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Mighty Metro

Lego MG Metro 6R4 Group B

The Austin/Rover/MG Metro does not have a good reputation here in TLCB’s home nation. Now almost extinct, most observers would say that’s a good thing. But this staff writer is feeling brave, and he’s going to make a case for the humble British city car…

Launched in 1980 the Austin – and then Rover/MG – Metro was designed to compliment (but eventually replace) the beloved but ageing Mini. Neat packaging, clever hydro-gas suspension, and modern looks earned British Leyland’s new product the What Car? Car of The Year accolade and buyers bought it in their thousands.

However the Metro was born at a tumultuous time for the British car industry, and the reputation of industrial action, striking workers and piss-poor quality still lingered around almost anything that British Leyland made.

This meant that the Metro was a rare success story, but whilst other good products would arrive in the 1990s cash would become increasingly tight, and the Metro would be forced to carry on for eighteen years. Over that time of course, a good car designed in the late 1970s became no longer a good car at all.

That meant the end of the Metro and – ultimately – the end of Rover too, and the Metro is now almost completely gone from European roads, despite over 2 million being sold.

Lego Remote Control Metro 6R4

However, one variant of British Leyland’s little hatchback can still be found. A version from a time when the company was optimistic about its future, and adventurous in its marketing too. The amazing MG Metro 6R4.

Built for the monstrous Group B rally era, and then becoming a dominant force in rallycross, the Metro 6R4 squeezed a 400+bhp Cosworth-derived V6 and a permanent all-wheel drive system into a space-framed version of the Metro shell, and the engine later went on to be developed for the Jaguar XJ200 supercar – which became the fastest production car in the world.

This wonderful fully remote controlled recreation of British Leyland’s most spectacular car comes from newcomer All_About_Lego, and it’s packed with working functions. Alongside the remote control all-wheel drive and steering are working front and rear lights, all-wheel suspension, and opening doors and rear clamshell. The exterior is accurately stickered in the 6R4’s period mid-80s livery, whilst the inside contains a fully detailed (and roll-caged) interior too.

A full gallery of images is available to view on Flickr, you can read more about the build and watch a video of the model in action via the Eurobricks forum by clicking here, and if you’re wondering quite why this writer thinks the MG Metro 6R4 is so cool, click this link…

Lego MG Metro 6R4 Group B

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In Space, No-One Can Hear You Pollute

Lego Octan Sci-Fi Desert Bug

With the news that TLCB’s home nation is to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol powered cars by 2040, following France, Norway and others, the writing is on the wall for petrol companies. Not that you’d know it though. Are they, aware of the impending death of the one product they sell, championing the roll-out of hydrogen fuelling and electricity fast-chargers? Are they balls.

Which makes this six-wheeled Octan, er… whatever this is by Flickr’s BobDeQuatre even more perplexing that it otherwise would be. Are Octan still selling fossil fuels in the distant future? And how can an internal combustion engine even work in an environment without oxygen? We’ll put on our ‘Oil Executive Hat’ and say that’s a problem for another generation, let’s just keep that black gold flowing!* See more of Bob’s Octan Space Thingy at his photostream via the link above.

*We imagine the results of said hat look a little like the Simpsons’ Rich Texan.

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Paint it Blacktron

Milan Sekiz has seen a rover and he wants it painted it black. No colours anymore, apart from black, yellow and trans-red are in this series of builds. It also includes a bike, spaceships and a couple more items yet to come. If, like our Elves, you enjoy Transformers, then click on to Milan’s Photostream, where you can see one of those too.

Alternatively, click here for today’s British pop reference. We seem to be getting good at this. Has TLCB finally mastered sci-fi? Probably…

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Classic Space Mechanics

Lego Classic Space

This lovely Classic Space workshop scene comes from Flickr’s Jon Blackford, depicting our favourite smiling spacemen hard at work doing whatever it is that Classic Spacemen do. Jon has supplied the colourful mini-figures with a variety of suitably weird and wonderful vehicles to aid them in their mission; start your journey into Classic Space and check out all of their contraptions via the link to Jon’s photostream above.

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Blacktrod

Lego Blacktron Hot Rod

We rather like LEGO’s evil Blacktron empire from the Classic Space era, and we really like hot rods, so combining the two – as regular bloggee Horcik Designs has done – is a surefire winner. See more of the mash-up on Flickr via the link above.

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Febr-over

Lego Febrovery Sci-Fi Rover

The annual bandwagon that is Febrovery is over for another year, with rovers of all shapes and sizes being submitted by the online community. We’re ending our coverage of this year’s event with two rovers from the very opposite end of the roving spectrum.

First above (above), and suggested to us by a reader, is this neat tracked satellite dish transporting rover, resplendent in a Classic Space livery and with a beautiful classic space monorail pictured behind it. There’s more to see at RVA LUG’s photostream by clicking here.

