UCS 76023 Batman Tumbler Preview

Lego 76023 Tumbler

When Christopher Nolan reloaded the tired Batman franchise back in 2005 his critically-acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy created new icons in cinema history. The late Heath Ledger will probably best be remembered for his spectacular performance as the Joker, and Batman’s new (completely real, drivable and road-legal) wheels blew away anything that had been seen before.

To be revealed at Comic-Con this week, LEGO has immortalised both Ledger and the Tumbler in brick form, with the incredible 76023 Ultimate Collector Series Tumbler.

Lego 76023 Tumber Joker Mini-Figure

Measuring over 15 inches long and 9 inches wide the Tumbler features 1,869 pieces – including both Batman and Heath-Ledger-Joker mini-figures – as well as the usual UCS fact sheet.

Expect 76023 to retail for around $199 when it reaches stores in September of this year. We can’t wait!

Lego UCS Batman Tumbler

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Stingray Speedster

Lego Stingray

We round off a busy day here at TLCB with a car so achingly beautiful it made us all wish it were real. Bing-Bong Brother’s Stingray Speedster is a work of Lego art. There’s only one image, but it’s definitely worth looking at. Click here to see the Stingray on Flickr.

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LUGPol Video Special

Lego MAN Truck

The steady stream of Elves returning to TLCB office with a great build originating from Poland and/or the LUGPol group indicates that something special must be happening over there.

Marek Markiewicz (aka M_Longer) is one such builder, and his latest work typifies the excellent creations produced by LUGPol’s users. It’s a fully Power Functions remote controlled MAN tipper truck (pictured here with his L580 front loader), and the engineering inside is impeccable. See what Marek’s MAN can do in the video below!

YouTube Video

Lego Ripsaw Tank

Our second creation comes from one of Poland’s most famous builders – and one of the most frequently blogged – the incredible Sariel.

His latest work is probably the most capable remote control Lego vehicle we’ve ever seen. See how unstoppable his Ripsaw XL is via the brilliant video – complete with a killer Death in Vegas soundtrack – below.

YouTube Video

Special thanks go to LUGPol for continuing to supply our Elves with so many high quality creations. We know many LUGPol members visit TLCB, so if you’re one of them and would like us to feature LUGPol as a Group of the Month* let us know how we can find out a bit more about you!

*Or Several Months. We’re quite unreliable with this feature!

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Even Danny Zuko Wants One

Lego Hot Rod

It’s a beautiful summer day here in the northern hemisphere, and what better way to celebrate than by putting the top down and going for a drive? Coming to us today from František Hajdekr on Flickr is this System and Technic hot rod with a functional convertible roof. Pull up to the Malt Shop in this, and Scooby-Doo and the gang wouldn’t even know what to say!

With special thanks to Guest Blogger Chris Elliott.

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Share the Goodness

Lego Nurse Mini-Figure

With one of the web’s best Lego Blogs currently undertaking a donation drive here at TLCB we thought we’d put our own request out to the awesome online Lego Community (that’s you guys!). Nope, we don’t want your money, but we’d love your shares, likes and subscriptions!

Here at The Lego Car Blog we’re a not-for-profit unbiased Lego blog. Our site administration costs are paid for by the limited advertising we allow to appear, whilst everything else generated is donated to good causes.

This means that every time you visit us you’re doing a bit of good. How neat is that! As we approach one million views we would like to ask you (if you like what you read here!) to help us to do more. The more views we receive, the more advertising revenue we earn, and the more we have to give!

You can help us help others in a number of easy ways;

  1. Subscribe to TLCB! This is free and allows you to receive alerts when new content is posted.
  2. Share TLCB! Either individual posts (by clicking on the Share options underneath each one), or by linking to us from your MOCpages, Flickr or other account. If you’re a group administrator you could also become a partner by adding a link to TLCB on your group’s homepage.
  3. Like TLCB! If you like what we post you can, er… ‘Like’ what we post! Just use the handy links underneath each article.

Easy huh? Make your good deed for the day a Lego deed – you’ll make us, TLCB Elves, and the charities we sponsor very happy : ) Thank you for your continued readership, we hope to bring you even more MOCs, News and Reviews throughout 2014.

