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Anything Goes

Flickr’s ‘Lego Speeder Bikes‘ group has been running for a decade! That’s longer than Kickstarter, the iPad, and The Lego Car Blog. Home to the very best floaty/hovery motorcycles, ‘Lego Speeder Bikes’ hold an annual competition to showcase the best of their breed. We loved last year’s contest, and in 2019 the group is celebrating a decade of speedy biking with a ‘Best in Show’ theme, where anything goes. Like anything.

Painting bricks, cutting bricks, custom bricks… it’s all allowed in this year’s competition. Of course too much ‘dicking around’ with your LEGO pieces means that your creation won’t appear here at TLCB, but for the purposes of the ‘Lego Speeder Bikes’ 2019 contest it could score you some neat prizes!

We’re kicking off our coverage with a speeder bike that hasn’t messed with the danish plastic from which it’s built courtesy of newcomer mexxbear 陳大雄 and this very cool looking street scene. There’s more to see of mexxbear’s speeder bike and the town in which it’s speeding via the link above, and you can check out the ‘Lego Speeder Bikes’ group and the 2019 competition by clicking here.

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Extreme Ironing

Extreme Ironing, designed to illustrate the futility of unnecessary ironing, is surely one of mankind’s greatest sports. From the depths of the ocean to Mount Everest, this noble activity has achieved some magnificent feats of garment de-creasing since its inception a few decades ago.

But – so far as we know – the sport has yet to reach space (NASA, if you’re reading this…). However previous bloggee Dwarlin Forkbeard aims to right that wrong! Sort of… (this is a link tenuous even for us).

This mighty iron-shaped spaceship is an Iron-class corvette, so called because it looks… well, like a giant floating iron. At least that’s what our cast-iron (hah!) sci-fi knowledge has allowed us determine. There’s probably a steampunk pun in there too somewhere…

Press (hah!) the link above to head into space to smooth out some creases!

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Battle for Belville

From one wonderfully ridiculous tracked vehicle to another now, and D-Town Cracka‘s gloriously unhinged ‘Belville T-42 ‘Sugercube’ Multiple Launch Rocket System’.

Apparently developed during the ‘Stable Wars’ of the late 1990s (we all remember those right?), the T-42 ‘Sugarcube’ earned a fearsome reputation thanks to an armament of ten ‘Heartbreaker’ rockets and its on-board tea station. It was probably more about the rockets…

Head to D-Town’s photostream via the link above to join the fight.

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Removal by Laser

When Theodore Harold Maiman built the world’s first laser back in 1960 it seemed like there was nothing it couldn’t do, with movies using it for blowing up people, blowing up plant pots, blowing up planets… you get the idea.

The reality of Maiman’s invention was far more mundane though; reading CDs, scanning barcodes at the check-out, and removing your Mom’s unwanted hair.

Fortunately Jon & Catherine Stead have put the laser back to a much cooler use – mining rocks in space!

‘Designed to cut away sections of rock from mountains, cliffs or crater walls of the moon to facilitate mineral extraction… via a huge, nuclear powered laser cutting system’, Jon & Catherine’s ‘Tracked Laser Mining Vehicle’ is reclaiming the laser for improbable space-related tomfoolery.

The huge tracked vehicle on which the aforementioned laser is mounted is worth a look too, and you can do just that via the link in the text above. But not before you watch what just might be the best classic laser movie trailer of all time…

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Classic Space Laser

What’s this? Have the permanently smiling spacemen of Classic Space gone rogue and built themselves a giant cannon on the moon? Apparently not, as Flickr’s Jon Blackford claims that this installation is an ‘Asteroid Defence’. Sure Jon, and Japan’s whaling programme is just for ‘research’. Whatever those Classic Spacemen are up to you can check it out by clicking here.

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Titan Rising

This is a Stryder Titan Class from the Titanfall game, and – frankly – that’s all we know, not having played it. But it does look seriously good. Built by Marius Herrmann there’s more to see of this mechanised monster at his photostream. Click the link above to make the jump.

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Fifth Element in Elements

Lego Fifth Element Taxi

1997’s ‘The Fifth Element’ had it all; alien opera, robotic turkeys, Milla Jovovich, a malevolent cosmic entity, and – of course – flying yellow cabs. This is Bruce Willis’ hover taxi and it comes from Davdup of Flickr who has done a superb job of recreating it in Model Team form. There may not be a super-hot-saviour-of-the-universe in the back seat, but it’s got everything else. Click the link above to hail a ride 250 years in the future.

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Racing Resistance

Lego Star Wars Resistance

We’re not exactly Star Wars connoisseurs here at The Lego Car Blog, so we know even less about ‘Star Wars: Resistance’ than Donald Trump knows about using food banks. OK, full disclosure, we know nothing about ‘Star Wars: Resistance’, but quick Google reveals it to be a CGI cartoon inspired by Japanese anime. And that’s all we’ve got. Nevertheless we do really like the spaceships found within it, if this collection by newcomer Mansur Soeleman is anything to go by. Looking a bit like historic racing cars is a sure way to get TLCB Team on board, and there’s more to see of Mansur’s excellent ‘Star Wars: Resistance’-classic-racing-star fighter-thingies on Flickr.

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Fabuwars

Lego Fabuland Tank

Fabuland, one of LEGO’s frankly weirder themes, was not known for brutal war machines piloted by bloodthirsty critters. It was more about popping to the post office to say ‘hello’ to cheery Mr. Mole before planting some daisies in a window box. Not any more though.

