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Eastern Exception

Lego Technic Tatra 603

Cars from behind the Iron Curtain were almost universally crap. Cars like this, this, this, and this for instance.

But there was one exception. A glorious, wonderful, magnificent oasis hidden in the vast automotive wastelands of Communist Europe. Tatra.

Now famed for their indestructible off-road trucks, Tatra used to produce cars too, and what cars they were. This is their incredible 603, powered by a 100bhp air-cooled V8 mounted in the rear, and with an amazing aerodynamic body that was extensively wind-tunnel tested way back in the 1950s.

This stunning Lego replica of the 603 is the work of Horcik Designs of Flickr, and it faithfully recreates the T2 version of Tatra’s masterpiece. Working steering, suspension, V8 engine, opening doors, hood and engine cover, and a six-seat interior are all included, but Horcik’s real party-price is surely that spectacular bodywork.

There’s a whole lot more of the Tatra 603 to see on Flickr – click here to see the full photo album at Horcik’s photostream.

Lego Technic Tatra 603

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8865 Redux

Lego Technic 8865 Mini

With the news that LEGO have designed a new version of their classic 8860 Car Chassis (available via the purchase of three of this year’s new Technic sets), it’s got us wondering what other vintage Technic sets could be re-borne in miniature thanks to the latest studless pieces.

Appie of Eurobricks has been wondering the same thing too, and he’s taken up the challenge by building a small-scale recreation of LEGO’s first full-bodied Technic Supercar, the 8865 Test Car from 1988.

With independent suspension on all four wheels, working pop-up headlights, steering, a miniature V4 piston engine, adjustable seats and a two-speed gearbox, Appie’s little 8865 packs in all the working features of the full size original.

To check out how he’s done it and to view the full gallery of images – including a few showing the model alongside the official LEGO original – make a visit to the Eurobricks discussion forum here.

Lego Technic 8865 Mini

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Orange Crush

Lego Technic Aston Martin DB11

Without doubt Aston Martin make some of the most beautiful cars in the world. The problem for the company’s revenue stream is that because they’ve made beautiful cars for a while, you don’t actually need to buy a new one to feel like you’re owning a bit of the Aston Martin experience. This, clearly, doesn’t help them to sell new cars.

Cue the new DB11 (we have no idea where the DB10 went), which updates their design philosophy and, more importantly, utilises a new partnership with Mercedes-Benz AMG to sort out reliability, ergonomics, emissions, and other such finicky issues that Aston Martin really don’t care for.

Cue also Flickr’s Jeroen Ottens, who has constructed this wonderful Technic Supercar replica of Aston Martin’s latest model. Jeroen has captured the tricky new shape beautifully, and he’s also packed his DB11 recreation with accurate technical details too, including independent suspension, a V12 engine linked to an 8-speed sequential paddle-shift gearbox, a working airbrake, LED lights (the front of which swivel with the working steering), and opening doors, hood and trunk.

There’s more to see and a link to instructions at Jeroen’s Flickr photostream – click the link to make the jump and check it out.

Lego Technic Aston Martin DB11

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Lego Technic H2 2017 – Set Previews!

Lego Technic 42068 Airport Fire Truck

Yup, after a few days away from TLCB keyboard we’re back! We’d been waiting for a crack team of Elves to return from a secret mission infiltrating The Lego Company headquarters, and we’re pleased to announce that some of them have returned safely!

The lucky returnees are enjoying the fame and glory associated with bringing back the clearest images yet of LEGO’s summer Technic releases, and the fact that there are no alsatians for them to evade in the grounds of TLCB Towers.

So, on to the first new set!

42068 – Airport Rescue

LEGO’s first new addition to the Technic range is this, 42068, and we feel like we’ve seen it before. Yes, it does bear a striking resemblance to 8454 from the bad-old days of Technic, but on closer inspection it’s a far more realistic attempt at an airport firetruck than was made in 2003.

