Uh oh! Space Pirates! You know, pirates… but in space! Flickr’s captainsmog owns the mind that has magnificently merged two of LEGO’s most beloved themes and you can see more of his piratical antics via the link above.
There was a whole extra day in this year’s Febrovery competition, with many builders taking advantage of this to squeeze their creations across the finish line. And some still missed it…
In celebration of those that didn’t quite manage the deadline, which was fittingly extended this year for space-based reasons, here are three of our favourite rovers that might be more Marovery than Febrovery.
First (above) is Scott Willhelm‘s enormous entry, complete with magnificent brick-built wheels fitted to ends of whatever you all those chassis-arm-thingies. Those chassis-arm-thingies are a bit of a theme this year, kinda like full-width light bars appearing on literally every new car design of late, but much like them they do look cool. See more at the link!
Our second fashionably-late Febrovery entry comes (above) from Faber Mandragore, who has also deployed chassis-arm-thingies to great effect. A transparent domed cockpit and an assortment of science fictiony equipment keep the build suitably futuristic and there’s more to see at Faber’s photostream via the link above.
Our final featured Febrovery creation (above) is very possibly our favourite, eschewing cool chassis-arm-thingies for a single slightly tragic looking jockey wheel, reminiscent of those miserable looking tractor tugs you see at the airport.
Spectacularly inappropriate for a surface littered with craters and rocks, and with an exhaust stack that raises unanswerable questions about how an internal combustion engine works without air, ‘Benny’s Space Trike’ is clearly our winner and you can see more courtesy of Blake Foster by clicking here.
Until next year, keep rovin’…
The world could learn something from LEGO’s perennially smiling Classic Spacemen, peacefully conducting whatever research and exploration missions their giant fleshy masters directed them towards.
First featured here over five years ago, TLCB favourite Billyburg has recently updated his 6950 Rocket Launcher redux, and we like it more than ever. Of course this being a Classic Space vehicle the rockets on board Billyburg’s 8×8 transport are not firing Russian implements of death at airliners, rather satellites for, well… we’re not sure, but we bet it’s something wholesome.
There’s more to see of Billyburg’s brilliant 6950 redux at his photostream – click here to head into Classic Space.
We’ve often written about how for a creation to be blogged here it needs high quality images with clean backgrounds and natural light. So here’s a creation with two suns and background made of cosmic rock.
TLCB debutant Purple-Wolf has taken the photoshop* route to present his neat Classic Space ‘LL C12 Transport’ ship, and to stunning effect. Head to, er… wherever this is, via the link to his photostream above.
*Other image editing tools are available.
A few Elves got into the stationary cupboard over the weekend and between them ate four entire glue sticks. The result was some very sticky Elf droppings, and also some fairly trippy Elves, which may explain today’s somewhat spaced-out theme.
These two wonderful Neo-Classic Space builds were built for The Brothers Brick (wut!?), each rebooting LEGO’s ancient ‘Classic Space’ line with the latest parts and a whole lot more detail than the original sets achieved back in the early ’80s.
The first (above) comes from space-building legend Alec Hole, who has taken inspiration from the classic 6970 Beta Command Base set from 1980, with its launch pad, control room, and a funky little monorail thing that moved between the two. Alec’s version uses the same recipe but knocks it up a notch with some incredible attention to detail and enough ‘greebling’ for a model five times its size. We love it, and there’s more to see at Alec’s photostream by clicking here.
Today’s second Neo-Classic Space build (below) forgoes the usual rocket-propulsion system for good old fashioned rotors, creating a spacey helicopter that bears a strong resemblance to any one of a number of irritating drones. With Classic Space’s vintage colour scheme, a trans-yellow cockpit, and a smiling Classic Spaceman at the controls, Tim Goddard’s ‘Dragonfly‘ is much more our bag than annoying people in the park with a remote control helicopter (sorry drone owners). Head to Tim’s photostream via link above to see more, whilst we figure out how to remove some insanely sticky Elf droppings.
TLCB staff are shadows. Ghosts. Ninjas. We’ve chosen to blog under the cloak of anonymity as a) it makes us feel a bit like secret agents, b) it protects our impartiality (there’s no cronyism here), and c) perhaps most importantly, this blog isn’t about us; it’s about the Lego Community and our readers.
We therefore understand the builder of the creation in this post’s wish to remain anonymous, although it does mean there is no link to see more of their build. The build in question looks like a Model Team creation at first glance, but is in fact staffed by the heroic and perennially happy mini-figures of Classic Space, making it a ‘Town’ scale build. Just a bloody massive one.
Pictured on Classic Space’s awesome lunar baseplates with a 497 Galaxy Explorer set in the background, the anonymous builder’s creation can be found nowhere else, so all we can say is enjoy it here and place your guesses in the comments.
Benny has made a few modifications to his 1970 Chevrolet C10 pick-up truck…
Well, actually it’s only one modification, but if you look closely at the image above you might be able to spot it. That plasmawarpdrive9000* is sure to keep Benny smiling at the traffic light grand prix! The Chevy’s load capacity has been compromised somewhat though.
Flickr’s Pasq67 owns the mind behind this and there’s more to see at his SpaceTruck album via the link!
M-Tron have gone badass! This marvellous contraption was found on Brickshelf by one of our Elves today, and it continues M-Tron’s transformation from nerdy magnet collectors to fearsome space heroes. Or something like that. This M-Tron ‘M-20 Neon Strider’ by CP5670 not only looks bloody brilliant, but feed it compressed air and eight pneumatic cylinders and fourteen switches will cause it automatically (and probably very spookily) march its way across the floor. Now there’s a way to terrify your cat. Head to the Brickshelf gallery via the link above to check it out!
