Good news for the online Lego community! BrickNerd, one of the Lego sites that used to do this whole blogging thing properly (unlike this smoking hole in the ground) is back, and under new management!
After spending several months as silent as Donald Trump’s conscience, a band of illustrious fans of Lego have resuscitated the dead website. We think BrickNerd’s return is good for the whole Lego community, and particularly for the team here at TLCB as it enables us to take the piss out of them constantly again for their almost fanatical devotion to a certain sci-fi movie franchise.
Here at TLCB we wish BrickNerd’s new management the best of luck, which – coming from this shower of ineptitude – means absolutely nothing. Go and and check them out via the link above, and then come back here for more pointless bickering, incompetent writing, and occasional political slurs.
Now if only someone could do the same with MOCpages…
Well that was awful wasn’t it. As TLCB’s home nation plunges into another lockdown, the health services are overwhelmed with Coronavirus cases, and President Trump barricades himself in the oval office, 2021 looks to be carrying on where 2020 is leaving off.
Still, here at The Lego Car Blog, things have been alright…
After two years of reducing views, 2020 saw a surge in visitors, taking us back towards the million a year mark. We know people have been bored during lockdowns but there are surelymuch better places to visit than here!
The U.S remains the top nation for visitors, with more than twice as many of you joining us from America than the next nearest country, despite us annoying a few of you by mentioningsome ofthe U.S’s foibles. Visitors from over two-hundred and twenty other nations visited over the course of 2020, and if you’re the one visitor from Christmas Island, Sierra Leone, Tonga, Samoa, or Gabon an extra warm welcome to you!
Oh yeah, if a killer virus, the undermining of American democracy, and race-related riots weren’t enough, 2020 also saw the surprise deletion of MOCpages. Once the bastion of creation-sharing online, Sean Kenney decided to delete the site without warning, taking with it countless creations and duly collecting the ‘Villain of the Year’ trophy in the process.
After years of changing virtually nothing about this site whatsoever, our hand was forced in 2020 as our un-supported platform finally crapped out on us. Cue a shiny new platform that looks exactly like the old one, except with a proper side bar for advertisements.
We then displayed all the intelligence of an anti-vaccine group by clicking these ads to check they were OK and not leading anywhere unpalatable, and consequently got frozen by Google. Whoopsie. Anyway, they should be back soon, and the revenue they generate will continue to go to good causes that need it more than we do, only now the cheques will be much larger!
Competitions & Reader Contributions:
With many of you stuck inside during 2020’s various COVID-19 lock-downs it was the perfect time to hold a competition that we’d been mulling over for some time: Take a set you already own, and turn it into something new. The Lego Car Blog Lock-Down B-Model Competition was a roaring success, with over forty creations making the shortlist to win an awesome array of prizes from our sponsors. It was seriously close at the top, with about seven creations separated by only one or two points! Much arguing later and we had our Winner and Runner-Up, who each received some properly good SBrick Bluetooth Controller packs.
We also opened our Review Library up to our readers via our Facebook page, with several of you joining us to review official LEGO sets, and to take home some free (apart from writing a review of course) Game of Bricks lighting kits.
As we move into 2021 we’re still here to blog the best Lego vehicles that the web has to offer. We know 2020 has been exceptionally hard for thousands of you, and sadly 2021 looks to be no better at the moment, despite the promise of a Coronavirus vaccine. However, we hope LEGO can still be a source a joy, and that this crummy little corner of the internet provides an escape every once in a while.
Remember that you can suggest a creation to appear here via the Contact or Submission Suggestions pages (just make sure you read our Submission Guidelines first), you can leave a comment on any page via the feedback box, even if it’s to tell us we’re idiots, and that your views and clicks really do make a difference, particularly once we’re off the naughty step and adverts reappear, with all the revenue earned here at TLCB going to good causes.
Wishing you a very Happy New Year, and a better 2021 for all of humankind
The Lego Car Blog Elves have been returned to their cages, the detritus from the office Christmas party has been cleared away, and the inevitable party-related ‘inappropriate physical contact’ reports have been filed by HR. We’re all set for the holidays.
As we take a break for a few days to remember what should be most important, we’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas from everyone here at TLCB, and hope – despite what a weird year 2020 has been – that you have peace and happiness is abundance over the festive period.
If you’re one of our readers who visits this site for a bit of that peace and happiness (which always shocks TLCB Team), then do remember that you can visit the Interviews, Review Library, and Archives to continue to get your Lego car fix, plus our Directory is full of excellent car or Lego-related sites that might be worth your click.
