September 28, 2023

Hot Rod (40409) Review

The first week of June 2020 was one of those amazing weeks where two freebies overlap at the LEGO® Store. I spent the better part of the morning on June 1 shopping online. I filled my cart with a bunch of odds and ends needed for upcoming projects. In the end, I reached the $85 limit needed to get the free Hot Rod (40409) set. Additionally, I earned the other freebie as well, but that is a topic for another post. Interestingly, this Hot Rod is an of a set from 25 years ago. The Blue Fury Hot Rod (5541) came out in 1995. While not identical, this new set still resembles its predecessor. Since this freebie is a limited time offer, I decided to do an extra review this week in case anyone out there is on the fence about spending $85 to get this.

To read about how I generate scores in my reviews, click here.


  • NAME: Hot Rod
  • SET #: 40409
  • THEME: Gift with Purchase
  • COST: $16.99 CAD value (free with purchase over $85)
  • BRICK COUNT: 142
  • RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2020
Speed build video.


  • VALUE: 100% (It was free, and you cannot beat that.)
  • BUILD: 85% (Nice car overall, but a couple of areas need more detail.)
  • MINIFIGURES: 89% (Good character design, excellent brick:fig.)
  • ENTERTAINMENT: 90% (Great as a freebie, but I would not buy it.)
Hot Rod (40409) box contents.


VALUE: 100%

Being a gift-with-purchase, the Hot Rod automatically earns 100%. You cannot beat a free set. However, the LEGO® Group advertises the value of this kit at $16.99 CAD. At that price, each brick costs $0.12. That is a good value. Consequently, as a purchase I rate this set at 86%. Unfortunately, the only way to get it is by dishing out $85 on other sets though.

I spent 38 minutes putting this set together. Again, I did not pay for it, so that was 38 minutes of extra build time that I would not get if I made my $85 purchase at another time. Therefore, I rate this category at 100% as well. However, had I spent $16.99 for this set it would cost $0.45 per minute of build time. That is excellent and earns 99%. Therefore, rated as a freebie, I give this set 100% for value. Based on its $16.99 value, I rate the overall value at 93%.

Hot Rod (40409) front view.

BUILD: 85%

From the side, the Hot Rod looks great. It is employs standard bricks in clever fashion, attaining a detailed look. Looking at it straight on from the front or back is a bit different. It does not look bad. However, it looks a little bland. It is what I expect a side-build car to look like in a large City set. Additionally, the engine uses stickers on tiles to achieve the look. Actual bricks would look nicer. Overall, I rate the build for the Hot Rod at 85%.


Two Minifigures come in the Hot Rod kit. Each one is complete with all the standard parts. Additionally, both have front and back torso printing. Only the female mechanic has a double-sided face, while only the male driver has leg printing. The set includes a wrench and hammer as accessories. Based on these criteria, I rate the Minifigure design at 24/30 (80%).

Two Minifigures in a 142-piece kit yields a brick-to-fig ratio of 71:1. I wish Speed Champions sets were comparable. This Hot Rod comes with an excellent number of Minifigures for a set this size. I rate that at 97%. Averaging the design and ratio scores gives an overall Minifigure grade of 89%.

Hot Rod (40409) mechanic.


I am happy to have this set. Additionally, I will find a place for it in my LEGO® city. However, I would not rush to buy this. For that reason, I rate the entertainment score at 90%. I raced to get this freebie because I had purchases to make anyway, and a free set is always welcome. I also see potential for this in a MOC idea I have.


A lot of the appeal Hot Rod has for me comes from the fact that it is a freebie with purchase. I would not buy this as a standalone set. I do like it, and it looks good in my city. However, there are nicer LEGO® cars out there. I imagine this Hot Rod looks good outside the City Tuning Workshop if you have it. Additionally, I really like that the set includes two Minifigures. If you have $85 worth of LEGO® on your wish list in June 2020, this is a good freebie to pick up.

Until next time,


What do others think?

Brick Insights is an awesome site that aggregates LEGO® set review scores from around the web. Based on their statistics, you can see what other reviewers think of the Hot Rod (40409) below.

Want to support True North Bricks?

If you like the content at True North Bricks, please follow on InstagramFacebookPinterest, or Twitter for regular updates. Additionally, you can support True North Bricks by making your LEGO® (and other) purchases using the links in the menu to the right. These affiliate links earn me a little commission at no extra cost to you, thus helping to manage the cost of running this blog. Thanks for your support!

One thought on “Hot Rod (40409) Review

Comments are closed.