WALL-E; the last surviving cute robot on an abandoned Earth tasked with tidying up the mess we made. Disney-Pixar’s masterpiece melted hearts around the world in 2008, but a decade on in 2018 several pieces of news have emerged over the course of the year that make us sure we’re heading ever closer to the grim reality depicted in the movie.
We don’t yet have cute little rubbish-collecting robots like the Wall-E and Eve pairing built by Flickr’s Luis Peña pictured here to help, but there are a few very easy things that we can do to lessen our impact upon our environment. Turn things off, recycle everything we can, and switch Google for Ecosia. Each year around 300,000 visitors arrive here at The Lego Car Blog directly via a search engine. If they all arrived via the tree-planting alternative Ecosia that would be a lot of trees!
To find out more about what The LEGO Company is doing to reduce its environmental impact click here and to see more of Luis’ brilliant Wall-E and Eve builds click the link above.
If you’re here and you’re six*, you’re going to enjoy the video below! Fresh from the Disney Pixar ‘Cars 3’ movie, Lighting McQueen, Cruz Ramirez and Mater are visiting the Top Gear Test Track in LEGO form, and they’re about to meet a very special resident!
LEGO’s official Disney Pixar ‘Cars 3’ Juniors sets are available to buy now.
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.
…beat him with a stick. Lock him up for fifty years, see what makes him tick! Jack Skellington is filling in for an absent Santa, and things are a lot less jolly. Flickr’s César Soares is the builder behind this scary Saint Nick, and there’s more to see at his photostream via the link above.
…they’re busy building toys and absolutely no one’s dead. The bemused words of the delightfully spooky Jack Skellington, from Tim Burton (and – weirdly -Disney)’s magnificent 1993 animated fright fest ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’.
This beautifully built scene from the movie comes from Flickr’s César Soares, and it’s scarily good. Lego Purists will find Jack Skellington and the Mayor of Halloween Town’s heads particularly frightening.
Aside from the terrifying thought of the aforementioned Lego brick mutilation, even purists would have to agree that this cartoonish recreation is something rather wonderful; Jack and the Mayor look almost as though LEGO created official movie mini-figures themselves.
There’s more to see of Jack, the Mayor, and the glorious Mayor-Mobile hearse at César’s photostream – take a trip to Halloween Town at the link above.
LEGO’s licensing division has brought a variety of well loved characters to the mini-figure range in recent times. Disney’s cartoon characters are some of the latest, and here Donald Duck shows that ducks are good inside more than just pancakes. Donald and his cartoon wheels were suggested by a reader and you can see more courtesy of LegoJalex on Flickr.
Novvember is finally over, so until the next tenuously titled month-long bandwagon rolls into town here’s one of the last creations uploaded to the departing theme. Tim Henderson‘s Lightning VicQueen shows what Disney’s anthropomorphised racing car would look like if he was born a few hundred years later. You can check him out on Flickr at the link.
Following much Elf grumbling due to today’s earlier digital creation, we’ve decided to treat them to a movie afternoon. See, we are nice occasionally! Plus they’ve found some good creations today. The first of their finds is this, probably the most famous (and loved) movie car ever, ‘Herbie’, a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle with a personality.
Star of the 1968 movie ‘The Love Bug’, in which a struggling race driver is given a helping hand by the conscious Volkswagen, Herbie went on to star in many sequels, including the recent atrocity featuring a pre-breakdown Lindsay Lohan.
TLCB favourite Ralph Savelsberg aka Mad Physicist is the builder of this brilliant Miniland scale version of Volkswagen’s most popular car, and you can see more his Lego Herbie by clicking the link above. We also highly recommend a watch of The Love Bug for those that haven’t seen it. Judging by the elated noises coming from around the TV in the Elves’ cage room, they agree too…
Volkswagen’s humble Beetle may not have been a technologically advanced car when it was rescued from the ashes of World War II by the British Army, but recreating every working function of the real car from Lego Technic is far far beyond the understanding of TLCB office.
Spanish builder Sheepo however, has a mind of extraordinary ability, and his builds go way beyond what most think is possible from plastic bricks. His latest work may be of a simple car, but what lies within is anything but. His 1:8 scale 1967 Volkswagen Beetle features five motors, (controlling the drive, ackerman steering, brakes and gearbox), a working flat four engine, opening and locking doors, independent front suspension with swing axel rear, plus folding seats, a working steering wheel and a working brake pedal.
The Beetle is the latest in a long line of spectacular Technic Supercars from Sheepo and is available in further detail on either Eurobricks, or via his own website Sheepo’s Garage.
Interview! We’re delighted to announce that Sheepo has entered The Lego Car Blog’s Master MOCers Hall of Fame, and becomes the tenth (and final) builder in our incredible series, joining nine other of the very best Lego vehicle builders from around the world. To find out more about how Sheepo started building, what inspires him, and how he creates his Technic masterpieces simply click on the link below, or visit the Interviews page in the main menu at the top of the page.
Disney Pixar’s 2008 CGI smash is easily in the Elves’ top 10 films, despite it having no cars and no explosions. It does of course have one of their other favourite things; robots. WALL-E, the little tracked recycling robot whose story the movie follows, is one of the sweetest characters the Pixar wizards have created yet, and he’s perfect for recreating from the ultimate recyclable toy; LEGO.
David Hensel is the latest in long list of builders to give Disney’s creation a go in brick form, and we think his work shoots straight to the top of the pile. Available to view on Flickr and MOCpages, you can check WALL-E and his plant out via the links above. The Elves like it very much – it’s even renewed their vigour for recycling, and if they can recycle, anyone can.
With a definite TailSpin vibe (the Elves were watching cartoons this morning so we had to expect some Disney related nonsense) Nate DeCastro’s ‘ZK-12 Sabertooth’ fighter plane has got us reminiscing about the days when kid’s TV featured bears at the controls of aircraft fighting airborne pirates…
Uh oh… Lotso the evil pink bear has escaped from his ties to the front of the refuse truck, and now he’s mad. The slightly unhinged Gilcelio takes the Toy Story narrative a little further than Pixar intended with this Woody-Destroying Mech. See more on Flickr.