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Road of Bones

The R504 Kolyma Highway, also known as the ‘Road of Bones’, is one of the grimmest construction projects in history. It’s not some distant relic either, being completed in 1953, with the bones of those that died building it (who were forced to do so under Stalinist Communism) laid underneath.

Chris Perron‘s ‘Ridge Ranger’ rover is far from grim, being a brightly-coloured homage to the concept art of Darren Bartley. It does however feature some ingenious (but rather grim if you’re a LEGO mini-figure) wheels, constructed from dozens of dismembered mini-figure arms. Yuk!

We genuinely can’t figure out how Chris has built said wheels, but they mean his rover drives upon a road of bones wherever it goes. See if you can work out how he’s done it via the link above, although we bet your mini-figures are hoping you can’t…

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The Martian

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. The world no doubt thought following NASA’s incredible achievement in 1969 that lunar exploration would become routine. As it turned out man last visited the moon just 3 years later, leaving a vast 47 year wait (and still counting) for a return.

Space it seems, is now pretty boring (we suppose it is mostly empty anyway), only utilised in 2019 to enable aubergine emojis to be sent around the world and to allow drivers to completely ignore road signs.

Hollywood however hasn’t forgotten the romanticism of a proper space adventure, and in 2015 ‘The Martian‘ showed us via incredible attention to detail how a manned mission to Mars might look. It even had it’s own star car, the funky and yet very probable-looking Mars Rover.

This is that vehicle, albeit in Technic form, as built by Samolot of Eurobricks. Underneath the movie-realistic exterior Samolot had included an array of clever remote control functionality, all of it powered by LEGO’s own Power Functions motors and controlled via the third-party SBrick bluetooth brick and mobile app.

Each of the rover’s four enormous wheels is powered independently by a separate L Motor which – due to their size – are ingeniously housed inside the wheels themselves. All four wheels steer too, courtesy of a Medium Motor, whilst independent suspension allows the model to traverse the rocky martian landscape.

Finally two more Medium motors power the rover’s winch and rear crane (switchable via a gearbox) and an on-board compressor that feeds air to the crane’s pneumatic cylinders and those that open the cockpit doors.

Samolot’s creation is superbly accurate to the ‘real’ vehicle that starred in the movie and there’s loads more to see at the Eurobricks discussion forum via the link above, including a video of the model in action. Click the link above to make the trip, and remember that help is only 140 million miles away…

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Galactic Tanking

We’re pretty sure that the mini-figure heroes of Classic Space (and every other kind of LEGO Space) don’t use fossil fuels to move around. Firstly, hopefully we’ll be off the oil drug in the next decade or so (even as a car blog we hope for that!), so future spacemen definitely won’t need it, and secondly as we all know, Classic Spacemen always wear helmets and air tanks, so internal combustion engines can’t be an option.

Nevertheless, liquid spacey stuff is still evidently in use in the LEGO Space universe, whether that be space beer, space coke, or – we suppose – regular non-space air for those mini-figure air tanks. Thus space tankers are a certain space requirement, and if they look like this marvellous Classic Space ‘Tanker Rover’ by Flickr’s Alec Hole that’s totally OK with us.

Head to Alec’s photostream (which is mostly in space) via the link above to see more, whilst we see if we’ve broken some sort of TLCB record for the most uses of the word ‘space’ in a single post.

Space.

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Kick-Ass Classic Space

Lego Classic Space Rover

The mini-figures of Classic Space led a peaceful and research-based life, flying across the galaxy to explore new worlds with a permanent smile printed upon their little yellow faces.

But things have changed. M-Tron, Blacktron and even the nerds of Ice Planet have recently got a whole lot more fighty, leaving the Classic Spacemen vulnerable. Flickr’s Uspez has arrived to help however, equipping the smiling spacemen with a brand new ‘LL-221 Leap-Frog’ rover, complete with a detachable cockpit spaceship and what looks like one heck of a rail-gun. That’s sure to keep them smiling.

See more of Uspez’s new Classic Space weapon on Flickr via the link above.

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It’s All White on the Night

Lego Febrovery

‘Febrovery’ 2019 has entered its final days, with rovers of all shapes, sizes and colours being uploaded to Flickr. Previous Febrovery bloggee Frost has built many of them, but today we’re featuring three of his builds that take a more minimalist approach to aesthetics.

Frost has successfully managed to combine the colour approaches of these folks and this guy to create the planet Whitetron and the seriously cool-looking vehicles that rove about on it.

Lego Febrovery

Using pieces of only black and white Frost’s ‘Whitetron’ rovers are some of our very favourites from this year’s ‘Febrovery’ contest, and range from small quads to huge eight-wheel-drive armoured transports.

We’ve featured three of Frost’s rovers here and there are more available to view at his ‘Whitetron’ album on Flickr – click here to make the jump!

Lego Febrovery

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Millennium Fal-gone

Lego Febrovery Rover

Febrovery continues apace, with rovers of all shapes and sizes appearing across the interweb. The nerdier among you may recognise the shape and size of this one, which recycles the cockpit from some ship that appeared in a series of over-rated movies. Tim Henderson is the scrap metal dealer behind it and there’s more to see at his photostream here.