With no Power Functions or Pneumatic System, 42068 relies on good ol’ fashioned mechanics to enable its working functions. Front and rear steering and a manually raising and extending boom are the key features, and the set employs a wealth of stickerage to liven up what is basically a panelled box sat atop six wheels. Next.

Lego Technic 42069 Extreme Explorer

42069 – Extreme Explorer

Are LEGO running out of new ideas for Technic vehicles? If 42069 is anything to go by, probably. Loosely based on a tracked arctic exploration vehicle, the Extreme Explorer drops into the 2017 Technic line-up right at the top, being aimed at ages 11+, and the box – intriguingly – has no upper age limit. That stops us having to make excuses to long-suffering partners at least!

With a few unusual purple panels and four separate independently sprung tracks, 42069 looks like a set that’ll be snapped up by those wishing to increase their parts stock, but we’re not sure how well it stacks up in its own right.

In addition to those suspended tracks there’s front axle steering, gull-wing doors, flashy stickers (not shown on the box above) and a working winch. There also looks to be a gearbox too, although we’re not convinced that this is the conventional sort, and it may be more to do with suspension settings or all-track-drive capabilities.

42069 will reach stores in the second half of 2017 and will be priced towards the top end of the Technic line-up, but with no pneumatics or Power Functions components it could offer a decent piece count for the price.

Lego Technic 42070 6x6

42070 – 6×6 All Terrain Tow Truck

This is more like it! With over 1,800 pieces and Power Functions remote control, 42070 becomes the flagship set in the 2017 line-up when it arrives later in the year.

Just like your Mom, this thing is massive, with those six suspended wheels running on the same tyres as the brilliant 42054 Claas Xerion tractor set.

We expect 42070 to include full remote control drive and steering, working support legs at the sides and rear, and a gearbox to transfer the motorised power to a remotely operable crane and winch.

We’ll see if we’re right when 42070 lands later on this year, but expect it to be expensive!

There you have it, the 2017 Technic line-up is now complete, plus rumour has it that combining these sets allows you to build a modern take on the very first LEGO Technic supercar set too.

We’ll bring you further set news later on in the year, and in the meantime you can check out all the official LEGO sets that have been reviewed here at The Lego Car Blog so far by visiting the enormous Set Review Library.

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Holden HJ

Lego Holden HJ Ute

Being unfamiliar with Australia’s (now deceased) domestic car market, at first glance we thought this was a bastardised Volvo. It turns out that it is in fact a Holden HJ ute (sorry Australian readers!), built from the early to the mid ’70s, and available with a huge 5 litre V8 engine. It’s about as Australian as a hat with corks on it, and this delightfully studdy Lego version has been constructed by serial bloggee Senator Chinchilla.

There’s opening doors, a dropping tailgate and an opening hood – underneath which is a working V8 mounted to a functioning gearbox. There’s more to see on Flickr at Senator’s photostream – click the link above to make the jump down under.

Lego Holden HJ Ute

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Pneumatic Crane Truck – Picture Special

Lego Technic Pneumatic Crane Truck

After a series of small creations we’re back with something big. Really big. Measuring almost a meter long, weighing over 8KGs, and constructed from around 8,000 LEGO pieces, Lucio Switch’s astonishing remote control and pneumatically-powered crane truck is one of the most complex creations that this site has published.

With seventeen Power Functions motors, eighteen pneumatic pumps / cylinders, and six switches, Lucio’s truck takes Technic construction to the limit of what is possible with Danish plastic. Four XL motors drive the rear wheels which are suspended on live axles, whilst the two front axles are steered by twin Servo motors and are suspended independently (which makes for no less than twenty-four shock absorbers in all!).

Lego Technic Remote Control Truck

Underneath the fully suspended and tilting cab (with a working steering wheel, suspended seats and an opening engine cover) is a working V8 piston engine, with twin LiPo batteries that power the motors and six sets of LED lights hidden within the chassis.

Nine M and two L motors then drive everything from the front and rear stabilisers, crane rotation, winch, and the pneumatic pumps which provide air pressure for the three-stage crane elevation and extension mechanism, all of which are controlled via four IR receivers through an SBrick bluetooth device.

