Hey guys! 75880 McLaren 720S is a Speed Champions LEGO set from 2017. Today I’m going to be taking a look at (and reviewing) it. It contains 161 parts and retails for £12.99 (UK), $14.99 (U.S.), $22.99 (Aus), and $24.99 (NZ). Is it any better or worse than other Speed Champions sets at this price, or is it more of the same? Let’s find out!Like all Speed Champions sets at this price point, only one minifigure is included. This is the designer of the car, and also functions as the driver. His hair and legs are pretty common, but his torso is exclusive and his head is relatively uncommon, only appearing in 9 other sets. The set comes with some alternate accessories like a plain white helmet so he can drive the car. He also has a spanner to help you disassemble the wheels and put on the alternative wheel hubs included.Speed Champions sets at this price almost always come with at least two builds – the car and a sidebuild – and that is no different for this set. However, this sidebuild is pretty interesting – it’s a designer’s table for the McLaren 720S, fitting considering the designer minifigure included. There are some nice details, like a mini gold sketch model represented by a single gold rollerskate piece, a stickered 4×4 tile with a sketched design for the 720S, a nicely built desk lamp, and the all-important coffee mug. A chair is also included so the designer can sit and… do stuff. The other build is, of course, the McLaren 720S. The orange color makes the car pop very nicely, and this car uses less stickers than most Speed Champions sets to preserve its sleek new look. Of course, there are still several stickers used, from shaping the main body where bricks can’t (see around the cockpit and the sides) or to put the McLaren words at the front. I like the brick-built lights, though sadly these ones are pretty inaccurate.
Here’s the real car for comparison. You can see it is a lot sleeker than the LEGO model (though that is expected), but there are some accuracy problems with the LEGO model. Most notably, the front part of the car is too thick (though that is kinda understandable), but the headlights are also very inaccurately shaped and the two little black lines on the bonnet are 1×1-sized spaces which is way too big. I think that stickers would honestly have worked better, though I understand and appreciate the need for brick-built detail. The windscreen/canopy piece isn’t very accurately shaped either, though that’s because it’s reused. Here’s the back of the 720S. Funnily enough, most of the details are stickered – from the rear lights to the design of the bottom bumper.
Here’s the back of the real-world car for comparison. Once again the LEGO version is overly simplified and less curvy, though it’s understandable and I really empathize with the designers. The sticker details are more accurate though, but interestingly the white plate at the back says “720S” in this picture instead of “McLaren” on the LEGO model. Looks like the designer is eager to try out his car. You can see him wearing his helmet in this shot.
And of course, the car is perfectly driveable, providing some good fun for toy car fans.
Okay, this set is interesting. The build is a good build but unfortunately it’s not very accurate. The minifigure is neat and unique but one is kinda stingy, and he’s also slightly plain. However, playability and price is good, like always.
- Builds: 3.5/5
- Minifigures: 3/5
- Playability: 4/5
- Price: 4/5
- Personal Rating: 4/5
- TOTAL: 3.7/5
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VaderFan2187 out! 😀