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Sci-Fi Saturday

The Lego Car Blog Elves have not found many cars of late. None in fact. Although that might be because many of them were squashed by the last creation they found. Thus today we’re changing gear – if spaceships have gears – and featuring a slew of, well… spaceships. ‘Swooosh!’, ‘Pew-Pew-Pew!’, and suchlike and soforth.

Each spaceship comes via a seven-part collaboration between a team of Flickr builders, who have used the concept art of ‘Spacegoose’ (no, us neither) to inspire their brick-built designs. Also, each is flown by a cat for some reason, and we have previous history with cats in space

So without further obvious avoidance of our least competent topic, here are five fantastic space-based builds, each packed with complicated angles, ingenious building techniques, superb presentation, and at least one cat.

From top to bottom are; Malen Garek’s ‘SpG-07 Dust Skipper’, Thomas Jenkins’ ‘SpG-05 Hepcat’, Caleb Ricks’ ‘SpG-04 Flameseeker’, Mansur Seoleman’s ‘SpG-01 Calico’, and Tim Goddard’s ‘SpG-03’, who obviously forgot to name his.

There’s more to see of each build, plus the other spaceships in the collaboration, via the links above, and hopefully we’ll be back soon with a car, or otherwise you’ll have to read more of our struggle to understand anything to do with space…

Mud Pack

Gosh today’s title is tenuous, even for us. You see a mud pack is often a volcanic mask… Anyway, this is Orion Pax‘s ‘M.A.S.K Volcano’, a near perfect brick built replica of the mid-’80s Hasbro toy that accompanied the M.A.S.K cartoon TV show.

The show, designed mostly to sell toys, pitched the ‘Mobile Armoured Strike Kommand’ (spelt wrong because it’s cooler that way) against the ‘Vicious Evil Network Of Mayhem’ (VENOM), who seemingly took a very literal and non-secretive approach to their naming.

Beyond that, we’re not really sure what the show was about, but it did lead to toys that split down the middle to reveal a giant rotating cannon (as in the case of the Volcano here), that has got the Elves very excited.

Orion’s model transforms beautifully as per the original toy and there’s more to see at his photostream. Apply your mud pack via the link!

Chess Surfing

Has anyone ever played chess whilst surfing? Probably. After all, there’s chess boxing, which is just as ridiculous, although you’re less likely to lose your pieces doing that.

Cue David Roberts‘ ‘Wipeout Racer’, named after a video game that’s named after a surfing fail, and coloured like a chess board. Or a British police car. Or a Victorian cake. Or TLCB Towers kitchen floor. But none of those made for a tenuous title link.

Anyway, David’s chess surfing spaceship is apparently coloured as it is to cause other pilots to crash, or ‘wipeout’… See, it all makes sense.

There’s more to check (hah!) out at David’s photostream – surf on over via the link above!

Elven Dreams

If TLCB Elves were to design a car, it would probably look like this. Only with rocket launchers. Despite that obvious omission, our smelly little workers are still mightily excited by this ‘Igniter III’ from Flickr’s Tino Poutiainen, which looks like a cross between a Tyrrell P34 F1 car and a spaceship. A Technic helmet, cement-mixer nose-cone, and Bionicle torsos are just some of the ingeniously chosen pieces, and there’s more to see at Tino’s photostream via the link above.

May the Fourth…

It’s May the 4th, a day observed by countless nerds in celebration of a ’70s movie that began part way through for some reason. Star Wars devotees mark the occasion through quiet contemplation, internet forum bickering, and absolutely not taking to girls, because they’re scary. Which is the same as every other day, only this one involves a Star Wars-y pun.

TLCB, what with our formidable knowledge of popular culture and cinema history, are joining the Star Wars Day festivities with a quartet of Tie Fighters, which all probably feature in a movie or something.

Each has come spectacularly built and presented by Flickr’s Jerac, with (clockwise from top left); a TIE Fighter, Iden Versio’s TIE Fighter, a TIE Interceptor, and a Royal Guard TIE Interceptor, which we definitely knew ourselves and aren’t simply quoting the builder.

