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CUUSOO project: Themed LEGO Brick Boxes

by admin on May 28, 2012

in Featured Creations

Today I would like to introduce you to a LEGO CUUSOO project that may not be as flashy and exciting as a new LEGO theme, but it is certainly very practical and worth supporting; Themed LEGO Brick Boxes.

Chris Ciafardini (aka Odd.Robot), the creator of this CUUSOO project, contacted me recently to let me know about his idea and share it with our readers. Once I checked out the project I saw that Chris was up to a worthy cause. Here is what Chris says about the Themed LEGO Brick Boxes:

Themed LEGO Brick Boxes would work the same way as the generic LEGO boxes and tubs that currently exist. The difference would lie in the LEGO theme-specific pieces found within, including colored bricks that fits with a particular LEGO theme or series.

This concept utilizes the licenses and in-house themes LEGO currently have and only repurpose the LEGO pieces and containers the LEGO Company already produces; each new LEGO theme or series can have its own generic LEGO box to provide more pieces and options.

This isn’t a brand new concept or a plea to begin a new LEGO series based on a favorite video game, movie, or cartoon franchise. This is however a solution to an issue myself and others have come across while purchasing and playing with LEGO products.

The many different models that span across the wide range of LEGO themes are beautiful works of design that help people learn new LEGO building skills and grow their imaginations. A lot of times children and adults alike will buy sets with the intentions of building the intended model and then taking it down for the pieces. I began discussing this issue with parents I know and work with. Many of them tell me that their children receive various amounts of LEGO sets for holidays and birthdays, building them once and then having to take them apart to use the LEGO pieces for other projects. I promote this behavior, however…

As the LEGO sets become more and more astounding, I myself have found it difficult to break down the model into it’s many components. Take the LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon for example; I loved building it and I love having it on display in my home. I would however like to build my own models with the pieces that are contained within the set, and cannot go and spend the full amount of money again for the set just for the pieces.

This is where the idea of Themed LEGO Brick Boxes comes from. I am not suggesting all the pieces from this set are dropped into a box and sold at a lower price. I am however suggesting pieces commonly found within the different series such as LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Alien Conquest, LEGO Pharaoh’s Quest, etc. to be sold in boxes that allow LEGO enthusiasts to build their own models using the themed LEGO pieces found across the series.

This product is not meant to compete with existing LEGO sets; the Themed LEGO Brick Boxes will act as a complimentary product to current LEGO themes.

Chris also lists the possible pros and cons of the Themed LEGO Brick Boxes that he could foresee:

:arrow: Pros of the Themed LEGO Brick Boxes:

  • Allows LEGO-fans to bring their own ideas to fruition within a LEGO theme without sacrificing actual models
  • Expand on current LEGO themes (build bigger versions of the sets)
  • Spans across all LEGO series
  • Provides themed containers in different colors
  • Provides access to unique pieces not commonly found in current LEGO brick boxes
  • LEGO can produce different size boxes with varied brick types

:arrow: Cons of the Themed LEGO Brick Boxes:

  • May cost more than existing LEGO brick boxes due to the inclusion of unique LEGO bricks
  • Could potentially compete with the sales of actual LEGO sets when LEGO-fans just want the pieces – even though this is not the intention

:idea: Complimentary Ideas for the LEGO Brick Boxes:

  • Addition of unique LEGO minifigures to each box
  • Instructions for additional LEGO models designed by LEGO Master builders. (I really like the learning aspect of the LEGO Master Builder Academy sets and this would be a perfect product to continue the instructional building lessons.)
  • Printed LEGO comic-books included to create a story and further expand on the LEGO theme

Please note that additional LEGO boxes or tubs to expand a current LEGO theme are in fact not a new idea. LEGO has been releasing bulk-brick sets for LEGO Castle, LEGO Train, LEGO Technic and LEGO City builders (sets of arches, slopes, windows, rails, trees, minifigs, etc.), and are referred to as bulk-brick sets, Creator tubs, service packs, or supplementary sets.

What is new however is producing a LEGO brick box for every major LEGO theme. Imagine a box of gray, black and translucent elements for LEGO Star Wars fans to build bigger and better space-ships, lots of lime parts to make extra snake-vehicles for LEGO Ninjago fans, or additional castle-wall building-bricks for LEGO Lord of the Rings fans! :P

If you like this CUUSOO project, please vote for it: VOTE FOR THE LEGO THEMED LEGO BOXES. Remember; it takes 10,000 votes for a CUUSOO project to be considered by LEGO for production, so this project still has a long way to go and needs your support. (You can also Share it, Tweet it and Like it.) Chris would also appreciate any comments and feedback on his idea and for improving the project. Let him know what you think in the comment section below. :)

You may also like to read about other LEGO CUUSOO news here:

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{ 54 comments… read them below or add one }

gid617 May 28, 2012 at 10:36 AM

I love the idea of themed boxes! Of corse, my favorite would be a ninjago one; I would also like a bigger place to store all the ninjago sets I have right now! ;)

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nicolas-n. May 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Are there any City or Minifigure themed boxes?

