This is a walking cottage, designed to survive the spider apocalypse. Because of course it is. Letranger Absurde owns the mind behind it and there’s more to see at his photostream on Flickr. Click here to go cottaging. Sorry, we mean here. We’re nothing if not educational!
This horrifying creation is ‘Pestilence’, a spindly mech described thusly by its creator; “Cries of suffering echo from the wake of this Horseman’s travels. No area of the planet is spared as contaminate spreads far and wide from the bowels of this mechanical beast”.
We would say thankfully it’s only sci-fi, but it’s probably more accurate to say it’s more like a mechanised DuPont; whose carcinogenic pollutant from producing teflon is now in every single organism on earth, or Volkswagen; who knowingly poisoned the air breathed by millions by cheating emissions regulations.
A more current analogy of course, is the global Coronavirus pandemic, created by shocking animal welfare and food production standards. The U.S. President is very keen to point out Coronavirus is ‘China’s fault’, yet is simultaneously reducing America’s meat production regulations, which already result in a faecal and disease contamination rate ten times higher than that of TLCB’s home nation.
Builder Adam Dodge has included a mini-figure in the driving seat of this mechanical plague, and it is perhaps the most apt metaphor for what’s causing the suffering of both our planet and ourselves…
This is not a car, but mech suits are kinda transport and this one, by Flickr’s Shannon Sproule, is too ingenious not to share. From its beehive legs, clip claws, and fishbowl helmet, to its… what is that? Er… no, it can’t be that – it’s mounted too high. It wouldn’t be. …But it sure does look an awful lot like a…
Lots of them. They seem to be highly contagious too, seeing the rate at which they’re spreading around Flickr for reasons unknown. First (above) we caught Patrick Briggs‘ ‘CRABCO UNMB-TZKC Excavator’, a six-legged bucket-wielding mechanical creature that looks like it would be brilliant at making sand castles.
Joining the CRABCO Excavator in the pubic hair of the internet that is TLCB is AlexParkDesigns‘ ‘Galaxy Crab’, a cosmic crustacean of completely unknown purpose, complete with an orrery inside its transparent head. As with Patrick’s crab above, there’s more to seen Flickr via the links.
Today’s final crab-based creation is the ‘Crabvanced Diving Suit’ by Tino Poutianen, who has equipped a crab with a giant, er… crab. No we don’t know why either, but we’re so far beyond understanding at this point there’s no point trying to now. Tino’s crab mech joins the others above in a considerable crab infestation on Flickr. Click the links in the text to find out more, whilst we make a very awkward phone call to your Mom.
It feels a lot like we’re all living in a circus right now.
The world’s most powerful man is an orange megalomaniac, the streets are filled with protests, riots, and people wearing masks, history is being decided by those who shout the loudest, and governments are walking a tightrope between economic ruin and mass mortality, from which they will almost inevitably fall. It’s enough to make you want to leave Earth altogether.
Unfortunately Flickr’s Blake Foster has ensured that there’ll be no respite in space, with his Space Clowns already in occupation.
“Did you leave Earth to escape the constant chaos, noise, and bustle? Then you’re out of luck, because the Space Clowns are bringing all those modern inconveniences to space. Making noise, chasing hapless astronauts, and causing mostly-harmless mischief is their mission.”
A variety of cosmic comedy is evident, with the Jugglebot able to “instantly master juggling in any environment” and the Monopod Mech “Chasing astronauts with its water gun and banging cymbals. Operating for long hours may cause headache”.
Still, a pair of giant walking robots operated by pilots whose very job description is incompetence might yet be better than staying here and watching BLM and the Alt-Right screaming at one another whilst the Commander in Chief tweets about drinking bleach.
You can join us at the Intergalactic Circus via Blake Foster’s album on Flickr, where there’s more to see of the Space Clowns’ mechanised mischief, and very probably the best brick-built text fonts we’ve ever seen.
