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Ignorance is the night of the mind, a night without moon or star

New Zealand LEGO wunderkind David Hensel is at it again with another awesome build inspired by the movie The Martian — the 2780 Moon rover. Superb shaping and a lovely aesthetic feel leaves me with the impression this could be a real rover. David has used fantastic lighting and a rumpled grey sheet to give the impression it is trundling along the surface of the ‘moon’. I love the clever use of the trans yellow cockpit pieces with the LEGO horns giving an organic curve to the angled pieces. Other features worth noting are the cool telescopic arm with camera and it would be remiss of me to not mention those gorgeous wheels using Technic pins!

2780 Moon rover

There’s life on Mars after all

If Arsia Prime looks as good in real life as it does in the pictures, sign me up! Just like The Martian, everything about this off-world arboretum is fantastically realistic. The terrain is gorgeous, offering a stunning variety of layering, subtly blended colors, and unique rock formations. Builder Ryan Howerter describes this simply as “a relatively near-future colony on Mars.” With the daily advances of space travel, these words may not be too far from the truth.

Arsia Prime

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Mladen Pejic’s Blacktron rovers

Mecha legend Mladen Pejic has built an interesting pair of quad-legged rovers in Blactron I & II livery, using an ingenious technique to create spherical rollers as opposed to wheels. The resulting ‘legs’ give the rovers a wonderful sense of character and allow all manners of dynamic posing.

Trespasser Blacktron Rover LEGO

Of the two, my favourite has to be the Trespasser shown above…mainly because of the surprising cockpit.

See more LEGO mecha from this legendary builder

Exploring Trappist-1f with Toby Turtle’s exoplanetary submarover

Galaktek continues his long-running series of mechanically inclined animals with a turtle named Toby on an interstellar mission to the newly discovered planets of the Trappist-1 system a mere 39 light years from Earth. The builder says, “Unfortunately, when the NASA contract asked for an “amphibious” rover, they may not have considered how a turtle would look at it…” With wheels that fold into the rover’s body, and a color scheme reminiscent of the LEGO Ideas set 21306 The Beatles Yellow Submarine, it looks like Toby is in for a groovy spacey adventure.

Exoplanetary Submarover

There’s no planet too hot for this rover

The FebROVERy competition is now in high gear, and all the cool and cute rovers have to squeeze together to make room for some (damn) hot vehicles. This vibrant black beauty by Stephan Niehoff can make any planet look good by just roving a quarter-mile on it’s surface.

Hot Rover

This rover is so smooth and stylish, it’s simply impossible to ignore its rear view. Why choose huge mission emblems or side numbers when a couple of yellow stripes is all you need?

Hot Rover

4×4 Greeble Transporter

In future, greebles will be highly prized and fought over. David Roberts has built a vehicle to safeguard all those precious bits.

4x4 Greeble Transporter

I love the brightness of this rover. The white highlights really seem to jump out and I love the steering mechanism! Using the pistons makes for a really smooth turn. Very nicely done, David!

Friday Night Fights – Rovers Round

Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada for another round of Friday Night Fights! Tonight we end Rover month with a battle of two of the most realistic space buggies. Let’s go to the tale of the tape.

In the Mars corner we have Kosmas Santosa and his Space Exploration Rover:

Space Exploration Rover - KRV-01

In the Moon corner we have _Tiler(Calin) and his Lunar Rover:

As usual, constant reader, you are tasked with deciding the outcome of this bout by way of comment. On the last edition of Friday Night Fights, the Mecha Match, Lu Sim’s brute beat out Tim’s bot by a 10-7 margin. Tune in next week for another action packed edition of Friday Night Fights!

What Goes Vroom and Swoosh at the Same Time? Thumper!

The thing I love about rongYIREN‘s creations is his ability to pack in so much great design while maintaining playability. The Thumper is something the 10 year old me wishes LEGO had produced as a set so I could swoosh the removable, remote drone around while exploring an alien planet in a bouncy space rover.  That rongYIREN is able to do all this with a sparse part count is impressive, and is in keeping with the best of LEGO’s own product design.  Most adult fans of LEGO tend to build without thought to part limitations.  We create mocs that could never see production because it would be cost prohibitive to do so.  rongYIREN is that rare exception that is able to make great models without over building.  Why he isn’t already a designer for LEGO is beyond me. Hello Billund?

Thumper _new_2

Thumper  with Drone

Rover 6-Pack

Its Friday night in Las Vegas, and this six pack isn’t going to drink itself. Enjoy this sample of rovers from FebRovery 2013.

Mickey's Lunar Cheese Rover
Mickey’s Lunar Cheese Rover by Karf Oolhu
(In his house at R’lyeh, dead and dreaming.)

Pinktron Rover
Pinktron Rover by nolnet

Easy Rider
Easy Rider by Pasukaru76

Rendezvous with otherworldly girl
Rendezvous with otherworldly girl by the oneman.

NCS Vacuumat-Rovermatic
NCS Vacuumat-Rovermatic by halfbeak.

FebRovery 2013
And finally, a FebRovery 6-Pack would not be complete without something from Crimso Giger. You still have a little time left to get in on the action, if you’re so inclined.