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We’re 7 Today!

Lego No. 7

Seven. It’s a magnificent number. Continents, seas, days of the week, colours of the rainbow, S Club members, and – somewhat incredibly – the age of this very site!

Yup, seven years ago to the day some clueless and largely incompetent writers decided to start a website for Lego vehicles. Nothing much has changed since then, as we’re still clueless and largely incompetent, but almost five million of you have since joined us for the ride, with visitors from very nearly every country on earth.

Over that time we’ve reviewed exactly one hundred LEGO sets and third-party products in our Set Review Library, interviewed nineteen of the very best builders, set designers and authors from within the Lego Community, and even run a competition or two.

Thank you to each one of you for joining us here at The Lego Car Blog, supporting the vehicle builders whose models fill these pages, and for raising the advertising revenue which is distributed to good causes all around the world.

However, whilst for the last two years we’ve reached a million views per annum, this year we look to fall short. Only slightly, but nevertheless it is a drop.

The internet has changed in the last seven years, with the rise of Instagram and other hosting sites providing other ways for people to view Lego models. Perhaps there are fewer vehicle builders now than there used to be, or maybe people are getting bored of our inane gibberish.

We’ll have to see if year seven marks the beginning of a downward trend, however if in the future it does turn out that The Lego Car Blog is no longer needed to support the Lego vehicle-building community we’ll still be amazed by how many of you have joined us here to read our nonsense. For now we’ll enjoy continuing to write it.

TLCB Team

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TLCB Recommends!

Lego Cheerleader Red

Here at The Lego Car Blog we receive all sorts of requests for endorsements. Frankly this is as surprising to us as it probably is to you, because we’re idiots, but nevertheless somehow we’ve found ourselves in a position of power. POWER!!

We may have got a little over-excited at this realisation but don’t worry, we were brought back down to earth when we asked our intern to pose for the picture above, with the result being a new entry into the Mis-Conduct Box and a picture of a mini-figure instead.

Back to the task in hand, and it’s probably time to assemble some of our recommendations into one handy guide. So here they are, TLCB Recommends….

Third-Party Bluetooth Control | SBrick & BuWizz

We’ve tested two third-party LEGO-compatible bluetooth products here at The Lego Car Blog, and we’re pleased to say that both earn a recommendation.

Best for programming: SBrick

SBrick ReviewReviewed here earlier in the year the SBrick controller provides Lego models with bluetooth capability, allowing control via a mobile phone, gamepad, or other device. This has clear advantages over LEGO’s own IR control, being unaffected by bright sunlight, and allowing the receiver to be completely hidden inside a model.

Where the SBrick really scores though is the superb programmable app, allowing the bespoke set-up of a model that surpasses even LEGO’s own Mindstorms robotics sets. We tried the SBrick with the LEGO Technic 42030 Volvo L350F set and were amazed by how easy it was to set up, and how beautifully controllable the Volvo became. It’s a new dimension in Lego robotics.

Best for power: BuWizz

Lego BuWizz ReviewLike the SBrick above, the BuWizz offers all the benefits of bluetooth control, but with the added bonus of a built in battery that can provide up to eight times the power of LEGO’s Power Functions system. The BuWizz brick can be programmed too, although we found this far more limited than the SBrick’s abilities, but really this product is all about power.

The BuWizz bluetooth battery genuinely transforms what Lego models can be capable of, and whilst we suspect far more axles, gears and pins will break a result, their owners will be having riotously good fun in the process! Read our review of the BuWizz brick by clicking here and see how fast your model can go.

Books | No Starch Press

No Starch PressWe’ve reviewed loads of Lego-themed books over the years and most are really very good. Our favourite publishers are the guys at No Starch Press who have brought several top-quality building books to print, including some authored by builders who have featured on these very pages.

You can find all of the books we’ve reviewed via the Review Library, and you can check out NSP’s current range via the link above.

LEGO Set Reviews | Brick Insights

Brick InsightsOur ever-expanding Set Review Library has become (and this is a rare thing at TLCB) something that we’re quite proud of. With one hundred sets, third-party products and books reviewed to date, a few of which were written by you – our readers – it’s as good a place as any to find out whether that eBay seller really can charge that much.

