Tag Archives: Space

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!

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.

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.

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.

Repeatedly Roving

As this year’s Febrovery contest draws to a close we have a few more lunar rovers to share with you, mostly because it’s all TLCB Elves will bring back into the office at the moment. We’ll have to do something about that*, but until then here are two more (admittedly great) sci-fi builds.

First up is Andreas Lenander‘s ‘MW-2P’, a spacey mono-wheel that looks perfect for couples married more than a few years. Roll into Andreas’ photostream via the link to see more.

Today’s second lunar rover looks equally fun, coming from ‘Rob‘ (who must have the most straightforward Flickr handle ever), and he’s applied some wonderful photo editing to bring his rover to life. Click the link above to blast across the surface of some far-away planet!

*We may well hi-jack Febrovery in ’22. Not all Rovers are in space…

Hot Rov

We are, as has been well documented here, completely useless at blogging sci-fi. However this sci-fi creation is also a hot rod! Which means that today we’re useless at blogging hot rods too. Thanks TFDesigns.

There’s more to see of TFDesigns (aka Frost)’s Neo-Classic Space ‘RoverRod’ on Flickr, where a wide range of other Febrovery creations can also be found. Click the link above to make the jump.

You Know the Title

Entitled simply ‘Spaceship!’, to quote an irritatingly over-used meme from a certain brick-based movie, this creation by Flickr’s GolPlaysWithLego makes up in building-techniques what it lacks in naming originality, with some wonderfully inventive design elements. Head into Neo-Classic Space via Gol’s ‘Spaceship!’ album via the link above.

Space Cat

We featured an earth-based Bobcat last week, and now we have one in space! Of course being a space Bobcat this one has a great many levers to enable it to conduct complex spacey things, controlled by a pink Classic Spaceman in a bubble canopy. TLCB regular Horcik Designs owns the mind being it and there’s more to see here.

Sparky’s Dream*

We’re cheating a bit today, but whilst this creation by Flickr’s L E G O Z ; ) is digital, being ‘built’ in Bricklink Studio 2.0, it’s also awesome. Called the ‘SPARKY’ High Mobility Salvage Rover, it’s based on the concept art of John Wallin Liberto, and features only genuine (digital) LEGO pieces plus some rather neat photoshopping. The result looks mega and there’s more to see via the link above!

*Today’s ace (and suitably spacey) title song.

We’re Going to Need a Bigger Cracker

Everybody knows the moon’s made of cheese. Which means that the ‘Moonmouse MkII’ makes perfect sense to us. Horcik Designs owns the mind behind it and you can check it out on Flickr by clicking these words.

The Future Belongs to the Nerds

In fact the present probably does too.

Is it engineers and racing drivers that develop cars today? Of course not, it’s software developers, writing a billion lines of code. Every part of modern life is controlled by code writers, and even those that seem cool now got to where they did by being massive nerds, however much they try to reinvent the person of their past.

Cue TFDesigns! aka Frost, who has entered this year’s Febrovery annual build-off (itself a pretty nerdy thing) with his ‘Futuron MoLab’; a big white box designed purely for science. What science we’re not told, but it looks really very nerdy indeed, so it must be important. Probably a new advert algorithm for Facebook or something.

Whatever it’s up to there’s more to see at Frost’s photostream – join the nerds writing the future via the link above.

Be One of the Good Guys

It’s Classic Space which – out of all of the space themes – is remembered most fondly by subsequent generations. Perennially smiling, the mini-figures of Classic Space held no weapons, and placed science and knowledge above fear and power.

In contrast, the bullying Spyrius militants – who used violence and weaponry in an attempt to steal what they wanted – were no more than a flash in the pan, fading away as quickly as they arrived and proceeded to smash everything up.

In completely unrelated news there’s a Presidential Inauguration today, which is going ahead despite the arrival of a bunch of bullying militants – who used violence and weaponry in an attempt to steal what they wanted – and proceeded to smash everything up.

We believe in the power of voting for the good guys, and you can do just that at LEGO Ideas, where LEGO are holding a ballot to celebrate their 90th Anniversary, in which you can vote to bring back one of many beloved popular classic themes. And Time Cruisers for some reason.

TLCB’s vote will always go to the good guys, themes of which include Imperial Soldiers, M-Tron, Forestmen, Space Police, and – of course – Classic Space. You can vote for the return of your favourite theme via LEGO Ideas, and you can see more of the excellent Classic Space ‘Exo-Planet Surveyor’ by Flickr’s Pascal that’s featured in this post by clicking here.

Outrider

This is a YT-2400 Outrider from the Star Wars universe, which we definitely knew for ourselves and aren’t simply quoting the builder in an effort to appear knowledgeable about sci-fi.

Built by aido k, the model uses around 4,000 pieces and weighs in at 5kg, which includes a neat lighting system to illuminate the engine.

There’s more superb imagery of the Outrider to see at aido’s album on Flickr – click the link above to something something dark side.

Intergalactic Escapism

Sometimes this TLCB writer wishes he could be a Classic Spaceman. Permanently happy, the mini-figures of Classic Space don’t have to deal with lockdowns due to deadly disease, Keeping up with the Kardashians, and – in newly depressing events – the greatest undermining of democracy in American history.

It turns out, to the surprise of absolutely no-one, that if you drip feed lie after lie to people in order to inflate your own ego, said people will eventually believe your falsehoods with such fanatical fervour that they will rise up in an attempt to realise the fantasy.

Still, it’s not like America has exported democracy (both successfully and with disastrous consequences) to multiple countries around the world, who are now looking upon the same terrifying images as this writer…

Donald Trump’s new low, and the actions of those undermining the very country they purport to stand for, is of no consequence to the Classic Spaceman however, who continues his business with a smile upon his face and and giant 10×10 ‘Space Utility Truck’ in his control.

This enormous (and marvellous) creation comes from previous bloggee The G Brix, who has unwittingly been brought into this writer’s rant about the worst moment in U.S. electoral history, and it’s packed with ace play functions.

Featuring a working crane, functioning steering, a detailed cockpit, control room, and living space for longer missions, G Brix’s build looks the perfect place to escape the appalling mess the world seems to be in at the moment. Join this writer and host of happy mini-figures in Classic Space via the link above, where there’s no Coronavirus, no Kardashians, and no Donald Trump.