76912 Fast & Furious 1970 Dodge Charger R/T and 76911 007 Aston Martin DB5 appeared online at LEGO.com this week ahead of their August 1 release, and both sets have big shoes to fill as they look to replicate the success of their (much) larger cousins – 42111 Dom’s Dodge Charger and 10262 James Bond Aston Martin DB5.
The LEGO Group has achieved various levels of success when rescaling vehicles over the years. We’ve taken a look at some examples.
6 – Ferrari F40
LEGO Creator Expert 10248 Ferrari F40 was released in 2015. Four years later, the 1,158-piece set was joined by LEGO Speed Champions 75890 Ferrari F40 Competizione, a car that would go on to appear in the LEGO expansion pack for video game, Forza Horizon 4. There’s also a life-size F40 on display at LEGOLAND California Resort, which is pretty epic.
5 – VW T1 Camper Van
In 2013, just two years after the LEGO Group launched its LEGO Creator Expert 10220 Volkswagen T1 Camper Van, an adorable miniature version was released. LEGO Creator 40079 Mini VW T1 Camper Van is a polybag item featuring just 76 pieces – some 1,200 fewer than its much larger predecessor.
4 – VW Beetle
Similarly to 10220 Volkswagen T1 Camper Van, LEGO Creator 10252 Volkswagen Beetle went on to receive the ‘mini-me’ treatment. In fact LEGO Creator 40252 Mini Volkswagen Beetle was offered as a gift-with-purchase item less than a year after the larger version launched, giving fans a chance to swoop both sets at once.
3 – London Bus
LEGO Creator 10258 London Bus was available exclusively from London LEGO stores when it first launched in July 2017, a month ahead of its full release. A year earlier, fans were teased with a miniature version, 40220 London Bus – a set that is still very popular to this day. Although it’s more than 10 times smaller than its bigger brother, it still manages to capture the unmistakeable form of a classic London Routemaster Bus perfectly.
2 – Bugatti Chiron
The 3,599-piece LEGO Technic 42083 Bugatti Chiron launched in 2018, a year after 181-piece LEGO Speed Champions 75878 Bugatti Chiron. Both depictions of the iconic hypercar flew off the shelves before retiring a couple of years later. Much like 75890 Ferrari F40 Competizione, 75878 Bugatti Chiron is featured in the LEGO Speed Champions expansion for Forza Horizon 4.
1 – DMC DeLorean
The fact that LEGO ICONS 10300 Back to the Future Time Machine is in and out of stock on a regular basis suggests that it’s popular among pop culture fans. It’s not the first LEGO incarnation of Doc Brown’s modified DMC DeLorean though. LEGO Ideas 21103 The DeLorean Time Machine arrived 9 years ago, and two years after that we were treated to an incredibly cute microscale version as part of LEGO 71201 Dimensions Back to the Future Level Pack.
We’re certainly hoping that the LEGO Group has plans for some more resized sets, whether in Speed Champions or beyond. Which LEGO vehicles (old or new) would you like to see return in a different scale?