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REVIEW: Shell Ferrari cars (30190 - 30195)

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Yesterday, when pulling into our local Shell station for some gas, I discovered they had small Lego Ferrari promotional cars for sale. Obviously, I bought them all. (Can't have an incomplete collection now, can we?)

After doing some research I found these have been sold at various Shell gas stations around the world, starting in 2012,

The bags

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There are 6 poly bags in total:

30190: Ferrari 150° Italia

30191: Scunderia Ferrari Truck

30192: F40

30193: 250 GT Berlinetta

30194: 458 Italia

30195: FXX

On the front is a nice image of the Lego car surrounded by the Lego logo in the top left corner, the Shell V-Power logo in the top right corner, the Ferrari logo in the bottom left corner, and a small picture showing of the pull-back action of the models in the bottom right corner.

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On the back are some more logo's, a small picture of all 6 cars and some warnings in most languages currently in existence.

Inside each bag are (obviously) the bricks needed to build the model, a small single-sheet manual and some stickers.

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The stickers come inside a small cardboard box to prevent them from getting damaged in the small bags.

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This piece, which is in every bag and functions as the base of every vehicle is a small pull-back engine. After testing a finished model to see how far it went, I was amazed to find out the small car easily went 4 meters (about 13 feet, for you infidels that don't use the metric system), and would've gone on farther, if there wasn't a wall that stopped it dead in it's track.

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Like said before, the manual is a single-sheet paper with fairly easy to follow instructions.

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On the back of each manual is more promotional material for the other sets in this small series.

The models:

30190: Ferrari 150° Italia

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This car, formerly known as the Ferrari F150, is a formula one motor racing car build by Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro to compete in the 2011 Formula one season.

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This model hasn't got too many interesting parts, mostly in red and black, with a splash of white. The blue and green 1x1 round plates are used to simulate the driver's helmet, and allow you to choose from one color or the other, depending on which driver you prefer (Fernando Alonso or Felipe Massa, if my research is correct)

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The car comes with small sheet of stickers, again presenting a choice to the builder to which number they want on the nose.

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The choice of driver is nicely handled in the last step op the instructions, and is, I believe, very nice for formula one fans, who may have a preference for one driver or the other. (Me not being one of them, I just picked the color I liked best)

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When you've completed the build, the result is a nice formula one car, with just the right amount of sponsor stickers applied. The overall shape is easily identifiable as a formula one car, even though the spoiler is a bit simple. For it's scale it is a very nice model, which is vaguely reminiscent of the original.

30191: Scuderia Ferrari Truck

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The Scuderia Ferrari Truck is used to move the team's racing cars and equipment to and from racing events.

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Again an asortment of red and black bricks, this time with some grey added to the mix.

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The sticker sheet, with stickers for the sides and front of the truck, as well as a sticker for the coupling mechanism on the back, which I though is a nice detail.

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From the front the finished model looks quite nice, even though the sharp angled edges of the windscreen look a bit out of place above the nicely angled bumper.

The back, however, is a bit of a mess. There are spaces underneath the cabin that look like the person who build it forgot to place some bricks during the building process, and back of the cabin is was too open for my taste, this could have easily been filled in with 2 or three more Lego pieces.

Overall, it's not the best out of the bunch, but it's still kinda nice, and a truck breaks up the monotony of only fast racing cars quite nicely.

30192: F40

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The Ferrari Model F40 is a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, two-door sports carthat was built to celebrate Ferrari’s 40th anniversary from 1987 to 1992.

At the time it was the fastest, most powerful, and most expensive car that Ferrari sold to the public.

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There's a bit more color in the parts selection for this model. most of it is white and black, with a nice amount of yellow, a bit of red, a dark grey plate, and an oddly out of place blue plate. The hood piece is printed.

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The sticker sheet contains some sponsor stickers as well as some black fields, that will represent the windows on the model.

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The finished model is nice enough, with some nice color variations (a welcome change from the usual Ferrari red).

The use of stickers for windows is not that great however, and I would have preferred the slope they are on to be printed instead.

The spoiler is a bit bulky, but it seems like it is the best one could do on this scale.

30193: 250 GT Berlinetta

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The 250 Granturismo Berlinetta, nicknamed the "Long Wheelbase Berlinetta", was also called the "Tour de France" after successfully competing in the 10-day Tour de France automobile race.

There were 77 Tour de Frances built. A number of 250 GT "Tour de France" Berlinettas were sold for GT races from 1956 through 1959.

