Tag Archives: Concept

Road of Bones

The R504 Kolyma Highway, also known as the ‘Road of Bones’, is one of the grimmest construction projects in history. It’s not some distant relic either, being completed in 1953, with the bones of those that died building it (who were forced to do so under Stalinist Communism) laid underneath.

Chris Perron‘s ‘Ridge Ranger’ rover is far from grim, being a brightly-coloured homage to the concept art of Darren Bartley. It does however feature some ingenious (but rather grim if you’re a LEGO mini-figure) wheels, constructed from dozens of dismembered mini-figure arms. Yuk!

We genuinely can’t figure out how Chris has built said wheels, but they mean his rover drives upon a road of bones wherever it goes. See if you can work out how he’s done it via the link above, although we bet your mini-figures are hoping you can’t…

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No Wheels

Much like the musical success of will.i.am or the appeal of the Kardashians, we really don’t understand ‘dieselpunk’. However unlike those two abominations, we do think dieselpunk – whatever the term actually represents – is rather good.

This fabulous dieselpunk hoverbike comes from the mind of previous bloggee Vince_Toulouse and has been built for the ‘Future Ride’ competition at LEGO Ideas. It follows yesterday’s weirdly-wheeled motorcycles that were designed for the same contest, but Vince’s concept does away with the need for wheels altogether.

With some properly inventive parts usage we think Vince’s might be the pick of the lot so far and there’s more to see of his dieselpunk ‘Sky Rider Special’ on Flickr via the hyperlink in his name above. It’s a much much better link than that will.i.am one…

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Weird Wheels

The wheel has been round with an axle at its centre ever since it was invented. The formula has remained this way for millennia (apart from the best forgotten Austin Allegro of course), because, well… any other method would be stupid.

Such logic doesn’t apply to concept car designers though, who regularly seem to devise a way of complicating the simplest and most reliable invention in the history of mankind.

So it is with today’s two creations, each of which applies some concept car designer madness to their aesthetic. First up (above) is BobDeQuatre‘s ‘Harley Davidson E-Wanderer’, an electric motorcycle concept built for a ‘Future Harley Davidson’ contest on the LEGO Ideas platform. Axles have clearly been banned in the future as Bob’s motorcycle does away with them altogether in favour of a set up that looks far cooler. See more of his E-Wanderer concept at the link.

Today’s second bike concept comes from Sheo of Flickr, who has not only removed the axle, but also any semblance of roundness too. We assume the track thingumy that replaces the wheels is actually two separately rotating pieces otherwise this ‘Infinity’ hydrogen fuel cell concept won’t be going anywhere at all. Deceptively large, Sheo’s creation includes some awesome brick-built lettering and a slightly terrifying model/rider to accompany it, and there’s more to see via the link above.

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The Middle*

The Chevrolet Corvette is due a bit of change in 2020. Now just about able to compete with European supercars thanks to someone showing Chevrolet something known as a ‘Corner’, the current Corvette is actually quite good. Not resting in their laurels, Chevrolet are about to knock it up a notch and move the engine to the middle of the car, making the C8 Corvette the first mid-engined GM product since the 1988 Pontiac Fiero.

This Lego version of the new Corvette comes from Flickr’s Lasse Deleuran who has built his recreation of the of C8 long before the real car has even been released, basing his model on the pre-production prototype shown at a media event this year. Whether buyers will like the new mid-engined layout or not will probably depend on whether they can embrace change, progress and handling balance, or whether they’re from Texas, but whichever camp you’re part of you can see more of Lasse’s excellent Miniland-scale C8 Corvette via the link above.

*Today’s ace title song.

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Debonair Redux

This is the ‘Hartford Debonair’, and it is – as you can see here – rather lovely. It’s also a little familiar, having been published at TLCB in an earlier iteration last year. Like the model, the builder behind it has been reborn, as the latest victim of the Flickr Photo Snafu.

