Review: Lego Back To The Future “The DeLorean Time Machine”

It’s About Time!

Made by: Lego
Price: $34.99 USD at Lego Shop at home
Line: CUUSOO
Subline: Back To The Future
Pieces: 401

Features: (taken from its Lego Shop At Home page)

Travel Back to the Future with the awesome DeLorean time machine!

Build your very own miniature version of the iconic DeLorean time machine that Dr. Emmett ‘Doc’ Brown and Marty McFly famously used to travel Back to the Future! Selected by LEGO® CUUSOO members, this amazing model features lots of cool details, like opening gull-wing doors, fold-up wheels, flux capacitor, time travel display and 2 license plates. We’ve also included extra engines and wheels so you can recreate the different variants of the time-traveling car featured in the Back to the Future movies! Finally, this unique set also includes a fascinating booklet containing production notes, original images and fun details from the movies. Includes 2 minifigures: Marty McFly and Doc Brown.

• Includes 2 minifigures: Marty McFly and Doc Brown
• Features opening gull-wing doors, fold-up wheels, flux capacitor, time travel display and 2 license plates
• Also includes Marty’s skateboard as well as extra engine and wheels
• Customize the car to match the movie versions
• Step on the gas and prepare to travel Back to the Future
• Open the gull-wing doors, just like the real car!
• Fold up the wheels and engage hover mode
• Jump on the skateboard and pull some tricks
• Build the model that LEGO® CUUSOO members requested!
• Includes building instructions and exclusive Back to the Future information booklet
• Car measures over 2” (6cm) high, 5” (15cm) long and 3” (8cm) wide

GREAT SCOTT! Live Action still Images are from the BTTF wiki. (Click for Gallery)

You have no idea how much I’ve been waiting for this…
But before we start, we might as well have a bit of music for this,

Bit of back story on this:

CUUSOO is a Lego site that is a bit like Kickstarter, only there’s no money involved. If 10,000 people show their support of an idea for a product, which as an example, let’s say, oh I don’t know- Ghostbusters, it goes to a review stage, where the Lego Group goes “Ok, is this something that we can sell to kids and adults?”

If it does, it eventually gets made into a Lego set, and the person that submitted the idea to the site get’s a 1% royalty to it (the Royalties from this set are being donated to the Micheal J. Fox foundation for Parkinson’s research).

Okay, now that the history lesson is over, ON WITH THE SHOW!

The Box


Well, it has the Clock tower getting hit by lighting and the DeLorean in a not so flattering angle (since it brings out it’s lack of slope-yness on the hood). On it, we also see Doc Brown and Marty Mcfly with his skate board.

The French side of the box:


Very…French.
On the plus side, you now know how to ask for this movie if you ever get stranded in a French video rental place….provided they still exist, and Netflix hasn’t wiped them out.

The top of the box

Not much going for it save for legal mumbo jumbo and a wheel for scale.

Other side of the box

A bit of info on how CUUSOO works…which in-hindsight would have saved me the effort of writing one less paragraph.

But, then I wouldn’t have gotten the excuse to plug the Lego Ghostbusters project on there.

The bottom of the box


More legal mumbo jumbo, and the Universal Logo.

Back of Box


Now things are getting interesting! On the back of the box, we have pictures of the 3 DeLoreans we can make by swapping out the parts. We also have a few pics of some interesting bits and pieces.


(Sorry, I have only an MP3 for a camera. Takes a bit for it to take good photos, but when it does, they turn out pretty nice if you ask me. Anyway, moving on.)

Opened


Overall, the box is similar to the Architect line of Lego sets. I think it opens the same way too. I have never bought one of those, so don’t hold me to it.


Anyway, since I’m building this on a desk, I can’t risk pieces falling off and getting lost in the shag carpeting… well, it’ll be nostalgic at least, trying to find the right piece from the box like when I was a kid!

It also comes with a brick separator (the big weird shaped orange thing). Wish I had those when I was younger…

The Instructions

The instruction book is made of a sturdier paper than the normal ones. Also quite hefty, since it’s about as thick as a brick…


….A Lego brick (*bum tish*).

Bad jokes aside, a few more things about this. First few pages are little tidbits about the movie, the Micheal J. Fox foundation and the DeLorean. Also, random trivia bits by the end. Oh, the the instructions are on black paper.


Ok, now onto the figures!

The Minifigs

Doc Brown


Very good likeness in my opinion, I can instantly tell it’s him. Plus, it’s got cool little details like his stopwatch.

