With so many awesome Lego car sets out there, one must know what to pick

It’s that time of the year again. No, not quite Christmas, but that time when adults need to start figuring out their Christmas shopping lists. So, if you happen to have a gearhead or two in the family, know that we’ve come up, as always, with the best Lego car sets you can buy right now. They’re suited to almost all ages and who knows, you might end up getting a cool Lego car for yourself. Let’s check them out.

Lego Speed Champions 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon & 1970 Dodge Charger R/T (75893)

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The Dodge Demon might be out of production, but you can get one on your desk or make a gift out of it thanks to this 478-piece Lego Speed Champions set that also pairs the Demon with a 1970 Dodge Charger R/T. The two cars adopt boxy shapes in real life, which means their plastic brick counterparts look very similar to the real deal. The Charger has a removable supercharger and there’s a buildable Christmas tree start light as well, together with three mini-figures: a driver for both the Challenger and the Charger, plus the race marshal. Available on Amazon ($29.95).

Lego Creator Expert James Bond Aston Martin DB5 (10262)

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When “No Time to Die” debuts in April 2020, it will become the twenty-fifth instalment in the James Bond franchise. Yet if you’re anything like us, then you must still be drooling at the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger. Lucky for you, there’s a cure to that: the Lego Creator Expert DB5. The set has 1,295 pieces and it will provide a unique build experience that’s best enjoyed on a weekend afternoon. Once the car is built, you’ll get to play with a couple of Q’s gimmicks, including the ejector seat, the wheel-mounted tyre scythes, and the revolving number plates. Needless to say, the amount of detail that went into this set is top-shelf, so you’re looking at one of Lego Creator’s best sets ever made. Available on Amazon ($149.99).

Lego Technic Mack Anthem Truck (42078)

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Who doesn’t love a proper truck that’s ready to haul ass all day long? We know we do. Unfortunately, owning a life-size Mack Anthem poses a lot of spatial and logistical issues. Once again, though, Lego has our backs. For every truck aficionado out there, the Lego Technic Mack Anthem set proposes an authentic replica with front-axle steering, rear-wheel drive, and an inline-six engine with working pistons and a spinning radiator fan. See, it’s not just the exterior that’s highly detailed. With this being a truck and all, Lego wanted to make sure that it serves its purpose even if it’s built out of plastic bricks. That said, the detachable trailer you see there has extendable outriggers, landing legs, and crane arms that work in sync. Oh, and we’re not done: you can rebuild it into a Mack LR garbage truck. With 2,595 pieces to fit into a whole, the Lego Mack Anthem set is the downright opposite of boredom. Available on Amazon ($179.99).

Lego Speed Champions 1967 Mini Cooper S Rally & 2018 Mini John Cooper Works Buggy (75894)

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While this isn’t Lego’s first take on a Mini, what you’re getting here is not one but two Mini models, albeit a lot smaller than the Lego Creator Mini Cooper, yet perfect for your desk. The two cars are a 1967 Mini Cooper S Rally that oozes cuteness and a beefier 2018 Mini John Cooper Works Buggy that has a certain Dakar Rally vibe about it - maybe that’s due to the working suspension setup that would allow it to bounce over sand dunes or, you know, notebooks and agendas. The 481-piece set gets four mini-figures (one driver for each car, a race marshal, and a mechanic) as well as a brick-y pit stop with rack tools, two mobile tool cabinets, a trophy, and a gas can among other bits and bobs. Did we mention the cuteness overload of this set? Available on Amazon ($49.99).

Lego Speed Champions Ferrari F40 Competizione (75890)

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Just 10 Ferrari F40 Competizione units were built and they all stemmed from customer requests. Two of them were called F40 LM, so basically, only eight Competizione-badged F40s got to see daylight. Which brings us to the Lego Speed Champions interpretation of the mighty V-8 beast from Maranello. We’re looking at 198 pieces that, in all fairness, do a heck of a job replicating the rear car. What’s more, you can actually remove and replace the hood and the rear wing to turn the car into the road-going F40 if you think the Competizione “trim” is too aggressive (we don’t, by the way). As usual, there’s a mini-figure included in the set together with a miniature Ferrari-badged driver’s helmet. Available on Amazon ($14.99).

