Black Friday: Nothing to See Here

Black Friday

Tomorrow someone is going die fighting over something they didn’t even know they wanted in Walmart.

The annual greed apocalypse that is Black Friday commences shortly, during which humanity, decency and kindness will be pushed aside for the sake of a half-price electrical appliance.

As this blog won’t be featuring tomorrow’s sales, if you’re in the market for something LEGO-related instead we’d love you to visit our friends over at the amazing Creations for Charity fundraising page.

There are some brilliant creations up for grabs, built and donated by some of the best builders around, and all the proceeds generated are used to buy LEGO toys for underprivileged children this Christmas. What could be better than that?

There’s only one day of the 2014 Creations for Charity event remaining so get in quick via the link above!

Lego Creations for Charity

Your clicks here are making a difference too. We only allow one advertisement to appear at any one time on TLCB, but thanks to your visits it more than covers the cost of hosting this site and maintaining TLCB Executive Washroom and Sauna.

We’ll update you all on where this revenue is being donated when we reach the next nice round number. We hope that we’re managing to operate a little differently to many of the other blogs in the Lego Community, and all thanks for the ability to do this go to you guys – this blog would be nothing without you.

TLCB Team

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Fireman Sam

Lego Dennis Fire Engine

When he hears the fire bell chime,
Fireman Sam is there on time.
Putting on his coat and hat
In less than seven seconds flat
He’s always on the scene, Fireman Sam!
And his engine’s bright and clean, Fireman Sam!
You cannot ignore, Sam is the hero next door!

This beautiful 1980s Dennis fire engine comes from Flickr’s Ricecracker, and he’s used more brilliant building techniques in one model than we’ll sometimes see in a whole week of blogging. Click the link above to see more.

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Smoked Cheese

Lego Transformers G1

The ’80s theme continues here at The Lego Car Blog, and today it’s our own workforce of horrible little Elves that are the delighted beneficiaries.

Such is their well-documented love for all things Transformers-related that we were forced to instate a ‘No Transformers until you find a MOC’ policy, often reinforced by the use of the office air-horn.

Mr. Air-Horn is slumbering silently today though, because the Elves are downstairs happily watching the original 1980s Transformers ‘G1′ cartoon series. This rare demonstration of staff generosity is reward for today’s find; two superb G1 Transformers Nissan 300ZXs created by Alex Wong of MOCpages.

‘Smokescreen’ and ‘Bluestreak’ can both fit a mini-figure inside and they feature some of LEGO’s awesome retro printed pieces, but their real party-trick is – naturally – a very slick transformation. You can see how Alex has done it by visiting his MOCpage via the link above, whilst we join the Elves for a bit of cartoon watching…

Lego G1 Transformers

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A Lone Crusader in a Dangerous World

Lego Knight Rider KITT

The world… of the Knight Rider.

Probably both the coolest and cheesiest TV series ever made Knight Rider arrived on our screens in 1982, running for four glorious – although some might say ridiculous – years.

The star of the show was of course the artificially intelligent Pontiac Trans-Am ‘KITT’, a self-aware and nearly indestructible force for good, driven by a crime-fighting David Hasselhoff.

This superb Model Team recreation of the Knight Industries Two Thousand is the work of Flickr’s Alex Jones aka Orion Pax, and he’s published an extensive gallery of top quality photos at his website. Click the link above to visit Alex’s Flickr page where you can be re-routed to the full set of images.

Lego Pontiac Trans-Am Knight Rider

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New Holland

Lego New Holland Tractor

We seem to be having a bit of a Fiat day here at TLCB, and our second Fiat-related product is this rather brilliant Technic New Holland tractor by newcomer Flidsager.

New Holland were founded way back in 1895 in America by the extravagantly-named Abram Zimmerman, who started engineering engines and assorted farming machinery for the farmers in his local community. Success brought both expansion and a buyer, and in 1947 the company was bought by Sperry Rand where it continued to prosper. Further acquisitions by Ford, and then by the Fiat Group followed to bring the business to where it is today, offering the widest range of agricultural products in the world.

