In cinema, there are few screen-used vehicles that seem to stand the test of time. If there were ever a car that would fit the bill, one of them would have to be the DMC-12 DeLorean time machine from the Back to the Future trilogy. The success of these films has sustained the popularity of the car, and many LEGO fans have answered the call by building their own DMC-12 time machines, including the fan-designed LEGO Ideas Back to the Future DeLorean. Many builders tend to model Doc Brown’s car in minifigure scale, but thewdarren has opted to go larger with a Technic version that is simply stunning. One of the most challenging aspects of building a DeLorean are the subtly slanted hood and windshield, both of which are immediately recognizable in this build.
When it comes to fan-built Back to the Future models, there are a plethora of DeLorean time machines out there. Heck, there was even an official LEGO set! While I love the DeLorean as much as the next person, who can forget the 1985 Toyota SR5 pickup truck (also known as the Hilux outside of the U.S.)? This was the truck Marty McFly pined over with his girlfriend, became a reality when he returned home to a transformed 1985, and nearly ruined his life when Needles called him “chicken” for refusing to race. Fortunately, Nikolay Gamurar remembered Marty’s truck and built a fantastic rendition of the vehicle in Technic form. While the Toyota from the movie was a two-door model, Nikolay modified his truck to have four-door extended cab. Outside of this mod, the sculpting of the rest of the body feels faithful to the original truck. As a Technic build, it looks stunning in black.
Nikolay’s truck is packed with a lot of detail, right down to the Chassis. This photograph also gives at glimpse at some of the Toyota’s key mechanical functions.
It also features a nice and roomy interior, perfect for a comfortable drive to the lake.
Every now and again, a LEGO model appears which could herald the beginning of a new building fad. jp_velociraptor‘s Brickheadz-styled Back To The Future De Lorean is one of those. Built to accommodate the chunky proportions of the official Brickheadz versions of Doc Brown and Marty McFly, it’s a chibi delight — immediately recognisable to fans, but skewed to fit perfectly with the blocky aesthetic. So come on Brickheadz fans — now we want to see a Batmobile or some Star Wars vehicles rendered in this style.
And don’t miss this rear view which shows those gull-wing doors in action, along with a good look at all the wonderful greebly detailing around the back-end — including a perfect little Mr. Fusion!
Back To The Future has been a favourite franchise for a generation, but has not had any new movies in nearly 30 years. And yet, the iconic 1980’s trilogy continues getting revivals in every way possible, including as LEGO sets. We first saw it as an Ideas set (back when the line was known as Cuusoo) with 21103 DeLorean Time Machine, and then another revival of the theme in various LEGO Dimension add-ons, including Doc Emmet Brown Fun Pack and the Back to the Future Level Pack featuring Marty McFly. We now have them come together for the first time as LEGO BrickHeadz with the 41611 Marty McFly and Doc Emmett Brown two-pack.
Back to the Future has returned in LEGO form with new BrickHeadz based on the iconic film. 41611 Marty McFly and Doc Brown is a BrickHeadz double pack with 240 pieces and available April 16 for $19.99 USD.
Update: This set was released April 16, not 15 as LEGO reported in the press release.
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While this LEGO recreation of the famous Back to the Future DeLorean time machine may not be the scientific breakthrough a real time machine would be, it most definitely is a great artistic feat. After being granted rights by NBC Universal, Ryan McNaught assembled a team to build this near-perfect version of the DeLorean from the first film out of 65,143 bricks.
To complement our previous DeLorean review by Andrew, I’m bringing you a video review of 21103 Back to the Future DeLorean. The set was released in August 2013 and retails at $34.99, with 401 pieces and 2 minifigs.
Here is my summary of the highlights of the set, which are elaborated in the review video below.
- 2 new and popular minifigs
- Nicer than usual packaging and bound instruction book
- Includes extra parts for different versions of the DeLorean
- No new/rare parts used in the DeLorean besides the printed tiles
- DeLorean hood design is not optimal
- Car seats only 1 minifig
Overall, I would recommend this set more to fans of the movie and collectors than to builders. Even though the set has an above average price to parts ratio, buying this set for parts won’t add much to the diversity of your collection due to the lack of rare and new parts from this set. If you’re into collecting, then this set is a must-buy due to its novelty and popularity.