TLCB Team

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World’s Blankiest Blank!

Lego Police Helicopter

The Lego Car Blog Elves have television viewing habits roughly equivalent to a 6 year old child. Or an American adult (sorry America). Programmes along the lines of ‘World’s Biggest Police Crashes!!’ are their favourites, which always amuse us here at TLCB Towers.

Judging by these shows it seems in America the favoured police method to stop a criminal scumbag is to ram him into a gas station / school bus / innocent bystander. This isn’t really the European way, which is to tail the miscreant until the police helicopter arrives, and then just wait for the would-be-escapee to get bored and give up.

Quite what the US Police actually do with their choppers is a mystery to us, but nevertheless the mini-fig cops in Andrew Somer‘s Town have got one for whatever it is they do, and you can see more of his mini-figure scale LAPD AS350 helicopter at the link.

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The Top 5…

Technic Supercars!

Welcome to The Lego Car Blog’s new series! Today marks the start of our collaboration with one of the top Lego Vehicle groups on Flickr, the superb Head Turnerz.

Head Turnerz’ members have supplied our Elves with a wealth of blog-worthy vehicles since the group’s inception in late 2013. We’ve decided to extend the mini-figure grab-hand of partnership to the group administrators in order to bring you the Top 5 creations in a variety of categories over the coming months.

First up we’ve decided to tackle the Big One – the Top 5 Technic Supercars ever built! Over to Head Turnerz to count down the list…

Lego Technic Pagani Huayra

No.1

Jorgeopesi’s Pagani Huayra is not just as visually stunning as the real thing, but with a working 7-speed manual gearbox, remote controlled drive, and a huge list of other amazing features, this Pagani is our favourite Technic Supercar ever. Congratulations to Jorgeopesi, and you can click here to see more of the world’s current best Technic Supercar.

 Lego Technic Porsche 911 GT3

No.2

The incredible Crowkillers takes a close second place with his amazing 997 Porsche GT3. Porsche’s 911 is very difficult to replicate in Lego, but Crowkillers has built the most accurate 911 we have ever seen – and it’s not just the body that’s accurate, there’s even a working 6-speed transmission hooked-up to the famous flat-6 engine. To see more details of this supercar make sure you visit Crowkiller’s brilliant website, you can even buy the instructions so that you can build it yourself!

 

Lego Technic McLaren MP4-12C

No.3

Dirk Klijn’s McLaren MP4-12C has a 3+Reverse gearbox and is one of the most visually appealing Technic Supercars on the web. But that’s not all. It’s also fully modular – meaning that the body can be completely separated from the chassis and each component removed, replaced and upgraded with ease – exactly how LEGO themselves design their products. To see the full gallery of number three in our list click here to visit Flickr.

 

Lego Technic Volkswagen Beetle

No.4

It wouldn’t be a Technic Supercar Top 5 without one of Sheepo‘s incredible models, and what’s better than a Volkswagen Beetle?! Sheepo’s VW Bug is not your typical ‘supercar’, but it is a technical masterpiece featuring everything that a real Beetle does, and it’s exceptionally detailed inside and out. Sheepo’s brilliant bug can be found on Flickr here, plus on his own website via www.sheepo.es.

Lego Technic Ferrari Enzo

No.5

Sariel’s incredible Enzo Ferrari comes in at number 5 with beautiful body lines and more functions than you can believe! With full independent suspension, a manual 4-speed gearbox, V12 piston engine, pneumatically opened doors, moving accelerator pedal, electrically adjustable seats, automated rear wing and much more, the only way to see it all is to take a visit to Sariel’s excellent website.

 

There you have it; the Top 5 Technic Supercars ever! Do you agree with the Head Turnerz choices, or has someone been missed who really should have made it onto this list? And is the Top 5 simply too red?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments or via the Feedback page, and you can let the Head Turnerz administrators know your opinion on their Top 5 by joining the discussion at the Head Turnerz Group – just click the link above to join.

We’ll see you soon for our next Top 5. Watch this space!

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Deutsch Meister

Lego Mercedes-Benz SEL AMG

What better way to celebrate tonight’s German triumph in the 2014 Brazil World Cup here at TLCB than with the most German of cars; the Mercedes-Benz AMG*! This particular car is the one that started it all, the awesome 6.8 litre V8 SEL.

