Welcome to my review of the 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback. This is part of the LEGO Speed Champions 2018 lineup which has been very good so far. You can find my other reviews of these fantastic sets here on the blog.I’ll start by making two confessions. First, this is one of my favourite cars ever created. And second, when I saw this model announced, it was the thing that really got me interested in the Speed Champions line of cars. The announcement photos looked stunning!
Keeping up the high quality of these sets, the packaging is in the same style with the Ford Logo sitting in the top right. The box art showcases the car doing a quarter mile through a desert. You can already see what a well loved model this is.
Moving to the back and the other shots show the car resting and what looks to be re-tuned for another epic run. The mini-figure as you can see is in the class overalls and has the standard spanner. In the bottom right, is a beautiful green Ford Fastback Mustang from 1968. A stunning, stunning car and a personal favourite in my family. One thing I would have like to see on the box art is the actual Mustang brand logo. This is a Ford car, but I think the Mustang Logo should have been featured with the car on the back.
Opening up the box and inside is well filled. As expected, there’s a lot of the green blocks, interestingly with a lot of the sand coloured blocks as they make up the classic interior of the car. There’s a surprising mix of other colours in the box that are used throughout the chassis.
The sticker sheet is bigger than I expected from looking at the box. Though nowhere near some of the other sets (Wait till I cover the Porsche 919 Hybrid set!). It’s to the usual high quality and largely provides those famous gold racing stripes and iconic Mustang logo.
Putting the Bricks together
The build uses the usual formula of building the chassis up and out to the rear, then the front. Finally using white and black angled plates to create the side details and that white line.
Looking at the model, it looks fairly straight forward, but there’s a surprising number of steps that go into it. And I expecially like the way the sides came together.
But the two standout parts of the build were the front and rear – you can see the detailed photos later on. The front for using some really quite simple, but elegant angles to create that aggressive Mustang nose. And a great use of the 1/2 1×1 blocks to create the grill.
On the back, the show stopper was the brilliantly executed rear lights. Each side is made up of 3 1×1 transparent red discs, finished with a flat 1×1 green piece. When married up to the bodywork, it lines up perfectly with the edges. Under that you can see that line of grey bricks, I would guess mimicking the chrome lines found on so many cars of that generation of cars.
There is a small side build which is the speed board. There’s nothing super exciting about this, being based on a 6 long block positioned on top of two 2×2 poles. The finished item is pretty solid and works well with the car.
The Finished 1968 Ford Mustang 75884 Model
So… The finished car. She’s a beauty! Like I said at the beginning of this review, I loved it in the original promotional shots. And all I can say is that it lived up to my expectations!
The LEGO Designers have done amazing job of capturing the essence of the car in such a small scale. It comes up as a similar length to the Ferrari 488 GT3 “Scuderia Corsa”. The car is just ozzing with lines and shapes and trims and just looks wonderful. I’m planning to use this car in particular to do some outdoor shots soon.
Looking at the side profile it just has all the right angles. I especially like the way they used two 1×2 smooth white blocks and an 1x1x2 white angled plate to complement the side door stickers, showing the sponsor and Ford livery. The bonnet and front has that pointing stallion angle being pushed forward by the huge engine and air scoop pulling the car forward. The classic gold wheels with single round studs finish rolling stick off. Moving to the back, the roof slopes down beautifully towards the rear. I perhaps would have like to see the roof being smoother but that really is just being picky. And in this photos, I love the way the exhausts sit nicely behind that rear wheel, just poking out from behind that final upward curve.
From the front, you get to see the profile of the car. Obviously, being LEGO at such a small scale, as with the other models, it’s a little tricky to get some of the original angles of the windscreen and roof in, but that really doesn’t matter here. It’s just a perfect LEGO model. It really flows well and would most definitely look quite menacing in your rear view mirror!
I’ve already covered the rear angle, but it’s just such a great angle and has had so much effort put into it, I had to reuse the shot. I love how the lines all flow so well through the car and just complements every other angle.
Looking from the top, you get quite a sense of the scale of the car. It’s very long and the point snout makes it seem a lot longer. The whole design flows through really well from front to back (or back to front). And the stickers, don’t take over the look of the model at all. Something that can happen if you have too many stickers – although with race cars, the is often a requirement due to the sheer number of sponsors.
With the lid off, the driver looks pretty well catered for. And you can see the heavy use of the tan tiles to replicate the classic interior finish colours.
Of the cars I’ve made, I really like the figure in the one as he has quite a cheeky “Loving this” look. Could there be a hint of Steve McQueen in the Bullitt movie there perhaps? Seems like an obvious thing. And why wouldn’t you have that look anyway? Driving such a fabulous car? The outfit is a simple affair, with the blue and red lines and blue Ford Oval logo (I’m trying to find out what the red line is). And there’s some nice subtle detailing to give the outfit shape with the black and brown lines representing folds and pockets.
From the back, it’s fairly simple. The driver’s head is not double sided. And the lines carry on over. The only difference is the big blue oval.
Conclusion and Final LEGO Speed Champions Recommendation
If you’ve made it this far then you’ve probably already guessed that my conclusion and recommendation is that this is a must have set for any car lover. It’s been done such a great service by the LEGO Designers and would be appreciated by anyone.
And from only $19 (Australia), £15 (UK) and $15 (US) they are such outstanding value! Get them now.
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