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The End is Nigh

Lego WALL-E and Eve

WALL-E; the last surviving cute robot on an abandoned Earth tasked with tidying up the mess we made. Disney-Pixar’s masterpiece melted hearts around the world in 2008, but a decade on in 2018 several pieces of news have emerged over the course of the year that make us sure we’re heading ever closer to the grim reality depicted in the movie.

The world is in the midst of a mass extinction crisis, CO2 output has risen for the first time in 4 years, and our oceans are filling with plastic.

We don’t yet have cute little rubbish-collecting robots like the Wall-E and Eve pairing built by Flickr’s Luis Peña pictured here to help, but there are a few very easy things that we can do to lessen our impact upon our environment. Turn things off, recycle everything we can, and switch Google for Ecosia. Each year around 300,000 visitors arrive here at The Lego Car Blog directly via a search engine. If they all arrived via the tree-planting alternative Ecosia that would be a lot of trees!

To find out more about what The LEGO Company is doing to reduce its environmental impact click here and to see more of Luis’ brilliant Wall-E and Eve builds click the link above.

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Tin TinTin*

Lego Tin Tin Jeep

Toy cars aren’t made of tin anymore, so they’ll be played with for a few years and then take another 10,000 to degrade. Still, we suppose LEGO’s no different being plastic too. Back from an era when toy cars were made from tin though, Tintin was the Belgian hero of the moment (and perhaps the only one ever if you don’t count Jean-Claude Van Damme).

One of his (Tintin, not Van Damme)’s many vehicles was this neat red Jeep, and being a popular toy at the time it meant children could have a tin Tintin Jeep. Not made from tin (but no less lovely) is this plastic recreation of the classic Willys, which comes from Johnni D of Flickr. Tintin and Snowy are nowhere to be found, but there’s more to see of their ride from ‘The Land of the Black Gold’ at Johnni’s photostream – click the link above to make the jump.

*If you’re from Yorkshire in the UK, today’s title also means ‘It isn’t in the tin’.

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Nerdliokart

Lego Mario Kart

We’re kinda get the feeling that here at The Lego Car Blog we’re a regular annoyance to the proper Lego blogs The Brothers Brick and Bricknerd. That might be because we do regularly try to annoy them though. Nevertheless, Bricknerd do have a neat competition running currently, where their nerdy mascot, er… Nerdly*, is making appearances in LEGO form. Here he is tackling Mario Kart’s fearsome Rainbow Road, and he’s still got two balloons left and a blue shell! Flickr’s [Clever Lego Reference] is hoping for the win and you can see more of his nerdy racer at his photostream via the link above.

*We’ve considered doing something similar with our ‘mascots’, the Elves, but you really wouldn’t want that**.

**Still, at least they’re not that bloody lemur.

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Tank-a-Cycle

Lego Kleines Kettenkraftrad HK 101

This may be a cartoony creation, but the German military really did drive/ride about in these. It’s a Kleines Kettenkraftrad HK 101, or SdKfz 2 for short (our name for it is way better), a kind of half-tank-half-motorbike configuration designed to fit inside the hold of a Junkers JU 52 transport plane.

The SdKfz 2 was the only gun tractor capable of being transported by air in this way and it therefore became one of the most versatile vehicles of the German military, being used for everything from troop transport over deep mud to pulling heavy loads, aircraft tug work, and even cable-laying.

The Kettenkraftrad HK 101 was designed and built by NSU (who later became Audi), using the Schachtellaufwerk overlapped and interleaved road wheel mechanism found on almost all of Germany’s tracked military vehicles.

Lego SdKfz 2 KettenKrad

A four-cylinder Opel motor gave the SdKfz 2 a top speed of around 40mph, and it could climb slopes of over 24°, even in sand. A skid-steer system operated in addition to the somewhat superfluous-looking front wheel, allowing the SdKfz 2 to nimbly (for a 1.5 ton vehicle) traverse the most impassible terrains.

