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Two Technic Tractors Tuesday

Lego Technic Case 620 HD Tractor

Today’s blog post is brought to you by the letter ‘T’. Plus the Elves are learning about alliteration, which means that we have not one but two Technic tractors to show you.

They’re both remote control too, which also meant that we had something of an Elven showdown in the corridor this morning. Unable to squash any of their colleagues due to their finds herculean slowness, each Elf decided that the next best route to carnage was to turn their respective machines on one another. Cue the slowest vehicular joust in history, at the end of which the tractors calmly bumped into one another and the Elves at the controls left in disgust.

Well they may not be impressed, but we are, as each build is a masterclass in Technic engineering. Above is newcomer Brick_Sticker’s enormous Case 620 HD, driven by an XL motor and featuring an unusual (but very clever) pneumatic articulated steering mechanism, with an on-board compressor powered by a Medium motor providing the air pressure. Another Medium motor drives a power-take-off, and there are four pneumatic lines where tools could be attached.

It’s a spectacular machine and well worth your click – you can check out all the images and details via both Eurobricks and Brickshelf.

The Case’s gladiatorial opponent in the corridor joust comes from previous bloggee Damian Plesniak, and if anything it’s even slower. Driven by twin Medium motors, Damian’s tracked mini loader features skid-steering, plus a tilting and raising bucket powered by a third Medium motor and an XL.

It works a treat too, and you can see all of the (brilliantly taken) images on Flickr here, plus you can watch a video of the loader in action by visiting the Eurobricks discussion forum.

Lego Technic RC Tracked Loader

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Line of Sight

Lego StuG III Ausf G Tank

The crew of this StuG III Ausf G tank are in for a surprise if the photographer behind this first-person image is as heavily armed as they are.

Points* go to Daniel Siskind for this intriguing shot of his wonderfully accurate StuG III tank, and you can see more on Flickr via the link above.

*Redeemable at TLCB Towers for a colouring pencil of your choice and an assortment of paper clips.

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Nismo GT-R

Lego Nissan GT-R NISMO

Nissan’s R35 series GT-R is getting – in car terms – pretty ancient now. It’s been 10 years since the design launched and yet, despite the continual price rises and the advancement of newer rivals, the GT-R is still capable of dispatching supercars costing three times as much a decade later.

The GT-R does feel its age inside though, where it’s miles off the pace compared to a modern design, and – oddly – it doesn’t actually feel as fast as it is, so hushed is the engine by the twin turbos forcing air into it.

It is though, an absolutely cult car, helped hugely by Nissan’s partnership with all manner of racing game developers which has immortalised the GT-R in pixels, but it’s also a car that seems to rarely feature in Lego form.

Previous bloggee (and one half of Master MOCers LegoExotics) Jens Matuschek has decided a Lego version was way overdue, and he’s built a spectacular replica of the GT-R in 2008 NISMO specification. The car features opening doors, hood and trunk, and includes a beautifully detailed engine and interior.

There are loads more superb images available to view at both MOCpages and Flickr – click the links to see the full Nissan GT-R NISMO gallery.

Lego Nissan GT-R NISMO

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Space Rod

Lego Classic Space Hot Rod

TLCB favourite Billyburg might be stretching the rules of Febrovery a bit with this one, but seeing as we suck at sci-fi, but we do love hot rods, his classic space liveried ‘Retro Pick-Up Rover’ is right up our alley. See more on Flickr at the link above.

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You Spin Me Right Round Baby…

Lego MAN TGS Cement Truck

…Right Round. An unnecessary nod to ’80s Liverpudlian pop band Dead or Alive there, which makes this TLCB writer glad he isn’t old enough to be part of that generational musical abomination. However, spinning things do seem to be an oddly visually appealing phenomenon, and the king of these on the road is the humble cement truck, which must spin its drum continually to prevent the cement inside from setting.

This superb MAN TGS 8×4 cement truck comes from previous bloggee gtahelper, and like its life-size counterpart the drum spins hypnotically as it drives. A third party SBrick allows the truck to be controlled via a bluetooth device and it features working LED head and tail lights plus automatic reversing lights too. There’s more to see at the Brickshelf Gallery – click the above to go for a spin.

