RC Red Head

Lego Sariel Ferrari Testarossa

Ferrari’s Testarossa (red head) is possibly the car that defined 80’s excess, and as fashion moves in circles it’s starting to look very cool once more. This neat recreation of the famous Fezza has been built by Sariel, who is – as many of you will know – one of the very best Technic builders in the world right now.

So what’s this admittedly pretty, but simple static model doing coming from him? Well, almost unbelievably, this little Ferrari features a complete Power Functions remote control system inside along with working lights front and rear. To fit it all in Sariel has designed one of the cleverest steering systems we’ve seen, which allows the front wheels to pivot inside their arches.

You can see how’s he’s done it via MOCpages, where there’s also an excellent (and nostalgic) video showing the Testarossa in action, and you can read his interview with us here at TLCB by clicking this link to the Become a Pro series.

Lego RC Ferrari Testarossa Sariel

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A Swift Drink

Lego Porsche 918 Spider

It’s the final day of TLCB Summer Building Competition and Flickr’s Peter Blackert (aka Lego911) has probably scored a win for the model with the best racing stripes of the summer.

TLCB Summer Building Competition

Usually a digital builder, Peter has recreated Porsche’s Martini-liveried 918 spider superbly in brick form, with cunning techniques used throughout to capture the iconic colour-scheme. See more via the link above.

Lego Porsche 918

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Try Try Try

Lego Pagani Huayra

The builder of this fantastically complicated looking Pagani Huayra has been suggested to us numerous times over the past few months and never quite made the grade. But perseverance pays, and Gerald Cacas has repeatedly refined his Model Team recreation of the famous supercar to make his debut appearance here. You can see more of his Huayra at his Flickr photostream – click the link above to make the jump.

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140 Studs of Brilliance

Lego Homeworld Vaygr Battlecruiser

Here at TLCB we don’t really understand sci-fi. Or video games. So sci-fi video games are well outside of our comfort zone. But we do understand brilliant building, and this Vagyr Battlecruiser from the Homeworld game series certainly earns that accolade. Flickr’s Tim Schwalfenberg is the builder and you can see more of his incredible creation via the link above.

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Calypso

Lego Chevrolet Hot Rod

Although the proper Lego blogs don’t seem to think much of us here at TLCB, you – our awesome readers – are the reason why we’re here (that, and to raise some money for those who desperately need it), and your entries into TLCB Summer Building Competition have been fantastic!

It’s the final day of the competition and Flickr’s Tim Inman has taken the full two months to get his second entry in; this spectacular Chevrolet Town Sedan hot rod. As has been well documented, the Elves love both the colour orange and hot rods, so we have a happy workforce today.

You can see more of Tim’s entry at the link above, and if you’re visiting from the aforementioned Lego blog you can read more about the TLCB Summer Building Competition by clicking here.

TLCB Summer Building Competition

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More Madness

Lego Mad Max Fury Road

Following our review of the excellent Manner-Spielzeug Interceptor set from the original 1980s Mad Max movies, we’re back to the 2015 incarnation, with another superb Town-scale recreation from TLCB regular _Tiler. His latest replica is probably the weirdest yet, and you can see more of this and his previous Fury Road vehicles via the link to Flickr above.

Lego Mad Max Fury Road

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Mad Max Interceptor – Set Review (Manner-Spielzeug)

Lego Mad Max Interceptor Set

A few days ago a little brown bag arrived at TLCB Towers, and the Elves have never been so excited! It came from custom set builders Manner-Spielzeug, and the excitement was due to a few words printed at the top of the packaging:

Violence Level / Medium

This is something that is – for those that know The Lego Car Blog – right up our alley, and it’s also something we’d like to see on every LEGO set… although it’s probably quite unlikely!

The guys at Manner-Spielzeug have a few custom sets available, in themes that The LEGO Group are unable – for sound ethical reasons – to explore.

Our set comes from the original Mad Max movie, and features Max’s famous V8 Interceptor, a mini-figure Mel Gibson, and a host of the coolest parts possible. The genius behind the Manner-Spielzeug products is that they use the very best pieces from all available sources, whether that’s LEGO themselves, third party accessory makers, or their own print-works, to make the sets that LEGO can’t.

Lego Mad Max Manner-SpielzeugThe Interceptor set comes with 150 pieces, neatly packaged in a tough brown paper bag (which is both cool, and green – a solution that surely toy companies should be exploring themselves). 147 pieces are band new official LEGO parts, whilst two come from third part accessory wizards Brickarms, and one is an official LEGO brick enhanced with Manner-Spielzeug’s own print. Included in the official LEGO piece count are a dog, snake, bush and gas-can, as well as the neat Mad Max mini-figure.

The instructions come in digital format, with a QR code included so that a simple scan with a smart phone can bring up the PDF, which is optimised for multiple device types. This is worth bearing in mind as although it’s unlikely to impact anyone reading this review it may restrict builders for whom the Interceptor is bought as a gift.

The instructions themselves are very nearly as good as LEGO’s own, being logical, neat and clear. They do perhaps lack a few sub-assemblies when compared to those from an official LEGO set, and this does make the build slightly more challenging than you might expect. However for us this made the familiar ‘spot the difference’ between the part built model in our hands and the part built model pictured in the instructions a more fun experience, and certainly didn’t detract from an enjoyable build.

36 steps later and the finished model proves to be excellent, being both true to the Mad Max movie and gloriously playable. The Interceptor is a comparable size to LEGO’s newer vehicles at 6-studs wide, and features a removable roof, detailed engine with supercharger and some trunk space for the aforementioned gas-can and Brickarms weaponry.

