Tag Archives: sci-fi

More Robots in Disguise

Alex Jones (aka Orion Pax)’s Transformers just keep coming! This has made the Elves very happy of course, as they now get to watch Transformers cartoons.

Following his previous appearances here at The Lego Car Blog in December and October of last year, Alex has constructed another swathe of transforming Autobot and Deception vehicles, from cranes and dump trucks to fighter jets and pick-ups. Each looks brilliant in both robot and vehicle modes, and can switch between the two by engineering so clever it makes our heads hurt.

We’re also re-featuring Alex’s amazing Optimus Prime build, as he’s now uploaded an image of the model in ‘roller base’ form, with more vehicles hidden inside!

You can see more of the awesome Optimus Prime build at Alex’s photostream, where you can also find the rest of his incredible Transformers back-catalogue. Click the link above to see more than meets the eye.

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Classic Photoshop

We’ve often written about how for a creation to be blogged here it needs high quality images with clean backgrounds and natural light. So here’s a creation with two suns and background made of cosmic rock.

TLCB debutant Purple-Wolf has taken the photoshop* route to present his neat Classic Space ‘LL C12 Transport’ ship, and to stunning effect. Head to, er… wherever this is, via the link to his photostream above.

*Other image editing tools are available.

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Classic Space Redux

A few Elves got into the stationary cupboard over the weekend and between them ate four entire glue sticks. The result was some very sticky Elf droppings, and also some fairly trippy Elves, which may explain today’s somewhat spaced-out theme.

These two wonderful Neo-Classic Space builds were built for The Brothers Brick (wut!?), each rebooting LEGO’s ancient ‘Classic Space’ line with the latest parts and a whole lot more detail than the original sets achieved back in the early ’80s.

The first (above) comes from space-building legend Alec Hole, who has taken inspiration from the classic 6970 Beta Command Base set from 1980, with its launch pad, control room, and a funky little monorail thing that moved between the two. Alec’s version uses the same recipe but knocks it up a notch with some incredible attention to detail and enough ‘greebling’ for a model five times its size. We love it, and there’s more to see at Alec’s photostream by clicking here.

Today’s second Neo-Classic Space build (below) forgoes the usual rocket-propulsion system for good old fashioned rotors, creating a spacey helicopter that bears a strong resemblance to any one of a number of irritating drones. With Classic Space’s vintage colour scheme, a trans-yellow cockpit, and a smiling Classic Spaceman at the controls, Tim Goddard’s ‘Dragonfly‘ is much more our bag than annoying people in the park with a remote control helicopter (sorry drone owners). Head to Tim’s photostream via link above to see more, whilst we figure out how to remove some insanely sticky Elf droppings.

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Other Runners

Blade Runner wasn’t all about the ‘Spinner‘. Largely forgotten, the movie featured several vehicular oddities that appeared alongside the famous hovercar, each managing to look both futuristic and decidedly sheddy at the same time. Flickr’s keiichi kamei remembers two such designs, the ‘Armadillo‘ van and the ‘Deckard‘ car, each shown here in both civilian and civil service roles.

Previous bloggee keiichi has recreated the designs wonderfully in mini-figure scale, with some ingenious building techniques and custom decals used to enhance the models’ accuracy. Head to the futuristic time of November 2019 (yes, Blade Runner is now set in the past!) via the links above.

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More More than Meets the Eye

The Elves are in a very buoyant mood today! Flickr’s Alex Jones (aka Orion Pax) has been uploading Transformers builds and such a prodigious rate that we’ve been handing out meal tokens like Smarties. And we’ve also been handing out Smarties.

These are a sample of some of his latest Autobot and Decepticon creations, following the first tranche we published here a month or so ago. Each is beautifully built and presented, transforms through some sort of magic, and can be seen – alongside a raft of other equally awesome Transformers builds not shown here – at Alex’s photostream.

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Big Gun

If there’s something that gets the Elves as excited as a car with big racing stripe down the middle it’s a mech with a giant gun. This one comes from Flickr’s Marco Marozzi, it’s entitled the ‘MRGM 3’ and we have absolutely no idea what it does or what it’s for. But it looks cool. See more at the link.

