First things first: Paul Kim's self-designed Lego 1983 Toyota Hilux is not the truck from Back to the Future. But when you build a black '80s Toyota on beefy tires with a rollbar and yellow fog lights, comparisons tend to be made. And given the details in Paul's Lego truck, his would beat Marty's any day of the week.
Marty McFly's pickup was a 1985 SR5, two years newer than the model Paul recreated, and sharp-eyed Toyota fans will note the differences between the two immediately. But the fact that you can make that distinction at all is a testament to the detail of this build. Toyota pickups from the '80s are mostly boxy, but they feature signature contours and touches that differentiate them from their slab-sided competition. Paul's build captures them exactly. I mean, he even includes the little red reflector just ahead of the rear bumper. Yes, this Lego pickup is DOT compliant.
That level of detail extends to the interior, where twin shifters for the transmission and transfer case peer out between two surprisingly comfy-looking bucket seats. There's even a radio on the dash and a speedometer behind the steering wheel.
Under the hood is where things get interesting. No stock Toyota 4-banger here–Paul's build stuffs a Lego LSx engine, assumedly pilfered from a wrecked Lego Corvette, into the pickup truck. Seriously, there's more going on under this brick-built truck's hood than there is in most real-life show cars.
Every angle, every way you can look at this thing, it holds some surprise. Nothing on this model was thrown together haphazardly.
Paul is quick to point out that this wasn't a Marty McFly build. The 1983 Hilux he recreated has round headlights and square fog lights, the reverse of the 1985 SR5 that Marty drove in all the BTTF movies. In an email, Paul told R&T this was a functional choice that came down to the parts he had available, and the details he could faithfully recreate with them.
But given the final product, and the powerplant it contains, we think Lego Marty would be lucky to upgrade to Paul's pickup. Great Scott!
Images: Paul Kim