1) Bugatti Chiron
The Bugatti Chiron’s place in history is assured, as the first hypercar to smash the 300mph barrier. Unfortunately, the chances of us mere mortals ever owning one are slim. Unless of course, you’re happy to build it yourself...out of small plastic bricks.
Points to note: It’s big. We’re talking 3,599 pieces, constructing a model measuring 14cm tall, 56cm long, and 25cm wide, making it 1:8th scale. That hints at the complexity beneath, and Lego’s Chiron faithfully recreates the engineering that propels the life-size version to a record 304.77mph.
It’s got a W16 engine with 16 moving pistons, an eight-speed gearbox, and working paddleshifters and steering. Under the bonnet, you’ll find a unique serial number, and there’s a collector’s booklet included in the set. You can read about how we got on building it. And, if you want to see what a life-sized Lego Chiron looks like, well...step this way.
2) Volkswagen T1 Camper Van
It’s no secret we quite like campervans. And, while many of us would love to pack our bags and head away in one right now, those plans are going to have to be put on hold. Why not pass the time building this authentic Volkswagen T1 instead?
Based on the classic model from 1962, the 1,334-piece model measures 14cm high and 30cm long. From the iconic ‘V’ shape three-way color split at the front and the 11 windows, to the opening safari windshield and the iconic pop-up roof, you’d be hard-pressed to distinguish it from the real thing. If you stand well back and maybe squint.
Other similarities include opening rear doors, a front and rear bench seat—the latter transforms into a bed—angled dashboard and spherical speedometer, and a folding dinette table. And, of course, the authentic VW air-cooled flat four-cylinder boxer engine, visible at the rear.
3) Porsche 911 RSR
Add this to your wish list right away: It’s a Lego Technic Porsche 911 RSR. Made up of 1,580 pieces, it features a working differential, independent suspension, a six-cylinder boxer engine with moving pistons, and a rear wing complete with swan-neck mounts.
There’s more. Opening doors. Working steering. Black spoked rims, realistic headlamps and taillights. An authentic white, red, and black color scheme, plus sticker detailing. Meanwhile, the cockpit features a radar screen, a fire-extinguisher system, and even a track map of the Laguna Seca circuit.
4) Ford Mustang
Welcome to the Lego Creator Expert Ford Mustang GT. Looks good, doesn’t it? Featuring dark-blue bodywork with white racing stripes, a hood scoop, a printed Mustang grille badge, GT emblems, and five-spoke rims with road-gripping tires, it’s as authentic as they come.
And that’s before you modify it. Oh, yes—no classic muscle car would be complete without a spot of hot-rodding. As well as the option to raise the rear suspension for a mean front-leaning look, the ’Stang comes as standard with additional parts to build a hood-sprouting supercharger, a deeper front air dam, a side-exit exhaust, and a ducktail rear spoiler.
The roof is designed to be easily unclippable, for viewing the cockpit. Under the hood is a representation of a 390 cubic-inch V8. And somewhere, Lego has found room for a nitrous tank. In total, there’s the small matter of 1,471 pieces to assemble.
If you want a closer look, you can discover how we got on putting it together.
5) Land Rover Defender
Apparently, there’s a new Defender. Our very own Jack Rix recently explored Namibia in one. But in case you haven’t got a Defender (or indeed a Namibia) to hand, you can have your very own miniature version of the new Defender in Lego form right now.
Made up of 2,573 pieces, it comes with a host of realistic functions, including all-wheel drive with three differentials, independent suspension on both axles, and a working winch. The rear seats also fold forward to view the four-speed sequential gearbox, and when you lift the hood, you’ll find a six-cylinder engine with moving pistons. Plus, turning the rear-mounted spare wheel opens the rear door. Impressive.
6) Volkswagen Beetle
Feeling nostalgic yet? The Volkswagen Beetle may have been officially killed off last year, but you can still get your hands on one in Lego form.
With 1,167 pieces, this ’60s surfer-themed Beetle includes an azure-blue color scheme, white rims with distinctive hubcaps, round headlights, and a hood that opens, under which you’ll find the authentic four-cylinder air-cooled engine.
With a removable roof section, the model also features a beige-colored interior and forward-tilting front and rear seats. Behind the latter, you can even access the Beetle’s storage space, complete with fabric beach towel. Customization comes in the form of four different licence plates.
7) James Bond Aston Martin DB5
We were as disappointed as the rest of you at the postponement of the latest Bond film, No Time to Die. Well, here’s something to help you get over your disappointment. Introducing the suavest Lego set in the world...
This is the company’s take on James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5, first seen in Goldfinger back in 1964. The 1,295-piece Lego model includes plenty of the original 007 DB5’s gadgets in 1:8th scale plastic brick form. It features a functioning ejector seat, canny revolving number plates, a pop-up rear bulletproof screen, axle-mounted tire scythes, and representations of machine guns, a radar, and an on-board telephone.
8) 1989 Batmobile
Oh, yes—1989’s Batman had one of the best-ever Batmobiles, a turbine-powered, afterburner-equipped, jet-black menace of a vehicle. And it’s been re-cast in Lego form. It’s probably one of the best Lego interpretations we’ve seen, particularly considering the lithe lines of the original article.
With 3,306 pieces, this kit’s highlights include a wraparound windshield, a sliding canopy, pop-up machine guns, and grappling hooks. Or, to put it another way, everything your inner eight-year-old could desire. You’ll also receive a Lego figurine of Nicholson’s Joker, complete with that famous purple suit. Winning.
9) Top Gear Rally Car
Behold the remote-controlled Lego Technic Top Gear Rally Car. Yep, not only is this a 463-piece Lego Technic kit, but once you’ve built it, you can practice your hand as a rally driver using the Lego Technic Control+ app.
Details? It measures 10cm tall, 26cm long, and 14cm wide, and features a rally-style body kit, roll cage, and twin exhausts. Sticker details, including Top Gear and Stig livery, help add the final touches. The free smartphone app then offers full driving functionality, along with multi-touch and gyro controls. It also contains challenges and records your achievements.
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.