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Two for Tuesday (In Space!)

Lego M-Tron Spaceship

It’s a space double here at The Lego Car Blog, because… well, that’s what our Elves found. No matter though, because each is a brilliant build packed full of spacey goodness, a subject of which we know absolutely nothing.

First up (above) is Mladen of Brickshelf‘s M-Tron-esque Orbital Vanquisher, designed to vanquish orbits. Or to vanquish things whilst in orbit, we’re not really sure. But it is M-Tron and it’s nice to see that they’ve stopped nerding about collecting magnets and got themselves some real firepower at last.

Next up (below) and owned by none of the usual classic space protagonists is this huge ‘Gorgone 8×8 Space Rig’ by Flickr’s spaceruner. Apparently designed as a maintenance support vehicle for newly terraformed planets it’s nice to see a nod to both Octan and LEGO’s previous fuel supplier of choice on the side, and the rig features both working steering and suspension too.

There’s more to see of each creation on Brickshelf and Flickr respectively. Head into space via the links above for the complete galleries.

Lego Sci-Fi 8x8

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Biggie Smalls

Lego Lunar Rover

Some things are a lot smaller than you expect them to be. At least that’s what your Mom said to this TLCB Writer the other night. Anyway, this enormous mobile exploration base by Flickr’s Robert Heim isn’t actually enormous at all. In fact the entire front is made out of a mini-figure torso and jet pack mounted upside-down. It’s unclear how said mini-figure astronaut met such a gruesome end, but his remains sure make for a natty-looking lunar rover. More nice parts usage abounds and there’s more to see at Robert’s photostream – click the link above to make the jump.

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Worth a Second Look

Lego 23

Missed by our Elves, but found by a reader, we’re handing over to a Guest Blogger today. Nils O picks up TLCB pen…

Some things are worth a second look and you’ll discover a hidden gem. This rover built by (Neo) Classic Space veteran David Roberts is such a gem. At the first glance you’ll see a good looking chunky rover in a cool NCS style. But if you look closer you’ll see a bit more…

The design is almost 100% SNOT, with a very detailed interior, and there are some very well hidden Technic functions… Look closely and you may notice the tip of an IR receiver. That’s because the whole model has aPower Functions remote control system hidden within, with an L motor for drive and a Servo motor for steering. And there’s still more. The steering has cunning Ackermann geometry, giving a different steering angle for each wheel, and there’s pendular suspension for the rear axle too. The more you look the more you’ll find. How cool is that?

Thanks to Nils for joining us as a Guest Blogger. If you’ve found a creation that our slovenly Elves have missed you can suggest it to us via the Feedback Page, and you may even be asked to pick up TLCB pen yourself!

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Rove Big

Rover’s are, to most of TLCB staff, slightly sad old cars driven by the chronically elderly. Unless you can find a really old one which has come full circle back into cool again. Not so to Alec Hole. To Alec rovers are enormous 10×10 mobile space stations crewed by a team of perpetually smiling mini-figures whose task it is to… er, well you know we never did figure that out. Answers in the comments of you know more about Classic Space than we do. Anyhoo, Alec’s wonderful (and enormous) mini-figure scale ‘MCU Rover’ is something of a work of brilliance and there’s more to see over at his photostream by clicking here.

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Mass Effect Nomad

Lego Mass Effect Andromeda Nomad Rover

This is, apparently, the Nomad ND1 rover from the 2017 video game Mass Effect Andromeda. Unfortunately it is therefore something about which we know absolutely nothing, but to prevent an Elf riot here it is. Somewhat sadly you could ask us about the SD1 Rover though and we’d be fine…

Anyway, whilst we’re out of our depth with sci-fi as usual, we can tell you that this is a quality build, with a complete interior and fully independent suspension too. Check it out courtesy of Corvin Stichert on Flickr.

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Rolling a Six

Lego Lunar Rover

All vehicles with six evenly-spaced wheels are cool. Create the wheels yourself with a bucket of Technic pins and some grey dishes and your model will be sub-zero cool. Flickr’s David Hensel has done just that, using the Force, ancient magic, or the tears of unicorns to hold them together. Probably all three. There’s more to see of David’s ‘2780 Moon Rover’ and the six remarkable wheels on which it rolls by clicking the link above.

