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Last of the Steam Tugs

Lego Saturn Steam Tug

This is the ‘Saturn’, a 1908 German steam tug which saw active duty right up until 1979. That made it the very last serving steam tug in Germany and earned it a place in the Rostock Shipping Museum, where it still resides today. This gorgeous 1:40-scale replica of the last steam tug comes from Flickr’s koffiemoc who has recreated the little ship beautifully in Lego form. There are lots more images to see – including highlights of the brilliant detailing and ‘how to’ pictures of the hull construction – at koffiemoc’s photostream. Steam ahead via the link above.

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Deep Cheese

Lego Sci-Fi Rover

Space stilton. Galactic gorgonzola. Rocketfort. Whatever it is, this planet’s loaded with it. Markus Rollbühler, making his TLCB debut, has built the perfect vehicle for cosmic blue cheese mining. With enormous tractor tyres (fitted the wrong way round Markus, cough cough…), a panoramic windscreen for spotting the best cheesy veins, and a huge cargo hold for transporting the blue bounty, Markus’s ‘Deep Space Discoverer’ is perfectly suited to Lego sci-fi’s most absurd industry.* Grab some crackers and head over to Flickr via the link above for a taste!

*That we even have a ‘Cheese Mining’ tag is testament to this.

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Come Fly With Me

Lego Hover Cars

It’s a bumper haul today at The Lego Car Blog, thanks to Tim Henderson and his wonderful collection of retro-futuristic hover cars. Loosely based on all manner of classic American machinery, Tim’s hover car concepts update their historic counterparts with a whole lot more vertical ability.

Lego Hover Car Station Wagon

Models include a Buick Skymaster (apt name!) station wagon (pictured above), a pair of Pontiac Grand Prix (pictured below) and Mercury Meteors (more apt naming!) (top), and a very cool Blacktron-esque Dodge Charger and Chevrolet Caprice (bottom).

Lego Hover Cars

There’s more to see of each build, all of which contain a mini-figure and some delightful detailing, plus many more besides, at Tim’s ‘Hover Car’ Flickr album. Click on the link and leave gravity behind!

Lego Hover Cars

*Today’s title song, which has instantly made this blog 37% classier.

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Once in a Blue Moon

Lego Sky-Fi P98 Nemesis

We know even less about sky-fi than we do about sci-fi, so apologies to any sky-fi fans out there – this post is going skip all our usual storytelling guff and get straight to the point. This creation is really pretty. Built by sky-fi extraordinaire Jon Hall this dusty blue ‘P-98 Nemesis’ is the latest in his long line of wonderfully creative sky-fi aircraft. There’s more of the model to see at Jon’s photostream where you can also find a wealth of other superb airborne contraptions. Click the link above to take off.

Lego Sky-Fi P98 Nemesis

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Byker Grove

Lego Biker Street

For those of you unfamiliar with 1990s teen tv set in a scummy youth club in Northern England, here’s the link you’ve been missing all your life. OK, Sanel Lukovic‘s ‘Biker Street’ might have literally nothing in common with a grey day in Newcastle (and it’s infinitely cooler), but the names were close enough for us to make that tenuous link.

Anyhoo, Sanel’s build is really very cool, with a huge array of hot rods, brick-built motorcycles, workshops, gas stations, and diners all recreated in glorious detail in mini-figure scale. Sanel’s photostream is definitely with a closer look and you can do just that via the link above.

Lego Biker Street

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Lego Speeder Bikes | District 18 Competition | Round-up!

Lego Speeder Bikes

The Lego Speeder Bike Contest ’18 ‘Battle for District 18’ has come to an end! Contest judge and Lego Speeder Bikes overlord _zenn joins us here at TLCB Towers for a full run-down of the competition results. Over to _zenn!

This year we chose a ‘Futuristic City’ theme that evolved into the whole ‘Battle for District 18’ concept, perfect for building speeder bikes and sparking creativity/imagination. Feedback among contestants was front of mind; competitions should encourage contestants to give and recieve constructive criticism in order to become better builders, and to help us to see building from a different point of view or perspective.

And what a turnout it was this year, with a huge 234 bikes and 34 districts entered! On to the results – the toughest part for us at LSB – the judgement of all those bikes. Let’s get into it!

