Category Archives: Town

Grandalf the Gray

Lego Jeep Grand Cherokee

This is a late ’90s Jeep Grand Cherokee, and we hate it. Well not this one obviously, as we’ve blogged it, but the real car. Shoddily built, boringly styled, and with an enormous wheezy V8 making about 8bhp, the Grand Cherokee is everything we dislike in a car all rolled into one. The only grand thing about it was the name.

Still, the fact it was crap didn’t stop it selling in the hundreds of thousands, as families across America clamoured for a car essential for taking little Cody to school. One such owner is Flickr’s Thomas Gion (sorry about all the above Thomas…) who owns a grey ’99 Laredo edition, which he has recreated brilliantly in Lego form.

Constructed from 265 pieces, almost half of which are mounted sideways or upside-down, Thomas’ 7-wide model features more ingenious build techniques than many models five times the size. There’s more to see of his mini-figure scale Jeep at his album on Flickr – click the link above for a closer look.

Lego Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Hunting Tigers

Lego Rolls Royce Armoured Car

Are you the type of discerning gentleman who requires a vehicle for hunting tigers in Africa, plundering antiquities in the Middle East, or just keeping the peasants at bay? The Rolls Royce Condor is the vehicle for you!

Based on our exquisite limousine chassis, the Condor adds 4″ armour-plating, custom strengthened bumpers, and a 360-degree rotating gun turret equipped with a Browning .50 caliber machine gun. That’s a lot of tigers!

Direct all enquires to Joshua Brooks at certified Rolls Royce Distributor JBIronworks to arrange a viewing.

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Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Lego Vintage Aircraft

The year is 1889, and inventors Pierre and Jean are about to launch their brand new heavier-than-air-powered-flying-machine on its maiden journey! Photographer Jacques is back to capture the moment for the newspapers, whilst Brave Volunteer No.6 ready to take his shot at making aviation history in the pilot’s seat.

Flickr’s Tino Poutiainen is the builder behind this eccentric scene, which pre-dates the world’s first successful heavier-than-air-powered-flight by some fourteen years (it’d be embarrassing to think this was from the early days of manned flight wouldn’t it?), so we can all guess the fate of Brave Volunteer No.6…

Still, Pierre and Jean are adamant his death won’t be in vain. Welcome No.7… this time we’re sure we’ve cracked it!

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Two for Tuesday (In Space!)

Lego M-Tron Spaceship

It’s a space double here at The Lego Car Blog, because… well, that’s what our Elves found. No matter though, because each is a brilliant build packed full of spacey goodness, a subject of which we know absolutely nothing.

First up (above) is Mladen of Brickshelf‘s M-Tron-esque Orbital Vanquisher, designed to vanquish orbits. Or to vanquish things whilst in orbit, we’re not really sure. But it is M-Tron and it’s nice to see that they’ve stopped nerding about collecting magnets and got themselves some real firepower at last.

Next up (below) and owned by none of the usual classic space protagonists is this huge ‘Gorgone 8×8 Space Rig’ by Flickr’s spaceruner. Apparently designed as a maintenance support vehicle for newly terraformed planets it’s nice to see a nod to both Octan and LEGO’s previous fuel supplier of choice on the side, and the rig features both working steering and suspension too.

There’s more to see of each creation on Brickshelf and Flickr respectively. Head into space via the links above for the complete galleries.

Lego Sci-Fi 8x8

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Mechstang

Lego Mustang Mech

The vintage fighter plane theme continues here at TLCB with this… er, we have no idea. Mixing a mech with a P-51 Mustang, Flickr’s Kobalt has created something that every single Elf here at TLCB Towers thinks is the coolest creation they’ve ever seen. Head to Kobalt’s photostream to see more of his ‘Mustang Blondi’, whilst we dust off a classic Transformers cartoon VHS.

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Not a Car

Lego Medieval Ship

We’re not sure what’s got into the Elves but they seem to like boats at the moment. No matter, because this medieval ship by Flickr’s Gabriel Thomson is gorgeous, especially the clever brick-built hull. See more at Gabriel’s photostream by clicking here, whilst we issue a ‘find a bloody car you idiots’ directive…

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The Great Caribbean Battle

Lego Pirate Ships

From 1989 to 1993 the waters of the Caribbean Sea were a turbulent place to sail. A battle was raging, between a band of pirates led by the blood-thirsty one-legged, one-handed and one-eyed Captain Redbeard (making him something of a Monty Python sketch), and Governor Broadside’s Imperial Soldiers (later the Imperial Guard) whose mighty forts and fleet fought piratical activity across the region.

