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The Discworld, Now including Sam Vimes. Oook! is a project on LEGO CUUSOO created by GlenBricker on March 18th, 2013.

















This message was written by the creator of the project. Do not modify the message in any way.

Oook! Oook. Oook!

Translation:

Wow! You guys are so awesome! Thank you for getting this fan project 9% of the way to review and into the top 3% of Projects on Cuusoo! Very special thanks to linuxlibrarian for getting Sir Pratchett's attention with a tweet that was heard round the world!


Plead!

Thank you so much for visiting! Over 20,000 people have viewed this project but it needs actual votes to get made! Registering only takes a few minutes, If you already have a facebook or twitter account you can create an account with no hassle at all using that login. Lego won't send you ads or spam and they won't sell your email.

Goals for the future:

I will try to print and color one figure a week so you might want to come back...or follow me on twitter for updates. Since publishing this project I have updated the Librarian and Sam Vimes.

What is all this about then?

This is a campaign to produce an official Discworld Lego set, producing fan conceived Lego sets is the point of Cuusoo. Projects really only have a shot at getting produced if they "go viral" to some extent. So please consider tweeting the project (and tweet again a few days later to pick up stragglers!), sharing on Facebook, directly contact esteemed individuals (like Sacharissa Cripslock) an webpages that are cool enough to talk about the Discworld, and send it up every Clack tower you can find. Even use one of Moist von Lipwig new fangled stamps....of course, a campaign to create such a Lego set would be so awesome and unpredictable that we really should avoid bringing it to the attention of the Auditors of Reality, so do your best to keep them from finding out.

What is Cuusoo?

There is a good chance that you have happened upon this page without knowing anything about Cuusoo. Cuusoo is a site where people submit ideas for new Lego sets. If the project can get 10,000 Supporters then Lego will review the projected. If Lego likes the idea then they will create their own version of the project (in this case the Discworld with a few minifigs throw in) and mass produce it to make it available to fans.

So, if you would like to see Lego produce the Discworld, then please create an account and support this project.

What is Discworld? (If you know, skip to the next part)

Sorry for all the boilerplate stuff above but I only have this one shot to explain to you, the person reading these words right now (hopefully) what is going on.

IF you already know and love Discworld, you can jump down to the next image and the minifigure templates and variations of the Luggage, etc...otherwise keep reading for a description of the Discworld.

For those of you that have not heard of the Discworld before, then congratulations, you are now that much more experienced. It is an ongoing series of books (and multimedia extravaganza!) by Sir Terry Pratchett.

Discworld is an ongoing "comic fantasy" written by Sir Terry Pratchett. The setting of the series, (as the name implies) is disc that is balanced on four elephants which are, in turn, on the back of a giant turtle, the Great A'Tuin.

The books are inspired by our own history, literary classics of ALL breeds, and of course mythology. The stories, while rooted in the fantastic use wry wit and cunning satire to tell very compelling narratives.

The Discworld has spawned no less than:

39+ Novels (70 million copies sold in 37 languages) 3 Movies 4 Graphic Novels 6 Video Games 2 RPG supplements 1 Cook Book

More detailed information about the credentials of the series can be found here.

A lot more details about the narrative and fiction of Discworld can be found here.

Quite frankly I suggest the books to anyone who enjoys...well, anything really. Any that goes double for those who DON'T like anything.

Rebrick One last thing...if you would like to give this project just one more "vote" you can give it a boost by liking it on Rebrick. This will require another account (sorry) but every little bit helps!So what to build to do the Discworld series justice?

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I decided to try to recreate some of Bergholt Stuttley Johnson's work but I kept running out of Octarine colored bricks and the little imp just kept refusing to make any pictures of it in order to preserve its own sanity.

Failing that I thought long and hard about how to best represent my love of the Discworld series in Lego form. I considered attempting to build various structures described, like the Unseen University or the Treacle Mine Road Watch House, in the series but found that each one was not significant enough to embrace the scope of the series...Rincewind, The City Watch, The Witches, the Wizards, Death, Tiffany Aching, Moist von Lipwig.

For a while I considered doing The Kite and its Crew. In the end though, Cuusoo will only produce one set for any project submitted. So I have decided to go with the Whole Thing. But I have added a micro build of the The Kite (see the next last picture).

