Nice Paint Job


Only the toughest, most elite* of TLCB Elves is sent foraging in MOCpages nowadays.  “Bonk, Smash, Thud” isn’t just the noise of MOCpages breaking again, it’s also the sound of malnourished Elves collapsing with hunger.  It’s hard to find good Lego vehicles and get Smarties to eat when the site crashes for so long, so relatively regularly.  MOCpages has been the spiritual Lego home for many top quality builders over many years.  Sadly, more and more builders have become inactive there and fled to other websites.  However, there are still gems to found on the ‘pages.

A case in point are the cars built by Rene Scheruebl.  Rene’s latest vehicles are in the Lego Speed Champions, 6-wide scale.  They include a Mercedes 190 Evo, an Audi 200 V8 and the BMW M3 Sport Evolution featured here.  Building these cars must require very steady hands, as they all feature tiny decals and neatly painted stripes.  Whilst the techniques might offend purists, the results are impressive and well worth a visit to Rene’s MOCpages account; if the website happens to be working…

*Fattest actually.  The low chance of meal tokens is a good way to sneakily put them on a diet.

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What’s in the Box?

Lego Space Lorry

This is a Space Lorry, which is just like a regular lorry, only in space! This one, complete with a magnificent back story, comes from the unique mind of David Roberts, and it’s used for transporting artificially-grown* mini-figure hands across the planet of Bysedd VII to supply the intergalactic greeble trade. See more at the link above.

*Coincidentally there are a lot of one-handed mini-figures on Bysedd VII. We have been told this is an unrelated phenomenon.

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Octan Offroad

Lego Ford F150 Raptor

LEGO’s fictional petroleum company, Octan, have been around since 1992, with their ‘sponsorship’ appearing on all sorts of vehicles over that time. This Ford F150 Raptor in full off-road spec by Flickr’s Peter Blackert (aka Lego911) is one of our favourites to appear in a while, and the Octan sponsorship looks very at home. There’s more to see, including a few images of the Raptor in a brick-built desert landscape, via Peter’s photostream.

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Eight Squared

Lego Technic Scania 8x8 Truck

This neat Scania dump truck was discovered on Eurobricks today, and at first we thought it was a simple, although good-looking, mechanical model. However the exterior is deceptively bland, as it’s hiding some proper engineering genius underneath.

Builder TomasHubik has managed to squeeze in a fully remote controlled 8-wheel-drive, 4-wheel-steering chassis, complete with a differential between each pair of wheels and different turning radiuses between the first and second steering axles. Not only that, a Power Functions Medium motor allows the load bed to raise and lower too.

We’re as baffled by how all that fits inside as we are by your Mom’s corset, so we’ve taken the unusual step of publishing a photo of the chassis in this post too. You can see more of Tomas’ build, including a larger version of the image below, at the Eurobricks discussion forum – click the link above to see if you can figure it out.

Lego Technic 8x8 RC

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Rock Raiders

Lego Pneumatic Rock Excavator

Ah, Rock Raiders, one of LEGO’s thankfully short-lived late ’90s themes where they’d run out of ideas and decided to re-hash the ‘searching for magical crystals’ story just one last time. And the logo looked like a sexual diagram. We weren’t fans.

Anyhoo, we are fans of whatever this is. Suggested by a reader and built by previous bloggee Desert752Kirill it’s apparently a Heavy Rock Loader, and it looks like something from one of Thunderbirds weirder storylines.

Weighing 5KG and measuring almost a meter long, Desert’s creation is a goliath of the Technic world. It has gargantuan features to match too, with (by our count) twenty six pneumatic cylinders. These control everything from the boom elevation and extension, bucket tilt, the superstructure rotation, the four immense outriggers, and the adjustable-height suspension. The bucket also has a mechanical self-levelling function, and the model can operate with both normal and crab steering.

There’s lots more to see at Dessert’s Flickr photostream, the Eurobricks discussion forum, and of course, via the excellent video below. Click the links and be amazed…

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Two Technic Tools

Lego Technic Pneumatics Snow Groomer

It’s a Technic double today, with two entries into the latest TC10 competition on Eurobricks. Both are pneumatically operated creations, as specified by the contest rules, and both show how brilliant LEGO’s little air cylinders can be.

