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Yatkuu: Any Shaun of the Dead fans around ?
I am an active member of Eurobricks.. my life is pretty full already so I can’t actually guarantee that I’ll be a very active member here but the main reason why I registered today is because I’m the guy behind the Winchester project, yeah, THE infamous Winchester.
I know that this story is shaking up our little AFOL world and I’m here to reach out to the community because the community is the reason why I did this.
I’m sure most of you know that it is not always easy to explain to people about our hobby. When I came out of my DA I had my share of skeptical looks, even from close relatives. After a while I started becoming a bit better at MOCing and a few of my creations started getting some attention and they all came around. The best example is probably my father - 2 years ago when I got my LEGO down from the attic he really did not get it, I think he was genuinely worried about me! He nevertheless came around progressively... I think the Conan O’Brien show really blew him away and he is now as excited as me to see what is going to happen next. He sometimes watch this type of TV show so it’s pretty much as if my world had suddenly entered his...today he asked me what my next projects are.
I don’t want to give you the violins and tell you a sentimental story.. just give a bit of insight on my motives.
How often does our AFOL world meets the real one? Not very often, that’s right.
When I started thinking about making a LEGO version of the Winchester in November last year I had no idea that this build was going to be featured all over the net and go as far as reaching Edgar Wright or Simon Pegg. I just wanted to make a cool model. The unexpected notoriety of the build gave me the idea to submit it as a CUUSOO project because I saw the potential to improve the visibility of our hobby.
I never did this to corner LEGO in a difficult situation. When I posted this on CUUSOO back in January I almost immediately took contact via email with the CUUSOO rep to get a pulse of how they felt about it. Their message has been pretty much the same all along – no guarantees, but go ahead. So I did, and I got (very) lucky.
I was discussing the matter with a friend and this came out: “"No point in making the project phase only for adults if they're going to apply the kid filter on the product stage." – That’s a pretty good point IMO.
I consider myself a true LEGO fan, always have been. My creations simply grew up with me, I am a fan of the zombie genre and sub-culture associated with it so I mixed my passions. I know very well that it’s on the edge but I tried to do it with taste. In my opinion CUUSOO is a platform to pitch for new ideas and catch the new trends. So yeah, it’s different than what LEGO usually does but it’s the point. Explore new territories, not do the things as LEGO would, they do that very well on their own!
So.. will it happen? I don’t know, I sure hope so.
If anything, this story made a lot of people happy - the momentum was full of positive energy and it probably brought back into the hobby a few if not a lot of people who had forgotten how fun and entertaining LEGO can be and that’s already an accomplishment.