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Dodge and LEGO, a match made in boxy car heaven

I was lucky enough to get my hands on the new LEGO set 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and 1970 Dodge Charger R/T 75893 for purposes of review. I have been going through a lot of Speed Champions lately. Building the nicely scaled cars for photography with MiniMates. It just happens to be the time when all of the new sets are dropping and they are coming on the tail of one another.

The Dodge lineup of cars has always been a boxy style of vehicle (besides a few notable examples). This is a new drag setup that pits old against new. We have the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon verses the 1970 Dodge Charger R/T. Two cars from the Dodge family that could not look more different, but somehow still look related.

The Demon totally fits the modern take on the Speed Champion line. New super fast cars that are easily recognizable. This yellow beast is no different. It sports black highlights and graphics. The side decals could easily be left off as the 1:1 car does not utilize the decals. There are a number of decals that make up the front end, and those do have to be used to make the recognizable grille and light package. One thing I was concerned with was that on the real car, there is a special set of wheels that you get in the Demon Crate to make a drag car. I was hoping that since this was a drag set, that we would not be stuck with some skinny tires for the front. What LEGO did was really cool. They left the front tires the way they are, but they added side walls to the back tires to make them fatter and look like drag wheels, without changing a whole lot about the wheel. Pretty neat.
The build of the Demon is really fun. There are a lot of tricks in play, and you have to flip parts all over the place to get it together. Nothing is too tricky, and the directions on this one are super straight forward.

The 1970 Dodge Charger R/T is a classic car like no other. The Charger has been a mainstay in Hollywood for decades. This one comes all black. When you look at it alone, it looks gigantic. The front end looks like it goes on forever. It is a trick of the build, as it is only about a stud to a stud and a half longer than the Demon.


As with many of the Speed Champion sets, there is a way to change the design of the Charger. Push lightly on the middle of the hood, and the piece comes out. Change it over for a blown engine, and you might have a chance against the Demon. Probably not, but at least it will be a fun race to watch. There are also enough parts to change out the stock looking hubcaps for fat drag tires and more modern black wheels in the front that match the Demon. Stock or drag, whatever your flavor, you can make it with this set.

This set comes with the two cars, a female driver for the Demon, decked out in a Demon race suit. There is a male driver for the Charger. He looks more like a weekend warrior with a Dodge t-shirt on under his jacket and blue jeans. This set comes with a third figure, a woman in sunglasses and a grey hoodie. She looks like she would be in charge of a street race. There is also an official looking “Christmas Tree” to get the race started. It would have been cool enough just to have the starting lights, but LEGO went ahead and made it work, where you push down on a slider on the back to raise the lights in the sequence to start.

This is a fantastic set. It is a nice change from all of the curvy European cars we have been seeing as of late. This set stands apart from the rest with the bold boxy shape and more standard street car. This is great for collectors of classic cars, LEGOs, and people looking to fill the streets of their LEGO City with some good looking Speed Champions.

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LEGO Speed Champions McLaren Senna

McLaren Senna Side

Well, how about that, two LEGO sets in two days. I was at Target this morning wandering the aisles, and I saw the new McLaren Senna. I had so much fun building the Ferrari F40 the other day, I jumped at the chance for a second build of the week.

I had built the McLaren 720S a while back, but I was not terribly impressed. I felt that there was a lot left to be desired with that build. but I could tell there were some pretty neat parts being utilized with this set. What a difference two years makes.

Senna with 720S

I think one of the best parts of the build was the color choice. LEGO could have gone a lot of ways with the build, but they decided on grey with a touch of orange. Now grey is a bit of a risky move, since it can be a bit on the boring side. But the orange was a nod to the earlier release of the 720S and the car the Senna was based off of.

Senna with wind tunnel fan

The build went really easily. It was a lot of fun, especially at the back end. It took a huge number of parts to make the whole rear of the car. So much detail. There were not too many stickers. 20 for the whole car. One of the best is down at the bottom of the door. In the 1:1 car, there is a window down there. LEGO took a short windshield, flipped it over, added stickers and it is held in place with a piece locked on top of it. Someone sure did have fun working outside the box on that one.

Many of the Speed Champions vehicles either come with a way to change race cars into street cars, or they come with some sort of accessory. This one came with a wind tunnel fan. Not the most inventive, but I don’t think my Ferrari team will let McLaren use their big one, so this one will have to do.

A lot of fun to build and a great looking model when finished. A lot better than the 720S with more of a dynamic feel all around. Get this one for sure.


LEGO Speed Champions Ferrari F40 Competizione 75980

Competizione version.

I absolutely love the Speed Champions line. Engineering in toys is one of my all time favorite aspects of collecting, and seeing how the LEGO designers take their little blocks and turn them into recognizable real cars is always amazing to me.

This particular Speed Champion is the Ferrari F40 Competizione. The Competizione was a special version that only saw 10 having been built based on requests from normal rich people that did not necessarily want to race the cars. The first two were called LM (LeMans), while the rest came with the Competizione name.

