Singapore - As a kid, I would have only received Lego sets as gifts during Christmas or during my birthday, and I have always enjoyed building them. Occasional Lego Technic sets may appear once in a while, but that must have been some two decades ago.
When I had the opportunity to build the Lego Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37, the first thoughts in my head were ‘damn, this is huge’ and ‘RIP fingers’. However, being the responsible person that I am to stay home and practice safe social distancing, I took on this challenge.
To put things into perspective, the Creator Expert Vehicle sets that I have built since 2013 have a mere 1,000 to 1,200 pieces to assemble from. The Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 has 3,697 pieces – some 3.5 times more than those that I have assembled. This even beats the previously released Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron 42083 by 98 pieces that was released back in 2016. As a caveat, the last Lego I had built was the London Bus 10258 that I picked up in London back in 2018, and it has been a good two years.
The Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 (Pronounced as sai-uhn, not sian) is the first production hybrid vehicle from Lamborghini, based off the Lamborghini Aventador with an engine shared off the SVJ variant. Coupled with an electric motor integrated into the gearbox, the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 has a total output of just over 800hp – making it the most powerful production vehicle from Lamborghini. If you are wondering about the interesting jargon, FKP 37 represents and honours the late Ferdinand Piëch who was the Chairman of the Volkswagen Group.
Unlike other Lego sets that I have had, the experience begins with the opening of the presentation box. Designed like the bonnet of the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 that is complete with the Lamborghini emblem, it may not necessarily catch the eyes of many given the absence of any Lego branding on the front until one starts to flip the box around to reveal a studio photo of the actual built up model – I was enthused.
Fellow builders will rejoice that the boxes are clearly segregated when there are 1,084 steps of building to performed without having to spend additional time to rummage through the bags to be sorted out.
The build can be broken down into six stages:
Stage 1 – The gearbox and rear suspension (181 steps)
Stage 2 – Engine and front suspension ( 201 steps)
Stage 3 – Interior details and seats (198 steps)
Stage 4 – Rear spoiler (277 steps)
Stage 5 – Scissors doors (211 steps)
Stage 6 – Rims and tires (16 steps)
Just like the Expert Creator series, the two thick instruction books not only provided the build instructions, but also snippets of information on the carmaker, the car, and the Lego version itself. Certainly, very informative, but I skipped through all it during the build process, and only returned to reading after completion. Having noticed QR codes printed on certain pages, I scanned them to reveal a whole series of 13 videocasts that were developed and made for the design process of the Lego model.
Stage one of the build consisted of assembling the gear box and rear suspension. From the Lego-fied differentials to the intricacy of the gearing, I found myself overly hyped up pouring over the instructions to set the foundations of the model straight. As they say, once you get the foundation right, everything will be smooth sailing. Lego Senior Designer Uwe Wabra designed a small window under the chassis where builders would able to enjoy the intricacies of the eight-speed sequential gearbox that you would later be able to control with the flappy pedal mechanism.
While I would doubt that most would flip their completed masterpiece over to do so, such planning really shows how detailed Lego Technics can be.
Did I mess up? Sure did! See if you can spot the glaring mistake I made. In all essence, assembling such a large model requires patience and the ability to figure out the mistakes that came along the way – and I certainly took a long while to discover that one of my gears was free-wheeling. D’oh!
After loads of pin pushing and elbow grease (How I do wish that a Brick Separator 630 was provided, but I recalled that I have dozen lying around the house and rummage through for one of them). Note that whilst there are several steps that are close to irreversible once you push a pin in!
Number of mistakes made – Three.
Stage 2 – Engine and Front Suspension
Amongst the most distinguishable components of a Lamborghini would be the engine.
From the moments of ogling real engines from the Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 Super Veloce and the Lamborghini Aventador LP700 to assembling one albeit in Lego form, I would rate this among the top three favourite moments in the build.
In my opinion, Lego has one-upped themselves by providing a set with zero stickers – all pieces now come with designs printed directly onto the Lego pieces which is really appreciated for collectors who have had stickers peel off older models. I really hope that this would stay in the long run that would flow down the Expert Creator and Ultimate Collector Series lines.
