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#1 starstreak

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Posted 23 September 2010 - 06:38 AM

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This review will be on the 8169 Lego Gallardo LP-560-4


From Lego.com said:

Build a detailed and authentic Lamborghini!Ready to ride? Get up close to the incredible Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 with this amazingly detailed 1:17 scale LEGO® model with opening doors and engine cover. It’s authentic right down to the engine and the famous Lamborghini rims! Includes instructions for rebuilding into a coupe Gallardo or spyder Gallardo with retractable top.


  • 1:17 scale model! Includes decals for an even more detailed look!
  • Engine cover and doors open!
  • Retractable top folds into the back!
  • Vehicle dimensions: Length = 10.5" (26.7cm), Width = 4.5" (11.4cm), Height = 3" (7.6cm)

Set Name: 8169 Gallardo LP-560-4

Theme: Racers

Released: 2009

Pieces: 741

Price: $59.99/$51.16 EUR/45.96 GBP It was $70.99 here in Hawaii. Thank goodness I picked this up last year when I was at Legoland for the MSRP.


Here are some quicklinks Lego.com, Brickset, Bricklink

Wanna see some pictures? Let's start with the normal box arts and manuals!


Box art front
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Very nice box art for the front. While the oil stains add depth to the photo, it also give the impression that it leaks oil. At least to me it does.


Box art rear
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The back of the box goes into good detail on the two Lamborghini cars.


Manual covers
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Nothing fancy. Just a dupe of the front of the box.


Parts bags
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No marked bags here. At 700+ pieces I know I'll have fun looking for pieces.


Parts lists
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Sticker sheet
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This is actually my second sticker sheet. My first one was messed up inside the box. I'm happy they sent me a replacement.


Random photos
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Sweet tires! I couldn't wait to see what they looked like in hand. Too bad it turned out to be just rim covers like you find in Wallmart to cover steel rims. Oh, can't forget the hologram logo.

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Here is how the roof opens and closes. You can of course see my video at the end of the review where I show how it opens and closes too.

Picture of the rims and tires
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Even if this set turns out to be a dud, I know I wanted the rims.  Imagine my surprise to find out its "normal" rims but with wheels covers.  At least it still looks good with them on the tires.  It actually makes the tires look like low profile tires.  Only thing I didn't like was how, with the wheel covers on the rims, it made the tires stick out of the side of the car.

Build Process- Once again, I suppose you want to see how this beauty of a car gets put together? You're wish is my headache. To save space, I grouped it in 4s. Follow it by going left to right on each line.
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First off, sorry for the multi-colored background. While the actual Lego is almost the correct color, the white balance was thrown off. Don't adjust your screen.

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From about here is where you have to dismantle the Gallardo if you want to create the hardtop. But I'll show you the build of the convertible since it's more interesting.

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Finished Photos
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Hardtop from the side. Very flowing in design. Lego is a very... hard edged building toy so it's hard to make smooth angles, but they did it well.

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Rear shot. You can see a clear view of the engine. In the convertible version, the engine is completely hidden.

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Finished rear shot. That's a nice rear on that car. From far, the tail lights look real and not so much a sticker. Notice the lower rear brake light?


Here is the video of the convertible in action. If you click on it and view it on youtube, you can actually watch it in HD.

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Front shot of the convertible version. Very Lego looking but still very nice. I just wish Lego didn't have to use stickers for the lights. See the updated police version of the Lamborghini. They actually created the headlights.


Comments: I could not wait to get this car. I love Lamborghini car designs. Since this was an official set, Lego could get all the official markings for the car. It turned out very good for Lego first try. The Polizia set came out much better but I would still buy this set even after purchasing the Polizia set. I love how you can make the convertible version of this car. The roof hids neatly inside the rear hatch. I just wish Lego didn't have to use stickers for the lights. The rims are something special too. It's actually normal Lego rims but with a hubcap cover on them with the Lamborghini spokes on them. I wish they went as far as giving emblem stickers for the rims.

My rating
Playability: 4/5 This is playable. While the front wheels don't turn, they do roll. The doors and even the roof on the convertible can collapse into the rear hatch.
Design: 4/5 I would've given it a 5/5 if the Polizia set wasn't out and I saw how much more they could've improved on the set. Like actually creating headlights.
Build experience: 3/5 It's made for ages 9-14. My son can build this. He's 8. I think they made it into the higher age group because it's more of a "model" than something that plays well with other LEGO sets.
Overall: 4/5 I think this would make a great set if you love collecting cars. It's expensive but I think it costs that much because of the licensing.   If you're a AFOL (Adult Fan Of Lego) it doesn't look like a kids toy. I would be proud to display it on my work desk. Too bad work outlawed having personal items on desks...


Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!
All photos are click able for larger, bigger-than-life picture sizes! Here is a direct like to my:
8169 Lego Gallardo LP-560-4

Edited by Rufus, 05 June 2011 - 08:00 PM.
Fixed the video


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Posted 05 June 2011 - 08:13 PM

Sorry to bump an aging thread, but this is an excellent review and I thought it deserved another look.  I can't believe it didn't get any replies - I seem to remember encouraging starstreak to review the set in the first place and I'm embarrassed that I missed it when it first came out :blush:

I love these medium-sized car sets, whether they are the CREATOR type or licensed/racer sets like this one.  There's some interesting build techniques going on in there, and the mechanism to raise and lower the roof is clever and very slick (I fixed the video link which wasn't working for some reason - it's well worth a look.)

Unfortunately I missed out on this set, so it's great to get a closer look - thanks, starstreak!  :wub:

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 11:43 AM

View PostRufus, on 05 June 2011 - 08:13 PM, said:

Sorry to bump an aging thread, but this is an excellent review and I thought it deserved another look.  I can't believe it didn't get any replies - I seem to remember encouraging starstreak to review the set in the first place and I'm embarrassed that I missed it when it first came out :blush:
Me too! I only ran into it as I'm indexing...

Wonderful review as always.  :wub: I didn't buy this one, and I don't really have any regrets. Why? Aside from the wheel covers I could build something very similar from spare parts and these days I need to be mindful of my ever-diminishing free space. Even so, this is an excellent design that looks very close to the real thing. The police version is still available locally (I think) and that's more temping for me as it's blue. Maybe I should look for it!  :laugh: Thanks for the review.

View Poststarstreak, on 23 September 2010 - 06:38 AM, said:

Very nice box art for the front. While the oil stains add depth to the photo, it also give the impression that it leaks oil. At least to me it does.
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