Large vehicles have become an integral feature of the Creator Expert theme during the last few years and those models have been consistently impressive in my opinion. 10265 Ford Mustang appears to continue that trend as this fantastic automotive icon looks splendid in every official image, eliciting a great reaction.
This model depicts the classic 1967 Ford Mustang GT Fastback which is probably among the most influential cars ever designed. It therefore seems worthy of a place within the Creator Expert vehicles series, although the set costs £119.99 or $149.99 which is rather expensive when compared with others. Nevertheless, this should prove to be an excellent set.
Box and Contents
10265 Ford Mustang is appropriately displayed against the famous Los Angeles River basin which has formed the setting for numerous car chases and racing scenes in film. The vehicle certainly stands out here and this design is reminiscent of a traditional plastic model kit. Several customisation options are available for the model and its alternative form is displayed on the reverse beside a few small images exhibiting the functions.
The box contains a single instruction manual along with eleven bags which are numbered between one and six. Some information about the development of both the original Ford Mustang and this model can be found in the manual. I was particularly pleased with the timeline showing how the car and its popular colour schemes have changed since 1967.
In addition, the instruction manual dedicates an entire double-page spread to the model, displaying its engine and the numerous functions which are included along with some new elements. This is a great feature and I hope similar pages will appear in the instructions for subsequent Creator Expert sets as I think new parts are likely to interest the adult audience which may be drawn to models like this one.
A sticker sheet is included but the majority of decorated elements, such as the white racing stripes, are printed. In fact, nearly every sticker is used inside the car or for a number plate on the exterior and they can be applied with ease so their inclusion does not bother me, even though printed parts are generally preferable in Creator Expert sets.
The chassis consists primarily of Technic bricks which form a sturdy base for the model. This structure seems similar to previous Creator Expert vehicles, although the functional steering system is unique. A large gear is connected to two linkages, transferring a rotational motion from the steering column to the steering knuckles that supports each axle.
A separate assembly completes the chassis, housing another Technic mechanism which controls the elevation of the rear axle. Its design is simple, consisting of a light bluish grey worm gear and a small gear with eight teeth, but this works perfectly and looks remarkably compact. The axle is then placed underneath the chassis where its height can be adjusted to change the Mustang's rake angle.
Numerous tan pieces are found in the second bag and these are used for the interior. The transmission tunnel is constructed sideways and employs some of the new 1x2 brackets that were introduced earlier in 2019. Moreover, the dashboard is ingeniously secured using Technic beams. The resultant structure lines up perfectly with a 1x2 slope at the centre, as demonstrated in the image below.
Construction of the engine also begins at this stage, incorporating a black component that traditionally represents a stretcher strap. The forward bodywork is supported by a couple of white 2x2 round bricks and 2x2 round plates. They are important during the assembly process and will eventually form part of a nitrous oxide tank which is clever. Both doors are built around brackets and these incorporate some new 2x8 curved slopes.
The flared wheel arches are designed using 2x4x2 side bows which have not been produced in dark blue since 2008. Sideways building techniques dominate the rear of the Ford Mustang and these are especially important at the centre where a tan 1x12 brick represents the parcel shelf. This structure is surprisingly robust and looks marvellous.
Hinges connect the windscreen to the bodywork and this area of the model looks very similar to 10262 James Bond Aston Martin DB5, as one might imagine given their shared designer. The roof is secured using clips at each corner and the rear windscreen looks rather familiar as well. Furthermore, the 3x10 wedge slopes that form the surrounding bodywork correspond with 10248 Ferrari F40.
Attention returns to the engine next. This area of the model is extraordinarily intricate, using numerous tiny pieces to create mechanical details, while the bumper consists of three larger sections. These are reliant upon wedge plates which feature realistic angles when compared with the original car and 2x2 wedge plates are situated beside the radiator too.
Some more 2x4x2 side bows are fitted over the forward wheel arches and the bodywork in this area is reasonably simple, consisting primarily of small slopes beside 2x4 tiles. However, I am impressed with the wedge slopes around the headlights as these look absolutely brilliant beside the wedge plates that were attached during the previous phase of construction.
