Tag Archives: Blacktron

Neo-Blacktron invades the Reid Continuum

Neo-Classic Space master Peter Reid has gone over to the dark side (albeit briefly, I suspect). Consistent with the NBT design ethos, his Neo-Blacktron Speeder is a variant of his own speeder designs.

LEGO Neo-Blacktron speeder

And since we failed to blog it back in April, here’s Pete’s amazing “LL-117 Under Construction”.

LEGO classic space ship under construction

Although built entirely differently, this version of Pete’s LL-117 looks as though the original is simply missing its skin.

Neo-Blacktron gears up for invasion

The Ugokin aliens may have been forced back to the fringes of known space by the Neo-Classic Space fleet, but there are other powers rising in the void.

Andrew Lee (onosendai2600/Wintermute) and Fradel Gonzalez (Slice151) have kicked off what is sure to be the next building craze — Neo-Blacktron.

Here’s Andrew’s Heavy Fighter:

Neo-Blacktron Heavy Fighter

And Fradel’s Eliminator:

Neo-Blacktron Eliminator

Check out all of Andrew’s Neo-Blacktron creations, Fradel’s NBT, and the new Neo-Blacktron group pool.

Nathan Proudlove’s Blacktron II

Those of you who saw pictures from BrickFest the weekend before last will have noticed the six-foot-long ship dominating the Space display.

Safely back home across the northern border, Nathan Proudlove presents the Blacktron II:

Yes, the hull is made from regular bricks. It’s just so big that they can curve (a technique more familiar to castle builders).

I love the stern:

The return of Blacktron 1!

No, sadly, as the title might mislead, it is not a question of LEGO re-releasing the, in its days quite fantastic, Blacktron line. However, the space community more than makes up for that by producing some fun original models! First out is Ed Diment’s nicely chunky Black-CAT, a transport of sorts:

Ed Diment's Black-CAT

With a lot of moving parts, nice shape and a well-executed colour scheme, this is definitely something I’d have enjoyed as a kid. But no worries, I’ll enjoy it now instead.

Next up is Andrew Verner’s (aka Andrusi) Legion. At first sight one would think it is a CAD version of the original Blacktron Invader:

Andrusi's Legion

But lo and behold – he had us all fooled! With a few twists and turns it transforms into a robot!

Andrew has gone to great lengths to ensure that the ship mode still is modular, and he even put a .mpd file in his gallery which means that those with ldraw can take a look at how it is built (and even build their own!). Thank you for that Andrew!

And with that we end this session of nostalgia.