One Million!

Lego One Million

Earlier this week TLCB passed a momentous number! But – in typical TLCB fashion – we weren’t really paying attention, and so we missed it. Anyway, somewhat belatedly we’re delighted to announce TLCB view count has passed…

1,000,000!

This means TLCB has received more views than the population of Qatar! And Fiji. And even Luxembourg. We’re not quite sure how a team as incompetent and amateurish as the one that resides in TLCB Towers has hit such a ridiculous number, so we can only conclude it’s down to you guys. The really cool part is that we’ll double this number in no time at all, as we track towards the magic 19,231 views required each week to hit one-million-a-year.

So from all of us here at The Lego Car Blog we’d like to say huge thank you to each of you reading this, especially to those of you who’ve added one of the 2,000+ comments (another milestone we missed earlier in the week!), have suggested a creation that we’ve featured, or who’ve seen your own work appear on these pages.

Yours in much bemusement

TLCB Team

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Autostadt

Lego Volkswagen Autostadt

Here at The Lego Car Blog the creations we blog are unearthed by our unpaid and unusual workforce of smelly little Elves, bred especially to find the best Lego vehicles on the net. They’re fed based upon the success of their search and – sometimes – they’re also awarded an appropriately coloured Smartie upon each successfully blogged find.

This incredible creation by Digital Dreams therefore gave us quite a headache, because just look at how many cars there are! Luckily for us they’re all digital, and thus if we were feeling really mean the intrepid Elf in question would have only received a digital tube of Smarties. However, so good is this creation that we gave the Elf a choice of Smartie, and ensured the canteen actually fulfilled the recommended Elf allowance of vitamins and iron.

So, one happy and – at least briefly – healthy Elf later we have quite a design to show you. This astonishing creation is a 192 car Autostadt tower, inspired by the two real-world versions that Volkswagen have installed at their Wolfsburg manufacturing plant. There are 26,000 virtual Lego pieces in Digital Dreams’ MLCad version that took a colossal 70 hours to digitally render. There’s a huge gallery of images available and you can see all the renderings of of Digital Dreams’ spectacular Autostadt tower on either Flickr or MOCpages.

Lego Cars

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Wacky Races

Lego Pikes Peak Truck

The Pikes Peak hillclimb features some properly weird vehicles, and none more so than in the truck category. This remote control hillclimb truck is the work of Ingmar Spijkhoven, and it’s nearly as mad as the real things. It’s powered by LEGO’s Buggy Motors and you can see more of it on either MOCpages or Flickr, or via Ingmar’s YouTube video below.

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The Dark Knight Rises

Lego Batman Batpod Batbike

Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight is one of our very favourite movie trilogies, so wonderfully did it deconstruct the previous camp crusader’s legacy. One of our very favourite Lego builders has now completed a Batman trilogy of his own.

Sariel’s awe-inspiring remote controlled Batwing and Tumbler featured here over the past two years, and he’s finally added the last of Bruce Wayne’s wheels to his collection. Controlled by Lego’s Power Functions RC system, the Batpod is the smallest of Sariel’s three Batmobile’s, but possibly the most complex as a result.

Join the final instalment at Sariel’s MOCpage, or via his own excellent website sariel.pl.

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I Would Walk 500 Miles

Lego Fiat 500

After a string of non-car related posts the Elves were under strict instructions to bring us back something with wheels. They fulfilled the task admirably, by finding us a new creation by one of Flickr’s most prolific car builders.

Lino M, despite his car-building fame, didn’t actually own a car until recently. However, he’s now the proud owner of a gorgeous Fiat 500, which he’s recreated perfectly in plastic. We love the Fiat 500 here at TLCB Towers, partly because it’s a small European city car, and they’re almost always great, and partly (mostly) because its drivers seem to almost always be attractive girls.

Lino’s reincarnation in brick form isn’t quite as appealing to us as the Fiat’s usual pilots (sorry Lino), but his Model Team style 500 is certainly as lovely as the real versions that pass by the office every day. You can see more of Lino’s brick Fiat (and his brick Lino) at Flickr – just click the link above.