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Cool Caravanning

Lego Pick-up Truck Caravan

Here in The Lego Car Blog’s home nation caravanning is deeply, heroically uncool. Boring middle aged couples drive – slowly – to a field, where they then proceed to shit in a bucket.

Not so in North America or Australia, where the wide open spaces and abundance of animals that want to hurt you make it a vastly more exciting affair. You still drive – slowly – to a field, where you then have to shit in a bucket, but you might get eaten by a bear whilst doing so. And that’s cool.

As is this bright yellow pick-up truck and caravan combo by Flickr’s Gilcélio, of which you can see more at the link. It’s a beautifully clean build, and there’s not a bucket in sight.

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Spambulance

Lego Sci-Fi Ambulance

We’ve all been there. That time when you’re exploring an uncharted planet, collecting space crystals, when BLAM! You get run over by an invisible lunar rover.

Fortunately Frost‘s Emergency Medical Response Rover (or Space Ambulance / Spambulance as we’re calling it) is on hand to pick up the pieces. Dial 911 via the link above.

Lego Space Ambulance

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You Can’t Put a Price on Exclusivity

Lego Lykan Hypersport

Unless that price is $3.4 Million…

Barely a week goes by without a millionaire somewhere deciding that they’re going to start up their own supercar company and it’s going to make the fastest car in the world, with a four thousand horsepower and a top speed of a billion.

Unsurprisingly almost every single one of these start-ups comes to absolutely nothing, because like a guy who sounds hard in his YouTube comments but is actually 33 and still living with his Mom, there’s no substance behind the wild claims.

However Lykan – the Middle East’s first supercar manufacturer – are an exception, because despite the extravagant press releases before a car had turned a wheel, they’ve actually gone and built the car they claimed to.

Funded by the UAE and engineered in Lebanon by a team of French and Italian engineers, just seven Lykan Hypersports will be built, at a cost of an insane $3.4million each.

This being the Middle East, the Abu Dhabi Police Department have already snapped one up, which alongside two other buyers leaves four still to sell. So what does $3.4million get you?

Lego Technic Lykan Hypersport

Exclusivity, that’s for sure. With only six Hypersports available to public any buyer is going to be in a very small club. They’ll also get an RUF-developed 780bhp 3.7litre twin-turbo flat-6 engine, which sounds a lot like it’s come from a Porsche 911, and the first headlights to be embedded with jewels (420 of them).

If we’re honest, if we had $3.4million we’d probably take a Koenigsegg Agera R and still have change for a McLaren P1, a Ford GT, and eight Toyota GT86s, but unfortunately TLCB’s policy on advertising revenue means we’ll unlikely to ever make it onto the world’s rich list.

However if you do hanker after a Lykan, but are a bit short in the cash department, Flickr’s Lachlan Cameron may have the answer. Whilst we don’t think the Hypersport is a particularly good supercar, Lachlan’s remote control Technic version sure is.

With Power Functions controlled steering and drive, a 4-speed gearbox, all-wheel independent suspension, a flat-6 engine, LED head and tail lights, electronically opening doors, an electronically controlled rear wing, and some of the best Technic bodywork we’ve ever seen, Lachlan’s Lykan is a seriously impressive build.

There’s more to see of this incredible replica of an incredible car at the Eurobricks discussion forum and on Flickr – click here to make the jump to the complete gallery.

Lego Lykan Hypersport

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Back to the Future Part III – Delorean Time Machine – Picture Special

Lego Back to the Future Part III Delorean Time Machine

Time is standing still here at TLCB Towers. It’s been hours and we’ve accomplished nothing. Because of this. The single most amazing model that we’ve posted this year. Built by Flickr’s 지현 주 (aka seter82), it is, of course, the incredible final DeLorean DMC-12 time machine from the iconic Back to the Future franchise, and it’s the hardest one to make of them all.

Lego Back to the Future Part III Delorean Time Machine

Often overlooked by model makers, the time machine from Back to the Future Part III is the most intricate and highly detailed of all of the movie cars, modified to operate before gasoline was discovered via a push from a steam engine. Steampunk, surely, began here.

