You thought we’d forgotten about the ‘Featured TFOL’ (Teen Fan of Lego) feature didn’t you? Well you’re right. We had. But it’s back!
Here at The Lego Car Blog we have quite a strict criteria that must be met before a model is published. However occasionally we bend the rules just a little if a model is close, and if the builder is unlikely to have a billion bricks at their disposal. A Teen Fan of Lego for example.
Instantly recognisable, with opening doors, hood and trunk, and some interior and engine bay detailing too, it’s a model that’s worth a closer look. You can see more at Marco’s Flickr photostream, and you can discover all of our past Featured TFOL’s by clicking here.
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…
This beautiful Volvo F88 dropside truck is the work of the fantastically talented Thomas Graafland. Thomas is – believe it or not – a Teen Fan Of Lego, but such is the quality of his building we didn’t feel he needed the ‘Featured TFOL’ accolade (but you can claim it if you like Thomas!).
Underneath the Volvo’s impeccable red and yellow bodywork is a 6-cylinder engine, working solid-axle suspension, working steering and a two-speed gearbox. Thomas has uploaded a superb gallery of images to both Flickr and MOCpages. View all the photos via the links, whilst we very generously give a lucky Elf both a red and yellow Smartie. And possibly diabetes.
It’s been a while since we’ve featured a… er, Featured TFOL, here at The Lego Car Blog. This is mostly because we’d forgotten about it as a category, but also because many TFOL-created vehicles are home-brewed nonsense with fantastically impossible engines and dimensions.
The Lego Car Blog Elves quite like this approach of course, but any such finds are vetoed by the office for being ‘a bit shit’, and the Elf in question swiftly shown the way back out by way of the office catapult.
MOCpages user Davanchi M started out building the aforementioned type of vehicles, but has progressed through the various phases of TFOL-dom to reach the point where his creations are now excellent recreations of some of the most-respected cars not the road. Once such example is this glorious BMW 2002 Turbo – one of the star cars of the 1970s – that Davanchi recently uploaded to his MOCpage.
Davanchi is adding new cars to MOCpages regularly, and all are now well worth a view. You can see more of the BMW and his other creations via the link above!
It’s back! The Lego Car Blog’s ‘Featured Teen Fan Of LEGO’ hasn’t appeared on these pages for a few months now because we, er… forgot about it. But good news! Today we resuscitated the dying beast and it’s awoken with a bang.
The Featured TFOL category is reserved for builders between the ages of 13 and 19 who, whilst they may not be the best on the net yet, show all the signs of becoming a top class builder as they progress. This TFOL-built creation though, qualified to be publicised here regardless of the age of the builder, because it’s ace.
Alex B has eschewed from building the usual super cars that frequent the Featured TFOL category and chosen to recreate something far more mundane; the humble late ’80s Honda Civic hatch. In Lego terms this actually makes his creation a rare exotic, as super cars outnumber family hatchbacks about ten to one.
Alex’s work features opening doors, hood and trunk and includes a detailed engine and interior. Photographed brilliantly, you can see full details of the Civic on both MOCpages or Flickr. Congratulations to Alex from TLCB Team, the Elves are watching!
Here at The Lego Car Blog we occasionally like to feature creations by upcoming young builders which, whilst they might not be of the highest standard yet, sure look like they will be in the future. Suggested to us via the Feedback and Submission Suggestions page, Achintya Prasad becomes the latest teenage builder to feature here. His USS Cole ship above is just the start, as he’s built one much much bigger. See it and his other works on MOCpages, and if you’d like to see what other TFOLs are up to make sure you visit the TFOL World blog.
Here at The Lego Car Blog we like to showcase up-and-coming builders, and now there’s a new blog that just showcases up-and-coming builders. So as a Special today we’re going to showcase the up-and-coming blog that showcases up-and-coming builders, TFOL World.
Over to the guys from TFOL World to explain their picks for the best young vehicle builders of 2013.
Who are the top five car building TFOLs to follow in 2013? The teenaged staff of TFOL World have brought you their top picks, so read on and find out!
We’ll start off with frequent bloggee of both TFOLWorld and The LEGO Car Blog – Jonas (Legopard). A German TFOL who has recently begun posting vehicle models, he’s created everything from Steampunk Bat Tumblers to classic little mopeds. And don’t worry, if you’re into futuristic vehicles he’s got you covered too.
Rounding out the middle of this feature is Raphael Granas (r a p h y), who is creating some of the best tiny turbos of the year. Dedicated to building the best looking replica possible, Raphael does not shy from shaving unnecessary pieces away – literally. His occasional slash and hack may turn the stomachs of purists, but it’s hard to argue with the results.