Lego Speed Champions McLaren Senna (75892)

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Sure, the McLaren Senna doesn’t need an introduction and it’s also reserved for a select clientele that’s entirely made up of one percenters. But as we see it, the greatest cars of the automotive world should not be just an affair for the rich and filthy rich. Of course, mere mortals like us can only bask in the thought of owning a Senna, yet there’s a solution for us too, and it’s called Lego Speed Champions. The undersigned actually happens to own the Speed Champions McLaren Senna set, which is the only one to feature side transparent pieces (that replicate the car’s door panels). Building it should not take more than 20 to 30 minutes since it’s a 219-piece set, so it’s best to take your time. The wind tunnel does look cool and it even has a rotating fan (you can actually spin that); plus, any desk will graduate to a whole new level of coolness with this bricky-y Senna on it. Available on Amazon ($14.99).

Lego Technic Land Rover Defender (42110)

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Believe it or not, this Lego set provided automotive journalists with a lot of hints about the Defender’s design even before the real car made its debut. That’s because the set was leaked on the Internet, to the delight of every Lego fan out there. Well, the set is finally on sale and while it doesn’t come cheap, it would make for a wonderful gift. Since it’s a Technic set made of 2,573 pieces, building it should take a couple of hours at least. But that’s the whole purpose with these Lego sets - they’ve got to be enjoyed during the build as well, not only when completed. Right, so where do we start? The Lego Technic Defender has a working inline-six engine, steering, and four-speed transmission (you can even engage high or low gear ratios), three differentials, independent suspension on all four corners, and a winch. Yup, that works too. Available on Amazon ($199.99).

Lego Technic Porsche 911 RSR (42096)

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Okay, okay, we’re bringing out the big guns. But come on, who doesn’t love a proper Porsche? The race-ready 911 RSR is a menacing track-only scalpel and while we can’t tell you about the Lego car’s road abilities, it sure looks the part. Mind you, it’s now necessarily as complex as the Land Rover Defender, but its curvy shapes are way more difficult to replicate so we must credit the brilliant designers over at Lego. You’ve earned our respect forever, ladies and gents! The Lego Technic Porsche 911 RSR has a working six-cylinder engine, a wickedly-looking rear end dominated by the large wing-diffuser duo, and it has the potential to become a sought-after collectible item. Available on Amazon ($149.99).

Lego Technic Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (42093)

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The mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette C8 is already out of the bag and while we’re hoping Lego does secure some sort of partnership with Chevy which will bring us at least a Creator set of the C8, it looks like for now, the C7 ZR1 set will have to do. Despite being a Technic set, the Corvette C7 ZR1 is by far less complex than say, the Defender and the 911 RSR. That doesn’t mean it completely lacks the fun factor. In fact, it still packs a working V-8 engine and its 579 pieces will still require some building time. The Lego Technic ZR1 also gets a large rear wing, four exhaust tailpipes, and a working steering setup. Another advantage of this particular set is that it’s a 2-in-1, so should you get bored of the ZR1, then you can start for scratch again and build a hot rod out of the set. It’s a win-win situation no matter what. Available on Amazon ($49.99).

Further Reading

Leaked LEGO Technic Kit Gives Us Our First Glimpse at the 2020 Land Rover Defender
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Leaked LEGO Technic Kit Gives Us Our First Glimpse at the 2020 Land Rover Defender

Can't Afford a McLaren Senna? Here's a cool Lego you can buy
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Can’t Afford A McLaren Senna? Here’s A Cool Lego You Can Buy

The Full-Scale McLaren 720S Made Out of Legos is at the Petersen Automotive Musem
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McLaren already has a full-size Lego 720S.

LEGO Technic Seriously Created a Life-Sized, Functional Bugatti Chiron
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Check out this full-size Lego Bugatti Chiron.

Lego Offers Classic 1967 Ford Mustang Kit to Fulfill Your Pony Car Dreams
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Lego Offers Classic 1967 Ford Mustang Kit To Fulfill Your Pony Car Dreams

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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