A LEGO Racers veteran returns in this year’s CITY sets

An icon of LEGO video game history is finally joining the physical world in this year’s LEGO CITY Stuntz sets.

Rocket Racer first appeared as the final boss in LEGO Racers in 1999, then returned in the same role in 2001’s LEGO Racers 2. Unlike the rest of the boss characters in those games, though, the legendary LEGO racer has never had a physical minifigure – until now.

Among this year’s line-up of LEGO CITY Stuntz sets is 60298 Rocket Stunt Bike, which the product description says comes bundled with ‘high-flying LEGO City TV stunt daredevil Rocket Racer’, who’s apparently part of the LEGO CITY Adventures TV series.

While his modern-day minifigure design doesn’t exactly match the grey-suited version seen in LEGO Racers, he’s bearing the same ‘RR’ logo, and even has one red arm and one blue arm, just like the classic in-game version.

(Here’s a LEGO Racers deep cut for you – while the menu, player select screen and so on showed Rocket Racer with a red left arm and blue right arm, the in-game cutscenes swapped the colours around. The new minifigure matches how we saw the character across the majority of the game.)

This isn’t the only nod to Rocket Racer in recent memory – Collectible Minifigures 71021 Series 18’s Race Car Guy also featured the ‘RR’ logo on his torso – but it is the first time a physical minifigure has been explicitly referred to as this specific character.

You’ll be able to indulge in a little LEGO Racers nostalgia with 60298 Rocket Stunt Bike from October 1. Like the rest of this year’s stunt bikes, the 14-piece set will retail for £6.99 / $7.99 / €7.99, and includes a flywheel-powered motorbike.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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