Is it us or is Hello Kitty everywhere? Well now the Japanese humanoid feline is in space too, thanks to Alec Hole. Your thoughts on this development will probably depend upon younger family members’ obsession with the anthropomorphised cat, but – if you can cope – there’s more of Alec’s ‘Hello Kitty Speeder’ to see on Flickr via the link above.
This is the ‘Galactic Plastics Tachyomatic Combine’ which means we have absolutely no idea whatsoever what it is or does. What we do know is that Nick Trotta (aka tardisblue) has deployed some absolute brick-based wizardry in creating it, and if you think the outside looks complex just wait until you see how all the angles are held together underneath. Nick’s photostream tells all and you can take a look at this incredible creation, including its mind-bending inner workings, via the link above.
The Lego Car Blog Elves have not found many cars of late. None in fact. Although that might be because many of them were squashed by the last creation they found. Thus today we’re changing gear – if spaceships have gears – and featuring a slew of, well… spaceships. ‘Swooosh!’, ‘Pew-Pew-Pew!’, and suchlike and soforth.
Each spaceship comes via a seven-part collaboration between a team of Flickr builders, who have used the concept art of ‘Spacegoose’ (no, us neither) to inspire their brick-built designs. Also, each is flown by a cat for some reason, and we have previous history with cats in space…
So without further obvious avoidance of our least competent topic, here are five fantastic space-based builds, each packed with complicated angles, ingenious building techniques, superb presentation, and at least one cat.
From top to bottom are; Malen Garek’s ‘SpG-07 Dust Skipper’, Thomas Jenkins’ ‘SpG-05 Hepcat’, Caleb Ricks’ ‘SpG-04 Flameseeker’, Mansur Seoleman’s ‘SpG-01 Calico’, and Tim Goddard’s ‘SpG-03’, who obviously forgot to name his.
There’s more to see of each build, plus the other spaceships in the collaboration, via the links above, and hopefully we’ll be back soon with a car, or otherwise you’ll have to read more of our struggle to understand anything to do with space…
It’s May the 4th, a day observed by countless nerds in celebration of a ’70s movie that began part way through for some reason. Star Wars devotees mark the occasion through quiet contemplation, internet forum bickering, and absolutely not taking to girls, because they’re scary. Which is the same as every other day, only this one involves a Star Wars-y pun.
TLCB, what with our formidable knowledge of popular culture and cinema history, are joining the Star Wars Day festivities with a quartet of Tie Fighters, which all probably feature in a movie or something.
Each has come spectacularly built and presented by Flickr’s Jerac, with (clockwise from top left); a TIE Fighter, Iden Versio’s TIE Fighter, a TIE Interceptor, and a Royal Guard TIE Interceptor, which we definitely knew ourselves and aren’t simply quoting the builder.
It means today The Lego Car Blog has more TIEs than a political convention, and thus we feel satisfied we have sufficiently acknowledged this great and noble day and can lay it to rest for another year, unless we forget about it in which case it might end up being longer.
Adherents to the Star Wars religion can see more of Jerac’s stunning brick-built TIE Fighters via the link above, where quite contemplation, internet forum bickering, and absolutely not talking to girls can all be undertaken too.
May the fourth be with you.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
Blacktron, one of our favourite of LEGO’s classic space themes, have quietly bubbled along since their official dissolution several decades ago. Quietly no more it would seem though, thanks to Flickr’s Frombol and his spectacular Blacktron fighter. Suitably cunning techniques have been used throughout the build and there’s more to see (plus a link to building instructions) at Frombol’s photostream. Click the link above to make the jump!
*Today’s title song. Kinda.
We’re stretching the Christmas metaphors already, and there are still nine days of Christmas to go! This tenuously linked post comes courtesy of Ted Andes, and his marvellous ‘Corsair Parallax’ starfighter, which appears here thanks to some of the coolest stripe work we’ve ever seen. Head to Ted’s photostream to see more.
Props to Disney. After buying Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012, they have cranked out Star Wars movies to capitalise on their investment, with additions to the main storyline, spin-offs, and now a TV series, all with essentially the same plot.
Still, we do keep watching them, because pew pew pew! This is one of Disney’s newest additions, and one we haven’t seen, because well… it’ll be the same as all the others and there’s already plenty of pew pew pew in those.
From what we can tell ‘The Mandalorian’ seems to have been devised primarily to sell a toy of a green alien with poor sentence structure, but it has resulted in this rather magnificent creation from Flickr’s Jerac.
Entitled the ‘Razor Crest’, it sounds like a combination of things you’d find in your bathroom, but Google assures us it’s a gunship used by Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin, which gets destroyed during a skirmish on Tython. That may have been a spoiler.
Anyway, Jerac’s spectacular Razor Crest build took five months and around five thousand pieces to create, and it looks simply wonderful photographed on the sand with a few LEGO plant stalks poking through as in the images here.
A three seat cockpit, opening hatches and doors, and internal lighting are all included, and there’s loads more to see at Jerac’s photostream via the link above, where – sticking with the cashing-in theme – Jerac will soon add a link to building instructions available to buy, so that you can build your own Razor Crest at home.
And so too are the best things in building techniques. Step away from the prescribed use of LEGO bricks and a whole world of fantastic shapes opens up. Exploring this is Rubblemaker, whose Neo-Classic Space ‘Recon Bubblescout’ deploys some mind-bending illegal techniques in the pursuit of the desired form. Head to Flickr via the link above to view something illegal…
Considering how rubbish we are at writing about anything that’s not a car, you might be wondering why the last six creations to feature here haven’t been cars. We’re wondering that to…
Anyhoo, this ‘not a car’ is apparently a DRAKE Vulture from the video game ‘Star Citizen’, a single-operator salvage ship recreated (rather wonderfully) by Flickr’s Volker Brodkorb in mini-figure scale, meaning it measures eighty-three studs long and over forty studs wide.
A complete interior, working landing gear, and opening loading ramps all feature, and there’s more to see at Volker’s photostream. Click the link above to take a look, whilst we instruct the Elves to find us a bloody car.
Ok, we’ll start out by saying we are absolutely not going to do these two brilliant podracers by Rubblemaker of Flickr justice. Knowing virtually nothing about Star Wars isn’t something we feel the need to correct, but it does make writing about Star Wars more tricky…
What we can say is that Classic Space themes Blacktron and, er… Classic Space look thoroughly awesome as Starwarsy racing thingumies, particularly when kicking up a cloud of brick-built lunar dust.
Rubblemaker’s inventiveness is evident throughout the builds, with Benny’s Classic Space podracer even using Star Wars Death Star pieces for its engine intakes, which we’re immensely pleased with ourselves for noticing.
That’s the limit of our Star Wars knowledge though, so we’ll leave this to the proper blogs at this point. Until they pick this up you can see of Rubblemaker’s brilliant creations on Flickr. Click the link above to pod race in Classic Space.
This writer is breaking several unwritten TLCB rules with this post. Talking about Christmas before December, specifically publicising a LEGO Ideas project, and – more vaguely – ‘bloody Star Wars creations’, all of which incur the displeasure of The Editor. So here’s a Christmas-themed Star Wars LEGO Ideas project…
Built by Brixe63, these rather wonderful Christmas tree decorations feature many recognisable vehicles from the movie franchise, and we think they’d make a most excellent set! In fact so too would loads of vehicular-themed decorations, which we’re surprised that LEGO haven’t thought to bring to production already.
You can give Brixe’s creations a chance of becoming an official LEGO set via LEGO Ideas – find the link at Brixe’s photostream by clicking here.