The world’s biggest toy maker is under starter’s orders with the production of a new Lego model of a Japanese supercar, the Nissan GT-R NISMO.
Since the introduction of the Lego wheel in 1962, cars have played a central role in thousands of Lego sets and in the play of millions of children across the world.
Lego tribute to Nissan GT-R NISMO
Now the Lego Group and Nissan have revealed plans for a model that pays tribute to the iconic Nissan GT-R NISMO. This is the first partnership between Lego and a Japanese automaker.
The Nissan GT-R model was revealed by Lego Group CEO Niels B. Christiansen and Asako Hoshino, executive vice president at Nissan.
Christiansen said: “In addition to offering a wonderful and fun building and play experience, we hope the model will also inspire children to learn more about engineering and how to create things in real life.
“Just as engineers across decades have improved the design and performance of this car, children build, unbuild and rebuild during play – stimulating and developing crucial skills, such as creativity, resilience, problem-solving and critical thinking. Inspiring them to become the builders of tomorrow is our mission.”
First Japanese automaker to partner with Lego
Hoshino added: “The Nissan GT-R and the Lego brand are both renowned and loved by fans of all ages throughout the world, and we are honored to be the first-ever Japanese car manufacturer to partner with the Lego Group.
“Many of our Nissan customers can trace their automotive passion back to when they built Lego cars as children.
“With this partnership, everyone can be a `takumi’ – the specialized craftsmen that build the GT-R. And, it’s the GT-R’s 50th anniversary this year, so what better way to celebrate than to share the GT-R with Nissan and Lego fans around the world!”
The Speed Champions Nissan GT-R NISMO model is constructed from 298 Lego components and will be available in January 2020.
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