The Back


He has a radiation symbol on his Hazmat suit. He also has a double printed head with a shocked face. Quite good on that too if you ask me. Looks a lot like when he makes that face.

Marty McFly


While his face may not be as unique as Doc’s this is still recognizable as Marty Mcfly, right down to his life preserver vest. Some have said they’d prefer his legs were darker, I personally don’t mind. Looks good and, as far as I know, it’s a rare piece in that colour.


The vest printing continues on his back, and like Doc, he has a double printed head. Not as exaggerated as Doc’s, but fitting for Marty’s character.

I wish there were more torsos in this set for their other costumes from the films, but for the most part, I’m ok with just these. Heres hoping they make more BTTF sets.

Random Build Shots

Pieces of interest

The time display panel

The time display panel actually has the date the Lego brick was patented as it’s destination time rather than the date in the film.

The License plates

I smiled when I saw these the first time, kinda like it was proof of “This exists!”
Anyway, well done, they look screen accurate.

The Flux Capacitor

Ditto for the Flux Capacitor!

Spare parts

Finished set


Very cool if you ask me. Though not gonna lie, this is not one of the more flattering angles for this set. The front of it and the side “window” frames look better when you’re looking it it from its sides.


Bit of the same for the front since it’s not slope-y, but it has the recognizable front of the DeLorean.


From the side, you can make out most of the details like the tube piping and those metal-y parts right above the wheels and behind the doors.


The back of it has the license plate, correct lights and the exhaust ports on top of the back. I really love the look of them.


Not to distracting on the bottom, like some sets. Also, as a fun aside, you don’t need to remove the wheels for hover mode, you just fold them down since they’re on a hinge. It rolls on the floor pretty well, the hinge does not affect it in any way.

Not so good bit


Doc Brown does not fit in the driver or passenger side as his hair keeps the doors from closing properly. I didn’t have this issue with Marty, but he was the one doing most of the driving in the movies, so look on the bright side, at least he fits. Also, the doors are a bit fragile. Not too fragile, just don’t hold the car from there when you’re pushing it, or making it fly.

But, he does fit in the center, you need to remove the top though, bit of a tight squeeze.  Good thing is, the top comes off in one piece.

I did do a modification while I was building it, behind where the figures sit, there’s 2 2X1 slope bricks, I removed them while building them, so the figures could bend back more, that may also be why Doc Brown fits.

Other DeLorean modes

First off, the 2015 Delorean


These are the pieces used to transform it into the 2015 DeLorean. 2 of them are clear enough, Mr. Fusion, and the Bar-code License plate. The clear parts on the other hand, are so that when placed under the DeLorean, it gives it the illusion of it floating.


It achieves this pretty well if you ask me.

“Where we’re going, we don’t need roads!”

Western DeLorean

To transform it into the western DeLorean, we only need a few things, well, five technically,  4 wheels, and the external circuit boards.


It doesn’t have tires for it’s wheels, you need to remove them an place them on the red ones. Didn’t do that since I don’t remember it driving much. I remember it had train wheels. I don’t have train sets, so I’m not sure if it’d fit on the tracks.
Also, without it’s tires, it doesn’t roll.



Remove the flat brick from the front and place the circuit board on top.


Out of the 3, Western is my least favorite look.  But it’s still a good feature if you like the Western one’s look.

Closing thoughts

Pros:

1. Minifigs

2. Printed Parts.

3. Pretty Decent DeLorean.

4. Parts for other modes.

Cons:

1. Blocky hood.

2. Somewhat fragile doors.

3. No tires for red wheels.

Personally though, aside from those faults, I love it and think it’s worth it, Plus if you kinda don’t like it’s look, you can try and make your own. Getting one of these will be cheaper than buying just the printed parts and figures on sites like Ebay.

If you’re on the fence I’d say go for it, if you love Back to the Future, you’ll probably regret not getting it for one reason or another.

If you’re not into Back to the Future, I’d probably say pass, since on it’s own, it’ll probably not have that much appeal to you.

Links:

Lego Shop at Home

Flickr gallery

BTTF Wiki

Micheal J. Fox Foundation

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8 responses to “Review: Lego Back To The Future “The DeLorean Time Machine”

  1. Weren’t the red wheels meant to ride train tricks? If so they would have tires…

    Great review!

    • I know, I was thinking the same thing. But in the instructions, it says to remove the tires and place them on the red ones.The tires are also on the wheels on the back of the box. Big continuity error since the tiress are long gone by the time the circuit boards are atached

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