In addition, I plan on creating a small collection of figures that, like the Discworld's elephants, form the foundation of nearly all the stories of the Disc:

Rincewind, Granny Weatherwax, Sam Vimes, and Death.

In addition I will be including a personal favorite of mine, the Librarian. Excluding Death, I do believe he is in the most books...except perhaps C,M.O.T.D.

I considered adding Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler but he was charging too much for his likeness, and his sausages make me sick.

Over the following weeks I will be adding my custom renderings of these figures to the project. I want to take my time and do them the justice they deserve. So check in from time to time for updates, or you can follow me on twitter, @glenbricker.


A Little More Serious

Many of you are likely aware that Terry Pratchett has early onset Alzheimer's. As of 2010, there are an estimated 35.6 million people with Alzheimer's worldwide and the number is expected to double every 20 years. As the creator of this Cuusoo project, if this reaches production I will receive a small portion of the profits from the sale of the resulting set. I will donate 50% of any profits I may receive from this project to Alzheimer's research.

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"Interesting" tidbit for Lego hardcore fans.

The Turtle shell and flipper are built 45 degrees off the standard, that is to say the disc and the, Turtle head are 45 degrees off from the body of the turtle. This allows the Elephants to be seated quite firmly even though they are odd angles.

The Disc and Elephants a place out with "Lego geometry" to get point of contact that match despite this odd orientation.

Special thanks to Alatariel

Alatariel tweeked my elephants design from "cool" to "awesome." I think she could only have made them better with bow ties and a fez.

If you like the elephants even a little bit I must recommend that you check out her projects:

Female Minifigure Set - MegaMan Project -

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THE FIGURES

What you see above is the Librarian vignette, the Luggage, and Same Vimes. The prototype templates for each of the other three figures are shown in pseudo-silhouette style.

The Librarian image is based on a Paul Kidby image from The Last Hero. Click here to see a comparison picture (Cuusoo only lets me put 5 pictures up) Some of you may think the minifig looks agry...well sometimes the Librarian is angry. That is not the intent though. I will work on it a bit.

Sam Vimes is also based on a Paul Kidby image. Click here to see a comparison picture and the street light (shown in the top image) is based on those seen in the Discworld movie "Going Postal."

My plan is to release the figures as I get them designed. One at a time. I would rather show you these silhouettes now and let your imagination take over than show a sub-par printing. Regardless of the quality of my designs though, if this project reaches production, a TRUE Lego artist will design the final production figures, so you should judge the concept more on the quality you have come to expect out of Lego minifigs than anything I produce.

I have been toying with the idea of including a Terry Pratchett figure. If I could only have one figure I would probably go with Pratchett. I have also considered having Terry Pratchett instead of the Librarian.

One of the big things keeping me from doing it is that a Terry Pratchett figure is pretty easy to make. You just take Sean Connery's head and put it on Shia LaBeouf's body then add a Black fedora. That is not something I ever imagined saying before. You might want to swap out the pants for black ones though.

The other reason is I am not sure he would care for it. If he wants one though, he gets one, even if I have to make it myself.


I would love to include EVERY character from Discworld but Cuusoo projects still have to remain with the limits of reason to get produced. So, my selection here is based on the idea of providing a core character from every story branch of the Discworld continuum. I mean, I love the City Watch. If I could only have one set of characters I would go with them. Vimes, Carrot, Angua, Nobby, Fred, and a brick built Detrius...perhaps reminiscent of the Rock species Crash and I have in this project. But that would be unfair to fans of the Witches, the Wizards, and the Death novels...so this is my compromise and I think it is a solid one.


If you really really really want a sixth figure, then what we are going to have to do is get this project to 10,000 supporters as quickly as possible. It is no guarantee but the faster a project get to 10,000, the higher the proven demand is and likely the better chances that other character could be added.

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Here is a collection of other projects I am associated with that I hope you will enjoy.

From left to right, then row by row:

Corellian Defender Perry the In-Action Figure Ur-Quan Masters (Star Control)

Majestic Airship Train from Back to the Future Legend of Korra Mecha Tank

The Guild (Knights of Good) Ogre and Raptor G.E.V. FTL

And here is a list of Other great projects if you are so inclined to be curious.

These are additional fantastic projects all with at least 200 supporters so you know they are of high quality.