The T8.420 tractor shown here is built in the US and is powered by a 420bhp straight-six diesel engine. Flidsager’s Technic version features this engine too, alongside pneumatics powered by LEGO’s Power Function motors, remote controlled all-wheel-drive and steering, a working power-take-off, and a pendular suspended front axel.

You can see all the photos of Flidsager’s incredible Technic New Holland T8.420 on Brickshelf via the link above, and you can join the discussion at the Eurobricks Technic forum here.

Lego Technic New Holland Tractor

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Give us a Puch

Legp Puch Fiat 500

We’ve had a good laugh at many of Eastern Europe’s Fiat knock-offs here in the past – ok, all of them – but this one is a bit different. Before the ubiquitous Fiat 124 was reproduced by every dictatorship behind the iron curtain Austrian manufacturer Steyr-Puch manufactured Fiat’s lovely little 500 under license.

Puch’s effort succeeded where every other reproduction before or since failed because it was arguably better than the original car being produced by the thousand in Italy. Puch replaced Fiat’s inline two-cylinder motor with a flat boxer engine of their own design, giving their version of the 500 a more refined drive than Fiat’s.

Around 60,000 units were produced in a manufacturing run that lasted almost two decades, before the Steyr-Puch company was split up and sold off to a variety of different buyers in the 1980s. Brickshelf’s cubo remembers the Austrian success story with his charming Lego recreation. See more at the link.

Lego Steyr-Puch 500

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Interviews are Back!

Lego Microphone

Ever since we retired the Master MOCers interview series earlier this year we’ve been receiving requests to reinstate it. Whilst we do control The Lego Car Blog Elves with a totalitarian dictatorship, with you guys it’s slightly more of a democracy, and thus the Interviews section will soon be making a Lazurian comeback!

More details will be announced soon, but in the meantime we’ve tidied the Interviews page up a bit to make it easier to re-visit some of the great builders of interviews past. Click here to read their stories, and you may also see a hint of what’s to come.

TLCB Team

Image courtesy of Bruce Lovell aka Bruceywan. Click it to visit Flickr where you can see more of his work.

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Taste Optional

Lego 1980s Mini-Truck

This particular TLCB writer is too young to remember the 1980s, and quite thankful for it he is too. But a gentle mockery of some of TLCB’s more mature staff is not to be missed, and thus today we find ourselves looking at an example of a modified Chevrolet S-10, one of the ‘mini-trucks’ that were all the rage in 1980s America.

Flickr’s Lino M has added some giant Alpine speakers to the deck (for what we don’t know – this abomination?), scissor doors, and that… er, ‘tasteful’ pink pinstriped paint job as dictated by the time. Accompanying the Chevy are two unmistakably ’80s characters showing us why it’s never good to follow fashion trends too closely – you’ll only regret it later.

You can see more of Lino’s Chevrolet S-10 mini-truck on Flickr, click the link above to see more. No not that one – oh, too late!

Lego Chevrolet S-10

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Caped Crusader

Lego Batman Comic Cover

Much as we love the Batman Dark Knight trilogy, comic book fans we are not. However, if we were writing this back in the early 1940s we likely would have been, as without the internet (and probably without television too) there would only have been one way to get our fix of action, danger, and men in tights. Wait, scratch that last one.

Clayton Marchetti takes us back to those wartime years with his brilliant recreation of the Batman No.20 comic cover, which introduced the Batmobile for the first time. It’s not really what we’re used to when we think of Batman’s wheels, but hey – even the caped crusader had to start somewhere.

You can see more of Clayton’s Batmobile and his beautifully accurate replica of the No.20 comic cover on MOCpages – click the link above to see more.

Lego Batman and Robin Batmobile

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Like a Cat Outta Hell…

z 109

The Elves have just returned from a dawn raid on MOCpages. They swooped out of the sun to scoop up two models of classic WWII fighter aircraft. First up is c bigboy99899’s Bf 109. As he says, this was one of the first truly modern fighter aircraft of its era, with its all metal, stressed skin construction and closed cockpit. The Bf 109 was incredibly successful, with somewhere around 34,000 being built, which is a bigger production run than many of the cars that we feature here. Examples were used by airforces all over the world, with the Spanish retiring their last example in 1965. Click this link to see more of this Bf 109, plus a pair of LDD versions in alternative colour schemes.