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admin May 28, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Nicolas, this is a CUUSOO project – meaning these are suggestions for future LEGO sets. If the project gets 10,000 votes it will be considered by LEGO for production. As Chris mentions; it can be tied into any LEGO theme, including City. ;)

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Luca May 28, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Would we get Hero Factory brick boxes?

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admin May 28, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Luca, sure, why not? ;)

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Luca May 28, 2012 at 1:53 PM

I LOVE Bionicle!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was the saddest human being IN THE UNIVERSE when it ended and now I’m using the HF pieces to rebuild my favorite models.

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admin May 28, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Luca, yeah, I know! Bionicle had some very devoted fans! How do you like Hero Factory? Do you think it is comperable? :)

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Luca May 28, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Dislike the story, LOVE The parts. <3

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Luca May 28, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Really all I like story-wise is the character Breez. She’s a strong character in a weak franchise.

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Legodude19 May 28, 2012 at 11:31 AM

VERY NICE IDEA! I have always had trouble dismantling my sets and to this day rarely do. I don’t think I have ever permanently destroyed a SW set except the Hailfire droid ( that was a really weak set ) ( AND boy do I have a lot of SW ). I do dismantle other sets sometimes tho’, but now that LOTR is out I can’t even imagine myself destroying any of those sets. I REALLY SUPPORT THIS ! :)

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gid617 May 28, 2012 at 7:44 PM

I usually dismantle a lot of my sets, as I don’t really collect one line. Now that I’m onto Ninjago though, I think it would be really nice to have something like this! :D

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admin May 28, 2012 at 9:12 PM

I have to agree on that! Since I mostly buy sets for parts anyway, I would love to have these buckets! :D

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ka.lego May 28, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Now THAT’S just brilliant. If there was anything that deserved support, this is it. It’s an extremely versatile idea that, I think, would warrant many of us to buy duplicates. Thanks for the heads up! I may post this on Ka-GO this week as well.

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admin May 28, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Yes, please do so! The more publicity, the better! This project is a great idea and still need a lot of votes! :)

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Odd.Robot May 30, 2012 at 1:18 PM

That would be great if this could get on other blogs. It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the support.

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YTjedi May 28, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I think LEGO actually did something like this, but instead of the tubs it was those Brickmaster books that came with 200ish pieces and two minifigs. They had Star Wars, Pirates, Castle, Ninjago, and Atlantis. I don’t know how well it did. The Ninjago one was one of the last ones and that was over a year ago. I think you can still find some of the other ones lingering around here and there, but since there haven’t been newer ones I guess the idea may have petered out.

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admin May 28, 2012 at 1:20 PM

YTjedi, yeah the BrickMaster books was a decent idea, however they still came with very few pieces. Here Chris talks about a whole big tub! :P

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gid617 May 28, 2012 at 7:38 PM

I thnk there is actually a new ninjago one – at least if I know what ou’re talking about. I love the bucket idea; it would be a great way to get some really unique peices ! ;)

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nace10 May 28, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Cool! Hope it gets 10,000!
( Only has 90 now, so it might be awhile…)

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admin May 28, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Nace, every project has to start at zero, and gradually build up. That is why publicity and our support is so important. It may take a while, but every journey is taken one step (or in this case; one supporter) at a time. So if you like it, please vote, and tell your friends to vote too! ;)

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nace10 May 28, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I hope it grows in votes as fast as The Legend Of Zelda project did.

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admin May 28, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Nace, the Legend of Zelda was actually quite slow in attracting votes. It gradually started to gain visibility and support as LEGO blogs and forums picked it up. As it was getting close to the finish line votes came fast as people wanted it to succeed! :)

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Odd.Robot May 30, 2012 at 1:22 PM

There is a long way to go but hopefully it makes it. Some projects seem to obtain support faster than others. It is just a matter of getting the ideas in front of a wide range of people. I hope to get the idea on different types of blogs so others that do not frequent LEGO sites can see it too.

