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The Lobster

“Lobsters live for over one hundred years, are blue-blooded like aristocrats, and stay fertile all their lives.” The lobster is an unconventional theme for a movie or name for a spacecraft, which are normally given an exciting spacey titles or confusing alpha-numeric codes. Not so this one, which has been named after the long-lived crustacean due to the ‘two large claws that it uses to grip containers, in place of any kind of cargo hold’, according to the builder, Blake Foster.

It’s a superbly built spacecraft too, rocking a Neo-Classic Space aesthetic and some exquisite detailing on both itself and the containers it’s carrying. Head into space to take a closer look at Blake’s ‘Blue Lobster’ cargo shuttle via the link above, and remember if you don’t find love in 45 days you’ll be turned into an animal of your choosing*. Why not a choose a lobster?

*If you haven’t watched The Lobster that will mean nothing to you. Which we suspect is most of you. Go watch it, it’s beautiful.

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Fantastic Voyage

The National Health Service of TLCB’s home nation are heroically battling COVID-19 infections, as they are in Spain, Italy, France, Iran and countless other countries around the world. If you’re one of them, thank you, and this post is for you.

Whilst a ‘Fanstatic Voyage’ style microscopic spaceship fighting Coronavirus from the inside is pure whimsy, it’s a nice thought, and who better to crew it than the perennially happy astronauts of Classic Space.

Flickr’s MadLEGOman is the builder behind this Corona-busting spacecraft complete with anti-virus lasers and three highly trained mini-figures who are successfully blasting COVID-19 from the inside. Of course we know the reality is you and a ventilator battling the respiratory shutdown of a dying patient.

If you’re a front-line healthcare worker off-shift and reading this we award you a million TLCB Points, which we wish were redeemable for something useful. Click the link above to see more, and keep battling.

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Galactic Piratic

Uh oh! Space Pirates! You know, pirates… but in space! Flickr’s captainsmog owns the mind that has magnificently merged two of LEGO’s most beloved themes and you can see more of his piratical antics via the link above.

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Not a Car

This is not a car. But nor is it a lunar rover. We think. We’re not quite sure when a rover isn’t a rover, but we suspect this isn’t. Maybe. What it is, accordingly to builder Brick Ninja, is a ‘Doves of War’ artillery truck, complete with a ‘Big Peaceful Gun’. Which sounds a lot like it’s been named by the NRA’s marketing department. Unlike the NRA though, it is awesome, with some spectacular building techniques used almost everywhere you look. Join the fight for peace at Brick Ninja’s ‘Artillery Truck’ album by clicking here.

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Oh, Go On Then

FebRovery really is over… (isn’t it Markus Rollbuhler and Chris Perron?). Luckily Markus and Chris’s building skills are significantly better than their timekeeping, so here are two more rovers before we really will get back to posting cars. Probably.

Markus’s effort (above), entitled ‘Stardust Snooper’, harks back to LEGO’s earliest space themes in its purpose, being solely an exploratory rover. A living space and research lab support the crew of two and there’s more to see on Flickr by clicking here.

Today’s second rover comes from Chris Perron, whose Blacktron ‘Surface Scout’ is also apparently an exploratory vehicle. Just one with a giant double laser cannon thingy on the roof. Four wheel steering and a beautifully built cockpit for one feature alongside the ginormous death ray and there’s more to see of Chris’s build on Flickr.

And here endeth the FebRovery Rovers. Unless someone uploads a cool one tomorrow. Now let’s find some cars…

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Febrovery Finale

There was a whole extra day in this year’s Febrovery competition, with many builders taking advantage of this to squeeze their creations across the finish line. And some still missed it…

In celebration of those that didn’t quite manage the deadline, which was fittingly extended this year for space-based reasons, here are three of our favourite rovers that might be more Marovery than Febrovery.

First (above) is Scott Willhelm‘s enormous entry, complete with magnificent brick-built wheels fitted to ends of whatever you all those chassis-arm-thingies. Those chassis-arm-thingies are a bit of a theme this year, kinda like full-width light bars appearing on literally every new car design of late, but much like them they do look cool. See more at the link!

Our second fashionably-late Febrovery entry comes (above) from Faber Mandragore, who has also deployed chassis-arm-thingies to great effect. A transparent domed cockpit and an assortment of science fictiony equipment keep the build suitably futuristic and there’s more to see at Faber’s photostream via the link above.

Our final featured Febrovery creation (above) is very possibly our favourite, eschewing cool chassis-arm-thingies for a single slightly tragic looking jockey wheel, reminiscent of those miserable looking tractor tugs you see at the airport.

Spectacularly inappropriate for a surface littered with craters and rocks, and with an exhaust stack that raises unanswerable questions about how an internal combustion engine works without air, ‘Benny’s Space Trike’ is clearly our winner and you can see more courtesy of Blake Foster by clicking here.

Until next year, keep rovin’…

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Float-Ped

Roadworks seem to take forever. Perhaps because half the time there doesn’t appear to be anyone working. Flickr’s Edward Lawrence is here to help expedite the repairs, by equipping his construction workers with this delightful ‘Construction Moped’ hover-bike. With construction worker Geoff now able to float above the roadway there should be nothing slowing the construction team down! Of course if vehicles can hover there is probably no need for a roadway at all, but we’ll ignore that… See more at Edward’s photostream via the link!

