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I think we're a bit past an Austin Powers license... unless there are sharks with frickin' laser beams on their heads!
Though in my own defence at the moment, these pain killers make me think I'm FAF.
I've no excuse for the rest of the time though.
Not only does the leaflet just give the 'boring' time of 10:00 rather than 10:07 but I also love the ironic endless references to being 'top secret' in all the marketing out there. There's a Palpatine meme in there somewhere.
I'm predicting those wheels are "hub cap" elements on an existing wheel. On a first look, it's nice, and I'd like it... it's just, well, it's another big haul of grey plastic parts and I'm going to struggle to justify it. Although, I do want a lot of the parts I think I can see.
Word is no minifigure, which is sad given we would have got one had it been a dimensions set like originally planed.
I do wonder if this will be the new direction the creator vehicle sets go in. Just with dimension licences we could get a DeLorean, KITT, A-team van, Ecto-1, Mystery-Machine.
The leak was all over instagram about an hour ago... still is at time of writing.
* The same can be said for Q branch Beamers, Lotuses (sidebar - Lotuses? Lotusez? Lotii?), fountain pens, staplers and toasted sandwich makers...
What really lets it down is the face. The lights are not great but if it was them alone it would be passable however the real villain of the piece is the grill. Whoever looked at that an went 'yep no need for improvement there' needs to look again at the real car! It's a poor shape which I can think of a couple of ways to improve and where the slabiness doesn't work and needs to be improved.
All in all a mixed bag but I'm interested enough to turn up to the launch and see if it can win me over in the flesh.
The DB5 is one of the most beautiful, timeless cars ever created. I would put it in the pantheon of top 5 automobiles of all time, along with the E-Type, the '59 Cadillac, and a few others. The DB range has continued to evolve into some of the most gorgeous, poster-worthy, athletic designs currently on the road. If the adjective "succulent" could be applied to any car, the DB5 would certainly qualify.
This version is truly disappointing.
What makes it harder, for me personally, is the excellent Jaguar E-Type that did not pass the most recent Ideas vote. I think it was a very good imagining of the source material, and honestly, I would rather have the E-Type on my shelf in lieu of the new AM. Instead we get a pop-up book, which, while cool, will quickly lose its novelty (although I have to give the designer amazing credit for being in the unique category of having two successful submissions). I'm sure I'll get it to complete the range as I have the others, and I'll reserve final judgement until I see it built, but I'm not nearly as excited as I hoped I'd be. This and the Ship In a Bottle are equal levels of disappointment.
Without question the hardest part is the bonnet which leads into the grill.
I have cheated slightly by using stickers for the top corners of the grill as every other alternative just didn’t work.
which left the also tricky back window panel which dovetails into a quarter sphere, also very tricky.
I’ve got a feeling that I’ll be combining the two!
Second time in a few months after I saw Lofty in Speed Champions #75888 bumper/headlights
Heck, if it's because one of the designers is THAT big a Fleming fan , go with the original 'spy' with all the gadgets ride - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!
Overall more interesting vehicle, Ready made for 3in 1 Creator expert, ability to include 4 or 5 minifigs with an unquestionably more family friendly subject matter and I'd be suprised if it didn't generate better press,goodwill and overall sales - throw in a few chromed panels for the bonnet and every FOL will be lining up to buy it! Add to that the fact they'd be releasing a vehicle type they've avoided for the last few years (Indys Shanghai chase from memory)
Me? I'd buy three (but can't decide if I even need the Aston...).
Though if someone with some actual skills takes the idea and runs with it, I'll proudly accept an autographed copy!
And to have an ejector seat, it needs someone to be ejected - which would mean it would have to be minifig scale wouldn't it?