LEGO Creator Ford Mustang 10265 Review

Ford Mustang

LEGO finally did it! We had the small guys in the speed champions – this is the real deal! This is the Creator Expert 1967 Ford Mustang! Wow! Even though if you not a petrol head and do not know a whole lot about cars you’ll be impressed with this set! I’ve always dreamt about having an old-school classic Ford Mustang.

After over 50 years the Mustang still remains as one of the most iconic cars ever made introduced in 1962 as a concept car and then in 1964 in the design form that most of us now recognize the legendary car. Mustang took the hearts of car enthusiasts by storm the absolute icon of a muscle car is producing to this day and six generations later the number of produced Mustangs broke 10 million in 2018 but this is a Lego set review so let’s not dwell too much into the stands history. As we have the hottest Lego car to talk about right now.

I will get into every single detail of this beautiful model designed by a team lead by Creator Expert – senior designer Mike Psiaki – one of my favorite Lego designers who previously worked on several amazing sets including the creator Ferrari F40, The Carousel 10257, Downtown Diner 10260, and James Bond Aston Martin db5 and also the amazing Lego Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn 5. Well dreams of owning a real classic Mustang aside. Let’s take a closer look at the box.

lego ford mustang box

Inside the box you will find 1471 parts and the age recommendation is 16 plus as per usual creator expert set on the back of the box all the features and customization options are visible and it becomes clear that what we are dealing with here is actually a two-in-one model and we will get into the detail of that later. On the manual itself is a nearly two hundred page book with the introduction pages focused on the background of the legendary car. In all honesty, I always enjoyed the set background parts of the manuals of creature expert and idea sets and this one are a great read with some fun facts about the Mustang development history and even the car chassis scholar history over the years. It’s all very well written and presented.

I can personally say that this might be the best-looking creator car ever produced by LEGO. It has some really wonderful shapes, all around and a healthy mix of printed and stickered parts.

The model has some new pieces that Lego introduced in this one. We have the new 5 spoke wheel rims to match the

Mustangs we’ll look and those also allow for the new steering system to fit inside the wheels. Plus the visible brake plate is an extra touch on the looks. The roof and both doors have the new 2 by 8 ball break elements which were only available so far in the 1 by 8 form as usual with the Creator cars. The set also provides several license plates.

The front of the car looks superb, simple yet complex. If you look closely it hosts some clever advanced building techniques to get that shape and the curves right, especially on the far left and the far right ends. It looks even better if you add the custom front splitter with greater use of curved sloped bricks for the performance version of the car.

And this is by far my favorite look the headlights with the extra lamps in the middle give that GT look (please note that the normal version of the front usually had no middle reflectors) and we also have that grill badge in the form of a printed 1 by 3 tile with the pony or the Mustang iconic logo print. The wheel arches are brick built and wider than your usual car with the excellent use of those dual split arch elements in dark blue.

For the mud guards it all actually looks pretty great with those new rims and the road gripping tires with realistic tread. The hood itself has a printed direct blue stripe element on white 2 by 3 and 2 by 4 tiles and also a 2 by 2 a curved slope along with the easily recognizable GT version scoop which can also be taken out easily to fit in the brick build supercharger. The only one thing is lacking on this model are chromed elements. Even with such well-designed shapes, light gray front and rear bumpers and mirrors look very poor.

lego mustang upgrade

Another great feature to include it turns the car into the real monster we often see in the movies featuring classic customized Mustangs. The supercharger is quite a solid block of bricks. It’s very well built and looks great. It features that new tile plate together with the dark bluish gray mud guard arch pieces to achieve the desired look and actually love the fact how easy it is to swap the normal-looking hood with the normal engine the supercharged one.

I also like how the hood feels a bit lower a bit dipped in below the sidelines of the car thanks to the use of those dark blue cheese bricks on both sides that continue along the doors of the car. Now getting the hood up reveals the realistic, highly detailed engine.

ford mustang engine

This is a Ford F a 390 cubic inch or 6.4 liter v8 engine originally from Ford Thunderbird and this one produced around 320 horsepower. We have quite an accurate sticker on the engine block and there is a lot of cool details around the entire engine bay.

I like that the battery block on the left side with the Technic cross pins represents the positive and negative battery terminals. There is also the radiator fan in the front with the sticker along with the timing belt visible below in the form of a rubber piece. To the right is what appears to be a wiper fluid container. Great use of that light blue color brake right here. The entire cylinder block has a few powered by Ford stickers and it’s all blue just like the ones in those 1967 Mustangs. We even have one extra print on a 1 by 1 round tile with the pony logo for what appears to be the oil cap.