If yesterday’s Classic Space recruitment poster didn’t do the trick then this surely will! From bi-pedal mechs and lunar rovers to drop ships and mining tractors, Classic Spacemen and Spacewomen get to pilot all sorts of awesome machinery. And, being strictly research-based, there’s virtually no chance* of being blown up or imprisoned by Blacktron agents! Yu Chris continues the Classic Space recruitment drive and there’s more to see of his wonderful array of Classic Space vehicles on Flickr. Click the link above to sign up!
*Not a guarantee.
Looking like the coolest recruitment poster in the world (or off of it for that matter), Flickr’s Veynom sure knows how to get our attention. Veynom is making his TLCB debut thanks to his glorious LL-238 spacecraft (pictured here in a ‘Cosmic Infographic’ courtesy of Muad’Brick), hurtling through space above a proud flag-planting classic spaceman. Join the cause at Veynom’s photostream via the link above and do your bit!
A fair question. But we would think that because we’re the ones asking it. Anyway, enough inner-monologue, because we are still a car blog (there’ll be an awesome car appearing here tomorrow), but we had three Elves return with sci-fi builds today and there’d have been a fight had we not blogged them.
They are all excellent though, and they begin with Marco Marozzi‘s ‘Buddha Heavy mech’ (above) so called because it has precisely nothing in common with the ancient Indian philosopher.
Next up we have a neo-classic spaceship from John Lamarck, with very probably the coolest design of any spaceship ever. Two inter-connected rings circle a spherical cockpit, suspended in the middle by magic (we presume), whilst two rotating engines mounted on one of the rings power the craft.
Lastly we have this, a spectacularly intricate spacecraft by Nick Trotta. Called the ‘Refraction R/99’ it features a single-wing design with a centrally mounted mini-figure cockpit complete with a very jazzy canopy cover.
There’s more to see of each of today’s three sci-fi builds on Flickr via the links in the text above, and we’ll be back tomorrow with an actual car. We promise.
We’re pretty sure that the mini-figure heroes of Classic Space (and every other kind of LEGO Space) don’t use fossil fuels to move around. Firstly, hopefully we’ll be off the oil drug in the next decade or so (even as a car blog we hope for that!), so future spacemen definitely won’t need it, and secondly as we all know, Classic Spacemen always wear helmets and air tanks, so internal combustion engines can’t be an option.
Nevertheless, liquid spacey stuff is still evidently in use in the LEGO Space universe, whether that be space beer, space coke, or – we suppose – regular non-space air for those mini-figure air tanks. Thus space tankers are a certain space requirement, and if they look like this marvellous Classic Space ‘Tanker Rover’ by Flickr’s Alec Hole that’s totally OK with us.
Head to Alec’s photostream (which is mostly in space) via the link above to see more, whilst we see if we’ve broken some sort of TLCB record for the most uses of the word ‘space’ in a single post.
What’s this? Have the permanently smiling spacemen of Classic Space gone rogue and built themselves a giant cannon on the moon? Apparently not, as Flickr’s Jon Blackford claims that this installation is an ‘Asteroid Defence’. Sure Jon, and Japan’s whaling programme is just for ‘research’. Whatever those Classic Spacemen are up to you can check it out by clicking here.
The mini-figures of Classic Space led a peaceful and research-based life, flying across the galaxy to explore new worlds with a permanent smile printed upon their little yellow faces.
But things have changed. M-Tron, Blacktron and even the nerds of Ice Planet have recently got a whole lot more fighty, leaving the Classic Spacemen vulnerable. Flickr’s Uspez has arrived to help however, equipping the smiling spacemen with a brand new ‘LL-221 Leap-Frog’ rover, complete with a detachable cockpit spaceship and what looks like one heck of a rail-gun. That’s sure to keep them smiling.
See more of Uspez’s new Classic Space weapon on Flickr via the link above.
Long-standing readers of this crummy little website will know that we know the square root of F-all about sci-fi. But good news! It’s Febrovery, when silliness, nonsense and whimsy prevail, and even the proper blogs can’t pretend to know what’s going on. What’s that… they do? Oh well, rest assured that there’ll be no such information here…
We’ve got three Febrovery Rovers to showcase today, and we know nothing about any of them beyond what the builders have told us, so without further ado, above is a Syrsan third-gereration drilling rover. No first or second generation drilling rovers here! Primarily used for low to medium depth surface drilling, the Stenhård geology team pictured above are exploring the terrain before deciding where to take samples as part of their mission. Andreas Lenander is the man in the know and you can find out more about third-generation Syrsan drilling technology by clicking here!
Today’s second Febrovery entry comes from Flickr’s Frost, who has built a Vespid Rover of the Venusian Fly People. Commonly seen in the Venusian agricultural sector, the Vespid’s great visibility, soft balloon tyres and powerful turbine drive perfectly equip it for pollinating duties across the Venusian homeworld. If you fancy one for the flowers in your own garden head to Frost’s photostream via the link above to find out more!
Our third and final Febrovery creation is one you’ll all be familiar with. That’s right, it’s a Pinktron P6R, built to conquer harsh environments and widely used by Pinktron operatives in rescuing cute little animals on all sorts of inhospitable planets. We’re not sure that matters to Spaceman Lenny, who just needs a new rover to get to work after the plasma-drive failed on his old 8-8-6, but that’s the schtick that Honest John the Rover Salesman is going with. Flickr’s Frost is again the builder with full deets; click the link above to take a tour of Honest John’s Rover lot!