Purple is an interesting colour. It’s the best sweet in a box of Quality Street (that reference might not translate very well), the hue of a popular children’s TV dinosaur that – frankly – should stop bloody singing and just eat the children, and – more nerdily – it means you’ve set the fastest sector in a motor race. Despite these associations however, purple is not a popular choice for cars.
In the late ’00s Dodge changed that somewhat, with the arrival of their reborn Challenger, that not only brought the iconic muscle car back, it returned the gloriously-named ‘Hellraisin Purple’ to forecourts after about forty years.
Recreating the reincarnated Challenger, and the only colour you should consider owning a Challenger in, is Michael217, who has constructed this ace fully RC Model Team version of Dodge’s 00’s muscle car.
Remote control drive and steering, front and rear suspension, opening doors, hood, trunk and sunroof, and a whole lot of purple bricks make this a model worth a closer look, and you can do just that at both Eurobricksand Bricksafe. Click the links to raise some hell.
The Elves have been busy! A crack team of ‘volunteers’, sent into the bowels of The LEGO Company’s HQ, have returned, some of them without any German Shepherd teeth marks at all! The fruits of their mission are six new Speed Champions sets for 2021, and – more excitingly – two brand new manufacturer partnerships.
76900 Koenigsegg Jesko
The first of the two new manufacturer partnerships is the hardest to spell. Swedish hypercar maker Koenigsegg have been a bedroom wall staple for years, and 76900 will bring Koenigsegg’s 1,300bhp (and rumoured 300+mph top speed) Jesko to bedroom floors too when it arrives alter this year. The Speed Champions version includes 280 pieces and – to our eyes – really looks the part. Expect it to cost around $20/£15 when it hits stores, and for bedroom floors to be a much faster place.
76901 Toyota GR Supra
The second new partnership is the one we’re most excited about, although perhaps not the first model to come from it. 76901 marks the first officially licensed Toyota set, and brings their spectacularly styled fifth generation Supra into the Speed Champions line-up. It’s a shame then that the resulting model looks so awkward, in particular the dodgy-looking stickered headlights. Still, LEGO know what sells, and we suspect that 76901 will be mighty popular. Plus, if it opens the door to a Technic or Creator Toyota Land Cruiser, Le Mans racer, or Yaris WRC car, we’re all for it. Aimed at ages 7+, expect 299 parts and the usual $20/£15 price-tag.
76902 McLaren Elva
The third new set in the 2021 Speed Champions line-up recreates yet another McLaren in brick form. The near $2million Elva is one of far too many real-world McLaren special editions, giving LEGO a vast range of McLaren cars to turn into sets. It’s not one of our favourites this one, although the wing-mirror looks cool. Less stickers (good), less parts (bad), and likely the same price-tag as the sets above.
76903 Chevrolet C8.R & ’68 Chevrolet Corvette
This is more like it! The first double-car set of the 2021 Speed Champions range, 76903 brings the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R racing car and ’68 Corvette C3 to the line-up, and they both look fantastic. The modern C8.R shows how stickers should be applied (i.e. to create a livery, not as a substitute for the brick-built basics), whilst the classic C3 might be one of the nicest Speed Champions road cars ever. 76903 includes 512 parts, two mini-figures, and is expected to cost around $40/£35 when it arrives later this year.
76904 Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster & ’70 Dodge Challenger
The American road and racing car combo continues with 76904; Dodge’s iconic ’70 Challenger (in their excellent ’70s purple!) alongside an enormous Mopar Top Fuel dragster. Unlike the larger sets from previous years no gantry or starting lights are included (which is fine by us as they always look a bit rubbish), but the size of the dragster alone increases the piece count to 627. Two mini-figures and a lot of stickers for the dragster are included, and we expect 76904 to cost around $60/£55.
