- Toy maker Lego is releasing the Back to the Future Time Machine based on the 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 featured in the Back to the Future trilogy starring Michael J. Fox.
- The Time Machine kit debuts July 18.
- The kit includes characters Doc Brown and Marty McFly and comes with instructions on how to assemble the DeLorean time machine from each of the three movies: original, hover-converted and railroad.
ENFIELD, Connecticut — Fans of the 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 may renew their love affair with the sports car as toy maker Lego is set to release the Back to the Future Time Machine July 18, based on the film trilogy that stars Michael J. Fox.
The kit, which includes characters Doc Brown and Marty McFly, comes with instructions on how to assemble the DeLorean time machine from each of the three movies: original, hover-converted and railroad. The booklet also contains production photos from the trilogy.
While no pricing has been announced, Lego fan sites peg the kit at around $50.
The Back to the Future Time Machine is the fourth project put together by the folks at Lego's crowd-sourcing Web site Lego Cuusoo, a Japanese term that means "wish." Fans submit designs for a Lego set they wish existed; if they can get 10,000 fans to endorse it, Lego analyzes the potential market.
The designer who submitted the idea, Mashahi Togami, receives 1 percent of the profits for the Lego set's worldwide sales. Togami has said the Back to the Future design team will donate its entire earnings to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
The set is geared toward tinkerers ages 10 and up. It will be available at Lego retail stores and Shop.lego.com.
The Lego announcement comes on the heels of a DeLorean Back to the Future Time Machine winning the grand prize at the Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival in Avon, Ohio. Rather than Lego blocks, it was made out of duct tape.
Edmunds says: While the clock tower is noticeably missing from this set, DeLorean fans have a nice addition to their toy box.