Von Nebula’s Tricycle of Transcending Transportation

For some time Von Nebula has been portrayed by Stormer as being the “worst villain of the galaxy” and that he has a “special hatred for Hero Factory”. Well the latter is right at least. Von in reality is a brilliant scientist who refused to give Slime Bag Stormer his secret knowledge; how to generate stable and controllable Black Holes from a simple looking staff. Their debates raged for several months, and cumulated with Stormer the Stupid trying to grab the staff during a complex procedure resulting in the much publicised accident. By the time he brought the black hole under control and saved Makuhero City, Stormer the Slanderer had won over the public and nothing Von said made any difference in their mind. But that’s a topic for another day.


Von keeps his body at peak efficiency by shunning powered vehicles. Sure if he’s in a hurry he just uses his staff, but for everyday transportation he uses a tricycle. This tricycle.


Conceived, designed, tested and built with his own hands, this is a tricycle like no other. The geared up giant front wheel gives him maximum speed and control.


At the rear is room for his staff. These days it’s keyed to his mind so no accidents like the one with Stormer the Sloppy can happen. It’s heavier than it looks so there’s little danger of it falling out. (No, you can’t seem me reflected in this photo….)


The extra storage receptacle at the front is useful for many tasks, especially when Von goes shopping.


Due to the mechanoid nature of those from Makuhero Belt conventional pedals aren’t needed; Von just inserts the Power Delivery Shafts into his feet and he’s ready to roll!


The trike by itself.


The mech and his trike.


Lotso: Can I borrow this, friend? I need to do some shopping.
Von: Sure!


Lotso: Maybe it’s not a smart idea. I can’t reach the handlebars or pedals and, no offense, but it’s rather uncomfortable on my face and testicles. I’ll walk.

Notes: This partially for a contest on Eurobricks, but is not a valid entry as I’m staff. I more made it as after I bought Von I thought; “He needs a tricycle!” I’m not sure why I thought that… In any case, here it is! Making a tricycle with working pedals (yes he can pedal the trike) for Von was harder than I expected. His legs may be poseable but considering the wheel I used they are a bit short. Thus the gearing. My original concept was going to be more girly; streamers, bell, flags…. but in the end I decided to just give him the basket.

grüne Plastik-Soldaten?

Green Army Men at home

I got the 7595 Green Army Men set last month and I was looking at the alternate names for different languages.

English Green Army Men
German grüne Plastik-Soldaten (Green Plastic Soldiers)
Polish? Soldats
Spanish? Soldados
Portuguese? Os Soldadinhos
Hungarian? zöld játékkatonák

Languages interest me as they are an evolving entity. TLG/Disney must have researched this and thought these were the right names, yet there seems to be a lot of variance for such a simple world-wide concept.

I took advantage of the fact that Eurobricks is a multinational site and asked some questions! I learnt a lot about different languages during this exercise, things like it’s standard practice to capitalise that way in German, and that the translators must have seen the “Plastic-Soldiers” as the name, and the green as an adjective. (That is grüne lower case and the “Plastik-Soldaten” capitalised and hyphenated.)

I also learnt that the Dutch version is:

Dutch Soldaten op patrouille (Soldiers on patrol)
Swedish Gröna armémän (Green army-men)

LEGO; educational for many reasons!