Lego Fiat 500

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Maxi Mini

Lego Mini Cooper Redux

Every so often, you think of something so ridiculous that you wish it could be true.  A Mini Cooper monster truck, coincidentally, has always been one of our silly desires.  Conveniently, Tim Henderson over on Flickr has got us covered there. His delightfully absurd take on the recently-released 40109 Mini Cooper set makes us tingle with excitement and prompts thoughts of the pint-sized Mini getting its chance to tangle with the big boys…or just run them over, that works too.  You can check out Tim’s work on Flickr.

Lego 40109 Redux

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Humping

Lego VTOL Camel

It’s a spacey day here at TLCB. Although today’s final publicised creation looks quite atmospheric, it’s definitely in the ‘weird sci-fi’ category of Lego building.

Built by David Roberts this is a micro-scale VTOL freight transport, nicknamed ‘The Camel’ due to its magnificent hump. Or because it humps (carries) things. Or maybe because it looks like it’s… er, humping things, if you know what we mean…

You can see more of the airborne amorous dromedary on either MOCpages or Flickr, and we’ll see you next time for some normal car-based* postings.

*Probably

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Tentacles

brickbin starfighter

The Small Starfighter Building Contest on Flickr has generated some novel and creative solutions to fitting a minifig scale spaceship into 14x14x6 studs. We’ve already covered some of the builds but the contest has now closed* with the onset of SHIPtember. One of the latest postings is Chris Perron’s “TYLYK“, an alien looking ship in the unusual colour of dark tan. “NPU” is an often overused phrase in the world of sci-fi Lego but the tentacles which wrap around the cockpit are certainly different. The ship also includes two useless Lego pieces and some nice greebling for good measure. Click this link to Chris Perron’s Photostream to see more.

*Happily resulting in a downturn in the number of Elves running around the office shouting “Pew! Pew! Pew!”.

brickbin starfighter rear

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They See Me Rollin’

Lego Classic Space Command Roller

We kick off a space-themed day today with this; David Alexander Smith’s Classic Space Command Roller. We have absolutely no idea what to say about it, other than it reminds us of a t-rex, a cat, a steamroller and this, all rolled* into one.

Available on MOCpages and Flickr, see if you can try to work it out at the links.

*Sorry.

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You Pay We Slay

Lego VTOL Fighter

Halfbeak’s CIRCORP rent-a-fighter got the Elves very excited today. They don’t really understand the intergalactic arms industry, but they do like big guns and go-faster stripes! See more on Flickr.

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Mini Mini

10242-1

Welcome to our review of LEGO’s latest set for gearheads. If you’re from the UK and of a certain age, there’s a good chance your first car was one of these. Probably ten years old, falling apart with rust, smoking like the Flying Scotsman… maybe that was just mine, but how I loved it!

I am of course talking of the ‘UCS’ Mini, set no. 10242. This model depicts one of the later 1990s Coopers with much interior finery that my plastic-seated ’70s example may have lacked, but the appeal is the same. So long as it IS a classic Mini, not one of those BMW-sponsored supertankers that should probably be called Maxis, really…

Where were we? Ah yes, 10242, what’s it like?

Comparisons with the 10220 Camper Van (still available but probably not for long…) are inevitable, and 10242’s 1077 pieces for £75 looks slightly worse value than the Camper’s 1332 pieces for £80. Naturally, the model’s smaller as well… still, all those rare pieces in dark green make up some of the difference for MOCers.

The box looks to be the same size as the VW’s, and it looks good, with a tempting pic of the Mini on the front, and the rear showcasing all the opening features and interior detail. Appetite suitably whetted, it’s time to liberate the instructions and get to building.

It’s a fun build, with not too much repetition all things considered, and there’s some neat solutions, especially in the way they’ve designed-in the half-plate gap behind the doors that enable them to close smoothly whilst keeping the curve at the top of the side panel. There’s not quite as much surprise-and-delight in this as there was in the camper, but there is some; the spare wheel under the hinged boot floor may not be realistic, but it is a nice detail that leaves this Mini with probably more boot space than a real one…

After a not-too-taxing couple of hours, you’ll have a good looking model.

The front looks excellent. The lights, grille and bumper are all in proportion and the sloped bonnet opens to reveal the detailed engine. This isn’t quite as detailed as it could be, but what’s there is nice enough. In answer to many a MOCer’s prayer, the headlights are about two and a half studs across which makes them exactly the right size. Hurrah! for that. The silvered pin joiners used for the bumpers are very pleasing too.

