I don’t care about cars. If a car can get me from point A to point B then I like it. So when LEGO offered to send me a bunch of Speed Champions sets to review I thought to myself “I am literally the worst possible person that you could get to review these”. I also thought “Eh, why not”. And now here we are. Presenting possibly the first ever LEGO Speed Champions review from a car un-enthusiast. I’m not even going to bother googling these things I am just going in blind.
1970 Ferrari 512 M
I’m assuming that this Ferrari is from 1970, based on the name. Looking at it there’s certainly a 70s feel about it.
The weird-ass windscreen is neat and I like that it is printed rather than being one of the 5000 stickers that comes with every Speed Champions set.
I quite like the angled front. I don’t get the white spoilery thingys on the back, they don’t seem like they’d be that effective?
The livery of this car heavily features the number 4. This is great if 4 happens to be your favourite number or you are currently 4 years old.
The set comes with a single minifigure wearing a white Ferrari onesie – sorry, racesuit.
Lotus is a car brand that I know absolutely nothing about. Some brands I at least know of but Lotus? Never heard of it. “Lotus Evija” sounds like a spell from Harry Potter. “It’s Lo-Tus Ev-eee-ja” “Shut up Hermione”.
According to the LEGO product page the Lotus Evija is an all-electric hypercar. Guess that explains why it’s green!
This looks like a car that Loki would drive if they ever made a Marvel racing game, like Mario Kart but set in the MCU. I consider this a pro.
The upside down snowboard spoiler is clever parts usage.
I like the green jumpsuit on the included minifigure. It’s got some interesting stitching print.
I don’t know why but Countach just seems like a rude word I don’t want my kid saying. It’s like an amalgamation of moustache and the C word. Not what I would call a car, but I’m not an Italian automotive executive.
Another set with a printed windscreen. Say what you want about the Speed Champion theme but it’s got a great collection of windscreens.
I like the angles on this car, in particular the way the rear lights are done with the angles allowing for a cone piece to be used.
I think white is a boring colour for a car though. It’s probably some iconic Lamborghini colour or something but I’m not a fan.
The last two minifigures have matched their cars really well but this one is a bit of a mismatch to me? Black top with blue legs? How does that tie in with the white car with red interior? The guy looks a real countach.
Mercedes-AMG F1 W12 E Performance & Mercedes-AMG Project One
I though Countach was a dumb name and then Mercedes-AMG comes along with the F1 W12 E Performance. It’s quite the mouthful.
I assumed the E meant electronic but then I noticed the F1 part and realised that this is an F1 car and I’m pretty sure F1 cars aren’t electric. I guess the E probably stands for Enhanced or maybe Extreme. Elongated?
I really like the black and teal colour scheme and I do like the overall shape of an F1 car.
The race suit on the driver minifigure is a great match to the car itself.
This set is a two-pack with the Mercedes-AMG Project One being the second car included.
The name of this one seems like a lie. Are you saying that Mercedes-AMG haven’t had a project before this car? That seems highly unlikely. If it was called the Project 37 I’d believe you.
I am not a huge fan of the grey but I do like the splashes of teal. It has a neat fin on the back which is kind of sharklike. Maybe the grey works in that sense.
Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro and Aston Martin Vantage GT3
Another two-pack to round out the collection.
Valkyrie is a great car name. It’s got that cool Viking energy about it. I appreciate that this one comes in a nice bright colour. If I was going to have a supercar I’d want it to be brightly coloured rather than white or grey. Overall I think the Valkyrie is my favourite of the cars. It’s got an interesting shape.
While I really like the Valkyrie the Vantage is doing nothing for me. Looks like a pretty standard sedan with a big spoiler. I am sure it’s probably very fast but it hasn’t won me over.
Some nice colour coordination on the included minifigures for this one. They should call the Countache guy.
I have never really go it to the Speed Champions theme for two reasons: they have about a billion stickers, and secondly I don’t know anything about cars. In saying that there is something that I can certainly appreciate about the theme — they aren’t crazy expensive. If you are a car enthusiast then Speed Champions represents a range of (I assume) awesome vehicles in a scale and price point that aren’t over the top. I also think these are perfectly respectable display pieces for an AFOL. Not everything has to be a 3000 piece epic.
You also get a good selection of minifigures across the range. The branding makes them less useful to MOCs but they are still a great companion piece to the cars themselves.
I do still feel like there are too many stickers. This isn’t just a rant about wanting everything being printed, I get that isn’t possible. But I feel like in some instances there is too much detail only being accomplished with a sticker. Lights on some cars are done with elements and look great but then others the lights are a sticker.
Thanks to LEGO for sending me these sets and letting me explore a theme I don’t usually engage with.