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The following information is presented in order of the show's development. (please forgive me if this isn't 100% perfect, I've never put so much information into a topic):

 

Work on Project X presumably began sometime in 2001 with Dave Edwards and Fred Gambino

 

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I was approached by Dave Edwards through my agent Alison Eldred in 2001. He was the creator of the project. We worked for about a year and half. To begin with it was just Dave and myself but as things progressed he took on an assistant amongst others. I visited Lego HQ in Denmark. There was another guy directly employed by lego but i can’t recall his name now.
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Presumably, the LEGO person was Michael Carrington of which I, in fact, found out about this on his site: http://michaelcarrington.tv/

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Head of TV & New Media at LEGO Media

December 1999 - December 2003 | Windsor, Berkshire, UK

Against a background of explosive growth in the interactive entertainment market, Michael Carrington was a founding member of LEGO Media, Film & TV. He helped devise and implement the content strategy. production pipeline, and international TV sales. Building upon the natural fit between LEGO play materials and media, he co-developed and Executive produced animated television series, LITTLE ROBOTS, and pilot special, PROJECT X; laying the foundation for LEGO's success in the content space.

 

 

The show was designed to have tied in merch:

 

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Fred Gambino: Yes, the plan from the start was to merchandise the characters and vehicle
 

 

and would have been centered around a story that would have been somewhere in between Tron and ReBoot:

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Fred Gambino: Basically a sort of Reboot meet Tron with digitised teenage kids surfing a future internet battling a virus.
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https://variety.com/2002/digital/features/capers-mask-fits-lego-1117865293/

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Lego is developing with Milestone Prods. and Mainframe Entertainment a combination live-action/CGI-animated series called “Project X,” about five children who become digitized and travel 200 years into the future through cyberspace.
 

 

Also for art not made by the people who did the soon to be explained pilot here’s some art of Fred Gambino's:

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://fredgambino.co.uk/data1/images/project_x01.jpg

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://fredgambino.co.uk/data1/images/project_x02.jpg

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://fredgambino.co.uk/data1/images/project_x03.jpg

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://fredgambino.co.uk/data1/images/project_x04.jpg

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://fredgambino.co.uk/data1/images/project_x05.jpg

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://fredgambino.co.uk/data1/images/project_x06.jpg

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://fredgambino.co.uk/data1/images/project_x07.jpg

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://fredgambino.co.uk/data1/images/project_x08.jpg

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://fredgambino.co.uk/data1/images/project_x09.jpg

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://fredgambino.co.uk/data1/images/project_x10.jpg

 

Now to the pilot, it was being made at Mainframe and what I’ve heard about its length has varied from a couple minutes to 10

Heck peoples memories even differed, for instance, take how Kevin Gambles memory (Understandably) varied

 

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His site(http://www.crypticent.com/complete_resume/): Produced ten minute live-action / computer graphics animation promo / pilot episode.
 
 

 

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Kevin Gamble: We worked directly with an exec from Lego and a creator they had hired to do a short test piece (I think it was 3 minutes?)
 
 



Also, this costume designers site has yet another time:http://www.ffionelinor.co.uk/
 

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PROJECT X (2002)
6 min pilot
Agenda TV
Dir: Renee Rye
Prod: Dave Edwards
 
 

As for the live action it would have been used when the kids were in our world


 

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Kevin: The animated kids stuff was entirely CG, once they went inside the world, it was 100% animated
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With a transformation bit to bridge stuff
 

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Kevin: We built a live action set where the kids were digitized, and made costumes that matched the CG models, then did some visual effects for the transformation sequence. From there, it was entirely animated.
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For imagery from the pilot we have a couple of images:

 

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res_projx_kids2.jpg


projectx_image.jpg

 

 
 


And some hoverboard stuff found here: https://www.behance.net/gallery/646993/Vehicle-Design

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After the pilot was made LEGO took it to the market, but it, unfortunately, didn’t have enough traction to go further:

 

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Kevin: and took it to market, unfortunately, it didn’t gain the traction needed to pull the pin on a series deal, so it was never produced



After this, the show was canned until around 2008 when Dave Edwards somehow began working on this without LEGO, not entirely sure what went down there but noting that Little Robots TV show went on after LEGO sold Create TV & Film (Which kept rights to the show) to Vanessa Chapman it doesn’t surprise me

 

Other notes:

Kevin's site called it Project X: Cybernet Surfers, though I’ve not seen it called that elsewhere


And this page used to have a video that got removed: http://web.archive.org/web/20080925145622/http://www.tinopolis.com:80/Animation/ProjectX/?pid=37&id=61

Blog post with raw messages: https://thebrickome.wordpress.com/2019/01/21/raw-project-x-emails/

 

Also a shout out thanks to jamesster and Professor Brickkeeper for help at some points

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eagleeyedan

This premise reminds me of Cyberchase, the old PBS Kids show where the kids were zapped into the computer world to fight off the Hacker as he tried to infect the Motherboard and they had to solve the problems using mathematics (typical PBS Kids educational style). It starred Christopher Lloyd as Hacker and Gilbert Gottfried as, well, another bird sidekick. Still my favorite PBS Kids offering. 

 

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aidenpons

On a totally unrelated note, wasn't Project X some Junkbot adventure? I think it was celebrating Junkbot's birthday or something suitably zany :P Though I suspect this is an example of convergent evolution / total co-incidence...

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eagleeyedan
On 1/21/2019 at 10:34 PM, aidenpons said:

On a totally unrelated note, wasn't Project X some Junkbot adventure? I think it was celebrating Junkbot's birthday or something suitably zany :P Though I suspect this is an example of convergent evolution / total co-incidence...

Yup! This is a screenshot of mine from when I beat the game way back xD latest?cb=20110728113322

 

https://lego.fandom.com/wiki/Junkbot_Undercover#Stage_X:_Project_X

 

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