Lego Ideas – The DeLorean Time Machine (21103) Review

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Lego Ideas – The DeLorean Time Machine (21103): I have done this Pley service for a while now, and this is the first time I considered just absconding with the entire set. Much like my favoritism for the Midi Falcon – this ticks all the right buttons for me. It’s from something I love, it is perfect in size and scale, and above all – it is without a doubt a showpiece to keep in your cabinet/shelf/etc. Honestly I built this set and simply fell in love, and was so very disappointed to see the 85 dollar price tag on Amazon. If I see this back in stock or on the secondary market I would buy it in a heartbeat.

 

Time to Knoll: 28.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 37.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 5 Minutes (Add-ons to main build)

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 401 and 63 Steps and about 15 steps for conversion – Manual (93 Pages)
  • Price: $34.99 on Lego (but Sold Out) and $83.95 on Amazon
  • Weight 215 grams
  • Combo Points: (14X34X1X3) = 1,428 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 48mm x 128mm x 51.2mm or 314.6 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 5 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 5 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 5 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 3 out of 5 Stars

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else? So let’s go back to when Back to the Future first aired – 1985. Nowadays it would make sense that with a movie like BttF that there would likely be a corresponding Lego set. This however is actually a recent development with the major shift in the Lego company that started about a decade ago.

Let us however use the Brickset site to take a trip down memory lane for what sets were actually release in 1985. Most of it is actually to be expected – some Town, some Space, and something called Fabuland. There is also a technic set or two as this was actually the technical 2nd year of technic under it’s new name.

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The main takeaway from this exercise though is to showcase how much Lego as a company has changed. Most of the sets here can be considered ‘basic’ and that even the current City sets are a tad more complex. There is also a lack of anything that feels like a direct theme or product – sure Space and Town may be categories, but it’s not as direct as some of Lego’s current movie properties/Creator/set configurations.

 

Remix: So for a remix I was actually inspired by a recent “Lego with Friends” from Tested.com where Norm builds a spaceship from the Lego Movie (yes I will eventually have a review of the movie itself on this site). But I wanted to make a classic spaceship, and with all the nice piping and unique parts from the DeLorean it felt like a good fit.

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Final Thoughts: Like I said, even ignoring the minifigs – this is just something that as a nerd because I know it exists – I covet it. Honestly if it wasn’t almost double the asking price I would just buy this outright to have in my showcase because it is such a perfect build. I have to say that the sets that come from Lego Ideas (Birds and Exo-suit) are just great, and I’m glad that because of the service we can get things like this.

Final Score: 4 out of 5 Stars

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