It means today The Lego Car Blog has more TIEs than a political convention, and thus we feel satisfied we have sufficiently acknowledged this great and noble day and can lay it to rest for another year, unless we forget about it in which case it might end up being longer.

Adherents to the Star Wars religion can see more of Jerac’s stunning brick-built TIE Fighters via the link above, where quite contemplation, internet forum bickering, and absolutely not talking to girls can all be undertaken too.

May the fourth be with you.

Repulsor

Lego Speeder Bikes‘ excellent competition continues to deliver some wonderful builds. Why so excellent? Well anyone can builder a speeder bike; with only a few pieces and some imagination required, it’s a great leveller.

This is one of any number of recent entries we could have picked to feature here, and it comes from Scot Wilhelm who has applied both racing stickers (which is obviously a winning strategy here at TLCB), and a trippy Doctor Who background that gives the Elves headaches.

There’s more to see of Scott’s ‘Firebrand Repulsorbike’ on Flickr via the second link above, and you can check out the vast pool of entries in the Lego Speeder Bikes group by clicking on the first.

Three Speed

Flickr’s ace ‘Lego Speeder Bikes’ group doesn’t include many cars. Or any at all in fact, being a) a group for speeder bikes, and b) having a far greater discipline in sticking to the title than we do.

Still, our tangental approach to blogging cars does means that ‘Lego Speeder Bikes’ current ‘Let’s Get Tropical’ building contest is appearing here, with three excellent speeder bikes to kick off the competition!

First up (above) is Julius Kanand‘s ‘Checkpoint 13’, in which a delightfully funky speeder navigates a suitably tropical beach-based course.

Today’s second Speeder Bike build comes from one of the contest judges Dan Ko, so it’s not technically an entry, but it does epitomise the 2021 competition beautifully, being a simple brick-built bike of just a handful of pieces, the likes of which anyone with a few LEGO bricks can create at home.

The final of today’s three speeder bike creations continues the simplicity, with aide k utilising the stickers from an official LEGO set, some trans-blue tiles, and a few red and white bricks to create the superbly dynamic scene above.

There are loads more brilliant speeder bikes to see at the ‘Lego Speeder Bikes’ group via the link above, and if you’d like to check out the current ‘Let’s Get Tropical’ competition and maybe enter a bike yourself you can find full contest details by clicking these words. There are even prizes on offer provided by a proper Lego blog that understands sci-fi and everything!

Modular Building

LEGO’s brilliant line-up of modular buildings have been a roaring success, but they’re not really TLCB fodder. This awesome Neo-Classic Space ‘T-ATV’ by Flickr’s SweStar is though, and it’s ‘modular building’ too. Sort of.

A superb tracked chassis can carry an assortment of spacey things atop it, including a cabin that doubles as a spaceship, a pair of containers for important spacey-looking devices, and there’s even a mini-figure jet-suit arrangement concealed in the back!

Each module can stand alone as a thoroughly good build, and add them all together and you have a model with such great playability that this TLCB Writer could happily spend an entire afternoon swooshing and tracking and doing other suitably spacey stuff with it.

Whilst he does that you can see more of SweStar’s brilliant build at his ‘T-ATV’ album on Flickr – click the link above for more modular building.

Easter Bunny

We often find it easy to forget the story of Easter (which is usually about a rabbit laying chocolate eggs or something), so here at The Lego Car Blog we’re publishing a mechanised bunny rabbit exo-suit. We’re not sure what that achieves. Anyway, there’s more to see of Simon Liu‘s ‘Bunnies Rise Up!’ on Flickr via the second link, or click the first for an alternative easter story featuring a rigged trial, murder, and with a major twist at the ending.

Curiously Cuffed

You might think that a pair of handcuffs has only one use, whether that be in their deployment by law enforcement or during your Mom’s illicit activities. However previous bloggee Oscar Cederwall (o0ger) shows that even the most seemingly single-use of LEGO pieces can be utilised   far beyond its original intended purpose.