Lego Technic Pneumatic RC Crane

Fortunately for us here in TLCB office that lot is much too complicated for our Elves to figure out, so Lucio’s incredible truck was unable to cause carnage and mayhem. It is however absolutely worth checking out, either at Lucio’s Flickr photostream or via the Eurobricks discussion forum, plus you can watch the truck in action via the video below. Prepare to be amazed!…

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Jawa Powa

Lego Technic Jawa 350 Motorcycle

This Eastern European oddity is an air-cooled Jawa 350 motorcycle, a bike that was launched back in the ’50s, yet is still in production today. This neat Technic recreation of the Czechoslovakian motorbike comes from František Hajdekr and there’s more to see at his photostream via the link.

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Two Technic Tractors Tuesday

Lego Technic Case 620 HD Tractor

Today’s blog post is brought to you by the letter ‘T’. Plus the Elves are learning about alliteration, which means that we have not one but two Technic tractors to show you.

They’re both remote control too, which also meant that we had something of an Elven showdown in the corridor this morning. Unable to squash any of their colleagues due to their finds herculean slowness, each Elf decided that the next best route to carnage was to turn their respective machines on one another. Cue the slowest vehicular joust in history, at the end of which the tractors calmly bumped into one another and the Elves at the controls left in disgust.

Well they may not be impressed, but we are, as each build is a masterclass in Technic engineering. Above is newcomer Brick_Sticker’s enormous Case 620 HD, driven by an XL motor and featuring an unusual (but very clever) pneumatic articulated steering mechanism, with an on-board compressor powered by a Medium motor providing the air pressure. Another Medium motor drives a power-take-off, and there are four pneumatic lines where tools could be attached.

It’s a spectacular machine and well worth your click – you can check out all the images and details via both Eurobricks and Brickshelf.

The Case’s gladiatorial opponent in the corridor joust comes from previous bloggee Damian Plesniak, and if anything it’s even slower. Driven by twin Medium motors, Damian’s tracked mini loader features skid-steering, plus a tilting and raising bucket powered by a third Medium motor and an XL.

It works a treat too, and you can see all of the (brilliantly taken) images on Flickr here, plus you can watch a video of the loader in action by visiting the Eurobricks discussion forum.

Lego Technic RC Tracked Loader

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You Spin Me Right Round Baby…

Lego MAN TGS Cement Truck

…Right Round. An unnecessary nod to ’80s Liverpudlian pop band Dead or Alive there, which makes this TLCB writer glad he isn’t old enough to be part of that generational musical abomination. However, spinning things do seem to be an oddly visually appealing phenomenon, and the king of these on the road is the humble cement truck, which must spin its drum continually to prevent the cement inside from setting.

This superb MAN TGS 8×4 cement truck comes from previous bloggee gtahelper, and like its life-size counterpart the drum spins hypnotically as it drives. A third party SBrick allows the truck to be controlled via a bluetooth device and it features working LED head and tail lights plus automatic reversing lights too. There’s more to see at the Brickshelf Gallery – click the above to go for a spin.

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You Can’t Put a Price on Exclusivity

Lego Lykan Hypersport

Unless that price is $3.4 Million…

Barely a week goes by without a millionaire somewhere deciding that they’re going to start up their own supercar company and it’s going to make the fastest car in the world, with a four thousand horsepower and a top speed of a billion.

Unsurprisingly almost every single one of these start-ups comes to absolutely nothing, because like a guy who sounds hard in his YouTube comments but is actually 33 and still living with his Mom, there’s no substance behind the wild claims.

However Lykan – the Middle East’s first supercar manufacturer – are an exception, because despite the extravagant press releases before a car had turned a wheel, they’ve actually gone and built the car they claimed to.

Funded by the UAE and engineered in Lebanon by a team of French and Italian engineers, just seven Lykan Hypersports will be built, at a cost of an insane $3.4million each.

This being the Middle East, the Abu Dhabi Police Department have already snapped one up, which alongside two other buyers leaves four still to sell. So what does $3.4million get you?