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Something Something Darkside

After years of blogging Star Wars creations we’re pretty good at understanding the franchise now. For example we know that this jolly Jedi is off to the beach aboard his hoverbike, where he’ll no doubt use his lite sword to cook up an awesome barbecue for his friends in the Trade Alliance. We have previous bloggee ianying616 to thank for allowing us to show off our immense Star Wars knowledge and there’s more to see of his Technic Jedi Hoverbike at his photostream – click the link above to check it out.

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Metrokab

Vehicles from 1982’s Blade Runner are a popular choice to build from Lego (see here, here, here, and here). OK, one particular vehicle is, but not every car in the movie was a ‘Spinner’. Cue keiichi kamei and this ‘Metrokab’, surely one of the least cool sci-fi vehicles of all time. That might be why everyone builds Spinners we suppose. Anyway, this mini-figure scale Metrokab captures the design from the film brilliantly, with a few custom decals enhancing the realism. Hail a ride via the link above.

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

And he’s got himself a sweet hover-car hot rod to do it in! This present-laden ride is the work of Sylon-tw who’s giving Saint Nick’s reindeer the night off. Send Santa your list via the link above!

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Swooooosh! (Again)

Crap. Another spaceship. We’re no good at this. No matter, because whilst we have literally no idea what Scott Wilhelm‘s ‘Hypernova VVV’ is or what it’s for, we can say that it looks most excellent, complete with a front end that looks a bit like a cross between a Ferrari F430 and the magnificent Eagle Weslake Formula 1 car. Head into space via the link above if you like what you see.

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Swooooosh!

NoVVember* continues apace, which is a good thing for us as it means December is nearly here and we don’t think it has a building challenge. This Vic Viper* is the work of Tino Poutianen of Flickr and it’s been built and presented to absolute perfection. See more at the link.

*You’ll have to Google these. We’re a car blog.

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Sci-Friday II

LEGO’s classic space themes, including… er, Classic Space, have seen a resurgence thanks to the online Lego Community. From Ice Planet to Space Police, and M-Tron to Blacktron, each has been super-sized and – much to the Elves’ delight – appears to have become considerably more violent than when LEGO were in charge of their direction a decade or two ago. However there was one classic space theme overlooked; the short-lived robot-equipped thieves of Spyrius.

Spyrius took over the role of space villainy that became vacant following Blacktron’s demise, and lasted two years from ’94 to ’96. With a couple of mighty robots, spaceships, and even a spacebase, they were well furnished by LEGO’s designers. Not as well furnished as this though!

This enormous Spyrius spacecraft is the work of spaceruner of Flickr and it’s 155 studs long. Two hangar bays house further spacecraft whilst the highly detailed and brilliantly equipped interior serves over fifty mini-figures. Interestingly these are far from being only Spyrius agents, with a range of classic spacemen represented. Either Spyrius have cleaned up their act and space has become a more collaborative and harmonious place, or spaceruner ran out of Spyrius mini-figures…

Whatever the reason it’s a properly good build and there’s much more to see, including some excellent interior shots, at spaceruner’s photostream. Take a look via the link in the text above!

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Sci-Friday I

OK, this is definitely not a car, but it somehow manages to look a little bit like a vintage racer, so it’d almost be rude for us not to blog it. Edward Lawrence is the builder and there’s more to see on Flickr here.

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Today’s creation reminds us of that bizarre scene in ‘Terminator Salvation’ where Christian Bale climbs on a robot motorcycle and rides it away. Why would it have controls for a human? Or a USB port? For plot convenience apparently. This ‘Motor-Droid’ by Flickr’s ianying616 asks similar unanswerable questions. Why would a tool designed solely to move a human about be built so that it can’t? And then what would its function be? We’ll try not to look into the logic too much because a) there isn’t any, and b) it looks so damn cool! A huge gallery of stunning imagery is available to view at ianying’s photostream – head there on your riderless motorcycle, wait no… Er, just head there however you like via the link above.

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Night Rider

We manage to post a car or two and then we’re right back to blogging a freaky chick riding a hover bike. Oh well, it is an excellent build nonetheless. This is ‘Lalibela Upbeat’, a curiously Game-of-Thrones-Night-King-looking figure who sounds a bit like a woke female DJ, riding her ‘Dawn Resurgence’ speeder. Nope, we don’t know what any of that means either but it is a rather excellent build, utilising some of LEGO’s more unusual colours, featuring some ingenuous techniques, and displaying a fair bit inventive parts usage too. Eero Okkonen is the builder and there’s more to see of Lalibela and her Dawn Resurgence on Flickr here.

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