Koenigsegg Jesko, Ford Bronco Arrive In LEGO Speed Champions 2021 Lineup
The wait took its time, but Speed Champions is well and truly back
For quite a while, many fans of LEGO's Speed Champions line of licensed brick-built cars got worried that maybe the whole thing will die off in 2021. There wasn't much news, if at all, after 2020, and we took it as a sign that maybe this wasn't moving enough units to consider being renewed. Leaks did come up eventually, but it still took two months before we finally got to see them all officially.
And what a set.
Let's start with the Koenigsegg Jesko, largely because I featured a larger, more intricate fan-made Technic rendition of the car earlier in anticipation of the Speed Champs version. I wanted to see how well LEGO's designers nailed the design in their new 8-wide system, and it seems like they managed to make it work.
It's pretty slab-sided at first, but given how strange LEGO often looks at Minifigure scale, the final design itself mostly checks out. While the official photos don't show the models off in the best angles, the details are just about bang-on at this scale, from the green accents to the shape of the front end and the Swedish colours on the side skirts (which look like they're using the offset plate to make it jut out the way it did). They even got the floating fin-wing in the rear all bang-on. It's one of the three single-car sets available for €20, which is probably the second-cheapest way you can ever own a Koenigsegg Jesko (only Hot Wheels can go lower in price, and that's with a massive downscale too).
The other two single-car packs feature the McLaren Elva (a 5-wide Tiny version of which has actually shown up a year ago), which looks utterly smashing, and the Toyota A90 GR Supra, which kinda doesn't work as well as I'd hoped. Amazingly, it's the Supra that almost broaches the 300-piece mark, with the Elva clocking in at just 263 pieces, the fewest of the bunch.
As is tradition, Speed Champions also bring in 2-car sets, and for this year, LEGO's gone all-American, with the Big Three well-represented across eras. Chevy's Daytona-winning Corvette C8.R and classic C3 Corvette Stingray make their debut in the line, which pretty much completes the stack of GTE cars in the LEGO range. I'm a bit disappointed that LEGO went with grey instead of yellow on the C8.R, but the actual car looks good enough to warrant replication if you do have yellow parts.
Dodge's Mopar tuning arm also makes its full debut in 2021, with a Super Bee-themed Top-Fuel dragster (their best yet, I reckon) and a 1970 Challenger T/A in Plum Crazy Purple. They more or less check out, and will surely complement the Challenger Demon + Charger set from 2019.
But I dare say that the Ford set is going to be the belle of the ball for this stack. Just look at the Ford GT they have here. Not only is it a more refined design compared to the 6-wide one, but it's also in the Heritage Edition Gulf tribute livery. The Bronco-R Baja racer is equally impressive, with big, meaty tyres and actual roll-cage elements that, somehow, can still fit a Minifigure and storage for two spare tyres. At €50, it's right in the middle of the other two sets (the Corvettes are €40 and the dragsters are €60), but may prove to be more popular among toddlers and collectors alike.
Reports of LEGO Speed Champions' demise, then, proved to be sorely premature, and the sets we have here continue the great streak that LEGO has set for themselves. But which ones will you get?
Additional reporting from Promobricks