So, when you last left us chipping away at the kit-building mountain that is the 3,599-piece Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron, we didn’t have much that looked like a car. There was a suspension assembly, some wheel hubs and a rather cleverly packaged differential in the middle, but it could just as easily been the early stages of a Lego lorry. Or the Batmobile. It wasn’t very hypercar-ish.
What to do in such a daunting situation, when with every turn of the encyclopedic instruction manual, the end seems no nearer in sight? Easy. Skip to the end, millennial-style. And watch a YouTube speed build.
I must admit to having been ignorant of the teeming Lego community that lives on YouTube. I thought the world’s premier procrastination site was mainly good for drag race clips, Nürburgring talent-failure footage and watching cats jumping out the way of cucumbers.
But no, it turns out YouTube is very much the amateur intrepid Lego builder’s friend. Principally because there are lots of talented Lego experts who’ve already got hold of whatever kit you’re fretting over, and have built it in doublequick-time while filming the whole process on a stop-motion camera. So, if Lego’s booklet is ever so slightly unclear – or you’ve just got a short attention span – call up the time-lapse video and watch the pros master it.
Problem is, when even the experts are saying ‘this is the hardest Lego kit I’ve ever built’ and ‘it only took me seven hours from start to finish’, it doesn’t exactly settle the nerves of having this beast complete by Christmas. Gulp.