The two Brickarms pieces are well suited to the set, and the real surprise was Manner-Spielzeug’s own printed part – a can of Dinki Di dog food from the movie – which is of a quality as high (if not higher) than anything LEGO make themselves.

Lego Mad Max Interceptor Set

Overall the Interceptor is something of a delight. It’s different from anything that LEGO produces, but is totally true to LEGO’s ‘Play Well’ ethos. Only with a bit more violence. Perhaps the only sticking point is the price, as for €69 (just over $75/£50) the piece count is quite low. The quality however, couldn’t be higher, and if you’re a fan of the Mad Max movie franchise we expect you’ll find little better than this. 4 stars – Highly Recommended.

★★★★

You can check out the Manner-Speilzeug Mad Max Interceptor set by clicking on the link below, where you can also read more about their mission and view the other products that they have available. Let them know we sent you and you can take advantage of a 10% discount too.

View and Buy the Interceptor Set here

Lego Manner-Spielzeug Sets

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Got Wood?

Lego Ford Woody

This gorgeous Town scale ’51 Ford Woody was found on Flickr. Sir Nadroj is the builder and you can see all of his beautiful photographs by clicking this link.

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Good Things Come in Small Packages

Lego RC Rally Truck

This little 6-wide mini-figure scale rally truck by Flickr’s Big Boy may well have featured here at TLCB on looks alone, but it’s got a lot more going underneath than you might realise. Squeezed inside the diminutive dimensions is a full remote control drivetrain, plus working lights too. You can see more of this miracle of packaging, and watch a video of it in action, at the link in the text above.

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Fast Fare

Lego London Taxi Racing

With less than a week to go it’s getting tight at the top of TLCB Summer Building Competition. This entry comes from MOCpages’ Markus Schlegel who’s making his TLCB debut.

The Elves usually don’t like taxis. They tend to be slow and old looking (London), or spectacularly dull (everywhere else). Plus we don’t like using them with the Elves in tow as we’ll inevitably have to pay the additional ‘soiling charge’. A charge that’s far more likely to required with this; Markus’ racing London Taxi FX4.

Markus has put a big tick in both the ‘fast’ and ‘stripes’ boxes with his brilliant competition entry, plus his taxi features working steering, opening doors, bonnet and boot, and folding jump seats. There’ll be a standard version posted soon too, and it could be one of the most realistic models of the year.

In the meantime you can see more of the version TLCB Elves prefer by clicking the link to Markus’ MOCpage above, and you can find out more about TLCB Sumer Building Competition entry requirements and the awesome prizes available by clicking here.

TLCB Summer Building Competition

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The Power of Functions

Lego Technic RC Tow Truck

In the right hands LEGO’s Power Functions system can do some truly amazing things, and Eurobricks’ builder D3K definitely has the right hands. This is his beautiful 4-axle tow truck, and it features a vast array of Power Functions components and gearboxes to multiply the ability of the motors. Concentrate, here comes the science part;

D3K has engineered a remotely controlled linear actuator operated tilting cabin, front, middle and rear stabilisers, working front winch, wheel lift elevation, extension and tilting, and crane lifting, extending and winch. And he’s thrown in some old fashioned mechanical functions too, including a working V8 engine and three-axel Ackerman steering.

Lego Technic Tow Truck RC

You can read the full details of D3K’s incredible creation at the Eurobricks forum where there also renders available showing the truck’s internal workings. To get a true idea of what this model can do though, you’ve got to watch in in action…

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Back in Black

Lego 67 Camaro

TLCB favourite _Tiler is back, and he’s built probably the coolest 6-wide* vehicle we’ve ever seen. Ever. His glorious ’67 Camaro can be found in more detail on Flickr – click the link above to make the jump.

*ish.

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The Final Week!

TLCB Summer Building CompetitionThere’s just one week remaining of TLCB Summer Building Competition! We’ve received dozens of entries so far from the four corners of the internet, with the top two set to win some awesome Lego goodies courtesy of the guys at No Starch Press!

Lego Competition Prizes

To read the full entry requirements, terms and conditions and prizes up for grabs please visit the competition homepage here, or our partners at LUGnuts and Headturnerz on Flickr, and make sure you submit your entry soon!

Competition Entry Deadline: 31st August 2015

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White Elephant

Lego Mercedes-Benz Actros Truck

This enormous Technic-figure scale Mercedes-Benz Actros 8×4 heavy haulage truck was discovered on MOCpages and Eurobricks. It’s been built by Shineyu Yu and it features a host of Technic functions including RC drive and steering. There’s more to see via the link above, and you can check out our preview of LEGO’s official 2015 Mercedes-Benz truck set by clicking here.

Lego Technic Mercedes Benz Truck

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Beer Baron

Lego Beer Wagon Hot Rod Tom Daniels

Legendary hot rod creator and Hot Wheels design consultant Tom Daniel built some amazing vehicles during his illustrious career. This superb Lego recreation of his iconic hot rod the ‘Beer Wagon’ comes from legendary Lego car creator and LUGNuts curator Lino Martins, and it’s his second entry into TLCB Summer Building Competition.

Lego Elven Vomit

Featuring a slew of chromed pieces, bright yellow paint and a monster engine Lino’s Beer Wagon has scored a barrel-load of points in the competition. He earned himself a few bonus points too – having read a potted history of Elven illness, Lino captured the moment a few of our Elves discovered the beer in the back of the truck. Things did not end well, and we have a feeling that the office airhorn may be even more effective than usual today.

You can see more of the Lino’s Beer Wagon and its effect on TLCB Elves by clicking here, and you can read the full competition details, prizes up for grabs and scoring criteria by clicking this link to TLCB Summer Building Competition page.

TLCB Summer Building Competition

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