Prolific builder Senator Chinchilla, who has appeared here numerous times over the years, will see many of his images deleted by Flickr’s new scumbag owners and their newly enforced photo limit. This means that you may come across a link here at TLCB that no longer works, and also that the Senator has had to change rank. Captain Chinchilla is his new persona, and he begins his Flickr re-set with a revisit of his beautiful fictional ’50s classic.

Spectacular (and really rather clever) building techniques are evident in abundance and there’s more to see of Senator Chinchilla, er… we mean Captain Chinchilla’s brilliant build at his new photostream by clicking here.

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Mobquet M-68

This is a Mobquet M-68 landspeeder (of course), and it comes from newcomer barneius industries of Flickr. With our expert knowledge of all things sci-fi we could detail the M-68’s history and technical capabilities but we wouldn’t want to embarrass the other blogs, so instead we’ll simply stick to how deeply, awesomely cool it looks.

Featuring Ford Thunderbird style jet-thruster rear lights, a wing reminiscent of the Plymouth Roadrunner, and an excellent side-stripe, the Mobquet  channels a whole host of classic American metal into its design, with glorious results. Head to barneius industries’ M-68 Flickr album via the link above to see the complete gallery of images and see how many ’60s muscle car references you can spot!

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Mantis

Lego Technic RC Mantis Supercar

The mantis is surely one of Nature’s weirdest creations. Only not terrifying because they’re pretty small, if you saw a picture of one with no concept of scale you’d undoubtedly flee to the hills convinced mankind was about to be enslaved by a superior alien race.

Car makers love naming their vehicles after odd animals though, and the mantis is no exception, being used on Marcos’s early-’70s sports car that looked every bit as horrific as the insect which gave its name.

Fortunately their mid-’90s sequel was – if still not brilliant – far more palatable, but neither were as good to look at as this concept supercar from Flickr’s R. Skittle. Suggested to us by a reader, Skittle’s ‘Koncept Mantis’ is an interesting looking thing, with a full remote control drivetrain hidden under the unusual bodywork.

A pair of Power Functions motors drive the rear wheels whilst another controls the steering, there’s clever pushrod suspension, and an even cleverer automatically deploying airbrake that raises when the car ‘brakes’.

There’s much more to see of R. Skittle’s ‘Mantis’ Technic supercar on Flickr – click here to see the complete gallery and a video of the car in action.

Lego Technic RC Mantis Supercar

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Space Truckin’

Lego Space Truck

Today’s creation is huge, very well travelled, and is a frequent visitor of truck-stops. Just like your Mom.

Built by Robert Heim it’s called ‘Space Truck 2’, and unlike your Mom it looks seriously cool. Join the convoy in space via the link to Flickr above.

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Obscurimus Prime

Lego Concept Racer

No, we’re not sure what this is either, but we like primary colours! Clever building techniques have been used in abundance to create whatever this is, and you can place your guesses at Tammo S.’s photostream by clicking here.

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Volvos in Space

Lego Technic Volvo ConceptYou wait all day for an autonomous Volvo concept loader, and then two come along at once. Or so the saying goes. Following the 42081 Volvo Concept set, LEGO and Volvo have teamed up to run a competition to design the Volvo construction vehicle of the future.

Here are two entries, each packed with Power Functions motors and remote control functionality, and each looking quietly terrifying to boot.

First up (above) is R. Skittle‘s ‘Volvo Proteus’, a fully autonomous self-loading hauler. Many many motors power the loader’s drive, all-wheel-steering, the huge swivelling bucket arm, and the sliding and tipping bucket, and there’s much more to see at Skittle’s photostream. Click the link above to view the full gallery of this superbly engineered creation.

Today’s second concept (below) sends Volvo into space, with this enormous ‘Mars Mission’ loader/dozer/tunneller/excavator, all the things required for some Mars-based construction. Built by Desert Eagle (aka Desert752) of Eurobricks this metre-long monster is powered by sixteen motors, with all-track drive, crab steering, a self-levelling superstructure via linear actuators, 360 degree excavator boom rotation with elevation, extension and a synchronised counterweight, 360 degree tunneller boom rotation and elevation, and a drill head that looks like something from your Mom’s Ann Summers chest.

