Theme: Creator Expert
Release Year: 2019
Cost: AU $199.99
Large scale vehicles have been a strong and staple theme in the Creator Expert line for a number of years now, and they keep getting better and better. In my mind, if there was to be an iconic vehicle to be added to the line up, the 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback is a must, and I was thrilled to see it included when it was announced back in February. The Mustang has been an icon of motoring history, with it’s subtle curves and instantly recognisable shape. To get the set to look this good in LEGO is incredible.
The box has the vehicle set in the also iconic concrete-banked Los Angeles River, where this car has been seen in numerous chases in movies over the years. The front shows the stock vehicle, with the back of the box showing the souped up, modified version. Inside the box are 11 numbered bags (one to six), an instruction booklet, and a sheet of 18 stickers, most of which are number plates from around the world. The instruction booklet features a number of pages dedicated to the real car, with little snippets of information on the Mustang’s history dotted through the instructions.
Obviously, there’s an abundance of dark blue parts, but there’s two parts specifically that are brand new and unique to the set – the new 5-spoke rims, and the curved 2×8 bowed brick. Not only does this last one come in the set, but in three variants – white, dark blue, and a white printed option with a blue stripe. There’s some recolours, many of which in dark blue, including a sloped 2×4 wedge brick in both the left and right variants. It should prove to be popular – I’ve certainly not come across it before. There’s also a set of printed 3×10 shell elements, used in the rear window frames, among many other excellent inclusions.
It all begins with a Technic base for strength, and for the most part, sticks pretty close to the formula for other large scale vehicles we’ve seen, with a couple of important differences – a steering mechanism and a lifting mechanism. The steering mechanism is also put together in a rather unique way, using a large gear connecting to a couple of Technic link arms to turn each axle.
The lifting mechanism at the back is much more simple, with a worm gear running under the chassis to adjust the lift of the back end. It’s all controlled by a textured 2×2 round brick behind the rear bumper that can be spun to lift the car. Thanks to the lifting mechanism, it’s also possible to keep turning in the same direction and it will lower the car as well.
Before long, the interior starts to develop, with the centre console and rear seat bases. The car’s transmission is beautifully finished off, using a couple of the Minecraft feet elements and a window frame to get the right profile.
The V8 engine’s construction starts at this point as well, with the black 12M strap coming back after over a decade away from LEGO sets, being used for some hosing in the engine. To support the front bumper, a couple of white round 2×2 bricks and plates are used, which will later be used for the nitrous oxide tank. The front bumper gets a lot better later on.
Work continues down the centre of the Mustang, with the two front seats, steering wheel and doors. It’s great to see the front seats are able to be flipped forward, using a very simple bar technique, but the doors are something special.
With slopes and SNOT work going in every direction, the beauty lies in the hinge. With such a long door, it’s necessary to have a strong hinge, and this uses four 1×4 plate hinges in different alignments to create a door that opens smoothly. It’s also slightly mesmerising to watch the hinge mechanism at work. Add to that the large air intakes, that direct air to the rear brakes, and this is a very good looking door.
There’s beauty and SNOT everywhere in this car – the very cleverly built wheel arches, the way the windscreens connect to the car, and the shaping of the back end is just spot on. It looks exactly like the car it represents, and it still blows me away that it can be so faithfully represented at this scale with LEGO.
Once the back end is done, more work is done in the engine bay, and it’s amazing to create – it’s spot on to the real deal, down to the placement of each component, as well as the light bluish grey strut bars. The detail here is second to none. The best part? The washer fluid box, radiator, and battery! I love that the battery even has the positive and negative terminals using red and black Technic axles.
To finish it off, the front bumper is done using wedge plates at slight offsets to each other to form the angles needed. The shape created around the headlights using wedge plates is perfect.
The top panels of the car are finished, which feature the white double racing stripes – the roof, boot and bonnet with bonnet scoop. Wheels are added, the round white cylindrical parts are removed, and it’s time for the customisation parts. It’s awesome to see the roof has a rear-vision mirror, complete with a chase car dominating the view!
This car is beautiful to look at from any angle. The rear is still a definite Mustang back end, with the vertical striped tail lights and fuel cap. It’s also excellent to see a variety of number plates from around the world, including California, Michigan, Germany, the UK, and New South Wales, Australia! Hopefully the next vehicle has Western Australian number plates.
The best view though? The fully customised view. This was a must in the real car, and it had to be easy, so it’s great to see that replicated here too. With an easy to fit supercharger (that still allows the bonnet to be opened), chin splitter, side exhausts, nitrous oxide tank and rear spoiler, as well as the rear lift, it means this model will be a drawcard for any motorhead.
Not only is this set a masterclass in design, but it’s playable too, allowing for a good drive (or drift) around the house, thanks to the steering. Turn the steering wheel and the front wheels turn. It’s a car, and it drives. Great swooshability means you can do with the LEGO version what you should be able to do with a real life version, and it ticks that box.
At AU $200, this is not a cheap set, but my goodness, it’s worth every cent. If you have even just one of the large scale vehicles, you need to make this an inclusion. Sell something else – this set is worth it.
To me, this is set perfection. It looks superb, functions like a car, has some awesome modification options, and is a brilliant build experience. It has it all. Get this set, you won’t regret it.
DESIGN / APPEARANCE: 20/20
VALUE FOR MONEY: 10/10
A special thank you to LEGO for sending me a copy to review. All thoughts on this set are my own and are not influenced in any way, shape or form. The provision of sets for review does not guarantee a favourable review.