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Not too many parts here. The hood, roof and rear are all molded pieces, which I guess would be necessary to get the distinctive shape of the car, which would be quite hard to achieve with bricks on this scale. The roof and rear have been printer, and the rims have a nice chrome finish.

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Only four stickers for this model, two for the sides and two for the hood. Nothing too bad here.

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The finished model looks amazing! I really like the look of this little car.I know some of the angles aren't correct when compared to the real thing, but I just love it so much, I don't care. :wub:

30194: 458 Italia

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The Ferrari 458 Italia is a mid-engined sports car produced by the Italian sports car manufacturer Ferrari. The 458 Italia replaces the Ferrari F430. The 458 Italia was officially unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show on 15 September 2009.

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Again, not too many parts, mostly yellow this time. the hood and roof are printed, and the rims are finished with chrome.

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Again only a few stickers. My only complaint here is the sticker for the hood, which could have been much smaller and only contain the logo, instead of the large yellow field. But I guess they chose to do it this was to make sure you can't position the sticker incorrectly.

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The finished model looks nice and sleek. The yellow color makes it stand out among the rest of the models, and the printing of the distinctive headlights make sure you can't confuse this car with a different model easily.

30195: FXX

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The Ferrari FXX is a high performance race car and prototype built by automobile manufacturer Ferrari in Maranello, Italy.

The FXX is based on the street-legal Enzo. Production of the FXX began in 2005.

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As one look at the model on the bag might suggest, this set has a LOT of black parts. the blue, grey and red parts are all invisible in the finished model. No printed parts here, though the rims are chromed.

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The main purpose of the stickers on this model is to add white stripes to break up the blackness. I really wish they had printed the racing stripes on the parts here, but once the stickers are applied, it's not too bad.

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The finished model looks quite nice, but a bit too black for my taste. It's hard to see much detail unless you point a bright lamp straight at it.

Overall conclusion

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Conclusions:

(Disclaimer: I don't believe in giving numerical scores. It is up to the reader to decide what they think of any given model, and I believe mandatory scores detract from this notion.)

Parts: The sets are quite small, and as a result the number of parts isn't that great. The parts you do get are mostly quite generic, with a few more special molded bricks.

build/design: The overall design on these tiny cars is great, especially if you take the scale into account

Playability: A big thumbs up on this one. the cars are very fun to drive around the floor (and walls, if you are so inclined). On top of that the pull-back engines are quite powerful and make it fun to race the cars against each other.

Overall: For the asking price (5 euro's each, 2 euro's if you put some gas in your car) these are very nice sets. They are very collectible, are fun to play with, and look great on a shelf. I am quite satisfied with my purchase, and suggest you go and see if they are being sold at a gas station near you.

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My local Shell is doing this promotion at the moment and the last one, the FXX, is being released tomorrow! I have bought every one before it. I personally like the look of it and can not wait! Thanks for doing this review, I thought the FXX looked good in the pictures but I have not seen it from those angles.

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actually this limited edition of lego by shell has seven sets. the seventh set 30196 is the Ferrari F1 Team Pit Crew that includes 3 minifigs.

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I bought the 458, FXX, F1 and the most worthy to collect, F1 Team Pit Crew for my kids. Then I bought another 2 sets of Shell Team Pit Crew to keep.

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actually this limited edition of lego by shell has seven sets. the seventh set 30196 is the Ferrari F1 Team Pit Crew that includes 3 minifigs.

I wish I could get the pit crew here, but it doesn't seem like it is included with the promotion over here. After looking around there is no mention of that set, and the shell station attendees don't seem to have a clue what I'm talking about when I ask about it. :cry_sad:

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Great review and many thanks for doing it.

In Australia they have just released the last one FXX. They have been releasing them 1 week at a time for the past 6 weeks. Shell Australia have been running a competition on Twitter to win the exclusive Pit Crew set tn_30196-1_jpg.jpg Not one to toot my own horn but I really wanted these to finish off the set and so far I have won 2 sets.

One thing you can do instead of deciding what color to put on the F1 car is buy 2 and have both. It's win win!

Thanks again for the review.

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The pull back piece is magnificent especially when you can get it in a relatively small package, I have swapped these over to my sons Cars characters and they work great!

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Very nice models, small but detailed. But as usually: there's no Shell stations in Slovenia. I hope, that they aren't exepensive in Bricklink. By the way, excellent review!

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Nice review :wink: I'd love to get my hands on a couple of those, but yeah, no Shell here. Might pick some up on BL or if I'm in neighbouring countries in the next few weeks.

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