Tag Archives: 2000s

La Goutte Grise

Lego Peugeot 607

France has built many fine luxury cars. This is not one of them.

Launched at the end of the millennium, the Peugeot 607 was an anonymous grey blob of a car that sold like anthrax cupcakes. Built at the height of Peugeot’s reliabilities issues, the last thing anyone wanted was a French car loaded with extra equipment which would inevitably and immediately go wrong.

This meant that like Renault’s (admittedly very adventurous) luxury offerings at the time, the Peugeot 607 was destined to be used almost exclusively as a tool for French Government officials, and then later – after the free-fall depreciation had kicked-in – as a taxi at Portuguese airports.

Lego Peugeot 607

This Lego homage to one of the world’s least good luxury cars is the work of Rolands Kirpis of Flickr, and it is quite simply an exceptional build. Everything that makes the real Peugeot 607 look like a part dissolved dishwasher tablet makes it one hell of a tricky car to reconstruct from right-angled Danish plastic, however Rolands has done a remarkably effective job of capturing the 607’s, er… blobby-ness? Blobicity? Blobery? Whatever.

Featuring a detailed interior, an opening hood with a neat and recognisable engine underneath, an opening boot, and four opening doors with some of the most intricate window frames we’ve ever seen, Roland’s Lego 607 is definitely worth a closer look. You can see the fully gallery of images at his photostream by clicking on the link above, and we’ll leave you with one more shot capturing an inevitable moment in mid-2000s Peugeot ownership…

Lego Peugeot 607

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America F*ck Yeah!

Lego GMC c4500 Kodiak Topkick

This is a GMC c4500 Kodiak Topkick, a vehicle which normally serves as medium-duty truck, but which was also available in the mid 2000s in an enormous, ridiculous, and scarcely believable pick-up truck configuration.

Powered by a 300bhp V8, featuring an 8ft load bed, and appearing in the Transformers movie franchise as Autobot ‘Ironside’, the pick-up Kodiak is the perfect vehicle for gun-toting, climate change denying, Muslim-fearing neanderthals, and we absolutely hate it.

However, this patriotically-pictured Lego version of one of the world’s most pointless vehicles is a rather nice build, and it features an opening hood, four opening doors, plus a detailed interior and chassis. It’s the work of Flickr’s VR Workshop and you can check out all of the images via the link, whilst we try to find a Lego Nissan Leaf or Toyota Prius to balance things out.

Lego GMC c4500 Kodiak Topkick

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Nismo GT-R

Lego Nissan GT-R NISMO

Nissan’s R35 series GT-R is getting – in car terms – pretty ancient now. It’s been 10 years since the design launched and yet, despite the continual price rises and the advancement of newer rivals, the GT-R is still capable of dispatching supercars costing three times as much a decade later.

The GT-R does feel its age inside though, where it’s miles off the pace compared to a modern design, and – oddly – it doesn’t actually feel as fast as it is, so hushed is the engine by the twin turbos forcing air into it.

It is though, an absolutely cult car, helped hugely by Nissan’s partnership with all manner of racing game developers which has immortalised the GT-R in pixels, but it’s also a car that seems to rarely feature in Lego form.

Previous bloggee (and one half of Master MOCers LegoExotics) Jens Matuschek has decided a Lego version was way overdue, and he’s built a spectacular replica of the GT-R in 2008 NISMO specification. The car features opening doors, hood and trunk, and includes a beautifully detailed engine and interior.

There are loads more superb images available to view at both MOCpages and Flickr – click the links to see the full Nissan GT-R NISMO gallery.

Lego Nissan GT-R NISMO

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Pagani Zonda Cinque – Picture Special

Lego Pagani Zonda Cinque

Supercar upstarts Pagani are a most unusual company. In 1992 founder Horacio Pagani, an Argentinian working for Lamborghini in Italy, decided to use his carbon fibre and composite engineering expertise to develop a car of his own.

Pagani partnered with Daimler who supplied their mighty AMG V12 engine, and unlike almost every other recent supercar entrepreneur, he busied himself for almost a decade before his car was ready, without releasing a single half-baked design accompanied by ludicrous performance figures.

