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Mazda MX-5 Miata – Picture Special

Lego Mazda MX-5 Miata

We love the Mazda MX-5 / Miata / Eunos here at The Lego Car Blog HQ. Although clearly stealing its exterior styling straight from the 1960s Lotus Elan, and launched with just 110bhp, the first generation ‘NA’ series MX-5 reinvigorated the sports car for the modern age.

Lego Mazda MX-5 Miata

Prior to the little Mazda’s launch in 1989 the small two-seat roadster species was almost extinct. The collapse of the British auto industry which had made most of the world’s roadsters, and the rise of the hot hatchback had seen the sales of sports cars plummet.

And then Mazda came along, with something small, cheap, fun and – uniquely for a roadster – reliable. The MX-5 sold by the boatload, and ensured the survival of the roadster formula as BMW, Porsche, Honda, Mercedes and others rushed to join the newly resurgent sports car market.

Lego Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda are now on their fourth generation MX-5 and it’s better than ever, but today we’re sticking with the original, the lovely early ’90s NA. This brilliant Creator-style replica of the first generation MX-5 is a commissioned piece and comes from Flickr’s BrickMonkey, featuring pop-up headlights, opening doors, hood and trunk, and including a detailed engine, interior and even chassis.

Lego Mazda MX-5 Miata

There’s loads more to see at BrickMonkey’s Flickr photostream. Click the link above to take your top off and have some fun in ’89!

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Having a Wankel

Lego Mazda RX-7 FD

This beautifully-constructed creation is the work of serial bloggee Senator Chinchilla and it is, as any fan of ’90s Japanese cars will know, Mazda’s legendary final-generation RX-7.

Powered by a Wankel rotary engine the RX-7 was just 1.3 litres in capacity, yet with twin turbo chargers the tiny unit made well over 250bhp. And this was back in the early 1990s too.

Production of the RX-7 ended in Japan in 2002 as Mazda geared up for the more usable RX-8 which followed it, and – fingers crossed – Mazda is readying the RX-8’s rotary-engined successor as we type. In the meantime you can check out this brilliant recreation of RX-8’s predecessor by visiting Senator Chinchilla’s photostream – click here to make the jump.

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Rotary Renown

Lego Mazda 787B Rotary Le Mans

This remarkable car is Mazda’s 1991 Group C Le Mans winning 787B, to this day the only Japanese car ever to win the famous 24 hour race and the only non-reciprocating engine powered car to do so too. This stunning replica of Mazda’s greatest triumph is the work of TLCB favourite Greg998, and he’s recreated the 900bhp carbon-composite monster in jaw-dropping detail.

Underneath the brilliantly recreated bodywork – complete with Mazda’s tricky ’91 livery and period-correct decals – Greg’s 787B features working steering, all-wheel suspension, working headlights, and a Lego version of Mazda’s unique (and mental) 4-rotor engine. There’s lots more to see on Flickr, Eurobricks and MOCpages – click the links to see full details and imagery.

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Modded Mazda

Lego Mazda RX3

Mazda’s RX-8 and RX-7 are something of a cult motoring institution, and long before either of them Mazda had this; the RX-3 coupe. This lovely Lego recreation of the little RX is the work of TLCB regular Senator Chinchilla and, as is often the way with old Japanese cars, the Senator has added a few mods to his whip. You can see more of them and the car on Flickr at the link above.

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Winning Wankel

Lego Mazda 787B Le Mans

In the Le Mans 24 Hours of 1991 something rather remarkable happened. A car without a reciprocating engine not only finished the endurance feat, but won it. The car was of course Mazda’s incredible 787B, powered by a brilliant 900bhp 4-rotor Wankel rotary engine, and driven by Johnny Herbert, Betrand Gachot and Volker Weildler.

No other car without a reciprocating engine has since repeated this feat, and nor has any other Japanese car claimed outright victory at Le Mans.

This beautiful recreation of one endurance racing’s greatest legends is the work of Bob Alexander, and you can see more of his Model Team Mazda 787B at his photostream by clicking the link above.

Lego Mazda 787B

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Maxxin’ Mazda

Lego Mazda RX7

Mazda’s RX-8 is now a seriously cheap car. Problems with oil consumption, rotor tip wear and then, ultimately, engine death means that early examples are now worth about as much an average-size telly. It’s almost worth buying one and running it ’til it blows, then weighing it in for scrap and buying another. Although you’d have to make sure you had very good breakdown cover…

Oddly, Mazda’s predecessor to the RX-8 hasn’t seemed to suffer from the same valuation free-fall as its descendant. RX-7’s, buoyed by the modification scene, are still desirable cars, and probably even more so if they’re yellow. At least in the eyes of our Elves anyway.

This one is the work of previous Featured TFOL Alexander Paschoaletto, and he’s done a thoroughly brilliant job of recreating the Japanese icon from Danish plastic. There’s an extensive gallery of images available on MOCpages – click this link to make the jump.

Lego Mazda RX-7

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Modified Miata

Lego Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda’s MX-5 / Miata is one of TLCB office’s very favourite cars. Small, light, cheap and enormous fun, it’s just like the Elves. Apart from you’d need to replace ‘and enormous fun’ with ‘little shits’.

Sorry if we’re grumpy today, the Elves started one hell of a fight last night after we let them watch some of the World Cup. With no known nationality the Elves tend to support whichever team is more violent, and thus when a Columbian kneed a Brazilian in the spine one of them immediately replicated the move on a colleague, sparking a mass Elf-fight. Sigh.

