Toy cars aren’t made of tin anymore, so they’ll be played with for a few years and then take another 10,000 to degrade. Still, we suppose LEGO’s no different being plastic too. Back from an era when toy cars were made from tin though, Tintin was the Belgian hero of the moment (and perhaps the only one ever if you don’t count Jean-Claude Van Damme).
One of his (Tintin, not Van Damme)’s many vehicles was this neat red Jeep, and being a popular toy at the time it meant children could have a tin Tintin Jeep. Not made from tin (but no less lovely) is this plastic recreation of the classic Willys, which comes from Johnni D of Flickr. Tintin and Snowy are nowhere to be found, but there’s more to see of their ride from ‘The Land of the Black Gold’ at Johnni’s photostream – click the link above to make the jump.
*If you’re from Yorkshire in the UK, today’s title also means ‘It isn’t in the tin’.
We’ve featured some amazing remote control off-road vehicles here at The Lego Car Blog over the years. However despite their engineering excellence, they’re often massive, heavy, and very expensive to build. Not so today’s creation, which comes from previous bloggee, published author, and all-round Technic legend Sariel.
Sariel has decided to take the Technic off-roader formula and simplify it, using normal parts, light weight, and an affordable price tag to create his very green Jeep Wrangler Trailcat.
Three Power Functions motors, a battery box and a standard IR receiver provide remote control drive, whilst simple oscillating axle suspension and four-wheel-drive (with no differentials) allow Sariel’s Trailcat to off-road like a much larger model. All in it weights under a kilogram, and such simplicity means that we think it would make a very good LEGO set.
Fortunately Sariel thinks so too, as he’s published his Jeep to the LEGO Ideas platform where it could become an official LEGO set. You can find all the details via Sariel’s website, the Eurobricks forum or via the video below, where there are links to LEGO Ideas and you can add your vote.
This is a late ’90s Jeep Grand Cherokee, and we hate it. Well not this one obviously, as we’ve blogged it, but the real car. Shoddily built, boringly styled, and with an enormous wheezy V8 making about 8bhp, the Grand Cherokee is everything we dislike in a car all rolled into one. The only grand thing about it was the name.
Still, the fact it was crap didn’t stop it selling in the hundreds of thousands, as families across America clamoured for a car essential for taking little Cody to school. One such owner is Flickr’s Thomas Gion (sorry about all the above Thomas…) who owns a grey ’99 Laredo edition, which he has recreated brilliantly in Lego form.
Constructed from 265 pieces, almost half of which are mounted sideways or upside-down, Thomas’ 7-wide model features more ingenious build techniques than many models five times the size. There’s more to see of his mini-figure scale Jeep at his album on Flickr – click the link above for a closer look.
A delicious if overly sugared snack, the rocky road would be a sure Elven favourite if ever we allowed them to have it. Or if they knew what it was.
Today’s lucky Elf is about to receive its own sugary hit thanks to this multiple-vehicle find. Built for LEGO’s ‘Great Mountain Chase’ contest, this brilliant scene from Flickr’s Pixel Fox depicts a pair of bank robbers attempting escape from their Police pursuers, who they surely didn’t expect to have access to a monster off-roader and a dirt bike.
Pixel has created his landscape from actual rocks to form the mostly-dry river bed, and it comes complete with a startled fisherman and a pair of hikers whose day just got a lot more interesting. See more of the scene and place your bets on the outcome at Pixel Fox’s photostream by clicking here.
It’s Valentines Day here at The Lego Car Blog, and what better way to commemorate it than with an illegal fishing trip! The park ranger doesn’t look particularly impressed with this chap’s fishing success, but there are plenty more fish in the sea! See Laura, this writer has like, totally moved on. And he was just about to call it off anyway, so you did him a favour really. Anyway, there are plenty more fish and you can go fishing too thanks to Pixel Fox and this brilliant mini-figure scale Jeep CJ-7. See more on Flickr at the link.
Jeep Wranglers and CJs appear regularly here at The Lego Car Blog in Technic form, yet oddly the brand’s most popular model, the Cherokee, has appeared just once (in Grand form, when we mocked it). This is probably because the Cherokee is seen as a bit of a Soccer Mom’s car in the U.S, used exclusively for taking Ethan Jr. to football practice and picking Alicia up from the mall.
However despite the Cherokee’s usual life of suburban drudgery it’s actually a very capable ‘proper’ off-roader. Which of course makes it horrible for use on the road where Soccer Mom’s spend all of their time. The American consumer makes zero sense. Anyway, damianple of Brickshelf has not only built a Lego Jeep Cherokee, he’s got it doing the things it was meant to do. Remote control steering, all-wheel-drive and an operable winch all feature, as do opening doors, a raising hood and an opening tailgate.
There’s more to see of Damian’s off-road ready Jeep on Brickshelf where it’s been photographed on-location (and not at the mall) – click the link above to check it out.
Well that’s brought in some clicks. Anyhoo, this neat roof-less Jeep CJ-5 comes from TLCB regular Ralph Savelsberg aka Mad Physicist, and it captures the real off-roader beautifully in his trademark style. There are lots more images of the topless Jeep available on Flickr – click the link above to take a peek.
If you were surprised that yesterday’s find resulted in no Elven carnage, so were we. Fast, nimble and easily controllable from a bluetooth device, Anto’s remote control Citroen World Rally Car would have been the perfect tool to – if not drive over Elves – at least splat them against the corridor walls. But fear not readers, the Elves are back on form today.
This brutal-looking Jeep Wrangler Expedition is neither fast nor nimble, but it is a hugely capable machine. Powered by an on-board LiPo battery, two XL motors drive all four wheels whilst two L motors power the steering and a front-mounted winch. Working lights and monster suspension complete the list of functions, equipping the Jeep for the tough off-road competition for which it was built.
