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If you prefer cars over flowers and butterflies, you can currently get a copy of the LEGO Speed Champions polybag. 30434 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro from 40 € of purchase.
The bag is not automatically added to your order, you must use the code FD22 in the corresponding field of your basket to obtain this polybag of 97 pieces.
Knowing that you can only use one promotional code per order, you will therefore have to skip the LEGO Friends polybag 30417 Flower and Butterfly currently offered from 40 € of purchase with the code MD22.
Today we take a quick tour of the contents of the LEGO Speed Champions set 76906 1970 Ferrari 512M, a box of 291 pieces sold at the retail price of €19.99 since March 1st.
With the Countach of the set 76908 Lamborghini Countach, this reference is one of my two favorites of the 2022 wave: the two vehicles seem to me to make the most of the LEGO inventory and the relatively limited possibilities of the current format of the vehicles in the range.
We assemble here the vehicle bearing the number 4 which won in 1970 the 9 hours of Kyalami in South Africa with at the wheel the Belgian Jacky Ickx and the Italian Ignazio Giunti. LEGO is doing quite well with a fairly faithful reproduction of the reference vehicle and the designer, well helped by the use of the canopy usually used on many ships in the Star Wars universe, did not have to struggle too much with curves of this Ferrari. It can be concluded that the subject is well covered, the result is convincing and the thing will stand out on a shelf.
If the choice of this canopy seemed obvious to the designer of the product, the fact remains that its use causes a major problem: The Ferrari 512 M is a two-seater car and there is only enough to slide here. a minifig in the center of the vehicle. The canopy is also too round and tapered to stick perfectly to that of the real Ferrari 512 M, but it is only by comparing the LEGO version with the real vehicle that this defect really manifests itself and we can easily be satisfied with this Overall very decent interpretation.
The products of the LEGO Speed Champions range are above all toys for children and the possibility of installing a minifig at the wheel of the different vehicles is essential. Suggesting the presence of two seats in the cockpit would no doubt have been possible by reducing the space available for each seat, but it would then no longer have been possible to put a minifig at the controls.
The assembly is as usual quickly dispatched and it is obviously necessary to apply a large handful of stickers to dress this Ferrari 512 M and recreate some aesthetic details. The canopy and both Tiles used on the side of the front headlights are stamped, as is the Ferrari logo present on the 1x1 pieces placed on the sides of the vehicle. The canopy and the sides of the headlights are of Dark Red mismatched, it's a bit of a shame knowing that the stickers are perfectly matched. LEGO provides half a dozen of these 1x1 pieces flanked by the Ferrari logo, but four of them are installed in unexposed areas.
Too bad for the headlights which are summarized here in their simplest form, the transparency effect falls a little in the water. Two optical units in the form of stickers to be placed under non-tinted transparent parts would have been welcome. As often, lovers of original and sometimes surprising techniques will be served, I won't say more and I advise you to skim the photos above only quickly if you don't want to spoil the pleasure.
The overall look of this Ferrari 512 M benefits from the very limited number of studs visible on the surface: there are only six left and that's enough to mark the LEGO spirit without disfiguring the model. The rest of the body is perfectly smooth, it's successful. LEGO rims in Pearl Gold also available since this year in two sets from the LEGO CITY range are a vague illusion: they are the right color but the real Ferrari 512 M was fitted with five-spoke rims. No central mirror on the roof, it will be necessary to do without, and the two white fins at the rear are integrated a little roughly into the bodywork via a few transparent parts.
I said it above, I'm still really a fan of this model which pays a nice tribute to the reference vehicle despite the few flaws and aesthetic shortcuts that stand out if you take the time to compare the model with photos of the real one version. I gladly forgive these discrepancies because the result has cachet and personality, which is not always the case with products from the Speed Champions range with supercars that all end up looking more or less alike. Even if the twenty euros requested by LEGO seems a bit exaggerated to me, I make the effort without waiting for a price drop elsewhere, it's not every day that the LEGO Speed Champions range really manages to seduce me.
Note: The set presented here, provided by LEGO, is as usual involved. Deadline fixed at April 14th next at 23:59 p.m. Just post a comment under the article to participate.
Update : The winner was drawn and notified by email, his nickname is indicated below.
|TREIL54 - Comment posted the 06/04/2022 at 17:16|
Today we quickly tour the LEGO Speed Champions set 76908 Lamborghini Countach, a small box of 262 pieces sold at the retail price of €19.99 since March 1st. We no longer need to present the small vehicles in the Speed Champions range, with their always original techniques and their aesthetics that are often successful but sometimes also a little banal due to the use of the same canopy for many models and square parts for bodywork. with often asserted curves.
