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A closer look at the Lego Speed Champions Demon and Charger set

by Patrick Rall on

Since the news of a Lego version of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon hit the airwaves, I have been casually checking my local stores with the hopes of finding one. Sure, I could order one online and have it sent to my house, but that ruins the fun of the hunt. However, I was pleased to have the hunt end in a unique way when FedEx came to my door with an unexpected package yesterday afternoon. On that box was a large orange sticker that read “Lego Brand Retail 19 Speed Champions Influencer Box”.

When I opened up the package, I was greeted by a glossy, magnetic-sealing box with the Speed Champions logo on the top and the Dodge logo on the front. On one end of the box is the classic Dodge Charger in black with red trim and on the other end is the 2018 Demon in bright yellow with black trim. Inside of that box was a letter from Lego talking about the kit, with quotes from Lego and Dodge brand executives. Also inside of the glossy, decorative box was a retail-package version of the Demon and Charger block sets.

Now, some of you might know that my wife and I have one of the largest collections of Mopar-related toys in the world. While we predominantly collect diecast cars, I had planned to add the Speed Champions Charger/Demon set to the collection, but instead of keeping them mint-in-box, I tore open the box and spent some time last night putting together the two cars, the three mini-figures – one of which is technically a small-scale figure of Mopar racer Leah Pritchett – and the working drag strip Christmas tree.

 

What’s in the Box

When you first open the Lego Speed Champions package, you will find three bags of blocks, a sticker sheet and two instructional booklets. In this case, book #1 applies to block bags #1 (the Demon and Leah) and #2 (the Christmas tree and team member/flag person) while book #2 applies to bag #3 (the Charger and random guy in a Dodge shirt).

I have to admit, other than helping my kid put together Lego kits a few years back, I’ve not actually assembled a whole kit since the 1990s. Legos were one of my favorite toys as a kid, but it has been years since the company offered a kit that pertained to my interests. Taking so many years off has left me rusty, as it took me about two hours to assembly the two cars, the three mini figures and the Christmas tree from the 478-piece set, but I followed the instructions to the letter and I am very happy with the results.

Details and Options

There are many aspects of the Charger and the Demon that really make them more than just a similarly-shaped car made out of blocks.

The Demon has a hood scoop that runs nearly the width of the hood area, it has flares over all four wheels and when you added the provided stickers, it has the upper and lower grille and the rear end lighting design of the actual car.

When you pop the roof off, you can plug mini Leah Pritchett into the driver’s seat, ready to lay down some small-scale 9-second runs.

As for the 1970 Charger R/T, it also has some key features that mimic the real car.

The front end has a grille design with the headlights tucked in behind, along with R/T badges on the nose, doors and between the taillights and front end amber lights in the correct locations.

The Charger also has an option in the build sheet, as you can go with a flat, stock-looking hood or you can go with the big supercharger sticking up through the hood. As you can see, I went with the supercharged look, which includes a moving blower pulley.

Another interesting option with this kit is the wheels, as it technically comes with four different sets of wheels.

The Charger and Demon both have the same basic rims and tires, but there are caps that provide a unique look. This includes a 5-spoke design that it similar to the Demon’s standard wheels, a more muscular wheel that also adds a thick sidewall, a more elaborate wheel design that looks similar to the early Hellcat production wheels and a classic “steelie” look with hub caps.

For the classic Charger, I chose the steelie look with simple “dog dish” hub caps and on the Demon, I went with a mismatched look. Up front, I have the wheels that look like the standard production Demon wheels while out back, I have the beefier wheels that I think look like the Bogart beadlock wheels that so many Demon owners are running at the track.

Finally, since these two Mopar muscle cars are most comfortable at the drag strip, Lego included a “working” Christmas tree. The lights angle downward and there is a piece that you slide along the back, causing each set of lights to pop up, creating the effect of the lights coming down on a track tree.

This kit was fun to assemble and while Lego blocks have their limitations in terms of creating exact shapes, the company did a great job of recreating the 1970 Charger R/T and the 2018 Demon in miniature block form. The cars have already been nestled neatly onto a shelf in my collection and I will continue to hunt for a mint-in-box retail package to put in the unique magnetic box sent to me by the folks at Lego.

 

Of course, I want to thank Lego, Dodge and whoever else was involved in sending me this kit for free, as it is already a cherished piece in my collection.

For those interested in getting one of these sets, you can order them from the Lego website, but many people in the United States have found them at their local Target stores. The retail price is $29.99.

 

 

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.

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