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LEGO Speed Champions Introduces a Nissan GT-R NISMO We Can All Afford

LEGO Speed Champions Introduces a Nissan GT-R NISMO We Can All Afford

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.

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Lego Artist Knows His Way Around Lego Bricks Enough To Build A Nissan GT-R

Lego Artist Knows His Way Around Lego Bricks Enough To Build A Nissan GT-R

It’s not an officially licensed Lego product, which makes it more impressive

By now, most of you probably know that Lego has been at the forefront of building brick kits for some of the most desirable and iconic cars in history. It has sets for the Volkswagen Beetle, Mini Cooper, Ferrari Enzo, and Porsche 918 Spyder, all of which are part of its popular Speed Champions line. What it doesn’t have at this point is a set for Godzilla. I’m not talking about the fire-breathing beast of Japanese lore; I’m talking about the fire-breathing beast of Nissan lore: the incomparable GT-R.

I know what you’re thinking: if Lego hasn’t built a kit for the Nissan GT-R, what exactly is that picture above because that looks suspiciously like a Nissan GT-R. Well, it is a Lego version of the Nissan GT-R, except that it didn’t come from Lego itself. It came from the imagination of famous Lego brick builder Firas Abu-Jaber, who used Lego bricks from other sets to create his own GT-R. According to Abu-Jaber, creating the Lego-ized version of the Japanese supercar took a lot of work and involved scouring through pieces that he thought could fit into building the car from the ground-up. Certain pieces, specifically the red Technic gear pieces, were taken from other kits under the Speed Champions line, whereas others weren’t so you can imagine how long the process was to simply find all the pieces that would fit into turning the whole thing into something that looks like the GT-R.

Lo and behold, Abu-Jaber actually did it. Not only that, his work is so incredibly detailed that you’d think that Lego actually is offering a kit for the GT-R when in fact it doesn’t. Kind of makes you wonder then what other Lego cars he can come up with if he had a treasure-trove of Lego bricks at his disposal. Is it too early to start throwing in requests? Maybe a Lego version of the Mercedes-SLS AMG, complete with its gullwing doors spread open?

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Video: Duxcoat Ruined our Wet T-Shirt Fun

Video: Duxcoat Ruined our Wet T-Shirt Fun

There are a few obligatory things in any attention-grabbing car commercial. They are a desirable car, sweet cool music, and the optional good looking woman, and by optional we mean mandatory… Well, Duxcoat, a water and stain repellant company, decided to show us exactly how confident they are in their Nano paint treatment using the mandatory woman and one not-so-mandatory addition. For those that don’t know what Nano paint treatment is, it is a sealant that prevents water and stains from sitting on your car’s paint or windshield.

Onto the video… So, you have a rather attractive and (ahem) “well-equipped” woman jogging down an old dirt road in a white shirt, a Nissan Frontier, and a puddle of water. Hmm, can you do the math? If not, call in any former member of a fraternity and he’ll explain it to you (white shirt + water = see-through shirt and lots of hoops and hollers). In to ruin the fun is a well-fed man with upper torso equipment not quite as intriguing as the running woman’s.

All three converge in front of the mud puddle, leaving the woman and man soaked. Every male TopSpeed reader is now thinking the same thing “Woo Hoo!!” Well, there is a “wardrobe malfunction” in this commercial, but only with one of the two folks in white shirts. The other one is wearing a shirt coated with… Duxcoat! We’re not going to tell you which one, but we’ll leave it at this; at a certain angle, man boobs look a lot like those found on a female, so be careful with the staring on this one. You might give people the wrong idea.

You’ve gotta love creative advertising. Enjoy!

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Nissan introduces "self-healing" iPhone case

Nissan introduces "self-healing" iPhone case

Japanese automaker Nissan is introducing a new, state-of-the-art technology that promises "self-healing" capabilities. We’d love to tell you that this is some kind of joke, but the truth is, it’s not.

In all seriousness, Nissan is unveiling a cell phone accessory that features their new Scratch Shield paint technology. According to Nissan, the Scratch Shield paint technology promises to heal small scratches within an hour for less-serious instances, and up to a week’s time in more serious occurrences.

The technology was developed by Nissan in collaboration with University of Tokyo and Advanced Softmaterials Inc. This material is expected to be used in a number of future Nissan and Infiniti models, but will make its debut as an protective accessory for the iPhone 4 and 4S models.

The case is made out of ABS plastic, a material that’s stronger and tougher than any other kind of plastic and, when combined with their new Scratch Shield technology, promises to be a revolutionary new safety accessory to protect our beloved iPhones.

We’ve seen some pretty crazy things being invented the past couple of years, but a cell phone case that heals itself?

That’s something we’d love to take a look at.

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Toy car replica of 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432 goes for $80,000

Toy car replica of 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432 goes for $80,000

To be fair, it’s still cheaper than getting the original one but sarcasm aside, this one-of-a-kind replica of the 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432 is just like any other toy – that is, if you think ‘toys’ are now made from platinum and come with a price tag of $80,000.

Given that Nissan only built 420 of these Z432s from 1969 to 1973, you can understand jeweler Ginza Tanaka’s choice of the Fairlady to commemorate the Japanese toy-car maker’s 40th anniversary seems to be a good choice.

The detailing of the platinum-made Fairlady is incredible and just to emphasize the toy car’s rarity and exclusivity, Tanaka didn’t settle for just any kind of packaging - even the car’s box is made from platinum.

In case you’re interested to have a closer look at this $80,000 toy, it’s going to be on-display at the Hong Kong International Jewelry Show for this whole month of March and will then move to the Osaka Tomica Fair in Japan next month.

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