Lego Pagani Zonda Cinque

Pagani’s spectacular creation launched at Geneva in 1999, and it worked too, instantly propelling the company into the genuine hypercar club. The Zonda become increasingly powerful over the next decade, and this is one of the very last variants, called the Cinque and released in 2009 with a production run of just five.

This brilliant Model Team version of one of the world’s rarest and most expensive hypercars is the work of previous bloggee Noah_L (formally Lego Builders), and it’s one of the most spectacular supercar builds we’ve seen in a very long time. With opening doors, hood and clamshell engine cover the internals are as detailed as the exterior, and we highly recommend taking a look at the full album. You can check out all the beautiful photos of the Zonda Cinque at Noah’s  photostream – click the link above to make the jump.

Lego Pagani Zonda Cinque

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Lego Livery

Lego Scuderia Ferrari Truck

The finest brick-built livery ever? If not it’s a sure top three. This brilliant Iveco Scuderia Ferrari transporter from the 2008 F1 season is the work of Ryan Link of Flickr, and it has some of the most intricate brick-work we’ve ever seen. The whole truck opens up too, with a double-deck car ramp, sliding tool storage and a flip-up awning. See more via the link above.

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Ferrari Enzo – Picture Special

Lego Ferrari Enzo

It’s time for one of your suggestions. This stunning Ferrari Enzo comes from previous bloggee Ryan Link of MOCpages, and it is – as you can see – a beautifully accurate recreation of one of Ferrari’s greatest hits.

Lego Ferrari Enzo

Featuring a detailed engine and interior, plus opening butterfly doors and engine lid, Ryan’s model used some mind-bindingly intricate techniques to achieve the famous shape. See how he’s done it via the link to his MOCpage above!

Lego Ferrari Enzo

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French Fighter

Lego Dassault Rafale-M

This magnificent Dassault Rafale-M complete with carrier-deck was found on Flickr today. Previous bloggee Kenneth Vaessen is the builder and he’s recreated France’s current maritime fighter beautifully in brick-form.

Designed to replace France’s various military aircraft with a single multi-role fighter, the Rafale was introduced in 2001 and it’s been in action over Syria, Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan since, most notably launching strikes on the utter shitbags that are Daesh (otherwise known as Islamic State).

There’s lots more to see of Kenneth’s top-quality recreation of the French fighter at his Flickr photostream – click the link above to take off.

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Pixelated Porsche

Lego Porsche 911 GT3 Mosaic

We know, another Porsche. But this one is a bit different to the creations we usually post, seeing as the whole thing is only two plates high. This neat video-game style ’08 Porsche 911 GT3 RS mosaic was suggested by a reader and comes from Blaine R. of MOCpages. There are 4,796 bricks in there, and you can see them in more detail by clicking the link above.

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Porsche Carrera GT – Picture Special

Lego Technic Porsche Carrera GT

This incredible replica of Porsche’s mighty 2005 V10 supercar was discovered by one of our Elves on Eurobricks today. It’s the work of Artemy Zotov, and it’s one of the finest Technic Supercars that this site has ever featured.

Lego Technic Porsche Carrera GT

Artemy’s Carrera GT is a near-perfect one tenth scale replica of one of Porsche’s most ambitious vehicles and it features a wealth of superbly engineered mechanical functions, including the Carrera’s unique V10 engine, all-wheel independent suspension, working steering, opening hood, doors and engine cover, and the Porsche’s clever rising and retracting rear spoiler.

Lego Porsche Carrera GT

There’s more of this stunning build to see at the Eurobricks discussion forum (and probably Flickr, MOCpages and Brickshelf too in the near future, but we’re quite early featuring this creation). Click this link to check out one of the finest Technic Supercars you’re likely to see his year.

Lego Technic Supercar Porsche Carrera GT

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Flip Front

Lego Ford GT Racing

This neat 7-wide Ford GT in racing and road iterations was suggested by a reader, and it features the most ingenious use for LEGO’s mini-figure flippers that we’ve ever seen. There’s a few other clever techniques at work too – check them out courtesy of Zeto Vince’s photostream here.