The Lego designers replicated the pushrod suspension of the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 and the V12 engine complete with carbon fibre prints right down to a working crankshaft and pistons for all 12 cylinders.
Yet another part of the build where you can only enjoy while building it as it will soon be covered by the engine cover. It would have been nice if a see-through cutaway engine could be made so that the mechanics and the ingenuity that went into it could be admired and appreciated.
Number of mistakes made – Two.
Stage 3 – Interior Details and Seats
By now, it is apparent that the model is so well built that you can actually hold the partially completed model by the bent liftarms. Built in this stage are the sports seats, the engine cross brace bars and a partial portion of the roof structure.
The outline of the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 is beginning to take shape at this point and I felt particularly motivated to stay past my bed time to forge on.
While still an overall with a full assortment of printed tiles, a little disappointment came in the form the round tile that went on to the steering wheel (and at a later stage the alloy wheels) – they were missing the words “Lamborghini”. I would assume that the details were to minute to be printed on, but it felt a little of a bummer for such a premium set.
The design pattern of the sport seats matches very closely to the actual car’s – though not so much so for the colourway. The nondescript paddle shifters, while they may appear abstract from the actual Sián, is functional that works through the eight-speed transmission.
Number of mistakes made – One (Which I had to backtrack multiple pages)
Stage 4 – Rear spoiler (And the rear half of the body)
I would rank this as my number one favourite part of the build as the movement is dramatic and elegant as it can get. The Lego designers had the lever built far from the rear (in the passenger area, in fact) so that one can enjoy the fluid movement of the spoiler as it moves up and down. Once fully retracted, the spoiler sits flushed with the body.
The rear half of the Sián is also completed at this stage, which brings me to the last of my top three favourites – The removable engine cover. I have always enjoyed peering admiring the engines through the engine covers of Lamborghinis as I walk past one, so being able to pull the covers off the Sián to admire the details of the brick engine and components appealed a lot to me.
Number of mistakes made – Lost count
Stage 5 – Scissors Door (And the front of the body)
The penultimate stage to completion where the complex scissors door structure was assembled. There were multiple points of time where I casted doubts on myself if I had followed the instructions properly, but I soldiered on without a mistake made where the doors opened flawlessly with a push of the mechanism found at the corner of the engine bay.
Whilst the white bar with stop rings depicted the signature headlight silhouettes really well, I could not help but wonder if the gaps around them could have been made smaller. That said, the front view of the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 is still as absolutely mesmerising to look at.
Number of mistakes made – Zero!
Stage 6 – Rims and tyres (and the overnight bag and base plate)
By the end of stage 5, the Sián is all but lacking its large wheels. Specially made by Lego for the model, the gold multi-spoked rims fit snugly on to the “disc rotors”.
A small base plate with the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 is printed on which while really appreciated for the thought, could have been a slightly larger to pair well with the 60-centimetre-long model.
Alas, some 20 hours later and four nights later, I was done!
Close-up inspections revealed some other mistakes that I had made that affected the model aesthetically – and they were rectified promptly
Scissors doors up and spoiler’s fully extended
Number of mistakes made – With the number of steps, you must be suffering for fatigue if any mistakes were even made here. Thankfully, zero!
Exclusive Online Content
Another unique feature of the Sián model is the unique serial number found under the boot that entitles you to an exclusive page on Lego’s website (Click here)
A Certificate of Ownership template allows you to print and display proudly with your completed model – if you choose to do so, of course.
Exclusive wallpapers, posters and ringtones are also available for downloading.
The overall complexity of the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 has earned the set a recommended age of 18+, and while I made several mistakes along the way - with most rectified -, it was thoroughly an immersive and thrilling. The 20 odd hours process that I spent building (and rectifying) definitely kept some boredom away that comes with being socially responsible. I would highly recommend this set for the challenging build and fun factor. It would also make a perfect display and conversation piece to show-off to your friends and guests.
The set has been launched since 1st June 2020 in Singapore and fans can stand a chance to win exclusive Lamborghini merchandise if they purchase the Lego Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 through to 21st June 2020.
Special thanks to LEGO for providing the set to us for review. Note that all opinions expressed are of our own.