Tag Archives: Vehicle

LEGO planes, trains, and automobiles! Well, maybe not trains, since they don’t like to play with the other LEGO themes, but here you’ll find all our favorite cars, buses, boats, ships, helicopters, and anything else with an engine (and some without).

Sebulba’s micro-podracer is anything but bantha poodoo

Cecilie Fritzvold has built a fabulous little version of Sebulba’s podracer. The shrunken chibi styling manages to perfectly capture the look and feel of this classic vehicle — you can almost hear the distinctive roar of the engines as this passes by. The whole model is elevated by the classy presentation — it’s amazing what a simple bit of tan landscaping can do.

Microfighter: Sebulba's podracer

Don’t miss the close-up details available in these zoomed-in shots. There’s some nice brickwork on display, although I’m not convinced some of the connections in here are particularly robust! The purple energy binder connection between the two engines looks about as reliable as the “real” energy binders proved during the Boonta Eve Classic.

Microfighter: Sebulba's podracer (details)

Next gen Scuderia Ferrari races into the future

There’s only one thing better than mecha racing, and that’s mecha racing in a Ferrari. Gamabomb‘s latest creation is a brilliant four-legged “spider mech” fitted out in classic Scuderia Ferrari colors.

MRL Ferrari SF48-O

The model makes excellent use of stickered parts to create a genuine “racing car” feel, and the greebly mechanical details make for a believable-looking futuristic construction. I’m a big fan of the support work around the rear spoiler, and those little white wheels are magic. To cap off the great model and strong presentation, the builder has included an interesting technical description and a bit of backstory for the driver. Nice to see the sports of the future don’t let gender considerations stand in the way of talent…

MRL Ferrari SF48-O Aurora Rossa

Push it real good

There are a lot of sweet details on this vintage bulldozer model from Jakeof. Like the dual chain treads and their associated mechanical bits. And the subtle stickers that jazz up the side windows. And the little bits of cut flex tube everywhere. And the door handle, which looks like it might be the head of a minifig hammer. But the real highlight is the extremely old school brick used for the rear window. It’s amazing what you can do with a wide variety of parts and a little imagination.

DT-75

New LEGO 10252 Volkswagen Beetle is totally radical, man! [Review]

Announced just last month and out on August 1st, The Brothers Brick is pleased to bring you a full review of the new 10252 Volkswagen Beetle, thanks to a special delivery from LEGO headquarters in Denmark. This new Beetle in stunning dark azure joins the dark green 10242 Mini Cooper and classic 10220 Volkswagen Camper Van in what I’m hoping is a permanent fixture in LEGO Creator sets. The set includes 1,167 pieces, and will retail for $99.99.

10252 Volkswagen Beetle

The build

We’ve come to expect some solid techniques and clever tricks in the “Expert” LEGO Creator series sets, many of which are very obviously designed by the numerous builders who have disappeared from the face of the Internet only to turn up in Billund. And that’s the case here — the set was designed by the very talented Mike Psiaki, whose LEGO creations we’ve featured many, many times here on The Brothers Brick over the years — most notably one of the best LEGO X-wings ever made.

Mike’s Beetle doesn’t disappoint. The 211 steps span an instruction booklet 124 pages thick. I recently also built the new LEGO Ghostbusters (2016) Ecto 1, and it had far more complicated techniques than this larger vehicle does, but the Beetle is still full of half-stud-offset, SNOT, complex headlight and bracket geometry, and other techniques you’ll rarely if ever see in a LEGO City set.

10252 Volkswagen Beetle

Click through for the complete review!

Let’s play cowboys and engines

Christopher Hoffman brings us an excellent Tech West stagecoach robbery scene. I’m a big fan of the Tech West idea — the mix of steampunk, dieselpunk, space, and cowboys ticks all of my boxes at once. And this creation is a great example of what’s good about the theme — the model is immediately recognisable as a stagecoach, with figures that totally look the part, yet it’s got beefy podracer-style engines which somehow don’t look out of place. Great work y’all.

Tech West - Stagecoach Robbery

Who You Gonna Call in 2016?

The new 2016 Ghostbusters movie is due to hit cinemas in the next few days, with the Hollywood première on Saturday. As I mentioned in my review of LEGO’s new Ecto-1 set a few weeks ago, I was not impressed by the movie trailers, but I do quite like that the main characters in the reboot are women and I also like the new version of Ecto-1.

Ghostbusters reboot Ecto-1

It will be no surprise then that I’ve built my own version as a new addition to my movie vehicle collection. Among fans of the original movie there has been a backlash against the female leads, but having built more than 50 movie vehicles and the actors in the last few years, I think it’s a bit staggering to see how so few movies seem to have female characters as anything other than sidekicks or eye candy. I also know that some fans of the original movies don’t like the idea of a reboot, but from poring over pictures of the new car, I think it’s obvious that whoever designed the car at least is a fan of the original movies too. Sure, it is an eighties Cadillac rather than a classic big-finned 1959 model, but nowadays a 1959 model is exceedingly rare while an eighties car isn’t worth much. It is pretty much the perfect choice. Its roof-mounted equipment also owes a lot to Dan Aykroyd’s ideas for Ghostbusting technology used in the original movies. I don’t have a vested interest in whether the movie is any good, but the car is cool and I loved building mine and the figures to go with it.

