I have a confession to make: I have never taken a metro bus. Honestly, I don’t know the first thing about taking a city bus, and I have so many questions! And even though the Seattle bus drivers seem to drive a little crazy, it takes our buses twice as long to get somewhere than if I drive myself. They don’t seem very “rapid” to me, but according to The Eleventh Bricks, the real-life version this LEGO bus is.
I’m skeptical, but I’ll have to take their word for it. Joking aside, this is an excellent replica of a metro bus, and it even includes lights, which is always a winner in my book.
In honour of Chris McCandless’ 52nd birthday earlier this week, 2019 TBB LEGO Builder of the YearAndrea Lattanzio build a stunning recreation of the “Magic Bus” from the end of McCandless’ life, as documented in the book and film Into the Wild. This creation is a fitting tribute. The landscape looks like the clearing on the rugged Stampede Trail, featuring various elements representing rocks, plants, and mushrooms. My favourites are the tree built out of brown stud shooters and the grey homemaker hairpiece as a large rock. Framed inside its wild Alaskan surroundings, is the bus itself. The design is spot on and includes clever use of a dish with a spider web pattern as old and aged headlights and a stack of 3×3 dishes as the bus’s grill.
LEGO has officially revealed the entire upcoming wave of LEGO Harry Potter sets, five of which will be available this summer starting June 1st. The sets are based on the third and fourth films in the Harry Potter series, The Prisoner of Azkaban and The Goblet of Fire. As an extra magical bonus, LEGO also revealed a Harry Potter-themed Advent Calendar for this upcoming holiday season, available starting September 1st.
Last week we shared images of three LEGO Harry Potter sets revealed early by Amazon.it, but now we have official photos and details of each set in the summer wave. New sets include the vibrant purple Knight Bus as well as a task from the Triwizard Tournament. Standout details include new pumpkins, a brick-built dragon and metallic golden egg as well as the Yule Ball.
(Spoiler alert: The photos of the LEGO Harry Potter Advent calendar as well as set description revealing its contents are included as the last item in the article. If you don’t want to be spoiled, don’t scroll all the way to the bottom!)
Some vehicles are more than meets the eye. While this 1959 Salem Ameriliner Library Bus by Chris Elliot doesn’t change into a walking, talking robot, it has been transformed on the inside, from a passenger carrier to mobile library with a fully detailed interior. Even without the interior, the bus is a beautiful creation. The combination of slopes used on the roof place it indisputably in the 1950s, and the other details are seamless: doors on their side as luggage compartment doors and zip line handles as side view mirrors.
If you’re not impressed by the exterior, open it up and be prepared to be blown away. The interior of this bookmobile is spot on to the last detail. It starts with enough books to actually be called a library, stowed everywhere they could possibly go: on the walls, in the luggage compartment, and even in the floor. There’s even a comfy couch in the back to curl up with whatever good book you’ve found on the shelf! Continue reading →
You can’t build a prosperous city without a fast and modern rapid transport system. As long as public buses remain one of the most popular means of transportation, bus stops need to be regularly upgraded as well. Sergey Antokhin brings public stops to the next level with this very good-looking combo of a stop and an info stand. This design is so clean and simple, it’s hard to believe you need no more than a hundred LEGO pieces to decorate your city street with a public area like this one. Bonus points are for a very smart choice of pieces for the paving: ingot tiles in light bluish gray interspersed with jumper tiles help create a very lifelike pattern.
Builder HallBricks blends the functional with the beautiful in this Technic Motorized Bus. I watched this video several times in awe of its clean lines, compact design, and marvelous engineering. This model exhibits many design features that blend SYSTEM brick and Technic parts to form elegant curves. The rear pillars and roof combine Technic panels with SYSTEM rounded slopes for a smooth, semi-oblate shape. On the outside, the model’s headlights and tail lights consist of multiple translucent tiles for a multi-faceted effect.
Legohippie has made this terrific replica of the quintessential emblem of American schools, the Bluebird International school bus. This iconic yellow behemoth is the method of transportation for millions of children every day, and I’ve not seen a better LEGO version than this one.