Three separate panels complete the exterior, covering the bonnet, the roof and the boot. Assembling and attaching these panels is incredibly satisfying as they all slot neatly into their respective locations and line up precisely with the surrounding elements. The wheels are then mounted on their axles and construction concludes with some accessories for customising the Mustang, including a supercharger and exhaust side pipes.
The Completed Model
Certain vehicles seem particularly suitable for LEGO and I think the 1967 Ford Mustang is a fantastic example. This model looks magnificent when compared with the original vehicle, accurately capturing the distinctive shape of its celebrated source material. I am particularly satisfied with the aerodynamic fastback styling towards the rear and the shaping around the radiator grille is perfect.
Dark green is probably the colour most associated with the Ford Mustang, following its appearance in Bullitt, but I think this dark blue design is very attractive. This shade was known as Acapulco Blue and looks reasonably faithful to the actual cars, although the original colour was lighter. Even so, this is an excellent approximation of the classic Ford Mustang and its white racing stripes look superb.
This vehicle measures 34cm in length, surpassing even 10262 James Bond Aston Martin DB5 from 2018 by a narrow margin. The scaling between them is therefore accurate and the model feels more substantial than I was anticipating, especially when compared with other Creator Expert vehicles that have often seemed slightly fragile. 10265 Ford Mustang, on the other hand, is extremely robust.
Classic design features are present across the whole Ford Mustang and the radiator grille is definitely among them. Its distinctive angular shape has been replicated effectively and I like the twin headlights placed on either side of the famed Pony emblem. This is printed on a light bluish grey 1x3 tile, thereby recreating the corral which surrounds the symbol on the original car! The angled bumper is marvellous too, corresponding exactly with the source material.
The wheel arches appear similarly realistic, although the transition between them and the bodywork is not entirely smooth. Nevertheless, I think it would be difficult to improve upon this design and the new wheel hubs are perfectly accurate. Their spoked appearance matches the original hubcaps and has allowed the steering mechanism to extend inside each wheel, resulting in a narrower turning circle.
I was surprised to learn that steering was included while assembling the Ford Mustang as past Creator Expert vehicles have lacked this function. It can be activated by turning the steering wheel which is not ideal for play, although including a separate activator on the exterior would risk spoiling its appearance. There is some play in the steering but this is no more significant than one might find in Technic sets so seems quite reasonable.
Hinges connect the bonnet to the base of the windscreen so it can open smoothly and an air scoop is situated on top. This appears more substantial than the air scoop fitted to production models but I like the resultant design, especially in combination with the white stripes which run for the entire length of the car. The printed dark blue strip does not line up exactly between separate components but that is hardly noticeable.
The engine bay is absolutely packed with authentic details, including a big-block 390 V8 engine with a circular air filter on top and light bluish grey strut bars along either side. The oil filler cap is represented by a 1x1 round tile which is decorated with the Ford Mustang emblem and accurate stickers are placed in here too, identifying the fan housing and the engine. However, my favourite feature is the battery that features red and black Technic axles to denote its positive and negative terminals!
Further racing strips adorn either flank and these are printed on a series of 2x2 and 2x4 curved slopes. LEGO's current printing technology does not extend to the edge of every piece so there are small gaps between the striped elements but the design looks brilliant when viewed from a distance. The shape of the doors channels air towards the dual intakes below the handles which is excellent, although a sliver of light bluish grey is visible, unfortunately.
Creator Expert vehicles have typically featured a small gap between the doors and the quarter panels, allowing them to open. However, the two doors on this Ford Mustang line up perfectly with the quarter panels when closed as 1x2 half bows are placed inside. These allow the door jamb to pass the frame without interference and door limiters fit beside the hinges. The mixture of tan and dark blue pieces is not ideal but I appreciate the distinction between the interior and the bodywork.
The door mirrors include 1x1 round tiles with vertical shafts which have not appeared in light bluish grey before and might be useful. These are rather fragile but look great and I love the interior which features four seats, the centre console and a simple dashboard with two printed dials. You can move the gearstick back and forth on a click hinge and a sticker represents the AM radio. Foot pedals would have been a lovely addition but are not a necessity.
