Lego has been combining
the love of building bricks and the love of cars for quite some time. Their kits of Porsches, Ferraris, Fords, and other classics, plus movie cars like the Batmobile, let you build your own dream car for your desk. The latest might be the coolest one yet for one important reason: a functioning ejector seat.
The latest in the Lego Creator series is the Aston Martin DB5. Not just any Aston, this one is patterned off of James Bond's DB5 from the movie Goldfinger.
The 1:8 scale model of one of the most iconic movie cars of all time isn't an easy or quick assembly, getting an Expert label in the assembly department. This one is 1,290 pieces for you to piece together, most of them the same shade of silver birch as the original.
It's not easy to turn one of the most beautiful car shapes into a model using square bricks, but the Lego team has managed impressively. It captures the smooth and sleek curves of the DB5. Well, more or less, but it’s a good effort. It has the sloped-back headlights, silver bumpers, and that Aston Martin grille opening. Pop the hood and you'll even see the inline-six cylinder engine. However, this car has had some work done by Q's workshop.
This is Bond's Aston, which means there should be gadgets. The Lego version is full of them. It starts with machine guns mounted in the front fog light openings, just where they should be. They open with the flip of a switch. Then take a look down at the wheels where the centres extend to slash tires and fenders alike. A bulletproof screen rises up from the trunk to keep Bond safe in the cockpit. In the front bumper and rear boot lid, the license plates flip to give Bond a quick change of identity. Although we never really understood how exactly that was supposed to fool anyone. Unless they were near the factory in the UK. Even in 1964, a silver Aston Martin wasn’t exactly common or inconspicuous.
Inside, the centre console flips to reveal a radar tracker, just like Bond used to track Goldfinger’s Rolls-Royce Phantom III to Switzerland. There's also a telephone hidden away in a secret compartment. And then, there's the showpiece. The feature you've been waiting for.
A working ejector seat. Pull on the rear bumper to slide the roof back. Then tug the lever in the cabin and the passenger seat springs out through the opening in the roof letting you launch minifigs and let Bond escape. But you’ll need to supply your own minifigs: theresh no Sean Connery immortalished in Legosh jusht yet.
The Lego Aston Martin DB5 is available now.
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