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can’t stop the signal

I could have told you this was going to happen:

This playset has an interesting history. Originally the design was put up on the LEGO CUUSOO site with the possibility of becoming an actual LEGO branded product with a required 10,000 votes. After just a couple of months, in what must have been some sort of speed record, all votes were obtained and success seemed imminent. Much to the chagrin of supporters everywhere, the playset did not pass LEGO’s review, despite recognition, praise, and visibility from a bunch of websites, Wired.com, retweets from 3 of the show’s actors & Grant Imahara. That was the end…or so everyone thought.

Steps have been taken to ensure that this model finally will be available for all. While not an official LEGO set, this is being provided as a service to find & source all the bricks required to put this together, along with the instructions and a few other surprises. Spend your time building the model, not sourcing and waiting for all the parts to come. Instead, get a box of parts in the mail, ready to build. Heck, have the minifigs build it!

Before it sold out and went into backorder until at least February, the price was $385, and that includes 2186 pieces, rotating engines, playable dining area and cargo hold, light-up Firefly drive, minifig-capable cockpit, an opening ramp and bottom hatch, and a model that, when completed, will measure about 24″ x 16″ x 7″. A whole lot of parts of me dare say that would be worth every penny… You can even get the minifig crew to go in it (for another $85, once they are back in stock).

Hooboy.

LEGO really missed out on this particular model, just like they appear to have missed out on the Stargate and Terminator franchises, along with Halo in the past. In the end, I suppose they will not care – the guy putting together this set will have to buy the blocks from LEGO regardless – but it is still rather annoying.

Of course, if you are really a hardcore Browncoat Blockhead, you can fork over ~$25k to this guy for a copy of his seven foot long Serenity model. Dood…

(Smaller model found by way of Nerd Approved. Monstrosity pointed out to me by John Hardin.)

9 comments to can’t stop the signal

  • MAJMike

    Shiney!!!

  • No kidding :). Wish I had somewhere to display it… much less the money to snag it :).

  • the minifig price is a little much

  • They are expensive, but from looking at them (and from not being overly familiar with modern Lego minifigs), it would appear as though all their printing is custom-done; no idea if it is done by hand or not, but there is going to be a price on that.

    Plus there is the Jayne hat ;).

  • @ Linoge:
    Having just looked, unless you try it yourself with waterslide decal paper thats almost an at cost price for one of each character.

  • Yeah, I suck with waterslide decals. If I had the change and the urge, I would totally pay someone else :).

  • Rob Crawford

    Long, long time ago, when the world was young and I was just out of college, I heard of a student from my alma mater being served with a “cease and desist” from LEGO. He had posted a set of rules for using LEGO figures and blocks as miniatures in a wargame, and LEGO, at the time, objected to being associated with “violence”.

    It’s rather amusing how they’ve changed their minds on that, and embraced some rather “violent” franchises.

  • Rob Crawford wrote:

    Long, long time ago, when the world was young and I was just out of college, I heard of a student from my alma mater being served with a “cease and desist” from LEGO. He had posted a set of rules for using LEGO figures and blocks as miniatures in a wargame, and LEGO, at the time, objected to being associated with “violence”.
    It’s rather amusing how they’ve changed their minds on that, and embraced some rather “violent” franchises.

    Fortunately, Evil Stevie hasn’t gotten in any trouble with the LEGO [tm] folks for his Pirate Game. Then again, he does make sure to point out that his game’s rules “are emphatically not licensed or approved by The Lego Group,” which probably helps on the legal side of things.

  • @ Rob Crawford: Yeah, I wrote a post whinging about exactly that when Lego squashed this whole Firefly set concept – they do Star Wars and Pirates and Lord of the Rings and countless other violent, genocidal-type things, but get squeamish about people playing with their sets in a structured fashion, or about adults doing adult things? Bleh.

    @ AuricTech: Wow. That is a hell of a ruleset…