Designed to withstand even the most enthusiastic play, the average LEGO® brick doesn’t typically require individual protective packaging. However, some of the more fragile, non-standard elements like rubber bands, string and cloth pieces need exactly that and so are placed in small cardboard boxes to keep them safe from factory to consumer.
This particular specimen comes from the Speed Champions polybag 30342 Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evo which was available for free with qualifying purchases from LEGO in June and August 2020. Unusually, it does not contain one of the vulnerable element types listed above; instead it protects the tiny sticker sheet from getting crumpled in the bag. Before diving deeper into the wonderful potential of cardboard LEGO elements, let’s take a brief look at the model itself because without it, I wouldn’t have embarked on this bizarre endeavour.
LEGO 30342 Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evo
Sadly, there’s nothing particularly noteworthy parts-wise. However, the 70 elements that do go into the Huracán are used efficiently with some nifty sideways and, in some places, upside down construction. I feel it doesn’t quite capture the wide, flat appearance of the real-life counterpart.
That said, for a small 4-module wide build it’s just about as accurate as it can be. Then there’s the inclusion of the gold ink highlights which remarkably make the build seem bigger and more complex. Perhaps I’m just not used to seeing this colour outside of larger sets, much less a polybag!
And with all this hullabaloo about keeping the stickers safe, you might be wondering what they look like.
But we’re not fussed about the stickers themselves, we’re more interested in the thing they came in - well, I was anyway!
The cardboard box in question (6295177) differs from the standard type seen in other sets since it does not have a perforated flap nor is it sealed shut with a tape strip. Instead it is secured by an arrowhead lock, thus freeing up the top panel for the four circular apertures. The size and spacing of which you may well recognise…
Assuming you just yelled: “Hey that looks just like DUPLO!” - you’d be right! In what can surely only have been an intentional decision, the cardboard box’s cutouts are indeed in line with the DUPLO building system!
Moments after discovering what I’m modestly calling the greatest crossover of the century, I had the crushing realisation that the sum total of my DUPLO collection is what’s shown here. Not wanting to be defeated by a piece of cardboard, I instead set about using the box in system builds – a far less limiting format for me!
Inthert's LEGO MOCs using cardboard
Starting simple with this warehouse vignette, I thought the card boxes would work just as well at minifigure scale. A few shelves, some brick-built boxes and a couple of workers complete the scene.
Time to raise the stakes or…erm...fish? on this crazy seed part challenge! The circular apertures and the blank colour of the cardboard prompted this inaccurate ice fishing scene. Inaccurate since the apparatus more closely resembles a caught fish drying rack rather than anything actually useful for catching them. I suppose the lesson here is not to expect real-world realism in LEGO builds centred around cardboard boxes!
That sentiment is reinforced by my final creation which depicts the alien equivalent of a ‘whack-a-mole’ arcade game (the aliens call it something different though).
Once again, I was inspired by the four circular cut-outs which this time around seemed ideal as a moon-like surface with craters to conceal the hiding astronauts.
And as a final treat, I even went as far as mechanising the spacemen’s movement - activated by turning a knob at the rear of the machine.
Hopefully my exploration of using this obscure element will cause you to look upon these boxes with different eyes next time you come upon one in a set – they can be far more than merely recyclable material if you’re willing to brave the scathing looks from those that don’t deem their use in MOCs ‘above board’.
Be sure to let us know of other weird non-parts out there that would make for another interesting and lousy-joke-riddled ‘Forbidden Elementary’ article!
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