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CUUSOO LEGO project: LEGO Portal sets

by admin on July 19, 2012

in Featured Creations

(Written by stewbrick901)

Who hasn’t played at least one video-game? And if you are a gamer like me, then you might have heard of the exciting and innovative video-game called Portal. (More about Portal here: Portal Video Game.) How is this connected to LEGO? Read on! 😉

Portal takes place inside of the Aperture Science Computer-Aided Enrichment Center. You have to literally think with portals. If you don’t know what a portal is, basically you can place one portal on a surface, and another one onto another surface, and you are able to travel through one portal, and come out of the other. You do this with your portal-gun, which shoots the portals for you.

But all isn’t well. GLaDOS (Genetic Lifeform and Disc Operating System) is a computer that starts out as a friendly guide through the tests. But then she starts to unveil their dark side. It is really a psychotic, murderous computer who wants to kill you, and at the same time wants to test you. So, at the end, you have to use your portal-skills to destroy it.

Portal, and its sequel, Portal 2 have had universal acclaim from critics everywhere. Now some clever LEGO/Portal lovers want to combine the two icons to make LEGO Portal.

The project is called “Thinking with Portals” on LEGO CUUSOO, and for me, it sound like a match made in heaven! The project recently reached the required 10,000 supporters, and is now in the review phrase! 😀

The LEGO CUUSOO Portal project was put together by four LEGO enthusiasts. The group calls themselves Team Jigsaw and includes Nick (Brickthing), a New Zealander Bionicle enthusiast, currently attending University in pursuit of an engineering degree. John (Fivey),  an East-Coast American and the founder of Team Jigsaw, who stays up until 5 AM when collaborating on mad projects (such as this one). With a ken for organizing and a lust for creative prowess, he orchestrates and participates in many wild LEGO contests. Micah (Kakaru), an avid LEGO-fan, builder, writer, and reporter, he has creative abilities that are sometimes virtually indistinguishable from madness. Evan (Ehl-jay), a denizen of Hawaii, the creator of a wildly popular Portal vignette, and a significant presence in the LEGO Flickr community, he has been MOC-ing for years at a ridiculous pace.

I’m a bit uncertain if LEGO will approve LEGO Portal. Portal and Portal 2 have some ties to Half-Life 2, an M-rated game, with aliens and guns. This may break LEGO’s kid-only/no-violence rule, even though Portal doesn’t have any real violence.

But on the other hand how could LEGO not approve of it? The hit game-series plus LEGO?! It must happen! But what about the developers of the game, Valve? They also have to agree. I don’t think Valve would be against it though, as such a good idea will just further promote the game.

Below I will list some of the proposed sets in the LEGO CUUSOO Portal project. You can read more on the LEGO CUUSOO Portal page.

➡  LEGO CUUSOO Portal – GLaDOS’ Chamber: Chell is trapped in the Aperture Science complex! Lead through test after test by GLaDOS. Chell has finally found the psychotic robot’s lair! Will she succeed in destroying her nemesis? The final battle and the fate of Aperture lies in your hands!

Includes three minifigures; Chell, Wheatley, and the famous Potato. Features battle-platform, portal-gun, and GLaDOS. GLaDOS can swing a full 360 degrees and with a rotating head in all directions. Perform a core transfer with Wheatley and GLaDOS! Battle platform is over 5″ (15cm) long. GLaDOS is over 9″ (22cm) wide, and over 12″ (30cm) high.

LEGO CUUSOO Portal – Modular Testing-Chamber: Make your very own Test-Chamber out of LEGO, in any way that you want! First build the modular frame to the dimensions you choose, and then fill the walls and floor with tiles, platforms, buttons and more! Finally, add accessories such as turrets, cubes, small buttons, signs, cameras, and test subjects!

Includes four minifigures; Chell and 3 Aperture Science Sentry Turrets. Completely modular design allows you to redesign the chamber for different tests. Solve button-puzzles with the Weighted Storage Cube, or dodge the laser sights of an array of turrets! Use the 4 different pattern tiles to create any 2 digit number for the level sign. Discover a hidden Ratman-den behind the testing chamber walls. Standard Testing Chamber arrangement is over 10″ (25cm) long, 5″ (12cm) deep and 6″ (15cm) tall! Combine multiple Modular Testing-Chamber sets and your own module designs for unlimited variations. The possibilities are endless!

