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Thursday November 29, 2012

Gearing up for fun

Cool lineup: The full range of LEGO
Ferrari models available through the
ongoing Shell promotion. Cool lineup: The full range of LEGO Ferrari models available through the ongoing Shell promotion.

Toys and big-boy toys go really well together with the Ferrari LEGO line of models from Shell.

OUR first thoughts when we saw the Shell LEGO Ferrari collection went like this: “Vroom vroom vroooom vrooooommmm whee!”

Later, when we had ... collected ourselves long enough to form proper English sentences in our head, our subsequent thought was, “This is so cool, we get to spend an evening playing with LEGO Ferraris and it’s actually part of our job!” Do note the tone of absolute glee.

STEP 1: Let ’s go LEGO! This is how
it always st art s - with a few dozen
LEGO pieces in hand and plenty of
imagination driving you on. STEP 1: Let ’s go LEGO! This is how it always st art s - with a few dozen LEGO pieces in hand and plenty of imagination driving you on.

You could say it’s pretty childish for a 29-year-old to get this excited about toys, but come on, this is LEGO AND Ferrari.

These things appeal to both our kiddish love of LEGO’s imaginative bricks and our big-boy fascination for fast cars. And we prefer “childlike”.

STEP 2: The largest piece in
each set (barring the
Minifigures set) is the pullback-
and-go block. As the
term that we just coined
implies, it lets you pull back
the car and watch it zoom off
as soon as you release it. STEP 2: The largest piece in each set (barring the Minifigures set) is the pullback- and-go block. As the term that we just coined implies, it lets you pull back the car and watch it zoom off as soon as you release it.

Shell has brought these exclusive Ferrari-themed LEGO sets to our shores and there are six cars and one minifigures set in the whole collection.

The cars are fantastic representations of real Ferraris, and they’re the most affordable way to fill your garage with these iconic vehicles.

STEP 3: You might need to squint to
see the details, but it took us forever to
apply the sticker decals *just* right. But
it was oh, so worth it. STEP 3: You might need to squint to see the details, but it took us forever to apply the sticker decals *just* right. But it was oh, so worth it.

In the collection are the iconic F1 race car, the 150° Italia; the Scuderia Ferrari Truck (made at an optimal scale, it’s a prime example of how Ferrari vehicles were transformed into LEGO models) which transports the race cars; the classic 250 GT Berlinetta; a sexy black Ferrari FXX; a yellow 458 Italia sports car; and an F40 sports car with racing decals.

Plus, of course, the minifigures set which features an F1 driver and his support crew.

The models were easy enough to build, with each set containing anywhere from 20 to 50-something parts.

Inspired by the Ferrari constructor challenge (see the iSnap video on this page), we tried to assemble the 150° Italia while timing ourselves; alas, it was one of us against three of them, so it was only logical that we took three times as long to put it together.

STEP 4: What, it took us three minutes to get this
far?? So much for us beating Team Ferrari’s oneminut
e assembly record. STEP 4: What, it took us three minutes to get this far?? So much for us beating Team Ferrari’s oneminut e assembly record.

While most of the bricks would be familiar to LEGO fans, there are some pieces – such as the roof and bonnet of the 458 Italia – that appear to be exclusively designed to capture the Ferrari aesthetics.

The sticker decals add a lot of Ferrari flavour to the models, too. If you’re a perfectionist like us, you might pop a vein trying to apply the stickers just right, but the patience and painstaking application will be worth it, trust us.

Once you’ve assembled your cars, you can enjoy a neat feature that these models have – the pull-back motors, which lets you send your Ferrari zipping across the coffee table with just a small pull.

You can easily spend an entire day gleefully racing these tiny sports cars, and if you’ll excuse us, that’s exactly what we’re going to do right now.

STEP 5: We did it!
We’re so awesome!
Now we’re going to
go brag to our
girlfriends that we
own a Ferrari and are
official race car
drivers. (It’s OK, they
never believe us
anyway.) STEP 5: We did it! We’re so awesome! Now we’re going to go brag to our girlfriends that we own a Ferrari and are official race car drivers. (It’s OK, they never believe us anyway.)

Wait, hang on, our editor just reminded us that we’re supposed to tell you more about the Shell promotion instead of just playing with the cars all day.

Here’s the deal: The promotion is valid from Nov 8 to Feb 3 next year, and the six cars are available for RM12.90 each at participating outlets.

However, if you want to buy the coveted minifigures set, or if you want to get the cars at just RM10.90, make sure you either fill in at least RM40 worth of Shell V-Power first or grab four litres of Shell Helix engine oils.

For more information, head over to shell.com.my/LEGO.

Better collect them quick; these Ferraris will go very fast.

Model brick count:
250 GT Berlinetta - 24
458 Italia - 32
Ferrari 150° Italia - 33
Scuderia Ferrari Truck - 40
Minifigures - 46
F40 - 47
FXX - 52

Addition al info:
http://lego.wikia.com/wiki/30190_Ferrari_150_Itaial

http://www.brickset.com/browse/themes/?theme=Racers&subtheme=Ferrari

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