There is something timeless about the 1980’s Space themed Lego sets. Also known as Classic Space. The grey, blue, black, and yellow colors combine perfectly. This was a time when Lego space focused on exploration for its general theme. No wars here. The worst that could happen is the Minifigures would get into fights with megaphones.
Lego builder Billy Burg has taken the Classic Space theme and brought it up to current Lego standards. These MOCs are simple looking, but are carefully put together with popular SNOT techniques. No stray studs showing here. The Lunar Exploration Geological Outpost (LEGO) features the LL-1923 Spaceship, a Spacetruck, Speeder, Communications Satellite Dish, 2 Robot Drones, and a Robot Dog. All this equipment is operated by a team of 6 explorers. They are ready to find space gold on the moon.
“It’s essentially a recreation of the old classic space theme given a new twist, using modern building techniques, but keeping the ethos of the original theme: which to me is to fire up the imagination, have fun, play well, pretend you’re an astronaut and explore space! Very topical at the moment I feel.” — Billy Burg
Check out the Lunar Exploration Geological Outpost (LEGO), by Billy Burg, over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/billyburg/28021772196/
The popular video game Titanfall (and its sequel) is one of those perfect universes that can translate into Lego extremely well. The first-person shooter stars some amazing robots that just ooze style. Marius Herrmann has created a small series of Titanfall Lego MOC’s. The creator worked hard to get some of the details as accurate as possible. Focusing on proportions, and color. The collection of mechs include Ion, Northstar, Ronin, and Stryder. Stryder is the only one based off the first game, and is actually and update to an older Lego MOC (the legs got completely redesigned).
Make sure to check out these Lego Titanfall MOCs over on Flickr, where you can find the original Stryder design and other Robots by Marius Herrmann: https://www.flickr.com/photos/velocites/30060726203/
If you are looking for more robot/mecha themed Lego MOCs make sure to check out here: http://legogenre.com/category/robots-2/
The British television show Red Dwarf has been floating through space for over 20 years. It is about time the crew get their own Lego Ideas set based on the cult comedy show. The Lego Red Dwarf set features an amalgamated interior of the ship, and references to a lot of classic episodes. The main design is based on Season X. It includes the famous bunk beds, posters, a sliding airlock, Holly Hop Drive, and Skutters. Also included in the Lego Ideas project is the Blue Midget, which is anything but small. There are six custom Minifigures, created by Minifigs.me, which includes: Dave Lister, Kryten, Arnold Rimmer, Daune Dibbley, CAT, and Ace Rimmer.
A neat thing you don’t always see is that this Lego Ideas project is listening to the comments and updating the design. The Blue Midget has had its front redesigned, a Talkie Toaster added, and improved Holly screens.
“Whether you’re a diehard fan of Red Dwarf, Adult, Child or just love Lego! There’s something here to enjoy for everyone.”
Legobob32 is the creator of this Red Dwarf Lego Ideas, you can go vote for the project here: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/142645
Have you ever seen a relatively accurate model of a frog built with Lego? How about a Mech Frog? This Lego MOC is stunning. A white frog that is unexpectedly articulated. This thing can open up into a full jumping pose. Plus the head can open up so Minifigures can perform the annual maintenance. Oil changes and such.
This Lego Mech Frog MOC is the creation of Mitsuru Nikaido, who you can find on Twitter:
This stout Lego Mech is called the TwinBee, and is the creation of rongYIREN. The TwinBee is an homage or recreation of the ship from the NES/SNES video game. A series that started way back in 1985 in Japan, and seems to still be going with an iOS / Android release in 2013 titled Line GoGo! TwinBee. This homage manages to keep the arms, which are essential for dropping bombs. The Lego version has some awesome jets, large enough to outrun anything else. It even manages to stand out as something unique in The Lego Mech or Robot genre: http://legogenre.com/category/robots-2/
You can find the Lego Mech TwinBee MOC, by rongYIREN, over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/47062214@N00/20776239402/
Lego and Transformers seems like a pretty good match. The problem is that the recent movies and the cartoons take extreme liberties in the design. Usually there is no way these robots could fit into a tiny car. Since a computer can cheat and hide away a lot of the conflicting elements, the films get away with this. When you are working in Lego these conflicts need to be carefully worked out. Ralph S has created an extremely detailed Lego Optimus Prime. What separates this from all the other Lego Transformers MOCs is that this one can actually transform. The truck from is a good looking Lego MOC, even if you didn’t know what was hiding inside. Then with some careful transforming, Optimus Prime, stands tall. At 45-50cm in height, this makes the models scale at 1/22. Even better Optimus can stand on his own (although don’t sneeze around him, and don’t tell the Decepticons).
Check out this Lego Transformers Optimus Prime here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/madphysicist/19634091056/
The upcoming Lego Wall-E set has been leaked. It looks like a retailer uploaded some official artwork to their web store a little bit early, allowing us a sneak peak. The Lego Ideas #012, Wall-E (21303) will be released this summer, with a price point around $40-50. No one is sure yet on the final pricing, other then the Smyths Website is selling it for €57.99, which is most certainly marked up. Also according to the product listing this little robot will feature:
- Flexible head and hands can open/close
- Rotating wheels with tracks
- Opening torso compartment
This little robot also comes with a small plant, and a mini version of the roach named Hal. Interestingly, instead of the fancy black boxes the Lego Ideas theme usually come packaged in, this one has a beautifully yellow design. Keep an eye out for more details, usually when a leak like this happens Lego is quick to officially release more information.
These early pictures are thanks to Smyth Toys: http://www.smythstoys.com/ie/en-ie/toys/c-766/lego-bricks/p-13795/lego-wall-e-21303/
Lego has always been a place to create your own Mechs. Even Lego has been officially releasing Mechs from at least 1984. Although the official bots are usually simple, the MOCs people have been creating are breaking new ground, in detail and awesomeness. Check out this golden masterpiece, the MFX [F] – Aztech Deity Reborn. It is the third version of the Diety created by Lu Sim. This version features a golden body, with black frame. And, if you look close enough, a little bit of red. The other big change is going with a thinner, more “feminine” type mech. This golden god is just awesome.
Check out Lu Sim’s Lego Mech, MFX [F] Aztech Deity Reborn, over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/messymaru/17143354662/
This Military Crew consists of the X78, the X78/B and the X79. These guys are sporting some of the best power armor out there. The X78 is a larger hard suit, perfect for tanking, that accommodates a Minifigure sitting down. Outfitted with a large rifle this guy is ready to fight. The X79 is the smaller armor, which makes it much more nimble. This power armor comes with rocket launchers and an automatic weapon. Finally the X78/B is an alternate version of the X78. This time accommodating a standing position, and a little bit more armor. These three Military Troopers are the work of Devid VII. Who shows off some excellent Minifigure scale building techniques. Check out how the standard legs are removed and the power armor is incorporated into the torso. Allowing a more realistic appearance (knees!)
Check out the Military Troopers X78, X78/B and X79 over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/devid7/16020152777/
You can also find a whole lot of Lego robots, mechs, and hard suits over here: http://legogenre.com/category/robots-2/
Lego and Robots are a very popular genre of Lego MOCs. This robot duo are known as the Bad Binary Bitches (that is some good alliteration). Check out their use of various clips and hinges. They are also a great place to show off new and cutting edge Lego building techniques. Especially the use of the Lego Minifigure back connector used in the legs. The use of stickers (custom!) help lend these robot ladies some personality. They may be tough, but they certainly look delicate. They are standing on Lego wrenches after all.
Check out the “Bad Binary Bitches” created by Andrew Lee over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wintermute2600/15600388753/