LEGO has just taken the wraps off the newest Creator Expert set, 10295 Porsche 911 Turbo & 911 Targa. Ringing in with a massive 1,458 pieces, the set contains the pieces to build a classic 1970s-1980s Porsche 911 in either of two configurations: the wide-fendered 911 Turbo with an iconic whale tail, or the stylish 911 Targa with a removable top. The Porsche 911 follows last year’s light yellow Fiat 500. The set will retail for US $149.99 | CAN $199.99 | UK £119.99 and will be first available to LEGO VIP members starting Feb. 16, with regular retail availability starting March 1.
As part of LEGO’s new 18+ portfolio targeting adults, the Porsche 911 gets the black-box treatment with the already distinctive greebly stripe along the bottom, making it the first Creator Expert vehicle not to bear the Creator Expert logo.
At about 13 inches (35.5cm) long, the 911 is loaded with details.
There’s a full interior with dark orange bricks to match the real car’s leather upholstry.
Both the hood and engine bay open as well. The roof panel from the Targa can be stowed in the front luggage compartment. Designed by Mike Psiaki, who featured regularly on TBB before joining LEGO as a designer, the Targa version bears the license plate P51AK3, a direct reference to his name.
The set will make use of several new elements to capture the 911’s distinctive shape, such as new large slopes for the rear quarter panels, as well as the fenders on the Turbo.
To swap the 911 from the Turbo to Targa model, you’ll replace the entire roof with the Targa’s distinctive black rail, pop off the whale tail, replace the rear fenders with slimmer ones, and swap the license plates from European black-and-white style to yellow New York plates.
Here’s a look at both the Targa and Turbo together in an adorable scale showroom that LEGO designed. The posters on the wall are part of a promo LEGO is running for VIP members who order the set.
Customers who order the set through the VIP program will receive a bonus pack of Porsche-themed freebies, including a LEGO Porsche card wallet, four art prints, and a “Certificate of Awesomeness.” LEGO says the promos are quantity limited on a first-come, first-served basis, but they haven’t disclosed how many will be available.
10295 Porsche 911 Turbo & 911 Targa will retail for US $149.99 | CAN $199.99 | UK £119.99 and will be first available to LEGO VIP members starting Feb. 16, with regular retail availability starting March 1.
Read the full official press release from LEGO below, and check out the rest of the images:
LEGO® CAR FAMILY ADDS A NEW VERSION OF A LEGEND: TWO-IN-ONE LEGO PORSCHE 911 TURBO AND 911 TARGA SET REVEALED
BILLUND, January 28th 2021: The LEGO® Group has taken the covers off a new LEGO version of one of the most coveted nameplates in automotive history, with the unveiling of the two-in-one LEGO Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Targa set that brings together two icons from the 1970s and 80s.
LEGO builders and classic car enthusiasts alike will love the dual building routes of this set. The new two-in-one LEGO Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Targa set can be built either as the fixed roof 911 Turbo model or as the open-roofed 911 Targa at one time, allowing fans to choose between classic coupe or convertible style.
Channelling the essence of the ubiquitous German sports car, the LEGO Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Targa variants feature all the hallmarks of their namesakes, from the aerodynamic shoulder line to angled headlamps and sculpted bonnet with Porsche badge and rear-mounted flat six ‘boxer’ engine.
Beneath their elegant silhouettes, the LEGO Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Targa variants hide a wealth of detail. On both versions of the model, the 2+2 sports seats and dashboard are finished in dark orange and nougat, an eclectic colour scheme based on contemporary upholstery options from the Porsche 911. Further interior details include a handbrake, gearshift and functional steering, while the front seats also tilt forward for access to the rear bench seats.
Several features which are unique to the 911 Turbo and 911 Targa variants of the set ensure they are equally characterful but distinct when built. The LEGO Porsche 911 Turbo sports distinctive Turbo badging, a wide rear axle, turbocharger and intercooler, denoting its blistering performance credentials. Its athletic look is completed with an integrated rear spoiler.
Meanwhile, the LEGO Porsche 911 Targa’s roof is fully removable and can be stowed underneath the hood of the car. The iconic Targa Bar completes the look, along with Targa badging and a brick-built wraparound rear window.
Mike Psiaki, Design Master at the LEGO Group, commented: “Taking ownership of a brand-new sports car is an experience to savour and this is a feeling we wanted to recreate for LEGO fans.
“As we were designing the car, the hardest decision to make was whether we would make the Turbo or Targa variant of the car. It was such a tough call that we engineered the ability to build the LEGO Porsche 911 Turbo and Targa from a single set. Without doubt, fans of the 911 all over the world who have long admired these cars will love the opportunity to build both versions!”
Fabian Schmölz, Exterior Designer at Porsche, said: “We know that the Porsche 911 evokes a certain magic for customers and fans of our brand worldwide, and the latest LEGO additions to the 911 family – the LEGO Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Targa – are no different.
“These incarnations of our sportscar icon, accurately capture the unmistakeable design of the cars they are based on, and are set to bring much enjoyment to a new family of fans.”
To celebrate the launch of the LEGO Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Targa, LEGO is also offering the first buyers the chance to receive a limited-edition LEGO Porsche owners pack with their purchase. The pack contains a certificate of ownership, an official LEGO Porsche card wallet and a set of four unique art prints based on contemporary Porsche 911 adverts, all presented in a smart collector’s wallet. This highly collectible gift with purchase is available in limited numbers for orders of the set placed through the LEGO VIP loyalty program.
Members of LEGO’s free VIP loyalty program will be able to purchase the LEGO Porsche 911 Turbo and Targa set from February 16th on LEGO.com. From March 1st, the set will be on sale exclusively in LEGO stores and on LEGO.com.