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Like a Wheel Within a Wheel

Lego Sci-Fi VW

Round
Like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning
On an ever-spinning reel
Like a snowball down a mountain
Or a carnival balloon
Like a carousel that’s turning
Running rings around the moon
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping
Past the minutes of its face
And the world is like an apple
Whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind

A couple of Elves got into a supply closet today and knocked over some ultra-strong floor cleaner, so things have got a bit trippy. We’ll open a few windows so that normal service can resume, but in the meantime you can check out Robert Heim‘s ‘VW Kübelkäfer’ on Flickr via the link above. Oh, and here’s today’s title track

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Grand Canyon

Lego M-Tron

Your Mom sent us a picture of her grand canyon a while back but we can’t post that here, so instead here’s Mark of Falworth‘s version, complete with three neat M-Tron surveillance vehicles deep within it. There’s more to see on Flickr – click the link to take a look.

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It’s Febrovery!

Lego Hot Rod Lunar Rover

It sure is. One of the many tenuously-named monthly bandwagons, Febrovery is one we can get behind. Especially when the results look like this. Previous bloggee Priovit70 has turned classic space roving up to eleven with his stupendous tracked rover ‘NCS Sobriety’, and there’s more to see on Flickr here.

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Sandbeetle

Lego Octan Sandbeetle

We’re not sure what this is or what it does, but it’s absolutely magnificent! Built by Flickr’s BobDeQuatre it’s called the ‘Ocean Sandbeetle’, and it’s made us wonder why all cars don’t have five wheels. Whilst we figure out how we can up the wheel count on the office Rover 200 you can check out Bob’s build via his photostream by clicking here.

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Surface Rider

Lego Sci-Fi Off-Road

This gloriously retro sci-fi off-road racer comes from TLCB newcomer Faber Madragore, and it’s everything we could wish for in a Classic Space vehicle. Old-school solid Technic tyres? Check. Working suspension? Check. Magnificently ’80s styling? Check. And it’s yellow! In fact we like it so much we think we ought to run a competition next year to encourage more builds like this. While we mull that over you can check out Faber’s wonderful ‘Surface Rider’ creation at his photostream – click the link above to make the jump.

Lego Surface Rider Lunar Buggy

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Space Utility Vehicle

Lego Classic Space

Who knows what it is that classic spacemen have been doing for nearly thirty years, but it always seems to put a smile on their face. TLCB favourite and classic space extraordinaire Billyburg returns to these pages with an update to his classic space portfolio that now includes an SUV (Space Utility Vehicle), and hover bot for… er, hovering. Billyburg has posted his classic space renaissance to the Lego Ideas platform – click the link above to see more and where you can follow a link to vote for it to become an official LEGO set.

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Not a Car

Lego Classic Space Set

TLCB Office had a few too many Jägerbombs last night and thus are feeling a little fragile today. Fortunately the awesome Firas Abu Jaber, a TLCB Master MOCer no less, has stepped in as Guest Blogger to keep the Legoey goodness coming. Over to Firas…

When you see a non-car creation featured on The Lego Car Blog it’s a good sign that it’s something exceptional, and this is certainly the case with billyburg‘s latest creation, the “Lunar Exploration Geological Outpost”. Billy proves to us that a nice MOC with great photography and presentation makes a compelling combination for a high quality Lego creation.

A lot of adults from the eighties and the earlier nineties, including myself, were raised on the love of LEGO space sets, and it’s considered one of the most loved themes of the time. Personally I was a big M-Tron and Space Police fan, so these kind of quality space creations bring back a fond memories of the good old days, especially as this MOC looks big fun to build and even greater fun to play with.

Lucky for us Billy has decided to suggest this MOC as a project on the LEGO Ideas website, so if you’d love to have this as an official set someday make sure to head to the project page here and give it your vote – it’ll need to get 10,000 supporters before LEGO consider making this as an official set.

If you’d like to see more of Billy’s Classic Space masterpieces you can jump to his Flickr photostream by clicking here.

Lego Classic Space

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Crawlspace

Lego Classic Space Crawler

The title of this post might be from a fairly dreadful horror movie, but the creation it captions is rather excellent. Flickr’s Moko is a previous bloggee and he returns to TLCB with this simple yet delightful Classic Space crawler, complete with individually articulated tracks and a rear-mounted communication dish (this is Classic Space – no ray guns here!). See more at Moko’s photostream via the link above.

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