75885 Ford Fiesta M-Sport WRC is one of six Speed Champions that's set to be released on 1st March. We might have expected the theme to have run its course after three years, so the fact that we are now entering a fourth indicates that the sets are selling well.
This year's offerings include Ferraris, Porsches and Fords. This set is one of two of the latter, and is the first rally car to be produced. The fact it's based (loosely) on a car many people own or have driven will probably increase its popularity.
Let's take it for a test drive...
The 203-piece set will retail for £12.99 and (probably) $14.99, so the same as last year's similarly sized cars.
Parts arrive in three unnumbered bags, plus a smaller one containing the wheel hubs, a chassis piece and a sticker sheet.
As is usual for Speed Champions sets there are dozens of stickers: 37, in fact. This is definitely not a set to buy if you don't like applying them.
The set is packed with new and recent parts, and also many recolours in dark blue.
There are pairs of 'Left/Right Plate 1X2, W/ Bow, 45 Deg. Cut' in white, dark blue and black appearing in those colours for the first time, and many new tiles and plates as shown below. The 2x2 triangle tiles are new this year and appear in several Speed Champions sets.
The driver is kitted out in racing overalls which are packed with details, on the torso and legs.
The details continue onto the back of the torso.
If you've built any of the other Speed Champions cars then building this one will hold no surprises. You can get quite a lot done in no time before the application of stickers slows the process down considerably.
The completed model
As is usual for cars in this theme, the proportions are all out and it looks better from some angles than others.
The stickers are easy enough to apply and certainly add to the aesthetic, but most could be left off if you wished, with the exception of those for the front and rear light clusters: it might look a bit odd without them.
The centre section of the bonnet/hood can be removed and replaced with one that has huge great lights protruding from it, used during night stages, I imagine.
Personally I think it looks a bit daft with them so it's good to have option of leaving them off.
It's much sleeker without. Note how the car sits at a slight angle, the rear axle is one plate higher than the front.
As usual, the car is way too narrow in relation to its length and height, but that's the style of the theme so I should be used to that by now...
If you're a Speed Champions fan then this should be on your wanted list, because it's a bit different from the usual road racers and sports cars. It's the first rally car, the first dark blue car, is packed with new and interesting parts, all of which makes it an attractive proposition.
However, if you're not a fan of the highly stylised portrayals of cars that's a hallmark of the theme, it's unlikely that this will make you one.
Thanks to LEGO for providing this set for review. It's an expression of my own opinions.