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We’re 7 Today!

Lego No. 7

Seven. It’s a magnificent number. Continents, seas, days of the week, colours of the rainbow, S Club members, and – somewhat incredibly – the age of this very site!

Yup, seven years ago to the day some clueless and largely incompetent writers decided to start a website for Lego vehicles. Nothing much has changed since then, as we’re still clueless and largely incompetent, but almost five million of you have since joined us for the ride, with visitors from very nearly every country on earth.

Over that time we’ve reviewed exactly one hundred LEGO sets and third-party products in our Set Review Library, interviewed nineteen of the very best builders, set designers and authors from within the Lego Community, and even run a competition or two.

Thank you to each one of you for joining us here at The Lego Car Blog, supporting the vehicle builders whose models fill these pages, and for raising the advertising revenue which is distributed to good causes all around the world.

However, whilst for the last two years we’ve reached a million views per annum, this year we look to fall short. Only slightly, but nevertheless it is a drop.

The internet has changed in the last seven years, with the rise of Instagram and other hosting sites providing other ways for people to view Lego models. Perhaps there are fewer vehicle builders now than there used to be, or maybe people are getting bored of our inane gibberish.

We’ll have to see if year seven marks the beginning of a downward trend, however if in the future it does turn out that The Lego Car Blog is no longer needed to support the Lego vehicle-building community we’ll still be amazed by how many of you have joined us here to read our nonsense. For now we’ll enjoy continuing to write it.

TLCB Team

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We’re Six Today!*

Lego No.6

November 2011… a gloved hand slid the bolts back on some small metal cages, and little army of cautious, mythical, and often violent creatures slipped out into the shadows…

Tasked with filling the void left by the proper Lego blogs, this unseen, undetectable, and – most importantly – unpaid workforce set out to bring back the very best Lego vehicles from the every corner of the internet.

Housed in the foreboding concrete carbuncle that is TLCB Towers a crack team of writers (or so we’ve been called. At least it sounded like ‘crack’…) then set to work turning these finds into the words that you read here.

Six years, nearly 3,000 posts, and over 4 million visitors later we’re still going, even if we have absolutely no idea how this has all worked.

In that time we’ve reviewed close to a hundred LEGO sets, third party products and books, interviewed nearly twenty of the world’s top Lego builders, and likely been a perennial annoyance to the sites that try to do this whole Lego-blogging thing with professionalism and competence.

As reader you’re one of over a million visitors to this site every year, so whether you joined us at the start or have recently discovered us, thank you for taking the time to stop by this humble little corner of the internet. Without you this site would just be the wayward rambling of some madmen.

You’re also raising money for good causes every time you visit us, as the revenue generated by the limited advertisements we allow to appear here is distributed to those that need it more than we do.

So as the sun sets on another year thank you for joining us, and we’ll try to keep bringing you the best Lego vehicles the world has to offer.

TLCB Team

*OK, last week, we weren’t paying attention. Still, we’ve done better than last year when we missed it altogether.

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Technic 40th Anniversary | Super Secret Set!

Lego Technic 40th Anniversary Car Chassis

Lego Technic is 40 years old this year! Launched in 1977 the Technic range took LEGO into a new world of technical detail, providing advanced construction for older children and adults alike, and bringing with it probably the largest range of new parts in the brand’s history.

It all kicked off with a simple car chassis, a ‘New Technical Set’, 853. The single most viewed page here at TLCB, 853 introduced rack and pinion steering, a working piston engine and an operable transmission to LEGO fans. Its success allowed LEGO to develop the theme and three years later the second generation car chassis was released, this time with LEGO’s first attempt at working suspension, 8860.

Despite being LEGO’s second Technic car chassis, 8860 is often thought of as the daddy of all Technic sets, paving the way for the series of Technic Supercars that followed (of which you can read more in the Set Review Library).

With the Technic theme turning 40 years old this year LEGO have decided to pay homage to one of their greatest products, giving builders the chance to recreate the iconic 1980 set using modern parts found in the 2017 Technic  range. Three sets, the superb-looking 42063 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure motorbike, the 42061 Telehandler and the 42057 Ultralight Helicopter provide the pieces required, and building instructions are now available* for free online.

