Now we’re talking, LEGO, now we’re talking

The Nissan GT-R NISMO is the latest supercar to join the ranks of LEGO’s Speed Champions line, adding another drool-worthy car kit to a lineup of brick sets that already includes the Ferrari F40, MINI Cooper, McLaren Senna, and Dodge Demon.

The Nissan-LEGO partnership was struck in part to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the iconic Japanese nameplate, and one of the early offsprings of that partnership is this 298-piece Nissan GT-R NISMO Speed Champions kit that will surely be a hot ticket item when it arrives sometime in January 2020. All car kits that are a part of LEGO’s 2020 Speed Champions lineup will also be bigger by 25 percent compared to previous versions. If for nothing else, the LEGO Nissan GT-R NISMO will look a lot more life-like than past Speed Champions cars.

Lego Speed Champions Nissan GT-R Nismo

LEGO Speed Champions Introduces a Nissan GT-R NISMO We Can All Afford
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I don’t suppose it needs to be said, but I’ll say it anyway. If you’re a fan of the Nissan GT-R NISMO, this is one LEGO kit that you need to have. We rarely get the Nissan GT-R, let alone the GT-R NISMO, immortalized in LEGO form, and yet, here it is.

Unlike earlier performance cars that were given the LEGO Speed Champions treatment, the GT-R NISMO is a lot more realistic, both in its detail and its presentation.

Part of that can be attributed to Godzilla’s distinct looks — it’s easy to identify it as a GT-R even in LEGO form — but another part of that can be chalked up the build’s bigger dimensions. The entire 2020 Speed Champions lineup will be 25 larger in size compared to past iterations. That should open up the level of detail that you’re normally used to in a Speed Champions kit car.

LEGO Speed Champions Introduces a Nissan GT-R NISMO We Can All Afford
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Judging by the press photos of the LEGO Nissan GT-R NISMO, you can tell that it’s far more detailed than, say, the Speed Champions versions of the Ferrari 488 GT3 Scuderia Rossa, McLaren Senna, and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

It’s not as detailed as LEGO’s Technic line, though — that’s an entirely different product — but you can see distinct details of the life-sized GT-R NISMO that LEGO managed to capture in incredible detail.

The front section, in particular, features the Nissan’s V-Motion grille and a red front splitter. The side skirts are also present, as is the set of wheels that look like carbon fiber versions of the real GT-R NISMO’s rims. The large rear wing is also prominently placed in the back section of the car, as is the case with the real GT-R NISMO.

LEGO Speed Champions Introduces a Nissan GT-R NISMO We Can All Afford
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Overall, the Nissan GT-R NISMO Speed Champions kit comprises 298 individual elements. It’s not as overwhelming of a build as a Technic set, but it’s not as simple and straightforward as past versions of the Speed Champions line. You’re going to be met with some challenges, specifically when it comes time to adding the black-and-white Motul livery from the GT-R NISMO racer. The build should still be worth it, especially when you complete and properly display it alongside the slightly smaller Speed Champions cars that you’ve accumulated over the years.

It’s unclear how much the Nissan GT-R NISMO Speed Champions kit will cost — previous versions typically come with a price tag of $20 — but since the 2020 lineup is 25 percent bigger than past iterations, you can expect the size increase to also come with an increased cost. Maybe somewhere in the range of $25? That would fall in line with our expectations. Either way, it’s not that expensive that you shouldn’t go out and buy it.

LEGO Speed Champions Introduces a Nissan GT-R NISMO We Can All Afford
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It’s not often that a Nissan GT-R NISMO sells for only $25. Sure, it’s only a scaled LEGO Speed Champions kit car, but if you’re the type who can’t afford the real car’s price tag of over $212,000, the $25 GT-R NISMO is as good as it’s going to get for you. I’m buying one as soon as it drops, and I’m convinced that I won’t be the only one.

Fun facts: The real 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO vs. the LEGO® Nissan GT-R NISMO
Nissan GT-R NISMO LEGO® Nissan GT-R NISMO
Development time 10-plus years Approximately 12 months
Parts More than 90,000 298
Assembly time Approximately 8 hours for the vehicle, plus additional hours for the takumi-built engine *1 Expert LEGO® builder: 20 minutes Normal LEGO® builder: 1 hour
Top speed 315+ kph *2 Hand-driven
Gears 6-speed dual-clutch 1 forward, 1 backward
Weight 1720 kg 193 g
Building instructions Not included Included
Fuel Premium gasoline Creativity
Range 550+ km *3 Unlimited
Hours of fun Endless Endless
Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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