LEGO CUUSOO Portal – Puzzle Board-Game: Like the Portal games, this is an enthralling battle of wits! Build baffling chambers using the instructions in the included Puzzle Booklet, and solve them with your Portal Device and innate cunning! If you beat all of the included chamber designs, get a friend to design a new one, or find additional fan made puzzles online. This is an indispensable 3D board game for any Portal fan!

I am definitely excited about LEGO Portal! What are your thoughts? Have you ever heard of, or played the Portal video-game? Do you think that you will learn more about Portal through these sets? Comment below, and feedback is appreciated! Also, I am a KFOL (Kid-Fan-of-LEGO), and this is my second article. You can read my first post here: First Look at LEGO City: Undercover Video-Game. Thanks for reading! 😉

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{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

gid617 July 19, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Well, I don’t really play video games (only the POTC Video Game Demo – and not even that often 😉 ), but I like the Puzzel Board Game set! Not a fan of that color blue, but I really like all the transparent flat yellow round tiles, plus the grey tiles with one stud. I also like the modular testing chamber 😉

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stewbrick901 July 19, 2012 at 12:50 PM

The yellow circle tiles represent the connection between the button (the grey round piece with a red stud on top of it) and the grey circle piece (the door). You have to quickly get over to the open door with your Portal gun to succeed the test. If you don’t make the door in time, you obviously have to do it again. 🙂

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stewbrick901 July 19, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Also the two orange and blue 2×1 round pieces represent portals. Like I mentioned in the article, go through one, get to the other, and vice versa. Basically, go through entrance, get to exit. Go back through exit, get back to entrance. You could understand this more if you played the game, but since you aren’t much of a gamer, I’ll just let the sets tell the story for you. 😉

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CD's Lego Blog July 19, 2012 at 11:45 AM

That’s cool!

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Shade Snake July 19, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I agree with you, I can only play computer games like roblox and a lot of the lego.com games. (I am a mac) I love some of the new pieces there.

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Studless July 19, 2012 at 1:25 PM

I watched this project on cuusoo almost the entire time it was on, was the fastest I’d ever seen a project go through the support stage (wasn’t able to see mincraft ) still waiting for space marines though 😉

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admin July 19, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Yeah, I rally like that space-marine project myself! 😀

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legolotr (Nick) July 19, 2012 at 2:02 PM
admin July 19, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Nice find! 😀

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Jacob July 19, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Like I said earlier, I am curious what LEGO will do with this one. They said they will not make games based on first-person shooters, and Portal is a first person shooter. It really depends if LEGO follows is guidelines strictly, or more in the spirit of the rule, as Portal it is unlike any other first person shooter. It does have some violence, but most of it is directed at the player. There are some darker themes and humor, so it may or may be seen as “kid appropriate” by LEGO, but it is almost all verbal, not visual. I don’t think the connections with Half-Life will be an issue, but you never know.

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admin July 19, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Jacob, I read on their flickr page that the project was actually rejected at some point, but then LEGO decided to give it a second chance. So maybe they do have some ideas of how they could develop it. 🙂

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stewbrick901 July 19, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Jacob, it is more of a first person puzzler than a first person shooter. The only thing that is even related to guns in the game, is, well, the portal gun itself (Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device). Although itself is set in the Half-Life universe, there is no actual reference to aliens and guns. So 95% of Portal is kid friendly, except in Portal, if you are shot by turrets, then there is some blood. Other than that, Portal is family friendly. So there is some darker themes of Portal that are visual. But I think it is a fun experiences of all ages to improve your brain knowlegde and to also have some fun while doing it. So I think LEGO Portal is more bent on the accepted side than rejected. But, you never know!

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Jacob July 20, 2012 at 10:55 PM

I was just going to say it IS a first person shooter, even if the purpose it to solve puzzles rather than mow enemies down. It is from a first person perspective, and you do shoot things (portals). If LEGO sticks to its rule of “No First Person Shooters” strictly, it will not be made. However, if they are more for “the spirit of the rule” this is very likely to get not get rejected off the bat. I’ve played portal+Portal 2. I don’t know if kids would be able to solve all the puzzles or get the humor, but there is nothing in it that feels kid unfriendly.

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DX ZX KENDO NRG PWR JAY-NINJA OF LIGHTNING July 19, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Awesome!

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DX ZX KENDO NRG PWR JAY-NINJA OF LIGHTNING July 19, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Cool lasers!

