Roadworks seem to take forever. Perhaps because half the time there doesn’t appear to be anyone working. Flickr’s Edward Lawrence is here to help expedite the repairs, by equipping his construction workers with this delightful ‘Construction Moped’ hover-bike. With construction worker Geoff now able to float above the roadway there should be nothing slowing the construction team down! Of course if vehicles can hover there is probably no need for a roadway at all, but we’ll ignore that… See more at Edward’s photostream via the link!
We manage to post a car or two and then we’re right back to blogging a freaky chick riding a hover bike. Oh well, it is an excellent build nonetheless. This is ‘Lalibela Upbeat’, a curiously Game-of-Thrones-Night-King-looking figure who sounds a bit like a woke female DJ, riding her ‘Dawn Resurgence’ speeder. Nope, we don’t know what any of that means either but it is a rather excellent build, utilising some of LEGO’s more unusual colours, featuring some ingenuous techniques, and displaying a fair bit inventive parts usage too. Eero Okkonen is the builder and there’s more to see of Lalibela and her Dawn Resurgence on Flickr here.
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…
The 2019 Lego Speeder Bike Competition is generating some most excellent creations. Being a car blog we won’t be featuring all of the blog-worthy builds emanating from the group (you can check out all the entrants here), however today we are featuring one of our favourites thus far. Built by TLCB debutant SpaceMan Nathan this speeder bike caught our attention not only for its placement in a cool-looking workshop, but also for being Technic-figure scale, and we think the humble Technic-fig – once a staple in the Technic line-up – doesn’t get enough limelight these days. Speed over to SpaceMan Nathan’s photostream via the link above for more.
The 2019 Lego Speeder Bike competition continues, with all sorts of weird and wonderful entries submitted so far. Here are three, all found by one Elf and built by hmick_ of Flickr, meaning we’ll have a fairly fat Elf later today once it’s eaten a trio of orange, red and blue Smarties, and hmick_ has given himself three shots winning the contest. Each design features plenty of inventive parts and technique usage of which there’s more to see at hmick_’s photostream. Speed over via the link above.
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.
The Lego Speeder Bike Contest ’18 ‘Battle for District 18’ has come to an end! Contest judge and Lego Speeder Bikes overlord _zenn joins us here at TLCB Towers for a full run-down of the competition results. Over to _zenn!
This year we chose a ‘Futuristic City’ theme that evolved into the whole ‘Battle for District 18’ concept, perfect for building speeder bikes and sparking creativity/imagination. Feedback among contestants was front of mind; competitions should encourage contestants to give and recieve constructive criticism in order to become better builders, and to help us to see building from a different point of view or perspective.
And what a turnout it was this year, with a huge 234 bikes and 34 districts entered! On to the results – the toughest part for us at LSB – the judgement of all those bikes. Let’s get into it!
Clockwise from top left;
1. Guy Smiley‘s Police Speeder. Urban, rugged and bulky, yet incorporating smooth angles on the front and back-end, Guy’s speeder looks ready to make the streets of District 18 a better place.
2. Anthony Wilson‘s Needler X13. At first glance you might think it’s just a pile of bricks thrown together, but take a closer look to see the careful and painstaking planning to layer each part together into one coherent design.
3. Random Vector‘s Steam Denizen. An angled engine consisting of old-school Modulex parts combines with smooth flowing pipes, a Throwbot visor canopy and atmospheric lighting.
4. F@bz‘s Volkswagen Cardinal Speeder Bike. The first time I’ve seen a bike build with flexible spike parts that are actually used when flexed.
5. Graham Gidman‘s Street Devil. Superb stickering and photo editing gives this bike a real sense of speed while dashing through the streets of the District.
Lastly we like to thank The Manifesto, eclipseGRAFX and Chrome Block City for sponsoring this year’s contest, and Keith Goldman for being our ‘sideline cheerleader’ as well as Christopher Hoffmann for being our guest-judge. We’d also like to thank also all the blogs/groups/people for getting the word out, and most importantly we like to thank you; the participants/’riders’ out there, for putting such a tremendous effort in time, design and enthusiasm into building all the bikes and displays. We couldn’t have done it with out you!
Courts adjourned, _zenn.
With the Lego Speeder Bikes 2018 competition almost at an end we’ve just time to squeeze in another entry. And what an entry! Complete with eight (we think) speeder bikes, plus a couple of wheeled and walking vehicles, Pico van Grootveld‘s interpretation of the contest’s ‘District 18’ is bursting with life and colour. There’s a police chase, a variety of aliens, a graffitied overpass, a camouflaged classic spaceman on his way to work and much more besides. There’s only one image but it really is worth a closer look – do just that at the link above.
There’s just one week to go in Lego Speeder Bikes‘ 2018 competition! Entries have sped in from all over the world and this is one of our favourites, built by Flickr’s Manufactura Jarema for the fictional District 18 ‘Abide’ category. There’s more to see of Manufactura’s wonderfully neat speeder bike via the link above, and if you’re speedy there’s still time for you to enter your own design into the competition – click here to visit the contest discussion.
The District 18 Speeder Competition run by the Lego Speeder Bikes group is gathering pace. This entry is the work of Pico van Grootveld and it’s been build for the ‘Enforce’ category of the contest, featuring a rather smug looking cop aboard an incredibly speedy-looking, er… speeder. There are three other categories to choose from and prizes up for grabs too. Take a look at Pico’s submission via the link above and you can see the other entries and submit a model yourself by visiting the Lego Speeder Bikes group.
This stunning image was found on Flickr today. It’s the work of David Hensel, and it depicts his intriguing ‘ZECR Hoverbike’ concept. The build itself contains all sorts of Nice Parts Usage (NPU), but what really caught our attention is the superb way that David has photographed his creation – we’d even go as far as saying this might be the best photo that we’ve blogged this year. You can see the image in further detail at David’s photostream via the link above, and if you’d like to learn how to take higher quality photos of your own creations you can read some handy hints here.
This smiling mini-figure looks like she’s having a fun ride. You can see more of _zenn‘s hoverbike-riding blonde on Flickr – click the link above to check her out.