First up (above) is this magnificent Technic snow groomer by Samuel Wharfe, with no less than six air-powered functions. The front blade raises, lowers, oscillates, and its edges can be adjusted to suit wider or narrower tracks, the rear blade can raise, lower and deploy smoothing rollers, and the whole vehicle can be raised above the snow via a pneumatic suspension system. There’s lots more to see at Eurobricks, and via Samuel’s Flickr photostream.

Today’s second pneumatic creation was suggested by a reader and comes from newcomer luukietechnic. Luukie’s heavy-lift telehandler, and it too features a wealth of functions. A Power Functions driven pneumatic pump provides air pressure for the boom elevation and self-levelling attachment, as well as a tilting cabin, whilst mechanics control the telehandler’s boom extension and four-wheel steering. You can see more of the build, including WIP photographs of the mechanics, at Eurobricks via the link above.

Lego Technic RC Telehandler

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Classic Micro Scale


Readers of a certain age (and this writer), will be whisked straight back to their childhoods by this brilliant Classic Space layout from Primoz Mlakar on Flickr. Promoz has captured in micro-scale the type of image that millions of children looked at in wonder during the early 1980s in catalogues such as this. Click the link in the text to view the individual ships and vehicles and enjoy the nostalgia.

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Model A Rat Rod


This year’s Creations for Charity event continues apace. It’s a great opportunity to help do some good via the hobby of Lego building (like reading this blog). It’s also a great opportunity to buy some brilliant models, designed by some of the top Lego builders from around the world. One example is this Ford Model-A pick-up hot rod from TLCB regular Tim Henderson, one of two vehicles he has donated to year’s fundraiser. Click the links in the text to view them and buy them.

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Johnni D Goode


Dutch builder Johnni D’s Photostream is home to some great, small Lego cars. Recently it’s been filling up with comic style, 4-wide hot rods of all sorts of shapes. There are over 120 at the time of writing. They range from rat-rods (above) to custom Transit vans (below), via hatchbacks, campers and pick-ups. It’s well worth clicking this link to enjoy the variety of these builds.


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And Now for Something Completely Different


Unijob Lindo’s Photostream is full of strange, amusing things; just like our Elvish workforce. It includes a tank driven by parrots and these vehicles, which are charming in a violent way; just like our Elvish workforce. Fortunately for us, these are small scale models, rather than Technic Power Functions and so the only noises in our office today were Elvish giggles and the sound of pointy teeth gnashing on red and yellow Smarties.

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An Elegant Weapon From a More Civilised Age…


…to paraphrase Obi Wan Kenobi. Marc R.unde has produced this 6-wide Ferrari 275 GTB. It recalls a more elegant age of sports cars, with its flowing lines. Click this link to see more photos of this car and Marc’s massive space-battleships, by way of contrast, on Flickr.

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A $1,000 Thank You

Lego Nurse

Some time ago WordPress, our landlords here at, selected us as a pilot for their WordAds programme. Up until this selection TLCB was, in contrast to the proper Lego blogs, entirely advertisement free. Since then we have allowed the appearance of one or two advertisements per page (you can probably see one now, either above or below this post), managed through the WordAds programme.

These advertisements generate a small amount of revenue, and as we operate with an unpaid mythical-creature-based workforce our overheads are nice and low, even once we’ve paid for the Executive Washroom and Sauna.

This leaves us with a bit of a surplus, and because it’s a privilege to write for a million visitors a year, we don’t really feel like we need to keep it. And thus we owe all of you a huge thank you, because your visits, clicks and comments here at TLCB have – from one little ad – generated over $1,000 for good causes around the world so far.

The money raised through your visits has been used for projects as diverse as building essential facilities in India, children’s homes in Romania, the Syrian refugee crisis, the Red Cross, Unicef, and many more.

We’re mooting whether to restructure this site to allow a similar quantity of advertisements to show as the proper Lego blogs ($1,000 is great, but $20,000 would be better!), but we’re not sure about that yet. In the meantime, we’ll keep blogging, please keep clicking, and between us we can keep on doing a little bit of good : )


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Civic Duty

Lego Technic Honda Civic EG

Ah, the humble Honda Civic. Built in TLCB’s home nation, and once – even if not any more – the byword for advanced yet reliable hatchbackery.

The Civic has since been overtaken by the Korean brands here in Europe, but early examples are still a reasonably regular sight on the roads due to their legendary reliability. It’s an even more common sight on the banger track, as early Civics are worth about £5 and they can take a serious amount of punishment before heading to the great carpark in the sky.

