LEGO hints at other Speed Champions sets based on the movie
As Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 and Dom’s Dodge Charger join the LEGO Speed Champions lineup, we may see more cars from the big screen in the future.
Until fairly recently, Speed Champions did what it said on the box. The theme features cars – originally in a six-stud wide design, moving to eight-stud wide in 2020 – that have one thing in common. From muscle cars accessible to the general public, to high-performance exotics accessible only to those with the deepest pockets, to racing specials. All are defined by speed.
But recently, two new models have joined the range. While neither of them are left out in the speed department, they’re best known for hailing from Hollywood rather than a production line at an out-of-town factory. The first is the 76911 007 Aston Martin DB5 which has been James Bond’s most recognizable car since it first appeared in the 1964 film Goldfinger. The second is the 76912 Fast & Furious 1970 Dodge Charger R/T, rather less refined but equally recognizable – certainly for young movie fans – from the nitrous-guzzling franchise.
Both have already appeared in larger scale LEGO form. 10262 James Bond Aston Martin DB5 was part of the Creator Expert line in 2018 and two years later we saw the Dodge Charger 42111 Dom appear in the Technic line. Now, in a recent interview with Brickset, LEGO design director Chris Stamp hinted that these latest additions to Speed Champions may just be the first in a series of cars inspired by the film.
Stamp began by talking about how the theme had evolved. “Looking back through the development and direction of Speed Champions, we’ve already expanded to include vehicles other than supercars, including the John Cooper Works buggy, Lamborghini Urus and the Ford Bronco Dakar racer.” He went on to describe the general idea behind the range as “collectible, IP-driven, eight-stud vehicles that are all to scale when displayed together.” There really is no limit to what we can do, as long as they meet these flexible parameters.
There were a number of driving forces behind the idea of showcasing cars from the big screen, both personal and market-driven. From Stamp’s point of view, he says, “I’m a huge movie fan, so I’ve been leaning into creating these vehicles for the past three years.” But he also has an eye on his audience. He continued: “Not everyone who loves cars is interested in racing, so introducing some recognizable film vehicles just felt natural to me. Broadening the appeal of the theme, without losing what we have already built, is never a bad thing.
Although the LEGO Group is a behemoth of the toy industry, not all themes within the company are created equal. Stamp addressed the issue of finding space in the production process. “Speed Champions is a very small project, among the smallest in the current LEGO portfolio,” he said, “so sometimes it’s difficult to create space in the product line for more sets Speed Champions Even the introduction of the polybag models was considered quite exciting.”
With the range now approaching sixty models, he returned to the idea that there might be more film-based designs in the future, and that careful thought had been given to the choice of the DB5 and the Load. “Finding room for two new sets in the portfolio made it even more difficult,” he admitted, “although developing vehicles that have already been represented in LEGO and have gained proven popularity has been helpful.”
As he closed, he indicated the direction he hoped to travel. “In the case of these movie vehicles,” he said, “I was determined to release more than one product when they launched because I wanted to signal that as the start of a collection.”
While nothing is confirmed at this point, it certainly looks like we could see some iconic cars coming to the Speed Champions lineup in the future.
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