The LEGO-Top Gear Partnership Gives Us Hope Of Seeing LEGO Versions of Our Favorite Reasonably-Priced Cars
Dibs on the LEGO Suzuki Liana!by Kirby Garlitos, on
LEGO’s lineup of car sets is about to get juiced up now that the toy company has announced a partnership with British motoring show Top Gear to develop a lineup of car toy sets. Naturally, a partnership of this nature will draw a lot of attention, in part because of the kind of sets that will come out from this new partnership. There’s no word yet on what kind of cars will feature in the collaborative sets, but it’s easy to imagine the possibilities given Top Gear’s long and rich history as the most popular motoring show in the world. For what it’s worth, look for the cars from some of the show’s most memorable episodes to prominently feature in the collaboration. As far as what those cars are? We have a few in mind already.
The LEGO-Top Gear partnership is intriguing in many ways, in part because of all the cool opportunities it presents.
But before any of that, don’t expect any popular exotics to feature in this collaboration. No Ferraris. No McLarens. No Porsches. No Bugattis.
These automakers have separate licensing agreements with LEGO and they’re not about to share that honey pot with anybody else, including Top Gear. My ideas for the LEGO-Top Gear toy sets revolve around some of the most memorable cars to appear on the show, including all the beloved Reasonably-Priced Cars from the Jeremy Clarkson era of Top Gear.
Don’t tell me you’re not fantasizing about seeing LEGO versions of the Suzuki Liana, Chevrolet Lacetti, Kia Cee’d and Vauxhall Astra? LEGO would make a killing combining these four cars in a “Reasonably-Priced Cars LEGO Pack.” I’d buy that set in a heartbeat, especially if it comes with LEGO versions of The Stig and LEGO versions of the celebrities that posted the fastest times in each of the cars. That’s a list that includes Ellen MacArthur, Jay Kay, Matt LeBlanc, and Brian Johnson. That set has “instant collectible” written all over it.
OK, so that’s one idea that I believe will be a goldmine for LEGO.
Another idea is for LEGO to build a brick version of the Top Gear racetrack at the Dunsfold Aerodrome.
That would probably take a big set to build, but it’s not like LEGO isn’t capable of doing it. The toy company can even include the Reasonably-Priced Cars in this set to give it the full Top Gear experience. Again, that’s something that you’re going to buy. You don’t need any convincing in that respect. I’m sure of it.
I like both ideas, but what I’m really looking forward to from the LEGO-Top Gear collaboration are some of the most unique cars that have ever appeared on the show. Some aren’t even cars, to begin with. Remember the amphibious vehicles that Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond were tasked to build back in the show’s 8th season? How about the stretch limos from Season 9 that Clarkson and May built in a competition between the two? There are so many possibilities if this vault of cars is opened. My favorites, though, are the motorhomes from the 15th season of the show.
LEGO could build packs of these iconic show vehicles and I will be the first to tell you that these packs would fly off shelves faster than it took Clarkson to fix his face after his brief, if not memorable, dalliance with the Ariel Atom.
The “challenge” cars would make for great additions to a LEGO-Top Gear lineup. They are memorable in so many ways, and the vehicles all have incredible stories to tell.
Apart from the “challenger” cars, I also would like to see the “adventure” cars get immortalized in LEGO form. There are so many possibilities here, too. From the lorries they bought for the Burma Special to the 4X4s they used from Bolivia to Chile, LEGO can make a killing creating LEGO versions of these iconic and hilarious rides.
Then there are the cars that became famous because of their appearance on the show. I’m less excited about this, but I’m still going to buy LEGO kits of the Peel P50 and the P45 if they’re released in brick versions. And while I’m at it, who’s going to say no to a LEGO version of the greatest Top Gear vehicle of all time. The show’s crown jewel piece. The indescribable and irrepressible Hovervan! A LEGO version of the Hovervan has money printed all over it, folks!
I will admit that I haven’t been as in tune with Top Gear since Clarkson and the boys left a few years ago.
That said, I’m sure that any LEGO-Top Gear collaboration will also have sets taken from the new era of the show, specifically the one headlined by the trio of Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid.
LeBlanc and Reid have since left the show in different capacities so it is, effectively Harris’ gig now.
Fortunately, the veteran car journalist has proven to be up-to-the-task as the most recent season of the show is regarded as the best one since the departures of the legendary trio of Clarkson, May, and Hammond. A lot of credit goes to Harris for that, but it would only be right for me to say that his new co-hosts, Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness, have both exceeded expectations. Top Gear is enjoying a renaissance of sorts with this new trio led by Harris, and this partnership with LEGO couldn’t have come at a better time.
In some ways, LEGO and Top Gear are made for each other. Let’s hope that this marriage is as successful as we want it to be.
Oh, and make the Hovervan, LEGO!
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