Minions is another new LEGO theme we don’t really understand, but one we’re sure will sell rather well. Ah, we think we understand…
Looking like some sort of cute War of the Worlds alternative reality, previous bloggee ianying616 has built the Minions their very own mech, complete with googly eyes and a mini-figure Minion sitting inside the domed head. And if you’re thinking “They’re really stretching TLCB’s brief with this one…”, you’re right – so here’s a Minion racing team too!
Head to ianying’s photostream via the link above for more Minions-based madness.
If there’s something that gets the Elves as excited as a car with big racing stripe down the middle it’s a mech with a giant gun. This one comes from Flickr’s Marco Marozzi, it’s entitled the ‘MRGM 3’ and we have absolutely no idea what it does or what it’s for. But it looks cool. See more at the link.
Thomas the Tank Engine has had enough! Fed up of shunting along the stupid Ffarquhar branchline, rescuing the hapless James, and taking orders from the authoritarian Fat Controller, Thomas has grown himself mechanical arms and legs purely from the rage burning inside his boiler, he’s about to get mad, and Vicarstown isn’t going to know what hit it.
Flickr’s Dvd owns the somewhat unhinged mind that has managed to turn a children’s classic into a steam-powered automaton and there’s more to see of his frankly terrifying Thomas the Mech Engine creation at his photostream. Now will someone please build a car so we can blog without having nightmares.
Well this is a bit more sinister than baskets of bread at the front of the church…
LEGO’s classic space themes have been getting increasingly serious of late, thanks to the slightly warped minds of you lot. Today it’s Blacktron’s turn, courtesy of previous bloggee ZCerberus and his spectacularly evil-looking ‘Harvester’. Enormous spider-like legs support a 360 degree cockpit mounted upon which is a huge cannon/rail gun/laser arrangement. Well, we’re assuming it’s not a telescope…
If that wasn’t terrifying enough Z’s Havester mech is equipped with a pair of equally monstrous smaller mechs, which are giving the Elves nightmares. We’d better return to cars…
Pictured walking through flowers like some sort of mechanised hippy, Andreas Lenander‘s ‘Rankan – Tripod’ is well outside of the collective knowledge of TLCB staff. Whatever this is for though, it’s a thoroughly brilliant build. Click the link above to make the jump.
This is a Timber Wolf. Nope, us neither, but it’s a very cool build and there’s more to see courtesy of Kale Frost on Flickr. Click the link to make the jump.
This is the Atomic Bug. Is it sci-fi? Is is steampunk? Is it a mech? Is it a spacecraft? All questions we don’t know the answer to, but even if we did it probably wouldn’t help us. Whatever this is it’s a neat bit of building and there’s more to see courtesy of Kobalt on Flickr. We’d better stick to cars…
Neither of the two creations featuring in this post are cars. Which means our explanations are likely to be mediocre at best. So, on to the explanations!
First up (above) we have Marco Marozzi’s ‘Ma.K 7 Anti Riot Urban Mech’ which looks terrifying enough to quell any dissent. Maybe we should ask him to make a bigger one for us to control the Elves with here at TLCB Towers…
Second, and following on from his build that featured here last month, we have Blake Foster‘s ‘Prickly Minnow Assualt Craft’ which features two enormous ion cannons mounted above and below the tiny cockpit, inside which a fantastically aggressive mini-figure pilots the controls. And we totally knew that and didn’t just rob it from the description.
There’s more to see of each build on Flickr via the links above, and we’ll be back soon with a car and a proper description…
The first rule of Fight Club means we can’t tell you why these boxing robots from The Secret Walrus are here, but there’d probably have been an Elf fight had we not featured them and we’ve just had the office carpets cleaned. See more at the link.
If yesterday’s Classic Space recruitment poster didn’t do the trick then this surely will! From bi-pedal mechs and lunar rovers to drop ships and mining tractors, Classic Spacemen and Spacewomen get to pilot all sorts of awesome machinery. And, being strictly research-based, there’s virtually no chance* of being blown up or imprisoned by Blacktron agents! Yu Chris continues the Classic Space recruitment drive and there’s more to see of his wonderful array of Classic Space vehicles on Flickr. Click the link above to sign up!
*Not a guarantee.