By placing several dozen handcuff pieces in a loop Oscar has created a beautifully smooth hub-less wheel, with the ‘Nice Parts Usage’ (NPU) continuing to an upside-down Duplo train/plane cockpit, a fort stone archway, and even a Duplo Train ‘action brick’ forming the rear swing-arm.

There’s more of Oscar’s ‘Cyberpunk Bike’ and the ingenious parts placement within it to see on Flickr – click the link above to put on the ‘cuffs.

Not a Car

‘Aren’t you supposed to be a bloody car blog?!’ some of you might be wondering. And you’d have a point. But there is a car (kinda) coming. Until then here’s a spaceship, which – whilst not a car in any way – is pretty awesome. Tommaso Ferrarese (aka frombol) is the builder, whose Neo-Classic Space creation is packed with building techniques so cunning you could brush your teeth with them. See more of this incredible build on Flickr via the link.

Life on Mars*

NASA’s ‘Perseverance‘ rover is currently relaying some truly magical images back to Earth from the surface of Mars, where it has been for over a month.

Perseverance’s mission is to look for the building blocks that support life, either in Mars’ distant past, or for a human colonisation future. Fast forward an undetermined number of years and – if BobDeQuatre is correct – Perseverance found what it was looking for.

This is the Mars Corporation ‘Poseidon Mobile Water Extractor’, which uses a powerful microwave generator and magnetic field to raise water to the surface to support the planet’s colony. Or something. To be honest we’re a bit hazy on the science, but that doesn’t matter when it looks this cool!

A detailed microwave/magnetron/robotic arm thingumy is carried between a pair of articulated and suspended bogies, whilst a crew of two control the water extraction from the cockpit up front.

There’s lots more to see of Bob’s impressive ‘Poseidon Mobile Water Extractor’ via his album on Flickr at the link above, plus you can see one of his (and Mars Corp.’s) other machines by clicking here.

*Today’s title song, naturally.

Fnaaaaaaaooow!

We have no idea what this ‘Skitter’ by Flickr’s Oscar Cederwall is or does, but it looks like it goes ‘Fnaaaaaaaooow!’, and as we have the minds of children that’s good enough for us. See more at the link!

That’s No Ordinary Rabbit!

This is not a car. But it does have wheels. Although not in this picture. OK, we’re not doing well here, but as this model features a decal of a harmless little bunny on the back it means we can publish this link to a killer rabbit, and that’s a good enough reason for us.

Ted Andes is the builder behind this ‘Nousagi Reconnaissance Think Tank’, which features a gatling gun, chainsaw, and grappling hook, for all that ‘reconnaissance’ it’ll be doing…

There’s more of Ted’s mech to see at his photostream, including an image of it in wheeled-mode, close-ups of the cockpit, and the varied weaponry it’s armed with. Click the link above to head into the cave of Caerbannog

Febrovery Finale

It’s the last day of Febrovery, meaning our Elves will cease bringing back sci-fi nonsense and we can re-start blogging cars! Before then though, we have three (excellent) Febrovery creations to share, about each of which we know absolutely nothing. We’re counting the hours until it’s cars again…

First up is a Febrovery entrant that is at least relatable to our humdrum transport here on Earth, being a space school bus by Flickr’s Tyler (aka Legohaulic). A diverse list of alien children are present for the trip to space school and there’s more to see at Tyler’s photostream via the link.

The second creation in our Febrovery Finale come from regular bloggee Horcik Designs, whose space tanker merges Neo-Classic Space and Octan to brilliant effect. Twenty four wheels make it exactly six times better than anything in TLCB office car park and there’s more to see on Flickr. Click the link above to make the jump to Neo-Classic Space.

Ah ‘Ice Planet 2002′, when years starting with a ’20’ seemed super futuristic. This funky looking rover by Carter pays tribute to the oft-forgotten vintage theme, and includes the coolest wheels seen since your Mum fitted spinners to her mobility scooter. There’s more of Carter’s ‘Ice Scout’ to see on Flickr – click the link above to check it out.