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If you grew up in the 1960s, Corgi's James Bond Aston Martin DB5 based on the car Sean Connery drove in Goldfinger was a must-have toy. It even came complete with a working ejector seat. And now there's a modern equivalent because Lego has unveiled the new Creator Expert James Bond Aston Martin DB5. Featuring 1,290 individual pieces, the model attempts to "showcase the timeless elegance" of the DB5.
What's particularly impressive, however, is how Lego has incorporated some of the movie car's gadgets into the 1:8 scale model – there's revolving number plates, a radar tracker, a hidden telephone, bulletproof shield, front wing machine guns, wheel-mounted tire slashes, and, of course, a working ejector seat. The hidden machine guns are deployed by pulling back on the gear knob, while the ejector seat is activated by pulling back the rear bumper. This causes the roof to slide back like in Goldfinger before the seat is shot out of the car.
Like the original car, the Lego model is finished in Silver Birch and retains the real car's smooth curves and sleek edges along with key details such as sloped headlamps and drum lacquered silver front and rear bumpers. Lifting the hood reveals a detailed six-cylinder engine, while the interior features the movie car's radar tracker, as well as a telephone tucked away in a secret door compartment.
Granted, some of the car's design lines have obviously been compromised in Lego form, but it's still recognizable as a DB5 and the level of detail is impressive for a Lego model. It certainly looks more authentic than Lego's take on the McLaren 720S. The finished model measures over three inches high, 13 inches long and four inches wide. In America, the Lego Creator Expert James Bond Aston Martin DB5 will go on sale August 1 for $149.99 and will be available to buy in Lego stores or on the company's website.