Review: 75892 McLaren Senna

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Speed Champions has incorporated an excellent range of modern supercars since the theme was launched in 2015, including such popular sets as 75878 Bugatti Chiron and 75899 LaFerrari. I am hoping that the latest addition to this appealing series, 75892 McLaren Senna, will impress.

This vehicle looks absolutely incredible in reality, although such streamlined bodywork has proven quite difficult to replicate in previous Speed Champions sets. Nevertheless, the theme has gradually continued to improve and I think this model has the potential to match, or even exceed, the high standard of past LEGO supercars!

Minifigures

The driver wears branded McLaren racing overalls and looks great. Its dark bluish grey colour scheme matches the McLaren Senna and I like the orange piping that also corresponds with the car. Moreover, some metallic silver highlights are printed on both sides of the torso and the legs are decorated with a beautiful honeycomb pattern.

75892 McLaren Senna

However, I think the rear looks even more attractive, featuring the McLaren Senna branding along with an advertisement for Pirelli tyres. The black helmet appears rather plain and some printing would have been welcome but that has been consistently absent from Speed Champions figures. A wrench is also included and can be used to remove the wheel inserts.

75892 McLaren Senna

The Completed Model

I was immediately impressed by the complex shape of this vehicle when the first images emerged and it looks fantastic when assembled. The entire model measures 15cm in length and its dark bluish grey colour scheme is appealing, especially with the addition of some striking orange highlights which also appear. Admittedly, this shade does not precisely match McLaren's 'victory grey' but I think this is the most suitable available colour.

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The streamlined profile of the McLaren Senna is apparent when viewed from the side, exhibiting the smooth transitions between separate curved slopes and the windscreen. The trans-black windscreen contrasts with the black pieces and looks odd, although that would be difficult to avoid without spoiling the shape. In addition, this image shows the impressive orange wheels. The real McLaren Senna does not include orange wheels but the internal brake discs are very prominent and they are orange.

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However, the orange 1x2 curved slope on the bonnet does seem out of place and I would recommend replacing that with a dark bluish grey element. The remainder of this section looks tremendous though, including a pair of narrow trans-neon orange headlights and numerous air intakes along the front. I am particularly impressed by the construction of the headlights which are represented by axes from NEXO Knights.

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Stickers are applied across the entire model and they look great on the whole, although I was slightly disappointed to find that the windscreen is not printed, instead incorporating a sticker. The trim around the bodywork could also be improved as these black 1x6 tiles appear too wide in relation to the source material. Fortunately, the detailed air intakes beside the doors and the roof scoop on top are both quite realistic.

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The canopy can be removed to seat the driver inside. The interior is relatively plain but does feature a steering wheel and the minifigure looks good. Furthermore, I love the trans-black sections of the doors which are formed using an upside down 4x4 windscreen element. Such unusual construction methods sometimes feel fragile but this example is sturdy.

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Prominent air louvres appear beneath the rear wing and the designer has attempted to replicate those here. This design is not entirely successful in my opinion and the three exhausts, which are an integral feature of the McLaren Senna, are only represented by a sticker here. The enormous rear wing, on the other hand, looks perfect and its angle can be adjusted.

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Moreover, an impressive rear diffuser is situated behind the wheels. The surrounding bodywork would ideally be less substantial but it looks alright when viewed from either side and the orange stickers on the diffuser are attractive. However, the highlight of the rear section is undoubtedly the dual tail lights which are formed using trans-red spearheads. Once again, these parts originate from NEXO Knights.

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Aerodynamics are integral to the design of a successful supercar so the McLaren Senna comes with a small fan for use in a wind tunnel. This can be rotated manually and looks good, featuring an attractive white band around the fan. In addition, the model includes some useful 4x4 round corner tiles and 4x4 plates with a rounded cutout.

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Overall

Earlier models from the Speed Champions range were often criticised for their inaccurate proportions and that is the greatest weakness of 75892 McLaren Senna. Its streamlined bodywork is remarkably accurate but the vehicle appears too long in my opinion, especially when viewed from higher angles. Nevertheless, this set is still thoroughly impressive!

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The intricacy of its construction is unmatched in the Speed Champions theme and the level of detail is extraordinary. Furthermore, the aforementioned issue relating to the proportions of this car is probably unavoidable at minifigure scale, without the introduction of several new pieces. I would therefore have no hesitation in recommending this set, although certain areas for improvement do remain.

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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.

23 comments on this article

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By in United States,

i was on the fence with this one, but the minimal use of stickers (compared to other Speed Champions sets!) has swung me to the must-buy side

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By in Netherlands,

I disagree that the orange piece on the bonnet should be replaced with a db grey piece. The orange adds a much needed accent to the front top of the vehicle which looks otherwise bland and colorless without it. I'm sure they added it precisely to avoid this.

