However we’d like to make The Lego Car Blog’s Set Review Library even more comprehensive, and to do this we’d like your reviews!
Payment is made in the form of everlasting fame* and TLCB gratitude, and your words will reside in the Library for all time, being read by up to a million visitors a year at the time of writing, which is pretty cool.
If you own a LEGO set that we hasn’t yet been reviewed by our crack team of ‘experts’ and you think it deserves a place in The Lego Car Blog’s archives (for good or for ill!) then get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.
We’re particularly looking for Technic, Model Team and Creator sets from 1990 to current. The Brick Insights team will even automatically add your rating to their Review Aggregator tool so you can see how your thoughts compare with other review sites.
Earlier in the week, whilst we weren’t paying attention, something amazing happened. The little hit counter that sits largely unnoticed in the corner of the office quietly ticking away surpassed…
Yup, three million. With twenty-thousandof you joining us each week. Considering how amateurish we are here at TLCB this is nothing short of remarkable. So to each and every one of you that visits The Lego Car Blog, thank you, we really could’t do this without you.
Yes, we need help from you, our wonderful readers, to increase the population of the Set Review Library!
We’re looking new writers to review official LEGO sets for The Lego Car Blog, and in doing so you’ll be part of a site that reaches over a million people per year!
To add your Set Review to TLCB all you need to do is contact us, either here or via Flickr Message, and let us know the set that you think should be included in the Review Library. It can be a set you love, a set you hate, or one in the middle!
As if reviewing your chosen LEGO set for over million annual readers and becoming part of one of the best set review resources on the web wasn’t enough, you could also win some neat loot!
We’re sent lots of great stuff here at TLCB to review, and as we want your help to add content to the Review Library we’re going to pass on some of the items that we’ve, er… reviewed to one of you. Simple huh?
Please note that we’ll be collating this next round of Review requests and thus it may take us some time to respond to you if you’d like to participate. Don’t worry, even if it takes a little while we will let you know about your application!
Is The Lego Car Blog Set Review Library missing your favourite LEGO set? Or a set that you think really ought to be reviewed to warn prospective buyers? If so, The Lego Car Blog Set Review Library needs YOU!
We’re looking for funny, articulate writers to review LEGO sets for TLCB, and in doing so you’ll be part of a site that reaches over a million people per year!
To add your Set Review to TLCB all you need to do is contact us, either here or via Flickr Message, and let us know the set in question.
Yup! As if reviewing your set for over million annual readers and becoming part of the coolest Lego Blog there is* wasn’t enough, you could also win some awesome loot!
We’re sent lots of great stuff here at TLCB to review, and as we want your Reviews we’re going to pass on some of the items that we’ve, er… reviewed. Simple huh?
Containing over 50 reviews of almost 70 LEGO sets spanning 4 decades, The Lego Car Blog’s Set Review Library is easily the most professional looking part of the entire TLCB establishment*.
Our expert Set Reviewers, shunning the fame and glory normally associated with such a task, quietly and anonymously pick apart The LEGO Group’s efforts, helping you to decide whether or not to open up your wallet.
They’re diligent, knowledgeable, nerdy… and most importantly they’re willing to work for nothing more than a microwave meal and the chance to gaze at TLCB’s intern from across the office.
Seriously though, our Set Reviewers do an excellent job and they really know their stuff, having reviewed everything from LEGO’s first large-scale vehicles from the late 1970s right up to the latest limited-edition Technic flagships. There may even be a famous name or two amongst them. And now we’d like you to join them!
If you own an official LEGO set that you think should be in the Set Review Library, you can help to put it there! We’re looking for funny, articulate writers to help increase the Library’s stock, and in doing so your words will feature on a site reaching over a million annual readers. There’s even some loot up for grabs for the best submission (details of which will follow).
How to Enter
Contact us; either here, via Flickr message, or via one of our Flickr group discussions, stating the LEGO set that you wish to review and providing us with a link to one of your online presences.
Stage 1 Approval; TLCB staff will review your suitability and respond with an acceptance or rejection. Apologies, not everyone will be accepted – please be prepared for a rejection if your chosen set is deemed unsuitable. If you are accepted we’ll ask for you to send us an image of your LEGO set with a unique phrase featuring somewhere in the photo to ensure that you do own the set in question.
Write your Review! You can get an idea of past Set Reviews via the Set Review Library, but you can be as creative as you like!
Stage 2 Approval; TLCB staff will review your Set Review, assessing its suitability for publication. Your words may require editing, and your Review may also be rejected – again, please be prepared for the possibility that your words are deemed to be unsuitable.
Publication! Once your Set Review is accepted it will be published on The Lego Car Blog! You can choose whether you’d like a link to your online presence to be included, or you can choose to remain anonymous.
Win! The Set Review with the highest averaged hits, combined with our judges’ assessment, will earn its writer some of the Lego loot that we have acquired here at TLCB!
