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2019 | Year in Review

Well it’s been quite a year. TLCB’s home nation had yet another election, President Trump became the third U.S leader in history to be impeached (not that it means anything at all), Greta Thunberg led the world’s children on strike over climate change, during which time the world’s leaders literally fiddled whilst California and Australia burned, and Russia were thrown out of the Olympics for mass state-sponsored doping (again).

It’s been a busy year for the automotive world too, with PSA and FCA merging to create, er… PSFCAA(?), Nissan-Renualt-Mitsubishi boss Carlos Ghosn’s arrest (and current exile in Lebanon after smuggling himself out of Japan whilst on bail), Elon Musk inadvertently smashing the windows of his own truck live at its unveiling, Volkswagen revealing the most ambitious ‘we’re not evil, honest’ plan since Italy swapped sides in World War 2, and flying cars still not becoming a thing despite Blade Runner now being set in the past.

But enough on the criminality of the President, Carlos Ghosn, Russian athletics, and Volkswagen, what about The Lego Car Blog? Well the good news is we’ve not done anything criminal…

Stats:

The bad news is we saw a drop in visitors for the second year, after six consecutive years of growth, and will end the year at about two thirds of a million. That’s still a lot of people mind, and we’re still surprised that anyone at all likes this site enough to visit it, so if you’re reading this; thank you. Those numbers don’t include visits to our Facebook page either, where all posts now also appear.

Search engines brought around 200,000 visitors, with Pintrest and Facebook the next greatest referrers. Our most popular page was, as ever, the Review Library, which now holds over one-hundred reviews of official LEGO sets, books, and third-party products such as BuWizz and SBrick.

The most viewed creation of 2019 was Lachlan Cameron’s awesome Ford Mustang [Hoonigan], which was also received the most clicks of any link we published whilst the video of the real [Hoonigan] Mustang tearing up the streets of LA at the hands of Ken Block was the most watched media. The second most clicked video link was altogether more silly.

The United States proved to be the most popular visitor country once again, perhaps as people try to escape the inane gibberish that seems to be going on there at the moment. Germany and the UK make up the rest of the top three, probably for similar reasons.

In all visitors from two-hundred countries visited The Lego Car Blog over the course of 2019, with several counties posting a visitor of number of one, including Iran, Liberia and Haiti amongst others. If you’re reading this and you’re that one – thank you, and you are part of something much bigger! There were also three visitors from Vatican City, which makes us kinda hopeful that one might be the Pope, but if it is we’d better stop making ‘Your Mom’ jokes…

Interviews:

OK, we forgot about these in 2019, with just one new builder added to the Master MOCers Hall of Fame. The wonderful Redfern1950s joined us for the twenty-first interview and you can find his page via the link above, plus read the twenty interviews that proceeded his via the main menu at the top of the page.

We’ll try to do better in 2020. Unless we forget again…

Advertisements:

Lastly, your visits and clicks here at The Lego Car Blog have continued to do good, with a few thousand dollars now raised in total via the adverts that you view. We don’t allow many ads to appear here, and whilst some are dubious in their content – ‘Local Mom makes $[insert ridiculous amount here] without working!’ is perhaps the most irritating – we hope they’re not too intrusive and we’re more than happy to take money from internet marketing companies and redistribute it to those that need it most.

As has been the case form some time we’re pondering whether we can and should do more with this platform, and should that ever happen we will of course let you know. For now though, things continue as they are.

2020:

As we enter a whole new decade The Lego Car Blog will continue to champion the best Lego vehicles created by the online community. TLCB Elves are searching Flickr, MOCpages, Eurobricks, Brickshelf and other creation-sharing sites as you read this, in the hope of uncovering the next blog-worthy model that will earn them a meal token.

If you’d like to suggest something they’ve missed you can continue to do so via the Feedback page, Contact page or on Facebook, where you can also let us know your thoughts (good and bad) about what we write.

Thank you for visiting us in 2019, and we wish you all a very Happy New Year!

