Tag Archives: Space

Breaking into Heaven*

We’re sure the proper Lego blogs will pick this up soon, but until then this is Nick Trotta (aka tardisblue)‘s ‘Heavenly Strike’, which sounds like a church bowling team. We know nothing about sci-fi, so we’ll have to leave the description there, but what we can say is that Nick’s starfighter contains one of the most fiendishly intricate structures that we have ever seen. Head to Flickr to see more, including the amazing images that show how such complex angles were created.

*Today’s brilliant title song.

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Galactic Redux

LEGO’s 928 Galaxy Explorer from 1979 has become something of a legend, being recreated endlessly by countless members of the Lego Community. Here’s another, and it’s done so well we’re forgetting we’re supposed to be a car blog for a bit.

Built by Flickr’s Tim Goddard, this Neo-Classic Space ‘Galactic Explorer’ is a spectacular mesh of superb building techniques, complete with motorised landing gear, a working rear hatch, and a smiling Classic Spaceman at its centre.

There’s more to see of Tim’s brilliant 928 redux at his photostream – click the link above to make the jump to a future version of the future in 1979.

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We’re Going to Need a Bigger Gun…

Following Mars Corp.’s hunt for dog food ingredients earlier this week, it seems that sources of cosmic meat require slightly more firepower to harvest than originally anticipated.

Cue the ‘Ares Long Range Artillery Platform’, armed with a twin railgun, twelve ‘hammer’ missiles, and a triple-barrel machine-gun. We suspect the meat won’t even need to be mushed up (or whatever the dog food term is) once the Ares has done its thing…

Like the previously featured ‘Mars Corp. Hermes Mobile Command Centre’, Flickr’s BobDeQuatre owns the mind behind this and there’s more to see at his photostream by clicking here. Din-dins!

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Mars Corp.

It’s sometime in the future, and the Mars Corporation seems to have branched out a little from making Skittles, Pedigree dog food, Dolmio, and, er… Mars bars. At least according to Flickr’s BobDeQuatre.

Able to carry a crew of six on long-range missions, the ‘Hermes’ mobile command centre also features a hefty rotating turret that is apparently for ‘defensive firepower’, although we like to think it’s for acquiring the ingredients for dog food. Head to Bob’s ‘Hermes’ album on Flickr to join the hunt find out more.

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A Wheel Within a Wheel

Wheeling across a planet, within Neo-Classic Space
A spaceman’s on a journey, with a smile upon his face
Like a boulder down a mountain, or a supersonic boom
Blasting into space, pointed directly at the moon
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping, in a never-ending race
As the universe expands, at an ever-growing pace
Like the circles that you find, in the windmills of your mind…

One of music’s most mind-meltingly trippy songs, doctored by a TLCB Writer who really should be doing something more useful, to accompany a mind-meltingly trippy vehicle from builder martin.with.bricks. There’s more to see of Martin’s Neo-Classic Space monowheel speeding across a planet at his photostream – click the link above to enter the windmill of your mind.

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Deep Dish

This TLCB Writer isn’t thinking about pizza (it’d be thin and crispy all the way), but rather pondering the ingenious nature of this ‘Heavy Communications Rover’ by The Brick Artisan. According to Brick, when dust storms or Blacktron agents disrupted satellite transmissions, a fleet of just four Heavy Communications Rovers could be used to communicate ‘seismically through a planet’s interior’, giving the entire surface network coverage. Mrs Mavis’ pot plants are shaking on her windowsill four thousand miles away and she’s convinced they’re taking to her, but it’s a small inconvenience to keep the Federation’s messages flowing. You can pick up the story at The Brick Artisan’s photostream via the link above, whilst this TLCB Writer orders a pizza for some reason.

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Neo-Classic Nightmares


Simultaneously harmlessly brilliant and magnificently creepy, Flickr’s Blake Foster sure knows how to both delight and terrify in equal measure.

This Neo-Classic Space walking rover features the usual perennially smiling Classic Spaceman, but riding atop a mechanised body of horror.

There’s more to see of Blakes’s ‘AT-CST’ at his photostream; Click the link above to make the jump or alternatively try here for something featuring a bit less dread.

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Intergalactic Circus

It feels a lot like we’re all living in a circus right now.

The world’s most powerful man is an orange megalomaniac, the streets are filled with protests, riots, and people wearing masks, history is being decided by those who shout the loudest, and governments are walking a tightrope between economic ruin and mass mortality, from which they will almost inevitably fall. It’s enough to make you want to leave Earth altogether.

Unfortunately Flickr’s Blake Foster has ensured that there’ll be no respite in space, with his Space Clowns already in occupation.

“Did you leave Earth to escape the constant chaos, noise, and bustle? Then you’re out of luck, because the Space Clowns are bringing all those modern inconveniences to space. Making noise, chasing hapless astronauts, and causing mostly-harmless mischief is their mission.”

A variety of cosmic comedy is evident, with the Jugglebot able to “instantly master juggling in any environment” and the Monopod Mech “Chasing astronauts with its water gun and banging cymbals. Operating for long hours may cause headache”.

Still, a pair of giant walking robots operated by pilots whose very job description is incompetence might yet be better than staying here and watching BLM and the Alt-Right screaming at one another whilst the Commander in Chief tweets about drinking bleach.

