One DMC-12 that can transform into all three movie cars.
We don't know how Lego managed to slip up so badly, but up until this week, you could not buy an official Lego version of the famous time-traveling DeLorean. We refuse to acknowledge the existence of the 401-piece original released in 2013.
You could argue that the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters is the most iconic movie car ever, but you'd be wrong. Most people don't even know that Ecto-1 is based on a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Futura, but everyone knows the DMC-12 is a DeLorean, thanks to Marty McFly and Doc Emmett Brown's conversation. "The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?" are the famous words uttered by the Doc.
Well, now you can finally build a Lego DMC-12 worthy of the Back to the Future franchise.
If Back to the Future were made today, the DeLorean would not feature at all. The original movie's director, Robert Zemeckis, was well aware of John DeLorean's alleged criminal activities when principal photography began in 1984. The film was released to the public on July 3, 1985. By then DeLorean had been found not guilty of cocaine smuggling, but he still faced serious fraud charges.
Using a symbol of hubris and greed would in a modern movie would result in the mother of all boycotts, but somehow the DeLorean managed to transcend its sketchy roots and become one of the most beloved cars ever. What makes it even more impressive is the fact that it's a terrible car. An absolute shambles of a vehicle. A Toyota Camry Hybrid is faster and more engaging.
But that's what makes this Lego set so perfect. It means you can now own a DeLorean that's easy to display, and matches the various movie cars. In return for $170 of your hard-earned dollars, Lego will give you 1,872 pieces that can be assembled into the cars from Back to the Future 1, 2, and 3. You can go from the original to the famous flying car used in the second movie, to the western-inspired model used in the third movie.
The attention to detail is sublime. It has the correct number plate, a case of plutonium, and a hoverboard from the second film. The flux capacitor also lights up and the date display on the inside in the promotional video is correct. On October 26 in 1985, Doc Emmett arrives at McFly's front door in the flying DeLorean, just after the events of the first movie.
They then actually go to the future for the first time to save Marty's kids from growing up to be terrible people.
The set will be available nationwide from 1 April 2022. (This is not a joke.)