Is it us or is Hello Kitty everywhere? Well now the Japanese humanoid feline is in space too, thanks to Alec Hole. Your thoughts on this development will probably depend upon younger family members’ obsession with the anthropomorphised cat, but – if you can cope – there’s more of Alec’s ‘Hello Kitty Speeder’ to see on Flickr via the link above.
OK, these are a very long way from being cars, but they’re so cunning in their construction it was too hard not to post them. Built by Flickr’s Blake Foster these ‘Critters’ come in Classic Space and M-Tron flavours and there’s more of them to see at Blake’s photostream via the link above!
M-Tron have gone badass! This marvellous contraption was found on Brickshelf by one of our Elves today, and it continues M-Tron’s transformation from nerdy magnet collectors to fearsome space heroes. Or something like that. This M-Tron ‘M-20 Neon Strider’ by CP5670 not only looks bloody brilliant, but feed it compressed air and eight pneumatic cylinders and fourteen switches will cause it automatically (and probably very spookily) march its way across the floor. Now there’s a way to terrify your cat. Head to the Brickshelf gallery via the link above to check it out!
Ever wondered how LEGO’s early space explorers transported their equipment to new worlds? Flickr’s Tim Goddard has, building this awesome M-Tron hanger-pod to deploy a mech to the surface of an uncolonised planet. Tim’s mech is now ready to do whatever it is an M-Tron mech does, and there’s more to see of his ingenious design via the link above.
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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.
Those no-good space pirates Blacktron are at it again. The harmless magnet-collectors of M-Tron have built themselves a monorail, full of some delicious space fuel as yet undiscovered by science. Yet no sooner have they loaded up than those sneaky Blacktron reprobates begin a cunning space siphon of the liquid goodness. Maybe it’s beer? Whatever it is you can see more of the heist courtesy of Kalais of Flickr – click the link to take a look!
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.
Rat Dude has built this tiny version of the classic 6989 Mega Core Magnetizer. It comes complete with a telescopic grab arm and little rover, just like the original. There’s also a very neat helicopter, featuring some ice-lolly NPU. Being a food item, it was instantly spotted by the TLCB Elves. Click the link at the start of the post and see if you can spot it too.
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.
No sooner had we pinched Wami Delthorn’s enormous reimagining of the classic 1993 M-Tron Core Magnetiser set from The Brothers Brick than one of our enterprising Elves went and found a 6989 re-boot of our own.
This ridiculously cool (and equally massive) version of the classic M-Tron set comes from Flickr’s Rat Dude, and it’s taken M-Tron to a whole new level. With a small army of mini-figures, Technic suspension, and Power Functions drive, this is Lego space as TLCB likes it!
There’s a whole lot more to see of Rat’s insane 6989 M-Tron recreation at his photostream – click the link above to join us there.
OK, we might as well come clean. Our Elves did not find this creation, and thus they haven’t been fed, and thus they are sulking. The Brothers Brick uncovered this incredible motorised re-imagining of the classic M-Tron 6989 set by Flickr’s Wami Delthorn, and so awesome is it that we had to post it here too. How awesome you say? This awesome…
There’s more to see of Wami’s brilliant M-Tron Core Magnetiser 2.0 on Flickr via the link above – take a look whilst we watch the video again and weigh up a move into marketing…
There’s only a week left of this year’s Febrovery (although you can of course build a rover any time you like), and here are two more of our favourites so far. Above, and resuscitating the classic M-Tron theme, is Andrew Lee‘s entry, whilst below Jon Blackford has chosen to go a simian-shaped route. See more of each on Flickr at the links.
This incredible creation comes from car-building legend, TLCB Master MOCer, and all-round nice guy Firas Abu-Jaber. It is of course the bewitching Ferrari Testarossa.
Firas makes his return to TLCB with several versions of the iconic Italian super car, including the original 1980s incarnation, the later 512 TR, and a spider variant.
The Testarossa launched in the mid-80s with a mid-mounted 4.9 litre flat-12 engine (necessitating the car’s enormous signature side vents), and over 10,000 were built across all variants until production ceased around a decade later, making it one of Ferrari’s all-time best selling models.
Fires Abu-Jaber’s stunning replicas of the quintessential Ferrari recreate every detail in breathtaking realism, and he’s thrown in some unique building techniques too, including the ingenious use of LEGO magnets to attach the rear bodywork and engine – a technique we expect to see used throughout the online community before long.
There’s a huge gallery of images available to view, including ‘how-to’ shots of that cunning magnetism, on both MOCpages and Flickr – click the links to see all the photos, plus you can read Firas’ interview here at TLCB by clicking here.