One of LEGO’s greatest strengths is their box art, which often depicts the set inside in a beautiful artistic recreation of a real-world setting (take a look at the boxes above to see what we mean). However LEGO chose to use minimalistic all-black packaging for their new 42125 Technic Ferrari 488 GTE set, eschewing the usual artwork for a classy, more adult-focussed design.
However, that’s not to say 42125 wouldn’t look great in front of a more dynamic background, and that’s where you can help!
LEGO Ideas are running a competition to design a poster for the new 42125 Ferrari 488 GTE AF CORSE set, with some awesome prizes (including a copy of the new set) up for grabs!
42125 Technic Ferrari
76895 Speed Champions Ferrari
75890 Speed Champions Ferrari
42124 Buggy Control
2 x Prints of your poster (1 signed and one plain)
A Ferrari Goodie Bag
The assets required to create your poster are available for download at the LEGO Ideas website, where full competition details and entry requirements can also be found. Upload your poster design by 14th December to enter!
If you’re a regular reader of this dilapidated backwater of the internet you may have noticed some changes recently. Yes, after years of enhancing basically nothing about this site whatsoever, we’ve finally upgraded something!
We kinda had to actually, as our previous site structure had become unsupported many years ago, which we had solved by just ignoring it. Anyway, it was finally time to actually do some work and upgrade TLCB properly, which over the last few days we’ve done. Probably very badly.
No matter because the site does seem to be – somewhat miraculously – functioning as it should. However this upgrade did cost something, and thus we’ve decided (as we’ve been mooting for some years now) to permit a greater degree of advertising here at The Lego Car Blog.
This is to a) pay for our recent upgrade, and b) because we do feel some responsibility to maximise this platform for good causes, and thus we will continue to donate our profits to people and organisations who need them more than we do.
We hope the new ads aren’t too intrusive (and if you feel like clicking on them please do!), but if you have any problems or complaints, or you find something somewhere on the site has broken and we’re not paying attention, please do let us know in the usual ways.
It’s the worst day of the year, when kindness, decency, and compassion are all forgotten for a discounted smart speaker. As has become customary here at The Lego Car Blog we won’t be taking in part in Black Friday, and if you feel like joining us dodging the hoards and saving your soul then there are some great alternatives below.
It’s a big week! Much of Europe is entering a second Coronavirus Lock-Down, two old men are having a fight in America over the postal service, and – more importantly than any of that – TLCB has reached that greatest of birthdays; nine!
Yup, nine years ago in a derelict tower block, the bolts were slid back on a handful of metal cages. Slowly, tentatively, the mythical creatures held within them crept out and disappeared into the shadows.
Frankly sometimes we wish they’d then stayed in the shadows, but annoying as the Elves are they have found some wonderful Lego creations over those nine years, with 2020 being no exception.
We’ve also managed to add a few American patriots to the ‘I’m never visiting this site again!’ commenters’ club, joining the Russian patriots who were outraged in 2018. However despite losing a few readers, more of you have joined us here at TLCB this year than last, and we still have November and December to go. We guess people must be really bored during COVID-19…
So whether you’ve been here for all nine years or 2020 is your first, thank you very much for joining us and supporting the Lego vehicle building community.
If you are new here and are yet to discover all the sections of this miraculously-still-functioning site, take a look at the links below, and remember that the small advertising revenue that your views and clicks generate goes directly to those who need it more than we do.
Review Library: Over one hundred reviews of LEGO sets, books and third-party products.
Directory: The place to find links to other (usually much better) LEGO-related websites.
Interviews: A TLCB Elf armed with a sharpened pencil can get even the most famous builders to talk…
2020 has sucked. Wildfires, terrorism, divisive politics, and a global pandemic that’s claimed over a million lives, it’s been a year to forget for many. However for some children, 2020 isn’t really any different to any other, with every year a struggle due to poverty, family breakdown, and domestic violence.
Creations for Charity, the wonderful annual event that provides thousands of LEGO toys to underprivileged children is back for 2020! Donated by members of the Lego Community, the Creations for Charity online store contains a wide variety of mini-figures, models, and building instructions, the sale of which raises money to purchase LEGO sets for children in need around the world. Which is thoroughly awesome.
You can join the incredible Creations for Charity initiative in three ways; by donating a creation, by donating cash, or by buying the creations, building instructions, or mini-figures available via the online store.
