LEGO Creator Expert Ferrari F40 10248 Construction Set Review
The newest exclusive Lego build, the Lego 10248 Ferrari F40 build, is currently on sale – But you can’t just get it unless you’re an official VIP member at the Lego Website. This build belongs to the Lego creator series, and costs a jaw-dropping $99.99.
The F40 has been widely regarded as one of the best looking Ferraris, if not one of the best looking vehicles in the entire world. According to its Wikipedia article, the Ferrari F40 is a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive coupe-style sports car with two doors. It was made from 1987 to 1992. This particular model was created to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ferrari motors. It also just happened to be the very last Ferrari model approved by company founder Enzo Ferrari himself, before his death in 1988. During the time of its release, the Ferrari F40 was known to be the most powerful, the quickest, as well as the most expensive car that Ferrari has ever released to the public. It came at a price of over $400,000.
We think Lego has managed to capture the essence of what the Ferrari F40 is all about. Nothing much can be said regarding its box. There’s also a 136-page manual that includes over 80 instruction steps. You can also find stickers in there, but it’s a good thing that the entire vehicle isn’t covered in them.
The parts are divided into two groups: In bags labelled one and two. One of the more popular pieces in the Lego F40 is the trapezoidal windshield. It’s got twelve studs wide at the vehicle’s bottom, while eight can be found on top. The windshield measures four bricks high. There are also red pillars found on each of its sides. We feel like this could be a huge gamechanger for those who are able to construct the same vehicles, since its windshield is most often the toughest part to get the whole thing right.
Its wheels are also brand new, and come in a silver color. Another new part in the build is the alloy insert. They look nothing short of amazing.
Halfway through the first bag, you can find parts for the chassis. Much of the inside has already been finished. There’s also a spanner, a green can (oil, probably) and a white thing found in the luggage area at the front side. You can use a couple of amazing building techniques here to build the angles in the bodywork.
The vehicle’s windshield is fully hinged when you lower it. It fits exactly with the red cheese slopes at the front side of the roof. The slopes measure 1 x 2.
We can now start the second part of construction with the help of the engines from the second bag. One of the things we had noticed while building was that it had missed off two dishes right from the rear parts of the circular assembly at the front side. Both of them carry a measurement of 2 x 2. There are also pistols utilized here for the exhaust manifold. After the engine has been placed in, you can now attach the rear bumper.
The next part here is the engine cowling. We have once again missed off a tiny part of this portion of the build, which dealt with a red 2 x 2 plate found beneath the 1 x 2 grills. This is probably a mistake that even the most seasoned Lego builders commit from time to time, but unfortunately, when you have to take pictures of the build for a review, these tiny mistakes tend to stand out like a sore thumb and could get pretty annoying.
You can now place in the cowling, which you have to attach with the aid of a long Technic axle. This allows it to be raised up, and lowered at the same time. There’s also a stick included in case you want to keep the whole thing opened up.
The rear spoiler part is now added in, right before we focus on the front side of the build for the bumper part.
Lastly, the frontal wheel’s bonnet and arches are attached here. The vent holes located inside the bonnet are nicely built with the aid of rods and clips. The F40 is officially complete after that, with the attached bonnet, the Ferrari badges affixed to it, and the tiny mistakes in the build all fixed.
You cannot deny that Lego’s take on the F40 is just fantastic. The build looks amazing when completed. This has got to be one of the prettiest Lego sports car builds we have ever seen. Found inside the limits of the medium, the vehicle’s entire look is nicely captured here – However, it’s still a tad bit blocky in some parts, but this is already expected from a Lego build, since Lego is comprised of small square bricks. The weakest part of the entire build has got to be the rear pillars, since these were all printed on top of black slopes. They seem to be quite okay until you make comparisons between this one and the actual Ferrari F40. At this point, it should already be obvious that the build’s area shouldn’t look anything like the sportscar it was based after. Perhaps if the slope pieces came in a transparent black hue, like its windshield, then it would have looked nicer than it really was.
If we were to be honest, we were a tad bit disappointed that the real vehicle contained red leather seats since contrasting colors would have been great. Perhaps a nice, light tanned leather shade would have looked better. But then again, this was 1987 and you don’t really have an option when it came to picking these things.
The Lego F40 isn’t really a complicated, detailed build, but it’s still very satisfying and a truly enjoyable one to boot. Not much repetition is involved here, while the whole building process is punctuated with plenty of great techniques that deal with bars and clips, to connect several sub-assemblies to it.
The build is generally sturdy, until you pick it up after it’s finished and take a look at the underside. If you’re not careful with it, the engine cowling, which could be a bit heavy, ends up falling to the floor. The bonnet isn’t too bad.
Here are the pros and cons of the Lego F40. First we start off with the pros: The vehicle is a faithful reproduction of a timeless Ferrari classic. It’s got plenty of crevices and curves, which Lego has managed to successfully duplicate. The build is very interesting in general. It’s also not covered in loads of stickers, and the ones that have been provided are very easy to attach and align with accuracy. There are brand new windscreen elements included here as well, which is a bit of a game-changer for those who are into MOCs. The display piece is also astounding.
The pillars and sides found at the backside of the cabin isn’t really too convincing, in our opinion. The back is also most likely to fall off when you flip the car upside down. And much like most Lego sportscar builds, it doesn’t include any steering whatsoever. And after it’s been constructed, there’s nothing much you can do with it. There are no playable features here, and it’s pretty much for display purposes only. But if you enjoy a good Lego car build, you won’t find anything better than this one.
Just for comparison’s sake, we ended up dusting off an old Lego sportscar build, the Lego BBurago Ferrari F40. This is almost the closest thing you would get to what the real F40 looks like. The main difference between this one and the one released in 2015 was that the BBurago edition had plenty of curves in it, while the 2015 version was better in recreating the exhausts and lights pretty nicely.
The car’s proportions are almost perfect, so much so that the two models pretty much overlap each other. If you take a look at the front side, you will see how the air intake is placed in exactly the right position. The windscreen, the roof, the engine cover, the alleron, the pillars – Everything is in just the right proportion. This is truly impressive.
The building experience as a whole is truly incredible here. There are plenty of amazing tricks utilized in the Lego F40 and all of that contributed into making the best possible build. Each step of the build is a surprise.
The build itself is looking fantastic. As we mentioned earlier, it’s pretty much the perfect display model and is immediately recognizable as the wonderful F40 by anyone who isn’t even familiar with most sportscar models. We do confirm however that the rear end is a tad bit too squarish as compared to the real F40, but it’s not unsightly per se, and the car actually has a nice line to it. And what’s important here is that the loyalty to the real F40 is astounding.