Release Year: 2021
Cost: AU $229.99
Pieces: 1458 pcs
One of my favourite collections available in LEGO is the large scale vehicles. With a large number of vehicles to choose from, and a fantastic amount of detail, if you’re an automotive fan at all, it’s a safe bet that these are on your must-purchase list. The latest addition to the large scale vehicles range is the Porsche 911, one of the most famous vehicles in the world. It’s been around since the mid 1960s and has seen a lot of change and updated models.
This set can be built to be the 1970s Porsche 911 Turbo, or the Porsche 911 Targa. The box includes 11 numbered bags across 10 build stages, an un-numbered bag with tyres and windscreens, and the instruction manual, showing both versions of the build on the front. This in particular looks cool. As per usual, the first few pages are dedicated to the actual cars, but it does seem to be a bit sparse this time around. On the plus side, no stickers – everything is printed.
I opted to build the 911 Turbo version, as it’s always been one of my favourite cars – the silhouette in particular is iconic and unmistakable.
The build starts with the back of the chassis, engine bay and rear seat. It’s made up of Technic, similar to the previous vehicles, however the rear axle doesn’t appear until much later in the build, depending on the model you choose to build. Things divert off from the chassis for a while to focus on the rear seat and what appears to be large armrests. This ends up being the lower framework for the angular rear window and roofline. With clips at a variety of angles, this portion of the build is quite exciting and eye opening to build. The shaping in the rear of the build (well, all over really) is super sleek and smooth – the bumper incorporates some excellent SNOT technique, and the iconic PORSCHE branding at the back of the car is just spot on, visible underneath the stunning rear spoiler. I still can’t get over the shape of the back.
Depending on the model built, the rear engine needs to reflect it – either a turbocharged 3L flat six, or a non-turbocharged one. At this stage, the engine only has the fan, but the extra details come later. The seats, built sideways like other builds, look good with the texturing in the centre, however there is a large gap in the middle of them that could have been avoided.
The Mustang’s door hinge mechanism is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in LEGO, and comparably, the Porsche’s hinges are so much more simple. Further forward is the iconic and much changed and reverted front end, with the headlights, front bumper and bonnet, with the front storage compartment. The shaping here is excellent, however I wish there was more room in the storage compartment, and the air intake in the bonnet is just enormous – way too big!
After the front end is done, the instructions tell you to choose – Turbo or Targa. The differences are in the rear pillars and window, roof, and rear axle. The Turbo’s axle is slightly wider, and it’s a very interesting way to build an axle. It’s an array of plates and bricks connected in with a clip. It’s strong enough to stay in place, but easy enough to remove if you want to change to the other version of the car.
I’m a big fan of this vehicle. It’s got steering (thank you Mustang), stunning curvature and a clean look, and a beautiful colour contrast in the interior. The roofline heading towards the back of the car is phenomenal, and the massive whale tail spoiler is brilliant. The printing on the quarter panel windows isn’t fantastic but it does the job. The engine bay of the Turbo is perfect, with the big horizontal intercooler sitting on top. The white colouring is clean and I really like it, mainly because it lets the black pinstriping shine through.
This is another cracking large scale vehicle, and it looks fantastic parked up with my other vehicles. For AU $229.99, this is a fun and engaging build with a great end result. It’s one of the better vehicles of late, but as the years go on, the quality in these sets just goes up. I think the Mustang is still the best of the bunch, but this one isn’t far off.
Let me know your thoughts, plus what vehicle you’d like to see next!
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.