Lego Back to the Future Part II DeLorean time machine

Seter82’s astonishing recreation of the Back to the Futrure Part III DeLorean is one of the most beautifully replicated movie cars we’ve ever seen, in any context, and it even gives real-world recreations from the Back to the Future franchise fierce competition. With a perfectly recreated cabin, complete with all the paraphernalia Doc required for time travelling, a 100% movie-accurate exterior, plus functions such as opening gull-wing doors and hood, and adjustable steering wheel and seats, Seter’s DeLorean is a build that you can revel in for hours.

Lego Back to the Future Part III Delorean Time Machine

Which is what we’ll be doing. You can join us at Seter82’s Flickr photostream by clicking here, where a huge gallery of incredible imagery is available to view – however, unless you have a real time machine be prepared to lose a good part of your day. Because Seter’s DeLorean is as real as it gets.

Lego Back to the Future Part III Delorean Time Machine

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Buy N Large

Lego DAF XF Euro 6 FT Space Cab

The Elves love today’s find. It’s massive, it’s remote controlled, it features a slightly obscure Disney reference, and – perhaps most importantly – it’s orange. This superb DAF XF FT Space Cab truck, complete with Power Functions remote control and a brilliant trailer with brick-built livery, comes from gtahelper of Brickshelf, and there’s loads more to check out at the extensive image gallery – click the link above to window shop.

Lego DAF XF Euro 6 FT Space Cab

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The LEGO Batman Movie Review

The Lego Batman Movie Review

It’s been three years since The LEGO Movie became the surprise hit of the box office. Rapturous reviews (including here at The Lego Car Blog), a Rotten Tomatoes score of 96%, nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe, and winner of the BAFTA for Best Animated Film, the animated adventure shook up a cinematic genre that was starting to look a little tired.

Fast forward to 2017 and LEGO, DC and Warner Bros. are hoping to repeat the huge success of the original with the spin-off we all hoped for. Yes, LEGO Batman has got his very own movie.

Reprising his role as the Very Very Dark Grey Knight, Will Arnett is joined by an all-star cast including Zach Galifianakis as an inspired Joker, Michael Cera as Nightwing, and the brilliant Ralph Fiennes as Batman’s long-suffering butler Alfred.

It is Batman of course, who narrates the opening credits… “All important movies start with a black screen…”, Arnett growls, and The LEGO Batman Movie duly does.

The Lego Batman Movie Review

A frenetic opening returns movie-goers to the colour and vibrancy that only a world built from LEGO bricks can provide. The animation is absolutely first class, and there are some brilliant adult-friendly sight gags and pop-culture references throughout, including a nod to every Batman movie ever made (especially the bad ones) and a long-running joke about the pointlessness of many of DC’s superheroes (kudos to DC for the self depreciation!).

The story itself is pretty engaging, probably on par with even some of the better Batman movies – whilst some of the worse ones would be glad to trade their plot for this one – and it employs a wealth of cameos and small-part characters to keep the amusement coming.

The Lego Batman Movie Review

Our favourites though, are the two leads. Arnett’s mini-figure Batman we know and love from the original LEGO Movie, and Zach Galifianakis’ Joker is no doubt his equal, being both brilliantly comedic and delightfully scary in equal measure. Our warmth for these characters doesn’t extend to Nightwing though, who is just as annoying as he is in the trailers, and is surely the Scrappy Do of the entire Batman franchise. To that end at least, Michael Cera has nailed it.

The Lego Batman Movie is a wonderfully self-aware addition to the Batman franchise, poking fun and reverence at the comic’s history, whilst also managing to continue the LEGO Movie saga.

However, the film is not quite as fresh or clever as The LEGO Movie of 2014. Whilst a very good family-friendly animated movie, and no doubt enhanced by the inclusion of the LEGO universe, The Lego Batman Movie could ultimately have been animated in any number of ways and remained a very good family-friendly adventure. It’s a film made because the box office demanded it, and with The Lego Ninjago Movie on the horizon too, we could be entering a period of diminishing returns.

The Lego Batman Movie is the film that cinema deserves, but not the one it needs right now.

★★★½

The Lego Batman Movie Review

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Space Surf

Lego Space Utility Vehicle

If we were a smiling Classic Spaceman, heading for the space beach to catch some space waves, this is the space buggy we’d like to go in. Billyburg is the builder, and there’s more to see of his lovely VW-esque lunar buggy here.

