Today’s second two-wheeled creation (we’re supposed to be a car blog…) proves you don’t need a billion pieces and to know the secret Brothers Brick handshake to see your brickwork blogged.
RGB900‘s chopper uses only a few dozen parts, about a third of which seem to be of the grippy clamp type (the Brothers Brick would probably know what they’re called though…), deployed in numerous clampy ways.
There’s more of RGB’s clamping to see on Flickr – click the link above clamp your eyes on his creation (or the other link for more bonus clamping!).
It’s that time of year again! Yup, this year’s select group of Eleven ‘volunteers’ – fired over The LEGO Company’s perimeter wall by way of the office catapult – have started to return, and today we can share with you the first batch of their finds!
So here they are, the brand new for 2022 LEGO Technic sets (Part 1)…
We start at the smaller end of the Technic range with this, the rather lovely looking 42123 Chopper. Aimed at ages 7+ and with just 163 pieces, 42123 should make for an excellent pocket-money set, and we think it’s absolutely perfect.
In recent times many smaller Technic sets have been woefully lacking any Technicness whatsoever, but not 42123, which features steering, chain drive, and a miniature piston engine. It also looks great and there’s a B-Model too. Perhaps one of the best Technic starter sets in years.
42134 Monster Jam Megalodon
Aaaand cue the Pull-Backs, which have historically been utter garbage. However last years’ sets brought two Monster Jam licensed monster trucks to bedroom floors, and we thought they were rather good. They still had zero Technic functionality, but if you’re going to jump a Technic set over a book-based ramp it might as well be a monster truck.
Continuing the success of the 2021 Pull-Backs, LEGO are bringing another pair of Monster Jam trucks to the Technic line-up for 2022, the first being 42134 Megalodon. A good representation of the real truck, 42134 resembles a giant shark with wheels, and what’s not to like about that? 260 pieces, colourful stickers, a reasonable B-Model, and a pocket-money friendly price are all expected.
42135 El Toro Loco
El Toro Loco (the crazy bull) is 2022’s second Pull-Back, and whilst perhaps not quite as accurate to the real Monster Jam Truck as 42134, it still looks pretty good. And it’ll no doubt jump over a line of toy cars beautifully.
247 pieces, lots of stickerage, and a B-Model too make the continuing Monster Jam line of Pull-Backs the best of the genre by some margin. They may not be particularly Technicy, but you can’t fire any of the other LEGO sets into a group of unsuspecting Elves in quite the same way, and for that alone there’s merit.
42137 Formula E Porsche 99X Electric
Ah, this is awkward. After praising the Monster Jam monster trucks as the best Pull-Back sets, here’s er… another, better, Pull-Back set. Or is it?
The 42137 Formula E Porsche 99X is certainly a bigger, more complex set. With 422 pieces and aimed at ages 9+, the building experience will be more in-keeping with proper Technic sets, and it does looks fairly accurate – no doubt helped by the real-world racing sponsorship decals.
But should a 422-piece Technic set do nothing beyond being a Pull-Back? OK, there is a mechanism to release said motor once it’s been wound, but that’s it. No steering, no suspension, and – albeit realistically as this is a Formula E racer – no engine either.
What 42137 does offer is LEGO’s first attempt at augmented reality, in which the model can appear to be somewhere it’s not courtesy of an app.
Said app might be really cool in practice, but if the set using it has no other features, is it a Technic set at all? It’s a thumbs down from us.
42138 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
Wait, what? Another one? LEGO must be really pleased with their new augmented reality feature…
The final set in Part 1 of our 2022 Technic preview is yet another Pull-Back, and another Ford Mustang, following the Speed Champions and Creator sets from past years.
This time it’s the latest Shelby GT500 variant that gets reborn in LEGO form, and it does look rather epic, particularly in lime green with racing stripes (although the sticker rear lights are rather lazy).
What’s considerably less epic is the feature-count, which – like the 42137 Formula E Porsche 99X – is limited to one; a pull-back motor with a mechanical release.
The augmented reality app may well be awesome, but a near 550-piece Technic set with just one working feature seems very weak to us. Perhaps we’re just getting old.
So there you have it, Part 1 of the 2022 LEGO Technic line-up, a new augmented reality app, and all but one set being a Pull-Back. We’ll take that little chopper motorcycle…
We were going to title this post ‘Square Heads’, but upon Googling it we learned it’s an offensive term for German, Dutch or Scandinavian persons. That was close. The perils of being an international blog we suppose! Anyway, these micro-scale bikers do have square heads, but we’re going to say they’re American, so we’re alright. They come from Flickr’s jarekwally (who might need to Google his title too…), whose inventive parts usage doesn’t stop at riders’ heads, but continues to both the motorcycles and the road upon which they’re travelling. (Square) head to jarekwally‘s photostream for more!
