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Review: 76908 Lamborghini Countach

Posted by CapnRex101, 22 Feb 2022 14:00

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Speed Champions provides an enjoyable range of classic vehicles, which have generally proven impressive! The famous Lamborghini Countach certainly merits recreation, especially since this vehicle’s distinctive angular bodywork appears completely suitable for LEGO.

76908 Lamborghini Countach therefore seems instantly recognisable in official images, replicating the distinctive shapes which characterise this 1980s icon. Additionally, the model includes relatively few stickers and instead prioritises complex building techniques to recreate important features from the Lamborghini Countach.

Summary

76908 Lamborghini Countach, 262 pieces, $19.99 / £17.99 / €19.99.

The magnificent Lamborghini Countach appears equally spectacular in LEGO form!

  • Almost perfect shaping
  • Numerous accurate details
  • Good colour choices, inside and out
  • Poor windscreen colour matching

The set was provided for review by LEGO. All opinions expressed are those of the author.

Minifigure

Outstanding minifigures are not necessarily associated with Speed Champions, but this driver wears a suitable jacket with Lamborghini branding. The metallic silver zip looks good and I like the dark blue accents too, highlighting creases across the jacket. These subtle details perfectly complement the minifigure’s dark blue legs.

Unfortunately, the helmet lacks the Lamborghini emblem. Black was certainly an appropriate colour choice though and the visor opens, as always. The head underneath is quite common and features two cheerful expressions, alongside some stubble.

An alternative dark brown hair piece is also provided, while the requisite wrench can be used when removing the wheel inserts. These accessories have appeared since the beginning of Speed Champions, so provide a degree of continuity across the range, despite the updated scale.

Reference

Source – LamboCars.com

The Completed Model

Few vehicles rival the recognition of the Lamborghini Countach and this rendition is incredibly accurate! The shaping most closely resembles the LP500 S and looks fantastic, capturing the sharp angles and sweeping curvature associated with this subject. Furthermore, the length of 15cm seems reasonable alongside other Speed Champions cars, while the white colour looks marvellous too.

Viewing the model from either side demonstrates its beautifully smooth shape, which continues throughout its length. The curvature towards the rear appears particularly appealing and I love the printed wheel caps, which are immediately recognisable. The distinctive air ducts situated behind the doors are less accurate, although I appreciate the avoidance of stickers here.

The headlights have been subject to particular criticism on past Speed Champions cars, often relying heavily upon stickers and sometimes divided across several elements. Fortunately, the model only includes 13 stickers. The indicator and parking lights are cleverly constructed using trans-clear 1×1 bricks, which display the orange indicator lights beneath these bricks.

Ironically, removing the bonnet reveals that those orange details are formed using stickers, but they are unobtrusive. The detailing across the front looks excellent too, including lighting pods and the Lamborghini symbol. The famed pop-up headlights, which would rise from behind the indicator and parking light housings, cannot open, but they are represented using clear-backed stickers.

The windscreen component is printed and captures the shape of the Lamborghini Countach’s windscreen nicely. However, the colour matching between this decoration and the surrounding white elements is awful. The absence of opening scissor doors is perhaps disappointing as well, but the Speed Champions design manager, Christopher Stamp, has divulged that scissor doors were attempted during development.

Unfortunately, their inclusion was impossible because the windows needed to remain static, so excluding the opening doors was sensible. The interior is instead accessible by detaching the windscreen, revealing red leather inside! This vibrant colour absolutely suits the ostentatious Countach and there is space for two minifigures, as usual.

The dramatic radiator intakes are angled outwards, further reflecting the source material. The stickered engine cover appears excellent too. However, there is no room for the engine inside because that space is instead needed to secure the angled bodywork, using Technic pieces to achieve the correct shape. These elements are completely hidden upon completion.

Simple clips support the 2×2 curved slopes underneath, which feature the same angle. These panels envelop trans-red 1×1 cones, recreating the unusual light clusters located at the rear of the Lamborghini Countach. They look absolutely brilliant and the exhausts are equally accurate, but can be dislodged quite easily. The wing is impressive too, but can be removed if you prefer.

Overall

Speed Champions has hugely improved since the scale was enlarged and 76908 Lamborghini Countach is among my favourite models yet, befitting this beloved sports car! This review has repeatedly praised the accurate body shape and deservedly so, since the Countach captures wonderful detail from every angle. Compromises are present, but most are unavoidable.

The poor colour consistency between the bodywork and the decorated windscreen is therefore particularly frustrating because that could have been avoided. Even so, I am delighted with this model, costing a reasonable £17.99, $19.99 or €19.99 and joining the modern Lamborghini pair from 76899 Lamborghini Urus ST-X & Huracán Super Trofeo EVO.

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