The Lamborghini Countach in LEGO version uses these last two flaws to its advantage for once and that's good news. The Countach is not very young, its aesthetics testifies to it, and it made a whole generation of teenagers dream in the 80s, including yours truly. It was the sports car that was talked about in schoolyards when it came to arguing with a friend who preferred the Ferrari Testarossa.
The Countach was also one of many luxury vehicles used in the Miami Vice TV series, those who follow the series may recall a chase that featured a Countach 50000 QV and Sonny Crockett driving his fake Ferrari Daytona Spider.
All that to tell you that this vehicle sends me back a few years and that the arrival of a LEGO version makes me really happy, at least more than many others super/hyper/machine cars a bit too dark for my taste.
The LEGO version is immediately identifiable and there is no doubt from any angle: it is indeed a Countach. It's already taken when you know some products in the range that are difficult to identify without having the box on hand. White suits me, it's the color I remember. Others might have preferred a yellow (Sunstreaker) or red (Lambor) version to stick to their nostalgia for Transformers toys, a question of time and generation.
Square parts for an angular vehicle? in principle, everything should go well here given the subject matter. And in my opinion it is. Despite the limitations of the format, the designer was able to perfectly reproduce the "curves" of the vehicle and even gratifies us with some truly original techniques with angles managed in a sometimes surprising way.
I tried not to spoil too much the composition of the various sub-assemblies in the photos, but if you want to keep the element of surprise and fun intact, avoid the galleries below. The fans should in any case take pleasure in assembling this Countach which takes shape before our eyes, it was the case for me.
The usual canopy is used wisely here, and once is not custom it really looks like that of the reference vehicle. We just regret that the pad-printed white areas are "too white" compared to the rest of the bodywork, which is rather cream. Again, LEGO fails to lightly color the ink used to try to match the hue of their parts and that's unfortunate. The manufacturer is trying to attenuate the color difference a little on the official visuals, but it's even worse in real life.
No scissor doors on the LEGO version, you can't have everything on this scale. Too bad for the purists who would have liked to exhibit the vehicle with the "Lambo Doors" In the air, we will have to do without. We will also be satisfied with the classic steering wheel which is not perfectly placed in front of the driver, even if I think it is time for LEGO to imagine a more suitable solution.
The four rims are pad printed, and it's successful, the sheet of stickers is quite large but they are stickers on a transparent background whose glue is not visible on the white background of the bodywork and the rendering is therefore overall satisfactory. The headlights are as often based on stickers but here they are placed under transparent parts and the effect obtained seems satisfactory to me.
The minifigure provided is not stunning, we are satisfied with a driver with a torso flanked by the Lamborghini logo, a black helmet without patterns, hair and a key which is not out of place but whose primary purpose is to remove the hubcaps from the wheels.
The LEGO Speed Champions range is often a somewhat thankless subject for designers who try their hand at the exercise and the result is sometimes a bit approximate despite all the efforts made to reproduce the vehicles concerned. For this time, I really admire the result with a Lamborghini Countach that is fun to build and pleasant to observe from every angle.
Nostalgia is no stranger to this sentiment, the Countach has long been my favorite supercar and I'm thrilled to finally be able to display one on the corner of a shelf as a reminder of the endless Lamborghini/Ferrari debates that filled my recreations.
Note: The set presented here, provided by LEGO, is as usual involved. Deadline fixed at March 19, 2022 next at 23:59 p.m. Just post a comment (something to say what) under the article to participate.
Update : The winner was drawn and notified by email, his nickname is indicated below.
|jeje5180 - Comment posted the 10/03/2022 at 11:04|
It's March 1, 2022 and LEGO is selling a very large handful of new sets on its official online store starting today. As usual, you will find the complete summary of these new features below.
As with every new LEGO product launch, it's up to you whether to jump right in and pay full price for these boxes or whether to show a little patience and wait for the inevitable discounts that come with them. will be offered in the weeks and months to come at Amazon, on FNAC.com and at a few other resellers.
An important detail: the offer that will allow you to obtain the LEGO set 40530 Jane Goodall Tribute offered from 120 € of purchase without restriction of range only starts on March 3, 2022. It's up to you.
(All links to the shop redirect to the version of the official shop for your country of connection)
On the sidelines of five new sets from the LEGO Speed Champions range which will be available from March 1, 2022, collectors will also have to go in search of a new promotional polybag, the reference 30434 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro which offers a more compact interpretation of one of the vehicles in the set 76910 Speed Champions Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro & Vantage GT3 (592 pieces - 39.99 €).
The bag of 97 pieces and some stickers under official license allows you to assemble a micro version of the 1000 horsepower hypercar, if it is not offered by LEGO on the occasion of the launch of the new products in the range, it will be necessary find a sign that offers or sells it in the coming weeks.
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