Lego Ideas – The DeLorean Time Machine (21103) Review


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


Time to Build: 37.5 Minutes


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




  • 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




  • 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




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.


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 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.



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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