There is something about a train that can capture the heart and imagination. Offering a scenic ride through mountains, forests, farms, and cities. Trains are often a more relaxing way to travel. Even commuter trains tend to put their riders to sleep with their rhythmic movement along the tracks. As a way to combat anxiety, Elemental_Lego built this Lego MOC, called “Train Ride.” An imagining of a steam train rolling through a forest in the midst of fall, crossing across a calm lake. This is an excellent Lego build. The microscale train ride uses some surprising Lego pieces. The most interesting is the Unikitty Lego scarf, repurposed as steam exhaust. Then there is the forest being a variety of hairbrushes, blades, unicorn horns, and other miscellaneous horns. The whole scene is tied together with a well built black base. Now where can a Minifigure or Microfigure buy a ticket?
Myriapoda is the insect subphylum thats full of squirming centipedes and millipedes. So it makes sense that a Myriapodobus would be a bus/train and millipede combined. This vehicle is designed and built by Vince_Toulouse. There are seven segments in this train which include the cab and the caboose. This train is fully detailed on the inside. There is a dinning segment, and multiple passenger segments. The Lego flexible cables for antenna is great, as are the many Insectoid legs used for propulsion. The gold trim is especially nice here, with the gold rocks, gold lantern, and gold lights on the front. A great contrast to all the green. Make sure to catch this Lego insect train, it is burrowing in 15 minutes!
Lego has finally posted the results of the first 2014 Lego Ideas review. For all the projects that didn’t pass (Lego Apple Store, Back to the Future Train), Lego said nothing. The good news is that one of the best Lego Ideas (Cuusoo) projects has been approved. The Lego Birds will be an official Lego set. These little guys are super cute, and are a great way to introduce the spherical building techniques. to new Lego builders. It is interesting to see Lego go back and forth with licensed sets and original ideas.
Lego also announced another winner for this review. In a surprising announcement Lego revealed that the Big Bang Theory will be an official set. This opens up a whole new theme in Lego Ideas. Current television properties. This could be the beginning of a tidal wave of projects based on popular culture. The proposed Big Bang Theory project has a whole lot of references to science fiction, and comic books. Lets hope that these details make into the final product.
Not only did Lego announce two winners in the first 2014 review, but they also teased us with two projects that are still pending. The Doctor Who projects are still being considered. Since Lego announced that the license is available, it seems that these have a good chance at approval. The biggest problem is probably figuring out what direction to take the project and who to credit for the idea.
The Lego Great Ball Contraption (GBC) Layout 2012.9 is an incredibly famous MOC. The whole thing is built using a modular system. A total of 17 modules combine to create this massive contraption. It runs 500 Lego balls, at a rate of 1 ball per second, through a 31 meter course. Featuring zigzag stairs, pneumatics, shooters, trains, screw and spiral lifts, elevators and conveyor belts. Lego bricks, technic and Mindstorm, all come together in a very unique machine. One thing is certain this Lego machine is loud.