Lego Technic Lykan Hypersport

Exclusivity, that’s for sure. With only six Hypersports available to public any buyer is going to be in a very small club. They’ll also get an RUF-developed 780bhp 3.7litre twin-turbo flat-6 engine, which sounds a lot like it’s come from a Porsche 911, and the first headlights to be embedded with jewels (420 of them).

If we’re honest, if we had $3.4million we’d probably take a Koenigsegg Agera R and still have change for a McLaren P1, a Ford GT, and eight Toyota GT86s, but unfortunately TLCB’s policy on advertising revenue means we’ll unlikely to ever make it onto the world’s rich list.

However if you do hanker after a Lykan, but are a bit short in the cash department, Flickr’s Lachlan Cameron may have the answer. Whilst we don’t think the Hypersport is a particularly good supercar, Lachlan’s remote control Technic version sure is.

With Power Functions controlled steering and drive, a 4-speed gearbox, all-wheel independent suspension, a flat-6 engine, LED head and tail lights, electronically opening doors, an electronically controlled rear wing, and some of the best Technic bodywork we’ve ever seen, Lachlan’s Lykan is a seriously impressive build.

There’s more to see of this incredible replica of an incredible car at the Eurobricks discussion forum and on Flickr – click here to make the jump to the complete gallery.

Lego Lykan Hypersport

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My Other Car is a Mercedes-Benz…

Lego Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 DTM

This stunning Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 DTM racing car was discovered on Eurobricks, and it’s one of the most original Technic Supercars we’ve published in ages. Underneath the brilliant bodywork, complete with wonderfully authentic decals, is a wealth of superb mechanical engineering, including a paddle-shift operated 4-speed gearbox, a miniaturised working V8 engine, independent suspension on all wheels, and working steering.

Lego Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 DTM

Builder Brunojj1 hasn’t stopped there though as he’s constructed a matching AMG C63, replacing the mechanical goodies with a Power Functions remote control drivetrain and LED lights. Drive is delivered by a combination of an XL Motor and an L Motor, geared to match one another, with a Servo powering the steering. There’s loads more to see of both models, including a of each, at the Eurobricks discussion forum. Click the link above to join the race.

Lego Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 DTM

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And the Winner is…

The Lego Car Blog Competition

The Lego Car Blog’s Review My Set Competition drew to a close last week, and it’s added a whole host of reader-written LEGO set reviews to our burgeoning Set Review Library! Almost 100 individual LEGO sets and third-party products have now been reviewed in total, and we aim to keep this number climbing as the Set Review Library is the single highest viewed page here at TLCB.

We were seriously impressed by the standard of your review submissions, which ranged from LEGO’s most expensive flagships right down to pocket-money sets, and were written by experienced adults and young builders alike.

So how did you guys do? Well it was close. Really close. But we’re delighted to announce that the overall winners are…

Winner

Andrea Lattanzio  |  5591 Model Team Red Bird

 

Runner-Up

Rage Hobbit  |  8070 Technic Supercar

Yup, whilst we said there would only be one winner it really was too close to call, especially if you’re as indecisive as we are, so the assorted loot here at TLCB Towers will be shared amongst both winners!

Lego 5591 Mach II Red Bird

Andrea’s review of the classic 1995 Model Team flagship recorded one of the highest view counts in its first week, and also included bespoke images created by Andrea specifically for his review article.

Rage Hobbit’s entry reviewing the 2011 Technic Supercar flagship accrued the most views over the duration of the competition, and the writing was so in-keeping with our in-house reviewers we could probably have passed it off as our own.

Andrea and Rage weren’t alone at the top though, as many reviewers really impressed us with their writing ability (and subsequent view count), to the point where we’d like to have you on staff!

Congratulations to Andrea and Rage, to all of you who saw your Set Review/s successfully published here at The Lego Car Blog, and if you’d like to write a review for a set that is currently missing from the review archive we’d still love to receive it! Simply get in touch us letting us know the set you’d like to critique and you could see your writing appear here for over one million viewers a year!

