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Digital Daddy

Lego Toyota Supra

With Toyota’s legendary Supra nameplate set to return next year after sixteen years out of production, we take a look back at the original. Nope, not the be-winged ’90s incarnation from the Fast and Furious movies, but this, the humble A60 type from the early 1980s.

With (much) less than 200bhp, the early Supras were essentially Celicas with pop-up headlights and an extra two cylinders. And they were wonderful. This superbly recreated digital version of the A60 Supra comes from Flickr’s Alex Sonny, and whilst the image above might not feature any real plastic bricks (making it suitably eighties in appearance), Alex’s Supra is about as realistic a replica as you will find.

More images available at Alex’s photostream – click the link above to make the jump.

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Hybrid Heroes

Lego LMP1 Le Mans 2017

Hybrid is fast becoming the normal way to power a car. Despite Top Gear et al’s protestations and derision when the technology debuted, alternatively fuelled vehicles are the fastest growing segment of the automotive market.

This is largely thanks to Toyota, who alongside Honda launched Hybrid to the masses in the late ’90s. Honda seem to have lost their mojo since then, but Toyota continue to carry the flame, and have raced their Hybrid technology at Le Mans since 2013. Porsche joined the Hybrid racing party a year later, and their awesome 919 Hybrids have won the last two events, with Toyota coming in second.

This year with Audi having retired from the sport it’s set to be a straight fight between Porsche and Toyota once more. These superb fully-livereied Lego replicas of the 2017 LMP1 combatants come from Flickr’s Lasse Deleuran and you can pick your winner at his photostream via the link above.

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Perfect 10

Lego Town Cars

Awarded a meal-token for every find, one of our Elves is about to get very fat. These ten brilliant Town-scale off-road vehicles are the work of just one builder. Pixel Fox owns the mind (and hands) behind them, and he’s done a simply stupendous job of recreating some of the world’s best known off-roaders in mini-figure scale, as well as building a delightful scene for each one to reside within.

Above, clockwise from top left, are a film-set Hummer H1, South African Volkswagen Syncro, beach-bound Jeep Wrangler TJ and a forestry Mercedes-Benz Unimog 406.

Lego Town Cars

Next are two of the world’s most prolific 4x4s, the iconic Land Cruiser J70 (left) complete with an adorable brick-built rhino, and the legendary Land Rover Defender 90 (right).

Lego Town Cars

The final set of instantly recognisable off-road vehicles is made up of a Mercedes G-Wagon, tragically pictured  on red-carpet duty, a superb Range Rover Series 1 going hunting, a lifted Jeep Cherokee XJ, and a Dakar-spec BMW X5.

Each creation is wonderful in its own right, and you can see more of all ten mini-figure builds at Pixel Fox’s Flickr album by clicking here, whilst we begin feeding a very deserving TLCB Elf!

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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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Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – Picture Special

Lego Technic Toyota Land Cruiser Prado RC

The best 4×4 in the world is not a Land Rover. Or a Jeep. Or a Hummer (and if you were thinking of suggesting that last one go back to school). It’s this, Toyota’s ubiquitous Land Cruiser Prado. Now quite a rare beast in TLCB’s home nation, having lost favour to far more efficient – but far less capable – cross-overs, the Land Cruiser is still the 4×4 of choice for most of the world.

Lego Technic Toyota Prado 4x4 Remote Control

This awesome remote control Technic recreation of Toyota’s iconic 4×4 is the work of KevinMoo, and it’s a really trick bit of kit. There’s four-wheel-drive complete with remotely locking differentials, independent front and live axel rear suspension, working steering, gearbox, head and tail lights, and opening doors and tailgate, plus Kevin’s Prado can be operated remotely via a bluetooth device thanks to a third-party SBrick control unit.

There’s a whole lot more to see of this brilliant build at the Eurobricks discussion forum – click the link above to take a trip into the rough stuff.

Lego Remote Control Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 4x4

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LeGoGo

Lego Technic Toyota Hiace GoGoVan

We’ve heard of the Toyota Hiace here at TLCB (because whilst the Hiace isn’t sold here, they are ubiquitous pretty much everywhere else in the world), but we hadn’t heard of GoGoVan. A straw poll in the office returned some fairly detailed knowledge of another word with ‘GoGo’ in front of it, but we can’t share that here.

Anyway, a bit of research later and it turns out that GoGoVan are an app-driven Hong Kong based logistics company, sort of like Uber for boxes, and their vehicle of choice is of course Toyota’s trusty Hiace.

Previous bloggee Shineyu has recreated the boldly-painted Toyota used by GoGoVan across Hong Kong perfectly in Technic form, and he’s packed it with working functions too. LEGO’s versatile Power Functions components are employed giving the Hiace remote control drive, steering and sliding doors.

There’s more to see at the Eurobricks discussion forum – click the link above to book a delivery.

Lego Toyota Hiace Van GoGoVan Remote Control

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Cruiser Crawler

Lego Technic Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser Remote Control

Toyota’s FJ40 Land Cruiser is something of an automotive legend, and it’s been well represented by the Lego Community over the years. Regular bloggee Madoca 1977’s latest build expands on one of these previous Land Cruiser creations and takes the classic Japanese 4×4 into the Crawler / Truck Trial arena.

Lego Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser

With 4-wheel-drive powered by a single XL Motor, Servo Motor steering, a remotely operated 2-speed gearbox, working headlights, a powered winch, an on-board rechargeable battery, and SBrick mobile-device control, Madoca’s creation is a throughly capable off-road machine. It also looks – as you can see above – absolutely brilliant.

There are more details and images available at the Eurobricks forum here, plus you can see Madoca’s FJ40 Crawler in action via the video below.