I do feel that the set could have used... something to go with the fan. Maybe a small standalone control panel with a screen showing test data. As it is, it's just a fan with nothing else.

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By in United Kingdom,

Good use of the nexo knights parts for the lights !!

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By in United States,

My wife has made me promise no more LEGO until my birthday, however I've got 12.00 cash (a rarity) that has been burning a hole in my wallet. There are several Speed Champion sets that thus fall within my budget (the extra needed 3.00 can be placed on the debit card and explained as batteries or something else :), so I've been considering this little gem. Street car, check, minimal stickers, check, cool as heck, you betcha. When I do buy and build it though I believe I will swap out the orange 1x2 curved tile (w/gray sticker) for a gray 1x2 curved on the hood, as Jang showed in his review. Much cleaner looking and closer to the actual carbon fibre inspired car.

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By in United States,

The odd contrast between the orange and the transparent orange looks kinda strange. But it is at the same time a cool look as the lights. I don’t know. It’s kinda bland. It might need more orange accents. That’s just my opinion. I like the blue and red cars better though. They’re more colorful.

I like the fan. Put it on its back and it’s like the fan in every lego video game that helps you get to higher places.

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By in United States,

i would say that this is the most accurate looking speed champions set. besides the classic muscle car ones of course.

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By in India,

I hadn't really been interested in this theme until this car. I bought it, and with the fun build, I added a few others to my want list.

Great review!

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By in United States,

Great part usage

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By in United States,

You don't even know the number of speed champions set I want because of brickset reviews. I hold you guys' opinion on sets very high.

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By in United Kingdom,

Beautiful model. I think that having lots of small and medium sets this wave is better than the one £90 and one £30

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By in Canada,

love it... looks great, Lego does a great job on this series.

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By in United Kingdom,

Did the minifig have an accident? He's got a dent on his torso!

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By in United States,

@CapnRex101 - Great, in-depth review, as always!
I love this car! It truly seems like a great LEGO supercar. (and quite affordable too!)
Absolutely love the bodywork, and attention to detail, and how most of the streamlined shape is brick-built, and not just stickers. (I think they pulled it off so well, due to some of the newer slopes, and curved pieces.)
Really LOVE the use of Nexo Knights trans-orange pieces. I was hoping they would use pieces introduced for the Nexo Knights theme, in other sets.
I do have to agree with CapnRex101 about the car’s proportions, though...it does seem rather long, although it totally doesn’t change my view that this is such a great set. IMO, this may be one of the best smaller Speed Champions sets ever.
Love the 2019 Speed Champions sets so far.

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By in United Kingdom,

A good model in a great speed champions wave. The mini outclasses everything, but this, the F40 and the black Dodge Charger are all really good models. The only bad one is the blue Nascar one, in my evaluation, maybe the yellow dodge in the two pack as another boring sticker heavy build.

The side built for this is surprisingly substantial as well. It and the F40 were both winners in this respect.

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By in United Kingdom,

This, plus a blue mod of it, would look nice next to the Tron set.

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By in Portugal,

Love the colour scheme and building techniques. Curiously, I've used one inverted windscreen last year on my train shed and it turned out very cool, as it looks on this set. Will buy it, probably wait for a small drop on the price just because lol

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By in United Kingdom,

I got this the other day and it's probably my favourite Speed Champions set. I loved the upside down windscreen - a technique which I genuinely have never come across before.

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By in United States,

I'd agree with the orange slope exchange. I would've loved a dark bluish grey one with orange stickers on the sides to still give a pop of color.

The only thing that I dislike about this set is the rear wing is a bit fragile when adjusting or while playing. When reattaching I find bits of the rear end tend to come off too easily.

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By in United Kingdom,

Very nice! Not familiar with the real life car but this review has convinced me to buy the set nonetheless. Love the compact and unusual building techniques like the Nexo Knights parts and the upside down 4x4 windscreen.

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By in United States,

This is one of the best-looking cars in the Speed Champions range! Trying to tackle such organic and intricate bodywork at minifig scale is going to lead to some wonkiness, but I think this does as much as can be expected while adhering to playability and buildability standards. I wish they'd come up with a better windscreen piece, though. So many of these cars have a more upright screen and a longer taper towards the back of the passenger area, and these consistently have too steep a rake on the screen. It throws off the cab-forward proportions.

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By in United Kingdom,

Built this last night, I now have all but 4 speed champ sets and this was by far the most enjoyable and innovative build. Some of the sub builds I couldn't even see what it was going to be until I added it to the car, and that cockpit build is just brilliant

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By in United States,

The colors on this thing are FANTASTIC

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By in United Kingdom,

Can't wait to get this, will go nicely alongside the Mclaren 720S and Chiron

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