Time has toughened the inhabitants of Fabuland, and today they are equipped with an array of terrifying machinery courtesy of Flickr’s Andreas Lenander, whose mind must be a very dark place indeed.

Here we have Buster Walrus and Felix Fox riding atop a gloriously cuboid tank fitted with what looks like a sperm gun. It probably isn’t. Whatever it is we’re pretty sure it’s deadly and there’s more to see at Andreas’ ‘Fabuwars’ album via the link above.

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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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House Spider

Lego Tachikoma

We rather like house spiders. They eat flies and other pests and are a rather elegant design in their own way. Sadly we’re probably in the minority by safely capturing them and releasing them outside TLCB Towers, as most people tend to prefer smushing them. This one would be harder to smush though, and it’s even more useful than its arachnid counterpart. Over to the blurb from the brochure;

“The Yogamabara Mechanization M-400 Multi-Purpose Shell is a commonly used type of shell. It’s very fast and agile. It gives the host AI the ability to follow its client around any ground based environment and has a full range of standard tools, like laser cutter, hydro spanners and standard data sockets to name a few. Its animal-like form gives it personality and this has made Yogamabara one of the biggest manufacturers of Personal AI Shells.”

You can place your order for a new M-400 courtesy of Oscar Cederwall on Flickr. Or alternatively you get get a really big glass and a piece of paper, capture it and release it outside. You know it’s the right thing to do.

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Eleven Thousand Pieces of the Dark Side

Lego Star Wars Imperial Star Destroyer

From our (very) limited knowledge of the Star Wars movie franchise we’ve deduced that the good guys fly things named after letters whilst the bad guys fly things named after shapes. Kind of like an inter-galactic Sesame Street, although we’re not sure Bricknerd would see it that way.

The most powerfully evil of all the bad guys’ flying things are the spherical ones, but the triangles aren’t far behind. This is one such triangle; the ‘Monarch’ Imperial Star Destroyer.

Lego Star Wars Imperial Star Destroyer

Built by Flickr’s 0necase this incredible creation is constructed from around 11,000 LEGO bricks, and measures well over a meter in length. The huge engines are even formed by three LEGO Death Star pieces, amongst the largest in LEGO’s range, in a gloriously circuitous homage to the Empire.

There’s much more to see of this astonishing recreation of the second-most-evil of all the shapes in Star Wars at 0necase’s ‘Monarch ISD’ album – click here to join the Dark Side.

Lego Star Wars Imperial Star Destroyer

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Mech Monday

Lego Police Mech

We don’t often publicise mechs here at The Lego Car Blog. This is mostly because we’re a car blog, but also because we know absolutely nothing about them, and we’d look silly.

So here are two mechs…

We’re actually publishing these two builds because whilst they are both clearly superb creations, they demonstrate the very best in presentation too, with outstanding photography and editing – something that can be applied to any genre of building.

Image quality is the most common reason for creations suggested to us here at TLCB not to meet our criteria, with even the most brilliant of builds rejected if photography is poor. However clean backgrounds are super easy to achieve using natural light and 50p worth of coloured or white card, successfully removing shadows and other visual distortions. Just take a look at Marco Marozzi‘s ‘KZ1 ma.k mech below to see how successful this approach can be!

The other option is a cunningly photoshopped image. These are much harder to achieve but gosh do they look good if done right! Red Spacecat shows us how to do it properly with the stunning image above showing his KA-9 Police Support Unit in action dispelling civil unrest on the streets.

Both of today’s builders demonstrate the very best in presentation and there’s more to see of each build and the amazing images in which they’ve been captured via the links in the text above.

Lego Ma.K Mech

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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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Grindr

Lego Technic Red Alert Grinder Tank

It’s been a while since the last act of outrageous Elven violence here at TLCB Towers, but fear not readers, the little scumbags were back in business today. This is Desert752 aka Kirill Mazurov’s ‘Grinder’* tank from the classic video game Red Alert 3, and it’s nuts.

Controlled via bluetooth thanks to no less than three SBricks, Kirill’s Grinder* features ten Power Functions motors, six alone just for drive. A seventh powers the articulated chassis steering, the eighth the boom lift, and a ninth the huge rotating cutter on the end of it.

But what about the tenth you say? Well the lucky Elf that discovered this remote control monstrosity kept that one secret for a bit.

Driving it through the halls of TLCB Towers, Kirill’s Grinder* was frustratingly slow, certainly much too lethargic for the Elf in question to mow down any of its brethren. The other Elves in the office quickly got cocky, taunting the Elf at the controls by standing in front of the approaching tank with its whirling cutter, before jumping out of the way at the last second to much cackling and – we suspect – Elven profanity.

But that tenth motor had yet to be used, and after lulling its colleagues the Elf in control deployed motor No.10. With the secret high-gear engaged the Grinder’s* speed instantly trebled, and the taunters simply couldn’t get out of the way quickly enough.

Fed under the wheels by the cutter, then squashed by the Grinder’s* huge tyres, before being rolled flat by the tracks that followed thereafter, there has probably never been a worse machine to be run over by than this.

We were quite impressed by the Elf at the controls’ subterfuge too, and it’s now enjoying a blue Smartie whilst we have a go with the Grinder* ourselves.

There’s more to see of Kirill’s remote control behemoth at the Eurobricks discussion forum, the complete Red Alert Grinder* gallery can be viewed on Flickr, and you can watch the machine in action via the video below.

YouTube Video

*No, not that Grindr.

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