As the Nissan GT-R celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, LEGO is paying tribute to the legendary Japanese sports car.
Meet the LEGO Speed Champions Nissan GT-R Nismo, a new brick set that marks the first-ever partnership between the Danish toy giant and a Japanese automaker. Revealed at Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, the brick-made GT-R Nismo is one of the first in the 2020 Speed Champions themed sets, which will be 25 percent bigger than in previous years.
Made out from 298 LEGO elements, the Nissan GT-R Nismo scale model manages to capture the real car’s signature details in a relatively small footprint.
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"Authenticity is always our main concern, and we spent a lot of time exploring different building techniques to correctly recreate the taillights, as they are one of the most recognizable details on the car. I am really happy with the end result!" said LEGO design lead Chris stamp.
While it’s definitely not an exact replica, the LEGO GT-R Nismo is easy to recognize thanks to the iconic round taillights, massive rear wing and quad exhausts. The rear end is clearly more accurate than the front, if you ask us.
"With this partnership, everyone can be a 'takumi’ – the specialized craftsmen that build the GT-R. And, it’s the GT-R’s 50th anniversary this year, so what better way to celebrate than to share the GT-R with Nissan and LEGO fans around the world!" said Asako Hoshino, executive vice president at Nissan,
LEGO’s first-ever Nissan GT-R will be available globally in January 2020 as a part of the revamped LEGO Speed Champions product lineup that, besides being bigger, will, according to the company, will also be more realistic than ever.