Early in the Second World War, the Bf 109 easily outclassed many of the aeroplanes flown by the Allies, especially the carrier based Sea Gladiators and Martlets (Wildcats) of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm. This was also true in the Pacific, where the famous Zero could outmanoeuvre anything in the sky. Pilots such as the RN’s Eric “Winkle” Brown had to use cunning and tactics to stay alive. Things changed when Grumman produced the Hellcat, with vastly upgraded performance. Jim McDonough normally builds ships but is building a whole squadron of Hellcats (and another of Avengers) to put on the deck of his next creation. This epic project is going to be an impressive sight when it’s finished. Click this link to Jim’s MOCpages to see more of his aeroplanes and ships.

z Hellcat

Before we go, if you’ve some spare time, click this link to BBC Radio 4’s website and listen to the stories and music of Capt. Eric “Winkle” Brown on Desert Island Discs. It’s classic edition of the programme with a man who has lived a life of real adventure. The Lego Car Blog writers also hope to be buying their latest sports car when they get to the age of 95!

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Beautiful Simplicity

Lego Chopper

The brilliant simplicity of Stephan Jonsson‘s chopper motorbike is at odds with much of what appears here on TLCB, but it’s this that makes it one of the most beautiful Lego creations to feature here this year. A visit to Stephan’s Flickr page is highly recommended – click the link above see all of his expertly shot images.

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Something Spacey

Lego Vic Viper

We have a well documented ignorance of almost everything sci-fi here at TLCB. Cars we can do, swooshy spacey stuff… eh, not so much. This funky looking spacecraft by Mark Stafford (a LEGO employee no less!) will probably be picked up by the more sci-fi biased blogs soon, who’ll do a far better job than us explaining what it is, so we’ll just jump straight to the link! – Click this to see more!

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Red Head

Lego Ferrari Testarossa

Before Ferrari became a marketer of expensive yet pointless merchandise* they made cars. Cars like this one, the glorious 1980s’ Testarossa. Featuring the firm’s last flat (boxer) engine the Testarossa produced just under 400 bhp from its twelve cylinders, and almost 10,000 were made during an extensive 12 year production run.

This brilliant Lego replica is the work of TLCB debutant Lennart C, and he’s employed some rather unique building techniques to recreate the ’80s icon. You can see all the photos of Lennart’s Ferrari on Flickr at the link above.

*If Ferrari’s notoriously trigger-happy lawyers are reading this we don’t mean it.** Please don’t sue us.

**We do. But still please don’t sue us.

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Shout Out

Lego 4x4 Space Transport

The Elves are particularly excited by today’s find. Not only does it have racing stripes and an ability to smush other Elves into the carpet via remote control, builder David Roberts’ has included a shout out to them in his creation description.

Don’t think that doing this earned his ‘4×4 Greeble Transporter’ a place here though, as TLCB team don’t like excited Elves one bit, so such shout outs probably balance out somewhere around neutral (before you guys get any ideas!). The creation has earned itself a place here though, by being thoroughly brilliant.

Driven by a Power Functions XL motor and steered by two linear actuators the Greeble Transporter contains a proper dose of Technic goodness underneath the fantastic classic space exterior. You can see more pictures, and a video of the vehicle in action, via both MOCpages and Flickr.

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Seventies Celica

Lego Toyota Celica

Classic Japanese cars have become very cool lately. Probably because most have oxidised beyond the point of no return, and thus they are now quite rare beasts.

This one is a 1974 Toyota Celica, from way back when Toyota made quite a few interesting – and sometimes even beautiful – cars (why has it all gone Toyota?). Rhys’ Pieces is the builder, and although he says this model is unfinished it still looks good enough to us to be published here.

You can see more of his modified classic Celica TA22 on Flickr at the link above.

1974 Toyota Celica TA22 Lego

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