However our reviews are only written by us lot here at TLCB Towers (plus a few from you) and, as mentioned previously, we are idiots. Better then to trust an amalgamation of many reviews before you make a purchase decision, and the brilliant Brick Insights does just that. Pulling review information from multiple sources (of which we’re one) you can quickly see all the reviews for a particular set, the average, highest and lowest scores and much more.

You can read our overview of Brick Insights by clicking here and you can check out the site itself via the link above. Don’t buy another set without it.

Builders | Wait, what?

Lego MicrophoneYup, because we’ve been interviewing the very best Lego vehicle builders on the ‘net in our ‘Master MOCers‘ and ‘Become a Professional‘ interview series.

If you’d like to know how some of the greatest Lego model-makers create their masterpieces, and very probably learn some useless facts about them too, then head over to the Interviews pages via the links above. We’ll be adding more builders to this Hall of Fame very soon too!

Other Stuff | Blogs, Creation Sharing, LUGs and more

We’ve a whole heap of references worth your clicks to be found in the Directory, including the sources our Elves use to find creations, rival blogs, games, Lego User Groups and Friends of TLCB.

Take a look via the link above, and remember that your clicks and page visits here at The Lego Car Blog directly contribute to worthy causes around the world, as our limited advertising revenue is dispersed to those who need it more than we do, and that’s entirely thanks to you.

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We Got Ninety Nine Reviews, But Yours Ain’t One

Lego Typewriter

Thanks to the geniuses over at Brick Insights, the awesome new LEGO Review Aggregator, we’ve learned that we have reviewed 99 official LEGO sets, books and third-party products here at The Lego Car Blog. From LEGO’s first brick-based offerings right up to their newest releases, there’s something for everyone in our Set Review Library.

However we’d like to make The Lego Car Blog’s Set Review Library even more comprehensive, and to do this we’d like your reviews!

Payment is made in the form of everlasting fame* and TLCB gratitude, and your words will reside in the Library for all time, being read by up to a million visitors a year at the time of writing, which is pretty cool.

If you own a LEGO set that we hasn’t yet been reviewed by our crack team of ‘experts’ and you think it deserves a place in The Lego Car Blog’s archives (for good or for ill!) then get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

We’re particularly looking for Technic, Model Team and Creator sets from 1990 to current. The Brick Insights team will even automatically add your rating to their Review Aggregator tool so you can see how your thoughts compare with other review sites.

Onwards to triple figures!…

Contact TLCB here

*Not guaranteed.

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2017 Year In Review

Lego 2018

The Lego Car Blog staff, including most of our Elves, have survived another year! With 2018 just a round the corner we take a look at the past 12 months…

Stats; 2017 featured nearly 500 posts and one million views, with fewer than a dozen countries on earth yet to discover us (come on North Korea!). The most popular visitor nation is the United States of America, followed by Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and France. A special mention goes to the one visitor from Somalia, proving LEGO fans can be found (almost) anywhere!

Lego Cars

Creations; Hundreds more cars, trucks, motorcycles, aircraft, plus the odd spaceship, have appeared here at The Lego Car Blog over the past twelve months. Our Elves continue to scour all of the best Lego-sharing resources – not just Flickr – to enable us to publicise the very best Lego vehicles that the web has to offer. As long as the Lego community keeps building them, we’ll keep blogging them next year.

The Lego Car Blog

Interviews; The Master MOCers Series returned for a second season! Three more of the world’s very best builders entered the Master MOCer Hall of Fame this year, with eight more places remaining in season two. Who will join the ranks in 2018?

Lego Reviews

Reviews; Even more reviews both of official LEGO sets and third-party products were added to the burgeoning Review Library. You guys even wrote a few yourselves! We aim to keep adding to this in 2018, and if you’d like to help we’d love to hear from you!

Lego Treasure

Adverts; We’ve also raised some cash for good causes thanks entirely to your visits and clicks. The revenue generated by the small amount of advertising we allow here at The Lego Car Blog has been distributed to those in need, from right outside TLCB Towers to the other side of the world. From all of us here – thank you!