Previous bloggee Versteinert MOC has captured the time brilliantly, with this ingenious homage to LEGO’s classic Pirates line. Recreated in cutesy-sort-of-mini-figure scale are three of the theme’s greatest sets, 6285 Black Seas Barracuda, 6286 Skull’s Eye Schooner, and 6274 Caribbean Clipper, all fighting it out in what looks like an outdoor swimming pool.

There’s much more to see of the miniaturised nautical battle at Versteinert’s Flickr album – pick a side and join the fight via the link!

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Imperial Square

Lego Tram

Today’s post may be a fictional tram at a fictional stop in a fictional square, but that doesn’t stop it being completely lovely. Eero Okkonen is the builder behind this neat turn-of-the-century scene and there’s more to see on Flickr via the link. Ding ding!

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Cosmic Cruiser

Lego Retro Hovercar

This retro-tastic creation was discovered by one of our Elves on Flickr today, who returned to the office to collect a meal and a Smartie. Built by TLCB favourite billyburg and sharing your Dad’s nickname from his disco days, this ‘Cosmic Cruiser’ blends science fiction hover cars with ’60s land-yacht styling, and adds a Classic Space paint job to glorious effect. Head over to billyburg’s photostream to dance like your Dad.

Lego Retro Hovercar

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Sky Sailing

Lego Air Ship

One of our Elves returned to TLCB Towers today with this, prompting an ‘uh oh’ (or words that mean ‘uh oh’ which aren’t suitable for type) to ripple around the office. Mark of Falworth’s ‘Bellonatus’ is clearly a work of Lego art, bursting with incredible detailing, ingenious build techniques, and glorious presentation. But… we are so out of our depth with models like this.

Is it Steam Punk? Sky-Fi? Pirates? Probably none of those, but we’ve still included them all in the tags to be safe. Whatever this is, it is definately worth a closer look – and you can do just that at Mark’s photostream. Click on the link to head to the skies.

Lego Air Ship

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Monaco 1929

Lego Monaco 1929

Monaco might be thoroughly unsuited to modern Formula 1 cars, with F1 bosses only keeping today’s slow procession on the calendar for nostalgia, but there was a time when the winding street circuit was the greatest place to race on earth.

Flickr’s Pixeljunkie takes us right back to the very first Grand Prix race held in the principality with this wonderful scene depicting the 1929 event. Navigating the Station Hairpin (as it was then known) are several superb vintage racing cars, including Pixel’s previously featured Bugatti Type 37A, whilst a series of bystanders take a very 1920s approach to Health & Safety. Join the race at Pixeljunkie’s photostream.

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M-Tronorail

Lego M-Tron Monorail

Those no-good space pirates Blacktron are at it again. The harmless magnet-collectors of M-Tron have built themselves a monorail, full of some delicious space fuel as yet undiscovered by science. Yet no sooner have they loaded up than those sneaky Blacktron reprobates begin a cunning space siphon of the liquid goodness. Maybe it’s beer? Whatever it is you can see more of the heist courtesy of Kalais of Flickr – click the link to take a look!

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Call out the Instigators

Lego Hover Forklift

Because there’s something in the air.
It’s got no wheels but a forklift.
And a mini-fig in the chair, and you know it’s right.

We’ve butchered one of the greatest classics of music there, but no matter – because what a neat creation we’ve done it with! Built by TLCB regular de-marco this hover forklift and hover loading bay work a treat, and we hope this combo foretells of more hovery creations to come. The revolution’s here.

Lego Hover Forklift

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Umm…

Lego UMM Alter 4x4

This is an UMM Alter II, and it’s surely one of the ugliest vehicles ever made. Based on a design bought from France and powered (mostly) by Peugeot engines, the UMM was built in Portugal from the mid-’80s until the mid-’90s mainly for military and utilities use, and it found around 10,000 buyers around the Mediterranean during its production run. A capable off-roader, there’s actually an avid following of the UMM amongst 4×4 enthusiasts despite it looks, so this marvellous mini-figure scale recreation by Flickr’s Pixel Fox is sure to please. Head over to Flickr via the link to see more.

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Two Rats

Lego Rat Rods

Previous bloggee Versteinert MOC has earned one of our Elves two meal tokens in one go today, as it returned to TLCB Towers with both of these neat Town-scale rat rods. Will it save a meal for another day or binge on both in one go? I think we can all guess the answer. See more of each creation at the link above.

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