One of the bigger June and LEGO Technic releases this year is the 42143 Technic Ferrari Daytona SP3, the newest and most expensive Technic Supercar yet.
As fans all over the world begin receiving and getting started on the 3,778-piece red behemoth, you might want to be aware that several errors, and mistakes are present in the printed instruction manuals.
Racing Brick, who received the set early for review was one of the first to identify several glaring errors and mistakes in his detailed review, which I highly recommend watching if you’re a fan of Technic, or cars as he’s one of the most reputable, and knowledgeable voices on Youtube.
Before you begin the build, here are some of the most glaring errors and fixes that you should be aware of, especially if you’re using the included printed instruction manuals during your build.
The original instructions were missing an additional panel which indicated how the 2 orange wave selectors should be positioned before the green beam is inserted.
As this affects how the gearbox functioned, and puzzled a lot of the reviewers, this is a critical step, which makes sense why LEGO would fix this in the digital instructions.
This hasn’t been fixed by LEGO just yet, but there’s a confusing error on Step 104, which has the wrong element highlighted.
Extra Pieces after your build?
At the end of the build, you’ll also notice 2 rogue black fairings leftover.
As found by Racing Brick in his review, these should be attached to the exposed red axles at the back of the car, near the underside.
Mistakes happen, and the teams of people that work on sets like the Ferrari Daytona SP3 are certainly not immune from mistakes. From packaging errors on the UCS Republic Gunship, to Marvel Mechs with issues earlier this year – it hasn’t been a great run for LEGO.
But, for a set that costs a whopping US$399.99, that’s an official Ferrari licensed product, the combination of so many mistakes, and one very critical issue with the gearbox instructions does beggar belief.
LEGO and Ferrari went to great lengths publicising and telling the epic story of this collaboration – in the instructions (which can be viewed digitally), you can read about this romanticised collaboration, and how aligned both brands were.
In fact, in the very first page of where the manual officially begins, you get this impressive photo of the new LEGO Campus, with this very unfortunate quote about how both brands has the very same goal – the never-ending pursuit of perfection in everything they do.
Another quote, “The care that went into the smallest of details was very impressive.” found on page 14 of the manual is equally ironic.
One of the dominant news stories from 2022 is the much-publicised price increases, which has been tough to stomach for an already premium product.
The Technic Ferrari Daytona SP3, as one of the flagship Technic sets of 2022, is one step above that, an ultra-premium offering from LEGO that is meant to deliver a luxury experience that feels worthy of its expensive pricetag.
Having so many mistakes present in the manual, including ones that negatively impact the finished model is unacceptable, and really makes you question whether LEGO can instil confidence in its brand, and position as a “premium” brand, and most importantly, command even higher prices when prices go up in August.
Sure, being able to update digital instructions are a quick fix, but I think LEGO need to go beyond this here, and find a way to mail out corrected versions of the Instruction Manual to anyone who’s purchased the set.
I didn’t buy the set, but seeing the multitude of mistakes in the manual, I will definitely wait it out until LEGO sorts this out – I can only imagine how upset one would be if you had jumped on this on day one, only to be greeted with a sub-standard experience.
LEGO needs to do the right thing here, and over-correct .
As so eloquently put by Balasz from Racing Brick, “If LEGO really wants to give fans a “sense of perfection, they really need to try harder”.
Don’t let me get started on the botched release of The Sense of Perfection, because I’m putting the finishing touches on another editorial on that soon.
What do you think of the error-plagued Ferrari Daytona SP3? What can LEGO do to prevent things like this from happening in future flagship releases?
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