Lego Speeder Bikes Enforce
The ‘Enforce’ (cops) category winner; o0ger‘s Police L.E.V. 5 (Light Enforcing Vehicle – Pursuit Class). With sleek and smooth shaping and impeccable sticker placement, this bike was in all four judges’ Top 3, an impressive feat.
Lego Speeder Bikes Abide
The ‘Abide’ (citizens) category winner; P.B. Deltassius‘s Flying Fisherman Hoverscooter. The toughest category to judge according to all judges due to the huge diversity of entries submitted. P.B Detlassius’s speeder bike stood out ’cause of its whimsical yet believable approach to everyday civilian life occurring throughout the District.
Lego Speeder Bikes RebelThe ‘Rebel’ (criminals) category winner; Djokson‘s Necrohiver. A tight finish with just 1 point difference between the top two entries. What’s more rebelious than a dark bio-mechanic giger-esque styled bike which will claw the cr*p out of you when you come across its path?
Lego Speeder Bikes District 18
The ‘District 18’ category winner; W. Navarre‘s Decades Afterwards. In two words; organized chaos. The sheer amount of detailing is astounding – this one picture doesn’t do the build justice. Be sure to check out Navarre’s photostream via the link in the text above and gasp in utter admiration at this truly incredible creation., and you can see the full top 10 list for each category at the Lego Speeder Bikes Flickr page.
Honourable mentions; You know my style… I like speederbikes that resemble flying motorcycles, the design choice/form has to fit the function yet retain the motorcycle looks – it has to look like they could actually work. Here are five bikes that stood out to me personally.
Lego Speeder Bikes

Clockwise from top left;

1. Guy Smiley‘s Police Speeder. Urban, rugged and bulky, yet incorporating smooth angles on the front and back-end, Guy’s speeder looks ready to make the streets of District 18 a better place.
2. Anthony Wilson‘s Needler X13. At first glance you might think it’s just a pile of bricks thrown together, but take a closer look to see the careful and painstaking planning to layer each part together into one coherent design.
3. Random Vector‘s Steam Denizen. An angled engine consisting of old-school Modulex parts combines with smooth flowing pipes, a Throwbot visor canopy and atmospheric lighting.
4. F@bz‘s Volkswagen Cardinal Speeder Bike. The first time I’ve seen a bike build with flexible spike parts that are actually used when flexed.
5. Graham Gidman‘s Street Devil. Superb stickering and photo editing gives this bike a real sense of speed while dashing through the streets of the District.

Lastly we like to thank The ManifestoeclipseGRAFX and Chrome Block City for sponsoring this year’s contest, and Keith Goldman for being our ‘sideline cheerleader’ as well as Christopher Hoffmann for being our guest-judge. We’d also like to thank also all the blogs/groups/people for getting the word out, and most importantly we like to thank you; the participants/’riders’ out there, for putting such a tremendous effort in time, design and enthusiasm into building all the bikes and displays. We couldn’t have done it with out you!

Courts adjourned, _zenn.

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Mortal Engines

Lego Salthook Mortal Engines

There’s an arms-race going on in the SUV market at the moment, with small rich women continually trying to one-up each other in their quest for the largest and most pointless school-run vehicle. Flickr’s Alexis Dos Santos has fast-forwarded to the logical conclusion of this meaningless contest with the perfect vehicle for taking little Ethan and Isabella to the school gates. Unless someone makes a bigger one of course.*

Derived from the new ‘Mortal Engines’ movie trailer, Alexis’ amazing tracked town ‘Salthook’ features Power Functions drive and steering, folding bridges and a wealth of mini-figure scale detailing. A large gallery of stunning imagery is available to view on Flickr – click the link above to check out all of the photos.

Lego Salthook Mortal Engines
*See the official ‘Mortal Engines’ movie trailer here, where there indeed a ‘bigger one’. The next Cadillac Escalade will probably beat it though.

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High Five

Lego Hover Cars

It’s a bumper posting today at The Lego Car Blog, as no less than five hover vehicles by Flickr’s Scott (aka Clever Lego Reference) make the grade for publication. Thankfully they were suggested by a reader, otherwise we’d like have a very fat and then very sick Elf on our hands.

Scott’s speeders range from civilian to military to municipal, with our favourite being the glorious black-hole refuse collection vehicle shown in the last picture. Although the fact that rubbish doesn’t simply disappear into a black hole is probably news to some. Recycle people!

