Tuesday 24 February 2015

LEGO Speed Champions McLaren P1 set 75909 Review

Following on from our surprise purchase on Sunday, my partner went back to Smyths today and bought a couple more of the LEGO Speed Champions sets. Sadly our budget doesn't allow for the Ferrari Truck, but we did get the McLaren P1 hybrid supercar set 75909.

LEGO Speed Champions McLaren P1 set 75909 Review

McLaren Hybrid Supercar P1 LEGO review

As with the other sets, the bricks are in 3 un-numbered bags, with 2 instruction booklets, a bag of interchangeable wheel trims and a full sheet of stickers.

LEGO Speed Champions McLaren P1 set 75909 review open box

A nice quick build, and our youngest attempted this one. At nearly 5 he was capable of following the instructions, but it's right the age suggestion is 7+ because it doesn't offer enough initial reward for a younger builder.

LEGO Speed Champions McLaren P1 set 75909 base of vehicle

The builds are really incredibly intricate with loads of tiny detail that'd easily be overlooked. The use of coloured elements within the build is really striking - although often they're almost entirely hidden when the vehicle is complete. He took this picture himself....

LEGO Speed Champions McLaren P1 set 75909 mid build

As with the Ferrari and Porsche, the McLaren P1 has 2 full sets of wheel trims which you can change in only slightly more time than a genuine pit crew. They don't come off during rough play by 2 small boys either!

LEGO Speed Champions McLaren P1 set 75909 interchangeable wheel trims

The McLaren P1 itself is very different to the LaFerrari which we reviewed the other day. This is a more streamlined vehicle, it's less clunky and has hardly any visible studs on the exterior of the vehicle. The underside isn't as nice though....

LEGO Speed Champions McLaren P1 set 75909 build complete underside

Again this is a LEGO model, but it's so sturdy that it can be played with as a car. I think this opens it up really well to a far greater variety of builders. For us we felt totally justified buying the 3 hybrid supercars as they're only £12.99 each, and our little boys can race with them now - we're just being nice and had no ulterior motive, see...

LEGO Speed Champions McLaren P1 set 75909 racing driver

It's pretty gorgeous, and very yellow, with a nice use of the cockpit roof canopy and tiles to form the sweeping arched roof. 

LEGO Speed Champions McLaren P1 set 75909 racing driver and vehicle review

And with the stickers....

McLaren P1 LEGO vehicle set 75909 review Yellow Racing Car

McLaren P1 supercar cockpit detail and dashboard instrument stickers

The dash isn't quite as exciting as the LaFerrari, and it's going a lot slower, but the internal detail is special.

McLaren P1 Hybrid Super Car review in LEGO

Shiny shiny cockpit of supercar racing car

 As is the ingenius use of a snow board as a spoiler...

LEGO hybrid supercar McLaren P1 rear end spoiler and exhaust stickers

LEGO hybrid supercar McLaren P1 side view of door and stickers

LEGO Speed Champions is a new range due for release in March 2015. There are 7 sets with 8 different fast cars, a truck and pit crew. Prices vary depending on the size of the set. The McLaren P1 set 75909 retails at £12.99 and we make it around 174 pieces.

We've also reviewed the Porsche 918 Spyder (our review is here...) and the Ferrari LaFerrari (our review is here...).

All of the Speed Champions sets have a recommended age of 7+ for builders, and it's our opinion that it's 3+ for drivers. Excellent value, excellent playability, great design and an interesting and clever build.


  1. Wowee! Lego supercars! My husband would be in his element! x

    1. :D They are a bit special!! My other half is very much enjoying them.

  2. This is cool. My two love building Lego cars! Love the spoiler on this!

  3. This looks like another great addition to the set, and one I can see adults happy to collect. The snowboard is genius!

  4. such a great value car! I love the colour and the details on it.

  5. Lego Super Cars would be right up my partner's street!


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