As you probably know already, the five new LEGO Speed Champions sets are a pretty big deal. First of all, two new brands have been added to the collection; Jaguar and Lamborghini. Secondly, the vehicles are now 8-stud vide. This allows more accurate scaling, more brick-built techniques and less stickers, and seating of two minifigs side-bi-side. Three of the sets feature a single vehicle, while two of them are double sets with two vehicles. Five of the seven vehicles are built on a specialized one-piece chassis for easy building and sturdiness. So, let’s take a look at the new sets in more detail.
First of all, here is the list of the new sets: #76895 LEGO Speed Champions Ferrari F8 Tributo, #76896 LEGO Speed Champions Nissan GT-R NISMO, #76897 LEGO Speed Champions 1985 Audi Sports Quattro S1, #76898 LEGO Speed Champions Formula E Panasonic Jaguar Racing GEN2 Car & Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, and #76899 LEGO Speed Champions Lamborghini Urus ST-X & Huracán Super Trofeo EVO . The single vehicle sets are $19.99, the Jaguar set with two vehicles is $29.99, and the Lamborghini set with two vehicles is $39.99. They are all available at the LEGO Speed Champions section of the Online LEGO Shop.
As mentioned above, five of the seven new LEGO Speed Champion vehicles are built on a specialized one-piece chassis. This piece was carefully designed to provide a one-size-fits-all solution for many of the LEGO Speed Champions cars and LEGO vehicles in other themes, while remaining as flexible as possible. Many LEGO fans are critical of specialized parts like these, as they feel they introduce unnecessary restrictions and limit creativity. There is an interesting interview at NewElementary.com with LEGO designer Christopher Stamps, where he explains why this new part was introduced, why LEGO Speed Champions was switched to an 8-stud wide standard, and some other intriguing features of the 2020 LEGO Speed Champions sets. It’s worth reading (just click on the link).
Besides the new chassis, there are some other new pieces in the 2020 LEGO Speed Champions sets. Two new windscreens (one of them with two different prints), a new wheel rim in three different colors, a new 2×4 wedge-plate, and a couple of other larger specialized pieces; a 2×6 wheel bearing piece with cross holes and a 2×6 bracket that also appeared in the LEGO Friends Play Cubes we talked about previously.
Other noteworthy pieces are the printed elements; the windscreens of the Ferrari and the Laborghini Huracan, several printed plates and tiles in the Ferrari, the hoods of the Nissan and Audi, and printed tiles in the Jaguar set. The rest of the decorations are stickers.
From the 2020 LEGO Speed Champions lineup, it appears that the #76895 LEGO Speed Champions Ferrari F8 Tributo is a fan favorite. It is definitely a beautifully shaped vehicle, especially considering the small scale. The other cars are also very nice, and worth checking out. In the video below you can see all the cars in more detail.
I’m curious to see what other vehicles LEGO will release under the new 8-stud wide standard. Will they re-release some of the older cars that were originally 6-stud wide? Or continue adding new cars and new brands?
What do you think? How do you like the 2020 LEGO Speed Champions sets? And what do you think of the 8-stud wide design, the new chassis piece, and other features of the sets? Do you have any of them already? Feel free to share your thoughts and own reviews in the comment section below!
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