Social; The Lego Car Blog is now on Facebook! Search for us, click ‘Like’ and ‘Follow’ us for new posts. All the cool people are doing it.

Wishing you a very happy New Year and a fruitful 2018!

TLCB Team

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We’re Six Today!*

Lego No.6

November 2011… a gloved hand slid the bolts back on some small metal cages, and little army of cautious, mythical, and often violent creatures slipped out into the shadows…

Tasked with filling the void left by the proper Lego blogs, this unseen, undetectable, and – most importantly – unpaid workforce set out to bring back the very best Lego vehicles from the every corner of the internet.

Housed in the foreboding concrete carbuncle that is TLCB Towers a crack team of writers (or so we’ve been called. At least it sounded like ‘crack’…) then set to work turning these finds into the words that you read here.

Six years, nearly 3,000 posts, and over 4 million visitors later we’re still going, even if we have absolutely no idea how this has all worked.

In that time we’ve reviewed close to a hundred LEGO sets, third party products and books, interviewed nearly twenty of the world’s top Lego builders, and likely been a perennial annoyance to the sites that try to do this whole Lego-blogging thing with professionalism and competence.

As reader you’re one of over a million visitors to this site every year, so whether you joined us at the start or have recently discovered us, thank you for taking the time to stop by this humble little corner of the internet. Without you this site would just be the wayward rambling of some madmen.

You’re also raising money for good causes every time you visit us, as the revenue generated by the limited advertisements we allow to appear here is distributed to those that need it more than we do.

So as the sun sets on another year thank you for joining us, and we’ll try to keep bringing you the best Lego vehicles the world has to offer.

TLCB Team

*OK, last week, we weren’t paying attention. Still, we’ve done better than last year when we missed it altogether.

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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!

Lego Set Reviews Prizes

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Halt the Hits!

Lego Review My Set Competition

The Lego Car Blog Review My Set Competition closed to entries on December 31st and there are just 24 hours for entrants to squeeze in a few more hits before we total up the views and go to the judges to determine a winner! You can see all of the Reader Reviews that were successful in being published in the Set Review Library, good luck to all the competition entrants, and remember that views received after today will not count!

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2016 Year in Review

Lego 2017

We’ve made it to 2017! Here’s our round-up of the year that was…

Yes, we’ve survived another year! 2016 may have been filled with odd politics, scary news stories, and celebrity deaths, but The Lego Car Blog continues to amaze us.

Despite this site being as ropey and incompetent as it’s always been, in 2016 TLCB smashed through the one million views per year mark! A million a year! For those working behind the scenes here in TLCB Towers, and knowing how out of our depth we really are with the whole running a website thing, this is an unbelievable statistic.

Although we have no idea how the annual view count has surpassed a million it is good news for the online Lego community’s vehicle builders, as we hope we’re giving recognition to a genre that a few years ago was overlooked by the proper Lego blogs (who have now joined the party in blogging vehicles too).

It’s also good news for the various charities and aid organisations that we support. Your views and clicks mean that this site earns a small monthly revenue. As most of our workforce is populated by mythical creatures paid in sugar-coated chocolate confectionary we don’t need this, and thus we’re able to pass it on to those that do, thanks entirely to your visits.

In 2017 we may explore updating the site to properly accommodate advertisements, as we do now feel a duty to do our best to maximise our earnings, but we’ll let you know about this should it happen later in the year.

In the meantime we’ll aim to keep bringing you the very best vehicular creations, set reviews, LEGO news, and builder interviews, and we look forward to another year being totally puzzled by the fact that people actually come here to read the inane nonsense we publish.

Wishing you all the very best for 2017

TLCB Team

P.S. The Lego Car Blog is on Facebook now too! Click here to stay in touch via Mark Zuckerberg’s bank account.

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Review My Set Competition – Now Closed!