Lastly, remember by visiting this dilapidated corner of the internet (The Lego Car Blog, not Creations for Charity), that you are helping to do good around the world, as all of the advertising revenue received through your clicks and views here at TLCB is donated to those who need it more than we do. To help us help others, we’d love you to spread the word about TLCB : )
OK, we can’t even remember the last time we featured a Lego website, and we’re not going into TLCB Archives to check, what with there being a band of feral Elves in there somewhere. But no matter, because even if this should more accurately be titled ‘Website of the Year’, ‘Bricks Garage‘ would still qualify. Because, thanks to Bricks Garage, you can now build the very best Lego car designs anywhere in the world for yourself!
Yes, TLCB Master MOCer – and probably the best known vehicle builder of them all – Firas Abu-Jaber, has released the instructions for his incredible creations for download, so that you can recreate his astonishing Lego cars at home.
Fifteen of Firas’ models are available via the new Bricks Garage site, each with downloadable PDF building instructions, a BSX parts list (allowing an import directly into Bricklink), and a CSV file for Rebrickable.
Many of the instructions for Firas’ models are currently on sale as part of Bricks Garage’s launch, with further savings available for multiple purchases.
If you’d like to add some truly world-class creations to your collection (and perhaps learn a few tips on how to design models like these for yourself), take a look at the Bricks Garage Shop via the link below, choose from the list of amazing creations on offer, and bring one of the most iconic real-world vehicles to life in Lego form at home!
After two months of brilliant B-Model building, forty of your amazing alternates have made the competition shortlist and appeared here at The Lego Car Blog!
Many entrants also saw their work featured here for the first time too, so an extra congratulations to those of you who debuted at TLCB with your contest entry. Our Elves now know who you are (which is far less scary than it sounds), and will be watching your builds with interest!
If you’ve seen your B-Model entry appear here at TLCB, Congratulations! – You’re in the shortlist! If not thank you so much for your entry, we hope you had fun building your B-Model, and if you uploaded it today due to time-zone differences it may yet still appear.
We’ll publish the winners soon, with whom we’ll be in contact afterwards to obtain delivery addresses. Until then thank you to all our entrants, and if you are still in a Coronavirus Lock-Down, please observe the rules, look out for those more vulnerable, and stay safe.
There’s just one week to go in TLCB Lock-Down B-Model Competition! We’ve featured dozens of blogworthy entries so far, with more in the queue due to appear soon, and there’s still time to get your entry in before the competition closes at end of the month.
If your creation has appeared here during the contest so far, you’re in the shortlist to win an awesome SBrick Plus Pack! If not, and you’d like to check that we’ve seen your entry, firstly make sure you’ve used ‘TLCB Lock-Down B-Model Competition’ in the title or description (it will help our Elves to find it), and you can also let us know via the comments, Contact page, Flickr, or on Facebook.
There’s still time to enter your B-Model, with the June 30th being the deadline for new entries. You can read the rules below, and if you’ve built a B-Model and you’re not sure we’ve seen it, you can let us know via the contact page, Facebook, or on Flickr via these links.
Build us a B-Model from only the pieces found within a single official LEGO set. The set can be from any era or theme, including Technic, Creator, Town, Space, Pirates… everything except Galidor. You may also choose to use the pieces from two official LEGO sets if the RRP of each set was below $25.
Photograph and upload your B-Model to Flickr, MOCpages, Brickshelf, or Eurobricks between May 1st and June 30th 2020.
You must include the words ‘TLCB Lock-Down Competition’ or a link to this page somewhere in the creation’s title or description, so that we know you’re entering it.
You don’t actually have to be in Lock-Down to enter, although do please abide by whatever the COVID-19 advice is in your country of residence.
How to Enter
If you upload your B-Model to one of the free-to-use creation-sharing sites above with ‘TLCB Lock-Down Competition’ in the title or description our Elves will find it. You can also contact us in the usual ways or post a message on our Facebook page with a link to your creation if you want to make sure we’ve seen it!
You may enter as many creations as you like and the winners will be chosen based upon the designs that best meet our usual Submission Guidelines and our completely subjective opinions on what we think is cool.
You could win a 5-star rated SBrick Plus Pro Pack and give your Lego creations programmable bluetooth remote control!
The SBrick Plus Pro pack comes complete with wires, lights, a servo motor, an L motor, a battery pack, and colourful cases! Enter TLCB’s Lockdown B-Model Competition by building a new vehicle from the pieces of an existing LEGO set to be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize! What better way to spend Coronavirus Lock-down!