One of the best comic book characters from the 80’s and 90’s is Tank Girl. She is famous for all of her adventures across a post-apocolypitic Australia. Not only does she have a tank, but a mutant kangaroo boyfriend, a collection of talking stuffed animals, and a core group of weird friends. This Lego Tank Girl is the newest custom Minifigure from Minifigs.me. She even comes with her own comic. If you want to learn more about Tank Girl the Humble Comics Bundle is featuring a collection of Tank Girl comics, check it out.
If you are interested in owning this custom Minifig check out the store here: https://minifigs.me/shop/custom-designed-tank-girl-minifigure/
Some of the most impressive Arcade Machines in the 1980s and 1990s were from Sega. They were the masters of the oversized deluxe cabinets. SpacySmoke has recreated some of the iconic cabinets in their Lego Sega Classic Arcade Machines series. These are built in scale for Minifigures. They would fit right in with the Lego Dimensions Midway Retro Gamer. A whole Lego arcade could be put built, where your Minifigs can spend Saturday nights.
There are four Sega Arcade machines. They are all based on the deluxe versions. One awesome detail is that these Lego MOCs replicate the movements of the real life cabinets. Out Run (one of the most famous racing games) features a Lego model that moves left and right. Just like the real game. Space Harrier (a weird shooter game) can move up, down, left, right and tilt. Thunder Blade (a helicopter game) can rotate. While Hang-On (a motorcycle game) tilts left and right.
Sega Arcade Machines Lego Ideas:
The Lego Sega Classic Arcade Machines, created by SpacySmoke, are up on Lego Ideas. So if you want to read more about them, and vote in support of the project check out this link: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/96810
The Golden Girls Lego Living Room and Kitchen Modular Set is the creation of lostsleep. It took this Lego Ideas project only a few weeks to obtain over 10,000 supporters. The show set is about as accurate to the classic television show as you could expect. It features the iconic round table, a foyer, and living room all set up like a live television show set. You just need to add your live audience, cameras, and production crew. The four main women are instantly recognizable. You have Dorothy, Rose, Sophia, and Blanche. This is such an awesome set, and I cannot wait to see what the official Lego response will be!
“This is a recreation of the Golden Girls House used in filming the popular 1980’s show that is still watched daily around the world. It is the Foyer, Living Room, and Kitchen built like a TV set, with one wall removed and a full view into the space. It comes with 5 minifigures including Dorothy, Rose, Sophia, Blanche, and Stanley. It has been meticulously recreated to have opening cupboards and fridge in the kitchen, Wicker Sofa and Chairs, a hallway backdrop, a storage closet in the kitchen, and an outdoor area with potted plants and a hose.
I have recreated many classic scenes from the show, including a visit from Burt Reynolds, Rose shooting Blanche’s Vase, Dorothy Playing “Grab That Dough” and Rose rescuing her Teddy Bear from a mean little girl.”
Go over to Lego Ideas to read more, or vote, for lostsleep’s The Golden Girls Lego Living Room and Kitchen Modular Set with Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, Sophia, and Stan: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/98263
Do you have fond memories of Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Zaxxon, and Street Fighter 2? BreaksBricks does, and has created an amazingly rad Lego Arcade over on Lego Ideas. Their Lego “Arcade Machines 1980!” contains all the pieces to create your own Arcade. These would also fit in at any Pizzeria or Movie Theater. These Coin-Ops even include a money changer and gumball machine. These machines have been created for maximum nostalgia but an interesting proposal makes them sticker friendly. Meaning you could create your own stickers to transform these cabinets into your favorite games. Surprisingly Lego and the classic Arcade Machines go together pretty well. There are many different creations out there.
Lego Arcade Machines 1980 includes:
- Stand up arcade machine with joystick control
- Stand up arcade machine with driving wheel control
- Cocktail arcade machine with stools for seated playing
- Classic change machine with dollar slot and coin tray
- Classic gumball machine filled with 1×1 round plate gumballs!
“These machines would really stand out on display shelves and attract a lot of attention from Lego enthusiasts of all ages. Many Lego builders like myself grew up obsessed with video games and would naturally gravitate towards kits that feature nostalgic arcade machines from their childhood.”
