Lego remains a tremendous sense of fun and adventure for children and adults alike and anyone who says otherwise probably isn’t too much fun at parties. What these small plastic bricks also happen to be is a great way to cure boredom while stuck in isolation. Just ask FMC HQ, where a number of us are not just petrol-heads but also Lego-fanatics. To help you get through this testing time, we’ve decided to dust off our own Lego car kits and give them a test-drive for you in the hope it inspires you to do the same. We’ll be reviewing a number of models of all shapes and sizes so stay tuned for updates!
The first Lego set of this series will be all about set 4896 – Roaring Roadster. This is one of my own personal sets and one that ignited the flame of building car kits some 15 years ago. Dusting off the cobwebs and looking through the instructions, my initial reaction was just how clean and well-proportioned it appeared. Whether it be a set which relies more on Creator bricks or Technic parts, it’s undeniable that some kits might not resemble their life-sized counterpart as closely as possible. With this set being a unique Lego creation and not a licensed model, this isn’t an issue and it’s one of the more striking models out there. Set 4896 while enjoyable isn’t a difficult set, and therefore is perfect to start out with if you’re a newbie or if you haven’t picked up the bricks in a while. If you come across one that is, being a 15 year old set after all.
As beautiful as the roadster is, I chose to build the alternate 4×4 model incorporated in the kit (being a 3 in 1 kit of course). The remaining model is a drag car which isn’t on the same level of detail as the first two so it was an easy choice to mix it up and go with the off-roader.
There’s a good mix of bricks in this kit. The black on dark grey body with red interior and chrome accents really pops and there’s enough special shiny bricks included to make this kit feel a little special. Using a lot of conventional and square Lego Classic pieces doesn’t work with a lot of cars (due to typically rounded and flowing body lines) however this being a more straight and angular SUV, the bricks really look great and it’s hard to imagine many licensed kits looking as natural with similar parts.
While a simple design, there’s more than enough going on here to provide a good level of authenticity to the model. The mirrors are adjustable, tailgate and bonnet both open (a bonnet strut is a great touch) the doors open, seats recline and the front wheels can even be turned via a rotating block in the back. Don’t expect the intricacies of a 4000 piece Technic set, but for one of the more basic Creator sets this definitely has enough little touches to put a smile on your face.
You won’t need to invest your whole day putting this set together. Take your time, sort your pieces and enjoy the ride. Allow 2 hours for an enjoyable experience but if you are in a hurry you could probably do it in half the time. But where’s the fun in that?
FMC ‘Fun’ Rating: 8/10
Number of Parts: 931
Price then: $150 AUD (2006)
Price now: $150-300 depending on condition