Lego treatment for Porsche 911 Turbo and Targa01/29/2021
Two-in-one set gives Lego buyers the chance to have it both ways
By Sam Sheehan / Friday, January 29, 2021 / Loading comments
Lego has expanded its automotive range again with two Porsche 911 models in one set intended for adults (so you’re definitely allowed to want it). Both the Turbo and Targa models can be built up from the same base, with only the details, like a whale tail or open roof, there to differentiate them. When assembled, the 1,458-piece set makes a model that’s 355mm long, so it’s about one-twelfth the size of a proper 930.
Whether you opt to build the boosted or open-top model, both versions of Porsche’s 2+2 sports car get a dark orange and nougat dashboard, mimicking a theme offered with the car in period. You also get a little handbrake, gear lever and functional steering, while the front seats also tilt forward for access to the rear bench seats. Then there’s a little flat-six motor to build that slots into the rear bay. Lovely.
Things get even cooler/nerdier for the initial buyers of Lego’s latest set, because they receive an owner’s pack with their purchase. The pack contains a certificate of ownership, an official Lego Porsche card wallet and a set of four unique art prints based on contemporary 911 adverts, all presented in a smart collector’s wallet. You’ll be the envy of all your friends, fo' sho'. We’re told that this is a “highly collectible gift” that’s only available in a limited number through the Lego VIP loyalty programme.
Mike Psiaki, the design master at the Lego Group, said of the new offering: “As we were designing the car, the hardest decision to make was whether we would make the Turbo or Targa variant of the car. It was such a tough call that we engineered the ability to build the Lego Porsche 911 Turbo and Targa from a single set. Without doubt, fans of the 911 all over the world who have long admired these cars will love the opportunity to build both versions!” Word, Mike.
The set goes on sale March 1st from €129.99 on the continent, so expect it to be a similar amount in sterling when it becomes available in the UK. Normally that would make it the preserve of Lego super-fans – but right now the idea of filling the idle hours with a 1,458-piece model makes all kinds of sense. If we're lucky Lego will do a pub next.
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