TLCB Team

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It’s Christmaaaas!

It’s just two more sleeps ’til Christmas! TLCB Elves have been returned to their cages and the office is now empty, save for this writer, a stack of empty bottles from the Christmas Party awaiting recycling, and the lingering regrets that accompany them.

We’ll be back next week after several days getting drunk, er… we mean ‘spending precious time with loved ones’. Until then we wish you a very Merry Christmas, and to know the joy and love of a refugee born in occupied lands two thousand years ago.

TLCB Team

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Black Friday | Nothing to See Here

Lego Brick

It’s Black Friday! That magical time of the year when here at The Lego Car Blog we do absolutely nothing to take advantage of slightly lower prices. If you feel like accompanying us in resolutely not joining the zombie hoards rampaging through Walmart then we have some awesome alternatives for you!

Firstly Creations for Charity, where brilliant creations and bespoke mini-figures are available to buy with all proceeds used to fund the purchase of LEGO toys for underprivileged children. You can check out what’s available at the Creations for Charity Bricklink store here, where the items for sale won’t have a 30% discount, but buying one will do a whole lot of good in the world.

You may also want to check our Christian Aid, Oxfam, The Red Cross and Tearfund, who are awesome every day of every year fighting poverty right around the world.

Finally just by being here you’re doing a little bit of good too, as all the proceeds from the limited adverts that appear on this site are given away to those who need them more than we do, including the charities above, local churches, and disaster relief agencies.

Thank you for your your clicks; we are so grateful that you’ve chosen to use them here : )

TLCB Team

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We’re 8 Today!*

Two World Cups, two Olympics, and two Presidents have all passed since this ropey little corner of the internet spluttered into life eight years ago. Considerably less newsworthy than any of those things, The Lego Car Blog has quietly become at least a footnote in the annals of the Lego Community, and that’s good enough for us!

TLCB Review Library is now stacked with more than one-hundred set, book and third-party product reviews, there are over twenty interviews with the world’s greatest vehicle builders in the Master MOCers Series, and we’ve even finally gone and got ourself a Facebook page, around five years after Facebook was cool.

Since The Lego Car Blog’s peak of over a million visitors a year we’ve now settled in the high hundreds of thousands, so it seems at least a few people have got bored and wandered off (or left in anger), but if enough of you continue to like what you see here (or even if you don’t like it, continue to read it), we’ll endeavour to keep bringing you the best Lego vehicles that the web has to offer.

As always please let us know what you like and what you don’t, suggest creations our Elves have missed, and feel free to share, repost or steal anything you find here. The Brothers Brick do.

Thank you for stopping by, and remember that your views and clicks here at The Lego Car Blog generate advertising revenue that goes to those who need it more than we do, and for that we are incredibly grateful.

Onwards to nine, at which point we may well have to all get on with our lives and leave to this the proper blogs!

TLCB Team

*Yesterday, but we weren’t paying attention.

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Identify Any Brick, In the Blink of an Eye!

Back in April this year we stumbled across a very cool, OK, massively nerdy project. LEGO have produced a vast array of pieces over the years, everything from a flaming sword to a Deadpool duck head. No, we don’t know why either. Most of LEGO’s pieces however, are rather useful, but with so many made how do you know what it is you have (and need more of)? Piqabrick have the answer.

“Thanks to Artificial Intelligence, Piqabrick instantly identifies Lego bricks’ code, simplifying the long-lasting operations of searching and sorting.

Piqabrick easily and quickly identifies any Lego brick providing you the ID code and color code. How? Thanks to our proprietary computer vision technology. Piqabrick “looks at” a brick to identify it, just like we already do… but better!”

Sounds cool right? OK, not cool – massively nerdy again, but really bloody useful. Better still, Piqabrick has no monthly or yearly fee: it’s free for a lifetime.

If you’d like to find out more about how Piqabrick works and pledge so that the tool can become a reality then visit the Piqabrick Kickstarter campaign via the link below!

