There is an interesting LEGO CUUSOO project I would like to bring to your attention; a whole range of LEGO animals still missing from the world of LEGO. Check them out below!
LEGO has been quite slow catching up with the ongoing requests of fans for more LEGO animals, although they have been doing better in the last couple of years. Here is a bit of recap on the history of LEGO animals:
The first LEGO animal was the horse – a perennial favorite in pretty much any LEGO theme. Then we got a few more (shark, parrot, monkey) with the LEGO Pirates sets of the late 80s. In the 90s some creepy-crawlies were added: the snake, the frog, the spider, and the scorpion. Oh, and also the cat – I guess to keep the aforementioned critters at bay.
In 2003 LEGO released an awesome LEGO elephant in two shades of gray, but only in two sets. (Those elephants are now highly coveted and going for enormous prices on the secondary market.) In 2004 the first dog, and starting in 2009 LEGO finally began to release the long requested farm-animals: cows, pigs, goats, and chickens. And also the lovely LEGO camel and ostrich in the Prince of Persia sets. And this year we got a bear! Oh my!
Through the years there were also dinosaurs, dragons, and animals from the Star Wars Universe, but those are more specialized to specific themes.
Anyhow, LEGO is clearly starting to listen, however there are still lots of animals missing; especially in the wild animal group. How about populating your LEGO forests and plains with tigers, lions, deer, elk, moose, and kangaroos! This is where the LEGO CUUSOO Wild Encounters project comes in with a whole range of new LEGO animals!
Here is what LEGO CUUSOO project creator Wrinkledog says: “Thousands of different minifigs populate the world of LEGO, and it really is time for the animals catch up. My idea is to add animal family-units to help fill in the world of LEGO. All the packs I envision would have a male, a female, and some baby animals. Here I will share with you some of my ideas, but I could see this expanding to cover other animals from other parts of the world. Think of Africa or South America and you can start to see the possibilities open up. From LEGO Town to LEGO Castle and beyond, most LEGO themes could benefit from having more animals.”
You can see more animals in Wrinkledog’s flickr gallery, and also on the CUUSOO project page. If you like this project, please vote for it on CUUSOO as it will need to have 10,000 supporters for LEGO to consider production: VOTE FOR LEGO ANIMALS PROJECT HERE
I believe this CUUSOO project has great potential! It is also a welcome break from the constantly fighting, chasing, and jail-breaking scenes LEGO is so full of. I can imagine some beautiful forested LEGO scenes with these lovely creatures… ready to be chased by exuberant minifigs with great hunting skills… eh, never mind – so much for the peaceful forest.
I would also love to see some other, smaller animals like fox and squirrel, and birds like ducks and eagles. What do you think? How do you like the LEGO animals CUUSOO project? And what kind of other animals would you like LEGO to make? Share your thoughts below!
And to learn more about LEGO CUUSOO projects check here:
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