It seems some Store Calendars were mistakenly printed and released stating an 18 July release, but it was definitely supposed to be 1 August. I'm really impressed that TLG have made it available on the 18th, to avoid customer disappointment. As far as I know, North America and the rest of the world will need to wait a fortnight or use a time machine... or a jet plane will do actually.
And of course I'm excited about the new elements in it, which are new prints of existing parts. The minifigs of Marty and Doc are just superb but here are the other printed elements, resting on the high quality set instructions.
- The main point of note about the Flux Capacitor, top left, is the misspelling of 'shield'! Whether LEGO will reprint this embarrassing error remains to be seen, but suffice to say it's not the first time a misspelling has ended up on a piece.
- The two numberplates - two because with this set, you can build alternate models of the DeLorean as seen in the three films - are my favourite parts of this set. As a BttF fan these just encapsulate the whole joy of having LEGO release this set. The Orange [BL] / Bright Orange [TLG] one even has potential to be used in other MOCs.
- Finally, the Time Settings Display bottom left. (Yes, believe it or not, I faked the first picture on this post.) In a sweet touch, the Destination Time displayed is not from the films but is in fact the date that LEGO patented their bricks for the first time. A perfect little humorous touch to meld the worlds of BttF and LEGO, and certainly one of the dates I'd love to visit if I had a working time machine. I'd go to Billund and tell Ole Kirk Kristiansen to keep better archives. Actually that would be too sad to do, knowing that he'd die 2 months later. Oh, the great responsibility of owning a time machine.
Rufus' review on Eurobricks. A really impressive and thorough review including excellent coverage of the elements. He noticed something rather worrying with some of his Flat Silver [BL] / Silver Metallic [TLG] Radiator Grille 1X2 tiles (Element ID 4619636 | Design ID 2412) - the mould appears to have changed ever so slightly. Glad to report I have no such issue with my version (see pic), but it will be sad to see that particular change rolled out with the grille tile. Admittedly it's a tiny change, but for the record, 2412 is my favourite part. I really don't fancy having to sort them into current and new moulds!