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Sci-Friday Silliness

Lego Febrovery 2019

Long-standing readers of this crummy little website will know that we know the square root of F-all about sci-fi. But good news! It’s Febrovery, when silliness, nonsense and whimsy prevail, and even the proper blogs can’t pretend to know what’s going on. What’s that… they do? Oh well, rest assured that there’ll be no such information here…

We’ve got three Febrovery Rovers to showcase today, and we know nothing about any of them beyond what the builders have told us, so without further ado, above is a Syrsan third-gereration drilling rover. No first or second generation drilling rovers here! Primarily used for low to medium depth surface drilling, the Stenhård geology team pictured above are exploring the terrain before deciding where to take samples as part of their mission. Andreas Lenander is the man in the know and you can find out more about third-generation Syrsan drilling technology by clicking here!

Lego Febrovery 2019

Today’s second Febrovery entry comes from Flickr’s Frost, who has built a Vespid Rover of the Venusian Fly People. Commonly seen in the Venusian agricultural sector, the Vespid’s great visibility, soft balloon tyres and powerful turbine drive perfectly equip it for pollinating duties across the Venusian homeworld. If you fancy one for the flowers in your own garden head to Frost’s photostream via the link above to find out more!

Lego Febrovery 2019

Our third and final Febrovery creation is one you’ll all be familiar with. That’s right, it’s a Pinktron P6R, built to conquer harsh environments and widely used by Pinktron operatives in rescuing cute little animals on all sorts of inhospitable planets. We’re not sure that matters to Spaceman Lenny, who just needs a new rover to get to work after the plasma-drive failed on his old 8-8-6, but that’s the schtick that Honest John the Rover Salesman is going with. Flickr’s Frost is again the builder with full deets; click the link above to take a tour of Honest John’s Rover lot!

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Dunes on the Moon

Lego Classic Space Lunar Rover

This marvellous slice of blue magnificence is apparently a ‘Moondune Rover’, and whilst we don’t really know what that is, we know we like it!

Build by Horcik Designs of Flickr this mini-figure goliath features four pivoting tracks, a huge refuse-truck-like loading area, a crew of determined-looking mini-figures, and the most wonderful vehicle cockpit we think we’ve ever seen.

Join Horcik on the moon of Classic Space at his Flickr album via the link above.

Lego Classic Space Lunar Rover

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In Space, No-One Can Hear You Gasp

Lego Sci-Fi Base

Being a car blog we’re regularly flummoxed by sci-fi builds, and even though today is no exception the whole TLCB office gasped in unison at this utterly incredible spacebase from TLCB debutant Marco den Besten. Based loosely on the designs from the Tiberian Sun video games, Marco’s enormous creation includes spacecraft, mechs, rovers, hangers, and a whole load of motorised movement. Part of a huge construction for the Legoworld Utrecht show there’s much more to see at Marco’s Flickr album. Click the link above to join the gasping.

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Life on Mars*

Lego Mars Shuttle

It is conceivable that humans will land on Mars well within our lifetime. This means that even if there isn’t alien life on Mars, there will be, well… alien life on Mars. For the first time in the history of mankind, we will be aliens.

Flickr’s Andreas Lenander imagines what a landing in 2050 could look like with his ‘HORN’ shuttle, complete with a rather splendid looking Martian surface.

Fast forward a few decades and driving across Mars will be as mundane as trucking up the M40. At least according to fellow Flickrer Luis Baixinho and his Mars Truck.

See more of each build via the links in the text above.

Lego Mars Rover

*The title of this post definitely comes from this rather than this. Sorry LEGO, it wasn’t one of your finest efforts, even with the Futurama-esque tubes.

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Deep Cheese

Lego Sci-Fi Rover

Space stilton. Galactic gorgonzola. Rocketfort. Whatever it is, this planet’s loaded with it. Markus Rollbühler, making his TLCB debut, has built the perfect vehicle for cosmic blue cheese mining. With enormous tractor tyres (fitted the wrong way round Markus, cough cough…), a panoramic windscreen for spotting the best cheesy veins, and a huge cargo hold for transporting the blue bounty, Markus’s ‘Deep Space Discoverer’ is perfectly suited to Lego sci-fi’s most absurd industry.* Grab some crackers and head over to Flickr via the link above for a taste!

*That we even have a ‘Cheese Mining’ tag is testament to this.

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Febrovery Silliness

Lego Febrovery Squirrel NUTS

The annual sci-fi bandwagon that is Febrovery is upon us! Our Elves have found two Febrovery entries to share today, the first of which appears to be staffed by highly intelligent squirrels.

Flickr’s Miro Dudas explains that the Neptunian Utility Transport Services (N.U.T.S.) have got themselves a new crawler to support their appetite for oversized acorns (which grow upon and must be harvested from the Neptunian moon of Triton). A team of four hardworking Squirelites named Sandy, Andy, Mandy and Randy operate the crawler and the supporting harvesting machinery collecting the acorns which are blown far and wide due to the strong Neptunian winds. A risky business, the team of four Squirelites were apparently last seen a year ago… Right, stop that! It’s silly. Now let’s see something decent, and military. 

Andreas Lenander‘s classic space rover may not be military exactly, but it does make fantastic use of LEGO’s otherwise pointless X-Pod piece, and there are no squirrels to be seen anywhere. Unless they’re in that box. A fearless classic spacewomen is ready to load the cargo into the back of the rover which is sure to make it home thanks to those nifty brick-built tracks. See more of the X-Rover and a box that may or may not be filled with four long-dead squirrels at Andreas’ photostream via the link above.

Lego Febrovery Classic Space

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Febrovery Mash Ups

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.

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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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