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My Other Car is a Mercedes-Benz…

Lego Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 DTM

This stunning Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 DTM racing car was discovered on Eurobricks, and it’s one of the most original Technic Supercars we’ve published in ages. Underneath the brilliant bodywork, complete with wonderfully authentic decals, is a wealth of superb mechanical engineering, including a paddle-shift operated 4-speed gearbox, a miniaturised working V8 engine, independent suspension on all wheels, and working steering.

Lego Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 DTM

Builder Brunojj1 hasn’t stopped there though as he’s constructed a matching AMG C63, replacing the mechanical goodies with a Power Functions remote control drivetrain and LED lights. Drive is delivered by a combination of an XL Motor and an L Motor, geared to match one another, with a Servo powering the steering. There’s loads more to see of both models, including a of each, at the Eurobricks discussion forum. Click the link above to join the race.

Lego Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 DTM

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And the Winner is…

The Lego Car Blog Competition

The Lego Car Blog’s Review My Set Competition drew to a close last week, and it’s added a whole host of reader-written LEGO set reviews to our burgeoning Set Review Library! Almost 100 individual LEGO sets and third-party products have now been reviewed in total, and we aim to keep this number climbing as the Set Review Library is the single highest viewed page here at TLCB.

We were seriously impressed by the standard of your review submissions, which ranged from LEGO’s most expensive flagships right down to pocket-money sets, and were written by experienced adults and young builders alike.

So how did you guys do? Well it was close. Really close. But we’re delighted to announce that the overall winners are…

Winner

Andrea Lattanzio  |  5591 Model Team Red Bird

 

Runner-Up

Rage Hobbit  |  8070 Technic Supercar

Yup, whilst we said there would only be one winner it really was too close to call, especially if you’re as indecisive as we are, so the assorted loot here at TLCB Towers will be shared amongst both winners!

Lego 5591 Mach II Red Bird

Andrea’s review of the classic 1995 Model Team flagship recorded one of the highest view counts in its first week, and also included bespoke images created by Andrea specifically for his review article.

Rage Hobbit’s entry reviewing the 2011 Technic Supercar flagship accrued the most views over the duration of the competition, and the writing was so in-keeping with our in-house reviewers we could probably have passed it off as our own.

Andrea and Rage weren’t alone at the top though, as many reviewers really impressed us with their writing ability (and subsequent view count), to the point where we’d like to have you on staff!

Congratulations to Andrea and Rage, to all of you who saw your Set Review/s successfully published here at The Lego Car Blog, and if you’d like to write a review for a set that is currently missing from the review archive we’d still love to receive it! Simply get in touch us letting us know the set you’d like to critique and you could see your writing appear here for over one million viewers a year!

Lego Set Reviews Prizes

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R is for Revenge

Lego Technic RC Hatchback Type R

With the Elven bodily fluids and most of the bigger body parts cleared away from today’s earlier situation, we were hoping for a quieter remainder to the afternoon. No such luck. Screeching down the corridor came this, one of the fastest remote control Technic vehicles we’ve seen in some time, entitled the ‘Hatchback Type R’, and made by the same bloody builder that caused the earlier incident. Thanks Madoca.

Ergh, we’ll get back to the story above in a bit, but for now, the model; Built by Madoca 1977 (again) it’s a generic hot hatchback (although no prizes for guessing the inspiration behind it) powered by a single L Motor, steered by a Servo, controlled via a third party SBrick, and featuring LED lights too.

That lone drive motor may not seem enough to create one of the quickest models we’ve seen in a while, but Madoca’s Type R is fantastically light, and the Elf guilty of today’s earlier smushing was still eating the rewards of its find when – launched from the other end of the corridor – the Type R shot towards it and slammed it against the wall.

The Elf at the controls, thirst for revenge satisfied, escaped into the street outside, and will no doubt claim its meal token later in the day. It’s unlikely that it was actually a victim of the earlier assault, but ‘revenge’ amongst Elves is a communal thing and it may have been holding a grudge against a totally different Elf from months ago. Either way, we have more clearing up to do, so whilst we get the mop back out you can see more of Madoca’s Type R, as well as his earlier Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck, by visiting the Eurobricks discussion for both models here.

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