Lego Ford GT

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What’s in a Name?

Lego SAAB 39 Gripen

Company names are bit weird these days. Saab automotive died a few years ago when General Motors killed it off, but the Saab Aerospace and Defence business, which separated from the automotive company in 1990 (in the same way that the Rolls Royce aero engine and vehicle companies used to be one business until 1973) is going strong.

Powered by an RM12 after-burning jet engine produced by Volvo Aero (which no longer has anything to do with Volvo cars. Or trucks for that matter, although Volvo trucks do own Renault trucks, which have nothing to do with Renault cars… This is getting confusing…) the Saab JAS 39 Gripen can reach Mach 2 and is currently in service with four national air forces. Around 250 Gripens have been produced since launching in 1997, with several other air forces recently placing orders for the latest versions.

This superb Lego recreation of the Swedish fighter comes from previous bloggee Stefan Johansson, who is continuing his chronology of Saab aircraft. There’s lots more to see at his Flickr photostream at the link above, and you can see Stefan’s past Saab (aerospace) builds to feature here via this bonus link.

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McMerc

Lego McLaren Mercedes SLR 722

McLaren are successfully forging their own supercar path now, and in the past they’ve helped to produce some pretty special machinery with other manufacturers. BMW contributed their mighty V12 engine to the McLaren F1 project, but it’s their collaboration with Mercedes, until recently McLaren’s long-time Formula 1 engine supplier, for which they are probably most well known.

This is the McLaren-Mercedes SLR 722, produced in 2006 to celebrate Stirling Moss’s 1955 win of the Millie Miglia in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (with the racing number ‘722’). Producing 650bhp the SLR 722 could reach 60mph in just 3.6 seconds and went on to a top speed of over 200mph.

This spectacular replica of the famous supercar comes from previous bloggee Alexander Paschoaletto and it’s a work of Lego art. Everything opens and the detailing is second-to-none – you can see more on Flickr by clicking the link above plus there’s a huge gallery of images available on MOCpages; click here to see all the photos.

McLaren Mercedes SLR 722 Lego

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Three-Sixty

Lego Ferrari 360 Modena

This beautiful Ferrari 360 Modena comes from Flickr’s Lennart C, and was suggested by a reader. Built in 1/15 scale Lennart’s Modena features opening doors, hood and trunk, a detailed interior, official LEGO stickers, and excellent photography. There are lots more images to see at Lennart’s photostream – click the link above to see them all.

Lego Ferrari 360

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Bricking Bad

Lego Breaking Bad Pontiac Aztek

Breaking Bad is, according to everyone who’s ever watched it (including this TLCB writer), the best thing that’s ever been on TV ever. The Pontiac Aztek however, is widely considered to be one of the worst vehicles ever made in the history of the automobile ever.

These two hyperboles met when some brilliant automotive casting matched the early 2000s crossover with Breaking Bad’s lead character Walter White, aka Heisenberg (before the show’s success attracted some blatant vehicle product placement).

Whist we thoroughly agree with the first statement above, the second we’re not so sure about. The Aztek was of course a spectacular failure, derided for both its function and aesthetics. But… much of what made the Aztek such a joke back in 2001 is now completely on trend. Spilt headlights, cross-over profile, and coupe-like rear glass are now all common-place in the burgeoning crossover segment, with everyone from Nissan to Mercedes using one or more elements of the Aztek’s design in their latest products.

It’s all too late for Pontiac though, which was closed down by parent company GM shortly after the Aztek ceased production. However, in a strikingly similar repeat of another star-car failure, the Aztek has seen a resurgence in popularity as a used buy, mostly due its starring TV role. It may even become a future classic.

The perfect recreation of Walter White’s battered Pontiac Aztek shown here is the work of serial bloggee Ralph Savelsberg (aka Mad Physicist), and you can see all the photos of his latest TV car at his photostream via the link above.

Lego Pontiac Aztek Heisenberg

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