As a reminder, if you’d like a chance at getting your own copy of the LEGO set for free, you can still enter our giveaway.

Borderlands 2 returns to Pandora LEGO style

What began as several friends having a blast leveling up together in Borderlands 2 became a fun collaborative effort to showcase the cast of characters in Borderlands 2 with bricks. Evan Bordessa, Simon Liu, Daniel Church, Caleb Wagoner, Alec Doede, Eric Leis, and myself (Nick Jensen) present a brick built trip back to Pandora in search of loot and mayhem. Originally intended to be a tribute to the playable vault hunters, the collaborative layout became more expansive, covering several other major characters and a few enemies and vehicles found on the journey to the Vault.

First, let’s take a look at the playable vault hunters. From left to right: Axton the Commando (Evan), Salvador the Gunzerker (Eric), Zer0 (Daniel), Gaige the Mechromancer and Deathtrap (Nick), Maya the Siren (Caleb), and Krieg the Psycho (Evan).

Borderlands 2: Return to Pandora, hero shot.

The full layout features additional characters, vehicles, and scenery found throughout Pandora. Bandits, Hyperion engineers, and Hyperion loaders of all types and sizes stand among characters such as Face McShooty, Mad Moxxi, Mr. Torgue, Angel, Handsome Jack, Claptrap, and Tiny Tina. A pair of Runners, vending machines printed by EclipseGrafx, loot boxes, and a New-U Respawn Station complete the Pandora feel.

Borderlands 2: Return to Pandora

Watch a brief overview of the full layout as it was at Brickworld Chicago 2016 in the following video.

Individual photos of most of the characters and scenery can be found on each builders’ Flickr photostream and in this imgur album. (Warning: Mild Language)

LEGO Mars rover in action [Video]

It seems Jeremy Williams paid attention to our unsubtle hints when we covered his fabulous Ares 7 Martian Rover model — he’s produced a video of the rover in action. Take a look — you can see the vehicle’s independent suspension and four-wheel steering make short work of the terrain.

To top it all, this video was shot on the Martian scenery layout at the UK’s National Space Centre in Leicester. The authorities there let Jeremy sneak in to do his shoot before regular opening hours — a very cool filming location for an excellent model.

2017 Marvel Superheroes Mighty Micros unveiled [News]

Just two days ago we revealed the next wave of Mighty Micros for DC, and now we have the Marvel variants to go along with them. The Twitter post announcing this morning them didn’t include names, but looking at the pictures we assume they will be Iron Man Vs. Thanos, Spider-man Vs. Scorpion, and Wolverine Vs. Magneto. Like the DC versions, these will probably be on display at at San Diego Comic Con in July and will retail for $9.99 USD.

Iron Man Vs. ThanosNew Superheros Mighty Micros

Spider-man Vs. ScorpionNew Superheros Mighty Micros

Wolverine Vs. Magneto
New Superheros Mighty Micros

They look awesome, don’t they?

Space speeders speeding through space

This great little scene by Sad Brick depicts two speeders racing amongst unusual terrain and alien life-forms. The builder nods to a Neo Classic space theme with the choice of classic space minifigures and the classic space colouring on the lead speeder.  These speeders are lovely vehicles, but the parts that I really love are the worm-like animals in the bottom right of the scene.

Neo Classic Speeder

The builder has created a great unique terrain for his speeders with the peaked structures and the occasional eerie looking tendrils to keep you on edge. This is alien terrain so keep your eyes peeled for the unexpected.

2017 DC Superheroes Mighty Micros unveiled [News]

LEGO has announced the next wave of DC Superheroes Mighty Micros sets, slated for a release next January. This new wave of chibi-sized superheroes and villains and their vehicles will feature Batman vs. Killer Moth, Wonder Woman vs. Doomsday, and Superman vs. Bizarro. The sets will be on display at San Diego Comic Con in July, and when they finally hit store shelves they’ll retail for $9.99 USD each, just like the first wave of Mighty Micros we reviewed.

Wonder Woman vs. Doomsday

Wonder Woman vs Doomsday

Click to see the other sets

Majestic LEGO rover rolls across Mars

Jeremy Williams brings us a stunning LEGO rendition of a Martian rover, inspired by Mark Watney’s vehicle in the film The Martian. The levels of realistic greebly detail on this model is amazing, adding immensely to the sense of realism. Couple that with some excellent photography and you’ve got a cracking piece of work.

LEGO martian rover

The model has a detailed interior and features twin-axle steering, independent suspension, and 2 (count ’em) Power Functions motors.

Click through for more photos of this LEGO mars rover