LEGO’S awesome new kits
LEGO isn't just for kids. Everyone knows that. If someone tells you they are, tell them they're the children for not realising that LEGO kits are precision engineering tools that allow you to build whatever your heart desires. For auto enthusiasts, LEGOs are an easy entry point to building and experimenting with four-wheeled machines, allowing you to customise, at least to a degree, on the fly. Less than building full-on plastic model cars and enthusiast level kits, LEGO vehicles can provide a great degree of joy to any adult (or kids, perhaps). So here's our roundup of the latest releases on LEGO's (rather extensive) range of vehicles.
With over 3599 pieces and a recommended age of 16+, this 1:8 scale Technic Chiron is nothing to scoff at. It might be a low poly rendering of the French hypercar, but it's bragging rights to the extreme, with a price tag of $350 USD. It's available on Amazon, but considering the size of the box, it's recommended you find a kind relative to bring it back for you from the land of bidesh.
Mack's gigantic semi gets featured on LEGO's portfolio, with two buildable models in one kit that features 2595 pieces. The cargo can be loaded onto the trailer realistically, with synchronised crane arms and side-loading capability. You can even adjust the driver's seat in the cabin. Don't like the Anthem? Build the Mack LR Garbage truck, complete with moving front arms to pick up trash with. All yours for $180 USD.
James Bond Aston Martin DB5
Featuring 1295 pieces, this James Bond movie-inspired DB5 comes complete with spikes, ejector seat revolving number plates, rear-window bulletproof screen, front wing machine guns (revealed by pulling back the gear stick) and an opening boot lid. There's also a surprisingly detailed engine bay. Considering the level of interactive-ness, the price is fairly low, at $150.
It might be generic, but this two in one kit has a lot of appeal. Squint and you can see a Ford Focus WRC car, or alternatively, a Meyers Manx beach buggy. Both come with authentic rally style belts for the seats, working suspension and steering, opening hoods, as well as a V6 engine with moving pistons. Piece count is low at 1005, but it'll be easy to build and take apart. Priced reasonably at $110 USD.