Female Minifigure Set by Alatariel - MegaMan Project - by Alatariel Small YELLOW by Brickartist LEGO Bird Series by Detomaso Macross VF-1 Valkyrie +Fast pack / Armored parts by Maxvf1 Labyrinth Marble Maze by Touthomme Ancient World Civilizations by Matija Japanese old style architecture by Taxon55 Invisible Hand by Ldiego Batman: Killer Croc's Lair by Brickqueen Desktop Series: Sky-Fi by Rongyiren Medusa's Temple by Strider Apollo 11 Lunar Mission by Suzuki Douglas DC-3 by Ssorg Ultimate Collectors Series Lightsabers by Scott34567 LEGO Pokémon by Kevinhink Red Squirrel by Vuurzoon Flying Dutchman by Sebeus Pokemon: Gyarados by Retinence Micro Scale Star Wars Scenes by Toomuchcaffe Majestic Airship! by Ssorg Tiny Trucks by Robiwan Transforming Retro Video Game Accessories by Vonbrunk Legolympus (Mythology Theme with Mount Olympus Set) by Kiffington Mirage (realistically speaking) by Nannan Micro-build Hogwarts Castle by Bekindrewind Medieval Market Street by Alexp WOLFPACK CASTLE by Reekardoo Modular Costume Store for Collectible Minifigures by td> Brentwaller Macrofigures by Crashsanders ARAK-N3 by Mahj The Drake's Head Inn by Alexp Camper Van Forever by Nuno2500 Dump Truck 10x4 by Designer_han Star Wars Opee Sea Killer by Pepaquin Mini Batmobile by Tiler Goblin Fortress Ruins by Alexp ASTACO ????? by Midori SEPARATIST FORCES ON CHRISTOPHSIS: MAGNA TRI-DROID by Sepsymp LEGO WALL-E!! by Suzuki EVE Online Ships - Merlin by Czar A UCS series of ships by Konajra Legend of Zelda: King of Red Lions by Flailx Rancor by Daiman RESEARCH LAB SUBMARINE (Modular with interiors) by GRusso UCS Tron Light Cycle by Abathar6 Ford Model A Gangsters' Getaway Car; ????????A ???? ??? by Brickadierg BACK TO THE FUTURE TRAIN by Grusso Flooded Temple Ruins by Hinckley The Manticore by Csf_blake Odeon Cinema by Teunis BTTF - Biff Tannen's Ford by Teambttf Death Star II wall/desk clock sculpture by Wwwally Minifig furniture - bedroom by Brixe ARC-170 starfighter UCS by Thire5 Food Truck by Spacysmoke Amusement Park Ride - Twist and Whirl Ride - now MOTORIZED! by Darthhspawn Willys JEEP by Suzuki Scorpion's Soul Pirate Ship by Hasskabal Starfighter "Blue Vengeance" by Konajra The Wizard's House by Alexp HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE by Grusso NASA Deep Space Habitat and Rover by Brianr8811 SEPARATIST DROID Battle-Pack by Sepsymp Lovely Sailboat! by Ssorg NNN Newsmobile by Davidpickett Trebuchet by Marko Big Villa by Voyagetom Appa from Avatar: The Last Airbender by Okay Ambulance (Type 3 / Type III) by Spacysmoke Star Wars: Darth Vader's Meditation Chamber by Darthhspawn Minifig furniture - child's room by Brixe TRANDOSHAN 'Wookie Hunt' Set by sepsymp Sonic the Hedgehog (Green Hill Zone) by Gtrocks1111 BTTF - Hill Valley Courthouse by Teambttf Stilzkin Bridge Launcher by mahj Posable 22" Skeleton by Chokinghaz Minifig furniture - living room by Brixe ??? (???) Kinkaku-ji by Alanboar PotC - Jack Sparrow vs. Kraken by Skrytsson Samurai Battle Gear Display Set by Suzuki Microfig Mecha by Crashsanders Octan in Space by Csf_blake Johnny 5 from short circuit by Steven1980

The Landscaping Kit by Savatheaggie


This message was written by the LEGO CUUSOO Team. Do not modify the message in any way.

Congratulations on 1,000 Supporters!

2013.04.11


Creating a disc balanced on the backs of elephants standing on a giant turtle is no easy task in itself, and you've managed to do it in LEGO bricks! This project offers something for Discworld fans as well as hardcore LEGO builders. Nicely done! Good luck on your journey to 10,000 supporters!
The LEGO CUUSOO Team
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