Or, more specifically, one superhero: Batman. While 76911 007 Aston Martin DB5 and 76912 Fast & Furious 1970 Dodge Charger R/T – both available from August – are expanding the scope of the Speed Champions garage, any future sets that might follow will apparently not involve the Caped Crusader’s personal fleet of vehicles.
Speaking to YouTuber Racing Brick, LEGO Speed Champions Design Manager Chris Stamp discussed where the new movie-focused cars fit in among the wider LEGO portfolio – which already comprises a huge range of movie-inspired vehicles, from the Mystery Machine and ECTO-1 to the 1960s Batmobile and the Tumbler.
“I looked across all of these, and they’re all done in different ways,” Chris said. “That’s because some are part of a play theme, some are LEGO Ideas, some are for a child, some are for an adult collector. What we’re trying to do with Speed Champions is create a line that you can place directly beside the Ferrari 512 M, or the Ford Bronco, and they’re all in scale with each other.”
While the door may be open to more cars based on specific movie franchises in future, however, there’s one licence that will seemingly never make the leap to Speed Champions.
“We’ll always do Batmobiles in Batman, and we don’t want to take those away from the Super Heroes team,” Chris added. “Nobody knows the superheroes and the Batmobile better than that team, and we’d never be able to do it as good. So those guys can keep doing Batmobiles and we’ll keep doing Speed Champions cars, and then hopefully you can display them next to each other.”
Given 76188 Batman Classic TV Series Batmobile is already eight studs wide – matching the scale of Speed Champions cars since 2020 – there may not be much benefit in reimagining that particular set with a Speed Champions label. Likewise 2019’s promotional 40433 1989 Batmobile, which (while very hard to come by) is also eight studs wide.
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