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I recently came across something that I feel the LEGO community needs to be made aware of. There is a company called “Coaster Dynamics” that is currently running a Kickstarter page to get funding for “their” LEGO compatible, minifig scale roller coaster. I can see you asking yourself “But Chris, that sounds awesome! What’s the problem?” Well…

 

It turns out that the entire idea, from conception to where it is now, was the brain child of our community’s very own, Lego Certified Professional, Adam Reed Tucker. A few years ago, my daughter Lily was lucky enough to be allowed to play with one of the prototype models brought to BrickWorld by Adam. After hearing of Coaster Dynamics starting the kickstarter to fund the production of this model, I decided to do a little digging. I won’t bore you all with the minutia of the digging but allow me to sum up what I found out. There are a few articles (easily googled) that clearly state that while Coaster Dynamics (Referred to as CD from now on) has been in business for a while, it was Adam who approached the CD team at a toy convention and initiated the partnership that would eventually bring the current design to the market. After many years of collaboration and partnership with Adam, CD has now taken this design public. Adam contacted the CD team asking if they were going to honor their original agreement for monetary compensation or if they were even going to include Adam (who was the one that began this partnership mind you) in the project moving forward. The CD team responded to Adam with (Paraphrasing, not a direct quote) “We don’t have the money to pay you. We don’t HAVE to pay you at all and we are not going to include you in anything the company does with your (Adam’s) brain child moving forward.”

 

From what I’ve been able to discovery on this, the CD team has taken the original agreement with Adam and torn it up while metaphorically spitting in his face, dismissing the YEARS of work he put into this project. I’ve spoken with Adam and he IS looking into his legal options. I however wanted to get this information out to the LEGO community. The more people that know what CD has done, basically stealing Adam’s work, claiming it as their own and then refusing to make good on their agreement with him, the easier it will be to call them to task on their actions. If we allow this to go unchallenged, without our voice being heard, we’re setting a dangerous precedent that will show other companies and individuals like Coaster Dynamics that we, as a community, can be taken advantage of with impunity.

 

Please, share this story with everyone you know. Post it on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, where ever you can. Let us, the LEGO community, join together to let companies like Coaster Dynamics know that when you essentially steal the food off of the family table of one of our community’s most respected and innovative members, we won’t stand for it! If they can do this to Adam, they’ll be able to do it to any of us in the future. Who’s to say that in the next few years, one of YOU out there won’t come up with a brilliant idea, trust the wrong people and have your work stolen? What are we going to do? We NEED to set a standard here. We need to stand together. We need to fight back. Let Coaster Dynamics know that we will NOT be pushed aside and walked all over. Don’t let this slip through the cracks!

 

Thank you all for your support.

~Chris
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| September 14, 2016, 6:03 am
Hmmmm... Interesting.
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| September 14, 2016, 7:01 am
Quoting Chris Phipson
I recently came across something that I feel the LEGO community needs to be made aware of. There is a company called “Coaster Dynamics” that is currently running a Kickstarter page to get funding for “their” LEGO compatible, minifig scale roller coaster. I can see you asking yourself “But Chris, that sounds awesome! What’s the problem?” Well…

 

It turns out that the entire idea, from conception to where it is now, was the brain child of our community’s very own, Lego Certified Professional, Adam Reed Tucker. A few years ago, my daughter Lily was lucky enough to be allowed to play with one of the prototype models brought to BrickWorld by Adam. After hearing of Coaster Dynamics starting the kickstarter to fund the production of this model, I decided to do a little digging. I won’t bore you all with the minutia of the digging but allow me to sum up what I found out. There are a few articles (easily googled) that clearly state that while Coaster Dynamics (Referred to as CD from now on) has been in business for a while, it was Adam who approached the CD team at a toy convention and initiated the partnership that would eventually bring the current design to the market. After many years of collaboration and partnership with Adam, CD has now taken this design public. Adam contacted the CD team asking if they were going to honor their original agreement for monetary compensation or if they were even going to include Adam (who was the one that began this partnership mind you) in the project moving forward. The CD team responded to Adam with (Paraphrasing, not a direct quote) “We don’t have the money to pay you. We don’t HAVE to pay you at all and we are not going to include you in anything the company does with your (Adam’s) brain child moving forward.”

 

From what I’ve been able to discovery on this, the CD team has taken the original agreement with Adam and torn it up while metaphorically spitting in his face, dismissing the YEARS of work he put into this project. I’ve spoken with Adam and he IS looking into his legal options. I however wanted to get this information out to the LEGO community. The more people that know what CD has done, basically stealing Adam’s work, claiming it as their own and then refusing to make good on their agreement with him, the easier it will be to call them to task on their actions. If we allow this to go unchallenged, without our voice being heard, we’re setting a dangerous precedent that will show other companies and individuals like Coaster Dynamics that we, as a community, can be taken advantage of with impunity.

 

Please, share this story with everyone you know. Post it on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, where ever you can. Let us, the LEGO community, join together to let companies like Coaster Dynamics know that when you essentially steal the food off of the family table of one of our community’s most respected and innovative members, we won’t stand for it! If they can do this to Adam, they’ll be able to do it to any of us in the future. Who’s to say that in the next few years, one of YOU out there won’t come up with a brilliant idea, trust the wrong people and have your work stolen? What are we going to do? We NEED to set a standard here. We need to stand together. We need to fight back. Let Coaster Dynamics know that we will NOT be pushed aside and walked all over. Don’t let this slip through the cracks!

 

Thank you all for your support.

~Chris

Oh! Wow. Well, that's a big pile of dog do-do! What a shame. :/
--Blast--
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| September 14, 2016, 7:15 am
This sort of behavior by a company is a concern.

However, it would be much wiser to get CD's side of the story before we as a community pass judgment and summarily vilify them.

We would be remiss in our responsibilities to not hear both sides of the story, we should get all the facts first and understand all the legal ramifications.
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| September 18, 2016, 12:07 pm
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