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Classic Space isn’t just for, well, space, anymore!

LEGO’s iconic Classic Space style has been reinterpreted in many forms over the years, typically rounded up in what fans call Neo-Classic Space (NCS) and we’ve seen everything from spaceships to tanks wearing that beloved blue, grey, and transparent-yellow color scheme. But there’s always room for breaking the mold a bit more while still adhering to the basic style. Enter Rubblemaker and the Manta Ray, an NCS vessel that can go places no Classic Spaceship has gone before: underwater! Bearing a strikingly unique shape and just the perfect amount of greebles, this cool design now has me wanting to do a crossover mashup with Aquazone.

Classic Space - The Manta Ray

Of course, it can’t really be Classic “Space” unless there’s some space involved, and the Manta Ray is only too happy to oblige, as it’s versatile enough to traverse the cold depths of outer space as easily as the ocean.

Classic Space - The Manta Ray

Bee careful these viper drones don’t steal your plans

A LEGO builder who goes by the name of Rubblemaker has built a Queen Bee Royal Viper Drone. Let me break that down for you. Queen. Bee. Royal. Viper. Drone. What part of that don’t you understand? Clearly, she’s out to do some badass queen bee stuff like infiltrating the hives of other bees and stealing their plans for honey, pollination, and other bee-related stuff. But no need to explain it any further. You had me at Queen Bee! Check out why we think Rubblemaker is the bee’s knees.

Queen Bee Royal Viper Drone

This sci-fi craft leaves me feeling thunderstruck

One of the things I miss most now that I live in California is thunderstorms. Sure, we occasionally get a bit of rain. But it’s rare that that lightning flashes or the windows rattle from the vibrations of a thunderclap. And I always used to find that so soothing. So, if I had a chance to take to the skies in the ThunderGlide by builder Rubblemaker, I might never come down again. This craft channels the atmosphere’s own electrical power through its lightning rod to stay aloft as long as a storm is raging. Which is pretty rock and roll, when you think about it. What’s more, the use of ample pentagonal tiles on the wings and the tubing on either side of the cockpit call to mind the keys and pipes of an organ. Imagine flying through the rain in this bad boy with a little Iron Butterfly playing. Yeah, that’s the life for me…

ThunderGlide

Put the pedal to the metal (or punk or rockabilly)

Whether you have a real electric guitar or the new LEGO one it’s only a matter of time before you start tinkering with other sound effects. It would seem that LEGO builder Rubblemaker is also astute at making music. The set came with a tiny, measly foot switch so he remedied that situation with a petal board suitable enough to turn any aspiring guitar player into a rock god. From guitar to amp we have a Cry Baby Wah Wah Pedal, a Rat distortion pedal, BOSS Chromatic Tuner, BOSS Chorus, BOSS Phaser, and lastly (my favorite) the Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi providing a nice throaty fuzz.Put it all together and you’re ready to get the band back together. We’ve grooved to Rubblemaker’s tune before, Click the link to see.

Effects pedal board - Compatible with Fender Stratocaster set 21329

The MK II Cylon Raider makes a swooshable comeback

2004 was quite the time. It was the year we fathomed the possibility that some of our friends and neighbors just might be Cylons thanks to Battlestar Galactica. Hot on the tail of that pivotal TV series, Rubblemaker has built a minifig scale LEGO MKII Cylon Raider. He’s captured the bat-like shaping and complex curves nicely. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Cylon Raiders here on The Brothers Brick so it’s neat, in a sense, when someone builds something long after its relevance has peaked. There are a lot of great new parts that weren’t available to us back when seeing a slew of these at LEGO conventions was as ubiquitous as used Toyotas. The builder tells us this model is 32.5cm long and 20cm wide and is made of 656 pieces, including the stand. It is also highly swooshable, which is important stuff when building LEGO spaceships.

MK II Cylon Raider - Minifig scale - Instructions available

Now, what is that song I hear? It’s like a weird version of All Along the Watchtower. Do you hear it? Maybe it’s just the bourbon. Or is it? While you’re mulling that over check out more Battlestar Galactica stuff in our archives.

Fight for the New Republic aboard the Corvus!

Fly the Raider-class corvette just in time to finish off the Empire at the Battle of Jakku! Just in time for May the Fourth, builder Rubblemaker shows off his version of the mighty Corvus in its New Republic colors.

MOC - Rebel Alliance Corvus

See more of this sleek Star Wars ship

Moon racers fight to the finish

Have you ever seen podracing in 1/6th of normal gravity? Thanks to builder Rubblemaker, now you can! In real LEGO high definition!
Podracing on the Moon

With a silent roar, four engines take off through the Sea of Tranquility, blowing up dust clouds visible from Earth. What you can only see up close, however, is the excellent detail work on each podracer. For example, look at the way each Blacktron engine is a sandwich of filters and fins, expertly crafted using flat brick pieces. Also, check out the dirt being blown up behind each pod; it definitely gives you the idea that these pods are flying along the lunar surface!

So Atlantis and Neo-Classic Space walk into a bar...

Most spaceships I have seen are just machines, a tin can hurtling through the cosmos propelled by some rockets or thrusters. X-wings, Star Destroyers, the Enterprise, Discovery One, and so on, all fit this paradigm. Most LEGO space creations fit the same pattern, be they Classic Space, Galaxy Squad, or Star Wars. But do they have to be? Galaxy Squad offered a glimpse into what semi-organic spacecraft could be with the Buggoids, and Insectoids back in the day did too. Thankfully, to show us a true hybrid of machine and alien, Rubblemaker has brought us the BR4-1N, a fusion of Neo-Classic Space and some deep-space dwelling creature.

MOC - THE BR4-1N

See more of the hybrid here

This isn’t the Star Destroyer you’re looking for

With the announcement of the new UCS Star Destroyer, Star Wars fans across the internet are both raving and complaining about the updated design of the Empire’s most feared warship. You won’t find any disappointments with Rubblemaker‘s ISD Aggressor, however. The original design of this build comes from Raskolnikov, who is well known for his highly detailed Star Destroyer creations. Rubblemaker smoothed out the hull plating and added more movie-accurate details.

ISD Aggressor with top hull mod13

Like some previous LEGO Imperial Star Destroyers, the ship features an interior segment of the bridge in minifigure scale, along with a few other interior details. Continue reading