The My Little Pony
project just got posted on Equestria Daily, an extremely prominent My Little Pony blog. Needless to say, its supporters are now going up pretty much every time I refresh the page.
On one hand, I'd love this proposal to make it to the consideration threshold, even if it doesn't get made. On the other hand, I wonder how LEGO Cuusoo will respond to a second consecutive proposal that doesn't make it through, if talks with Hasbro don't work out. The Shaun of the Dead proposal probably won't make it through due to the film's rating, but in this case to consider the proposal, TLG will have to go into talks with a major competitor. And if/when the talks fall through, TLG's own crowdsourcing platform that is Cuusoo will have essentially handed some quite significant market research to their own competitors.
The question is, how could they make a rule to prevent this sort of thing? It's not a huge risk, since few of TLG's competitors have products with such a huge adult fanbase as My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. But really, expecting the proposer of a new project to check who holds the rights to a license could be absurd, and TLG probably wouldn't want to turn licenses away entirely since those are getting Cuusoo a lot of media recognition. I think the best thing for them to do would be to perhaps make a rule that they can go into talks about licensed proposals before
they reach the 10,000 vote threshold, and a warning that if those talks go badly the proposal may be nipped in the bud. People would still leave feeling sore, but at least it wouldn't generate the same level of false hope as proposals like this getting to 10,000 votes and then getting axed.
But perhaps I'm just overthinking this. Perhaps not much harm will be done by turning away proposals, and it's just a dose of reality that needs to be injected into the Cuusoo platform. In the meantime, the MLP proposal has gone up by 81 supporters since I started typing this. It really makes me as an AFOL feel insignificant to see the way supporters multiply like this when projects are plugged through a popular medium. LEGO has a significant adult fanbase, but we don't rally behind unified causes with nearly this much speed. Of course, AFOLs mostly arose through LEGO fans growing older, not through LEGO products actively attracting adults in droves, so I guess AFOLs and bronies aren't quite comparable.
EDIT: And up by 33 more by the time my post was saved.
Edited by Aanchir, 20 April 2012 - 01:41 AM.