Tag Archives: sci-fi

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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Space ‘Stang

This is not a car, but it somehow manages to feature more car references than many cars do. And that doesn’t even make sense. Built for NoVVember (another annual month-long building bandwagon we don’t understand) by Mark B. aka ABS Shipyards, it’s a space-based nod to one of America’s most legendary muscle cars, the Ford Mustang 302 ‘Boss’.

The huge (and excellent) ‘302’ numbering on the sides complete with the tri-colour Mustang stripe running through it is hard to miss, but there’s a wealth of other brilliant references to the ’70s muscle car hidden throughout the build. Head into space via the link above to see how many you can spot, followed by doing whatever the equivalent of a burnout is in zero gravity before crashing into a space station. This is a Mustang after all!

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Wrong Side of the Tracks*

Thomas the Tank Engine has had enough! Fed up of shunting along the stupid Ffarquhar branchline, rescuing the hapless James, and taking orders from the authoritarian Fat Controller, Thomas has grown himself mechanical arms and legs purely from the rage burning inside his boiler, he’s about to get mad, and Vicarstown isn’t going to know what hit it.

Flickr’s Dvd owns the somewhat unhinged mind that has managed to turn a children’s classic into a steam-powered automaton and there’s more to see of his frankly terrifying Thomas the Mech Engine creation at his photostream. Now will someone please build a car so we can blog without having nightmares.

*Today’s title song.

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Ka-Blaaam!!

Also an appropriate title for yesterday’s reveal of the new 76139 1989 Batmobile set, Jeremy Williams‘ ‘Raptor Fighter-Bomber’ is about to turn someone’s day a whole lot more orange. To quote a brilliant Simpson’s line; “There might be a slight ringing in your ears… fortunately you’ll be no-where near them”. There’s more to see of Jeremy’s killer build on Flickr – head to his photostream via the link above to push the big red button.

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Is Halo Still a Thing?

Well if it is here’s a Scorpion Main battle tank from the game.

Thanks to the seemingly unending series of terrible ‘Warthog’ and ‘Master Chief’ creations that plagued MOCpages for years we’ve actively avoided publishing Halo models here, so ingrained is our hatred of them. However those days are now thankfully long gone and we’re finally able to admit liking a Halo model. Kinda like it being OK to admit to liking Journey’s ‘Don’t stop believing’ now that Glee has finally finished. Just us? OK… No matter, this Halo Scorpion Battle Tank is rather good, it comes from ZiO Chao of Flickr, and there’s more to see at his photostream here.

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Street Punk

The future can seem a bleak and daunting place, where Miami is under an ocean that contains more plastic than fish, and where the Amazon is just a smouldering ash heap. Lego builders are often far more optimistic than this TLCB writer though, either predicting a Mad Max style post-apocalyptic party of thunderous V8 hot rods and pointy metal hats, or a colourful electrical megacity filled with glowing excitement. It’s the latter we have for you today, courtesy of TLCB debutant Lego-nuts and his superb cyberpunk street scene. A pair of Tron-style motorcycles provide the vehicular link, ready to race through a perfect midnight city backdrop. Head to the streets of the future via the link above and join the race.

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Grappling Aid

As has been well documented on this site, TLCB writers know absolutely nothing about sci-fi. Which year the Morris Minor switched from 820cc to 950cc? Yes*. Space? No. So instead you’re getting commentary on this excellent spacecraft by Flickr’s Nuno Taborda that refers to it as a cross between a grappling hook and something from your Mom’s ‘special friends’ chest. See more of this burgling-tool-come-sex-aid via the link above.

*1956

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Road of Bones

The R504 Kolyma Highway, also known as the ‘Road of Bones’, is one of the grimmest construction projects in history. It’s not some distant relic either, being completed in 1953, with the bones of those that died building it (who were forced to do so under Stalinist Communism) laid underneath.

Chris Perron‘s ‘Ridge Ranger’ rover is far from grim, being a brightly-coloured homage to the concept art of Darren Bartley. It does however feature some ingenious (but rather grim if you’re a LEGO mini-figure) wheels, constructed from dozens of dismembered mini-figure arms. Yuk!

We genuinely can’t figure out how Chris has built said wheels, but they mean his rover drives upon a road of bones wherever it goes. See if you can work out how he’s done it via the link above, although we bet your mini-figures are hoping you can’t…

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More Than Meets the Eye

It’s a happy day for the Elves here at TLCB Towers as a number of them found these brilliant Transformers Autobots by Flickr’s Alex Jones (aka Orion Pax). Normally this would have led to an Elf fight, but in a rare moment of Elven cooperation they approached us with their finds collectively, in the hope that Transformers cartoons would be played. Their peaceful approach has been rewarded, with the discovering Elves duly awarded a meal token each and all Elves here at the Towers now contentedly watching Transformers cartoons. You can thank Alex for the harmony via the link above, where you can find his excellent transforming Ironhide, Cosmos, Powerglide, Mirage, Hoist, Jazz, Blaster, and Bumblebee Autobots.

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No Wheels

Much like the musical success of will.i.am or the appeal of the Kardashians, we really don’t understand ‘dieselpunk’. However unlike those two abominations, we do think dieselpunk – whatever the term actually represents – is rather good.

This fabulous dieselpunk hoverbike comes from the mind of previous bloggee Vince_Toulouse and has been built for the ‘Future Ride’ competition at LEGO Ideas. It follows yesterday’s weirdly-wheeled motorcycles that were designed for the same contest, but Vince’s concept does away with the need for wheels altogether.

With some properly inventive parts usage we think Vince’s might be the pick of the lot so far and there’s more to see of his dieselpunk ‘Sky Rider Special’ on Flickr via the hyperlink in his name above. It’s a much much better link than that will.i.am one…

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