TLCB Review My Set

Running over the past 6 months or so we’ve been asking you, our readers, to submit your reviews of LEGO sets that you thought should be in the Set Review Library. We’ve published loads of your entries (which can read by clicking the link above) and we now have the tough job of shortlisting, via the view count figures, those who will go to the judges’ vote.

Some say we only embarked on this exercise to increase the Set Review Library’s stock without paying anyone. And they’d be right. But we do have prizes up for grabs, made up of the loot that we have acquired here in TLCB Towers over the past year.

We’ll be announcing the winner of the aforementioned swag in the New Year, in the meantime a huge thank you to all those who have entered the competition, and if you’d like to submit a review for the Set Review Library here at The Lego Car Blog you still can (only you won’t win anything). If you have good written English and creative writing skills then get in touch!

Lego Set Reviews Prizes

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Last Chance to Win!

TLCB LEGO Set Reviews

The Lego Car Blog Set Review Competition has just a few short weeks remaining! We’ve asked you, our readers, to join us to add even more LEGO sets to the Set Review Library, and those that made the grade have seen their words published here reaching over a million readers annually!

If you’d like to add your own set to our Set Reviews and be in with a chance of winning some awesome prizes then get in touch via the comments – but be quick as the competition closes December 31st!

Still up for grabs are several superb Lego books from the great guys at No Starch Press, including the 5-star rated Tiny Lego Wonders, and the brilliant Manner-Spielzeug Mad Max Interceptor set, making a prize pot worth over $130!

You can read all of the Set Reviews submitted so far, as well as those written by our in-house reviewers, by visiting The Lego Car Blog Set Review Library here, and we’ll announce the winner (based on a combination of views and a judges’ vote) in early 2017.

Lego Set Reviews Prizes

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3 Million!

Lego Mini-Figures

Earlier in the week, whilst we weren’t paying attention, something amazing happened. The little hit counter that sits largely unnoticed in the corner of the office quietly ticking away surpassed…

3,000,000!

Yup, three million. With twenty-thousand of you joining us each week. Considering how amateurish we are here at TLCB this is nothing short of remarkable. So to each and every one of you that visits The Lego Car Blog, thank you, we really could’t do this without you.

TLCB Team

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TLCB Needs You!

Lego Set Reviews

Yes, we need help from you, our wonderful readers, to increase the population of the Set Review Library!

We’re looking new writers to review official LEGO sets for The Lego Car Blog, and in doing so you’ll be part of a site that reaches over a million people per year!

To add your Set Review to TLCB all you need to do is contact us, either here or via Flickr Message, and let us know the set that you think should be included in the Review Library. It can be a set you love, a set you hate, or one in the middle!

Prizes!

Lego Set Reviews Prizes

As if reviewing your chosen LEGO set for over million annual readers and becoming part of one of the best set review resources on the web wasn’t enough, you could also win some neat loot!

We’re sent lots of great stuff here at TLCB to review, and as we want your help to add content to the Review Library we’re going to pass on some of the items that we’ve, er… reviewed to one of you. Simple huh?

One reviewer will be chosen to receive a goodie bag full of the lovely stuff above, including the newly released and five star rated Tiny Lego Wonders book, the brilliant Manner-Spielzeug Mad Max Interceptor kit, and the stunning Art of Lego Scale Modeling book too. In all it’s a prize pot currently worth over $130!

To read the full details of how a winner will be selected click on the link below, and you can read some of the brilliant Reader Reviews that have been published so far by clicking here.

Click here for Competition Details!

Please note that we’ll be collating this next round of Review requests and thus it may take us some time to respond to you if you’d like to participate. Don’t worry, even if it takes a little while we will let you know about your application!

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Follow TLCB on Facebook!

Facebook Logo

That’s right – The Lego Car Blog has finally gone social! Facebook, the site that young peoples’ parents use, now has one more page! All of the posts that we publish here at thelegocarblog.com will also simultaneously appear on our Facebook page from now on, where you can Like, Share, and Comment on them via your Facebook account.

To find us on Facebook you can search for ‘The Lego Car Blog’, but as you’ll probably still get a load of inane pictures of sunsets with curly font over the top, we recommend clicking on the giant letters below to jump straight there, and don’t forget we’re on Flickr too…

Click here to visit TLCB on Facebook!

