LEGO Ideas 40448 Vintage Car Gift with Shopping Set [Review] – The brick of the brothers

LEGO Ideas, the company’s crowdsourcing platform that turns fan ideas into actual sets, is best known for products like 21322 Pirates of Baracuda Bay or 21323 Grand Piano. But LEGO Ideas isn’t just for massive sets that will break the bank. Last May, LEGO tested a small set of ideas as a giveaway, resulting in 40335 Space Rocket Ride. And now the last set of ideas, 40448 Vintage car, follows in his footsteps like a gift. Based on a design by LEGO fan Versteinert after winning the fan vote in last year’s LEGO Ideas Vintage Car competition, it’s inspired by a classic 1950s sedan with a two-tone teal and white paint job. The set contains 188 pieces and is available this month from LEGO as a free promotion between January 1 and 17 with orders over US$85 | C$85 | UK £85. There are over 100 new LEGO sets for 2021, so you’ll have plenty of options.

The LEGO Group sent The Brothers Brick an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review does not guarantee coverage or positive reviews.

The box and its contents

Vintage Car comes in a familiar sized little box if you’re used to getting $10-15 equivalent promo sets. Inside the box you will find three transparent, unnumbered bags of parts, two loose plates, the instruction manual and the small sheet of stickers containing only the number plates for the front and rear bumpers.

As you’d expect from an idea set, which usually doesn’t introduce new elements, there are no new molds here. But there are a number of recolored items, i.e. items appearing in a new color for the first time, and they are all teal. In fact, the teal range of this set is fantastic, spread across 17 element types for a total of 53 teal pieces.


building

Being a sedan, the base simply starts out with a series of long plates that have been a staple of LEGO cars since I’ve been alive. The wheels also use standard axle clips. A pair of color-coded 2×2 plates make it easy to keep the chassis facing the right direction while building, with the teal plate hiding between the rear wheels.

Much of the car’s construction is simple, studded, but there are a few exceptions. First to appear are the rear bumper and taillights, which use Technic brackets and pin connectors to help give the car its distinctive swooping 1950s style.

The last part of the construction worth highlighting are the doors and the interior. Although the doors don’t open (few realistic minifigure-scale cars do), it’s nice to see that the car can fit two minifigures side-by-side while still maintaining its wide six-stud footprint. This is something the Speed ​​​​Champions cars have struggled with, first at six studs wide but only able to fit one figure, then moving to eight stud wide cars that support one or two figs depending on the vehicle. Here double occupancy is facilitated by a few side panels. The two studs just forward of the panels will hold the surfboards which give the car its distinctive side swoosh.


The finished model

I’ll just go ahead and spoil the conclusion. It’s an awesome model. It looks scale appropriate with the minifigures (as much as a LEGO car can, anyway) and it’s hard to think of a better color scheme than teal and white.

The car draws its styling cues from a variety of 1950s beauties. The front fascia and two-tone coloring appear to be borrowed from a Chevrolet Bel Air, while the overall profile and distinctive rear end are reminiscent of the Chevrolet Impala. If you squint, you can also imagine a Ford Fairlane in there. But despite its mishmash of sources, everything comes together wonderfully.

It looks gorgeous on the main street across from 10260 Downtown Diner, and I think it tops the pink car in this set in every way. The pink “Cadillac” looks boxy and inelegant in comparison.

The upside-down windscreen is very simply connected by a pair of clips, giving it a straighter front and a sloping rear that is indicative of cars of the era. This leaves some weird corners sticking out into the cabin that probably wouldn’t feel right in a crash, but doesn’t affect the ability to fit minifigures.

Besides looking great and, of course, driving, the car doesn’t have any play features like an opening trunk or hood. But I don’t think he needs it either. Lack of “play features” has never stopped a kid from being excited about a Hot Wheels car, and that shouldn’t stop anyone from enjoying this coupe. If I had one complaint with the set, it’s that the surfboards fall off too easily. They are easily dislodged during normal handling.

One of the most remarkable things about the set is how close it comes to Versteinert’s original competition winning entry. LEGO Ideas sets undergo revisions with the LEGO design team, sometimes altering them drastically from the original proposal (e.g. 21311 Voltron, which is similar to the fan submission in concept only, sharing virtually no parts or technical). But this car, which Versteinert dubbed the Aedelsten Deluxe (meaning “jewel” in Danish), appears largely unchanged. Close examination reveals that some things have been changed. Surfboards are lower on the sides because the midsection of the car is raised around a plate. This means we lose the swooping profile of the surfboards along the top of the doors, but given how much the surfboards have to stay in place anyway, this was probably necessary. You might also notice that Versteinert’s design has no studs in the middle of the hood, as the 3×2 rounded tile used there is an odd piece that only ever appeared as a label on the doors -keys. Likewise, the mirrors, binocular “headlights”, headlights and taillights have all changed and the lovely decorative scrollwork on the front bumper is gone.

Image Credit: LEGO Ideas Submission by Versteinert

A few color changes were made, and I don’t think any of them were for the best. The chrome/silver painted parts are all gone, having been replaced with light grey, except for the hood ornament which has changed to flat silver. It’s a shame but not terribly surprising, given that the painted chrome/silver parts cost more to produce, although I would have preferred them all to go to flat silver plastic. More surprising is the arch that forms the top of the grille, which has changed to a light gray from teal blue to match the bodywork. I think teal is much better. Also, I wish the original trans-clear windshield had remained, rather than the imprecise trans-light blue windshield. However, perhaps the worst change is to the clips that hold the windshield, which are light gray rather than the matching teal. I guess it’s because the set’s recolor quota was exhausted, but that’s a shame because the gray pops out and draws attention to the connection rather than blending in. However, none of these changes significantly harm the official set. . Taken as a whole, the translation of the submission of ideas to the finished set is an admirable testament to Versteinert’s skill in constructing a set-worthy design from the start.


The figurines

Two figures are included, and both pull from the existing parts catalog to put together a pair of cool cats ready to hit the drive-thru on a Saturday night, perhaps pulling up next to the gift car with purchase 40409 Hot Rod. The guy’s Newberry High letter jacket is of course from the Hidden Side theme, but it also recently appeared in 10273 Haunted House with the lady’s leather jacket torso used here (her torso also appears in a few other sets). Only the driver includes a double-sided head, with and without pink sunglasses. He appeared in 22 sets, while the male head came in 38. The figures may not be anything special, but they fit the part well.


Conclusion and recommendation

It’s hard to find too many faults with a free promotional set, but even if I paid $10 or $15 for this set, I’d love it. The Aedelsten Deluxe is a handsome car that brings a much-needed touch of vintage class to the LEGO vehicle range, and the teal and white are a great color combo. It’s not perfect, but the niggles are minor. And with 188 coins, it’s even a very good coin pack. What’s not to like?

40448 Vintage car contains 188 pieces and two minifigures, and is available from LEGO as a free promotion between January 1 and 17 for orders over US$85 | C$85 | UK £85. Discover over 100 new LEGO sets for 2021 in our LEGO Guide.

The LEGO Group sent The Brothers Brick an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review does not guarantee coverage or positive reviews.

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