Wednesday, 28 September 2016

My (LEGO) Caterham 620R - 21307

Well not quite the real deal, but I've 'taken ownership' of another Caterham! OK, OK, granted, yes it's a Lego Caterham 620R, and it's not in the blue and orange I hoped it'd be (as I don't think Lego are making them in that colour which is a bit of a shame), but it is another Caterham to add to my collection!

The original design is by Carl Greatrix, and as an avid Lego kit designer, he added the kit on the Lego community for review, where 10,000 supporting votes were required before Lego even considered it.  He got the votes, Lego liked the idea, and a year or so later... here we go - they've made it into the product that's on the shelves today.
Lego Caterham 620R Item 21307 - Can't wait to build it!
Lego Caterham 620R Item 21307 - Can't wait to build it!
I'd seen it crop up on the John Lewis website yesterday, (as they're not supposed to be released for sale until 1st October 2016), so popped in a cheeky order, to see if it would turn up - low an behold, the email came through this morning to say it was ready for collection!  Happy days, or at least I thought so.... As a couple of weeks ago Charlotte (my better half) asked me not to buy anything geeky / gadget related, but I'd totally forgotten, as it turns out she'd pre-ordered one for me, as she knew I was keen to get my hands on one... So I cancelled my order, and now have a Caterham that's been bought for me!  Even better!

BUILD TIME LAPSE VIDEO
For those of you that just can't wait to get hold of one, and fancy seeing how it's built, please see the video below.  I was going to do my own video, but wanted to just enjoy building the kit, so here's another video I've found on YouTube:-

It took around 2 hours to assemble all 771 parts, and was good fun too, but I was going as fast as I could to get it finished this evening, so I'm sure if you took your time you could get three or four hours of building pleasure out of the kit... And... all in typical Lego (certainly not Caterham :-)) fashion all the parts were there too!

Here are a couple of pictures of the finished article:-
Lego Caterham 620R with matting underneath just in case the gearbox leaks!
Lego Caterham 620R with matting underneath just in case the gearbox leaks!
Lego Caterham 620R has removable bonnet, engine and nose cone
Lego Caterham 620R has removable bonnet, engine and nose cone
The only real disappointment for me, is the lack of colour choice - I really would've liked to have seen it in the 'press car' colours (blue and orange)...  Anyway... I'm pleased the kit finally managed to make it's way to the shelves, and would highly recommend it to any car or Caterham enthusiast as a bit of good 'old skool' fun.

I'm sure they'll sell plenty - dare I say it, a perfect Christmas present!

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