This magnificent recreation of the Kettenkraftrad HK 101 comes from previous bloggee and TLCB favourite Redfern1950s, who has built his SdKfZ in Afrika Korps specification, complete with two cartoonish German military officers, a removable engine-cover, and a good shot at the fantastically complicated Schachtellaufwerk track system.

There’s much more to see of Redfern’s delightful Kettenkraftrad HK 101 model as well as his other vehicles from the Nazis’ short-lived Afrika Korps campaign on Flickr – click these words to make the jump!

Lego Afrika Korps Kettenkrad

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Out of Africa

Lego Afrika Korps - Sd Kfz 7

Germany got a bit ambitious in the 1940s. Not content with being complete dicks in Europe, they sent an expeditionary force to North Africa to assist their ally Mussolini in expanding his fascist ideas across the Mediterranean. Fortunately before long the Italian King had had enough of Mussolini and arrested him in 1943, triggering the collapse of Italy’s invasions and the eventual switch to fighting against, rather than for, the Germans.

This led to the German forces surrendering in Africa in 1943, although of course continuing to fight everywhere else, and the Afrika Korps were disbanded. Not really a worthwhile campaign then, but the Afrika Korps did get some very cool vehicles…

Lego Sd Kfz 7 Half-track

This is one of them, an Sd kHz 7 half-track, which was kinda like an armed, convertible, off-road people carrier. Watch Audi launch one imminently…

This wonderful cartoon-esque Afrika Korps Sd kHz 7 comes from previous bloggee and TLCB favourite Redfern1950s, and not only has he loaded his half-track with period-correct goodies, he’s built some interesting-looking characters to ride in it too!

There’s much more of the Sd kHz 7 to see at Red’s Flickr photostream – head to Africa and join the Korps via the link above!

Lego Sd Kfz 7 Half-track

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Seasonally Inappropriate

Lego Easter Bunny Hot Rod

It’s the Fourth of July, and thus we have an Easter and Halloween themed double for you today! TLCB nailing holiday timings once again…

Anyhoo, this delightful pair of cartoon creations comes from Kale Frost of Flickr, who has built the Easter Bunny and a cavalcade of ghoulish monsters their own remote control hot rods.

Whilst we enjoy using these to chase down the Elves in the halls of TLCB Towers you can see more of Kale’s seasonal builds at his photostream – click the links in the text above to take a look!

Lego RC Monster Hot Rod

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Missed You Like Crazy

Lego Crazy Engine Racers

The Lego Car Blog Elves are most perplexed today. Somewhat unbelievably, seeing as these builds could almost have been made for them, they missed this unique collection of ‘Crazy Engine’ racers by yu chris. We have a reader to thank for their appearance and you can see more of each crazy cartoon contraption on Flickr via the link above.

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The Search for Red Rackham’s Treasure

Lego Tintin Sirius

The Lego Car Blog’s offices don’t have a classy desk area with those little brass plaques and fancy green desk lights. We do have a mostly-stocked beer fridge and a shrine to Megan Fox behind the photocopier though, and not many workplaces can say that.

However, if we did have a fancy desk area we’d love to place this in it. This beautiful creation is a mini-figure scale replica of the Sirius ship used by Tintin in the search for Red Rackham’s treasure, and it’s ludicrously pretty. Built by previous bloggee Stefan Johansson there are gorgeous details and ingenious building techniques in abundance, and there’s much more of Stefan’s wonderfully photographed vessel to see on Flickr. Click the link above to hoist anchor.

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Dispatched

Lego Dispatch Rider Afrika Korps

If you’re a member of the NRA then everything can be improved with the addition of a gun. High school security? Add a gun. Patriotism? You’ll definitely need a gun. Motorbikes? Much cooler with a gun.

OK, we’ve made that last one up.* Still, Redfern1950s‘ previously featured Dispatch Bike has received a Second Amendment upgrade and even we** admit that it does look cool! Re-purposed in Africa Korps spec it also includes a serious looking cartoon rider, so it can now dispatch people instead of packages.

