LEGO has enjoyed long and very successful relationships with numerous car manufacturers and the Speed Champions theme has provided a perfect opportunity to further expand the range. 75878 Bugatti Chiron represents the latest such addition and is perhaps the most exciting of the three small sets in the recent wave.
The set contains 181 pieces, several of which are brand new or have only appeared in a couple of sets previously. Furthermore, the price of £12.99 or $14.99 seems reasonable and I like the distinctive design of the Bugatti Chiron so hope not to be disappointed!
The driver wears a dark blue uniform with blue accents and a plain crash helmet. This colour scheme complements that of the car and the Bugatti branding appears on both sides of the torso along with some black seams.
Lifting the trans-black visor reveals a standard smiling expression and the driver comes with a black wrench which is useful when swapping the hubcaps on the wheels. I like these branded minifigures as they can slot into a CITY setting very comfortably.
The Completed Model
The Bugatti Chiron is well known for its flowing bodywork and must therefore have been very difficult to design in LEGO form. However, I think the model is very successful on the whole, with an accurate shape and surprisingly little reliance upon stickers. The blue and black colours look splendid and I particularly like the curved air intakes on either side of the cockpit as these fit nicely with the designs on the windscreen. The roof is printed but the sides make use of stickers which is a bit of a shame.
Five stickers are applied to the front of the model, representing rows of headlights, air intakes and the famous horseshoe-shaped radiator grille. The Bugatti insignia adorns the radiator and a black front bumper skirt is formed using wedge plates and a 2x2 tile mounted upside down. Curved slopes are used to form the bonnet and a pair of new pieces are included at the corners. These are bound to prove very useful in future models and are used to excellent effect here while two more appear in black towards the rear of the vehicle.
Some Speed Champions look rather too long in relation to their height and width but that is not the case here. I love the profile of the car when viewed from the side, especially as the bonnet lines up perfectly with the curved windscreen and this line continues all the way to the back. The stepped design of the front is slightly bothersome from this angle, although I cannot think of a better alternative at such a small scale.
The windscreen can be removed to access a seat for the driver and the steering wheel. The interior is furnished with tan upholstery just like on the real car and this is visible through the windscreen, adding a little extra colour and detail to the model. A pair of grey lightsaber hilts form the engine and a black spine recreates the central pillar above that.
The rear view reveals perhaps the most impressive details of the entire set. A red rubber band cleverly represents the LED strip seen on the Bugatti Chiron and twin exhausts are formed using a sticker. However, the shape of the rear is somewhat inaccurate as the LED strip should be almost straight for its entire width but is instead angled towards the flanks. Nevertheless, this is a delightfully unusual technique and it looks marvelous.
Three orange cones accompany the vehicle and a second set of hubcaps is also included, although those shown fitted in this review are more faithful to the real car than the alternative. On the other hand, pearl silver hubcaps might have been appropriate still based on photos of the Bugatti Chiron.
I am always pleased to see new car manufacturers joining the Speed Champions range and 75878 Bugatti Chiron is one of my favourite sets of the theme to date. The model looks great from most angles and I like the simple colour combination of black and blue as well as the sparing use of stickers.
The shaping of the front and rear is not entirely faithful to that of the real car but at this scale it is difficult to envisage how they might be improved. I therefore see no reason not to recommend this set. Its design and colour scheme is distinct from most of the other Speed Champions vehicles so it makes an excellent addition to the collection.
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