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Speed Champions 2023 | Set Previews

It’s the final part of our 2023 Set Previews, and today it’s perhaps LEGO’s most successful and well-regarded range of recent times; the fantastic officially licensed Speed Champions theme.

LEGO’s decision to bring real-world cars to bedroom floors everywhere at pocket money prices was an inspired one, and the list of partner manufacturers is now at eighteen strong. Yup, that means there’s a brand new manufacturer joining the line-up for 2023 – read on to find out who!

76914 – Ferrari 812 Competizione

The 2023 Speed Champions range kicks off with this, the 76914 Ferrari 812 Competizione. For $25 / £20 you can own one the greatest Ferraris of recent times, constructed from 261 pieces including a mini-figure, a printed canopy, and a lot of stickers. Too many? Well to our eyes yes, but LEGO know what appeals to 9 year olds, and they’ll be on to a winner.

76915 – Pagani Utopia

Yes the eighteenth manufacturer to join the Speed Champions line-up is Pagani! Maker of wild AMG-powered carbon-fibre hypercars, the Utopia is the brand’s latest, with an 850bhp 6 litre twin-turbo V12 and an ultra-exclusive 99-unit production run, although we suspect there will be a few more owners of the car in brick-form. Expect 249 pieces, lots of stickers, a slightly lazily-printed canopy, and a $35 / £20 price.

76916 – Porsche 963

2023 will finally see the expansion of the prototype series at Le Mans, with a raft of manufacturers joining to challenge Toyota’s dominance. Two categories will race within the top-tier class; LMH (Toyota, Peugeot, Ferrari), in which full works-built prototypes can be built using entirely bespoke components, and LMDh (Cadillac, Acura, Alpine and Porsche), using spec chassis and hybrid systems. 76916 brings Porsche’s entry to the Speed Champions range, with 280 pieces, clever SNOT building techniques, and stickers on every surface.

76918 – McLaren Solus GT & McLaren F1 LM

2023’s final Speed Champions set is a double, featuring two cars from the McLaren range. OK, one really, as the 25-unit, V10-Judd-engined, track-only Solus GT that we hadn’t heard of exists only in Gran Turismo at the moment. But let’s be honest, you wouldn’t be buying 76918 for that…

The reason we all want 76918 is for the fantastic McLaren F1 LM, which looks absolutely magnificent in orange bricks. It doesn’t even need many stickers. 581 pieces, two mini-figures, and some genuinely tricky building techniques feature, making it one of the best Speed Champions cars to date. And there’s a Solus GT or something too.

That’s the brand new 2023 Speed Champions line-up; five new sets (including the previously-revealed 76917 ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’ Nissan Skyline GT-R R-34), one new manufacturer, and six-hundred new stickers. We’ll be taking the 76918 McLaren F1, and consider it an expensive single model set, but with a bonus pack of white and black parts thrown in for free. Couldn’t LEGO have made it with two F1s instead?…

LEGO Technic 42154 Ford GT | Set Preview

Just before Christmas we posted here stating that TLCB Elves had been locked back in their cages for the festive break. Well that wasn’t entirely true…

Most of our workers were indeed locked back up of course. However, a few ‘lucky’ Elves were ‘asked’ to join a crack team of ‘volunteers’, selected for their guile, cunning, and ability to fit through The LEGO Company’s air-conditioning ducts, and sent on a special mission.

Today we can share the result of the aforementioned adventure, and what a result it is. This is the brand new for 2023 LEGO Technic 42154 Ford GT.

Marketed within LEGO’s ‘adult’ range of 18+ sets (which has everything to do with product positioning rather than building complexity), 42154 brings one of the most iconic recent real-world supercars to the Technic range, and it looks terrific!

Constructed from 1,466 pieces, 42154 captures the real Ford GT brilliantly, with a slew of panels available in this beautiful dark blue for the first time. Interestingly this is because LEGO have chosen to release 42154 as a road car, as opposed to the endurance racer specification chosen for the 42125 Ferrari 488 GTE AF Corse set. No doubt that 42154 looks superb as a road car, but we think it might have been nice to have the two sets as rival racers.

Like the 42125 Ferrari 488 GTE set, the 42154 Ford GT is packed with Technic functionality, including a working mid-mounted V6 engine, all-wheel suspension, functioning steering, opening doors, and a deployable rear wing, with the aesthetics enhanced via authentic decals and a pair of excellent racing stripes.

The new Technic 42154 Ford GT set will reach stores early this year, and will probably cost a bit too much, but nevertheless it looks to be a glorious addition to LEGO’s superb officially-licensed Technic line-up.

Our Elves’ mission has revealed the 2023 Technic range will include a few other officially-licensed sets too; stay tuned for the reveal of the rest of the H1 Technic line-up shortly!