is wildly popular and, if you haven’t before, you should take a lunch to go through the archive, there are some great designs there.  But Legos’ approval process is rigorous, and they have only released a four models so far – about one per year.  The winner for 2013 was the Back To The Future DeLorean1.

Doc Brown and his Time Machine

Doc Brown and his Time Machine

It is a average sized model, about 6 inches long, but fairly complex.  There are a little over 400 pieces, more than enough for variations from BTTF 2 and 3, and niceties like articulated gull-wing doors.  The kit comes with Doc and Marty, but, sadly, no Einstein the Dog, although Marty does get a skateboard.

We're Outatime

We’re Outatime

Touches and details include correct license plates for all three movies.

The flux-capacitor

The flux-capacitor

Time machine settings

Time machine settings

The base of the DeLorean is strong, but the top is only connected to the body at the rear of the car, so it can be a bit fragile.  Remember this when the little-ones want to play.  It was a fun kit to build, taking a couple of hours while a ball-game was on.  The BTTF DeLorean model is also quite reasonable, considering it’s a Lego model from a licensed-property, running right around $35 bucks.  All-in-all, it’s a great deal for yourself, or a Lego/BTTF fan you know.

Pros:

  • A fun set, that’s reasonable priced for a license movie property.
  • Nice attention-to-detail throughout the DeLorean model.
  • Pieces to build any of the time machines from the Back To The Future movies.

Cons:

  • Top of the DeLorean is not connected to the frame very well, and the model is not very strong.
  • No “Einstein the Dog” minifig.

Verdict = Recommended.

Up close with Doc & the DeLorean.

Up close with Doc & the DeLorean.

Outatime.

Outatime.


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Mike Knotts

Mike Knotts was born in 1968 in a small town in southern Indiana. Even when very young, Mike showed a love for all-things technical and sci-fi. Moving with his family to California in the early 80’s, he eventually graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in History. Rather than put that to good use, Mike continued to pursue his passion for technology by working for early, regional ISP’s in the mid 1990’s. He currently resides in the Pacific Northwest, where he works as a project manager for an Internet startup. Mike is a co-founder of Geekometry.

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