We love it when a plan comes together, here at The Lego Car Blog. Using the Elves as our workforce has proved to be both cheap and successful over the last few years of brick-built, automotive exploration. Unfortunately some of the Elves were locked into their cages over the Christmas break with welding gear, a full set of Halford’s tools and various pieces of scrap machinery. They escaped into the Los Angeles underground, where they survive by finding creations for a flower arranging blog. Their colleagues are happy, as there are fewer mouths to compete for the Smarties.
Speaking of which, we gave out a rare, black Smartie to the lucky finder of Angka Utama’s A-Team GMC van. You can see it higher resolution by clicking this link to Flickr.
Like Ma.K, here at TLCB towers we’re a bit unsure about what exactly “chibi” is. Wikipedia defines it as a Japanese slang word for a short person or a small child. It goes on to say that the word has been conflated with the “super deformed” style of anime characters, so it sounds worrying similar to The Lego Car Blog Elves. The Brothers Brick have no such worries and have launched a competition for “chibi” builds, which is generating some excellent, small vehicles.
Rob Gillies is the creator of the first two builds featured in this post. He has created a nicely balanced pair of MOCs, with a man who is afraid of flying* in one and a flying car in the other. The Elves particularly liked the combination of flippers and a snowshoe for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s front wing.
Next up are two builds from the builder known as P. Andrei, on MOCpages and Vitreolum on Flickr. He has recreated Jim Carrey’s “Mutt Cutts” van in shiny Lego, with some NPU for the tongue and the second flying car of this blog post, the “Spinner” from Blade Runner.
You can see more “chibi” creations by clicking this link to the competition’s Flickr group.
This is about as much epic as we can fit in one post here at The Lego Car Blog! Stephan Sander on MOCpages has recreated the coolest cars from the coolest shows of the 1980s, and every one is as good as anything we’ve blogged here to date. Built in LEGO’s own ‘Miniland’ style each vehicle even includes the lead characters from the relevant TV show. See if you can identify them all! Oh, and check out Stephan’s website here – where there’s even more ’80s automotive goodness available.
One of the stars of 2012 was LEGO’s own 9398 4×4 Crawler, in which Power Functions are put to their best use ever; Truck Trial Off-Roading. LEGO have since been running a competition to re-body their 4×4 Crawler chassis, with views to making a spin-off set. One of our Elves found this splendid example on Brickshelf. Jerryp has gone for an A-Team-ish flavour with his 4×4 Recovery Van, complete with a working remote control butterfly under-lift in addition to the standard Power Functions 4×4 drivetrain. See the full gallery at Jerry’s Brickshelf page.
…a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire… The A-Team.
In 2012 a crack MOC builder was sent to prison by a military court for a crime he didn’t commit. This man promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the MOCing underground. Today, still wanted by the government, he survives as builder of fortune. If you want a model, if no one else can build it, and if you can find him, maybe you can hire W1ll3m.