America is where the Honda Civic was really successful though, where – despite it being basically the same car as the one we have in Europe – the little Japanese hatch has trodden a very different path in the annuls of automotive history.

Today early Stateside Civics seem to all have one thing in common; modifications. Bad modifications. Here at TLCB we’re not really sure why this is, seeing as gas, cars, and insurance are so cheap in the ‘States why not just buy a faster car in the first place?

Lego Honda Civic

The upshot of this is that finding an original unmodified early Civic is like trying to find an educated climate change denier – it’s virtually impossible. Which is a shame, as the late ’80s and early ’90s Civics were great little cars when left as Honda intended.

If you’re reading this in America and have a hankering for an unmolested slice of early ’90s Honda pie, get on Craigslist, find 78 year old Mavis who’s recently given up driving, and buy her Civic. It’ll be a classic one day. Probably.

Alternatively though, you could build your own, which is exactly what TLCB regular Nico71 has done. Based on the ’90s fifth generation (EG) Civic hatch, Nico’s creation is gloriously simple looking. It’s not simple inside though, as a full RC Power Functions drivetrain and rear suspension system have been squeezed in.

It’s quite a feat of packaging and handily Nico has taken photos that show how it’s all been done. You can see all of the images of Nico’s little Technic Honda, inside and out, via Brickshelf – click the link above to make the jump to ’91.

Lego Technic RC Honda Civic

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Black and Yellow

Lego BMW M3 (E30)

BMW’s first generation M3 is one of our very favourite cars. Small, light, and not particularly powerful, it’s the antidote to the ridiculous ongoing power-war between the premium brands that’s resulting in ever faster, yet ever fatter and ever more expensive ‘drivers cars’.

Lego E30 BMW M3

The E30 M3 takes us back to basics, when drivers cars were about, well… driving. We’re not alone in thinking this either, as the values of these early M3s are soaring, putting them well out of reach of appearing in TLCB staff carpark.

Fear not though, as MOCpages’ Daniel H. has a plan to make the E30 BMW M3 a whole lot more affordable. Daniel’s slickly recreated Model Team replica of the famous sports saloon was suggested to us by a reader, and it’s available to vote for on the LEGO Ideas platform now.

Lego BMW M3 E30

Featuring a detailed interior, chassis and engine, plus opening doors, hood and trunk, Daniel’s M3 would make a superb addition to LEGO’s expanding officially-licensed vehicle line up.

You can see all the images at Daniel’s MOCpage via the link above, and you can vote for this creation to become an official LEGO set by clicking here.

Lego BMW M3

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9398 4×4 Crawler Review


Lego Technic 9398 4x4 Crawler Review

The Lego Car Blog reviewing Anorak, hanging nerdily for a short while, has today been removed from the office coat-rack and thrust at one of you for another Reader Review! Doubling his chances in the ongoing Review My Set Competition is Marco. qm of MOCpages, who adds another set to the Set Review Library. Over to Marco…

The 9398 4×4 Crawler, around $200 when I bought it, and it looked great on the shelves at the shop. A little expensive? Not really, it comes with 2L motors, a Servo motor, a battery pack and the signal receiver with the controller. Plus another 1,321 pieces.

The set comes in a big grey box, containing many different bags filled with bricks, the building instructions, and nothing more. It’s definitely not the box of the 42056 Porsche 911 Gt3.

Building 9398 you start with the chassis – as always in Technic sets – adding the two L motors for power to all four wheels and the Servo motor for steering at both the front and back of the vehicle. However after a time you’ll notice that the gear ratios are aggressively slow, which some builders won’t like, and for such a big set there is no V8 engine… in fact there is no engine at all! Even the little 8256 set has an engine! If mechanical functions are your thing then unfortunately 9398 will prove disappointing.

On to the looks of the set, where things don’t get much better. 9398 resembles a modern El Camino monster truck, yet looks neither strong nor powerful, more like a graffiti artist has spray painted Barbie’s Jeep. Not good. (Agreed! Ed.)

Lego 9398 Crawler Review

OK, let’s stop talking about all the bad stuff. 9398 is the type of LEGO set which is useful if you’re the kind of builder that buys sets for the parts, where it is a good investment. With multiple electric components and those great-looking (and huge) tyres that are under-utilised here, there’s plenty to pilfer for your own creations. Continue reading

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