LEGO Speed Champions’ record-breaking 2024 leaves us with more questions than answers

LEGO Speed Champions has just set a new record – and in doing so has raised plenty of questions about the future of this ever-changing theme.

Two more LEGO Speed Champions sets are now confirmed to be racing our way in August, in an unprecedented third wave of releases within a single calendar year. That’s not the only record the theme has shattered in 2024, though: this is also the highest number of individual eight-stud-wide cars we’ve seen hit shelves within a 12-month window.

The previous record was nine cars in a single year, in both 2021 and 2022. But across the three different LEGO Speed Champions 2024 waves – in March, June and August – the LEGO Group is churning out 12 total full-sized cars this year. Those are spread across a mix of single and double-packs, with two more solo cars dropping in August in 76934 Ferrari F40 and 76935 NASCAR Next Gen Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

The LEGO Group is clearly feeling pretty good about LEGO Speed Champions to be ramping up the number of releases like this, and shaking up the formula is never a bad thing, but it does make the future of the theme increasingly difficult to predict. For now, we just have questions.

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What happened to movie-inspired cars?

The last time LEGO Speed Champions mixed things up like this was in 2022, when a pair of cars inspired by the silver screen – 76911 007 Aston Martin DB5 and 76912 Fast & Furious 1970 Dodge Charger R/T – debuted in August, five months after the theme’s typical March release window. 76917 2 Fast 2 Furious Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34) then followed in January 2023.

At the time, LEGO Speed Champions Design Manager Chris Stamp said that he’d mapped out a ’10-year strategy’ for cars plucked from movies. But a year and a half on from the Skyline GT-R, we’ve seen and heard nothing from this once-promising subtheme. Could the James Bond and Fast & Furious sets really have performed that badly? It seems unlikely given the incredible demand for the Skyline when it first launched.

There’s still endless potential for cars inspired by films – you don’t reach a 10-year strategy without sufficient source material – but who knows whether we’ll ever see this subtheme return. After all, if there wasn’t space for a single car among the record-breaking 12 in 2024…

Will we see more experimental waves?

While Chris’s silver-screen experiment might not have paid off in the way he’d hoped – or at least hasn’t continued to bear fruit – it clearly isn’t stopping the team from trying new things. Or trying old things, perhaps, because both of this August’s newly-revealed sets revisit cars we’ve previously seen at six studs wide for the first time.

Since switching to eight studs wide in 2020, the LEGO Speed Champions theme has rigidly stuck to delivering brand new cars rather than diving back into the well of six-wide cars, updating them to the new scale. But the Ferrari F40 and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 – or versions of them – were among the last six-wide cars in 2019, so this latest bonus wave of Speed Champions will represent another experimental direction for the theme.

That actually places it close to the two-set movie wave of 2022 in concept if not theme, and suggests Speed Champions could continue to use slots in the August range to try out new things, without taking away from the typical cadence of cars earlier in the year. Fingers crossed one of those experiments eventually ends up being TV-inspired cars and we can finally get Mr. Bean and his lime green MINI Cooper.

Is this the new norm for Speed Champions?

The question that’s probably top of everyone’s minds – bar one, which we’ll come to – is whether we can expect LEGO Speed Champions to maintain this volume of sets and cars in 2025 and beyond. It’s a tough one to answer right now of course, but with one eye on the unusual nature of the August mini-wave, we wouldn’t necessarily expect that to happen every year.

The real departure in 2024 is actually the June wave, which brought us three sets – a solo car and two double-packs – on top of the usual March wave. 76923 Lamborghini V12 Vision GT, 76924 Mercedes-AMG G 63 & Mercedes-AMG SL 63 and 76925 Aston Martin Safety Car & AMR23 are what have really boosted this year’s portfolio above previous years of eight-wide cars.

If the LEGO Group can maintain that momentum, we’re probably looking at a few bumper years ahead for LEGO Speed Champions collectors regardless of whether we get fresh cars in August or not. But the real question plenty of people are already asking concerns the potential consequences of that increased output…

Are we in danger of prioritising quantity over quality?