Piqabrick on Kickstarter

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Creations for Charity 2019

Creations for Charity 2019 is here!

Creations for Charity, the awesome annual event that provides thousands of LEGO toys to underprivileged children is back for 2019! Many of the world’s best builders will be donating their models to the Creations for Charity online store, raising money to purchase LEGO sets for children in need around the world. Last year Creations for Charity raised over $16,000; that’s a whole lot of LEGO, with hundreds of children receiving a LEGO set as a gift – perhaps the only one they received – at Christmas.

You Can Help!

You can join this incredible initiative in a number of ways; by publicising Creations for Charity, donating your own creation, or by buying one of the unique creations for that will be for sale via the online store.

Donate a Creation: Donations are now open – if you’d like to give away a creation that you think could raise money to buy LEGO toys for children who may otherwise receive nothing this Christmas then please click here to get in touch with the Creations for Charity team!

Buy a Creation: Click here to visit the Creations for Charity Bricklink store to watch the brilliant bespoke creations appearing for sale over the coming weeks, with all proceeds used to buy LEGO sets for children in need.

Finally, remember that just by visiting The Lego Car Blog you are helping to do good around the world too;

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.

So please keep clicking, keep liking, and share us if you can : )

TLCB Team

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In Remembrance of Ingmar

Today The Lego Car Blog learned the sad news that previous bloggee and Lego-building legend Ingmar Spijkhoven has lost his fight against motor neurone disease. Ingmar was best known in the Lego Community for his incredible Model Team trucks, many of which have appeared here, and for making instructions, kits, and even complete models available to buy.

Motor neurone disease (also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) currently has no cure, with sufferers expected to live no more than five years from diagnosis (Stephen Hawking is perhaps the most famous exception).

You can read more about how you can help in the fight against motor neurone disease via the ALS Association (they of the Ice Bucket Challenge), you can see Ingmar’s past creations blogged here at TLCB by clicking here, and you can visit Ingmar’s own excellent website by clicking here.

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Surplus Photo!

Those of you with good memories may be familiar with today’s creation. It is of course the Army Surplus Special, one of the many Wacky Racers that fought it out for fame and glory in the 1968 Hanna-Barbera series. This wonderful homage to the Sergeant Blast and Private Meekley’s cartoon chariot first appeared here back in 2016, and builder Redfern1950s has recently re-photographed it for us thanks to the threat of a TLCB Elf armed with a sharpened pencil.

No, seriously, whilst Elves armed with pencils are a very real threat here in The Lego Car Blog office, Redfern has actually re-photographed his Surplus Six as he’s become the seventeenth elite builder to join the TLCB Master MOCer Hall of Fame!

You can read Redfern’s brilliant Lego-building journey via the link below, where a host of his other magnificent vehicles feature, and learn how he turns cartoons and caricatures into brick-built masterpieces!

Master MOCers, Series 2, Episode 6,

Redfern1950s

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Have You Blogged My Car?

The Lego Car Blog Archives are an unnerving place. Vast, dark, and rumoured to be inhabited by a feral band of long lost Elves, they’re not somewhere that we enjoy frequenting.

Fortunately we have a method for finding things that doesn’t involve potentially being stabbed in the legs by a wild Elf armed with a bent paper clip.

Every page here at The Lego Car Blog includes a ‘Looking for Something?’ box, where literally anything can be inputted and it’ll probably return something. We’ve blogged a lot of random nonsense over the years…

However for those of you looking to be a bit more precise, the ‘tags’ at the foot of every post can be a very useful method to find every article on a topic of your choosing. From Alfa Romeo to ZIL, we’ve probably covered it at some point, so to get you started we’ve included some popular vehicle brands below.

Simply click on your chosen manufacturer and you’ll see all the posts in which it has been tagged.

