Tag Archives: Classic Space

Tower of Green

Lego Classic Space Tower

This is not a car. Not even close. But it is really cool and we like Classic Space, so here it is. Built by Flickr’s Kloou in collaboration with two other builders, this 1.2metre tall tower finally gives the humble Classic Spacemen a base of their very own.

Lego Classic Space Tower

Constructed using the baseplates from LEGO’s long-forgotten Soccer range, Kloou’s monument to classic space is an impressive feat of engineering featuring a variety of spacecraft and other vehicles, and is also packed with easter eggs.

Lego Classic Space Tower

Head over to Flickr via the link above to climb the tower, and see if you can spot Darth Vader and Luke’s famous scene, the three-eyed alien from Toy Story, and Batman amongst the classic spacemen.

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Cosmic Cruiser

Lego Retro Hovercar

This retro-tastic creation was discovered by one of our Elves on Flickr today, who returned to the office to collect a meal and a Smartie. Built by TLCB favourite billyburg and sharing your Dad’s nickname from his disco days, this ‘Cosmic Cruiser’ blends science fiction hover cars with ’60s land-yacht styling, and adds a Classic Space paint job to glorious effect. Head over to billyburg’s photostream to dance like your Dad.

Lego Retro Hovercar

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Galactic Tanking

Lego Classic Space Tanker

Febrovery continues apace with rovers of all shapes and sizes arriving at TLCB Towers. This is one of our favourites so far, a gloriously retro-looking Classic Space tanker that could have come straight from a Gerry Anderson production. It also looks wonderfully pushable, which is like being swooshable only with wheels. It’s the work of Kamal Muftie Yafi and there’s more to see of his brilliantly-rendered tanker on Flickr by clicking here.

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Febrovery Mash Ups

The fun festival of all things Lego, sci-fi and car-like that is Febrovery has started over on Flickr. These mash-ups of parts and stickers from LEGO’s Disney “Cars” license and old space themes from Frost really caught our eye. The pair of bonnets (hoods for American readers), wrapped around the rocket on the M:Tron design, are particularly good bit of NPU.

The group is already filling up with a wide variety of eccentric and sometimes useful looking vehicles from a wide variety of builders, many of whom are TLCB regulars. Click this link to the group to find out what’s going on.

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A Space Classic

Lego Classic Spaceship

We don’t often publish sci-fi builds here at The Lego Car Blog. This is mostly because we’re a Car Blog, but partly because we understand sci-fi about as well as Kim Kardashian understands plumbing.

Today though, we are posting about sci-fi – and we do understand it – because this kids, is Classic Space!

Classic Space (or just ‘Space’ at the time) was LEGO’s hugely successful sci-fi theme in the 1980s. Colours were blue, grey and trans-yellow, missions were exclusively science and exploration – never conflict, and everyone was always smiling.

Lego Classic Space Hangar

Sadly the theme ended before this TLCB Writer was old enough to walk, but it paved the way for such gems as Futuron, M-Tron, Blacktron and Space Police. Today though, we’re remembering the original, thanks to Jon Blackford’s wonderful Neo Classic Space Hanger.

Complete with an LL221 spacecraft, a variety of classic space vehicles, a multitude of classic spacemen, and some beautiful-looking blue lighting, Jon’s build is the prefect homage to LEGO’s long-dead theme. It uses some truly brilliant building techniques too that are well worth further investigation.

Take a look for yourself at Jon’s Flickr album and via MOCpages.

Lego Neo Classic Space Hangar

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Worth a Second Look

Lego 23

Missed by our Elves, but found by a reader, we’re handing over to a Guest Blogger today. Nils O picks up TLCB pen…

Some things are worth a second look and you’ll discover a hidden gem. This rover built by (Neo) Classic Space veteran David Roberts is such a gem. At the first glance you’ll see a good looking chunky rover in a cool NCS style. But if you look closer you’ll see a bit more…

The design is almost 100% SNOT, with a very detailed interior, and there are some very well hidden Technic functions… Look closely and you may notice the tip of an IR receiver. That’s because the whole model has aPower Functions remote control system hidden within, with an L motor for drive and a Servo motor for steering. And there’s still more. The steering has cunning Ackermann geometry, giving a different steering angle for each wheel, and there’s pendular suspension for the rear axle too. The more you look the more you’ll find. How cool is that?