Next up we have veteran Featured TFOL Harry Gravett. This guy really knows how to shape a car, and his use of a myriad of techniques (including the classic cylinder+brick round tower technique) allows him to form top-notch eye candy. Our favourite of his MOCs is the Gravity GZ3 Tornado (featured below) for just that reason.
Last but not least, Alexander Paschoaletto is our fifth and final builder. As far as we can tell, he doesn’t pack his models with NPU, textures, rare bricks, or all that stuff we’ve come to know and love. No, Alex instead produces builds which are refreshingly simple at first glance, though subtly complex as you look deeper. His MOCs are built to look good, and few car builders can match the sheer beauty of his vehicles.
And that wraps up the TFOL World list of the top five TFOLs of the year! Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to check each of these talented teens out, they’ll definitely be building even more top-tier motors as 2013 rolls on.
TLCB would like to extend a heartfelt thank you and best wishes to all the staff at TFOL World. If you’re a Teen Fan Of Lego make sure you check them out at the new TFOL World blog.
Apologies for the blogging hiatus over the past few days; some of our Elves went missing at roughly the same time as TLCB became embroiled in a legal dispute. We’re not suggesting the two occurrences are linked of course, but if anyone’s going to lock the Elves in a dark room it’s going to be us. Anyway, back to something we’ve not done for a while; a long overdue ‘Featured Teenage Fan Of Lego’ (TFOL).
Our Featured TFOL category is not about blogging the absolute best creations found, rather it allows us to recognise, and publicise, younger builders’ achievements. Alexander Paschoaletto earns the accolade this time round, with a string of solid automotive efforts, culminating in the superb Gumpert Apollo and SSC Aero shown above. You can check out these, and the rest of Alexander’s creations, on MOCpages.
With The Brothers Brick stealing our last few posts (we’re on to you TBB!) it’s time for something that won’t get nicked. Because this is far from the best car we’ve featured on The Lego Car Blog. So what’s it doing here? Well firstly, it’s one of the most fiendishly difficult vehicles to replicate using little plastic blocks, and secondly, it’s the sort of grass-roots building that The Lego Car Blog Team really admires.
Harry Gravett has done a thoroughly decent job of translating the TVR Sagaris’ incredibly complex shape into Lego, and he’s done it whilst being restricted almost entirely to the bricks found in a single set. In fact, all his creations stem from this one palette. And that’s why we like Harry’s work; it’s low budget but high talent, and so often in the Lego Community it’s the other way round.
With special thanks to the reader who shared this with us via the Feedback and Suggestions page.
Time for another ‘Featured TFOL’ (Teen Fan Of Lego), and for us to go back to our roots and post a proper car (hurrah!). This beautiful ’60s racer is a Maserati Tipo 151/3, and it’s been built by Larry Pan on MOCpages. Larry has also built a Maserati MC12 and… er, not all that much else yet – but it’s what he’s going to build that earns him a place on The Lego Car Blog. He’s only a few cars in and he’s already building upside-down. One to watch.
Good things come in yellow. LEGO mini-figures for example. The Simpsons. The Sun. And this; Aaden Hughes‘ 1955 Ford Pick-up, which is very, very, yellow. So yellow in fact, it over-stimulated the Elves and we had to throw them outside. Still, they’ve not brought much back in the last few days so it’s probably a good thing. Anyhow, Aadan’s built quite a few cars, this Ford being the most recent, and as such he’s our current ‘Featured TFOL’. You can check out his work on MOCpages.
Caterpillar PL-87; the world’s biggest claw machine. You should see the size of the stuffed animal.
This month’s Featured TFOL hails from MOCpages, where the Elves spotted him via his rather excellent construction equipment.
Jon Treasure started out not too far from ‘minifig-on-a-plate’ type builds (ergh – we know), then rapidly moved through medium scale military and vehicular builds. He’s now reaching the heights of super-complex large scale Technic creations that any AFOL would be proud to create, like the awesome Caterpillar PL-87 pictured above. Check out his MOCpage at the aforementioned link, it’s well worth a look.
According to his Flickr comments raphy said that this looked better in his mind than it turned out in bricks. We don’t know what Raphy, clearly one of the best TFOL Lego car builders around, had in his mind when building this Mustang, but we think the result is superb. It even convinced The Lego Car Blog Towers that he should earn our ‘Featured TFOL’ accolade.
When the great Firas Abu-Jaber admits a Lamborghini Gallardo is better than his own the TLCB Elves get still pointier ears than they already have. A 16-year old builder named Cars Lover, a German TFOL and newcomer on MOCpages, has built some awesome sports cars lately. As Firas puts it: “You have a GREAT future in building lego cars, so keep on that.”
So check out what Cars Lover has done so far on MOCpages.