Audi, BMWBugatti, BuickChevrolet, Citroen, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Jaguar, Jeep, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-BenzMitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, VolkswagenVolvo

You can use the Search function too of course, although the results will also include those where we’ve referred to a manufacturer in passing within articles featuring other brands, which if you’re searching for a Peugeot or Fiat probably means you’ll see a fair bit of mockery…

You can also search for things like hot rods, Formula 1, vintage trucks, Transformersspaceships and loads more besides.

Happy hunting!

TLCB Team

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Anything Goes

Flickr’s ‘Lego Speeder Bikes‘ group has been running for a decade! That’s longer than Kickstarter, the iPad, and The Lego Car Blog. Home to the very best floaty/hovery motorcycles, ‘Lego Speeder Bikes’ hold an annual competition to showcase the best of their breed. We loved last year’s contest, and in 2019 the group is celebrating a decade of speedy biking with a ‘Best in Show’ theme, where anything goes. Like anything.

Painting bricks, cutting bricks, custom bricks… it’s all allowed in this year’s competition. Of course too much ‘dicking around’ with your LEGO pieces means that your creation won’t appear here at TLCB, but for the purposes of the ‘Lego Speeder Bikes’ 2019 contest it could score you some neat prizes!

We’re kicking off our coverage with a speeder bike that hasn’t messed with the danish plastic from which it’s built courtesy of newcomer mexxbear 陳大雄 and this very cool looking street scene. There’s more to see of mexxbear’s speeder bike and the town in which it’s speeding via the link above, and you can check out the ‘Lego Speeder Bikes’ group and the 2019 competition by clicking here.

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Buy This Pagani Huayra!

We get asked a few particular questions more than any others here at The Lego Car Blog. ‘Will you blog my [insert creation]?’ (no), ‘Can I have instructions?’ (probably not), and ‘Where can I buy this?’.

As we’re here to publicise people’s own builds, the answer is usually ‘sorry, you can’t’. But not today, because you really can buy this one.

This incredible car is a Pagani Huayra, as featured here a few weeks ago. It was designed by Technic-building legend Jeroen Ottens as a gift to another builder, an amazing man by the name of Grum64.

Mr. Grum was involved in a motorcycle accident aged 19 in which he broke his neck, paralysing him from the chest down. Despite having no hand movement Grum builds with LEGO, using his teeth to construct sets over the course of many weeks which is – to all of us here at TLCB – a simply mind-blowing achievement.

Grum decided that rather than accepting Jeroen’s spectacular model for himself, that they would auction it for charity – in particular the amazing charity Fairy Bricks which provides LEGO sets to sick children in hospital and hospices. In fact Fairy Bricks provide around £5,000-worth of LEGO every single month to brighten the lives of children who may feel a very long way from home.

From April 19th Jeroen’s beautiful Pagani Huayra Technic Supercar will be listed on the auction site catawiki, where you can bid to own this stunning one-off creation (which features an 8-speed sequential gearbox, all-wheel cantilevered suspension, steering, active aero, a V12 engine, custom chrome and much, much more).

Not only that but Pagani have donated two huge Huayra computer blueprint drawings signed by Horacio Pagani himself to the auction, so the winning bid will receive a piece of hypercar history as well as one of the finest Technic Supercars ever built.

You can read full details of the build (and the story behind it) and Jeroen’s website, and you can see our original post of his superb Pagani Huayra by clicking here.

The Catawiki auction for Fairy Bricks commences on April 19th and remains open until April 24th, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Fairy Bricks Charity.

Click here to visit the auction

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What’s That Brick?

Lego Piqabrick

LEGO have released literally thousands of brick designs over the years (anyone know how many?). Some of them weren’t even bricks either (take a look at this, this, and even this monstrosity…).

That can make identifying one a real pain, but good news! Cue the nerdiest thing we’ve ever posted (ok, since this at least) – PIQABRICK!

PIQABRICK is effectively a 3D scanner that can identify any LEGO piece, even the oddities above, revealing the part code that can be dropped into third-party brick marketplaces such as BrickOwl and Bricklink.