Moving rearwards, and things are not quite so rosy; the lower parts of the bodysides are fine – excellent, in fact, with the printed stripe on the curved elements that form the top part of the side panels – but the pillar / window treatment lets the side down, literally… It’s those slope pieces for the ‘screen pillars, with stickers that attempt to black out the portion of slope brick that shouldn’t be there. To my eyes, this doesn’t work at all, and yes I did put the stickers on straight…

Those green wheelarch pieces are brilliant, though. Nice going for what’s really a windscreen piece! The wheels are nice too, doing a convincing impression of the ‘Minilite’ design that was always popular on these.

At the rear, another nice and shiny bumper, above which is an opening bootlid that’s almost but not quite exactly the right shape. It’s a good try, though. Maybe it’s the too-steep angle of the rear screen that does it, but it doesn’t look quite right from some angles at the back.

If the above sounds like nit-picking, blame the VW Camper for setting the bar so high. While this model IS a good representation of a Mini Cooper, there are several areas where it could be better. The one area where the Camper could have been better has at least been nailed on the Mini…

And another thing; when are LEGO going to stop using tiny minifig levers where something three times the size would be better? Answers on a postcard please… It’s the roof-mounted aerial this time and it looks ridiculous.

Inside, it gets better. The roof lifts off to reveal the beautifully detailed seats with their chequered trim, and a perfectly detailed dashboard with the sort of late – ’90s wood veneer that was almost definitely not plastic… The front seats tip forward to allow your imaginary figures into the cramped rear bench. This is a couple of studs too far forward, presumably to give enough boot space for that utterly delightful picnic basket, complete with fabric towel. And a piece of ‘cheese’ that’s actually a piece of cheese; gotta love that Danish humour!

The only criticism inside is the massive steering wheel.

One very nice detail is a choice of number plates according to your chosen European country. The English ‘R’ registration makes this a 1997 model. Also very English is the colour: British Racing Green, no less, and it looks great with the white bonnet stripes and roof.

Overall, it’s a good model. A nice thing to have if you’re a Mini fan. It doesn’t quite achieve the dizzy heights of quality of the Camper set, though.

It’s still a Mini and Minis make you smile. 8/10

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Moon Walk

Lego Lunar Walker

One of our favourite Classic Space builders returns to TLCB. Billyburg‘s Lunar Jeep is ready for a moon safari, and seeing how eclectic looking the patrons are we can only guess at the weirdness of the wildlife! You can see more of the six-legged ATV on Flickr at the link above, plus you can find Billyburg’s past works featured here by typing his name into the TLCB search tool.

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DAF Double

Lego DAF XF Truck

These two huge Model Team style DAF trucks were discovered on Flickr today. Built by Arian Janssens they represent two decades of European truck building. See more of the modern XF above and classic 2700 below via the link.

Lego DAF 2700 Truck

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Steam Wars

Lego Steam Wars Star Wars Tie Fighter

Steampunk and Star Wars are perhaps two of the nerdiest things ever created. Throw the two together and the resultant nerdicity is so high that space itself dons a pare of thick rimmed glasses and talks through its adenoids for a bit. In fact TLCB publishing this post means that somewhere a nerd is getting wedgied by a high school jock just to restore balance to the universe.

Our apologies if you’re the aforementioned nerd, but we’re sure you’ll agree markus19840420‘s Steam Wars Tie Fighter and AT-AT creations are worth it. You can see more of the magnificent mash-ups on Flickr, once you’ve retrieved your underpants from out of your crack.

Lego Steam Wars Star Wars AT-AT

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Virtually Real

Lego Digital Supercar

We rarely like fictional cars here at TLCB, and we like even less of them built digitally. This is because most seem to suffer from the same afflictions that blight the endless real-world supercar start-ups from ambitious but naive millionaires; They’ll all do 300mph and have a million horsepower. Except of course that they won’t. Because they’re crap.

However today we came across one that we do actually rather like, because it’s not, well… crap. Teen Fan Of Lego Sir.Manperson / Sam the First is the designer and he makes his TLCB debut with his digitally rendered ‘Prowler’. It’s one fictional car that we’d like to see built! Buy some bricks Sam…

Lego Cars

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