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Why the price of a Lego Mclaren F1 car might cause you to baulk

Bruno Cooke February 9, 2022
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Lego and McLaren have teamed up for the first-ever Technic incarnation of an F1 car, but at what cost? No, literally, what is the price of the Lego McLaren F1 car, and what real life vehicle is it modelled on?

For the price of the Lego McLaren F1 car, you could buy 2,571 1×1 bricks

The crossover is pretty neat. It consists of 1,432 individual pieces, and marks Lego’s latest foray into real life motorsports. 

But the price of a Lego McLaren F1 car means only those with cash to spare will be able to afford one – it costs $179.99 from the Lego website.

For buyers elsewhere, it will cost: DE €179.99 / UK £159.99 / AU $279.99 (via Bricktastic Blog).

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – 2020/01/17: Pieces of lego displayed during the exhibition at Alexandra Palace in north London. At the London Model Engineering Exhibition, over 50 clubs and societies showcases over 2,000 traditional model engineering, steam locomotives and traction engines through to the more modern gadgets including trucks, boats, aeroplanes, helicopters and robots. (Photo by Steve Taylor/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

For perspective, that’s the price of over 2.5K individual 1×1 bricks, bought individually. It sits comfortably in the retailer’s highest price bracket (over $100).

However, to be fair, it’s far from Lego’s priciest offering. A Star Wars AT-AT™ costs a whopping $799,99, and the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 model currently retails for more than twice the price of a Lego Mclaren F1 car. 

It will be available to buy in March 2022

The McLaren Formula 1™ Race Car from Lego will be available to buy online from Tuesday, 1 March 2022 – its price point means delivery, at least, is free.

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It is only suitable for people aged 18 and over. Presumably that’s in part due to its many parts. Buyers get an estimated 1,170 Lego VIP Points.

The completed build is 13cm (5in) tall, 27cm (10.5in) wide and 65cm (25.5in) long. James Key, the technical director of the McLaren Formula 1 team, described the model as “a great metaphor for striving for success in Formula 1”.

“Because to get it right, everything just needs to click.”

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What actual model is the Lego McLaren F1 car based on?

According to the Lego website’s description, it is a model replica of McLaren’s 2022 F1 car, the MCL36. 

Per McLaren’s own press release, it “celebrates McLaren’s iconic papaya livery carried on the MCL35M race cars” – from 2021 – but also provides an “interpretation” of the new-look 2022 F1 race cars.

It is Lego model #42141.

Other Lego–motorsport crossovers include a model Ferrari 488 GTE “AF Corse #51” (which retails for $169.99, marginally less than the price of a McLaren F1 car) and the aforementioned Lamborghini. There is also a BMW M 1000 RR model motorbike available for $229.99.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.