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DX ZX KENDO NRG PWR JAY-NINJA OF LIGHTNING July 19, 2012 at 3:05 PM

I’m guessing you didn’t find episode 14 admin? It’s ok I already watched it 😀 though I think ather people wanna watch it 😉

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admin July 19, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Jay, I do have it, and will post it tomorrow morning. 😉

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DX ZX KENDO NRG PWR JAY-NINJA OF LIGHTNING July 19, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Ok 🙂 and admin I was thinking…….you should make a poll on you’re website like a different one every 1-2 days! Hope ya like the idea! 😎 :mrgreen: 😀

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admin July 19, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Jay, what kind of poll do you have in mind? 🙂

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DX ZX KENDO NRG PWR JAY-NINJA OF LIGHTNING July 19, 2012 at 3:59 PM

I think it looks cool! It reminds me of star wars 😆

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DX ZX KENDO NRG PWR JAY-NINJA OF LIGHTNING July 19, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Weeeell um just like what of these Lego brands do u like the mostt and put like sw Lotr ninjago and castle and some others like mine craft and others 😉 another poll could be ninjago polls or Lotr polls or just other stuff whatever you want to do :mrgreen:

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admin July 19, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Jay, I have done stuff like that on TBB’s Facebook Page before. I guess I should do it more often! 🙂

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Nrg Jay-mol July 19, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Well I don’t have facebook. So how a bought you do it on this website 🙂

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admin July 19, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Hm… I would have to get a plugin for that. And since plugins do slow down the site, I only use the ones I absolutely really need for operation. Remember; not everyone is on the latest computers, so it is best to keep websites as simple as possible. And we are already using tons of pictures and videos that are hard to load. But you guys are welcome to run your own polls in the comment section. 😉

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Nrg Jay-mol July 19, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Ooooook

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DX ZX KENDO NRG PWR JAY-NINJA OF LIGHTNING July 19, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Lol only 20 comments! Yesterday there was like 102

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Jacob July 19, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Most of those comments had very little to do with the actual post. Kinda like this one…

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admin July 19, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Comments also depend on the topic. Something like Star Wars has a lot more fans that Portal. At least amongst our regular readers. Also, the ratio between people who read an article and the ones who take the time to comment on it is something like 1 in 100. And leaving a thoughtful comment is even rarer. But that’s just the nature of the Internet. 🙄

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Nrg Jay-mol July 19, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Yeah well we just don’t have anything else to say :mrgreen:

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admin July 20, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Well, you don’t always have to say something. 😉

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SKOUTLAW FOR LIFE July 19, 2012 at 5:45 PM

sorry this is of topic but i just made a exacuter class star destroyer moc thats midi scale so i dont have to pay 400 bucks for the full scale

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admin July 19, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Any pictures? 🙂

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SKOUTLAW FOR LIFE July 19, 2012 at 9:22 PM

sorry not yet and im computer dumb

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Nrg Jay-mol July 19, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Cool scout!!!

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Quad July 19, 2012 at 9:03 PM

I bet that board game would best represent the actual video game best. Pretty cool. 🙂

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Nrg Jay-mol July 19, 2012 at 9:50 PM

I know this has nothing to do with this 🙄 but I’m watching the last lord of the rings thing 😎

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stewbrick901 July 19, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Thanks for the feedback. I really appreciate it. I hope to one day be amongst the magical world of LEGO news, like you guys. Probably woln’t be in the weeks coming, but you never know! Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to find some news.

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stewbrick901 July 20, 2012 at 2:00 AM

“I think we can put our differences behind us. For LEGOs. You monster.”

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Nrg Jay-mol July 20, 2012 at 9:31 AM

What the heck are u talking a bought?!?! 😕

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stewbrick901 July 20, 2012 at 12:46 PM

It’s a quote from GLaDOs in the Portal 2 trailer from E3 (you know, the biggest convention in gaming) from 2010. She says, quote: “I think we can put our differences behind us. For science. You monster.”

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legodoughnut July 20, 2012 at 7:35 PM

wow im excited for the puzzle board game !!!!

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KING_BOO_XDDX July 22, 2012 at 1:42 PM

NOW THATS Thinking With Portals i supported it supports fast i saw it fling from 9000 to 10,000

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Julien chan October 21, 2013 at 5:21 AM

Por favor bòrdon de fallar gracias Muchos de fallar gracias
Stand back, the portal will open in 3, 2, 1,

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