There’s a whole lot more to see of both of today’s Volvo concepts via the links above, and you can enter the competition yourself via LEGO Ideas by clicking here.

Lego Technic Volvo Concept

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Blackfish

Lego Nautilus Car

Today’s post features a car that is the exact opposite of everything in the staff car park. Extravagant, opulent, unnecessary even… Redfern1950s’ latest creation has more common with TLCB Executive Washroom and Sauna than with anything we’re driving.

It comes of course from the movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen which was, frankly, not very good. Not so the car, which was built for real in all of its twenty-two foot glory from the remnants of a Ford Cargo truck. It was so real in fact that it really drives, it’s road legal(ish), and a replica recently came up for auction on eBay, although our budget wouldn’t stretch to it.

Lego Nautilus Car

Redfern’s incredible Model Team recreation of Captain Nemo’s ‘Nautilus’ swaps the original white for black (looking a million times more sinister as a result!) and features opening doors and hood, under which is a suitably enormous V12 engine.

There’s a whole lot more to see of this amazing build at Redfern’s photostream – take a look via the link, plus you can see how the original UK-made movie car was built by clicking here and view the recently sold American replica by clicking here.

Lego Nautilus Car

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Future Tanks

Lego Concept Tank

War. Sadly it will probably never ever go away. Man always seems to think there are others of his kind not as valuable as himself. Still, the future of warfare does look, well… rather cool, at least if this ‘HT-122 Golem’ tank and opposing ‘Pollaxe’ anti-tank by Flickr’s Sunder_59 are anything to go buy. There’s more to see more of each of Sunder’s military concepts via the links above.

Lego Concept Tank

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Come Fly With Me

Lego Hover Cars

It’s a bumper haul today at The Lego Car Blog, thanks to Tim Henderson and his wonderful collection of retro-futuristic hover cars. Loosely based on all manner of classic American machinery, Tim’s hover car concepts update their historic counterparts with a whole lot more vertical ability.

Lego Hover Car Station Wagon

Models include a Buick Skymaster (apt name!) station wagon (pictured above), a pair of Pontiac Grand Prix (pictured below) and Mercury Meteors (more apt naming!) (top), and a very cool Blacktron-esque Dodge Charger and Chevrolet Caprice (bottom).

Lego Hover Cars

There’s more to see of each build, all of which contain a mini-figure and some delightful detailing, plus many more besides, at Tim’s ‘Hover Car’ Flickr album. Click on the link and leave gravity behind!

Lego Hover Cars

*Today’s title song, which has instantly made this blog 37% classier.

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Bananarama*

Lego Desert Clipper

LEGO produce all manor of weird and wonderful pieces these days. Take the humble banana for example. Usually a neat accessory for a Town market or a man in a gorilla suit, LegoGallifrey of Flickr has deployed the tropical fruit in use as mudguards for this rather wonderful looking ‘Desert Clipper’ concept. There’s more cunning parts use elsewhere in the build too – check it out at LegoGallifrey’s photostream here.

*Today’s musical link. Click at your own risk.

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Lean on Me

Lego RC Trike

Weird electric city vehicles seem to pop up all the time in concept form tasked with easing urban congestion and cutting pollution. And then no-one ever builds one because, frankly, consumers would rather sit traffic breathing polluted air in a giant SUV.

Still, one day maybe these things will take off, but until then we’ll make do with previous bloggee Nico71‘s BuWizz-powered leaning tricycle. Similar to Toyota’s limited production i-Road concept, or those weird three-wheeled Piaggio scooter thingies, Nico’s concept can actively lean into corners to keep it stable, and with up to eight times the power of LEGO’s own Power Functions system from the BuWizz bluetooth brick, it probably needs that function.

It’s not our usual fodder here at The Lego Car Blog, but it’s a rather cleverly engineered build and one that we’ll probably all be driving in real life at some point. See more on Brickshelf via the link above.

Lego RC Trike

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