TLCB favourite and frequent bloggee Senator Chinchilla is the builder behind this Model Team classic AMG racer, and he’s uploaded a superb gallery showcasing his latest creation to Flickr. Join the German celebration and check it out here!

*We’re very relieved that Argentina were runners up. We had no idea what to post if they’d won.

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Yes M’Lady

Lego Thunderbirds FAB1

The phrase made famous by Thunderbirds’ permanently morose chauffeur Parker, whom shuttled Lady Penelope about her business in the brilliant 6-wheeled FAB1 Rolls Royce.

This spectacular Miniland scale version of the legendary car is the work of Stephen Sander, and was suggested to us via the Feedback page by a swift-spotting reader. Stephen has recreated the Roller beautifully, including the retro-tastic interior, and has photographed his model on location at Herrenhausen Royal Gardens to great effect.

Photographing a Rolls Royce in Germany might seem a little out-of-sorts, but they are of course now German-owned and that gives us a seamless link into the Germany vs. Argentina World Cup Final tonight!

We’ll be back after the Final with our new feature series. It has nothing to do with either Germany or Argentina, but it is rather good. Until then you can check out Stephen’s FAB1 at either MOCpages or Flickr. Thunderbirds are Go!

Lego Thunderbirds Rolls Royce

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Continental Breakfast

Lego Lincoln Continental

TLCB regular Ralph Savelsberg appears here again with this menacing 1965 Lincoln Continental. This car was apparently used in The Matrix, but to be honest we don’t remember any cars in the movie at all. Still, you can see more of this forgotten movie star on Flickr via the link above.

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Terrifying Tetra-Track Trio

Lego Classic Space Tetra Trio

The blood-alcohol level is still pretty high in TLCB office today, so rather than trying to come up with something clever to say about this superb Classic Space trio by Flickr’s Billyburg, we’ll hand this post over to the builder himself;

Tetra-Track Micro: For those times you want to go for a space walk, but don’t want to use your legs – and because Segways are so last year.

Tetra-Track Mini: The ‘go-to’ solution for all those small space bases and outposts, and for those too cheap to buy the bigger model.

Tetra-Track Midi: Made from bits of scaffolding, old tank parts and recycled double glazing. Loved by the crews for its staggering good looks, supreme handling and load carrying capabilities.

What Billy said. See more at the link above.

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Italian Stallion

Lego Ferrari 330 P4

It’s the weekend, hurrah! This does mean though, that TLCB Team will be drunk*, and we didn’t plan ahead any posts. Oops. Fortunately Sam the First returns as a Guest Blogger and keeps TLCB functioning. Over to Sam…

Previously Featured TFOL Harry Gravett’s mind must be an interesting place. When I think of ‘difficult to build’, I think more along the lines of a Nissan 350Z, or a Porsche. Harry though, thinks of a TVR Sagris or a Ferrari 360 CS with brick built stripes.

His most recent model is stunning, being this gorgeous Ferrari 330 P4. This one is not only a tough cookie to recreate, Harry’s done it with brick-built windows and windscreen, and he’s nailed the shaping. The functions are all there and working ever so fine with some top class techniques used, and he’s captured the character of a 60′s prancing horse beautifully.

Yes, his mind is an interesting place indeed. You can find Harry’s wonderful creation via his photostream and his MOCpage.

*If you’re under the legal age for alcohol consumption in your country of residence, TLCB Team won’t really be drunk**.

**That’s not true. We will.

Lego Classic Ferrari Racer

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Little Red Corvette

Lego Corvette

Here at The Lego Car Blog we are not fans of 1970s Americana. We grew up on a diet of small, nimble, efficient cars that could go around corners and that didn’t break down unless they were French. 1970s American barges therefore are definitely not our bag, being precisely the opposite of all of the above.

However, even in America’s automotive wilderness years there were a handful of oases. This is one such vehicle, the utterly gorgeous Chevrolet Corvette C3.