Such is the way with the advancement of technology, LEGO’s modern take on the classic 8860 set packs all the functions of the original into a more compact package, and features working steering, a 4-cylinder boxer engine, an operable transmission (which may well be the first since the 1980s not to use purpose-built gearbox parts) and functioning rear suspension. The design uses straight-forward pieces too, so many builders may be able to build it from parts found within their existing collection.

You can read our previews of the three sets that supply the full parts list to build the 40th Anniversary 8860 set via the links above, our review of the original set here, and you can create your very own 40th Anniversary set by clicking the link to the building instructions below.

Download building instructions here!

Lego Technic 40th Anniversary Set

*Thanks to a reader for the tip!

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We’re Three Today!

Lego Number 3

Well, yesterday, but we weren’t paying attention. Anyway, yes – The Lego Car Blog is now three years old!

In the past 36 months we’ve blogged over 1,000 creations, approved over 2,000 comments, and received visitors from almost every country on earth. We’re also raising some useful money for charity too, thanks entirely to your visits and clicks.

You can let us know how we’re doing so far by adding a comment to the Feedback Page, you can share any post you see here via the buttons underneath each one, and if you’ve seen your work blogged here you can join your fellow bloggees on Flickr at the ‘Blogged by TLCB‘ group.

A heartfelt thanks to every reader

TLCB Team

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We’re 2 Today!

Two years ago today MOCpages, Flickr, Eurobricks and Brickshelf started to receive a few extra visitors each night. Always in the shadows and easily spooked, the new arrivals wandered through the vast halls of the online Lego Community in search of their quarry.

They were specially trained (by which we mean bribed and threatened) to seek out creations that had been overlooked by the mainstream Lego blogs. Creations that usually had engines, and wheels…

Lego Number 2

Today, 778 posts and 498,000 visitors later, The Lego Car Blog marks its second anniversary, and enters its toddler years. In that time we’ve brought you Interviews, Set Previews, and Reviews and of course, the best car and vehicle-related creations that the Lego Community has to offer.

We’ve made some mistakes too, such as annoying the Brothers Brick and sending a few Elves to Flickr knock-off Ipernity (Elves who are still M.I.A), but generally it’s been a great 2 years, largely thanks to you, our readers.

So as we enter the Terrible Twos, what does the future hold for The Lego Car Blog and for the car builders of the online Lego Community?

Well, to be honest, we’re not quite sure, and we think perhaps the two may take different paths. You see, since we started 2 years ago several blogs have stepped up and started to include vehicles in their posts, the newly created BrickNerd and the aforementioned Brothers Brick amongst them. This means there’s less of a need for The Lego Car Blog and perhaps our job is done, although our climbing hit rate may suggest otherwise.

We’ll see, but whatever the future of this blog and the Elves that work for it, Lego cars are finally getting the recognition they deserve.

TLCB Team

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Happy Birthday Lego Car Blog!!

The Best Lego Blog

A year ago yesterday, the bolts on some small nondescript metal cages were quietly slid back. As the doors of the cages swung silently open, the little figures previously contained within them stepped tentatively out, and began cautiously wandering towards the light slicing through the gloom from the open door at the end of the room.

We watched proudly from the shadows as the creatures made their way across the floor, then in perplexion as they paused and began shuffling around anxiously, and finally in annoyance as the little sods started pushing one another towards the exit and a fight broke out. The blast from an air-horn soon emptied the room, and thus The Lego Car Blog Elves were released into the world to start their unending search for the best Lego vehicles the web has to offer.

In the year that’s passed since that first day we’ve posted over 230 of the Elves’ finds. Creations, news stories and community updates have all found their way onto these pages, earning us 130,000 views,  300 comments (plus nearly 4,000 in spam) and recognition from The LEGO Group.

We’ve lost a few Elves along the way, through canine intervention mostly, and we’ve had to diffuse more than one riot, but in the main it’s been a complete joy publishing the works of some of the best vehicle builders in the LEGO community.

So, from all at The Lego Car Blog, a massive thank you to every one of you that’s visited, commented, or seen their creation featured on these pages. Here’s to our second year!

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