F40 Competizione Side

The build of the F40 is pretty straight forward. Since the Competizione was a street car, kind of, they did not come all decked out with sponsors. So this is one of the few Ferraris in my collection that had relatively few stickers. Only about 14 or so. They aren’t too tricky to place either. The stickers are mostly air intakes and badges for the front and back. They could certainly be left off, but you would be missing all of the vents that the F40 is known for.

F40 Competizione Rear

As with most of the Speed Champions single packs there are some variations that can be made. Most have something like a change in the hood or a switch from track to road. Well, this one is no different.

F40 Competizione with parts for standard F40

There are enough parts to change out the Competizione for a standard F40. Smoked headlights, a red spoiler, new exhaust package, and new rims. Not to mention a whole new hood section. Take off the windshield, flip the car, and the Competizione hood falls off and the new hood falls into place. Easy change. The only difference is that the standard F40 had smaller air intakes on the hood. A very minor difference, but LEGO was willing to throw in all of the parts to replace the entire hood section. Very cool.

Standard F40

So, track or street, you take your pick. Two versions in one. This is another great set from the Speed Champions line for LEGO. I have a lot of LEGOs, but I am not a crazy collector. I am very specific about my purchases. In the case of the Speed Champions, I have not come across I have not liked, and most I have loved. This one is no different. Great for all ages to build, and it looks great on display too. The Ferrari collection grows.


Hot Wheels New Model – Let’s Go – #165

This year we see the continuation of the Mini Figure trend in Hot Wheels.  The 2014 version is called Let’s Go.  I think this is a very thin take on Lego.  Last year we saw our first Mini Fig car with the Fig Rig.  It was a Hot Wheels scale truck with a lot of extra posts and handles added on.   This time around, it is a Mini Fig scale go-cart.

It is clear that more design went into this one, toward the idea of it fitting into the scale of the mini figs.  There is an actual seating area for the figure in the Let’s Go.  The Let’s Go also has a few more places to hold on than the Fig Rig, and they are integrated a little better too.

Hang off the back in an insane attempt to hold back your competition.

Better yet, hang upside down off the front as a wind screen for the driver, or for showing off at the circus.

In addition, there is a post on the top of the engine for a one leg balancing act, two handles on either side of the engine, and it looks like the exhaust port is the right size for a Lego post.  It looks like this car is a lot more interactive than the Fig Rig.   It is a fun car to play with, and for kids, it is crossing toy lines, so that makes for even more fun.   What do you collectors think?  Wanna see more of these cross-industry vehicles?


 

 

 

I generally don’t talk about LEGO figures, since I burned out on them long ago as I filled up every available space with fun sets.   I had to make a decision, and they were the toys that got cut from my collecting.  Rather expensive to continue getting, as long as the best sets were license sets that cost extra.   I still have all of them, they are just stuffed into corners of the house.

This brings me to quite possibly one of the ugliest Hot Wheels vehicles, with one of the most god-awful names: Fig Rig.   Um, I almost passed on this one.  With a crap name, and a weird design, I did not see anything that was beneficial to owning this car.  Then I looked at the back and saw that it was something quite special.  Mattel has made this vehicle so it can be used in conjunction with LEGO mini-figs.  *slaps head*  Got It!  Fig Rig, as in Mini-fig.

That is when I started to see the actual cool features of the vehicle.  Still ugly as all-get-out, there were some redeeming qualities.   The flames on the side are the standard Hot Wheels flame, but pixilated as if it was being built out of Lego blocks.

 

There are studs on the hood, where the engine is.   That allows one Mini-Fig to stand there… or I guess you could build up the engine with other blocks.   There are also two studs in the back of the truck that allows another Fig to stand.   Being that this truck is in the Stunt section of the 2013 Hot Wheels Line-Up, it was only natural to add a bunch of hand-holds all over the place.  The most prominent being the large section hanging off the back of the truck where the Clone Trooper is hanging out.

To take it up a notch, there are additional hand-holds on each side, above the door.   You could end up with quite an array of Lego figures hanging out all over this thing.

And, as if all of that was not enough, they added one more little plug in the bottom.  That would be perfect for attaching the truck to a long pole in a Lego City as an advertisement for a car dealership or something like that.

I don’t know if I have ever seen something like this, where one company makes something to be used with another company’s toys.   Of course there are the direct rip-offs of Legos, but this one is kinda special, with a bit of a nod to another brand.


Close Enough

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Mid-November, not even Thanksgiving yet, but I felt the need to get out my annual Lego Christmas scene. This year, hosting my new, tall Christmas tree.


After Christmas Haul

I went to the outlets for my wife to get some clothes or something, and the only way I go is to make a trip to the Wal-Mart and Target that are near by.  Wal-Mart came up as a bust, but I founds lots of good stuff at Target.

Three Transformers, a DC Universe Classic figure, a Cars vehicle, and a small Lego pack.  Thanks for the Christmas money.  It was fun spending it.  🙂   I will be writing reviews about the Transformers and DC Universe Classic figures in the next day or so.


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