Thanks to Nils for joining us as a Guest Blogger. If you’ve found a creation that our slovenly Elves have missed you can suggest it to us via the Feedback Page, and you may even be asked to pick up TLCB pen yourself!

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Rove Big

Rover’s are, to most of TLCB staff, slightly sad old cars driven by the chronically elderly. Unless you can find a really old one which has come full circle back into cool again. Not so to Alec Hole. To Alec rovers are enormous 10×10 mobile space stations crewed by a team of perpetually smiling mini-figures whose task it is to… er, well you know we never did figure that out. Answers in the comments of you know more about Classic Space than we do. Anyhoo, Alec’s wonderful (and enormous) mini-figure scale ‘MCU Rover’ is something of a work of brilliance and there’s more to see over at his photostream by clicking here.

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Space Army Knife

Lego Sci-Fi Vehicle

We don’t know what has got into the Elves recently but everything they’re finding is a bit weird. Still, at least this creation has got wheels. And tracks. And a rail gun / rocket launcher / giant laser thingumy / drop-ship landing pad…

Apparently this is a Utility Platform Vehicle (UPV), and it appears that can perform more functions than a Swiss army knife. A spacey Land Rover Defender if you will. Only probably more reliable.

It’s the work of Flickr’s ZCerberus and you can check it out in various configurations by visiting his photostream. Click the link above for all the images.

Lego Sci-Fi Vehicle

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Classic Space Mechanics

Lego Classic Space

This lovely Classic Space workshop scene comes from Flickr’s Jon Blackford, depicting our favourite smiling spacemen hard at work doing whatever it is that Classic Spacemen do. Jon has supplied the colourful mini-figures with a variety of suitably weird and wonderful vehicles to aid them in their mission; start your journey into Classic Space and check out all of their contraptions via the link to Jon’s photostream above.

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Febr-over

Lego Febrovery Sci-Fi Rover

The annual bandwagon that is Febrovery is over for another year, with rovers of all shapes and sizes being submitted by the online community. We’re ending our coverage of this year’s event with two rovers from the very opposite end of the roving spectrum.

First above (above), and suggested to us by a reader, is this neat tracked satellite dish transporting rover, resplendent in a Classic Space livery and with a beautiful classic space monorail pictured behind it. There’s more to see at RVA LUG’s photostream by clicking here.

Today’s second Febrovery entry (below) comes from previous bloggee F@bz, and although it too is mini-figure scale, it’s an enormous machine. There’s some wonderfully inventive building in evidence too, and you can see more at F@bz’ photostream by clicking here.

Despite having zero sci-fi knowledge we’ve rather enjoyed this year’s Febrovery, so much so that we may get involved next year (although probably not in the way you’d expect!), so until then, happy roving, and we’ll return to vehicles of a more earthly nature.

Lego Febrovery Sci-Fi Rover

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Duplo in Space

Lego Duplo Rover

This year’s Febrovery is almost at an end, with rovers of all shapes, sizes and designs hitting the interweb over the last four weeks. Flickr’s Brian Grissom is sure to take home the ‘Nice Parts Usage’ Award (which we’ve just made up) with his effort, which has taken Duplo-building to another planet. There’s more to see of his ingenious Duplo Classic Space Police thingumy on Flickr – click here to see more.

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Space Rod

Lego Classic Space Hot Rod

TLCB favourite Billyburg might be stretching the rules of Febrovery a bit with this one, but seeing as we suck at sci-fi, but we do love hot rods, his classic space liveried ‘Retro Pick-Up Rover’ is right up our alley. See more on Flickr at the link above.

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Space Surf

Lego Space Utility Vehicle

If we were a smiling Classic Spaceman, heading for the space beach to catch some space waves, this is the space buggy we’d like to go in. Billyburg is the builder, and there’s more to see of his lovely VW-esque lunar buggy here.

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It’s Febrovery!

Lego Hot Rod Lunar Rover

It sure is. One of the many tenuously-named monthly bandwagons, Febrovery is one we can get behind. Especially when the results look like this. Previous bloggee Priovit70 has turned classic space roving up to eleven with his stupendous tracked rover ‘NCS Sobriety’, and there’s more to see on Flickr here.

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