LEGO Speed Champions F14 T & Scuderia Ferrari Truck 75913 Review
The ever-popular Lego Racers theme took a lengthy break throughout 2014. But luckily for their fans, the sets came back with a bang – And with a brand new name to boot. Nowadays, Lego Racers is more popularly known as Lego Speed Champions. There are a total of seven Speed Champion sets released on the market, and more are rumored to be coming out very soon. We will now be taking a closer look at one of the biggest builds in the first wave, the Lego 75913 F14 T & Scuderia Ferrari Truck.
Scuderia is actually the racing division of Italian sports car manufacturer, Ferrari motors. Lego has produced a whole amount of sets related to the luxury car company, and a lot of them feature Scuderia support trucks throughout the years. This includes the Lego 8185 Scuderia Ferrari Truck (released in 2009), the Lego 8654 Scuderia Ferrari Truck (released in 2005), and the newest one, the Lego 30191 Scuderia Ferrari Truck. So how does the 75913 compare to its predecessors?
The 75913’s box measures around 53 centimeters (21 inches) wide, 28 centimeters (11 inches) high, and 9 centimeters (3.5 inches) deep. It’s definitely as consistent with Lego’s current habit of shrinking the boxes of their newest builds while still maintaining its rather hefty weight. The front side of the box includes a full shot of the completed set, with its contents distributed all across the pit lane. Meanwhile, you can also spot a blurry audience of Lego minifigures that looks on in the background, peering through a chain fence. There’s also the mandatory Speed Champions branding that takes over a broad strip found across the image of the finished build, while the obligatory Ferrari logo is seen from the box’s bottom right corner.
The set’s array of six minifigures are introduced at a 1:1 scale found on top of the box. Meanwhile, several kinds of the build’s playable features are highlighted at the back side of the box, together with a shot of the Ferrari F1 car from 2014. This certain car model has served as the main inspiration behind the model featured in the Lego 75913. So why did Ferrari end up choosing that particular car model behind the 75913? It’s safe to assume that the model from 2015 – Also known as the SF15 T – Wasn’t released just in time for the sticker and set designers to use it as some sort of reference. This might be a bit of a shame, but it’s still completely understandable, nonetheless. There are plenty of suspicions that this most likely will not be that much of a deal to plenty of people who want to get this set.
The contents of the box can be accessed by snipping away a couple of tape seals. The box includes an instruction booklet, two types of sticker sheets, and seven element and accessory bags labelled from one to seven. There’s an eight unnumbered bag in here as well. Even though the instruction booklets, along with the sticker sheets, are kept inside the bag, they don’t have the protective cardboard backing that will help keep everything straight.
So many discussions regarding the new Lego Speed Champions set has mostly revolved around its line of stickers. Whether you’re a Lego fan or not, you have to acknowledge the fact that the Speed Champions set in particular contain loads of stickers. In fact, the 75913 alone does have over 39 stickers in total. And that’s not enough – There’s an additional sticker sheet that includes 15 additional stickers, bringing the amount to 54. Plenty of these stickers are numbered too, so it’s not that hard to figure out which sticker goes where. A lot of fans are still certain that the sheer magnitude of stickers you have to apply basically means that there’s a huge possibility that potential purchasers will end up skipping the 75913 solely because of the amount of stickers you must put on. Some fans are also certain that Lego will have had their hands tied to a certain extent, having to accurately represent what the actual Ferrari models look like to be able to satisfy the needs of several clients. There’s plenty of doubt that it would have been highly viable to be able to print all of the correct elements needed for the build, if we were to assume that the terms of the license would even allow this to happen in the first place.
The instruction booklet is around 200 pages long, from start to finish. It measures at least A4. The cover image is pretty much the same as the one that is showcased in the front side of the box. More than 190 pages are comprised of the entire building process. There’s also a two-page inventory filled with the correct parts of the build, as well as a couple of ads in the end. This includes two additional pages that show off the initial wave of Lego Speed Champions builds.
The first bag deals with the parts made especially for the first three minifigures, and their accompanying accessories. There’s also bricks meant for constructing the Ferrari F14 T Formula 1 car, several mobile tool vaults, and a scooter. The first three minifigures in the set are a racing driver and two members of his pit stop crew. One of them will get to ride the scooter, while the other will carry the ‘Stop’ sign during a pit stop. Fans were delighted to find out that the minifigures all come with printed torsos, contrary to the Ferrari-themed builds from way back when, where fans had to deal with minifigures wearing stickered torsos. This actually marks the first time that these Ferrari-themed minifigures have been granted with printed torsos, instead of stickered ones. This is a very big improvement when it comes to Speed Champions-related minifigs. The racing driver character, who you can quickly identify thanks to the silver helmet that he wears, dons a rather different kind of torso printing compared to his crew. His legs don’t come with prints either, and all of the head prints have actually shown up in minifigures from past builds.
Meanwhile, the back side of the minifigures also have printed torsos and legs on them. And once more, the driver has received a different torso printing as compared to the rest of his crew – But the only thing that lacks here is the absence of the Shell Oil logo. None of these heads have back prints on them either, nor do all three minifigures have alternate expressions. The black ear protectors aren’t worn by past minifigures either, so it was surprising to learn that these tiny accessories have been around since 2013 and have actually shown up in past sets.
The Formula 1 car featured in the 75913 is the Ferrari F14 T. This model, as mentioned earlier, was Ferrari’s representative in the Formula 1 World Championship back in 2014. People have discovered several elements while the model was being constructed. One of them is a modified 1 x 2 black plate which comes with closed handles on both of its ends. These two have sat in the middle of the front wheels, as well as the hubs of the back wheels.
Fans are also certain the 75913 is a completely reasonable approximation of the actual build. As expected, its Lego version is much more chunkier compared to its sleeker real-life counterpart. The back of the car is also a stud too short, since the back wheels have the tendency to go a little too far forward towards the owner. Lego was even able to squeeze in a total of 22 stickers right into the car. This is actually quite impressive if you think about it, considering the build’s small size. So many of these stickers are fairly small, and could require loads of patience if you were to apply it properly. So if you’re the type of person who is completely bothered by stickers that aren’t placed neatly or have little bumps after application, then you have to be ready to spend a good chunk of your time applying these stickers, as you would when constructing the real 75913 build.
The accessories include a host of other mobile tool vaults filled with loads of accessories, bits, and tools, a Vespa-like scooter and a hand cart. The hand cart is the same one that shows up in the Lego 10243 Parisian Restaurant build.
This set was a lot more likeable than expected. In particular, the truck looks amazing and building it is actually a fun time. There’s loads of play potential with the Lego 75913. One of its more obvious downsides was the amount of stickers included. If you’re not an expert on Lego sticker application right before you began construction of the model, then you certainly will be one by the end. And if you’re interested in the entire subject matter and you’re fine with the build’s look minus the stickers, then you’re unlikely to regret your purchase.