LEGO makes available on-line programs for developers, and has a formal process for evaluating new ideas for possible production. At the LEGO website, using LEGO DIGITAL DESIGN, Hinske designed the project which includes 2,395 individual pieces. It comprises several figures, and objects, depicting Cook’s First Voyage, including scenes of Tahiti and New Zealand. Among the characters are Cook, Banks, Parkinson, Gore, Green, and native peoples. The objects include Endeavour, a Polynesian double hulled canoe, an astronomical observatory, maps, and various instruments.
The design process for the Cook project was entirely digital. Hinske wrote, “I made it with the Lego Digital Designer and rendered it with the LDD to POV Ray Converter. I drew the coats of the minifigures with a paint program. All coats are based on one drawing; I changed only the colors. I searched in the internet for maps, flags and other images which I could use for my project. It is easier for me to build it digital, because I can use all bricks in all colors. It would be very difficult to get all the real bricks. I made the sails with bricks, because the LDD doesn’t have a canvas sail option”.
On the LEGO website you can see the proposed set, and read Hinske’s excellent narrative of the Endeavour voyage.1