This beautiful chopper motorcycle workshop comes from yesterday’s bloggee Faber Mandragore, who’s becoming a regular here at TLCB. Fantastic attention to detail is in abundance, both in the garage and the brick-built custom chopper, and you can take a closer look on Flickr via the link.
Discovered by one of our Elves on Flickr, this funky chopper motorcycle gives Mark Dock his TLCB debut. Simply constructed and with a superb engine there’s more to see of Mark’s Model Team motorbike at his photostream. Click the link above to make the jump.
Flickr’s Redfern1950s is one of TLCB’s favourite builders, thanks to builds such as this one. This beautifully constructed hardtail chopper motorcycle is packed full of excellent detailing and brilliantly minimalist design cues, making it not just worthy of appearance here but – far more impressively – of display at The LEGO House in Billund, where it’s been on show to the public.
All of that is very cool, but where this build really scores is its wheels. Not satisfied with any of LEGO’s designs Redfern has created his own brick-built eight-spoke turbine-effect wheels with more ingenious building techniques contained within them than many builders achieve in a year of uploads. There’s more to see of Redfern’s brilliant wheels – and chopper they’re attached to – at his photostream; take a look via the link above.
It’s early January, a time when kids everywhere shuffle despondently back into their crumbling educational establishments whilst their parents celebrate the survival of another Christmas.
Back in the 1970s this routine was exactly the same, only – if you were really lucky – you wouldn’t be shuffling to school, you’d be riding this; a brand new Raleigh Chopper bike!
Ludicrously styled, with a gear select lever mounted on the frame, high-rise ape-hanger bars, and oddly-sized wheels, there was nothing cooler in the whole world.
This glorious homage to one of the 1970s’ defining designs comes from Melan-E of Flickr, who has recreated not only the infamous Raleigh but also a few other ’70s icons to go with it, including a cassette tape boom-box and a retro backpack.
There’s much more of this brilliant creation to see at Melan-E’s photostream – click the link above to hang out with her behind the bike sheds.
Redfern1950s continues his run of beautifully designed motorcycles with this absolutely gorgeous police-issue chopper. Redfern is very probably the king of motorbike detailing at the moment, and his latest work also comes in civilian flavour too (see below), but that one doesn’t allow for a witty title. You can see more of both builds at Redfern’s photostream – click here to make the jump to Flickr.
Today is America’s Independence Day, when – if our memory serves us correctly – Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum saved Earth from an Alien invasion. In celebration, here’s a pig on a motorbike! Sorry America, we’ve had a lot of sugar today.
If you’d like to learn more about Independence Day visit your local library,* and if you’d like to see more of the motorcycle-riding hog, courtesy of Brickshelf’s icemonster, click this link.
Only a few short days after his last appearance here at TLCB, redfern1950s returns with another stunningly creative motorcycle. This one’s a hard-tail chopper and it uses some of LEGO’s weirder parts brilliantly. See what you can spot via the link above.
The Lego Car Blog Elves love post-apocalyptic violence. Possibly because they secretly harbour thoughts of a victorious Elven uprising that results in a brutal Elf-ruled dystopia. For now though thankfully these dreams only manifest themselves when they watch Mad Max films and an Elf gets run over by a colleague riding the wheeled mop-bucket.
This particular TLCB writer finds the choice of transportation in the aforementioned films an odd one though. Always hugely over-powered, flame-spitting and gloriously thirsty, post-apoc vehicles seem completely opposed to what you would actually want in a world short on gas and spare parts. The perfect post-apoc vehicle is surely a Toyota Prius, Nissan Leaf or Honda Insight. Reliable, efficient, and quiet.
And boring. Which is why movies shun their practicalities in favour of vehicles like this one. It’s a post-apoc chopper by Flickr’s Stephan Johnsson, and it fits the over-powered, flame-spitting and gloriously thirsty category perfectly. Entitled ‘Wasteland Roamer’ Stephan’s creation is beautifully constructed and there’s more to see at his phtostream – click the link above to fire it up.
LEGO’s hot-air-ballon pieces might seem a bit single-use to some, but not to Flickr’s František Hajdekr, who has incorporated them brilliantly into his swooping Technic chopper. Float over to Flickr on link above.