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Support UCS AT-AT on Cuusoo

edited April 2012 in Collecting
http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/14579#

I'm a bit surprised this is such a new item to support at Cuusoo... Unless it is a dupe that I don't know about...

The poster says it has about 8,000 parts in it, which of course is unlikely to be produced by Lego as-is, but if they could cut the count down to around 4,000, they'd have a $500 model to sell.

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  • The detail work on that seems really well done. And love that it is done pretty weel at minifigure scale.
  • ^ Being discussed in: http://www.bricksetforum.com/discussion/4344/cuusoo-corner
    Glad you are on the support side :)
  • I believe there is another version of the AT-AT up there already, but I'm pretty sure this one blows it out of the water.
  • I have already voted to support it as well as a few other UCS Ideas for Starwars.
  • But we already have the one from Battle of Hoth game ;O)
  • @Cavegod's AT-AT is wonderful - I've now blogged about it 3 times in total I love it so much, and I'm slowly accumulating the 8,000 or so parts to build my own. Cavegod's a member here, incidentally.

    FYI it's only been up on Cuusoo for about a week.
  • SO I'm guessing you have a parts list then? Please do share, I would love to build this one myself
  • ^ I unfortunately have neither a full list of parts nor instructions (I don't think that either actually exist) but thankfully I do know the guy who designed it and he's helping me to build one of my own.
  • ^ Lol. I'm not sure even Pete knows how it goes together! :-)
  • I really hope TLG offers up their own UCS version. Instant classic.
  • Would the builder of that set provide it to Lego if asked to help them mke a retail version?

    Would they have to take it apart to reverse engineer it? Now that is a scary thought!
  • That's an incredible build! I'll add my vote.
  • Not the biggest fan of AT-ATs but the detail put into this set is truly something to admire. I would probably get one just alone on that fact.
  • Not the biggest fan of AT-ATs but the detail put into this set is truly something to admire. I would probably get one just alone on that fact.
    :) The question becomes, how much of that detail can be held when TLG takes out half the part count?

    I would love it, but I just don't see TLG producing a 8,000 part UCS set costing $1,000. I'd buy it, so would others, but would enough people buy it?
  • One element which I would love to know is how many of the 8000 odd parts are required. Cavegods model is amazing, and I am guessing built with creativity and passion, I doubt at all he was at all concerned about keeping part counts down, therefore there may well be parts that contain e.g. 5 2x4 plates where 2 2x10 plates would do the job exactly the same.
    I am not saying the model would be the same with a lower part count, but it would not suprise me if it was possible to reduce the count to some degree without any serious visable difference.
    Of course I am just speculating and have no real basis for it. Maybe when Pete comes back on to BS he can give us his thoughts on the idea.
  • This is a great build! Some random thoughts all relating to this kit...

    Why has TLG never given us a UCS AT-AT? For me that is a total no-brainer.

    If this creation at CUUSOO gets the necessary votes, Lego will never build it.

    This model can not be scaled down to half parts count. That just doesn't work.

    I agree that the overall design could likely be simplified while sacrificing nothing, but not 4,000 pieces worth.

    I have often thought the same thing about the UCS Falcon. Do you really need 5,000 and some pieces to re-create the Lego kit? There are probably 100 different ways to engineer the interior of that ship using vastly different parts counts. And there is no 1 "right way" to do that, including the way Lego decided to go with in the official kit.

    Like the Falcon, this AT-AT makes me want to give it a go as a MOC, just trying to copy a photo. As long as the unseen interior works, it doesn't matter how you design it. The exterior detail is much more important.
  • I guess I am in the minority but I think it's overkill having another AT-AT (at this point). I own the previous 3 releases and each have had a considerable number of pieces to them. The 10178, which is my favorite Lego set, I think is awesome. Not only does it have a very high piece count, include a nice number of miniatures but it MOVES!

    History of AT-AT models
    2003 Model 4483 1068 pieces
    2007 Model 10178 1137 pieces (motorized)
    2010 Model 8129 815 pieces

    I just can't see Lego green lighting a 4000+ piece (assuming they downscale the 8000 piece one listed in this discussion) that would probably retail for $500 on a model that already has had 3 high piece count releases. I would reluctantly buy it as a Lego Star Wars fan but I would have a very furrowed brow as I did so :)
  • I might be going into dreamland here, but I'd imagine most that desire and can afford an SSD wouldn't think twice about buying an 8,000 piece AT-AT. I would!!
  • ^ When discounted :-P
  • edited April 2012
    I just choked on an iced current bun!
  • The SSD is the one UCS set I have no desire to own (a big bland fairly featureless lump - apart from the engines and that tiny bridge area, no hugely desirable figures) , but a UCS AT-AT would be a must buy for me. Would I part with my 10174 to help fund it? Nope, it walks (albeit like an arthritic dog)!
  • edited April 2012
    Hmm did somebody mention me?

    At the present time there is a LXF file for this AT-AT albeit not complete yet.

    The parts count could be drastically lowered as I was not economic when building it so I could probably build a copy with far less parts. The main problem would be the leg to body connection the slightest knock and it would be in a heap of bricks on the floor, trust me I have first hand experience of this :-/

    I'm pretty sure though i could work with the star wars design team to make it more sturdy etc.
  • I will say... it would be so neat if Lego would fly you to their HQ, give you a few days with a designer and access to their complete parts inventory to play with, and make a proper retail product version of this.

    I was showing pictures of this to my wife, she is not a big Star Wars fan (she supports my addiction), but even she "gets" why this is cool and would support putting it on display in our house. :)

    As for part count, I suspect that is something that TLG designers spend a lot of time on, they might built their "ultimate" version of a set first, then break it down and figure out "what can go" in the name of cost and the need to make a reasonable product to be sold at retail.

    So...

    Do you think 4,000 bricks could do this set justice? Or do you really need 6K? It would be pretty amazing if they broke the 5,922 part count of 10189 with this, but then what would be the price? $599? $799? :)
  • It would be a good 'End of License' set something to end the line with a bang!
  • What?!? You want me to wait 10 YEARS for that?
  • It's a real treat to see that photo @cavegod. Thank you. Would love to see more. Don't suppose you could put on a disk and let me have next week could you?
  • better still just look at my photobucket

    http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v79/cavegod/

    you will find all the pic i took there.
  • Brilliant. Thanks.
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