With order restored and the main protagonists removed from the office by way of TLCB catapult, we can get back to blogging cars. This one is small, light, cheap and enormous fun, and it comes from previous bloggee Rhys’ Pieces. His brilliant Mazda MX-5 Miata features a host of tasteful* modifications that are seen regularly on the thousands of Miatas that race every weekend. To see more of his excellent model take a trip to Flickr via the link above.

*Apart from the massive camber (or ‘stance’). Which always sucks. Why Rhys, why?

Mazda MX-5 Miata roll cage

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Monster Miata

Lego Monster Miata

We like Mazda’s little MX-5 Miata here at TLCB Towers. We also like hot rods, so throw the two together and we, er… well actually to be honest we’re not really sure if we like the idea of a Frankenmiata or not. But whilst the concept leaves us confused, we are sure that in this LEGO form at least, a V8 powered Miata hot rod is a damn cool ride.

Rhys’ Pieces is the mad professor who’s stitched the two patients together, and a very neat job he’s done too. See all the photos on Flickr at the link above, or alternatively you can read the full description on MOCpages here.

Lego Mazda MX-5 Miata Hot Rod

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Mighty Miata

Lego Mazda Mx-5 Miata

We love the Mazda MX-5 Miata (Eunos in some markets) here at The Lego Car Blog. Often called ‘girly’, or ‘gay’ by sexist homophobes with a gentleman’s area deficit, the MX-5 is one of the best handling cars money can by, and – if you go for a first generation ‘NA’ model – you really don’t need a lot of money at all. This makes the little Mazda an ideal weapon of choice for modifiers and racers.

Previous ‘Featured TFOL‘ and Guest Blogger AadenH has recreated this popular track day sight in Lego form, including all the modifications you’re likely to find on any number of MX-5s that frequent the world’s racetracks every weekend. You can see all the photos of AadenH’s Lego Mazda on Flickr here, with thanks to our readers who suggested this creation via the Feedback and Submission Suggestions page.

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Super Sunday

Lego Vivace Supercar

After a telling-off from TLCB Staff for yesterday’s un-car-y focus, the Elves are working hard to make amends (and earn dinner). Today they’ve found no less than three creations, and they’re all cars! It may be a sign of the coming apocalypse, but lets enjoy it while it lasts.

No.1: One of the highest quality own-designed cars we’ve seen, Flickr’s Lego Builders ‘Vivace’ supercar is something whole office would happily be seen in. See the full gallery at the link above.

Lego Mazda RX-7

No. 2: Very much a real car – and a legendary one at that – Mazda’s brilliant rotary powered RX-7. Senator Chinchilla is the brains behind a superb replica that’s available to view now on Flickr.

Lego Monster truck 4x4

No. 3: Last, but definitely not least, is this affront to decent handling and efficiency, _drdesignz_ awesome all-wheel-steered monster truck. What it lacks in economy and handling it more than makes up for in badassery, which is a word added to TLCB Dictionary just for this creation. See all the photos and the Doctor’s photostream via the link above.

All of today’s vehicles were found in the same group on Flickr, and were the last three models uploaded to the group gallery. Head Turnerz is the collective making it much too easy for the Elves, and you can join them on Flickr via the link. Enjoy your weekend, we’re off to the shops to stock up on Elf treats.

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JapFest

Lego Honda S2000

Today’s Japanese double features two of the best sports cars of the last decade, the brilliant Honda S2000 and Mazda RX-7. These cars are now stars of the tuning scene, and the builders of both today’s models have included popular real-world modifications to their Lego versions of the famous sports cars.

First up (above) is Aaden H‘s early S2000, suggested to us via the Feedback and Submission Suggestions page. Aaden has ‘stanced’ his model to replicate the common tuning trend that, er… thoroughly ruins the ride and handling. It looks cool though…

Second (below) is another yellow Japanese legend, and one we’ve actually featured here before. So what is Rhys’ Pieces’ RX-7 doing here again? Well, much like the owner of a real modified car, Rhys can’t resist tinkering with his pride an joy, and he’s added a crate-load of further modifications to his original creation. He was also one of the readers that suggested Aaden H’s S2000 above, so his own model featuring too is a bit of good karma!

You can check out each model on Flickr at the links above.

Lego Mazda RX-7

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Submission Guidelines

The Lego Car Blog Elves’ continual search to find the best LEGO vehicles on the internet has yielded some brilliant creations. But have you ever wondered how they choose what to bring back? Here are the guidelines they follow.

Lego Mazda RX-7

Rhys’ Pieces’ RX-7;
Earning an Elf a meal token (plus a yellow Smartie)

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Rising Sun Racers

Lego Le Mans Racers

Our two most recent ‘Featured TFOLs’ – Harry Gravett and Alexander Paschoaletto – recently challenged one another to a classic Le Mans face-off on MOCpages. The Lego Car Blog Elves pay attention to stuff like this, as it’s an easy meal token, so without further ado, we bring you their face-off entries.

On the left is Harry’s Toyota GT-One, whilst on the right we see Alexander’s Mazda 787B. Find out who wins on MOCpages, as we still haven’t decided our favourite!

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Tokyo Drift

Lego Mazda RX-7

Insert Keiichi Tsuchiya for twice the awesome

This yellow rocket was discovered by one of our Elves on Flickr. Rhys’ Pieces‘ Model Team Mazda RX-7 has been modded for much driftiness, with a wider track, full body kit, roll cage and a 20b engine under the hood. The full gallery can be found at the link above.

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