However, the model does contain a rear view mirror, showing another car on a sticker. This is fixed to the roof which can be removed easily to provide a splendid view of the interior. I like the textured tan and dark tan seats, although they cannot fold forwards properly to reach the rear. Instead, 4L bars are situated underneath each seat so they swing forwards from below.
Rear seating is an unusual feature in LEGO cars but this example is delightful, incorporating the same textured backs as the front seats. They are divided by the transmission tunnel which looks magnificent and I am pleased that these seats can fold to expand the cargo space in the boot. The tan parcel shelf is equally impressive and fits neatly beneath the rear windscreen.
Window louvres are printed on the 3x10 wedge slopes behind the doors, corresponding precisely with the original 1967 Ford Mustang GT. The bodywork in this area appears absolutely smooth and the rear windscreen lines up with the surrounding wedge slopes, creating a perfect Fastback shape that begins on the roof and continues to the tail.
The distinctive vertical tail lights are constructed using alternating light bluish grey and trans-red 1x2 plates and look superb when compared with the source material. They are not angled accurately but recreating such a subtle detail would be almost impossible at this scale. The circular fuel cap, on the other hand, is completely authentic and includes a sticker showing the GT emblem.
Opening the boot reveals a reasonably large space inside, although this section has not been finished as tidily as the exterior. There are gaps in the floor beside the wheels and the tan colour scheme is not consistent either. Including a couple of additional plates would complete the boot but I wonder whether the gaps were left intentionally, thereby enabling an uninterrupted view of the axle elevation system.
Five number plates are included, denoting different regions of the US and other countries. The yellow Michigan plates are probably my favourite as they present an attractive contrast against the dark blue bodywork. I am pleased with the California number plates as well, making reference to Mike Psiaki and 10252 Volkswagen Beetle which included the 'P51 AK1' registration number. Coincidentally, this is also reminiscent of the famous P-51 Mustang!
You can attach number plates for New South Wales in Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom as well. These are instantly recognisable and look superb, although the Australian and British plates differ slightly from their real counterparts as the combination of numbers and letters are not entirely accurate.
Easy customisation was an integral feature of the 1967 Ford Mustang and this set comes with several accessories so you can adapt this model for racing. I think the vehicle looks tremendous in either form and was pleasantly surprised by the elevating rear axle which works nicely, comfortably supporting the weight of the whole car. The resultant forward rake angle is extremely impressive.
The air scoop is only connected to the bonnet using two studs so it can removed with ease and the air filter underneath can also be detached, leaving space for an enormous supercharger! Dark bluish grey fenders form the intake surround and I like the red 1x1 round tiles inside. You can still open the bonnet with the supercharger in position. Moreover, there is room for a spoiler beneath the nose and this slots into place very neatly.
In fact, this section of the model appears completely smooth and identifying the division between the original bodywork and the spoiler is extremely difficult. The standard exhausts at the rear are fixed to the chassis using Technic pins so they can be removed and replaced with curved side exhaust pipes! These look wonderful and the connection feels secure so there is little risk of the exhausts coming off accidentally.
Rotating a textured 2x2 round brick beneath the rear bumper will adjust the rear axle height, elevating the entire Ford Mustang. This function is hidden effectively and I think the vehicle looks fantastic when lifted as the space between the tyre and the wheel arch widens. This provides a clear view of the tread but the Technic mechanism is still concealed inside, behind a black banner element.
There is room to fix a white nitrous oxide tank inside the boot as well. This cylinder is simply designed using the 2x2 round bricks and 2x2 round tiles that supported the nose during construction, albeit now decorated with a sticker that identifies the nitrous oxide inside. I like the red tap with a pressure gauge attached as this closely resembles real nitrous oxide tanks.
10265 Ford Mustang is a spectacular set. It provides an enjoyable building experience and the model looks absolutely magnificent when completed, capturing almost every aspect of the original car. I love its dark blue colour scheme with racing stripes while both the engine bay and interior look incredibly realistic too, demonstrating extraordinary attention to detail.
Furthermore, the customisation options are also enjoyable and every function has been implemented perfectly. This is definitely my favourite Creator Expert vehicle and is probably the most impressive car that LEGO has ever produced in my opinion. I would therefore have no hesitation in recommending this set and its price of £119.99 or $149.99 seems reasonable for a model containing 1471 pieces.
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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.