Go vote for Lego “Arcade Machines 1980!” over on Lego Ideas: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/88635
You can build almost anything out of Lego. Including extremely detailed model replicas of bedrooms. It is easy to say that a huge chunk of the Adult Lego fans grew up in the 1980s. This was a decade that is responsible for some of the most famous Lego sets out there. Including Lego Pirates, the Lego Monorail, and a good chunk of Classic Space. All of these sets were assembled in bedrooms across the world. LegoJalex has created an amazingly detailed replica of a stereotypical 1980s bedroom. Everything in this kids room is Lego. There are Lego versions of an Etch A Sketch, View Master, an RC Car, robots, and even a model builders desk. Everything is impeccable. Check out the fringe of the carpet, made from white Lego grill pieces, the slightly messed up look helps sell this as a well loved kids room.
Check out the 1980s style kids room here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/78666052@N05/15993851216/
And, LegoJalex has created a retro 70s Style Lego Kitchen here: http://legogenre.com/70s-style-lego-kitchen-retro/
Ready your plastic Lego coins. A new arcade is about to open. Joshua Drake has created a whole series of Lego Arcade Machines. These video game machines have been sized to fit the Lego Technic Figures. These figures were featured in some of the Technic sets between 1986 and 2001. Their taller stature is a perfect match. If you look closely enough you can see that the hands line up perfectly with the arcade joystick and buttons. These are not the clean cabinets made today, these arcade machines are dirty, with some scuff marks and scrapes applied to the Lego pieces. Even the studs-on-top design help the cabinets achieve their 1980s retro look.
Check out Joshua Drake’s Lego Arcade Machines over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/106083641@N02/15551395198/
Sharks are winners, and they don’t look back because they have no necks. Necks are for sheep.
Lego has a few sets that will forever be remembered. Each of the Lego themes have had a few of such sets over the decades. For Lego Pirates the most famous set is the Black Seas Barracuda (6285) from 1989. There was even a rerelease in 2002 called Black Seas Barracuda (10040) which had a few different pieces, but ultimately looked the same. These two sets are 13 years apart. Applying this information to today, it would mean that 2015 is due for another release. Maybe a mini Barracuda could happen. This example has been created by Bangoo H. The Mini Black Seas Barracuda has perfectly built brick sails, two mini pirate flags, and even some basic rigging. Everything about the original is represented here, even anchor. Maybe someday we will see an official Lego Mini Barracuda… maybe.
Check out the Mini Black Seas Barracuda, by Bangoo H over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/123742960@N07/15356012689/
“You cannot hide, Federation!”
If one Lego theme could sum up the 1980’s it would be Blacktron. Jeremy Williams has created the Alienator, a Neo-Blacktron reboot of official Alienator (6876) from 1988. The iconic black and yellow color scheme, the laser gridded star field, and the clunky design is all perfectly represented. The first thing to be updated were the swinging skies which are now four hydraulic legs. One of the best features of this walker is the hidden Pulse Generator hidden in the central body.
Check out this Lego Neo-Blacktron Alienator over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bricking-it/15175684850/
Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP! (70816) might be the most anticipated release based on The Lego Movie. It certainly has an awesome name. This ship comes in at 940 pieces at a $99.99 price tag. It should start showing up in stores in June (2014) and if your lucky it may already be there (UPDATE: Now on Amazon!) . This retro styled spaceship is a perfect modern recreation of that 1980’s nostalgia. This set has a lot of huge expectations, and most of them have been met.
New Elementary has received Benny’s Spaceship early, and has reviewed it with a focus on detail and parts. There are a lot of rare and updated versions of classic parts in this new set. The classic blue, grey and yellow color scheme has been preserved. The yellow trans pieces are especially nice, and while all of them have been updated from their 1980’s inspiration these updates have been improvements.
“It’s gorgeous and sleek and Spacers will feel like they’ve got several Christmases at once.”
One thing that reviews of Benny’s Spaceship have in common is how surprising the size of the set is. This thing is huge. The final build comes in at 64 studs long, which is equal to 2 of the normal sized baseplates.
The spaceship comes with 4 Minifigures, 1 Unikitty, and a few brick built robots. There is Robo Emmet, which is Emmets slick robot disguise. Wyldstyle in a spacesuit, including a cool blue hoodie piece. A Robo Pilot, with a Space Police color scheme. Unikitty is dressed up in a slick blue spacesuit and nicknamed Astrokitty. And, last but not least there is Benny.
Check out the full review of Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP (70816) over at New Elementary, there are detailed photos and a focus on parts information: http://www.newelementary.com/2014/05/bennys-neo-classic-space-ship.html
Benny’s Spaceship is now available on Amazon here: LEGO Movie 70816 Benny’s Spaceship