Click the link above to head over to Redfern’s photostream for all the pictures.

Lego Afrika Korps Bike

*Except we haven’t.

**There is an alternative.

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The Stig Vs. Lightning McQueen!

Lego Cars 3

If you’re here and you’re six*, you’re going to enjoy the video below! Fresh from the Disney Pixar ‘Cars 3’ movie, Lighting McQueen, Cruz Ramirez and Mater are visiting the Top Gear Test Track in LEGO form, and they’re about to meet a very special resident!

LEGO’s official Disney Pixar ‘Cars 3’ Juniors sets are available to buy now.

*Or a TLCB Elf

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Post-Apoc-Rod

Lego Post-Apoc-Rod

If ever there was a car styled by a TLCB Elf, this is it. Flickr’s Mark of Falworth clearly has Elf blood running through him which – whilst undoubtedly concerning for Mark’s friends and family – does mean his mind is capable of some gloriously outlandish oddities. There’s more to see of this one at his photostream via the link above.

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Thunderbirds are GO(NE)!

Lego Thunderbird 3

Poor Alan Tracy. Left alone in space to man the Thunderbird 5 space station, in love with the beautiful Tin-Tin who’s back on earth, and having given up a career as a championship-winner racing driver, the youngest of the Tracy brothers seems to have got the bum deal. Well, apart from John of course, who has to wear lilac.

Still, Alan does get one perk, and it’s a good one – for he gets to pilot the insane Thunderbird 3 space rocket. Pictured here blasting off from Tracy Island, it appears that Alan and his brothers are abandoning earth for good. Maybe they’ve had enough of Donald Trump. Whatever the reason, it’s a spectacular scene containing some absolutely stellar building techniques, both in the wonderful recreation of Thunderbird 3 and the superb Tracy Island buildings and scenery.

Monstrophonic of Flickr is the brains behind it and there’s more to see of his jaw-dropping creation at his photostream. Click the link above to start the famous countdown. 5… 4… 3… 2… 1… Thunderbirds are GO!

Lego Thunderbird 3

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Party Animals!

Lego Ford Model T Party Animals

Things are getting wild down on the farm! This menagerie of drunken farm animals doesn’t look dissimilar to the last party we had here at TLCB Towers. If you replace the Ford Model T with a wheelie chair. And the farm animals with a near-comatose TLCB staff writer. And the riotous abandon with remorseful crying. And ‘party’ with ‘drinking alone’.

Anyway, enough about this blogger’s Friday night, this wonderful scene comes from Paul (aka Brick Baron) of Flickr and it was built for this year’s BrickCon Lego convention. There’s more to see of his colourful party animals at his photostream – click the link above to make the jump!

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Christmas Convertible

Lego Santa Roadster

It’s not quite the festive season yet, but as we hate Cyber Monday almost as much as we do Black Friday we’re willing to come a little early to avoid the frenzied consumerism. Anyhoo, Santa and his Elves (which, make no mistake, are a very different sub-species to ours) are about to enter their busiest month, so Saint Nic is having one last wild party before the hard work begins.

Father Christmas’s parties are world-renowned, and this one involves a sports car, a polar bear, a reindeer, and an anthropomorphic lump of snow, so it easily beats the last party we had here at TLCB Towers which involved little more than sausage rolls, cheap beer and regret.

LEGO 7 is the doorman at Santa’s shindig and you can see if your name is on the list to get in courtesy of his photostream – click the link above and cross your fingers.

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When You Gotta Go…

Lego Toilet Go Kart

The brown rain, the trots, chocolate thunder, trouser chilli, a Havana omelette, the squits, devil’s coffee, Ghandi’s revenge…

We’ve all been there, and it’s always funny when it’s not you. Legohaulic has immortalised one of mankind’s universal afflictions in go-kart form (we particularly like the handy plunger for a steering wheel!), and you can see more of his Porcelain Express on Flickr. Grab a toilet roll and click the link above to join the queue for a number two.

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