Level 9: The World Builds Anew - The Infinitely Modular Classical Temple Building Set (Strategic Re-Launch 2014)
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"Infinite are the wonders of this world, but none so astounding as humankind itself."
Hi, I am doing a "Strategic Re-Launch" of this set for a few different reasons:
1) This set is so multi-faceted that it was was actually mistakenly marked as a "theme" the first time I submitted it... But it's actually one big single gigantic U.C.S. set for about $250, and it makes a bunch of "alternate builds" using the exact same bricks, just like a Lego "Creator" set. I am planning three more alternate build options, including The Halls of Mount Olympus, The Forum of the Old Republic, and The Pantheon of Rome, which will be specifically designed to use as many of the "leftover" pieces as possible, so everyone can have the maximum number of options to build multiple models at the same time!
2) Since this is by far my most ambitious and expensive set, I want to nudge it downward in the rankings just a bit, so it will finish a few months later than the others, and so the others can have the spotlight first, and have the highest chance of being produced. Please be sure to vote for my Rome set first and foremost, since it's the most popular civ by far, and it's now the fastest-moving Ancient World set that has ever been posted on Cuusoo at any point in time, past or present, and it's accelerating at 360%... If the current pace continues, it will be up on Page 10 with in 100 days!
3) It gives me a chance to re-post the newer deluxe POV-Ray renderings, and to delete the old "red box logo" to make sure that everything is in keeping with the new rules.
Ultimately, it will have 7 main temple models in total, including three Greek models: The Oracle of Delphi representing Archaic Greece, The Parthenon of Athens representing Classical Greece, and the Halls of Olympus representing Mythological Greece. Plus three Roman models: The Forum of the Old Republic representing Early Rome, the Forum of Trajan representing Classical Rome, and the Pantheon of Rome representing the Imperial Age. Plus a model paying tribute to the Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment for the first time in an official Lego set. Wow, it's like Greco-Roman World never fell!
As a bonus, it is also very easy to add instructions to create smaller versions of each of the main temples, simply by truncating them neatly at a certain point behind the facade to create a partial version. This will be a benefit to builders who want a smaller structure that will fit neatly on a shelf, or one that fits more neatly into the grid of an existing Lego City layout. And naturally, by creating facade versions of various temples, or by creating partially-ruined versions of various temples, it means that you can build more of them at the same time with all the pieces included. Only the best is good enough!
The vibrant mosaic floor can also be rearranged to build and play seven authentic Ancient and Medieval games, including Mancala from Africa, Senet from Ancient Egypt, Pachesi from Ancient India, the game of Go from Ancient China and Japan, Backgammon from the Byzantine Empire, Patolli from the Aztecs, and Chess from Ancient Persia and Medieval Europe. Plus, if you're eagle-eyed, you'll see that all of the major civs in my sets have enough minifigs to play as one side of the Chess board, with a King, a Queen, two cultural figures as Bishops, two soldiers as Knights, and unique banners to mark the Rooks!
If you are daring, you can also build boards for The Royal Game of Ur from Mesopotamia, the game of Ludus Duodecim Scriptorum from Ancient Rome, and several Hnefatafl games from The Viking Age, even though the rules for them have been obscured in the mists of time... Will you be the one to solve the mystery? With seven full temples, seven partial temples, and more than seven games, this will be the Lego set with the most alternate models ever produced. You can imagine it will be an eye-popping set to display and sell at the Lego Stores at the mall as well as major Museum Gift Shops in the future!
The Epic story begins in Rome, so be sure to start there. Next, be sure to vote your support for free by pressing the big green button at the top right of each page. It's totally free to vote for as many sets as you want, since most of the fans are kids!
Once you have met those challenges, you are ready to complete your journey to Civilizations and Empires, Level 10: The Global Rankings Page for the latest updates.
Thanks again to everyone for all your support...! =D
"The Real Indiana Jones"
THE CREATOR'S NOTES:
You can see the Flickr slideshow of hi-res images and concept art for the whole series.
These sets have been in the making for 36 years now. In sum, this is the fruit of the input of over a hundred archaeologists, scientists, and historians from six continents, most of whom have 4-to-8-year-olds of their own now. And when they see this, all of them are all asking the exact same question... "Why hasn't Lego done this years ago?!"
All of the temples and all of the fortifications in my sets can come apart into neat modular sections, based on an 8x8 grid... And so they can all be rearranged in multiple ways, they can all be expanded and redesigned easily, and they can all be connected together for maximum modular possibilities! There is also great potential to do expansion sets with additional wall segments for each unique civ.
If sets like this are a success, it could lead to many new things. For starters, I know that there is tremendous potential to sell beautiful and educational sets like these in major museum gift shops around the world, as they already do with the Architecture Theme, which would boost Lego's overall brand awareness and reputation with parents from all over the world.
For the future, they could easily branch out into sets for the Aztecs, the Mayans, Africa, India, China and Japan. And it could be expanded into the Medieval, Renaissance, Napoleonic, Steampunk, Modern, and Futuristic Eras. Plus it could inspire them to add more historical details and more educational value into Castle, Pirates, and Indiana Jones-style Adventurers sets. Will it be as popular as Batman, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Ninjago, Chima, Zelda, or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Only one way to find out...! If they make a few new prints, they can keep using them again and again for the next 10,000 years...! Let's do this! =D
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