You can join us at the Intergalactic Circus via Blake Foster’s album on Flickr, where there’s more to see of the Space Clowns’ mechanised mischief, and very probably the best brick-built text fonts we’ve ever seen.

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The Chances of Anything Coming to Mars…*

TLCB debutant First Order Lego is taking coronavirus quarantining to the extreme with this vignette. Still, the bat-based biological agent is unlikely to be on Mars, so perhaps this jovial mini-figure has got the right idea. Join him on the red planet via the link, although that might scupper the whole point of his trip…

*Today’s marvellous title song.

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Critters

OK, these are a very long way from being cars, but they’re so cunning in their construction it was too hard not to post them. Built by Flickr’s Blake Foster these ‘Critters’ come in Classic Space and M-Tron flavours and there’s more of them to see at Blake’s photostream via the link above!

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Hot Space

Astronauts are famed for their cars. Those in the Apollo programme pretty much all had Corvettes, thanks to a Florida GM dealer’s ‘dollar lease’ initiative, whilst a couple of NASA astronauts are the only people to have driven a vehicle outside of the Earth’s atmosphere. Classic Spacemen of course get to drive all sorts of things, and they’re always happy to do so, but when they’re back on Earth it’s nice to know they’re regular petrolheads. At least the owner of this is, a Classic Space hot rod complete with all the hallmarks of their more usual space-based vehicles. It comes from Nuno Taborda and there’s more to see at his photostream – click the link to take a look.

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Not a Car

The Lego Car Blog Elves have been remarkably on-point lately, bringing back actual cars and trucks for around the last fifty posts! We’re not sure any of this newfound laser-focus is of their own doing though, with the current Eurobricks Small Car Contest and our own Lock-Down B-Model Competition supplying them with plenty of wheeled creations. Not that you can’t build a B-Model spaceship of course.

Anyway, not entered in either of those contests, and also not a car, is this ‘BT-87 Allied Avenger’ Blacktron starfighter by Flickr’s The Brick Artisan. Not only is the build really rather excellent, the presentation is stellar too, and there’s more to see at The Artisan’s photostream. Click the link above to jump to hyperspace.

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May the 4th…

Oh go on then… With just one minute of Star Wars day to go (and the most Star Wars-y Lego website seemingly as dead as Luke Skywalker), here’s a build from a galaxy far, far away. SweStar is the creator of this beautifully built ‘Ultron T6’ Speeder Bike, complete with a desert setting and one of the grey spacey things that seem to be the background of every Star Wars shot. Head to Flickr for more, and we’ll be back tomorrow with things that are not Star Wars-y at all.

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All Aboard the Space Bus!

These Classic Spacemen are off to work, doing important jobs holding strange pieces of equipment close to the ground. They must enjoy it too, as you’ll never find a Classic Spaceman who isn’t smiling! Even their ride to work is a happy one, as shown here by Jerac and his simply marvellous Classic Space Bus. An opening door, vintage Technic wheels, and the obligatory satellite dish and giant spacey aerial all feature and you can hop on board (as long as you’re smiling) via the link above!

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To the Moon and Back!*

The Space Race was an incredible time. Not only were the two world Superpowers spending millions on things to blow one another up and poison the earth for a hundred-thousand years, they were also spending millions sending things into space. Probably so they could use it to blow one another up and poison the earth for a hundred-thousand years, but still – it was pretty cool.

It was the U.S. that got to the moon first (and is still the only nation to have done so)*, but it was actually the Soviet Union that won pretty much every other race, sending the first satellite into space, the first man, the first woman, and conducting the first EVA (extra-vehicular activity); or spacewalk to us non-astronaut types.

Of course getting there was only half the battle, as getting home again (unless you were a Soviet dog) was just as tricky. To that end the Soviets developed this in the 1970s; the remarkable Zil 4906. They may have won the Race for Space but the Americans had a much better Naming Department.

The ZIL 4906’s boring title hid its remarkable ability, being a 6×6 amphibious off-road crane designed to fit aboard a transport plane and recover the Soyuz astronaut capsules from the vast Russian wilderness.

Powered by a standard Zil 150bhp V8 the 4906’s weren’t fast, but they could go literally anywhere, with six-wheel-drive, four-wheel-steering, and two propellors with rudders for water recoveries.

This amazing Technic recreation of one of the Soviet Union’s coolest designs comes from previous bloggee Samolot, who has replicated the 4906’s incredible drivetrain brilliantly in Lego form. Two Control+ XL Motors power all six wheels, with a separate driveshaft for each side. This allows a gearbox to transfer power to the propellors when in water, whilst the L Motor that steers the front and rear axles also turns the two rudders.

A second L Motor controls the differential locks, whilst a fourth powers a compressor that builds pressure for the pneumatic crane, which the real Zil 4906 used to fish the Soyuz capsules from watery landings. A LEGO Education WeDo motor winds the crane winches and all of the above is controlled via bluetooth courtesy of LEGO’s new Powered Up Control+ system.

It’s a remarkable build and one that is definitely worth a closer look, which you can do at Eurobricks – where full build details are available, Bricksafe – which houses a complete image gallery of both Samolot’s Technic Zil 4906 and the real deal, and via the excellent video below.

YouTube Video

*Unless you believe it was filmed in a studio, the Earth is flat, and that climate change is a hoax invented by Al Gore. In which case go back to school.

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