The Decision is in – No LEGO Rifter for You!

Remember the LEGO Rifter from last year?

10K Votes Achievement!

10K Votes Achievement!

It got proposed.

It got CCP support.

It got the votes.

It got reviewed.

It got shot down.

The official word from LEGO CUUSOO last month:

Results of the LEGO Review for EVE Online Ships – Rifter

2012.12.20

First and foremost, congratulations again to czar for reaching 10,000 supporters on LEGO CUUSOO, and toward everyone for all of the support of the EVE Online Ships – Rifter project! The Summer LEGO Review has concluded and the LEGO Review Board has arrived at its decision about the four projects in review.

The supporters we received for the EVE Online Ships – Rifter project allowed us to examine the feasibility of another niche gaming-related product. However the Rifter presented a more challenging business case when considered alongside other potential products in this Review period. Therefore, the LEGO Review Board has decided that this project does not meet the requirements for the business case.

czar has been a pleasure to work with throughout this process and has shown a lot of passion and enthusiasm for his idea and LEGO bricks. We also recognize the intense interest of all of you who supported this project, and we are sorry to deliver this disappointing news.

For further details on the results of the LEGO Review visit the LEGO CUUSOO blog at http://legocuusoo.posterous.com

Ah well.  It was something of a faint hope, given the size of the model and the relatively small audience EVE has compared to other properties LEGO could pursue… like that Minecraft set, which was in short supply over the holidays.

Still sold out in the LEGO online store!

Still sold out in the LEGO online store!

I suspected that Jester might have been right in his prediction on the whole thing, though the statement from CUUSOO reads more as a lack of economic viability than a statement that EVE Online is full of bad people.  The target audience age range, 6-11, was not mentioned as it was with the proposed Firefly themed set.

Still, we can dream.

Still Want

Still Want

Maybe some day.  Meanwhile, can we blame CSM7 for this too?

6 thoughts on “The Decision is in – No LEGO Rifter for You!

  1. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    I suspect that LEGO’s capacity to manufacture rust colored bricks for an authentic Minmatar look played heavily into the economic decision. *cough*

    Hrmm… three posts about EVE in one week… including one involving me in space trying to shoot at somebody… it is like I play this game or something.

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  2. mrrx

    We were told by a Lego store employee that a Minecraft lego set is coming to stores. We’re waiting for that.

    It couldn’t make more sense to me, as when I describe Minecraft in a sentence to non gamers I simply say “It’s Legos inside the PC.”

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  3. gwjanimej

    Reading Jester’s assessment, I agree pretty wholeheartedly with him. EVE is simply not an IP that Lego wants to be associated with, now, or ever.

    That said, I really wish the guy who put it together would release a parts list so I can build it anyway.

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  4. Drebin

    @gwjanimej: Ditto. I don’t even play EVE, and I would like to build one (I’ve always been one for space LEGO creation).

    I know! Enlist the Swarm into guaranteeing purchases (via Kickstarter) for a suitably large LEGO build, and maybe LEGO will cave to the lure of profit.

    Might I suggest an Avatar build?

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