That’s it! Simple huh? If you’d like to get your Set Review online for up to a million people a year, increase exposure to your own work, or if you’re just after some loot, then get in touch! Success could also open the door to other opportunities here at TLCB…
You thought we’d forgotten about this feature! And you’d be right. We’ve been spectacularly lazy at keeping the Blog/Site of the Month going. In fact we had to trawl the TLCB Archives to find the last time we featured a rival blog or website, and that’s no fun at all; TLCB Archives are very dark, very creepy, and most unnervingly they occasionally reverberate from the cackle of a long lost, and by now probably quite feral, TLCB Elf.
Anyway, after braving the Archives today we’ve corrected months (possibly even years) of neglect to resurrect Blog of the Month, so that we can share with you one the best new Lego blogs to come about in ages.
Sharing its initials with some other Lego blog, The Brick Bucket is a tidy looking fan-run Lego site featuring the best Lego creations from around the world, set reviews and Lego news. Created and staffed by Teen Fans of Lego (TFOLs), The Brick Bucket features a youthful exuberance that can be found wanting at some of the more po-faced Lego establishments, and yet is also thoroughly professional looking too. More so than the cobbled-together nonsense on this blog anyway.
A lot of rubbish things have happened over the last few months; the Charlie Hebdo attack, the cancellation of Top Gear due to a fight over a steak, and the arrival of ‘that bloody Lemur‘ (as it’s collectively known in TLCB office) at The Brothers Brick, a creature that generates such violent hate amongst our Elves that it’s difficult to keep them from storming TBB compound.
As years go then, 2015 has had a pretty rough ride so far, but thanks entirely to you guys TLCB has bucked this depressing trend brilliantly. For reasons we simply can’t fathom this ropey brick-based car blog has racked up another half a million views in the few short months since the one million mark was reached at the end of last year, taking the total to;
In celebration we’ve decided to bring back a feature that we parked a little while ago, with an eleventh addition to TLCB’s Master MOCers series. He’s probably the most well known, well loved, and inspirational Lego vehicle builder on the planet – join us tomorrow to find out more!
Earlier this week TLCB passed a momentous number! But – in typical TLCB fashion – we weren’t really paying attention, and so we missed it. Anyway, somewhat belatedly we’re delighted to announce TLCB view count has passed…
This means TLCB has received more views than the population of Qatar! And Fiji. And even Luxembourg. We’re not quite sure how a team as incompetent and amateurish as the one that resides in TLCB Towers has hit such a ridiculous number, so we can only conclude it’s down to you guys. The really cool part is that we’ll double this number in no time at all, as we track towards the magic 19,231 views required each week to hit one-million-a-year.
So from all of us here at The Lego Car Blog we’d like to say huge thank you to each of you reading this, especially to those of you who’ve added one of the 2,000+ comments (another milestone we missed earlier in the week!), have suggested a creation that we’ve featured, or who’ve seen your own work appear on these pages.
The Lego Car Blog Elves’ continual search to find the best LEGO vehicles on the internet has yielded some brilliant creations. But have you ever wondered how they choose what to bring back? Here are the guidelines they follow:
The ‘L’ is for ‘LEGO’: Perhaps a little obvious but the lines do get blurred with clone blands (e.g. Mega Bloks) and LDD. To stand the best chance of seeing a creation appear on The Lego Car Blog it’s best to use LEGO pieces only. Whilst we have occasionally blogged a digital creation, it’s fairly rare for us to do so. The Elves aren’t really interested in a creation unless they can climb on it.
And the ‘C’ is for ‘Car‘: The Lego Car Blog was set up in response to the disinterest of the established blogs in featuring LEGO vehicles. This means that we do have a car bias, but we’ll also publicise other vehicle-related creations, such as trucks, ships, sci-fi and motorcycles. If you’ve made a castle though… probably not.
Quality Control: The Elves are under strict instructions to return only high quality work, we like to blog the best! Take your time and do your research.
Pictures say a thousand words: So take yours well. Clean, contrasting backgrounds are easy to do and make a world of difference. Even the most impressive of creations will not feature on The Lego Car Blog unless the pictures are in focus, well lit and exclude any clutter from shot. These simple steps will make you look like a pro!
Don’t be a pirate: We endeavour to blog original creations only. Recreations will not be accepted. And they make the Elves cry. Similarly, creations by builders who trade ‘Likes‘, request high ratings, blatantly self-promote their creations, or otherwise engage in general community douchebaggery are unlikely to be considered.
Fresh Fruit: Here at the Lego Car Blog our aim is publicise new creations (typically those under a week old). This ensures that we bring you the freshest and most interesting creations on the ‘net.
That’s it! Easy huh? If you’ve found a creation that meets all of the above requirements you can suggest it to us via the Feedback and Submission Suggestions page and you could see it appear here!
