It was recently announced that the latest film in the Fast and the Furious Saga – F9 – has been pushed back 12 months, to April 2021. It had been previously scheduled to open in May 2020, but with cinemas around the world currently closed due to the COVID19 Pandemic, this fan favourite series was unlikely to attract the same audience as the previous instalment, which broke box-office records.
While we might have to deal with this setback, in our own ways, the LEGO Group and Universal Studios have announced imminent release of a 1077 piece, LEGO Technic 1970 Dodge Charger R/T. Priced at USD 99.99/€99.99, it will be released in late April.
Given my failure to fully understand cars, I shall let the Press release and the photos speak for themselves.
30 March 2020, Billund:Muscle car lovers and Fast & Furiousfans are getting set for the ultimate thrill. Today, the LEGO Group and Universal Brand Development revealed the first LEGO set inspired by the high-octane, global blockbuster franchise: the awesome LEGO® Technic™ Dom’s Dodge Charger. The 1,077-piece replica of fearless street racer Dominic Toretto’s legendary 1970 Dodge Charger R/T will provide an exciting new building challenge as fans gear up for the latest instalment in the Fast saga – F9, which hits theatres around the world beginning in April 2021.
But the fun doesn’t stop once the chequered flag comes down. Once the build is complete, fans can try out Dom’s cool stunts and recreate the daring high-speed chases from the Fast & Furious movies with the model. And when the streets need a rest, the model can be proudly displayed in its famous wheel-stand position.
The authentic replica of Dom’s all-time favourite car is packed with the same realistic details seen in the films. Just like the full-size version, the hood of the LEGO® Technic™ Dom’s Dodge Charger pops open to reveal the iconic V8 engine. Fans can feel like they’re in the garage with Dom fixing up his latest project as they build moving pistons, double wishbone suspension, a wheelie bar to show off the car’s best moves and (of course) put the nitro bottles in the trunk. If things get too hot, there’s a fire extinguisher in the cockpit too.
Inspired by the action-packed scenes from the Fast saga, the 1:13 scale LEGO® Technic™ Dom’s Dodge Charger is designed for builders aged 10+. The set will be available to pre-order from 30 March from LEGO.comand to buy globally from 27 April 2020.
Samuel Tacchi, designer of LEGO® Technic™ Dom’s Dodge Charger, said: “The high-octane action of the Fast & Furiousfranchise has captured the hearts and imaginations of petrol-heads the world over. We want to inspire people of all ages to explore their creativity through building whatever their passion is, and we know fans of LEGO® Technic™ and the blockbuster franchise love cool cars and adrenaline-fuelled fun. Brought together by that same passion, we worked really closely with the Universal team to bring Dom’s Dodge Charger to life in the most minute detail to inspire Fast & Furiousfans and LEGO® Technic™ builders around the world.”
Supercars of all sorts have always been a part of the Technic lineup, ever since 1978. To be basing a LEGO set on a car featured in this popular movie franchise looks like it will pick up a lot of fans around the world (not so much LEGO Fans, although they will pick it up, as car fans, returning to LEGO. An adult marketed set, featuring advance building techniques, over 1000 elements, and based on a licensed theme…I’m not too surprised – this has been a trend for the last few years,
What do you think of this vehicle? A must have? Something to pass on? why not leave your thoughts below, and until next time…