LEGO Speed Champions has long been one of the LEGO Group’s most underrated themes, quietly adding new cars to its garage once (or at most twice) a year while the company shouts loudest about its pop culture-influenced themes like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Marvel and so on. But it also has an incredibly engaged community of collectors, many of whom buy multiples of each car to transform them into alternate builds (plenty of which can be found on Rebrickable).

And it’s within the places that community converges – Facebook groups and reddit, for example – that questions are already starting to be asked about whether the theme is starting to place quantity over quality. That’s off the back of initial reactions to the Ferrari F40 and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, both of which look to be proving pretty polarising among collectors.

Some have accused the new sets of feeling ‘rushed’, while one fan said they ‘might just be done with the series altogether’ after the June and August waves. Not everyone feels the same way, though: one redditor said the F40 might be their favourite Speed Champions Ferrari so far, while another praised the colour mixing in the ZL1.

Not every car is going to be a guaranteed hit with everyone. But for a theme that spent a good few years consistently delivering a smaller number of intelligently-designed and well-received cars, the decision to expand things is almost inevitably going to raise this question. That said, it’s one that’s tricky to properly answer until we have the sets in hand: box art doesn’t always do these things justice.

Let us know your thoughts on the latest LEGO Speed Champions sets in the comments, and check out the full record-breaking 2024 slate in the table below. The two newest cars will be available to purchase from August 1, 2024.

LEGO Speed Champions 2024 sets

LEGO setPricePiecesRelease date
30683 McLaren Formula 1 Race CarTBCTBCMarch 1, 2024
76919 2023 McLaren Formula 1 Race Car£20.99 / $26.99 / €26.99245March 1, 2024
76920 Ford Mustang Dark Horse£20.99 / $26.99 / €26.99344March 1, 2024
76921 Audi S1 e-tron quattro£20.99 / $26.99 / €26.99274March 1, 2024
76922 BMW M4 GT3 & BMW M Hybrid V8£44.99 / $44.99 / €49.99676March 1, 2024
76923 Lamborghini V12 Vision GT£20.99 / $26.99 / €26.99230June 1, 2024
76924 Mercedes-AMG G 63 & Mercedes-AMG SL 63£44.99 / $44.99 / €49.99806June 1, 2024
76925 Aston Martin Safety Car & AMR23£44.99 / $44.99 / €49.99564June 1, 2024
76934 Ferrari F40TBC318August 1, 2024
76935 Nascar Next Gen Chevrolet Camaro ZL1TBC328August 1, 2024

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Chris Wharfe
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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.

5 thoughts on “LEGO Speed Champions’ record-breaking 2024 leaves us with more questions than answers

  • 16/07/2024 at 13:31
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    Any thoughts on why they jumped 10 numbers in numbering the August releases? They’ve been numbering Speed Champions sequentially, and suddenly skipped from 76925 to 76934. What gives?

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  • 19/06/2024 at 16:52
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    Unless you’re a completist, I can’t see buying the new NASCAR. I think it’s hideous. Love the F40 however.

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  • 19/06/2024 at 13:25
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    Lego has certainly found its target market keen to buy 3000 and 5000 piece monster sets that I couldn’t have even dreamed of as a child. for Speed champions I fear that the move away from 6 stud cars with playsets to 8 stud display models with no basic accessories even is following the same trend of targeting adults with more money to spend, raising the price of all Lego.

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  • 19/06/2024 at 11:09
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    it would be awsome to see older cars come through.
    not only sports and muscle cars but even icons such as the good old hilux or NY taxis

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  • 18/06/2024 at 13:32
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    although the NASCAR is a pretty car, as a uk collector of the speed champions a NASCAR doesn’t interest me in the slightest. personally I would have preferred another TV/movie car. although as a collector I will have to begrudgingly buy the NASCAR.

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