It’s been 4 years since the Speed Champions theme made the switch to 8-wide cars, enabling better proportions and far more accurate designs and each year brings along new upgraded models, which offer mini-masterclasses in advanced build techniques in a small package.
76915 Pagani Utopia thus has a high standard to uphold – let’s find out if it does.
This is a guest review from our resident LEGO Star Wars and automotive correspondent, vaderfan_2187
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76915 Pagani Utopia Set Details
76915 Pagani Utopia Unboxing
The front of the box shows the LEGO Pagani Utopia in a field in front of a classy Pagani showroom.
The back of the model shows off alternate views of the model along with a comparison to the real car, of which only 99 models were created.
Inside are two numbered bags, an instruction manual, a small sticker sheet, and the chassis piece by itself. Only 8 stickers are included, which is pleasant for a Speed Champions model.
Here are some of the pieces I found interesting, including updated Speed Champions chassis and mudguard pieces – these have a smaller footprint than their predecessors which allows more compact building. There’s also a new windscreen element, plus new 2×5 corner slopes that narrow to a point.
76915 Pagani Utopia Minifigures
There’s only one minifigure included in the set, which is the driver of the Pagani. He has a new hairpiece which is a dark orange recolor of the modern Harry Potter hair.
His face is more generic – it’s actually appeared in 3 other Speed Champions sets already – but he gets new torso and leg printing which looks great, including the Pagani lettering across the chest.
The figure is equipped with a helmet and a wrench, standard accessories in most Speed Champions sets.
Pagani Utopia Comparison
Here’s the real car for comparison.
Here’s how the car looks from the back – it’s definitely not the easiest design to translate into LEGO, but I respect the designer for taking on the challenge.
76915 Pagani Utopia Completed Model
The completed model has a grey color scheme, and looks brilliant with lots of subtle curvature. Many of the key details have been replicated well, especially the teardrop shape of the driver’s compartment (although that necessitated the creation of new pieces).
It’s not the largest Speed Champions model – at 15cm (5.5″) long it is one of the shorter models, and it also feels a bit lighter than some other Speed Champions cars.
The front of the looks pretty respectable, with printed headlights, a stickered bonnet, and ice skate pieces on each corner to represent the slits on the real car.
The lower half of the car is actually built upside-down, while the bonnet is hinged at an angle that matches the headlights to create a cohesive, understated final look.
The new mudguard and chassis elements have enabled the designers to make the cars even sleeker than before, and you can definitely tell from the design of the Utopia – it has a really low, streamlined design.
The back of the Utopia is one of the most striking portions on the real car, and the designers have done a good job translating it to brick form. Four car door elements are placed at an angle to create the unique triangular shapes, plus a printed 2×2 silver circular tile for the exhausts. I also like the black diffuser at the bottom (which has a printed 1×1 rounded tile) and the brick-built rear lights.
The rear lights and exhaust sit on one sub-assembly attached to the main body via clips. This creates the brilliant angle that fits into the bodywork, but unfortunately is a little loose so the rear can feel a bit wobbly. It won’t come off during play, but still doesn’t feel great.
There’s a 2x2x2 translucent panel at the back of the driving cockpit, which allows you to see the engine detailing, made using two silver rollerskate pieces. The 2×5 slopes are put to good use here – one of them has a sticker for the fuel cap.
The interior is suitably posh for a luxury car, with medium nougat pieces used for the seats. I particularly like the brick-built headrests.
There’s a steering wheel, a gear shift knob, and a stickered 1×2 slope for some console detail. Above the centre console there’s a pair of 1×1 rounded pieces to represent the air-conditioning vents on the real car.
Unfortunately, there’s a pretty embarrassing error in the Pagani’s interiors, with the instructions orientating the wrong way, so if you do pick this set up, please remember to flip the sticker as you build it for maximum accuracy.
There’s space for two minifigures inside, and you can fit the driver here with his helmet on.
Even with the new chassis and windscreen parts introduced in this set, it’s still a super tight squeeze – the windscreen actually doesn’t close 100% fully when the driver is inside.
What I liked:
- Lots of great new elements introduced
- Final model looks sleek
- Clever building techniques
What I didn’t like:
- Rear sub-assembly a bit wobbly
- Windscreen doesn’t close all the way
- Smaller and lighter than other Speed Champions sets
- Sticker mistake
On the whole, 76915 Pagani Utopia is another strong addition to the Speed Champions lineup, but it does have some minor issues.
The sleek design, clever build techniques, and aesthetically pleasing final model are all to be commended, and it does a really good job of translating the classy simplicity that the real Utopia has.
I just wish the rear sub-assembly didn’t wiggle around so much – it looks brilliant but the fact that it moves around slightly every time you pick up the model does affect the experience as a whole.
2023 also brings another price increase to the Speed Champions theme in the U.S., and US$24.99 does feel a little a bit expensive to me, especially considering the size and weight of the completed model. That said, while the model might not be packed full of play features, older fans will likely still find the price of entry worth it for all the new pieces and ingenious build techniques.
Build  – Fantastic shaping and aesthetics, but some minor quirks hold it back from a full score.
Minifigures  – Nothing remarkable but adequate for this style of set. Oh, and a new hairpiece recolor!
Real Value  – The final model definitely feels a little small for the price point, but if you value the build experience then this score might be a bit higher for you.
Innovation  – A host of new pieces and some clever build techniques makes this set a standout in an already innovative theme.
Keepability  – A good addition to any Speed Champions collection, but also nothing particularly standout.
Final Rating: 4/5 ★★★★✰
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