Now moving to the side of the car. Once again we can appreciate the printed slopes along with that custom bulb brake with the GT print on both sides and here is the spot where you can attach another custom element – the beefy exhaust pipes on both sides for the performance version of the car. Those are some extra look points for sure and the doors actually have dark bluish gray door handles in the form of those 1 by 2 modified plate. And there’s this iconic dip in the back, thanks to the usage of that new two by eight ball brake that works well with the actual wedge built into the chassis of the car around the rear wheel. The opening mechanism of the car is super sturdy. Well done with a clever use of double hinge connection that simply rotates on a normal stud inside.

The side mirrors are made using light bluish-gray droid arms with some modified tiles with a pin and also a 1 by 2 jumper with some clear plate. I could not really think of the better pieces to be used here given that unusual design of the classic Mustang side mirrors that were actually connected kind of inside doors. The back section is mostly shaped by a long slope with a sticker for the ventilation port in the back of the car and it all ends nicely in the rear trunk area behind that line of 2×4 curves in dark blue that created the hatchback look (or, to be correct – fastback).

On to the interior this is quite a spacious place to be and to get inside more easily you can remove the roof. The roof itself is a simple build has some direct blue-striped prints on the white 2×4 tile and the 2 by 8 ball break (the new one). And there is one Easter egg I found here in the form of the stick on that rear view mirror if – I am correct, this must be the reference to the cult film “Bullitt” in which Steve McQueen in his 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback, which is by the way quite literally be not so old speed champion, Seth chases the 1971 Dodge Charger R/T.

The interior gives you first of all a functioning steering wheel system. It works great with little to no friction and the entire mechanism is a simple yet a clever build. It is all about a big cog below the car around the engine bay and a dual axle that goes in the new rims, again, specifically designed to incorporate the elements of the new steering mechanism. The steering wheel position it is not adjustable because of the steering mechanism.

But that is actually not a big deal. It all works pretty great and is quite well hidden within the car. And on top of that we have a radio sticker inside, a shift automatic gearbox on a rotated connector, dashboard clock prints for the dashboard and movable tilting front seats. The rear seats can also be collapsed through the trunk which is actually pretty cool and what I am missing here are the driver’s pedals and maybe a glove compartment on the passenger side.

There is definitely a lot of space for it. It would also be cool to have some sort of a mechanism to maybe move the seats back and forth instead of tilting them. But I am probably asking for too much at this point. Now to the back of the car look at those tail lights. The vertical stripes for the back lights are probably more “Mustangy” than anything else. Instantly recognizable even for those who are not into cars at all. This element is consistent through all the years of Mustang versions, even when the Front’s of every generation changed significantly.

And the one thing that I do not really like here is the round 2 by 2 tile with the GT logo that is not a print, but a sticker given the front logo print on the 1 by 3 and some other ones this could have been easily a great print here so I’m not really sure why Lego did not go for it on this element. The rear exhaust pipes can be removed when you are using those side oversized ones for the custom version and we also have a nicely built the bumper and reverse lights. I actually love the use of the curve slope inverted one in the lower section of the car to accent that rear lower shape. Those are the same bricks that were used for the front splitter to achieve another great curve. The trunk hatch itself can be fitted with the rear ducktail spoiler – another element for the custom performance version and it definitely adds quite a bit of the looks.
mustang trunk

By looking into the trunk itself, I found a bit of a disappointment here – a lot of the Technic elements of the undercarriage and some mechanism are shining through and it honestly does not look that good. I think, given the space we have here could have been easily closed off. The model also comes with a nitrous oxide or NOs for the performance version that you can place fit in into the trunk and have fun with your “Fast and Furious” version of the Mustang.

Let’s go back to the holes in that trunk. They also point towards the rear axle mechanism of the car you can actually adjust the height of the back with a little well-hidden round 2 by 2 brick under the rear of the car and in the highest position of that mechanism you have yourself a drug version NOs enhanced Mustang. That looks even more mean and aggressive than anything else on that set. How cool is that?! And I think we went through everything that this wonderful model has to offer. Here is the final look of normal and the entirely customized version of the model.

Now to summarize. The customization includes six elements. In total there is the front splitter, the supercharger, the side exhaust pipes, the rear duck tail wing (or spoiler), the Nitro tank in the back and the change of the rear axle height. I am definitely keeping the customize look for display, this is the best one I think and this is an absolute beast of a car in this version. Now what else can be said in this review?

ford mustang drag

I think what we here were is a set that we all secretly awaited: a wonderful piece of a LEGO model the 1967 Mustang is and I may actually be in love this one here instantly became my favorite Lego creator car to date I mean this and the technic Bugatti Chiron.

 

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