We’ve been a bit cautious about posting this blog update, as we can scarcely believe it, but here goes…
The Lego Car Blog is reaching Half-a-Million people annually.
No, we don’t know how either, and honestly it’s more than a little bit scary. We don’t know how long we’re going to keep TLCB in operation, but it definitely feels bigger than us now. So, how would you, yes you reading this very sentence, like to be writing these words rather than reading them?
We would like to open the TLCB up to guest posts so that we can share the responsibility… er, we mean, offer an opportunity, to aspiring writers and bloggers with a passion for little plastic bricks to reach half-a-million worldwide readers.
Maybe you’re at school or college and would like to try writing for a large audience for the first time. Perhaps you’re an adult builder and you know of a Lego community or event that’s been overlooked that you’d like to share. Or maybe you’ve just bought an official LEGO set and would like to review it to help others make a purchase.
If this sounds like you then please get in touch with us through the Feedback and Submission Suggestions page, telling us a little bit about yourself (age, occupation, where you’re from, and include a contact email or Flickr account) and what you would like to write. You can remind yourself of what we look for by visiting our Submission Guidelines page. The team will then get in contact with you directly (and we’ll remove your contact details from your message for security).
Yesterday The Lego Car Blog passed a momentous number, as almost two years to the day since our first post, TLCB’s hit counter ticked over to the big Half-a-Mill. So, from all of us here at TLCB, a huge Thank You to each and every one of you – without your readership we simply wouldn’t be here.
You’ve come from Afghanistan to Zambia (and almost every country in-between), left over 1000 comments, and read over 700 articles since our creation this time two years ago.
We’ve also published articles by several guest bloggers – if you think you have something that the LEGO Community would like to read relating to LEGO cars or other vehicles please get in touch through the aforementioned routes, and you could see your work appear here.
As always, please let us know what you think of the publications so far and what you’d like to see more or less of. You can contact us in the usual ways via the Feedback page, or via Flickr.
The Lego Car Blog has grown from its humble beginnings as the amateur LEGO-related musings of some incompetent writers, to… er, ok, it’s still basically that. But we do now have a variety of additional content available upon which you can feast your eye-holes. Here we run through what resides away from the main page.
1. Set Reviews
The Lego Car Blog’s resident anoraks have amassed a fairly extensive library of set reviews and set comparisons. These are impartial, honest assessments of some of the sets that the office collectively owns. To see what we’ve reviewed so far take a visit to the Set Review Library here.
The Lego Car Blog Elves are occasionally quite formidable, especially in large groups. You might be able to take on three or four of them, but what if there’s a fifth, hiding somewhere behind you and armed with a pencil? As such we’ve managed to secure interviews with some of the best builders around, with only a few wounds to patch up once they got here. These have been compiled in our ‘Master MOCer’ Series, where you can read about how each builder got started in the LEGO Community, what influences them, and what they’ve got coming up. You can read all our interviews here, or by clicking on the ‘Interviews’ tab in the main menu.
All the content that has appeared on The Lego Car Blog is available to view in our archives by using the search function that can be found at the bottom of every page. The ‘tags’ at the foot of each post are also hyperlinked, allowing you to find similar content. For example, you could view all of the Set Previews that have appeared on The Lego Car Blog by typing ‘set preview’ into the search bar, or you could find all of the science-fiction posts by either typing ‘sci-fi’ into the search bar, or by clicking the relevant ‘tag’ attributed to one of the posts on the main page.
4. Feedback and Submission Suggestions
The Lego Car Blog is, we hope, a nicely accessible site. You can let us know what you think of us, what we’ve missed, and what you’d like to see by adding your thoughts to the Feedback Page here. You can also suggest creations that you think should be here. Not your own, as no-one likes a show-off, but nicety is often rewarded in the LEGO Community. Suggest a creation that you think deserves to be publicised and someone may do the same for you. To read what we look for and ensure your suggestion complies we recommend reading the submission criteria here.
And there you have it! Take a look around, let us know what you think, and if you’ve got an idea for something that you’d like to see here on The Lego Car Blog let us know; it’s your site too.
The Lego Car Blog Elves’ continual search to find the best LEGO vehicles on the internet has yielded some brilliant creations. But have you ever wondered how they choose what to bring back? Here are the guidelines they follow.
Rhys’ Pieces’ RX-7; Earning an Elf a meal token (plus a yellow Smartie)
Yesterday one of you guys, the readers who enable this blog to happen, added the 1,000th comment to The Lego Car Blog! So a big thank you from all of us here as we approach the half-a-million views mark. In less exciting news we’ve also deleted almost 15,000 spam comments. Most of these are for fake sunglasses or ‘medz’, but a few are for things far less savoury. It reminds us what a dark place the internet can be, and that hopefully we’re one of the good guys. As always, you can let us know what you think in the usual ways. Onwards to half-a-million!