This little road trip has got lots of details going on by Thomas W. First of all, you can’t miss the Hot Rod that’s built to perfection. I love the subtle details like uneven, worn-out road and the Route 66 sign that’s about to tumble over. The details of the flora and fauna are great too—in case you missed the perched vulture. The exposed LEGO studs make for natural detailing on the saguaro, too.
How does one person go from creating How I Met Your Mother vignettes to building an epic Mad Max: Fury Road Doof Wagon? We may never know, but the fact is, Speedyhead did it. I have yet to meet a person who did not like the latest Mad Max film, be it for the insane vehicles and action or the underlying theme of equality and freedom. The Doof Wagon is many people’s favourite “character” of the film. I can’t imagine many things more awesome than a metal concert riding into battle on a huge postapocalyptic truck.
All the details are in the right places and the whole thing is just like in the film. It has everything from the weird guitar-flamethrower player to the huge speakers. The base adds a lot to the presentation too, and even some sense of motion and power.
LEGO wasn’t always about plastic bricks. Back in 1932, Ole Kirk Kristiansen, a master carpenter and joiner, establishes his business in the village of Billund, Denmark. Ole’s firm manufactures stepladders, ironing boards, stools and wooden toys. By the early 1950s, LEGO was producing not just wooden toys; plastic toys account for half of the company’s output. The older wooden toys remain in circulation today, often as rare or collector items depending on their condition. Bailey Fullarton has used an apt mix of an original wooden LEGO tractor from the late 1940s/early 1950s and the plastic parts we all know and love to show off the vintage toy.
The LEGO Group’s many wooden and plastic products from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s took inspiration from social change and technological progress. In the early 1950s, the LEGO Group set up production of a Ferguson tractor in plastic. A range of implements is also available for the new toy tractor, including a cultivator and a plough, for hitching on the back of the tractor. These implements fit not only the plastic Ferguson tractor, but also the wooden tractors that are also part of the LEGO® products at the time. The collection below shows the same tractor as Bailey used bit in better condition and with some of the accessories for working the land.
I personally prefer Bailey’s worn tractor with its played with, nostalgic feel. I get the impression the tractor has had a hard life as a toy and now it is resting by the creek, enjoying the peace and quiet of retirement.
The Sikorsky HH–60G Pave Hawk is a twin-turboshaft engine helicopter in service with the United States Air Force, and TBB’s own Ralph Savelsberg has chosen to depict this versatile helicopter in ‘European One’ camouflage colours. The amazingly accurate shaping of Ralph’s model was the first reason this model caught my eye. I have flown in Blackhawks and seen them close up in my previous line of work, and I instantly recognised the Hawk family resemblance. There are a few details that I particular like, for example Ralph’s clever solutions to using a limited palate of dark bluish grey, dark green, and olive green means the hubs on the wheels are actually dark green minifigure heads!
The LEGO Speeder Bike Group is hosting their annual Racing League Contest. Any minifig-scale speeder bikes are welcome to enter. Check out the group’s photo pool for examples, if you aren’t familiar with the genre.
There are three Grand Prize sets up for grabs, as well as individual category prize sets, donated by The Brothers Brick!
Engine Company 10 and Ladder Company 10 of the New York Fire Department were among the first units to respond to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Located across the street from the World Trade Center, its firefighters rushed to rescue survivors during those first few terrible and confusing moments. By the end of the day, several of the station’s firefighters were dead and many others wounded. Builder sponki25 memorializes these brave men and women in LEGO form with this recreation of a truck from Engine Company 10:
There’s a lot to appreciate in this model besides its significance to one of the United State’s darkest days. The accurately detailed pump panel and the shaping of the canopy are particular highlights here. The stickers do a nice job of bringing the model to life, though the side yellow and white stripping could have been done just as well with LEGO plates. That aside, this is a wonderful model and does well to remember those who gave their lives saving others.
Building anything tiny out of LEGO is always a joy — especially when you’re able to use parts creatively as something other than what they were designed for. Cole Blaq‘s hoverbike, which is modified heavily from a bike frame, has a few things that stand out. One is that jetpack that seems to be mounted at the back of the rider, but what really tickles my fancy are the telescopic fork tubes that utilise paint roller handles. Bring your own helmet if you’re up for a fast ride… no license needed where there are no roads built for it.
British builder Martin Redfern (redfern1950s on Flickr) recently caught our attention with his recreation of one of the cars from the old cartoon Wacky Races. Once we saw he was creating more cars from the show, we got in touch and interviewed him in preparation for the inevitable completion of the starting grid. With all 11 cars and all their drivers completed, learn how they were made and why Martin made them.
The simplicity in the curves of a Lamborghini is never understated. And this pair of City-scale LEGO vehicles stand out for that reason. Beautifully captured in all its glory by Mark Gotidoc and showcasing the essentials, this is what LEGO building is all about; being able to take the simplest of shapes and overcome the limitations of the brick to transform them into their real world equivalents.
It’s the tiny features that count – the icing on the cake are those scissor doors and exhaust pipes, that leave no mistake as to what this little beast can do in less than 2.9 seconds. And if you really have to ask… 0 to 60 mph is what it does in that span of time.
If there’s one vehicle that I’d like to secretly own from the Star Wars universe, this would be it! The famous speeder bike from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi has been re-imagined in LEGO as a Winter version featured in white, and looks like it could have easily been used in the snow filled scenes from the battle of Hoth. The details that Ian Ying put into this machine make you wonder if this could exist in the real world. The build is clean and full of sleek lines. I just love the silver ribbed hoses as exhaust pipes.
The bike is built to the scale of the official 75114 First Order Stormtrooper figure, which fits on it very well! All I need to know is where do I put my order in to get me one of these in my garage?
This fantastic minifig-scale LEGO motorcycle was built for a contest for the German LUG ‘Imperium der Steine’. The task was to build a motor vehicle from a movie or TV show. Ben Tritschler chose the John Travolta movie Wild Hogs (or as it’s known in Germany, Born to be Wild ) This bike is very reminiscent of the motorcycles used in the film, provided by Harley-Davidson. Simple techniques have been used to create the uneven and cracked road with fantastic effect, the flowering cacti dotting the desert drive look great. But by far, though, the best part usage goes to the Shark Guy’s arm as the bike seat.
It’s still more than 80 days before the next Formula One racing season starts, and the all-new racing cars are still scheduled to be revealed in February. In the meantime, let’s have a look at a vehicle that stays behind the scenes, but still helps drivers make their way to the finish flag. Ryan Link, a huge Ferrari fan, surprises us with a LEGO version of the iconic Scuderia Ferrari transporter. I bet the scene below will instantly remind many of our readers of the legendary 2005 set 8654 Scuderia Ferrari Truck, which was absolutely cool. Unlike the trailer in that set, all of the signage on Ryan’s one is brick-built, from the diagonal stripes to the Ferrari logo at the back!
Don’t forget to check out more pictures in the builder’s album.