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admin May 30, 2012 at 3:44 PM

You might also consider Facebook and Pinterest. Projects there have the potential of spreading really fast. I would suggest though that before submitting your idea to the general public, work on your USP (Unique Selling Proposition). Something people who are not that familiar with LEGO can relate to and would feel compelled to vote. (ie. price, selection, quantity, playability, etc.). After all your project is more on the practical side rather than having a great deal of instant appeal, so you need to prop it up a bit. At least that’s what I would do. ;)

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Odd.Robot May 30, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Good advice. I am not the greatest word smith but I will try and up my game moving forward. Only time will tell how Facebook and Pinterest help out.

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admin May 30, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Wishing you the best with your endeavors! I will probably also add some future blurps on TBB’s FB page to remind our readers about it, and I’m also planning to get more active on Pinterest, so could add something there as well. :)

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Micho May 28, 2012 at 1:11 PM

I just Supported this, and also the Lego Star Wars Dark Bucket… check it out!!!!!! Royalties are also for a good cause. I just wish someone would enter a really out-of-this-world Pirates or castle set =(… although it my be my destiny!!! LOL

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admin May 28, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Micho, thanks for voting! Yeah, with all those new castle minifigs you got, it may very well be your destiny. ;)

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Micho May 28, 2012 at 1:42 PM

OH YEAH!!! LOL

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nace10 May 28, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Hey, if anybody wants to read a review with the guy how made The Legend Of Zelda project, there’s one on ZeldaDungeon.net

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admin May 28, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Hm… I’m going to check that out after lunch, as I love Legend of Zelda! :)

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Luca May 28, 2012 at 8:48 PM

What exactly IS Zelda?

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nace10 May 28, 2012 at 10:51 PM

What??? :shock:
It’s a video game about this guy that’s sorta like a elf named Link. One of the games is the top rated game of all time! :razz:
( I’m really not joking)
zelda.com

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Luca May 29, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Thanks. The only video game I play is Minecraft, I don’t know shtuff like that. Is that Link in your Gravetar?

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nace10 May 29, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Yes. I think it’s from The Ocarina Of Time 3D.

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lego chronicler May 29, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Good for you Luca! minecraft ftw! :S

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nace10 May 28, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Yay!!!!
102 Votes!

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nace10 May 28, 2012 at 5:20 PM

I LOVE The Legend of Zelda like crazy!!! :mrgreen:

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lego chronicler May 29, 2012 at 7:28 AM

I hope you guys all vote on the dark bucket! (plz)

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lego chronicler May 29, 2012 at 7:29 AM

It would make my day, alot of em…

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nace10 May 29, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Hey LEGO Chronicler, have you ever made a review on LEGO.com?

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lego chronicler May 29, 2012 at 6:00 PM

why do you ask?

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nace10 May 29, 2012 at 6:59 PM

On LEGO.com there’s a guy who writes reviews named the LEGO CHRONICLER. :roll:

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lego chronicler June 1, 2012 at 8:36 PM

well that is me (I wrote for the Lego castle and stuff)

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Tydroid Ninja of NINJAGONESS May 29, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Sounds Like a great Idea But I WOULD like some minifigs too! ;)

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admin May 29, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Tydroid, minifigs are awesome, but please remember; they also make sets expensive – there is no way around that. I believe the idea with this project is to give LEGO fans lots of extra basic pieces to build up their favorite theme, without having to pay the price for extra full sets (that are usually expensive because of the minifigs included). We already have battle-packs available for minifigs in pretty much every theme. ;)

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Tydroid Ninja of NINJAGONESS May 29, 2012 at 9:40 AM

I also saw something around there in Cuusoo , and it was a Star Wars Army Builder! I think it included, like 99 stormtroopers and 1 darth vader! O_o I would like it though!

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lego chronicler May 29, 2012 at 6:01 PM

yes that is the dark bucket! PLZ VOTE FOR IT! It has han solo, and luke skywalker in it too! It has sand troopers and scout troopers too!

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gid617 May 29, 2012 at 10:20 AM

148 votes now: of course, that’s still a lot shy of 10,000! ;)

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nace10 May 29, 2012 at 10:32 AM

gid617, it was 89 24 hours ago. (not exactly 24)
I’m hoping this one makes it!!! :lol:

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nace10 May 30, 2012 at 9:39 AM

168!!!

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Odd.Robot May 30, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Hi everyone, I wanted to share my thanks with the Admin as well as everyone else on this thread that has supported and helped spread the word on my project. Any questions any of you may have can be asked on my project page and I will be checking back here every now and then to see if more comments and questions are posted. I’m glad this has been getting positive feedback.

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admin May 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Nice to have you! We are all wishing the best with your project as this is a great idea worthy of production! :)

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nace10 May 30, 2012 at 2:01 PM

AWSOME idea!!! :grin:

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