76905 Ford GT Heritage Edition & Bronco R
The final new set in the 2021 H2 Speed Champions range continues LEGO’s successful partnership with Ford, recreating the Ford GT in Heritage Edition spec and the brand new Ford Bronco. The GT features as many stickers as the rest, although they do work well here, whilst the Bronco R is covered in even more. They kind of suit the Bronco though, which also includes a very cool looking blue roll cage, sump guard, and spare tyre cage too. Like the other double vehicle sets, 76905 is aimed at ages 8+, and actually includes the most parts at 660 (although many are small pieces). Expect 76905 to cost around $55/£50, and for that Bronco to be used to jump over all manner of household objects after it goes on sale later in the year.
This Elves are very excited today. Not only does this excellent 1970 Dodge Challenger feature a hood scoop (Elf points), many drag racing modifications (more Elf points), and a brick built nitrous kit (even more Elf points), it’s fully remote controlled too, with LEGO’s monstrous Buggy Motor driving the rear wheels.
A Servo powers the steering, not that you’ll really need that at the drag strip (in this case TLCB office corridor), there’s working suspension (independent front and live-axle rear), plus opening doors, hood, and trunk.
It’s a mega bit of kit and one we fully intend to drive up and down the corridor to much Elven whooping until the battery is flat. Whilst we get on with that arduous testing you can check out more of Michael217’s awesome creation at both Eurobricks and Bricksafe – click the links to take a look!
We have a very happy Elf here in TLCB Towers today. Not only has it earned a meal, and a yellow Smartie (due to the yellowness of its find), it also managed to use the model it found to squash a fellow Elf. Only one, but that’s better than none if you’re one of our smelly little workers. It required some ingenuity to do it too, seeing as the model it found is on the slow side, but we won’t detail its methods here as we suspect some of the Elves are learning to read.
The find in question is this enormous fully remote controlled Challenger MT965E tractor, controlled via bluetooth thanks to a third-party BuWizz battery and with a suite of Power functions motors. An XL Motor drives all four wheels (making it appropriately slow, hence the lone squashee), whilst the MT965E’s articulated steering is delivered by two linear actuators driven by an L Motor. There are manual locking differentials, a working V12 engine, a Medium Motor powered rear hitch, and an L Motor driven rear power take-off.
All of that makes newcomer mktechniccreations’ creation seriously impressive from an engineering perspective, plus it looks super accurate too, with its excellent action to detail enhanced by realistic custom decals. There’s more to see of the Challenger MT965E at mktechniccreations’ Bricksafe folder and at the Eurobricks forum, where you can also find a link to building instructions and a video of the model in action.
Discovered on Flickr today, this is a Caterpillar Challenger MT 865 tractor, and not only does it look properly cool for a tractor, it’s towing something that has so many ‘Your Mom’ jokes we don’t know where to start. Keko007‘s Krampe Big Body 500 is as detailed as the Caterpillar pulling it, and you can see more at Keko’s album via the link above.
We already know Father Christmas is a pretty cool dude. He owns an array of machinery (according to you lot), from hot rods to hover cars, and Supras to snowmobiles, and now it’s the turn of Santa’s sleigh to get an upgrade. Flickr’s tony bovkoon has given Saint Nick’s flying present distribution system a lot more attitude, courtesy of a side-piped Dodge Challenger! We’re not sure what the V8 behind those side pipes is for, seeing as there is no way for any of its power to get to the snow, but it sure looks cool. Head to Tony’s album on Flickr to take a look!
If this TLCB Writer makes it to old age he’ll likely spend his days sat in an armchair, TV guide in hand (with the news and gardening programmes highlighted), bemoaning the deep untrustworthiness of anyone under the age of 30.
Not so this elderly dude, who’s not only hitting the beach to surf some rad tubes, he’s got himself a bright yellow 1970 Dodge Challenger convertible to take him there. Flickr’s vir-a-cocha is the builder behind this silver surfer and you can join him on the sand via the link.
The Dodge Challenger has appeared here numerous times over the years. This isn’t that Challenger. Nope, this one is made by Caterpillar, and it comes from a series of tractors that were the first to be specifically designed to run on tracks.
