Jonathan Elliott’s renditions of the 1972 Renault 5 – 01 are smaller than minifig scale, use relatively few parts, and manage to absolutely nail the look of the car. The five stud wide cars really capture the boxy design of the actual car which was popular for these smaller hatchbacks at the time.
And, speaking of that hatchback, make sure you check out some alternate angles below, where you can see how they were pulled off at this scale. It’s not perfect — the rear quarter side panels overlap them — but it’s still impressive for this scale. With LEGO going towards bigger and bigger cars for both LEGO City and the Speed Champions lines, I love seeing smaller builds like this.
It’s always great to see an old theme revived by creative builders, as Abi Yoga Pratama has done to a Neptune Discovery Lab theme set 6195, utilising parts that were released way back in 1995. A new futuristic explorer vehicle reimagined for today emerges, with sleek lines and a modern look. I really love the two front door frames being used as the sturdy-looking front for the cockpit. These elements are one of a kind and not ever used in any other set.
Tucked at the back, and enclosed within the build are two sub-carriers that could be launch pods for perimeter roaming! Little touches that engage in not only form but function in playability.
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.
There are some things money can’t buy, and this Italian supercar is one of those. The Lamborghini Centenario had a run of just 40 units worldwide, and they’ve all been snapped up. But that doesn’t stop any of us owning one in brick form, provided we have skills like Ryan Link. Accurately built and featuring a removable engine block, petrol heads of any age can swoosh this version around and still have a couple million dollars in the bank.
This month’s cover photo is this smart yellow and black triple-axle trailer truck by builder MiniGray!. As well as being highly detailed, this model’s cab can house multiple LEGO minifigs and has working a tilt mechanism that reveals the engine below. Check out the Flickr album for more shots.
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LEGO City remains one of the most popular themes designed by LEGO and is always fun to see a large city layout. And you will definitely not be disappointed by this bustling city scene by Korean building team OliveSeon – a huge minifigure scale diorama that is over 6 meters (19 feet) in length. The main central part of the scene includes a few official modular sets such as the Detective’s Office, Parisian Restaurant and Ghostbusters HQ on the left. But there is much more to this diorama than buildings, as I believe it depicts almost every form of transport system imaginable from an airplane, to a suspension railway, to HGVs and even a hot air balloon.
On the far right beyond those skyscrapers, the concrete plunges into a chilled out beach scene and then a mountain peak complete with cable car. The red and white cable car is very cute, as is the hot air balloon, even if every Health & Safety bone in my body is shouting that it’s too close to the high wires!
On the far left the transportation has a more nautical feel with the port and harbour area. Don’t go for a dip in the water on this side of the build though, cos I’ve spotted a few hungry sharks on patrol.
So can you think of any other forms of transportation the builders have missed in this huge 3-part diorama?
In every aspect of the partnership between the Dark Knight and the Boy Wonder, it’s always Batman who has stolen the limelight. I’ve even felt that the recent LEGO Batman Movie reinforces this pattern, one that spans the entire 76 year franchise. Robin warrants a bit more visibility of his own, and these LEGO builds are the exactly what’s been long overdue. Elvis Lawrey builds not 1 but 6 vehicles that are well deserved by Robin, all in a predictable but appropriate red and black color scheme. My favourite has got to be the menacing tank. What’s yours? Hop over to Elvis’ Flickr album and salivate over the details behind each build!
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There are few things that stand the test of time and still find relevance in pop culture. K.I.T.T, short for Knight Industries Two Thousand, is the talking trans-am that captured the TV dreams of many an 80’s kid, including builder Rob Damiano. While the character of Michael Knight was the official hero of this show, it always seemed to be K.I.T.T. that saved the day by coming to his rescue or using some new technological trick. Rob has recreated the four-wheeled star of Knight Rider at a scale that perfectly matches the LEGO Dimensions David Hasselhoff minifigure, and presented it in a style that looks lifted straight from the show:
Just a reminder that the annual speeder bike contest, run by the good folks over at the LEGO Speeder Bikes Flickr group, is drawing to close at the end of the month. We’ve seen some great entries so far but there is still time to get your rear in gear and build some awesome bikes! There are great prizes up for grabs, donated by The Brothers Brick, as well as all sorts of other swag!
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.
The Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) is the largest municipal fire department in the United States, but Engine 54 stands out within this huge fire department, and its firehouse is known the “Pride of Midtown”. Fifteen members of Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9 were killed while responding to the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. sponki25 has built an accurate scale model of Engine 54, a 2014 Seagrave Attacker HD 2000/500 High Pressure Pumper that is only six studs wide but packs an incredible amount of detail within that small space.
There are plenty of brick-built details within the six-stud wide confines. The home-made stickers may not be to everyone’s taste, but you have to admire Sven’s attention to even the smallest detail. It is also touching that Sven has dedicated this particular build to the memory of Engine 54’s heroes.
Sven has a growing collection of FDNY apparatus that you can see in his FDNY album, including the FDNY Ambulance below. I simply had to share this image of his ambulance responding to a scene, Sven’s minifig scale Stryker stretcher is really an awesome little build.