Welcome to my second LEGO review. For this one, I’ll be looking at the LEGO Speed Champions Ford Fiesta M Sport WRC 75885. My second venture into the LEGO Speed Champions 2018 range and I’ll start by saying that I’m not at all disappointed! The whole package from the packaging to the build to the finished product reflects how far the quality of LEGO Sets has come. Read on to find out my thoughts on the good and bad parts of this great little set!
The packaging is as good as the LEGO Ferrari 488 GT3 “Scuderia Corsa” 75886, using the same race inspired packaging with the LEGO Speed Champions logo. In the corner, we have the iconic Blue Oval Logo of Ford. The main image of the car shows the Ford Fiesta in a classic rally pose, powering through/above the snow.
[Update] I had put two pieces on the front the wrong way around which affected the front grill. I have reshot the 3 main affected photos. Sorry I got that one wrong. What happens when you’re trying to do too much and burning the candle the whole way along it.
Moving to the back of the box, the Ford and Lego Logos adorn each of the top corners. The car shows in a couple of racing poses, again in the snow. I like the second view as it shows the rear of the car which again has a good details profile. One thing I really like about this set that shows well on the box is the inter-changeable bonnet. And in the lower right corner is a photo of the actual car with Ford’s signature radiator grill in a similar snow pose.
Opening the box it’s again very pleasingly full. I’m glad to say that this time the sticker sheet was intact, although slightly ‘distorted’ from not being stored flat. And again the manual has had to be folded to fit into the box, but this is the norm for these sets. The parts selection in the bags is largely the Ford blue, white and black but with some standout bits of yellow and red. There’s also a large number of hubcaps. From research, it seems you get a couple of styles and then a spare bag of the same as spares. Hint: Only open one of the bags unless you need the seconds set.
The sticker sheet – which I’ve tried to flatten out – is extremely well printed. This is one well-sponsored car! Featuring among other logos for Sparco (racing accessories), Castrol Oil and Pulsar Watches. Ford’s own EcoBoost brand is also featured a few times. Given the size of the stickers, the level of detail is very good. And as for the count, 36 stickers for a car that sponsored is not unreasonable. Although I, like so many older builders, miss the days of the printed bricks. At least the major ones like the bonnet, roof, wing and doors.
Putting the Bricks together
I have put a time-lapse of the build-up on the GJ Bricks YouTube channel. Hopefully, this will be the last low-light video build now my new lights have arrived. So excited!
For this video, I have taken some inspiration from my Wife who is an absolute pro at making fun creation videos. I hope you enjoy my first one of many to come. It was really fun to make (and made so much easier by Canon’s iPhone control app!).
As you can see in the video, the build was very similar to others was in the LEGO Speed Champions range. The sides were, again a spot worth talking about as I’m a little obsessed and impressed with the simple layering techniques they used. Starting with upper 4×2 curved roof tiles and a 1×2 curved tile. Then with 1×1 and 1×2 wedges to meet the bottom of the door. then towards the back fo the door is another triangle completing the door and meeting with the arch of the rear wheel perfectly.
I’m going to show the underside of the car here quickly as there’s some really good finishing gone in. Between the wheels on either side are the black smoother slider circles. They are being used to hold together some 2×2 half smooth tiles that finish off the door trim in the shot above. This is something that could so easily have been skimped on this, but they have finished it perfectly.
It’s interesting to see the random colour blocks they use in the hidden areas of the car. I’d guess – not being an expert on this yet – that’s it’s to make it clearer which parts to use, but also add more variety to the parts.
The Finished Ford Fiesta M Sport WRC Model
Like I’ve said before, I’m a real fan of the almost caricature look that LEGO requires. The overall shape of it not quite the same shape but it’s very close.
Looking at the front, one thing JangBricks was not happy with was the front grill in his video review. I fully understand what he’s saying as it’s not quite the signature shape. But, at this size, it’s a little hard to get it that detailed…
Heavy use, as expected, of the Ford Blue with the white of the race team bricks everywhere. Combined with the lively sponsor sticker selection I think its gives the whole thing a very sporty feel. I also like the roof intake which is simple but gives enough shape.
From the front, you can see that it’s 6 wide and to me is well scaled on the length compared to the LEGO Ferrari 488 GT3 I previously reviewed. It comes in at only 2 shorter in length, but it is also higher than the Ferrari which gives the visual perception of being even shorter. The model also looks really aggressive. One thing I have to apologise for is that I only took the photos with the spotlight hood on – which is my preferred look for it.
Moving to the back, and again I’m really happy to see the quality of the build and detail in the stickers. The exhaust is wrapped with some 1x1x1 two side blocks to fill in space and it really finishes that space well. Behind the rear spoiler/wing is pretty boring though.
From the top with the roof off, you get a good view of the multitude of stickers everywhere. The driver has a good amount of space behind the steering wheels. There are no other real details in there besides the two yellow 1×1 circle studs and two small grey triangles. There is a space behind the driver under that canopy that his spanner sort of fits into just about – saves having it lying around.
As for the driver, he’s a cheeky chap. Has a slightly angry mischievous look on his face. He’s got a simple spanner which is used by him to swap the bonnet over (and change the hubcaps). The printing is up to the same quality as the sticker sheet, and I think he looks rather good. All the logos are obvious and most recognisable for the brands they are.
On the back of the figure, there’s no additional face print. But his suit is similarly finished to the front.
The build itself is not particularly challenging and took me about 25 mins (plus 10 for the stickers – I don’t like to rush my builds). There are some fiddly bits and the first time I made it there was one page that wasn’t quite clear.
At the end, there was the usual selection of spares of the smaller parts. But nothing of note.
Conclusion and Final LEGO Speed Champions Recommendation
Overall I’m am very happy with how the Fiesta looks. As my second LEGO Speed Champions 2018 set build I cannot recommend it enough. The quality and overall look of the car is superb. And when you compare the overall look to earlier sets in the LEGO Speed Champions range, the designers have evolved the design language into something that’s fun and great to look at.
And at $19 in Kmart for 203 parts and a lot of playability, The LEGO Speed Champions 75885 Ford Fiesta M-Sport WRC it’s a must have set in my opinion.
You can check out my YouTube video review below: