For many gearheads, their life of automotive enthusiasm began with a childhood toy. Be it Hot Wheels, Matchbox, or genuine models, these cars can spark a genuine passion for automobilia. In this age of technology however, these once important figures of the car world are not nearly as popular as formerly were. Not all hope is lost for the next generation however, as FCA has just teamed up with the toy legends at Lego to produce this: the Lego Technic Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.
The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is the first Jeep product to get the Lego Technic treatment, though it is far from the first car. Lego currently offers kits for several lust-worthy vehicles, including the Porsche 911 RSR, the C7 Corvette ZR1, and even the Bugatti Chiron among others. And while all of that exotic metal (err, plastic) is great, this new Jeep is for the young off-road enthusiast. Like its real world counterpart, the 665-piece model features a high-performance 4×4 system, rugged tires, fold-down rear seats, and a LEGO Technic take on the iconic seven-slot grille. The end result might not look exactly like a Wrangler, but it certainly carries the ethos of the off-road SUV.
Lego Technic sets aren’t like your standard Legos, featuring more advanced designs and technical functions. The Bugatti for instance features a fully functional quad-turbo W16 engine and gearbox, giving builders a look at how these vehicles function. This Jeep Wrangler Rubicon model features a button-operated front steering system, as well as a fully-articulating suspension setup not unlike the real thing. Because these sets are a bit more intense and detail oriented, Lego says that the set is rated for those ages nine and up. Do with that suggestion as you see fit.
The Lego Technic Jeep Wrangler Rubicon will make its official sales debut on January 1st of 2021, and will be distributed through the Lego website, as well as their own storefronts and retailers across the globe. The model carries an MSRP of just $49.99, which is quite a bargain for a Lego Technic set. The aforementioned Bugatti model costs a whopping $349.95 for comparison. Whether you buy it for yourself or for a young loved one, this Jeep Wrangler Rubicon will only serve to help build that passion for the automobile.