Lego Corvette Stingray

This beautiful Lego Technic example of Chevrolet’s icon is the work of Eurobricks resident (and Technic genius) Madoca. Underneath the wonderfully curvaceous bodywork sits a fully functioning remote control chassis, complete with independent suspension all round, working lights (including pop-up function), opening doors, trunk and hood plus a removable targa roof panel, and of course RC drive and steering.

To see more of Madoca’s exceptional build head over to the Eurobricks discussion via the link above, but first make sure you check out the Corvette in action via the video below.

Lego Technic Corvette StingrayYouTube Video:

 

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Gone Fishing

Lego Chinese Boat

This enchantingly beautiful Vietnamese fishing boat is not our usual blogging fodder. However, in parts of Asia the boat is the car, so we’re bending the rules a bit! Either way, Hoang Dang‘s creation is one of the greatest we’ve seen this year. See more of his incredible vessel on Flickr by heading over via the link above.

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White Charger

Lego Dodge Charger

Friend of TLCB ER0L makes a new appearance here (with a little help from another TLCB veteran) with a glorious shining white Charger. Refined from an original design by -derjoe-, ER0L has built one of the most realistic Town scale cars the office has ever seen. See more of his classic Dodge, and the model that inspired it, via the links above.

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Rubber Trucker

Lego Crane Truck

This lovely Freightliner crane truck was found by one of our Elves on Flickr. Ricecracker is the builder, and he’s found a rather genius way of shaping the bonnet whilst still using genuine Lego parts. There’s a clue in the title – see if you can guess what’s been used before you check the answer on Flickr!

Lego Dump Truck

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Phantasm Picture Special

Lego Phantasm Supercar

Master MOCer Paul Boratko (aka Crowkillers) is back! The latest in his long line of exceptional supercars is ‘Phantasm’, a mid-engined, two seat sports car featuring a huge range of Technic functions. Under the rear deck sits a V8 engine driving the rear wheels through a working gearbox, with steering, independent suspension and butterfly doors all appearing too.

Lego Crowkillers Supercar

Paul’s newest masterpiece will appear on both Brickshelf and his own website shortly, but you can get an early look at the Phantasm via the Eurobricks forum; click the link above to join the discussion! You can also read Paul’s Master MOCer interview with TLCB by clicking here, or by visiting the Interviews page in the main menu.

Lego Technic Supercar

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Modified Miata

Lego Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda’s MX-5 / Miata is one of TLCB office’s very favourite cars. Small, light, cheap and enormous fun, it’s just like the Elves. Apart from you’d need to replace ‘and enormous fun’ with ‘little shits’.

Sorry if we’re grumpy today, the Elves started one hell of a fight last night after we let them watch some of the World Cup. With no known nationality the Elves tend to support whichever team is more violent, and thus when a Columbian kneed a Brazilian in the spine one of them immediately replicated the move on a colleague, sparking a mass Elf-fight. Sigh.

With order restored and the main protagonists removed from the office by way of TLCB catapult, we can get back to blogging cars. This one is small, light, cheap and enormous fun, and it comes from previous bloggee Rhys’ Pieces. His brilliant Mazda MX-5 Miata features a host of tasteful* modifications that are seen regularly on the thousands of Miatas that race every weekend. To see more of his excellent model take a trip to Flickr via the link above.

*Apart from the massive camber (or ‘stance’). Which always sucks. Why Rhys, why?

Mazda MX-5 Miata roll cage

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Totally Tubular!

Lego VW T2 Surf

The totally radical Andrea Lattanzio is back dudes! We’re like, stoked, to see his new pavement ride, this primo ’60s Vee-Dub pick-up. It’s got space for his sticks and the beach bunnies can watch him rippin’ a honker the from the deck. See more of his awesome whip on MOCpages.*

*Alternatively;

One of the office’s favourite builders, Andrea Lattanzio, returns to TLCB! We’re very excited by his latest model, this brilliant 1960s Volkswagen T2 pick-up. There’s room in the back for his surfboards and the girls can watch him catching a big wave from the tailgate. See more of his superb creation on MOCpages.

Lego Surf Bus

 

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Desert Wanderer

Lego Toyota FJ Cruiser

Ewald Straßmann (aka Brick Pimp) makes it two-in-a-week with his superb desert-crossing Toyota FJ Cruiser. See more of the mini-figures’ Savannah expedition on Flickr above.

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