Early in 2021, the LEGO® Group announced a new addition to their 18+ line of realistic cars. The Porsche 911 (10295) hit store shelves in March 2021. It joined the likes of previous cars like the Volkswagen Beetle, Volkswagen Camper Van, and the Fiat 500. However, this model featured a twist. Not only could you build the 911 Turbo pictured on the front of the box, but you could also build the 911 Targa convertible variant. This was my wife’s dream car as a teenager, so she built this model. Consequently, much of the commentary about the build is hers.
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PORSCHE 911 (10295) SUMMARY
- NAME: Porsche 911
- SET #: 10295
- THEME: Creator Expert (18+)
- COST: $199.99 CAD
- BRICK COUNT: 1458
- MINIFIGURES: None
- RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2021
PORSCHE 911 (10295) QUICK REVIEW
- VALUE: 82% (Passable cost-per-brick, excellent build time.)
- BUILD: 90% (Great build, but the roof of the Turbo version is a little flimsy.)
- MINIFIGURES: N/A
- ENTERTAINMENT: 100% (Beautiful display piece for car enthusiasts.)
- OVERALL SCORE: 91% (Very good set.)
PORSCHE 911 (10295) REVIEW
At full price, the Porsche 911 costs $199.99 in Canada. With a brick count of 1458, the resulting cost-per-piece is $0.137. For a Creator Expert (18+) set, that is fairly expensive. On average, sets from this theme go for $0.104/brick in my experience. However, compared to LEGO® sets in general, the value is actually fairly average. Comparatively, the True North Bricks mean cost-per-brick across all themes is $0.139. Taking both of these comparisons into consideration, I rate the cost-per-brick at 64%.
This set took seven hours and nine minutes to assemble (429 minutes total). At full price, the cost-per-minute of build time works out to $0.47. No matter how you look at that, you get a lot of build time for the price. In general, 18+ sets average at around $0.65/minute in my experience, while LEGO® sets in general clock in around $0.85/minute. I rate this build at 100% in this category. Averaging this with the cost-per-brick score gives an overall value rating of 82%.
My wife likes to build LEGO® cars. Interestingly, she is not a car afficionado. Additionally, most “regular” LEGO® sets do not appeal to her. However, she built the Speed Champions Porsche, the Fiat 500, and we team built the Parisian Restaurant. Consequently, it is safe to say that she is developing an interest in the adult oriented sets, but particularly in cars. Incidentally, this Porsche was also her dream car as a teenager, so she was eager to put it together.
From her perspective, the build was enjoyable. She admits that certain steps were difficult for a developing builder. Truthfully, I jumped in at couple of points to fix little things that went awry. However, she was never far off the mark and the set taught her some new techniques. What impressed her the most was the sleek look of the finished product. The fact that all the individual bricks came together to create such a nicely curved and stream-lined car was her top comment.
Amazing how individual bricks come together to achieve such curves.
My experience with the model came through photography. I agree with my wife in that the curves of this car are impressive. The set also features nice functionality. The steering wheel actually turns the front wheels, the doors open, the hood opens, and the trunk opens. One of the little features I quite liked was the moving seats. Both the driver’s and passenger’s seats realistically tilt forward for access to the back seats.
The only contentious issue I have is the roof of the car. When you build 911 Turbo variant, I find the roof of the car to be a little flimsy. This is not a huge issue since the model is meant for display. It will sit on your shelf, and nobody will touch it. However, while photographing the set, the roof actually broke after not much handling. Even a little pressure causes the whole thing to shatter. My wife and I did not build the Targa version, but I imagine that eliminates this problem. We rate this build at 90%.
For my wife, this build was nostalgic. While she has never actually owned a Porsche, this was her teen dream car. From my perspective, this is a nice display model. I am not as into the car builds as my wife is, but I do think this set looks nice on a shelf. Would I have acquired this set if my wife was not interested in it? Probably not. I am not that into cars. As such, I think the Porsche 911 is a niche market set. However, many of the 18+ sets are. They are designed to pull in adult fans with varying interests. My wife really likes this one, she rates the entertainment value at a full 100%.
The Porsche 911 comes at a good value compared to LEGO® sets in general, but the cost-per-brick is a little high for an 18+ set. With that said, car enthusiasts and Porsche fans will surely enjoy this build. The design is stunning in its curves and streamlining. It achieves a very authentic and realistic look. Displaying the model on the shelf, it is hard to tell the car is even made from LEGO® bricks. I cannot find much that I do not like about this set. The only major issue I can identify is the weak roof structure on the Turbo variant. Otherwise, the Porsche 911 is a wonderful set. What do you think? Feel free to comment below or reach out on social media.
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