Look twice—those aren’t sideways cars, they’re COSMO Pods, the kit-built racers of the future. Designed by Volker Brodkorb, each of the vertically oriented pods is souped up to match its driver’s style and outfitted with a unique engine, and then splashed with a classic paint job hearkening back to the old petrol-powered four-wheeled racers of yore.
Of course, I’m rooting for the Ford GT40-inspired pod, because who doesn’t love that iconic blue and orange Gulf livery?
It’s the lead up to the Formula Zero Gravity Championships for Octan Racing’s Tigress. Piloted by a rookie racing under the name Octana, this larger-than-minifigure scale racer is ready for its paces. Builder Tim Goddard has used a variety of interesting techniques to get the amazing angles and sharp lines of this beastly speeder.
The body appears to be an extension of the cockpit window, which has been wrapped around a massive rear engine. Plus, there’s the great use of regular and inverted tall slope bricks opposite each other to create interesting panel lines. Slap on a hefty rear stabilizing wing with a handful of maneuvering thrusters and coat liberally with Octan livery and you have yourself an incredible racing monster. As the competing teams continue to work on their racers for a warm up race in Leicester this weekend, I think Octana and her ferocious feline are in for a fantastic racing season!
It’s easy to default to the same adjectives whenever one of Tyler’s builds shows up — amazing, epic, awesome, stunning, awe-inspiring, breathtaking, etc. I’m at a typical loss for words with his latest, this sweet glow-in-the-dark speeder.
Tyler is one of those rare builders who can turn any pile of parts — like some black and a handful of actual glow-in-the-dark elements — into something really special. Flawless photography and editing doesn’t hurt either. Overall, this is a cool design, well-presented.
I love a build with a good backstory. BobDeQuatre has created a story of a family of three speeder racers, starting with Thomas Hendricks building a prototype repulsor engine in his workshop. Making good use of stickered bricks and complete with a raised drafting area with chalkboard and designing table, Thomas’s workshop looks great.
Take a peek under the hood as we explore three generations of racers using variations of this amazing marvel of modern machinery.
This wonderfully compact and cleverly built speeder by W. Navarre demonstrates small size doesn’t necessarily mean small details. Though I have to admit I’m not entirely sure what it means (if anything), the Chinese touch is a pretty interesting and unique take on the typical Star Wars-esque speeders we see. And I’d be remiss not to mention the great looking tree or the remnants of a boot on the skeleton’s foot. The use of a Nexo Knight armor piece to construct the speeder’s front end is hands-down the best detail.
This neon netrunner by Carter Baldwin is one part nostalgic 80s racing video game (think Out Run), one part Blade Runner, and one part experiment in color theory. Mix that all up and you’ve got one sweet LEGO speed machine. While the speeder bike itself is quite good, what at really makes this build pop is the background. I love the glowing, misting water, the ombre-effect wall, the exposed beams, and that trans-blue palm tree.
Crossing the LEGO wasteland is deadly for the unprepared. But this little speeder-biking mouse by Adam Dodge looks ready for the long haul. His bike is sleek underneath all that clutter and he’s even packing a boom-box for road trip music. (A Horse with No Name anyone?)
Overall Adam’s build has a dusty, apocalyptic feel. However, the sparse pops of color and the adorable mouse head (It’s a custom Mouse Guard head) give his creation a lighthearted feeling too.
It’s shaping up to be a busy month for contests this February with TBB’s Space Chefs, LUGNuts 100th challenge, and of course the annual FebROVERary challenge. And now there’s one more addition to the collective building pot:
It’s been four years since the last Speeder Bike Contest, which I remember well …mainly because I didn’t have time to take part, and was going to do the next one. It took 4 years, but Cole Blaq and _zenn are back, and I’m not missing my chance this time.
The three builds pictured above are the actual prizes for this contest (plus polybags). The first prize winner gets Cole Blaq’s amazing custom chromed speeder, shown below. Check out the Speeder Bike Group for full details. And since it is competing with so many other contests, the organizers have extended the deadline an extra day, to February 29th.
Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada, USA for another round of Friday Night Fights! Tonight we head down to the streets for some good old fashioned cyber-racing with speed bikes! Let’s go to the tale of the tape.
In the black corner we have F@bz with his Honda RZR:
In the red corner we have Devid and his Akira bike:
As usual, constant reader, you are tasked with deciding the outcome of this bout by way of comment. On the last edition of Friday Night Fights, Yellow Brick Road edition, Team Mayo wins 7-5 ! Tune in next week for another action packed edition of Friday Night Fights!
The Lego Star Wars Battle on Saleucami is one of the new Star Wars sets released in March 2014. This set retails for $14.99 and is available on Amazon. Below is a brief video review and my remarks regarding the set.
- Includes a unique BARC trooper, 3 olive green grass stems, and a spring-loaded launcher
- The set is built like a target practice range, and it’s fun to shoot at the droids
- Comes with only one unique minifig
This set is essentially an upgraded battle pack with the added feature of a target practice playset. This is currently the cheapest set to get the spring-loaded shooter, which is one of the coolest bricks that Lego has released. The speeder is well-designed with the skis/fins contributing to the more dynamic look of the model. The olive green grass stems are exclusive to this set, and it’s useful in many creations that need foliage. If only the set had more than one unique minifig, then it would make this a true gem. Nevertheless I still highly recommend this set both for the great play feature and useful parts.
The Lego Star Wars Kashyyyk Troopers is one of the three new battle packs released in March 2014. This set retails for $12.99 and is available on Amazon. Below is a brief video review and my remarks regarding the set.
This is my favorite of the 3 battle packs. The swamp speeder is the highlight of the set and includes a surprising number of new and hard-to-find parts as I have mentioned in the video. The speeder itself is also well-designed for its size and is acceptable for army-building. The set also include 4 of the new functional blasters.
Régis Gamba (Anio) is a French builder whose UCS Star Wars models were first known to me through Brickshelf. His latest is a UCS speeder bike, which you can see more photos on his Flickr set.
Thanks for the tip TheBrickAvenger!