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Galactic Tanking

Lego Classic Space Tanker

Febrovery continues apace with rovers of all shapes and sizes arriving at TLCB Towers. This is one of our favourites so far, a gloriously retro-looking Classic Space tanker that could have come straight from a Gerry Anderson production. It also looks wonderfully pushable, which is like being swooshable only with wheels. It’s the work of Kamal Muftie Yafi and there’s more to see of his brilliantly-rendered tanker on Flickr by clicking here.

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Policing District 18

Lego Police Speeder

The District 18 Speeder Competition run by the Lego Speeder Bikes group is gathering pace. This entry is the work of Pico van Grootveld and it’s been build for the ‘Enforce’ category of the contest, featuring a rather smug looking cop aboard an incredibly speedy-looking, er… speeder. There are three other categories to choose from and prizes up for grabs too. Take a look at Pico’s submission via the link above and you can see the other entries and submit a model yourself by visiting the Lego Speeder Bikes group.

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Group of the ‘Month’ – Lego Speeder Bikes

Lego Speeder Bikes

Yes we know, the ‘month’ bit of this post’s title is ridiculous. We can’t even remember the last time we did one of these and we really don’t fancy stepping into the dark and foreboding Archives Hall to find out. There’s a long-lost band of Elves in there who have turned quite ferrel.

Anyway, today we are featuring a group from the online Lego Community because it’s a rather cool one. Flickr’s Lego Speeder Bikes (LSB) have been showcasing small sci-fi builds since 2009 and now number over 1,000 members. They’re currently running neat contest too, inviting you to design and build a speeder bike for the fictitious ‘District 18’, with four categories to choose from.

Prizes include the very cool-looking Dredd-inspired ‘Vice Hoverbike’ from _zenn above, as well as some official LEGO sets too. The closing date for entries is March 4th, and if you’ve never thought about entering a Lego competition before this could the perfect way to start – as piece count comes very much second to creativity.

Take a look at the Lego Speeder Bikes group on Flickr by clicking here, where you can also find all the details of the District 18 competition, and we may return at the end of the contest with a round-up of the best entries.

Lego Speeder Bikes

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Febrovery Silliness

Lego Febrovery Squirrel NUTS

The annual sci-fi bandwagon that is Febrovery is upon us! Our Elves have found two Febrovery entries to share today, the first of which appears to be staffed by highly intelligent squirrels.

Flickr’s Miro Dudas explains that the Neptunian Utility Transport Services (N.U.T.S.) have got themselves a new crawler to support their appetite for oversized acorns (which grow upon and must be harvested from the Neptunian moon of Triton). A team of four hardworking Squirelites named Sandy, Andy, Mandy and Randy operate the crawler and the supporting harvesting machinery collecting the acorns which are blown far and wide due to the strong Neptunian winds. A risky business, the team of four Squirelites were apparently last seen a year ago… Right, stop that! It’s silly. Now let’s see something decent, and military. 

Andreas Lenander‘s classic space rover may not be military exactly, but it does make fantastic use of LEGO’s otherwise pointless X-Pod piece, and there are no squirrels to be seen anywhere. Unless they’re in that box. A fearless classic spacewomen is ready to load the cargo into the back of the rover which is sure to make it home thanks to those nifty brick-built tracks. See more of the X-Rover and a box that may or may not be filled with four long-dead squirrels at Andreas’ photostream via the link above.

Lego Febrovery Classic Space

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Febrovery Mash Ups

The fun festival of all things Lego, sci-fi and car-like that is Febrovery has started over on Flickr. These mash-ups of parts and stickers from LEGO’s Disney “Cars” license and old space themes from Frost really caught our eye. The pair of bonnets (hoods for American readers), wrapped around the rocket on the M:Tron design, are particularly good bit of NPU.

The group is already filling up with a wide variety of eccentric and sometimes useful looking vehicles from a wide variety of builders, many of whom are TLCB regulars. Click this link to the group to find out what’s going on.

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Mega Micro Space

Rat Dude has built this tiny version of the classic 6989 Mega Core Magnetizer. It comes complete with a telescopic grab arm and little rover, just like the original. There’s also a very neat helicopter, featuring some ice-lolly NPU. Being a food item, it was instantly spotted by the TLCB Elves. Click the link at the start of the post and see if you can spot it too.

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Space Smarties

Lego Spaceship

Uh oh… sci-fi. We’re so bad at these. One of the proper blogs will probably find these shortly and do them justice, but in the meantime you’ll just have to make do with us.

This is an LL424 Aura Battle Frigate and an LL112 Harbinger Missile Corvette, and we have absolutely no idea what that means. What we do know is these rather wonderful creations by Flickr’s ZCerberus are orange, and orange Smarties are clearly the best kind. We therefore have a happy Elf to reward, and you can check out more of these excellent builds via the link above.

Lego Spacecraft

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A Space Classic

Lego Classic Spaceship

We don’t often publish sci-fi builds here at The Lego Car Blog. This is mostly because we’re a Car Blog, but partly because we understand sci-fi about as well as Kim Kardashian understands plumbing.

Today though, we are posting about sci-fi – and we do understand it – because this kids, is Classic Space!

Classic Space (or just ‘Space’ at the time) was LEGO’s hugely successful sci-fi theme in the 1980s. Colours were blue, grey and trans-yellow, missions were exclusively science and exploration – never conflict, and everyone was always smiling.

