Monthly Archives: February 2011

Nice Truck

Théo (Titolian) has just posted a very nice little truck. This truck looks truly utilitarian, with just a splash of color thrown on by its corporate owners. There’s also a bit of a near-future sci-fi flair, which is near to my heart.


The last time I had a chance to build (over a month ago), I was attempting a truck myself. I really appreciate some of the solutions for shaping that he’s found. The slope of the windshield, in particular, looks good to me, especially as it relates to the fenders.

The Manticore orbital death machine

Blake Foster‘s third SHIP is a superweapon with the power to “destroy nearly anything produced by humankind.” This 180 stud long model has some eye-catching features like the spherical bridge and the asymmetrical design of the mid-section. The other side of the ship has docks for two minifig-scale fighters. You can see all this and more in the gallery on Flickr or MOCpages.

10219 Maersk Train unveiled [News]

The latest LEGO Exclusive kit is the 10219 Maersk Trainicon arriving in April 2011 [UPDATE: It’s now available]. Click here for the complete set of pictures.


Below is the official press release from LEGO:

10219 Maersk Train

Ages 14+. 1,234 pieces.

US $119.99 CA $159.99 DE 119.99 € UK 91.99 £

The highly-realistic Maersk diesel-electric freight train has arrived! A replica of the real engine that operated on the railroads of America, this Maersk train features exceptional detailing and functions, such as opening driver’s cab, removable side panel revealing a detailed, 16-cylinder engine, and authentic Maersk branding. The model also includes 2 wagons and 3 containers with opening doors (1 with refrigeration detailing). The set also includes a shunter truck and detachable trailer for loading and offloading the containers. Add LEGO® Power Functions accessories to motorize!

• Includes 3 workman minifigures!
• Train measures 36″ (92cm) long!
• Building instructions include a historical description of the LEGO Group/A.P. Moller Maersk Group cooperation and a timeline of the products launched!
• Containers can be loaded side-by-side or stacked!
• Motorize your Maersk train by adding LEGO Power Functions 8878 Power Functions Rechargeable Battery Box, #8887 Transformer 10V DC, #8884 Power Functions IR Receiver, 8879 Power Functions IR Speed Remote Control and 88002 Power Functions Train Motor!

UPDATE: check out the designer video by LEGO.

Cosmic Fleet Voyager

Shamisenfred has just posted the first segment of what I hope will continue to be a great project. He is building a remake of the classic space set Cosmic Fleet Voyager.

Cosmic Fleet Voyager 2012 (front part)

I’m enjoying the style of this remake, the rounded fuselage has a cool anime vibe to me. The round body together with the stuby wings can’t help but feel cute. The windows on the side are also just pure win.

Beautiful curves of the Phenix

Christophe Corthay‘s Star Trek inspired Vulcan ship called the Phenix has some of the craziest curves I’ve seen. They’re crazy because not only are there so many rings, but they are also textured by SNOT techniques. I can’t imagine the amount of strain in this model, which could make it explode at any moment. But for what it’s worth, the result looks drop dead gorgeous.

Tough but Fair

This new ship by Marcin N (martin86bb) has a vibe I really like. It’s a little ugly, a little boxy, and it all just works. It reads as a utilitarian space ship, and like it was really designed purposefully. The builder doesn’t describe the function of the ship, but I like to think it could be the space equivalent of a tug boat or shunting locomotive.

There are just enough details around the engine section to really work (and I’m always a fan of a little hexalateral symmetry). The chairs as fins are also a nice touch.


Massive Tow Truck Attack

Yet again we should thank our Technic guest blogger Peer Kreuger (mahjqa) for this one.

If you’re interested in technic, you should know about Sariel. He’s a very productive builder, who takes his time to document his building process and share his techniques. He’s also equally proficient at both system and technic building. So if we’re talking about lots of functionality crammed inside a single unit, it’s probably best to mention his latest creation:

The complete story (and it’s a big one) can be read here. And if you want to see it all at work, better check this out:

Sure, the video takes it’s sweet time, and we’ve seen the Black CatTroll Assault Wagon before. Still, this is a worthy upgrade and a magnificent build.

EDIT: As Paul mentions below this is not actually based on the Black Cat, it’s based on the Troll Assault Wagon. Or at least that’s how I read his comment ;)

Sign up for BrickMagic in Raleigh, NC May 5-8, 2011

The second annual BrickMagic Lego festival is happening in Raleigh on Mother’s Day weekend. This year’s event will have more display space along with a two-day private convention on top of the weekend public expo. Perhaps more exciting is their recent announcement of a $1000 cash prize and LEGOLand annual pass for the best in show creation along with features in BrickJournal magazine for the best creations of each category. Click here to register for BrickMagic 2011.

Big is beautiful but small is sexy

Ice Sat V MkII

For his LEGO models Pierre A. Fieschi dispenses with minifigs and builds small. But you’d never know it looking at the thumbnails for his models. In the last two weeks he’s posted 6 models and I recommend checking all of them out (and anything further back). This, dear readers, is how you build small.

EDIT: As Dan rightly points out there is indeed a minifig in the minifig scaled vehicle above. I am blind and wrong.