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GT-One

Lego Toyota GT-ONE

Toyota have a long history in motorsport, and have won both the World Rally Championship and World Endurance Championship. Their current Le Mans contender, the TS050, looks as beautiful as ever, following the TS030 and TS040 racing cars of the last few years. Unfortunately for Toyota, so far none of these cars has managed to claim outright victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, with each coming second to the dominance of the Volkswagen Group.

Back in the late 90s it was a similar story, as Toyota’s glorious TS020, better known as the GT-One, fought it out against the Germans of Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Ultimately the GT-One came second to BMW due to its hunger for tyres (and a series of huge crashes), but the car has lived on as something of a legend in the virtual world, becoming one of the stars of the Gran Turismo and Forza franchises.

The GT-One pictured here comes from Heiko Ruutel of MOCpages, who has recreated the road-going version of the car from the aforementioned games, and he’s done it brilliantly. His Lego version of the bonkers late ’90s racer looks every inch as good as the real car and it’s just as detailed underneath too, with a superb chassis and engine bay. You can see all of the photos of Heiko’s build – including those chassis shots – via MOCpages here.

Lego Toyota GT-One TS020

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Hi Five

Lego Toyota Hiace Flatbed

We like humble vehicles here at TLCB. Sure lots of supercars, hot rods and racing cars appear here, but the world could easily live without those. It couldn’t live without vehicles like this though; Toyota’s little Hiace truck. This one comes from Senator Chinchilla, updated from his previous model of another Hiace variant, and you can see more here.

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War on the Streets

Lego Toyota Hiace

South Africans love their Toyotas. Reliability is everything in such a vast, dangerous and empty landscape. However this particular Toyota is feared and loathed by anyone not at the wheel.

It is of course the Hiace, and it’s the favoured tool of South Africa’s criminally-run minibus taxi companies, who – much like the drug cartels of South America – are at war over territory, regularly killing one another in order to expand or protect their business interests.

Ageing, dangerously maintained, and wildly overloaded Hiaces make up the majority of the taxi fleets, and almost all are driven with a suicidal abandon that ensures the road ahead of them is quickly cleared.

This 1979 example typical of South Africa’s most dangerous vehicle comes from Flickr builder and regular bloggee Senator Chinchilla, and you can see more (from a safe distance) at his photostream – click the link to make the jump.

Lego Toyota HiAce

 

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The Best 4x4xFar…

Lego Toyota Land Cruiser 40 Series

…isn’t a Land Rover. When Toyota launched the Land Cruiser into the Australian market, Land Rover’s dominant 90% market share dropped to 5% almost overnight. Toyota is the worldwide 4×4 king because of one vitally important reason: Reliability. Land Cruisers never, ever break. Ever.

This unrivalled quality means that the Land Cruiser is the vehicle of choice for the UN, for NGOs based in the most inhospitable of places, and – unfortunately – for the world’s terrorist scumbags (we’re looking at you ISIS).

Toyota have continually updated the Land Cruiser design, but they also still make many of the previous generations for certain markets. This car pictured here is the 40 Series, and it’s the one that really put the model on the map.

Suggested to us by a reader, Matthew Inman’s exquisite Model Team recreation of the 4×4 icon is currently on the LEGO Ideas creation-sharing platform, with almost 6,000 votes registered – another 4,000 and LEGO will consider this model for an official limited production run.

The model has been featured on Toyota’s own blog as well as variety of car sites from around the world, and Matthew has recently added another variant, designing the pick-up version too.

If you’d like to help Matthew’s Land Cruiser 40 Series model to become an official LEGO set you can do so by voting for it on LEGO Ideas – click here to see more and add your vote!

Lego Toyota Landcruiser

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Stanced Celica Supra

Lego Toyota Celica Supra

Why, Senator Chinchilla, why? This excellent Model Team recreation of Toyota’s Celica Supra (from back when the two models were one) features his own neat 3D printed wheels on the front, and – alas – ‘stanced’ wheels on the back. Meaning that the ride and handling – honed by a very clever Japanese bloke over the course of many months, maybe even years – has been totally ruined. Still, the Elves like it. But then they are idiots. Anyway, there’s more to see of the Senator’s top-notch* creation on Flickr at the link above.

Lego Toyota Supra

*Apart from ‘dat stance tho…’

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Post-Apocalyota

Lego Mad Max Toyota FJ40

The Lego Car Blog Summer Building Competition is underway, and we’re starting to receive some excellent entries! This is one of our favourites so far, Senator Chinchilla‘s post-apoc Toyota FJ40. It features everything you could need to fight off marauders and/or zombie hordes, plus working steering, functioning suspension, and side pipes. Because side-pipes are cool.

You can see the full gallery of images on Flickr at the link above, and you can read more about how to enter our Summer Building Challenge here. There are some neat prizes to be won, plus almost unlimited fame and glory!

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Hoonivan

Lego Bosozoku Toyota Hiace Van

Toyota’s Hiace van wouldn’t be high on our list of the best vehicles to modify, but the world’s car tuners do seem to make odd choices sometimes. In Europe the Volkswagen Beetle and Transporter are perhaps the most inappropriate, whilst the Japanese modifying scene has gone a similarly daft route with ‘Bosozoku’ – the style in which builder filsawgood has created his splendidly ridiculous Toyota Hiace drift van.

Underneath the be-stickered Technic bodywork is a Technic buggy motor powering the rear wheels and a Power Functions servo motor which steers the fronts. These are linked to the previously featured third-party SBrick which enables control via a tablet or other mobile device.

For more details on the Hiace Hoonivan and to see a full gallery of images head over to Eurobricks via the link above.

Lego Technic RC Van

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