Lego Classic Space Hangar

Sadly the theme ended before this TLCB Writer was old enough to walk, but it paved the way for such gems as Futuron, M-Tron, Blacktron and Space Police. Today though, we’re remembering the original, thanks to Jon Blackford’s wonderful Neo Classic Space Hanger.

Complete with an LL221 spacecraft, a variety of classic space vehicles, a multitude of classic spacemen, and some beautiful-looking blue lighting, Jon’s build is the prefect homage to LEGO’s long-dead theme. It uses some truly brilliant building techniques too that are well worth further investigation.

Take a look for yourself at Jon’s Flickr album and via MOCpages.

Lego Neo Classic Space Hangar

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And Now for Something Completely Different

Lego UN Mech

The UN, more used to arguing in a big room and then agreeing to do absolutely nothing, or tooling about in white SUVs, is about to become a lot more badass. Marco Marozzi is the man responsible for this injection of  badassery with his, er… whatever this is, and there’s more to see of UN-livereied mech on Flickr at the link above.

It wouldn’t be a sci-fi post about which we know absolutely nothing without a link to something silly…

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Black and Yellow

Lego Renault RS2027 Vision

Yea, uh huh, you know what it is
Black and yellow
Black and yellow
Black and yellow
Black and yellow

The words of well-known poet Wiz Khalifa there, rapping about wasps, or taxis, or school buses, or Watford Football Club. Whatever he’s on about we have two black and yellow creations for you today, and each is miles better than Wiz’s affront to lyricists everywhere.

First up (above), suggested by a reader, is Nathanael Kuipers’ Renualt RS2027 Vision, and if it’s the future of Formula 1 after the introduction of cockpit canopies we’re all in. See more on both Flickr and MOCpages.

Today’s second creation (below) comes from Brick Knight of Flickr, who has equipped those thieving space pirates at Blacktron with one hell of a cool ride. There’s more to see more of his beautifully photographed Blacktron Scout Buggy via the link above.

Now where were we? Oh yes…

Black and yellow
Black and yellow
Black and yellow

Lego Blacktron Buggy

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Biggie Smalls

Lego Lunar Rover

Some things are a lot smaller than you expect them to be. At least that’s what your Mom said to this TLCB Writer the other night. Anyway, this enormous mobile exploration base by Flickr’s Robert Heim isn’t actually enormous at all. In fact the entire front is made out of a mini-figure torso and jet pack mounted upside-down. It’s unclear how said mini-figure astronaut met such a gruesome end, but his remains sure make for a natty-looking lunar rover. More nice parts usage abounds and there’s more to see at Robert’s photostream – click the link above to make the jump.

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Worth a Second Look

Lego 23

Missed by our Elves, but found by a reader, we’re handing over to a Guest Blogger today. Nils O picks up TLCB pen…

Some things are worth a second look and you’ll discover a hidden gem. This rover built by (Neo) Classic Space veteran David Roberts is such a gem. At the first glance you’ll see a good looking chunky rover in a cool NCS style. But if you look closer you’ll see a bit more…

The design is almost 100% SNOT, with a very detailed interior, and there are some very well hidden Technic functions… Look closely and you may notice the tip of an IR receiver. That’s because the whole model has aPower Functions remote control system hidden within, with an L motor for drive and a Servo motor for steering. And there’s still more. The steering has cunning Ackermann geometry, giving a different steering angle for each wheel, and there’s pendular suspension for the rear axle too. The more you look the more you’ll find. How cool is that?

Thanks to Nils for joining us as a Guest Blogger. If you’ve found a creation that our slovenly Elves have missed you can suggest it to us via the Feedback Page, and you may even be asked to pick up TLCB pen yourself!

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Rove Big

Rover’s are, to most of TLCB staff, slightly sad old cars driven by the chronically elderly. Unless you can find a really old one which has come full circle back into cool again. Not so to Alec Hole. To Alec rovers are enormous 10×10 mobile space stations crewed by a team of perpetually smiling mini-figures whose task it is to… er, well you know we never did figure that out. Answers in the comments of you know more about Classic Space than we do. Anyhoo, Alec’s wonderful (and enormous) mini-figure scale ‘MCU Rover’ is something of a work of brilliance and there’s more to see over at his photostream by clicking here.

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We’re Tramming, and I Hope You Like Tramming Too*

Lego Sci-Fi Tram

This huge odd-looking device is a Suburban Tram, and it can give a ride to most of the town.** It comes from the mind of Flickr’s Vince Toulouse, who has deployed all manner of unusual pieces from several decades of LEGO themes to create it.

There’s lots more to see at the tram’s album on Flickr – click the link above to hop on-board, although we have no idea where it’s going.

Lego Sci-Fi Tram

*Today’s (slightly butchered) title song can be found here.

**Just like your Mom.

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I Had Your Job Once… I Was Good At It

Lego Blade Runner 2049 Spinner

This TLCB writer eagerly awaited ‘Blade Runner 2049’ after seeing the trailer where it looked really rather good. It turned out to be really rather good too, being visually spectacular although, at times, perhaps a little dull. Part of the visual brilliance came courtesy of this, the ‘Spinner’ Police cruiser, a successfully updated sequel to the 1980s original.

This excellent Lego recreation of the latest incarnation of the Spinner concept found in Blade Runner 2049 was suggested to us by a reader and comes from Flickr’s [Carter]. With forward-opening doors and lowering landing-gear [Carter]’s model features some nice playability too, and there’s more to see at his photostream via the link above.

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