Godzilla is the first Japanese car to join the Speed Champions series.
Some cars make the transition to Lego form better than others. Something as squared-off and angular like the McLaren Senna, Caterham Seven, or Land Rover Defender looks right at home remade out of plastic bricks. More curvaceous cars like the Aston Martin DB5, Mini Cooper, or Dodge Viper, on the other hand, require you to tilt your head, close one eye, and squint the other to see the similarity between the toy version and the real thing.
This latest addition to Lego's Speed Champions lineup, we'd say, falls somewhere in between. But one way or another, it strikes us as a fitting addition to the stable.
Lego's take on the Nissan GT-R Nismo represents the first partnership between the Danish toy company and any Japanese automaker, and was revealed yesterday at Nissan's global headquarters in Yokohama. It's made up of 298 parts that Lego says can be put together by an expert in about 20 minutes, or the average kid in about an hour. But it'd likely prove enjoyable for much longer than that.
It's the first of a new series of Speed Champions sets that will be 25 percent larger than the old ones, which seems fitting considering what a beast of a car it seeks to approximate.
The Lego Speed Champions Nissan GT-R Nismo is set to hit toy-store shelves around the world at the beginning of the new year ahead. Pricing hasn't been announced, but we wouldn't expect it to sell for much more than the $15 that Lego has charged for other Speed Champions sets. Of course, if Godzilla here doesn't satisfy your inner child, the same series offers plenty of toy supercars, muscle cars, and race cars – old and new – from the '68 Ford Mustang to the Ferrari 488 GT3, and two-car sets like the Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo & Urus ST-X, Dodge Challenger SRT Demon & 1970 Charger R/T, and Porsche 911 RSR & Turbo 3.0.