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Review Your Set for TLCB & Win!

Lego Set Reviews

Is The Lego Car Blog Set Review Library missing your favourite LEGO set? Or a set that you think really ought to be reviewed to warn prospective buyers? If so, The Lego Car Blog Set Review Library needs YOU!

We’re looking for funny, articulate writers to review LEGO sets for TLCB, and in doing so you’ll be part of a site that reaches over a million people per year!

To add your Set Review to TLCB all you need to do is contact us, either here or via Flickr Message, and let us know the set in question.

Prizes!

Lego Set Reviews Prizes

Yup! As if reviewing your set for over million annual readers and becoming part of the coolest Lego Blog there is* wasn’t enough, you could also win some awesome loot!

We’re sent lots of great stuff here at TLCB to review, and as we want your Reviews we’re going to pass on some of the items that we’ve, er… reviewed. Simple huh?

One Reviewer will be chosen to receive a goodie bag full of the lovely stuff above, including the newly released and five star rated Tiny Lego Wonders book, the brilliant Manner-Spielzeug Mad Max Interceptor kit, and the stunning Art of Lego Scale Modeling book too. In all it’s a prize pot currently worth over $130!

To read the full details of how a winner will be selected click on the link below, and we’ll be publishing the first Set Reviews submitted to us and cleared for publication soon!

Click here for Competition Details!

*We measured this by polling the Elves. So maybe not…

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Review Your LEGO Set – Win Loot!

Lego Set Reviews

Containing over 50 reviews of almost 70 LEGO sets spanning 4 decades, The Lego Car Blog’s Set Review Library is easily the most professional looking part of the entire TLCB establishment*.

Our expert Set Reviewers, shunning the fame and glory normally associated with such a task, quietly and anonymously pick apart The LEGO Group’s efforts, helping you to decide whether or not to open up your wallet.

They’re diligent, knowledgeable, nerdy… and most importantly they’re willing to work for nothing more than a microwave meal and the chance to gaze at TLCB’s intern from across the office.

Seriously though, our Set Reviewers do an excellent job and they really know their stuff, having reviewed everything from LEGO’s first large-scale vehicles from the late 1970s right up to the latest limited-edition Technic flagships. There may even be a famous name or two amongst them. And now we’d like you to join them!

If you own an official LEGO set that you think should be in the Set Review Library, you can help to put it there! We’re looking for funny, articulate writers to help increase the Library’s stock, and in doing so your words will feature on a site reaching over a million annual readers. There’s even some loot up for grabs for the best submission (details of which will follow).

How to Enter

  1. Contact us; either here, via Flickr message, or via one of our Flickr group discussions, stating the LEGO set that you wish to review and providing us with a link to one of your online presences.
  2. Stage 1 Approval; TLCB staff will review your suitability and respond with an acceptance or rejection. Apologies, not everyone will be accepted – please be prepared for a rejection if your chosen set is deemed unsuitable. If you are accepted we’ll ask for you to send us an image of your LEGO set with a unique phrase featuring somewhere in the photo to ensure that you do own the set in question.
  3. Write your Review! You can get an idea of past Set Reviews via the Set Review Library, but you can be as creative as you like!
  4. Stage 2 Approval; TLCB staff will review your Set Review, assessing its suitability for publication. Your words may require editing, and your Review may also be rejected – again, please be prepared for the possibility that your words are deemed to be unsuitable.
  5. Publication! Once your Set Review is accepted it will be published on The Lego Car Blog! You can choose whether you’d like a link to your online presence to be included, or you can choose to remain anonymous.
  6. Win! The Set Review with the highest averaged hits, combined with our judges’ assessment, will earn its writer some of the Lego loot that we have acquired here at TLCB!

That’s it! Simple huh? If you’d like to get your Set Review online for up to a million people a year, increase exposure to your own work, or if you’re just after some loot, then get in touch! Success could also open the door to other opportunities here at TLCB…

Good luck!

TLCB Team

*It’s a very low baseline.

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