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LEGO Brings Ayrton Senna’s McLaren MP4/4 to Life

LEGO keeps the hits coming for people young and old and their latest collaboration with McLaren and the Ayrton Senna merchandising brand could be our favourite. Part of the Icons series, this set replicates the mighty McLaren MP4/4, one of the most recognisable race cars of all time. The real-life version was driven by Senna himself during the 1988 Formula One World Championship, where he and the McLaren-Honda racing team emerged as victors. Now it’s yours to build and display, complete with an Ayrton Senna minifigure.

The story of the McLaren MP4/4 is like a riveting sports movie in the making, as the car surmounted various regulation hurdles to become the most dominant player of its era. It was later voted the greatest F1 car of all time by a panel of professional engineers and designers and also the greatest race car of the 20th century by the readers of Autosport Magazine, amongst other accolades.

That’s not to mention the turbocharged career of Senna himself, who’s the subject of both an award-winning 2010 documentary and an upcoming Netflix miniseries. He tragically crashed and died at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix but his legacy lives on.

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McLaren MP4/4 & Ayrton Senna 10330 | Image: LEGO

With the latest LEGO Icons building set, automotive history comes roaring back to life. As always, the brand went to great lengths to render an authentic replication with functional parts. Consisting of 693 individual pieces, the set includes a working steering wheel, rod suspension, adjustable rear wing, gear stick, turbocharged V6 engine, slick tyres, and other meticulous details.

An Ayrton Senna minifigure is also part of the package and it comes perched upon a podium. At the base of the podium is a photo of the man himself, joined by an inspiring Senna quote.

Designed for ages 18 and up, the LEGO Icons McLaren MP4/4 & Ayrton Senna building set doubles as a display piece or makes for an interactive toy. It falls directly in line with the overarching Icons Project series, a growing range of authentic replications intended for adult builders and collectors. Whether you’re a race car enthusiast an avid hobbyist or all of the above, you may have very well discovered your newest obsession. And for the fellow collector or car-lover in your life, it’s naturally a perfect gift.

This one’s available for $99.99 AUD starting 1 March and we’re all geared up for it! Get it? Geared up? Hello?!!!

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Jacob Osborn

Jacob Osborn is an accomplished author and journalist with over 10 years of experience in the media industry. He holds a Bachelor's degree in English and Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin--Madison and co-authored a Young Adult novel through Simon & Schuster. Now based in Portland, Oregon, Jacob specialises in entertainment, technology and alcohol reporting. You might find him crate-digging at the nearest record store or sampling whisky at the nearest bar. He daydreams of travelling around the world, but for now, the world will have to come to him by way of lifestyle products, gear, gadgetry, and entertainment. Let's call it a happy compromise while he saves up for the next big trip.