LEGO builder Matthew Terentev built an amazing Technic replica of a 70s-era Russian station wagon, the GAZ-24, and then he crashed it. The result is this fascinating depiction of a crashed LEGO car, which is something that even after years of featuring LEGO models here on The Brothers Brick I haven’t seen done well more than a few times. Rather than just being a partially disassembled pile of bricks, you can tell exactly how the front-right impact crumpled the hood and bumper of this racer.
What’s even more unusual is for a LEGO car to have a story. But Matthew didn’t just build the crashed Gaz-24. Instead, he gives us its whole life as a car, starting with the original, factory spec wagon.
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No doubt, cars are among kids’ most favorite toys. And if you have a few toy cars the best thing you can do with them is to transport them using an even bigger car, or a car transporter. These trucks make for an excellent toy with a lot of playability, and LEGO has even released a DUPLO one, not speaking of many other sets released across various themes. This year, yet another car transporter comes as a LEGO Technic set. 42098 Car Transporter seems to be the longest LEGO vehicle ever released yet, reaching more than 3 feet/1 meter with the rear ramp lowered. The set consists of 2,493 pieces and will be available starting August 1 for US $179.99| CAN $229.99 | UK £139.99.
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In February 2018, an impressive test launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket was conducted with Elon Musk’s personal Tesla Roadster as the payload. For SHIPtember each year, LEGO builders challenge each other to build a LEGO spaceship (in which “SHIP” means “Significantly Huge Investment in Parts”) at least one hundred studs long. Adrian Drake took up the challenge to construct an impressive LEGO model of Musk’s roadster and its dummy pilot “Starman.” Whether it counts as a spacecraft for SHIPtember is debatable (we believe it does count!), but it hits the 100-stud-long mark (about 31.5 inches) and is shaped and sculpted rather well at this scale.
The fully detailed cabin interior is worth a closer look.
See more photos of Adrian’s Tesla Roadster and Starman on Flickr.
When it comes to minifigure-scale cars, Jonathan Elliott has proven to be the master of his craft. Jonathan is back on the road with three great cars, two of which might look a little bit familiar if you happened to be following us back in November 2017. He is back with two sweet mods, as well as something completely different! Get ready to start your engines for the Porsche 911 Turbo, which first hit the scene back in 1975.
Jonathan’s modifications bring the 260 hp turbocharged legend to life, complete with the famed “whale tail” spoiler. The iconic Porsche curves are also here, right down to the subtle slant of the rear windshield and feels proportioned just right. (If you will recall our review of Speed Champions set 75888, one of our laments was that the 911 was just a stud too long.) An added bonus is the car’s vibrant orange exterior color, which is reminiscent of the Porsche 911 set available through LEGO Shop at Home.
See more of Jonathan’s fantastic LEGO cars
I’m a fan of the Studs-Not-On-Top (SNOT) techniques, especially for builds where you want the finished model to have few of the iconic LEGO studs visible. It’s a feat made even tougher on a smaller build, particularly if you need to keep the model looking true to its real-life counterpart. However, builder Jonathan Elliott seems to have a knack for pulling it off well. I still can’t decide on a favorite—the Mercedes AMG in white or the grey Porsche 911 Carrera, maybe? Actually, at this scale, I can own them both.
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We don’t often post Technic builds here, so this is something of a treat. And also awesome. Because I love me some classic cars, and this big red beast is just lovely. Martinj Nab has added plenyy of details into this beauty, including opening doors and folding seats. I mean, just LOOK at the fins on this.
For more Technic car action, I highly recommend checking out the 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II Coupe. Just lovely.
As a Subaru WRX owner, I’m always happy to see one. So, I was quite excited to see this STI model on Brickshelf. In fact, I probably would have blogged it just for being a great looking model of a great car (even though it isn’t blue). As it turns out, it’s far more than a good model, this thing has a four-speed reversible gearbox, awd, and the appropriate boxer engine. Make sure you check out the video too!
Hat tip to Jan for posting this on Facebook!
Even the Cars know when to kick back and enjoy a vacation on Cars Island by Pablo Gonzalez. With all the ramps and garages, this would make for a sweet playset too. Check out more views including the interior on Flickr.
Remote Control cars are just plain fun, and Fred Ottens has built this cute little RC hotrod that I want to drive a round and make VRRRRRROOMMMM noises:
He’s done a great job shaping the car despite the RC wheelbase being too short compared to its width. Watch him zip around his house with this remote controlled ball of fury.
Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada for another glass-jawed edition of Friday Night Fights! Tonight’s bout features two builders putting it all on the line for glory and pink-slips… Let’s go to the tale of the tape:
Fighting out of the red corner, from the Paradise of the Pacific…Evan “The Exterminator” Lego Junkie B. and his “’55 Ford Fairlane “Black Widow“.
And fighting out of the blue corner, from a town with no name…”The Count of Monte Fisto” Calin and his “Roadkill“.
As usual, constant reader, you are tasked with deciding the outcome of this pugilistic endeavor by way of comment. On the last edition of Friday Night Fights, the battle of Nemo vs. Kermit ended with the clownfish giving a savage beating to the frog, scored 8-2 by our esteemed panel of judges. Tune in next week for another action packed edition of Friday Night Fights!
Feast your eyes on this purple ’71 Chevelle SS Wagon that clearly has an attitude problem from a builder who needs no introduction. If you’re going to be in Seattle Washington next weekend for BrickCon you can see it in person along with a table or two of magnificent vehicles and chat it up with the King of cars.
I’m also fortunate enough to be attending BrickCon this year, so stop by and say hello, or tell me what a jerk I am for hating Dr. Who….whatever. I’ll see the rest of you in two weeks, or longer depending on the hangover.
The 1930’s Ford Model A comes to life in the talented hands of Calin (_Tiler) who also seem to know a thing or two about photography. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a predominantly black model look so crisp and clear. This inspiration for this outstanding model is twofold: the 1996 Bruce-Willis action flick “Last Man Standing” which is basically a remake of 1964’s “A Fistful of Dollars” with a 1930’s makeover and a highly anticipated diorama by TBB favorite Thorsten Bonsch (Xenomurphy. If this car is any indication of the upcoming project, it could be one for the ages.
I can’t stop looking at this car…even the BrickArmz aftermarket pistol is perfect for the scene and doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb like they usually do.