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Wheelie Big Cheese

FebRovery is nearly over, but as we approach the end of the annual rover-building bandwagon we’ve got time to squeeze a few more in. Today’s is a fine way to finish, as surely all good events end with cheese. David Roberts‘ is the builder behind this ‘Edam Rover’, a giant wax-skinned contraption used in the Cheese Mining industry that has been so famously represented in countless Lego creations. Grab yourself a cracker and head to David’s photostream via the link above for a taste.

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Swooosh!

If the coolness of a sci-fi creation is defined by the number of angles it has, then Nick Trotta has won. This is his ‘Firebreak’ spacecraft and – as usual – we have absolutely no idea what it is or does, just that it looks, well.. frankly incredible.

There are building techniques in here that we’re pretty sure would blow our minds if we saw how they were done, so we’ll simply look at the pictures and go ‘Oooh!’ instead. Join us on Flickr via the link above.

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Double Bubble

It’s Valentine’s Day, and what better way to show the Classic Spacewoman in your life that you love her than through a romantic journey across the wilderness of an empty moon? Flickr’s Horcik Designs has built the perfect tool for the job, with this brilliant Neo-Classic Space rover able to transport two mini-figures in style thanks to separate bubble canopies suspended above the rover’s six wheels. This setup may make conversation difficult of course, but perhaps that’s the secret to a long and happy relationship. Click the link above to head out on a date across the moon.

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Six Swooshes

Three swooshes are better than one. Three times better in fact. Flickr’s Ted Andes didn’t stop there though, and has built six variants of his ‘Corsair’ spacecraft. Head to his photostream via the link to see more of the version above, the three below, plus another two.

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Sci-Fi Spectrum

Febrovery continues apace and today we have two builds from the annual nerdfest to share with you, one which looks like it could be an actual lunar rover in the not too distant future and one which… doesn’t.

First up (above) is Ivan Martynov‘s ‘SOL 317’. We assume that by the use of those little 1×1 figures that Ivan’s design is for a rather massive machine, but increase the scale about ten times and it could easily be one of the small robotised vehicles that mankind is so fond of for current planetary exploration. Whichever it is it’s a great build and you can see more at Ivan’s photostream via the link above.

Today’s second rover throws realism out of the emergency airlock and arms the space villains Blacktron with an enormous rocket, which has got both your Mom and TLCB Elves excited for different reasons.

Shannon Sproule‘s Blacktron ‘BRUTE’ missile launching rover involves ‘towing a nuke onto the battlefield, launching it and then hiding in the observation tower to record the destruction’ according to the builder’s mildly unhinged description. Apparently he’s working on one twice as big too…

Stand well back and shield your eyes at Shannon’s photostream via the link above.

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If Only the World were a bit more Classic Space

The world could learn something from LEGO’s perennially smiling Classic Spacemen, peacefully conducting whatever research and exploration missions their giant fleshy masters directed them towards.

First featured here over five years ago, TLCB favourite Billyburg has recently updated his 6950 Rocket Launcher redux, and we like it more than ever. Of course this being a Classic Space vehicle the rockets on board Billyburg’s 8×8 transport are not firing Russian implements of death at airliners, rather satellites for, well… we’re not sure, but we bet it’s something wholesome.

There’s more to see of Billyburg’s brilliant 6950 redux at his photostream – click here to head into Classic Space.

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Lunar Rescue

The annual nerd-filled bandwagon that is Febrovery is upon us once more, with rovers of all shapes and sizes expected top appear over the next four weeks. For those new to this blog and/or the online Lego Community, we’re not referring to the defunct British car manufacturer (although maybe one day we’ll run our own – considerably less cool – Febrovery…), rather the wheeled contraptions that inhabit all sorts of far away planetary objects in the minds of Lego builders.

This is one such vehicle, TFDesigns / Frost‘s ‘Roveside Assistance Wrecker’, built to fix your magnetonium fusion reactor, busted thread sprocket, solar panel failure, or any other cosmic malady. With a brick-seperator tow hitch, the coolest wheels we think we’ve ever seen, and that canopy again, it’s a fine way to kick off the Febrovery month. Call Intergalactic Roveside Assistance via the link above for more.

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Tragic Band*

We’ve waited three days for our Elves to find something blog-worthy and then they bring back this…

‘This’ is Sheo.‘s ‘Tragic Band’, a collaborative build containing an Aeschylus, a Sophocles and a Euripides. With our vast knowledge of all things sci-fi we naturally know what each of these is and does, but we don’t want to write it here so as not to show up the other Lego sites.

It’s a stunning build though, with some exquisite attention to detail throughout each of the three sci-fi vehicles and to be found in the landscape too, and there’s more to see of Sheo.’s collaboration, including links to view each creation individually, via the hyperlink in the text above.

*There are a few bands we could use for today’s title song. Lynyrd Skynyrd and Badfinger are the obvious choices, but we’ll go with the tragically-lost Viola Beach.

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