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R is for Revenge

Lego Technic RC Hatchback Type R

With the Elven bodily fluids and most of the bigger body parts cleared away from today’s earlier situation, we were hoping for a quieter remainder to the afternoon. No such luck. Screeching down the corridor came this, one of the fastest remote control Technic vehicles we’ve seen in some time, entitled the ‘Hatchback Type R’, and made by the same bloody builder that caused the earlier incident. Thanks Madoca.

Ergh, we’ll get back to the story above in a bit, but for now, the model; Built by Madoca 1977 (again) it’s a generic hot hatchback (although no prizes for guessing the inspiration behind it) powered by a single L Motor, steered by a Servo, controlled via a third party SBrick, and featuring LED lights too.

That lone drive motor may not seem enough to create one of the quickest models we’ve seen in a while, but Madoca’s Type R is fantastically light, and the Elf guilty of today’s earlier smushing was still eating the rewards of its find when – launched from the other end of the corridor – the Type R shot towards it and slammed it against the wall.

The Elf at the controls, thirst for revenge satisfied, escaped into the street outside, and will no doubt claim its meal token later in the day. It’s unlikely that it was actually a victim of the earlier assault, but ‘revenge’ amongst Elves is a communal thing and it may have been holding a grudge against a totally different Elf from months ago. Either way, we have more clearing up to do, so whilst we get the mop back out you can see more of Madoca’s Type R, as well as his earlier Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck, by visiting the Eurobricks discussion for both models here.

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Technic Tacoma

Lego Technic Toyota Tacoma 4x4

[Elven Screaming]… [Thump!]… [Elven Screaming]…

Sigh. It’s been a while since we’ve had a mass Elf squashing here in the office, but today, thanks to builder Madoca 1977, we were reminded what it feels like to slide a spatular underneath a flattened mythical creature to prise it out of the carpet. Still, in this situation it’s considerably better than being an Elf.

The cause of the carnage was this, Madoca’s (brilliant) Technic Toyota Tacoma pick-up. With remote control drive and steering, plus a two speed gearbox, it’s a model that is marginally faster than some of our fatter Elves. That’s Darwinism in action right there kids.

The aforementioned Elves would have caused a traction issue for most remote control models once they became smushed underneath the wheels, but Madoca’s Technic Tacoma not only features four-wheel-drive and front and rear suspension, but locking differentials too, meaning that even with three wheels lifted off the ground the fourth will continue to drive the truck forward.

With the model now safely under our control and the jubilant Elven discoverer contentedly cashing in its meal-token, we have an exciting half an hour ahead of us tidying up, so whilst we get on with that you can check out all of the images of Madoca’s superb Toyota pick-up at the Eurobricks discussion forum, where there’s also a video of the truck in action.

Lego Technic Toyota Tacoma 4x4

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Not a DeLorean

Lego Toyota 4x4 Pick-Up BTTF

Ah, Back To The Future, an office favourite here at TLCB Towers and the film that made a star of the iconic Delorean DMC-12, a car that was… total and complete crap.

If you’re unfamiliar with the true story of the DeLorean, which is very nearly as remarkable as the film, you can read it here, but today we’ll be moving on from that steaming turd of a car, saved from obscurity only by a chance decision by Universal Pictures, to feature a vehicle from the movie that’s the total opposite of the DMC-12.

This is, of course, a humble Toyota 4×4 pick-up, known as the Hilux in most of the world, and it’s everything the DeLorean wasn’t. Hugely successful, superbly built, and unbreakably reliable, the Toyota truck was the dream vehicle for 1980s Marty McFly. His version featured a few mods too, which have been faithfully recreated in Technic form by regular bloggee paave.

Paave’s creation doesn’t just look the part either, as underneath is a four-wheel-drive fully remote controlled drivetrain, working leaf-spring suspension, and opening (and locking) doors, hood and tailgate.

You can see all of the images as well as a video of the Toyota in action at both Eurobricks and MOCpages – click the links to go back in time.

Lego Toyota 4x4 Pick-Up BTTF

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