Now obviously you have to own the piece that you want to identify already, but for those more seriously into the art of LEGO model making, or the few that do it professionally, PIQABRICK could save hours of research.

Take a look at the video below see how it works, and click here to follow the project in advance of its launch on Kickstarter.

YouTube Video

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Perfect Pitstops

Lego Pitstop

LEGO can be used for all sorts of wonderful things. From robotics to designing buildings, the little Danish bricks have found applications far beyond their original remit.

Reader Erik A.H. Loeffen recently contacted us to let us know how he has put his LEGO pieces to use, and it’s inspired! Erik has written a PhD thesis on the ongoing treatment of cancer in children, and has used both LEGO and the racing pitstop analogy to set out improvements that could be made in children’s cancer treatment.

Lego Pitstop

Erik has created several models to accompany his thesis, merging the traditional Formula 1 pitstop with medical treatment, which include a McLaren MP4/4 (above) and a Lotus 72D (below), each driven by a child undergoing cancer treatment.

You can read more about Erik’s work by visiting his WordPress site by clicking here, and if you’d like to support children and adults affected by cancer (which will include many of us writing and reading this site during our lifetimes) then we highly recommend the charities Stand Up to Cancer, Cancer Research, and Macmillan, amongst many others.

Lego Pitstop

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Love is a LEGO Brick

Legoland Discovery Centre

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and what better way to build (hah!) on your relationship than with an evening of LEGO love!

The Legoland Discovery Centre in Manchester is holding an alternative adults-only Valentine’s Night on Wednesday 13th February, with complete access to the rides, 4D cinema, Miniland, and thousands upon thousands of LEGO bricks!

The centre’s Master Builders will be there holding workshops, there’s speed-dating on the rides (if you’re looking for your compatible brick!), and prizes throughout the night.

To find out more and to book your ‘For the Love of Bricks’ ticket at the Legoland Discovery Centre in Manchester (UK) click the link below!

Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester’s Alternative Valentine’s Night

Legoland Discovery Centre

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The Flickr Photo Snafu

Lego Bigfoot

Flickr?

The Lego Car Blog Elves search far and wide for the very best Lego vehicles that the internet has to offer. Eurobricks, MOCpages, Brickshelf and others all have little Elven footprints across them, but by far the most common source of blog-worthy finds is Flickr.

Previously owned by Yahoo, Flickr – whilst not a dedicated Lego-sharing website like those mentioned above – has proved the default destination for much of the online Lego community, with free image hosting, a mail/message feature, and vibrant community groups.

In 2018 the overlords at Yahoo decided to cash in their Flickr cheque, and sold the site to SmugMug (nope, us neither). SmugMug have wasted no time in redecorating their new house and promptly announced a raft of changes to the site, the chief amongst which is a new 1,000 photo limit for each user.

Uh-Oh Spagetti-O

This new limitation means that from this week many Lego builders will be unable to upload any more images without either opening another account or paying to upgrade to SmugMug’s subscription service. It also means that builders who have already exceeded the 1,000 photo limit will see their images automatically deleted, starting from the oldest.

Lego Bin

Impact on blogging sites

The knock-on effect for sites such as TLCB is that images may be deleted that have been used in past posts, breaking the link to the builder. Our apologies, this means that it’s likely that some links in our past posts will no longer function, and will instead return an error message like this.

Sites that use Flickr to host their images will see any deleted content disappear from their own pages too. The Brothers Brick is one such site where this would have occurred, however they have announced that they will now store all images used in their posts locally, including all past posts – so that even if an image is deleted on Flickr if it’s been blogged at The Brother Brick it will be saved.

What about The Lego Car Blog?

We’re in the fortunate position that all of our images are, and have always been, hosted here – hooray! This means that not a single image will be deleted from TLCB’s archives and that all images blogged here, whether they were found on Flickr or not, are safe.

What next?

We’ll have to see what impact SmugMug’s changes to Flickr have on the Lego community there. Perhaps very little, perhaps a lot, but either way surely the time is right for someone to fix MOCpages…

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