Brick Fanatics brings you the definitive guide to this year’s Christmas shopping with our LEGO gift list for gearheads.
Type ‘cars’ into LEGO.com’s search engine, and the online store currently returns 95 different results. That’s an almost overwhelming number, scattered across an impressive variety of themes. If you’re buying for a gearhead this Christmas, then, you might need a little help figuring out what to buy.
If that’s you, don’t panic: Brick Fanatics is here to help. We’ve sifted through the best LEGO car sets currently on the market, picking out the best products to suit all tastes and budgets. And if you’re cheekily just looking for something to buy yourself this holiday season, well, this list applies to you too.
Dive in below, and don’t forget to check out the rest of our Christmas 2020 gift lists.
For filling stockings:
Price: £17.99 / $19.99 / €19.49 Pieces: 275 Available: Now
The Speed Champions theme had something of an overhaul this year, much to the chagrin of veteran collectors. But while your classic six-stud-wide vehicles might not fit with these new eight-wide cars, you really won’t mind once you have your hands on one.
That’s because the bump in scale has allowed for the design team to go above and beyond in design, detail and accuracy. Happily, the best example from 2020 is also the cheapest. 76895 Ferrari F8 Tributo is a beautiful rendition of a beautiful car, aided by being surprisingly sticker-free.
For classic car fans:
Price: £119.99 / $149.99 / €126.71 Pieces: 1,471 Available: Now
10265 Ford Mustang may have launched last year, but our Christmas recommendations aren’t always about the latest and greatest sets. In this case, they’re just about the greatest. And that’s really what this slice of LEGO engineering brilliance is: one of the greatest LEGO cars the company has ever released.
From its carefully considered curves to its dramatic size, this is a car that’s properly worthy of the now-retired Creator Expert label. You’ll struggle to find a finer representation of a finer car – and if you know anyone with even the slightest interest in American muscle cars, you can really do no better than buying them a LEGO Mustang.
For the RC enthusiast:
Price: £124.99 / $129.99 / €126.71 Pieces: 463 Available: Now
The LEGO Group has only really dabbled in remote-control cars over the past few years, perhaps due to their often prohibitive price. You might feel the same way about 42109 App-Controlled Top Gear Rally Car, which doesn’t sound like a great deal on paper.
Fortunately, the fun you’ll get from it really outweighs that high entry price. Consider it an investment in your own enjoyment (or that of whoever you’re buying it for). While most LEGO sets will find a long-term home on a shelf, this is the kind of set that will constantly be brought out to play with, by kids and big kids (that is, adults) alike.
For film connoisseurs:
Price: £129.99 / $149.99 / €146.21 Pieces: 1,290 Available: Now
The name’s Bond. James Bond. James Bond Aston Martin DB5. Okay, so this ode to classic 007 might not roll off the tongue, but nobody’s going to care about the name on the box when they’re assembling it. They’ll be too busy being distracted by the sheer amount of novelty packed into what’s ostensibly a display model, but really adds up to the best of both worlds.
Not only does 10262 James Bond Aston Martin DB5 very much look the part – or at least, as much as is possible in the blocky medium of LEGO bricks – but it also allows you to recreate the secret agent’s antics from Goldfinger. You can revolve the number plates, reveal the front-mounted machine guns, and – best of all – pull the rear bumper to activate the built-in ejector seat. And we aren’t joking.
For the hardcore fan:
Price: £349.99 / $379.99 / €370.41 Pieces: 3,696 Available: Now
This year’s Technic supercar won’t be for everyone – its price point and complexity will place it beyond the reach of casual fans, and that’s absolutely fine – but if you’re looking for the ultimate LEGO gift for a gearhead, you can’t really do better than 42115 Lamborghini Sián FKP 37.
You’re not just buying a LEGO model, either (although you are definitely buying that too). You’re really purchasing an entire experience, which begins with the unique packaging, continues with the intricate and complex build, and finishes with a stunning slice of LEGO Technic engineering that pays brilliant tribute to the iconic Italian car. It requires serious dedication to the brick to truly appreciate, but that just makes 42115 Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 a seriously great gift.
For the adventurous fan:
Price: £44.99 / $49.99 / €48.73 Pieces: 499 Available: Now
We’ll wrap up this gift list with a recommendation slightly out of left-field. 31104 Monster Burger Truck isn’t the set to buy for someone serious about their love of LEGO cars, but someone who appreciates the sillier side of the LEGO portfolio.
After all, you can’t get much sillier than this zany mash-up, which really embodies the creative aspect of the Creator 3-in-1 theme. Those alternate build options will also keep the recipient entertained well beyond Xmas itself, and help one of 2020’s more delightful models find a home with fans who appreciate that LEGO is still a toy (or, perhaps, the younger enthusiasts on your Christmas list).
Remember to check out the rest of our Christmas 2020 gift lists, and watch out for more very soon:
If budget is truly no issue, why not check out Brick Fanatics’ Top 20 LEGO Sets List, which ranks the best 20 LEGO sets currently available at LEGO.com? If the set you’re looking for is out of stock, sign up to Brick Fanatics’ Stock Alerts to be notified as soon as it’s available again.
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