While it isn’t the first Speed Champions polybag (that was last year’s 30342 Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO), it does represent an interesting and potentially highly-collectible direction for the theme.
Where last year’s mini-Lambo came in at four studs wide, 30343 McLaren Elva has been designed at five studs wide and, much like the full-size vehicles’ switch from six to eight studs wide, that extra width even at this smaller scale makes a huge difference.
Primarily it opens up an extra level of detail and design possibility to create a fun and surprisingly intricate little LEGO car build, most comparable to the die-cast Hot Wheels toy cars.
Changes in bodywork angle, lighting details and even front and rear wing shaping are all caught in this five-stud-wide creation to make 30343 McLaren Elva a credible addition to the Speed Champions line and a nice counterpart to the full-size 76902 McLaren Elva (which, by the way, is a LEGO set that we love).
And if it’s a direction we could expect to see future Speed Champions polybags go in, then 30343 McLaren Elva also marks the start of a very interesting collection parallel to the larger-scale Speed Champions vehicles.
30343 McLaren Elva has been available as a gift-with-purchase since June 7 and will be until June 20, included in all purchases of £40 / $40 / €40 or more at LEGO.com and in LEGO stores whilst stocks last.