We don’t know how the Jeep fared in the aforementioned event, but if the carnage here at TLCB Towers is anything to go buy, we suspect it did quite well.
Knowing it isn’t the fastest creation, the discoverer Elf waited until nightfall to unleash the Jeep on its unsuspecting colleagues. Many of TLCB Elves sleep in their cages. A sign of their oppression they may be, but a cage-based Elf is usually a safe Elf. However, some of the Elves had taken their chances, simply falling asleep in various poses on the cage room floor. These Elves were not safe. Not safe at all.
Unable to wake and run fast enough, the Jeep made easy work of the snoozing Elves. By the time we reached the cage room at least a dozen had been flattened and one was still desperately clinging the the bumper in a bid to avoid the Jeep’s balloon tyres before Mr. Airhorn put an end to the rampage.
Delighted with its success the lucky Elf at the controls bounded off into the night, leaving us to tidy up the mess. We have Horcik Designs to thank for our troubles, and you can see further images and details of his remote control Jeep Wrangler Expedition at both the Eurobricks forum and Horcik’s Flickr album.
Click the links above to take a look, and you can watch the Jeep in action off-road via the video below.
This is a Jeep CJ5. It has no bluetooth, no parking assist, no duel zone air conditioning, no lane departure warning system, and no electronic terrain response system. But it’s a million times better than any of the SUVs and Crossovers that drive past the TLCB office in their hundreds, and we want one. Luckily TLCB regular Senator Chinchilla can give us our CJ fix, and there’s more to see of his Model Team version of the little Jeep at his photostream. Click the link above to make the jump for all the photos.
This spellbinding creation comes from one of The Lego Car Blog’s very favourite builders. Madoca1977 has appeared here numerous times over the years with his stunning Technic vehicles. His latest is one of the best loved 4x4s on the planet (and one of the most realistic Lego recreations of it we’ve ever seen); the glorious Jeep Wrangler.
Powered by two L Motors with a Medium motor driving the steering, Madoca’s Jeep is fully remote controlled, and it features a unique shock-less pendular suspension set-up to give it genuine off-road ability, despite both front and rear axles having an open differential.
The Wrangler also features LED lights, opening doors, hood and tailgate, and a detachable hardtop, and there’s loads more to see courtesy of the discussion forum at the Eurobricks portal, where there are also images of a black version of the model available to view, plus a link to building instructions. Tempted?… See what Madoca’s Jeep Wrangler can do via the video below…
This neat Jurassic Park inspired Jeep Wrangler comes from Flickr’s _zenn, and it features all the hallmarks of the movie car, without being from the film at all.
This means it’s kinda like the whole Jurassic Park franchise, seeing as the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park aren’t actually from the Jurassic period. Still, when you’re being eaten by a T-Rex it probably doesn’t matter which geological system it’s from.
There’s more to see of _zenn’s Jurassic-ish Jeep at his photostream – click the link above to make the jump.
Awarded a meal-token for every find, one of our Elves is about to get very fat. These ten brilliant Town-scale off-road vehicles are the work of just one builder. Pixel Fox owns the mind (and hands) behind them, and he’s done a simply stupendous job of recreating some of the world’s best known off-roaders in mini-figure scale, as well as building a delightful scene for each one to reside within.
Above, clockwise from top left, are a film-set Hummer H1, South African Volkswagen Syncro, beach-bound Jeep Wrangler TJ and a forestry Mercedes-Benz Unimog 406.
Next are two of the world’s most prolific 4x4s, the iconic Land Cruiser J70 (left) complete with an adorable brick-built rhino, and the legendary Land Rover Defender 90 (right).
The final set of instantly recognisable off-road vehicles is made up of a Mercedes G-Wagon, tragically pictured on red-carpet duty, a superb Range Rover Series 1 going hunting, a lifted Jeep Cherokee XJ, and a Dakar-spec BMW X5.
Each creation is wonderful in its own right, and you can see more of all ten mini-figure builds at Pixel Fox’s Flickr album by clicking here, whilst we begin feeding a very deserving TLCB Elf!
Except this really isn’t any old Jeep. This is Jeep’s little-known ‘Mighty FC Concept’, which we assume stands for ‘Forward Control’, and it’s been superbly recreated in remote control Technic form by vehicle-building legend Madoca 1977.
Packed inside Madoca’s brilliant creation are six LEGO Power Functions motors, three sets of LEDs, and two third-party SBrick bluetooth receivers. The first two motors are XLs, which take care of the Jeep’s all-wheel-drive via portal axles, whilst a Servo motor controls the steering. Three Medium motors drive the winch, activate the locking rear differential, and control a two-speed gearbox, all of which is powered by an on-board rechargeable battery.
The Elves, who seem to have infiltrated Jeep’s vehicle-naming department, love the Mighty FC, even though it’s much too slow to cause any carnage in TLCB office. It can carry quite a few of them at once though, which appears to be what is currently happening, so whilst we let them get on with that you can discover the build’s full details by visiting the Eurobricks forum, and you can watch Madoca’s Jeep in action via the excellent video below.
This impressively slick creation comes from newcomer Chiho Kim and it was suggested to us by a reader. Built in a similar scale and style to LEGO’s officially licensed Creator sets like the Caterham Seven, Mini Cooper, and Volkswagen Camper, Chiho’s replica of the infamous Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is packed with details.
There are opening doors, a detailed engine under the opening hood, a fully replicated interior and a detachable rear soft top. There’s lots more to see on both Flickr and MOCpages, where you can also find details about how you can help this design become an official LEGO set alongside the examples above.