Anyway, there’s more to see of each hover vehicle (plus others not shown here) at Scott’s photostream – Click the link above to make the jump.

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Ladder 13

Lego Seagrave Marauder II Fire Truck

The Lego Car Blog Elves like fire trucks. An Elven discovery of this (admittedly superb) Seagrave Marauder II with Aerialscope ladder-boom by Flickr’s sponki25 means we now have every Elf in TLCB Towers running around making ‘NEE-NAW!’ noises. Thanks sponki.

Lego Seagrave Marauder II Fire Truck

It is a class build though, being a perfect mini-figure scale replica of FDNY’s actual Ladder 13 truck, complete with custom reflective stickers, some very accurate-looking mini-figure fire-fighters, and of course an enormous rotating Aerialscope boom…

Lego Seagrave Marauder II Fire Truck

…which – just like your Dad watching Desperate Housewives – extends quite a long way. Clever techniques and ingenious parts usage is in abundance throughout the build and there’s more to see over at sponki25’s photostream. Click the link above to dial 9-1-1, whilst we go and find some headache relief pills and Mr. Airhorn…

Lego Seagrave Marauder II/Aerialscope Fire Truck

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A Slice of Life

Lego District 18 Sci-Fi City

With the Lego Speeder Bikes 2018 competition almost at an end we’ve just time to squeeze in another entry. And what an entry! Complete with eight (we think) speeder bikes, plus a couple of wheeled and walking vehicles, Pico van Grootveld‘s interpretation of the contest’s ‘District 18’ is bursting with life and colour. There’s a police chase, a variety of aliens, a graffitied overpass, a camouflaged classic spaceman on his way to work and much more besides. There’s only one image but it really is worth a closer look – do just that at the link above.

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Rocky Road

Lego Rocky Road Chase

A delicious if overly sugared snack, the rocky road would be a sure Elven favourite if ever we allowed them to have it. Or if they knew what it was.

Today’s lucky Elf is about to receive its own sugary hit thanks to this multiple-vehicle find. Built for LEGO’s ‘Great Mountain Chase’ contest, this brilliant scene from Flickr’s Pixel Fox depicts a pair of bank robbers attempting escape from their Police pursuers, who they surely didn’t expect to have access to a monster off-roader and a dirt bike.

Pixel has created his landscape from actual rocks to form the mostly-dry river bed, and it comes complete with a startled fisherman and a pair of hikers whose day just got a lot more interesting. See more of the scene and place your bets on the outcome at Pixel Fox’s photostream by clicking here.

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Speedy End

Lego Speeder Bike

There’s just one week to go in Lego Speeder Bikes‘ 2018 competition! Entries have sped in from all over the world and this is one of our favourites, built by Flickr’s Manufactura Jarema for the fictional District 18 ‘Abide’ category. There’s more to see of Manufactura’s wonderfully neat speeder bike via the link above, and if you’re speedy there’s still time for you to enter your own design into the competition – click here to visit the contest discussion.

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Wagon Wheels

Lego Train Wagons

These four beautiful tanker wagons were discovered on Flickr today. Built by Alexander (aka narrow_gauge) they are some of the most intricately detailed (and wonderfully liveried) train creations we’ve come across. See more at Alexander’s photostream via the link above.

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Yellow Snow

Lego Muscle Car

Today’s post title is as tenuous as it gets here at The Lego Car Blog! This beautifully photographed yellow muscle car comes from TLCB favourite _Tiler of Flickr and it’s overflowing with wonderful techniques. Our highlight is that enormous supercharger, or ‘blower’, sticking out of the hood. Blow is also known as snow, and yellow snow is funny. See, seamless! Moving on… there’s more to see of _Tiler’s gorgeous build at his photostream – take a look via the link above.

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Bananarama*

Lego Desert Clipper

LEGO produce all manor of weird and wonderful pieces these days. Take the humble banana for example. Usually a neat accessory for a Town market or a man in a gorilla suit, LegoGallifrey of Flickr has deployed the tropical fruit in use as mudguards for this rather wonderful looking ‘Desert Clipper’ concept. There’s more cunning parts use elsewhere in the build too – check it out at LegoGallifrey’s photostream here.

*Today’s musical link. Click at your own risk.

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