In addition to the amazing LEGO models created by builders all over the world, The Brothers Brick brings you the best of LEGO news and reviews. This is our weekly Brick Report for the fourth week of April 2018.
TBB NEWS & INSTRUCTIONS: As spring 2018 LEGO sets continue to be revealed and we begin looking ahead to the summer wave of LEGO sets, it’s been another busy week of LEGO news here at TBB!
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We’ve been reviewing the first wave of 2018 LEGO Speed Champions this week, but the new sets are now available, so you can get your hands on these new LEGO sets yourselves. The new wave includes both current racecars and iconic, vintage cars like the 1968 Mustang Fastback and 1970’s-era Porsche 911.
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2018 marks the fourth year for Speed Champions, LEGO’s minifigure-scale line of licensed vehicles. As with nearly all the previous lineups, the six sets in this year’s wave focus on sports and racing cars. We’re kicking off our reviews with set 75888 Porsche 911 RSR and 911 Turbo 3.0, which features new and classic versions of the iconic sports car that’s defined the luxury brand for more than half a century. The set also includes a tiny bit of trackway with a lap clock, along with drivers for each car and a support crewman. It includes 391 pieces and retails for $29.99 USD. Continue reading
We first saw some high-resolution photos of the 2018 LEGO Speed Champions sets a couple weeks ago, but further images with detailed product info have now been revealed ahead of their release in March.
75884 Speed Champions 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback – 183 pieces – £12.99 / 14.99€
Create a buildable LEGO® Speed Champions version of a classic car—the 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback. Ideal for display or racing, it features a minifigure cockpit, removable windshield, wheels with rubber tires and gold-colored rims, and authentic design details. This construction toy includes a minifigure and buildable ‘timing’ board to play out race scenarios.
- Includes a classic Ford racing driver minifigure with Ford racing driver’s helmet.
- The race-ready, buildable 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback vehicle features a minifigure cockpit with removable windshield, wheels with rubber tires and gold-colored rims, transparent light-style elements, racing colors, race-graphics stickers and authentic design details.
- Remove the windshield to place the minifigure in the car.
- Includes a buildable ‘timing’ board with digital display and Ford logo stickers.
- This construction toy is suitable for ages 7-14.
- 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback measures over 1″ (5cm) high, 5″ (14cm) long and 2″ (6cm) wide.
- ‘Timing’ board measures over 2″ (6cm) high, 1″ (4cm) wide and under 1″ (1cm) deep.
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Fasten your seat belts for the first images of the new 2018 LEGO Speed Champions sets! These sets, unveiled on the website of a major UK retailer, include new cars by Ford, Ferrari and Porsche. Particularly notable are the rally championship cars like the Ford Fiesta M-Sport, as well as Italian classics like the Ferrari 488 GT3 “Ferrari Corsa” supercar.
75888 Speed Champions Porsche 911 RSR & 911 TURBO 3.0
391 pieces, £34.99
Get set to race the LEGO Speed Champions Porsche 911 RSR and 911 Turbo 3.0 cars, with a pit wall, race-position board, lap counter, checkered flag element and 3 minifigures.
See the rest of the awesome vehicles in the 2018 LEGO Speed Champions line
A few months ago, we featured the Arvo Brothers‘ beautiful white Porsche 911 Targa. The Spanish duo have since revamped and recolored their design in the iconic black and gold color scheme prevalent in the 70’s, and it’s definitely worth another look.
While identical in shape to the rear of the white version from this summer, we didn’t highlight the Targa’s cute little rear end with its dual exhaust, so here it is. Don’t stare.
I’ve been a Porsche fanboy all my life. And since I love LEGO, when I say Manuel Cara‘s Porsche 956 gave me goosebumps, you’ll understand why. With its custom decals and clever building techniques, this perfect scale replica looks amazing. The 956 was originally designed by Norbert Singer and built by Porsche in 1982 for the FIA World Sportscar Championship. This car holds the all-time record for the fastest vehicle ever to lap the famed Nürburgring, completing the 20 km circuit in 6:11.13 during qualifying.
I love the technique Manuel has used to create the exhaust port in front of the rear tires and although I am not quite sure exactly how they are attached, using the levers as wing mirrors is a stroke of brilliance.
When I was a wee lad my mates were all about the Ferraris and Lamborghinis. Not me though, nor Serge S either. Don’t get me wrong — they are both highly skilled manufacturers of beautiful cars — but for me, nothing even comes close to the classic Porsche 911.
With his faithful recreation of every curve and nuance of this early 911’s superb lines, Serge has lovingly furnished this crimson coloured Carrera with working doors, bonnet and trunk.
If you don’t have a couple hundred thousand dollars to spend on your own 1963 Porsche 911, you can always build one in LEGO. Michael Jasper has built a lovely 911 in black, reflecting all the iconic bulges and curves of the original. Much of the car’s sides are built studs forward, while the curves on the fully detailed underside are built studs down.
How do we know so much about the car’s interior structure? Because Michael has posted this (literal) cut-away view highlighting the complex techniques he used to achieve the vintage vehicle’s shaping.
Malte Dorowski, who is a huge fan of Porsche sports cars, rolls out a magnificent copy of Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Despite being built out of System bricks, it looks much more complicated than its bigger brother from the Technic Technic Porsche 911 set. From the very first sight you know that this little beauty is much more complicated on the inside than on the outside.
Malte builds his cars with astonishing level of detail, including elaborate inner workings in his models. It’s not only about the interior, but about all the nodes and joints. I had no idea how all these parts could be assembled into one car, but the longer you observe the dismantled vehicle, the better you see some truly mind-blowing solutions Malte used to keep the tiniest of slopes and tiles together.
Manuel Nascimento built this incredible LEGO Technic Porsche 919 after watching the real-life car win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015. Not content to simply recreate the stunning shape out of LEGO, Manuel also decorated his car like the real one, saying, “I had too much fun decorating the car but at the same time I also had a lot of work because all stickers were hand made.” Check out more of this beautiful racecar below, including the working functions.
The official LEGO Porsche 919 Hybrid doesn’t quite have the same lean, low profile of the real thing, so EliteGuard01 has built a much more accurate version. To do so, the builder has taken some of the stickers from the set and applied them to a model that’s two studs wider. The race car fits a minifig, and the builder says it even has an engine.