In March, we shared the great news that LEGO Ideas chose Carl Greatrix’s Caterham Super Seven as one of their newest additions to the LEGO Ideas family. Today, LEGO unveiled 21307 Caterham Seven 620R, and it will be available October 1. The set has 771 pieces, and will retail for $79.99 USD.
To you, it’s probably the classic 80’s cult movie you’ve never actually heard of. To me, it was a recent opportunity for some late night cable TV nostsalgia that only lasted ten excruciating minutes. But to the rest of the world the 1984 sci-fi western rock-n-roll action melodrama The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension is surprisingly highly rated and surprisingly influential. Surprising then that no-one has ever given us a LEGO recreation of the movie’s iconic Jet Car. Thankfully, fan builder SPARKART! has finally corrected that oversight:
I can only hope that this iconic movie vehicle ends up as some future LEGO Ideas set, alongside the Delorean and Ecto-1. Then again, to quote the movie’s titular hero, “If all wishes were gratified, many dreams would be destroyed”.
It may be less than two weeks ago since I blogged a build by Maksymilian Majchrzak ( [MAKS] ), but it seems he very much likes the same sort of things I do and he builds them well. Case in point: his latest crane.
For those of you who are crane geeks, this is a Liebherr LTM 1350-6.1 in the colours of Mammoet (Mammoth) — a famous company from the Netherlands that specialises in heavy lifting and heavy haulage. This behemoth is built to my favourite scale of 1/22, which makes it roughly 100 studs long in road-going configuration.
The model is very detailed and has numerous working features such as steering, a telescopic boom that can be raised and lowered (which does involve inserting an extra part to lengthen the hydraulic ram), side supports that extend and retract, and he has included a brick-built figure. If there were a checklist of things I like, he has ticked almost all of the boxes.
Neil Blomkamp’s movie Chappie may have had some misteps, but the fantastic effects work in bringing the titular android to life was beyond reproach. Chappie, a disaffected robot in a future South Africa, is one of the more endearing robots to find its ways to cinema screens in recent years, and LEGO builder Pilation Pilation has made this awesome rendition of the wannabe gangster robot, fully poseable to throw some street moves, and he’s even built a great motorcycle for Chappie, which has hints of Bat-bike in it.
The LEGO REBRICK website has just announced the grand prize winner and runners-up in their Build the Porsche of your Dreams competition that ended on 07 Sept. The Grand Prize winner was Tamás Juhász with his Porsche 962 C.
Tamás’ model was very detailed, including the engine, exhausts, turbos, racing seat, seat belt, radiators, detailed cockpit, mirrors all made using LEGO.
LEGOLAND Florida and Southern Ford Dealers have partnered to create a truly unique anniversary gift: the Brick Pony is a bright blue 1964-1/2 V8 Coupe Mustang, and she is just lovely.
This life-size LEGO build was created to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Mustang Club of America, and was unveiled at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
This pair of Anime-inspired flyers by halfbeak were originally created for a contest over in the Flickr speeder bike group. Their design is fiendishly simple yet refreshingly unconventional, and is made possible by clever use of some older LEGO parts including Alpha Team canopies, Exoforce figures, and a variety of repurposed and recut LEGO stickers.
I like the forward-leaning posture of the riders – it conveys a sense that these speeders were built solely for racing, to compared to the more relaxed seating position of a typical LEGO speeder bike.
Remember when Citizen Brick created a set based off of Breaking Bad and there was a row on the internet? While that drama may long be past, the inspiration to build LEGO renditions of the show still exists. And, because this is LEGO, there just had to be a mashup with space down the line. Finally making it a reality is MadLEGOman with the build titled “Spacing Bad”.
Not only is this a sizeable creation with a detailed interior and complete LEGO drug lab, but it also seems to be created using only official LEGO bricks with original prints.
Oh, and please notice the pair of pants hanging on the mirror. The design of this ship really reminds me of the Eagle 5 from Spaceballs. Then again, it’s the only other flying camper van I know of.
For some reason, LEGO builders like to make very large spaceships in September. Many of them spend the entire month working on their models, only releasing photos at the last possible moment. But Shannon Ocean is starting the season off with a bang.
Not only is this ship over 100 studs long, it has a well-blocked color scheme and some great stickers. What really stands out, though, is the uniquely innovative warp drive at the tail end. It looks sorta like the front of an old 50’s-style raygun, but is also vaguely evocative of something late modern, like Star Trek. And, oh my stars, that studs-down base! I hope the rest of the month is this exciting.
Description says it’s a spaceship, but some LEGO models are like clouds: you can see almost anything in them. To me, this could easily be a retro-futuristic submarine, aiming torpedoes at George Jetson’s commuter car. Or, if you imagine the stand as a handle, this could be a pistol for Barbarella.
Whatever it may be, hold it in your hand and run around the house making strange noises. Or just stare at the smooth, clean lines and great minor details. The color scheme is deceptively awesome — there’s actually 7 colors visible, but the eye only cares about two of them. Red Spacecat‘s photo is also notable for its background texture, which enhances the model’s appeal without attracting its own attention. Swoosh!
This steampunk aircraft from Andreas Lenander has a smart white and gold aesthetic — a pleasant change from the genre’s usual hackneyed brown and grey color schemes. Beyond the colors, the smooth curves of the air intake on the nose work nicely, and those gold props look great. Couple a good model with an interesting low-angle POV and some decent photo-editing and you’ve got a steampunk LEGO flying machine which I wouldn’t mind taking out for a spin.
Let’s play a simple game: How fast can you count all LEGO sets that contain a model of a T-47 snowspeeder? Well the problem is that there are too many snowspeeders — not only in official sets, but also built by a huge number of talented fans. And each time I see a new iteration of this iconic spacecraft, I tell myself “It can’t get any better, this is perfect!”. But somehow Brickdoctor made his own snowspeeder too outstanding to be mistaken for any other build.
It’s not the choice of pieces or the shape of the speeder, but its awesome wings that make it so cool. Bricks placed with their studs not on top (a technique commonly referred to as SNOT) doesn’t make the wings look heavy, but tiny gaps between the pieces create a stunning pattern as if the speeder is covered with reflective armour plates. If you’re interested in how this T-47 looks inside like, visit the builder’s Flickr stream.