While most of the 2017 LEGO Speed Champions cars were released at the beginning of the year (see: 2017 LEGO Speed Champions Reviews), there is one vehicle that was held back until June; the #75880 LEGO Speed Champions McLaren 720S. But good things come to those with patience, so let’s take a closer look at this orange wonder. 🙂
The #75880 LEGO Speed Champions McLaren 720S is the third LEGO Speed Champions set featuring the brand. The #75909 LEGO Speed Champions McLaren P1, and the #75911 LEGO Speed Champions McLaren Mercedes Pit Stop were both released in 2015. The LEGO version of the McLaren P1 was a particularly nice vehicle with beautiful curves, a bold bright-light-orange and black color-scheme, and a few well-placed stickers (see second picture below).
Because the LEGO Speed Champions vehicles are minifigure scale, they are not the most accurate as far as actual car models. This is understandable, as LEGO designers are limited with what pieces they can work with in such a small scale. However, due to the introduction of new curved pieces, wedge elements, windshields, mudguards, and wheel covers, they are accurate enough to be instantly recognizable.
And, since LEGO added even more new pieces to their inventory, this means that the LEGO Speed Champions cars can continue to advance as well. For example, while the McLaren P1 uses stickers for its headlights, thanks to some new small pieces, the McLaren 720S has a completely brick-built front section. On this scale, that’s a big achievement, and a testament to LEGO’s commitment to providing a great building experience.
All the small LEGO Speed Champions come with a bit of extra, and I think the little design studio included with the McLaren 720S is one of the best. It’s small and simple, but that McLaren design sketch really makes it. And with the addition of the red coffee mug, it is even artistic.
Here is the official description of the set: Become a supercar designer and racing driver with the LEGO Speed Champions version of the McLaren 720S plus design studio. This buildable car features loads of authentic details and comes with a design desk and play-starting elements, including an original design sketch and printed 3D miniature version of the McLaren 720S. Also includes one designer/racing driver minifigure. McLaren 720S measures over 1” (4cm) high, 5” (14cm) long and 1” (5cm) wide. Design desk measures over 1” (5cm) high, 2” (6cm) wide and 1” (4cm) deep. 161 pieces. Price: $14.99 – BUY HERE
In summary, the LEGO Speed Champions McLaren 720S is a worthy addition to the LEGO Speed Champions line, and I would say it’s probably one of the best vehicles in the series. While the shaping is not completely accurate, due to the limitations of the LEGO building system in such a small scale, it is still a very impressive model. Collectors of the LEGO Speed Champions sets should be very happy with this mighty little wonder. Also, because the vehicle is minifig-scale, has a standard 6-wide frame, and it comes with few stickers, it can be used in LEGO City dioramas as a standard car for the rich and famous. You can find it at the LEGO Speed Champions section of the Online LEGO Shop.
What do you think? How do you like the LEGO Speed Champions collection? And what do you think of the McLaren 720S? Which one is your favorite vehicle so far? Feel free to share your thoughts and own review in the comment section below! 😉
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