Today’s second Febrovery entry (below) comes from previous bloggee F@bz, and although it too is mini-figure scale, it’s an enormous machine. There’s some wonderfully inventive building in evidence too, and you can see more at F@bz’ photostream by clicking here.

Despite having zero sci-fi knowledge we’ve rather enjoyed this year’s Febrovery, so much so that we may get involved next year (although probably not in the way you’d expect!), so until then, happy roving, and we’ll return to vehicles of a more earthly nature.

Lego Febrovery Sci-Fi Rover

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Submarover

Lego Submarover

We thought that Febrovery had every possible base covered by now, but Flickr’s Galaktek has managed to find a roving niche as yet unfilled. And now we think about it, it’s an obvious one too. Any planet worth inhabiting must have water, but until now the liquid surface of space has been completely ignored by the rover designers of the internet. However, with niftily retractable wheels and a suite of propellors, Galaktek‘s Beatles-esque ‘Submarover’ can explore the oceans and land in equal measure, all whilst singing an irritating tune. Set sail via the link above.

Lego Submarover

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Duplo in Space

Lego Duplo Rover

This year’s Febrovery is almost at an end, with rovers of all shapes, sizes and designs hitting the interweb over the last four weeks. Flickr’s Brian Grissom is sure to take home the ‘Nice Parts Usage’ Award (which we’ve just made up) with his effort, which has taken Duplo-building to another planet. There’s more to see of his ingenious Duplo Classic Space Police thingumy on Flickr – click here to see more.

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Spambulance

Lego Sci-Fi Ambulance

We’ve all been there. That time when you’re exploring an uncharted planet, collecting space crystals, when BLAM! You get run over by an invisible lunar rover.

Fortunately Frost‘s Emergency Medical Response Rover (or Space Ambulance / Spambulance as we’re calling it) is on hand to pick up the pieces. Dial 911 via the link above.

Lego Space Ambulance

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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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Galactic Gaster

Lego Space Ant

We totally knew what the rear bit of an ant is called without having to Google it… No matter, this brick-built oddity is the work of Flickr’s F@bz, who has constructed it for Febrovery 2017, and its gaster (the bulbous posterior portion of the metasoma, obviously) makes cunning use of the otherwise completely useless Death Star piece. There’s more to see at F@bz’ photostream via the link above – click he link above to make the jump.

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Classic Micro Scale

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Readers of a certain age (and this writer), will be whisked straight back to their childhoods by this brilliant Classic Space layout from Primoz Mlakar on Flickr. Promoz has captured in micro-scale the type of image that millions of children looked at in wonder during the early 1980s in catalogues such as this. Click the link in the text to view the individual ships and vehicles and enjoy the nostalgia.

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Spacey Sunday

Sapcey Sunday 01

We enjoy a bit of sci-fi in our diet of Lego models here at The Lego Car Blog. This applies especially when it’s from older themes, which we can understand. The newer stuff is a lot harder to comprehend. Confusingly, SHIPtember starts tomorrow, on the 1st of August. Today we’ve got two models which revisit old Lego themes.

Andrew Lee is one of a number of builders who have taken advantage of the new parts available from the Nexo Knights theme’s colour scheme to build Ice Planet MOCs. The new windscreens and canopies are particularly useful, as many of the originals from 2002 haven’t aged well. Andrew’s “Blizzard Baron” features different detachable modules that enable it to perform a variety of missions on the snow.

Meanwhile, Jason Briscoe has posted this wonderful Neo-Classic Space land train on his Flickr Photostream. Its three trailers have a neat assortment of equipment on them, including gas tanks, something which looks like a drill and something which looks like an artificial lung machine in the middle. Oh dear, perhaps we don’t understand this type of sci-fi either!

Spacey Sunday 02

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To Walmart!

Lego Classic Space Hazmat Transporter

If we were mini-figures here in TLCB office and had to choose one vehicle to fulfil all our needs, this would probably be it. We can think of no task that Horcik Designs‘ ‘HMT4’ classic space tracked transport isn’t perfect for, from a trip to the shops to off-roading through the mountains. It’s even the ideal tool for removing Elf droppings from TLCB Towers, what with it being hazardous-materials compliant. There’s more to see of Horcik’s brilliant machine on Flickr – click the link above to make the hyper-jump.

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Classic Spechnic

Lego Technic Classic Space

Who’d have thought Classic Space and Technic could go together so well? This marvellous Classic Space themed Technic truck trial off-roader was suggested by a reader and comes from Flickr’s Horcik Designs. There’s XL motors for drive, bouncy suspension and an oversize (but no less cheery) Classic Spaceman at the wheel. You can take a look at all the images via the link to Flickr above, whilst we ponder other possible theme mash-ups!

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