In a timespan of 2 years and 2 weeks I uploaded 20 different alternatives from set 5867 Super Speedster on MOCpages. It's been 750 days since I presented the first one here, so I thought this was a nice occasion to recap the lot.
About this creation
Let's start with a photo of the official model itself, so we know which set we're talking about. This Super Speedster was launched in the beginning of 2010. It looked like a decent set at the time, but nothing extraordinary.
Now it's time to start creating models ourselves! My first alternate was this tractor truck.
At the time I was fairly sure that this was the maximum I could get out of the set. How wrong could I be...
The next one was this classic car. I wanted to experiment with some crazy building techniques, and came up with an upside down chassis.
The 3rd was a quadbike. Here I wanted to do something else unusual by trying to incorporate a working steering bar. I managed, but the construction turned out rather weak.
During the build of this Formula 1 car I think I really started to get a feeling for the inventory of this set. Again I had to use some weird building solutions to get the aerodynamic shape.
In contrast with the previous model this offroad Jeep was quite straight forward to build and has a pretty boxy shape.
The next one is this street rod in which I started to master the upside down chassis technique.
This historic racer is another example of what can be done using a similar technique. At this point I was slowly running out of ideas.
So then I thought, why not build a Le Mans Prototype kind of car? That's exactly what I did next.
After this I created this Unimog, inspired by its big brother 8110 that LEGO was planning to launch.
For alternate number 10 I just wanted to build a very cool looking vehicle with a slick shape and nice flowing curves. After several redesigns it resulted in this GT.
A pick-up was my next target. It looked a bit boring, so I added some towing device in the back, turning it into this wrecker instead.
At this point I just got really tired of building cars, so I tried to build a motorbike. This one has again working steering like the quad, but I managed to make a much sturdier construction for the front fork this time.
When I had no clue anymore on what kind of vehicle to build, I just came up with this silly stroller. Also known as buggy, pram, or whatever you want to call it.
After a short break from cars, it was now time to go back and see what else could be done. So alternate number 14 became this muscle car with a scoop on the hood.
It was already done as one of the official alternates, but because I didn't really like that one, I decided to make my own version of a go-kart.
I already had created a jeep, but another iconic offroad vehicle was still missing on my list: a dune buggy. I finally had a great opportunity to build upside down again. :-)
Another one that was still missing on my list was a vintage car. The shape of a Morgan was my main inspiration for this.
By now I had covered pretty much all types of civilian vehicles, but there are other interesting ones in the industry. The first one that is typically work related and has an iconic shape is this forklift.
Or what about a wheel loader, which is part of the much heavier equipment that can be seen on building sites. Besides the tipping and lifting functions, it even steers. Did you realise that we got to alternate number 19 by now..?
So what can we do for number 20? The colours of this set are perfect for some kind of fire and rescue truck, which was something I did not cover yet. After using pretty much all parts of the set, this rescue truck with cherry picker is the result.
And a final groupshot with some of my favourites.
Well, this shows how wrong I was about this set and how many possibilities there are for alternates. I think I will give the set a break for now, but wow, what a fantastic parts inventory! I hope you enjoyed this recap, and I'm interested to hear which alternates are your favourites. Thanks for watching! Now what will you make..?
What a great compendium (that's a word you don't use everyday). If ever there was a perfect example of what Lego has to offer, this is it. Great work and building techniques to get the most out of a finite set of parts. I'd be very interested to see a "masterclass" from you regarding the upside down and on-end chassis as this seems to liberate more effective use of the bricks.
I like it
April 4, 2012
Exactly the comment I was going to come out with....Genius !!....The street rod and F1 are my favourites !!>>....well done
Excellent! Does this post mean you're done with this set and are going to try a new one? I hope so ;-) My favourites are the Unimog, the Kiddies buggy and the cherry picker. My least favourite is the Quad. Superb work Nathanael!
Hi Nathanael. They are all absolutely fantastic. Excellent work and it is so cool seeing all of them together. I am also amazed that you have recreated the same lighting conditions in every photo. My personal faves are: the classic car (has a Corvette feel to it), F1 car, the pram, Le Mans, Vintage Car and the Rescue Truck. So will there be a #21?
Very well done. This is very inventive and you obviously have a lot of ingenuity about you. I love that when you were having a block in your creative flow, you went with the stroller. The fire truck is brilliant. You are missing a spaceship, though. Ah, that's just me; I love spaceships. Great work.
Yes, that's a great collection! I like each and everyone of the alternatives. For me it's definitely one of the best LEGO sets of the last years. The parts inventory is great. Some more SNOT elements would be cool, but where would be the challenge, then? Anyway, your 20 alternatives are awesome and a good proof that this set is worth its money. Great job on the first 20, I hope there are still more to come :-))
Tough to choose the absolute best, because every single one is special in it's own way! But I'm actually here to tell you that if 20 sounds like a lot to you, I KNOW you could go way beyond that by entering in new themes like airplanes, helicopters, spaceships, etc. ... but since set 5867 is now obsolete it is time to move on to the next set :-) This was a fantastic adventure and we all thank you for this! MZ