This brilliant Model Team recreation of the latest Challenger MT865C comes from the appropriately-named Eric Trax, who has done a simply astonishing job replicating the Caterpillar in Lego form. And Eric’s creation is far from a static model…
Inside the beautifully constructed exterior are a wealth of electronic and pneumatic components, allowing Eric’s Challenger to drive, skid-steer, and power both an on-board compressor and power-take-off.
Hooked up to the back of the MT865 is a Kinze 1050 grain trailer, complete with its own Medium motor and pneumatics to control the unloading auger.
All of these functions can be controlled remotely via bluetooth, thanks to the third-party SBrick concealed within the build. This enables the models to be controlled by a phone or, as Eric has done, by a Playstation 4 controller!
There’s much more to see of this amazing Caterpillar Challenger MT865C tractor and Kinze 1050 grain trailer at both Brickshelf and the Eurobricks forum – click the link to see all of the images and to read complete build details.
Launched in 1970 the Dodge Challenger was the Chrysler Corporation’s answer to the Ford’s Mustang and General Motors’ Camaro. To compete with the wide variety of models available from Ford the Challenger could be specified in a myriad of engine and trim options, from a 3.4 litre slant-6 making about 4bhp to the monstrous 7 litre and 7.2 litre Hemi and RB V8s. You can guess which end of this scale we have represented here today!
The original Challenger only lasted a few short years, arriving very late to the muscle car party when most people were already passed out or staggering home. The fuel crisis of the 1970s didn’t help much either and the Challenger was gone by 1974. Despite its short lifespan though, original Challengers are seriously sought-after, and the design made enough of a lasting impression for Chrysler to resurrect it with a retro-styled reboot in 2008, a car which is still available today.
This absolutely spectacular 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T (with the big V8) comes from previous bloggee Dave Slater who has captured the real car beautifully in Model Team form. Opening doors reveal a wonderfully detailed interior, whilst the iconic hood can raise to reveal a stunning (and very orange) replica of the 426 Hemi V8 underneath.
There are lots more brilliant images to see at Dave’s Dodge Challenger R/T Flickr album – click the link above, find an empty and dead-straight road, and nail the throttle.
This utterly glorious creation is a near perfect scale replica of the mighty Dodge Challenger R/T, very probably the definitive muscle car of the early 1970s.
It’s been built by previous bloggee Havoc, and it is an absolute work of Lego art. Fully detailed from the radiator hose in the engine bay right down to the ‘wood’ trim on the door cards, Havoc’s build is one of the most brilliant Lego cars that we’ve ever had the pleasure of publishing.
A huge gallery of stunning imagery is available to view on Flickr by clicking here, which is where you’ll find us for the next while, gazing in wonder and wishing we were as talented with a LEGO brick.
This impressive trio of classic American muscle cars comes from MOCpages’ Heiko Rüütel. From left to right; ’65 Ford Mustang, ’71 Plymouth ‘Cuda and ’70 Dodge Challenger R/T. There’s more to see of each at Heiko’s MOCpages account – click the link above to check them out.
If someone said they’d built a yellow three-wheeler we would probably think of this. Which is about as far from this monstrous Challenger Terra Gator as you can get. There’s more to see on Brickshelf courtesy of Samolot.
This wonderful classic space Dodge Charger* is the collaborative work of Kristi and Cody at Custom Bricks and C3Brix respectively. Kristi has been hard at work knocking up some most excellent decals to decorate Cody’s Charger design. As well as the classic space iteration above, Kristi has liveried the most iconic Charger of them all, the Dukes of Hazard ‘General Lee’. Both cars can be found on Flickr – click the links above to see more.
*You won’t find us making a very poor taste space-related joke about Dodge’s other ’60s muscle car. Nope. We’re rising above it today.
The chase. The desert. The shack. The girl. The roadblock. The end. Nick Barrett recreates the ultimate road movie with his superb forced-perspective scene from the legendary 1971 film ‘Vanishing Point’. The piece earns him a place in the MOCpages 2013 MOC Olympics semi-finals, and you can see the amazing techniques that Nick used to create the above shot at his MOCpage here.