By Antonio Malara
I bought this lego for two reasons that are not related to the car model. What most led me to the purchase was the yellow color of the car and the fact that it was a Toyota. I own a Corolla which is almost 25 years old and currently use as a second car, I am very attached to this car and in general we have had many Toyota cars in my family. It was therefore the loyalty to the brand and the very bright color that led me to choose this model. The lego I'm talking about in this post is from the "Speed Champions" series and reproduces the Toyota GR Supra. This car was born in 2019 and essentially bears the name of the old Supra, the one produced from 1979 to 2002 and which is also present in some films of the Fast and Furious series. In reality, the new model was born from the collaboration with BMW of which it mainly uses the engine as well as the volumes that are those of the BMW Z4. Although very sporty looking and with an attractive design, I do not consider this a real Toyota, nevertheless the car looks good and is adequate for the times. This does not mean that I am against the idea of the new Supra, unfortunately today there is this tendency to collaborate between the various car manufacturers also to avoid competition, obviously the customer who buys this type of car cannot consider them exclusive objects. Personally I prefer a brand to have its own personal imprint but today this is no longer the case because many brands are basically part of the same group. This is one reason why I love cars from the 70s which, even if they had the same style, still each one of them, possessed a different soul, the soul of the brand. A Toyota car that I consider beautiful is the Toyota 2000GT, you can see this car in spider version in the 1967 film “You only live Twice”. In general, I'm always motivated to assemble cars like this Supra GR, a car with a modern design which then takes on a new personality in the lego version. However my wish is that in the future lego produces more and more vintage cars, both because they are more beautiful and to see how the design is reproduced in the lego version.
As for the assembly process, the pieces for assembling this Supra were also divided into two large envelopes, only the car body was outside of them. Both large envelopes had two other small envelopes inside. The assembly of the envelope 1 took only 18 minutes, characterized by the construction of the rear of the car and the fixing of the stickers to reproduce the Toyota and Supra logo. The assembly of envelope 2 took longer, exactly 43 minutes, and was more technical. The first phase, the longest one, was that of the sides and then from passage 48 to 62 there was the assembly of the front block. The stickers were, as usual, the process that made me more anxious but I have to say that except for one, I fixed all the others perfectly. Again with regards to the stickers, also these of the Supra were transparent like those of the Lego 1969 Chevrolet Corvette, only this time when they were fixed they left no halos. It was probably because of the color, perhaps yellow being lighter than amaranth, it absorbed the halos better.
The Toyota GR Supra, once mounted, impressed me because it has the proportions I love the most. Like the old Corvettes of the 70s, the Supra has a long hood and a very compact rear, all in a more modern design. This car reminded me of a car I liked a lot but was never popular; the BMW Z3 Coupe. In the late 90s there was a guy I knew who owned it in the M version and for the time it was a decidedly eccentric car. Seeing that compact and powerful car whizzing by with a very dark engine sound was a real show. A very particular car which perhaps also for this reason did not have the success it deserved. This Toyota Supra in the lego version reminded me a lot of that car and out of curiosity I went to see some videos of the original car in order to discover more details I didn't know. I have to say that I had to do a lot of self-criticism for not knowing better this new Supra model. This car a nice project, especially the manual gear version. Although powered by BMW, the Supra follows a pure sports car philosophy, one of the last of its kind. I don't know what will happen to these types of cars in the near future but I already know that it will be a real shame to see them replaced by electric cars, which in my opinion are nothing but garbage.
Pictures: Antonio Malara
Camera: Fujifilm XT-3